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West Virginia Militia spends $3.7-million on a gate!

26 May 2017 (14:56 UTC-07 Tango 06) 05 Khordad 1396/29 Sha ‘ban 1438/01 Yi Si(5th) 4715

West Virginia National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing revealed its new $3.75-million USD entry way (gate) to McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, as well as the West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters.

Major General James Hoyer admitted there were “security deficiencies” with the old base entryway.  Colonel Johnny Ryan added that it “will significantly improve traffic flow onto our installation and reduce congestion into the neighborhoods surrounding us.”

What did taxpayers get for $3.75-million?  A new sign, 4-hundred-square-feet guard facility, 1-thousand-6-hundred-square-feet inspection canopy with three inspection lanes, a driver waiting area, and a ‘rain garden’ to deal with storm water runoff.

NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOR DISNEY AWARDS?

MISSISSIPPI MILITIA DEPLOYS FOR NATO POLICE MISSION

“We are actively course correcting”: ObamaCare Death Spiral, April 2017

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, announced in April 2017:

Arizona: Green Valley Hospital went chapter 11 bankrupt busted blaming a “massive amount of debt at a high interest rate, plus fees”.

California:  Brentwood based medical device maker Halt Medical now bankrupt busted and being forced to sell itself to Acessa Health.  Victor Valley Global Medical Center laid off 18 people, administrators blamed reduced ObamaCare (ACA) taxpayer funding for Medi-Cal.  Non-profit Rideout Health issued layoff and shutdown WARNs for three locations, 89 jobs lost between May and the end of June. Abbott Laboratories shutdown its Carlsbad ops, 60 jobs lost.  Drugs company Amgen issued a mass layoff WARN for Thousand Oaks, 494 jobs gone by mid-June!  Drugs seller DaVita Rx eliminating 15 jobs in June.  In Redwood, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals suddenly laid off 62 people. 

Connecticut: Greensprings Healthcare and Rehab issued a shutdown WARN for East Hartford, 150 jobs going away starting at the end of June!

Florida: Drugs packaging company International Laboratories laying off 112 people in June!  Tampa General Hospital laying off 119 people in June!

Georgia: Jenkins County Medical Center shutting down, 55 jobs lost by June due to merger with another medical center.

Idaho: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that almost 40% of Idahoans have ‘pre-existing’ medical conditions that would prevent them from getting health insurance.  The Washington based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Boise office without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!   A Rexburg woman had her insurance license revoked by state officials after she filed false medical claims. 

Illinois: In Danville, after more than 70 years Bratland’s Prescription Shop shutdown.

Indiana: Covance Clinical Development Services shutting down its Evansville laboratory, more than 1-hundred jobs lost in July!  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital from laying off 124 people due to not renewing its lease with Clinton County!

Iowa: In Des Moines, after 145 years (surviving The Great Depression and two World Wars) Hammer Pharmacy shutdown after merging with competitor Medicap.

Kentucky: KentuckyOne Health eliminating 250 jobs blaming ObamaCare’s “continuing evolution of health care reform and reimbursement structures.”  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Methodist Hospital from suddenly laying off 61 people, admitting that ObamaCare is more powerful than god saying “Our hospital admissions and outpatient volumes are not meeting expectations, while uncompensated care expenses are up significantly. This imbalance mirrors what healthcare organizations across our state are experiencing.”

Louisiana: LifeCare Specialty Hospital shutting down, 167 jobs lost between now and June!

Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Medical School eliminating 65 jobs due to lack of money.

Michigan: UP Health System-Marquette suddenly laid off “a few dozen employees”.

Minnesota: Minnetonka based insurance company Medica announced it is quitting the state administered Medicaid program, resulting in 250 jobs disappearing and cutting off 300-thousand ObamaCare customers!   Medica claims it lost $200-million USD under Minnesota’s version of ObamaCare-Medicaid (called MinnesotaCare).

Mississippi:  East Mississippi State Hospital eliminating 74 jobs in Meridian due to state taxpayer funding cuts.

New Jersey: Jersey City Medical Center-RWJBarnabas Health suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of employees due to ObamaCare directed conversion to digital records keeping.

New York: NYC Health warned of more layoffs by saying it’s “redesigning management structure to create a more efficient and financially sustainable organization”.  Medicaid NCC Customer Service Anthem issued a shutdown WARN, 86 jobs gone by the end of July.

North Dakota: God powerless to stop ‘his’ CHI Saint Alexius from laying off an additional 25 people, for a total so far of 119 in the past year!

Oregon:  The Washington based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Oregon locations without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!  Mid-Columbia Medical Center laid off 11 people, administrators blamed many things including ObamaCare insurance reimbursements.  Three employees also had their pay reduced and ten employees had their hours cut.

Pennsylvania: York based Unilife now bankrupt busted, more than 140 jobs eliminated without warning! The medical device maker also laid off 40% of its employees in 2016.

Rhode Island:  Non-profit Care New England warned of impending layoffs, mainly in its women’s and children’s operations, due to massive financial losses.  In 2016 ObamaCare caused Care New England (the second largest hospital group in the state) to lose $68-million.

South Carolina: Abbeville Area Medical Center laid off 13 people blaming “the challenges health care is throwing at us.”

Virginia: Central Virginia Training Center laying off 14 people in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in May.  After 60 years on Charlottesville, Meadowbrook Pharmacy shutdown due to competition from ‘big box’ pharmacies.  Despite that claim, ‘big box’ pharmacy Rite Aid shutdown its Pulaski store due to lack of profits.

Washington: Spokane based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Washington locations without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!  Trios Health-Kennewick Public Hospital District suddenly laid off 95 people saying “We are actively course correcting….”  Vancouver based PeaceHealth eliminated more than 3-hundred jobs in Washington and Oregon as it shutdown its Outreach Laboratories!  Healthcare analytics company Caradigm issued a layoff WARN for Bellevue, 39 jobs lost by mid-June.

ObamaCare (ACA) death spiral March 2017: “TREATING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED PATIENTS.”

“This is usually the busiest time of the year. Usually we’re hiring extra help.” Not this year!: U.S. Food Crisis, April 2017

Incomplete list of announced United States food supply shutdowns for the month of April, 2017: Many food suppliers/distributors are consolidating operations and killing jobs due to the collapsing grocery store and restaurant industries, as well as rising costs of food production, spread of disease and extreme weather.

California:  After 91 years the restaurant Genova Delicatessen shutdown its locations in Oakland and North Oakland, the family owners blame an increase in crime.  The Fishwife’s Turtle Bay Taqueria shutting down its Monterey location. In Fresno, after 18 years mom&pop owned Uncle Harry’s New York Bagelry & Coffee House shutting down because the “…landlord based in New York was not interested in renewing our lease and preferred/desired a ‘national’ tenant instead.”  Meadowbrook Meat Company shutting down its operations in Pleasanton and Tracy, 147 jobs gone between July and October (last month Meadowbrook announced the shutdown of its Ontario ops, 171 jobs lost in May)!  JBS USA Food Company issued a shutdown WARN for its Commerce location, 34 jobs lost by the end of May.  Food service contractor Sodexo issued a shutdown WARN for its ops in Davis, 136 jobs gone by the end of June!

Florida: Kendall based Pollo Tropical announced it will shutdown 30 restaurants in Georgia, Tennessee and Texas (in addition to the ten they’ve already shutdown).  In Gainesville, Alico Citrus Nursery suddenly laid off 31 people.  

Georgia:  Atlanta based Coca-Cola announced it will kill 1-thousand-2-hundred jobs in the second half of 2017!  Are crashing sales because of anti-soda taxes?  In Atlanta, Vine & Tap wine bar shutdown without warning after only three years, due to owner’s family health problems.

Idaho: An estimated 100 million pounds of spoiled onions have been disposed of in Idaho and Oregon following a winter of unprecedented snowfall.

Eastern Idaho potato growers are at least a week behind normal, and even further behind compared to their early starts the past two seasons. He believes the odds of repeating last season’s bumper spud and grain crops are growing longer.

Illinois:  McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced it is voluntarily recalling frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball material.  (In 2002, the University of Idaho created a guide on “Managing Foreign Material for Quality Idaho Potatoes” in which golf balls were featured as a “common foreign material found in potatoes,” alongside bones, light bulbs, manure, shot gun shells and irrigation equipment.)   Food Service Professionals issued a shutdown WARN for its Flossmoor ops, 134 jobs lost by August!  Red Bull laid off 32 people in Chicago, no reason given.     In Hinsdale, wine seller Village Cellar shutting down when the inventory is gone because the local government nabobs refused a new expanded booze license.  The maker of food products for Tony Roma’s and Butchers Prime, Rupari Foods, now bankrupt busted and supposedly sold to competing food processor Carl Buddig.Grocery store supplier Central Grocers suddenly laid off 29 warehouse workers in Joliet.  Former employees told local news media that something is wrong because “This is usually the busiest time of the year. Usually we’re hiring extra help.”  As well as putting itself up for sale, Central Grocers is also shutting down and selling-off seven Ultra Foods grocery stores, at least 8-hundred Ultra Foods jobs lost by mid-June !  The grocery employee union has sued Central Grocers in an attempt to stop the sale of the business.

Indiana:  In Evansville, after 30 years Fred’s Bar and Grill shutting down by mid-May, sounds like it’s due to property redevelopment.

Iowa:  Grocery chain Hy-Vee threatened 60 HQ workers with layoffs unless they accepted reassignment to lower level jobs.  Administrators blamed it on a rapidly changing grocery market.  Save-a-Lot shutting down its Dubuque grocery store by mid-May, because it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.

Kentucky: In Covington, Piccolo Casa (formerly NuVo) stopped serving lunch and will shutdown in May, no reason given.

Maryland:   Quincy’s Bar & Grille chapter 11 bankrupt busted, the bar & grill was shutdown six weeks before the bankruptcy filing.  Besides the usual debts, Quincy’s owner owes the landlord more than $73-thousand USD in rent. After 25 years Lenny’s Deli shutdown, the owners lamented to local news media about a time when business was booming.   Tian’s Teriyaki shutdown so the owner could return to China.

Massachusetts: Cumberland Farms sold-off and shutdown its small Greenfield grocery store on Main Street.

Minnesota:  In Duluth, after 29 years booze seller Lake Superior Bottle Shop secretly sold to make room for taxpayer funded housing development.  In Le Center, after less than one year The Lunchbox shutting down in July, due to not being able to renew the lease.  The building owner also revealed that it’s up for sale.  In Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area two PizzaRev restaurants shutdown after only three years.

Mississippi: In Gulfport, Winn Dixie shutting down its grocery store on East Pass Road.

Montana: In Great Falls, the Pizza Baron shutdown and the building is for sale, the owner say he doesn’t have time to run it anymore due to focusing on his other more profitable businesses.

Nevada: In Las Vegas, after only two years the world’s largest Hooters restaurant (more than 5-hundred seats) shutting down in May.  In Reno, after five years Wedge Cheese Shop shutdown due to a 25% rent increase, the owner Laura Conrow explained why she didn’t just move: “….I was so tired, I couldn’t take on another thing. Basically, the only option was to close.”

New Jersey: In Atlantic Highlands, after 32 years the Memphis Pig Out shutdown, with the long time owners exclaiming “We are ecstatic to be free of all the responsibilities of owning a business!”

New York: In Pine City, after 134 years (surviving The Great Depression and two World Wars) Shepard’s Market shutdown due to the current owner’s health problems and the fact that nobody wanted to takeover the family run grocery store.  In West Hurley, Hurley Ridge Market has been sold, the new owner (HR Market) is shutting it down, 60 jobs lost in July.  The Fresh Market in Woodbury shutting down due to economic reasons, 47 jobs lost between May and July.  Openly anti-Trump Kellogg Snacks
shutting down its Orangeburg and Hauppauge Distribution Centers, 41 jobs lost between July and August due to a sudden crash in sales after Trump was elected.

North Carolina: With short notice Food Lion shutdown its 20 years old store in Mills River saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease, 40 jobs lost.

North Dakota: In Fargo, after 37 years Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream shutdown, supposedly due to problems finding competent employees.

Ohio: In Girard, after 14 years Daffin’s Candies suddenly shutdown blaming lack of sales.  Marsh shutting down its grocery store in Colerain, as part of plans by Marsh to shutdown ten grocery stores in the next month (supposedly due to lack of sales).  Chad Anthony’s Italian Grill & Pub shutdown its Salem and Boardman locations, due to lack of sales.

Oregon: In Portland, Bridgeport Brewery suddenly laid off 13 people due to skyrocketing competition in the craft brewery industry.

Pennsylvania: New taxes being blamed for crashing soda sales, causing Coca-Cola to layoff 40 people in Philadelphia.

South Carolina: In Columbia, after 16 years El Burrito forced to shutdown by a California based REIT which bought up the area’s commercial properties.

Texas: In Dallas, after decades Über-popular El Corazon de Tejas (Tejano, El Chico) suddenly sold-off and will shutdown so the building can be torn down.  In Houston, Red Ox Bar & Grill shutdown on short notice, apparently losing their lease to another restaurant.

Virginia:  Martin’s Food Market (Martin’s Food & Drug Stores) announced it is eliminating 487 jobs and shutting down four stores between June and July!  This is on top of the seven stores already shutdown and 1-thousand-110 people already rendered jobless! It’s directly connected to the takeover of Martin’s by Florida based competitor Publix Super Markets.  With short notice Food Lion shutdown its 20 years old store in Roanoke (on Williamson Road) saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.  In Lynchburg, after four years Hill City House Grill suddenly shutdown due to government plans to use the property as part of a new connector road to Route 501.

Wisconsin: In Madison, Copps grocery store shutdown affecting 76 jobs, as a result of a decision by the owner Roundy’s, which in turn is owned by Kroger.  Kroger-Roundy’s administrators said the Copps chain of grocery stores is losing money.

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

REIT=Real Estate Investment Trust

U.S. Food Crisis, March 2017: “YOU HAVE TO WORK ONE JOB TO PAY TO WORK ANOTHER”

“you have to work one job to pay to work another”: U.S. Food Crisis, March 2017

Incomplete list of announced United States food supply shutdowns for the month of March, 2017: Many food suppliers/distributors are consolidating operations and killing jobs due to the collapsing grocery store and restaurant industries, as well as rising costs of food production, spread of disease and extreme weather.

California: In San Francisco a book store which also doubles as a booze-food joint, Two Sisters Bar & Books, shutdown.  In San Diego, Coca-Cola eliminating 102 jobs, blaming a 30% crash in soda-pop sales with water taking the number one spot for beverage of choice in California (why would it take ‘health conscious’ Californians decades to switch to water, is it really because of taxes?)!  In Los Angeles, after 70 years Club Tee Gee shutting down because the owners can’t afford to renew the booze license or the lease, and a new operator who can hasn’t been found.  Also in Los Angeles, Thai restaurant Pok Pok shutting down after only two years of yum, apparently the owner is moving back to Oregon.  Also in Los Angeles, ProPortion Foods issued a shutdown WARN, 70 jobs lost by June.  In Napa, Stagecoach Vineyards issued a shutdown WARN, 1-hundred jobs lost by mid-May!  Mi Pueblo issued a layoff WARN for its grocery store in San Jose, 39 jobs gone by June.  Meadowbrook Meat Company issued a shutdown WARN for its Ontario ops, 171 jobs gone by mid-May!  Food processor Conagra issued a shutdown WARN for its Fresno ops, 73 jobs lost by mid-May.  In Stockton, Diamond Foods issued a mass layoff WARN, 240 jobs gone by mid-April!  So called nutritional supplement company BeachBody eliminating 197 jobs in Santa Monica and El Segundo by the end of April!  So called nutritional supplement maker The Nature’s Bounty issued shutdown WARNs for two locations, 223 jobs gone by May!

Colorado: Walmart shutting down its Littleton Neighborhood Market.  Denver based Chipotle suddenly shutdown all 15 of its ShopHouse Asian Kitchen restaurants!  In Colorado Springs, after 15 years Southside Johnny’s shutdown due to the rent being jacked up by 30%.

Connecticut: After five years restaurant Darien Social shutting down by April, supposedly to be replaced by another restaurant.

Delaware: In Wilmington, after 87 years Leo & Jimmy’s shutting down by May, the property was sold to pay for the owner’s retirement.   Georgia based perishable food distribution and warehousing company Burris Logistics eliminated about 50 jobs due to losing a major contract with The Fresh Market.

Florida:  In Sunny Isles Beach, the Epicure Market shutdown because “They had seen a decline in sales…….External pressures caused them to lose market share.”   The Cheesecake Factory issued a shutdown WARN for its Coconut Grove location, 92 jobs gone by the end of May.  In Tallahassee, food service company Aramark issued a WARN for its Seminole Dining ops, 899 jobs lost by the end of May!  In Hallandale, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails issued a WARN, 101 jobs lost by May!  In Orlando, the Winn Dixie grocery store on South Orange Blossom Trail shutting down in May, administrators say it’s not worth upgrading.  Also in Orlando, after two years Baoery Asian Gastropub suddenly shutdown: “We really love the concept but it just didn’t seem to work….”-Greg Richie, Executive Chef

Georgia: Perishable food distribution and warehousing company Burris Logistic shutting down its Atlanta warehouse, 160 jobs lost due to losing a major contract with The Fresh Market!

Hawaii: In Hilo, after 45 years restaurant Itsu’s Fishing Supplies shutdown, however, local news reports say there are new owners taking over.

Illinois: In Clinton, after 77 years restaurant The Shack shutting down due to the property owner selling out to a gas station operation.  The Shack owners hope they can find a new affordable place to restart their popular restaurant.  Chicago based, Warren Buffett co-owned, Kraft-Heinz suddenly laid off 2-hundred ‘white collar’ employees in Canada and United States, as part of ongoing consolidation ops! After more than 40 years Chicago Brauhaus put up for sale so the owners can retire.  In Chicago, food service company MAC One Midway issued a shutdown WARN, 336 jobs lost by the end of MAY due to loss of contract!   Strack & Van Til shutting down a Chicago grocery store, 89 jobs gone by the end of April.  Ultra Foods issued shutdown WARNs for three locations; Chicago, Downers Grove and Lombard, 282 jobs lost by the end of April!  Meijer grocery store issued shutdown WARNs for two locations; Berwyn and Melrose Park, 299 jobs lost by mid-June!  After 28 years Splinters Sports Pub Restaurant in Palatine shutdown.

Indiana:   Wisconsin based farm vehicle parts maker Rexnord shutting down its Indianapolis bearings factory and moving more than 3-hundred jobs to Mexico by the end of the year, despite threats by Donald Trump!  By April an additional two Marsh grocery stores are shutting down in Indianapolis.  Local news media reported the total Indianapolis Marsh shutdowns (since January 2017) are now at four, hundreds of jobs lost!

Maryland: In Parkville, after 53 years Bel-Loc Diner shutdown to be turned into yet another Starbucks.  Georgia based perishable food distribution and warehousing company Burris Logistics eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs at its Elkton and New Castle ops, due to losing a major contract with The Fresh Market.  Cookware retailer Williams Sonoma shutting down its Towson Town Center location in April.

Massachusetts: The Jillian’s in Worcester shutdown.  In Northampton, after 12 years Lhasa Cafe shutdown so the owners can spend more time with their growing family.  In Deerfield, after more than 20 years Chandler’s Restaurant shutdown due to customer complaints.

Michigan: After 50 years the only Big Boy restaurant in Detroit shutdown, the property was sold to a developer.  Luxembourg based truck and farm vehicle parts maker SAF-Holland consolidating its U.S. operations, including shutting down their Holland factory, 97 Michigan jobs lost in October.

Minnesota: In Edina, cookware retailer Cooks of Crocus Hill shutdown due to the changing “desires and demographics” of local customers, as well as increased competition.  In Saint Louis Park, Granite City Food & Brewery shutdown due to rent increase.

Nebraska:  In Grand Island, after at least 29 years Nathan’s Detroit shutdown, supposedly being replaced by a brewery.

New Hampshire: Beverage distributor Clarke Distributors-White Mountain Distributors being sold-off, affecting at least 123 employees!

New Jersey: Beverage distributor Warren Distributing eliminating 128 jobs by the end of April (is it about taxes killing sales?)!

New York: Restaurant Koi NY Downtown shutting down, 85 jobs gone by mid-June.    AvroKO Hospitality Group issued a shutdown WARN for its PUBLIC restaurant in NYC, 55 jobs gone by June.  In Manhattan-NYC, after more than 40 years upscale restaurant Le Cirque (located in snooty Bloomberg tower) now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to $1-million USD of debt.  In Staten Island-NYC, restaurant Afternoone’s shutdown after 24 years, the owner (for the past year and a half) saying “….it just got tough. Instead of sticking it out any longer, I think it’s wise we cut the losses.”  In Binghamton, after nine years Tranquil Bar and Bistro shutting down by April, the owners blame crashing sales on skyrocketing competition.  Chartwells Dining Services lost its contract with Elmira College, 105 jobs gone by the end of June!  Sodexo warning of possible food service contract losses with Stony Brook University and Houghton College, more than 4-hundred jobs could be lost between the end of May and July!  Food packaging maker Genpak issued a shutdown WARN for its Glens Falls ops, 55 jobs gone in July.  In Cicero, Buffalo Wild Wings shutdown on short notice because it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.  In Kingston, after 13 years Fleishers Craft Butchery shutdown due to the greedy landlord selling the building out from under the butcher shop!  The owners of Fleishers Craft Butchery said it wasn’t worth moving to a new location.

North Carolina:  In Raleigh, after more than 30 years Barbecue Lodge now chapter 7 bankrupt and died without warning due to more debts than income.  In Gastonia, after four years Zoe’s Coffee House shutting down by the end of April. The owners say they’ve been looking for a cheaper location but haven’t found one.  In Pilot Mountain, Lowe’s Foods-JustSave shutting down by the end of April, city administrators claim the loss “will not be significant”.

Ohio: Maumee based agribusiness and farm retailer Andersons shutdown its distribution center as part of plans to go-out-of-business (announced last month).  In Columbus, after three years restaurant Double Comfort shutdown due to the landlord jacking up the rent by 150%!

Oklahoma: In Tulsa, Spaghetti Warehouse shutdown. Also in Tulsa, grocery store Reasor’s, at 51st and Harvard, shutting down by May due to sales not justifying renewal of the lease.  In Broken Arrow, less than one year after Full Moon Cafe was sold the new owners (Healthy & Tasty Brands) shut it down.  Local news media discovered that Healthy & Tasty Brands took over several area restaurants and most are now closed.

Pennsylvania: Kings Family Restaurant suddenly shutdown five restaurants with only a few hours warning, 130 jobs gone!  Local news media blames it on the new corporate owner from California. Giant Foods issued shutdown WARNs for two Lancaster locations, 158 jobs lost by mid-May!  After more than ten years in Pittsburgh, Vanilla Pastry Studio shutdown so the owner can focus on catering.  New taxes being blamed for crashing soda sales, causing Pepsi to layoff 1-hundred people in Philadelphia!  Candy maker Hersey announced it will eliminate thousands of jobs worldwide under an operation called Margin for Growth!

Tennessee:  Kroger shutting down yet another grocery store, this time on Western Avenue in Knoxville, 80 jobs lost.

Texas: In El Paso, after 20 years JR’s Bratwurst stand shutdown due to “maintenance” problems.  After six years Dallas based Rave Restaurant Group shutdown 14  Pie Five Pizza restaurants in Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota, without warning!  Eight of those surprise shutdowns were the two years old Chicago area restaurants!  News media reports say Rave Restaurant Group is losing money and is accused of fraud.

Virginia: In Chatham, ChathaMooCa shutdown with the owner claiming a new restaurant is coming in.  CarPool shutting down its Ballston location so it can move to another county.   Farm Fresh suddenly laid off 21 merchandising and operations employees at its Virginia Beach HQ, due to consolidating ops with Maryland-based Shoppers.  After only two years Food Wise Discount Grocery, on Porterfield Highway, shutting down by April due to crashing ‘health’ food sales: “When you have to work one job to pay to work another, it’s not the right direction.”-Lanesa Breeding, co-owner

Washington: Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms eliminating 65 jobs in Everson by June.  In Ephrata, Tractor Supply Company-Del’s Feed and Farm Supply shutting down in Autumn, as part of a plan to shutdown all remaining seven Pacific Northwest Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores: “Our decision to close these locations was based on many business factors.”-John Logan, Tractor Supply Company

West Virginia: TGI Friday’s shutdown its South Charleston Cross Lanes location, supposedly due to lack of profits.

Wisconsin: In Milwaukee, after 19 years Rascal’s on Murray shutdown so the owner could retire.  In Shorewood, after 90 years grocer Sendik’s suddenly shutdown “due to circumstances beyond our control and the decline in support of our small family store.”

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

U.S. Food Crisis, February 2017: “FLOODS, PESTS, DROUGHT, LAND USE”

U.S. Hi-Tech/Communications breakdown, March 2017: “TO REDUCE OUR BURN RATE”

U.S. Retail/Banking/Service sector collapse, March 2017: “WE JUST DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE.”

Oklahoma Militia deploys

On 14 May 2017, Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command performed a Christian ritual before their deployment to provide medevac for NATO police ops in Kosovo:

1st Amendment of the United States Constitution: “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.”

“We cannot be the policeman of the world, we cannot protect countries all over the world…..”-Donald Trump, September 2016

Deutschland news media: “Trump’s new doctrine makes US the world police”

TRUMP DEPLOYS ARKANSAS MILITIA ON NATO POLICE MISSION

”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 Corporation-Answers.com 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”

Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., March 2017: “EXPERIENCING DECLINING ENROLLMENT, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO”

ObamaCare Death Spiral, March 2017: “TREATING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED PATIENTS.”

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

No Ammo, no Guns, no Job! “unforeseeable significant downturn”: U.S. Mining/Industry/Logistics layoffs, March 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss/shutdown announcements made in March 2017.

Iconic and at one time the largest U.S. moving company Graebel Van Lines “ceasing ongoing operations, effective immediately”!  At least 2-thousand jobs suddenly gone!  News reports say its the second major moving company to go bust since December 2016 (Kane Company)!  News media also discovered that some employees and creditors began lawsuits this year over unpaid wages and debts!  If the company is legally broke they’ll never get paid (happened to me in 2012).

 California:  In Riverside, SiftMill issued a shutdown WARN, for April.  Waste cleanup company Global Sulfur Systems shutting down its Cerritos ops by the end of April.  What construction industry recovery? Construction engineering company Mas Tec North America eliminating 74 jobs by May.

Colorado: Distributor Bartkus Oil shutting down after 71 years due to crashing demand from the farm industry.

Connecticut:  In Orange, Valley Tool eliminating 65 jobs by June.

Florida: JCPenney issued a shutdown WARN for its Lakeland Logistics Center, 119 jobs gone between May and October!  What construction industry recovery?  CTIS eliminating 70 jobs at its West Palm Beach location, by mid-May.  At Elgin AFB, federal tax sucker SURVICE Engineering eliminating 91 jobs by mid-April.  And federal tax sucker PAE Aviation and Technical Services laid off 133 people at Elgin AFB!

Idaho:   Ammo maker Federal Cartridge (Federal Premium Ammunition) suddenly furloughed 1-hundred employees at its Lewiston factory, blaming hunters and Donald Trump: “…we experienced a challenging retail environment due in part to a weak hunting season and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”

Illinois: Troubled United Airlines eliminating 3-hundred HQ jobs in Chicago!  School bus company First Student laying off 75 people in June due to loss of contract. Jackobson Warehouse shutting down its Romeoville location, 162 jobs lost by the end of May!  In Bolingbrook, Dedicated Logistics issued a shutdown WARN, 121 jobs lost by May due to loss of contract!  Also in Bolingbrook, logistics consultant Radial shutting down, 132 jobs lost by the end of June!  In Belvidere, Auto Releasing shutting down, 68 rail jobs lost by May due to loss of contract.  Also in Belvidere, Pierce Packaging shutting down, 46 jobs lost by the end of May due to loss of contract.  What automotive industry recovery? Tri-Dim Filter suddenly laid off 27 people in Belvidere. In Stockton, Dura Automotive Systems issued a layoff WARN, 171 jobs lost in May due to loss of contract!  In Romeoville, Stant USA shutting down, 69 jobs lost by January 2018.

Indiana: What automotive industry recovery?  Wisconsin based farm vehicle parts maker Rexnord shutting down its Indianapolis bearings factory and moving more than 3-hundred jobs to Mexico by the end of the year, despite threats by Donald Trump!  The layoffs started at the beginning of March.  Surface finisher Saran Industries eliminating 110 jobs by the end of June due to factory shutdown!

Iowa: What automotive industry recovery?  Caterpillar shutting down its Elkader factory, 75 jobs lost to Kansas.

Kentucky:  Gun maker Remington laid off about 16 people in Lexington.

Louisiana:  In Morgan, Petroleum Helicopters suddenly shutdown “…due to a very difficult economic environment and changes in our customers’ needs.”  The company transports workers to off-shore oil rigs.

Maryland: Georgia based Burris Logistics eliminating an undisclosed number of employees at its Elkton ops. Local news media discovered that Burris already eliminated about 50 jobs in neighboring Delaware, and speculated it might have something to due with Burris’ biggest customer BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.  Maker of store display units, Missouri based iDX Corporation, shutting down its Columbia factory, 68 jobs lost.  Local  news media reported that iDX wanted to expand but was not able to find a larger property at a price they could afford.

Michigan: What automotive industry recovery? Luxembourg based truck and farm vehicle parts maker SAF-Holland consolidating its U.S. operations, including shutting down their Holland factory, 97 Michigan jobs lost in October.  Auto parts maker Inteva Products furloughing 2-hundred employees for at least six months due to “the cancellation of our agreement with one of our largest customers”.  General Motors (GM) laying off 1-thousand-1-hundred people as it phases out GMC Acadia production at its factory in Lansing, by May!

Minnesota: Ammo maker Federal Cartridge (Federal Premium Ammunition) suddenly laid off 110 employees at its Anoka factory, blaming hunters and Donald Trump: “…we experienced a challenging retail environment due in part to a weak hunting season and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”

New Hampshire: Thompson Investment Casting suddenly laid off 53 gun foundry workers, blaming the election of Donald Trump for crashing gun sales. Clarke Distributors-White Mountain Distributors being sold-off, affecting at least 123 employees!

New Jersey:   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.  Warren Distributing eliminating 128 jobs by the end of April! Local news media say no reason was given.  In Wall, NRG Energy issued a WARN, 65 jobs gone by mid-June.  In Paulsboro, oil refiner AXEON issued a WARN, 115 jobs lost by May!  In Lawrenceville, Hub City Distributing issued a WARN, 101 jobs lost by the end of April!  Switzerland based ‘inspection’ company SGS issued a WARN for its Mawah location, 37 jobs gone by mid-May.

New York: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people in Schenectady due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  Gun maker Remington laid off 122 people in Ilion blaming “poor economic policies pushed by Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Democrats as well as the SAFE Act. Make no mistake, there is a direct correlation.”  In Rotterdam, Railex issued a shutdown WARN, 138 rail jobs gone by the end of June, due to loss of contract!  Manufacturer Allenair issued a shutdown WARN for its Mineola location, 69 jobs lost by September.  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.  School bus company East End Bus Lines shutting down in Medford, 255 jobs lost due to loss of contract!

North Carolina:  North State Aviation shutting down operations at the Smith Reynolds Airport, 345 jobs lost due to “unforeseeable significant downturn in business”!

Ohio: Oneida Group laid off ten people at its Anchor-Hocking glass cookware operations near Lancaster.  The jobs were outsourced to a company based in India, in order to improve “profitability”.  3M shutting down its factory in Elyria, 136 jobs lost between May and August!  Rail company CSX laid off 34 people “as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to be more efficient and reduce operating costs”.  What coal industry recovery? Dayton Power & Light going ahead with plans to shutdown two co-op owned coal fired power plants in 2018.

Oklahoma:  Linde Engineering eliminating about 80 jobs in Tulsa; 30 with outright layoffs and about 50 jobs being transferred to Texas.  It’s blamed on the petroleum industry BS.  Industrial emission control system maker John Zink eliminated an undisclosed number of jobs blaming “changing market conditions”.

Ohio: Maumee based agribusiness and farm retailer Andersons shutdown its distribution center as part of plans to go-out-of-business (announced last month).  Standex International-Enginetics shutting down its Eastlake aerospace factory, 28 jobs lost by July, “due to the strategic consolidation”.

Oregon: What construction industry recovery? Maker of fireplaces Portland Willamette shutting down its factory near Portland International Airport, the remaining 62 jobs gone by mid-May.

Pennsylvania: Nippon (Japan) owned nuclear power plant company Westinghouse now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  Parent company Toshiba has been losing money hand-over-fist ever since the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Westinghouse will probably be sold to raise cash.  220 jobs lost as chemical company Indspec shuts down its factory in Petrolia, at the end of July!   Classtex suddenly shutdown its 70 years old knitting mill in Orwigsburg, the remaining 15 employees lost their jobs due to “Offshore competition mainly. It’s difficult to compete with countries that are not even paying their people $1 an hour, and they don’t have to worry paying their people any kind of benefits.”  Despite investment by Bill Gates hi-tech battery maker Aquion Energy suddenly laid off 80% of employees and declared bankruptcy!  Administrators said that even with funding by Bill Gates “the company has been unable to raise the growth capital needed to continue operating”.  Blaschak Coal laid off 55 people blaming a warm winter for low sales.  In Steelton, ArcelorMittal laid off an additional 86 people as it reduces the number of shifts. In September 2016, ArcelorMittal laid off 27 people. In Carlise, CEVA Logistics issued a WARN, 101 jobs lost by May!  In York, heat exchanger maker Kelvion eliminating 72 jobs by the end of June. Injection mold maker DME eliminating 61 jobs in Youngwood, by June.

South Carolina: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  After more than 20 years plastic packaging maker Buckhorn shutting down its factory in Bluffton, 1-hundred jobs lost due to sudden consolidation of ops!  The mayor of Bluffton, Ted Ellis, said “When I asked management if there was something we could have done, or could do to keep them here, they said no. That was a decision made elsewhere and we’re just at their mercy.” What automotive industry recovery?  Vehicle parts maker Dayco shutting down its 43 years old Walterboro factory, more than 120 jobs lost over the next few months!

Tennessee: Mississippi hauler Ingram Barge suddenly laid off 47 people blaming it on a sudden drop in business.

Texas: Troubled (by corporate insider games) oil contractor Ethos Offshore now chapter 7 bankrupt busted.   Oil contractor Enbridge eliminating 1-thousand jobs in the U.S. and Canada!  It’s the result of Enbridge’s takeover of competitor Sprecta Energy.  Gulf Marine Fabricators killing another 19 jobs on top of the hundreds it killed in the past 22 months.

Virginia: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people in Salem due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  In Fisherville, Wilson Trucking laid off about 1-hundred people due to its takeover by a Texas company.

Washington: Boeing issued yet another mass layoff WARN, 245 jobs lost starting mid-May!  Japan owned Nippon Paper suddenly laid off 151 Port Angeles workers!  In SeaTac, Menzie’s Aviation shutting down, 949 jobs gone by May!  What automotive industry recovery?  Car electronics parts maker Harman International Industries issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Cheney, 86 jobs gone by May.  At nuke disaster site Hanford, tax sucking contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation warned employees that 250 could lose their jobs because ‘key work’ at the disaster site was considered finished.  Also at Hanford, tax sucker Mission Support Alliance said it was laying off as many as 50 people.

West Virginia:  New York based Special Metals laid off 34 people in Huntington, in what local news media called “another round of layoffs”.  What construction industry recovery?  In Holden, hardwood floor maker Mohawk Industries laid off 111 people due to consolidation operations!

Wisconsin: Temp agency Manpower eliminating 150 HQ jobs in Milwaukee!  The administrative jobs are being replaced by robots/computers!

Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, February 2017:  “INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION PROGRAM”

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

“it just economically didn’t make sense”: U.S. government shenanigans, March 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Federal/State/Local Government self-destruct announcements for March 2017:

California: Here’s more reason to let The Golden State become independent; “Brown pegs the ‘General Fund’ budget at $122.5 billion and $179.5 billion if special funds — such as those spent on highways — and bonds are included. But that’s less than half of the true budget, which includes federal funds — especially those for health and welfare services — and such things as the fees on college students and pension checks to retired public employees.

All in, spending totals $421.6 billion, although that figure doesn’t appear anywhere in the budget……

……The largest category is the $154.5 billion for health and welfare services, especially the $105.2 billion Medi-Cal program of health care for the poor that now covers more than a third of the 39 million Californians…….

The disparity explains why California politicians are very concerned about the fate of the Affordable Care Act and other federal health funds now that Republicans control Washington.”Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee

KABC reporting that Walter Reed Middle School is losing taxpayer funding because the student body is “too white”!  It turns out that since a 1970s court ruling the racist Los Angeles Unified School District must pay more money to schools that have a ‘white’ student population that is less than 30%!   At Fort Irwin-NTC, federal tax sucker Northrop Grumman issued a WARN, 462 jobs lost by mid-May!

Idaho: U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, of Idaho, (along with David Perdue of Georgia) reintroduced a bill that would make labor strikes at U.S. ports illegal, for the benefit of foreign companies: “By qualifying the ‘slowdown’ tactic as an unfair labor practice, this bill will ensure businesses can continue to import and export their goods…..:”

In Bannock County it was revealed that Idaho State Police have been investigating the now former Public Works Director, who suddenly ‘retired’ at the end of February.  The investigation began in 2016 when complaints were filed that the Public Works Director was using taxpayer funding for personal projects. Bannock County is currently struggling with a $600-thousand USD shortfall, which cannot be accounted for!

Illinois: The state prison system notified 124 nurses that their jobs were ending in June!  It’s probably in retaliation for the unionized nurses filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit against the state.  City of Danville considering laying off 16 fire fighters due to a contract dispute in which the city lost.

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!

Nebraska: Fast Cash shutting down its 20 years old Beatrice location, the owner blamed government saying “Currently, they have on paper 3-hundred pages of new regulations to be imposed in the near future and 90 percent of them would just wipe out the mom and pop shops……it just economically didn’t make sense for my family to stay invested in it.”

 New York: Country Valley Industries-ACHIEVE NY shutting down four employment service locations for disabled people, by the end of September.   More proof New York City is unAmerican;New York City is directly in the crosshairs of this budget proposal.   If this is the opening salvo from President Trump, I can tell you he’s about to meet with huge resistance….We’re not gonna take it lying down.”-Bill de Blasio, federal tax sucking Mayor of New York City

Oregon: The federal tax sucking state Department of Environmental Quality eliminating jobs due to lack of federal taxpayer funding.  Administrators blame Donald Trump’s proposed 31% cut in EPA funding.

Texas: Nearly 5-hundred prison employees becoming unemployed at the end of April due to taxpayer funded for-profit Core Civic (formerly known as the proven evil  Corrections Corporation of America) shutting down the Eden Detention Center.  Its the result of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation which proved that corporate run prisons violate human rights and don’t save taxpayers any money!

Washington: At nuke disaster site Hanford, tax sucking contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation warned employees that 250 could lose their jobs because ‘key work’ at the disaster site was considered finished.  Also at Hanford, tax sucker Mission Support Alliance said it was laying off as many as 50 people.

Washington DC: Funded by donations from willing leftist 1% elitists (like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates) and funding forced out of cash strapped taxpayers, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and NPR (National Public Radio) declare war on Donald Trump saying his budget proposals would “collapse of the public media system itself and the end of this essential national service.”

West Virginia: Mainly state taxpayer funded West Virginia Public Broadcasting eliminating 20 jobs due to the govna’s proposal to halt all taxpayer funding to the leftist propaganda machine.  It happened here in in Idaho and not only did Idaho PTV survive without tax funding, but its gone further to the left!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Government Shenanigans February 2017: “EVERYTHING IS FINANCIAL”

Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., March 2017: “EXPERIENCING DECLINING ENROLLMENT, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO”

ObamaCare Death Spiral, March 2017: “TREATING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED PATIENTS.”

“experiencing declining enrollment, and we will continue to”: Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., March 2017

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, March 2017:

California:  A true sign of advanced education; in San Francisco a book store which also doubles as a booze joint, Two Sisters Bar & Books, shutdown.  Los Angeles Unified School District notified 1-thousand-6-hundred employees of layoffs due to massive DSS and taxpayer funding cuts!  At a “special” meeting Azusa School District voted to layoff 14 teachers due to an unexpected reduction in taxpayer funding.  Local news media pointed out that the superintendent got an 8% pay raise, but supposedly that was before the sudden reduction in state funding. San Diego Unified School District eliminating 850 jobs due to a $124-million deficit!  Administrators pointed out that if they didn’t start laying people off then the state could take over.  In the largest county in the world, Rim of the World Unified School District notified at least ten teachers of layoffs.  In Santa Monica, American Flyers shutting down its flight school in April.  Local news media said its the second flight school at the Santa Monica Airport to shutdown in the past 12 months, speculating it has to due with ongoing problems with city administrators.  However, city admin smugly stated “They chose to leave on their own for their own reasons.”  In Modesto, Nasco Education eliminating 46 jobs at the end of May.

Idaho: As I warned back in 2016, Islamic extremist U.S. ally Saudi Arabia’s funding cuts to Idaho State University (ISU) could result in layoffs. Local news media reporting that ISU is dealing with a $12-million USD shortfall and the loss of 35% of its Middle Eastern students!  ISU admin warned of layoffs if state taxpayers aren’t forced to make up the funding difference!  (Related: SAUDI ARABIA TAKES OVER TEXAS OIL SUPPLY & SOUTHEAST U.S. FUEL SALES!)

Illinois: Community Unit School District 308 notified at least 48 people of layoffs (mainly teachers) due to crashing enrollments and taxpayer funding.  Richland Community College laid off 18 people due to crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS.   McHenry County College eliminating 25 jobs, reducing work hours for five positions and not filling six soon to be vacant positions, blaming crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS.  Aurora University suddenly laid off about 45 people due to problems with state taxpayer MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding.   Community High School District 155 warning of layoffs and reduced work hours, blaming a $1.6-million deficit on “experiencing declining enrollment, and we will continue to”.   School bus company First Student laying off 75 people in June due to loss of contract.   Aramark Educational Services lost its food contract with Indian Prairie School District, 169 jobs gone by June!  In Moline, Readmore Book World and Rock Shop shutdown: “We’re closing this time mostly because I’m not as interested in staying in retail anymore…..you’ve got to have the fire in your belly to keep going, especially in independent retail, and stuff that has small profit margins like this.”-Randy Pearson, co-owner

Maryland: Kent County Board of Education shutting down Millington and Worton elementary schools due to a $1.2-million deficit caused by 20 years of crashing student enrollments!

Massachusetts:  Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District eliminating at least 18 jobs due to being in the hole by $1.2-million USD.  Administrators admitted that the elimination of 18 jobs still wouldn’t make up for the budget deficit.

Michigan: Central Michigan University warning of mass layoffs due to an estimated $20-million deficit!

Missouri:  Saint Louis University eliminating 120 jobs due to a $16-million deficit caused by increasing costs and decreasing student enrollments!

New York:  In Buffalo, after 70 years god powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Mary Queen of Angels school due to The Rapture, I mean declining student enrollments and increasing costs of operations.  Interestingly the christian school’s mascot is a winged bison. Fairport Central School District eliminating 30 teaching jobs in the 2017-18 school year.  The local teacher’s union warned that layoffs could be more depending upon the state budget.  School bus company Durham School Services issued a layoff WARN, 216 jobs lost due to loss of contract!   School bus company East End Bus Lines shutting down in Medford, 255 jobs lost due to loss of contract!

Oregon: Portland Public Schools warning of 70 teacher layoffs due to crashing student enrollments.  Administrators swear they’ve eliminated jobs elsewhere in an attempt to save teaching jobs, but the enrollment problem is only getting worse. University of Oregon notified 75 employees of layoffs, after years of hiring new employees.  Administrators blame an expected $8.8-million deficit on skyrocketing costs of employee benefits (partially caused by ObamaCare). The employee’s union says the number of people to be laid off will actually be more than 75.

Pennsylvania:  Norwin School District warning of layoffs due to being short an estimated $3.3-million.  Mansfield University warning of layoffs and shutdowns of departments due to a 35% crash in enrollments since 2010!  In the middle of the school year Khepera Charter School suddenly laid off 11 people, including teachers, blaming a lack of funding. The ‘African-American’ Khepera Charter School has a history of sudden layoffs and last year a whistle-blower revealed massive financial fraud.  Michigan based Baker College shutting down its one year old campus in Reading, due to lack of students.  Non-profit Mount Pleasant Glass Museum shutdown after only three years, they didn’t charge an admission fee and never got enough donations.

Tennessee: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Aquinas College from suddenly laying off the majority of its employees and forcing half the student body to transfer to other ‘christian’ schools!

Texas: In Fort Worth, the short lived Military Museum shutdown.  Local news reports said until 2016 about 3-thousand people per year visited the museum, but last year only 1-thousand showed up.

South Dakota: After almost 40 years the privately owned National Museum of Wood Carving shutdown.  The owners needed money so they put everything up for sale.

Virginia:  More proof god can’t save you, and neither can the internet; god powerless to stop ‘his’ online based Liberty University from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.  Administrators blame “competition” for causing The Rapture, I mean the loss of several thousands of students!

Washington: After 68 years School of Piano Technology for the Blind  shutting down due to no more students!  Local news reports say the last two students graduated in December 2016.

West Virginia: During an emergency meeting Wayne County Schools announced the elimination of  85 jobs due to an expected $1.8-million reduction in taxpayer funding caused by ongoing Disappearing Students Syndrome.

Dumbing Down February 2017: OBAMA KILLS 200 COLLEGES! “STRATEGIC REALIGNMENT”

“treating an increasing number of uninsured & underinsured patients.”: ObamaCare Death Spiral, March 2017

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, announced in March 2017:

Israeli based drugs pusher Teva announced it will eliminate 6-thousand jobs globally, including within the United States (that’s on top of the hundreds of U.S. jobs they’ve already killed)!

Alabama: Highlands Medical Center suddenly laid off 26 people directly blaming “… the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Affordable Care Act. The cost of providing healthcare has risen drastically in recent years. We are receiving reduced payments from Medicare for the care we provide, while at the same time we are treating an increasing number of uninsured and underinsured patients.”  (note that even with ObamaCare hospitals are seeing even more people who don’t have insurance!)

Arizona: Banner Health laid off “a small number” of doctors as part of ongoing layoffs in connection with the shutdown of its cardiology clinics.

California:  Stanford Health Care eliminating 123 jobs due to the ‘everchanging healthcare climate’! Non-profit Rideout Health laying off 106 people and discontinuing home-health and hospice services by the end of June due to ObamaCare payment reductions!  Pfizer issued a shutdown WARN for its Palo Alto operations, at least 38 jobs lost by the end of April.  Ambulance service Paramedics issued a shutdown WARN for its San Leandro ops, 465 jobs lost by the end of April!  Drugs maker PL Developments issued a shutdown WARN for its Lynwood ops, 53 jobs gone by May.  Ireland based medical device maker Medtronic issued a shutdown WARN for its Sunnyvale ops.  In Thousand Oaks, drugs maker Amgen killing about 450 jobs as it moves operations to Florida later in the year!

Connecticut:  Drugs maker Alexion Pharmaceuticals laying off 210 people in an effort to prepare for the long term!

Florida: Clinical Pathology Labs eliminating 73 jobs in Orlando, between May and September.  EmblemHealth Services issued a WARN, 221 jobs in Hollywood gone by the end of April!

Idaho: After 17 years Affinity, one of the largest mental health services provider in the Boise area, was shutdown following a raid by the IRS. Hundreds of employees now unemployed and at least 8-hundred patients with nowhere to go.  Local news media reported that the federal Internal Revenue Service has yet to explain the raid.

Illinois: The state prison system notified 124 nurses that their jobs were ending in June!  It’s probably in retaliation for the unionized nurses filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit against the state.

Indiana: Insurance company MDwise no longer paying for state Medicaid related healthcare!  MDwise also laid off 79 people.  Roche Diabetes Care eliminating 157 jobs due to increasing competition!

Iowa:  Shenandoah Medical Center suddenly laid off 14 people, blaming Medicaid reimbursement changes.  13 employees had their work hours reduced.  Tax sucking federal contractor General Dynamics eliminating 220 jobs at its Medicaid call center ops in Coralville, in May!   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.”

Kentucky:  ‘Cloud’ based ZirMed suddenly laid off 60 people, blaming healthcare market trends.  Louisville based insurance company Humana warning of mass layoffs in Kentucky and Wisconsin after failing to take over competitor Aetna.   God powerless to stop ‘his’ Baptist Health Kentucky from eliminating 288 jobs!

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

Massachusetts: North Shore Medical Center warning of mass layoffs due to being $48-million USD in the hole, no thanks to ObamaCare.

Mississippi:  University of Mississippi Medical Center eliminating 195 jobs and will not fill 85 vacant positions due to ObamaCare reductions to patient care reimbursement!

Missouri: Healthcare software company Lumeris warned of more layoffs as it spends more money taking over competitors.

New Jersey:  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.  Express Scripts issued a WARN, 66 jobs in Franklin Lakes gone by mid-April.

New Mexico: Gila Regional Medical Center suddenly laid off 12 people, and will not fill seven vacant positions due to ObamaCare causing lower patient volumes and dwindling reimbursement.

New York: Drugs pusher CVS eliminating 99 jobs in Chestnut Ridge.  Beth Abrams Nursing Home suddenly shutdown, 580 jobs gone due to being taken over by a competitor! Drugs pusher Linden Care eliminating 28 jobs in Woodbury by mid-June.  Bankrupt Virginia based specialty anatomic pathology laboratory Bostwick Laboratories issued a shutdown WARN for its Uniondale ops, 128 jobs gone by May!  Public Health Solutions issued a shutdown WARN for its Early Intervention Service Coordination Program, at least 80 jobs gone by June.  In NYC, ComplexCare Solutions Medical Practice eliminating at least 113 jobs by the end of May, due to loss of contract!  California based Pfizer issued a shutdown WARN for its Rouses Point ops.

North Carolina: Arrow, a subsidiary of medical device maker Teleflex, eliminating 17 jobs in June, as part of a plan to move jobs to Mexico and Czech Republic.

Ohio:  Cleveland Clinic shutting down maternity unit in Medina Hospital in June. Local news media reported that it is the last maternity unit in Medina County!   Local news media reported that unnamed employees revealed that as many as 50 Affinity Medical Center workers were laid off without warning.  Affinity administrators confirmed they eliminated jobs due to ObamaCare reducing patient volume.  Nurses also warned that Affinity was reducing the amount of food provided to patients! 

Oklahoma: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Missouri based Ascension Health from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs with Saint John Health System.

Oregon: PeaceHealth eliminating an additional 85 jobs.

Pennsylvania:  Highmark Health Solutions suddenly laid off 52 people in an effort to ‘find efficiencies’.  Express Scripts issued a WARN, 210 jobs in Trevos gone by the end of May!

Rhode Island: Care New England announced an undisclosed number of employees will soon become unemployed.

Texas: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) from laying off 459 people in The Lone Star State!  Another 161 vacant positions will not be filled.  BCFS Health and Human Services warned it could lay off  95 call center employees due to lack of funding.

Virginia: Specialty anatomic pathology laboratory Bostwick Laboratories bankrupt busted.

Wyoming: In Cheyenne, decades old Hoy’s Drugs shutdown by legal battles.

ObamaCare (ACA) death spiral February 2017: “OPERATIONAL CHANGES”