Sunday, May 28, 2017

State Farm plans to close Bakersfield operations center by 2021

Looks like they are using the process of attrition to slowly de-staff and move the functions to other states.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company announced Thursday plans to exit eleven facilities in stages over the course of several years, beginning next year.

That includes the State Farm Operations Center in Bakersfield located at 900 Old River Road.

According to a news release, the company plans to close the Bakersfield location in 2021.

The work from these facilities will move to the company's headquarters in Bloomington, Ill., its offices in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, as well as a number of existing locations across the U.S.

Bakersfield employees will have opportunities to relocate with the jobs, according to a spokesman.


Lockheed Martin to move missile jobs from California to Florida

Good.  I own a handful of shares of LMT.  Do it.

Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Florida's Space Coast over the next two years.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy's Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile.

California Cover Up–Billions to Prop Up Collapsing Pension System

How do they think this is all going to end?

Politicians keep looking for an easy way to address pensions but that path was closed a decade ago when the state chose not to lower investment return assumptions to reasonable levels and boost Normal Cost contributions. It was easy then but because Unfunded Liabilities compound at high rates, the balances due now are huge and growing. The only paths that seriously move the needle are boosted taxes, reduced services, or reduced future pension benefits for current employees and retirees. The first two paths have already been trod with three tax increases since 2009 and reduced shares of the budget for universities, courts, parks and social services. The third path has not even been approached. Current employees and retirees benefitted from keeping Normal Cost unfairly low. It’s time for them to share in the pain being suffered by citizens.
Yea, and it's a shame it has to come to this.  A LOT OF PEOPLE will be impoverished.

The Arrogance of Blue America

I'm not sure how or exactly when it happened.  I suspect it started during the Vietnam War when the Left who were voted into office caused the death of untold numbers of South Vietnamese.  They were voted into office to get us out of the unpopular Vietnam War.  But the slow trickle in of more and more Leftists (as opposed to the classical liberal) slowly morphed the Democratic Party into the evil disgusting American-Hating group that they are.

This opened the door even wider allowing more Leftists/Socialists to be voted into office.  I knew 30 years ago the Left didn't give a fig about the poor. Only the Right cares.  The Right wants ALL GROUPS of people to flourish.

But, for the Left, it's all about Idiology.  IF you don't conform....you are dead.  You are not human. That's the level of hatred and digust they have for "unbelievers".

From the Daily Beast:
Ironically, many of the most exploited people reside in blue states and cities. Both segregation and impoverishment has worsened during the decades-long urban “comeback,” as even longtime urban enthusiast Richard Florida now notes. Chicago, with its soaring crime rates and middle class out-migration, amidst a wave of elite corporate relocations, epitomizes the increasingly unequal tenor of blue societies.

In contrast the most egalitarian places, like Utah, tend to be largely Trump-friendly. Among the 10 states (and D.C.) with the most income inequality, seven supported Clinton in 2016, while seven of the 10 most equal states supported Trump.

If you want to see worst impacts of blue policies, go to those red regions—like upstate New York—controlled by the blue bourgeoise. Backwaters like these tend to be treated at best as a recreational colony that otherwise can depopulate, deindustrialize, and in general fall apart. In California, much of the poorer interior is being left to rot by policies imposed by a Bay Area regime hostile to suburban development, industrial growth, and large scale agriculture. Policies that boost energy prices 50 percent above neighboring states are more deeply felt in regions that compete with Texas or Arizona and are also far more dependent on air conditioning than affluent, temperate San Francisco or Malibu. Six of the 10 highest unemployment rates among the country’s metropolitan areas are in the state’s interior.

CO2 fertilization greening the Earth

This is not my first article on the wonderful benefits of CO2 increases.

This one is from Phys.org:
"We were able to tie the greening largely to the fertilizing effect of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration by tasking several computer models to mimic plant growth observed in the satellite data," says co-author Prof. Ranga Myneni of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, USA. Burning oil, gas, coal and wood for energy releases CO2 in to the air. The amount of CO2 in the air has been increasing since the industrial age and currently stands at a level not seen in at least half-a-million years. It is the chief culprit of climate change.

I love that shot - most likely added by the brainwashed editor -  "chief culprit".  Loser.