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Starbucks Talker

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Starbucks CEO Burdens Employees With Conversations About Race

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has asked his U.S. employees to talk with customers about race relations in a campaign the company calls #RaceTogether—and many of them aren’t thrilled about it.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

The ‘Third Wave’ of Coffee Could Save the Earth

High-quality coffee, bought “based on its origins, its process, its methods,” may be a bit “hipster” and more expensive than the average Starbucks goop, but according to writer Chérmelle Edwards in The Guardian, it may be far better for the environment.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

Starbucks Guns

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Poisoning the Starbucks Well

A chemist tried to swap orange juice bottles with containers filled with rubbing alcohol at a coffee shop in San Jose, Calif.; Republicans’ insistence on hampering immigration reform thanks to a provision concerning gay immigrants is utter stupidity; meanwhile, people with health insurance are going bankrupt thanks to medical costs, but Obamacare isn’t the answer. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Starbucks CEO Compels Workers to Do Political Bidding

The coffee company’s chief executive, Howard Schultz, conscripted “countless low wage workers into the austerity army” in asking his Washington, D.C.-area employees to promote the billionaire-backed Fix the Debt campaign by scrawling the words “Come Together” on customers’ cups.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    

Mr. Fish

Nude in Black and White

I thought about Susan Dey and blisters and being a hippie last Thursday when I found myself driving around outside the Air and Space Museum looking for a place to park. I was in D.C. for the purpose of lending my body and rancor to the Occupy Wall Street protesters gathering in Freedom Plaza for their first day of rabble-rousing.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE    

Amazon’s Sweatshop

Amazon’s warehouse has brutal working conditions; women are beginning to take over the workforce; meanwhile, a website and app have been developed to tell you how many slaves are working for you. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

Starbucks in Gun Activist Crossfire

Those aspiring screenwriters and novelists clogging up Starbucks may soon have more dramatic material from which to draw inspiration, as the coffee chain has become a reluctant battlefield in the culture wars. Gun enthusiasts and/or nuts have taken to arming themselves before overpaying for coffee. (continued)

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

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Privatizing History in Downtown L.A.

Olvera Street, the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles, is a pocket of near-authentic Mexican culture where one can buy chorizos, clothing and handicrafts. But the city’s budget crisis is leading to a push to privatize the monument, giving way to an influx of Starbucks and Pollo Loco on the historical street.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE

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The Starbucks Economy

In its own way, Starbucks has a lot in common with SUVs, hot tubs and television screens wide enough to fill a wall. That is, it represents the bit-by-bit extravagances that helped get us into the tight economic jam we find ourselves in today.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE

600 Down ...

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE

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Starbucks Going From Venti to Grande

Fine, so the headline was a bit much, but this was one time we didn’t mind saying venti instead of large: Turns out that even the top bananas at Starbucks finally realized that they’ve overextended themselves, and due to the sagging economy, they’re closing 600 U.S. retail locations. Great—so that means there’ll be only eight Starbucks stores on every block instead of nine.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE

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Christian Group Slams New Starbucks Logo

File this one under “Choose Your Battles”: The Resistance, a national Christian group based in San Diego, has a problem with Starbucks’ new, slightly-more-sexed-up cup design, featuring a bustier version of the familiar siren depicted on the coffee company’s logo. Resistance founder Mark Dice pointed to the label’s “naked woman ... with her legs spread like a prostitute” and said Starbucks “might as well call themselves”—wait for it—“Slutbucks.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE

Starbucks in the Forbidden City

Forbidden Starbucks

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Starbucks Feels the Strain of World Domination

In a memo distributed to top executives, Starbucks’ chairman warned that rapid expansion had unfortunately contributed to the “dilution” and “commoditization of the Starbucks experience.” Howard Schultz charmingly went on to lament specific examples of the company’s “cookie cutter” problem, but then concluded the letter in a manner one would expect from a Starbucks executive: “This must be eradicated.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE

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Starbucks Loses to McDonald’s in Coffee Smackdown

A recent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports found McDonald’s coffee to be flawless, while Starbucks’ offering was “burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” The coffee giant responded with a nondenial denial: “Choosing a brand of coffee is a personal decision, as taste is subjective.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE

Satire by Andy Borowitz: Starbucks on the Moon

Vowing to boldly go where no gourmet coffee chain has ever gone before, Starbucks Inc. announced today that it would build its first coffee franchise on the moon by the year 2020.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE

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