The Wages of 365Black

22 04 2015


American sales at comparable outlets at the 365BellCurve fast feeder down 2.6% 1Q15 over 1Q14.

To go with it, global revenue is down 11% and global net income is down 36%.

In my Google News search for “McDonalds” just now, this is the second prominent story.

A lot of people are saying to McDs:  Now that you’ve gone 365Black, we’re not coming 365Back.


17 04 2015

Washington, D.C.

I hope they don’t do like Indiana Republicans and actually hold firm to this decision.

I hope this isn’t just a stall tactic for the Democrat Party and its associated constituent parts to get more goodies and gibs out of the deal.

Seventy Big Ones

15 04 2015


It’s called the market working as it should.

He’s also going to turn 80% of net profitability back into employee salary.  While some might thump him for not investing in the business, this does not seem to be the kind of business and the kind of industry with very many interesting problems to solve remaining.  The best way to get more productivity in this kind of business is to increase salaries which will either attract better employees or encourage the ones they have to work smarter.

However, it does not automatically follow from this that the fast feeder employees deserve a $15 an hour floor.  Speaking of which, at one fast feeder employee walkout this morning, one of the organizers told the media this exact quote:

“People on welfare effectively make more than we do.”

Yeah, that says a lot, and not about low fast feeder wages.

Corporate Influence Over Public Policy

31 03 2015

Little Rock

That’s one of the things libs hate, and they especially despise Wal-Mart just because they exist.

Get ready for your brains to blue screen, libs.

Larry v Jesse

23 03 2015

Silicon Valley

Orange County Register:

Race, class issues starting to split Silicon Valley alliance of tech, progressives

The rise of today’s progressive-dominated Democratic Party stemmed from a brilliant melding of minorities, the poor, the intelligentsia and, quite surprising, the new ultrarich of Silicon Valley. For the past decade, this alliance has worked for both sides, giving the tech titans politically correct cover while suggesting their support for the progressives’ message can work with business.

Not only did tech overwhelmingly favor President Obama with campaign contributions but Obama also overwhelming won the Silicon Valley electorate, taking the once GOP-leaning Santa Clara County with 70 percent of the vote. After the 2012 election, a host of former top Obama aides – including former campaign manager David Plouffe (Uber) and press spokesman Jay Carney (Amazon) – have signed up to work for tech giants. Perhaps even more revealing was the politically inspired firing last year of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for contributing to California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

Yet, despite these ties and PC eruptions, this alliance between the ideologically and the technically advanced shows signs of unraveling. This reflects, over time, what Marxists might have referred to as “contradictions” between two very different worldviews: the disruptive, acquisitive, aggressive spirit inherent in entrepreneurial capitalism and the increasingly egalitarian, property-controlling instincts of the progressive Left. To many progressives, the Silicon Valley elite are no longer scrappy up-and-comers, but increasingly resemble a new oligarchy.

Translation:  KKKrazy Glue is only so sticky for so long.

Hopefully we’ll have seventeen months more of this, and it will all blow up at the the DNC in Philadelphia.  I still want my knock down drag out brawl pitting Randi Weingarten against Davis Guggenheim.  Could we also see Larry Ellison vs Jesse Jackson on the undercard?

Drip Drip

20 11 2014


Slowly but surely, it’s happening.

One little salami slice at a time.

One day soon, we’re going to wake up to find that the square that encompasses Lynch, Broadway, Arsenal and 13th will be totally bereft of economic activity.  After the InBev deal in 2008, any idiot could have predicted that — After all, why would a bunch of Brazilians and Belgians care about St. Louis?  The actual brewery, the oldest in the A-B stable, for obvious reasons, is also the most expensive to run and maintain, and as far as corporate, Lambert is not a hub so it’s more expensive to come and go.  I figured after this deal went down that the Brazilians-Belgians would for political reasons keep things seemingly as they are for awhile, then gradually pull out of St. Louis.  Though I was expecting one big dramatic closure announcement; turns out that they’re being coy and taking out one piece at a time.

Hearkening back to the epic monarchy vs democracy debates at OD over the past two years, any St. Louisan who is old enough and literate enough will agree that A-B was better in every which way imaginable when it was the business equivalent of a monarchy, and got worse when it became the business equivalent of a democracy (a publicly traded corporation).

Rolling over in his grave:


Not Applicable

7 10 2014

Creve Coeur

Everyone’s favorite St. Louis-based GMO practitioner is going to dump a bunch of money for job training and mental health services for young black men ages 21-34 of Ferguson and in north St. Louis County in general.

Did I miss the news that Michael Brown died because he was a crazy unemployed twenty-something or early thirty-something?

Note:  I have not yet made up my mind about the GMO question.


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