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What’s New on Streaming

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The omicron wave and a colder than usual March caught me up on a lot of TV. Marvel and Star Wars superfans will probably get mad at me even though I ate up all that garbage. I also read books. Mostly the Dune sequels though. Shut up.

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Starbucks’ Union-Busting Tactics

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Starbucks franchises across the country are unionizing, and the company is not pleased. Same with REI, and countless other places where people have been forced to deal with our most terrible citizens throughout the pandemic.

Their coffee stinks, too. I’m not a total Boston stereotype, though. Dunkin’ is much worse.

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The Extended Groundhog Forecast

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We’re about to get a nor’easter this weekend, so I’m not optimistic about what the groundhog’s gonna say next week. In fact, I’m not optimistic about anything, except that I’ll get to go snowshoeing this weekend.

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Kellogg’s Corp. Flacks

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After more than two months on strike, Kellogg’s workers rejected a contract offer that would’ve shafted younger employees. So Kellogg’s is pulling a Reagan and replacing everyone instead of negotiating in good faith.

So stop eating their garbage, even Cheez-Its. I stuck to cereals for a visual theme, but the lack of a Cheez-It mascot illustrates just how bad Kellogg’s hiring practices are.

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2021’s Newest Balloons

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Unlike last year, I’ll be having Thanksgiving with a small gathering of my family. We’re all wary of another holiday surge, but unlike half the country, we’re still taking precautions beyond getting complacent after being vaccinated and boosted.

If the Feds didn’t drag their feet approving children and boosters, we might all be going into another holiday season with the confidence of someone chugging ivermectin.

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Smart Shaming Appliances

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I don’t have much to say about the Peloton discourse, but it did spark this idea, along with all the holiday ads for smart wifi-enabled garbage.

And a week with a poop joke and nothing involving politicians is a rare and wonderful thing for me. I used to do this kind of stuff all the time in Big Fat Whale, before the NYT made me a weekly current events guy. Not that it’s easy to ignore the awful things going on, but everyone needs a break now and then.

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Stop & Shop’s Corporate Scabs

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Stop & Shop is a massive corporation that is probably second only to Dunkin’ Donuts in ubiquity here in New England. Often there’s a Dunkin’ inside the Stop & Shops. What makes those brands stand-ins for our region isn’t their corporate boards and the profits they shovel to shareholders, it’s their employees. They deserve everything and more than what their asking for.

Their strike is now entering its second week and in addition to not crossing picket lines, the employees can use all the support they can get.

I hope they prevail soon. I have to travel all the way to West Roxbury to buy groceries at Roche Bros. instead.

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