H.R.6867 - Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008

To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. view all titles (6)

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  • Official: To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. as introduced.
  • Popular: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as passed house.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as enacted.

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  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:23pm

    Well…well…well and it has come to this. Like much commonsensical wisdom it purports to explain a pattern of negative human behavior that seems to occur over and over again and whose very reoccurrence gives it the ring of truth. Your mindless dispositions are passed on to one another like a infected host mutating uncontrollably. However, if we dig deeper and place it in a social context, what is revealed is the secret of the misery-making-matrix; namely, once people have internalized the artificial poison construct that their misery is inevitable, they are doomed to a life of despair. Accordingly, we surround ourselves with those who have come to the same conclusion, so as to reinforce their acceptance of the chains of consensus reality with the weight of mutual acquiescence. What I have called mutual acquiescence is the polar opposite of the anarchist concept of mutual aid in that it paralyzes revolutionary action rather than facilitating it. Why bother trying to change things, people cynically say to each other, hopeless. They fear and ridicule those rebels who refuse a life of misery, and attempt to socialize their children to accept misery as their lot in life or even as the very price of being human. Those parents who instill an unquestioning acceptance of the status quo into the next generation do so not only as a conscious means of attempting to insure their offspring survival in “the real world,” but as an unconscious way of normalizing their own condition of resignation. At best, using this logic, they teach their own how to individually manipulate or circumvent the system of misery that is presented to them as a given rather than how to overthrow it by taking direct action toward the creation of a new reality or a world of new realities. The process of the accumulation and distribution of misery creates the oppressive regime of everyday reality that governs our daily lives and is mediated by a constant barrage of both homespun sayings like “misery loves company” and the spectacular messages and amusements that constitute the incessant drumming of the As Is. In essence then, what surrealists refer to as miserabilism is a system which not only creates misery, but convinces us that misery is the only possible reality. A dull Panglossian “best of all possible worlds” replaces the potential excitement of knowing that all worlds are possible. Anarchists, who find an affinity with surrealisms critique of misery, seek to erase the artificial dichotomy between dream and reality as a subversive act. Surrealists, in assisting the process by which the imaginary becomes real, decry the commodification of our dreams into political party branding and consumer fantasies of plasma screen televisions and eternally perfect bodies. We are outraged that our desires are carved into market niches and sold back to us in the form of lifestyles, gadgets and products. Social revolution? Why resist domination when the seductive voice of (too) late capitalism presents us with the impoverished idea that we can change the world by our consumer choices. In this regard, we are repeatedly propagandized to shop our way out of our alienation dollar by dollar literally buying into a market system that requires only “conscious” consumption to purchase a smiley-faced revolution at the cash register. Even our most revolutionary dreams are given price tags and rung up for sale. Survival in this system of miserabilism is based on coping. Your minds have been so colonized by your useless truthless blogging and the unofficial dictatorship of marketlessness unprofitability that we are mired in the endless maze of manufactured reality. The birds eye view that might offer a visionary perspective on our situation is absent. We cope in the present so that we can better cope in the future. Even for those who see the need for fundamental change, the long march through the institutions of the bureaucratic capitalist state is seen as the only “realistic” strategy. Yet what if you could set a new course “as the crow flies.” It is no accident that human beings all over the earth dream of better employment. The question is how to translate the aerial insights gained from those employed dreams into direct action in order to liberate ourselves from the oppressive yoke of civilization. The crow in flight laughs at “you” because you can not get there from here” miserabilism that is characteristic of the fenced-in settler mentality. I point to the aforementioned coping as a symptom of colonization. In seeking to get beyond coping and to develop a theory of what he calls “anarcho-indigenism,” one may ask the question, what prevents us from decolonizing our minds? Interestingly enough from a surrealist perspective, I point to the atrophied power of the imagination as a key impediment to decolonization. One may explain, “You as a collective, unmotivated group have lost our ability to dream our new selves and a new world into existence. We have mistakenly accepted the resolution to our problems that is designed by people who would have us move out of our rusty old colonial cages and right back into a shiny new prison of coping defined by managed fears and deadened emotional capacities.” In the process of liberating the land from the continually grasping claws of the colonial system, One calls for the creation of an “indigenous warrior ethic” based upon emancipating the occupied territory of the mind. If you aspire to be dream warriors, you must recognize that you as a group, have all been colonized by the hegemony of civilization both unemployed squatters and indigenous people, though not in like manner. Though this colonization is experienced differently, and is predicated on unequal access to privilege, your less than envious existence has cut deeply into all of our psyches, in effect, threatening to lobotomize your our ability to dream. For surrealists, the ultimate revolutionary goal of realizing poetry in everyday life is very much about regenerating the bedrock primal connection between dream and reality that has been eroded by the same miserabilist system of your existence that has stolen the job from beneath indigenous feet. From an anarcho-surrealist perspective, moving toward a world of employment in which we can all lead more poetic lives involves restoring the insurrectionary power of the imagination and unleashing it to create an anarchy that is not afraid to dream.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:23pm
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    Well of course Michigan will be high.
    People all over are unemployed, that means no money to buy cars and thats what Michigan does of course!

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:26pm
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    THE REPUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBLICANS ARE AGAINST THE EXTENSIONS AGAIN!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:26pm
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    Can anyone tell me if the bill passed yet?

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:27pm

    Enough of this sickness on this board. I have posted off and on since the last fight and OOT,Jackie and now Kim are all some sick people. In fact I actually do believe the posts saying it is 1 person. I have read the forums long enough to know at one time OOT claimed to be a girl. Jackie then popped up and OOT started posting as a man his true identity? And yeah I have worked around technology enough to know asking for email addresses on a open forum is very shady.

    And now seeing the other threats and general lies about why is showing this for what it really is. This is a scam and looks like a half assed attempt to do ID theft. Don’t send these people any emails and also don’t feel sorry for Jackie because that is just OOT. And all these f’ing RV stories and everthing else is just for you to lower your guard. OOT is beyond low and must be in bad shape himself to try and defraud the unemployed.

    Now reading his posts it is quite clear how sick he is and what he has been doing this whole time and his desperate need to keep this forum going. I call on the mods to block his access to this site or he might end up bringing this whole site down for the fraud he is attempting to perpetrate. Let us get back to the discussion on hand and if his access is denied then this site will calm down and get back on track. And OOT feel free to do whatever you want to. I’m out in CA come and get me but you better be armed fool.

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  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:30pm
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    There is something to be said about Silence…That will ultimately never be intelligently stated or articulated within the framework of this useless forum of utter non- sense!*

    Silence is golden according to the situation.
    But if a law is being broken, its not a good idea to turn your back to it!

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:31pm
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    “Putting Something Over”

    Pulling the wool over someone’s eyes and putting something over on someone describe the behaviors of conniving, manipulative, destructive narcissists. These people are dedicated to taking advantage of others in any way possible in their search for reassurance of their superiority. They revel in their successes and can become very angry and hurt if you suggest that there is anything wrong in the tactics they use to achieve their goals. They, of course, can do no wrong, and if they use what you are terming as unfair tactics, it is only because that is what everyone else is doing, and therefore they are justified in using these tactics.
    Loving the Self-Absorbed: How to Create a More Satisfying Relationship with a Narcissistic Partner, Nina W. Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, page 120.

  • MMM 09/15/2008 3:37pm

    Unemployment insurance is intended to provide a temporary benefit sufficient to satisfy the basic needs of workers who have demonstrated an attachment to the workforce and who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance was not intended to guarantee an employee’s standard of living during periods of unemployment.
    In 1995, then-Gov. John Engler signed Public Act 25 into law, significantly reforming Michigan’s UI law and bringing benefit payments more in line with other states. Specifically, the law lowered the weekly benefit amount by three percentage points from 70 percent to 67 percent of after-tax earnings, and removed a 1981 provision that allowed the maximum weekly benefit to increase regardless of the UI trust fund solvency. The law increased the maximum weekly benefit rate from $293 to $300 and provided that further increases require legislative approval.

    States are free to determine the eligibility criteria and the level of benefits payable. Michigan requires that a UI applicant show a reasonable prior attachment to the workplace to be eligible for UI benefits. To receive weekly benefits, Michigan requires applicants to be unemployed, have high quarter wages of 388.06 times the state minimum hourly wage, and base period wages 1.5 times the high quarter wages.

    The high quarter wage requirement is:

    $1,998 for benefit years beginning prior to 4/1/2007
    $2,697 for benefit years beginning 4/1/2007 through 1/5/2008
    $2,774 bor benefit years beginning 1/6/2008 through 1/3/2009
    $2,871 for benefit years beginning on or after 1/4/2009

    Applicants must certify that they are able, available and seeking full-time work. Employees who quit a job or are discharged for work-connected misconduct are disqualified from receiving benefits. However, disqualified workers can requalify for benefits by obtaining new employment.

    Unemployed workers now receive 4.1 percent of high quarter earnings plus $6 per dependent (limited to five) up to $362. An unemployed worker can collect up to 26 weeks of benefits during a 52-week benefit year. During periods of high unemployment, unemployed workers may become eligible for an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits.

    Today, the UIA pays out about $1.7 billion a year in regular UI benefits

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 3:49pm
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    Most of those unemployed in Michigan worked in the Auto industry. When they were getting $37-$47 per hour most in the USA got only $16 per hour..they should of saved knowing this can happen at any time.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 4:07pm

    I WANTED TO POST THIS AGAIN SO OOT DOES NOT BURY IT WITH SPAM. HEY MODS DO YOUR JOB OK?

    Enough of this sickness on this board. I have posted off and on since the last fight and OOT,Jackie and now Kim are all some sick people. In fact I actually do believe the posts saying it is 1 person. I have read the forums long enough to know at one time OOT claimed to be a girl. Jackie then popped up and OOT started posting as a man his true identity? And yeah I have worked around technology enough to know asking for email addresses on a open forum is very shady.

    And now seeing the other threats and general lies about why is showing this for what it really is. This is a scam and looks like a half assed attempt to do ID theft. Don’t send these people any emails and also don’t feel sorry for Jackie because that is just OOT. And all these f’ing RV stories and everthing else is just for you to lower your guard. OOT is beyond low and must be in bad shape himself to try and defraud the unemployed.

    Now reading his posts it is quite clear how sick he is and what he has been doing this whole time and his desperate need to keep this forum going. I call on the mods to block his access to this site or he might end up bringing this whole site down for the fraud he is attempting to perpetrate. Let us get back to the discussion on hand and if his access is denied then this site will calm down and get back on track. And OOT feel free to do whatever you want to. I’m out in CA come and get me but you better be armed fool.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 4:19pm
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    Michigan is a joke. They have a state extension but have not opened it. They did in 2001 why not now. Levin just wants to get re elected. Grandholm is out so she could care less. Michigan needs to shut the hell up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whats with all the bickering on here, Kinda surprised with OOT, seemed like an independent guy, wierd.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 4:21pm
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    I completely agree with the above poster, well said!

    Someone please help me filter the long posts above.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 4:35pm
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    The big union workers with high wages is the small maybe 5% of the unemployed. The suppiers around the state with top wage maybe 13.00 and hour is the majority of the unemployed here. We have alot of contractors out of work , no building going and this affects alot of people.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 4:36pm
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    suppliers , sorry..

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:03pm
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    no…sorry suppliers…

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:10pm
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    OOT tried to get me to go swimming with him so he could steal my underwear, that is wierd,.

  • outoftime 09/15/2008 5:12pm
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    Now I will Say this one time, and one time only.

    POSTING PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT SOMEONE, THAT GAVE THAT INFORMATION IN CONFIDENCE IN AN EMAIL TO A SUPPOSED FRIEND IS THE WORST THING THAT ANYONE CAN DO ON THE INTERNET FOR ANY REASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Are you happy now Jackie? What happened to your spirituality?

    I’m really sorry that this happened here everyone.

    Say what you want to troll. I don’t really give a fuck anymore.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:19pm

    Posting this again, important for the moderators to see it:

    “Enough of this sickness on this board. I have posted off and on since the last fight and OOT,Jackie and now Kim are all some sick people. In fact I actually do believe the posts saying it is 1 person. I have read the forums long enough to know at one time OOT claimed to be a girl. Jackie then popped up and OOT started posting as a man his true identity? And yeah I have worked around technology enough to know asking for email addresses on a open forum is very shady.”

    And now seeing the other threats and general lies about why is showing this for what it really is. This is a scam and looks like a half assed attempt to do ID theft. Don’t send these people any emails and also don’t feel sorry for Jackie because that is just OOT. And all these f’ing RV stories and everthing else is just for you to lower your guard. OOT is beyond low and must be in bad shape himself to try and defraud the unemployed.

    Now reading his posts it is quite clear how sick he is and what he has been doing this whole time and his desperate need to keep this forum going. I call on the mods to block his access to this site or he might end up bringing this whole site down for the fraud he is attempting to perpetrate. Let us get back to the discussion on hand and if his access is denied then this site will calm down and get back on track. And OOT feel free to do whatever you want to. I’m out in CA come and get me but you better be armed fool."

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:24pm
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    Why would OOT want to steal underwear? Did he hang them from the rear view mirror? Don’t tell me they were granny panties . that would block his vision,,

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:28pm
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    I worked at the same place for 13 years and the very few times I mentioned anything about my personal life( maybe 3 times) it was repeated and blown out of proportion. Why would anyone want to give any personal information on a web site? Sorry Jackie but you screwed up.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:28pm

    Posting this again, important for the moderators to see it and OOT keeps signing in his poster names and filtering:

    “Enough of this sickness on this board. I have posted off and on since the last fight and OOT,Jackie and now Kim are all some sick people. In fact I actually do believe the posts saying it is 1 person. I have read the forums long enough to know at one time OOT claimed to be a girl. Jackie then popped up and OOT started posting as a man his true identity? And yeah I have worked around technology enough to know asking for email addresses on a open forum is very shady.”

    And now seeing the other threats and general lies about why is showing this for what it really is. This is a scam and looks like a half assed attempt to do ID theft. Don’t send these people any emails and also don’t feel sorry for Jackie because that is just OOT. And all these f’ing RV stories and everthing else is just for you to lower your guard. OOT is beyond low and must be in bad shape himself to try and defraud the unemployed.

    Now reading his posts it is quite clear how sick he is and what he has been doing this whole time and his desperate need to keep this forum going. I call on the mods to block his access to this site or he might end up bringing this whole site down for the fraud he is attempting to perpetrate. Let us get back to the discussion on hand and if his access is denied then this site will calm down and get back on track. And OOT feel free to do whatever you want to. I’m out in CA come and get me but you better be armed fool.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:30pm
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    Thats nice the mods filter comments by people looking out for the complete fraud and personal exchanges pointed out by numerous posters but I see OOT is still posting away. Talking about religion and cursing in the same breath. Just filter those comments mods no one wants OOT or Jackie or Kim posting here. Then the other posts would not even be necessary.

    And hey OOT its more than 1 person posting unlike you. A lot of people have had enough of the attention seeking. Thought you were going to live in a RV and stop posting. Do it.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:31pm
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    Jackie didn’t screw up OOT did. He begged for money and expected her to pay his bills. When he didn’t get cash, he slimed her.

    OOT was ripping her off.

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    Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:38pm
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    You believe everything you read. They/it are liars.

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    Anonymous 09/15/2008 6:08pm
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    No! I made the offer – He did Not ask me I offered. I posted that earlier. He did not beg for money. I felt sorry
    and I was in a postion to help.

    Please drop this.
    I will leave.
    I dont like being threatend and I can take a hint. My characture is being attacked also. And I am defending that character.
    But I will never apologize for offering to help. I may regret the offer in hindsight but I wont apologize for it.

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    Anonymous 09/15/2008 6:12pm
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    Why would you be posting all this and care what a bunch of strangers think anyway? You have proven yourself a liar which is why your character or lack of one is being attacked and yes please go away now.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:33pm
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    OOT is freakin’

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:36pm
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    I think OOt likes skid marks ha ha ha ah ahh

  • Anonymous 09/15/2008 5:37pm
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    They are the same person. OOT/Jackie. Wake up they or it is trying to actually PLAY you for money ban them both from this board and stop all this nonsense. Thats why they invented email and IM. Let them deal with their problems there but they won’t because it is one big scam.


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