Howard Schultz, the outspoken executive chairman of Starbucks, will retire at the end of the month. He’s frequently mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate.

Mentioned by what kind of an enemy of humanity, exactly?

The quote is from the New York Times. Note the cute use of the passive voice.

18 thoughts on “Mentioned”

  1. Himself, probably.

    There’s a reason the Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes tried to imitate Steve Jobs in her massive fraud of a company. She wanted people to see her as “visionary CEO” so she picked the most visible charismatic one people knew.


      1. I think something like this story is far more subtle: Billionaire Koch brother’s crusade against counterfeit wine
        I saw this story and I came away liking Bill Koch even though I thought he had way too much money.
        David Koch is stepping down as chair of the board for Americans for Prosperity and from his roles in Koch Industries.

        I’m not sure someone like that really needs to pay for such an article as there are many who would publish it not to lose the ad money from the many, many companies they own.

        …Charles Koch had assumed a more visible leadership role in the brothers’ affairs in recent years. He will continue to serve as chief executive of Koch Industries and the unofficial face of the network’s political efforts.

        Democrats have assailed the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans for what he called a “Koch addiction.”

        The Kochs have also clashed with the Trump administration at times.

        Citing concerns about Donald Trump’s style and substance, the network refused to endorse either presidential candidate in the 2016 election. And while they have praised Trump’s policies on taxes, deregulation and healthcare, they have aggressively attacked the Republican administration’s trade policies. On Monday, the Koch network announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose Trump’s tariffs and highlight the benefit of free trade.

        Using the money they made from their Kansas-based family business empire, the Koch brothers have created what is likely the nation’s most powerful political organization with short- and long-term goals. Their network has promised to spend $400 million to shape the 2018 midterm election. They have also devoted significant time and resources to strengthening conservative influence on college campuses, in the Latino community and in the nonprofit sector.

        David Koch, who served as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980, had begun to focus more on philanthropy in recent years.

        The Manhattan resident donated $150 million to New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015, the largest gift in the organization’s history. He has also given $185 million in total donations to MIT, his alma mater.
        In an April interview with the Washington Examiner, Charles Koch said of his younger brother: “David is much more political than I am.”


  2. LOL. He’ll run on a platform of implicit bias training for the whole country.

    Morning Joe was just discussing how pathetic the Democrats are–they’re now just barely ahead of the Republicans on a generic ballot poll for the midterms, with the worst US president in history in the White House and most Republicans going along with everything he does and every lie he tells.


    1. “He’ll run on a platform of implicit bias training for the whole country.”


  3. If you’re a starbucks employee, this is the best time to unionize. Puts him on the spot. He can’t oppose it, and after he loses, you’ll still have your union.


    1. Honestly, I hope they do that. Of course 20 days doesn’t give much time. Starbucks barista is literally a damn punchline, “oh your liberal arts education didn’t pay off, tee hee, you’re a barista!” and lattes were supposed to be the one expense keeping people from saving for retirement. I think it’s avocado toast now.

      As for trying to automate the locations in response? Starbucks sells itself on “third spaces” and ambiance. There’s no way in hell most people want to pay nearly $5 for a specialty coffee drink now [yes, prices went up] to get coffee from a fancy Keurig [which is coffee water.] Even the supermarket beans and the bottled coffee relies on this aura.


      1. I was reading comments on another site, and one of the commenters wrote this:

        6/05/18 1:10pm
        “I guess it’s not so much money and fame, as it is she presumably had every resource available to her. With that kind of money you can get all the treatment you want. With that fame, you can find so many friends who could offer support. If she couldn’t defeat her demons, with all the tools she had to do the fight, how can I, or any regular sufferer who doesn’t have her advantages, hope to win either? I see stories like this, and I think, am I doomed? Is depression a terminal illness?”

        What do you think about this?


        1. Curiously, psychoanalysts find it a lot harder to help very rich people. For the method to work, you need to pay enough money for a session that you’d feel the loss of the money. But a rich person doesn’t mind paying. And so the sessions are not nearly as productive as when a person of limited means pays for them. The richer a person is, the less the analysis is likely to succeed.

          So actually it is harder for a rich person to cure depression.


          1. Thanks! Also, I’m not sure if you’ve written about Jungian vs Freudian psychoanalysis. I’d love to know more about this when you have time. What works on what type of person, etc.


          2. (“Losing” significant amount of) money is not the only possible motivation for a successful therapy. The same way money is not the only motivator for everything else in life. The current situation of the person has to be unbearable enough though, in order for one to engage in any profound changes. This “unbearable enough” may or may not include anything related to money.
            And there will always be some percentage of people whose conclusion to “unbearable enough” is suicide.


              1. Apparently she went to great and significant lengths to avoid help. for someone (like me) that believes in things like metaphorical illness (physical illness that mimics the effects of psychological problems) or goal directed illness (being sick to get something that you can’t get by being healthy) that suggests that she was getting something important from everyone trying to talk her into therapy and she was afraid that the results of therapy wouldn’t be nearly as gratifying…. The default hypothesis would be that she fed off the attention and feared that it would end if she actually saw the verflinginner therapist.

                Therapy has zero stigma now for most professions. And a skilled businesswoman like Spade should have no trouble making it look like part of her brand had she chosen to expend any energy in that direction (and if anyone cared) “Oh I’m seeing a therapist, it’s loads of fun, I complain about all sorts of silly things like it’s great drama and it makes me feel great! Everybody should do it!”


              2. At a conference last year, there was a woman who was an insulin-dependent diabetic. She’d routinely take herself to the brink of a hypoglycemic attack to get everybody’s attention. It worked because who can care about conference talks when there’s a person practically dying in front of you? It’s a dangerous game because we were in the DR, and she could have made herself really sick. But I guess it paid off for her.


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