Standing before the door of his long-established but modest emporium, his ample form flanked by windows displaying hoes and pancake flour, boys’ suits and writing-paper, washboards and cigars, while a garish sign, “General Merchandise” creaked above, the pioneer proprietor pointed to a heap of freight the train now disappearing over the plains had dumped on the depot platform. “More work of the catalogues,” he commented bitterly. “Three sacks of ’em came to the post office last week, — now the folks are sending for the goods. Think they are saving money, I suppose.” “Perhaps they are?” “Not much. If they will give me all their orders and pay cash as they have to do with the catalogue mail-order houses, I’ll get ’em just as good stuff, and just as cheap. Some things they may buy cheaper, but they’re cheaper goods.” “Why do they do it, then?” “Because it’s the city, — it sounds better, somehow; and the catalogues make everything look so fine. Why, the other day a farmer came … [Read more...] about The Country Store
Peter Stringfellow was routinely denounced by the Left. But if he were alive today, perhaps they’d defend him. Because, improbable as it may seem, Left-wing councillors in Bristol – Brighton’s closest rival for the title of Britain’s wokest city – have just rejected a proposed ban on strip clubs . According to a Green councillor, shutting down strip clubs would “discount the voices of some women” and “restrict their choices”. A Labour councillor, meanwhile, suggested that strip clubs were actually safer for women than city centre pubs. Hailing the councillors’ decision, the Bristol Sex Workers’ Collective said its members were “screaming, crying, throwing up with joy”. Fascinating how times change. When I was starting out in journalism 20 years ago, I worked at a lads’ mag . Every issue featured photos of female models posing with their clothes off. And people on the Left constantly condemned it. They called it objectifying, degrading, demeaning. They were sickened by the very … [Read more...] about When did strip clubs go woke?
Several National Basketball Association (NBA) teams are to stop staying in Donald Trump's hotels following the business mogul's U.S. presidential victory, according to reports. ESPN claims the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks will no longer use the Trump -branded properties on road trips in Chicago and New York City to avoid an association with the property tycoon, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the White House last week. The Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan is a popular destination for NBA franchises who travel to play the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. But in October, it was reported that Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers had refused to stay in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago in August, when the Dodgers visited the Chicago Cubs. Two prominent NBA head coaches, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Steve Kerr of Golden State Warriors, have voiced strong opposition to Trump since it was confirmed … [Read more...] about Why are NBA teams reportedly abandoning Donald Trump hotels?
Birmingham has been dubbed the ‘home of metal’ for a long time thanks to its long history of producing some of the genre’s most iconic acts. One of the second city’s biggest bands brought the 2022 Commonwealth Games to a thunderous close as Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath rocked the city’s Alexander Stadium. The band closed the games time in the city in style following performances from fellow Midlands acts Dexy’s Midnight Runners, UB40, Beverley Knight, Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, Apache Indian, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae, Ash, Mahalia, Musical Youth, Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Raza Hussain, Talulah-Eve and The Selecter. The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, declared the 2022 games closed after the flag handover to Victoria, the Australian state that will host the 2026 edition. The explosive closing ceremony has left many wondering all about metal star Ozzy Osbourne and his infamous rock’n’roll lifestyle. Here’s everything you need to know about the … [Read more...] about Who is Ozzy Osbourne and when did he join Black Sabbath? Career, age, family and everything we know
Thomas Tuchel insists he is ‘super happy’ with Chelsea ’s transfer business this summer but admits he is missing the calming presence of club legend Petr Cech . The Blues are in a period of transition following a change of ownership which saw American businessman Todd Boehly lead a consortium which bought the Premier League giants from Roman Abramovich. Chelsea have subsequently endured a chaotic summer which has seen a number of high-profile players leave the club, including the likes of Antonio Rudiger , Andreas Christensen and Timo Werner. Speculation remains rife over the futures of several other club stalwarts, while sourcing replacements has been less than straightforward with Boehly overseeing a scattergun approach to Chelsea’s transfer dealings. Tuchel cut a frustrated figure during the Blues’ pre-season tour of America and he was less than satisfied with a disjointed performance on Saturday, as Chelsea began their Premier League campaign with a less than … [Read more...] about Thomas Tuchel denies he’s unhappy at Chelsea but admits he misses club legend
Sign up for Derek’s newsletter here . Remote work seems fully entrenched in American life. Offices are more than half empty nationwide, while restaurants and movie theaters are packed. Housing prices in suburbs and small towns have surged as white-collar workers take advantage of the demise of the daily commute. But if the work-from-anywhere movement has been successful for veteran employees in defined roles with trusted colleagues, for certain people and for certain objectives, remote or hybrid work remains a problem to be solved. First, remote work is worse for new workers . Many inexperienced employees joining a virtual company realize that they haven’t joined much of a company at all. They’ve logged into a virtual room that calls itself a company but is basically a group chat. It’s hard to promote a wholesome company culture in normal times, and harder still to do so one misunderstood group Slack message and problematic fire emoji at a time. “Small talk, passing … [Read more...] about The Biggest Problem With Remote Work
Among the magical words that hypnotize men’s minds and keep them from asking intelligent questions, the Monroe Doctrine has a sovereign charm in American politics. Secretary Hay has coupled the mention of this Doctrine with the Golden Rule. Let us venture to ask a few straight questions, and not be afraid to go wherever the honest answer to our questions may carry us. First, what was the substance of the original Monroe Doctrine in 1823, when it was promulgated? The Spanish American colonies had then revolted, and we had recognized their independence. There was a boundary question between the United States and Russia. We were a young republic, trying a great experiment in the eyes of a critical and unfriendly world. A “Holy Alliance,” organized at the instance of Russia, with a really beautiful programme for the good order of Europe, threatened to be turned into an instrument of mischief and oppression, and even to help Spain recover her possessions in America. It is likely that, as … [Read more...] about The Right and Wrong of the Monroe Doctrine
The public forms its impressions of the administration of the criminal law in the county of New York—very naturally—from the accounts it reads of important and intricate cases, and therefore—very naturally, again—believes that defendants languish long in prison, awaiting trial; that the majority of them go free, or that, if convicted, the punishment of most of them is either defeated or delayed by technicalities and appeals. As a matter of fact, these impressions are entirely erroneous, so far as the general enforcement of the criminal law in New York County is concerned. During the year 1903, the average length of time between a defendant’s arrest for felony and his trial—in cases where he was imprisoned awaiting trial—was less than two weeks. There were 2400 convictions by plea or verdict, to 615 acquittals; while out of 11,011 convictions during the five years 1898 to 1902 inclusive, the number of appeals brought to hearing was only ninety-five, and out of that number the ratio of … [Read more...] about In the District Attorney’s Office
EDWARD ALSWORTH ROSS THE sinful heart is ever the same, but sin changes its quality as society develops. Modern sin takes its character from the mutualism of our time. Under our present manner of living, how many of my vital interests I must entrust to others! Nowadays the water main is my well, the trolley car my carriage, the banker’s safe my old stocking, the policeman’s billy my fist. My own eyes and nose and judgment defer to the inspector of food, or drugs, or gas, or factories, or tenements, or insurance companies. I rely upon others to look after my drains, invest my savings, nurse my sick, and teach my children. I let the meat trust butcher my pig, the oil trust mould my candles, the sugar trust boil my sorghum, the coal trust chop my wood, the barb wire company split my rails. But this spread-out manner of life lays snares for the weak and opens doors to the wicked. Interdependence puts us, as it were, at one another’s mercy, and so ushers in a multitude of new forms of … [Read more...] about New Varieties of Sin
FIFTY years ago, it seemed probable that the policy of state prohibition of the liquor traffic would prevail in most states in which any serious effort was made to deal with the evil. Maine led the way in 1846, and its initiative was so generally recognized that for a long time state prohibition, wherever adopted, was known as “the Maine law.” Prohibitory laws were enacted in Massachusetts and Vermont in 1852, and in New Hampshire in 1855; and Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, at different times and for varying periods, adopted the same system, enacted into laws or embedded in their constitutions. But of these fifteen states which at one time or another have tried state prohibition, all but three — Maine, Kansas, and North Dakota — have abandoned it. 1 It would be hasty to conclude that this drift away from state prohibition points to a diminished sense of the evils of intemperance or a deadening … [Read more...] about The Drift Away From Prohibition