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Jobs going in a puff of steam:

Starbucks will cut 6,000 positions as it closes 300 stores worldwide over the next eight months and will eliminate about 700 non-store workers by mid-February as it cuts costs to stem its eroding profits.

The immediate layoffs include about 350 employees at its Seattle headquarters, about 11 percent of the 3,200 people who work there. The 300 store closures will include 200 U.S. shops.

Yet another blow to the Northwest. It’s too bad, I always liked Starbucks. You may now have to cross the street to get to one up there in Seattle, however.

Comments

  1. 1

    BTB spews:

    Well, in fairness to your opinion prior to the inevitable stream of haters, Starbucks is the only coffee option in downtown ‘Couv, if I’m not mistaken.

  2. 2

    spews:

    Isn’t it interesting that me, surrounded by all these “progressives,” is the only one to actually help these fired people by putting up links to food banks, shelters, and subsidized housing.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    House Passes Economic Stimulus Bill

    The House has just passed President Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus bill by a vote of 244-188 — without a single Republican vote. I hope the President now has a better understanding of how much bipartisan cooperation he’s going to get from those bastards.

    Those Republicans didn’t have any problem with deficit spending to give billionaires tax breaks or shovel money into favored contractors’ duffel bags. They just won’t vote for deficit spending to save the economy, that’s all. They’re Hoover admirers to the last.

  4. 5

    Michael spews:

    The governors office plans on closing Kopachuck and several other state parks to save cash in our next budget. Outdoor Rec. including our state parks add revenue to the state coffers. Fewer parks= less money spent on recreation and fewer dollars in the states coffers.

    If you see the governor could you let her know?

  5. 6

    Blue John spews:

    Sorry, we have to close your park so that the building association can get a tax break.
    Taxes = services. You want more services, but nobody is willing to pay more taxes.

  6. 11

    Blue John spews:

    Taxes = services. You get what you pay for. The repubs screwed the economy with their relentless drive to get rid of regulations and lower taxes so we have less tax money coming in and we get less services.
    Elections have consequences.

  7. 12

    dutch spews:

    11: Amazing, especially considering that 3 months ago, WA didn’t even have a budget deficit and all was wonderful and Dandy…and then after the election…the shit hit the fan. Amazing how that works.

    And Roger: Why bring the parking fee back when most people either didn’t go anymore or didn’t pay it.

  8. 13

    spews:

    You people remind of that cunt that copies Olbermann’s show.

    We have a progressive Democrat as President, and what does she talk about every evening? Republicans! Just like you guys do.

    We live in a city run by a Democrat, within a district run by a Democrat, within a county run by a Democrat, within a state run by a Democrat, within a country run by a Democrat. And you people are still miserable.

    “Yeah, but the Republicans left us this mess that we have to …” Oh, just shut the fuck up and move on with your lives.

    And what do you nutroots post and comment about day after day? How much you hate Republicans!

    What good is being a progressive if it’s just all about hate, intolerance, and anger?

  9. 14

    Michael spews:

    @8, 12

    I’m a huge fan and user of our state parks. I never paid the $5 fee and was never ticketed for it.

    Bit of a silent protest on the part of the park rangers?

  10. 15

    Michael spews:

    @13

    We live in a city run by a Democrat

    I live in Gig Harbor. The mayors office in NP, but the mayor is a Republican.

  11. 16

    spews:

    @15

    Michael, you are a progressive and you don’t pay the $5 park fee that partially goes to a program that feeds homeless children?

  12. 17

    dutch spews:

    14: I rest my case…it’s all about handouts for you guys…gimme gimme …but never pay. So typical of the “new” democrats.

  13. 18

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Hey Troll why don’t you try to shut me the fuck up bitch? Or are you too busy giving head behind the local bowling alley to do anything but illustrate why we beat the fuck out of you and your ilk on Nov 4?

  14. 19

    Statistics and Damn Statistics spews:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but so WHAT…they’re closing 1.8% of their 16,100 stores, and opening another 100, for a net loss of 200 stores, about 1.2%. Compared with most businesses from Chrysler, Circuit City, Linens & Things, Sharper Image, etc…they’re doing GREAT!

    We’re in the worst economy in our lifetimes…and they MADE money, $63 million in the last 3 months. That ain’t bad!

    So they didn’t make as MUCH as they (or Wall Street) wanted, but it’s not like they’re even loosing money, much less going broke. They’re profitable and huge. What’s the big deal!?

  15. 20

    Mark1 spews:

    ‘Starbucks will cut 6,000 positions as it closes 300 stores….’

    What will Ditzy Darcy do for work now?

  16. 21

    Michael spews:

    @16

    The fee never went to save or feed homeless children and it hasn’t been around for a few years.

    Yes, I’m a progressive which is why I didn’t pay a fee that walled off people from nature and hurt poor folks. Well, that and the fact that Park Rangers would walk right by cars that didn’t pay the fee and not ticket them.

  17. 22

    slingshot spews:

    “Amazing, especially considering that 3 months ago, WA didn’t even have a budget deficit and all was wonderful and Dandy…and then after the election…the shit hit the fan. Amazing how that works.”

    They are a couple glaring problems with this statement. One of the most obvious is reality.

  18. 23

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Jon–
    Too Bad????
    Not in my book.
    $4 coffee’s in a bad economy from a flaming Liberal Company. No Thanks…even though I can afford about 100/day if I wanted.

    Here’s one for you KLOWNS:

    Ben and Jerry’s is coming out with an unbelievable new ice cream in honor of the messiah, who was just sworn in last week as our President.
    It is being churned in Washington DC and appropriately being named:
    Baracky Road —-half chocolate and half vanilla surrounded by fruits and nuts!

    You KLOWNS are the fruits & nuts…figured you would need it explained to you.

  19. 24

    Michael spews:

    @17

    See #21

    In 2008 I bought a hunting license, a duck stamp, a fishing license, a Northwest Forest Pass and an $80 America the Beautiful pass. I paid about $150 to camp in state parks (WA, OR, ID) and paid about $60 for various back country camping permits.

    I didn’t do any volunteer trail building or park cleanup work last year, but I generally spend 3 or 4 days a year (which is 3 or 4 days a year more than 90% of the population spend) volunteering in parks. I don’t recall ever going for a stroll, hike or day at the beach and not packing out at least a little bit of someone else’s trash.

    Sorry Dutch, I do my part. But, the $5 thing was stupid and wrong.

  20. 25

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    3. Roger Rabbit spews:

    House Passes Economic Stimulus Bill

    The House has just passed President Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus bill by a vote of 244-188 — without a single Republican vote. I hope the President now has a better understanding of how much bipartisan cooperation he’s going to get from those bastards

    Looks to me like your Messiah and the Democratic Party owns this Stimulus Package 100%!…including all the pork and wasteful spending. Not surprising ACORN is getting paid off.

    Gee Rog…do you really expect the Republicans to support a handout to ACORN??
    You are getting senile.

  21. 26

    dutch spews:

    22: Maybe I should have stated the obvious, but I figured you were well aware of this… my bad …but I should have figured that progressives never have all the fact.

    What I meant to say was: 3 months ago, Gregoire said their wasn’t a deficit and all was fine…and then after the election the shit hit the fan.

  22. 28

    steve spews:

    @27 “the messiah”

    More specifically, it’s the far right whack-jobs who have a deep-seated Narcissistic Personality Disorder who seem to do that. Makes sense, though, as fucked up in the head those particular whack-jobs are.

  23. 29

    slingshot spews:

    “Maybe I should have stated the obvious”.

    Which would have been: “I’m a fuckin’ moran”.

  24. 32

    Puddybud, Hey it's the New Year... spews:

    Michael@27: Wow you’ve got that “short” memory. Donkey called him that waaaaaaaaay before conservatives. Are you still drinking Steve’s Stupid Solution?

    “At the end—or maybe somewhere in the middle—a shaft of light comes through and hits you and you experience an epiphany: I have to vote for Barack.” – Barack Obama, New Hampshire, January 5, 2008.

    “Is Barack Obama—junior U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review editor, Men’s Vogue cover model, and “exploratory” presidential candidate—the second coming of our Savior and our Redeemer, Prince of Peace and King of Kings, Jesus Christ?” – Timothy Noah Slate January 2007

    “A light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama” – Barack Obama Lebanon, New Hampshire, January 7, 2008.

    “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” – Barack Obama, Donkey Convention Acceptance Speech

    Donkey comments “he’s going to save us”
    “he’s going to change the world”
    children singing praise songs to him… here they cum…

    “I’ll do whatever he says to do. I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.” – Halle Berry

    “Many people look for a sign from God when times are turbulent. There are many elements to Obama’s win in which Christians can find spiritual significance.” – Lawrence Carter, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Dean

    “No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don’t expect, like Jesus being born in a manger.” – Lawrence Carter, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Dean

    “Not just an ordinary human being but indeed an Advanced Soul” – Commentator @ Chicago Sun Times

    “Lord, we have again come to you in prayer, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois, a man called Barack to heal our land.” – Larry Younginer, Donkey

    “He communicates God-like energy…” – Steve Davis (Charleston, SC)

    “Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh. Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves.” – Ezra Klein

    “A Lightworker — An Attuned Being with Powerful Luminosity and High-Vibration Integrity who will actually help usher in a New Way of Being” – Mark Morford

    “We’re here to evolve to a higher plane . . . he is an evolved leader. He has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth.” – Oprah Winfrey

    “Barack Obama is our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest knowings. He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.” – Eve Konstantine

    “This is bigger than Kennedy. This is the New Testament.” – Chris Matthews

    “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.” – Chris Matthews

    “Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama.” – Dinesh Sharma

    Did you forget where we got the “messiah” idea from? These three used it directly in their comments

    Tenn Donkey Congressman
    Donna Brazile
    Louis Farrakhan

    :) That’s my perfect story and I’m sticking to it (:

  25. 35

    Puddybud, Hey it's the New Year... spews:

    Michael@27:

    More for you:

    “The atmosphere at his events is such that one wonders if Obama is about to walk out with a basket with some loaves and fishes to feed the thousands.” – Geoff Elliott, The Australian.

    “It was raw, naked, complete, worship, love, heart-whole passionate stunned and almost unbelieving but desperately wanting to believe him adoration. He is their Messiah. It’s a cult. And they are going to be so disappointed.” – Hampton Roads Blogger.

    Barack Obama walking on water cartoon.

  26. 36

    YLB spews:

    Who here at HA.org besides right wingers have called Obama “messiah”?

    Notice that I didn’t even call him “President”.

    Only right wing morons jacking off to Limbaugh make a big deal out of this.

  27. 38

    Puddybud, Hey it's the New Year... spews:

    re-run@36: Who’s jacking off?

    Oh that’s what you do to while on the Daily Kooks getting your morning protein from the left-wing whack job web sites.

    Why don’t you call him president re-run?

    You voted for him.

    You support him.

    You support is administration.

    You support his breaking of his own lobbying rules.

    :) That’s my story and I’m sticking to it (:

  28. 39

    Don Joe spews:

    For the record, my response to a particular idiot’s suggestion that I have some kind of “hero worship” can be found here (live from Philly no less).

    This wingnut projection thing is a rather sad disease indeed.

  29. 40

    NH spews:

    Wow, there have been more Democrat scandals uncovered, most connected to Obama, than there are days he’s actuallly been in office. Yesterday there were 3 in one day! Pay to Play, sex scandals and more.. even Governor Richardson who I’ve met many times, and would have thought was the rare decent Democrat.

    And of course the first thing he does is pander to Muslims and brag about his Muslim family which was offlimits during the campaign so he could lie to us. (although when he said we had 57 states, that was a dead giveaway he’d studied as a Muslim — there are 57 Muslim states which is worse than his having said it because he’s stupid)

    Here is someone willing to be a banker’s puppet so they can crash our markets in order to get the desired effect: world currency for the world order. How nice.

    And you thought he was working for the little people!

  30. 41

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 “And Roger: Why bring the parking fee back when most people either didn’t go anymore or didn’t pay it.”

    So we rabbits will have the parks to ourselves, idiot!

  31. 42

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @25 “Looks to me like your Messiah and the Democratic Party owns this Stimulus Package 100%!…”

    Yup. And in the next election, and for many election cycles to come, we’re gonna run ads with pictures of Hoovervilles to show voters what the GOP’s proposal is.

  32. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @35 ““The atmosphere at his events is such that one wonders if Obama is about to walk out with a basket with some loaves and fishes to feed the thousands.” – Geoff Elliott, The Australian.”

    A most welcome and refreshing change from the atmosphere at Bush’s events, where security guards arrested invitees* for having peace symbols on their cars out in the parking lot.

    * Needless to say, anyone who opposed Bush’s scheme to let Wall Street loot the Social Security trust fund wasn’t invited in the first place.

  33. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @40 “Governor Richardson who I’ve met many times”

    I wonder if Governor Richardson remembers you? Probably, if you were the guy on the rooftop his security detail was pointing at.