Category Archives: Technology

”to reduce our burn rate”: U.S. Hi-Tech/Communications breakdown, March 2017

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 March 2017:

Internet based, but Allstate owned, Esurance suddenly laid off 1-hundred people across the U.S.!   Administrators said the layoffs were necessary for “modern protection solutions”.

British empire based The Guardian eliminating an undisclosed number of U.S. jobs (possibly 20%) after canceling plans to move into an office building owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law.  This follows U.S. job cuts (30%) The Guardian made at the end of 2016.

California: 27 years old San Diego based video gaming device maker Mad Catz now bankrupt busted, with several administrators suddenly resigning, due to being “unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems”.  Nippon (Japan) owned mobile game maker Gree eliminated 85 jobs at its San Francisco operations.  GoPro continues to kill jobs, this time 270 employees becoming unemployed in a third round of layoffs since November 2016!  I’m not sure if GoPro included the 94 jobs it killed without warning in San Mateo on 14 MAR 2017.  SunEdison laid off more employees, without warning, on 09 MAR 2017.   Unnamed sources revealed to main stream news media that Sunnyvale based Juniper Networks suddenly laid off 7-hundred people!  Administrators denied the claim, they issued an official layoff WARN saying 99 jobs would be lost by May.   Technicolor (remember when color film was ‘hi-tech’?) issued a shutdown WARN for its Ontario ops, 71 jobs gone by mid-May.  San Jose based PayPal finally notified the state that it laid off employees back in December 2016. In San Jose, Cisco Systems suddenly laid off 115 people!   Chemring Energetic Devices issued a shutdown WARN for its Torrance ops, 93 jobs lost by May.  A year after praising DSSD, Texas based Dell computers decided to halt DSSD production, 68 jobs in Menlo Park gone by May.  In Santa Clara, Nippon based Hitachi Data Systems issued a layoff WARN, 118 jobs lost by the end of April!  Marvell Semiconductor eliminating 30 jobs by May.

Connecticut: Sports network ESPN warning of massive layoffs due to skyrocketing licensing fees and crashing viewership.

Florida: ComTech Communications shutting down its Tampa ops, 40 jobs lost by June.  American Tower issued a WARN, 56 jobs in Boca Raton gone by May.

Iowa: Tax sucking federal contractor General Dynamics eliminating 220 jobs at its Medicaid call center ops in Coralville!   Administrators directly blamed ObamaCare open enrollment demand saying “The call centers are staffed to handle the demands of open enrollment periods. As has been done in previous years, we will continue to manage staffing levels throughout the year to meet consumer demand.”  Maquoketa Web Printing eliminating 42 jobs by mid-April.

Kansas: Alorica shutting down its call center in Topeka, 3-hundred jobs lost in May due to consolidation operations!

Maryland: HealthStream shutting down its internet based patient interview operations in Laurel, 134 jobs gone by the end of June!

Massachusetts: Boston based Liberty Mutual eliminating 360 InfoTech jobs across two states so it can hire “…5,000 worldwide, several hundred in IT operations and in the next 3-5 years we will hire 25,000 people worldwide.”   Video game maker Harmonix suddenly laid off 17 people “as we restructured to align with our current and anticipated development need.”  GateHouse Media eliminating 47 jobs in Framingham by mid-June.  Broadband operator KCST USA (aka Axia NG Networks USA) now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  It’s the result of failed management which, for some reason, failed to follow their own plan and as a result failed to meet their publicly stated objective of connecting 1-thousand-4-hundred community groups to the ‘network’.

Michigan: Solar panel maker Suniva shutdown its Saginaw factory without warning,  just two years after being praised for creating jobs.  In February Suniva eliminated a shift, at least 60 remaining jobs lost with the sudden shutdown.  Local news media discovered that Suniva still owes Saginaw Township about $20-thousand in taxes!  Automatic Data Processing (ADP) shutdown its Ann Arbor office, at least 1-hundred jobs lost!

Missouri: Healthcare software company Lumeris warned of more layoffs as it spends more money taking over competitors.  Saint Louis based Answers now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.

Nebraska: Cabela’s shutting down its call center in Sidney, and has begun an undisclosed number of corporate layoffs at various locations.  Cabela’s is hoping to sell itself to competitor Bass Pro, but administrators say their consolidation ops aren’t related to the pending sale.

New Jersey:  Social media/electronic payments data security company VALID USA laid off 76 people in South Plainfield.   In Logan-Swedesboro, drugs pusher Walgreens shutting down its 18 years old e-commerce distribution center, 133 jobs lost in June!  Walgreens is consolidating its internet operations.  Amazon owned Quidsi eliminating 263 jobs due to not being able to make money on the internet: “We have worked extremely hard for the past seven years to get Quidsi to be profitable, and unfortunately we have not been able to do so….”-Amazon statement

New York:  NYC based Us Weekly laid off 40 people in direct connection to its sale to AMI.   The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center shutting down its research and development ops, 30 jobs lost by mid-June.  Altice issued a shutdown WARN for its Bethpage location, at least 67 jobs lost by mid-June.

North Carolina: ‘Big Blue’ IBM confirmed it suddenly laid off a “relatively small” number of employees at Research Triangle Park.

Oregon: Glu Mobile has been killing jobs since January, now its Portland office suddenly shutdown, at least 25 people jobless.

Pennsylvania: In Langhorne, First Data Resources eliminating 93 jobs between May and August.

Texas: Grapevine based video game seller GameStop announced it will shutdown at least 150 brick-n-mortar stores in 2017, due to crashing sales.

Virginia: Rosetta Stone suddenly eliminated an undisclosed number of employees at its Harrisonburg office.  Unnamed former employees told local news media it was as many as 50.

Washington: Video game maker Motiga laid off 15 employees “to reduce our burn rate”.

Washington DC: In October 2016  Groupon took over DC based LivingSocial, and now says it will layoff the remaining 95 LivingSocial employees.

Wisconsin:  Alorica eliminating 137 call center jobs by the end of May!  Administrators called it a strategic business decision.  Temp agency Manpower eliminating 150 HQ jobs in Milwaukee, the administrative jobs are being replaced by robots/computers!  Gannett Consumer Solutions shutting down its call center in Milwaukee, at least 24 jobs gone by mid-May.

U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, February 2017: “REDUCE STAFF…BY 30%.”

U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, March 2017: “UNFORESEEABLE SIGNIFICANT DOWNTURN”

U.S. government shenanigans, March 2017: “IT JUST ECONOMICALLY DIDN’T MAKE SENSE”



Retail/Banking/Service Sector Collapse, March 2017: “WE JUST DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE.”

Nuke attack hits United States, nearly 6,000 U.S. personnel mobilized!

26 April 2017 / 21:17 UTC-07 Tango 06 (07 Ordibehest 1396/30 Rajab 1438/02 Jia Chen [4th month] 4715)

Bodies were found everywhere after an ‘improvised’ tactical nuke exploded!

On the morning of 25 APR 2017 what’s being called an improvised nuclear bomb exploded near Butlerville, Indiana.

Nearly 6-thousand active duty, reserve and militia personnel from all branches of the service were called in to conduct massive search and rescue ops.

 Wounded silly-vilians also had to undergo CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) decontamination procedures, before they could be treated for their more obvious injuries.

Fake!  It was part of the massive Guardian Response 17 war-game at  Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.  However, this was just one of dozens of CBRN (back in the Cold War we called it NBC, nuclear biological chemical) training events held across the U.S., and with other NATO ‘partners’, so far this year!

Some video of Guardian Response 17 training to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a CBRN catastrophe:

In Deleware, USAF C-5Ms were loaded up for the CBRN exercise:

Vehicle ID: DAGOR, U.S. Army’s new diesel powered ATV

26 April 2017 / 20:27 UTC-07 Tango 06 (07 Ordibehest 1396/30 Rajab 1438/02 Jia Chen [4th month] 4715)

DAGOR by Polaris

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division test out the DAGOR and MRZR-D diesel powered all terrain vehicles during live-fire exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 23 APR 2017:

MRZR also by Polaris

What does it take to maintain a flying military firetruck?

23 April 2017 / 23:49 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Susan Kett of U.S. Forest Service, David Lafon of North Carolina Forest Service and Robert Wheatley from CAL FIRE, on the flightline at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Technical Sergeant Miguel Corona, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects the flight deck of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Tech. Sgt. Kye Dudley, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects main wheel wells of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Senior Airman Santos Casaus operates ground generator that will provide electrical power to a sleeping C-130J, Gowen Field, Idaho.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Perez inspects the prop of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho. If oil is leaking from the prop hub the whole propeller assembly must be replaced.

Even transports use HUDs (Heads Up Display). Airman 1st Class Alexis Carranza inspects the HUD inside a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

Tech. Sgt. Miguel Corona inspects an oxygen mask inside of a C-130J.

Fire in the Hole! USAF Staff Sgt. Kelsey Herzfeld, assigned to the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, preps to connect the MAFFS nozzle to one of two Wyoming Air National Guard MAFFS C-130H. The work was done before leaving for Idaho. The Wyoming Air Militia has been flying MAFFS missions since 1975.

Nevada “High Rollers” C-130H follows a USFS spotter plane over western Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

A MAFFS unit being installed in a C-130H. Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System can dump 3-thousand gallons of water in five seconds!


Sex in Space? China’s doin’ it!

23 April 2017 / 22:54 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

“We hope to get an initial understanding about the space micro-gravity effects on stem cell proliferation and differentiation.”-Duan Enkui, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Inside the cargo compartment of space-freighter Tianzhou-1

Aboard China’s new and just launched Tianzhou-1 space-freighter an experiment like no other is taking place; making space babies!

Among other experiments Chinese scientists are using human stem cells to test the viability of Earthlings being able to have sex, I mean conceive children in a weightless environment.

To make it even more interesting, the scientist conducting the experiment are still on Earth.  They’ll be using remote sensing technology to ‘get-it-on’ in space.

On top of that, they hope to discover the ability to help Earthlings regrow new organs and limbs: “Maybe scientists will be able to induce stem cells to grow into certain tissues or organs in space in the future to serve people on earth. In another scenario, if a human is injured and loses organs in future space migration, the lost organs might be regenerated……We expect to continue our research into embryonic stem cells on China’s future space station. We aim to try to culture functional tissues, such as heart, kidney, liver and spleen tissues.”-Lei Xiaohua, Chinese Academy of Sciences

MAFFS bombs Idaho!

23 April 2017 / 18:41 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Staff Sgt. Benny Romero, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air Militia, inspects the C-130J’s main landing gear on Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

MAFFS 9 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air Militia, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

Video of MAFFS practice water drops in western Idaho, 22 APR 2017:

MAFFS 2 and MAFFS 5, from Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado, on Gowen Field, Idaho, for USFS training.

MAFFS 3 (C-130H) of 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air Militia, somewhere east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

MAFFS 8 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing “High Rollers”, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.




Holy virtual ‘copter! Iowa militia 1st to use BAT!

20 April 2017 / 19:19 UTC-07 Tango 06  (01 Ordibehest 1396/24 Rajab 1438/25 Jia Chen 4715)

In the BAT ‘cave’ at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, Iowa.

According to the following video report there are only two BAT (BLACKHAWK AIRCREW TRAINER) in use, and the Iowa National Guard is the first state militia unit to get one of them:

By the way, one BAT costs taxpayers $9-million USD, which is cheaper than flying the real thing.





Idaho conducts massive MAFFS training, in preps for hot wildfire season!

20 April 2017 / 18:27 UTC-07 Tango 06  (01 Ordibehest 1396/24 Rajab 1438/25 Jia Chen 4715)

“We look forward to this joint training with our military and civilian partners. Training together with all four MAFFS wings alongside U.S. Forest Service and other wildland firefighting agencies here in Boise provides a significant opportunity as we prepare for another challenging wildfire season.”-Colonel Bryan Allen, Air Expedition Group

California National Guard C-130J flies by a Nevada National Guard C-130H during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training at Gowen Field, Idaho

MAFFS=Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System

More than 4-hundred state National Guard and federal Reserve personnel from California, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming arrived in Gowen Field, Idaho, for a week of U.S. Forest Service training: “MAFFS have played a critical role in wildfire suppression for more than 40 years by providing surge capacity when commercial airtankers are fully committed or not readily available as they frequently are during periods of high wildfire activity.”-Kim Christensen, USFS

C-130 aircraft from three National Guard units and a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit arrive at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017

“Dude!”, 2013 Wyoming militia MAFFS drop:

2013 Wyoming MAFFS load up:

2013 California militia MAFFS drop:


Destroy U.S. Dollar: Japan recognizes Bitcoin as official money! Charities accept it for donations!

20 April 2017 (15:42 UTC-07 Tango 06) 31 Farvardin 1396/23 Rajab 1438/24 Jia Chen 4715

At the beginning of April, Nippon (Japan) legalized the use of Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, and immediately two major retailers announced they would accept customer’s Bitcoins.  Now the city of Hirosaki announced it would accept Bitcoins for their Save the Cherry Blossoms charity.

The value of Bitcoins has skyrocketed since Nippon legalized its use.  Nippon is the first country to legally, officially, recognize cryptocurrencies as money.

The next big move to watch in the cyrptocurrency revolution is Россия (Rossiya aka Russia).  In 2014 Rossiya banned the use of such money, but towards the end of last year the Федеральная налоговая служба, ФНС России (Rossiya Federal Tax Service) reversed the ban, saying bitcoins are not illegal.  Rossiya  Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev even said cryptocurrencies could become legally (officially) recognized by 2018.

What is money? Money is not a real tangible thing, it’s whatever a government accepts as money based on a value system.  In ancient times the first money systems used shells then grain crops and even salt as ‘money’.  Then came coins minted by the first empires, and thousands of years later paper money and something called credit. For a long time governments (which includes religions) tied the value of their money to the value of a precious metal like gold, but between 1971-73 U.S. President Richard Nixon changed that.  Nixon and his cohorts United Kingdom (British empire) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (also connected to the British empire) conspired to create a new money system tied to petroleum oil called the PetroDollar system. 

Destroy U.S. Dollar: China, India, Japan switch to Bitcoins