Retail Tidal Wave Speeds Up 3-30-2019

The debate over whether the debt soaked US Economy is headed for a recession/depression is over as far as I am concerned. The stock market is a feeble indicator of the actual state of the real economy, or what is called “main street.” Using any criteria you want to, inventory build up, store closings, massive debt from credit cards, home loans, student debt, car loans etc, it is clear the real American economy is in much worse shape than the media cheerleaders are saying. The link below indicates store closings, and layoffs are now speeding up.

https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-stores-closing-list-2019-3

  • Walmart is closing 11 stores in the US.

  • The closing stores include one Walmart Supercenter in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Arizona, California, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

  • The closing date for most of the affected stores is April 19, according to employees of those stores, who confirmed the closings to Business Insider.

    Walmart representatives had previously confirmed the closings to various local media outlets but did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

    Walmart Neighborhood Markets are about one-fifth the size of a Walmart Supercenter, and they are typically in areas that are more than where Supercenters are located. These stores focus primarily on selling groceries.

  • Here is another link to ponder.
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/retail-apocalypse-jcpenney-payless-lifeway-announce-3-000-combined-store-n988756
  • Retail apocalypse? JCPenney, Payless, LifeWay announce 3,000+ combined store closures

    “In the post-digital era, only the strong will survive. Darwin would love this,” said one retail analyst.

    By Michael Cappetta

    More than 41,000 people have lost their jobs in the retail industry so far this year — a 92 percent spike in layoffs since the same time last year, according to a new report.

    And the layoffs continue to mount, with JCPenney announcing this week it would be closing 18 stores in addition to three previously announced closures, as part of a “standard annual review.”

    Retail job cuts for January and February total 41,201, said research firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas in a new survey, including nationwide retailers such as Payless and Charlotte Russe.

    “This is significant, and marks an acceleration of store closures and job cuts in the near term,” said Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst at Bankrate. “Retail is ground zero for seeing the shifts of change in our lives.”

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The Kings of the South: The Chinese threat 3-29-2019

I take the statement that the “coastlands,” will be destroyed in one hour to be accurate. Further, the world is now headed for World War Three in my opinion. We had a taste of that last month when India and Pakistan came close to a nuclear exchange over Kashmir. Eventually, nukes are going to be used, by somebody, somewhere, and for whatever reason. It is only a matter of time. Carpe Diem, amigos. The first link below highlights a threat that I have been writing about going back all the way to my GoldEagle writings in the 1990’s. It is that China will use nuclear missiles hidden in cargo containers to launch a first strike on the USA. China clearly intends to do this, and has been taking various steps over the last two decades at least to make this threat operational. The link below tells me they are now moving to develop this first strike ability.

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/03/29/china-develops-cruise-missile-launches-cargo-ships/

China Develops Cruise Missile that Launches from Cargo Ships

According to U.S. defense officials quoted by the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday, China is developing a long-range cruise missile that can be hidden inside shipping containers and launched from civilian freighters, a type of ship China happens to own in abundance.

The missile is described as the land-attack version of a high-end anti-ship missile called the YJ-18C. This Chinese anti-ship missile is, in turn, a variation of a Russian system that could be disguised as a shipping container.

As the Free Beacon pointed out, the idea of turning cargo ships into missile launch platforms is not new, but it is especially worrisome in China’s case given its aggressive posture, the huge number of container ships it has access to, and its enthusiasm for buying up civilian port facilities as part of the Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative. Weapons disguised as shipping containers could be launched from civilian ports at military facilities, and could remain undiscovered for a very long time in storage.

“China operates or is building deep water ports in several strategic locations, including Bahamas, Panama, and Jamaica that could be used covertly to deploy ships carrying the YJ-18C,” the Free Beacon noted.

Analysts also feared China might pass its shipping-container missiles along to rogue-state clients such as North Korea and Iran.

Several of the experts quoted by the Free Beacon mentioned the possibility that the relatively short-range container-launched cruise missiles could be fitted with electromagnetic pulse (EMP) warheads, giving them the ability to disrupt electronic equipment and electric power within a few hundred miles of civilian ports and shipping lanes.

The next link talks about Chinese ownership of the Panama Canal, or at least the control it by a Chinese company. I firmly believe that China right now has fully operational “cargo container missiles,” aimed at the USA from its storage areas next to the Panama Canal. The Monroe Doctrine is dead. China is now taking over both Africa and South America. China is now preparing for war with the USA, including an opening salvo designed to unleash an EMP of vast damage to our computer and electric grid systems.

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-while-america-slept-china-gained-a-stranglehold-on-the/article_30203f97-8324-55f0-b878-351e945c2e1c.html

Decades have passed since tiny Panama ranked among Washington’s big national security concerns. The 1989 U.S. invasion notwithstanding, the two nations have enjoyed largely cordial relations since the Panama Canal handover in December 1999. A boom in canal transits that include two-thirds of cargo ships traveling to or from the United States helped keep Panama and its globally strategic canal well within the U.S. sphere of influence.

 

Until now.

 

Under President Donald Trump’s watch, Washington has stood idly as China rolled into Panama and established a major hemispheric foothold alongside a waterway essential to U.S. commerce and national security. Much as former President Jimmy Carter was blamed for negotiating the treaties that handed control of the U.S.-built canal to Panama, it was Trump who allowed China to sink its claws into this highly strategic asset.

This might not seem like a major issue for folks here in the Midwest, but the vast majority of commercial products and farm commodities traded by local farmers pass through the Panama Canal. Access to the canal is vital for U.S. military vessels, including nuclear submarines. Few waterways carry higher strategic importance for the United States, which is why the U.S. militarily occupied Panama for nearly a century.

 

China recognized that strategic importance long ago, but the Trump administration is only now waking up to what it might have lost. China has worked for years to bribe and cajole its way into the hearts of Latin American leaders to break the region’s longstanding recognition of Taiwan over mainland China.

Even though the United States withdrew recognition of Taiwan in 1979 in favor of China, it has pressed countries across Central America and South America not to recognize China. Panama, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala remained steadfast in their loyalty to Taiwan. But China slowly picked them off one by one, typically with multibillion-dollar loans and development aid that came replete with backroom deals that enriched officials while leaving their countries deeply in debt to Beijing.

Ecuador is now swimming in an unaffordable $19 billion debt to China, as The New York Times reported Dec. 24 — all for a dam that the country didn’t really need and can’t use because it was so shoddily constructed.

After decades of efforts by Republican and Democratic administrations to forge trade deals across Latin America, Washington turned away from the region and trade accords in general under Trump. China filled the void and has now become Latin America’s top trading partner.

Perhaps the most telling sign of China’s intentions was the travel schedule of Xi Jinping after he became president in 2013. His first visits to the hemisphere were not to the United States but rather to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Panama. By the time he met with Trump last year, China’s plan to supplant the United States in Latin America was well underway.

In August, Washington was shaken by news that El Salvador had withdrawn recognition of Taiwan in favor of China. The Dominican Republic did likewise only three months earlier. Panama did it in June 2017 — all without consulting the United States. John Feeley, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, resigned in protest at the Trump administration’s lack of attention. His replacement hasn’t been named.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has grown so concerned over China’s economic incursions, in September he recalled the top U.S. diplomats from Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala for “consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan.”

 

Too little, too late. Panama is currently wallowing in the attention and investment largesse showering down from China. Beijing funded construction of a new $1.4 billion bridge spanning the canal. Upon announcing the bridge deal in December, President Juan Carlos Varela declared, “Panama is moving ahead in its relations with China and without a doubt this project that begins its construction today is part of that message and trust between the two countries.” It was the day after Xi had paid his first visit to the country.

 

The two nations now are negotiating a free trade agreement, prompting Washington to warn Panama against committing itself to Beijing in ways that could violate the free trade accord Panama signed with President George W. Bush’s administration in 2007.

 

Chinese companies now operate ports at both the Pacific and Caribbean ends of the canal. Another reportedly is planning to build a cruise-ship port at a former U.S. Air Force base. The site also will sit atop a major telecommunications trunk line — perfect for monitoring international phone and internet traffic.

Varela planned to give China the choicest property on the Amador causeway — former home to U.S. admirals overlooking the canal’s Pacific end — for Beijing to build its new embassy, but after the plans were leaked to a reporter, the United States protested loudly and the deal was canceled. The location would have given China a prime monitoring post to track U.S. military vessels passing through the canal.

 

Given the disastrous results of Trump’s other forays into international relations, chances are strong that he’ll say or tweet something to drive Panama or other Latin American allies further toward Beijing’s warm embrace — an embrace that could become a stranglehold on a vital shipping lifeline for America.

Trump goes all out on Chicago corruption 3-28-2019

When Trump acts like the Trump of the campaign, I love him, and when he sells out on immigration, and the Clinton Crime Cabal, I don’t like him. From time to time he reminds me why I voted for him. The story below, well what is there not to like? Trump has pulled the pin out his grenade and just threw it into the corrupt Chicago political machine. Yep, body parts and debris will be everywhere now.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/03/breaking-president-trump-calls-for-fbi-and-doj-to-review-outrageous-jussie-smollett-case-in-chicago-an-embarrassment/

Breaking: President Trump Announces FBI and DOJ WILL REVIEW “Outrageous” Jussie Smollett Case in Chicago — An Embarrassment!

On Tuesday all 16 felony counts were dropped against Jussie Smollett in exchange for a $10,000 bond and a few hours of ‘community service’ at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition in a stunning display of lawlessness by corrupt Chicago prosecutors.

Smollett still could face federal charges for the ‘threatening letter’ he sent himself one week before he staged the fake MAGA hate crime.

CWB Chicago obtained the police files on Jussie Smollett’s case through a FOIA request, however, once it was realized that the records were a part of the judge’s order to seal all records, it stopped the release of documents going forward.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop charges against Smollett as standard operating procedure for someone charged with class 4 felonies.

Chicago police are furious over Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said in a presser on Tuesday that prosecutors brokered a deal in secret to circumvent the judicial system.

On Thursday morning President Donald Trump weighed in on the Smollett case for the first time.

The president tweeted the FBI and DOJ will review the “outrageous” case that is an embarrassment to the nation

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Hollyweird refuses to learn its lesson 3-27-2019

Whatever else Hollyweird is, it is a business with the goal of making a profit on its movies. I find this simple fact to beyond argument. However, apparently Hollyweird has decided they need to trash Trump, his so called “deplorables,” and the entire belief system we hold dear. The fact this reduces profit for the various films that have decided this “Trump derangement syndrome,” is more important than making money is strange. You would think the corporate owners, that fund these anti-Trump propaganda movies, would realize this wandering into the political realm will cost them money and reign in their increasingly delusional actors. Actors like Robert Diniro, Rob Reiner, and a host of others who continue to make insulting remarks to a large chunk of the American population that used to go to the movies. We can now add Chris Evans, the Marxist stooge who plays Captain America in the Marvel movies. I thought the Civil War one was an excellent analysis of issues related to the use of power. Unfortunately, Chris Evans just couldn’t resist spewing more Trump derangement syndrome drivel, with no care about any negative financial impact that caused. The link is below.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/03/27/chris-evans-im-willing-to-alienate-half-my-audience-to-trash-trump/

‘Avengers’ Star Chris Evans: I’m Willing to Alienate Half My Audience to Trash Trump

Chris Evans, star of the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame said that he would be “disappointed” in himself if he didn’t speak out against “dumb shit” President Donald Trump, even if it means alienating half his audience.

“You don’t want to alienate half your audience,” Chris Evans told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t speak up. Especially for fear of some monetary repercussion or career damage — that just feels really gross to me.”

The 37-year-old also admitted that he would have a hard time being friends with someone who was a Trump supporter, specifically in reference to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I really hope he’s not a Trump supporter,” he said. “I’m just hoping he’s one of those guys that maybe supported him and now regrets it.”

“Maybe he thought it was going to be different–and even that bothers me–but maybe there’s a chance now he just thinks Trump’s an absolute dumb shit, which he is,” the Captain America: The First Avenger star continued.

“If he doesn’t, if he’s still on that Trump train, I might have to cut ties. It’s really tough.”

Finally, Evans revealed in the THR interview that he has been learning about his privileges as a straight white male.

Evans has a platform and he’s using it. But like a lot of straight white men seeking to consciously and conscientiously navigate a tumultuous moment in the history of straight white male-dom, he’s learned that shutting up is important, too. At Slate’s urging, he read Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions, a collection of essays about the insidious side effects of patriarchy, and took away a great deal. “You have to understand that you don’t understand,” he says. It’s not the most action-heroish way to look at things — but that may be the secret of his appeal as a movie star.

In 2017, Evans admitted that the Trump presidency made him feel “rage” and “fury.”

“It’s unbelievable. People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame,” he said.

For all the star’s woke posturing, he isn’t afraid to engage in a little homophobia to target his political rivals.

In January, he happily slandered Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) by insinuating he was being blackmailed, following the lead of other Hollywood stars and media figures who mocked Graham over rumors that he is a closeted gay man.

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Seattle’s ongoing collapse and Ebola keeps spreading in the Congo 3-26-2019

We now have the situation where all four of US west coast cities, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles are well along the process of turning into third world cesspools, or #%%^^^holes to quote Trump. This is the logical result of multigenerations of Democrat mayors and other local officials. These morons still think Communism, liberalism and socialism actually work. A quick trip to Venezuela might change their minds, assuming their dead brain cells could be restarted. The link is below.

Bartell Drugs says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees

Bartell Drugs says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees

SEATTLE — The CEO of Bartell Drugs Kathi Lentzsch has been in her role for about year.

She moved from San Francisco to take the job in Seattle, and frankly she says she is surprised over the number of incidents and the violence she is seeing in Seattle.

Surveillance videos inside Bartell Drugs have captured countless shoplifting cases. In one incident, video shows a man in one aisle quickly running off with up to $700 worth of skincare products.

Lentzsch says many times the criminals are bold and many of them are repeat offenders.

“They will stand in front of our staff with a basket full of products and tell them we know you can’t come after us and walk out the door,” Lentzsch said.

It’s costing the company a lot, but the CEO didn’t sit down with Q13 News to talk about shoplifting.

“We’ve had too many cases of employees ending up in the hospital or with very serious issues,” Lentzsch said.

Multiple employees have been rushed to the hospital because of violent assaults.

Sometimes it’s shoplifting that escalates to assaults or just unprovoked attacks. The situation is concerning enough that the company is rethinking their future in the downtown core of Seattle.

The next link confirms my fears about Ebola in the Congo are valid. the link is here.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/ebola-cases-surpass-1000-in-drc-outbreak-the-second-largest-of-all-time/

Fighting continues —

Massive Ebola outbreak continues to rage; case count surpasses 1,000

Responders have vaccinated thousands, but disease spread continues.

The tally of deadly Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ticked above 1,000 this weekend as health responders continue to struggle to thwart the disease amid violent conflict.

The outbreak has been raging since August in the country’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces, which sit on the eastern side of the country, bordering South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda. The World Health Organization reported 1,009 cases (944 confirmed, 65 probable), including 629 deaths (564 confirmed, 65 probable) on Saturday, March 23.The outbreak is the second largest of all time, surpassed only by the 2014 West African outbreak, which involved more than 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.

Violent attacks and lingering distrust have hampered medical responses throughout the outbreak. Earlier this month, militants attacked a treatment center in the city of Butembo in North Kivu, killing a police officer and injuring health workers. Last month, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) suspended medical responses after two other attacks on treatment centers. In both attacks, unidentified assailants partially burnt down facilities.

“Although the reasons behind the attack are unclear and such violence is unacceptable, what we know is that the actors of the Ebola response—MSF included—have failed to gain the trust of a significant part of the population,” Meinie Nicolai, MSF’s general director currently in North Kivu, said in a statement after one of the attacks.

Officials at the World Health Organization called for renewed efforts to control the outbreak. “Despite the increased frequency of attacks by armed groups, WHO will stay the course and will work with communities to end this outbreak together with the Ministry of Health and partners,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in a statement Saturday. “We need redoubled support from the international community and a commitment to push together to bring this outbreak to an end.”

Tedros added that community fears of violence and the deadly virus run deep. “Community engagement takes time. There are no quick fixes,” he said.

Still, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, was pleased that the efforts so far have led to 96,000 people being vaccinated against Ebola. “We are working in exceptionally challenging circumstances, but thanks to support from donors and the efforts of the Ministry of Health, WHO, and partners, we have saved thousands of lives,” he said.

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If treason prospers, it is not treason. 3-25-2019

The tidal wave of exposure now hitting the Deep State is amazing. I am cautiously optimistic “that which is whispered in the basement, is now being shouted from the roof.” We are now dealing with a process that may, repeat may, restore the rule of law in the USA. God knows the Marxist stooges, along with their media, Hollyweird, and educational system supporters have much to answer for. At this point, who can say if they will end up before grand juries or not. Still, I believe the one thing that Trump has done above all else is to reveal the festering rot at the very core of or political system. I do not give the FBI, the CIA, the DOJ and all the rest a pass on their blatant attempt to overthrow the 2016 election results. We have a word for that: it is TREASON. Since the treason has not prospered, I get to call it for what it really is; namely, TREASON. Of course, I do not underestimate the ability of the mutant elite to continue their efforts to overthrow both the Trump administration and our Constitutional Republic. However, we are dealing with a coherent effort, ie abolish the electoral college, give the vote to felons, illegals and refugees, engage in massive voter fraud, and control the flow of information by rigging the Goggle and Facebook search engines. Trump has won a great victory here, but he must now get tough and start kicking some Marxist butt here. If he does not, he will be cheated out of victory in 2020.

the links are here.

https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/25/there-must-be-an-accounting-by-the-media/

There Must Be An Accounting By the Media

Erick Erickson

by Erick Erickson

For two years, the media has assured the American public the President is a liar who mangles even basic truths. They have not only taken to fact checking the President and routinely mocking him in the chyrons, but have publicly fretted about covering events like the State of the Union live. They have demanded White House press conferences, but refused to carry them live. Their excuse has constantly been that this White House is at war with the truth.

But we now know the real Russian collusion scandal is that the media has let Democrats from the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on television to use their stature to assure the American public the collusion was real.

Anchors from CNN to MSNBC to the weekend news shows have largely given Democrats a pass to make claims about the Trump campaign colluding with Russia while treating Republican pushback skeptically. The presuppositions within the media were that there was collusion. The conversations often were filled not just with speculation, but with what “sources” were saying that confirmed collusion.

It is now abundantly obvious that many of the sources used by reporters were playing the reporters to advance an untrue narrative against the President. It is also abundantly obvious that many reporters, anchors, and networks allowed Democrats to get away with lies in ways they would never allow the President.

It is now abundantly obvious that the media helped Democrats perpetuate a false narrative and lies to advance a partisan agenda.

There must be an accounting. There has to be an accounting

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/25/donald-trump-robert-mueller-investigate-left-evil-things/

Donald Trump: Time to Investigate the Left for ‘Treasonous Things’

President Donald Trump told reporters that it was time to investigate leftist Democrats for pushing the ongoing hoax that his campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very very evil things, very bad things. I would say treasonous things against our country,” Trump said. “And hopefully, people that have done such harm to our country, we’ve gone through a period of really bad things happening. Those people will certainly be looked at. I have been looking at them for a long time.”

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The Deep State starts to implode. 3-23-2019

The release of the Mueller Report, essentially a huge dud, full of sound and fury which signify nothing, will be viewed historically as a disaster for those forces trying to turn the USA into a Socialist dictatorship, or I should say even more of a socialist dictatorship. It isn’t like the globalist cabal hasn’t been doing that for all of my 65 years. Still, “they” wanted Trump bad, real bad, and they crashed and burned in a spectacular fashion. Watching the mutant elite writhing in agony, hysterical ranting and raving mode, is certainly worth some entertainment value to me. If Treason prosper, then none call it treason. Treason has failed, so I will call it treason. What we have seen is a planned effort to overthrow Trump, which is what treason really is. Further, we are dealing with sedition, or the effort to violently overthrow the current Trump administration. At any rate, “they” failed and people like me, and like you, have had enough. May God help the never Trumper, traitors and fools, if they now try to actually take over power from Trump. nuff said.

Next, in on spectacular example of this Deep State implosion, we come to the canary in the coal mine for the Deep State. The canary has been the SPLC, or the Southern Poverty Law Center, although poverty apparently doesn’t apply to its managers, like Morris Dees, or has it ever shown any respect for law. The SPLC has been a terrorist group, raising funds on the hysteria it creates by constantly smearing any group it doesn’t approve of, like various Christian, Conservative and non PC complaint Patriots. The SPLC has been infecting the police with its targeting of politically conservative and patriot dissident groups as “terrorists,” or “hate groups.” What goes up, must come down, and the law of three says that the one bad thing the SPLC has done, will be returned three fold. The SPLC now finds itself reeling from multiple charges of sexual harassment, corruption, fraud and much else. The link is below.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-23/splc-implodes-president-and-legal-director-resign-after-co-founder-ousted-over

SPLC Implodes: President And Legal Director Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal