Friday, April 5, 2013

Globe Happy Meal

What did you get for a toy? 

"Contrary to report, degree not needed for McDonald’s job" by Aylssa Edes  |  Globe Correspondent, April 04, 2013

A report buzzing around the Internet Thursday claimed the McDonald’s restaurant in Winchendon had posted an opening for a cashier position that said applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and two years experience....

The posting ­contained inaccurate information. The listing has since been corrected, but not before it was picked up by some news ­outlets, including the online versions of the New York Daily News and Britain’s Daily Mail, which called it “a frightening example of how competitive the job market is for young ­people right now.”

Then this was either true and taken down once outrage surfaced, or it was a staged psy-op incident to make bloggers look foolish. Rivero quoted it on radio yesterday.

The Washington Examiner — which also ran with the false story — quoted Evan Feinberg, president of Generation ­Opportunity, as saying young Americans were being hurt by the economy “even worse than the country overall.”

“Sadly we’ve taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense ­competition for just about any job,” Feinberg said.

He's right about the competition for jobs (if any), but this is definitely smelling like a psy-op since it made the intel op known as the AmeriKan media.


Gee, I better look over that application.

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It's what they call one of the good jobs.

"McDonald’s managed to eke out a higher profit for the October-to-December period. McDonald’s Corp. said it earned $1.4 billion for the quarter." 

Oh, they "eked" it out, huh? 

Just be careful on the play set, kids:

"A lawsuit against McDonald’s alleges a child ate a used condom he found in the play area of one of the chain’s Chicago restaurants."

I suppose you can always go to the competitors:

"Burger King profit up, but chain gets aggressive" by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman  |  Associated Press, February 16, 2013

NEW YORK — A revamped menu helped boost Burger King’s profit in the fourth quarter but now the world’s second biggest hamburger chain said it needs to play up value more aggressively to compete with rivals.

The Miami-based chain said Friday that sales in the new year are trending ‘‘modestly negative’’ as the broader fast-food industry fights to attract cash-strapped diners with cheap eats.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, Burger King earned $48.6 million....


RelatedBurger King adding turkey burger

That wouldn't be horse meat, would it?

"They eat horses, don’t they?; Long before the modern meat scandal, France faced its own struggle over hippophagy" by Kari Weil  |  Globe Correspndent, March 24, 2013

This winter, inspectors in the United Kingdom discovered horse meat in a variety of meat products labeled beef, setting off a battery of DNA tests there and all over Europe to determine just how widely the “horse meat scandal” extended. 

That faded as fast as the sizzle of grease removed from a stovetop.

While some European countries do eat horse—France, notably—the American media generally reacted with horror across the board.

I'm the American media now(?)!!!!!!! 

Horse meat has occasionally been on the menu in the United States—during wartime, and, oddly, at the faculty club of Harvard until the 1980s. But in this country, no horses are currently processed for human consumption.

So we are told.

A horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico is currently pending approval, the Department of Agriculture, but if it goes through, that meat will be shipped to diners abroad....

So they say.

Arguments similar to those being put forward in New Mexico: Horse is a perfectly healthy meat, it avoids waste, and it might even be good for the welfare of the animals....

Have mercy on us. 

Maybe we could slaughter all the politicians and reporters at the same time (sigh).

But at heart, it is an unsettled cultural crisis about which animals we accept as moral to eat....

Gandhi would have said none, but then again, so would the world's greatest bad guy.

In 1825, the public hygienist for the City of Paris, Alexandre Parent-Duchâtelet, who was also commissioned with regulating prostitution, began an investigation of the sanitary status of the city’s slaughter yards, including those for horses. To his surprise, he discovered that many poor people were regularly consuming horse meat with no ill effects. Indeed, his discovery of masses of horse meat in a brothel brought his two investigations together, providing evidence that both practices—prostitution and hippophagy—were already widespread and could safely be legalized.

Parent-Duchâtelet came to believe that eating horse meat could fill an important need for protein on the part of the poor, make use of the otherwise wasted abundance of horse carcasses, and reduce the abuse and suffering of horses by ensuring that they be maintained in good condition....

Now it fills the important need for profit.

Today, the United States is wrestling with a similar moral calculus to those in the French government who saw horse as a proper food for the poor.

I suppose so since so many of us are hungry or starving.

Valley Meat, the company hoping to operate the slaughter plant in Roswell, N.M., is not planning to sell meat in the United States, or at least not initially, but to ship the meat to Europe and other markets. 

I think it's been in your burger for a long, long time, 'murkn.

RelatedHorse meat plant in US near approval

Like I said, that wouldn't mean horse meat, would it? 

In America, horses may no longer share our lives as they did in the 19th century. But as they still live on in our imagination as comrades, pets, working animals, and creatures of beauty.

She makes them sound extinct already when I am told we have a wild horse problem in the West.

The horse on your plate recalls that horse you may have ridden or those whom you admired at a distance for their speed or their endurance; horse meat is a “who” turned into a “what,” a living being turned into a thing. We see horses as fellow sufferers, not as food.

Cows, or pigs, or chickens, or fish, on the other hand. 

Then again, the pigs and cows we accept as food are not so different, except that few of us know them as pets or working animals.

No, they are sentient life forms that feel pain.

Our modern agricultural industries, along with terms like beef and pork, keep us at a distance from them, so that we need not recognize the animal in the meat.


"The meat industry system was designed more for the needs of retailers and butchers than for the convenience of harried shoppers." 

What, an AmeriKan government regulatory body set up for business? You're kidding?!

With horse, there is no escaping this recognition, and that is why horse meat is once again causing controversy. As in the 19th century, most of us don’t want to think about whom or what we may be eating. But our enduring discomfort suggests that we should.


Related: Today's Boston Globe Menu

Boston Globe Lunch Sack

I would look them over closely, kiddo.

Hackers have it their way with Burger King’s site

Gee, who would want to do that (photo gives you a clue)? 

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If you don't like a burger joint you can always find a Subway:

"Two suing over short sandwiches" by Geoff Mulvihill  |  Associated Press, January 24, 2013

Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world’s biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling so-called footlong sandwiches that measure a bit less than 12 inches.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Mount Holly, may be the first legal filing aimed at the sandwich shops after an embarrassment went viral last week when someone posted a photo of a footlong sandwich and a ruler on the company’s Facebook page to show that the sandwich was not as long as advertised.

At the time, the company issued a statement saying that the sandwich length can vary a bit when franchises do not bake to the exact corporate standards. 

They are blaming the workers?

Stephen DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the New Jersey suit, said he’s seeking class-action status and is also preparing to file a similar suit in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia.

He said he’s had sandwiches from 17 shops measured — and every one came up short.

‘‘The case is about holding companies to deliver what they’ve promised,’’ he said.

Even though the alleged short of a half-inch or so of bread is relatively small, it adds up, he said. Subway has 38,000 stores around the world, nearly all owned by franchisees and its $5 footlong specials have been a mainstay of the company’s ads for five years.

DeNittis is asking for compensatory damages for his client and a change in Subway’s practices.

The Milford, Conn.-based firm should either make sure its sandwiches measure a full foot or stop advertising them as such, he said.

He points to how McDonald’s quarter-pounders are advertised as being that weight before they are cooked.

Subway did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press on Wednesday.


Related: Subway is sorry its ‘Footlong’ came up short

Maybe going for ice cream would make it all better?

"Ben & Jerry’s invites unsatisfied customers to factory; Company buses devoted critics to Vermont to tour ice cream operations" by Kathleen Pierce  |  Globe Correspondent, March 12, 2013

A luxury bus idled on Sargent’s Wharf in Boston earlier this month as a groggy group of 16 strangers boarded for a long ride to Vermont. But they weren’t going on a late-season ski trip — this was an ice cream-tasting expedition.

Some of the travelers had lodged complaints with premium ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s — quibbles about such things as unpleasant texture or uneven flavor. In response, the company decided to bring some of them to its manufacturing plant in Waterbury, Vt., where they could weigh in on what happened and whether their concerns had been addressed.

“I complained about a pint of Half Baked,” said Scott White, 24, a carpenter from Framingham. Six months ago, he dipped a spoon into a pint of the stuff — chocolate and vanilla ice cream studded with fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough — and found the brownies “hard and powdery.”

White let the company know by e-mail, which prompted Ben & Jerry’s usual response to a dissatisfied customer: a coupon for more ice cream, plus a refund check. Six months later, however, he got something much better: an invitation to take a behind-the-scenes look at how his favorite ice cream is made.

I went on a tour about 25 years ago when it was still good.

“It’s like a Willy Wonka-type journey into a factory and I’ve got a golden ticket,” said White, who brought along a friend from Falmouth.

The journey and visit were an “attempt to say, ‘We heard you and you are right,’ ” said Kelly Mohr, a Ben & Jerry’s spokesman. “We didn’t want to just take the complaint; we wanted to move it further.”

Out of 25,000 e-mails, phone calls, and letters the company receives every year, 30 percent are negative, according to Wendy Steager, Ben & Jerry’s consumer affairs manager. In this case, because Boston is one of Ben & Jerry’s biggest markets, it decided to treat eight disgruntled customers and their guests to a day in Waterbury to meet company “flavor gurus,” tour the factory floor, and receive what most people who make the pilgrimage to the popular tourist destination here never get: a backstage pass to what Steager considers “sacred ground.”

“We are the kind of company that takes what customers say seriously,” she said.

And with some stores selling Ben & Jerry’s pints for more than $5 in a still-fragile economy, keeping core customers satisfied is especially crucial these days.

One rea$on I never buy one.

Though owned by global giant Unilever, which has 400 brands — including Lipton, Dove, and Hellmann’s — Ben & Jerry’s is willing to take risks, said Steager....

Founded by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in a gas station in Burlington, Vt., in 1978, the company still adheres to what it believes are progressive values....

Many hours later, as the bus pulled into Boston, there was nary a whiff of hate in the air....

Pretty strong word for nothing more than melted ice cream.


I don't like that flavor.