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It Is Five Time More Difficult To Get An Attendant Job At Delta Airlines Than Enter Harvard

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There is a reason why the monthly BLS JOLTS jobs supply/demand survey - which supposedly shows an "improving" labor picture because more people are willingly leaving their (temporary) jobs, and there are more job openings - is so laughable it is not even worth reporting. The reason is the following: practical, non-massaged reality, such as this report confirming how great the demand for any real job openings is. According to Bloomberg Delta, the world’s second-largest carrier, received 22,000 applications for about 300 flight attendant jobs in the first week after posting the positions outside the company. The applications arrived at a rate of two per minute, Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson told workers in a weekly recorded message. Applicants will be interviewed in January and those hired will begin flying in June, for the peak travel season. Said otherwise, the previous few lucky hires will have overcome an acceptance ratio of 1.3%. Putting this into perspective, the acceptance ratio at Harvard, the lowest of any university, is 5.9%. In other words, it is 4.5x easier to enter Harvard than to get a job at Delta. As an attendant. And there is your jobs supply-demand reality in one snapshot.

The good news? This is actually an improvement from 2 years ago, when the Atlanta-based carrier received 100,000 applications for 1,000 jobs when it last hired flight attendants in October 2010.

But wait there is hope: a spokeswoman, said it could reach 400, pushing the acceptance ratio to a whopping 1.8%. All the successful applicants will need to do is speak Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin or Portuguese.

And now back to your Orwellian reality where the unemployment rate is falling, and there is absolutely no secular mismtach between job skills and demands in today's centrally-planned economy.


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Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:19 | 3089677 chaartist
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One volcano and even these superhero attendants will be at McDonald.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:50 | 3089713 Texas Ginslinger
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It Is Five Time More Difficult To Get An Attendant Job At Delta Airlines Than Enter Harvard

No surprise there.  Delta costs go up when they hire more employees.

Harvard's income goes up when they accept more students.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:06 | 3089725 Fukushima Sam
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Jobs that don't demand any real skills have lots of applicants without any real skills.  Jobs that demand real skills have a dearth of applicants with those actual skills.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:38 | 3089757 ArmyofOne
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Depends on how you define skills.  Putting up with fat drunkin arrogant piss pots for 2-8 hours is a skill all on its own.  Try it before you deride it. 

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:05 | 3089780 Midas
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Copy that.  I could do many jobs, but the way my brother describes doing tech support on the phone with idjits on the other end sounds like hell on earth.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:26 | 3089795 What does it al...
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This is misleading...  It is thousands times more likely to be shot by a random shooter than getting a job at Delta.  (How many Attendants are there total...)  

Just because it is rare, doesn't meant that it is desired.... 

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:47 | 3089818 AldousHuxley
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Harvard you have to compete to get in AND you have to pay $200k in tuition with no ROI guarantee

For idiots like George Bush to get in Bush senior had to donate millions to the Harvard Corp. hedge fund meaning true market value of Harvard is in millions for the exclusivity status + credential factor.


At Delta, they pay you to be a drink server. I don't think they carry the same prestige.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:52 | 3089821 Fluffybunny
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A better comparison would be Stockholm School of Economics which is free for all EU citizens and is one of the top business schools in Europe (especially Finance). They have an acceptance ratio of ~5%.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:03 | 3089835 BattlegroundEur...
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Money well spent by the Europeans then.


/sarc off

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:52 | 3089892 Careless Whisper
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With so many applications, you'd think Delta could hire 300 flight attendants that actually look like that pic up there.  ^


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:59 | 3089982 r3phl0x
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With the fattening of Murica, attractive women are increasingly scarce and valuable - they do not have to work as flight attendants anymore. They're recession-proof.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 08:05 | 3091076 GetZeeGold
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You want a Coke? Then go get it yourself.....I'm a little busy over here.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:40 | 3090043 Freddie
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In Amerika - we have The Stockholm Syndrome filled with Democreep voters.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 03:49 | 3090970 All Risk No Reward
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"Stockholm Syndrome School of Economics."

There, fixed that for ya.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 06:54 | 3091056 LasVegasDave
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Still hung up on W?

Life hasnt been to kind to you has it?

oh, what the hell, blame it on the Joos

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:37 | 3089810 WTFx10
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Try doing tech support for losers with Information Technology degrees. Very depressing when you are a HS grad helping the bachelors and masters to do their fucking job when they are making 20% more than you.

But as the ones above us allways remind us.

"Life ain't fair"


Guns don't kill banksters, Debt slaves kill Banksters.

When you outlaw guns only criminals will have guns. How many Banksters went to Jail again? "Life ain't fair"

sorry for getting off topic

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:44 | 3089869 CPL
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The people that have invested time and money into certifications get 20-80% more than the tech support guy, because you don't pay the tech support in the office to know a specialization...until they've made it past their 5th year and progressed to Lan Admin, Junior Analyst, Asset Manager, Junior PM, Career programmer, Product Manager, Junior Sales Engineer.  If you are stuck on the phones and moving desktops, it sounds like you need to ask for more responsibility then.  Sounds like you are bored but it's coming out as all those guys making more coin, have HAD your job once to.


Those guys making the extra bank took their own time and money and obtained a four year degree, paid for certs (if you've noticed, they aren't cheap), paid for specializations and mostly do it on their time.  To obtain mine in Tivoli and HP Openview, that was 150k in 97, it's slightly more expensive now.   Just for that training I had to pay for my arrangements in belgium on top of the 150k AND not getting paid for two months.  There's risk, but it's only a risk if you wait for someone else to wipe your ass.

BTW, if it's good training, it's usually bum fuck nowhere and expensive.  That's not including the usual certs and memberships like CCNA, A+, ITIL, MSCA, RHSA.  Those are every year and in tests, books and software.  That's around 10-15k invested, not including time to study, lab time, practice time....always time.  Shit is cheap, but you can never buy time.  Review your resume.  Make sure those certs are next to your name.  When I'm looking through resumes, I look for those.  I want to see the person I'm going to talk to gives a shit enough about their career to keep training.


Now, like any trade which it is, there are stages to where you want to be by certain times.  When you are ten years  then you start making bank as long as you are following through with study, certs and work.  But the real money is from the business itself.  

So start your own business, pimp out other bodies (give someone else your job, you have other things to do), make arrangements with vendors and take a cut there both from sales of equipment/software and referrals.  If you can, glue a guy to the equipment or software.  Repeat that process around 12000 times a year with a team of around 20 people to organise the proposals, legal and make business arrangements with other contractors to back each other up in a fair and equitable manner.   You don't win all 12000 btw, you might bag 15% of that in a great year.  Nowadays it's closer to 5-6%.  But, the business needs leads and business to do, so you answer back to everything.  Along the way learning by fucking up until you can do it in your sleep, perfectly everytime.

Trust me you'll be making money in no time along with no sleep for a couple of years while you feel like you are walking on eggs.  If you want more money, go get more money.  You'll miss the steady 20% less pay cheque in no time and a couple of meals as well.  Do that for 70 hours a week for four years and no holidays then you get the swing of things and knock wood you've hired well.

So don't lose heart, those guys making 20% more go for coffee.  Tag along, listen to them and ask them questions about how you can also make 20% more.  If what they do seems boring, talk to some more guys.  You'll figure it out.  

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 19:45 | 3090332 fiftybagger
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I've worked with CCNPs who couldn't find their own IP address or even prep a switch.  We call 'em paper certs because about the only thing they are good for is getting you hired.  HR morons love them.  Sales engineers are hands down the stupidest people I've ever worked with in my life besides doctors who are usually outright imbeciles.  Too much edumacation turns the mind to mush I spose.  You sound more like a sales guy than a tech.  The only job requirement for sales is being a good liar.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 22:57 | 3090707 CPL
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Then you should have no trouble managing to getting your CCNA/CCNP or CCDA or CCIE.  It's a reasonable risk to assume at the cost of 250 bucks for a CCNP, if it nets you 20% of your gross salary per year.  How is this a challenge?  Study, play in the lab, take test.  Pass.  Attach your title to your name.  Send resume out and wave offers for other jobs where you work, allow a counter if it's better.  

Hey, if you get your wireless CCIE, you'll be number 112.  Which is amazing.  Out of 7.2 billion people, you could be 1 in 112 people that have enough knowledge, training, experience and you've spent around 70-90k to obtain the initial certification.  At that point you can walk in ANYWHERE with total and complete authority on how and what the client is required to spend, hire, fire AND charge a minimum of "whatever-you-damn-well-please".  

Because without your blessing, no insurance company will underwrite a damn thing, EVER.  No ISO certification for safety or process or nothing can be granted until the master of communications (CCIE) gives his or her blessing.  Or worse, it all can be pulled with the stroke of a pen with an audit of dooooooom!.  Lock the place down with lawyers and auditors.  Nothing moves for months, because if someone stubs their toe, there's no insurance to cover a claim.

Certs are power.  As I mentioned, specialization after year ten, because ten years is a requirement for allot of certifications including a four year degree.  You also happen to need the CCNP as well.  Careers are built, not given.  Ever.

And yes I sell because I own my business.  You don't get to stay in business if you don't sell.  If you don't sell, you don't get to play with expensive toys everyday.  Don't get to hire guys that think HR, Doctors, CCNP's, Sales Engineers are morons.  

And yes again, the best sales guys twist truth, always have since day one.  Plus makes it easy for me to determine where to put the carrot to get them hunting for me.  I'm the product, so are the people I work with and to make sure everyone is healthy and happy, you hire hungry sharks to find the action.

If you haven't noticed our industry is not that good at positioning itself publicly other than we wear khaki's, sandals and enjoy comical t-shirts.  If my colleagues were master sales people, the contracts would renew themselves and the world would not need sales people.  Since that won't happen...ever, business needs closers.  


I would talk geek, but the thread discussion is about a dying career path in the airline industry and post secondary professional development.  Someone seemed to be upset that someone with more education and certifications was getting paid more.  By the same rationale the same person can be replaced by picking up a hobo off the street and throwing him in the server room.  He doesn't have the education or the certs either.  The hobo is only missing the tech degree.


Am I missing something here?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:17 | 3091698 RafterManFMJ
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 ...wireless CCIE, you'll be number 112...


I just got my wireless CCIE cert in 30 minutes through University of Phoenix Online! No more fry cook jobs for me!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:24 | 3091703 Skateboarder
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If I was the hobo, I'd rip the fan off a server blade and throw a can of baked beans on it.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:51 | 3089888 garypaul
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Yes but the first group often pays a 'comparable' wage (adjusting for certain factors) to the second (skilled) group - and is usually in much higher demand as measured by absolute numbers - so why bother killing yourself getting all that esoteric training that will just lead to higher taxation anyways?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:40 | 3090042 azzhatter
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Racing to the bottom

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:32 | 3090773 ball-and-chain
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Things are scary.

Look at McDonald's.

When I was a kid, you never saw grown men working there.

It was a job for teenagers, the elderly, and women who wanted to get out of the house.

Now men are trying to support families with these crap jobs.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:19 | 3089678 samcontrol
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IF a chick is hot why the fuck is she gonna drown in debt when she can mary some millionaire in five years tops working for an airline. She is one blow job away from fortunes.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:28 | 3089741 chubbar
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You are 5 times more likely to get a blow job from a harvard grad than a Delta Flight Attendant.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:40 | 3089958 BorisTheBlade
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Hell of a punchline for Harvard Airlines commercial.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:02 | 3089987 r3phl0x
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But 25 times more likely to give a rim job to the Harvard grad.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:14 | 3090740 GMadScientist
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Not unless you mean 25*0 == 0, and get off the floor.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:51 | 3090064 dunce
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And that does not matter if the grad is a man or a woman, plus you don't have to ask for it or buy a ticket.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:13 | 3090738 GMadScientist
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Disagree. 1 == 1.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:30 | 3091711 Skateboarder
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1 * (3/3) == 1

(1 / 3) * 3 == 1

(0.333.....) * 3 == 1

0.999... == 1

Where'd that damn 0.000... ... ...001 go?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 01:43 | 3090901 e_goldstein
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Been in Cambridge long?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:30 | 3089745 Peachfuzz
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my take on it was if there's 5 times the number of applicants for stewardess as a harvard student, That means there's 5x the hot dumb blondes to every 1 smart red head.... he he giggity, maybe those cavity searches aren't looking so bad after all!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:45 | 3089881 Peter Pan
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There must be something about those air hostesses. Andreas Papandreou, father of George Papandreou of Greece who served as a socialist prime minister of Greece met an airline hostess, fell in love with her, promptly divorced his first wife and married the air line hostess. Quite a voluptuous women in her hey day. Funnily enough the people of Greece thought it was quite  a  feat for a man of his age to marry such a young woman. If anything it helped his status as prime minister.

Second example, is Paul Keating a previous prime minister of Australia. He also fell in love with an air hostess and married her. That marriage is now at an end after they had a number of children. The reason is that Paul Keating is gay although the press will not publish this fact until he openly admits to his status.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:20 | 3090753 GMadScientist
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"She is one blow job away from fortunes."

No, she is one BJ away from a chance at a second date.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:16 | 3091972 MachineMan
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Have you recently seen a "hot" Delta Attendant?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:26 | 3089679 DoChenRollingBearing
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There is another union that is hard to get into: the ILA.  The ILA may go on strike December 29, shutting down East Coast ports from Boston to Texas.  A dockworkers strike is serious business!  Many businesses up and down the food-chain would be affected.  The ILA members are unhappy that their wages might be cut from $115,000 per year...

Um, what does ILA stand for?  Ask a Teamster!

Port Stories...  [pictures & humor]

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:26 | 3089798 WTFx10
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Rather pay a dock worker 115,000 and get something than pay the useless traitors in the government. The puppet  POTUS and the overpaid ,over protected members of CONgress. Why do u think 115,000 is to much for people who actually work instead of extorting it from the people who do?

Strike and send the whole fuckin criminal enterprise into  a fuckin panic.

They can get the fools who joined the military that believe they are fighting for our freedoms to unload the fucking boats. If their dumb enough to believe that fighting for freedom bullshit as the government strips it away. Then they are dumb enough to unload boats for military wages.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:42 | 3089814 Freddie
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The long shoreman on teh West Coast make over $150,000.   The unions love Obam and his govt goons.  They helped put him in power.  The unions are part of the thug class.

The military?  Yeah the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs are cowards and traitors. 

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:17 | 3089929 yabyum
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Het Freddie, Ya gotta problem wit that?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:25 | 3090761 GMadScientist
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Why would they love Obama when he left them at the altar on card-check?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:40 | 3089873 Ineverslice
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an EXclusive fraternity indeed (bunch of apes), Do Chen.....great stuff, thanx sir.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:23 | 3089680 Timmay
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Why join Harvard when you can join a union?


Next up for Harvard? Classes on how to join a union.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:29 | 3089683 cossack55
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You are more likely to have your life saved by a flight attendant than to get any sort of fair treatment from a Harvard grad.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:45 | 3089710 samcontrol
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Do you know the odds of BEING SAVED in an airplane incident . Very low , , that implies alot of stuff that is never gonna happen to us. The blow job is WAY more probable.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 03:53 | 3090971 All Risk No Reward
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The caveat is that, if you are married to a flight attendant, take the "being saved" odds.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:51 | 3089714 I am Jobe
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Bullshit statment.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:02 | 3089724 Dixie Frank
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I don't think the FAs at Delta are unionized.  They need to hire only hotties. They have too many fatties and fags now.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:50 | 3090061 overbet
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Remember this? Fucking great clip!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:45 | 3089815 Freddie
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Probably every scumbag professor at every college is in a ******g union.   Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Paul Krugman aka world biggest d**chebag is probably in one.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:24 | 3089681 williambanzai7
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Coffee, Tea or PhD...

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:41 | 3089699 gould's fisker
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We need more applicants for college loans so they can qualify for the cornucopia of job choices in our recovering economy; for example, we need more linguist experts to fill the stewardess ranks. Banzai!!!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:30 | 3089682 dwdollar
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"And now back to your Orwellian reality where the unemployment rate is falling, and there is absolutely no secular mismtach between job skills and demands in today's centrally-planned economy."

LOL... Tyler, that should be placed permanently at the top of the site somewhere.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:39 | 3089694 gould's fisker
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The President said in his tv appearance yesterday evening that the economy is improving, nothing more here to see, move along; and btw, the government sponsored debasement of working age adults is taking applications--after all, they "choose" to leave the work force so they're substandard.  Orwellian indeed.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:40 | 3089696 AnAnonymous
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Job opportunity market as 'americans' say.

This stated, people willing to join Harvard, follow a long process of pre selection (that is, for people who send applications, others are hand picked) so it is quite natural they have a higher success ratio than 'americans' who think they are qualified for a job and send an application in case of.

Could do the same for the burger at the corner of street, reporting the same result, that is an extremelly high application turning down rate.

Being able to suck off resources just for the sake of consuming sometimes gives out distorted perception of what work is. 'Americans' are full in it with their core mantra of consuming more to consume even more.

But, hey, the 'american' solution for this too much of people is well known: they are plenty of countries around the world that only wait for 'americans' ingenuosity, excellency, entrepreneurship, love for freedom, truth and justice to start developing themselves.

So, yeh, all these 'americans' are going to teach people how to consume their environment faster and larger.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:54 | 3089767 Bay of Pigs
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Could you just eat a bullet?


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:04 | 3089777 akak
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Actually, I find AnusAnonymous enormously entertaining --- one so rarely finds blind hate, kneejerk bigotry, denial of reality, ragingly obvious psychological projection, and autistic imperviousness to all facts so neatly rolled up into one perfect stinking ball of crap.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:28 | 3089801 shovelhead
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But it is a remarkably CONSISTANT perfectly stinking ball of crap which is it's appeal.

Because an anus is built to do one thing right no matter to what many uses others may choose to use it for.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:23 | 3089851 akak
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What I really have to wonder about in all his many idiotic posts are the (handful) of up-arrows that he sometimes receives --- can any honest, semi-intelligent ZH poster actually AGREE with that retarded bigot?  Ever?  Or are they just generated by multiple sock-puppets of AnusAnonymous?  Because I have a VERY hard time believing that almost anyone here could be that stupid AND that dishonest (aside from LTER and one or two others).

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:12 | 3089996 Rogue Trooper
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Well looking at the number of down arrows you have subsequently recieved.  I would say you have predicted the the likely suspects with uncanny accuracy ;)

Back to the 'trolly dolly', sorry, 'flight attendant' post I only fly on Asian airlines.  Korean Air is something to behold....... they tend to look like the ones that failed the 'Girls Generation' auditions.... 

Enjoy (Warning - keep the sound on mute) and ponder the 'production' qualities:

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 22:16 | 3090630 StychoKiller
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Oh, to be young and so naively optimistic again...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:06 | 3091444 Poetic injustice
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I had to upvote him once... I still feel a shame about that.

Even all remaining minuses on him do not compensate that one.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:59 | 3089984 Rogue Trooper
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akak.... I could not agree more... AnooneeMousee could almost be a Tyler whose gone off the plantation. The pigeon englishee is almost too perfect!

Have YUAN will travel?

/I so miss Professor Hammy Wanger :(

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 23:32 | 3090772 trav777
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so, IOW, he's you?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:45 | 3089711 I am Jobe
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Because most DELTA chicks can't get be prostitutes.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:52 | 3089715 Fuh Querada
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Fun post and hot chick but of course an invalid comparison because statistically the 2 populations (applicants to Harvard and to Delta) are not comparable, particularly in sexual orientation, ducky.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:58 | 3089717 NoDebt
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Making money more popular than spending money on an education of questionable value (well, OK, a Harvard skin is worth more than most, but still). 

Not entirely shocking.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:00 | 3089720 Atomizer
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Disgruntled Delta employees can apply to Yorkshire Airlines. I’ll bet they feel right at home…

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 19:10 | 3090262 Rogue Trooper
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LOL....Harry Enfield is my favorite...

Trolly Doris!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:08 | 3089727 Shizzmoney
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Everyone knows this bullshit.  For year Ivy League schools have had a "pay-to-play" system.  Look at how George W Bush got into Yale; all thye had to do was look at the old man's bank account statement and BOOM! Accepted.

Helps if you are colored, too, if you are an above average student.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:11 | 3089729 batterycharged
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So what are the odds of getting a job at the Post Office?


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:22 | 3089737 djsmps
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I was flying on United one day and their skymag had an article about the original stewardesses in the 1930's. I was offered coffee shortly thereafter and recognized my flight attendant from the article.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:10 | 3089840 optimator
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djsmps,  If that's original I'd suggest hiring onto Saturday Nite Live as one of their high priced writers.  that's the best laugh I've had in a long time.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:19 | 3089848 optimator
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Years ago I wanted to fly United, but the stewardess wouldn't let us.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:30 | 3089859 akak
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If you REALLY want to piss off a stewardess --- oops!, I mean "flight attendant" --- on your next flight, just whistle down the aisle and shout out "Excuse me, waitress, could you ....?"

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:24 | 3089740 NumberNone
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The actual acceptance rate is much, much higher because according to BLS about 50% of those people that applied are no longer in the workforce.  I assume since they don't count as people out of work, they don't count as people applying for jobs.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:43 | 3089759 Flakmeister
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I'll bet you that the of the 22,000 that applied to Delta, at most 1 or 2 would have gotten into Harvard...

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:27 | 3089858 redeals
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Most were probably intelligent enough to teach at Harvard. Which isn't saying much.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:34 | 3090032 Flakmeister
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Sure buddy, whatever you say...

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:54 | 3090070 Freddie
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Careful - Mr. Krugman gets testy when you diss University Profs who are shiftless union goons.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 21:26 | 3090547 Rogue Trooper
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I'll bet you that of the 100 they actually hire - only one will actually look like the chick in the picture.... she will also never fly but be used in some lame TeeVee Ad about real Delta 'Stewardesses', opps!, I meant 'Flight Attendants'.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:49 | 3089762 ArmyofOne
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Spaming application is all the rage today.   You wouldn't have seen these kind of ratio's if they had to physically apply.  Makes a yuck yuck points but says nothing more.  

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:54 | 3089768 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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why has nobody thanked the Fed and Ben for creating these jobs?

can't wait to see what he creates next.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:57 | 3089770 q99x2
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George Bush went to Yale and Harvard. You need to be intelligent and be able to, at least, speak at Delta. If you can't do the job they won't hire you. Not so at Harvard and the White House. They'll let any retards in at those places.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:59 | 3089772 Jake88
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bullish or bearish?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:59 | 3089773 tnquake
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How many of the applicants are Harvard grads?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:20 | 3089792 DavosSherman
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Apply at JetBlue.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:40 | 3089812 shovelhead
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At least the stews on Southwest have a decent sense of humor.

After a particularity harrowing landing with very high groundwinds, the stew came on the loudspeaker and after the usual speech said " ...and be sure to tell the pilot which of those landings you liked the best."

A little levity after the all that screaming was appreciated.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:52 | 3089884 Atomizer
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How many of you remember Eastern Airlines? It was my first flight as a tot. My destination was SW Florida to visit my grandparents. Let’s see:


  • A real plate
  • Stainless steel utensils
  • A cloth napkin
  • Strawberry crepes was my breakfast

Then I started international travels, you always dreaded the US connection flight to/from your final US destination.  

I had this misfortunate experience a year ago. My only choice was Southwest airline. I was in line, the guy next to me is practically masturbating in line.

HE: We have the front seats on this flight

ME: So what, it’s a cattle flight

HE: You should be lucky that we hit the lottery for first seat boarding.

ME: Looks like you forgot your cowbell.  In the future, TSA will rent you a lawn chair so you can journey from the baggage compartment aimed at more frequent flyer miles. mmmmmoooooooooooooo

He sat across the aisle and never said another word to me. 

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:48 | 3090055 Freddie
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LOL!  Great story.  More eveidence of the USA morphing into the USSR and will implode just like  the USSR did.   I know idiots who love SW too.  A Texas version of Aeroflot. 

Anyone remember the union goons at Eastern Airlines still walking the picket line in Miami (MIA) about 6 years after the airline was long dead?


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:46 | 3089816 Skip
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Pat Buchanan several years ago wrote how White Christian types are discriminated against in admission to Harvard.

Pat's latest most relevant to t his post by TD

How can spending go down when a million legal immigrants arrive annually, 85 percent from the Third World, and most lacking the academic and linguistic abilities or the work skills of Americans?

These immigrants—and, with "immigration reform," 11 million to 12 million illegals, as well—will be eligible for welfare, earned income tax credits, food stamps, rent supplements, Medicaid, Head Start, free schooling K-12 with two or three free meals a day at school, Pell Grants and student loans at graduation, job training and unemployment checks for 99 weeks.

Under Bush and Barack Obama both, these programs have exploded. And with 40 percent of all babies now born to single moms in America, does anyone believe these programs will shrink?

When the Great Wave of immigrants came between 1890 and 1920, these programs did not exist. In the 1930s, welfare was seen even by FDR as a temporary necessity to get through the hard times.

Our gargantuan welfare state of today, however, is permanent, as are the millions of government employees who milk and manage it.

Can A Country With A Million Legal Immigrants A Year Ever Afford GOP Tax Cuts?

American Job Displacement Continues In November—But Bernanke Plans To Suck In More Immigrants Anyway!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:03 | 3089833 dolph9
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As long as there is such a thing as the United States of America, mass immigration will never stop.

We will go to 350 then 400, then 450, then 500, then a billion people.


1)  The national myth is that immigration built this country.  This is only half true of course...ultimately, immigration builds every country, because long enough into the past, we all came from somewhere else.  And of course, this neglects the contribution of native born people who are not immigrants.  They must forever "make way" for new immigrants to come to their lands.

2)  Both political parties support mass immigration.  The Democrats support it for the votes and "diversity" brownie points, the Republicans support it for low wage labor.  Neither party has done anything substantial on immigration for 47 years.  In 1965 the doors were let open and it's been no turning back since then.  The Republican saint Ronny Reagan?  He signed an amnesty for illegals.  Enough said.


Of course, the country will collapse in the meantime so ultimately the immigration factor is somewhat moot.  Immigrants are the patsies entering a dying country.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 18:30 | 3090151 yabyum
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Is Pat still alive? Crazy uncle Pat, everbodies favorite Catholic Facist, next to Hannity:)

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:20 | 3089828 Freddie
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These jobs were pretty miserable before but are worse now because most airports are gulags now.  We can't offend those muslim terrorists by profiling especially the one in the wh*te hut.

It is weird but post 911 - the USA is more and more like the old USSR.  No jobs, the air travel is more dangerous and far more unpleasant.  Aeroflot was loaded with KGB.  A lot of US carriers doing overseas have some ex CIA as pilots.  My old neighbor was one. 

Oh and around 2008 - I felt that the USA would implode like the old USSR.  The old folks would get crushed with ZIRP, followed by inflation followed by SS, Medicare et al imploding.  Then the uSA will break up like the old USSR or have a civil war.



Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:11 | 3089841 dolph9
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If you work on America, you are the sucker.

Now, I am working, but at least I can admit I'm the sucker.

Why these people want to spend their lives on cramped planes in the air, attending to miserable businessmen and rowdy families going on meaningless cross country trips is simply beyond me.

Why don't they pop out a few babies and apply for welfare?  At least the ghetto queens know the score and have this figured out.

I know you guys don't want to admit this.  You'll fight it with every ounce of your propagandized brains.  But the ghetto queens are the superior to these people applying to be flight attendants.  If you live like a little monarch and somebody else is doing the work, obviously you have figured out the system to your advantage.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:23 | 3089853 Freddie
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We are serfs.  At least some of us serfs do not have TV or watch any of Hollywood's shit.  If you do then you are supporting them disarming you.

If you watch TV (pay for cable or sat TV) or Hollywood's crap - you are as bad as the overlords are and you support them.

Here is *******g reality by Ann Barnhardt,

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 05:23 | 3091026 OldPhart
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Everytime that lady speaks I get wood.  At my age, a rarity, usually requiring the splint.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:12 | 3089842 swmnguy
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They'll have to sift through a lot of applications to find the next Deltalina.  There's something about getting a finger wagged in your face by a hot redhead with enough collagen in her lips fill a bike tire.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:30 | 3089862 knukles
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Simply sit quietly, terrified and your stewbitch will be by momentarily to handcuff you to your seat, bitchez.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 22:24 | 3090649 StychoKiller
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Hmm, whips and chainz are exciting to some... :>D

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:37 | 3089866 Peter Pan
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Cheer up folks. Things are not that bad. The odds are better for other professions. For example, only a handful of people attempt to get their party's nomination for presidency and in the end an amazing 50% of the candidates get the job of president. Who knows, maybe that will be the only job left one day.


Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:07 | 3089914 odatruf
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The odds of getting something, all else being equal, isn't the same thing as level of difficulty. I understand Tylers point, but abuse of statistics is a pet peeve...

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 17:55 | 3090073 kevinearick
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The numbers are all BS.

In Frisco, one in 20 shoppers has a small bag coming out of the stores, actual traffic in the stores is relatively light, the construction workers are 'doin time,' and the technicians are chasing their tail trying to keep up with the plc problems. Same crap, different place, money goin down the rat hole, faster, critters playing make believe everywhere. It's a Disneyworld economy.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 18:18 | 3090114 chevalier
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so next time you hit on a flight attendant, be sure to show her some respect!

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 22:03 | 3090607 Ima anal sphincter
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Harvard...... A school that has produced MORE traitors than any other BY FAR!!!!

Absolute disgrace.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 22:21 | 3090641 trulyslide
Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:41 | 3091802 MFLTucson
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It Is Five Time More Difficult To Get An Attendant Job At Delta Airlines Than Enter Harvard................UNLESS YOU ARE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN.
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 01:56 | 3092380 Harrison
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That reminds me, I need to find a strip joint that has "naughty flight attendants" in costume.

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