June 22, 2017

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 3:35 pm

Apologize for this post’s late appearance. Have not been feeling well.

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.



  1. So which is it? The FBI never checked OR Their was never a hack? Seth Rich leaked the DNC emails, there was no Russian hack.

    Wasserman Schultz: ‘DNC Was Never Contacted’ By FBI About Computer Hack


    Comment by dscott — June 22, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

  2. Outrageous!!!!

    Companies Get Tax Breaks for Hiring Foreign College Grads With ‘OPT’ Program


    The U.S. government is rewarding companies for hiring foreign college graduates instead of Americans as part of a program called “Optional Practical Training”.

    The little-known “Optional Practical Training” program has grown from 91,140 new foreign job-seekers in 2009 to 329,158 new job-seekers in 2016, according to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security. That is almost a four-fold increase in seven years — and the program is growing even larger in 2017.

    There is no cap on the OPT program, which quietly and semi-automatically gives work permits lasting up to three years when requested by foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities and colleges. Companies are not required to even interview Americans before hiring OPT graduates — and they get tax breaks for hiring foreigners over Americans.

    So it’s one big scam. Universities import people, students pay huge tuition fees, in return the foreign student gets a University supplied work visa and more Americans get the unemployment line all of which is rewarded with your federal tax dollars. This is what a Democrat controlled congress did in 2009 under the radar on top of ObamaCare.

    We need to demand an immediate repeal of this disgusting law.

    Comment by dscott — June 22, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

  3. I was vaguely aware of OPT, but not its scope, and it’s outrageous. 300K is 12%-15% of jobs added each year.

    Comment by Tom — June 22, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Neither did DHS. What a joke. Either there was no hack, or if they were hacked they didn’t want anyone to see what else was on DNC server(s).

    Comment by Tom — June 22, 2017 @ 7:52 pm

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