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“I feel like we are being bled.” “And it’s getting worse.” : U.S. Hi-Tech/Communications breakdown, January 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 January 2017:

Internet publisher Medium laid off 50 employees.  CEO Evan Williams (a Twitter co-founder) stated “Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other ‘content’ we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get …well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.”

Arkansas: Little Rock based communications company Windstream Holdings suddenly laid off 164 people! In November of last year the company merged with competitor EarthLink, but company administrators swear the sudden layoffs have nothing to do with that.

California: In Rancho Cordova, Verizon laid off 1-thousand 70 people, with only two weeks notice to the state Employment Development Department!  Verizon also eliminating 70 jobs in San Jose, by the end of March.  Verizon also laid off 55 Go90 employees as part of its plan to “consolidate offices in Los Angeles, San Jose and New York.”  Mobile game developer Glu Mobile issued a layoff WARN for Long Beach, 70 jobs lost in March.  The owner of anime streamer Crunchyroll, Ellation, laid off 17 engineers apparently because they have too many, despite claiming to be expanding their engineering ops.    In San Jose, Cisco Systems laid off 25 people without warning.  Semiconductor maker Atmel issued a layoff WARN for its San Jose ops.  Also in San Jose, AOL eliminating 80 jobs by the end of March.  France based drone (they used to be called RC aircraft before The War on Terror) maker Parrot warning of massive layoffs (at least 290), Parrot supposedly has operations in San Francisco. In San Francisco, software company DoubleDutch laid off 57 people without warning.   San Francisco based digital (online) mental health therapy op Joyable laid off 20 people as it shifts from targeting individuals with anxiety to providing employers with a service to treat their stressed out employees (is anybody going to treat the 20 people who lost their jobs with Joyable?).  San Francisco based Fitbit eliminating up to 160 jobs in an effort to reduce costs by $200-million USD! Japan based e-commerce company Rakuten issued a shutdown WARN, 73 people in Aliso Viejo jobless in March. iHeartMedia issued a shutdown WARN for their Aliso Viejo ops, 72 jobs gone by April.   Med-Tech company Theranos eliminating 150 jobs by March! Santa Monica based GSN Games laid off an additional 20 people in their ongoing restructuring (layoffs made six months before as well).   In Oakland, Pandora laid off 91 people without warning and despite getting 375-thousand new subscribers. Pandora admin claim that even with the big jump in customers the online music business is so competitive they’re having trouble making profits.   Solar power company Sungevity eliminating 66 jobs in Oakland by March. Cloud company Crownpeak issued a shutdown WARN for their operations in Los Angeles. In Santa Clara, Intel eliminating 54 jobs by the end of February.  Avaya is now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to massive debts.  Also in Santa Clara, Oracle America issued a mass layoff WARN, 441 jobs gone by mid-March! Google eliminating 94 Mountain View jobs by March.  NBCUniversal warning of layoffs for its Esquire Network, apparently due to Esquire Network being switched to digital only format.  In San Diego, XETV-Bay City Television-CW6 eliminating 127 by the end of March!

Iowa: HGS (Hindjua Global Solutions) shutdown its 25 years old call center, killing 125 jobs! 

Kansas: Verizon shutdown its store in Atchison due to lack of sales.

Kentucky: Lexington based printer maker Lexmark eliminated 320 jobs “to reduce our costs to be more in line with our revenues”!

Massachusetts: Israel based medical rehab ReWalk Robotics warned of layoffs in Marlborough because of revenue loss caused by ObamaCare’s (ACA’s) “…national insurance reimbursement policies for all eligible spinal cord injury exoskeleton users and device development for stroke victims.”

Michigan: In Detroit, Android Robotics Glue laid off 120 people who were recently hired! It’s blamed on the cut-backs in the automotive industry.

New Jersey: France based driverless vehicle developer Transdev will kill 64 jobs in Union, by March. Comcast Cable issued a WARN for its West Deptford ops, 88 jobs gone by June.    Internet based printer Zoo Printing eliminating 65 West Deptford jobs due to being shutdown.  Virginia based news media giant Gannett killed an additional 130 jobs at The Record, just two months after killing 141 jobs!  It’s the result of Gannett’s massive takeover of smaller news operations back in Summer 2016.

New York: General Electric (GE) issued a shutdown WARN for their Industrial Automation Systems Department in Albany, 75 jobs lost between March and May.  GE also shutting down its Current Powered Storage Unit in Schenectady, 41 jobs gone by mid-April. Local news media also reported that GE laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Niskayuna Global Research Center. VaynerMedia suddenly laid off about 30 NYC employees, apparently in connection with its takeover of pro-female sexist digital media company PureWow.  Instant messenger service VSCO shutdown its NYC office as it consolidates ops to California.  In NYC, now bankrupt internet based auctioneer Paddle8 issued a layoff WARN, 24 people out-of-work by March.  Knowledge Systems issued a layoff WARN for their Syracuse call center, 60 jobs lost by mid-April due an increase in people refusing to take part in phone surveys.  In Brooklyn-NYC, US Mobile Phones issued a shutdown WARN, as many as 121 jobs affected as the company moves its distribution ops to New Jersey!  Optoelectronic company Meopta issued a shutdown WARN for their Hauppauge ops, 42 jobs moving to Florida by mid-April.  NYC based Wall Street Journal warning of massive layoffs at its European and Asian ops, due to crashing advertising revenues.  New York Times warned employees of yet more layoffs because “The world is changing really rapidly”.  In Utica, Alorica eliminated 2-hundred call center jobs as part of its plan to consolidate ops!

North Carolina: Info-Tech company Pomeroy shutting down its Charlotte ops, 85 jobs lost by June due to the merger with Tolt creating “redundancies”.  California based Facebook forced its now former security contractor SIS to layoff 96 people in Forest City.  Facebook is now using the evil British empire founded torture specialists G4S! Ohio based Ameridial lost their Spindale call center contract, 160 jobs gone by March!  Cloud based ‘document outsourcer’ Novitex suddenly lost its contract and will eliminate 51 jobs in Charlotte.

Oregon: California based Facebook forced its now former security contractor SIS to layoff 85 people in Prineville.  Facebook is now using the evil British empire founded torture specialists G4S!

Pennsylvania: Technicolor Home Entertainment eliminating 96 jobs in Olyphant, by March.  Philadelphia Magazine suddenly shutdown a supposedly popular section on their website and laid off employees saying they’re “ceasing publication of new material on Birds 24/7, effective today” and blaming too much “competition and now there is a glut of coverage.”

Texas: Grapevine based GameStop shutdown all 50 brick-n-mortar Simply Mac stores! GameStop-Simply Mac store managers gave a variety of reasons to local news media, from corporate restructuring to crashing revenues to even blaming Apple for canceling the contract with GameStop.  Apple denied the last explanation.  CompuCom turns out to be a liar as it issued a WARN saying 144 Texans will soon become unemployed!  A month prior CompuCom revealed it was moving its Dallas HQ to South Carolina, but promised the move would not affect its jobs count in Texas!  Austin based on-demand delivery service Favor killed service in five U.S. states, and Canada, and is focusing on The Lone Star State only! Favor CEO Jag Bath said it was all about “profitability while still maintaining an impressive rate of growth” (Bath must’ve gone to the Orwellian school of public relations because drastically cutting back on service is not an impressive growth rate, unless the growth rate is all on paper and about profits only). Austin based National Instruments warning that it must cut back on labor costs after crashing earnings due mainly to the strong USD reducing international sales.  San Antonio based Mission Solar conducted more layoffs due to “current market conditions.”  They didn’t say how many people were laid off, but four months ago they laid off 87 workers.

Utah: Endurance International Group eliminating 440 Bluehost jobs as it shuts down its operations in Orem! Bluehost ops are being consolidated to Arizona.

Virginia: Internet based Relay Foods shutting down two distribution centers due to merger with a competitor. Local news media were only able to confirm that more than 48 people will lose their jobs.  McLean

Washington:  Redmond based Microsoft suddenly laid off 7-hundred people as part of their plan to kill more than 2-thousand jobs by the end of the year!  Redwood City based digital advertising company Rocket Fuel warned it must layoff 93 of its employees as part of its plan to shift to ‘the cloud’. Bellevue based digital advertising company AudienceScience warned it must eliminate 25% of its jobs to “…reflect our increasing shift towards better serving the agency side of the advertising business”.  Mobile game developer Glu Mobile issued a layoff WARN for Bellevue, 58 jobs lost in March.  Also in Bellevue, Voicebox suddenly laid off 115 people!  Seattle based environmental website Grist laid off 90% of its full-time writers, shifting to cheaper freelance writers. Local news media reporting that Seattle Times eliminated 23 jobs. Sinclair Broadcasting Group (SBG) suddenly laid off ten KOMO newsroom employees, despite advertising that they’re hiring.   SBG admin would only say that they needed to restructure, a unnamed KOMO employee told local news media “I feel like we are being bled.”

Washington DC: 21st Century Fox owned National Geographic conducting more layoffs due to an “evolving media environment”.

Tech/Communications shutdown December 2016: “…IS GRINCH MAKING THESE DECISIONS OR HUMAN BEINGS…?”

Facebook joins forces with evil ‘christian’ inquisition machine G4S!

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A G4S advertisement posted in Mexico says Facebook will let you know if the government is watching you, but who is watching Facebook-G4S?

In January 2017 Facebook suddenly switched to a new data collection contractor for all its data centers around the United States; evil G4S Security Solutions (aka Rent-A-Thug, aka Shadow CIA).

BlindBatNews has well documented how evil the so called christian founded and run G4S really is, from providing lax security at U.S. nuclear power plants to running covert prison torture operations at locations around the world!

The Canary: G4S lobbied the BBC to drop a damning documentary and it worked

The Electronic Intifada: Fourth UN agency in Jordan dumps G4S

MintPressNews: Shadowy Global Security Firm G4S Guarding Dakota Pipeline As Protesters Attacked By Dogs

Fox News: Former G4S employee “…complained to his superiors several times about Mateen [aka Orlando Shooter] but they refused to take action because….. Mateen was Muslim.”

Luxemburger Wort: “…heavily armed men attacked the headquarters of the security company G4S in Gasperich.”





Government & Corporate Criminals and Investor Incompetence: JRJ Group connected to Marex connected to MF Global connected to Lehman Brothers connected to Enron. The investment shell game scam goes on & on, and your government won’t do anything to stop it. So why do you keep investing your hard earned money!?! How to finance the New World Order

There’s a new investment firm in town, it’s called Marex Spectron, and they already have 250 accounts, all formerly MF Global accounts!

That’s because at least 12 brokers who used to work for MF Global helped form the new London based investment firm Marex Spectron.  The company was formed rather recently; May 2011, just five months before the demise of MF Global.

Marex is controlled by a company called JRJ Group.  JRJ Group holds 74% of Marex shares, and employs many former officials of Lehman Brothers.  Not only does JRJ Group employ former Lehman Brothers’ officials, it was actually founded by two Lehman Brothers executives: Jeremy Isaacs and Roger Nagioff!!!

Several Reuters articles say MF Global was using the same accounting methods as Lehman Brothers and Enron (and don’t forget that Japanese media are reporting that Olympus officials basically did the same thing there, which also resulted in billions of dollars being conveniently ‘lost’).

A December 5 Bloomberg article says the new Marex Spectron couldn’t wait to get their hands on former MF Global employees, and their accounts: “This is a very high quality staff we have competed with and locked horns with. The opportunity in the financial futures world to increase our footprint in London and New York has been significant.”-Gavin Prentice, Marex Spectron

Some questions: If MF Global was such a failure, and ‘lost’ more than a billion dollars of investor money, how can the executives of the newly created Marex Spectron think these guys are such “high quality”?  Also, in a round a bout way the Bloomberg article points out that Marex Spectron has gone from a start up company to the “largest privately owned broker” in the world in just a matter of months!  How does that happen?

Recently former CEO of MF Global, Jon Corzine, testified that he didn’t know where the money went.  Now realize that in the months before MF Global’s demise a dozen of MF Global’s brokers jumped ship to the newly created Marex Spectron, taking at least 250 MF Global accounts with them! I have a suspicion where some of that money went.

Should we blame Jon Corzine? He was CEO of MF Global for only a year and a half.  He’s also been heralded as the smartest guy on Wall Street: “…first of all, he’s the smartest guy that I know in terms of the economy and on finance, I really mean this.”Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

If he’s so smart why did Corzine ignore MF Global’s Chief Risk Officer, Michael Roseman, who repeatedly warned of the companies impending doom?

People in Washington DC think Corzine is so great that he’s being considered to run the Department of the Treasury: “There was speculation in the financial press at the time that Corzine might be a candidate to replace Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury.”MSNBC

President Barack Obama even said Corzine is “our Wall Street guy“!

Oh, don’t think because Obama wants Corzine to run the U.S. Treasury that the Democrats are stupid.  Back in 2000, Republican President George Bush Jr was considering Kenneth Lay, of Enron, for Treasury Secretary!  Isn’t that interesting, two men considered the ‘smartest guys in the room’ being considered for U.S. Treasury Secretary, right before their companies collapse!

Who is Jon Stevens Corzine? He’s a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, former Governor of New Jersey, and a former U.S. Senator. Regarding Goldman Sachs, Corzine worked his way up until he became a co-CEO.  Who was the other co-CEO? John Paulson (Paulson Gave to Both Parties).  So, you don’t think that what’s going on in our government or economy isn’t connected? Corzine is the major contributor to Obama’s re-election campaign, and Paulson is the major contributor to Mitt Romeny’s election campaign!  Just more proof that our Democrat and Republican leaders are just opposite sides of the same coin!

Here’s something more sinister: Corzine has attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group! (Officially no one is a ‘member’ of the Bilderberg Group, they’re just ‘invited’ to attend closed meetings)

The Bilderberg Group is part of several groups, including Club of Rome and Trilateral Commission, which fall under the direction of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  The goal is to create, as the Russians recently said, “…a polycentric world…”

The Bilderberg Group has an official website.  They actually published a list of names of attendees from their latest meeting.  Here’s some interesting who’s who of attendees from the United States: Keith Alexander, Commander USCYBERCOM; National Security Agency.  Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com.  Chris Hughes, Facebook. Henry Kissinger (as expected). David Rockefeller (as expected). Craig Mundie,  Microsoft Corporation. Peter Orszag, Citigroup. Charlie Rose, PBS interviewer. Robert Rubin, Council on Foreign Relations (umbrella organization over Bilderberg, Club of Rome and Trilateral Commission); and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.  James Steinberg, current U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.

These are just a few of the attendees, from the United States, of the 2011 Bilderberg meeting.  There are more, you can see for yourself.  Another interesting thing is that the 2011 meeting was the first meeting to include an official from China, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ying Fu. In the past, attendees came from only Europe and North America.

By the way, regarding the Council on Foreign Relations, you can see a graphic showing the interconnectedness of the CFR to U.S. individuals and corporations here.

Somewhere I remember reading an article that said one of the impediments to the implementation of a “polycentric world” order, was financing.  Could all these big U.S. (and Japanese) corporate failures, that involve billions of dollars that go ‘missing’ have something to do with ‘financing’ the New World Order?

World War 3: Israel builds concrete wall around their Embassy in Egypt

“It is very provoking because it only means one thing and that is the [Egyptian] government is still taking orders from Israel because building Apartheid walls like the ones in Palestine is Israel’s strategy to protect itself but the fact is walls never protect anyone as history shows.”-Dina Fergani, protestor

Israel is surrounding its large embassy compound in Egypt, with a huge concrete wall.  Egyptians are responding by protesting, and painting the wall with anti-Israeli slogans.  One protestor pointed out that the wall actual sits on public property.

The 100 meter (328 feet) long, three meter (9.8 feet) high wall is being built by an Egyptian contractor.

The Facebook page “A call for peeing on the wall before the Israeli Embassy” was created on September 6.  According to the page, the idea was inspired by Egypt’s use of water cannons to breach Israel’s Sinai fortifications during the 1973 war.


Germany to ban “like” button on Facebook, because it’s a spy tool for the United States

“Whoever visits Facebook.com or uses a plug-in must expect that he or she will be tracked by the company for two years.”-Thilo Weichert, privacy commissioner

German officials, in the state of  Schleswig-Holstein, have discovered that every time the Facebook ‘like’ button is clicked, it sends your private info back to several U.S. databases.  This violates European privacy laws.

Website owners are ordered to remove ‘like’ buttons, and other similar buttons, from their websites, or face a U.S.$72,000 fine.


Facebook wants exemption from U.S. election laws

Facebook officials are asking the Federal Election Commission to exempt them from U.S. election law.  The law Facebook doesn’t like; disclosing who paid for political advertising on their website.

Facebook’s arguments are really weak.  In a written explanation, Facebook says by disclosing who paid for the ad, it would make the ad bigger, and they don’t want bigger ads.  Also, Facebook tried to compare their political ads to things like bumper stickers and t-shirts.

How much bigger would the ad be, when it includes the name of who paid for it?  Also, comparing bumper stickers and t-shirts to paid political ads is comparing apples to oranges.  One is given away, or even sold, to supporters, the other is a paid advertisement.

What is the real reason Facebook doesn’t want to disclose who pays for political ads on their website?

Symantec finds big hole in Facebook, free access to thousands of accounts

Computer security firm Symantec, discovered a hole in Facebook’s security system, allowing third parties to access at least 100,000 accounts.

“We estimate that over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties.”-Nishant Doshi, Symantec

Symantec says they contacted Facebook officials about the problem, and Facebook says they will fix it.

Facebook denies acting as government spy, but, at the same time confirms it

“We don’t respond to pressure, we respond to compulsory legal process. There has never been a time we have been pressured to turn over data — we fight every time we believe the legal process is insufficient. The legal standards for compelling a company to turn over data are determined by the laws of the country, and we respect that standard.”-Facebook spokesman

That’s the response from Facebook, who says they do not ‘automatically’ process info for governments.  Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, says he has evidence that social media sites have had to deal with so many requests by governments, for user’s account info, that they simply hand it over automatically.

However, Facebook does not deny that they hand the government info on users, in fact Facebook has a specific department for that, called “CIPP-certified professionals”.  The CIPP is supervised by two former federal cyber crime prosecutors.

Facebook also admitted that they would like to deal with less of these cases, and, are looking for a legal way not to comply with government demands for info.

WikiLeaks founder says Facebook & Twitter are secret spy tools for governments

“Do not use Facebook and Twitter”-Egyptian revolution manual

WikiLeaks founder has told Russian media that he’s discovered that popular social networking tools are really tools for many governments to collect data on the users.

Julian Assange is talking about Facebook, Twitter, even Yahoo and Google.  He says an Egyptian revolution manual warns people not to use the social networking sites, because in past demonstrations, the demonstrators that used Facebook, or Twitter, were immediately targeted and arrested by government forces.  Assange says social networking sites provide governments with a cheap, almost free way to gather information.

“So Facebook in particular, is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been ever invented.”- Julian Assange, Russia Today interview

Assange points out that governments are not directly involved, but are taking advantage of the fact that people love to post even the most detrimental information about themselves, and others, on the internet.

He also says that the social media sites have “…built in interfaces…” with intelligence agencies.  This came as a result of legal pressure from the U.S. government.  Rather than deal with individual court orders for individual databases, media sites decided it would be easier to give government agencies blanket access.

“Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook they’re doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building these databases for them.”-Julian Assange, Russia Today interview

Assange’s interview is on RT web site. It is in two parts, totaling 41 minutes.  His comments about social media sites are at the end of the second part.