In the 1890s it was common for the New York Times to devote a ton of front-page newspaper real estate to the most pressing issue of the era. The scourge? Horse dung. Where were they going to put the millions and millions of pounds of hooey produced by the thousands of draft horses that made NYC move every day? There were predictions that by the 1920s Manhattan was going to be uninhabitable. And then the 1920s came around and guess what: hardly any more horses and no messy poop problem either. (more…)
Hold the phone – One of the biggest coffeehouses in the country recently announced the coolest, smartest, most innovative plan to salvage our wounded nation. Starbucks has an idea: lend money; create jobs; save the great US of A.
With millions of customers and around 7,000 locations nationwide (that’s an average of 140 coffee shops per state!), Starbucks has behemoth influence power, and genius CEO Howard Schultz decided to use it to our country’s advantage. I think he’s onto something. (more…)
Just about every time I tune into Minnesota Public Radio or visit NewYorkTimes.com, I’m inundated with statistics about the jobless rate rising or falling by mere fractions of percents. It’s great to have tabs on such a crucial part of the American existence, but it has recently been brought to my attention that perhaps this jobless rate isn’t necessarily measuring what it should be.