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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

U.S. Retail Sales Plunge During “Black Friday” Weekend

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WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Patrick Martin
12/02/2014

The five-day shopping period from November 27 through December 1, including Thanksgiving and the relentlessly promoted “Black Friday,” “Small business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday,” will turn out to be a bust in 2014, according to estimates by the National Retail Federation. The drop in holiday sales reflects the fact that the disposable incomes of working-class households continue to stagnate and decline, despite a raging stock market and record corporate profits.


Corporate criminals get a well deserved taste of their 
own poison
A preliminary survey by the National Retail Federation, released Sunday, projected sales for the five-day period, viewed as the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season, falling by 11 percent, from $57.4 billion in 2013 to $50.9 billion this year. Sales fell despite an avalanche of advertising linked to deep discount pricing and earlier opening times for stores on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

The debacle on Black Friday was quite noticeable in terms of traffic volume. 



In previous years, freeway interchanges near major malls have been gridlocked by people seeking early purchases. There was no such phenomenon recorded this year, with light traffic on roads and parking places available at most malls.

Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation (NRF), said the results could show “there are a significant number of Americans out there for whom the recession is not yet over.” There have been a series of reports over the past month showing wage stagnation or actual declines for the vast majority of American workers.


Corporate giants largely empty, take massive hit

It was significant in that context that the low-cost retailers catering to low-income workers were the only ones to show significant gains during the five-day period. One industry analyst said that Walmart was “the undisputed leader” in traffic, with full parking lots. (Retailers of luxury goods typically do not participate in Black Friday promotions since their wealthy clientele are not going to line up outside stores at 5 a.m. in the hopes of a bargain.)

The figures provided by the National Retail Federation suggested that fewer people were shopping, both online and in stores, and those who did shop were spending less. 


Stores forced to give animals away
In the first four days of the five-day shopping weekend, the number of shoppers fell 5.2 percent compared to last year, while the amount they spent fell 6.4 percent. 

Stores specializing in clothing were particularly hard-hit. 


The NRF had projected that the holiday season would set new records, with sales up 4.1 percent in 2014, compared to a 3.1 percent rise in 2013. Most corporate and government economists had predicted that the decline in the price of gasoline, which fell below $3 a gallon in most US markets in November, would give consumers more money to spend on other goods.

The analytics firm Retail Next provided estimates of weekend sales that were just as dismal as the NRF’s, with in-store traffic down 12.5 percent and sales down 10.3 percent, excluding online sales.


Even Santa gets "busted"
Both organizations suggested that the Black Friday phenomenon has exhausted itself because stores were providing heavy discounts from the beginning of November, instead of waiting until Thanksgiving to mark prices down. Amazon.com, for example, started Black Friday sales the weekend before, with significant discounts.


One business analyst correctly predicted the sales slump. PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a survey published before Thanksgiving, predicted average household spending for the holidays would fall from $735 in 2013 to $684 this year. It said that the slump was due to the enforced decline in spending by people earning less than $50,000 a year, who make up 67 percent of the population this year, compared to only 63 percent in 2012. These people—two thirds of the American population—are falling behind in the struggle to survive economically, and simply can’t afford to participate in extra holiday spending.


Corporate criminals now paying the price for pillaging American consumers, screwing employees by cutting benefits, paying slave wages

The Black Friday fiasco shows the class reality of Obama’s so-called “economic recovery,” which has seen the stock market hit record levels, while working-class living standards have actually fallen. As the New York Times summed it up in an editorial last month, “Since the recovery began in mid-2009, inflation-adjusted figures show that the economy has grown by 12 percent; corporate profits, by 46 percent; and the broad stock market, by 92 percent. Median household income has contracted by 3 percent.”



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30 Years On, Bhopal Gets First Holocaust Museum

Union Carbide/Dow responsible for deaths, still fighting victim claims in courts    

THE TIMES OF INDIA
By Partha Maitra
12/02/2014

BHOPAL -

Poignancy cannot be lost at every nook and corner of the museum, the first detailed history of the Bhopal holocaust three decades ago. The archaeology of trauma, the dance of death and the horror that swept through Bhopal in the midnight hour of December 2 has been collated under one roof, just a few km from the Union Carbide factory — the first museum on the tragedy which will be inaugurated by a gas survivor on Tuesday — eve of 30th anniversary of the one of the world's worst industrial disaster.


Split into five sections — Trauma Room, Health Room, Anderson Wall, Toxic Water Wall, Compensation Room and the Movement Room — every section is a heart-wrenching reminder of the catastrophe and meticulously conserves the last tangible link with the dead and those who survived.

It has at least 50 original audio recordings of gas survivors, doctors on duty on the fateful night, the forensic expert who conducted mass autopsies and those who survived the tragedy — cut into 3-minute audio loops that can be heard by picking up phone receivers hung on the walls. 


The Trauma Room with a black hue evokes the darkness of death with replica of Carbide pipelines strapped across the ceiling with images of survivors trapped beneath, a sombre simulation of death from suffocation.




Bhopal's holocaust museum is designed and conceptualised by well-known museologist Vivek Seth, who created India's first Transport Museum at Manesar and left his stamp on National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. And it's is the brainchild of a curator and Washington Post journalist, Rama Lakshmi.


"This museum is a big challenge because it entails conservation without chemicals. No vinyl, no flax, no trace of chemical has been used in the entire set-up, making it the first of its kind in India," said museum designer Vivek Seth.

From six-year-old Meenaz's play doll, her last companion before she died few years ago from debilitating disease, to an embroidered Banarasi sari gifted to Bano Bi by her husband, who died in the tragedy, the last human links in the tragedy chain lie showcased in the museum. Speaking to TOI, museum curator, Rama Lakshmi, said, "This is the first museum in India which tells the story of contemporary social movement for justice. This museum should be the template for other social struggles across India. We worked on this idea for four years."


The decaying Union Carbide plant at Bhopal

Dr. HH Trivedi, who treated patients on the fateful night has donated his stethoscope to the museum. So has forensic expert Dr DK Satpathy, who gifted the chisel and hammer, he used to split skulls on the autopsy table. His unfiltered voice when you pick the receiver on how he struggled with piling bodies in the mortuary is a chilling reminder of the calamity 30 years ago.



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ISIS Claims To Have Developed Dirty Bomb – Reports

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RT
12/02/2014

So-called Islamic State militants claim to have developed a crude nuclear weapon using materials seized from Mosul University, Iraq. A British extremist boasted of the damage the dirty bomb would do if detonated in Iraq, UK media reports.


"Two litres goat shit, one litre camel urine...
duct tape..."
One of the militants bragging about the device online wasHamayun Tariq, fighting under the nom de guerre of Muslim-al-Britani, the Daily Mirror reports. Britani, a Briton who claims to be a bomb expert, tweeted:

"O by the way, Islamic State does have a dirty bomb. We found some radioactive material from Mosul University."

He continued: “We’ll find out what dirty bombs are and what they do. We’ll also discuss what might happen if one actually went off in a public area.”



In another somewhat confused message he said a dirty bomb “would be terribly destructive if it went off In LONDON becuz [sic] it would be more of a disruptive than a destructive weapon.”

Another militant replied that such an attack would likely ramp us Western involvement, adding “Allah knows best.”


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Reports that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) had stolen uranium compounds from Mosul University first came out over the summer. Writing to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on July 8, Iraqi UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said that 88 pounds of uranium used for scientific research at Mosul University had been looted.


Two days later, a spokesperson for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the material was “low grade” and “would not present a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk."

A dirty bomb is a mix of explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive powder or pellets. 

When the dynamite or other explosives are set off, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), the radioactive materials used in a dirty bomb “would probably not create enough radiation exposure to cause immediate serious illness, except to those people who are very close to the blast site.”


Some ISIS members have higher priorities than building a "dirty bomb"

They noted, however, that “the radioactive dust and smoke spread farther away could be dangerous to health if it is inhaled.”

Due to the difficulty of transporting any such material, if the militants actually attempt to construct a dirty bomb, they would likely attempt to detonate it in Iraq or Syria.




On Monday a high-ranking UK security source told the Sunday Express that an “alive and real” Muslim terrorist bomb plot was in the works for the holiday season.

"We've been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas,” the source told the paper. “They've been waiting for the big one.”



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