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June 30, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , | Leave a comment

Breaking News – Thousands Lose Jobs As Michigan Unemployment Offices Close

LANSING, MI—In another devastating blow to the state’s already fragile economy, the Unemployment Insurance Agency of the state of Michigan permanently shuttered its nine branch offices Monday, leaving more than 8,500 UNEMPLOYMENT employees UNEMPLOYED.

Announcing the closings at a press conference, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called them “a tragic coda” to a once-vibrant industry that until this week defined the Michigan economy and served almost one-fifth of the state’s employable population.

“This is a sad day for the people of Michigan,” Granholm said to a crowd of part-time reporters and former assembly-line workers Tuesday. “Our state has a long, hallowed history of unemployment, and with these closings, we have lost a vital part of our economic and social fabric.”

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Via: The Onion – ‘America’s Finest News Source’

http://www.theonion.com/articles/thousands-lose-jobs-as-michigan-unemployment-offic,2142/

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June 30, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News | , , , | Leave a comment

2710 Thomes Rd, Cheyenne, WY – where corporations go to AVOID taxes

Via: Reuters

The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming.

At a single address in this sleepy city of 60,000 people, more than 2,000 companies are registered. The building, 2710 Thomes Avenue, isn’t a shimmering skyscraper filled with A-list corporations. It’s a 1,700-square-foot brick house with a manicured lawn, a few blocks from the State Capitol.

Neighbors say they see little activity there besides regular mail deliveries and a woman who steps outside for smoke breaks. Inside, however, the walls of the main room are covered floor to ceiling with numbered mailboxes labeled as corporate “suites.” A bulky copy machine sits in the kitchen. In the living room, a woman in a headset answers calls and sorts bushels of mail.

A Reuters investigation has found the house at 2710 Thomes Avenue serves as a little Cayman Island on the Great Plains. It is the headquarters for Wyoming Corporate Services, a business-incorporation specialist that establishes firms which can be used as “shell” companies, paper entities able to hide assets.

Wyoming Corporate Services will help clients create a company, and more:

– set up a bank account for it

– add a lawyer as a corporate director to invoke attorney-client privilege

– even appoint stand-in directors and officers as high as CEO.

Among its offerings is a variety of shell known as a “shelf” company, which comes with years of regulatory filings behind it, lending a greater feeling of solidity.

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If you have the stomach for it, you can read more, HERE:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/28/us-usa-shell-companies-idUSTRE75R20Z20110628

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question:

Why is it you NEVER see teabaggers/libertarian/GOP party members out protesting shit like this?

nevermind

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June 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has launched an aggressive campaign against government services since taking office, slashing funding on everything from unemployment insurance to education to aid for homeless veterans, to high-speed rail, helping him become the least popular governor in America just six months into his term.

But his latest target is one of his boldest yet.

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According to a report by Florida’s Capitol News Service, Scott wanted to disband the Florida Highway Patrol during the last legislative session, but was rebuffed by the state’s sheriffs, who would have been forced to takeover the disbanded forces’ duties. Aimed at cost-cutting, the move would likely have increased local property taxes, which are used to pay sheriff’s departments:

“If a deal was worked out, the funding might be here one year and the funding could disappear in the next legislative session,” Harrell Reid, president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association said. […]

Rick Scott side stepped the question of why he was willing to transfer the Patrol to local sheriffs. […] “It’s good to have a  conversation about how can we do a good job with what the state ought to be involved with in law enforcement,” Scott said.

Even Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, who served on Scott’s transition team, slammed the idea. “[T]he sheriff’s office is not equipped to handle those additional burdens and responsibilities.”

Rich Roberts with the International Union of Police Associations agreed, saying the plan could create a “greater danger to the public” by decreasing response times and operational efficiency.

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No wonder that after 20 years of supporting Republicans for governor, Florida police unions abandoned Scott.

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association even held a “Party to Leave the Party” two weeks ago in which their members left the GOP en masse.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/28/256550/rick-scott-highway-patrol/

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June 30, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Rick Scott | , , , , , , | Leave a comment