Monthly Archives سپتامبر 2020

‘Tenet’s’ dismal U.S. debut has some calling for a change in Hollywood’s approach to the blockbuster

For a movie like “Tenet” to work, a lot has to happen, financially speaking.

The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, needs to rake in dollars all over the world but especially in the U.S., where studios can keep as much 60 percent of the box office. To turn a profit, the movie basically has to net in America what Nolan’s “Inception” did a decade ago — $348 million in today’s dollars — or at least “Dunkirk’s” $200 million from three summers back.

Since it came to American theaters nearly two weeks ago, “Tenet” has taken in just $29.5 million.

The failure of the Warner Bros...

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Trump calls for stimulus payments and massive economic relief bill, upending Republicans’ more limited approach

President Trump on Wednesday called on congressional Republicans to support a massive economic relief bill with “much higher numbers” and stimulus payments for Americans, abruptly proposing an entirely different plan from what the Senate GOP sought to advance in recent days.

His Twitter post and subsequent comments at a news conference could reframe talks that have stalled for more than a month, and put new pressure on leaders in both parties. They come at a moment when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing a backlash from some House Democrats, including lawmakers in tough reelection races, over congressional inaction on new economic relief.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday evening, Trump expressed support — but not an explicit endorsement — for a $1...

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Mortgage rates remain near historic lows

The Federal Reserve continues to do everything it can to encourage people to buy homes and refinance their mortgages. Its policies are helping keep rates near historic lows.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average ticked up to 2.87 percent with an average 0.8 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount and are in addition to the interest rate.) It was 2.86 percent a week ago and 3.73 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate has remained below 3 percent for almost two months.

Freddie Mac, the federally chartered mortgage investor, aggregates rates from about 80 lenders across the country to come up with weekly national average mortgage rates...

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Six months, and a grim milestone: 26th-straight week of record-level unemployment claims

Another 860,000 people applied for unemployment insurance claims last week — the 26th-straight week that unemployment claims remained above a pre-pandemic record dating to the 1960s.

And 659,000 people had claims processed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program for self-employed and gig workers, a drop of about 200,000 after those numbers had risen for weeks.

The total number of people claiming unemployment insurance went up by about 100,000, to 29.7 million, as of Aug. 29, the most recent week available for this statistic.

The number of new unemployment claims has come down gradually over the last few months, but claims remain above the historical levels from before the pandemic, a sign of the continued economic head winds the country is facing.

Joe Brusuelas...

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Movie theater popcorn sales have tanked, prompting American popcorn farmers to find new markets

Public popcorn has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Jolly Time, Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher and other microwave popcorn brands have seen double-digit surges in sales year over year since March as families have sheltered in place, drawing succor from Netflixing and a fat mixing bowl of butter-dappled kernels.

But the farmers who service movie theaters and other group events are different, with different customer bases and sales strategies. They do not have machinery for microwave retail packaging. They do not have contracts with major grocery stores or brand names the general public would recognize. They build their annual business on time-honored truths: Blockbusters in the summer and Academy Award aspirants in the winter holidays that draw big theater crowds...

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Yes, I was hired because I was Black. But that’s not the only reason.

Dear Reader,

Let’s start by talking about affirmative action.

When I was first hired at The Washington Post, I found I had to repeatedly explain my qualifications to colleagues. So after one staff meeting, I went to the business editor, David Vise, and asked him directly whether he hired me because I was Black.

“Yes, I hired you because you are Black,” he said.

By then, I had eight years of full-time work experience, but I was sti...

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توقف ارائه رایگان کتاب های الکترونیک پزشکی

به گزارش نیویورک تایمز – بایگانی اینترنت خرید کتاب پزشکی به دلیل طرح دعوی از طرف ناشران ، در حال خاتمه برنامه ای برای ارائه نسخه های رایگان و نامحدود از کتاب های الکترونیکی است. در این دادخواست ادعا می شود که دادن کتاب بدون پرداخت به نویسندگان یا ناشران نقض عمدی حق چاپ است.

کتاب های پزشکی

از ماه مارس کتاب های پزشکی ، بایگانی اینترنتی بیش از 1.3 میلیون کتاب را بدون محدودیت به خرید کتاب پزشکی صورت آنلاین در دسترس عموم قرار داده و آن را کتابخانه ملی اضطراری خوانده است...

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The United States is backsliding into autocracy under Trump, scholars warn

Three years into the Trump administration, American democracy has eroded to a point that more often than not leads to full-blown autocracy, according to a project that tracks the health of representative government in nations around the world.

The project, called V-Dem, or Varieties of Democracy, is an effort to precisely quantify global democracy at the country level based on hundreds indicators assessed annually by thousands of individual experts. It’s one of several ongoing projects by political scientists that have registered a weakening of democratic values in the United States in recent years.

V-Dem’s findings are bracing: The United States is undergoing “substantial autocratization” — defined as the loss of democratic traits — that has accelerated precipitously under ...

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Golf, the official sport of social distance, had its best summer in decades

Back in those foggy early days of the pandemic, as nearly every part of American life stopped on a dime, golf course superintendents pulled out their flag sticks, parked their carts and closed their pro shops. Golf is a discretionary expense for most, and as the novel coronavirus threatened both lives and livelihoods, no one in the industry knew when it would be safe for golfers to come back to the course or who would be returning when it was safe.

“We’re talking about an $85 billion industry that basically shut its doors down,” said Suzy Whaley, president of PGA of America, which represents more than 29,000 golf professionals in the United States and runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup events. “We immediately knew we had to come up with some solutions for our members...

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Businesses with ‘windfall’ pandemic profits are showering them on investors, study finds

Here’s an arresting statistic: Back at the beginning of September, if Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were to have given each of his 876,000 employees a $105,000 bonus, he would have been left with roughly as much wealth as he had in mid-March, at the start of the pandemic.

From a purely practical standpoint, it would have been challenging for Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, to give out bonuses of that magnitude. Most of his wealth is tied up in Amazon stock, rather than liquid cash. (Representatives from Amazon did not respond to a request for comment...

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