General Howard Schultz will retire from the old war between employers and workers in April of 2023. He will be replaced by Laxman Narasimhan, "a 55-year-old Indian American businessman [who] has previously been the CEO of consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser and the CCO of PepsiCo." The word is Schultz will be very close to Narasimhan during the transition. But we all know that the kind of information the interim CEO will transfer to the new one will not concern the best sources for coffee beans, the recent developments in the art of steaming milk, and the all-importance of customer satisfaction. The matter will concern the inveterate stubbornness of labor, and the time-tested methods of back-breaking its spirit.
Starbucks today announced that Laxman Narasimhan will become the company’s next chief executive officer, working closely with Howard Schultz, before assuming the role and joining the Board on April 1, 2023. https://t.co/AQCCDiT0bt— Starbucks News (@StarbucksNews) September 1, 2022
Two headlines on KOMO's website: "Investigation underway after man found in bushes with gunshot wound in Tacoma" and "Renton police investigating homicide after man found dead on the ground." The Renton man was shot multiple times. At this rate, one expects to soon see this headline: "Dead man with gunshot wound found at the top of a Seattle tree."
According to the Seattle Weather Blog, we just experienced the "3rd-hottest August on record." Expect more records of this kind to be broken in a future that is so near it has already arrived. All we will have from here on are moments that remind us of the time when the climate was predictable, when the world was much cooler. One such moment was sampled this morning, the first day of September. There was almost no light in my bedroom window until 7 am. The clouds in the sky were dark, slow, and low. What was hard to connect was this moment with the last day of August, which, like some days in the month, had a sun that flexed its strength like a massive and obnoxious muscle-man on a beach.
🔥3rd HOTTEST AUGUST ON RECORD 🔥— Seattle Weather Blog (@KSeattleWeather) September 1, 2022
With an average temperature of 70 degrees on the nose, last month was Seattle’s third-warmest August since records began in 1894.
Only August 1967 (71.1°) & August 2017 (70.3°) were hotter.
Also consider this: Seattle experienced for the first time on record two months in a row (July and August) that had an average temperature that "was 80°F or higher."
HOT FACT:— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) September 1, 2022
For the first time, Seattle has recorded back to back months where the avg high temperature was 80°F or higher. The avg high in July was 80.1° and (assuming something crazy doesn't happen this evening) the avg high in Aug was 80.9°F. #wawx
Seriously? When will Seattle finally abandon this middle-class obsession with graffiti. It is just in poor taste. It shows nothing but a gap in one's mode of feeling, which should be urban in the deepest sense. The American middle class: we must denounce its mousy values at every opportunity.
Over the last few days, our tunnel crews did graffiti removal inside the I-90 pedestrian and bike path tunnel in Sam Smith Park in #Seattle. We are thankful for the work that they do!— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) August 31, 2022
Check out the before and after photos below.📸#LitterFreeWA pic.twitter.com/XNzetb4IHM
Starting today, the youth of Seattle (18 and under) can "ride free on King County Metro and other transit agencies across the Puget Sound region." This is an important development because it will normalize public transportation in a generation that will need a powerful sense of the public spirit if it hopes to make the transition to the post-capitalist society that the new and much warmer climate plainly requires. And by post-capitalism, I mean a society that has abandoned the present location of value, which is not found in things or even in money but in the structure of social relations. This reading of value is Marx's greatest contribution to political economy.
As for Pakistan:
Confirmation from the European Space Agency that more than a third of Pakistan is currently submerged.— Karl Mathiesen (@KarlMathiesen) September 1, 2022
"More than 33 million, one in seven Pakistanis, have been affected by the flooding."https://t.co/AZBre4qIcw pic.twitter.com/HR8cRqVJLj
The Ginni that keeps popping out of the bottle. Today: "Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, [also] urged lawmakers to overturn Trump election loss in Wisconsin, report says."
President Biden's prime time address: The president laid into "MAGA Republicans" a couple months ahead of the midterms, which are looking slightly better for his Democratic party.
Let's end PM with a new short film by Kendrick Lamar, “We Cry Together”: