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Thursday, April 13, 2006

World-wide Shout-outs: Vive la France!

To the peeps of the world a universal shout-out:

Welcome, Benvenuto, Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenidos, Foon ying, Huan ying, Hoan nghênh, Chào mung, Emukela, Amkela, Maayong pagabot, Mabuhay, Yin dee, Hos geldiniz, Sushri akal, Dobrodoshli, Walcome, Kalos orisate, Irashaimasu, Aloha mai, Bruchot haba'ot', Bruchim habaim, Aayiye, Weizo, Vítejte, Ali, Mwaiseni, MarHaban, Ha'ándáh ...

On behalf of the staff of YouThinkWhatDotCom I want to welcome you.

Yo! I just wanna give a special shout-out to all my peeps in France. Y'all threw down on that employment issue, and I wanna give y'all props. Y'all are truly fierce.

For the vernacularly impaired I will translate.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the students and workers who participated in the public demonstrations in recent weeks to influence and inform the French government that the idea of "flexible employment"- that's where they hire workers under age 25 years old to work until they dismiss the worker without cause in order to hire some other person, under age 25, to work cheap. This was a bad plan-that would, in the end, only benefit the employer and the government. It would not help the workers. Fortunately the government, led by French president Jacques Chirac, saw the fallacy of this plan and abandoned same. Congratulations on holding effective demonstrations.

Sad to say if a similar plan were presented here in the US, I am afraid, it would be an easy sell to our young people. I believe the only opposition raised would be if the announcement were made at a time that would interfere with the start of the television program "American Idol".


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