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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." -- Greek proverb
Foot Locker has become the latest chain to close its stores across the nation with the company set to shut more than 400 of its under-performing shops by 2026.
The 420 stores that are set to close across the United States account for nearly 10 per cent of Foot Locker's total sales.
Foot Locker said the closures will allow the company to introduce new store concepts and boost the company's annual revenue by £1billion.
With issues such as his budget priorities and handling of international crises dominating headlines, President Joe Biden’s “woke” transformation of the United States military has continued largely below the radar, according to a recent report.
Last month, the Center for Military Readiness (CMR) published an update on the Biden administration’s work to infuse the armed forces with left-wing gender ideology, via the most recent version of DoD Instruction 1300.28, a document on “Inservice Transition for Transgender Service Members.” The group says it contains “prime examples of woke-ism in the military, defined as policies that impose progressive ideology and take them to extremes with enforced compliance, even if it hurts the institution.”
First, the document changes the official working definitions of various terms to cater to LGBT dogma, including “transition” as a “period of time when individuals change from the gender role associated with their sex assigned at birth to a different gender role”; replacing “preferred gender” with “self-identified gender.”
March 15, the U.S. Treasury Department released its latest international capital flow report, which revealed that at least 16 countries worldwide sold U.S. Treasury bonds in January of this year. These countries include China, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Brazil, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Mexico, Israel, Kuwait, Colombia, Sweden, Bahamas, Vietnam and Peru. Even Bermuda has been selling U.S. Treasuries. France sold $5.1 billion of U.S. Treasuries in January, adding to its cumulative net sell-off of 25% since last April, during which it sold a net of $62.1 billion in U.S. debt. The position fell from a peak of $246 billion to $183.9 billion. Meanwhile, Germany sold $9.4 billion of U.S. Treasuries in January alone, a single-month sell-off ratio of nearly 10%. Israel sold $1.7 billion, and its position has fallen from a peak of $69.1 billion in December 2021 to $46.1 billion, for a cumulative net sell-off of $23 billion and a net sell-off ratio of 33%. Among these three allies, France sold the most, while Germany had the largest short-selling rate in a single month. In terms of the selling ratio, Israel is leading the wave of U.S. Treasury bond selling.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use federal healthcare funds to cover at least six months of rent for the state’s disproportionately large homeless population and for those on the brink of losing their housing.
Russia today vowed to 'respond' to Britain's plans to send ammunition that contains depleted uranium as Moscow warned there are 'fewer and fewer steps' to a nuclear collision.
The Kremlin has claimed that some of the ammunition for the Challenger 2 battle tanks that Britain is sending to Ukraine includes armour piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium.
And today, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia will 'respond' to the UK's move.
Republicans in the Arizona state Senate on Monday passed legislation that would require education officials to create a list of books with sexually explicit content that cannot be used in school.
Lawmakers voted 16-12 along party lines to pass SB 1700, which requires the Arizona Department of Education to maintain a list of books that public schools may not make available to students, including "books that are lewd or sexual, promote gender fluidity or gender pronouns or groom children into normalizing pedophilia."
The bill would also give parents the right to request that a school district or charter school remove objectionable library or classroom materials and enhances other requirements for content available in school libraries.
The top DC federal judge did more than force Trump’s lawyer to testify. She actually turned over docs directly to investigators.
The Democrats have destroyed our judiciary.
Another sacred tenet of our judicial system – legal attorney-client privilege – unconstitutionally shredded by the Democrats.
Once the COVID diagnosis was made, there was no chance for me to see my brother. The hospital permitted no visitors to COVID patients. Eventually, I couldn’t even talk to him on the phone, because the machines in the room made it hard for him to hear what I was saying. So there was little I could do. I told two different doctors and two different nurses that I absolutely forbid the use of Remdesivir. They argued, but agreed to go with my wishes.
On January 18, I discovered that they had begun giving him Remdesivir against my explicit instructions, on January 15. That just happened to coincide with when Ricky began to really spiral downwards. They stopped when I ordered them to, but obviously the damage had already been done. They also refused my request to give him Ivermection. I was told “Ivermection isn’t allowed at this facility.” He died on January 20, my niece’s birthday.
A private Japanese lander has made it to the moon.
The Hakuto-R spacecraft entered lunar orbit late Monday night (March 20), notching a huge milestone for the Japanese company ispace, which has big plans in Earth-moon space.
"The successful insertion of the lander into lunar orbit is an important step toward the establishment of a payload transportation service, as it demonstrates that ispace is capable of transporting customer payloads to orbit around the moon," representatives of Tokyo-based ispace wrote in an update(opens in new tab) on Tuesday (March 21).
"Future ispace missions will involve deployment of satellites into lunar orbit," they added.
They finally caught Trump!
I am, of course, joking—the most entrenched portions of the illiberal left are having a nationwide party in anticipation of a potential Trump arrest, but is there really anything for them to be excited about?
Soros-funded DA Alvin Bragg is trying to use a convicted liar as the foundation on which to bring bogus misdemeanor charges, long past their statute of limitations, against President Trump. …
I don’t think I have ever heard of such a weakly composed case in my entire life—Alvin Bragg should lose his right to practice law in any capacity for bringing such a frivolous case before the court and before the American people.
President Trump has issued a new response to the thinly-veiled witch hunt being carried out by DA Bragg and his handlers in the Democratic Party:
A witness who testified before a grand jury on Monday in regard to an investigation into Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has spoken publicly about another supposedly key witness in the case, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Robert Costello, who is a former legal advisor to Cohen, referred to him as a “convicted perjurer” and suggested that his testimony to the grand jury may be less than reliable regarding Trump.
News broke on Friday that Bragg was close to indicting Trump over hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 campaign, allegedly to keep her quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006. The grand jury has been hearing evidence and testimony regarding the case, as well as his business practices.
The London Metal Exchange revealed a surprising mix-up last week at a warehouse in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.
An operator for the warehouse weighed bags that were thought to contain 54 metric tons of nickel, only to find that they were filled with stones, according to The Wall Street Journal.
It appears that JPMorgan Chase is the unlucky owner of those bags, the Journal said on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Had they contained nickel, the bags would have been worth $1.3 million at current prices, representing 0.14% of nickel inventories, Bloomberg reported. While that means the mix-up will have a relatively minor impact on metal markets, it does call the security of the LME's contracts into question. "In an industry riddled with scandals, the LME's contracts are viewed as unquestionably safe," Bloomberg said.
The controversial rescue deal for troubled lender Credit Suisse and the continuing fallout from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank indicates the world is sliding into a crisis “far worse” than the GFC, one analyst has argued.
Following crunch talks aimed at stopping the stricken bank from triggering a wider international meltdown, Swiss bank UBS on Sunday agreed to take over its rival Credit Suisse for $US3.25 billion ($4.8 billion) – less than half its Friday closing valuation.
The deal, in which Switzerland’s biggest bank will take over the second-largest in the country, was vital to prevent irreparable economic turmoil spreading throughout the country and beyond, according to the Swiss government.
“This is as bad as it gets,” ACY Securities chief economist Clifford Bennett said in a note on Monday.
Last we heard from former Blackrock portfolio manager Ed Dowd and his deep-dive partners at Phinance Technologies, the rate of Serious Adverse Events reported during Covid-19 vaccine trials closely tracked a spike in disabilities reported following the vaccine's official rollout.
In their latest analysis, Dowd and crew use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistcs (BLS) to reveal a shocking spike in both employee absence and lost worktime rates, which they believe is due to vaccines - either from primary vaccine injuries, or because of weakened immune systems due to the jab, and not long covid caused by the virus itself.
Earlier in the day, UK Minister of State for Defense Annabel Goldie said that the country will provide Ukraine with depleted uranium tank ammunition, including armor piercing shells for Challenger 2 battle tanks.
It seems that the West decided to wage war on Russia until the last Ukrainian for real, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists following after the meeting of Russian and Chinese top level government delegations.
“Today it became known that the United Kingdom, through its deputy head of the ministry of defense, announced not only the supply of tanks to Ukraine, but also shells with depleted uranium," Putin said, adding that "it seems that the West really decided to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian, not in words, but in deed."
"I would like to note in this regard that if all this happens, then Russia will be forced to react accordingly - I mean that the Collective West is already starting to use weapons with a nuclear component," Putin added.
Ukraine's defense ministry on Tuesday has touted the Monday night destruction of Russian cruise missiles which were stationed in Crimea. Videos posted on social media showed a series of explosions in the northern part of Crimea, centered on the town of Dzhankoy, a key logistics hub through which a railway line runs.
The Ukrainian military is saying that a shipment of Russian Kalibr cruise missiles was successfully destroyed in what appears to have been a drone attack. While not directly owning up to the operation, Kiev is hailing the 'mystery' attack deep inside Russian-held territory.
"The mysterious series of blasts continues the process of Russia’s demilitarization and prepares the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea for de-occupation," a statement Ukrainian Military Intelligence said.
To be sure, the serial-lying prowess of embattled Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas rivals that of Joe Biden and shameless California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff. But lo and behold, Mayorkas has finally admitted a southern border fact that has been blatant from the first days of the Biden administration.
The question is, to paraphrase two-time presidential race loser Hillary, what difference will it make?
As the Biden Border Crisis™ continues, with zero signs of slowing down, let alone stopping, Mayorkas recently told a “pro-migration” lawyer that, in effect, gaps do exist in Biden’s new border rules, but the DHS head, in Bidenesque fashion, blamed the U.S. Congress for those gaps. Funny, one would’ve thought Mayorkas would’ve blamed Mad Vlad Putin or Donald Trump. [sarc]
One of the four nucleobases of RNA has been discovered in samples retrieved from the asteroid Ryugu, providing the strongest evidence yet that the organic building blocks for life on Earth came from space.
In December 2020, Hayabusa2, a mission of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), delivered by capsule and parachute 0.19 ounces (5.4 grams) of asteroid material from Ryugu to expectantly waiting scientists on Earth.
Analysis of these samples have shown them to be the most primitive material ever studied in a laboratory, dating back to before the planets formed 4.5 billion years ago. The isotopic composition of gases contained in those materials revealed that Ryugu formed much farther out from the sun, close to the orbit of Neptune, compared to its present location near Earth.
US President Joe Biden's window of opportunities in Ukraine is in danger of narrowing, warn some Western observers, while others hint that an apparent rift between Washington and Kiev is widening.
There are three factors that may potentially constrain the Biden administration's ability for maneuver in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, according to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a US DC-based think tank.
First, the situation on the battlefield is unfolding in Russia's favor, with Russian forces making progress towards encircling Bakhmut, also known as Artemovsk, a city in the Donetsk region. According to the think tank, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s all-out defense of the city could cripple Kiev's ability to mount an effective counteroffensive elsewhere.
Furthermore, the Kiev regime is suffering from a shortage of ammunition and experienced troops, something the West cannot provide anytime soon. The West's stockpiles of artillery shells and missiles are dwindling, while NATO cannot throw its troops to reinforce the Ukrainian military, as that could escalate the conflict into a full-fledged nuclear confrontation, according to the think tank.
Joe Biden drew sharp criticism for claiming he wants to free Americans “unjustly detained” around the world while hundreds of Jan. 6 demonstrators are still locked up in DC jails.
Biden’s comment is even more farcical given that thousands of hours of Jan. 6 surveillance footage was released a few weeks ago which completely debunked the uniparty’s narrative regarding the events that day.
Politicians were furious at Tucker Carlson for releasing the footage, which really highlighted how they were exaggerating – and even straight-up lying – about Jan. 6 to further their own political agendas.