Reader's Digest files for bankruptcy protection

WASHINGTON — Reader's Digest, publisher of the monthly magazine which claims the largest circulation in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday in an agreement with its major lenders.

Reader's Digest Association said that as part of its previously announced restructuring plan it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which protects a company from its creditors while it restructures.

It said the Chapter 11 filing only applies to its US businesses and not its operations in other countries.

"We look forward to emerging with a restructured balance sheet and as a financially stronger organization that is positioned to pursue our growth and transformational initiatives," Reader's Digest president and chief executive Mary Berner said in a statement.

It turns out that CEO Mary Berner is the one that turned over operations to that notorious Curry Den, HCL:

Reader's Digest Association Signs $350mn+ Total IT Outsourcing Engagement With HCL

Remember, HCL is the company that is headed by that fat fuck bigot, Vineet Nayar, who said that "Most American Grads Are ‘Unemployable’."

Here is what some Reader's Digest workers had to say about this "collaborator cunt Mary Berner" (I can't wait until that phrase shows up the next time in Google when Ms. Berner goes ego-surfing):

Not only in USA the employees had to take 5 unpaid days off, worldwide, including in profitable countries. We hate Mary Berner, CEO, she is destroying the company, leading it to a disaster.
Comment by A RD worker - March 5, 2009 at 12:55 am

When is she going to leave the company?
her ego is sooooo big!!!
she took everything from us
we lost talented peoples, skills peoples,
loyal and dedicated workers …
she can go to hell!!!
Comment by Comment by Another RD worker - March 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

There is a pattern here:

1. Poorly run company is preyed upon by Indian outsourcing jackals.
2. Slumdogs infiltrate company, destroy what is left of operations.
3. Company goes out of business.

As the Industry Standard reported:

Bankrupt U.S. companies were hit by Indian outsourcers...

This blog comment sums up what we Americans should do about companies like Reader's Digest:

Once they outsource to India why should they be allowed full bankruptcy protection? If they aren't employing Americans why should they be given concessions and protection? Moving the opeation that want to move to India will basically make this an Indian company.

If they can't make a go of it here, let them move the full operation to the land of dots and let them eat the losses.


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Tunnel Rat posted on August 25, 2009 14:44

My recent exchange with Stephanie Overby was one of several I had with people in the media who displayed a propensity to throw American techies under the proverbial bus.

First was Vivek Wadhwa, who naively entered into a dialogue with a "Kevin Flanagan" and then admitted that there were millions (I told you that there was no cap) of slumdogs in America, and that they should all get green cards. Last I heard, he was whining about death threats and writing about oDesk.

Then Steve Hamm at Business Week exchanged a few emails with me, and was never heard from again. Rumor has it that he is still driving around New Jersey, doing research for a hard-hitting "documentary" that exposes the Indian-on-Indian exploitation of H-1Bs.

Then Moira Herbst at Business Week and I had a pleasant phone conversation, and she mentioned my blog in her column. The slumdogs went nuts, and Mora's castrated editor John Byrne had to send a craven apology to that online kennel and hub of visa fraud and human trafficking, and take down my link. I got tons of traffic that week. The editor will soon be shit-canned because Business Week is getting sold.

The Wall Street Journal got into the mix, when inept intern Sara Murry spewed some pro-H-1B propaganda and made the wall of shame on She hasn't been heard from either, after the INSURGENCY sent her some feedback.

Now Stephanie Overby of CIO.COM stepped into the fray, and was a little bit upset with me. Evidently she didn't like being friended on Facebook by "Kevin Flanagan." Some of my readers wanted to see her response to me, so here it is:


Thanks for your Facebook invitation. However, I don't friend sources or potential sources on Facebook as a rule. Please let your fellow brothers/sisters in arms know the policy. Once you see pictures of me and my doggie, the jig is up.

I am struck by the militancy of your emails and the Facebook profile.
I do understand where it's coming from but am curious about what kinds of inroads you're making with the tactic. I received an email from a female professional (someone with whom I think you communicate) who takes a different tack in explaining her story.

In any case, I think there's a story here, probably not for CIO, but for for the likes of Wired or Time.

If you're interested in talking to me, and letting me know your real name and background, let me know. Otherwise, I suppose I could set up a Facebook profile for Lois Lane. Then we could be fast friends.

Have a good weekend,

Stephanie Overby
Writing and Editing Services

It is clear that this Stephanie bimbo has no clue about what she is writing about, and doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to deal with the H-1B issue head on. Now that she has gotten a rhetorical kick in the teeth by the INSURGENCY and the victims of the sponsors at CIO.COM, I think she will go back to writing about her mother.

Good riddance, Stephanie. See you in hell.

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Tunnel Rat posted on August 23, 2009 14:46

When CIO.COM writer Stephanie Overby wrote a cynical piece about how the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act (S.887) was doomed to get watered down and would have little impact on these fraud-ridden visa programs, the INSURGENCY mobilized to set her straight.

Several insurgents contacted Ms. Overby, and it was revealed that she HAD NOT EVEN READ THE BILL. She knew nothing about the clause that would require companies to petition the DOL for waivers to import slumdogs to displace American workers. It was clear that she did not even understand that most H-1Bs work for bodyshops, and pimped out by these third parties to American companies, and the bill would effectively end the Desi Bodyshop Industry (DBI) as we know it.

In an exchange of emails with me, she got defensive and said that she wanted to hear stories from Americans that had been impacted by this sordid practice of high-tech human trafficking. This is the usual response from "journalists" when confronted with the charge that they are shilling for India, Inc. They want to hear stories from American techies, which of course they never write about. Since this inept "writer" Stephanie Overby refuses to discuss the denigration, displacement, and discrimination of American techies by her sponsors at CIO.COM, it is up to bloggers like me to spread the word. Here is one woman's story:

Dear Ms. Overby,

I was contacted by a friend who has been emailing you at length regarding a piece you did for about H1-B visa workers in the US. I was personally affected by this issue. What follows is my story.

I had been working for a major credit card company with a service center in Phoenix, AZ for four years. I was basically a "data miner" for the Merchant Services group. I had access to all the different databases and data warehouses that captured merchant data. I worked with internal customers to query the data in order to provide reports back to merchants or to drive business initiatives by locating process gaps and using the data to prove the gap existed and provide insight to possible solutions based on my knowledge of the data.

For three years, I received exceptional reviews. Each year I was with the company, I received a better review than the previous year. That all stopped when a woman from India took over the management roll for my team. She immediately instituted monthly one-to-one sessions, which I thought would be a great way to provide me constructive and positive feedback to better my work and my career. That was definitely not the case. In each one-to-one I was met with her blatant hostility toward me. She picked apart everything I did and NEVER gave me positive feedback. There was always something I should've done better and faster. I am admittedly a perfectionist, so I took her negative feedback very much to heart and tried harder than I ever had before in my life to meet and exceed expectations.....whatever her expectations were, because I could never get her to tell me what she expected.

Instead of things getting better, things got MUCH worse. Every single one-to-one I had with her, she came down on me for not doing a good enough job. Once when I was at her desk waiting to have an informal meeting with another colleague, she announced to me very loudly that I better start trying harder and doing better work, or I would get a "does not meet expectations" on my review. This astounded me, as I have never in my entire business career gotten a review like that. If anything, I'm always the one who excels and achieves the "goes beyond expectations" review. Plus, since she said this in a public setting, my peers sitting around us heard this, and I was publicly humiliated.

Another time, I found out I was being considered for jury duty. This was not just city court, this was a federal case and very serious in nature. I did not have a backup at work. My backups were laid off years ago, so I was doing the jobs of three people with no way to take time off since my management had never established a backup for when I was gone. Instead of understanding that jury duty is our civic duty as American citizens, she instead put pressure on me to "get out of going." As you may or may not know, the rules around jury duty have gotten much stricter in the past years, and seeing as I had no disability to keep me from going, I had no recourse but to go along with it, and I was on call every Monday morning for three months. Each week, I dreaded having to tell her the status of jury duty, because this would incite a barrage of hostility from her. She told me that if I were to get called to go to the court house that I should "get drunk first" so that they would kick me out. She also pressured me to "act like a crazy person" to get kicked out, and also to "tell them you endorse Sheriff Joe Arpaio" to get kicked out. This REALLY upset me, as I do support Sheriff Arpaio, and it made me feel like there was something wrong with me for feeling that way.

I could go on and on. She even questioned my time management skills, which is something I've always prided myself. It was common for me to fulfill a request for data in as little as 30 minutes from time of receipt, even though department standard was three to five business days from time of receipt. But instead of applauding this, she created more hostility by telling me I should spend less time at my desk. She requested that instead of sending an email to a customer in order to set expectations of a turn around time for a request that I get up, go down to their desk (on a different floor of the huge building where we worked) and speak to them in person about it, and this would result in a time savings on my end. When I questioned how taking the time to find someone at their desk was quicker than shooting off a quick email, she blew up at me.

Within weeks after this blow up, she posted two positions open to Indian candidates only for jobs exactly like mine. When I asked about these positions, I was told they were being hired to offer me backup, and that I'd be the lead over the team. I could see the writing on the wall. It was no surprise to me when I was pulled into a conference room in January and told that my job was being migrated to India. I was told I had 45 days left with the company, and that the two Indians who'd be taking my job would be flown to Arizona for me to train. Not only did they take my job and my livelihood, but the ultimate insult was that I had to TRAIN them to do my job, and if I didn't train them well, they would withhold my 12 weeks of severance pay. So I spent the next 45 days training these guys the best I could. Neither had experience with data query or writing SQL code. It was as if they had literally hired these two individuals off the street with no skills and no background. Their only qualifying "skill" was the fact that they were from India.

At the time, I was making $47K a year. The two Indians taking my job told me they were getting paid $10K a year. How can I even come close to being able to compete with that?

In summary, it is my opinion that my manager purposely created a hostile work environment in order to try to get me to quit so that they wouldn't have to pay out the severance to me. I could not go to her manager, as she was a Chinese lady who treated me the same, if not worse, than my Indian manager. I also feel that I am the victim of reverse discrimination. Since I left the company, old coworkers have also moved on, and their jobs are being filled with H1-B visa workers from India and Pakistan. There are no longer any Americans working on my old team.

So now, here I sit at home on this computer writing my story to you. I am unemployed, and I have been unsuccessful in finding a new job (I'm over qualified for what little jobs are out there). I'm drawing a weekly unemployment claim, for which I receive $200 a week. I can barely pay my bills or support my two children.

Now you tell me how sending American jobs to India or giving American jobs to H1-B visas is helping the U.S. Ms. Overby, until you spend a day in my shoes or the shoes of another American citizen who lost their job to offshoring, I ask you how you can support this type of legislation. This is just my story, but there are millions more like it all across our country. Perhaps you should get down in the trenches with people like me....people who spent a lot of money to get college degrees and spent many years building upon their careers.....people who worked 60 hours a week just to "get ahead" who are now unemployed. I have never been on welfare in my life, and it sickens me now that I must depend on it. But knowing you need to feed your children and keep a safe room over their heads makes you do things you thought you'd never have to do in life. Goodbye, my pride.

What followed from Ms. Overby was a whiny, condescending response to this American that was victimized by the collaborators that sponsor Ms. Overby's employer. She had nothing to say about plans to write about these experiences. I told you that is just a canard. Do you really think the advertisers at CIO.COM are going to let a story like these get out? They don't have to worry, because they have a pro-globalist shill for India, Inc. like Stephanie Overby around.


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Tunnel Rat posted on August 20, 2009 14:48

A nasty collaborator named Barbara Hoffnagle, assistant general manager and chief information executive of Arizona utility Salt River Project, has sent out bid requests to two curry dens, Infosys and Accenture, so that it can shitcan 50 American techies now employed by SRP. This nasty bitch needs to be stopped. I heard Arizona has some pretty liberal gun laws:

This means that some nuclear plants in Arizona will be CONTROLLED BY SLUMDOGS.

WTF? As this writer put it, this is a disaster waiting to happen:

Oh great. That includes the biggest nuke plant in the U.S. - Palo Verde. So we're going to have people from a 3rd world country where the power goes out every 30 minutes now manage the most reliable power infrastructure in the world. Not to mention the Indian Mafia's propensity to network and worm their way into everything. They will do everything from steal the nuke plant plans and tech to steal the software to export fissionable material back to India. What someone needs to tell these moron beancounter MBA's is: NO AMOUNT OF COST SAVINGS IS GOOD IF THE PRODUCT DOESN'T WORK. Most people here do know that nearly all Indian degrees are FAKE, right? They destroyed Silicon Valley, then Wall St., then Detroit, now we're going to let them manage our power infrastructure? FOREIGN NATIONALS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TOUCH OUR CRITICAL SYSTEMS.

Here's the info for SRP:

• President: John M. Williams Jr.
• Associate General Manager, Commercial and Customer Services: Mark B. Bonsall
• Assistant General Manager and CIO: Barbara Hoffnagle

Contact Information
Address: 1521 N. Project Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281-1298
Phone: 602-236-5900
Fax: 602-236-4423


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Tunnel Rat posted on August 18, 2009 15:03

After considerable pressure from the INSURGENCY, Desi Dirtbag Niranjan Shah has resigned:

U. of I. board chairman quits amid scandal


University of Illinois trustee Niranjan Shah before the committee investigating admissions abuses at the school. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

Days before a state panel is set to blast him for his heavy-handedness in University of Illinois affairs, board Chairman Niranjan Shah resigned his powerful post Monday while accepting some blame for his role in a far-reaching admissions scandal.

An Oak Brook businessman and prolific political donor, Shah becomes the second university trustee to step down amid allegations that he overstepped his authority in meddling with undergraduate and graduate applications. Trustee Lawrence Eppley resigned last week, saying he wanted to restore public confidence in the Urbana-Champaign campus.



Shah's departure leaves behind a fractured board grappling with an uncertain future. The remaining seven governor-appointed members will be urged to submit their resignations when the Illinois Admissions Review Commission releases its report this week.

"I don't know who else might decide to resign, so it leaves the board in limbo," trustee Frances Carroll said. "My concern is we won't be able to do the business of the university if everyone is resigning."

Shah and fellow board members came under scrutiny following revelations of clout lists that gave well-connected applicants an admissions edge at the state's most selective public university. Records show that Shah's sway also influenced housing and employment decisions involving his relatives and at least one employee's child.

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Tunnel Rat posted on August 18, 2009 15:00

John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry have fun with the Dumbass Desi, Vivek Kundra, that is posing as America's "CIO".

At one point Dvorak asks Curry how did a guy as unqualified as Kundra got his gig, and Curry alludes to the nepotism that enables people like Kundra and America's curry-scented CTO Aneesh Chopra to infiltrate our organizations.

This Kundra guy seems like such a flake, and he has this creepy lisp that really gets on my nerves. As is typical of Desis and slumdogs, Kundra called himself a "CEO" of his own one-person company and inflated his college credentials.

Here someone commented on Dvorak's blog on this phenomenon:

Greg Allen said, on August 12th, 2009 at 7:36 am

After having lived in India, I would never EVER hire an Indian without doing a thorough check on his/her academic credentials.

By many accounts, academic fraud in Indian culture is HUGE.

This was told to me by the Indians I worked-with but was confirmed by a visa officer I met in Dubai who had vetted thousands of CVs. According to him, Indians rarely had the academic credentials they claimed. Even if a degree is real, the whole school might be a fraud!

One frank Indian HR person I met automatically discounts claimed Indian degrees by one — if an Indian claims to have a B.A., they probably have about high school diploma, etc. If they claim to have a PH.D, they probably have done some Masters level work.

I’m not specifically accusing Kundra, BTW. I realize that he spent most of his life in America.

– - – -

BTW, I expect an Indian to flame me for saying this. But what I say, I learned from _Indians_. I’m not a bigot — I like India and her people.

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Tunnel Rat posted on August 16, 2009 11:48

My DBA friend texted me this week. He finally found a contract (after months of looking) at one of the big studios in L.A. The company was turning over all their I.T. work to Cap Gemini, one of the biggest curry dens in the world.

The project is a disaster, in part because most of the local workers refused to transition over to become Cap Gemini employees. Much of the domain knowledge walked out the door. Americans still have some leverage in I.T., and many will now refuse to work with packs of slumdogs because bloggers like me have been getting the word out about how the Indian jackals work.

Here's what my friend had to say:

DBA: Offshore powered down started removing cables on wrong prod servers??

Last weekend crises was halted to swine flu building scare in india. So much for 24 hr support?

Keystone cops invasion. I have no one left to get support/info from !?!

ME: I am so blogging that.

DBA: So a minor prod issue over weekend was escalated to top mgmt because NOBOBY there on helpdesk to answer phones! Swine flu scare in building India. Classic.

One key selling point for offshoring is 24/7 and IT can work 2 times existing America only force. Deliver projects in half time to save $$$. Everybody wins ???


DBA: Nobody knows this in my organization. I found the swine flu scare info from taking train home and sitting next to top studio exec! They had to do emergency conference calls!

They think phone system was down or nobody came in to work in India. I'm keeping quiet but LMAO!

Wait! Munbai closes all schools. Its not over yet.

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This is just wrong on so many levels:

When employees of the University System of Georgia take their mandated furlough days, foreign workers with a special visa will not be joining them.

University System officials said placing these employees on unpaid leave would require approval from the federal government. About 750 of the system’s 40,000 employees have an H-1B non-immigrant visa, which allows employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty areas.

BTW, please contact the author if that article, Laura Diamond, to set her straight about this myth that is she propagating:

In order to receive an H-1B visa, an employer must show there are no Americans able to do the work, according to federal rules.

Here was my response to her shoddy journalism (feel free to copy paste and send to

Ms. Diamond,

In your AJC Aug. 13, 2009 article “University system won't furlough foreign workers,” the following statement is incorrect:

“In order to receive an H-1B visa, an employer must show there are no Americans able to do the work, according to federal rules.”

Here are the facts:

The DOL's Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2006-2011 (pg. 36) states: "... H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."

The Federal Register, dated June 30, 2006, Section II, paragraph 4, "the statute does not require demonstrate that there are no available US workers or to test the labor market for US workers as required under the permanent labor certification program."

I request that the AJC print a correction to your erroneous claim. In the future, I suggest that you do some research instead of parroting the lies spoon fed to the media by the H-1B lobby.

Kevin Flanagan

Our colleges are one of the biggest consumers of cheap foreign workers and well-funded dowry dogs scamming their way into this country. Remember, the mythical "CAP" does not apply to non-profits. Hundreds of thousands of H-1Bs are employed by our universities. The schools even go out of their way to promote the displacement of American students and faculty to make way for mostly Indians:

"Many U.S. colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing U.S. companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are U.S. citizens. "In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements," advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own U.S. students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same messsage is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

- Link

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Tunnel Rat posted on August 13, 2009 12:14

And a fraud, as renowned writer John C. Dvorak has discovered:

Is US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra a Phony?

This is the sort of question you might ask after trying to actually verify his supposed MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The registrar has no record of it. After initially posting this article the degree has cropped up apparently at the nearby University Campus in 2001. This was found by Nextgov.Com. But his degree in biology has yet to appear as his record shows a degree from College Park Campus for Psychology and nothing more.

I have queried the White House for clarification and still have received no response. The internet has answered the MS question. But other issues remain. Regarding a number of interesting and questionable facts, most in regard to Kundra’s bio. The most ridiculous is his assertion that he was formerly a CEO of Creostar. While records for this company are hard to come by a small Dun & Bradstreet service did turn up the following information: there was indeed a Creostar in Arlington, VA. It was founded in 2004 with the contact being Vivek Kundra. The last record for the company (online) showed sales of $67,000 with one employee – apparently Kundra, the CEO.

...The emergence of Kundra is something that needs more research. There is some indication that Kundra got his jobs in Virginia after being recommended by Aneesh Chopra another professional bureaucrat in Virginia who was apparently his friend from campaign work. On one blog there is a pic of Chopra and Kundra at a boxing match with Indian bigwig Shudkaer Shenoy. The photo was taken in 2008 before either of the two men began with the Obama administration. Since then Chopra was given the job as USA Chief Technology Office (CTO).


This is typical of the Desis monopolizing I.T, academia, and the U.S. government now. They have phony credentials, fake resumes, and got where they are through nepotism.

This shoplifting slumdog, like Vivek Wadhwa, is a fake.

It looks like there is major campaign to uncover exactly what the fuck this Chopra prick is up to:


Despite a lot of the corrections noted in the comments, it does appear that John is on to something, if not specifically with Kundra’s resume, but with his background.

Insider connections make all the difference. ProPublica is now reporting (see that the $18 million contract to develop the website was awarded to a defense contractor named Smartronix, which is somewhat notorious for landing government contracts by making hefty campaign contributions to influential politicians, but doesn’t seem to have a very impressive track record for designing websites. Note also that they are pretty big players in the health care IT market, which explains quite a bit more about their strategic investments in lobbying congressmen. Much of the 154 page contract consists of blacked out text where key details of the agreement are hidden from public view. So much for Obama’s “transparent government” initiatives.

See also which raises still more questions about this project supposedly overseen by Kundra.

Another Washington Examiner column from last month ( points out that there are three other public and privately-funded websites already online that duplicate the features of and none of them cost anywhere near $18 million to launch.




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Tunnel Rat posted on August 12, 2009 11:16

I love the Desis that have been Westernized and can make fun of the sick, backwards culture that they originated from. After all, we are all Americans at the end of the day, and we can mock the "old country."

Like I give a shit about Hungary, or what people have to say about Hungarians. Only a scumbag H-1B newly arrived from the shithole sub-continent would raise hell about what people say about his culture or country of origin.

And no wonder these guys can't get laid. Have you ever shaken hands with a slumdog? It is like squeezing a pile of day-old dogshit. They have the softest, smelliest hands in the world. None of them have done a single day of real work in their lives. I grew up flipping burgers, doing construction work, and carrying a pack in the Marine Corps. I know all about character-building challenges and hard work. These skinny bastards that have flooded I.T. are like hairy little girls.

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