Author: ehawkes

Red Cup Day – Workers on Strike at Starbucks

More than a thousand Starbucks employees went on strike on Thursday on what is one of the company’s busiest days.

Members of the Starbucks Workers Union are picketing outside more than a hundred stores across the country on what they say is the group’s largest single-day strike. The walkout falls on what’s known as Red Cup Day, when the coffee giant hands out limited-edition holiday reusable cups. They’re considered collector’s items and customers line up at the crack of dawn to get their hands on a decorated cup. It’s one of the coffee giant’s most profitable days on the calendar.

On Red Cup Day, thousands of Starbucks workers go on strike

No Starbucks for me today

Couple Colorado Ballot Measures That Passed

Referred Question 2I: Denver Public Library tax
This question would increase city taxes by $36 million in 2023 and by whatever additional amounts are received annually afterward by increasing the city’s mill levy rate 1.5 mills.

Uses of the increased funding would include increased pay for librarians and staff, more technology for patrons who don’t have internet access and returning library branches from reduced hours to normal schedules.

Yes: 185,295 votes (67.79%)
No: 88,023 votes (32.21%)


Proposition FF: Healthy meals for all public school students

Colorado voters appear to have approved Proposition FF. The measure had a comfortable 11-point lead — 56 percent to 44 percent — in the preliminary numbers as of Monday.

It eliminates some tax deductions, effectively raising taxes on Colorado households that make more than $300,000 a year. The money will go to pay for universal free school lunches, as well as to raise wages for cafeteria workers and provide grants to buy more school lunch ingredients locally.

Advocates for these policies originally tried to pass them directly at the legislature, but lawmakers instead chose to put it up for a public vote. It needed 50 percent of the vote to pass.


The Summer of a Dormouse – Byron quote

When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation) – sleep, eating and swilling – buttoning and unbuttoning – how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse…

Quote found in Kenneth Tynan’s Diaries, 16 November, 1972

Byron has given me the perfect title for an autobiography if I ever write one: The Summer of a Dormouse. It’s from a letter:
When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation) – sleep, eating and swilling – buttoning and unbuttoning – how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse…

The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan

(Highly recommended book)

The Power is in the Stretch

Hunter was skeptical that the music world was ready to be introduced to a new fortysomething rapper. He encouraged Floyd to stop looking for quick fixes and instead find a steady job in which he could develop some lasting skills. He tried to use a sports metaphor to get the idea to sink in.

“Every time you come up to the plate, you try to hit a home run,” Hunter said. “But sometimes, you just need to make sure you can get to first base, you know what I’m saying?”

Given Floyd’s people skills, Hunter suggested he find a service job, perhaps working at FedEx or UPS. He tried to encourage Floyd to believe that something good would happen if he just stuck to the plan—any plan—to make an honest living. Hunter was a Christian, and he recalled a church sermon about Jesus healing a man whose hand had withered. Before the Lord performed the miracle, he asked the man to take some initiative and stretch out his hand.

“It’s in the stretch,” Hunter told him. “That’s where the power is.”

His Name Is George Floyd
Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa

Rome as Metaphor for Mind

The Arch of Constantine, Canalleto

Freud and Rome
Like most cities, Rome has a rich history. From a series of bronze age hill settlements it developed over time into the bustling metropolis of today.

In other words, Rome has many layers of history.

In Civilisation and its Discontents, Freud suggests a thought experiment. He invites us to imagine Rome as a human mind: “Let us suppose that Rome is not a place where people live, but a psychical entity with a similarly long and rich past.”

His next step is to invite us to imagine all its layers of history coexisting, with every layer completely intact. Several buildings from different chapters of its history would share any one spot.

For example, the site of a church would simultaneously be the site of an ancient temple. And, Freud adds: “The observer would perhaps need only to shift his gaze or his position in order to see the one or the other.”

What is Freud trying to show? For Freud, the thought experiment is about trying to visualize a peculiar kind of mind:
* Nothing that forms in the mind (such as an idea or a memory) is ever destroyed
* The past and the present coexist in the same psychical ‘space’
* The layers of our personal history are not neatly differentiated: memories from different periods of life interact with each other.

Freud Museum London