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Operation Dark Store shifts tax burden to cash strapped individuals!: U.S. Government Shenanigans, May 2017

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

Alabama: Taxpayers in the city of Oxford forced to pay for the former Sears building at the Quintard Mall.  The mayor of Oxford recently announced that in an effort to save the local economy they’re willing to buy the property, which has been up for sale since November 2016.

Illinois: Star Center Mall now chapter 11 bankrupt busted and it’s blamed on “the City of Marion regarding disputed bonds.”

Minnesota:  Local news media reporting that the taxpayers of Minneapolis are about to become the new ‘landlord’ of the Kmart on Nicolette Avenue It’s being blamed on the ‘re-connect’ scandal.  The $7-million USD proposal will be discussed in June.  Local news media also revealed the city made an $8-million offer to buy the Kmart on West Lake Street, last year.

Mississippi: The state Forestry Commission laid off 75 people due to declining tax revenues.

North Carolina: Management consultant contractor CGI Federal shutting down its Durham InfoTech ops due to losing a federal taxpayer funded EPA contract, 1-hundred jobs lost!  Surry County condemned the now vacant Kmart building at the Mayberry Mall.  The condemnation prevents the property owner from finding a new tenant, until the structural problems are fixed.  On top of that, local news media report the property owner is back due on county level property taxes.  The action by the county opens the door for use of taxpayer funding to deal with the problem.  Alamac American Knits shutting down in Lumberton, 154 remaining jobs gone due to the long term effects of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)!  Administrators stated that before NAFTA went into effect they “…employed 1,000.” 

Puerto Rico: The governor is demanding Title-3 bankruptcy protection for the U.S. territory.

Texas:  Taxpayers in the city of Abilene might be forced to pay for the abandoned Kmart as “…funds would be used to acquire, renovate and equip buildings for a new police station, municipal court, water utilities billing, collection and meter-reading offices, and record storage. The cost is estimated at $9 million.”   The combination donation-taxpayer funded Houston Symphony announced an undisclosed number of layoffs in an attempt to survive the next ten years.  Taxpayer funded illegal immigrant ‘shelter provider’ Southwest Key Programs suddenly laid off hundreds of employees “Due to the low number of unaccompanied children crossing our national border, the federal government has instructed all of its shelter contractors, including Southwest Key, that they must decrease the bed capacity…..”

The office of the Texas Comptroller issued a warning over the growing push by big box retailers to use Dark Stores as a way of avoiding their fare share in taxes.  Dark Store: A large retail facility that resembles a conventional supermarket or store but is not open to the public, housing goods used to fulfill orders placed online.

Virginia:  British empire owned, U.S. tax-sucker BAE Systems suddenly began laying off 3-hundred people in Norfolk, due to uncertainties over the new U.S. Navy taxpayer funded budget!

Wisconsin: The 50+ years old Brookfield Sears Auto Center shutdown, local news media revealed that Brookfield city administrators spent taxpayer money on a five years study to justify creating a taxpayer owned conference center near the Sears Auto Center location.   The Economic Development Commission of Fort Atkinson has revealed plans to spend taxpayer money on the now vacant Kmart property.  Local news media reported the city Fort Atkinson asked Sears Holdings how much they wanted to sell it for!  It’s been revealed that nearly 40 cities are pushing for a new state law that will prevent taxpayers from being forced to pay the property taxes on vacated stores like Target and Sears.  It’s a complicated mess, but because of current laws and recent court decisions local Wisconsin taxpayers are being forced to foot the property tax bill on vacated retail spaces!  This has led to municipalities using taxpayer funding to sue retailers (most recently Target and Sears) for creating what’s called Dark Stores.

Milwaukee Journal: Dark Stores being used by big box retailers to avoid paying their fare share in property taxes

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Government Shenanigans April 2017: “…..WE ARE MISMANAGING MONEY.”



“significant downturn in business”: U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, May 2017

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

Arkansas: France based Dassault eliminating 6% of its Little Rock Falcon Jet factory workers due to “…worldwide economic and political uncertainty combined with a prolonged imbalance between supply and demand for new aircraft as well as a large inventory of pre-owned aircraft competing with new sales.” 

 California: Angelica Textile Services issued a shutdown WARN for its Gilroy factory, 160 jobs gone by July!  Benz Propane issued a layoff WARN, 101 employees in Tehachapi to become unemployed by August!  Oil company Breitburn Energy Partners now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, blaming ‘low’ oil prices for not be able to pay its debts.  Despite record online sales in 2016, plush sports doll maker Bleacher Creatures now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to a major customer (Sports Authority) ceasing to exist and problems with licensing.  Boeing issued layoff WARNs for 38 more employees. In Pittsburg, joint U.S.-Korean steel company USS-POSCO Industries issued a mass layoff WARN, 635 jobs gone in July!

Colorado: Mesa Oil-Mesa Environmental now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, for the second time.  This time debts include $3-million USD in back-due federal taxes.

Florida:  In Miami, transportation company Transdev Services eliminating 102 jobs by the end of June!

Georgia: Cleaning chemical maker ZEP shutting down two factories in Fulton, 158 jobs gone!  International Fragrance-Agilex Fragrance halting ops in Cherokee, 32 jobs lost. 

Idaho: In Boise, after seven years non-profit glass recycler Usful Glassworks shutdown due to lack of funding/donations.

Illinois:  Nippon Sharyo laid off 110 Rochelle rail car employees due to “technical complications and delays”!  The Japan based company has been laying off employees since 2015. GE (General Electric) shutting down its Lamp Plant in Mattoon, 135 jobs lost between July 2017 and March 2018!  API Logistics shutting down its warehouse ops in Hodgkins, 114 jobs lost due to loss of contract!  Without warning Fisher & Ludlow-Nucor Grating shutdown its architectural metal works operations in Litchfield, 60 jobs gone with no official reason given.

Indiana: Continental Structural Plastics issued a WARN, 164 jobs gone by the end of July due to a major industrial customer shutting down for three months!  Packaging maker Printpack eliminating 45 jobs in Bloomington after losing a major customer.  Despite earlier threats by Donald Trump, HVAC company Carrier suddenly began eliminating 3-hundred jobs!  Carrier also warned that more layoffs will take place later in the year as work is shifted to Mexico!

Iowa: What automotive industry recovery?  Caterpillar issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Elkader, 59 jobs gone starting in July.

Louisiana: Oil service company Tidewater now chapter 11 bankrupt busted mainly due to sale-leaseback disputes.

Maryland: Kaydon Ring & Seal issued a WARN, 217 jobs gone starting in July due to production being consolidated to other locations!

Massachusetts: One of the largest distribution companies in the U.S., Veritiv, shutting down its warehouse in Wilmington, 170 jobs lost to consolidation operations!

Michigan:  What automotive industry recovery?  Ford announced it will eliminate 1-thousand-4-hundred salaried jobs through attrition, bribery (buyouts) and outright layoffs as part of Ford’s plan to eliminate 10% of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia!  Spain based auto parts maker Gestamp laying off 84 people in Lapeer, due to the loss of a client.  General Motors (GM) eliminating more than 6-hundred jobs as it ends production of the GMC Acadia.

Missouri: Cleaning and storage company Katy Industries now bankrupt busted and for sale.

New Jersey:  What construction industry recovery?  Flooring maker Mannington laid off 80 people due to the sale of one of its product lines to a competitor.

North Carolina: Alamac American Knits shutting down in Lumberton, 154 remaining jobs gone over the next two months!  Administrators stated that before NAFTA went into effect they “…employed 1,000.”  What automotive industry recovery?  Caterpillar shutting down its Morganton factory, 85 jobs gone starting in July.  

Ohio: Cincinnati based ‘household’ products maker Proctor & Gamble shutting down a factory in Canada, supposedly as part of a plan to bring jobs back to the United States.  What automotive industry recovery? Maker of car batteries (including for those stupid electric cars) Robert Bosch Battery Systems laid off 88 people due to a “significant downturn in business”.   Ford laid off 130 pick-up truck assemblers at a factory near Cleveland, apparently because of slow truck sales!  Hyundai Ideal Electric Company issued a shutdown WARN, eliminating the remaining jobs in July.  At one time the Korea based company employed more than 1-hundred people in Mansfield. Maker of parts for the computer and aerospace industries, McSwain Manufacturing suddenly laid off 30 people and will lay off another 30 “…due to a dramatic and sudden reduction in purchase orders…”

Oregon: Transportation company Specialty Mobility Services issued a shutdown WARN, 101 jobs lost due to loss of contract!

Pennsylvania:  Germany based logistics company DB Schenker eliminating 66 jobs by the end of July. Mark Line Industries suddenly shutdown, 44 jobs lost in Ephrata.  Hubbell Lighting shutting down its L-E-D factory in Bristol Borough, 114 jobs lost!  In Cannonsburg, Nobel Energy shutting down, 99 jobs lost between July and September.

Tennessee: Norfolk Southern Railways laid off 41 people as part of a plan to cut operations at its Debutt’s Yard by 50%.  HVAC parts maker Robertshaw laid off 134 people and shutdown a factory on Cummings Highway, as a result of taking over a competitor!

Texas: Oil company GulfMark Offshore now chapter 11 bankrupt busted with $430-million USD of debt.  Oil industry parts supplier AFGlobal chapter 11 bankrupt busted.

Virginia: White Birch Paper Company shutting down its mill in Hanover County, 165 jobs lost as production shifting to Canada!

Washington: Boeing issued mass layoff WARNs, 917 jobs gone between the end of June and the end of July!  Spectrum Glass shutting down its Woodinville factory at the end of June.

Wisconsin:  What automotive industry recovery?  Maker of exhaust pipes-mufflers Stroughton based Nelson Global Products announced it will shutdown factories in Tennessee and Minnesota, about 3-hundred jobs lost by the end of the year, due to global competition!

Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, April 2017: “DUE TO A LARGE LOSS OF BUSINESS….”


U.S. military leads the way to energy independence

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Video report showing U.S. Army and Air Force efforts to save taxpayer money by becoming more energy independent in Colorado:

Not just in Colorado, but the USAF is testing a hybrid electric and battery powered mobile dock system for C-5 maintenance at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia:  “…new mobile lift platform that is able to move and shift as maintainers move around an aircraft, eliminating the time required of traditional hard stands. Direct methanol fuel cells provide on-board battery charging, thereby enabling around-the-clock maintenance operations.”

November 2016: U.S. Army Harvesting Energy through Humping

June 2016: Massive Detrick Solar Array Only Fraction of Army’s Renewable Energy Capacity

God is Evil: Christian Hobby Lobby supports Islamic State?

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Christian Evangelical Hobby Lobby illegally imported more than 5-thousand artifacts from The Middle East.  The top illegal artifact dealer in The Middle East is Islamic State (DAIISH).  Hobby Lobby says most of those illegally acquired artifacts were meant to be displayed in their massive Biblical Museum in Washington DC.

An antiquities expert went on liberal-left-leaning PBS Newshour and not only accused Hobby Lobby of knowingly buying illegally acquired antiques, but accused them of money laundering tactics as well:  “First, Hobby Lobby is a sophisticated importer and they know very well that you have to designate the country of origin, and the appropriate tariff line when bringing these into the country. This was not done…..instead of being declared as antiquities were declared as ‘clay tiles’ or ‘samples’. They were not noted as coming from Iraq, but instead that they were coming from Turkey…..   …..they’re coming from a part of the world where….antiquities are being actually excavated by groups like DAIISH or ISIS, and knowingly being exported and used as a means of funding for terrorism.

What they [Hobby Lobby] actually did was pay five individuals through seven different accounts…then shipped these [artifacts]….to several different locations in the United States and without the appropriate, or accurate, shipping records.”-Deborah Lehr, The Antiquities Coalition

Hobby Lobby:  $800-million Bible museum will save U.S. from ‘very scary’ future

ForeignPolicy.com: A How-To Guide To Buying Artifacts Looted by the Islamic State

In November 2015, Russia accused ‘christian’ United States of using Islamic State (DAIISH) to operate illegal oil, artifact & human body parts industry!

August 2015: FBI warns U.S. art dealers about ISIS selling looted artifacts

September 2014: Islamic State makes millions from stolen antiquities, trafficked thru NATO member Turkey

God is Evil: Israel directly controls USS George H.W. Bush! So much for Independence Day!

Obama Legacy: Kill all civilians, Trump continues tradition!

Russia pounds ‘christian’ U.S. backed ‘muslim’ insurgents in Syria!

Red Neck Fail: Saudi Arabia takes over Texas oil supply?

NATO biggest drug dealer in the World: Amphetamines, it’s what Islamic State does!


False Flag: Turkey says most Islamic State fighters come from Christian Europe, not Muslim Middle East!

False Flag: Italy traces U.S. cash through charity to Turkey to Islamic State!


Syria, 14 October 2015: Russia says U.S. created Syrian Free Army is False Flag!

British Empire, let slip the dogs of war: Islamic State DAIISH

Exceptional Failed State: Mormon bank caught violating U.S. sanctions against Iran!

Operation FakeBuster : Facebook joins NATO!

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Earlier this year U.S. led NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) joined with Facebook in creating a fake-news operation under the guise of fighting fake-news.  The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence employed 28 people in the eastern European country of Latvia to create operation Fake Buster:

Fake Buster is supposedly a Facebook game (also available as an application for your smart phone) that teaches dumb Facebook users how to tell real news from fake.  If you understand the history of propaganda (fake-news) then you’ll realize that the most prolific  perpetrators of fake-news are governments and their official main stream news media.  Can you really trust a Fake Buster app created by NATO?

Hi-Tech Fail: Climate Change biggest threat to Billion Dollar Weapon Systems!

World War 3: NATO occupies Eastern Europe!

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U.S. river crossing in Hungary.

Under the guise of defense against Russia, and still claiming there is no Cold War, U.S. led NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has occupied eastern Europe with thousands of troops.  In the official video report NATO leaders try to justify their actions:


U.S. led ‘Lightning Operations’ center at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.

The U.S. Army also leads an annual NATO war game called Saber Guardian.  This year its focus is in the eastern European countries of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Video report on U.S. Army logistical convoy from Germany to Bulgaria:

1775th Military Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard, preps for convoy ops in eastern Europe. The convoy route runs from Germany to the Black Sea.

Many of the U.S. troops occupying eastern Europe are state militia (National Guard) personnel.   Video report on Ohio National Guard taking part in Saber Guardian river crossing in Hungary:

Another U.S. occupation of eastern Europe operation is called Operation Atlantic Resolve.  This year Romania combined their Open Gates air show with Operation Atlantic Resolve:

NATO gets bigger, welcome Japan!

2016: Snake River National Guard M1A2 SEP, Live Fire Romania!

World War 3: NATO Germany & France form permanent EU military alliance!

God is Evil: Israel directly controls USS George H.W. Bush! So much for Independence Day!

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“It’s the first time in history that a head of state had the opportunity to address the members of the ship.  It was an extraordinary moment.  I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder to be an American.”-David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel

While you’all ‘Mericans were gettin’ ready to celebrate your supposed Independence Day, on 03 JUL 2017, in an unprecedented moment, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came aboard the USS George H.W. Bush and gave a speech to USN personnel.  Never before has a leader of a foreign country given a speech to U.S. military personnel!

The Israeli delegation were given a personal tour of the ship by Rear Admiral Kenneth Whitesell and Captain Will Pennington.  The USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) was sent to Israel “to enhance U.S.-Israel relations as the two nations reaffirm their continued commitment to the collective security of the European and Middle East Regions.”  (note that Israel is considered a defender of Europe, after decades of denying that it is actually a European colony)

God is Evil: U.S. UN ambassador meets with Israeli terrorist Lieberman

God is Evil: Unprecedented speech to U.S. Congress by Benjamin Netanyahu 

“Due to a large loss of business….”: U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, April 2017

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

 California:  Solar panel installer HelioPower now chapter 11 bankrupt busted saying revenues are not enough to make the company’s debt payments.  CEVA Logistics issued a layoff WARN for its Mira Loma ops, 99 jobs gone by the end of June.  ‘Third party’ logistics company Railex issued a shutdown WARN for its Delano ops, 79 jobs lost by the end of June.  Oil industry supplier Mastec North America issued a shutdown WARN for Hayward, 109 jobs lost by June! First Transit issued shutdown WARNs for its Oceanside and Pomona ops, more than 9-hundred jobs affected! In Oxnard, Arcturus Manufacturing shutting down, 32 jobs gone by September.   Boeing issued yet more layoff WARNs, this time 66 jobs lost in June.  Nelco Products issued a layoff WARN for its Fullerton operations, 62 jobs lost in June.   The new owners of packaging company New-Indy TriPAQ issued layoff and shutdown WARNs, 68 jobs lost in June.  What construction industry recovery?  Flooring maker/seller Galleher shutting down its La Mirada ops, 32 jobs lost in June.  Clothing maker/seller St. John Knits eliminating 130 factory jobs in Irvine, by the end of June!

Florida: Jacksonville based railroad company CSX continues job killing, this time at least 2-hundred jobs being eliminated!  According to local news reports this is in addition to the approximate 1-thousand job cuts announced in February!  Local news media pointed out that CSX administrators were giving out conflicting statements about the new layoffs, making them sound like they were part of the February announcement even though they also said those February job cuts were concluded in March.  L-3 Crestview Aerospace laid off 130 people!  The builder of aircraft interiors has been losing civilian and military contracts since 2007.

Illinois: In Galatia, American Coal Company suddenly laid off approximately 3-hundred people due to “adverse mining conditions” at its New Future Mine!   What automotive industry recovery?  Caterpillar shutting down its factory in Aurora, 8-hundred jobs lost by the end of 2018!

Iowa: What automotive industry recovery?  Polaris shutting down its factory in Milford, 275 jobs lost by the end of the year due to consolidation of vehicle construction.   Owner Revolution- Plastic Professionals issued a mass layoff WARN, 207 jobs gone by the end of June!

Michigan: In Livonia, 3-D printed industrial parts maker Moog-Linear AMS issued a layoff WARN, 40 jobs gone starting in June due to operations being moved out-of-state.

Montana: Warren Buffet owned rail company BNSF eliminating 55 jobs in Glendive.  It’s blamed on crashing use of trains by the oil and coal industries.

New Jersey:  In Wayne, Retail Logistics issued a WARN, 68 jobs gone by mid-June.  What construction industry recovery? Window glass maker Pochet of America issued a shutdown WARN for Wayne, 30 jobs lost by the end of June.

New York:  Auburn Armature issued a shutdown WARN for all its ops in The Empire State, more than 118 jobs gone by August due to the operations being sold-off!  Carthage Specialty Paperboard furloughed 60 people for at least a week.  Local news media say the company is behind on debt payments, and the company is refusing to answer questions from the employee’s union about possible plant shutdown.  In Brooklyn, tile and building products company Soho Studio issued a shutdown WARN, 56 jobs lost in July due to operations being moved to New Jersey.

North Carolina: Parkdale Mills shutting down its underwear factory in Williamston, 95 jobs lost in June.

Ohio: What automotive industry recovery?  ConForm Automotives issued a layoff WARN, 49 jobs gone in June “Due to a large loss of business….”

Pennsylvania:  What automotive industry recovery?  Harley-Davidson issued a layoff WARN, 118 people in Springettsbury Township will become unemployed by the end of July!  Air Products let go another 11 employees, local news media reported that at one time the factory in Hanover Township once employed 2-hundred people, but is down to just 75. It’s blamed on crashing orders for  liquefied natural gas heat exchangers.  DME Company issued a WARN for its Youngwood ops, 61 jobs gone by June.

Tennessee: What automotive industry recovery?  Alternator and electric motor maker Leroy-Somer issued a layoff WARN, 63 jobs gone by June.  It’s blamed on crashing orders from Caterpillar.

Washington:  Boeing issued layoff WARNs totaling 429 jobs!  ‘Third party’ logistics company Railex issued a shutdown WARN for its Burbank ops, 88 jobs lost by the end of June.

Wisconsin: Broadwind Energy laying off an undisclosed number of people at its ops in Manitowoc, saying “a temporary pause in the market and orders in the Midwest” forced them to shutdown two weekend shifts.  Acoustic and emission tech maker Babcock and Wilcox Universal issued a layoff WARN, 55 jobs lost by June.  Graymont shutting down its lime kiln in Green Bay, 23 jobs lost in June due to the “continuing soft market”.   Athletic apparel maker JanSport shutting down its factory in Appleton, 380 jobs lost due to the selling of JanSport’s licensed sports group business to a competitor!

Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, March 2017: “unforeseeable significant downturn”

Join Militia, Drive Truck


Virginia National Guard’s 329th Regional Support Group used M915 and M1088 tractors to haul trailers during their Annual Training (AT) in May of this year, proving they’re Ready to Roll:

Virginia Militia M1088 hauling boats for the U.S. Navy.

138 vehicles were involved in the ‘real world’ AT mission. They traveled nearly 204-thousand-387-kilometers (127-thousand miles) hauling nearly 216 U.S. tons.

The 329th Regional Support Group was deactivated in 1996, but was brought back to life ten years later, in 2006.

Red Neck ObamaCare Fail: U.S. Army deployed on Economic Mission in Texas!

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In the ‘right-wing’-conservative-Christian-oil-rich state of Texas the United States Army has been deployed on an economic mission in an area known as Colonias.

It’s a joint operation with Texas A&M University known as Colonias Innovative Readiness Training.  Not only are infrastructure problems being dealt with, but, and despite the advent of ObamaCare (ACA), free medical clinics are held for Texas who still don’t have ObamaCare mandated health insurance!

U.S. Army-Texas A&M free dental service in Web County, Texas.

Free taxpayer funded eye exams in Web County, Texas.

But this isn’t the first time the U.S. Army has been called in to help supposedly fiercely independent Texans. In 2016, a free clinic in Rio Grande Valley was swamped by people who are not benefiting from ObamaCare. 

Red Neck Fail: Saudi Arabia takes over Texas oil supply?

Red Neck Fail: Turkish Tankers take Texas!


Red Neck Fail: Texas Caribbean Xmas theme park built with Chinese labor!