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The end of the retail industry as we know it today

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Will this be the last "somewhat normal" holiday season for U.S. retailers? Normally, the holiday season is the most profitable time of the year for our retailers, but it has become clear that holiday spending is going to be way down in 2022. Meanwhile, there are a couple of long-term trends that won't be going away any time soon that are squeezing the life out of the industry from both sides. If those long-term trends cannot be reversed, we will soon see a lot more decaying buildings with boarded up windows where thriving retail establishments once existed. The health of the retail industry is critical to the health of the overall U.S. economy, and right now the outlook for the future of the industry is not good.

Earlier today, I came across a brand new survey that discovered that more than a third of all Americans "plan to spend less on holiday shopping in 2022"...
As inflation forces consumers to spend more on gas and groceries, about 1 in 3 Americans (34%) plan to spend less on holiday shopping in 2022 than they did last year, according to a new Clever Real Estate poll of 1,000 Americans.

Retailers have taken notice, hosting holiday sales earlier than normal and ratcheting up discounts to move merchandise. Stores want to draw attention to deals now before Americans decide to cut back further on nonessential spending — especially when 58% of the country already reports feeling worried about finances.

Pills

Canadian doctor says College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario suggests unvaccinated patients are mentally ill and should be put on psych meds

Dr. William Makis

Dr. William Makis
Doctors in Ontario are reportedly being advised to consider using psychiatric medicines on patients who refuse the vaccine.

During an interview at 'Let Freedom Reign Tour,' Physician and Cancer Researcher Dr. William Makis claimed that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario sent out a note to doctors implying that their unvaccinated patients may be suffering from a mental illness and should be prescribed psychiatric medicine.

"So this has come out recently out of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The college sent out a letter or a memo to all the doctors in Ontario suggesting to them now, so far, they're not mandating it, they're just suggesting it, that any of their unvaccinated patients, that they should consider that they have a mental problem and that they should be put on psychiatric medication. So far, it's just a suggestion," Dr. Makis told Lynn Tyler Thompson.

Comment: This always seemed like the logical next step. Anyone who pushes back against mass vaccination campaigns must be crazy, and crazy people need to be medicated. It may only be a 'suggestion' for now, but it's only a matter of time before the next vaccine push comes into full swing. What then?


Music

Ban on choral singing based on flawed evidence, study suggests

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Misguided risk analysis lay behind pandemic ruling, paper says.

A NEW scientific study suggests that the ban on choral singing which operated throughout the pandemic was based on flawed evidence and a misguided risk analysis.

The ban arose out of reports in the United States in March 2020 that 52 of 61 singers who attended a rehearsal of the Skagit Valley Chorale, in Mount Vernon, Washington, had subsequently contracted Covid. The source was judged to have been a chorister at the practice who later tested positive for the virus, and was considered the super-spreader.

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NPC

Twitter Hysteria: German public TV channel compares Elon Musk to Nazi Goebbels

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After Germany's "first" public television network, ARD, compared Elon Musk reducing Twitter censorship to "letting rats out of their holes", Germany's "second" public television network, ZDF, has now compared Musk to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels! (The network's name Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen literally means "Second German Television".)

Comment: The attack against Elon Musk by mainstream media outlets is a sign that he is doing something right, and the establishment perceives him as a threat:


Attention

Arizona's Cochise County board delays certifying election results

Mail-in ballots  tabulated in Maricopa County, Arizona

Mail-in ballots tabulated in Maricopa County, Arizona
The board overseeing a southeastern Arizona county whose Republican leaders had hoped to recount all Election Day ballots is refusing to certify the results of last week's vote

The board overseeing a southeastern Arizona county whose Republican leaders had hoped to recount all Election Day ballots on Friday delayed certifying the results of last week's vote after hearing from a trio of conspiracy theorists who alleged that counting machines were not certified.

The three men, or some combination of them, have filed at least four cases raising similar claims before the Arizona Supreme Court since 2021 seeking to have the state's 2020 election results thrown out. The court has dismissed all of them for lack of evidence, waiting too long after the election was certified or asking for relief that could not be granted, in increasingly harsh language.

Comment: Au contraire, Associated Press. There's been plenty of evidence of fraud and manipulation of the Arizona vote And yet Katie Hobbs was declared governor:


Bad Guys

Huge explosion at gas pipeline near St. Petersburg, Russia

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The fireball was visible for miles in every direction after hitting about 14 miles east of St Petersburg, the nation's second largest city
An enormous explosion has hit one of Russia's major gas pipelines, sending flames and smoke billowing into the sky above and prompting fears it was a retribution attack for Vladimir Putin's continued invasion of Ukraine.

The fireball was visible for miles in every direction after hitting about 14 miles east of St Petersburg, the nation's second largest city and Putin's hometown.


Comment: As well as perhaps also just being the easiest target, there may be something to the attack being near Putin's hometown because Ukraine's terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge occurred on Putin's birthday.


One source said: 'Everything is automatic there, and such explosions by themselves, without external influence, are impossible.'

The blast is believed to have hit the main gas pipeline belonging to Gazprom Transgaz SPB, and could have potentially impacted up to one million people.

Comment: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: What's the REAL Reason For West-Russia War Over Ukraine?




Light Saber

Maricopa County election judge speaks out on midterm voting irregularities

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Maricopa County Election judge Michele Swinick
No matter what the results of the midterm elections are in Arizona, Maricopa County is yet again at the center of controversy, and for a good reason.

Election judge Michele Swinick has come forward to report what she experienced in Maricopa County on Election Day. She worked Election Day as a judge at the Islamic Voting Center in Scottsdale, AZ. She reports that the center is heavily Republican, with "no party" designated voters as the second most populous demographic, followed by very few democrat voters, evidenced by the fact that she checked in very few of them on Election Day. She reports she spent the entire day checking in voters.

Swinick says that the tabulators all worked "perfectly" during the test the night before the election. The problem with scanning began immediately with the first ballots. Voters scanned their ballots between 4 and 12 times with very minimal success. Poll workers estimated about 1 in 10 ballots were being read for the first three hours of voting.

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Question

Nolte: NBC report says body cam footage contradicts DOJ narrative in Paul Pelosi case

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Thanks to a local NBC report, the sketchy narrative around Paul Pelosi's alleged assault at the hands of 42-year-old David DePape is even more sketchy.

The corrupt, left-wing Department of Justice tells us that after Paul Pelosi, husband of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), called 911, it was the police who opened the door of the Pelosi home.

NBC Bay Area says that's not true. The local police report clearly states Paul Pelosi opened the door. What's more, the local left-wing district attorney does not dispute that. So why the discrepancy?

Here's a partial transcript from the NBC report:

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X

The 'Stochastic Terror' lie

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The Left's latest gambit for suppressing speech is built on preposterous grounds.

I browsed the news recently only to discover that, according to a popular science magazine, I was responsible for the attempted murder of Paul Pelosi, husband to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In an opinion piece for Scientific American, writer Bryn Nelson insinuated that my factual reporting on Drag Queen Story Hour was an example of "stochastic terrorism," which he defines as "ideologically driven hate speech" that increases the likelihood of unpredictable acts of violence. On the night of the attack, Nelson argued, I had appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss my reporting, and, hours later, the alleged attacker, David DePape, radicalized by "QAnon" conspiracy theories about "Democratic, Satan-worshipping pedophiles," broke into the Pelosi residence and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

This is a bizarre claim that, for a magazine supposedly dedicated to "science," hardly meets a scientific standard of cause and effect. There is no evidence that DePape watched or was motivated by Tucker Carlson's program; moreover, nothing in my reporting on Drag Queen Story Hour encourages violence or mentions Nancy Pelosi, QAnon, or Satan-worshipping pedophiles. My appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight and DePape's attack against Paul Pelosi are, in reality, two unrelated incidents in a large and complex universe. And Nelson, a microbiologist specializing in human excrement, is full of it.

Star of David

FBI probes killing of Palestinian-American reporter Abu Akleh; Israel: Grave mistake

Akleh
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Shireen Abu Akleh near the Old City of Jerusalem
Move represents about-face by US, which had said it wouldn't open its own probe into death of reporter who Israel says was likely shot by IDF in error; Gantz: We won't cooperate

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching an investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, apparently by an Israeli soldier, officials said Monday, with Israel immediately rejecting cooperation with the probe.

US officials updated their Israeli counterparts earlier this month about the decision, an official familiar with the matter told The Times of Israel on Monday, confirming a Channel 14 news report.
The 51-year-old Abu Akleh, who was wearing a vest marked "Press" and a helmet, was shot dead on May 11 during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen that broke out after soldiers raided the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, amid a wider terror crackdown.
An Israel Defense Forces investigation found that she was hit by a bullet likely shot by an Israeli soldier, by mistake. The Palestinian Authority has alleged that she was targeted.

Comment: Are we seeing a shift in relations with Israel, or merely an 'investigation' to placate the outrage of this tragic incident.

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