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Economics / Age And Unemployment Benefits
« Last post by mrclose on Today at 02:13:38 AM »
I have a friend who is losing her employment because her company is going out of business, here in Virginia.
A major grocery chain that she has worked at for over twenty-five years.

My friend is in her 70's and will probably find it impossible to find employment .. due to her age after her store closes.
(The 'unspoken', "Too old" problem that a lot of senior citizens encounter)

My friend would like to collect unemployment but at the same time prepare to move into retirement.

Most states require that you actively seek employment when collecting benefits 'If' you are able bodied and are willing to take a job.
At 77 years of age my friend just doesn't have the energy to go through the job market anymore.

My question: Should my friend forget about applying for unemployment benefits or to put it another way ... would they turn her down anyway for not being "able bodied" due to age?

She is not looking for a handout, just help for the short term as she adjusts to never working again after all these years.
(In other words, she is going to take a really big hit on her financial situation)

I can't find any information on UE benefits and age on the Virginia sites!


by Anna Giaritelli | May 23, 2017

Hannity now says he will no longer talk about Seth Rich

Hours after Sean Hannity said he would not back down from sharing conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, the Fox News host announced he will no longer discuss the unsolved death.

"I totally and completely understand how upset and how hard this is on this family, especially over the recent coverage of Seth's death. I've been communicating with them. I got a very heartfelt note. I also sent them a heartfelt note back," Hannity said on his show late Tuesday.

"Out of respect for the family's wishes for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time. Let me explain this. There are so many issues here, not the least of which is the Democratic push of their Russian narrative, collusion, Trump, Trump-Russia narrative. The destroy-Trump media and Democrats, they have been pushing that tinfoil hat conspiracy with zero evidence," Hannity added.

Hannity vowed to pick up the issue at a later date if appropriate.

 May 23, 2017

Is Sean Hannity Leaving Fox News? Network Retracts His Story, Ratings Down, Hannity Teases in Tweet

Something is up with Sean Hannity and Fox News.

Today, Fox News retracted Hannity’s story about late DNC employee Seth Rich being the WikiLeaks leaker. This was after a public outcry against Hannity and a plea from Rich’s family to stop it. Hannity is basing his accusation on posts from right wing blogger Kim Dotcom.

In the last 2o minutes, Hannity has teased on Twitter that news is coming about his future at Fox News. This is after a day of Tweets back and forth about the Rich-Dotcom situation.

Hannity posted: “Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!”

That was just 40 minutes after Hannity posted this: “I said publicly over and over to the Rich Family they are in my thoughts and prayers. I m trying to find the truth as the Mom Dad bro asked”

On, the following statement went up this afternoon. It’s a direct rebuke of Hannity’s story:
“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.

We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”

Fox News ratings have been plummeting. The prime time schedule is being beaten handily by MSNBC. There’s a definite feeling that with the ouster and death of Roger Ailes, the firing of Bill O’Reilly, the firing of Bob Beckel, the racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits, and the obvious Nixonian moves by the Trump White House, something has changed.

Will Hannity be next? Or will he be announcing that he’s digging in deeper? Never in my decade at Fox News would I have foreseen the collapse of what was a broadcasting empire. Stay tuned…

This is very important. John Podhoretz, renowned conservative, has called Hannity “pond scum” today on Twitter. He’s written a very critical piece about Hannity.

The DUmpster / Re: Trump admin leaked the name of the Manchester bomber
« Last post by 98ZJUSMC on Today at 01:27:30 AM »
Star Member rzemanfl (15,541 posts)
7. WTF? Every damn day it is WTF?

I know, you drooling infants.  You should knock off the self-inflicted mental retardation, but you won't and please don't. 

It's too damn funny.
The DUmpster / Re: Caught with two ounces of Pot?!?
« Last post by BattleHymn on May 23, 2017, 11:58:14 PM »
Why do you think they call it dope???
General Discussion / Young Republicans ditching GOP like never before
« Last post by HAPPY2BME on May 23, 2017, 11:52:18 PM »
by Kristen Soltis Anderson | May 24, 2017

Time to panic? Young Republicans ditching GOP like never before

Another day, another piece of news about the Republican Party's continued problems with young voters. Generally, bad news for Republicans with this group isn't shocking. But a new study shows that the slow bleeding that has occurred for more than a decade has seemingly accelerated, with half of the young Republicans who remain having wandered away from the party in the last 14 months.

Now, an incredible new study by the Pew Research Center shows that Republicans are not only failing to make gains with young people as time passes but are also shedding them at a rapid clip.

In the relatively short time frame of December 2015 to March 2017, nearly half of all young Republicans left their party at some point, with roughly a quarter bidding the GOP adieu for good.

No other group, by age or party, wavered so much or defected in such substantial numbers.

General Discussion / Here Are The 66 Programs That Trump's Budget Eliminates
« Last post by HAPPY2BME on May 23, 2017, 11:42:01 PM »
May 23, 2017

As The Hill reports, some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan.

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion.

Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block...

Agriculture Department — $855 million

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education

Business-Cooperative Service

Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account

Single Family Housing Direct Loans

Commerce Department — $633 million

Economic Development Administration

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Minority Business Development Agency

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education

Education Department — $4.976 billion

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property

International Education

Strengthening Institutions

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

Teacher Quality Partnership

Energy Department — $398 million

Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy

Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program and Title 17 Innovative

Technology Loan Guarantee Program

Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

Health and Human Services — $4.834 billion

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Community Services Block Grant

Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Homeland Security — $235 million

Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Grants

Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion

Choice Neighborhoods

Community Development Block

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account

Interior Department — $122 million

Abandoned Mine Land Grants

Heritage Partnership Program

National Wildlife Refuge Fund

Justice Department — $210 million

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

Labor Department — $527 million

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training

Senior Community Service Employment Program

State Department and USAID — $4.256 billion

Development Assistance

Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations

The Asia Foundation

East-West Center

P.L. 480 Title II Food Aid

State Department, USAID, and Treasury Department — $1.59 billion

Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative

Transportation Department — $499 million

National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER)

Treasury Department — $43 million

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

Environmental Protection Agency — $493 million

Energy Star and Voluntary Climate Programs

Geographic Programs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration — $269 million

Five Earth Science Missions

Office of Education

Other Independent Agencies — $2.683 billion

Chemical Safety Board

Corporation for National and Community Service

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Institute of Museum and Library Services

International Development Foundations

African Development Foundation

Inter-American Foundation

Legal Services Corporation

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Regional Commissions

Appalachian Regional Commission

Delta Regional Authority

Denali Commission

Northern Border Regional Commission

U.S. Institute of Peace

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The DUmpster / Re: Trump admin leaked the name of the Manchester bomber
« Last post by SVPete on May 23, 2017, 11:29:15 PM »
Wow! Are even Taylor & Mesch that loony-toony?!
The DUmpster / Re: Caught with two ounces of Pot?!?
« Last post by freedumb2003b on May 23, 2017, 11:07:53 PM »
Also, I wonder if he "just" had the baggie, and if any paraphernalia included scales or baggies.  If so, he might get possession with intent to sell, a distribution charge, or possibly even trafficking. 

Don't deal drugs, kids.  :stoner: :stoner: :stoner: :stoner: :rofl:

Why do you think they call it dope???
The DUmpster / Re: Caught with two ounces of Pot?!?
« Last post by BattleHymn on May 23, 2017, 10:57:23 PM »
Also, I wonder if he "just" had the baggie, and if any paraphernalia included scales or baggies.  If so, he might get possession with intent to sell, a distribution charge, or possibly even trafficking. 

Don't deal drugs, kids.  :stoner: :stoner: :stoner: :stoner: :rofl:
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