Is it so hard to believe that people do bad things on purpose?
H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. “In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, ‘are temporary records and subject to destruction’ after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can’t be an issue for the government’s $80 billion IT budget: A full year’s worth of LCA data is less than 1GB.”
Now, I know a lot of folks adhere to the philosophy of history that says a bunch of random shite just kinda happens and no human could ever do anything on purpose, but when you look at any specific newsworthy event it always turns out there was a lot of orchestrated effort behind it. So which of us really deserves the description of “rationalist”, the guy on PBS or the looney tune on the internet who says he has a magic neanderthal brain? Okay, maybe neither.
My claim is that someone up top is actually pretty smart and purposefully setting up some kinda big sacrificial event.