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Popeyes nudi ponovno zaposlenje trudnoj radnici koja je otpuštena nakon oružane pljačke

Popeyes nudi ponovno zaposlenje trudnoj radnici koja je otpuštena nakon oružane pljačke


Poslovne kancelarije Popeyesa razgovarale su s lokalnim primateljem franšize i čini se da će žrtva oružane pljačke dobiti posao

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Bivša radnica Popeyes dobila je otkaz nakon što ju je razbojnik prisilio da odustane od sadržaja registra.

Čini se kao da je cijela ta stvar "otpuštanje trudne zaposlenice nakon što je opljačkana s oružjem" samo veliki nesporazum, ili barem tako govori Popeyes. Jučer smo izvijestili da je zaposlenica Texas Popeyes -a, koja je trudna sa svojim četvrtim djetetom, otpuštena nakon što je pod prisilom na oružje prisiljena dati pljačkašu 400 dolara iz blagajne. Marissa Holcomb tvrdi da joj je rečeno da zamijeni 400 dolara ili prekine rizik. Odabrala je ovo drugo.

Holcomb kaže da ju je kontaktirao njen bivši menadžer i ponudio joj posao.

"Samo se izvinio i prilično mi je ponudio ako se želim vratiti u njegov posao i ponovo tamo raditi", Holcomb je rekao za KHOU.

Franšizna kompanija Z & H Foods poslala je izjavu kojom se potvrđuje ponuda za posao, kao i ponuda zaostalih plata u iznosu od 2.000 dolara.

“Duboko žalimo zbog načina na koji je ova stvar riješena. Posvećeni smo nastavku rada s gospođom Holcomb i ispričavamo se njoj, našim zaposlenicima, javnosti i drugim operatorima franšize sistema Popeyes. Iznevjerili smo ih i predani smo tome da ćemo biti bolji. "

Nagli preokret može imati veze s korporativnim utjecajima. Izvršna direktorica Popeyesa Cheryl Bachelder rekla je da su odmah kontaktirali dotičnog korisnika franšize i zatražila da se izvini i ispravi situaciju, prema USA Today.

Holcomb još nije odlučila hoće li prihvatiti ponudu za posao.


Vojnici sreće

1976. godine, jedan crack tim provalio je put u Bejrutsku britansku banku za Bliski istok i ukrao zlatne poluge u vrijednosti od 100 miliona funti po današnjim cijenama najveće pljačke banaka na svijetu. S obzirom da pljačkaši nikada nisu pronađeni, ko je odgovoran?

Zapovjednik jedinice stajao je na zjapećem prozoru srušenog tornja, pet spratova iznad grada razorenog ratom.

Svetlosne tačke na udaljenim padinama pokazale su gde sela još uvek imaju struju, ali je sam grad bio mračan i smrtonosan poput groba.

Zapovjednik je pregledao zgradu mete preko puta, a zatim se okrenuo prema svojim ljudima.

Pomaknite se prema dolje za više

Bio je to januar 1976. u Bejrutu, Liban.

Svaki od osam vojnika bio je teško naoružan, noseći jurišnu pušku američke proizvodnje M16 sa pričvršćenim bacačem granata M203 40 mm, plus pištolj Browning velike snage s razmaknutim spremnikom od 13 metaka.

Ovo je bilo najsavremenije oružje, vrsta opreme koja nije dostupna konvencionalnim vojnim snagama.

No, ono što je bilo još izvanrednije bilo je to što je svaki vojnik bio odjeven u neoznačene vojne haljine, bez ikakvih identifikacijskih oznaka ili znakova čina.

Komandant je izdao brzi set instrukcija. Bilo je nula sati. Vreme je za početak napada.

Okrenuo se natrag prema velikoj fasadi podružnice Bab-Idriss Britanske banke Bliskog istoka (BBME), jedne od najstarijih i najuglednijih bankarskih ustanova u Libanu u to vrijeme.

U normalnim okolnostima, isječeni kameni zidovi banke i ljupko zakrivljeni prozori ne bi izgledali naodmet u bankarskoj četvrti grada Londona.

No, sada su užareni tragovi i iskrzane rupe od metaka popalili kameno zidanje, rezultat borbi između kršćanske falangističke milicije i njihovih muslimanskih neprijatelja.

Na natpisu podružnice banke i dalje je bio logo BBME’sa - arapski plovidbeni plovidbeni bok pored palmi - ipak je natpis oštećen vatrom iz vatrenog oružja.

Nakon devet mjeseci žestokih borbi, grad Bejrut podijeljen je na muslimanski zapad i kršćanski istok, a po sredini se protezala ničija zemlja Zelene linije.

Rue Riad al-Solh-poznata kao Bank Street i gradska finansijska četvrt-ležala je u srcu ove ničije zemlje.

BBME se nalazio u blizini spoja Rue Riad al-Solh sa Place de l’Etoile, mjesto razbijenih i miniranih frontova i ureda.

Ipak, nevjerojatno, banka je i dalje bila operativna, iako na ad-hoc osnovi.

I u svom navodno neosvojivom trezoru koji sadrži više od 25 miliona funti - što je ekvivalent od 100 miliona funti danas.

Grunja koja je cijepala uho potresla je zgradu u kojoj je stajao komandant, dok je s krova iznad ispaljena meta iz vatrenog oružja.

Njegovi ljudi imali su dva izraelska minobacača izraelski Soltam 60 mm koji su prenosivi, a pod okriljem njihove minobacačke paljbe preostale trupe krenule su u frontalni napad na obalu.

Ispalivši granate od 40 mm, provalili su u ulaz u predvorje. Prozori su razbijeni, namještaj pocepan, a cijevi i električni kabeli istrgnuti sa stropa zbog žestine napada.

Za nekoliko minuta, prva faza racije je bila završena i banka je bila sigurno u njihovim rukama.

Sada su se zapovjednik i njegovi ljudi okrenuli drugoj fazi operacije - miniranjem otvorili trezor banke.

Vrata trezora bila su nekoliko centimetara

od svjetlucavog čelika, njegova masivna masa pričvršćena je na zidove unutarnjim šipkama za zaključavanje. To nije bilo moguće proći.

Ali zapovjednik i njegovi ljudi došli su potpuno spremni s alternativnim putem ulaska.

Dovoljno eksplozivne sile usmjerene u pravom smjeru probila bi rupu kroz susjedni zid, pa bi zaobilaženjem metalnih vrata i pristupom svodu.

Ovo je bio visoko specijaliziran, potencijalno smrtonosan posao, za koji je sposobno samo nekoliko svjetskih sila.

Četiri sata nakon napada, nekoliko masovnih eksplozija potreslo je zgradu banke dok su eksplodirali naboji plastičnog eksploziva PE4.

Kako se gusti dim razišao, kroz zid svoda probijena je rupa koja je zjapila.

Pod okriljem neprestanih eksplozija granata i kaosa u gradu, snage su mogle napuniti tri kamiona sa plijenom - koji su se uglavnom sastojali od zlatnih poluga, plus gotovinskih dolara i raznih dionica, obveznica i certifikata o dionicama. A onda su komandant i njegovi ljudi nestali ...

Gore navedeno čita kao zaplet iz beletrističkog djela. Međutim, sve je to previše stvarno.

Posao u libanskoj banci obavio se iste godine kada je Nasa spustila svoju prvu svemirsku sondu na Mars.

Ipak, istorija je tek stvorena na nešto manje poznatom polju. Više od tri decenije

i dalje ostaje najveća pljačka banaka na svijetu.

Kao takav zabilježen je u Guinnessovoj knjizi rekorda. Ipak, o događaju se piše vrlo malo, a u to vrijeme praktički nije bilo publiciteta.

Proveo sam dvije godine pomno istražujući pretres moje posljednje knjige, a ipak nisam našao gotovo ništa konkretno o tome.

Odmah nakon pljačke, počele su optužbe i protuoptužbe.

Kršćanske snage krivile su muslimanske milicije, tvrdeći da je iza njih stajala marksistička Demokratska fronta za oslobođenje Palestine (DFLP).

Palestinska oslobodilačka organizacija (PLO) i DFLP trebali su u jednom trenutku voditi bitku za kontrolu nad plijenom banke.

Predvidljivo, muslimani su zauzvrat okrivili kršćanske falangističke snage za izvođenje napada.

Kad ništa od plijena nije pronađeno ili je bilo ko uhapšen, pojavilo se mnoštvo teorija o tome ko bi mogla biti nepoznata sila pljačkaša.

Prvi je sugerirao da su muslimanski i kršćanski neprijatelji postigli dogovor o zajedničkom izvođenju racije.

Druga teorija tvrdi da su muslimani udružili snage sa zaštitnicima iz korzikanske ili sicilijanske mafije.

Treći je tvrdio da su odgovorni ruska mafija, izraelska tajna služba, Mossad ili čak IRA.

Najviše što se ikada pisalo o pljački je unos na jednoj stranici u knjizi Inside The PLO, objavljenoj 1990.

Autori Neil Livingstone i David Halevy zaključuju da je raciju izveo PLO pokojnog Yassera Arafata.

Tvrde da su Arafatovi tjelohranitelji-zagonetnog naziva Force 17-unajmili korzikanske sigurnosne razbijače i odvezli ih u Bejrut kako bi raznijeli svod.

Odmah zatim, mješoviti teret plijena je tada navodno dopremljen direktno u Ženevu i deponovan na švicarskim bankovnim računima.

Ovo postavlja pitanje kako su se muslimanski PLO i katolička korzikanska mafija udružili, te kako su rasporedili plijen i kako je tovar ukradenih zlatnih poluga, gotovine i vrijednosnih papira mogao proći kroz carinu na aerodromu u Ženevi.

Autor knjige tvrdi da je ukradeni iznos zapravo bio oko 850 miliona dolara (2 milijarde funti u današnjem novcu), odnosno 17 puta više od onog što je zabilježeno u Guinnessovoj knjizi rekorda.

To je nemoguće. Ukupna aktiva bankarskih operacija BBME -a u Libanu u to vrijeme iznosila je jedva 300 miliona dolara (danas 840 miliona funti).

Vlastita službena monografija BBME -a - Povijest Britanske banke Bliskog istoka (Tom 2) - posvećuje jedva jedan odlomak raciji:

"Pljačkanjem sefova banke stečena je sumnjiva čast zbog nepotkrijepljenog ulaska u Guinnessovu knjigu rekorda, pod naslovom" najveća pljačka banaka na svijetu "."

Bez obzira na to ko je izveo raciju, nikada nije vraćen ni peni i niko nije optužen.

Za odgovorne se činilo da je to bio savršen zločin.

Imam opsežne izvore unutar britanskih specijalnih snaga (UKSF), a prije dvije godine rečeno mi je izvanredan prikaz o tome kako je i od koga izvršen napad na BBME.

"Mike", penzionisani vojnik koji je služio u nekoliko vojski, uključujući UKSF, pročitao je novinski članak koji sam napisao o britanskim operacijama u Iraku, i ušao mi je u trag da razgovaram o određenoj priči. Dogovorili smo se da se nađemo u Bar Italiji, u Sohou, u Londonu.

Ispostavilo se da je Mike grudvastih tijela, ćelav, očiju tamnih od ugljena i izgledao je kao da je u ranim šezdesetima.

Kao i većina vojnih kontakata koje poznajem, popio je svoj prženi doručak onoliko vremena koliko mi je trebalo da prepečem tost.

Nakon što je pojeo, nastavio me je pitati koji je najveći bankarski posao na svijetu?

Pretpostavio sam da je to bila ili Velika pljačka vlaka, napad na Brinkov otirač, ili nedavni posao u banci u Sjevernoj Irskoj.

Nije ništa od navedenog, rekao je. Nastavio je s pričanjem priče o napadu na BBME.

Kršćanska i muslimanska milicija možda su na terenu imale naoružane ljude sposobne za pokretanje takvog napada, rekao je, ali nijedna sila nije imala obuku ili stručnost da miniraju bankovni trezor, a da se pritom ne ubiju ili ne dignu novac u zrak.

Ukočio me je oštrim pogledom: ko je imao takvu stručnost i obučenost?

Mogao sam smisliti samo jedan odgovor. No, je li britanski SAS, ili jedna ili dvije druge visoko obučene specijalne snage, mogle izvršiti najveću bankarsku raciju na svijetu? I ako da, zašto?

Nakon dva sata, Mike mi je predložio da odem i malo istražim libansku pljačku.

Da sam htio priču, trebao bih obaviti i dio posla s nogama.

Uradio sam kako se traži. Ono što me je prvo pogodilo je da ono što se dogodilo na BBME -u ostaje potpuna misterija čak i do danas, više od 30 godina nakon racije.

Za ovako visoko isplativu pljačku, ovo je bez presedana.

Nakon posla u Libanu, druga najveća pljačka na svijetu je pljačka Brinkovog Mat 1983. godine, u kojoj je na londonskom aerodromu Heathrow ukradeno oko 26 miliona funti (53 miliona funti danas) u zlatnim polugama.

Ali u roku od nekoliko mjeseci, mnogi pljačkaši, ograde i topionice zlata su bili pokupljeni.

Sljedeća po veličini je 2006. pljačka skladišta Securitas u Kentu, u kojoj je ukradeno 45 miliona funti.

U roku od nekoliko dana vršena su hapšenja i vraćen je najveći dio novca.

Krađa iz 1976. godine jedinstvena je po tome što nijedan plijen nikada nije pronađen i niko nije uhapšen.

Pitao sam pouzdanog bivšeg kontakta iz SAS-a da li su britanske specijalne snage imale ikakvu istoriju obavljanja bankarskih poslova? Ako jesu, to je nešto za što nikada nisam čuo.

"U stvari, banke su jedna od omiljenih teorijskih meta puka,"

rekao mi je, "iako vole da o tome šute ...

"Ako ste najbolji na svijetu, morate biti sposobni za nemoguće-poput prodora u visoko sigurnosne postavke bez da vas uhvate."

Banke pružaju jasnu ciljnu priliku, objasnio je on, onu u kojoj je sigurnost stroga, a lako je ući nepozvanima posebno teško.

Kao vježba, testira se sposobnost snaga da isplaniraju napad na dobro branjenu zgradu i da uđu i izađu bez kompromisa.

Na drugom nivou, ako neprijateljski režimi ili terorističke grupe imaju osjetljive dokumente, banke su jedno od najčešćih mjesta sigurnosti. Mnogi nude potpunu povjerljivost klijenata, što znači da UKSF mora biti spreman napasti ih i provaliti kad god im se to naredi ili da spase taoce skrivene u svojim trezorima.

No, jesu li SAS bili prisutni na terenu za vrijeme brutalnog građanskog rata u Libanonu? Zvanično, nisu.

Obratio sam se Ken Connoru, veteranu tajnih operacija SAS-a, i još jednom ili dva bivša kontakta iz SAS-a, da provjerim.

U stvarnosti, SAS je bio prisutan tokom građanskog rata u Libanonu, ali u visoko povjerljivim misijama.

Oni su se rasporedili u Bejrut iz baze oružanih snaga Velike Britanije, RAF Akrotiri, Kipar, koja ima tajno mjesto prisluškivanja u Ayios Nikolaosu, na istočnoj strani ostrva.

Oni su imali zadatak prikupljanja obavještajnih podataka u Bejrutu, od kojih se većina pripremala za operacije spašavanja talaca.

Kasnije u građanskom ratu u Libanonu, muslimanski ekstremisti uzeli su kao taoce Britance Johna McCarthyja, Briana Keenana i Terryja Waitea.

Početkom osamdesetih, jurišne snage SAS -a zapravo su vježbale ubacivanje helikoptera za spašavanje talaca u Bejrut, iako je operacija prekinuta u zadnji čas.

Ali reći da je SAS imao sredstva da opljačka banku i da je u to vrijeme bio na terenu ne znači da su to učinili.

Vratila sam se Mikeu, svom izvornom izvoru. Upoznali smo se u Dublinu, gdje je savjetovao irsku vojsku po pitanjima sigurnosti. To mi je rekao.

U januaru 1976. godine, njen zapovjednik u bazi na Kipru izvijestio je devetočlanu postrojbu SAS-a (standardnu ​​jedinicu od 12 ljudi, trojica premalo snage zbog povreda).

Postrojba je imala zadatak da se infiltrira u Bejrut i dobije pristup trezoru Britanske banke za Bliski istok, kako bi zaplijenila dokumente vrijedne za Vladu Njenog Veličanstva.

Libanon je postao središte svjetskog terorizma, a ti dokumenti detaljno opisuju finansijska vlasništva terorističkih grupa širom svijeta, uključujući PLO, PFLP i Islamski džihad.

Značajne količine poluga i drugih dragocjenosti pohranjene su u trezoru banke.

Trebalo je ukrasti malu količinu, rekao je zapovjednik operacije, kao znak da se učini da izgleda kao prava pljačka.

Trupa SAS -a ukrcala se na podmornicu usidrenu kraj Kipra, a 24 sata kasnije izbačena je s libanonske obale pod okriljem mraka.

Brzo su se preselili u ničiju zemlju Zelene linije, krećući se prema gradskoj financijskoj četvrti, pritom pazeći da izbjegnu otkrivanje.

Po dolasku, postavili su tajno osmatračnicu (OP) u napuštenoj zgradi neposredno nasuprot BBME -a.

Puna dva dana gledali su banku, koristeći nišane za noćno osmatranje u satima mraka (prethodnik današnjih lakih naočara za noćno osmatranje).

Jedan od članova tima čak je otvorio račun u BBME -u kako bi dobio detaljne informacije o unutrašnjosti.

Koristili su i mikrofone s pištoljem za prisluškivanje sigurnosnog osoblja banke.

Nakon što su izgradili potpunu sliku o poslovanju banke, zapovjednik SAS -a, mladi i zvjerski nalogodavac, sastavio je svoj plan napada.

Njegovi ljudi koristili bi minobacače Soltam kalibra 60 mm da bi pogodili prve redove u ratu, a obje strane bi pretpostavile da je minobacački napad došao s druge strane - što je izazvalo masovnu vatrenu borbu.

Pod okriljem te bitke, snage SAS -a provalile bi u predvorje banke, izvadivši bankov generator kako bi onemogućili sigurnosne sisteme.

Bejrutu je u to vrijeme u velikoj mjeri nedostajalo struje, pa bi se jednom kad bi generator udario banka zatamnila.

Sa bankom pod njihovom kontrolom, oni bi se spremili da raznesu trezor.

SAS - zajedno sa njihovom sestrinskom jedinicom, Specijalnom brodskom službom (SBS) - stručnjaci su za eksplozivnu metodu ulaska (EMOE).

Obučeni su da koriste oblikovane naboje plastičnog eksploziva za probijanje pristupnih rupa u neprijateljske zgrade, bunkere, brodove i avione.

EMOE tehnike se lako mogu prenijeti u posao miniranja bankovnih trezora.

Količina plastičnog eksploziva nabijena je u lijevak i nataknuta na zid hodnika koji se približavao svodu.

U teoriji, lijevački naboj bi usmjerio silu eksplozije u zid, pa bi kroz njega napravio rupu.

Četiri sata nakon racije i eksplozija je eksplodirala. Radilo je savršeno.

Tada je došlo do odstupanja od naredbi. Umjesto samo uzimanja dokumenata, vojnici su ispraznili trezor glavnine njegovog sadržaja.

Većina ukradenog novca sastojala se od zlatnih poluga - stotina londonskih šipki dobre isporuke od 12,5 kg.

Ovo je standardna težina koju koriste bankarske institucije širom svijeta. Svaka šipka je od 99,99 posto čistog zlata i žigosana je jedinstvenim serijskim brojem.

Plijen je utovaren u kombije i prevezen preko Zelene linije, gdje je prebačen na desantni brod na čekanju.

Odatle se jedinica vratila na Kipar.

Ostao sam zapanjen Mikeovom pričom. Zar sam zaista mogao vjerovati da je tim SAS -a pretekla pohlepa?

Postavio sam pitanje Mikeu, koji je tvrdio da je došlo do kvara na radiju A41

skup i prekid komunikacije.

Narudžbe su se zbunile i to je dovelo do pražnjenja banke.

Tim je isporučio teroristička dokumenta i veliki dio zlata.

Međutim, skrivali su iznos za sebe, iako Mike kaže da je to bilo u "rasponu od nekoliko miliona dolara", mnogo manje od onog što je dostavljeno Vladi.

1976. plata vojnika SAS -a iznosila je samo 13.000 funti godišnje, pa je iznos koji su zadržali još uvijek bogatstvo.

Isprva je došlo do zaprepaštenja u sjedištu SAS -a kada se saznalo da je SAS uzeo BBME koliko je vrijedio.

No, vremenom je slobodna pljačka viđena kao posljedica teške, prikrivene, ali na kraju uspješne operacije.

U kaosu u Bejrutu novac bi ionako uzeli oportunistički lopovi. Protiv muškaraca nisu poduzete značajne disciplinske mjere.

Kad mi je Mike sve ovo ispričao, pitao sam ga zašto je to učinio.

Odgovorio je pitanjem: da sam izveo savršen posao u banci, ne bih li želio da svijet zna za to?

Kasnije sam saznao da je Mikeu dijagnosticirana smrtna bolest, a stručnjaci su mu dali mjesece života.

To je bilo prije tri godine i do sada je prkosio njihovim strašnim predviđanjima.

U narednim mjesecima, Mike se ponudio da me upozna sa dvojicom svojih kolega iz racije.

S vremenom sam ih upoznao. Jock je bio visoki komad Škota, s nosom igrača ragbija i izraženim šepanjem.

Treći čovjek, Jamie, bio je visok i stasit, s orilinskim crtama lica: pretpostavljao sam da je morao biti zapovjednik jedinice.

Oboje su bili manje glasni nego što je bio Mike. Ubedio ih je da razgovaraju sa mnom, a oni su bili izrazito manje entuzijastični od njega.

Međutim, njihovi izvještaji odjekivali su s njegovim neznatnim varijacijama.

Proveo sam dvije godine istražujući je li SAS otpustio najveći bankarski posao na svijetu.

Ne mogu definitivno reći da su to učinili. No, htio sam otkriti da ovo nije prvi niti zadnji bankovni posao koji je obavio SAS.

SAS je imao motiv, sredstva i iskustvo da je ušao u istoriju izvodeći tu pljačku banke u Bejrutu 1976. godine.

Kad su ga kontaktirali putem Live -a, Ministarstvo odbrane odbilo je komentirati pljačku, ali posao u Libanu bi se uklopio u kredo SAS -a i njegov moto „Tko se usuđuje pobijediti“.

A ako je svjetska elitna vojna sila zaista izvršila najveći bankarski posao u povijesti, to može objasniti zašto to ostaje potpuna misterija.

Damien Lewis nominiran je za prestižnu nagradu One World Media Award za svoj reportažni članak 'Live' o Darfuru. Napisao je i dvije cijenjene naučne knjige o SAS-u. Njegovu novu knjigu "Cobra Gold" o poslu u banci u Libanonu objavila je Century Books po cijeni od 17,99 funti


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Zanimljivo je, naravno, da su preostale prodavnice RadioShacka sada dio zajedničkog ulaganja sa mobilnim operaterom Sprint. Sprint ’s brendiranje je izraženije, ili će biti nakon što trgovine dobiju novu oznaku. Ako novi vlasnici ne dobiju licitaciju za robnu marku na aukciji sljedećeg mjeseca, više neće imati pravo uopće zvati nove trgovine RadioShack. Za sada, međutim, franšizne i prodajne trgovine mogu sebe nazivati ​​“RadioShack, ”, i to je možda razlog zašto se ljudi zbunjuju.

“Želim uvjeriti ljude da, bez obzira na to što se dogodi sa RadioShackom (korporacija), nemamo namjeru nigdje otići, ” objašnjava predsjednik Kittronics -a, lokalne kompanije koja je vlasnik trgovine. Trgovina će čak uložiti neke napore da uvjeri kupce da ostaju otvoreni: postavili su oglase koji objašnjavaju kako planiraju ostati otvoreni, a istaknuli su i znakove ispred i na pločniku.

Hvala vam na brizi!

Ova trgovina je lokacija u neovisnom vlasništvu i pod upravom.

Iako prikazujemo naziv Radio Shack, nećemo ga zatvoriti. Molimo kontaktirajte nas direktno za sva pitanja.

Kompanija također prodaje pretplate na DirecTV, satelitski pristup internetu Exede i detektore metala, koji su vjerojatno popularniji od osigurača i žica, ali će trgovina nastaviti prodavati većinu iste robe.


od Laura Northrup preko Consumerist -a

Jednosatne fototeke su posao koji nestaje u Americi

Pogledajmo samo prodavnice koje se smatraju računom za jednosatne programere fotografija: analiza Bloomberg Businessweeka pokazuje da ih je još samo 190 širom zemlje. To je pad od 94% u odnosu na prije petnaest godina, posljednjih godina prije nego što je digitalna fotografija postala mainstream. U istom vremenskom periodu, 85% videoteka je zatvoreno. Da, još uvijek postoje neke trgovine za iznajmljivanje video zapisa.

Kao osoba koja je proučavala arhive i očuvanje, ja ’m sam dužan naglasiti da, iako su naše digitalne fotografije obilne i prenosive, one su trajne samo onoliko koliko je usluga u oblaku na koju smo ih učitali ili tvrdi disk na koji su pohranjeni#8217 .


od Laura Northrup preko Consumerist -a

Zakon o pravičnosti arbitraže vratio bi potrošačima i#8217 pravo na tužbu pred sudom

Kompanije vam godinama oduzimaju pravo da ih tužite kada zeznete, koristeći male, skrivene klauzule da umjesto toga zahtijevaju obaveznu obavezujuću arbitražu. Nakon što su godine grupe potrošača izrazile zabrinutost zbog ove prakse protiv potrošača, konačno je na kongresu novi zakon koji predlaže da vam se vrati pravo na tužbu.

Zakon o pravičnosti arbitraže iz 2015. [PDF], koji su predstavili senator iz Minnesote Al Franken i zastupnik Georgije Hank Johnson, uklonio bi obavezne arbitražne klauzule u slučajevima zapošljavanja, potrošačkih prava, građanskih prava i antimonopola izmjenom Zakona o pravičnoj arbitraži u njegov izvornik namjera.

Potvrdili su da je potpuno u redu da kompanije oduzmu potrošaču pravo na tužbu ili njihovu mogućnost da se pridruže drugim povrijeđenim potrošačima u grupnoj tužbi umetanjem jednog ili dva paragrafa teksta u dugačke ugovore.

Da dodaju uvredu ozljedi, većina potrošača nije svjesna da je odjavila svoje pravo na saslušanje na sudu. U izvješću Zavoda za financijsku zaštitu potrošača iz ožujka utvrđeno je da 75% ispitanih potrošača ne zna jesu li pod ugovorom o kreditnoj kartici podložni arbitražnoj klauzuli. A među potrošačima čiji je ugovor sadržavao arbitražnu klauzulu manje od 7% je priznalo da ne može tužiti svog izdavača kreditne kartice na sudu.

“ Postoji veliki broj dokaza da prisilna arbitraža stvara neodgovoran sistem pobjednika i gubitnika, "rekao je senator Johnson u saopćenju. Za razliku od američkog sistema građanskog pravosuđa, koji je evoluirao kroz vjekove sudske prakse i društvenog napretka, prisilna arbitraža ne pruža važne proceduralne garancije pravičnosti i odgovarajućeg postupka koji su obilježja sudova. ”

Prema izjavi ureda senatora Frankena, Zakon o pravičnosti arbitraže vratio bi namjeru izvornog Zakona o poštenoj arbitraži (FAA) koji je Kongres usvojio 1925. godine.

Kada je FAA usvojen, učinjen je cilj da se cilja na sporazume o komercijalnoj arbitraži između dvije kompanije općenito uporedne pregovaračke moći. Međutim, s godinama se Vrhovni sud uhvatio u koštac sa dometom zakona koji uključuje sporove o potrošačima i zapošljavanju, čime je zapravo zamijenio sve ostale savezne zakone koji štite potrošače, radnike i mala preduzeća.

Prema novouvedenom Zakonu o pravičnosti arbitraže iz 2015., sporazumi o arbitraži u vezi s zapošljavanjem, potrošačkim, građanskim pravima i antimonopolskim sporovima mogli su se sklopiti tek nakon što je spor nastao.

Da budemo jasni, Zakon ne zabranjuje kompanijama i potrošačima odlazak na arbitražu radi rješavanja spora, on jednostavno nalaže da se odluka o arbitraži ne donosi prije nego što se spor stvarno dogodio.

Zakon nastoji osigurati transparentnost u građanskim parnicama štiteći integritet Zakona o građanskim pravima, Zakona o jednakim plaćama, Zakona o Amerikancima s invaliditetom i Zakona o starosnoj diskriminaciji pri zapošljavanju i drugih koji se često nalaze pod kontrolom kompanija koje koriste prisilnu arbitražu.

Osim toga, Zakon bi i dalje dopuštao nastavak obavezne arbitraže prije spora u ugovorima o poslovanju i ne primjenjuje se na kolektivne ugovore o pomilovanju.

“Akt o pravičnosti arbitraže, zdravorazumska je reforma našeg pravosudnog sistema koja će vratiti Amerikancima ’ pravo da osporavaju nelojalne prakse korporacija i osigurati smislen pravni lijek kada se povrijedi svakodnevni Minesotanac i mala preduzeća, "#8221 Franken kaže u saopćenju . “ Jasno je da smo ’ na mjestu u kojem velike korporacije mogu napisati svoja pravila i zaštititi se od odgovornosti za prekršaje —ovo se ne može nastaviti. ”

Grupe potrošača, od kojih su mnoge pozvale regulatore da revidiraju pravila prisilne arbitraže, pozdravile su uvođenje Zakona.

I Nacionalni centar za potrošačko pravo i Nacionalno udruženje zagovornika potrošača kažu da podržavaju novu mjeru, pozivajući Kongres da poštuje vraćanje ustavnih prava potrošača#8217.

“Nikada ne bismo trebali odustati od svojih ustavnih prava samo da bismo radili svakodnevne stvari u našim životima, rekla je u izjavi direktorica zakonodavstva NACA -e#8217 Ellen Taverna. “Akt o pravičnosti arbitraže zalaže se za potrošače, pripadnike vojske, radnike i sve Amerikance i vraća nam pravo da korporacije smatramo odgovornima kada prekrše zakon. ”


Pravni računi Billa Cosbyja zbrajaju se

Zbog sve većih advokatskih taksi Billa Cosbyja borio se za novac. U 2017, Šesta stranica izvijestio je da je Cosby pokušao podići "kredit od 30 miliona dolara za tvrdi novac" na svojoj vili na Upper East Sideu od 12.000 kvadratnih metara koju je kupio 1987. "Što znači da Cosby mora biti očajan jer mu banke neće dati novac," a izvor je rekao za izdanje. Izvor je otkrio da su se zajmodavci plašili da neće moći prodati kuću ako oduzmu imovinu, jer bi potencijalne kupce "zasigurno odvratila pomisao na to što se u kući moglo dogoditi godinama" i činjenicom da bi "spavali u Cosbyjevoj spavaćoj sobi."

Sledeće godine (po AP News), Cosbyja je tužio bivši član njegovog odbrambenog tima "za više od 50.000 dolara neplaćenih sudskih taksi". Joe P. Green, Cosbyjev advokat, rekao je da je građanska tužba advokatske firme Schnader Harrison Segal i amp. račun "uprkos obećanju da će to učiniti".


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Šta ako se baterija na mom električnom automobilu istrošila ispod Joshuinog drveta usred ničega?

Nastavak Johna Krasinskog 'A Quiet Place Part II' otvoren je tokom vikenda na Dan sjećanja na 48,4 miliona dolara najboljih u pandemiji, prema procjenama studija.

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Kada su holivudski producenti ponudili kritiku performansa ili scenarija, oni su "davali bilješke". Za glumce i pisce primanje nota bio je znak njihovog postojanja.

Žene kažu da ih je crkva maltretirala nakon što su otišle u policiju tvrdeći da ih je glumac silovao. Crkva kaže da su se odrekli prava na tužbu.

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Smrt Georgea Floyda 2020. pretvorila je traumatičnu godinu u nacionalno samoispitivanje rasizma, pravde i policije. Ali šta je iz toga proizašlo?

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U nizu uvodnika, The Times ispituje računanje prošle godine i razmatra šta to znači za policiju i proteste u Los Angelesu i drugdje.

Dok se američke snage povlače iz Afganistana, talibani su u usponu - i prijete da će ponovo zauzeti grad koji je bio njegova bivša duhovna prijestolnica.

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The Beach Boys had been the first boy band – a group of young guys who played pop songs for teenagers, taking ‘the California sound’ to the world. Brian was our musical genius, although as the lead singer, I had co-written some of our biggest hits, including Surfin’ USA, I Get Around and California Girls.

But by 1966 we were all under a lot of pressure, trying to keep pace with The Beatles, trying to satisfy the label, trying to become a global band – and 24-year-old Brian felt it the most.

While we toured, Brian was working on an ambitious new album known as Smile, envisioned as a ‘teenage symphony to God’. The music was bizarre and beautiful, but I didn’t understand a lot of the words – I thought they had been influenced by the drugs. My complaints were ignored.

When it was time for us to provide vocals, Brian had us lie on our backs and make strange guttural sounds. He drained his swimming pool, put a mic at the bottom, and had us sing. For the song Heroes And Villains, we sang through our noses. These are not pleasant memories for any of us.

‘Brian degraded us, made us lie down for hours and make barnyard noises, demoralised us, freaked us out,’ our bass player Bruce Johnston recalled in 1995. ‘He was stoned and laughing. We didn’t really know what was happening to him.’

Al Jardine, Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston on Top Of The Pops in 1970.

Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson and Al Jardine in 1976

It was certainly a long way from singing with my three cousins, Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, as a child at my mother’s Christmas parties. The first time I saw Brian perform, he was on Grandma Wilson’s lap and singing Danny Boy. I can still see him and hear him: his voice was crystal.

As we got older, we never had a big meeting and decided to create a band – it was more of a natural evolution. On one of our youthful fishing trips, Dennis and I got talking about the surfing craze and why it made sense to do a surfing song. He went home all fired up and told Brian about it. Brian didn’t surf and knew little about it, but the idea intrigued him. With Brian’s friend Al Jardine on board, we just coalesced, singing in the Wilsons’ music room.

If Brian was the musical dreamer and youngster Carl the little angel, middle brother Dennis was the furious rebel of the Wilson family, which was ruled by father Murry, a blunt, pipe-smoking bull of a man who managed the group in our early years.

Dennis craved anything that might be dangerous. As a teenager, he used a BB gun to shatter windows from passing cars. As an adult, while flying on a commuter plane into New York, he told the pilot to bisect the Twin Towers, or he’d be fired. Dennis thought it’d be fun to buzz them. (The pilot refused and kept his job.)

He had an evil sense of humour, too. Dennis once showed up at our early guitarist David Marks’ house with a jar of ashes and tears in his eyes, jabbering that Brian had died in a house fire and the ashes were all that remained. David believed him until Dennis burst into laughter.

Uncle Murry had dreamed of his own career in music, which he eventually channelled through his sons. But he also dominated and bullied them. One of his more ghastly tactics was to remove his glass eye and force his boys to stare into the empty socket.

We started making demos, and an early song, Surfin’ Safari, struck Capitol Records as a sure hit. Uncle Murry did the deal.

‘What do you want, Mr Wilson?’

Uncle Murry opened his wallet, showed it was empty, and said, ‘I just paid the boys my last $1,000. I need $300.’

‘Is that all you want?’ they asked.

‘$300,’ he said. The record company man later said he had the authority to sign us for $50,000, so he got us pretty cheap.

The Beach Boys in 1963: (from top) Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, David Marks and Mike Love.

Even though I was the oldest in the group, I don’t believe I was better prepared for handling our rapid success. One day you’re sweating in your father’s sheet metal factory, and the next day, you’re singing before a thousand girls screaming at the top of their lungs. Dennis said the first time he heard that sound, he thought there was a fire.

It felt good to be a rock star, I can’t deny that. My wife Frannie was pregnant with our second child, but I was not prepared to be a father or a husband. I suddenly had the life of a young rock star, and that meant yielding to every sexual impulse and sleeping with as many women as possible. I was like a kid in a candy store, and there was a lot of candy.

On one of my weekend jaunts to Hawaii I met a beautiful young Japanese woman who sold real estate and though I wasn’t looking for property, she invited me to her apartment for the night. The next day, I met a gorgeous Filipina woman. At lunch, the maître d’ told us that her boyfriend was looking for her, so we escaped through the kitchen and spent the rest of the afternoon in my hotel room.

That evening I bumped into an attractive young woman whom I knew from Dallas, and well, you know the rest. This delirious circuit, of three girls and copious booze, went on for a couple of days – and then ended abruptly with a shame-faced trip to the clinic.

For a bunch of California kids, this was a strange, exciting, bewildering time. And as our fame grew, tensions materialised in the band, especially between Dennis and me. It’s not that he and I were like oil and water. We were like burning oil and burning oil.

We had water pistols and liked to goof around with them, but in Des Moines, Dennis filled one with urine and fired it at me in the airport lounge. I told him to cut it out, and we just mauled each other. He got me in a headlock. I sank my teeth into his wrist.

Eventually, Dennis stood over me. He was preparing to smash me with his fist but his legs were spread and I was ready to drive my heel into his groin. ‘You hit me and you’ll never have kids,’ I snarled. We looked each other in the eye. And we realised we were still cousins, still bandmates, still booked to do our next show in a couple of nights.

After Franny and I inevitably split, I lived with Dennis for a while in Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles. He and I had our battles over the years – about women, about his drug use and lifestyle. But no one ever said Dennis didn’t have fun. The apartment was a non-stop party pad – I’d come home sometimes and not recognise half the people there. I’m not sure Dennis did either.

Onstage, behind the drums, Dennis was nearly impossible to upstage. As one woman told me years later, ‘Dennis could just move his head, and women’s zippers would drop.’

While Dennis and I were living the rock ’n’ roll life, Brian was learning his craft, and it didn’t take long to see his evolution as a producer. Within months of our first hit, he had more confidence and would no longer tolerate his father’s meddling. When Murry showed up at the studio, Brian told him to leave. He told his dad he was fired as producer.

‘If I don’t produce these records, you’re going out of business,’ Murry said. ‘You guys are going down the tubes in six months!’

Brian prevailed, but Murry still managed us, and he also controlled our songwriting credits. So when I looked at the sleeve of our second record, I was surprised to find that I was not credited on two songs I had co-written with Brian – Catch A Wave and Hawaii.

I asked Brian about it, and he said his father would get it done. I trusted Brian and assumed that Uncle Murry would take care of the details. This was, after all, a family business. Back on the road, the wild times continued. I remember an opening act in Australia and New Zealand called the Joy Boys. They had a spellbinding effect on young women and liked to invite their most attractive groupies to something called a Shalomanakee. The invitation was extended to us, and when we arrived, there were the Joy Boys and their lady friends, all in various stages of undress. We had walked into our first Australian orgy.

A CHILLING ENCOUNTER WITH A MURDERER


By June of 1968, Dennis Wilson’s marriage had broken up and he was renting an old hunting lodge on Sunset Boulevard.

Late one night, he pulled his Ferrari into his driveway and out walked a small man with long dark hair and a scruffy beard, wearing jeans and a work shirt.

Dennis had no idea who this guy was, and something about him was frightening.

‘Are you going to hurt me?’ Dennis asked. ‘Do I look like I’m going to?’ the man replied. The stranger fell to his knees and kissed Dennis’s feet.

That was how Dennis (below, right) met Charles Manson (above). Manson was a 33-year-old former convict (armed robbery and car theft) who believed he was a talented singer-songwriter.

Dennis was the perfect mark – a famous, wellconnected entertainer who could help him get discovered.

Guileless about others, indifferent about his own possessions, Dennis was all too happy to allow Manson and his girls to move in, use his charge cards, take his clothes, eat his food, drive his Mercedes.

Manson, after all, had something for Dennis – a stable of young women who catered to his every desire.

Bruce Johnston and I finally drove out to Dennis’s house to meet his new roommates over dinner.

After we’d eaten, Manson told us to come into the den, where he turned on a strobe light and revealed all of his girls lying there, naked.

He started passing out LSD tabs and orchestrating sex partners. I love the female form, but this was too much even for me.

For my cousin, the truth about Manson slowly emerged. His house was ransacked. They took most everything that wasn’t nailed down. They also totalled his Mercedes.

By summer’s end, Dennis figured he had lost about $100,000, and even for him, that was too much.

Not wanting a confrontation with Manson, he simply moved out and let the lease lapse.

For me, there was a troubling postscript. In 1968, my wife Suzanne told me she wanted to end our marriage.

We were still living together when she revealed she was having an affair with Dennis, my own cousin.

Later, I was told that after we separated, Suzanne and Dennis would go out and leave our two young children with a babysitter.

On one occasion, the babysitter was Manson disciple Susan Atkins.

Arrested after the Manson killings at 10050 Cielo Drive, Atkins was convicted of participating in eight murders and was sentenced to death. And she was our babysitter.

Carl and I had no interest in group sex, but that wasn’t all there was to it. A naked Joy Boy rolled up a newspaper into a funnel, lit the big end on fire, and stuck the other end in his buttocks. Then he started waltzing around the room – they called this ‘the dance of the flames’. Dennis and I later imported our own unique interpretation to the Hawaiian Islands, though not without a fire extinguisher nearby.

Murry came with us on that tour, too. He had bullied Brian for years, but he increasingly called into question his manhood.

‘If you were a man, you would tell Mike to stand closer to the microphone.’

‘If you were a man, you would tell Carl and Dennis to brush up on their harmonies.’

Enough was enough. After we got back from Australia, we took a vote on whether Murry should remain as our manager. It was five-zero to dismiss. My uncle was only 46 years old, but the episode sent his life into a spiral. Aunt Audree later said that his dismissal destroyed him – he stayed in bed for weeks.

A couple of months later, in April of 1964, he appeared at a studio session, inflamed and inebriated, and approached Brian, who was at the control board.

‘Get out of the way,’ Murry huffed. ‘Get out of my way for a minute.’

Brian had a hard time standing up to his father, but this time he did. ‘No! You get out of my way!’ He shoved his dad, who went sprawling backward. That was the only time I saw Brian defy him physically, and Murry, defeated, left the studio.

Within Brian, too, a storm was brewing. We already knew that he didn’t like the road, and his ongoing battles with his father took an emotional toll. In January 1965, he announced to the band that he wouldn’t be touring with us any more.

He later told a journalist that he was boiling with resentment for both Phil Spector and The Beatles, and to compete with them, he wanted to sit at the piano and write songs while we played and promoted them across the country.

But there were other concerns. In a hotel room, as early as 1964, I’d seen a syringe and other drug paraphernalia in Brian’s toiletry kit. He was the last person I imagined getting involved in drugs. In high school, he didn’t even drink or smoke. But Brian’s drug abuse would soon be evident to all of us.

By 1965 he was taking one LSD pill a day and smoking three or four marijuana cigarettes. He credits LSD with inspiring songs like California Girls and Good Vibrations, and the album Pet Sounds. What I know is that Brian was healthy before he took the drugs, and then he wasn’t.

The band in 1966: Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and Mike Love

I was outspoken about the drugs and my contempt for Brian’s hipster friends who introduced him to them, so I took the brunt of their scorn. Later, I would be cast, with the other Beach Boys, as a villain of the piece for ‘being negative towards Brian’s experimentation’. I learned long ago that if you’re going to be in the spotlight, either you develop a thick skin or you find another job.

Brian eventually scrapped the Smile album. Doctors would diagnose him with a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, paranoid schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations and organic personality disorder. It took decades for my cousin to get his life back on track, and he was never truly the same.

In Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, a character is asked how he went bankrupt. ‘Two ways,’ he says. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’ The Beach Boys’ fall from the top happened in a similar fashion.

FBI agents arrested Carl for evading the draft. We had a disastrous tour of the UK – the British Musicians’ Union forbade us from using the four extra musicians we had brought from the States, so we couldn’t recreate the studio sounds onstage. Smile’s replacement, Smiley Smile, was a baffling departure from everything we’d ever done, pretty much alienating our entire market. Dennis, meanwhile, found a troubling new guru named Charles Manson.

And in 1969, we learned that our entire catalogue of songs – 140 to 150 of them, including about 80 I had co-written, though I had received credit on only a fraction of them – was to be sold. A&M agreed to pay $700,000 for the entire catalogue. And the payment was going, not to the band, but to Uncle Murry. In cash.

I drove to Brian’s house in Bel Air to see if he knew what was going on. At the time, Brian was not in good shape. He was using cocaine and living in the chauffeur’s quarters of his home while his wife Marilyn slept in the bedroom.

I reached his house, stormed into his room and asked what happened with our songs.

For the deal to go through, the agreement had to be signed by Brian, Dennis, Carl, Al, and me. I complained to the lawyers that songs like California Girls, I Get Around and Surfin’ USA, while co-written by me, had never been credited. If I signed, I’d lose the chance to claim them. But if I didn’t, he said, I might lose credit for Good Vibrations, Surfin’ Safari and The Warmth Of The Sun, which did bear my name.

What could I do? I had to sign the agreement to retain what I had. Everyone else signed too, and we lost all we had created.

It wasn’t until 1994, as I faced Brian in a courtroom, that jurors ruled that I deserved credit on 35 Beach Boys songs that had been solely credited to Brian for decades, leaving him facing potential damages of between $58m and $342m.

I had no interest in crushing my cousin, and it wasn’t about the money anyway. It was about getting credit for my songs. I proposed that he give me $5m and we move on. Brian agreed.

Years passed. Dennis had drowned in 1983, and Carl died from cancer in 1998, but Brian and I continued to communicate, and The Beach Boys continued to tour while Brian pursued a solo career.

Love with then wife Suzanne in 1966

In 2012, Brian, Al, David Marks and I reunited as The Beach Boys for a tour and a new album. The whole experience was bittersweet for me. The concerts were amazing, and I was grateful to play again with all the living Beach Boys. Brian and I never had a cross word, but there were tensions between our camps.

The reunion was never meant to be permanent – it wasn’t feasible logistically or economically. But after the shows, when I issued a press release to announce its end, the media backlash was swift and devastating: I had fired Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. This triggered death threats, by mail and phone, which we had to take to the authorities.

I didn’t care for the vilification at the end I’m used it. For those who believe Brian walks on water, I will always be the Antichrist.

Edited extract from ‘Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy’ by Mike Love, published by Faber & Faber on September 15, priced £20. Offer price £15 (25% discount) until September 11, 2016. Order at mailbookshop.co.uk or call 0844 571 0640, p&p is free on orders over £15

BEATLES, SCORPIONS AND AN INDIAN GURU


The Maharishi, a small, brown-skinned man with a high voice and a beard and long hair streaked with grey, introduced me to transcendental meditation, which I still practise today.

He invited me to his ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. When I arrived, I looked up and saw Paul McCartney. He was in the room next to me and with John, Ringo, and George. It was hard to fathom.

The Maharishi, Love, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, 1967

The Beach Boys and The Beatles had been circling each other for five years on three continents – a battle of screaming headlines, groupies and demanding egos – and now I ended up with them in a remote compound with scorpions crawling around and monkeys sauntering up to your dining table.

John in some ways was the most intriguing of the four. He was a sceptic about everything – edgy, as if unsettled by something from his past.

Paul was easier going. One morning he came out of his bungalow with his acoustic guitar while I was sitting at the breakfast table.

‘Listen to what I’ve been playing, Mike.’ He began singing. ‘Oh, flew in from Miami Beach BOAC/Didn’t get to bed last night. ’ Paul said. ‘It’s sorta Beach Boy style.’

I thought he was on to something. ‘You know what you ought to do? In the bridge part, talk about the girls around Russia. The Moscow chicks, the Ukraine girls, and all that.’

If it worked for California Girls, why not for the USSR?

So Paul wrote: ‘Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out/They leave the West behind. ’ Back In The USSR was a helluva song, and it’s lasted longer than the country.


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THE FLIP SIDE

“Paying attention to working-class white voters doesn’t necessarily mean tempering progressive policy proposals like raising taxes on the rich, tackling political corruption, providing universal day care, and guaranteeing health care to everyone. Sanders supports all of these things, and the Times poll showed him leading Trump by two points in Michigan. An anti-establishment, spread-the-wealth stance that emphasizes bread-and-butter issues can elicit broad popular support.”
John Cassidy, The New Yorker

“Democrats won in 2018 by running a smartly populist campaign, focused on reducing health care costs and helping ordinary families. The candidates avoided supporting progressive policy dreams that are obviously unpopular, like mandatory Medicare and border decriminalization. The 2020 presidential candidates are making a grave mistake by ignoring the lessons of 2018… They can still support all kinds of ambitious progressive ideas — a wealth tax, universal Medicare buy-in and more — without running afoul of popular opinion…

“But if they’re going to do that, they also need to signal in other ways that they care about winning the votes of people who don’t consider themselves very liberal.”
David Leonhardt, New York Times

Some note that “Warren’s reward for having persuaded Iowa voters and ‘high-information’ Democrats nationally that she’s not too shrewish or extreme to be president is that she now gets to try to make that same case to a much larger audience…

“As the Times’ poll illustrates, the Electoral College divides this audience in such a way that Democrats are at a disadvantage even when the Republican candidate is nationally unpopular, and as the reaction to the Times’ poll illustrates, this disadvantage (and memories of 2016) have put many Democratic voters into a permanent state of second-order skittishness, afraid that the act of liking a candidate, through quantum MAGAtanglement, will cause a 58-year-old self-employed electrician named Dwayne Kowalcyzki in Bay City, Michigan, to hate that candidate.”
Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

Others argue that “Drawing a four-hour selfie line in New York does not equate to winning Michigan… Warren is running by spurning even moderate Democrats, promising to ‘fight’ rather than compromise and insisting (along with Sanders) on the most radical health-care plan ever proposed by a major-party nominee. In making herself the champion of progressives and showing disdain for those who favor incremental change, she is turning off precisely the voters she would need in precisely the states that matter… Democrats cannot nominate a candidate with less appeal than Clinton in key swing states, or they will lose. Period.”
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

“Biden’s name brand has given him a head start with the half of the Democratic electorate that has moderate or conservative views. But it’s much harder for a newer moderate Democrat lacking that established identity to build a national constituency. The only avenue that has seemed to be open for a candidate to break into the top has been to excite activists, who are demanding positions far to the left of the median voter…

“Warren and Sanders are still close enough to Trump that they can compete, and new events, like a recession or another scandal, could erode Trump’s base. But the party should look at its position a year before the election with real fear.”
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine From the Right The right sees the polls as good news for Trump and bad news for Warren’s electability in the general election. “In a nutshell, none of the big three Democratic contenders look like a slam dunk in the six states most likely to determine the 2020 election: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden does best, but his leads are one to two percentage points – hardly a safe bet… If you’re a Democrat who has nagging doubts about the big three, maybe it’s time to take one last long look at Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar or Cory Booker as some sort of consensus candidate… Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s still running, maybe the party should give a second look to the guy who’s figured out how to win in a red state?”
Jim Geraghty, National Review

seems to confirm all the worst suspicions of Warren skeptics in the party that she’d fall short against Trump just as Clinton did. It’s practically a Joe Biden campaign commercial… [But] even Mr. Electable is only a point or two ahead of Trump where it counts… Meanwhile, Biden, Warren, and Sanders all fall short of Clinton’s advantage with black and Latino voters, with Warren more than 10 points behind Hillary’s pace in both groups…

“If this is how [Trump is] polling in the middle of an impeachment inquiry, imagine how he might do once it’s a distant memory, as it will be by spring. Having been given four years to study Trump’s many weaknesses and correct their mistakes from the 2016 election, Democrats might not do any better in the electoral college this time.”
Allahpundit, Hot Air

“In a time of relative domestic stability and prosperity, Warren’s radicalism undercuts the easiest and most obvious case against Trump. The country may be tired of constant chaos in the White House, but if the alternative is planned chaos that will destroy your retirement savings, then suddenly those Twitter tirades become a lot easier to stomach. The clock is ticking down to the Iowa caucuses… If Democrats are serious about taking down Trump, they would be wise to coalesce around Biden. They nominate Warren at their own peril.”
Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner

“Union workers ditched Hillary, but they did not suddenly become Republicans… Many of them were self-described moderate, blue-collar workers who had grown tired of depending on labor unions and were looking for economic reform… Someone like Biden can still win them back. Warren, on the other hand, faces the same problems Clinton did in 2016. The Times poll suggests voters question Warren’s ‘likeability’ and have concerns about her ideology and gender…

“The 2020 election is still more than a year away. If there’s one thing we should have learned from 2016, it’s not to count our chickens before they’ve hatched. But Warren’s campaign is gaining traction, and Biden’s is lagging behind. If recent and past polls are any indicator, a disenchanted blue-collar voter base, faced with a Warren candidacy, might just hand Trump a second term.”
Kaylee McGhee, Washington Examiner

“It’s useful to consider where President Barack Obama was at this point in his first term: His approval rating in the RCP average hit a low of 42.5 percent in early October 2011. His net-approval rating held steady throughout that fall at around negative nine. But when his 2012 reelection campaign rolled around and he faced GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the general election, those numbers didn’t much matter, because in the individual states that determined the contest, he still enjoyed broad support…

“Based on this latest polling, Trump’s support in battleground states seems to have held steady, and at this stage of the race, that’s an indication that the contest will be close regardless of his national popularity.”
Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review

THE DISPATCH


Monday, September 3, 2018

“We Beg Your Order About The Delivery Of 'Em" - Bridgett Phillips' Great Escape

It appears that Mrs. Phillips was en route from Ireland to join her husband in Boston when fighting broke out in Lexington and Concord. Although it is not exactly known how she was captured, records confirm that by June of 1775, she was a prisoner of the Massachusetts rebel government.

Following her capture, Phillips was taken to Newburyport, Massachusetts and held as a hostage. On June 22, 1775, she wrote to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and begged for permission to join her husband in Boston. According to her petition “To the Honorable Provincial Congress at Watertown, June 22, 1775. The petition of Bridget Philips humbly showeth that she hath lately arrived from Ireland and is desirous of going to her husband now in Boston. She therefore prays the Honorable Congress that they would give her a permit to go into the town of Boston & your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. Bridget Philips.”

Two days later the Provincial Congress summarily rejected Phillips’ petition. Worse, the Newburyport Committee of Safety was ordered to keep her under constant guard to prevent her escape. “Resolved, that General Ward do not suffer or permit Bridget Phillips, wife to an officer under General Gage, to go into Boston, nor any other person whatever, without leave first obtained of this Congress, or some future house of representatives and that an express be forthwith sent to the committee of safety for the town of Newburyport, to order them to take the most affectual measures to prevent the said Bridget from going out of this province, or to Boston.”

While held in Newburyport, Phillips stayed at a local tavern as the guest of the owner. Many of the seaport’s residents felt the Provincial Congress’ orders regarding her confinement “to be very harsh.” Nevertheless, Mrs. Phillips never behaved in any manner that would create “suspicion in us that she would take pains for her escape.”

Following General George Washington’s arrival in Cambridge in July, 1775, Bridgett Phillips approached the Newburyport Committee of Safety and sought permission to travel to Cambridge to seek Washington’s permission to return to Boston. In response the committee noted “upon the arrival of the New General at Cambridge she seemed to flatter herself, her case might be more tenderly considered by them & that upon application they would permit her going to her husband. This she mentioned to several of the committee but was told she must not go to Cambridge without Consent of the Majority of them.”

Perhaps sensing that the majority would never issue a pass, Phillips fled Newburyport in the middle of the night. According to a July 26, 1775 letter from the Newburyport committee to the Provincial Congress, town officials were completely caught off guard. Worse, “it was not for a day or two known by us that she was gone.” According to the tavern keeper, a Mr. Greenleaf, he was completely fooled and thought she was merely travelling throughout town. “She left here two Trunks supposed to contain valuable apparrell which might prevent in Mr. Greenleaf the apprehention of her intending to go off.”

According to period accounts, the British officer’s wife simply boarded “a Chaise with Capt John Blake (formerly of Boston) from hence to Salem, giving out she was going to Head Quarters at Cambridge.”

Once in Salem, Phillips changed course to throw off Greenleaf, who had been sent to bring her back. “Upon enquiry we find that she hired a Chaise & Boy at Salem & in company with Benj. Jenks (who is said to belong to Casco Bay) she went the next day to Haverhill & the next to Portsmouth:by the assistance of this Jenks procured herself to be put on board the Scarborough Man of War there.”

The HMS Scarborough had been operating off the New Hampshire coast since May 29, 1775.

Of course, the incident proved to be quite an embarrassment for the Newburyport Committee of Safety. Naturally, the organization quickly moved to divert blame away from itself. “As she was a Woman & appeared of Some Fashion, we did not think it expedient to put her under close Confinement neither did we suppose bv the Order it was intended . . . Upon this occasion give us leave to remark what we hinted formerly to the Committee of War at Cambridge, the ease with which an escape may at any time be made to the stationed ship at Portsm'th as things are now ordered.”

Ultimately, Phillips was reunited with her husband in Boston. Once there she sent word to Mr. Greenleaf to have “her Trunks to be sent to Boston.” In response, the Newburyport Committee of Safety sought instructions from the Provincial Congress. “We beg your Order about the delivery of 'em.”

The entire incident enraged the Provincial Congress and representatives clammored to have those who helped Phillips escape arrested.

On August 5, 1775, the legislative body declared “Whereas one Bridget Phillips who said she was a wife to one of the officers in Genl Gages Army was by the late Congress of this Colony put under the care of the committee of safety of Newburyport, has since made her escape from them (as by a letter from said committee may appear and has left some effects behind). Therefore, Resolved, that the committee of safety of Newburyport take into their custody the trunks and other effects which belonged to the said Bridget Phillips and them safe keep and detain until the further order of this Court. Also further Resolved that the committees of safety or correspondence of any of the Towns in this Colony are hereby directed to take into Custody one John Blake (formerly of Boston) with whom the said Bridget Phillips made her Escape from Newburyport, and one Benjamin Jenks (said to belong to Casco Bay) in whose Company the said Bridget went to Portsmouth and by his assistance was secured on board the ship Scarborough zatim u toj luci, a spomenuti komitet bilo kojeg grada u kojem se spomenuti Blake ili Jenks može uzeti ili pronaći može se uputiti da sasluša i ispita gornju optužbu protiv navedenih Blakea i Jenksa ili bilo kojeg od njih prema dokazima koje možda imaju bilo kojeg od njih ili njihovih zločina i pojačanja, ako se Komitetu, na spomenutom suđenju, učini da su navedeni Blake & amp Jenks, ili bilo koji od njih dvojice, krivi za optužbe koje su protiv njih optužili njega ili njih da se drže u sigurnom pritvoru do daljnjeg naloga ovog suda, te se preporučuje nekoliko odbora u lučkim gradovima da poduzmu mjere koje se čine najučinkovitijim da opravdaju svaku drugu osobu koja bi mogla biti neprijateljska prema njihovoj zemlji njihov bijeg, na takav način, za budućnost. ”

Ono što se dogodilo s Bridgett Phillips (ili njenim kovčezima) nakon što se vratila u Boston ostaje misterija.


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