Thursday, June 22, 2006
For the cheap price of only $100, you can get... One, that's one (1), hamburger. But it's not just ordinary beef. This story describes the pricey burger in more detail:
The burger debuted Tuesday at the restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort and Club, where a membership costs $40,000 and an additional $3,600 a year.
"We've never had a hamburger on our menu here so we really wanted to go to the extreme," Sherry said, calling it "the most decadent burger in the world."
At about 5 1/2 inches across and 2 1/2 inches thick, the mound of meat is comprised of beef from three continents — American prime beef, Japanese Kobe and Argentine cattle.
The bill for one burger, with garnishing that includes organic greens, exotic mushrooms and tomatoes, comes out to $124.50 with tax and an 18 percent tip included. The restaurant will donate $10 from each sale to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
And I thought Manhattan was overpriced!
Today is the eve of the looming deadline for thousands of General Motors workers to decide if they are going to be part of one of the biggest employee buyout programs in corporate history. The offer in an oversimplified nutshell:
All hourly GM workers are eligible for some form of incentive, whether it's a $35,000 retirement bonus or a $140,000 lump-sum buyout. Retirees would get to retain their health care plans, but those who take the buyout would relinquish their pension and health care plans.
Workers must notify GM of their decisions by Friday.
The decision has many GM workers torn -- interesting descriptions of the risks and rewards being weighed by the workers faced with this decision (and they are both financial and psychological) are here and here. (Ironically (or not so ironically), today's news reports that GM's "turnaround" has lead to a good Q2).
So, if you were a long-time GM employee eligible for the $140,000 lump sum payout, would you stay or would you go? It is estimated that 20,000 employees will accept the offer.
[Meredith R. Miller]
Monday, June 19, 2006
The Twin Cities Business Journal reports on this "discrimination and breach of contract" lawsuit arising out of the annual Twin Cities Pride event:
The organizer of the Twin Cities Pride Celebration is suing the Star Tribune after the newspaper refused to run advertisements to promote an annual GLBT festival, which showed two men kissing.
GLBT Pride Twin Cities accuses the Star Tribune of discrimination and breach of contract in a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County. The group is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that plans the annual Twin Cities Pride event, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday. Last year 310,000 people attended the event.
The Star Tribune said it chose not to run the Pride advertisements in adhering to a policy on community standards
The GLBT group said the newspaper used different standards because it has printed images of heterosexual couples kissing.
The lawsuit also said the newspaper breached its contract and failed to publish any of its ads, including one that didn't show same-sex couples kissing.
[Meredith R. Miller]
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Isn't it funny how the villians in James Bond movies always capture Bond, incapacitate him, and then, instead of killing him straight off, tell him all the details of their wicked plans, meanwhile giving Bond enough time either to be rescued or to escape from their clutches? The Austin Powers movies ridicule this cliched plot device repeatedly (to great comic effect).
A propos of this phenomenon (sort of), the AP has news of this interesting auction. Apparently Bond villian Odd Job's hat fetched over $33,000.