Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--have had enough? Probably not, at least yet. But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook … Continue reading Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

Update: $1410 of $2500 raised so far (8-14-17) A few weeks ago I and the rest of the people on 3rd shift at the warehouse where I've worked since 2015 were informed that said 3rd shift was to be eliminated. On Friday with 30 minutes left to our final shift our small Band of Brothers … Continue reading The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

Cause and effect: Kellogg’s edition

Hot Dog Vender:Got no opinions Sir, they’re bad for business Inherit the Wind 1960 One of the values of a being either company operating in a niche market, or serving primarily a niche market is that if you have strong political opinions consistent with said niche market you can release them in public secure in … Continue reading Cause and effect: Kellogg’s edition

About that Detroit comeback

By John Ruberry Type "Detroit revival" or "Detroit comeback" into your Google search box and you'll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America's greatest cities. Here's one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit. But as John … Continue reading About that Detroit comeback

Evil vs Stupid #freestacy vs #freetweetdeck

We interrupt our coverage of the evil and stupidity of Europe concerning Islam to cover the evil and stupidity Jack Dorsey concerning Twitter. Of the evil, basically targeting conservatives, banning people like Robert Stacy McCain and lying about it we've written about over and over. Alas the evil has not persuaded the shareholder to revolt … Continue reading Evil vs Stupid #freestacy vs #freetweetdeck

Meanwhile Back in Israel…The Greatest Threat to Hamas et/al

Via Elder of Ziyon let me tell you about a company called Asal technologies “We have a window of opportunity to demonstrate our skills,” said Murad Tahboub, CEO of Asal Technologies, a Palestinian outsourcing company that works with Comply and a handful of other Israeli-based companies. “The more people know about us … the more … Continue reading Meanwhile Back in Israel…The Greatest Threat to Hamas et/al

The $15 an Hour Cause Meets the $30 Pizza Effect

This morning I wrote about a business that answered the $15 minimum wage in SF with Robots eliminating many of those positions. Via Lynn on Twitter we see a SF business that has gone in the other direction since April, along with newly printed menus, every table sports a laminated card explaining just what a … Continue reading The $15 an Hour Cause Meets the $30 Pizza Effect

Voices of the Vendors Adorote at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

I spoke David & Miriam of Adorote at the Catholic Marketing Trade show Their web site is here you can find them on twitter here It's quite a drive from outside of Mexico City to NJ

The Soft Bigotry of San Francisco expectations

Last week there wa a piece at Fox News concerning Seattle and the sudden discovery by some workers that an increased minimum wage has other costs: Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t … Continue reading The Soft Bigotry of San Francisco expectations

MSNBC Following Glenn Reynolds Advice?

Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don't get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now. The Godfather 1972 At first … Continue reading MSNBC Following Glenn Reynolds Advice?

Sears: The end is coming soon

By John Ruberry "'Vanity of vanities," saith the Preacher, "vanity of vanities; all is vanity.'" Ecclesiastes 1-2. There are many great American business success stories--and the rise of Sears, Roebuck and Company is one of the more compelling tales. The last few pages of the book on Sears are blank--and the ending is not going … Continue reading Sears: The end is coming soon

Quick Market Basket Victory thoughts

Heard about the Market Basket Deal just a few minutes ago (11:20 PM) and here is what comes to mind.   Tomorrow I have shopping to do. The financing of the deal is going to have to be paid for somehow.  It will likely have to come out of a combination of profits & prices so … Continue reading Quick Market Basket Victory thoughts

Warren Buffett and his American dollars for Canadian doughnuts

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz Ah, Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha, loved by American liberals every time he claims to be paying a lower rate than his secretary (which was debunked, by the way), the guy after whom the Buffett rule is named. Buffett orchestrated Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. (a … Continue reading Warren Buffett and his American dollars for Canadian doughnuts

Hannaford’s Golden Age, courtesy of Arthur S. Demoulas

Randolph Duke: Exactly why do you think the price of pork bellies is going to keep going down, William? Billy Ray Valentine: Okay, pork belly prices have been dropping all morning, which means that everybody is waiting for it to hit rock bottom, so they can buy low. Which means that the people who own … Continue reading Hannaford’s Golden Age, courtesy of Arthur S. Demoulas

Will Market Basket Hold a Customer Fair Too?

Today is the deadline for Market Basket Employees to return to work or be fired by current management. Given the situation, (Romano's 1 room market did more business than Market Basket in Fitchburg this week) something has to give, you have vendors no longer making deliveries, bills not being paid and the chain's value plummeting … Continue reading Will Market Basket Hold a Customer Fair Too?