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Tuesday, July 11. 2017
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Actually, I rather think it's more like filing for bankruptcy protection. They are closing a fair few stores, but apparently any signage can't say "bankruptcy", "liquidation", or "going out of business" sale.
That being said, I am wondering how long our local Sears will last. Time was, that store was really, really, profitable; so much so that the powers-that-be felt didn't need to do any upgrades. So now the whole store just looks grotty and has a grimy feel about it. Will be sad to lose it - have bought a lot there over the years - but the decisions of Sears' executives have totally ignored me as a consumer for a long time now.
"The Impact of Jihadi Attacks on the British Elections"
I must confess that I am more interested in the impact on the next Canadian election of the recent outrageous pay-out of $10.5 million and accompanying craven apology to Omar Khadr by my own Federal Government.
What's been happening at Sears is sad. The company that invented the mail order business model should have killed it online. Instead, they went from "Sears has everything!" to Sears hasn't got squat.
I was stationed near several smallish cities 40-60 years ago, i.e. McAllen, TX, Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL, Charleston SC. Sears was by far the best department/applicance/hardware/automotive store in any of those places. Times sure do change.
Sears' reputation was poisoned when it started selling rebranded KMart merchandise as Sears merchandise. But it is not the only store in this process. Most American stores in my area are in the process of declining or going down the tubes. Macy's (cheap goods with silly Italian names; discontinuing quality brands); Nordstrom's (no merchandise, what little there is is hugely overpriced); CVS Pharmacies, which swallowed our local drug store chain which was very good and then immediately drove it into the ground (empty and broken shelves, cheap goods, sale items being advertised and then not actually being on the shelves--which ought to be a legal consumer violation but apparently isn't; no shopping carts; whole areas of goods discontinued); Walgreens (no merchandise); Walmart (well it didn't start very high to begin with, but it's the only place I have actually seen bugs crawling in the produce bags), and so on. We really are becoming like the old Soviet Union.
The last months of Sears were particularly depressing in my area. It essentially became a dollar store, selling cheap junk people had given it on consignment. One day it was just gone, its doors closed.
Ever since trying to get through school with a unreliable Sear electric typewriter, my policy has been, "If it says Sears on the label, run, run as fast as you are able."
Now granted in the 1970s with all that union labor, many name brand US products were crap, but Sears never fixed their crappy products when the refreshing winds of competition swept over the nation.
Good riddance to bad retailer.
Sears had always been the first place I'd buy tools (Craftsman). I still like Craftsman tools but even if we still had a Sears nearby, I'm much more willing to buy tools elsewhere - e.g. Lowes Kobalt tools.
" U.S. seniors are employed at the highest rates in 55 years.
Seems like a good thing to me "
Depends on why. Do they want to keep working or can't they afford to retire because their retirement plans evaporated due to stock market collapse, mortgage crisis, and taxation?
I'd not be surprised if the latter is true for a large percentage of those who continue to work past the nominal age of retirement.
"retirement" is a terrible modern invention. Not good for males.
Retired when I was 56 (18 years ago). Much busier and happier now. Camping, traveling, working on a couple of rentals and my own home (I was actually looking forward to painting one of the houses but the paint job is still in great shape so I'll go to California instead). It is what you make of it and perhaps it's not for everyone. I loved my job right up until the day I no longer loved it. Now I love retirement.
At 68, I'm still working full-time in computer administration.
I think I'd go nuts not having a focus, being involved in ongoing projects.
I have retirement resources, but real income is better.
I really don't want to slow my lifestyle at this time.
Better develop some interesting, low energy, affordable hobbies that you can pursue as projects. Sooner or later, you'll be eased out of full time work by something or other, and you'd best have something to keep you occupied. Sign me, Been There.
The only place I know of in the U.S. that has a 'basic universal income' is Alaska. And that is all based on the oil being recovered from that state. Imagine if ALL states with oil, gas or coal could benefit from leases on their lands? Instead, the Obama administration grabbed more land for the feds out West and restricted drilling & mining on federal lands.
Used to be western states would fund themselves with timber sales...until the gov't took over the lands and told the states they would compensate them for the loss of income.
Easy enough to create 'universal income' by allowing states control over their own lands and resources. Such an easy solution, why won't the left support this? (rhetorical question, really)
>> Imagine if ALL states with oil, gas or coal could benefit from leases on their lands?
we currently receive royalties from the Marcellus Shale fields. Not only is it taxed at the well-head (Part of our royalty is withheld to pay the state extraction tax, yet we declare the entire thing as income for tax purposes), we're personally taxed which is why we have the money to farm- on a small scale (which helps with federal income tax, but not state income tax). When the price isn't so depressed that we get nothing, that is, but it's still money for doing nothing.
Yet our state still is billions in the hole, infrastructure falling apart, and yep, pension shortfalls. Constant screams that 'we have to do something for the children's education!' because state, local, property and personal employment tax (anyone who makes over $2400/yr) just isn't enough.
"Chicago ‘Dyke March’"
For a group of people who claimed to be discriminated against and harassed, I would think they would accept alliance with any substantial group willing to align themselves.
Who are the bigots now?
Sears could have been Amazon, if they had jumped on the Internet bandwagon.
The world evolves, evolve with it.