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Brick and Mortar under siege:

CNN Money:

The 69-year old Toys 'R' Us was once the mecca of kids' gifts. But it was eventually overtaken by Walmart and ultimately Amazon.

In its fight to stay relevant, Toys 'R' Us amassed $5 billion in debt. That came from slashing prices, signing major, exclusive licensing deals with toymakers and buying up other toy giants FAO Schwartz and KB Toys over the past decade.

At one point, Toys 'R' Us showed signs of a turnaround. After being taken private in 2005, Toys 'R' Us filed for an initial public stock offering in 2010. It ultimately withdrew its filing, citing "unfavorable market conditions."

Late Monday, Toys 'R' Us announced that it scrounged up $3 billion in bankruptcy financing, which it plans to use to restructure the company, alleviate its debt burden and revamp its stores.

My daughter is only nineteen and Toys 'R' Us was our go-to place for toys and games when she was younger. There was also a Borders Books near our house that was another favorite place of ours to go. When she got a little older, every Saturday was movie night with something we would pick up at Blockbuster. It is amazing how radically the retail landscape has changed in less than two decades.

The Borders story is the one that most epitomizes how fast things change. I remember when they started popping up everywhere. They were going to be the death of all other retail book and music sellers. It looked like they would be around forever.

Oh well.


Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist and USGS scientist emerita, has been tweeting about today's earthquakes in Westwood, Calif. and Mexico City:



The death toll in Mexico has risen to 94. Let's pray it doesn't hit *double triple digits.


*Thanks to commenter Coffey Kin for pointing out my mistake.

I don't know who, what, when, where or why this is, but I am posting it here as a reminder to us all -- that leftism continues to be a mental disorder.

So there's that:

The way Granny Maojackets has been babbling on her book tour lately it's obvious that no one has told her that she might want to retire from politics for good. There is a high probability that her inner circle is as delusional as she is and they all think she might be good for one more go.

Bernie may be more likely to run again. I really hope he, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris all throw their hats in the ring and cannibalize the Democratic party by trying to out-progressive each other.


This is really awful.

More from WaPo:

Two medical staffers at a military hospital in Florida were barred from caring for patients after they were seen in disturbing images mishandling a newborn, making obscene gestures and calling babies “mini-Satans.”

One video shows a female staffer in gloves and medical scrubs holding the infant by the armpit, moving the arms and body as music played in the background. One photo shows a staffer flipping a middle finger at the infant. Its caption reads: “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”

It’s unclear from the images whether the female employee in the video is the same person flipping her middle finger in the photo. ABC affiliate WFTS reported that the photo is an image from a Snapchat account belonging to one of the employees. The post also said that the “navy nurse” and her friend held up the baby and made it dance to rap music, according to WFTS.

What in the ever loving you-know-what is wrong with people?

According to the article, the hospital is a little vague on precisely what happened to the hospital staffers, simply saying they “will be handled by the legal system and military justice”.

The death toll now in Mexico is up to 44 and expected to rise.

President Trump tweeted an encouraging message to the people of Mexico:

More images from the devastating earthquake in Mexico today:

I hope no one was in this building when it collapsed:

Imagine being in one of these buildings when the ground began to shake:


Who's going to pay $80 million for Rolling Stone now, Jann?

Pardon my English, but holy crap -- watch as a Russian Army helicopter mistakenly fires on civilian onlookers during the country's massive Zapad 17 exercise.