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Washington State (entered the U.S. in 1889, along with North and South Dakota and Montana, and Idaho and Wyoming in 1890) came late in the corporation game (the U.S. Supreme Court declared corporations to be persons in 1886), but the history of the 1888 Washington State constitutional convention is instructive. Several of the Kinnear Commission proposals defeated (on the grounds that they would hamper investment in the state) at the convention would have limited corporate activities to those specificed in the charter or law; kept corporation books open for inspection; defined where corporations could be sued; and established a railroad commission (Dolliver, 1989, 192-193, n. 171).
Slavery is the legal fiction that a Person is Property. Corporate Personhood is the legal fiction that Property is a Person.
Originally posted by drew hempel
reply to post by loveguy
Black Gold -- expose on the multbillion coffee corporate scam
For a 3 dollar cup of coffee a farmer earns 3 cents.
[edit on 31-3-2010 by drew hempel]
Originally posted by Aeons
reply to post by loveguy
I have no idea what half of what you responded means. Its almost completely disassociated from anything I posted, and the quote you use from the Bible is utterly non-contextual.
As a former "barista" in Corvallis, Oregon...I was fired for not being a "team player"..and that included ratting on my fellow employees( not telling about the affair between the manager and assistant manager)....this Corporation is so shady that it hired private investigators to pose as customers in an attempt to bust these folks....nothing surprises me except the fact that other "barista's" are bitching about customers when they ought to be organizing against this heartless group of corporate executives.....the Corporation leaves zero discretion to the employees (they even send pictures to individual stores in an attempt to get the uniformity)...they are simply McDonalds all over again and you folks ought to get smart and stop shopping there completely.....support local shops and don't shop Starbucks...vote with your feet and the "barista's" should wake up with a triple shot themselves.
In short, in the United States we have three choices when it comes to how we form our business.... The main advantage is limited liability...stockholders can not lose their personal assets when the store closes or the corporation fails...no one puts a lien on their personal assets. They may lose their business investment but no creditors are pounding on their homes looking to get paid. The Corporation simply goes on..even with a stock value of zero,it is impermanent.... However, Starbucks is a corporation and when they do close a store they take a charge against the bottom line for reorganization, this offsets profits from other 4,000 stores and the Corporation really isn't affected all that much. In fact, they may pay less taxes overall because of the store closing...in addition.....Most of the malls or larger stores where Starbucks is located also are LLC or limited liability corporations, so when Starbucks closes they find another tennant and again charge the bottom line offseting profit from their other highly diversifed operations or portfolios.
Originally posted by Longtimegone
The point of this post is to discuss why an emplyee would include herself with the company (using the word "we") when it is NOT her career job.
…We are not investing in a movie and we are not getting into the movie business in a traditional way. What we are doing is leveraging our vast retail store footprint and the cultural relevancy of the Starbucks brand to bring film to the public in a new way during the time when the film industry has been challenged…”
Matthew Brown, a 28-year-old Starbucks supervisor in Toronto, uses the blog, or online journal, to keep in touch with friends and family. The diary contained his thoughts, a place where Mr. Brown vented his frustrations about everything from personal issues to work. When a manager refused to let him go home sick, Mr. Brown sounded off about his boss from home. He said he didn't use his real name, and gave the journal's address to a select group of people, so he doesn't know how the diary ended up in Starbucks' hands. ''I feel violated,'' he told Global News. The coffee chain, which declined to comment, refused to say where the entries came from and fired its six-year employee on the day he was to begin management training. "It was ignorant and rude," Mr. Brown said of his comments. "But it was for nobody except my family and friends. I didn't give the address to anyone at Starbucks. And I didn't name the manager.'' Mr. Brown hasn't decided whether to fight the dismissal. Starbucks employees sign a contract agreeing not to make negative comments about the company, he said.
Another employment lawyer said Mr. Brown may have violated his employment contract, regardless of where he made the remarks. Rick Broadhead, author of Dear Valued Customer, You are a Loser, a new book about technology mishaps, says there should be little expectation of privacy on the Internet. "Posting something on the Internet is like going to the corner of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto or Portage and Main in Winnipeg and holding up a big bulletin board," he said. Mr. Broadhead conceded the former Starbucks employee's journal isn't easy to find, but he added that postings like personal Web sites, are permanently archived on the Internet. He said some companies use corporate monitoring services to scan the Internet for mentions of their name.
Originally posted by illusions
Working well with others is great, but if you really think about the tiresome, overused phrase of "Being a TEAM PLAYER" it de-emphasises the individuals importance.
The individuals importance is less than the "TEAMS" importance. You are not a valuable individual, you are a "PLAYER" easily put into or taken out of the game to benefit the wealthy corporation.
Also, every crap job I have had has told me that they were a family. Oh really??? I already have a family. No thanks. I was applying for a crappy job, not a family.
I'm sure there are psychological reasons that corporations and businesses are usning these terms.
In the United States, purveyors of specialty coffee - caffè lattes and the like - net $8.4 billion a year, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a sponsor of this weekend's event. The spread of Starbucks is a big reason for that sum, which is more than in any other country. But no Starbucks barista has ever won a United States championship, much less the world title
December 23, 2009 Starbucks starts new loyalty program as World Barista Champion launches disloyalty card Posted by Melissa Allison
Originally posted by Legion2112
and here it is; this company that touted familial ties and teamwork laid me off three weeks ago because they didn't want to start having to give me healthcare benefits to treat this. Bam. Gone, just like that. No mention of our "family," no mention of the "team."
So kids, let that be a lesson to you. There is no such thing as "family" when corporations are involved... it's carefully disguised indoctrination designed to do one thing - keep you happy, comforming and productive - until the point comes when you're a liability to them, whether it's your fault or not.