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I propose the Starbucks theory of international economics. The higher the concentration of expensive, nautically themed, faux-Italian-branded Frappuccino joints in a country's financial capital, the more likely the country is to have suffered catastrophic financial losses.
Sometimes specious reasoning has it's place.
But despite the identification of the chain in popular culture with Liberal values, there is stronger correlation between the number of Starbucks shops in a riding and the number of votes cast for Conservative candidates in the last election, compared to votes for Liberal candidates.
The Conservative link seems logical to me.
Moby Dick was god, Ahab, the devil. First Mate Starbuck, after an internal debate, threw his lot in with satan. Not the hockey player, the lord of the flies guy. Bealzebub. Ol' Smokey. Lucifer. The Angel of Darkness. Karl Rove.
I mean, I got that way back, when I got an automated fundraising telemarketing call from the Conservatives that started "Oh Ye Dam-ned social programs! From Hell's heart I stab at thee!"
Bit of a give away, if you ask me.