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  • Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable’ Some national chains, both retail and restaurants, are closing outlets in New York City, which are struggling more than their branches elsewhere.

    08/11/2020 4:30:45 PM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2020 | Matthew Haag and Patrick McGeehan
    For years, Bryant Park Grill & Cafe in Midtown Manhattan has been one of the country’s top-grossing restaurants, the star property in Ark Restaurants’ portfolio of 20 restaurants across the United States. But what propelled it to the top has vanished. The tourists are gone, the office towers surrounding it are largely empty and the restaurant’s 1,000-seat dining room is closed. Instead, dinner is cooked and served on its patio, and the scaled-down restaurant brings in about $12,000 a day — an 85 percent plunge in revenue, its chief executive said. Five months into the pandemic, the drastic turn of...
  • Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable’

    08/11/2020 3:26:31 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 151 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 11, 2020 | Matthew Haag and Patrick McGeehan
    In the heart of Manhattan, national chains including J.C. Penney, Kate Spade, Subway and Le Pain Quotidien have shuttered branches for good. Many other large brands, like Victoria’s Secret and the Gap, have kept their high-profile locations closed in Manhattan, while reopening in other states. Michael Weinstein, the chief executive of Ark Restaurants, said he will never open another restaurant in New York. Of Ark Restaurants’ five Manhattan restaurants, only two have reopened, while its properties in Florida — where the virus is far worse — have expanded outdoor seating with tents and tables into their parking lots, serving almost...
  • Trump Says Hydroxychloroquine 'Would Be the Hottest Thing' if He Had Not Endorsed It to Treat COVID-19

    08/11/2020 8:23:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/11/2020 | Katherine Fung
    President Trump said hydroxychloroquine "would be the hottest thing" had he not endorsed the anti-malaria drug as a treatment for COVID-19. "If I would have said, 'I don't believe in it. It doesn't work,' it would be the hottest thing going right now," he said Tuesday morning. In an interview on sports radio show Outkick, Trump told host Clay Travis that the drug "causes no problem," citing his own use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the virus in May. "As soon as I came out with it, they said 'Oh, it doesn't work.' They went crazy," Trump added,...
  • For Journalists, History Started Yesterday

    08/11/2020 4:08:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2020 | Derek Hunter
    It always amazes me just how stupid reporters are. Maybe stupid isn’t the right word, ignorant is more like it. How do people who claim to be the arbiters of what is news not follow the news? Seems like knowing what you’re talking about would be an important component of journalism, especially since journalism considers itself “the first draft of history.” But for too many of these left-wing teleprompter readers and Democratic Party stenographers, history just started yesterday. MSNBC anchor Katy Tur is known not for her depth of knowledge on important issues, but her basic ignorance of things that...
  • Joe Biden, Closet Republican

    07/10/2019 2:09:15 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 9, 2019 | Frank Bruni
    He’s the liberal Bob Dole, the looser Mitt Romney, the supposedly safe bet who’s owed a shot. It didn’t come to me right away, but finally I recognized the model for Joe Biden’s unusual campaign, the former president whose pitch Biden’s most closely resembles: George W. Bush. I’m referring to Bush’s first presidential bid, in 2000, which is remembered mostly for its surreal climax: the seesawing returns on election night, the Florida recount, the Supreme Court ruling that effectively decided the contest in his favor. To the limited extent that political junkies recall his slogans and stump speeches, the phrase...
  • Trump on Being Added to Mount Rushmore:... ‘Sounds Like a Good Idea to Me’.....

    08/10/2020 5:50:57 AM PDT · by caww · 50 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/10/2020 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Trump denied Sunday a report he seriously proposed he be added to Mount Rushmore, but indicated he thought it was a “good idea.” “This is Fake News by the failing New York Times and bad ratings CNN,” Trump wrote on social media. “Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!” The New York Times reported on Sunday the White House reached out to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in 2018 about adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore....
  • The New York Times has finally woken up to the fact that Seattle’s CHOP was a complete disaster - a month after it was disbanded

    08/09/2020 12:04:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 8/07/20 | Guy Birchall
    Following an investigative report the paper of record has revealed that business owners who were stuck in the Capitol Hill Organised Protest ‘aren’t so sure about abolishing the police’. No sh*t Sherlock. The New York Times has done something distinctly out of character and actually produced some decent journalism. Taking a break from getting editors sacked for allowing Republican senators to write op-eds and forcing out the few remaining sane people on their staff for not quaffing the identity politics Cool-Aid enthusiastically enough, they dispatched a reporter to Seattle to pick through the remnants of the CHOP, a month after...
  • NY Times reporter notes Biden staff 'anxiety' over gaffes, claims Dems 'thrilled' ex-VP off campaign trail

    08/07/2020 6:04:40 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/6/2020 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin tweeted Thursday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's recent stumbles have unsettled party officials and left them "thrilled there is no real public campaign." Biden raised eyebrows twice this week over remarks during an interview that aired at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In a preview clip released Wednesday, the former vice president snapped at CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett over a question about whether he had taken a cognitive test, comparing it to asking Barnett to "take a test where you're...
  • The humiliation of Western history

    08/06/2020 10:20:19 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    Spiked Online ^ | 5 Aug 2020 | Frank Furedi
    Unlike previous initiatives designed to encourage people to look critically at uncomfortable truths about their past, the 1619 Project offers a ‘take it or leave it’ version of history. Its aim is not to criticise existing historical narratives about the US. It is to negate and even morally annihilate the very foundation on which the US was built. As the NYT put it: ‘Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. Black Americans fought to make them true. Without this struggle, America would have no democracy at all.’ In rejecting the founding ideals of liberty...
  • NYT discreetly deletes Chinese-funded propaganda advertorials

    08/06/2020 10:36:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 10 replies
    Disrn ^ | 8/5/2020 | Bryan Brammer
    The New York Times discreetly scrubbed its publication free of advertisement articles funded by the Chinese Communist Party, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday. Dating back to 2016, the NYT received more than $100,000 per month to print Chinese propaganda, according to China Daily filings requested by the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year. The NYT was also paid $50,000 in 2018 to put additional Chinese propaganda on its website. The NYT has run more than 200 advertorials over the last 10 years, many of which downplayed the Chinese Communist Party's human rights abuses. While collecting millions through paid advertisements,...
  • VIDEO: TDS Afflicted Tom Friedman Hilariously Desperate to Remove Trump from Office

    08/06/2020 8:17:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 6, 2020 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEO Listen to just how hilariously desperate New York Times columnist Tom Friedman is to remove President Trump from office. After listening to his rant, do you have any doubt that he will need to be strapped down to a gurney after the election? The Rubber Room awaits, Tom!
  • Supreme Court Supports Democrat Efforts To Make Christians Second-Class Citizens

    08/04/2020 9:44:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 4, 2020 | Nathanial Blake
    The Supreme Court has no excuse for allowing Nevada officials to use a public health crisis to fill poker tables while emptying pews. All four gospels record that the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus cast lots for his clothing. This was not the last time government agents were more interested in gambling than God. The latest instance is in Nevada, where the state government has granted casinos special privileges denied to churches. Casinos are allowed to operate at half-capacity, while churches are restricted to a hard cap of 50 people, no matter their capacity.When this double standard was challenged in...
  • Andrea Long Chu’s Fake Vagina

    11/26/2018 5:17:39 AM PST · by servo1969 · 115 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-24-2018 | Rod Dreher
    Sit down and read this essay in The New York Times by Andrea Long Chu. It is, inadvertently, an icon of our radically disordered culture. Here's how it starts: Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain. This is what I want, but there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don't expect it...
  • Manhattan D.A. Investigating Trump for ‘Possible Fraud’ Based on Media Reports

    08/04/2020 8:15:00 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    Breitbart - Politics ^ | 8/3/2020 | Joel B. Pollak
    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told a federal court Monday that his office was pursuing a broad inquiry into possible fraud by President Donald Trump and his private businesses, based on reports that had appeared in the media. The New York Times reported: The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past. (snip) In the new filing, the prosecutors did not directly identify the subject of their inquiry. But they said that...
  • Media Silent As Christopher Steele ‘Hero’ ‘Spymaster’ Narrative Crumbles

    08/03/2020 6:08:58 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 26 replies
    Federalist ^ | AUGUST 3, 2020 | Mollie Hemingway
    For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t true. Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even...
  • 17,000 people protest coronavirus restrictions in Berlin

    08/02/2020 8:56:13 PM PDT · by RandFan · 22 replies
    Twitter ^ | Aug 2 | New York Times
    This was the scene in Berlin, where an estimated 17,000 people defied social-distancing and mask requirements to join a protest supported by neo-Nazi groups, conspiracy theorists and others who said they were fed up with the restrictions. Video...
  • Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties

    08/02/2020 5:12:53 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/1/20 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Glenn Thrush
    Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.
  • Kodak C.E.O. Got Stock Options Day Before News of Loan Sent Stock Soaring

    08/02/2020 6:25:09 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 40 replies
    NY Times ^ | 31 July 2020 | Jesse Drucker and Ellen Gabler
    At the beginning of this week, the Eastman Kodak Company handed its chief executive 1.75 million stock options. It was the type of compensation decision that generally wouldn’t attract much notice, except for one thing: The day after the stock options were granted, the White House announced that the company would receive a $765 million federal loan to produce ingredients to make pharmaceuticals in the United States. The news of the deal caused Kodak’s shares to soar more than 1,000 percent. Within 48 hours of the options grants, their value had ballooned, at least on paper, to about $50 million.
  • Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties. Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.

    08/01/2020 5:07:53 PM PDT · by karpov · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2020 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Glenn Thrush
    WASHINGTON — It was one of the few issues on which President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. disagreed — how far to go in limiting the influence of lobbyists in government. The vice president privately complained that his boss’s effort to slam shut the revolving door between K Street and the administration would deprive it of experienced talent, and he bristled when Mr. Obama’s aides tried to block him from hiring a well-connected Washington operator who had lobbied for pharmaceutical and insurance companies, credit agencies and others. Eight years later, that same confidant, Steve Ricchetti, is...
  • James Lindsay: Why The Woke Won’t Debate You

    07/31/2020 9:06:12 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 49 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 7-31-20 | John Sexton
    Having just written about two separate examples of the woke in Seattle getting rough with people they dislike, I wanted to highlight something about the underlying mindset driving some of this behavior. Yesterday, James Lindsay, one of the people involved in the grievance studies academic hoax, published an essay titled “No, the Woke Won’t Debate You. Here’s Why.” He attempts to explain some of the philosophical reasons why this might be true. In Lindsay’s view the answer isn’t as simple as hoping to avoid being embarrassed. It’s much deeper than that. So far as he is aware, there’s no single explanation published anywhere...