Electronics company shuts down, points to Trump tariffs as the reason.

By | 2018-08-08T14:15:02+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

This is only the beginning of the fallout from these tariffs.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Element Electronics, a consumer electronics company in South Carolina, says it will be closing its plant in Winnsboro due to tariffs imposed by President Trump.

The State reported Tuesday that the company was one of the largest remaining employers in Fairfield County after the local Walmart, which used to be the largest grocery store in the county, closed its doors two years ago.

The news also comes after plans were canceled to build two nuclear reactors in the area, terminating 5,000 construction jobs.
“When you think you’ve reached rock bottom, to get kicked in the gut like this, you didn’t think anything more could happen,” state Sen. Mike Fanning (D) said of Element’s announcement to the local paper. “Within 365 days, you just get rocked to your core.”

Element said “the layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro,” in a letter to the state’s Department of Employment and Workforce obtained by the local paper.

The company hopes to reopen at some point but cannot predict when that might be if indeed it proves feasible. 

Over a hundred employees will be laid off starting in October.

This is what happens when a country elects a president who has no fucking idea how the economy works, nor, to be honest, even really cares. 

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Celebrities Followed By Ivanka Trump On Instagram Send Her A Scathing Message
    “End these racist, inhumane and unconscionable abuses now!”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-ivanka-trump-instagram-amy-schumer_us_5b6a93e3e4b0b15abaa85af2

    • anon August 8, 2018 at 7:52 am

      paolamendozaDear @ivankatrump,
      You don’t follow me on Instagram but I feel compelled to tell you something. You said family separation was a “low point” for you. The low point is for the separated families. You spoke in past tense. This crisis is ongoing. As of now 572 children have not been reunited. A child has died after separation. Approximately 400 parents have been deported without their children. There have been multiple claims of sexual and physical abuse in detention. There have been psychotropic drugs administered to children in detention without parental consent. These abuses have occurred on your father’s watch and under the leadership of Secretary Nielsen. End these racist, inhumane and unconscionable abuses now! WE DEMAND YOU CALL FOR THE RESIGNATION OF SECRETARY NIELSEN! Go to link in bio to call for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. #FamiliesBelongTogether #DearIvanka

  2. Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Called Out On His Own Website Over Alex Jones Decision

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jack-dorsey-alex-jones-response-slammed_us_5b6a9128e4b0de86f4a68d23

    • anon August 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

      ” Alex Jones would remain on the platform since the Infowars host “hasn’t violated OUR rules.” “Dorsey said it’s not up to Twitter to disown him. It’s on everyone else. ” ““It’s critical journalists document, validate and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions,” “This is what serves the public conversation best.”

      ‘Soooo… you’re passing off the responsibility to journalists? This is your forum!’ ‘don’t put this on US’ ‘How DARE you put the onus on journalists when you refuse to take any action? “If journalists did a better job maybe Alex Jones wouldn’t be a thing” is the insinuation here. It’s insulting to journalists who disprove this crap every day while you refuse to do anything to stop this’ ‘Translation: “I am totally abdicating all responsibility here and relying on journalists to police my website because I am gutless.” -@jack
      ‘if @jack and his fellow doormats here can get through the week without banning Alex Jones they have a shot at getting away with it. don’t let them. bug them till they do one defensible fucking thing’
      ‘Bullshit. I’ve been suspended for using an expletive and once for telling someone he was the character in a Harriet Beecher Stowe novel. Your narrative that Alex Jones hasn’t violated your TOS is not only utterly ridiculous, it’s a lie.’
      ‘Hound the dog$’

    • Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 8:06 am

      What they’re saying: Outrage over Twitter’s refusal to remove Alex Jones

      https://www.axios.com/alex-jones-infowars-twitter-jack-dorsey-criticism-ea96d746-a644-46a6-85b9-23b00b27dd8e.html

    • Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

      –The parents of murdered kindergartners have had to move dozens of times because Alex Jones uses *your platform* to distribute doxing videos. And you say he hasn’t voilated your terms.

      That’s monstrous behavior from you both.

      –Twitter has a choice.

      They can act with Facebook, YouTube and Apple and ALSO ban Alex Jones.

      Or they can do nothing. Which will devastate all the work Twitter has done to combat hate speech on their platform.

      The world is watching, @jack. Don’t undermine the work you’ve done.

      https://twitter.com/search?q=Jack%20Dorsey%20alex%20jones&src=tyah

    • Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Twitter moves right as CEO consults Hannity, meets Cruz and Norquist, and keeps Alex Jones

      Although Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey describes himself as “left leaning”, he is making a major effort to cater to right-wing politicians and commentators. He has consulted Sean Hannity, he met in June with Ted Cruz, Grover Norquist, and other conservatives as part of “an olive branch” to the right wing, and he promised them to look into the alleged liberal bias of the Twitter Moments feature.

      Yesterday Dorsey one-upped himself. Despite Facebook, Apple, Spotify, YouTube, MailChimp and others banning right-wing conspiracy-monger Alex Jones for promoting hate speech and violence, Dorsey refused to suspend Jones or his publication Infowars, and defended this decision in a tweet that said “he hasn’t violated our rules”. (Apparently Twitter’s rules allow Jones to call Robert Mueller a pedophile and mimic shooting him.) Dorsey went on to write that it was the responsibility of journalists to police Jones’s account for accuracy and fairness.

      Despite Dorsey’s decision, some Twitter users are campaigning to have Jones banished from Twitter, using the hashtag #banalexjonesnow. Emily Horne, a former communications director at Twitter, tweeted:

      https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/8/1786706/-Twitter-moves-right-as-CEO-consults-Hannity-meets-Cruz-and-Norquist-and-keeps-Alex-Jones

    • ANONYMOUS August 8, 2018 at 11:51 am
  3. Anon August 8, 2018 at 8:20 am

    “In Kansas, Finney County had to shut down its election network and its entire county computer network after a malware attack launched via a phishing email with a bad link, two county officials told Axios following Vice President Mike 666Pence’s remarks on the incident last week.

    Why it matters: This complete shutdown shows the disruptive power that a single email with a bad attachment or link can have, even if only one person clicks on it and even if the malware doesn’t lead to any stolen information. And Finney County doesn’t think its the only target of this kind of phishing and malware attack.

    The big picture: Other agencies have said they experienced similar email targeting before the Kansas attack, Finney County communication specialist Sara McClure told Axios.

    The impact: The malware versions that are believed to be launched in this case, Emotet and TrickBot, are designed to pilfer information.

    “To date there are no indications that any citizen’s personal information was impacted nor any evidence that the malware has spread to other networks,” a DHS official told Axios.
    This kind of attack could interrupt voting if it were to happen closer to, or on the day of, an election.
    The county shut off the networks on July 12 to prevent employee access to internet and email, and began cleaning computers in part to get rid of the malware, whether devices were believed to be infected or not. The networks were back up the next day.

    Finney County has since increased and enhanced its antivirus package, which originally caught the incident. It now has mandated training on clicking links and attachments in emails, and has increased email security to quarantine attachments that may be unexpected or suspicious.
    Details:

    The email that launched the malware came from what appeared to be a real person, but someone who was outside the Finney network, according to McClure. The county does not know the source of the email and was unable to say who clicked on the link.
    Kansas’ secretary of state’s office called in the Department of Homeland Security to work with the county in its response. A DHS official said there is no evidence the issue had spread.”

  4. ANONYMOUS August 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

    OT?
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/terrified-republican-gop-strategist-explains-big-problem-ohio-special-election/

    ““In the battleground state of Ohio — in a race that was not supposed to be close — Republican Troy Balderson narrowly led Democrat Danny O’Connor in the special election for the 12th congressional district seat,” Ruhle noted.

    “A district solidly red for more than 30 years,” she added. “The numbers are so close the race could be headed for a recount.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/kansas-secretary-state-kris-kobach-can-legally-oversee-recount-race-governor/

    ” Carmichael explained. “He is the state’s chief election officer and there’s an inherent conflict of interest in that, but that’s the way the statute is written.”

  5. anon August 8, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What is going on?
    “”Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”
    tweeted elon

    https://thinkprogress.org/worlds-biggest-oil-exporter-bets-2-billion-on-electric-cars-e7889388523a/

  6. anonymous August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    https://www.vox.com/2018/8/8/17664580/persuasive-technology-psychology

    ““a weapon against children.” “hidden manipulation techniques” aka ‘sub·lim·i·nal ad·ver·tis·ing
    the use by advertisers of images and sounds to influence consumers’ responses without their being conscious of it.”
    “The formula is that in order to have behavioral change, you need motivation, ability, and triggers.”
    “Big tech now employs mental health experts to use persuasive technology, a new field of research that looks at how computers can change the way humans think and act. This technique, also known as persuasive design, is built into thousands of games and apps, and companies like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft rely on it to encourage specific human behavior starting from a very young age.”

    https://screentimenetwork.org/apa?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=5026ccf8-74e2-4f10-bc0e-d83dc030c894

  7. Anonymous August 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/08/china-to-slap-additional-tariffs-on-16-billion-of-u-s-goods.html

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world’s largest economies escalated their trade dispute.

    The tariffs will be activated on Aug. 23

  8. Randall August 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Well them folks better git out and plant some soybeans…

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