Thursday, September 16, 2021

Nuclear Powered ☢️ Submarines: Companies Need More Workers. Why Do They Reject Millions of Résumés?

In a deal announced by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the US will share secret nuclear technology to help Australia in the switch to nuclear-powered boats.

The fleet will be the first initiative of a newly formed trilateral security partnership called AUKUS.

Mr Morrison said the "next generation" partnership would help ensure the region's safety.

"Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region, the Indo-Pacific," Mr Morrison said. 

"This affects us all. The future of the Indo-Pacific will impact all our futures."

The deal does not extend to nuclear weapons, only the propulsion system, which has always been conventional diesel-electric in Australia's submarine classes.

Australia to acquire nuclear submarine fleet as part of historic deal with US and UK to counter China's influence

Clarke and Dawe - The Front Fell Off

 Clarke and Dawe

US stands in ‘unshakeable alliance’ with Australia – as China says AUKUS deal ‘intensifies arms race’Sky News

Australian PM says he made clear to France possibility of scrapping submarine deal Reuters

Nuclear submarines give Australian military an edge and could deter China further

  • Nuclear-powered submarines do not need to surface for air, allowing them to be stealthier for longer
  • The hope is that the AUKUS security pact will make the stakes higher for Beijing and the prospects of success in a war lower

US Coast Guard spots Chinese warships off Alaska South China Morning Post

China responsible for two thirds of state-sponsored cyber attacks

The Guardian - Bosses turn to ‘tattleware’ to keep tabs on employees working from home by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 6, 2021: “…Remote surveillance software like Sneek, also known as “tattleware” or “bossware”, represented something of a niche market pre-Covid. But that all changed in March 2020, as employers scrambled to pull together work-from-home policies out of thin air. In April last year, Google queries for “remote monitoring” were up 212% year-on-year; by April this year, they’d continued to surge by another 243%. One of the major players in the industry, ActivTrak, reports that during March 2020 alone, the firm scaled up from 50 client companies to 800. Over the course of the pandemic, the company has maintained that growth, today boasting 9,000 customers – or, as it claims, more than 250,000 individual users. Time Doctor, Teramind, and Hubstaff – which, together with ActivTrak, make up the bulk of the market – have all seen similar growth from prospective customers…”

The Verge: “Automated resume-scanning software is contributing to a “broken” hiring system in the US, says a new report from Harvard Business School. Such software is used by employers to filter job applicants, but is mistakenly rejecting millions of viable candidates, say the study’s authors. It’s contributing to the problem of “hidden workers” — individuals who are able and willing to work, but remain locked out of jobs by structural problems in the labor market. The study’s authors identify a number of factors blocking people from employment, but say automated hiring software is one of the biggest. 

9/11 Twenty Years On and On and On….

Memories of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War, plus shaming the guilt

Bloomberg: KPMG Australia Penalized by U.S. for Audit Training Cheating (1)

Sept. 15, 2021, 6:46 AMUpdated: Sept. 15, 2021, 8:47 AM

Companies Need More Workers. Why Do They Reject Millions of Résumés?

WSJ – “Automated-hiring systems are excluding many people from job discussions at a time when additional employees are desperately needed. Companies are desperate to hire, and yet some workers still can’t seem to find jobs. Here may be one reason why: The software that sorts through applicants deletes millions of people from consideration. Employers today rely on increasing levels of automation to fill vacancies efficiently, deploying software to do everything from sourcing candidates and managing the application process to scheduling interviews and performing background checks. These systems do the job they are supposed to do. They also exclude more than 10 million workers from hiring discussions, according to a new Harvard Business School study released Saturday. Job prospects get tripped up by everything from brief résumé gaps to ballooning job descriptions from employers that lessen the chance they will measure up. Lead Harvard researcher Joseph Fuller cited examples of hospitals scanning résumés of registered nurses for “computer programming” when what they need is someone who can enter patient data into a computer. Power companies, he said, scan for a customer-service background when hiring people to repair electric transmission lines. Some retail clerks won’t make it past a hiring system if they don’t have “floor-buffing” experience, Mr. Fuller said. This reliance on automation filters big sections of the population out of the workforce and companies lose access to candidates they want to hire, he added…”

Accenture to digitise incoming passenger cards, add vaccine status

 Denham Sadler  National Affairs Editor

Irish multinational Accenture has been selected to digitise Australia’s incoming passenger declaration forms, which will collect COVID-19 vaccination status.

The Department of Home Affairs went to market late last year for a private provider to deliver it a so-called “permissions capability”, which was intended to initially handle visa processing and passenger declaration cards and eventually cover a range of government services such as permits.

The rise of China to the status of economic superpower has been the dominant narrative of the last three decades. China’s rise as the main feature of globalisation, in conjunction with a beneficial sweet spot in demography, drove output up and inflation down in the advanced economies. But these trends are now reversing. China’s economic success depended on many factors, a strong historical social and cultural background, political single-mindedness, a flexible and competent labour force, fed by internal migration, capital controls, developing satisfactory infrastructure and absorption of Western technological know-how. But China’s greatest contribution to global growth is now past. Its working age population is now shrinking, while the ranks of the old expands.

The great demographic reversal and what it means for the economy


Common prosperity in China: rich or poor, people have questions about Beijing’s attempt to spread the wealth South China Morning Post


Joe Biden calls Xi Jinping in bid to reset strained US-China relations FT


Were China’s August commodity imports strong? Depends on your time frame Hellenic Shipping News

Men In China Go Under The Knife To Boost Life Chances Agence France Presse


How Global Value Chains Distort Trade Data Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis, Yale University Press Blog 

Art, terror and erections show VR potential at Venice France 24

‘A Loveable Anarchist’: The Oral History of Mr Blobby Vice

Wingwalker to the Rescue Air & Space