CPS would have you tied up in ‘Family Court’ if you didn’t have heat in your house, but if you’re the Baltimore City Public School System, you get a pass

Here is another ugly reminder as to why you should never let the ‘state’ destroy your child’s future with 12 years of useless knowledge. If you haven’t pulled your children out of ‘prison,’ better known as the public school system, you should.

We all know that schools are government brainwashing camps, which teach you how to be a ‘good slave,’ but whats taking place in Baltimore, Maryland is a little more alarming. Not providing heat to your children at home would certainly get you a visit from C.P.S. and undoubtedly get your children kidnapped by the state, but if you’re the Baltimore Public School system, you’re allowed to let your students freeze to death in classrooms temperatures around 40 degrees.

If you haven’t started homeschooling your children, you should.

Coming to America: H&M stores trashed in protest over ‘racist’ ad

H&M stores are facing a violent backlash for recently running a racist ad by placing a young African American child in a hoodie that had the words ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ screen printed on the front.

In an era of super sensitive feeling and hyperactive political correctness, I’m not sure how H&M managed to miss this.

South Africans, on the other hand, have decided to start trashing H&M stores over the ‘mishap.’

Be prepared because this type of violent reaction will be coming to American retailers sooner than you think.

Wal-Mart Will Allow Workers to Have Early Access to Pay

According to this Bloomberg report Walmart will allow employees access to early pay….How nice of them.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., working with two financial-technology startups, will allow its 1.5 million-strong U.S. workforce to draw on their salary ahead of payday — or squirrel some of it away for a rainy day.

The world’s biggest retailer has unveiled financial-planning tools designed by Even Responsible Finance Inc. and PayActiv Inc., a move that lets its employees access earned wages ahead of scheduled paychecks and avoid bounced checks or payday lenders.

Staffers will receive eight free uses a year of the Instapay tool via Even’s personal-finance app, which is linked to the employee’s checking or prepaid account and Wal-Mart’s payroll system.

“Traditional approaches to workforce well-being often focus solely on physical health, but we know from listening to our associates that financial well-being is just as important,” Wal-Mart Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney said in a statement.

The move could address a painful reality of low-income hourly workers, whose cash flow is far from predictable. Income volatility has been increasing in recent years, according to research from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and studies from the Federal Reserve show a lack of emergency savings among many workers. The inability to weather an unexpected car repair bill or medical expense can send a low-income worker into a debt spiral, and financially stressed workers can be less engaged and not as productive.

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25 Reasons to evacuate Baltimore Maryland immediately

Like most big cities Baltimore, Maryland is plagued by incompetent leadership. Mayor Catherine Pugh is an amateur to put it fairly, and she has no business holding an elected office. Her most significant accomplishment to date is removing hundred-year-old statues to satisfy the vicious hunger of social justice vultures. In the meantime, Baltimore, the city she was elected to lead has succumbed to a cesspool of criminals, and it has fallen victim to a murder rate that makes Chicago look safe.

The Baltimore Police Department, which once took an oath to serve and protect the public, has morphed into its own criminal enterprise, specializing in murders, shakedowns, and brazen cocaine deals with the Philadelphia Police Department.

If your vice is drugs or prostitution, Baltimore may be the city for you. Baltimore is known as the Heroin capital of the United States where junkies can easily acquire raw heroin to inject or sniff. If needles aren’t your thing, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions as pill popping is as popular as the Ravens Football team.

If you happen to live in Baltimore, or any other urban war zone for that matter, I would encourage you to explore other options. As the world continues to slowly spiral out of control, big cities like Baltimore will only continue to become the most dangerous places on the planet. Recent studies have revealed that living in a big city can increase your risk for cancer, making the decision all the more apparent.

If the warnings above still aren’t enough to convince you, below are 25 reasons you should evacuate Baltimore immediately and move to a safer, more friendly area.

  1. Baltimore records 319 murders, more than for all of 2016
  2. Baltimore police commissioner asks FBI to take over detective’s murder probe
  3. Entire Baltimore Neighborhood Under Lockdown: “Police Declared Martial Law”
  4. 13 Baltimore High Schools Have Zero Students That Are Proficient In Math
  5. Maryland Schools Cancel Field Trips To Baltimore, Citing ‘Escalating Violence’
  6. Baltimore Police sergeant planted drugs in suspect’s car, federal prosecutors say
  7. Murdered Baltimore cop was set to testify in police corruption case, shot with own gun
  8. Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray Back On Duty
  9. Seven of the 10 highest-paid Baltimore city employees during the last fiscal year were police officers 
  10. Illegal guns arrest decline as Baltimore police stand down
  11. 6 November carjackings in Baltimore County may be work of 1 group, police say
  12. Ex-Baltimore officer arrested for selling stolen cocaine and heroin in conspiracy involving eight others
  13. Baltimore Teacher Accused Of Selling Drugs At School 
  14. Federal officials indict seven Baltimore police officers on racketeering
  15. Rogue Baltimore officers testify that they helped alleged heroin dealers
  16. Five men found guilty of running a heroin ring protected by a former Baltimore cop
  17. Video Appears to Show Baltimore Police Officer Planting Drugs
  18. Indicted Baltimore Police Officers Charged With 13 More Robberies
  19.  Baltimore is reviewing 100 cases after video leaks appearing to show police planting drug evidence
  20.  MVA issued hundreds of fraudulent drivers licenses
  21.  “It’s Very Common”: Baltimore Teacher Admits To Passing Students That Never Showed For A Single Day Of Class
  22. 25% of Baltimore Lives in Poverty 
  23. “Out Of Control Genocide” In Baltimore, Residents Support Martial Law
  24.  Inside America’s Opioid Crisis: Shooting Up Heroin On Baltimore Streets
  25.  Surge Of Violence Connected To Notorious MS-13 Gang  

End in sight: Sears posts loss of $558 million ahead of crucial holiday shopping season

The end of an era is here. According to this USA Today report, Sears has recorded a massive loss of $558 million. According to sources, the company will shut down most of their stores in Q1 2018.

Sears Holdings reported a third-quarter loss Thursday as the ailing department-store chain seeks stability and faces a critical test during the holiday shopping season.

After more than 400 recently announced store closures aimed at removing its weak spots, Sears said it lost $558 million for the quarter ended Oct. 28.

Despite the red ink, investors were heartened at first, sending shares up at much as 28% before they turned lower by late afternoon..

With gift buying in full swing, Sears confronts the challenge of  trying to draw shoppers to stores as they increasingly flock online or to the retailer’s nimbler physical competitors.

Let It Burn: ESPN announces more layoffs

More bad news for ESPN. According to this Washington Post report, 150 employees will lose their jobs as cable subscriptions dwindle.

ESPN announced Wednesday that it is laying off approximately 150 employees, the network’s third round of job cuts over the past two-plus years.

Faced with a declining subscriber base and increasing sports-rights costs, ESPN laid off around 300 employees — many of them working behind the scenes — in October 2015. Then, in April, the network cut roughly 100 jobs, with the reductions coming from ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and online journalists. The round of layoffs announced Wednesday will affect employees “in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources,” ESPN President John Skipper announced in a memo to network employees.

“We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services. They will also appreciate your support,” Skipper wrote.

The 150 layoffs is a larger number than expected by most observers, but it still reflects a small fraction of the network’s reported 8,000 employees. On-camera talent was spared from this recent round of cuts, but Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports that the network will continue to reduce costs by not re-signing “SportsCenter” anchors whose contracts are coming up in the next 12 months.

Toys R Us prepares to close 25 U.K Stores

More bad news for retail. According to this BBC report, Toys R Us is ready to shut down 25 stores, leaving hundreds without jobs.

Toys R Us is preparing to close around a quarter of its 106 UK stores, with the loss of hundreds of jobs, the BBC understands.

The closures would form part of a deal to renegotiate debts owed by the company to its landlords – which must be agreed by 75% of its creditors.

The toy giant, which has around 3,000 workers, is looking to move away from its “big-box” out-of-town store model.

Christmas trading and gift cards are not expected to be affected.

The company is seeking approval from its board and US parent company to enter talks with the landlords.

Specialist restructuring firm Alvarez and Marsal is understood to be drafting a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) on its behalf.

It hopes to strike a deal on Toys R Us’s debts which will allow it to continue trading without being pursued for the money it owes.

A Toys R Us spokesperson would not comment on the CVA proceedings, shop closures or job losses.

The CVA process is separate to bankruptcy protection proceedings involving Toys R Us’s US parent company, which were announced in September.

Another U.S. retailer files for BANKRUPTCY, 74 stores to close

More bad news for retail. According to this CNBC report Footwear maker Aerosoles has filed for bankruptcy citing falling foot traffic and the shift towards online shopping.

Women’s shoe chain Aerosoles filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday with a plan to close most of its stores and focus on its wholesale, e-commerce and international businesses, becoming the latest casualty in the struggling U.S. retail sector.

Aerosoles, formally known as Aero, blamed its bankruptcy on declining mall traffic, big industry wide markdowns and a shift toward online shopping, according to a court filing.

At least a dozen retailers selling apparel, electronics and discount shoes have filed for bankruptcy this year to slash their store count and better compete with e-commerce companies such as Amazon.

Edison, New Jersey-based Aerosoles said it would close 95 percent of its 78 stores while maintaining four flagship shops in New York and its home state. Known for its comfortable flats and wedges, it will continue to sell its shoes online and at other retailers and department stores.

Chemical Bank announces considerable layoffs, 38 branches to close

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Michigan based Chemical Bank has announced hundreds of layoffs according to this WNEM report, at least 38 branches are expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter.

Chemical Financial Corporation has announced plans to cut seven percent of its employees and close dozens of branches following its recent merger.

The information became available through a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Impacted staff have been notified, and all layoffs are expected to be complete by Sept. 30.

Across both Michigan and Ohio, Chemical Bank employees 3,500 employees. The 7 percent reduction means that 230 people will lose their jobs, most of them in Michigan, according to Chemical Bank CFO Dennis Klaeser.

By the end of the fourth quarter, the bank plans to have closed at least 38 branches. Some of those branches will have business transferred to the closest available branch.

According to the filing, annualized cost savings from the restructuring initiative are expected to be approximately $20 million.

Midland-based Chemical merged with Talmer Bank, headquartered in Troy, in 2016; making it the largest Michigan-based bank.