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New War on Drugs: Ohio new Opioid ground zero, blame Bitcoin?

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Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security descended upon Dayton, Ohio.  It’s part of a major effort to inform local law enforcers about the exploding opioid crisis, and blame crypto-currencies (aka virtual currencies, like Bitcoin) for providing international drug traffickers with a way of financing their operations.

In British empire Canada, the crypto-currency exchange known as Einstein announced it would join the New War on Drugs by blocking ‘wallets’ connected to individuals arrested/convicted of drug trafficking.  Einstein will also work with other crypto-currency exchanges which are now trying to create lists of suspected drug dealing virtual money traders.





New War on Drugs: 114 people arrested in San Diego!

Over a three days period, ending on 15MAR2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 114 people in California’s San Diego and Imperial counties, for deportation.  ICE reports that 43% of those arrested have criminal records.


America Spread Thin: New York Militia killed in Iraq!

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“It is with great sadness that I report the loss of four of our wing members….”-Colonel Michael Bank, 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard

Four New York Air National Guard personnel were killed in Iraq, 15MAR2018, when their HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed.

“Our National Guard family mourns the loss of the seven combat search and rescue Airmen in the HH-60 crash….  …This loss reminds us of the tremendous risks we take in serving our nation every day.”-Major General Anthony German, Adjutant General of New York

A total of seven U.S. military personnel were killed in the crash near the city of Al-Qa’im.  Department of Defense says it was not shot down, but is investigating because it’s currently unknown why the helicopter crashed.

HH-60G Pave Hawks of New York’s 106th Rescue Wing responding to Hurricane Irma

The 106th Rescue Wing also took part in the response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, helping to rescue at least 2-thousand people.

“We are going to have to stop being the policemen of the world.”-Donald Trump, August 2015 interview with Hugh Hewitt

AMERICA SPREAD THIN: ISRAEL, more than 2-thousand U.S. personnel deployed!

“unprecedented brick and mortar retail disruption”: U.S. retail/banking/service sector collapse, February 2018

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss WARNings and store shutdowns made or announced in February 2018:

British empire United Kingdom based luxury clothier Charlotte Olympia now chapter 11 bankrupt busted in the United States, blaming an “unprecedented brick and mortar retail disruption” affecting its stores in California, Nevada and New York.  But don’t blame online sales because there is an Official Charlotte Olympia Online Store.

Germany based Deutsche Bank suddenly began eliminating hundreds of jobs globally, including jobs in the United States, as part of a plan to impose ‘cost discipline’ due to crashing revenues.

Arizona: In Phoenix, antique store/vendor rental space Zinnias shutdown.

 California: In Modesto, after 23 years Buy Right shutdown for its second and possibly final time, and for the second time it’s because a greedy landlord kicked them out, this time the owners of the popular thrift store did not say they were looking for a new location. Local Modesto news media reported a sudden increase in landlords jacking up rent.  Prudential-Jackson National Life Insurance laid off 161 people in El Segundo, admitting the layoff was planned back in August 2017!  Los Angeles based retailer of those dumb-ass looking wide leg jeans, JNCO Jeans, shutting down all nationwide ops when the inventory is gone (the company actually died several years ago, but some idiot tried rebooting it in 2017). In San Diego, after 125 years (surviving The Great Depression and numerous recessions) iconic Jessop Jewelers shutdown.  In San Francisco, after 28 years Costumes on Haight shutting down in March, the new manager blames increased operating costs.  Calexico JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.  WP Payroll Management issued a shutdown WARN for its Los Angeles location, 113 jobs gone by May!  The Ritz-Carlton issued a temporary shutdown WARN for its Truckee location, 236 jobs gone mid-April!  In Anaheim, Gateway One Lending and Finance eliminating 24 jobs by April.  In the City of Industry, Artistree laying off 104 people by April!  What automotive industry recovery? Car dealer Infiniti of Riverside issued a shutdown WARN, 25 jobs gone by the end of March.   What housing market recovery?  Apartment manager Irvine Company suddenly laid off 63 employees, and reclassified 17 positions according to news reports (their official WARN says 80 jobs gone), as part of its plan to refine “long-term apartment communities”.

Colorado:  Prudential-Jackson National Life Insurance shutting down its 20 years old tech center in Denver, 370 jobs gone! 

Florida:  In Tampa, Prudential-Jackson National Life Insurance eliminating 41 jobs mid-March.  In Saint Petersburg, Transamerica Life Insurance eliminating 465 jobs by mid-April!

Georgia: In Macon, after 40 years Chi-chester’s Gifts shutdown due to crashing sales.

Idaho: After 40 years the owners of the two Porter’s Crafts & Frames stores (in Rexburg and Idaho Falls) forced to retire due to health problems, they’re trying to get a friend from New Jersey to buy the Rexburg property, the stores are shutting down when the inventory is gone.

Illinois: Lord & Taylor shutdown its clothing store in the Oakbrook Center, and is shutting down its store in Westfield Old Orchard Mall in April.  Sandburg Mall JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.  In Geneva, after ten years Antiques on State shutting down in April, due to crashing sales.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down six of its Carson’s stores and one Bergner’s, in total 4-hundred jobs gone by May!  In Normal, after 47 years Guitar World shutdown, the owner saying even music lessons have been affected by the internet: “We went from over 105 lessons when we came here nine years ago, to 30 or less. So I mean, the market is changing, the people who are doing this have changed. So it’s what you have to do with all online, God bless the internet.”-Jim Bland

Indiana: Walmart issued a shutdown WARN for its store in Rushville, 95 jobs gone by mid-April.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down five of its Carson’s stores, in total 306 jobs gone by the end of April!

Iowa: Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down two of its Younkers stores.  Too Big to Jail Goldman Sachs issued a shutdown WARN for its Cedar Rapids office, 39 jobs gone by May.  Also in Cedar Rapids, Transamerica Life Insurance eliminating 863 jobs by mid-April!   What housing market recovery?  In Des Moines, Nationwide-Mortgage eliminating 54 jobs by April.

Kentucky: Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down the Elder Beerman store in Paducah.  Also in Paducah, New York & Company Outlet shutdown.

Maryland:  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its store in Hagerstown.  In Baltimore, Transamerica Life Insurance eliminating 55 jobs by mid-April.

Massachusetts: Clothier Artwear shutting down in March, the owner stated “Retailers have been hit hard this year. I can’t predict what 2018 will bring and so I have decided that I cannot keep the store open any longer.”

Michigan:Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down the Elder Beerman store in Adrian, a Younkers in Marquette and a Carson’s in Benton Harbor (Bon-Ton did not indicate how many jobs lost in its official WARN).

Minnesota: Eagan based Sun Country Airlines suddenly eliminated 350 ground crew jobs by outsourcing them to a cheapo contractor, Sun Country workers had one week to beg the contractor to hire them (at less pay and probably no benefits, for the same work)!  Viking Plaza JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down the Herberger’s Clearance Center store in Maplewood, 20 jobs gone in April.  In West Duluth, after 35 years Video Vision shutdown.  Toys R Us issued a shutdown WARN for its store in Roseville, 30 jobs gone in April.

Missouri: Hampton Village Plaza JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.

Montana: In Billings, Big Bear Sports Center is now officially dead.  It’s been shutdown since November because a man drove his SUV into the store, then began trading gunshots with police.  Police used tear-gas, and water and gas lines in the store were damaged, the suspect was killed.  The store owners were hoping to repair the store but apparently it’s not going to happen.

New Hampshire: Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its store in Concord.

New Jersey: Hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Operations eliminating 134 jobs in Parsippany, mid-April! Walmart shutting down its Route 22 Readington (Branchburg) store, 149 jobs gone by mid-April, due to “financial performance”!  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its store in Phillipsburg.  Garden State Plaza JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.  After more than 30 years the family owned gun shop known for supporting local charities, Sportsman’s Rendezvous, shutdown, the family is moving to Florida.   After 27 years, and three location changes, The Big Little Railroad Shop shutdown due to the sudden collapse of the sale of the store: “I had been working with someone for at least a year-and-a-half who was going to purchase the store. I’d work two days, he’d work three and vice versa, and all of the sudden on Memorial Day, he just walked out of here.”-Jen Lush, co-owner

New Mexico: Gertrude Zachary shutdown its antique store In Albuquerque, but the owners claim a new type of store will take its place.

New York: NYC based Barnes & Noble eliminating an undisclosed number of cashiers and digital product associates, due to crashing sales.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its stores in Massena, Watertown and Queensbury.  In Brooklyn, Horseman Antiques shutting down due to the building being sold-off for $18-million USD.  Toys R Us-Babies R Us issued shutdown WARNs for six stores, at least 285 jobs gone between mid-March and mid-April!  Sterling National Bank issued mass-layoff WARN for multiple locations, at least 140 jobs lost between April and Xmas!  California based GAP shutting down its Banana Republic corporate operations in NYC,  112 jobs lost due to consolidation ops back to California!

North Carolina: Charlotte based Japanese Toyota NASCAR driving BK Racing now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to $8-million USD of debt. Charlotte based retailer Belk suddenly laid off 58 managers across the U.S.  In Durham, sexist female boutique Liberation Threads shutdown after a year, the owners saying “…as we move into 2018, there’s a sea change happening.” 

Ohio: Non-profit tenant advocate Cleveland Tenants Organization shutdown due to lack of funding.   In Greenville, after 25 years Club 7 Sports up for sale, the owners want to retire.  Knox Village Square JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.  In Columbus, after more than 40 years Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos shutting down.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its Elder Beerman store in Defiance, 41 jobs gone.  In Cleveland Heights, after 27 years toy and joke store Big Fun shutting down when the inventory is gone, the owner bemoaned “I call Amazon our kryptonite…. they need to shop local.”

Oklahoma:  Washington Park Mall JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.

Oregon: Nordstrom shutting down its 37 years old store in the Salem Center Mall, 130 jobs gone by April!

Pennsylvania: In Narberth, after 105 years (surviving The Great Depression and several recessions) Ricklin’s Hardware shutdown so the owners can retire.   Janitorial service company Compass Group eliminating six jobs in April.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down eight of its stores!  Macy’s issued a shutdown WARN for its Homestead store, 94 jobs gone by mid-April.  Limerick Furniture and Mattress shutting down its store in the Fairgrounds Square Mall, due to increased competition and increased operating costs.  After 40 years, Dave Phillips Music & Sound shutdown its Allentown location blaming internet shopping.  In Exton, Transamerica Life Insurance outsourcing 192 jobs by mid-April!  Administrators claim in-house employees were offered jobs with the contractor at the same pay, having personally experienced outsourcing of some of my past jobs I find that hard to believe.

South Carolina: What housing market recovery?  Created out of the 2008 financial meltdown Movement Mortgage suddenly laid off 75 people, administrators blamed the sudden layoffs on ‘improvements’ to their lending process.

Texas: In Houston, after 16 years music venue Walter’s Downtown suddenly shutdown.

Utah: Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its Herberger’s store in Logan.

Vermont: Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its store in South Burlington.

Virginia: Clothier PacSun shutting down its store in the River Ridge Mall, in May.  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down its Elder Beerman store in Vienna.

Washington:Cascade Mall JCPenney shutting down by mid-May.

West Virginia: Shoe seller Finish Line shutting down its store in the Charleston Town Center.   Speaking of Charleston Town Center, it is now under control of a real estate group after the original owners defaulted on a $100-million USD loan.

Wisconsin: Prudential-Jackson National Life Insurance laid off an additional 23 employees in Appleton.   In Manitowoc, after 67 years LLoyd’s Photo & Digital shutdown, the owner lamenting “…our bread and butter was prints.”  Chapter 11 bankrupt Bon-Ton shutting down six of its Younkers stores, two Boston Stores and an Elder Beerman! In Mequon, after 27 years Xenia Gallery shutting down in March.

Wyoming: in Cheyenne, after 49 years City News and Pipe Shop shutdown, the owners say the crash in magazine and newspaper sales is a final sign that it’s time to retire.  In Casper, Seconds on First Street shutdown after 16 years of consignments.

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification





Dumbing Down the U.S.A., February 2018:“PORCH MONKEY”


U.S. government shenanigans, February 2018: “I NEED TO PAY HIGHER TAXES.”


ObamaCare ACA death spiral, February 2018: “WE ARE IN VERY CHALLENGING TIMES.”


Gun Ban Fail: Police behind skyrocketing gun violence in anti-gun Brazil!

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In strict gun control Brazil gun violence is escalating and it looks like the cops are behind it.

Here’s a little bit of ‘real’ mainstream news reports from the past year:

Rio de Janeiro councilwoman, critic of police killings, shot deadReuters

British brothers shot during attempted mugging in Brazilian city, The Independent

Military takeover in Rio sparks fears of police brutalityWashington Post

How Brazil’s ‘Lord Of Guns’ Armed Rio’s Drug War With US WeaponsHuffPost

“Security cameras captured the horrific moment a gunfight broke out in an elevator in Brazil on New Year’s Eve, leaving an off-duty cop injured. The commotion allegedly occurred between three Sao Paulo plain clothes municipal police officers and a tourist…”-Daily Mail

Army Stonewalls on Rio KillingsHuman Rights Watch

US Diplomat Shot in Foot Outside Rio de JaneiroVoice of America

14 people killed, six children wounded in Fortaleza, after gunmen storm partyThe Independent

Brazil Police Accused of Killing 7 During Raid on Favela PartyteleSUR 

“An off-duty police officer allegedly gunned down a 21-year-old university student at a bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after she refused to turn off a song he disliked.”-Daily Mail

“A man has been shot dead in Brazil after mowing down six people in his car and then trying to attack police who surrounded him with a knife as he got out of his vehicle.”-Daily Mail

Brazilian YouTuber Left Brain Dead After Being Shot In The HeadLADbible   Military Police said “Neither of the two suspects has a criminal history. The firearm was legally registered.” 

Brazil police shoot dead Spanish tourist in Rio de Janeiro favelaThe Guardian

Brazilian Cops Are Killing More People Than Ever., HuffPost

Brazil police officer shoots armed robbers to death while holding baby,CBS News

Brazilian police caught on video killing car-thief AND his hostage then staging the crime-scene to make it look like HE fired first!, Daily Mail

Brazil police accused of shooting at anti-government protesters,The Guardian

Violence In Brazil Escalates, Army Is Deployed To NeighborhoodsNPR

Student kills 2, wounds 4 in Brazil school shootingFox News

Teenagers unknowingly live-stream their own death by police ambush! The Independent

Killings by Brazilian police branded a human rights crisis, The Guardian

UN Review Must Not Ignore Brazil’s Exorbitant Number of Police,

Death toll mounts in Rio de Janeiro as police lose control of the city, The Conversation AU

“Nearly all deaths caused by police in Brazil are registered as ‘self-defence’, and 99.2% of cases dismissed without charge.”– The Guardian

Spike in killings by Rio police as country faces UN reviewAmnesty International

Brazilian cops pose for pics with alleged gang leader, they look like great friends,   The Independent

“In Brazil, all firearms are required to be registered with the minimum age for gun ownership being 25. It is generally illegal to carry a gun outside a residence, and a special permit granting the right to do so is granted to certain groups, such as law enforcement officers. To legally own a gun, an owner must hold a gun license, which costs BRL R$1000, and pay a fee every three years to register the gun, currently at BRL R$85. Registration can be done online or in person with the Federal Police.”-Wikipedia



“no reasonable option but….deactivation”: U.S. industrial/mining/logistics layoffs, February 2018

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss/shutdown announcements made in February 2018.

Alabama: Vogue International shutting down its Phenix City warehouse, 150 jobs gone by the end of April!

Alaska: In Prudhoe Bay, 261 unionized oil jobs lost as British empire British Petroleum suddenly switched to a non-union contractor!

 California:  MV Transportation issued a shutdown WARN for its operations in Stockton, 73 jobs gone in April.  Netherlands based CEVA Logistics eliminating 11 Stockton jobs in April.  Kane Warehousing eliminated 48 jobs in Oxnard.  Mining service company Broadspectrum Downstream Services issued a layoff WARN for its ops in Benicia, 92 jobs gone by April.  British empire based Rolls-Royce halting aircraft engine service ops in Oakland, at least ten jobs gone by April.  What automotive industry recovery? Zodiac Seats revealed it eliminated 279 jobs when it shutdown its factory in San Bernardino County, in January!  In Chino, furniture maker Elite Leather Company eliminating 88 jobs by April.  In Clovis, Schneider Electric eliminating 33 jobs by the end of march.

Connecticut: Stamford based envelope maker Cenveo now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.

Illinois: In Somonauk, Imperial Marble suddenly laid off 79 people due to loss of contract.  Japan based freight company MOL issued a layoff WARN, 89 jobs gone between March and Xmas.  Japan based freight company NYK eliminating 67 jobs in March.  Germany based Siemens issued a shutdown WARN for ops in West Chicago, 2-hundred jobs gone in April due to “relocation”!

Indiana: Germany based delivery/logistics company DHL eliminating 511 jobs in Greenfield! It’s due to Walmart taking over part of DHL’s ops in May.  AES-Indianapolis Power & Light eliminating 1-hundred jobs and asking for a rate increase, blaming the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!  American Commercial Barge Lines-Jeffboat conducted a phase-2 layoff, 226 jobs suddenly gone, due to ongoing crashing sales!

Iowa:  Procter & Gamble shutting down its factory in Iowa City, at least 5-hundred jobs lost to a new factory in West Virginia!

Kansas: Procter & Gamble shutting down its 113 years old factory in Kansas City, at least 280 jobs lost to a new factory in West Virginia!

Maryland:  Janitorial service company Compass Group eliminating five jobs in April.

Michigan: In Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph, Whirlpool admitted it is eliminating jobs. One news report said the layoffs began in January, however, I did not find any official WARN on the state Workforce Development Agency website.  What automotive industry recovery?  Belgium based exhaust system maker Bosal Industries-Georgia issued a WARN, 77 jobs gone in April due to Fiat-Chrysler’s new Jeep design.  Local news reports indicated the company got local tax breaks.  Janitorial service company Compass Group eliminating 396 jobs due to the shutdown of a General Motors (GM) factory!

Minnesota: WestRock-Rochester notified the state that 28 jobs will be eliminated, date to be determined.

New York:  Texas based construction engineering company Flour eliminating 85 jobs in Poughkeepsie, in May, despite reporting increased revenues.  Also in Poughkeepsie, Plant Engineering Services blaming Flour for forcing it to eliminate 21 jobs Homer Logistics suddenly laid off 148 people in Albany and NYC! Germany based Siemens shutting down and selling off its Power Generation Service in Wellsville, 250 jobs gone by 2020!  Furniture maker Harden Furniture issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in McConnellsville, 172 employees affected!

North Carolina: Massachusetts based L.S. Starrett shutting down and selling off its tool factory in Mount Airy, 30 jobs gone as part of downsizing started two years ago, due to ongoing crashing sales.  Iconic gun maker Remington now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to crashing sales and a ass-hole lawsuit blaming it for school shootings.

Ohio: Fiat-Chrysler eliminating 852 jobs at its Jeep factory in Toledo, in preparation for retooling for a new pick-up version of the Jeep! In connection, Jeep body supplier KUKA shutdown factory ops as a result, killing 344 jobs!  Janitorial service company Compass Group eliminating 14 West Chester jobs due to the shutdown of a General Motors (GM) factory!  AES-Dayton Power & Light eliminating 60 jobs in April.  Fastener maker The Cold Heading eliminating 52 jobs in June.   Self-adhesive maker Ritrama eliminating 48 jobs in April.

Oklahoma: SandRidge Energy suddenly laid off 80 people, “As part of the company’s previously announced commitment to reduce go-forward costs…”  Shale oil driller Ascent Resources Marcellus Holdings now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.

Pennsylvania:  Luxembourg based ArcelorMittal eliminating 125 jobs in Conshohocken, by mid-April, due to crashing demand for U.S. made steel!  In Pittson, Kane Warehousing eliminating 89 jobs by May.  Dover Corporation-Pump Solutions Group issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in North Wales, 63 jobs gone between April and Xmas. Clothing maker Global Brands Group issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Plymouth Meeting, various layoffs taking place between April and Xmas.  Heat resistant products (refractories) maker Harbison Walker International issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Claysburg, 88 jobs gone in April.

Texas:  Lone Star State based Direct Energy, WTU Retail Energy and CPL Retail Energy being affected by its British empire based parent company’s (Centrica) plan to eliminate 4-thousand jobs by 2020!  Centrica blames it on “weak” financial results in United States.  Fieldwood Energy now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, yet interestingly, on the same day of its bankruptcy filing it made a $700-million USD purchase.  France based Vallourec Drilling Products eliminating 150 jobs! 

Virginia: What housing market recovery? After 25 years MGT Construction Management now chapter 7 bankrupt and “transferring projects to other construction firms for completion.”  GE Power eliminating 42 jobs at its Salem train factory, in March. This follows two years of getting employees to retire early.  It’s blamed on crashing sales.

Washington:  In Kent, bankrupt Connecticut based envelope maker Cenveo suddenly laid off 62 people. 

West Virginia: FirstEnergy selling off/shutting down its coal fired power plant, 190 jobs lost due to “…recent federal and West Virginia decisions leave FirstEnergy no reasonable option but to expeditiously move forward with deactivation…”

Wisconsin: Netherlands based cargo strap maker Cordstrap halting production in GrandView Business Park, 36 jobs gone by July, however, company administrators claim they’ll replace production with a distribution center.  Cable maker Southwire shutting down its customer service center in Pleasant Prairie, 80 jobs gone due to work being moved out-of-country to British empire Canada.  JCPenney shutting down its customer service and distribution center in Wauwatosa, 670 jobs gone by Summer!  Home decor maker Uniek issued a layoff WARN, 58 jobs gone by the end of April.

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, January 2018: “MARKET CONDITIONS” BLAMED ON POPULATION DEATH SPIRAL!

Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, update

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Currently personnel with USAF 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron (home base Mountain Home, Idaho) are deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan.

But while they’re away the rest of the gang on Mountain Home AFB got a visit from the top brass of the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Command, 06-09MAR2018:

Also during the week of 06MAR2018, the U.S. Marines invaded Mountain Home.

U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 flew north to Idaho, supposedly for cold weather training (ain’t been too cold here lately).

U.S. Marine AH-1W Super Cobras, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho


New York & Pennsylvania Militia Noreaster

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“This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and the people of the Hudson Valley should know that New York State is doing everything we can to restore power and help them recover as quickly as possible.”-Gov’na Andrew M. Cuomo

4-hundred New York Military Force (National Guard, Naval Militia and New York Guard) personnel were called up to respond to back-to-back north east storms.

In Pennsylvania the National Guard was also called up.

About 150 Pennsylvania Guard personnel responded.



“I didn’t make a lot of money….”: U.S. hi-tech/communications breakdown, February 2018

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 February 2018:

Republic of China (Taiwan) based smartphone maker HTC laid off an undisclosed number of people across the United States. Unconfirmed reports say it was as many as 1-hundred people.

Online based loan company SoFi suddenly laid off 65 people in California and Utah, despite claiming a “record-breaking 2017″.   At the same time SoFi continues to advertise that it has open positions to fill.

California: Critical Content suddenly laid off 35% of its employees, saying “Our industry is rapidly evolving where TV, digital, and branded platforms are interchangeable…..we will be best positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunities in the non-scripted space.”   NBC Universal eliminated about 30 advertising jobs, due to lack of ad sales.    3D software maker Autodesk eliminated 157 California jobs as part of a plan to kill more than 1-thousand jobs!  Video game maker Hanger 13 suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of people. Korea based video game maker Nexon eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs, possibly due to its take-over of Mountain View based Pixelberry Studios.  Oakland based internet radio Pandora eliminating 5% of its human jobs as it shifts to more automation.  Symantec laying off at least seven people by the end of March.  Marvell Semiconductor laying off at least 12 people by mid-April. Circuit protection device maker Littelfuse issued a layoff WARN for its Orange County ops, 54 jobs gone by mid-May.  Online shoe seller EBuys issued a shutdown WARN for its Shoe Metro in San Diego, 57 jobs gone by April.  Taxpayer funded InfoTech solutions company ASM Research eliminating jobs in Long Beach. EMP protection company Laird Technologies issued a shutdown WARN for its Milpitas ops.  NetApp issued a layoff WARN, 70 Sunnyvale jobs gone by the end of April.  Los Angeles based Alcon Entertainment (Blade Runner 2049) warned that the entertainment industry is so unstable they will begin eliminating jobs through consolidation operations.

Colorado: Electronic card maker CPI Card Group shutting down its factory in Littleton, 79 jobs gone by the end of June.

Florida: Publisher Meredith eliminating 5-hundred Time customer service jobs in Tampa, as part of a plan to outsource ‘fulfillment’ ops!

Georgia: Turner (Turner Broadcasting System) laid off 30 advertising employees, and a reported 50 jobs eliminated at CNN.

Illinois: In Oglesby, iCall eliminating 75 jobs starting in April.

Kansas: Tech company SNT Media chapter 7 bankrupt and being liquidated, more than 1-hundred jobs gone!

Kentucky: Singapore based Flex (formerly known as Flextronics) eliminating 314 Louisville jobs by September! In Louisville, online retailer of on-demand customized products CafePress eliminated an additional 15% of jobs and even cut the pay of its executives.

Louisiana: France based video game maker Gameloft shutdown its New Orleans office, 40 jobs suddenly gone.

Massachusetts: Advertiser Hill Holiday suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of employees after losing several accounts, including Chili’s, and troubles with its  Dunkin’ Donuts account.  Boston and London (British empire) based advertiser MullenLowe suddenly laid off ten people due to crashing ad sales.  Cloud company Akamai Technologies suddenly laid off 4-hundred people in an attempt to reduce operating costs, investors loved it and drove up the price of the company’s stock!

Minnesota:  In Mankato, Verizon eliminating 6-hundred call center jobs!

Montana: Lee Enterprises-Billings Gazette laid off an additional seven people, a newsroom receptionist posted on facebook “I didn’t make a lot of money at the Gazette, but I made a lot of lifelong friends. I love you, all.”

Nebraska: Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group (31 U.S. newspapers, with their own websites) eliminating more jobs, this time 148 people laid off and 101 vacant positions eliminated! Don’t forget BH Media Group eliminated at least 248 jobs in 2017.

New York: Vox Media laid off 50 people in its fashion, real estate and sports publications. Condé Nast just can’t stop killing jobs, this time ten people at Glamour laid off, as well as an undisclosed number of layoffs at Vanity Fair.  Newsday outsourcing 225 in-house jobs, plus issued Phase 1, 2 and Phase 3 shutdown WARNs as part of its plan to halt ops in Melville, which will affect 1-thousand-431 employees by October!    For the first time in its 12 years history Droga5 suddenly laid off 40 people in NYC. NYC based Viacom reportedly eliminated 1-hundred jobs!  The Weinstein Company bankrupt busted after refusing an offer from a potential buyer.  Call center operator Sitel eliminating 71 jobs in Erwin/Painted Post, by May.

Oregon: The Oregonian suddenly laid off 11 people: “You’re probably asking yourself, when will these cuts end? I wish I could answer that.”-Mark Katches, editor

Pennsylvania:  At last count Hearst has eliminated 185 jobs with publisher Rodale, since the beginning of the year!  Sykes shutting down its Upper Macungie Township call center, 96 jobs gone by the end of March.  Colorado based Arrow Electronics issued a shutdown WARN for its Bensalem location, 13 jobs gone by May.

Texas: Multi-level marketer Harte Hanks eliminating 460 contact center jobs starting in May, due to “changes in the services”!  Cloud company Rackspace Hosting suddenly laid off about 1-hundred employees, possibly in connection with being taken over by vulture capitalist Apollo Global Management.  Academy Sports + Outdoors suddenly laid off 140 in-house InfoTech workers as part of a plan to outsource InfoTech work!

Virginia: Electric car company GreenTech now chapter 11 bankrupt busted and blaming it on ‘conservative’ news media reports.   Never mind that many of the investors are immigrants who took advantage of a government program that allowed them to settle in the United States in exchange for money, and the fact that an automotive parts maker is suing GreenTech.

Washington: Amazon suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of HQ employees, and began killing ‘hundreds’ of jobs globally, despite claiming increased online sales!  Taxpayer funded InfoTech solutions company ASM Research eliminating jobs in Lakewood.

Wisconsin: Gannett issued a shutdown WARN for its ops in Appleton, 137 jobs gone by May!

U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, January 2018: “TOUGH CHALLENGES THAT WE CAN NO LONGER IGNORE”

“I need to pay higher taxes.”: U.S. government shenanigans, February 2018

Incomplete (i-e ‘Tip of the Iceberg’) list of U.S. Federal/State/Local Government self-destruct announcements for February 2018:

Action News Now: Fast list of U.S. politicians killed in mysterious plane crashes, it happens more often than you think

Brookings Institution:  Opportunity Zone tax breaks new form of taxpayer funded gentrification

CNBC: Barely anyone is paying the taxes they owe on their bitcoin gains

USA Today: States where Americans pay the least (and most) in taxes

“I need to pay higher taxes…. …I’ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes.-Bill Gates, at one time the world’s richest man

Alabama: A female employee of Dothan’s Farm Service Agency charged with fraud, theft of government property, and using a false document, relating to crop insurance.  Pike Road Butcher Block suddenly shutdown due to “small town politics”, the landlord is the town of Pike Road.  The Federal Republic of Nigeria is suing Alabama State University, essentially accusing it of stealing Nigerian tax funding that was meant to pay for Nigerian students’ ASU attendance.   Now former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon sentenced to three months in prison for using campaign donations for personal reasons.

Alaska: National and state taxpayers (along with the fishing industry) are paying for a ‘cost recovery’ study to determine if crab catch limits could be increased without reducing crab population.  Federal and state researchers are actually catching as many crabs as they can, just to count them. Apparently Alaska’s crab fishers feel threatened by Russia.   State House politician Zach Fansler resigned after being accused of hitting a woman.

Arizona: Senate candidate Kelli Ward linked her website to an endorsement from a ‘news’ site called Arizona Monitor, which turned out to be a Fake News site.  A female Senate aide resigned after her former boyfriend “shopped” around her computer records of suggestive conversations with senators.  Lawmakers are so desperate for tax revenues they’re considering ways to allow tax payments to be made in BitCoin (Forbes says it only “Triggers More Taxes“).   If you’re a female and doing crime don’t get caught in Arizona, you’ll have to work 27 prison hours to get one box of tampons. 

Arkansas: A former wrestler came out and stated he was a witness to a 1987 murder of two teenagers.  Police called it a suicide by train, but an autopsy showed the boys were dead before the train ran over them.  The wrestler says the boys were killed by a drug dealer who was also a politician.  The wrestler didn’t give the name of the politician, but the implication was that it was Bill Clinton.  The Arkansas Times revealed that the state Senate doesn’t want you to know what’s going on: “No meetings of Senate committees are streamed on the web. The Senate grudgingly allows an audio stream of its sessions, but it is impossible for the average Arkansan to have any idea who’s speaking.”

California:  Despite marijuana being legal in The Golden State, the city of Los Angeles reports there are still ‘hundreds’ of illegal ganja shops within city limits!  Since January, eight MaryJane raids resulted in 35 people arrested. You must get a license to sell marijuana and Los Angeles administrators say so far only 99 licenses have been issued, despite more than 2-hundred ganja shops operating openly.  This brings up the question, are those illegal shops paying their taxes?  A $53-thousand USD Huntington Beach taxpayer funded study reveals “…that virtually the entire Police Department, including his own management staff, opposes Chief Handy’s failed management practices and policies. Violent crime is skyrocketing. Officers are being shot and attacked. It’s time that city leaders face the truth and replace Rob Handy.”

Florida: Lockheed Martin eliminating 82 jobs at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, by the end of March.  DynCorp issued a shutdown WARN for its taxpayer funded ops on Patrick Air Force Base, 279 jobs gone by the end of March! Taxpayer funded General Dynamics-ARMA Global eliminating 241 jobs at MacDill AFB, by the end of March!   Records show the local police and state Department of Children and Families had been involved with the Parkland school shooter since at least 2012.  Records also show the federal FBI knew about the Parkland school shooter’s plan. What makes things worse is that taxpayer funded police had no problem shooting and killing an 84 years old veteran because he was threatening to kill himself! 

Georgia:  Spineless state politicians used Delta Air Lines’ anti-2nd Amendment policy as an excuse to kill an estimated $40-million USD in fuel tax breaks.  I say ‘spineless’ because if I was a Georgia lawmaker I would’ve voted against the tax-break regardless, because guess who would’ve had to make up Delta’s fuel tax break?  All you happy individual taxpayers.   (whatever happened to businesses writing off such things as fuel costs as a tax deductible business expense?)  A taxpayer funded disease specialist with Atlanta based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went missing after he was denied a promotion.  

Illinois: The state Appellate Court reinstated a $3.5-million USD verdict against the city of Chicago in the fatal 2011 police shooting of at teenager.  56% of bike tickets were imposed in majority black neighborhoods, according to Chicago police statistics.

Maryland: Jury Awards $38 Million to Family of Maryland Woman Shot by Police, taxpayers of Baltimore County will pay it, not the cop who killed the woman.  Baltimore’s taxpayer funded Gun Trace Task Force acted as a de facto criminal gang.

Massachusetts: Taxpayer funded Boston Police apologized after tweeting a Black History Month tribute post that honored a white man. Mmmm, I don’t recall a White History Month, let’s start one.  The city of Boston has a residency requirement to get hired-on as a cop or firefighter, but labor groups revealed that some veterans who are not residents of Boston are somehow being hired.

Michigan:  The New Yorker reveals the city of Flint’s ‘Broken Police Department’.  Instead of filling the numerous potholes in city streets, Michigan leaders are blaming fast driving for causing the death of a man after he hit a pothole and crashed.

Missouri:  Ignorant taxpayer funded Saint Louis Police thought they could win over taxpaying residents by giving them candy, they were wrong.

Nebraska: Warren Buffet’s Omaha based Berkshire Hathaway Gained $29 Billion from the New Tax Law.

Nevada: The Silver State makes $30-million USD in marijuana taxes

New York:   “If New York City’s assessments are up to date, you already pay more in taxes. If there is any public amenity nearby that causes the property to be worth more than similar properties without the amenity, then that higher value is in the assessment and you pay higher taxes because of it.” Regarding the preceding statement, at the state level 58% of Empire State properties are exempt from taxation, to the tune of about $500-billion USD, and that does not include NYC!  the   PepsiCo eliminating 2-hundred corporate level InfoTech and finance jobs in Westchester, as part of its global plan to kill jobs. Local news media revealed that PepsiCo (Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker) was getting $4-million USD in state taxpayer funded credits and another $7-million from sales-tax breaks in Westchester County!   New York Times demands Close the Police Rape Loophole, after reporting that Police Complaint Board to Investigate Charges of Sexual Misconduct.

North Carolina: Taxpayer funded General Dynamics-ARMA Global eliminating 99 jobs at its site in Fayetteville, due to losing a U.S. Army contract.

Oregon: Federal taxpayer funded Vectrus (formerly known as Exelis) issued a layoff WARN for its Hillsboro office, 54 jobs gone by the end of April.

Pennsylvania: Off-duty Philadelphia police-woman found dead in home with a dead man, drugs overdose suspected?

Puerto Rico: The territory’s Housing Department suspended a $133-million U.S. tax dollar funded contract to rebuild hurricane damaged homes.

Texas: Amarillo police respond to church shooting, end up shooting man who disarmed church shooter!  In Red, so called conservative, Lone Star State residents have been paying more and more in local taxes: “Let’s set the record straight. Local property tax rates are set by locally elected officials. Period. Local property tax collections dictate the state’s share of education funding – not vice versa.”-Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge

Vermont: For proof your taxpayer funded police policies are insane, the State Police said the killing of a motorist by cops was justified because he intended to take his life anyway!  Police say the man came at them with a gun, the cops shot at him 12 times, but hit him only three times!  Save the taxpayers some money and learn how to shoot Idaho style.

Washington: Seattle based Amazon Paid Zero in Federal Taxes in 2017, Gets $789 Million Windfall from New Tax Law.

West Virginia: Justice Family-Tams Management owes the state $3-million USD in back due taxes, going back to 2014.  ‘White’ former Weirton city cop fired because he refused to shoot a ‘Black’ man! 

Wisconsin: New Data Reveals Milwaukee Police Stops Are About Race.

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Government Shenanigans, January 2018: SEX & DRUGS = THE AMERICAN WAY!


ObamaCare ACA death spiral, February 2018: “WE ARE IN VERY CHALLENGING TIMES.”


Dumbing Down U.S.A., February 2018:“PORCH MONKEY”