Fast Food Not So Fast Today; “Grossly Negligent” BP; Bloomberg’s Baaaack

Supersize that?

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Hungry? Well if you want something quick, it’s probably best to skip the fast food today because it will be anything but. That’s because from coast to coast, in 150 cities, hundreds of fast-food workers are on strike, rallying and, in some cases, getting arrested all in an effort to get unionized and a $15.00 minimum wage. McDonalds, whose workers were certainly well-represented in today’s today protests, tried to explain that the company does not actually set the wages in its 3000 franchises, which might (or might not) put a crimp in the workers’ arguments. However, you can be sure that if the fast-food workers are successful, those increased wages will be passed onto you. Or cut into the companies’ profits or both. But if you suddenly find that you’re paying a whole lot more for your fast-food burger, then at least you’ll know the reason why.

Guilty…

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“Grossly negligent” were just a couple of the un-endearing words used to describe energy giant BP, as New Orleans US District Judge Carl Barbier handed down a guilty verdict to the company which bears the dubious distinction of having caused the biggest US offshore oil spill. Ever. Naturally, BP is appealing on the basis that the ruling “does not support the evidence” used in other trials (note the plural) against the energy company. Hmmm. That catastrophic spill cost the lives of 11 individuals and under the Clean Air Act, provided BP is unsuccessful in its appeal, the company will have to pay $4,300 per spilled barrel. Multiply that by an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil and BP could be liable to pay up to $18 billion. That’s in addition to the tens of billions of dollars the company had to pay up from some of those other trials and tens of billions of dollars it had to pay for other expenses related to the disasterBut don’t feel so bad for them as that settlement will be divvied up (though not equally) between BP, Halliburton and Swiss company, Transocean.

Welcome back, Mr. Mayor…

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going back to work. Even though he said he had no plans to go back to his namesake company, Bloomberg LP, he just couldn’t resist the pull of his old digs. I suppose it helps that he happens to own 88% of the company. CEO Daniel Doctoroff, who has been at the helm since 2008, will sit on the Bloomberg throne until the end of the year. Founded in 1981 as a way to provide real time information to traders and investors, the company is currently valued at a whopping $30 billion. Under Doctoroff’s leadership, the company pulled in over $9 billion in revenue this year. Not bad for a guy whose last name is not Bloomberg.

 

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Seeking Qualified BudTender, Things Are Looking Ulta-fabulous and Feeling Not So Energetic

Applicants must be proficient in marijuana (use?)…

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Think you’ve got what it takes to be a great budtender? In what must have been the most well-attended career event…well…ever, Denver, Colorado put on its first marijuana industry job fair, the CannaSearch Job Fair, hoping to attract qualified candidates for a variety of positions. Some of those positions even require actual degrees and credentials, like say, accountants, marketing execs and tech experts. Oh yeah and sellers, too. No mention on samplers, though. Potential employees had to be at least 21 years of age and marijuana use was a no-no at the fair.

There’s something different about you…

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Haven’t you been spending a lot of time AND money at Ulta Salon? No? Not you? Impossible since their earnings shot up about 14% more compared to this same quarter last year – taking Wall Street by surprise. The cosmetics and beauty retailer, conveniently located at a strip mall near you, beat analysts’ expectation by two cents. A pittance to you but not on Wall Street where it pays to beat The Street. And that, my well coiffed-friend, takes a lot of make-up and hair product.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

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You remember that big old mess (I am being flip, of course) that BP caused in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010? You know, the Deepwater Horizon blowout? The fatal one that also led to a massive oil spill that caused epic environmental damage? BP is still waiting to hear if a court will find them grossly negligent. But that’s not the news here. What is news is that they must be the luckiest company. Ever. Because the US government is still planning on doing business with them and they’ve even reached a deal with environmental protection authorities for new drilling rights – once again in the Gulf of Mexico.  After all, BP US did invest $50 billion in the last five years. John Mingé, head of BP America said, “Today’s agreement will allow America’s largest energy investor to compete again for federal contracts and leases.” Isn’t that just the best?