White House lawyers have spoken with officials at Samsung about the selfie that Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped this past week with President Obama…
“I think of towns…where Red Lobster is sometimes the only seafood restaurant, and a place older people and families go to either regularly or for special occasions…Whether you think chain restaurants are good or bad, when they close, it leaves a hole in people’s lives. Who’ll miss a Red Lobster? That was the (partly rhetorical) question my agent asked me when I told him I was writing about one. The answer, I found out, is lots of folks—both people who work there and people who eat there.”
Stewart O’Nan, reacting to the news that Red Lobster is being sold.
Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years, even as they changed their menus and marketing campaigns to win back business. Part of the problem is the growing popularity of places like Chipotle and Panera…
Today the word [‘green’] describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator, take the stairs. ‘Green’ has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and ExxonMobil place commercials on CNN advertising their ‘green’ practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that ‘green’ lifestyles don’t resonate with low-income communities…
…Obamacare is just going to add to insurer profits! And it will indeed make money for the likes of Aetna and Wellpoint. In an ideal world, this wouldn’t be happening: single payer would clearly have been a better system. But it wasn’t going to happen. This was the health reform we could get—and when it works, as the big money now believes it will, it’s going to make a huge, positive difference to millions of lives.