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, www.immigrationvoice.org 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 www.h1bpimps.com. 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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