Unfortunately, judging by what I saw walking by yesterday, the large windows facing both 7th and Spring Street seem to be blocked by either dry wall or racks that will impede visual transparency between the inside and outside, which could breed some unpleasant activity similar to Rite Aid at 5th/Broadway, which also has all their windows covered by posters blocking transparency. To make matters worse, I saw roll down gates on the inside of the CVS store, which will apparently be rolled down after the store closes at 10pm! You can see the white roll down gates in all the pictures taken (above and below).Now since rolled down metal windows (and possibly the other day time obstructions) are a clear violation of their pledge to us, if our condition was part of their city planning approval – they need to be cited for violating their planning approval.
Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political, and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane.
From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov—the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought in both Chechen wars—or Vladimir Antyufeyev, the Donetsk “deputy prime minister” who led the Latvian KGB’s attempt to overthrow the independent Latvian government back in 1991.
With the help of local thugs, these Russian security men besieged police stations, government offices, and other symbols of political authority, in order to delegitimize the Ukrainian state. In this task, they were assisted by the Russian government and by Russia’s state-controlled mass media, both of which still constantly denigrate Ukraine and its “Nazi” government. Just in the past week, Russian reporting on Ukraine reached a new pitch of hysteria, with fake stories about the supposed crucifixion of a child and an extraordinary documentary comparing the Ukrainian army’s defense of its own country with the Rwandan genocide.