"This song is from 2002's album 'This Moment Now.' Twenty years ago, Pamela and Randy lived for awhile in different parts of the country, and part of their staying in touch was a steady stream of hand-written love letters to each other. The music on this album reflects a love that transcends distance and time."
“Can the night sky appear both serene and surreal? Perhaps classifiable as serene in the below panoramic image are the faint lights of small towns glowing across a dark foreground landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand, as well as the numerous stars glowing across a dark background starscape. Also visible are the planet Venus and a band of zodiacal light on the image left.
Unusual events are also captured, however. First, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while usually a common site, appears here to hover surreally above the ground. Next, a fortuitous streak of a meteor was captured on the image right. Perhaps the most unusual component is the bright spot just to the left of the meteor. That spot is the plume of a rising Ariane 5 rocket, launched a few minutes before from Kourou, French Guiana. How lucky was the astrophotographer to capture the rocket launch in his image? Not lucky at all- the image was timed to capture the rocket. What was lucky was how photogenic- and perhaps surreal- the rest of the sky turned out to be.”
“The poet, like the electric [lightning] rod, must reach from a point nearer to the sky than all surrounding objects down to the earth, and down to the dark wet soil, or neither is of use. The poet must not only converse with pure thought, but he must demonstrate it almost to the senses. His words must be pictures, his verses must be spheres and cubes, to be seen, and smelled and handled.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Ah, Mr. Emerson. This seems about as good a description of poetry as one is likely to find. I love the image. Not a hand reaching up to grasp the hand of Zeus, the hurler of bolts, but merely a pointed rod that reaches higher than any surrounding objects. A pen-point, scratching the firmament. Not a conductor reaching down to the earth, but deeper, into the wet inkpot of the soul.
Not lofty thoughts, airy philosophies, gnostic arcana. Rather, ideas that come wrapped in the stuff of the senses. Ideas that must be unwrapped the way you’d peel an orange, or pry open an oyster, or stir up from the bottom of a bowl of soup. The electric fire of the heavens captured and stored in the Leyden jar of physical self.
Take, for example, Marianne Moore’s “The Fish”, a poem that has been endlessly analyzed without ever giving up its secrets. Anyone who stands on that rocky shore with the poet, looking into the wave-washed chasm - the sea as fluid as breath, as hard as a chisel- takes away a lesson as profound as any one might learn in school, perhaps without being able to articulate exactly what the lesson is. The experience is simply there, to be seen, smelled, handled, in the weave and wave of animal bodies, in the intricate rhyme and syllabication of the poem. Truth- crow-blue, ink-bespattered, hatcheted, defiant.
I’d go further. I’d say that Emerson’s description of poetry can be equally applied to science, or to any human attempt to attract the spark of Zeus. One must lift one’s rod beyond the scratch and tumble of the everyday, while keeping its foot buried in the dark wet soil of lived experience.”
“How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the theatre upon which all our mighty designs, all our navigations, and all our wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the lives of so many people, only to flatter their ambition in being masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.”
"Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins Redacted to talk about his month long trip to Russia and what he saw in the stores, streets, and among the people. What he saw is frankly SHOCKING. Moscow was hit with another round of drone strikes by NATO and Ukrainian forces. Russia just struck Ukraine's intelligence headquarters destroying it."
"In today's vlog, we are at Kroger and are seeing some overwhelming price increases on groceries. With inflation being as high as it has ever been, we are struggling to find items that fit most of the populations budget!"
"Woo hoo. The debt ceiling gets resolved, and all is well. Only problem is the banks are about to fail big time and interest rates are climbing right before our eyes. Does any of this look or seem normal to you?"
"All ancient books which have once been called sacred by man, will have their lasting place in the history of mankind, and those who possess the courage, the perseverance, and the self-denial of the true miner, and of the true scholar, will find even in the darkest and dustiest shafts what they are seeking for, - real nuggets of thought, and precious jewels of faith and hope."
- Max Müller, "Introduction to the Upanishads" Vol. II.
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"The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850), containing over 52,800 reproductions. It was started in 1996 as a topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. More recently the periods of Neoclassicism and Romanticism were also included.
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“I have undertaken a labor, a labor out of love for the world, and to comfort noble hearts: those that I hold dear, and the world to which my heart goes out. Not the common world do I mean, of those who (as I have heard) cannot bear grief and desire but to bathe in bliss. (May God then let them dwell in bliss!) Their world and manner of life my tale does not regard: it's life and mine lie apart. Another world do I hold in mind, which bears together in one heart its bitter sweetness and its dear grief, its heart's delight and its pain of longing, dear life and sorrowful death, dear death and sorrowful life. In this world let me have my world, to be damned with it, or to be saved.”
- Gottfried Von Strassburg
"A comprehensive anthology and guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century. This site combines several sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature. Nothing replaces a quality library, but hopefully this site will help fill the needs of those who have not access to one.
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The site started in early 1996. I remember looking for essays to spark an idea for a survey class I was taking at the time. It seemed that finding study materials online was prohibitively difficult and time-consuming - there was no all-encompassing site which could have assisted me in my search. I started the site as a public service, because I myself had to waste so much time as a student, trying to find anything useful or interesting. There were only a handful of sites back then (read: Internet Dark Ages) and I could spend hours on search engines, looking for just a few things. I realized I must not be the only one in the predicament and started a simple one-page site of links to Middle English Literature. That page was soon followed by a Renaissance site.
Gradually it became obvious that the number of resources was ungainly for such a simple design. It was then that the multi-page "Medlit" and "Renlit" pages were created, around July 1996. That structure is still the same today. In September 1996, I started creating the "Sevenlit" site, launched in November. I realized the need to somehow unite all three sites, and that led to the creation of Luminarium. I chose the name, which is Latin for "lantern," because I wanted the site to be a beacon of light in the darkness. It was also befitting for a site containing authors considered "luminaries" of English literature."
The Problematic First Contact With Intelligent Alien Life"
By Simon Black
"I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life.
It's just been too intelligent to come here."
- Arthur C. Clarke
"In a world brimming with bewildering headlines, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future… and to where all of this insanity leads. “Future Headline Friday” is our satirical take of where the world is going if it remains on its current path. While our satire may be humorous and exaggerated, rest assured that everything is based on actual events, news stories, personalities, and legislation.
June 2, 2028: The Problematic First Contact With Intelligent Alien Life: Worldwide hopes for friendlier relations with our extraterrestrial visitors vanished this morning when the aliens climbed back aboard their space ships and flew away, after nearly three weeks of failed talks with senior US government officials.
The aliens had known of Earth’s existence for centuries, but they deliberately avoided our planet in their interstellar travels because they viewed human civilization as too underdeveloped. However, after monitoring NASA’s first-ever public hearing on UFOs, which took place nearly five years ago to the day, on May 31, 2023, the aliens decided to initiate first contact.
Their journey to earth took several years. And when they arrived last month, a collective sigh of relief could be felt around the world when the aliens came bearing gifts. Their initial contact with our planet seemed expertly planned to calm our nerves, as they distributed miracle cures for viruses, parasites, and even cancer. And, as they had spent the entire journey learning our languages, they were easily able to communicate.
The first world leader the aliens met with was US President Kamala Harris, and they showed her a small metallic box which they said would provide limitless free energy to the world. However, relations with the alien visitors quickly took a turn for the worse when the President began talking about science.
According to several observers at the meeting, President Harris explained to the aliens that basic principles of biology, like sex and gender, are myths that are rooted in violent heterodoxy, at which point the space diplomats appeared to burst out laughing. Of course, President Harris and her scientific advisers found this reaction deeply offensive, and they tried to explain that the aliens were displaying problematic colonizer attitudes.
Federal officials have spent the last several weeks trying to re-educate the aliens about science, leading to strained relations between our species. The aliens countered by producing thousands of holograms worth of data disproving the Americans’ claims, data which the White House called “ignorant and offensive”. Finally the aliens, in apparent exasperation, grabbed their energy cube, and stormed out. Their ship was observed leaving earth’s atmosphere this morning, and there has been no contact since.
Despite the loss of revolutionary alien technology, top officials say they don’t regret the outcome. As President Harris told reporters this morning, “Frankly, there’s no room on this earth for anti-science hate speech, whatever the species.” In other news, pharmaceutical and energy stocks, which initially plunged to near-zero value amid alien contact, have rebounded to record highs."
“Riding high in the constellation of Auriga, beautiful, blue vdB 31 is the 31st object in Sidney van den Bergh's 1966 catalog of reflection nebulae. It shares this well-composed celestial still life with dark, obscuring clouds recorded in Edward E. Barnard's 1919 catalog of dark markings in the sky. All are interstellar dust clouds, blocking the light from background stars in the case of Barnard's dark nebulae. For vdB 31, the dust preferentially reflects the bluish starlight from embedded, hot, variable star AB Aurigae.
Exploring the environs of AB Aurigae with the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the several million year young star is itself surrounded by flattened dusty disk with evidence for the ongoing formation of a planetary system. AB Aurigae is about 470 light-years away. At that distance this cosmic canvas would span about four light-years.”
"15 Big Box Retailers At Risk Of Bankruptcy In 2023"
By Epic Economist
"The list of endangered retailers continues to grow this year. Many companies that actually exited bankruptcy in the past are now being threatened by it again, while others that proved resiliency and stability for decades are struggling with debt, weak revenue, and higher competition and may have to shut doors for good in the next few months. Forbes analysts say that a bankruptcy wave was already expected. The only surprising thing about it is that it didn't happen sooner. For many iconic companies, this will be the end of an era. And for many Americans, this crisis will result in some lamentable losses of favorite stores, brands, and products.
For example, after witnessing the bankruptcy and outright collapse of rival Cineworld, shares of AMC dropped by 38% in a single day. During the pandemic, the world's largest movie theater chain became a meme stock and retail investors pushed its stock up more than 1,000%. Unfortunately, from that point on, things have only gone downhill for the entertainment retailer. A series of controversies have emerged, including allegations that Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX may have manipulated AMC stock. More recently, Robinhood warned investors that the company was about to file for bankruptcy – which AMC later said wasn’t true. Well, at least for the time being because conditions continue to deteriorate from the chain. In February, its quarterly loss shot up to $287 million, and overall revenues fell again. The retailer is still in a very vulnerable position, and the current economic challenges may push it over the edge.
Similarly, 130-year-old teen-targeting clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may actually be in its final year. The impact of inflation in 2022 caused a higher-than-expected plunge in sales and almost 150 store closings. Deutsche Bank analyst Tiffany Kanaga said that the institution is “highly skeptical of Abercrombie’s ability to stabilize its gross profit margin against this competitive mall backdrop.” The retailer is trying to move its operations to online platforms as its brick-and-mortar business falls apart.
Moreover, High-end department store chain Macy’s isn’t new in bankruptcy court. If first filed for bankruptcy in 1992, filing for a second time one decade later, in 2003. If anything, the timing of the filings reveals just how sensitive the company is to economic downturns and this time is no different. In 2020, Macy’s dodged bankruptcy by securing $4.5 billion in financing, but the scenario drastically changed in 2023. In the past few months, the chain has reported store shutdowns, and sales declines both in physical and online stores. A looming change in leadership is also fueling rumors that Macy’s is preparing to go out of business in the coming months.
Once again, JCPenney is on the verge of bankruptcy. In the first quarter of 2020, it filed for Chapter 11 protection to restructure its $4 billion debt, exiting bankruptcy in November, when two firms rescued the department store. Since then, the company hasn’t released financial reports, insisting that it is now on “solid footing.” But data released by Retail Dive shows ongoing volatility under its post-bankruptcy ownership.
The months ahead will be exceedingly difficult for US businesses. This is the time to show support to our favorite brands because they may be gone from our economic landscape before we even notice. The retail collapse has only just begun, and thousands of companies will continue to die right before our eyes. Today, we decided to compile the businesses that recently indicated they may be going out of business by year's end."
"NATO continues to strike residential centers inside of pre-war Russia. This morning Ukraine and NATO attacked Moscow using UAP's. In response Putin launched a devastating strike at NATO decision making centers inside of Ukraine. Patrick Lancaster joins us with the latest attacks on residential neighborhoods in Donetsk."
With so many of our better angels on the job, how come we're falling behind?
by Bill Bonner
Youghal, Ireland - "We left you sitting on the edge of your chair yesterday, didn’t we, Dear Reader? You were wondering, as we were: how come the US falls behind? How come the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Why do our schools get worse, not better? Why do our life expectancies fall? Why do our middle classes get poorer…while our military enters more and more conflicts, and loses them all?
With so many saints and geniuses on the job – Ms. Elizabeth Warren in the Senate…Nobel Prize winner, Paul Krugman at The New York Times…Ta-Nehisi Coates, here and there…do-gooders doing well in academia as well as government itself – clarifying ‘the science’… protecting us from AI, drugs, poverty, Russia, Chinese chips… censoring wrong-think…stimulating the economy with trillions of new dollars… enacting thousands of new laws and regulations (all aimed at the perfection of our society and the expansion of the government) – we pause to catch our breath – America’s slippage is as spellbinding as it is inexplicable.
Under the Influence: Donald Trump blames foreigners – both those who offer us their labor (Mexicans)….and those who send us their finished products (Chinese).
Joe Biden favors domestic enemies – pretending that straight, white, Republican males want to end our democracy.
A better explanation comes from Vladimir Lenin. He thought there was a flaw in capitalism itself that causes a drift toward fascism. In the 1970s, and ‘80s, economist George Stigler, and others, developed the theory of ‘regulatory capture’ to explain it. The idea was that the angels working for the feds were subject to influence. Ruthless, profit driven capitalists lure them into sin. Big businesses ‘capture’ the agencies…and use them to stifle competition, increase sales, lower taxes, and raise profit margins.
That is the way most thinking politicians, if there are any, see it. RFK, Jr. takes the idea a little further. Big Pharma and the FDA took advantage of the Covid Hysteria, he says, to sell drugs and gain power. Raytheon and General Dynamics teamed up with the Pentagon to exploit America’s empire madness and sell more weapons.
But the capture goes much further. The Drug Enforcement Agency protects illegal drug dealers – by keeping prices high and access limited. Police departments and prisons get bigger budgets, too. And the last thing anti-poverty warriors want is for the poor to suddenly become independent. The poverty-fighters live on greasy grants and giveaways from feds; take them away and they would have to earn an honest living. And now there are whole new industries colluding with the feds to sell “green” energy as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
But there’s something missing in the “capture” hypothesis. Who’s being captured by whom?
All Too Human: Our contribution to the ‘capture’ theory is to observe that both the regulators and the regulated put on their pants one leg at a time. Both want the same things – power, money, status. And they both get it by conspiring against the public. One side has money (made by providing goods and services for grateful customers). The other has power – given to it by the deciders, and backed by the firepower of the police and the army. Neither is a devil. Neither is a saint. Instead, both are all too human.
Government programs depend on chaste federal agents, pure of heart, clear of head, and ready to forsake earthly temptations. ‘Regulatory capture’ imagines that they, Ms. Warren and the entire regulatory, Deep State payroll are like nuns in a remote convent, always praying for peace and prosperity, while in danger of being carried off and ravished by lusty Vikings.
Of course, if the feds wanted to avoid ‘capture,’ they could easily strengthen their defenses. No speaking fees. No revolving door. No consulting for regulated industries. Why aren’t these measures taken? Oh, dear reader, you disappoint us. Isn’t it obvious? These gals want a good time too!
And what about using the tax system, as Ms. Warren suggests, to right wrongs? She aims to reduce inequality, she says, by taxing the wealth of the richest families. But the more laws and regulations, the more enforcers and adjusters, the greater the opportunity for the elite who know how to get around them.
Already, the tax code runs to 70,000 pages…with 3 million words…each of them intended to improve the world in some way. Surely, another few pages – with a property tax on wealthy families, such as the Kennedys, will help set things to right?
More Public Disservice: But wait…who writes those thousands of pages of tax code? Who puts the loopholes into the tax system and then advises rich people on where to find them? What lawyers move from the upper ranks of the IRS to partnership in the major tax firms? Who do these ‘public servants’ really serve – the middle class, or their rich clients? ‘The People’…or the elite?
And who will write the new tax law? Who will consult…who will interpret…who will slip the plum into the pudding? Perhaps it could be inserted as an amendment to this helpful IRS instruction: "For purposes of Paragraph (3), an organization described in Paragraph (2) shall be deemed to include an organization described in Section 501(c) (4), (5), or (6) which would be described in Paragraph (2) if it were an organization described in Section 509(a)(3)." Who would know?
But maybe the rich and powerful…along with their lawyers, lobbyists and Congressional representatives (for whom they paid good money!) will take a break. Maybe they’ll go to the Hamptons for a long summer vacation while Ms. Warren writes the new tax law herself. And Ms. Warren? Who does she work for? The few? Or the many? Have the capitalists been unable to tame her…or she, them? Did she remain hidden in some dark nook, innocent, in prayer…as the rest of Washington was captured? Or, by proposing yet another phony regulatory ‘solution’ is she merely anesthetizing ‘the people’…allowing the elite to rip them off even more?"
"In today's vlog, we are at Family Dollar and are noticing some strange price increases! We are seeing some skyrocketing prices and a lot of empty shelves! It's getting rough out here as stores seem to be struggling with getting products, and charging very high prices!"
“I’m sick and tired of hearing Democrats whining about Joe Biden’s age. The man knows how to govern. Just shut up and vote to save Democracy.” - Rob Reiner, Hollywood savant.
"Perhaps you’re aware that the World Health Organization (WHO) is cooking up a plan to impose its will over all the sovereign nations on this planet in the event of future pandemics. That means, for instance, that the WHO would issue orders to the USA about lockdowns, vaccines, and vaccine passports and we US citizens supposedly would be compelled to follow them.
Why the “Joe Biden” regime would go along with this globalist fu**ery is one of the abiding mysteries of our time - except that they go along with everything else that the cabal of Geneva cooks up, such as attacks on farmers, and on oil production, and on relations between men and women, and on personal privacy, and on economic liberty throughout Western Civ, as if they’re working overtime to kill it off. And all of us with it.
I think they are working overtime at that because the sore-beset citizens of Western Civ are onto their game, and getting restless about it. So, the Geneva cabal is in a race against time before the center pole of their circus tent collapses and the nations of the world are compelled to follow the zeitgeist in the direction of de-centralizing, foiling all their grand plans.
The “Joe Biden” regime is pretending to ignore the reality that this WHO deal is actually a treaty that would require ratification by a two-thirds vote in the senate, an unlikely outcome. In any case, handing over authority to the WHO - in effect, to its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - to push around American citizens like a giant herd of cattle would be patently unlawful.
That center pole of the circus tent is the wobbling global economy. It’s barely holding up the canvas over the three rings of the circus. In the center ring, the death-defying spectacle of the Biden Family crime case is playing out before a huge audience (us). This week, a gun went off at the FBI and smoke is curling out of the barrel. FBI Director Christopher Wray was forced to verify that he’s been sitting on an incriminating document for three years from a “trusted” confidential human source, i.e., an informant, stating that the Biden Family received a $5-million bribe from a foreign entity when “JB” was vice-president.
That’s only one bribe of many others, of course, as documented in the Hunter Biden laptop, and it must be obvious it represents treasonous behavior that will demand resignation or impeachment. As this spools out in the weeks and months ahead, do you think Americans will be in the mood to accept further insults such as “Joe Biden” surrendering our national sovereignty to the WHO?
Anyway, you must ask yourself: why on earth should I trust the WHO about anything? Did they not participate in laying a trip on the world with Covid-19? How did those lockdowns work out? Do you think they destroyed enough businesses and ruined enough households? How’s the vaccination program doing? Effective? Safe? Yeah, maybe not so much. Maybe killing a lot of people, wrecking immune systems, sterilizing reproductive organs, causing gross disabilities, shattering lives.
Of course, in over three years neither the WHO nor the US medical authorities showed the slightest interest in helping to figure out how the Covid-19 virus was made in a lab, and exactly how it got loose in the world. Lately, Dr. Ghebreyesus has warned the world about much worse future pandemics supposedly coming down at us. Oh? Really? What does he know that we don’t? That possibly new efforts to concoct chimeric diseases are ongoing in labs around the world? (You know that dozens of such labs were discovered in Ukraine as the war got underway there in 2022.) What’s Dr. Ghebreyesus doing to stop that?
If US orgs and citizens are involved in this “research,” why doesn’t the WHO alert our government leaders so they can stop it. (Would they? I’m not so sure.) And, who is behind it this time? The Eco-Health Alliance again, like with Covid-19? By the way, that outfit got another whopping grant last fall from the NIH to “study” bat viruses - right after the NIH terminated a previous grant on account of The Eco-Health Alliance failing to turn over notebooks and other records.
No, you cannot trust the WHO about anything. The “trust horizon” (a concept introduced by the great Nicole Foss, late of The Automatic Earth dot com) is shrinking. You can no longer trust any distant authorities. You also cannot trust the US federal government (especially the executive branch behind “Joe Biden”). And notice: the trust horizon is shrinking just as the world is de-centralizing. This, you see, is the main contradiction behind all the Globalist’s twisted ambitions to control everything, including you. They are working against the current tide of human history which is pushing everything toward down-scaling, re-localization, and re-assertion of the sovereign individual person.
That trend will become increasingly evident as things organized at the giant scale start to implode - giant retail chains, medical behemoths, hedge funds, big banks, you name it. The world no longer has the mojo for globalism. There’s reason to wonder these days whether the USA has the mojo to remain a unified national polity of states. Our federal government is not only financially bankrupt beyond any coherent reckoning, it is also morally bankrupt, and it has decided to make war against its own people. None of this is satisfactory and none of this is working. It’s time to figure out who and what you can trust and act accordingly."
"The Senate passed the House debt ceiling bill that will keep record high spending for at least two more years. Actually, there is no debt ceiling as this bill suspends it until 2025. Let the money printing begin, and now with a turbo charger!!! The hard part will be financing this pig of a debt deal. No way the federal government will sell this debt, which sources say will be at least $4 trillion in new spending. So, the Fed will be forced to monetize it. Count on much bigger inflation coming soon.
Half of America’s banks are insolvent, according to one overseas report out early last month. The report was not covered by the Lying Legacy Media (LLM) and largely missed by the Alt media. The report by the Financial Times says half of America’s 4,800 banks may already be insolvent. Yikes!! Maybe this is why Congress is getting ready to print trillions of new dollars. Is the banking system going to get yet another bailout? Will the U.S. dollar survive this round of money printing? To make matters worse, retail giants Costco and Macy’s are warning about a sinking economic forecast. Add four-fold rising announced layoffs this year, and things are not looking good at all.
Bad news for actor Jamie Foxx. He’s been in the hospital for more than a month for what was called a “medical complication.” We now find out the actor has a CV19 vax injury so bad it has left him blind and partially paralyzed. Is this the injury that will finally bring a spotlight to the dangers of the CV19 bioweapon/vax? On the other side of the Atlantic, testimony by Dr. David Martin is shedding a light on the CV19 bioweapon/vax because he proves in front of the EU Parliament that is exactly what it is. He shows records going back to 1990 to prove it. The video revealing this has gotten 200-million views. Dr. Martin says this presentation has hit “pay dirt” to wake up the world to the crimes committed with Covid and the CV19 Spike Protein bioweapon/vax.
Hard Times Ahead As Retailers Brace For Bankruptcies"
By Epic Economist
"Walmart is warning American consumers that hard times are ahead. This week, the company confirmed more price hikes, store closings, and layoffs in 2023. Executives, including CEO Doug McMillion, expect increased turbulence in the retail sector this year. Analysts at UBS believe almost 100,000 stores could shut down. They say a flood of bankruptcies is about to hit major US retailers, starting this summer. That comes as consumer spending drastically slows down, retail sales drop, and companies report pressure on profit margins. Walmart’s cautious note is putting other big brands on high alert given that economic conditions continue to deteriorate all over the country.
Walmart sounded alarms this week when it slashed its quarterly and full-year profit estimates. America’s largest retailer is warning that conditions in 2023 will be abnormally hard as it forecasts slower sales and profit growth, disappointing investors, and leaving other major US companies on edge.
On top of the problems happening in its brick-and-mortar operations, Walmart reported an 8% decline in average daily visits to its website over the past 12 months. So far this year, the company already announced a large number of layoffs at its fulfillment centers and multiple store closings. Now it is saying that consumers should brace for more price hikes due to “stubborn inflation”.
In fact, a new survey conducted by Digital.com, which asked over 1,000 retail owners and executives how inflation is impacting profitability, pricing, and discount offers found that 55% of retailers have increased prices by 20% or more on average. Of those who have increased prices, 28% of major retailers raised prices by 50% or more. When asked why they have increased prices, 66% of businesses cited rising inflation, 69% supply chain issues, and 57% increased demand. Furthermore, 55% shrank discounts, and 48% increased the price of complementary products.
Adding to consumers’ woes, about 38% of businesses said they will offer fewer discounts than last year, and 14% will not offer any at all. Walmart is certainly one of the best-positioned companies in the industry, and its large-scale operations definitely give the company leverage to stay afloat during turbulent times like these. But that doesn’t mean that the retailer isn’t struggling, and the message it is sharing with the public and other businesses is a sign that economic conditions are going to get even tougher from this point on.
Since the start of the year, retail bankruptcies are piling up. Party City, Tuesday Morning, Bed Bath & Beyond, Joann Fabric, David’s Bridal, mattress manufacturer Serta Simmons and Independent Pet Partners, a pet store retailer, have filed all for bankruptcy in 2023. UBS analysts updated their store closings prediction in April, saying that if the economy continues heading towards a prolonged recession, the number could reach upwards of 94,000 store shutdowns. Ongoing economic headwinds may eviscerate financially struggling brands that have barely survived the pandemic-induced recession of 2020 and 2021. This time around, only the strongest will remain standing, and we’re about to find out who is who."