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Big Lots to close up to 40 stores, and its survival is in doubt

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Big Lots plans to shutter three times more stores than it will open in 2024, with the discount retailer pointing to a retreat in spending by its bargain-hunting base.

"We currently expect to open three stores and close 35 to 40," the Columbus, Ohio-based retailer stated in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also said it expects further operating losses and cited "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern.

The retailer's distress call came amid other indications that inflation-weary Americans are tightening their belts and spending less, with U.S. economic growth slowing in the first three months of 2024.

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Texans outraged after Whataburger availability app works better than Centerpoint Energy's to pinpoint power outages

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With over 900 restaurants across the country, 769 of them in Texas, a viral tweet revealed they could use the app to track the hurricane’s damage.
Texans took to social media to express their anger at CenterPoint Energy after resorting to Whataburger's app to locations on Tuesday after CenterPoint Energy's power outage map remained offline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 2.2 million Texans were without power following Hurricane Beryl's destructive path through the Lonestar State after the Category 1 storm made landfall on Monday morning. Of those without power, 1.7 million were CenterPoint Energy customers. With so many people affected, residents are bound to be curious about where in the state power is out and when it is expected to come back on, but CenterPoint Energy's online power outage tracker is offline. Instead, Texans are using the Whataburger app to track power outages.

Social media user @BBQBryan pointed out the tactic on X, formerly Twitter, late Monday night. The post has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was made.

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French 'Excalibur' sword vanishes after 1,300 years as the sword in the stone — literally

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© Flickr / Simone RamellaThe Durandal sword appears to have been taken by a thief from it’s stone in the tiny medieval town of Rocamadour, where it was one of the town’s main attractions
An ancient sword known as the French version of King Arthur's legendary "Excalibur" has mysteriously vanished from the town where, according to local lore, it had remained lodged in a rock for 1,300 years.

The Durandal sword appears to have been taken by a thief from its stone in the tiny medieval town of Rocamadour, where it was one of the town's main attractions, The Telegraph reported.

For centuries it's been believed the sword once belonged to Roland, a semi-legendary knight who bravely fought for Charlemagne in the eighth century.

Officials in Rocamadour have launched an investigation into the disappearance of the sword, which was yanked from its spot in a cliff wall some 100 feet off the ground.

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How to protect your food and medical freedoms

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In my previous articles, we looked at the global war on farmers, the organizations pushing for the Great Food Reset, the tactics used to foist these changes on the public, the projects underway to remove your access to healthy, farm-fresh foods, the mRNA, RNA, and DNA gene therapies entering our food supply, and how the One Health agenda threatens to destroy both food freedom and medical freedom.

So what can we do about it?

The good news is that there are many things we can do. Some of these solutions may sound extreme or inconvenient. But I am guessing many of you chose wildly inconvenient and deeply courageous paths to protect yourselves, your families, and your patients during the Covid psyop, and to avoid being injected with mRNA shots. The substances you take in through your digestive tract can be just as harmful as those that come through a needle.

Do not give in. Do not comply. Do not take the convenient route. It leads to serfdom.

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What is happening to incomes?

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Yesterday I paid a visit to my favorite local grocery, a family-owned boutique with wonderful products from around the world. It does tremendous business because of its customer focus and excellent selection due to stable supplier relationships. This is what allowed them to survive these terrible years, including the inflation that has rattled its customer base.

I went in to replenish my olive oil. Three years ago, a gallon of the brand I like was $20. Now it is $40, and at least half of that increase happened in the last several months. I expressed shock and alarm. The proprietor assured me that he is making no more money off this price than the old. His markup is the same, just that the supplier has gone way up in price.

"Believe me, I'm not making any money," he said. "Just the opposite. These prices are killing us too."

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A nation with dementia

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It's fascinating to watch the various corporate mass media "news" outlets, such as CNN and The New York Times, pretend like they've suddenly discovered that Joe Biden has dementia, rather than just the "stutter" that they have been claiming for years. These "journalistic" organizations had previously been colluding with the Democrat Party to cover up the truth about the "broken-down pile of crap" — to use Trump's brutally honest laugh-out-loud description. But when reality was finally exposed live-on-TV for 90 solid minutes for all the world to see, the jig was up, and they were forced to come clean.

Although the Dems' media mouthpieces are feigning shock at Biden's woeful debate performance and obvious cognitive problems, many American people truly are in shock, because they had ignorantly believed all the media lies about Joe's stuttering "speech impediment." When they watched him weakly mumble incoherently and appear pathetically confused throughout that CNN debate, millions of Americans were reminded of elderly relatives suffering from dementia. They had no idea that their president was in such a decrepit condition.

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'Linguistic white supremacy': The left's new crusade against the English language

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© Screenshot of USC Rossier School of Education Article.
The fringe lens of critical pedagogy has swallowed today's academia. Facts are deconstructed, logical reasoning is contorted, historical narratives are rewritten, and causality takes a back seat to the post-modernist project of affirming feelings and identities. Increasingly, words lose meaning and become weaponized for the sake of ideological conformity.

Cue the perennial abuse of "white supremacy." The phrase's original meaning of a belief system that White people are inherently superior to other races is now completely coopted with shapeshifting and ever-expanding connotations. Objectivity, a sense of urgency, perfectionism, and written words are characteristics of white supremacy culture. Getting married, like structural racism, bolsters white supremacy. Even soap dispensers perpetuate white supremacy.

The U.S. academia has now concocted an absurd proposition that speaking and writing proper English is a form of white supremacy. The term is "Linguistic White Supremacy (LWS)" or "White Language Supremacy (WLS)," depending on where you look.

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Ireland suffers decrease of 100,000 breeding ewes in 2023; sheep numbers fall across Europe

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The number of breeding ewes in Ireland decreased for the third consecutive year last year, the national sheep and goat census has revealed.

There were 2,562,378 breeding ewes over 12 months of age in 2023, which is a decrease of almost 100,000 (3.7%) on the previous year's breeding ewe population.

The census was carried out in December 2023, but was published this week by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Comment: For those farms that the establishment can't immediately throw out of business with nefarious green agenda or biohazard restrictions, they will, instead, relatively quietly, steadily make it nigh on impossible to make a profit through farming. A similar reduction in egg producers was reported to have happened in the UK last year as supermarket's refused to pay farmers enough to even cover the cost of production.

Taken together, with the increase in extreme weather events, alongside the strained supply chain, it's no wonder that this year the EU were wargaming the likelihood of severe food shortages:


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Boeing to plead guilty to fraud for violating deal over 737 Max crashes

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© Elaine Thompson/APBoeing 737 MAX jet
Boeing Co. will plead guilty to criminal conspiracy in connection with two fatal crashes of its 737 Max jetliner, an agreement that disgraces the storied US planemaker as a felon but avoids a bruising courtroom confrontation as it tries to rebound from multiple crises.

Under the agreement with US prosecutors, Boeing faces a criminal fine of as much as $487.2 million — the maximum allowed by law — though the actual amount will be determined by a judge, according to the Justice Department. The DOJ asked the judge to credit Boeing for the prior fine it paid, which would bring the new penalty down to $243.6 million, if approved.

The company will install a corporate monitor and be required to spend at least $455 million to bolster its compliance and safety programs over the next three years as part of the deal, which requires court approval. It would also be subject to a period of court-supervised probation.

The guilty plea marks a low point in the company's century-long history after years of turmoil sparked by two crashes of its 737 Max aircraft in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people. The agreement also has the potential to complicate Boeing's interaction with the government as a major defense contractor and builder of the presidential aircraft, though the company is likely to seek a waiver or turnaround that allows it to keep doing business in those areas.

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0% of Germans 'very satisfied' with government - poll

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© Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance/Getty ImagesReichstag building, Berlin, Germany
Over 81% of German voters have expressed dissatisfaction with the government's work.

Not a single German national appears to be fully satisfied with their government, the latest ARD-DeutschlandTREND survey has revealed.

The country is currently governed by the so-called traffic light coalition, which consists of Chancellor Olaf Scholz's center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Free Democrats (FDP), and the Greens.

According to the survey, conducted on July 1-3, zero percent of Germans said they were "fully satisfied" with the ruling coalition's work, with just 19% saying they were somewhat "satisfied."

The overall dissatisfaction rate with the government's policies rose to 81%, with 38% saying they were "not satisfied at all."

Half of the surveyed SPD and Green voters admitted they are now less than satisfied with the government's performance. The figure is even more striking among other parties' supporters, with just 17% of Free Democratic Party (FDP) voters and 11% of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) supporters saying they somewhat approve of the government's work.

Some 96% of voters who back the new left-wing BSW party, formed by former Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht earlier this year, said they were dissatisfied with the traffic light coalition, while none of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party supporters said they were happy with the government's work.

Comment: Does it matter what the people think? Damage has been exceedingly well done.