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NOT SO GREAT BRITAIN
A smooth Brexit is about as likely as Ray Dalio getting invited to Burning Man ever again.
After Prime Minister Boris Johnson lobbied the Queen to shut down Parliament until mid-October to push forward a “no-deal” Brexit, members of Parliament responded by voting to take over Parliamentary business …
Opposition politicians and a “rebel” Conservative-led group dealt BJ a crippling blow and look to put forth legislation that will block the UK from leaving the EU unless it has a Brexit deal in place. Proponents of a deal point to the economic sh*tstorm Britain will face without a plan.
What in the bloody ‘ell?
Brexit is supposed to be a done deal by October 31. Sound familiar?
Johnson took over for Theresa May who failed miserably three times to negotiate a Brexit deal. Turns out, Boris’ grand plan is to have no plan at all, leaving the UK to “fall out” of the EU … thus giving the Kingdom leverage to make a trade deal with the EU. Wait, what? Yes, that’s actually Johnson’s “strategy.”
Meanwhile, Parliament needs to approve any master plan handed down by the PM. While some MPs don’t want Brexit at all, others do … they’d just prefer to have an actual plan in place.
So what’s next?
At this point, another vote will be held on the legislation (to block a no-deal Brexit) as early as Wednesday thus forcing Johnson back to the negotiating table with the EU. Fun fact: the EU needs to sign off on all of this as well.
Of course, PM BJ might just say f*ck it and call for a snap election, which would be the country’s third general election in five years. That move would require the support of two-thirds of Parliament. Did I mention that Parliament is demanding a guarantee that there won’t be a no-deal Brexit before moving forward with an election?
You can’t make this sh*t up, folks.
Taking the AR out of Walmart.
Walmart will stop selling handgun ammunition and ammo that could be used in high capacity magazines for assault-style guns. The adjustment will take effect immediately … well, once stores have sold out of existing inventory, that is. Because, you know, capitalism.
The nation’s largest retailer will also put an end to the sale of handguns in Alaska, after halting sales of handguns in all other states more than twenty years ago. Additionally, Wally World will no longer allow customers to open carry firearms inside its stores. Have no fear, concealed weapons are still kosher, where legal.
The Walton’s have been re-thinking gun sales over the past four years due in large part to consumer pressure stemming from the onslaught of mass shootings in the country.
The brick and mortar retailer has been at the forefront of the national debate. In August alone an employee opened fire, killing two people at a Walmart in Mississippi and a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Will it affect the bottom line?
The financial impact will be “merely a flesh wound” (if that) for Walmart, as most guns are purchased at gun shows, not big retail chains, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Gun and ammo sales account for a sliver of Walmart’s revenue.
Lead by example
Kroger will join the home of the rollback, requesting that customers who aren’t authorized law enforcement to not open carry in its stores, even in states where it’s legal.
IN OTHER NEWS
- Uber and Lyft both closed at their lowest point ever on Tuesday. Both ride-hailers were trading more than 30% below their IPO price throughout the day, with Uber and Lyft dropping 5.7% and 7.2% respectively. Leadership on both sides has done its best to stop the bleeding by laying out plans for profitability, but investors seem to be going all “show me the money.”
- John Stankey is moving up in the world. The current head of AT&T-owned WarnerMedia has been told he’ll be made the president and COO of AT&&T starting next month while retaining his current role as the WarnerMedia CEO. Stankey’s appointment to this previously non-existent number two role now makes him a frontrunner to take the reins when AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson retires. As of now, Stephenson has no plans to step down. *Stankey’s ears perk up any time Randy coughs*
- Marty Chavez is taking his talents to the beach. The Goldman exec announced his retirement plans at the end of 2019 via a memo to the firm on Tuesday. Chavez, who left briefly to run a startup in Silicon Valley, returned to Goldman in 2005 bringing a new focus on tech with him. So much so that Marty Money has been leading the charge to use automation and reduce humans in trading. He was once thought to be a front runner for the CEO position, but after DJ D-Sol replaced Chavez as CFO, his trajectory hit a plateau, and it appears he’s throwing in the towel.
- Huawei is giving the U.S. a taste of its own medicine, accusing the Stars and Stripes of “using every tool at its disposal” to throw a wrench into Huawei’s spokes. Those tools Huawei mentioned include cyberattacks and using law enforcement to “menace” its employees. They’ve also accused US officials of denying visas, resurfacing civil cases as criminal ones, and sending in agents to pretend they’re employees to find reasons to charge the firm with crimes … and almost certainly having those agents resort to chemical warfare (read: upper deckers) in Huawei’s bathrooms. The U.S. Justice Department is staying mum for now but did say that more than 80% of economic espionage charges it has open implicate China.
- Google is at the center of what could be an antitrust probe involving 30 US State Attorneys General. The probe, expected to launch on September 9th, focuses on privacy and antitrust violations. It claims that tech firms have so much user data built up, that anyone trying to start their own firms wouldn’t be able to compete. *crosses off “start New Google” off to-do list*
- Unfortunately for Google, parent company Alphabet’s chief legal officer has his hands full already. David Drummond got married this weekend to a 37-year-old employee, just a week after a former lover/employee spilled the tea on his neglect of their child. That same relationship was the focus of an October New York Times article that led to a global walkout by Google employees.
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