25% of U.S. Restaurants Will Remain Clo Hyattsville
25% of U.S. Restaurants Will Remain Closed... Forever
Said is the very bleak projection made by the leading online restaurant reservation booking platform, OpenTable. Through its own system-based statistical analysis it counts reservations as having gone down by 95% from where they were at this point last year. Of course, this State of Affairs is due almost entirely to the Covid-19 outbreak and local ordinances which restrict operation under its influence. (However, though dine-in is on a separate track than carry out, the situation is not helped by the fact that the consumer is getting accustomed to the convenience of delivery.)
By way of force the former diners are discovering "the joy of cooking" and even baking. There is currently a shortage of flour (in all its varieties) that is readily evidenced in any grocery store.
The Do-It-at-Home and / or Do-It-Yourself culture imposed by the Coronavirus has / have created new and possibly long-standing habits; due largely in part to the economic insufficiency caused by mass unemployment. Eating out is something that we do only with discretionary income, and as many have had none to spare lately, there has been none to give to an ailing industry that relies so heavily on the personal prosperity of its customer base.
Unfortunately so many popular spots, from Mom and Pop-run places, established 50 years ago, to the hot new bistros with their 4 star chefs, are taking a nosedive into oblivion. And patrons are just as sad as owners to see them go.
It goes without saying that many of the earliest protesters of the Coronavirus-based shutdowns were restauranteurs. They felt the impact of the virus well before most of the rest of us did. In addition to losing the primary basis of their revenue, through which to pay themselves and their employees, the owners of the now depressed businesses still face having to pay for all the overhead involved - from credit-bound purchases or rental of equipment to overdue lease payments for the commercial space occupied.
Restaurants lost more than $30 billion in sales during March and $50 billion in April, according to the National Restaurant Association. As of 2019, an estimated 9.6 million Americans worked in Food Service. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the time reported that:
"Employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects in most dining establishments will be excellent because many workers leave the occupation each year, resulting in numerous job openings."
There will definitely be a radical shift in what that report details. There is some hope in the fact that diners from states like Arizona and Texas (where restaurants reopened several days ago) told OpenTable that they look forward to going out again... but the associated numbers are still at a very low count as compared to last year.
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The Never-Ending Virus-Go-Round... New Strain from China Might Rival COVID-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's chief immunologist, is acutely aware of a recent introduction to the group of Superbugs having originated in China. Its characteristics are like those of the 2009 Swine Flu, or H1N1 as it is alternately called, and the 1918 Pandemic Flu. Its swine-esque profile component is due to prevalence in the country's pigs. Though it poses no current threat to humans it displays "reassortment capabilities".
Apparently, if allowed to mutate to a more advanced form, then "G4 EA H1N1" will have the same potential as its predecessors to become an epidemic or pandemic.
H1N1 came forth through Mexico in April of 2009. It infected more than 60 Million in the U.S. and 700 Million worldwide. By an estimate, 151,700 to 575,400 people died.
The 1918 occurance killed between 30 to 50 Million according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Its death toll claimed approximately 10 Million people over the count of those who died in World War I at 20 Million.
This news comes as the Coronavirus continues to spread increasingly in states such as Texas, Arizona and Florida.Thus far 10.4 Million people around the world were infected and more than 500,000 were killed.
Many U.S. jurisdictions are reinstating Stay at Home Orders and it's unclear as to when life in the nation will return to normal.
Photo Taken from Reuters News Service
Black Lives Matter Activists Call for Increased Violence (If Necessary)
All over the country heated protests turned into full-scale riots with record numbers of incidents of destruction to property and people. Many political pundits have tried to downplay the frequency with which they occurred and their severity. A particular city mayor, Jenny Durkin, said that the outbreak was “more like a block party atmosphere” than an “armed takeover.” However, there are too many victims of violence left behind to testify to the atrocities.
The most well-publicized situation, which no doubt left them Sleepless in Seattle, involved the assault of merchants in the business district there. According to Daily Caller reporters on the scene at the time, some among those protesters who set up the six block "Cop-Free Zone", CHAZ or CHOP (which stand for Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) went well beyond anyone's expectations.
A false report was spread that one of their members was being held at gunpoint in a location just outside the assumed area. The place was an auto shop called "Car Tender". The occupiers tore down the fence surrounding its lot and pushed past those who were guarding the storefront.They broke through the doors to confront the people inside despite the owners' insistant denials of the rumored cause. Then one of the angry hoard set fire to the building.
The garage's proprietor is quoted as saying:
“I can’t even get the police to show up, I can’t get the fire department to show up. I mean, I had to put the fire out myself. The fire department’s one block away. And this kind of mob stuff, that doesn’t work. I’m not doing that stuff. I caught somebody in my building with my property, so I detained him, hoping the police would show up, but they didn’t show up."
"So I detain him, trying to get him to let us frisk him to see what he had of our property still, and he wouldn’t let us frisk him. So, you’ve got all these people out here saying that we had him at gunpoint. We didn’t have him at gunpoint, there’s an attorney that was here that we let in here to make sure he was safe. That he wasn’t being hurt. And this is what I get.”
The man closed with the lament that his heart is broken for every person in America.
Another Capitol Hill resident, who would only be named as Brandon, stated:
“I’m scared. I’ve been scared every day since Sunday, and I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep. For the first time in my life in Capitol Hill, I hear gunshots every single night. I’ve heard people screaming every single night outside. And they’re not protest screams … I’ve also heard screams of terror out there, and I don’t know what’s happening out there.”
Brandon anticipated and received threats of personal harm for speaking out.
And there were numerous attacks on both professional and amatuer journalists for merely attempting to record video footage. Kalen D’Almeida, the co-founder of Scribber, said he was punched in the back of the head. He narrowly escaped with help from one conscientious CHAZ member. The assault was apparently ordered by the movement's self-appointed leader, Raz Simone, a rapper and self-described "warlord".
An independent pro-life activist used his phone to catch a clip of marchers as he walked along side. In response, the captain of the group abruptly turned to his followers and shouted, "Who doesn't matter?! This mother-f**ker!" The question turned into the crowd's chant. Then a few of the males surrounded the videographer and the lead CHOPer manhandled the victim while tugging at his pants with the taunt, "Do you want me to pull down your panties?" Afterward the observer was shoved further into the street.
The most serious occurances were shootings. Two people were shot in the encampment on the Saturday before the last, with one passing away at the site. Certain protesters blocked the police's access to that and / or the companion victim. Two additional shootings and a stabbing were reported in later days.
The aforementioned followed the CHAZers seizure of the East Precinct of Seattle's police department; which is located at the head of the autonomous region. They overtook the building entirely, ousted the officers there and are alleged to have stolen equipment which presumedly included weapons. Police have yet to find their way back to headquarters as negotiations are still being made. Black Lives Matters and other social justice representatives (who at one point seemed to include members of the terrorist organization, Antifa) demand that the station be turned into a community center - in keeping with their attempt to defund the police.
During an interview at the height of the chaos Mayor Durkin was angrily answered by CNN journalist Chris Cuomo with, "The counter will be, block parties don’t take over a municipal building let alone a police station and destroy it, basically thumbing their nose at any sense of civic control. Do you believe that you have control of your city and that you would be able to clear those streets? Because you haven’t.”
Though the area of concern is still a great nuisance; the rebellion has died down as the city's famous rain, marcher fatigue and boredom set in. There are still a few hold-outs, but the majority were successfully encouraged by the mayor to either expand their activities to outlying areas or go home. That came after desperate pleas from Capitol Hill's property and business owners for a resumption of normal life - and - the launch of a pending law suit.
Meanwhile the statement was made by Hank Newsome, Black Lives Matter Chairmain, that, "if this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it."
Fox's Martha MacCallum, his interviewer, confronted him by quoting that he wanted to “shove legislation down people’s throats,” and then asked him, “What exactly is it that you hope to achieve through violence?”
He returned with this:
"... But the moment people start destroying property, now cops can be fired automatically. What is this country rewarding? What behavior is it listening to? Obviously not marching, but when people get aggressive and they escalate their protests, cops get fired. Now, you have police officers and Republican politicians talking about police reform. I don’t condone nor do I condemn rioting, but I’m just telling what I observed.”
And at the end of the session he added, “I just want black liberation and black sovereignty by any means necessary."
WARNING: The Following Video of an Incident at a CHAZ / CHOP Demonstration Contains Foul Language and Other Potentially Distrubing Content.
P.S.: There are more recent developments of Black Lives Matters protest-related violence. A couple from St. Louis, MO was admonished by some when they displayed arms to a group of protestors who surrounded them after crashing the gates to their home. Also, a photographer who was a key supporter of the BLM movement was shot to death during a demonstration in Louisville, KY by a protestor, an individual suffering from bi-polar disorder.
Photo Taken from the UK's The Telegraph Newspaper
Alternate Police Reform Bill Passes Vote
- BREAKING NEWS -
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, formed an allegiance with the Congressional Black Caucus to draft the Democrats' alternative to the GOP's police reform act. It passed with the aid of 3 Republican Congressmen's votes - at 236 - 181.
Said came one day after Senate Democrats blocked the original proposal on a procedural vote Wednesday without debating the relevant issues.
The legislation will deal with the area of racial profiling as well as police brutality.
Photo taken from a story posted at https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/charleston-county-news/mount-pleasant-police-chief-speaking-out-against-police-violence-racism/amp/
Nancy Pelosi Accuses Republicans of Murdering George Floyd... 'Heinous' says Tim Scott
The May 25th 2020 incident that rocked (and still rocks) the world was one of the ugliest and most inhumane it has seen. It was indeed murder most foul. There seems to be no debate on that particular ruling. Everyone knows what's what in that which Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd.
However, our reinstalled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to lay the charge for George's death on the Republican Senate and, by proxy, those who voted for them. The party is confirmed by a Wikipedia article as making up 30% of our population, with Democrats at 31% and Independents at 36%.
Ms. Pelosi has just demonstrated what partisan politics is in its corruption - rotten to the core. She in her desperate attempt to solidify the Liberal and Black vote has slandered nearly one-third of Americans in the least - and more of us if Independents who are also Conservative are counted.
The affected Senators naturally demanded her apology. She refused with, "Absolutely, positively not...", and in regard to the Rebublican-launched police reform bill stated, "The press has given them so much play for this unsalvageable piece of legislation and then say, ‘well, can’t you compromise with that?’ No, it’s because it is no and we are yes. So when they admit that and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration, but so far they were trying to get away with murder, actually. The murder of George Floyd."
How dare Ms. Polosi level such a baseless allegation? Those to whom she is opposed proposed the legislation when there was no remedy, current or contingent, in place. How can she impugn the Representatives who stand for so many with the indictment of premeditated homicide? How can she say that so many of her peers and countrymen are beyond cold and be that frigid herself?
It's obvious that what happened to George Floyd greatly offended sensibilities around the globe - to the extent that it sparked global protests (and riots).Its devastating impact is clear. Why wouldn't virtually all of Mr. Floyd's fellow Americans (and humans) be just as upset?
The Speaker's misstatements threaten to devide this county more than ever before - and tear it to shreds - to a greater degree than the massive post-riot destruction of property did. Senator Tim Scott, a Black man from South Carolina said, “When Speaker Pelosi says one of the most heinous things I can imagine: that the Republicans are actually trying to cover up murder, the murder of George Floyd with our legislation, that’s not politics. That’s not a game to win. That’s you lose. You will sooner or later lose. But immediately every kid around the nation that heard that nonsense lost that moment."
Those who are less than legally or politically savvy fail to realize that sometimes bills contain "deadly clauses" that defeat the purpose of what's on their face. Depending on the severity of the adverse inclusions, certain proposals cannot be voted in with good conscience. However, it's not readily apparent what would keep this measure at bay; especially since Democrats flatly refused to formally debate any of its issues. Would-be legislation almost always sees weeks or months of argumentation before going to a vote. A factor maybe Senator Mitch McConnell's cloture, which called for action much sooner than expected. But given the fact that what is at hand is also a national emergency it would be the time to hash things out.
Blacks and many others on both sides of the political aisle still draw much offense from Senator and Vice-President Joe Biden's 1994 crime bill, entitled "The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994". Wikipedia says, "It is the largest crime bill in the history of the United States and consisted of 356 pages that provided for 100,000 new police officers, $9.7 billion in funding for prisons and $6.1 billion in funding for prevention programs, which were designed with significant input from experienced police officers." Said was sponsored by Representative Jack Brooks of Texas and signed in by President Bill Clinton.
How quickly we forget history!
And remember... You can't have your cake and eat it too.
(See the video of Ms. Pelosi's CBS interview here - https://twitter.com/i/status/1275811995774849030)
'Woke' Social Justice-Convicted Companies Change Marketing Strategies to Respect Black Consumers
It was just announced by PepsiCo, owner of Quaker Oats, that Aunt Jemima will be retired. Her namesake, the country's favorite brand of syrup and pancake mix, will finally reflect our modern sensibilities. The acknowledgement was made in clear terms by Kristin Kroepfl, chief marketing officer, that the friendly smiling mammy, around since the 1890s (and awkwardly updated in 1989 for the 1990s) is "based on a racial stereotype". The new name of the soon-to-be re-issued product has not been revealed.
Incidentally, there has been some controversy over Uncle Ben's brand of parboiled rice for many years. However no plans are known regarding a change to his image. Mars Inc. states that he's based on an actual person, a rice grower by the name of Gordon L. Harwell, a black entrepreneur who supplied a high-quality grade to the Armed Forces during World War II. In 2007 the character was promoted to "The Chairman of the Board" in an ad campaign. That would seemingly be the justification for keeping Uncle Ben as he is.
Nike continues to support Colin Kaepernick, the controversial African- American NFL player who was shunned by the league for his displays of kneeling during The National Anthem. An ad he did for said sportswear company in 2018 was revived after the George Floyd incident and gained renewed popularity. An updated survey done on consumer response to the commercial showed that almost half of those originally opposed to its message or messenger now see it positively - even the most conservative viewers.
After Mr Kaepernick's four-year absence from the game more than half of its fans are petitioning for a team to take him on. Despite the objections of a core group of traditionalists who still find his actions to be anti-American, the NFL has decided to make concessions. Its commissioner Roger Goodell made a public statement to that effect. It appeared that he was reluctant or altogether insincere in doing so to many. The President of the United States tweeted his opposition to the move, with questioning its adherence to our patriotism.
But in the meantime Nike carries on with its objectives. Its general division pledged 40 million dollars to remedying racial inequality and other social justice-based issues and the sub-brand owned by Michael Jordan will contribute 100 million. The new CEO John Donahue announced that Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in America, will be a paid day off for its workers.
The travel and fashion industries have jumped on board the Good Ship Justice as well; but with mixed results.
Airbnb, the site offering use of private homes to member guests reiterated that it will do more to curb discrimination at the time of booking. The travel journal, AFAR, posted this as the subject of a notice:
"AFAR Is Too White—and We Plan to Change That".
Famous celebrity stylist and fashion entrepreneur Rachel Zoe for several days on end has made the focus of her web magazine's features / e-mail newsletters the work of up-and-coming Black designers. Virgil Abloh, who is also Black, the owner of the brand Off-White and the principal designer for Louis Vuitton men's line, bowed under pressure when he received pushback for criticizing the actions of those Floyd supporters turned rioters who looted the Vuitton stores.
Though it's deemed by many that Abloh spoke with the most tact that could be applied, he inevitably apologized for speaking out and donated money to the bail fund for his legal adversaries. A quote from The Business of Fashion, a trade magazine, reads, "People responding to looting but not to black cries for change is irresponsible and dismissive."
It's obvious from the recent change in corporate response that social controversies (legitimate or not) are known to be bad for business.
UPDATE: Mars Inc. has conceded to the need to review the image of its Uncle Ben's line.