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Idaho female becomes 1st ever U.S. PanzerFräulein!

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In August 2016 Sergeant First Class  Erin Smith was awarded with Idaho’s Spirit of Freedom Award.  Her ‘exceptional’ act was becoming the first ever female ‘tanker’ in the United States military!  (I wonder why the U.S. main stream national news media didn’t mention it?)

SFC Smith officially became a M1 tanker (MOS 19K) in June of 2016.  Her original MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was healthcare specialist.  She deployed to Bosnia in 2002 and then Iraq in 2004, where she was awarded the Combat Medical Badge.

Smith’s transition to a combat MOS was the result of U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter opening combat jobs to women at the end of 2015.  However, I’ve always known some women can handle combat jobs no problem.  Several NATO member countries have had female’s in combat jobs for decades, such as Idaho’s neighbor to the north Canada.

While deployed for a ‘friendly’ armor contest with Canadian tankers in 2002, an impromptu main-gun loading contest was held between Bravo Company, 2-116th Armored Cav, Idaho National Guard and Canadian tankers in Alberta.  Main-gun rounds weigh about 19kg (40 pounds) and unlike the auto-loading Soviet/Russian panzers most U.S.-NATO tanks are manually loaded. Guess who won the manly competition? A skinny Canadian army officer who just happened to be a female!

But that’s not the first time I witnessed a female kicking ass over males. While attending Army Basic Training in 1982 one of my Army Drill Sergeants was a little female who could out push-up and out sit-up the men!

Still, I’m proud the Idaho National Guard can boast having the first female M1 Abrams tanker in the U.S.!

IDAHO: “THIS IS WHERE ARMOR FIGHTS!” FIRST FEMALE COMBAT MECHANIC!

“This is a bomb dropped on us!” “I can’t take it anymore!” : Dumbing Down the U.S., December 2016

It must be noted that I started documenting these education shutdowns at the beginning of 2014, in that year I posted the reports biannually (every six months). In 2015 education cutbacks ramped up and I posted quarterly (every three months). For the past 12 months of 2016 there have been so many education cutbacks that I’ve posted a report every month!

Disappearing Students Syndrome (DSS): A phrase created by me to describe a phenomenon taking place across the United States, affecting both privately and publicly funded schools, from Kindergarten all the way through University levels.

Incomplete list of publicly announced education related layoffs & school shutdowns, December 2016:

Alabama: The state’s surprise 89% high school graduation rate is now under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.  Initial investigation shows that school admin were counting  students who ‘completed’ high school but who didn’t technically graduate.  In Northport, after more than 20 years Queen Esther’s School of Cosmetology shutdown due to skyrocketing cost of operations, the owner Queen Esther Robertson exclaiming “I can’t take it anymore!”

Arizona: Pima College considering everything from jacking up tuition to program cuts and layoffs due to crashing enrollment: “The status quo is the path to doom…….We need to recognize our new reality.”-Scott Stewart, college board member

California: The state Commission on Teacher Credentialing is spending 20-million tax dollars to help secretaries and food service workers become teachers, after it was revealed that The Golden State is suffering from a massive teacher shortage.  San Diego school district warning of layoffs due to suddenly needing to cut $117-million USD in costs, just one month after giving teachers a pay raise!

Colorado: Garfield County laid off eight librarians and reduced library hours due to a sudden $1.2-million crash in tax revenues normally generated by the oil industry!

Connecticut:The state government suddenly cut current year school funding by $20-million!  It was revealed that god was powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Saint Mary School in Newington, right before the 2016-17 school year.  It’s blamed on $500-thousand USD of debt.  After 30 years Lincoln Culinary Institute-Connecticut Culinary Institute shutdown due to failing to meet tougher U.S. Department of Education rules demanding proof that graduates actually find decent paying jobs.

Florida: Teacher shortages caused by low pay being called a top education story for The Sunshine State.  Jefferson County School District suddenly laid off eight people, at the behest of state financial oversight board.

Idaho:  A independent audit revealed that 99% of teacher evaluations were rigged in favor of the teacher, and possibly illegal. Colorado based  McREL International reviewed 225 evaluations and found only three were accurate!  However, there are questions about the so called independent investigator McREL.  In Twin Falls, local news media revealed that during the Summer local school officials paid $94,108.26 to one administrator (who then suddenly retired) and then tried to hide the fact from the public.  So far school officials are refusing to explain the secret payout. It was revealed that ‘christian’ dominated School District 134 was segregating elementary students by sex, in direct violation of federal law.  The segregation experiment had been ongoing for the past nine years!

Illinois: North Shore School District 112 using a 2011 state law to eliminate ‘dozens’ of teaching jobs for the 2017-18 school year.    Da Vinci Academy, in Elgin, suddenly announced they were  shutting down at the end of the school year due to six years of crashing enrollment: “This is a bomb dropped on us…….What are we going to do?”-Ron Woodruff, upset parent

Louisiana: Louisiana State University warning of program shutdowns and layoffs due to low enrollment.  Lincoln University killed its history program due to lack of students!

New Hampshire: Colby-Sawyer College suddenly laid off 18 people, blaming it on a $2.6-million operating loss!

New Mexico:  San Juan College eliminated eight jobs and reduced payments to the employee healthcare fund, due to state taxpayer funding cuts.

New York: In Brooklyn-NYC, after 35 years BookCourt shutdown.  After 120 years Utica School of Commerce shutdown: “…unfortunately our enrollment has declined over the last few years after hitting a real high in 2009-2010.”-Philip Williams

Texas: In Palestine, after 30 years Comet School Supplies shutdown.  Austin Independent School District warning that 11 schools could be shutdown due to the age of the buildings, and the costs of updating them.  It’s been revealed that the Texas Education Agency has denied Special Education to thousands of students with Down Syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD,  and even blind and deaf students: In Texas today, even children with severe disabilities, including deafness and blindness, can’t always get special education services.

Washington: Seattle Public Schools warning of layoffs due to an expected $74-million shortfall in funding!

Washington DC: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission revealed another source of Dumbing Down of Americans; foreign text book publishers, specifically an Indian company called OMICS International (aka OMICS Publishing Group).  

 

George Washington University “…eliminated requirements in U.S., North American and European history, as well as the foreign language requirement. Thus, it is possible that a student can major in history at GWU without taking a survey course on United States history.”

West Virginia: Randolph County warning of school layoffs as a way of avoiding school shutdowns.

Dumbing Down November 2016: “FINANCIAL EXIGENCY” AS MO PROOF MO EDUCATION DOES NOT EQUAL MO MONEY

HIGH TECH FAIL: JAPAN JOINS THE DUMBING DOWN CROWD!

“We plan to sell it down to the bones.” “…it’s crappy…!” : Idaho’s Economic Destruction 2016

Incomplete list of economic related events in The Gem State of Idaho, 2016.

JANUARY:

 A new Corporation for Enterprise Development study says 45.5% of Idaho families are trapped in poverty and there’s no hope of getting out, as the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard calls the economic situation the “new normal”!

Gem State Right to Work (you over) ‘lawmakers’ are apparently realizing  how bad the financial situation is for families and are creating a new law that will exempt ‘cottage food’ businesses (literally mom-n-pop food sellers working out of their home) from the same health codes that traditional retail establishments must obey.

In Idaho County, according to local news reports two Texas billionaires bought-up 38-thousand acres of land and then shut it all down to local residents who traditionally use it for recreation and hunting!  Residents are outraged as previous land owners allowed public access for recreation and hunting.

According to a new report called The Financial Condition of Idaho Agriculture: 2015, Idaho farmers saw an overall 9% drop in cash receipts (even with a 2% drop in operating costs) from 2014 to 2015, due to crashing food prices: “The low prices in 2014 bled over into last year. The shortages, the supply and demand factors bleed into the following year.”-Garth Taylor, University of Idaho agricultural economist

It’s been revealed that pesticides have contaminated farms in eastern Idaho.  At least 809 hectares (2-thousand acres) are affected and must be cleaned up, at taxpayer expense of course (an estimated $250-thousand USD has been quoted as an initial payment!).  The contamination was discovered when farmers reported mutations in their crops and animals.  Investigators traced it to the massive use of Methyl Bromide back in 2006.  The contamination affects potatoes, hay, alfalfa, wheat and barley.  In 2006 paranoia erupted over the discovery of a nematode that destroys potato crops, state and federal agriculture ‘experts’ told farmers to use methyl bromide to kill the microbe.  It was farmers who first reported the crop and livestock mutations, concluding that it must be the result of using the toxic chemical.     The decade old drought is causing taxpayers to fork out more funding for aquifer recharge projects.  Governor Otter is proposing a one time $10-million USD payment plus $2-million yearly for the Egin Lakes-Egin Bench canal near Rexburg.  Supporters of the plan complain it’s not enough money!

A new study is blaming low Gem State high school graduation rates on internet classes!   The state Board of Education reported that ‘virtual schools’ can barely graduate 20% of their online students!   I can attest to this claim as I know a young woman who tried the virtual school program for almost a year, before giving up and going back to old fashioned brick-n-mortar school in Pocatello.  I remember her school counselor at Pokey High warning her she’d be back because the majority of students fail to complete the online courses.  The online school seems easier because supposedly you’re on your own schedule, but it turns out to be harder than traditional school.

Pokey Runway liquidating

In Pocatello about two years after opening, previously worn clothing seller Runway Fashion Exchange “going out of business” and liquidating everything.  Essentially a for-profit thrift store, Runway Fashion Exchange has been shutting down stores across the U.S. since 2013.  Also it was made official, the Pocatello Kmart being shutdown.

It’s finally being revealed by local news sources that state taxpayers were funding the maintaining of the JR. Simplot mansion to the tune of nearly $1-million USD during the time the property was in possession of the state!   Back in 2004 the mansion (estimated to be worth $2-million) was given to The Gem State, however, it was supposedly given back to the Simplot family in 2013 because the utility bills alone were costing taxpayers $150-thousand per year!  This info was originally reported by the United Kingdom’s DailyMail back in 2013.    The Simplot family can no longer pay the upkeep on the mansion and are tearing it down.

Grocer Supervalu issued a WARN for three Boise stores (North Ancestor, South Denver Way and Parkcenter locations), at least 80 jobs lost by March.  It might be connected to Supervalu’s plan to take its Save-A-Lot discount grocery ops ‘public’.  Back in October Supervalu laid off 115 people at their East Baybrook Court, Boise location, in connection with the merger of Albertsons and Safeway.  Also in Boise, after at least 25 years the Twin Dragon restaurant is shutting down by March.  The owners are trying to sell it to help fund their retirement plans.  A Meridian woman is now in federal prison after co-leading a fraudulent investment scheme (known as Alternative Energy Holdings) once claiming to build a nuclear power plant near Mountain Home Air Force Base.  Her partner in crime, a man, is on the run and being pursued by federal agents.

The state Department of Labor is admitting in a round-about way that the decades old Right to Work (you over) labor laws are a failure as 50% of Idahoans who graduate Idaho colleges/universities leave the state after four years due to low wages and salaries!   It took decades of Right to Work you over-ism for state administrators to realize that highly educated workers are not going to work for peanuts?  Of course the pro-Right to Work ‘lawmakers’ refused to blame their Right to Work policies and instead blamed “market conditions”, failing to realize that their Right to Work policies are directly influencing Idaho “market conditons”.  Maybe the ‘lawmakers’ need to go back to school and take some economics classes?

The number of Gem State school districts asking for taxpayer burdening supplemental levies has gone up, again.  At latest count 94 of the 115 district need extra money to function in the 2015-16 school year, even though state tax funding is back to ‘pre-recession’ levels!    One reason for the demand for strapping taxpayers is increasing numbers of domestic economic migrants flooding into Idaho, the majority being low income.  Domestic migrants, along with high birth rates, accounted for 75% of Idaho’s population growth in 2015.  According to the Shifting Sands: Idaho’s Changing Student Demographics and What it Means for Education  study domestic migration is going to continue, and the overwhelming majority of the U.S. migrants into Idaho will be tax burdening (maybe not so tax burdening as Idaho has piss-poor social programs) low income families: “The state is expected to see net growth in lower income households and net declines in households with incomes above $50,000.  Much of the state is projected to see an increase in the share of households with an income of less than $25,000.     (I’ve lived here for 20 years and my income has always been “less than $25,000″, I even went into deep debt getting a degree from Idaho State University in 2006 and my income actually crashed!)

FEBRUARY:  It’s been revealed that state Department of Parks and Recreation has been running on $70-thousand USD in private donations after running out of normal fees and taxpayer funding!  The majority of the donations came from corporations Airstream and Cabela’s.  State ‘lawmakers’ allowed Parks & Rec to beggar for donations last year, in order to offset massive state funding cuts.

The Gem State’s version of ObamaCare is being directly blamed for the deaths of 1-thousand Idahoans since 2013!  That accusation came from Kenneth Krell, director of Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls.  He targeted the claim at state Right to Work (you over) ‘lawmakers’ whom he was testifying in front of: “And I kept asking myself, how could this be? How, in a state like Idaho where we care about each other, could I be seeing deaths and really damaging illness on a nearly daily basis as a result of failure to expand Medicaid that cost tangible lives? It’s difficult to understand.”

MARCH: In Garden City, after 40 years The Gem State’s largest horse racing op Les Bois Park suddenly shutdown. It’s the latest victim of a recent decision by A-hole ‘christian’ regulators declaring instant horse racing machines to be “unconstitutional”! Boise State University conducted an economic study which concluded that Les Bois Park alone generated $50-million USD for Ada County, and provided 536 jobs, all lost now! The Idaho Horse Council says there will be a domino effect across Idaho’s equine economy: “It’s the feed, the hotels, the traveling, eating… it’s just a trickledown effect. Horses are going to be shipped out of state and that’s income Idaho doesn’t get. That’s devastating for our horse economy.”-Myron Amsden

The biggest electricity supplier in The Gem State is asking for a 2.2% increase (more than $2 per month for ‘average’ users) in utility bills.  Idaho Power says current rates are not allowing them to cover their “fixed costs” of operations. What’s not being reported is that more and more Idaho Power customers are using less electricity, and Idaho Power administrators expect that to continue, that’s the true reason for the rate jack up!   Idaho senator Dan Schmidt gave back his state taxpayer funded health plan to protest republicans continued refusal to close the healthcare gap: “I don’t think it’s fair that I get the taxpayers of Idaho to buy me health insurance, and we’re not willing to look at that problem for our other citizens who don’t have that benefit….  …And shame on us for not solving it!” -Dan Schmidt

In Boise, after only four months the brand new Boise Co-op grocery store located at The Village at Meridian laid off 29 employees, due to lack of sales!  Boise Co-op opened the store in November 2015, expecting big sales because Maureen Valko, Boise Co-op marketing manager, assumed there was a demand for their products saying  “There’s a demand for a good, natural food store on this side of town….”  It should be noted that in 2015 Boise Co-op was hit with numerous health code violations by city inspectors, in connection to a June 2015 salmonella outbreak at an older store.  So much for ‘natural foods’.  Also in Boise, it was revealed that Idaho Heritage Inn was sold-off last month, the former owner blames a 20% crash in bookings on Airbnb.com.  However, it should be noted that the bed-n-breakfast owner accepted a healthy offer from Saint Luke’s Medical Center for the land.

And just how addicted to Mexican money is Idaho?  Recently Mexico’s Minister of Trade Armando Orellana died.  Idaho’s government and agriculture industry are officially mourning Orellana as he’s credited for making Idaho a major ag partner for Mexico, generating $191-million USD in sales for Idaho’s minority (mainly corporate owned now) farmers-ranchers, just in 2015:  “Idaho agriculture lost a great friend. He touched many lives over the years and the tragic loss of Armando will be felt throughout Idaho.”-Celia Gould, Idaho Department of Agriculture   (Idaho even has its own website promoting itself in Mexico)

The Idaho Department of Labor admits that many Idahoans born between 1980 and 2000 are fleeing the Right to Work (you over) Gem State, and the biggest reason is the same reason I’ve heard since arriving in 1997, not enough good paying jobs: “People want to stay here, but there aren’t many options or much industry available in Idaho.  We’ve been avoiding this issue for a long time, because our employers don’t like to hear it: We don’t pay well!”-Ken Edmunds, Idaho Department of Labor

Back in 2003 I interviewed several Idaho State University Alumni who graduated in 1973.  They all stated they were making more money back in the 1970s.  One social sciences graduate stated he continued working at his loading dock job because he was making more money than what he would get with his sociology degree, but once Idaho became a Right to Work state (in the 1980s) everything went to hell.  As a dock worker in Pocatello (on Garrett Way) he was making $15.00 per hour in the 1970s, and that’s not adjusting for inflation!  He wasn’t married and his rent, utilities and food was so cheap by today’s costs that he felt like he was living in luxury.  By 2003 most of the distribution/warehouse jobs left the city, and at his age he was lucky to find a job that paid him $7.00 per hour.  He said the only reason why he wasn’t homeless was because he paid-off his cheap mobile home in the late 1970s and was still living in it.  Many of the older Pocatellans I interviewed wondered how young adults were surviving financially.   For decades local and state level politicians promised to bring god paying jobs to the state.  In Pocatello and Chubbuck there is a covert push to make the area a warehousing/distribution hub again, but the average starting wage for such jobs is between $10 and $15 per hour.  When adjusted for inflation that’s way less than what the same jobs paid in the 1970s!

APRIL:  How many people know the origin of the charity United Way?  It was born in the Coeur d’Alene area of northern Idaho in 1957, with the name United Crusade.  But since then the economy has gotten so bad that United Way announced it was expanding charity services in its own birthplace.

In Boise, after 31 years backpacking store The Benchmark shutting down so the owner can return “…to the Idaho mountains.”  Emil Hutton said it’s time to quit due to the rise of what he calls “point-n-click” shopping.

In Boise, christian healthcare scammer Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center has been found in violation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  In 2015 an employee reported to the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) that Saint Luke’s was not ‘coding’ certain time off as FMLA.  The DoL reviewed two years worth of “hundreds” of employee records and concluded that Saint Luke’s “…failed to ensure that all employees on FMLA-covered leave received all the protections…”  Interestingly the DoL determination, and resulting Saint Luke’s resolution actually took place in November 2015, but only now is being made public!  In February I reported how Saint Luke’s was caught stealing local property taxes! 

Despite boasting of a recovering economy the self proclaimed ‘christian’ leaders of Idaho have decided they must ration the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, incorrectly called Food Stamps).  Starting in July instead of getting all their food assistance on a single day, it will be spread over a ten days period, affecting 82-thousand of Idaho’s 1.5-million residents.  It was revealed that this rationing of food assistance was actually ordered by state ‘elected christian lawmakers’ back in 2014!   The British empire created christian Salvation Army protested the SNAP rationing by pointing out that poor Idahoans have been screwed so much by state ‘christian lawmakers’ that up to 90% of people coming into Salvation Army food banks are there to supplement the meager scraps given to them by Idaho’s SNAP!  (as a single healthy unemployed adult male I can confirm that there are plenty of poor people in Idaho who don’t qualify for state controlled social programs)

State Department of Labor sold its Right to Work Internet Unemployment System (ius) to the states of Iowa and Vermont!   The Gem State’s version of ObamaCare, Your Health Idaho, strikes again!  A Twin Falls woman is in desperate need of brain surgery but doesn’t have enough money to pay for insurance herself, yet also does not qualify for ObamaCare under Your Health Idaho!  But wait, that’s not all!  It turns out that when she first went to doctors they ignorantly told her she was crazy and didn’t have a physical problem!  Finally, after several MRIs she was diagnosed with   Chiari malformation: “If it goes untreated, then I will slowly become paralyzed, and from there I will end up on machines. That is something that is a reality for me if I don’t get it taken care of.”-Brittany Long

MAY:  Despite years of boasting how great their farm economy was, even boasting of the Ag industry’s relationship with Mexico, the Department of Agriculture admitted that in 2015 Idaho’s farm exports crashed by 22%!  Idaho dairy exports crashed and burned by 43%! It’s blamed on the ‘strong’ USD, which makes U.S. products more expensive overseas: “It was a nice ride, but it’s over.”-Laura Johnson, Idaho Department of Agriculture

The Idaho Technology Council reports that from 2014 to 2015 business investments into The Gem State tripled ($3.47 billion to $16.29 billion)! However, when you break it down by region all the big increases in investments went to the Boise area (aka southern sector of the state), north and east sectors saw little change in investments. And 60% went to the service sector (retail).

Idaho’s Economic Destruction month of JUNE: “RISEN FROM THE ASHES”? WE STRUCK OIL!

Idaho’s Economic Destruction month of JULY86 YEARS OLD ZAMZOWS GOING DOWN?

AUGUST: Economically depressed Idaho is one of 11 states supplying the most military personnel for the never ending, and undeclared, war on terror. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)!

The U.S. Census Bureau warning that sparsely populated Idaho could soon be dominated by immigrants, with the result that the majority of Gem State families will become poor.

In Pocatello, a divorce settlement forced the shutdown of 112 years old Town and Country Gardens, killing ten jobs: “We plan to sell it down to the bones.”-John Crook, owner, following the divorce court’s orders

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) lost its attempt to become the site for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy, or FORGE: “Although our Idaho site was not selected, INL still has the opportunity to participate in the FORGE effort through our role as a member of the University of Utah-led team and in other funded proposals.”-Rob Podgorney, INL geothermal

A Fourth District Judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the 2014 law that heaps huge taxpayer funded incentives on companies moving to The Gem State.  Tens of millions in tax breaks (supposedly in the form of “reimbursements”) have already gone to companies like California based Amy’s Kitchen and Ireland’s Glanbia Foods. Agricultural news source Capital Press also revealed that an undisclosed food producer was recently given a $15-million tax credit for creating a piddly 80 jobs in Boise.  The state Depatment of Commerce claims that tax ‘reimbursments’ helped create 4,737 new jobs. But if companies aren’t paying their fair share of taxes how are the state and local governments going to make up for it?  By hitting Idaho residents with jacked up taxes and fees, of course.

If you’ve got a family and you’re thinking about moving to Idaho to get a job with one of those taxpayer subsidized companies, think again.  The Gem State is one of the worst when it comes to affordable child daycare, and the state government does nothing about it.  Economic Policy Institute says the average Idaho family spends $6-hundred per month per child on daycare.  Child Care Aware says from 2013 to 2014 childcare costs in Idaho skyrocketed by 19.9%!  Even a daycare operator says it’s not worth it to raise a family in Idaho: “Ultimately, when you do the math, and mom is only making X amount, how much of that money is going toward lunches out, and extra clothing, and taxes, and gas to get to and from? You have to look at all of that and see if it’s cost-effective.”-Megan MacCleary, Megan’s Munchkins Preschool, whose income from her daycare operation is so low she qualies for Medicaid (even though daycare rates have gone up Idaho still ranks third lowest for daycare operator/worker pay)

Non-profit Project Access Northwest testified before The Gem State legislature, blasting them for their version of ObamaCare saying 40% of the patients they see have no insurance! State Representative Fred Wood, from Burley, stated that Idaho’s version of ObamaCare is a “system where if you’re poor you have to rely on charity care, versus what everybody else gets.”

Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) canceled $5-million USD in funding for their students attending cash strapped Idaho State University (ISU).

Idaho State University (ISU) laying off 34 people at its Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering Complex (RISE), officially due to contract expiration.  Unnamed employees told local news sources that the RISE was being shutdown due to lack of money, but ISU admin denied the rumor.     More proof that throwing a lot of money at a problem doesn’t fix anything! After eight years, the state Department of Education’s $135-million USD campaign to increase math scores failed, big time! 8th graders considered at or above grade level dropped from 38% to 34% last year! 4th graders dropped from 41% to 38%!   The Education Commission of the States says Idaho’s taxpayer funding of education fails because “…the current formula did not contemplate a variety of different learning modalities, the increasing mobility of students and the states move toward mastery-based education.”      The 2016 Idaho Ready for Change survey says 73% of Idahoans prefer charter, or private schools, over traditional taxpayer funded schools.    Seven years later CenturyLink and Education Networks of America (ENA) now suing the state Department of Education over the scandalous Idaho Education Network project.  State Supreme Court rulings invalidated the IEN contracts, and the whole IEN broadband project was scrapped. CenturyLink and ENA claim they lost $18.5-million USD as a result!   Idaho public schools are also struggling financially after a court ruling (last year) revealed that the fees Idaho schools have been charging for decades violate the state constitution.  School District 151 revealed the illegal fees they were charging would’ve amounted to $140-thousand for the current school year.  School District 411 spent taxpayer funding on an attorney to find ways to continue to charge ‘fees’ without violating the state constitution.   Parents from school districts 2 and 25 (my district) are now suing for a refund of the illegal fees.  

SEPTEMBER:  Trading Company Stores suddenly shutdown their Post Falls and Bonners Ferry locations, 68 jobs lost due to the owner selling out to Washington based Yoke’s.  In Twin Falls, after more than 42 years Addison Restaurant West shutting down in October.  The owner sold it so he could take care of his 98 years old mom.

State education administrators and ‘lawmakers’ debating new ways to divy out dwindling taxpayer funding for schools, some plans would see as much as $131-million USD cut from school funding! School district administrators also told ‘lawmakers’ that ObamaCare mandated employee health insurance is sucking up more and more taxpayer funding.  Blue Cross of Idaho provides the insurance for Idaho teachers and jacked up their rates by 16.5% in 2015.  One plan for handling ObamaCare insurance for Idaho teachers could actually cost taxpayers an additional $17-million!  Budget policy analyst Paul Headlee warned “This is a This is a particularly complex and potentially expensive endeavor, endeavor.”

The State Police will stop enforcing a booze law that allows them to crash establishments that serve alcohol during ‘live sex acts’.  It’s the result of a lawsuit that proved that the law being used to harass bars with adult performers is too vague, and possibly unconstitutional.    And the State Police are being sued for the 2013 killing of a Montana man.  The man was questioned by police for 40 minutes before they shot him while he was sitting in the passenger’s seat of his car.  Police claim the license plates didn’t match the man’s car and that there was a gun in the glove box. The family of the victim says police dash-cam video shows their son never threatened police with any gun.  Boise State Public Radio revelaed that the federal government refuses to reveal how many illegal immigrants in Idaho get deported.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement admitted that actual deportations have declined since 2012, due to a focus on immigrants convicted in court of crimes other than immigration violations.   Here in Idaho deportations in 2015 dropped by about 4-hundred compared to 2011.  And in Camas County, actor Bruce Willis‘ plans for a private airport crashed and burned after complaints from residents, and the city of Ketchum claimed it violated local laws.  Apparently the land was zoned specifically for agricultural use.

Lewiston Kmart, Boise Town Square Mall Sears Store & Auto Center, Boise Kmart Auto Center, the Nampa Kmart Store & Auto Center, the Coeur d’Alene Kmart and Sears Store & Auto Center, the Twin Falls Sears Store & Auto Center and Kmart, the Ammon Kmart, the Idaho Falls Sears Store & Auto Center, the abandoned but still owned by Sears Holdings Chubbuck (the “opportunities” listing incorrectly says Pocatello) Sears Store (esentially all remaining Sears & Kmarts in Idaho) made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!

OCTOBER: Instant potatoes maker Basic American Ingredients issued a WARN for their Blackfoot ops, 91 additional jobs gone. The Blackfoot potato factory was sold to Basic American Ingredients back in February 2013, and 103 people lost their jobs just three months later.  After 40 years in Idaho Falls, Madsen’s Crafts and Framing shutting down in November.  One of the retiring co-owners said decades ago he quit his job with Sears in Utah to run the local Idaho craft store, and he has no regrets.  In Lewiston, Discount Vacuum shutdown after 35 years, due to the owner’s health problems.

Karcher Care Group issued a WARN for their Nampa nursing home ops, 172 jobs gone!  “Concerning and certainly somewhat problematic.”  That’s how state Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron describes health insurance provider’s plans to greatly jack up ‘out of network’ charges.  According to the Idaho StatesmanBlue Cross of Idaho plans will have a $50,000 out-of-network deductible for individuals, and patients will have an out-of-pocket responsibility for up to $75,000 of all out-of-network claims — up from $4,000 and $10,000 this year.

BridgeSpan and SelectHealth members will have less-extreme deductibles, but they will be responsible for up to $200,000 of their bills if they go out of network.

The amounts are doubled for families.”

The number of Gem State high school graduates who immediately go on to college dropped below the halfway mark, in 2014 and 2015.  This is despite the Board of Education spending taxpayer money on several years of “Go-On” propaganda.  Superintendent of Public Schools Sherri Ybarra lost her attempt to block the investigation into the falsifying of teacher performance records.  Last month law makers created a $50-thousand USD fine for any district official caught falsifying such data. This is the result of an investigation by IdEdNews which revealed that school districts were deliberately lying about their teacher’s performance in order to justify pay raises!  Cassia County Joint School District decided not to fight a ACLU lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-Mormon students.  Details of the settlement were not disclosed but the taxpayer funded Mormon dominated school district claims it will make changes to its official policies of favoring Mormon students.  What happened was a non-Mormon student wanted to run for student body president but was denied on the grounds of not having the required classes completed.  But it turns out the only candidate, a Mormon, also did not meet the requirements to campaign for president yet was allowed to run!  The Mormon dominated district was counting Mormon seminary as credit towards the class requirement.

NOVEMBER: The Idaho Department of Labor quietly launched a Spanish version of its website during the week of the U.S. presidential elections:  https://labor.idaho.gov/ClaimantPortal/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fClaimantPortal%2f

A former Boise, Idaho, cop and his wife are charged with stealing thousands of dollars from The Treasure Valley Lodge #11 Fraternal Order of Police charity, while the former cop was the president of the fraternity.  The current fraternity president says it took local police investigators fives years to uncover the crime by cop!

One year after relocating to Garden City, JoyfulTea suddenly shutdown due to “A series of events…”    Bodybuilding.com suddenly laid off 90 people in Boise.  The warning-less layoffs were revealed by unnamed employees who reported it to local news media.  Company admin admitted they are conducting “organizational downsizing” as part of their plans to expand their internet ops (never mind that it directly contradicted the new CEO’s statements, earlier in the year, that they would hire more people).   In Twin Falls, popular Kona Coffee & Cakes shutdown due to “other circumstances”.

The not-so-‘elected’ leaders of Idaho continue using taxpayer funding to look for new agricultural markets, this year they’re sending University of Idaho’s Dean of Agriculture to China. According to Capital Press, 20% of state legislatures are directly connected to farming/ranching.  The state Department of Agriculture is conducting classes for farmers regarding new federal rules for farm labor: “There’s too much information to absorb in two hours, and they’re doing their best to comply with this.”-Luis Urias

Finally after decades of draconian convict policies, and in an attempt to reduce incarceration recidivism, the state Department of Health and Welfare is asking for $11-million tax dollars to provide mental health services for probationers and parolees.  Currently The Gem State Department of Corrections has a 35% recidivism rate.  The proposed mental health program for probationers and parolees is not connected to ObamaCare.   In Nampa, Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (owned by ‘christian’ for-profit Tennessee based Orianna Health Systems-Covenant Dove) continues to violate Medicare and Medicaid rules for patient safety.  State inspectors accuse Holly Lane of repeatedly putting patients in “immediate jeopardy”.   The Nampa nursing home has until January to get its act together or lose all federal funding.  Local news media interviewed former patients who say the mistreatment started years ago due to lack of employees.  One patient told a state inspector “If I have to piss and shit on myself, I would rather be dead!”

Once again the ‘christian’ Right to Work (you over) republican leaders are realizing too late that their education policies suck. A new Student Loan Report survey shows as much as 82% of Idahoans who did “Go-On” and graduate from college (both public and private) are now saddled with debt.  To address the issues of crashing college enrollment (of Idahoans) and skyrocketing indebtedness Idaho ‘lawmakers’ have approved a $3-thousand USD grant to help individual Idahoans pay for college (too late for me and my adult children)!  The federal government is helping by shelling out $1.4-million to expand Idaho’s apprenticeships in healthcare, Info-Tech, manufacturing and energy.   A  Fort Hall Elementary principal admitted to stealing more than $9-thousand from the Blackfoot School District.  She was sentenced to five years probation and 3-hundred hours of community work, and supposedly has already paid back the money.  Combative state Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra now swears she will comply with federal Department of Education rules by submitting the Every Student Succeeds Act plan by March 2017.  The announcement came after Ybarra failed to met her own self imposed ESSA filing deadline!

DECEMBER: In Twin Falls, local news media revealed that during the Summer local school officials paid  more than $94-thousand to one school administrator (who then suddenly retired), and then tried to hide the fact from the public.  So far school officials are refusing to explain the secret payout. 

Without warning the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Pocatello shutdown on Xmas.  Employees showed up only to find a note taped to the door saying a new restaurant would take its place in the near future, the 28 Ruby Tuesday employees are concerned for their final pay. What’s really intersting is that Ruby Tuesday actually posted job openings on indeed.com, for their Pocatello location, just the week prior!  Here’s what some employees told KPVI TV: “It’s pretty upsetting knowing that we just had Christmas and spent a bunch of money on our families.”– Shane Engle

“I think it’s crappy that we found out that way. That somebody couldn’t have called us or let us know in advance so we can find another job. Something! I’m on a plan that I need to work to get my Medicaid insurance. And if I don’t have a job I lose my insurance. I have several health problems that I have to have insurance.”-Deanna Orth

KIFI finally reporting what I’ve known (and written about) for years; the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck is dead. KIFI reporters who went there expecting to get day after Xmas shopping mayhem were shocked to find the mall almost empty.  In Ucon, 65 people unemployed after the Snake River Plains Potato Warehouse burned down the day after Xmas.  In Idaho Falls, after less than three years The Collective Cachet shutdown on Xmas Eve, with the owners warning that they must shutdown their other businesses as well. Local news media report that Idaho Falls ‘mom&pop’ shops are shutting down due to lack of parking for customers, and some are moving to the next door city of Ammon for better rents and locations.  In Boise, restaurant Pollo Rey shutting down by the end of February 2017.   In Meridian, the owner of Frankie’s Java warned they could shutdown after only seven months of business.  It’s blamed on lack of sales: “At this rate of losing money, we’re considering pulling out as soon as February or March.”-Lisa Squires

The new owner of the Carmike Cinemas in Chubbuck, AMC Theaters, quietly began posting on the internet for new employees ranging from “Film Crews” to theater managers.  AMC Theaters took over Carmike Cinemas in March of 2016.  No word on what’s going on with the old employees.

The state Department of Commerce waiving nearly $6-million in taxes to any company that can create jobs in Idaho!  It’s being called Project Grand Slam.

Despite Idaho being flooded with immigrants and refugees (according to state and federal data), the state Department of Labor is predicting worker shortages in the areas of pipe-fitting/plumbing (possibly due to the covert oil industry boom), physical therapists, accountants/auditors, software/computer developers, industrial mechanics, registered nurses, semi-truck drivers and cooks.  As with past predictions of booming employment opportunities the ‘authorities’ have failed to explain why there is going to be such an expected economic boom (by the way, the plurality of past economic boom predictions for Idaho never materialized).  Remember, back in March the Department of Labor admitted that Idahoans were fleeing the state, however, the prediction of job shortages comes at the same time the U.S. Census Bureau reported data that says Idaho is the 3rd fastest growing state, population wise, in the country (blamed on high birth rate of Idahoans and domestic [U.S.] migrants looking for jobs).  This indicates that instead of worker shortages there might not be enough jobs for all the people flooding into the state (and it amazes me that people are coming to Idaho when there aren’t enough jobs right now).

 In the overwhelmingly christian dominated south eastern part of The Gem State, christians failed to support a new christian founded (and much needed due to increasing homelessness in the area) homeless shelter, prompting a local Muslim to come to the rescue.  Pastor Jacqualine ‘Big Momma’ Thomas needed at least $30-thousand USD for the homeless shelter but got only $7-thousand from fellow christians, a local Muslim doctor heard the news and said he felt compelled to make up the difference. He promised $23-thousand for the Big Momma’s House project.  (UPDATE: TV station KPVI reported that after the initial report of a Muslim saving Big Momma’s House at least two more large donations were made, however, KPVI was careful not to mention the religious affiliation of the donors. JANUARY 2017 UPDATE: TV station KIFI reporting that Bingham Memorial Hospital made a significant donation and admitted they were motivated by the Muslim doctor’s donation.)

Idaho’s Economic Decline 2015: “WE’RE GOING TO GO DOWN.”

MORE ECONOMIC DECLINE: ONE FINAL LOOK AT THE IDAHO POSTAL PROCESSING CENTER MOST EAST IDAHOANS DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT!

MORE ECONOMIC DECLINE: IDAHO’S FAILED HOKU LEADS TO 1ST CHINESE COMPANY TO DEFAULT ON LOAN PAYMENTS?

Idaho’s Economic Decline 2014: “WE’VE LOST A LOT…SINCE 2007.”

Idaho’s Economic Decline 2013: “IT WAS A BLOW, CUT US OFF AT THE KNEES.”

A HISTORY LESSON IN ECONOMIC DECLINE: POCATELLO’S OLD FRED MEYER & ALBERTSONS ON YELLOWSTONE AVE, DID NOT CLOSE DOWN IN THE 1990S

“This is a business…the product is faith” : U.S. Christian self-destruction 2nd half 2016

Incomplete list of U.S. Christian shutdowns and layoffs 2nd Half 2016.

Alaska: A former Birchwood Christian School teacher sentenced to 15 years after having sexual contact with a 15 years old student.

Arizona:  The LDS (Mormon) Church being sued by Navajo who were forced into a Mormon education program from 1947 to the 1990s. The plaintiffs accuse the christians of physically and sexually assaulting them. The Lamanite (Mormon word for Native Americans) Student Placement Program (aka Indian Student Placement Program) took Navajo children from their parents in Arizona and placed them with Mormon families in Utah.

Arkansas: Bentonville based, and United Church of Christ Sam Walton founded, Walmart decided to kill 7-thousand accounting jobs by the end of the year!

California:   God powerless to stop ‘his’ Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) from shutting down a location in Los Angeles, by January 2017.  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Adventist Health from laying off 16 employees due to escalating costs of operations and reduced reimbursements caused by ObamaCare.

Connecticut:  God was powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Saint Mary School in Newington, right before the 2016-17 school year.  It’s blamed on $500-thousand USD of debt. God powerless to stop the British empire based Salvation Army from shutting down four thrift stores in The Constitution State.  Perhaps the not-so recovered economy is what Salvation Army admin was refereing to in this statement: “…current circumstances have made supporting these programs through these store locations impossible.”

Florida: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Adventist Health System-Florida Hospital Medical Group from eliminating 67 positions by outsourcing (contracting out) the jobs. ‘Christian’ Agnostic Warren Buffett eliminated 72 jobs with his Berkshire Hathaway Concierge in Fort Lauderdale.   Baptist Health South Florida bribing employees to quit (voluntary buyouts) in order to free-up cash for investments into “growth areas”.

Idaho: In the overwhelmingly christian dominated south eastern part of The Gem State, christians failed to support a new christian founded (and much needed due to increasing homelessness in the area) homeless shelter, prompting a local Muslim to come to the rescue.  Pastor Jacqualine ‘Big Momma’ Thomas needed at least $30-thousand USD for the homeless shelter but got only $7-thousand from fellow christians, a local Muslim doctor heard the news and said he felt compelled to make up the difference. He promised $23-thousand for the Big Momma’s House project.  (UPDATE: TV station KPVI reported that after the initial report of a Muslim saving Big Momma’s House at least two more large donations were made, however, KPVI was careful not to mention the religious affiliation of the donors. JANUARY 2017 UPDATE: TV station KIFI reporting that Bingham Memorial Hospital made a significant donation and admitted they were motivated by the Muslim doctor’s donation.)

Cassia County Joint School District decided not to fight a ACLU lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-Mormon students.  Details of the settlement were not disclosed but the taxpayer funded Mormon dominated school district claims it will make changes to its official policies of favoring Mormon students.  What happened was a non-Mormon student wanted to run for student body president but was denied on the grounds of not having the required classes completed.  But it turns out the only candidate, a Mormon, also did not meet the requirements to campaign for president yet was allowed to run!  The Mormon dominated district was counting Mormon seminary as credit towards the class requirement.    School District 321, based in ‘Mormonsville’ Rexburg, has declared a teacher shortage emergency and is now hiring anybody who wants to teach, regardless of certification, starting pay $30-thousand (which is damn good for rural Idaho)!

In Nampa, Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (owned by ‘christian’ for-profit Tennessee based Orianna Health Systems-Covenant Dove) continues to violate Medicare and Medicaid rules for patient safety.  State inspectors accuse Holly Lane of repeatedly putting patients in “immediate jeopardy”.   The Nampa nursing home has until January to get its act together or lose all federal funding.  Local news media interviewed former patients who say the mistreatment started years ago due to lack of employees.  One patient told a state inspector “If I have to piss and shit on myself, I would rather be dead!”

Indiana: On Xmas day Forks Mennonite Church shutdown after 159 years.  Apparently its being replaced by a church that’s more ‘hip’ with the times.  150 years old christian book publisher Saint Meinrad Archabbey Press shutdown, 70 jobs lost due to skyrocketing costs of operation and crashing sales.

Iowa: In Des Moines, the treasurer of Unity Lutheran Church now charged with stealing $70-thousand USD from the church, the church is now threatened with shutdown: “It is embarrassing to say that this went on for seven years, and nobody caught it.”-Marlon Mormann, upset church-member

Kentucky:  University of Louisville claims ‘christian’ owned KentuckyOne Health owes $46-million USD in back due payments! In 2012, U of L contracted with Colorado based ‘christian’ KentuckyOne to manage its hospital and cancer treatment center.  Instead of making the U of L health care operations profitable KentuckyOne ended up eliminating more than 5-hundred jobs.  ‘Christian’ administrators of KentuckyOne countered by demanding to know what U of L is doing with the money it already got!

Louisiana: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Pius Child Development Center from shutting down sometime in 2017, claiming the church cannot afford to make needed repairs to the facility.

Massachusetts: God powerless to stop the last of ‘his’ Catholic high schools in Berkshire County from shutting down, Saint Joseph Central High will shutdown in June 2017.  Framingham based Mormon christian Mitt Romney co-founded Staples plans on shutting down at least 50 stores by the end of the year, due to losing $766-million USD in its 2nd quarter of 2016!  In Framingham, members of The Plymouth Church admitted to The Boston Globe that the election of Donald Trump was tearing their congregation apart.

Minnesota: After 103 years God powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Crossroads College (International Christian Bible College), after the Fall Semester! ‘Christian’ administrators blame it on what I call Disappearing Students Syndrome (DSS, it’s The Rapture eyes tells ya).

Missouri: God can’t stop ‘his’ Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint James schools from shutting down due to The Rapture (I mean massive DSS), local news reports say the Saint Louis Archdiocese has suffered a net loss of 12-thousand 5-hundred students over the past decade (that sounds like The Rapture numbers to me)!

Montana: In Billings, Saint Vincent Healthcare effectively eliminated 84 jobs, and shutting down their Shirley’s Place Child Care Center,  blaming changes in the healthcare industry (like ObamaCare pushing people out of inpatient care) which is causing their revenues to crash.  “…Montana residents, who call themselves pain refugees, boarded an airplane from Missoula to Los Angeles. They say that finding doctors willing to treat chronic pain in Montana is almost impossible…   In the past several years, the Montana Board of Medical Examiners has taken on several high-profile cases of doctors it suspects of overprescribing opioids.”-Kaiser Health News

New Jersey: In Atlantic City, the Carl Icahn-Donald Trump (Presbyterian christian) owned Trump Taj Mahal Casino officially shutdown, 3-thousand jobs gone!

New York:  God powerless to stop ‘his’ College of Saint Rose from possibly eliminating 23 jobs due to a $9-million shortfall, despite boasting of a record number of enrollments this school year!  It should be noted that the College of Saint Rose is deeply involved/connected with U.S. attorneys and court judges, unAmerican corporate America and the main stream news media.   God powerless to stop ‘his’ Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services from issuing a layoff WARN for their ops in Brooklyn. The layoffs take place right before Xmas.  God’s Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira eliminated 83 jobs.  In Troy, god couldn’t stop ‘his’ Samaritan Hospital from eliminating 22 nursing positions.

North Carolina: In Lumberton, god powerless to stop ‘his’ 39 years old Christian Book Store from shutting down right after Xmas.  The owner basically said it was because they couldn’t find a ‘christian’ buyer willing to take over the business.

Ohio: God powerless to stop christian agnostic Warren Buffett owned NetJets from eliminating 80 jobs at its Lunken Repair Station, right before Xmas. In Little Hocking, Stahl’s Christmas Shop shutdown: “I didn’t want to have to do this but with the downturn in the economy, things just haven’t been as good the last few years so we just thought it was time. We’ve been here 36 years so we’ve had a long run.”-Sharon Stahl

Oregon: God powerless to stop ‘his’ non-profit Saint Charles Health System from already shutting down their new Center for Women’s Health in Bend, blaming “staffing-related issues”!  When asked for specifics John Weinsheim, president of the Saint Charles Medical Group, insisted “I really can’t.”  Facebook posts indicate the year and a half old clinic is losing doctors early next year.

Pennsylvania: In Zelienople, Grace Run Lutheran Services suddenly laid off 97 people.  An employee at god’s Bishop Carroll Catholic High School is charged with sexually assaulting an international exchange student.  Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the shutdown of four churches by the end of January 2017.   Reverend Alyn Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church admitted that “This is a business.  We are presenting Jesus Christ and the product is faith in Jesus Christ…..  ….there is a financial component to everything we do.”

Rhode Island: God powerless to stop massive layoffs at ‘his’ Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center. Union reps say at least 30 people are being let go, and 20 vacant positions are being eliminated.

South Carolina: The Unity United Methodist Church in Lugoff began openly celebrating Kwanzaa.

South Dakota:  In Sioux Falls, god powerless to stop ‘his’ YMCA from shutting down the Wise Buys thrift store, 37 jobs lost.  YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) administrators blame “market conditions”.

Tennessee: God can’t stop ‘his’ Baptist Memorial from eliminating 83 jobs right before Xmas.  Administrators directly blame ObamaCare for reduced costs reimbursements: “Healthcare is going through unprecedented change, and we’ll all have to do more with less. These changes will help position Baptist to provide the very best care for all of the mid-South.”-Jason Little, executive vice president and COO

Texas:   In Grapevine, 23 years old Merry’s Christmas and Clowns shutting down when the inventory is gone.  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Good Shepherd Health System from laying off 50 people.   CEO Steve Altmiller blamed ObamaCare saying “Like many other healthcare systems across the country, Good Shepherd Health System has been facing challenging times, resulting in lower overall patient census and financial losses.”   NATO member Turkey is accusing Houston based Harmony Public Schools, which operates hundreds of campuses across the U.S. (under different names),  of not only employment discrimination against Turkish immigrants, but of supporting Islamic Extremism.  However, the ‘christian’ dominated Texas Education Agency declared the accusations against Harmony to be “unfounded”.   Saint Mark’s Medical laid off nine people and then sold their La Grange office building to Rainier Realty Investments.  Administrators directly blame ObamaCare for the layoffs saying “The layoffs were…..an adjustment to our current healthcare environment.  As penalties increase and volumes decrease, it’s critical each hospital/physician office adapt to the new landscape.”

Baptist Hospital shutting down its emergency room ops in Orange, by the end of January 2017. Administrators blame the Texas version of ObamaCare.   In Lubbuck, god powerless to stop Covenant Health from laying off 49 employees, administrators directly blame ObamaCare: “Covenant Health is financially stable, but the changes we’ve experienced thus far and will continue to undergo are the direct result of reduced reimbursements….”-Richard Parks, executive vice president and CEO

Utah: In Utah County two Mormons, a local politician and a local businessman, were both accused of pretending to be high ranking Mormon officials in an attempt to scam $1-million from fellow Mormons. The business man pled guilty while the politician pled not-guilty.  In Ogden, as a sign ‘christians’ are getting paranoid the Washington Heights Church gave enough money to local police to buy 79 bullet proof vests!

Vermont:   God refuses to stop ‘his’ British empire based Salvation Army from shutting down their thrift store in Burlington.  Local news said an unnamed employee blamed crashing sales and skyrocketing costs of operation. Christian founded gravestone maker Rock of Ages Corporation began eliminating jobs at its granite quarry after selling out to a British empire company based in Canada.

Virginia:  After surviving The Great Depression and numerous recessions, god powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Lutheran Memorial School in Richmond: “It is with deep regret that the LMS Foundation Board announces that the school does not have the funds to open for the 2016-17 school year.”-official statement

Washington: The ‘christian’ god powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Joseph Medical Center laying off 44 people right before Xmas.  The so called christian administrators of the hospital boasted that they’re advertising that they have 6-hundred vacant positions, so why the layoffs?

West Virginia: On Xmas day about $2-thousand worth of cash and items (including a surveillance system) were stolen from the  Gallagher Church of the Nazarene.

Wisconsin: In Appleton, god powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ nearly 1-hundred years old Trinity Lutheran Church due to church members not being able to pay for the upkeep of the property.  God can’t stop ‘his’ employees from blowing the whistle on massive layoffs at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Columbia Saint Mary’s.  When confronted by news media the administrators of the ‘christian’ hospitals refused to give numbers, but admitted its part of parent company Ascention Health’s consolidation plans.

2nd Q 2016 U.S. Christianity: “ALL THE CHURCHES ARE EXPERIENCING THIS DECLINE IN ATTENDANCE.” THE RAPTURE?

“But the root of all these evils is the love of money, and there are some who have desired it and have erred from the faith and have brought themselves many miseries.”-1 Timothy 6:10 Aramaic Bible

“And Yeshua entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, It is written: ‘My house will be called the House of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.’ “-Matthew 21:12-13 Aramaic Bible

“Yeshua said to them, ‘Give what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.’ And they marveled at him.”-Mark 12:17 Aramaic Bible

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.-1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance: “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”

Grinch conducts massive “organizational downsizing”, Merry Xmas! : U.S. High Tech/Communications shutdown November 2016

More proof you brick-n-mortar store owners can’t directly blame the internet/high-tech competition for your demise. Incomplete list of U.S. internet/high-tech/communications job destruction announcements in November 2016:

Alabama:  Operator of high tech golf driving ranges Topgolf revealed city administrators of Birmingham are giving Topgolf $1.5-million USD in tax incentives!  Topgolf uses golf balls with RFID chips.

Arizona: Tempe based FirstSolar announced it will kill-off 1-thousand 6-hundred jobs in 2017! It’s not blamed on the economy, but on having to re-tool their factories to make a new type of solar panel.

California:  Internet marketing company QuinStreet laying off 57 people in Foster City by January 2017.  Pennsylvania based “Reverse logistics software and returns processing” company GENCO shutting down its Redlands ops, 26 jobs lost by the end of January 2017.  SunEdison suddenly laid off 25 people in Belmont. SunPower issued multiple layoff WARNs, 116 jobs gone by February 2017! Despite reporting a surprise profit of $2-million USD, San Francisco based yelp suddenly laid off 175 international sales people due to declining international sales!    It was revealed that San Francisco based Electronic Health Records (EHR) contractor McKesson eliminated 1-thousand 6-hundred jobs across the country, this past Spring 2016!  In San Francisco, Twitter issued a layoff WARN, 67 people jobless two days after Xmas.  AT&T eliminating 102 jobs in San Ramon, just two days after Xmas!  Marvel Semiconductor issued multiple layoff WARNs for multiple locations, 171 jobs gone by January 2017!  In Sunnyvale, NetApp eliminating 160 jobs by January 2017! Hewlett Packard (HP) finally notified the state that they laid off 609 people between July and August! Local news reports also revealed that HP laid off an additional 18 people in Roseville this month.  In Santa Clara, Violin Memory eliminating 106 jobs by mid-January 2017!  Also in Santa Clara, Intel eliminating 84 jobs right after Xmas, supposedly due to its poor performing ‘wearables’.  Broadcom-Avago finally notified the state that it eliminated 1-thousand 318 jobs, between March and September!  In Glendale, DreamWorks issued a layoff WARN, 170 jobs gone by the end of January!  In Redwood City, Pebble Tech issued a shutdown WARN, 82 jobs gone by December. In San Mateo, GoPro suddenly laid off 138 people, according to their own WARN! Some news media reports say GoPro actually eliminated about 2-hundred jobs! In Mountain View, Symantec continues killing jobs, this time 84 layoffs by February 2017.  Blue Coat Systems eliminating 27 jobs by February 2017.  Internet used-car marketplace Beepi issued a shutdown WARN, 102 jobs gone by December!  However, news reports say that 180 Beepi jobs are being lost due to the tech start-up merging with new rival fair.com!   San Jose based ebay suddenly shutdown its tech development ops in India, all but 15 people lost their jobs.  But wait, there’s more, those 15 people will come to America to take some ‘Merican’s tech job!  Ebay laid off 50 people last year at the same tech development center.  Asian news reports say that in India ebay is losing out to Amazon and Flipkart. In San Jose, Micrel issued a layoff WARN, 41 people outta work the day after Xmas. Cisco Systems suddenly laid off 42 people.  CAM-BAS issued a shutdown WARN, 44 jobs gone in January 2017.  Los Angeles based Rubicon Project laid off 125 people blaming a “comprehensive realignment of the business”! Tustin based Ricoh Electronics announced it is leaving The Golden State for Georgia, at least 147 jobs lost by October 2017!

Connecticut:  ‘Materials’ supplier for circuit boards Rogers Corporation laying off at least 50 people in 2017.  Verizon issued mass layoff WARNs, 558 jobs gone by March 2017!  Norwalk based  Frontier Communications eliminating 1-thousand jobs due to  Frontier taking over Verizon ‘territories’ in several states!

Florida: In Boca Raton, NTT America laying off 15 people in January 2017.  After 13 years marketer Kre8 Media now chapter 7 bankrupt busted and dead.

Idaho: Bodybuilding.com suddenly laid off 90 people in Boise.  The warning-less layoffs were revealed by unnamed employees who reported it to local news media.  Company admin admitted they are conducting “organizational downsizing” as part of their plans to expand their internet ops (never mind that it directly contradicted the new CEO’s statements, earlier in the year, that they would hire more people).

Illinois: Crane’s Chicago Business eliminating jobs.

Indiana: Indianapolis based Angie’s List suddenly laid off 150 people after 3rd quarter losses that were double the losses of the same time last year!

Kentucky: Maker of electronic gas meters Itron shutting down its 37 years old Owen County factory, 411 jobs lost over the next two years!  Local news reports say local officials said the shutdown announcement “caught us by surprise”.

Michigan: The Detroit News-Detroit Free Press warning of layoffs if their employees don’t except buyout offers.

Montana: Blue Cross and Blue Shield eliminating 12 InfoTech jobs by March 2017.

New York: The Wall Street Journal eliminating more jobs as it switches to a new format newspaper.  The new version will have fewer sections.   NYC based, and now Verizon owned, AOL suddenly laid off 5-hundred people! NYC based, and Clinton supporter, Univision laying off as many as 250 people due partly to a $30-million USD loss in its 3rd quarter!  NYC based Thomson Reuters announced it will kill-off 2-thousand jobs globally in 2017, calling it “transforming” In NYC, Charter Communications issued a shutdown WARN, 43 jobs gone before the end of the year due to merger with Time-Warner.  In Port Washington, Entertainment One shutting down by June 2017, 65 jobs lost.  Insurance company New York Life plans on eliminating InfoTech jobs between February 2017 and March 2018, via outsourcing/off-shoring. That Which Cannot be Named powerless to stop Yeshiva University from shutting down their Israel Henry Beren Campus Technology Services Division a week before Xmas.

North Carolina:  California based McKesson laid off 60 EHR employees in Charlotte, in addition to the 16-hundred job losses during Spring of this year.   Charlotte based FairPoint Communications warned 110 employees in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire of possible layoffs! Union reps say the actual number of employees targeted for layoffs is 153!

Ohio:TV station WNWO eliminating its in-house news department and contracting with a station in Indiana.

Pennsylvania:  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review printed its last hard-copy edition, 106 jobs lost to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s new internet publishing only!

Texas:  Marketing software maker Yodle eliminating 1-hundred jobs due to being taken over by rival web.com.

Washington: Intel shutting down their DuPont location, 77 layoffs begin after Xmas, some news reports say it’s because of low sales of its ‘wearables’. Tech news reports say Cyanogen is shutting down its Seattle ops after Xmas. Some employees can transfer to California. Blucora moving its HQ to Texas, 35 Bellevue jobs lost by June 2017.

Tech/Communications shutdown October 2016: NO MORE VERIZON AS IT KILLS 162K JOBS, SO FAR!

LITHIUM BATTERIES SET FIRE TO BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY!

DOG ROBOTS CAN TELL IF YOU HAVE CANCER

SELF DRIVE CAR FAIL: HUMAN DRIVERS UNABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL FROM ROBOT DRIVER?

HIGH TECH FAIL: JAPAN JOINS THE DUMBING DOWN CROWD!

ObamaCare November 2016: “IF I HAVE TO PISS AND SHIT ON MYSELF, I WOULD RATHER BE DEAD!”

Banking/Retail/Service sector November 2016: “NOBODY EVEN KNOWS WE’RE HERE!” 1 STATE, 4-THOUSAND JOBS GONE AFTER XMAS!

Federal, State & Local govt. shenanigans November 2016: “THOSE HALCYON DAYS ARE OVER” ARE ‘LAWMAKERS’ HIGH ON LEGALIZED MARY-JANE?

Food crisis November 2016:  “…LEAN TIMES FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD.”

Dumbing Down, November 2016: “FINANCIAL EXIGENCY” MO PROOF MO EDUCATION DOES NOT EQUAL MO MONEY!

CDC warning Idaho pet owners of plague!

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“During May 30–July 26, 2016, local veterinarians notified public health officials that five dogs and 12 cats were being evaluated for possible plague.”-CDC, 09 December 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now warning Idahoans of plague Yersinia pestis affecting their pets, mainly cats.

By the beginning of Summer dogs and cats in southwestern part of The Gem State possibly contracted the plague bacteria, four cats died.

The CDC studied reports of the cases that were sent to them and recently issued a Notes from the Field: Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016, warning of possible epidemic.  Pets get the plague from fleas that have been on wild animals, and can spread it to humans.

LOUISIANA MILITIA RESCUES FLOOD VICTIMS & THEIR PETS!

WORLD ANIMAL DAY: EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PETS DURING WAR?

Idaho hospital bans smartphones, as lithium batteries set fire to Boise State University!

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Saint Luke’s Health System (supposedly now the largest employer in The Gem State) has banned the spontaneously combustable Samsung Galaxy 7 ‘smart’ phone at all its locations.

The ban applies to employees as well as patients and comes after a charging lithium battery is suspected of setting fire to an office building on Boise State University campus, on 03 December 2016.  Smartphones use lithium batteries, and it’s not just Samsung phones that are spontaneously lighting up.

Recently news media in China reported that at least eight Apple iPhone 6s exploded.  Of course Apple denies there’s a problem (even though there are increasing reports from around the world of iPhones exploding), just like Samsung first ignored reports about their phones exploding.

Then there’s reports of ‘smart’ phone chargers themselves causing explosions in Australia.  Fire investigators in New South Wales concluded the fire was caused when the charger overheated the battery causing it to explode.  By the way, it was an Apple iPhone 6.

But it’s not just those dumb smartphones, even GPS systems have exploded.  In one case it was claimed that by leaving a GPS on your vehicle’s dashboard, exposed to the Sun, can cause the litium-ion batteries to explode.

You can’t use that excuse on all those exploding phones that were tucked away in people’s pants pockets.

A Tesla in Germany that spontaneously combusted

Let’s not forget that lithuim using Tesla cars have been exploding in Germany, United States and Mexico.  And as Recently as August Tesla cars began exploding in France!

“If I have to piss and shit on myself, I would rather be dead!” : ObamaCare destruction November 2016

It must be noted that I started documenting these ObamaCare/healthcare related shutdowns at the beginning of 2014. In that year I posted the reports biannually (every six months). In 2015 ObamaCare cutbacks ramped up and I posted quarterly (every three months). For the past 11 months of 2016 there have been so many ObamaCare cutbacks that I’ve posted a report every month!

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, November 2016:

California: In San Diego, Ardea Biosciences finally notified the state that they eliminated 139 jobs back in July!  Israel based Teva Pharmaceuticals issued a layoff WARN for their Corona ops, 29 jobs gone in January 2017.   In San Francisco, AthenaHealth notified the state that it would kill 103 jobs right after Xmas!  It was revealed that San Francisco based Electronic Health Records (EHR) contractor McKesson eliminated 1-thousand 6-hundred jobs across the country, this past Spring 2016!

Georgia: “…300,000 of our neighbors and fellow Georgians still remain in the health insurance coverage gap and are unable to see a doctor….That number includes at least 32,000 veterans….”Georgia Budget & Policy Institute  

Idaho: Finally after decades of draconian convict policies, and in an attempt to reduce incarceration recidivism, the state Department of Health and Welfare is asking for $11-million tax dollars to provide mental health services for probationers and parolees.  Currently The Gem State Department of Corrections has a 35% recidivism rate.  The proposed mental health program for probationers and parolees is not connected to ObamaCare.

In Nampa, Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (owned by ‘christian’ for-profit Tennessee based Orianna Health Systems-Covenant Dove) continues to violate Medicare and Medicaid rules for patient safety.  State inspectors accuse Holly Lane of repeatedly putting patients in “immediate jeopardy”.   The Nampa nursing home has until January to get its act together or lose all federal funding.  Local news media interviewed former patients who say the mistreatment started years ago due to lack of employees.  One patient told a state inspector “If I have to piss and shit on myself, I would rather be dead!”

Illinois:  In Buffalo Grove, PrimeSource Health Care Systems issued a shutdown WARN, 159 jobs lost starting after Xmas!

Indiana: Becon Health Systems directly blamed ObamaCare reimbursement rate reductions for forcing them to layoff 70 people, 50 of them were homecare workers.  Select Medical shutting down its Fort Wayne Select Specialty Hospital, 103 jobs lost by Jaunary 2017!

Iowa: After 40 years Central Iowa Family Planning Services shutting down all its remaining clinics, blaming reduced insurance reimbursements and radically changing healthcare environment.

Kentucky: Generic drugs tester/maker PGXL Laboratories chapter 11 bankrupt busted over claims it was massively overpaid by Medicare.

Massachusetts: Hallmark Health laid off 57 employees because ObamaCare is forcing them to make $16-million in cuts.  Brockton Hospital eliminating 64 jobs and shutting down its transitional care unit by February 2017.  Insurance company MassMutual laid off at least 150 people as a result of their take-over of rival MetLife!  This is despite the fact that local news media report that MassMutal is advertising 3-hundred open positions!

Michigan: It was revealed that publicly announced hirings at Detroit Medical Center hid the fact that the hospital could lose all federal taxpayer funding for failing to meet sterilization rules, resulting in massive layoffs if they fail to comply.  Even so, reports also say Detroit Medical Center is eliminating about 240 jobs to reduce costs by $17-million USD!  Makes you wonder why they boasted about hiring people.

Minnesota: Hennepin County Medical Center confirmed it will eliminate 275 jobs in 2017 in order to deal with “…increasing cost of salaries, wages, and benefits and the rising cost of supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals, together with public program reimbursements [ObamaCare] that are less than the cost of providing care…”!

Montana: Blue Cross and Blue Shield eliminating 12 InfoTech jobs by March 2017.

New Hampshire: It was revealed that Wentworth-Douglass Hospital eliminated at least 24 jobs last month, due to “advances in technology”.

New Jersey: In Whippany, Aphena Pharma Solutions eliminating 70 jobs by March 2017. Interim Healthcare eliminating more than 2-hundred jobs in Hamilton and Voorhees by the end of January 2017!

New York: Respirator maker Caire shutting down their Amherst factory, 142 jobs being consolidated to Georgia by November 2017!  Morrison Community Living at Genesee County Nursing Home now for sale, all contracted employees notified of pending job losses due to sale.  Drugs maker Pfizer reminded the state that it is still laying off employees as it winds down operations in Rouses Point.    Montefiore Care Management laying off 74 people, directly blaming ObamaCare: “…Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates have remained virtually stagnant.”-Tracy Gurrisi, director of public relations

North Carolina: California based McKesson laid off 60 EHR employees in Charlotte, in addition to the 16-hundred job losses during Spring of this year.

Ohio: ValleyCare Health System has furloughed employees and reduced hours for others, a detailed explanation was not made public.

Oregon: God powerless to stop ‘his’ non-profit Saint Charles Health System from already shutting down their new Center for Women’s Health in Bend, blaming “staffing-related issues”!  When asked for specifics John Weinsheim, president of the Saint Charles Medical Group, insisted “I really can’t.”  Facebook posts indicate the year and a half old clinic is losing doctors early next year.

Pennsylvania: C3i Healthcare Connections eliminating 56 jobs in Pittston right after Xmas. Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts eliminating 97 jobs in Harrisburg by mid-January 2017. LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh-Monroeville eliminating 131 jobs by December!  For-profit Sharon Regional Health System began laying off employees and refused to talk to local news media.  Some employees went public and said at least 70 people lost their jobs, others are being furloughed and work hours are being reduced. Wilkes-Barre General Hospital began eliminating jobs and reducing work hours due to ObamaCare reducing the number of people going to hospital for help.  Easton Hospital instituting furloughs and work hour reductions in rsponse to declining patient volumes, caused by ObamaCare.

Rhode Island: God powerless to stop massive layoffs at ‘his’ Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center. Union reps say at least 30 people are being let go, and 20 vacant positions are being eliminated.  Woonsocket based CVS Health eliminating nearly 6-hundred jobs across the U.S., blaming “changing market dynamics”!

Tennessee: In Johnson City, the American Cancer Society office shutting down after Xmas, in an effort to be more “efficient” with donations.  Brookdale, the country’s largest old folks home service, eliminated 1-hundred jobs in a further attempt to drive down costs, despite already reducing operating costs by 36%!

Texas: In Austin, Seton Healthcare Family issued a WARN saying 129 employees will become unemployed in January 2017!

U.S. Virgin Islands:  The tourist trap territorial Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board warning of massive healthcare cuts because of ObamaCare. Specifically, it was revealed that Juan F. Luis Hospital is being shutdown for failing to meet federal Medicaid and Medicare standards regarding its HVAC system.

Wisconsin: Cumberland Healthcare eliminating 76 jobs after Xmas, as a result of contracting out the operations of their nursing home.

THE GREAT RENEGER: TRUMP NOW LOVES OBAMACARE!

ObamaCare destruction October 2016: “CONCERNING & CERTAINLY SOMEWHAT PROBLEMATIC.”

“Nobody even knows we’re here!” 1 State, 4-thousand jobs gone after Xmas! : U.S. Banking/Retail/Service sector destruction November 2016

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns for November 2016:

Switzerland based owner of several ‘luxury’ brands sold in the U.S., Compagnie Financière Richemont, eliminating an additional 250 jobs due to crashing sales!  That’s on top of 250 jobs killed since May.

Alabama: Bon Ton Hatters Shoe Repair shutdown after 110 years, the owner simply said “Hats are dead.”  On US280, Rogers Trading Company shutting down after 70 years, so the owner can finally “enjoy life”.  In Selma, after 171 years Butler Truax Jewelers shutdown.

Arkansas: The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) reports that Allied Bank is dead.

 California: Industrial waste mitigator Veolia ES Industrial Services issued a shutdown WARN for their Benicia location, 57 jobs lost before Xmas.  Florist Native Bouquet issued a shutdown WARN for their Oceanside location, 97 jobs gone right after Xmas. In Foster City, Too Big to Jail VISA issued a mass layoff WARN, 213 jobs gone right after Xmas! Opinion surveyer Competitive Edge Research & Communication issued a shutdown WARN for their San Diego ops, 85 jobs gone by mid-January 2017.  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) from shutting down a location in Los Angeles, by January 2017. American Apparel issued massive shutdown WARNs for The Golden State, 3-thousand 457 jobs lost right after Xmas! And despite scandalous advertising that some people would call child porno (many ads are much worse than what I’ve posted here)Los Angeles based American Apparel also went bankrupt busted for the second time in 13 months (wouldn’t it be nice if individuals could file bankruptcy that often?)!  Pico Rivera city administrators officially announced that the Home Depot was shutting down within two years, local news media say Home Depot admin refuses to comment. Texas based GolfSmith shutting down their Pleasant Hill golf store, one of 59 being shutdown across the country.  In Santa Barbara, Churchill Jewelers shutting down after 98 years.  In Indio, after ten years the Super Target shutting down by the end of January 2017, 130 jobs lost!  Local news reports say city administrators are now bending over backwards offering Target taxpayer funded incentives to keep the store open.  Barnes & Noble shutting down their Metro Pointe store in Costa Mesa after Xmas, saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.  In San Jose, after 70 years Mel Cotton’s Sporting Goods shutting down after Xmas, due to the property being sold to a greedy developer.  In Hanford, after 64 years clothier Van Andel’s shutting down when the inventory is gone.

Connecticut: Marriott hotel and Royal bank of Scotland (RBS) continue to eliminate jobs according to WARN issues.  After less than two years Ace Hardware shutting donw their new store in Bloomfield, due to lack of sales! Ethan Allen Interiors shutdown their store in Norwalk. Ethan Allen Interiors reports a slight increase in nation-wide sales, but a huge drop in profits.  After 65 years A.P. Savage Hardware shutdown in Greeneville: “It’s just been a battle. It just came to a point where the returns are diminishing.”-Michael Howard, store general manager

Florida:  Vehicle auctioneer ADESA issued a shutdown WARN for their Sanford ops, 133 jobs gone four days before Xmas!  Aéropostale shutdown their Melbourne clothing store.  Farmers Insurance eliminating 103 jobs in Broward County, according to a WARN filed with the state!  Stride Rite shutting down their Pembroke Lakes Mall shoe store the day after Xmas.  News reports say it’s the last stand-alone Stirde Rite store in the U.S.  Boca Raton based Office Depot announced 65 store shutdowns by the end of its 4th quarter 2016, as part of its planned 3-hundred store shutdown.

Georgia: The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) reports that Woodbury Banking Company is dead.

Idaho: One year after relocating to Garden City, JoyfulTea suddenly shutdown due to “A series of events…”

Illinois:  What automotive industry recovery?  Charter bus company Megabus issued a layoff WARN, 108 jobs gone by mid-January 2017!  Car parts retailer Ventra Belvidere issued a shutdown WARN, 89 jobs lost two days before Xmas.  In Lincoln Square, after 41 years Griffins & Gargoyles Antiques shutting down so the family owners can find out what else life has to offer, before thay get any older.  In Carbondale, My Favorite Toys store shutting down when the inventory is gone. Lawrence Ventures, the independant operator of the gift shop at the U.S.Army’s second oldest museum (Rock Island Arsenal), says sales are so bad they’re shutting it down. In Galesburg, after 20 years Cherry Street Guitar Company shutdown, the owner took a managment job with a competitor.

Indiana: Furniture buying ‘club’ DirectBuy now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  DirectBuy has been for sale, but no takers.  Now it’s being offered to creditors. In Lafayette, after four years M Power Yoga Studio shutting down sometime in 2017, the owner is planning on going to Africa to teach yoga.

Iowa: In Davenport, jeweler Diamonds on the Avenue shutdown.

Kentucky: After ten years W & M Jewelry shutting down in December.  After 55 years Gross Diamond Company shutdown and the building is for sale.

Louisiana:  In Lafayette, handmade local products retailer Red Arrow Workshop shutdown due to the death of the owner’s spouse (who was also a co-owner).

Maine: In Houlton, after 93 years Town and Country Clothing and Footwear shutting down on Xmas eve, the owner said he wants to get out while he’s still ahead.

Massachusetts: Too Big to Jail Putnam Investments eliminating 115 jobs due to investors taking their money and going somewhere else!  In Great Barrington, underwear shop Bra & Girl shutting down because it “was not financially viable” (maybe it was the name, sounds like you can buy bras and girls?).  Texas based GolfSmith shutting down their Watertown golf store, one of 59 being shutdown across the country.  Washington DC based Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) laid off 55 people and is shutting down their Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable.  This is the result of being $20-million USD in the hole, however don’t blame lack of donations.  The evil executives of HSUS are accused of offshoring millions of dollars from donations, and according to The Washington Post “Generous pet lovers may think they are benefiting their local humane shelters when they give to large national organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This wouldn’t be a problem if these groups gave most of their revenue to pet shelters. But they don’t. Only about 1 percent of the Humane Society of the United States’ revenue goes to local pet rescues and shelters.”  These revelations comes as Japan based Sanrio helped HSUS meet its fund raising goals for November in California.

Michigan: After 67 years Jackson’s Toy House and Baby Too shutting down after Xmas.  They blame radical changes in the toy industry and the un-recovered economy. Don’t blame the internet, that’s how they made their shutdown announcement.

Minnesota: In Duluth, Northland Party store shutting down after 21 years, the owners ignorantly blame internet competition (they haven’t been reading by tech industry layoff reports).

Mississippi: In Natchez, after 53 years Bernie Pyron’s Furniture shutdown. Local news meida say at one time there were four stores, but the owners say the “last eight or nine years” have been really bad for business.

Montana: In Great Falls, Rogers Jewelers shutting down after more than 40 years, the owner lamented he could have made more money picking huckleberries: “I should have stuck with that. They are $50 to $60 a bucket now, I could have retired years ago.”-Daryl Rogers

Nebraska: After 118 years Lukasiewicz Furniture, Flooring and Appliances saying farwell to their Farwell location.  Local news media say at one time the store was so big it was nicknamed “the Farwell Mall”, but now the owners blame internet competition exacerbated by a disappearing local rural population for their shutdown.  In Bellevue, Antiques on Franklin shutting down the day before Xmas, and Mama Kelly’s First Class Secondhand Store shutting down after Xmas.  In Scottsbluff, Bentley’s Fine Jewelry & Repair shutting down, the owner said after 27 years he just wants a regular “eight to five, Monday through Friday job with weekends off”.

New Mexico: Defunct Radio Shack shutting down their 40 years old Ruidoso store, the local franchise owners are selling the property.  For-profit utility company PNM eliminating at least 30 jobs in an attempt to reduce costs (and increase profits for shareholders).

New York:  The iconic Waldorf Astoria ceases to exist, 1-thousand 441 jobs lost by March 2017 as the building is being remodeled (at some future date) into a smaller hotel operation!  In Middletown, hazardous waste forcing Shared Textile Services to shutdown, 65 jobs lost.  In Troy, Hill’s Stationery shutdown after 96 years.  Suffolk County National Bank laying off 76 people in Riverhead, due to being taken over by a bank from Connecticut.  NYC based clothier Kenneth Cole Productions shutting down 63 brick-n-mortar stores within six months! Kenneth Cole Productions is shifting to internet and international sales only! In Corning, after 26 years toy store Imagine That! shutting down after Xmas, the owner blames internet competition and radical changes in the toymaking industry and with wholesalers.  Despite efforts to raise $2-million USD through fund raising operations, non-profit iconic Big Apple Circus is now dead. Local news reports say Big Apple Circus was only able to raise $900-thousand!     In Watertown, after 27 years Waterbury Fine Jewelers shutting down so the owner can retire.  In Ithica, in business since the 1950s McNeil Music calling it quits by the end of Jauary 2017, the owner said the economy has not recovered: “2011 was the first bad year, and it never recovered from there. We’ve lost sales every year since 2010.”-Eric Laine

North Carolina: Retailer Belk laid off 40 people at its Charlotte HQ.

Ohio: In Ashtabula, after 69 years Outdoor Army Navy Store shutdown, the internet ignorant owner blames the internet.  In Athens, Premier Video shutdown, it was the last video store in town.  In Solon, after 50 years Rinaldi Jewelry shutting down by February 2017.  Leader Furniture, in Over-the-Rhine, shutting down after 131 years of retail sales.  In Cincinnati, California based clothier GAP shutting down two locations by the end of January 2017, due to 3rd quarter profits falling by 12%.  Also in Cincinnati, entertainment retailer FYE shutting down an undisclosed location, the owner of FYE (TransWorldEntertainment) lost $8-million in its 3rd quarter!  In Heath, another FYE shutting down anytime between Xmas and February 2017, the manager of that FYE blames it on disappearing customers.  Also in Heath, haircutter Master Cuts shutdown: “The closing is due to the lack of traffic, that would be the best way to put it. Not enough business. Nobody even knows we’re here! We have a lot of regulars, but people walk in and say: ‘I didn’t even know you were here.’ “-Jonni Jackson, manager

Oregon: Fire fighting helicopter contractor Erickson now chapter 11 bankrupt busted. Erickson admin told the court they’re trying to save 7-hundred jobs country-wide.   In Corvalis, after 31 years Gracewinds Music shutting down, two of the co-owners want to retire and the third wants more time with his family.  

Pennsylvania:  Environmental Reclamation Services eliminating 30 jobs in Erie two days after Xmas. In Fort Washington, Too Big to Jail Ocwen Financial eliminating 54 jobs between now and after Xmas.  California based jeweler Shreve & Company shutting down their Portland store due to lack of sales.  And Macy’s revealed it sold-off its iconic Portland store, which should shutdown after Xmas.  Local news reports say Macy’s made a profit of $36-million off the sale.  In Pottstown, after 103 years Kiss Cycles shutting down days before Xmas. The owner esentially said he’s tired of working: “I’m going to be 64 and I want to ride a motorcycle, and I never get to do it. I push them around in here all the time, but never seem to have the time to get out there myself.”-Randy Kiss

South Dakota: In Rapid City, after 45 years the Black Hills Total Sleep Center shutting down so the 70 years old owner can retire (at the insistance of his wife).  In Britton, after 115 years Lee & Hanson Men’s Wear shutting down after Xmas.

Tennessee: After 37 years Jonesborough’s Art Glass Gallery shutdown its brick-n-mortar store, custom glass work can still be ordered.

Texas: Richardson based clothier Fossil blames its huge increase in internet sales for its decision to shutdown hundreds of its brick-n-mortar stores over the next few years!  In Houston, iconic used boot seller Texas Junk Company being forced to vacate the property due to a lawsuit.  Mitt Romney wunderkind Staples shutting down their Brownwood store in January 2017.  Austin based ‘outdoors’ clothier Backwoods now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  Company administrators blame “changing shopping trends and consumer behavior, competitive pressures from both online and big-box retailers”.  It must be noted that Backwoods has a retail website.  The CEO hinted that the real reason for their bankruptcy could be the skyrocketing costs of leasing and operating brick-n-mortar stores which in turn is putting Backwoods into deeper debt.  In Beaumont, Mirror Shine and Shoe Repair shutting down due to lack of people who need shoe shines or repairs, the owner saying “I’m going to lay at home for a while”.

Virginia: In Richmond, 83 years old pawn shop Friedman’s Loan Office shutdown, the building is for sale.   In Falls Church, after 28 years Economy Party Supplies & Costumes shutdown.  Temp employment company Excel Management Service now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, blaming a lawsuit by one of their biggest financiers.  In Glen Alen, Stevens Jewelers shutting down after 23 years.  After 141 years H.W. Rountree’s Luggage shutting down their Henrico store the day before Xmas: “Our sales have been dropping, plus we have competition with all the luggage manufacturers that have their own websites. They sell direct to consumers and ship free.”-William A. King, owner

Washington: In Bellingham, after 38 years Gary’s Men’s & Women’s Wear shutdown.  Local news media say it was the eighth local clothing shop to shutdown.

Wisconsin: The oldest piano seller (and once a piano maker) in The Badger State, 131 years old Netzow’s Piano & Music Plus, shutting down when the inventory is gone.  In Durand, 112 years old Wolf’s Ladies Fashions & Shoes shutting down before Xmas, the owner lamenting “The ‘little guy’ is a dying breed unfortunately.” In Onalaska, after 18 years Treehouse Gift and Home shutting down the day before Xmas, the owners are selling everything, including the building.

U.S. government shenanigans November 2016: “THOSE HALCYON DAYS ARE OVER”

Retail/Banking/Service sector October 2016: “THERE’S NO MORE RETAIL…” TRUMP & CLINTON KILL 3,074 JOBS!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification.

I found a 2010 AFL-CIO analysis (titled The Public Availability of WARN Notices: Lack of Accessibility and Disclosure…) which proves what I’ve been suspecting in my search of state WARN notices; most states are not complying with federal WARN regulations and are not publicizing or tracking mass layoffs.

Former employees who receive severance are not counted as unemployed!

Employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance: “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) no longer issues mass layoff reports: “On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the- board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all ‘measuring green jobs’ products. This news release is the final publication of monthly mass layoff survey data.”