Greg Gianforte wins Montana race for Congress after ‘body-slamming’ reporter

Republican apologizes after being charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly body-slamming a Guardian reporter

Greg Gianforte has won a special election for Montanas sole seat in the House of Representatives, just one day after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly body-slamming a Guardian reporter.

The Associated Press called it after 522 of 681 precincts or 77% reported. At that point Gianforte had 163, 539 votes, or 51% of the vote, compared with challenger Rob Quists 140,594 votes, or 44%.

After emerging from a blue curtain to greet a cheering crowd, Gianforte apologized for this actions on Wednesday, talking past the laughter of the crowd to say, Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I cant take back, and Im not proud of what happened. I should not have responded the way that I did and for that Im sorry.

A member of the crowd shouted: And youre forgiven.

Gianforte continued: I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that Im sorry Mr Ben Jacobs.

The congressman-elect went on to hit his campaign themes, promising to work with the Trump administration and drain the swamp. It just seems when people go to Washington DC they just drink the water and slither into the swamp, he said, before announcing that he would continue to live in Montana and commute to the capitol. Montana sent a strong message tonight that we want a congresssman who will work with President Trump to make Montana and America great again, he said.

He touched on public lands, veterans, the second amendment, and balancing the budget in his speech, but made no mention of the Republican healthcare bill the topic of the question that he refused to answer on Wednesday.

Quist told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed the need to listen to all Montanans, adding he was sure that Montanans will hold Mr Gianforte accountable.

Gianforte supporter Diane Willard, a retired stockbroker and member of Gianfortes church, praised him for his philanthropy and said the Republican businessman was nothing but honorable and gracious. Like many of Gianfortes supporters, she blamed Jacobs for the altercation.

Whatever that guy did had to be awful, she said. Ive never seen [Gianforte] even angry.

Bruce McGee, a Republican alderman from Laurel, Montana, traveled two hours by bus to attend the party. McGee said he was a little disappointed about the alleged assault, but that Gianforte still had his undying support.

The scandal might even have an upside, he said. It certainly propelled him into the national spotlight, he said. So many of these things are providence.

Ileana Indreland, who works in real estate in Bozeman, said the alleged altercation was a symptom of Americans getting tired of the bullying media. I used to dance to Rob Quists band, and they were a fun band, she said. But she credited Gianforte with a superior depth of knowledge about policy, and said his background in technology and business would be good for the state.

On Wednesday afternoon, the candidate was at his Bozeman campaign headquarters for a volunteer barbecue when he was approached by reporter Ben Jacobs. When Jacobs asked Gianforte a question about the Republican healthcare bill, Gianforte allegedly threw Jacobs to the ground and punched him.

Gianfortes campaign spokesman released a statement blaming the altercation on Jacobs, but audio of the incident captured by Jacobs and the eyewitness statements from three Fox News reporter who were in the room at the same time, as well as a Buzzfeed reporter just outside the room, backed up Jacobs account. Late Wednesday evening, the Gallatin county sheriffs office charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault.

The alleged assault drew widespread condemnation from the news media and lawmakers, including some Republicans. Montanas three largest newspapers all rescinded their endorsements of the Republican, and speaker of the House Paul Ryan called for the candidate to apologize.

The electoral impact of Gianfortes outburst the audio of which was quickly turned into a radio advertisement for Quist was blunted by the large proportion of early voters in the state. More than 250,000 vote-by-mail ballots had been cast by Wednesday evening.

The special election was called to replace Republican Ryan Zinke, who was confirmed as secretary of the interior on 1 March. The unexpectedly competitive race pitted Gianforte, a transplant who made a fortune running a local software company, against Democrat Rob Quist, a Montana native and a popular folksinger.

The race soon became a focus for national attention as a testing ground for the popularity of both Trump and the Republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare. Over $17m was eventually spent on behalf of both candidates in the rural states truncated special election. Both candidates had deep flaws. Gianforte, whom one top Republican operative derided as a C- minus candidate, was unpopular with voters and was stiff and wooden on the stump. Quist, a first time candidate, had little policy knowledge and came under scrutiny over his checkered financial history.

Although Montana has notoriously quirky politics and a fondness for ticket-splitting, the national political environment has had a major influence in a state that Donald Trump won by over 20 points.

For the special election, Gianforte embraced Trumps rhetoric on draining the swamp, touring with Donald Trump Jr, and promising voters to work closely with the administration if elected. He also adopted Trumps hostile attitude toward the press, drawing rebukes from local editorial boards even before he allegedly attacked a reporter.

This served as a contrast from his 2016 campaign for governor against incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock. Gianforte distanced himself from Trump and lost by four points in a state where the Republican presidential nominee romped to victory.

Quist ran as an unapologetic progressive and barnstormed the state with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the weekend before the election. A political neophyte, Quist relied on his local celebrity from his music career as well as denouncing his Republican opponents for wanting to privatize public lands and dismantle Obamacare.

Though Gianfortes altercation dominated the airwaves on election day, it made little difference to several Bozeman residents casting their vote at the Gallatin county fairgrounds on Thursday evening. For Quist voters, the allegation confirmed their choice, while Gianforte voters expressed skepticism that the Republican had done anything wrong.

It got really blown out of proportion, said David Runia of the alleged assault. I think the reporter is the one who should be charged, if anything.

We know him, added Hannah Runia, speaking of Gianforte. Hes a great guy.

Lowell Springer, another Gianforte voter, agreed. Hes a very polite guy, he said. Theres an end to everyones patience.

Colter Dykman, a finance manager and Quist supporter, said that the incident had given him hope that his candidate might win.

If that doesnt change your vote, where do you draw the line? he asked.

But overall, no one seemed particularly shocked that the campaign season had come to this.

Seth Thomas, who declined to state how he voted, said that the incident had tarnished Gianfortes reputation, but added: Everyone gets in fights in Montana.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/26/greg-gianforte-wins-montana-congress-race-body-slam-reporter

Barack Obama on food and climate change: We can still act and it wont be too late

The former president addresses some of the biggest problems facing the world, and what we can do about them

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether its large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state, Alaska, were seeing rapidly eroding shorelines, and glaciers receding at a pace unseen in modern times.

Over my eight years in office, we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. At the 2015 climate change summit in Paris, we helped lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future.

But heres the thing: even if every country somehow puts the brakes on emissions, climate change would still have an impact on our world for years to come. Our changing climate is already making it more difficult to produce food, and weve already seen shrinking yields and spiking food prices that, in some cases, are leading to political instability. And when most of the worlds poor work in agriculture, the stark imbalances that weve worked so hard to close between developed and developing countries will be even tougher to close. The cost will be borne by people in poor nations that are least equipped to handle it. In fact, some of the refugee flows into Europe originate not only from conflict, but also from places where there are food shortages, which will get far worse as climate change continues. So if we dont take the action necessary to slow and ultimately stop these trends, the migration that has put such a burden on Europe already will just continue to get worse.

Now, the good news is that there are steps we can take that will make a difference: in the United States, we have been able to bring our emissions down even as we grow our economy. The same is true in many parts of Europe. Take food production, for instance. Its the second leading driver of greenhouse gas emissions, second only to energy production. But we have already identified ways in which we can address this challenge. The path to a sustainable food future will require unleashing the creative power of our best scientists, and engineers and entrepreneurs, backed by public and private investment, to deploy new innovations in climate-smart agriculture. Better seeds, better storage, crops that grow with less water, crops that grow in harsher climates, mobile technologies that put more agricultural data including satellite imagery and weather forecasting and market prices into the hands of farmers, so that they know when to plant and where to plant, what to plant and how it will sell.

All these things can help to make sure that food security exists in poor countries, but it can also help us ensure that, in producing the food that we need to feed the billions of people on this planet, were not destroying the planet in the process.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/26/barack-obama-food-climate-change

This Clue May Mean Selena Gomez And The Weeknd Are Collaborating On New Music

Rumor has it Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are collaborating on new music for Selenas upcoming album.

There isnt definite proofthis is happening, so dont get too excited yet. Like I said, its just rumors. But the internet does have some #receipts.

The rumors came about when fans happened upon producer, songwriter, and singer Max Martins Wikipedia page. His discography showed Selenas upcoming song In HerElement as part of his recent work. Innocent enough, right?

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The song also features Nicki Minaj,Julius Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Ryan Tedder as songwriters. Nicki Minaj! How cool!

But wait, theres more.

The discography listed The Weeknd as a featured artist on the track. FEATURED ARTIST. AS IN, HELL BE SINGING.

As all of our high school teachers hammered into our brains, Wikipedia is not a valid source. *twitches while having painful freshman year English flashbacks* So, this might have just been someone asshole making sh*tup.

The caption on the page has since been deleted, but screenshots never die. This is the since-deleted caption:

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The caption reads In Her Element (featuring The Weeknd) then lists Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Ryan Tedder, and Nicki Minaj in the box next to it. It also says the title of her upcoming album is

Max Martin has been in the business for a long time, having worked with artists like the Backstreet Boys, Cline Dion, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Usher, and Taylor Swift.

Selena has been seen at a lot of The Weekndstour stops. You could take that as her just being a good girlfriend. But now, with this new info in the mix, its totally possible that one of the reasons shes been to so many of his shows is because theyre working on a single when hes not performing.

Gomezs latest single was Bad Liar, which dropped last week. And its pretty much about The Weeknd.

The lyrics go,

I was walking down the street the other day
Trying to distract myself
Then I see your face
Ooh, you got someone else
Tryna play it coy
Tryna make it disappear
But just like the battle of Troy
Theres nothing subtle here

This sounds like someone whos super into their new boyfriend, if you ask me.

Only time will tell if Selena Gomez and The Weeknd will collab on new music together, but in the meantime, Im going to assume that the answer is yes. Were most likely going to hear The Weeknd crooning on In Her Element.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/selena-gomez-the-weeknd-collaborating/1958414/

Kit Harington Rips Into Donald Trump & Sean Penn!

The Game Of Thrones actor recently spoke to Esquire about the orange villain, expressing his view that the man is basically nothing but a big old phony!

He said:

“I believe in experts. Mr. Donald TrumpI wouldn’t call him President, I’ll call him Mister. I think this man at the head of your country is a con artist.”

It was a sentiment echoed by GoT author George R.R. Martin, who said:

“I think Joffrey is now the king in America. And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was thirteen in the books.”

Truly apt comparison!

But it’s not just Republicans who rub the 30-year-old the wrong way. He was also not a fan of Sean Penn and the liberal actor’s involvement in the Falklands, when he attacked British ownership of the islands. Kit said:

“[It was] annoying when Sean Penn decided to get involved in the Falklands. I was like, ‘It has nothing to do with you, Sean Penn. Fuck off.'”

Obviously Kit has some strong political views, and it’s refreshing that he’s not afraid to speak on them.

He’s totally right about Trump!

[Image via WENN.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-05-24-kit-harington-on-donald-trump-and-sean-penn

Rocket Lab Reports Launch Into Space From New Zealand

Rocket Lab said it has successfully test-launched a rocket into space from a remote area of New Zealand’s North Island.

“Made it to space. Team delighted. More to follow!” the U.S. company, founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, tweeted at 4:29 p.m. New Zealand time Thursday. It is the first test of the company’s Electron Rocket from New Zealand, a country of just 4.7 million people deep in the South Pacific.

Rocket Lab aims to build a New Zealand base from which to launch small satellites into low orbit. The country is considered a prime location because rockets originating deep in the Southern Hemisphere can reach a wide range of Earth orbits.

The goal is to increase the pace and affordability of sending up imaging and communication gear used for services including weather monitoring, natural disaster management and crop surveillance. The company said in 2015 that it should be able to offer a launch service for less than $5 million.

“Today’s successful launch is a major milestone in the development of New Zealand’s space industry,” Simon Bridges, Minister for Economic Development, said in a statement. “It is the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand and is an achievement Rocket Lab, and all New Zealanders can be proud of.”

Bridges said New Zealand is now one of 11 countries currently able to launch satellites into space from their own territory and the first to launch from a fully private orbital launch range, adding “the potential benefits for our economy are very significant.”

3D-Printed Engines

With a height of 17 meters and a diameter of 1.2 meters, and 3D-printed engines, the Electron Rocket is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 225 kilograms, according to Rocket Lab, whose investors include Lockheed Martin Corp.

Today’s test rocket did not make it into orbit, the National Business Review reported, citing Rocket Lab.

When announcing the launch window this month, Rocket Lab said it was a significant milestone for the company “and the space industry globally.”

The launch was delayed several days due to adverse weather conditions.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-25/rocket-lab-reports-successful-launch-into-space-from-new-zealand

Lenovo’s Profit Tops Estimates as PC Market Levels Off

Lenovo Group Ltd.’s quarterly profit fell less than expected after the global personal computer market eked out growth for the first time since 2012.

The world’s second-largest PC maker reported a 41 percent slide in net income to $107 million in the three months ended March. That compares with the $97.9 million average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue increased 5 percent to $9.6 billion, compared with the $9.65 billion projected.

Lenovo narrowly lost its top position in global PCs to HP Inc. in the quarter but managed to increase market share as industry shipments grew 0.6 percent, the first time they’ve risen since early 2012 according to IDC. Lenovo’s biggest rival posted better-than-expected revenue growth on Wednesday as the market stabilized. 

Overall demand however remains depressed and Lenovo needs to tap new sources of growth or turn around an under-performing smartphone division. It’s re-enlisted the executive who steered the acquisition of Motorola to run its Chinese PC arm, shaking up its senior ranks to breathe new life into a stagnating business. Shares of Lenovo rose more than 4 percent in Hong Kong as trading resumed after the midday break.

“Any sign of stabilization of operating performance of mobile business group should build market confidence in Lenovo’s capability to achieve a break-even in the second half of fiscal year 2018,” Mark Po, a China Galaxy International analyst, wrote in a memo ahead of the earnings release.

Lenovo however warned that the supply of PC components will remain tight for the industry as a whole, potentially weighing on margins. In response, it plans to focus on faster-growing markets while continuing to build branding in smartphones, an area in which it continues to lag frontrunners like Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co.. It’s now streamlining its product line and will focus on a narrower selection of devices each year.

The company said it commanded a record 37.1 percent share of its home market, which accounted for just over a quarter of its overall revenue. Yang has emphasized the importance of the Chinese market in recent speeches, promising a clearer strategy for its biggest market. The company is also embracing a multi-year plan to build new businesses in cloud and data-centers while maintaining its edge in PCs.

It announced a leadership shuffle last week, bringing back Liu Jun – who left in 2015 shortly after the company took over Motorola — to oversee a newly created local PC and smart devices division. He replaces Chen Xudong, a former rising star and lieutenant of Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing.

Lenovo also intends to move its smartphone and datacenter businesses out of the red, though it said transforming its server division will take time. The mobile business group, which encompasses both Motorola and Lenovo phones, posted near-20 percent growth in revenue in the quarter, and expanded shipments by 17.4 percent to 11.3 million units outside of China. Datacenter revenue fell 13.7 percent to $850 million.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-25/lenovo-profit-falls-less-than-projected-as-pc-market-stabilizes

Ex-Goldman Star Who Traded Through Quake Makes Unusual Move

As the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan rocked the Roppongi Hills skyscraper in central Tokyo, Makoto Yamada put on his helmet, dropped to his knees, and traded.

“We had an option to leave, but we couldn’t leave the position at the time," the 39-year-old former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. quant said, recalling the March 2011 quake and hours of aftershocks that he and some trader colleagues braved from the bank’s offices on the 48th floor. My “life is important, but protecting the P&L is more important."

Makoto Yamada

Photographer: Ko Sasaki/Bloomberg

It was that kind of dedication that propelled Yamada from a childhood in regional Japan to a prestigious place studying computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, right at the height of the dotcom boom. He went on to join Goldman Sachs as a programmer before switching to the trading floor, using his math skills to value esoteric derivatives.

Surprising Decisions

Until then, Yamada’s career followed a standard trajectory for the financial industry’s elite. That all changed in 2015, when he made two surprising moves. First, he decided to leave Goldman, less than three years after making managing director at the Wall Street firm, one rank below partner. Second, ignoring the overtures of global hedge funds, he joined a Japanese brokerage.

Yamada, who traded index-linked derivatives including volatility at Goldman, joined SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. in July 2015 and became head of the equity division last March, with about 50 people working under him. He points to a shift in Japan’s brokerage industry after the financial crisis, as foreign firms reduced staff while some local players expanded.

“The Lehman shock was a big turning point,” said Takayuki Fukumoto, a specialist in financial industry job placement at Recruit Career Co. in Tokyo, referring to Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s bankruptcy in September 2008. Overseas banks have cut Japan staff by about 20 percent since then, he estimates.

Even before 2008, global banks were redirecting people from Japan’s mature economy to places like Hong Kong or Singapore, where they could be closer to the region’s main growth story: China. Layoffs continued at some firms since 2013, even as trading volumes doubled in a revival of Japan’s stock market under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Barclays Plc, for example, closed its cash equities business in Tokyo in January 2016, while Credit Suisse Group AG has been eliminating equities jobs in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Read: Ex-Barclays Staff Find New Home as Mizuho Grows in Equities

“I’ve hired dozens of people from foreign firms in the three years I’ve been here,” said Yamada’s boss Trevor Hill, who joined SMBC Nikko from UBS Group AG. That “contrasts with the 12 years that I was a hiring manager at a previous firm — a western firm — where I lost less than a handful of people to domestics.”

Yamada, who didn’t move from Goldman because of a layoff, says another thing that attracted him to SMBC Nikko was the challenge of building an equity trading business almost from scratch. While the brokerage traces its roots back about a century, its strength was traditionally in retail operations.

The push to expand into other areas came after Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., the parent of Japan’s second-largest lender by market value, bought the brokerage from Citigroup Inc. after the financial crisis. Japan’s three megabanks have been seeking sources of income beyond lending in the low interest-rate environment.

SMBC Nikko went from a 500 million yen ($4.5 million) equity trading loss in the 12 months ended March 2011 to a 17 billion yen gain last fiscal year. (Mizuho Securities Co., another megabank-affiliated brokerage that has been expanding, posted a 34.3 billion yen gain last year, while Nomura Holdings Inc., the largest securities firm, doesn’t disclose the data.)

“We made pretty good progress in the past couple of years,” Yamada said. “We were nowhere two or three years ago.”

Yamada, who hails from Ube on the western tip of Japan’s main island, initially did an internship at a software company but didn’t enjoy the lonely life of a programmer. He says he enjoys the relationship-building that’s part of having a successful trading career, even using his six gym visits a week to interact with junior colleagues.

Always Positive

“He’s an extremely talented trader,” said Naohide Une, Yamada’s former boss at Goldman, who now works for Japan Post Bank Co. “Even if there’s a crisis, he continues to make the right decisions,” he said. “Now matter how tough things are, he’s always positive.”

SMBC Nikko is unique among large domestic brokerages in that it focuses almost exclusively on Japanese equities, rather than trying to cover other markets. Yamada says that’s a strength. That has been true under Abenomics, when the stock market and daily trading volumes doubled, the yen plunged and the country put together a long run of economic growth.

But it’s also SMBC Nikko’s biggest risk: that Japan becomes irrelevant. Yamada recalls the quiet of 2012, before Abe came to power. He was trading Tokyo market volatility at Goldman, and describes those times as challenging.

Still, after trailing most other major developed markets for much of the year, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average has surged since mid-April to flirt with 20,000, a level not seen since December 2015. The gauge traded at 19,824.22 as of 1:42 p.m. in Tokyo on Thursday. And Yamada, a self-professed positive thinker, says he’s confident he made the right career move.

“We’re going to make something good even better, doing it first in Japan,” he says. “There’s no reason for us to lose to foreign firms.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-24/the-ex-goldman-trader-who-shunned-hedge-funds-for-a-japan-broker

2 scoops of the same flavour at Ben & Jerry’s banned in Australia until there’s marriage equality

Two scoops of the same flavour at Ben and Jerry's in Australia? Not until marriage equality is legal.
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The battle to make marriage equality legal in Australia has been a protracted and frequently ugly process, inhibited by the government.

So Ben & Jerry’s is trying to speed up the case for legalisation by banning two scoops of the same flavour at their 26 stores across Australia.

“We are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their MPs to tell them that the time has come make same sex marriage legal! Love comes in all flavours!” reads a statement on its website.

The ice cream company will also install post boxes at its stores, where postcards will be provided for customers to write in and show their support for marriage equality. If they haven’t already.

Ben & Jerry’s effort follows a whole slew of companies that have backed marriage equality in Australia: Airbnb released an incomplete black ring for people to show their support earlier this year, while tech giants Facebook and Apple have voiced their side of the issue.

But the numbers make what would seem a risky corporate move a relatively safe bet, with 72 percent of Australians showing support for marriage equality, according to research in 2014.

It’s why there’s understandably suspicion when it comes to companies throwing marketing dollars behind the marriage equality campaign. Critics haven’t been shy to accuse businesses of pinkwashing, the practice of cashing in on the increased support for equality.

While Ben & Jerry’s have had a long history of advocacy when it comes to social issues even on marriage equality in the U.S. the company’s latest campaign didn’t enamour some people online.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/24/ben-and-jerrys-two-scoops-equality/

Portland burrito shop forced to close amid accusations of cultural appropriation, stealing recipes

Just one week after Kooks Burritos in Portland, Ore., was featured in a profile for local publication Willamette Week, the pop-up Mexican food cart has closed down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes.

Kali Wilgus and Liz LC Connelly, the two white women who started Kooks earlier this year, have been accused of stealing their techniques from the tortilla ladies of Puerto Nuevo, Mexico because Connelly told Willamette Week that they gathered their recipes and tortilla-making processes during a holiday road-trip to the Baja California village.

“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” she told the site. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins.

CHIPOTLE NOW USING COMEDIANS TO SELL BURRITOS

In the profile, which first ran May 16, Connelly also claimed that, when the Mexican cooks wouldnt give up their trade secrets, she and Wilgus were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look.

Connelly then said she used a trial-and-error process to recreate a tortilla with the same flavor and texture after returning to Portland. She and Wilgus then opened their weekend pop-up inside a taco truck on SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Boulevard, and began serving their Mexican-style tortillas filled with California-inspired ingredients.

Though the eatery had been open for several months, the owners of Kooks were only recently accused of cultural appropriation by The Portland Mercury and Mic.com based on Connellys revelations.

“Because of Portlands underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly,” The Portland Mercury said, calling the closure of Kooks a “victory.”

The article continues,”These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise.”

Social media, too, has erupted into a renewed debate over whether cooks from certain ethnic groups can or should open restaurants that culturally appropriate other styles of cuisine.

As Eater points out, the shops online presence has all but disappeared (the shops Facebook, Instagram and official website have been stripped of any content). Its Yelp page, however, remains online, under an Active Cleanup Alert intended to remove comments about its recent media attention, rather than its food or service. Despite the alert, arguments for and against Kooks have continued to pop up in the reviews.

I love Portland, but I don’t love people who steal recipes and cooking methods without compensating for them, wrote Bahram A. in his one-star review. Shame. If I were this business, I’d start donating a portion of the profit to the business you stole from so they could be able to afford curtains.

On the other hand, a Yelper named Joseph F., who had never eaten at Kooks, gave the establishment five stars in order to make up for all the negative reviews. According to other reviewers, I can only cook, eat, and talk about Italian food, otherwise it’s cultural appropriation, he wrote. America is an amalgamation of people and cultures. There are plenty of atrocities happening around the world, but someone making burritos is not one of them.

Its unclear if Connelly or Wilgus have any plans to reopen Kooks in the near future, but as of now, Willamette Week reports that their burrito shop remains closed.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/05/24/portland-burrito-shop-forced-to-close-amid-accusations-cultural-appropriation-stealing-recipes.html