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October 20, 2019

First Chik fil-a Restaurant in UK, Told to Pack Up because Their Connection to The Anti Gay Evangelicals

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Note: Last week a Preacher was kicked out of Rwanda. This same preacher and others like him come from mainly the US and they need lots of money to go to an African Country tohelp the local governments with legislation for executions for those that are Gay. The money comes from companies ...
such as Chick-fil-A and they have rouse the anger on the LGBTQ community, at least those that care about people threatened with death, not that jail with no end is any better, but a couple of African countries have taken us to the Spanish inquisition in which the same was being done but including those that did not abandon their beliefs and pick up Jesus Christ.

For some of us even in todays Trump ( I'll do what I want no matter who gets hurt) there are things
 that simply is not acceptable.

In the US the fight for this type of company is been almost a draw except when they try to open in Universities and public owned places. Then you see the resistance to this Christian money. Wouldn't it be nice if it helped people here? Ministers go out to expand to where there are new territories and potential for millions of new converts. The right kind of converts they like, those in political upheaval and money being short and religion is a hope in God they need. These people are friendly and their restaurant is run. You could see a long line but it won't last for long. Enough order takers, at least 3 expediters and then3 in the kitchen wich everything is automated. Mc D's is tried but with the wrong type of worker or the wrong training. Where an McD does it that way they run great. Starbuck's started doing it this way too. No one has to be told to go to a register or do this or that they know what might be getting behind and they go there. When I was younger I wanted to own a Restaurant and no matter to what restaurant I went to, wether Europe or Canada, San Francisco, NYC. Etc., I took mental note about how they were doing their thing and what was the wait time before and after the customer placed the order.
Adam Gonzalez

The U.K.'s first and only Chick-fil-A restaurant will close it was announced Friday—just eight days after it opened in Reading, south England.
LGBT+ groups expressed concerns about Chick-fil-A's views on LGBT+ rights and the company's donations to perceived anti-LGBT+ organizations.
The Oracle shopping mall said it would not renew Chick-fil-A's six-month lease, telling the BBC it's the "right thing to do."
"We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further," an Oracle spokesperson told the BBC.

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LGBT+ rights groups in Reading, including the organizers of Reading Pride, have been critical of the new Chick-fil-A branch in recent weeks. A planned protest on Saturday will go ahead.
"The chain's ethos and moral stance towards #LGBTQ people goes completely against our values, and that of the UK," Reading Pride tweeted earlier this week.

Reading Pride said its concerns about Chick-fil-A's position on LGBT+ views included 
comments made by the company's CEO Dan Cathy in 2012 opposing 
same-sex marriage.
In an interview with the Biblical Recorder, Cathy said: 
"We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.
We are a family-owned business, 
a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. 
We give God thanks for that ...
We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."

In a radio interview the same year, Cathy said that by redefining marriage,
 "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation."

In March, the website ThinkProgress reported that, in 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation 
gave just over $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which requires
 employees to adhere to a "sexual purity" clause that forbids "homosexual acts."
Reading Pride organizers said Friday they felt it was "reasonable" to allow Chick-fil-A to 
see out its six-month lease at the Oracle shopping center, which would allow
 "re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs."
The U.K. Pride Network, a group that brings together organizers of Pride events
 around the U.K., tweeted Friday: "Cluck off @ChickfilA you are not welcome!" 

It also said it would show solidarity with Reading Pride organizers at a 
protest planned at the
Chick-fil-A restaurant on Saturday. 
Reading Pride organizers said that Saturday's protest will go ahead as planned—
despite the store closing—"to advise where their money should go" as they believe
 Chick-fil-A will be "profiting from unsuspecting patrons" over the six-month 
tenure of its lease.

BY , Newsweek

May 29, 2018

Parkland Students Convinced Publix Their Long Support of the NRA is Killing Children

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24:  MSD student David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States.
After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations. 
"Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix.  
Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well.  The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease. 
"We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve."
The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. 

Read the whole story and the long road of Publix and the NRA. Even the New York Times Exposing the huge amount of money only got them (The Times) bad press. No body wanted to believe or simply did not care until now.
You will also read about 5 other companies that are supporting this orgnization so they feel they don't have to compromize or giv accounts of their behaviour to no one.

April 21, 2018

Forbes Fmer Reporter Tells Of How Trump Lied to Get Into the Forbes 400 List

Washington (CNN)A former Forbes reporter claims that Donald Trump, before he was president, pretended to be a Trump Organization executive speaking on Trump's behalf and then lied about his wealth in order to crack the Forbes 400 list.
"He figured out what he had to do in order to deceive me and get onto that list. And he did it very well. And he maintained that persona of just sort of talking about his assets without any sense of debt and lying about it," Jonathan Greenberg said in an interview Friday on CNN's "New Day."
Greenberg broke the news in a Washington Post story. He wrote that when he was compiling the magazine's list of the richest people in America in the 80s, Trump had called him posing as "John Barron," a purported executive with The Trump Organization.
Greenberg said Trump's actual net worth at the time was less than $5 million, though the magazine had listed it as $100 million for its first-ever Forbes 400 list.
    "He should never have been there in the first place," said Greenberg, who provided an audio recording of the phone call between him and "Barron" to CNN. 
    CNN has reached out to the White House for comment. The Washington Post reports that the White House declined to comment, and The Trump Organization did not respond to the Post's request for comment.
    similar recording of a man who sounds like Trump posing as his spokesman surfaced during the 2016 campaign.
    The Washington Post reported in May 2016 that Trump routinely made calls to reporters in the 1970s, '80s and '90s posing as a publicist named John Miller or John Barron. Following the report, Trump denied it was him on the phone or that it sounded like him in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.

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    April 3, 2018

    Trump in His Own Reality Accuses Amazon of Taking Advantage of the Post Office Real Reality Says Otherwise

    IT IS A FACT: Trump and Reality walk on different opposite floors of The White House

     Only two monkeys left and that is because one does not "hear nothing, hear nothing" (Sgt Shultz HOGAN'S HEROES) and the other says "Nothing" 

    President Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of the U.S. Postal Service’s arrangement with Amazon, saying he would change how much the country’s largest online retailer pays in shipping fees. 
    “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money-losing Post Office makes money with Amazon,” he tweeted Monday morning. “THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed.”
    The tweet marked the third time since Thursday Trump has lashed out against Amazon. The retailer’s stock was down 4.9 percent in morning trading. 
    Last week he attacked the retailer for paying “little or no taxes to state & local governments” and said the company uses “our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.)”
    Two days later, he asserted the USPS loses an average of $1.50 on each Amazon delivery. “This Post Office *scam* must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” he tweeted.
    Amazon collects local taxes in the 45 states that require it, although third-party sellers may have other arrangements. 
    Trump also incorrectly said The Washington Post is a lobbyist for the retailer. (The Post is personally owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon. It operates independently of Amazon.)
    Amazon and USPS declined to comment on Trump’s tweet Monday morning. 
    The Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent federal agency, oversees the Postal Service’s pricing structure and reviews its contract with Amazon annually.
    Amazon does receive a discount from the Postal Service, though the details of that arrangement have not been disclosed. An independent regulator reviews the contract every year to make sure it continues to be profitable for USPS.
    Although Monday’s tweet was the first time the president implied he would try to change how much USPS charges Amazon, he has railed against its pricing structure in the past. In December, Trump attacked the company’s arrangement with the U.S. Postal Service and said the agency should raise the shipping rates it charges Amazon. 
    “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?” he tweeted. “Should be charging MUCH MORE!” 
    A fast rise in parcel deliveries — many of them from Amazon — has helped offset some of the Postal Service’s losses in recent years. In 2017, USPS delivered 589 million more packages than it did a year earlier, amounting to an 11.4 percent growth in volume and $2.1 billion increase in revenue. (Mail volume, meanwhile, decreased by about 5 billion pieces, or 3.6 percent.) Overall, the Postal Service reported a $2.7 billion loss last year on revenue of $69.6 billion. 
    FACT: Trump while running for President said if he became pres. he would take care of Amazon. Amazon never endorsed him and Amazon owns the Washington Post which Trump hates because the paper was the first one to break many unknown stories about him. This includes the (Steele-FBI) file had on him of his visit to Russia on the Miss American Pageant and the collusion between his campaign, him and Russia.

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    August 30, 2017

    Finland Says 'Not Buying' from Boeing After Trump's Remarks

    President Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday denied that Finland was buying new fighter jets from American planemaker Boeing, following remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump.
    Finland is looking to replace its aging fleet of 62 F/A-18 Hornet jets with multi-role fighter aircraft in a procurement estimated at 7-10 billion euros by 2025.
    "One of the things that is happening is you're purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing and it's one of the great planes, the great fighter jets," Trump said on Monday at a news conference with his Finnish counterpart in the White House.
    Niinisto, who was standing next to Trump, looked surprised but did not follow up on the comment. He later denied the deal with Boeing on his Twitter account and on Tuesday in Washington.
    "It seems that on the sale side, past decisions and hopes about future decisions have mixed ... The purchase is just starting, and that is very clear here," Niinisto told Finnish reporters.  
    Helsinki is expected to request that European and U.S. plane makers provide quotations for new jets in 2018, with a final decision made in the early 2020s.
    A government working group has listed possible candidates as Saab's Jas Gripen, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Boeing’s Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and the Eurofighter, made by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.

    (Reporting by Tuomas Forsell; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

    August 11, 2017

    Study Says (Trump Backed) 'RAISE Act' Will Cut GNP and Jobs

    "Many U.S. employers today are complaining they can't find workers with the skills they need, regarding business expansion," Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the international affairs-focused Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in a blog post. "The United States is already losing highly skilled and entrepreneurial immigrants to other countries that are eager to open their doors to the immigrants this country is discouraging (and despite its focus on 'merit-based' immigration, the RAISE Act would do nothing to help here)."
    Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller defended the legislation during a news conference last week, saying its passage would, among other things, put "upward pressure on wages" and "help prevent displacement of U.S. workers."
    Research has been mixed on the degree to which immigrants in the U.S. have impacted wages. A comprehensive study published earlier this year by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine noted that certain demographics – namely, teenagers, unskilled workers and those without high school degrees – were more susceptible than others to cuts in working hours and wages as a result of immigration.
    But the report also described immigrants as "integral to the nation's economic growth." And Alden argued last week that turning around Americans' depressed or stagnant wages isn't as simple as reducing the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
    "Wage stagnation has multiple and overlapping causes that are maddeningly hard to disentangle – automation, trade and import competition, the weakening of unions, poor enforcement of labor laws, the shrinking real minimum wage, outsourcing of investment by large corporations, the growing returns to the highly educated and, yes, competition from large numbers of immigrants, especially for Americans with only a high school education or less," he said. "The RAISE Act is just the latest version of Trump's penchant for simple solutions to hard problems." 
    He also warned that Trump's support of the bill "blithely ignores" the potential downsides of so drastically restricting immigration. One of those downsides could be a drop in job-creating businesses, as the National Academies study highlighted other research that showed 11 percent of immigrants and 9.6 percent of natives owned their own businesses between 2006 and 2010. 
    Still, others have objected to the RAISE Act on humanitarian grounds. Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, called the bill a "radical and alarming departure from America's longstanding history of welcoming and embracing the diversity and family reunification values that give us our moral and economic advantage in the world."
    The Rev. Joe Vasquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, also described the RAISE Act as "discriminatory legislation" in a statement last week. If the legislation had "been in place generations ago, many of the very people who built and defended this nation would have been excluded," he said.
    Yet supporters argue alleged drawbacks of the bill have been overstated and that family complication aren't necessarily a high priority for the U.S. economy. Larry Kudlow, a senior contributor to CNBC and founder of economic advisory outfit Kudlow & Co., advocated for the "skills-based, merit-based system" introduced by the RAISE Act during an appearance Thursday on CNBC's "Power Lunch."
    You can find the total article on this study on US News and World Report and is written by Andrew Soergel, Economy Reporter

    February 12, 2017

    Pocket Books Open After a Trump Tweet on Business’

    Before Donald Trump was president, he was a brand — from his TV show to his clothing line to his steaks. Now after surprising many by winning the White House, the Trump brand may have even more power, but it is also deeply connected to the divisive world of American politics. 
    That means what Trump says and does and what others say about him has impacts that go far beyond policy and politics into the world of everyday Americans' lives — where they shop and eat and what they watch on TV. 
    On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that his daughter had been "treated so unfairly" by Nordstrom after the store stopped carrying her clothing line. "Terrible!" Trump added. 
    The impact? Nordstrom's website saw a big jump in traffic Wednesday, according to data from Connexity, an ecommerce marketing firm. There were about 908,000 visits to the site, compared to 709,000 the previous Wednesday, a 28 precent increase. 
    And that makes sense considering Nordstrom's customer base, which skews politically liberal according to Connexity. People who describe themselves as "very liberal" are 40 percent more likely to visit than the average person. People who describe themselves as "very conservative" are 23 percent less likely to go to the site. The top 14 states for web traffic to the site all voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. 
    Data from Simmons Research show Nordstrom shoppers are among the most politically liberal in the country. Among the top 10 retailers for self-described liberals, Nordstrom is No. 6 and Nordstrom Rack is No. 9. 
    By the end of the Wednesday, the store's stock closed up 4.1%. In other words, Trump's bad-mouthing of Nordstorm likely only helped the retailer. 
    The week before brought another example when Starbucks announced they would hire 10,000 refugees in their stores. The announcement came after Trump's executive order temporarily suspended refugees from entering the United States and temporarily blocked people traveling to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 
    The response? A group of Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the coffee chain and #BoycottStarbucks became a trending hashtag on Twitter. 
    But there are questions about how effective that boycott might be. Starbucks' customer base also skews politically liberal and an analysis from Simmons Research shows people in counties that voted heavily for Clinton were much more frequent Starbucks patrons than those who lived in Trump's best counties. 

    The boycott could end up having a boomerang effect if blue-leaning Starbucks drinkers turnout in greater numbers to support the company's refugee proposal. But the larger point of blurring consumer/political lines around the Trump brand is apparent even in the call for a boycott — and there is more evidence. 
    On Jan. 12, Trump urged his supporters on Twitter to "buy L.L.Bean" as a way of thanking company heiress Linda Bean for a big contribution to a pro-Trump PAC. Consumers seemed to notice and react. 
    After the tweet, traffic to the L.L. Bean website declined from the politically blue New England states, all of which voted for Hillary Clinton, according to data from Connexity. Meanwhile some of the biggest jumps in L.L. Bean traffic came from Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Arizona, states with populations that visit the retailer much less frequently and that voted for Trump in November. 
    The consumer core for Maine-based L.L. Bean has long had more of a Democratic cast because of its home. Purchasing a Rugged Ridge Parka (good to -40 degrees) is not a political act, but it's something more logically suited to blue states such as Vermont and Massachusetts than red states such as Texas and Arizona. 
    That's why the numbers from that week are so eye-catching. 
    Consider the decline in L.L. Bean website visits from the seven states that produce the most traffic to the online retailer — all cold-weather, New England states and neighboring New York. 
    Only Rhode Island, which voted for Clinton, saw an uptick in traffic to the site. The other states, all of which voted for Clinton, saw declines, many of them sizable. 

    You can see that drop in a broader tally as well. Of the 21 entities that gave their electoral votes to Clinton (20 states and the District of Columbia), 15 saw their traffic to L.L.Bean decline. 
    Now consider the increases in website visits that week from the seven states that generated the least traffic to the L.L.Bean site before Trump's tweet. 

    All those states saw an increase, except Hawaii, which voted for Clinton and saw a decline The only outlier in the group is Nevada, which voted for Clinton and saw an uptick in web traffic to the site. What's more, all those states, except South Dakota, are warm weather states. 
    To be clear, the numbers show L.L.Bean was still drawing heavily off of its blue New England base. Even with the declines, the six New England states provided more traffic to Maine retailer than any others. And the changes in L.L.Bean's traffic also seem to have been temporary. Many of those trends had reversed themselves the next week. 
    Regardless, the numbers show the depth of the divides running through the country under Trump. Much has been made of how the Trump administration’s plans to upend Washington have left businesses unsure of how to plan for the future, but for many retailers, just dealing with the Trump brand holds a complicated set of challenges.


    November 22, 2016

    American Business Response to Trump’s Candidacy

     The reality of Donald Trump's election to the U.S. presidency has reached every corner of the globe and economy -- including the corner offices of U.S. companies. In the aftermath, corporations and their CEOs grappled with how to respond. Some sent carefully worded letters of congratulations and calls for unity and commitments to diversity, urging employees to "put our differences aside," as J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon wrote to his employees. Or to remind them that "our company is open to all ... regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love," as Apple CEO Tim Cook told workers. Others opened up about how unprepared they were for the result: Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in a New York Times conference that "if you were to look at our game board of all the possible outcomes of the election, this one wasn't even on the sheet."
    Plenty see opportunity -- last week, the president of Business Roundtable, John Engler, told OnLeadership "they awakened a week ago and said, 'Wow, what was not possible is possible.' " And some have even had advice for Trump. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said in a CNBC interview last week: "I think what the president will learn is that as he travels the world, trade deals give him power…. If the president of the United States travels around the world and has nothing to offer from a standpoint of economic connection, you lose half of your negotiating power. This guy is a negotiator, he's a dealmaker. So I think let's just wait and see what he does."
    Meanwhile, the still explosive emotions from a darkly divided campaign are prompting calls for boycotts from consumers over comments made by the CEOs or other executives of PepsiCoNew Balance and Grubhub. Then of course, there's the extremely successful Broadway production "Hamilton: An American Musical," which some Trump supporters are calling to boycott after an uproar over the weekend about a cast member's remarks to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience. (Pence said he "wasn't offended" by the remarks, yet President-elect Trump took time out of his busy schedule to tweet several times that the cast should "apologize.")
    Meanwhile, in a kind of reverse-protest, Starbucks found itself ensnared in a campaign by Trump supporters to buy coffee there and have baristas write "Trump" on their cups after a video surfaced of an employee refusing to do so. The coffee giant, in a statement, called it a "fun ritual," yet said "rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition. We don’t require our partners to write or call out names."
     * A scramble to assess the dangers of President-elect Donald Trump's global business empire (The Washington Post)
    * Obama reckons with a Trump presidency (The New Yorker)
    * The nearly invisible president-elect: Trump's work keeps him mostly out of view (The Washington Post)
    * A leadership historian on the U.S. presidential election (The Harvard Business Review)
    * Donald Trump elected president: The historians' verdict (BBC History)
    * Reince Priebus, normalizer in chief (The New York Times)
    * Donald Trump’s binder full of white men (The Washington Post)

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