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We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, with our great country, and the world as we mourn this tragic loss of life.

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. Will all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all saints. Epehesians 6:10-18.

 Postings and news pertaining to the September 11 attacks

 Postings and news pertaining to pension and retirement issues

  • survivor_too comments on IBM's lack of funding of its pension plan. Excerpt: "I think it is particularly greedy and arrogant of IBM to think that they can continue to not contribute anything to the pension fund forever. They've done it since 1995 - why not do it forever?"

  • Boeing plays anti-union games. Excerpt: "SPEEA is now trying to organize professional workers in ST Louis- I'll suggest that people bookmark the speea site and follow the action, since all the companies read the same anti union playbook, and try similiar games..."

  • Forbes: Stealth Visionary. Excerpt: "...during his nine years at IBM Gerstner has not disappointed his shareholders. IBM is up fivefold in nine years. The Dow during the same period has merely tripled. But where Gerstner faked out everybody is on the vision thing. He lied to us. IBM has had a vision all these years. For example..." If link is broken, view Adobe Acrobat version [PDF--155 KB].
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: We aren't whining, we do work too much. U.S. tops the world in work hours, U.N. reports. "U.S. workers have increased their substantial lead over Japan and all other industrial nations in the number of hours worked each year, according to a report issued yesterday by the International Labor Organization. It found that Americans added nearly a full week to their work year during the 1990s. They worked 1,979 hours on average last year -- that's 49 1/2 weeks."

    "That's 137 more hours or 3 1/2 weeks more per year than Japanese workers, 260 hours (about 6 1/2 weeks) more per year than British workers and 499 hours (12 1/2 weeks) more per year than German workers, the report said."

  • Los Angeles Times editorial: Serfs' Dreams Denied. Excerpt: "Companies are starving for workers today, we hear. American citizens simply won't stoop to do the necessary work, at least not for the wages that U.S. business is willing to pay. Thus we reach beyond our borders for the serfs to do our drudgery so we can prosper without having to pay an extra 50 cents for a hamburger or quarter for a head of lettuce."