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  1. drjay says:

    hey maybe delta can go the way of eastern or piedmont airlines instead and cease to exist–that would work out good for these union thugs wouldn’t it–they might just oppose themselves completely out of a job–strong work boys…

  2. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Yes drjay I am having a flashback to when the pilots union killed Eastern Airlines.

    You’d think pilots might have a bit more intellect and forsight than blue collar union workers – this proves that they don’t.

  3. drjay says:

    i suppose w/ a few limiltations it is “their right” to do a lot of things just commenting that if they play their cards “righ” they may just fight their way so out of a job that the company ceases to exists or goes bankrupt and lays a lot of folks who might stay employed if the merger works out–just saying…you know

  4. juliobarrios says:

    Whether it’s the auto manufacturers or airlines, unions are generally for the status quo – even if it ultimately isn’t an option.

  5. Tekneek says:

    Wouldn’t bother me if Delta went in the hole. I still have not forgiven previous management and directors who blamed everything on the lower employees while riding their salaries, retirement packages, and perks right into the ground.

  6. Icarus says:

    I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

    Let’s Do it.

  7. Icarus says:

    I could have fought them with conventional weapons, but that could take years, and cost 1,000’s of lives.

    100 marbles

  8. Icarus says:

    Must be approaching record for most consecutive posts by same blogger, held by GOPeach.

    Free GOPeach!

    250 marbles

  9. Icarus says:

    I believe this is now the 2nd longest thread in the history of Peach Pundit.

    Suck it, Tanalach Media Conspirators!

    550 marbles

  10. Icarus says:

    Well, both the server and Icarus are getting a bit slower, so I think it’s time for a break in the action. I have no doubt that the jaws of the Tanalach Media Conspiracy will clamp down on this dream just like they have all the others before I return.

    But I think I’ve proven my point. Mainly, that this gesture was both futile and stupid.

    But I remind each of you, it was easy to go to bed last night. It is not so easy to dream.

    Remember to dream. It’s for the children.

    750 marbles

  11. Chris says:

    Indy doesn’t have a man-crsuh on Saxby. He has a policy crush on the FairTax!

    Just like Fred Phelps is a closet homosexual, Indy is a closet NRST fan. He just can’t admit it to his friends and family.

    Embrace what you are Indy!

  12. Chris says:

    Interestingly enough, Icarus’s pointless consequitive posts are more coherent than GOPeaches – and carry more meaning.

  13. Chris says:

    797 –
    * July 17 — Irene orders her son, Byzantine Emperor Constantine VI, captured and deposed.
    * August 15 — Irene’s orders are carried out; her son is blinded, and she is declared empress the next day.

  14. Chris says:

    JK:

    Arguing that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! I mean, if I went ’round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

  15. John Konop says:

    Marbles is a class of children’s games played with glass, clay, or agate balls usually about ½ inch (1.25 cm) across. However, they may range from less than ¼ inch (0.635 cm) to over 3 inches (7.75 cm), while some art glass marbles for display purposes are over 12 inches (30 cm) wide. Marbles are often collected, both for nostalgia and for their aesthetic colors.

  16. John Konop says:

    Marbles are often mentioned in Roman literature, and there are many examples of marbles from ancient Egypt. They were commonly made of clay, stone or glass.

    Ceramic marbles entered inexpensive mass production in the 1870s.

    Glass marbles were invented around 1848 in Germany[1], and entered mass production in the early 20th century when World War I cut off their importation from Europe, causing American industry to be applied to the task, producing a mechanized method of glass marble production which became the most common system in the world. Glass marbles, too, became the most popular variety, and have remained so to this day.

    In some developing countries, children use steel, minerals or large rocks as a less pricey marble substitute.

  17. John Konop says:

    One version of the game involves drawing a circle in sand, and players will take turns knocking other players’ marbles out of the circle with their own marble. This game is called ringer. Other versions involve shooting marbles at target marbles or into holes in the ground. A larger-scale game of marbles might involve taking turns trying to hit an opponent’s marble to win. A useful strategy is to throw a marble so that it lands in a protected, or difficult location if it should miss the target. As with many children’s games, new rules are devised all the time, and each group is likely to have its own version, often customized to the environment.

  18. John Konop says:

    One such specialized game is called gaipar, popular in Bengal. Each player contributes four marbles, which are positioned on the edge of a rectangle. One special marble (the gai) is placed in the center. Players take turns to hit the marbles on the rectangle with a bigger marble (often called a boulder or matris). The marbles hit by the matris must be propelled out of the rectangle. If they are hit but remain within the rectangle, the player plays one more marble as a forfeit which is placed within the rectangle. The aim of the game is to hit the central gai and take it out of the rectangle. This is not easy when there are marbles on the periphery. If a player can take out the gai, he wins all the marbles. However, other players then get a chance to hit the gai-taker’s boulder and, if successful, all the marbles change ownership.

  19. John Konop says:

    Yet another specialized version of the game (as played in Taiwan) involves a five-holed course and can be played by two to six players. This version is typically played on a flat hard-packed clay surface. Five divots, approximately 2 cm deep and 4 to 5 cm wide, are excavated in the four corners of a 1.5m by 1.5m square. The fifth divot is excavated in the center of the square where the square’s diagonals intersect. The players each begin with one marble and a series of games of “rock-paper-scissors” determines the starting order of the players. The beginning player starts at one of the holes in the corner of the square and this hole becomes the designated “home” hole for the remainder of the game. The first player shoots for the center hole. If he or she successfully shoots his or her marble into the center hole (namely the marble comes to rest in the hole without bouncing out), then he or she gets to shoot for the hole to the right. In the event of a miss, the next player in line gets to start and he or she also can proceed until a shot misses a hole. The idea is to shoot the marble from the home hole to center, from center to right, right back to center, center to left, left back to center, center to top, top back to center, and finally from center back to home. The first player to complete this course becomes the “ghost” and is at liberty to shoot at the other players’ marbles as they attempt to complete the course. If the ghost successfully hits another player’s marble, the ghost then wins that marble and the losing party removes the marble from play and surrenders the marble to the ghost immediately. Although the ghost wins the match immediately upon completing the course, the game is not over until all players have either completed the course or had their marbles removed from play by the ghost.

  20. John Konop says:

    In Eastern Europe, where children play more with marbles and less with expensive technological toys, there is often a value system for the most commonly circulated marbles. The most common type is completely transparent, with two colored streaks running through the glass. A marble with three streaks, or with artful thin streaks, is worth two “plain” ones. A white non-transparent marble called “bonja” in Croatian (pronounced bo-nya, origin unknown) is also worth two. A black bonja is usually worth between three and four plain ones, although they are more often traded for more valuable marbles, not less. A green non-transparent marble is among the rarest, and can fetch up to ten “plain” marbles but again most kids would use such a valuable asset to purchase something more luxurious-seeming than a large number of “plains.” The most valuable marbles are “sunny” marbles. They are semi-transparent, of colored glass, most often red or brown, although green, blue and gray are also seen from time to time. They have tiny air bubbles embedded into the glass, and a widespread myth suggests that one can observe a solar eclipse through such a marble without suffering eye damage, hence the name.

  21. John Konop says:

    Kanche” is the term used in north India to refer to both a game played with marbles, and the marbles themselves.
    “Goli Gundu” is a Tamil term used to refer to both a game played with marbles, and the marbles themselves.
    “Keepsies” (or “for keeps”) is a variation in which players win the marbles used by their opponent.
    “Knuckle down”, the position adopted at the start line at the beginning of a match.You begin with your knuckle against the ground.
    Marbles are also called by their color.
    Quitsies: Allows any opponent to stop the game without consequence. You can either have “quitsies” (able to quit) or “no quitsies” (unable to quit).
    A taw or shooter is used to shoot with, and ducks are marbles to be shot at
    Various names refer to the marbles’ size. Any marble larger than the majority may be termed a boulder, masher, popper, shooter, taw, bumbo, bumboozer, bowler, tonk, tronk, godfather, tom bowler, giant. A marble smaller than the majority is a peawee or mini. A grandfather is the largest marble, the size of a pool table ball or tennis ball.
    Various names for different marble types (regional playground talk {Leicester, UK}): Marleys (Marbles), Prit (white marble), Kong (large marble), King Kong (larger than a Bosser), Steely (Metal Ball-bearing). Names can be combined eg Prit-Kong (Large white marble). There are many more such names as discussed in the next section.
    Lose your marbles. In Celtic tradition men and women wore real marble around their necks or on their clothing as a sign of love and connection. These marbles were swallowed and passed through their intestines beforehand. In recent times men and women continued this tradition with the glass marble where they would drill a hole in them and string them around their neck after the marble passed through their bodies. If someone misplaced their marble, they would be in a craze like frenzy trying to find it. People who saw this crazed frenzy would say “They have lost their marbles”.

  22. John Konop says:

    Alley or real – made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, butterfly, and…
    Toothpaste – wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange
    Turtle – wavy streaks containing green and yellow
    Ade – strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.
    Oxblood – a streaky patch resembling blood
    Lutz – a type of swirl, taken from the skating term
    Onionskin – swirled and layered like an onion
    Clambroth – equally spaced opaque lines on a usually opaque base
    Cat’s Eye or catseye – central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)
    Viagra – a blue strand of liquid
    Devil’s Eye – red with yellow eye
    Beachball – three colors and six vanes
    Aggie – made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley
    Mica – glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty
    Sulphide – clear with an object inside
    China – glazed porcelain, with various patterns like in the alley
    Plaster – a form of china that is unglazed
    Indian – dark and opaque, usually black?
    Commie or common – made of clay
    Bennington – clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze
    Steely – made of steel
    Croton alley or Jasper – glazed and unglazed china marbled with blue
    Crystal or clearie or purie – any clear colored glass – including “opals,” “glimmers,” “bloods,” “rubies,” etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as “deep blue sea”.
    Princess – a tinted crystal
    Galaxy – lots of dots inserted like a sky of stars

  23. John Konop says:

    Marble collecting is a hobby enjoyed by thousands of people around the world including the respected Larry Farry whose collection, as documented in the Daily Bruin, spans over 1500 unique marbles.[1] As with any collecting hobby a great deal of specialization occurs.

    Marbles are categorized by many factors including condition, size, type, manufacturer/artisan, age, style, materials, scarcity, and the existence of original packaging (which is further rated in terms of condition). Each of these ratings is used to calculate the marble’s worth, with the final value influenced by overall demand. Ugly, but rare marbles may be valued as much as those of very fine quality.

    As with any collectible toy, the value seems to first peak when the collectors with the fondest memories enjoy recalling their childhoods through their acquisitions[citation needed].

    Due to a large market, there are many related side businesses that have sprung up such as numerous books and guides, web sites dedicated to live auctions of marbles only, and collector conventions. Additionally, many glass artisans produce marbles for the collectors’ market only, with some selling for hundreds of dollars

  24. John Konop says:

    Marbles are made using many techniques. They can be categorized into two general types: hand-made and machine-made.

    Marbles were originally made by hand. Stone or ivory marbles can be fashioned by grinding. Clay, pottery, ceramic, or porcelain marbles can be made by rolling the material into a ball, and then letting dry, or firing, and then can be left natural, painted, or glazed. Glass marbles can be fashioned through the production of glass rods which are stacked together to form the desired pattern, cutting the rod into marble-sized pieces using marble scissors, and rounding the still-malleable glass.

    One mechanical technique is dropping globules of molten glass into a groove made by two interlocking parallel screws. As the screws rotate, the marble travels along them, gradually being shaped into a sphere as it cools. Color is added to the main batch glass and/or to additional glass streams that are combined with the main stream in a variety of ways. For example, in the “cat’s-eye” style, colored glass vanes are injected into a transparent main stream. Applying more expensive colored glass to the surface of cheaper transparent or white glass is also a common technique.

  25. John Konop says:

    Video Games:

    Marble Madness, an Atari game where players race each other to the finish line.
    Marble Drop, a computer game where players place marbles in a complicated apparatus in an attempt to solve a puzzle.
    Marble Blast Gold a 2003 ‘get to the finish’ first person game for PC and Xbox; a sequel was released later for the Xbox 360, Marble Blast Ultra.
    Switchball a 2007 game for PC and Xbox 360.
    Other games: (SKITENS), a game played with 2 or more payers. A hole is made in the ground, about 8cm in diameter , Then a line is put down about 4 or 5 meters away you. your enemy trow your marbles at the hole the person that is closest to the hole goes first you must shoot into the hole then you can start shooting at your enemy if you hit their marble you can keep it.

    Other Games:

    Ker-Plunk, a game for two to four players involving marbles.
    Hungry Hungry Hippos, a game for 2 to 4 players involving marbles.
    Television:

    He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown has Charlie Brown playing marble champion and summer camp bully, Joe Agate, for marbles that Agate tricked out of another camper.

  26. drjay says:

    thank you JK–

    and farris i suppose you’d prefer to live in some sort of anarcho-syndicalist commune w/ everyone taking turns acting as a sort of executive officer for the week?

  27. Chris says:

    drjay,

    You’re fooling yourself. We’re living in a dictatorship: a self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes…..

    And damit, all posts have to end in for the children.

    790 marbles for the children.

  28. rugby fan says:

    Points for everyone but Tommy!

    Well done!

    Only 1000 more comments to go!

    I feel sorry for Icarus, he must have been quite lonely last night to have spent hour typing the same thing.

    But, it is for the children.

  29. SpaceyG says:

    Yeah, I’ll miss ’em all. I always wanted to be a stewardess. But given that I’m old enough to remember the verbage “stewardess” in actual use, I suppose that window of opportunity has, alas, closed for me.

    Given my tendency to over-glamorize just about anything, it’s probably for the best, considering the riff-raff, locked-down conditions of our once-friendly skies nowadays.

  30. John Konop says:

    In aviation, flight attendants — formerly known as stewards, air hosts/hostesses, or stewardesses, — are members of a flight crew employed by airlines to ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers aboard commercial flights.

  31. John Konop says:

    The primary and overriding responsibility of flight attendants is passenger safety.[1] They are often tasked with the secondary function of seeing to the care and comfort of the passengers, insofar as this does not interfere with their safety responsibilities. They are often perceived by the flying public as waiting staff or servants because only this latter function is normally seen outside the extremely rare event of in-flight emergency; and historically this perception has been portrayed by airlines in ads and commercials.

    The role of a flight attendant ultimately derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters and often shorter travel times on aircraft. Additionally, the job of a flight attendant revolves around safety to a much greater extent than those of similar staff on other forms of transportation. Flight attendants on board a flight collectively form a cabin crew, as distinguished from pilots and engineers in the cockpit.

    Outside the exceptional case of an in-flight emergency, flight attendants usually provide courtesy services for passengers, such as preparation and distribution of in-flight meals and drinks, management of in-flight entertainment systems, sale of duty-free and other merchandise, and the like. As the most visible representatives of their airlines, their importance to customer relations and the image of their airlines is considerable.

    Many jurisdictions mandate the presence of flight attendants on commercial aircraft, based on the passenger capacity of the aircraft and other factors. This mandate generally relates only to their function as safety technicians.

  32. John Konop says:

    Flight attendants are normally trained in the hub or headquarters city of an airline over a period that may run from six weeks to six months, depending on the country. The main focus of training is safety. One flight attendant is required for every 50 passenger seats on board in the United States, but many airlines have chosen to increase that number. One of the most elaborate training facilities was Breech Academy which Trans World Airlines (TWA) opened in 1969 in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S. Other airlines were to also send their attendants to the school. However, during the fare wars the school’s viability declined and it closed around 1988.

    Safety training includes, but is not limited to: emergency passenger evacuation management, use of evacuation slides / life rafts, in-flight fire fighting, survival in the jungle, sea, desert, ice, first aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, ditching/emergency landing procedures, decompression emergencies, Crew Resource Management and security.

  33. John Konop says:

    Multilingual flight attendants are often in demand to accommodate international travellers. The languages most in demand, other than English, are Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

  34. John Konop says:

    TAKE NOTE!

    Some airlines, such as EVA Air, have height requirements for purely aesthetic purposes. Horizon Air and other regional carriers have height restrictions because their aircraft have low ceilings. A typical acceptable range is from 5’2″ (1.57 m) to 6’0″ (1.83 m).

    Flight attendants are also subject to weight requirements as well. Weight must usually be in proportion to height; persons outside the normal range may not be qualified to act as flight attendants

  35. John Konop says:

    A child is a human being between birth and puberty.[1] The term may also define a relationship with a parent or authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; or it can signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in “a child of nature” or “a child of the Sixties

  36. John Konop says:

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as “every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”.[3]

    In a New York court ruling in 2006 on the eviction of a pregnant woman, the court declared that her child was equally protected under the law although the eviction notice was served before the child was born

  37. John Konop says:

    Social attitudes toward children differ around the world, and these attitudes have changed over time. One study has found that children in the United States are coddled and overprotected.[5] A 1988 study on European attitudes toward the centrality of children found that Italy was more child-centric and Holland less child-centric, with other countries (Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, and West Germany) falling in between.

  38. John Konop says:

    The age at which children are considered responsible for their own actions has also changed over time, and this is reflected in the way they are treated in courts of law. In Roman times, children were regarded as not culpable for crimes, a position later adopted by the Church. In the nineteenth century, children younger than seven years old were believed incapable of crime. Children from the age of seven were considered responsible for their actions. Hence, they could face criminal charges, be sent to adult prisons, and be punished like adults by whipping, branding or hanging.

  39. Jace Walden says:

    Icarus,

    Thank you again for helping me find my way. I was afraid the dream had been lost. What I have learned today is that people can die. Nations can fall. Ideas aren’t always so good. But a dream never dies!

    [insert motivational speech here]

    We can do this.

    Oh, is our new battle cry officially, “For the Children”?

  40. Icarus says:

    “Oh, is our new battle cry officially, “For the Children”?”

    Unless you guys in the other thread are changing it to “Bill Simon is a racist, but Andy is still not gay”.

  41. Jace Walden says:

    “Bill Simon is a racist, but Andy is still not gay.”

    or

    “For the Children!”

    The first one is way better, but far too long. Plus, I’m afraid if we use the first one, some idiot is going to forget about the children.

  42. Icarus says:

    Bill Simon is a racist for the children, but Andy is still not gay for the children. Rugby drinks beer for the children, Indy hates Saxby for the children, farris is a rat bastard for the children, and Jace is a mouth-breathing hick for the children.

  43. Chris says:

    Jace,

    Yes. In the thread which shall not be named, someone impersonating rugby fan decreeded that all posts must end in “for the children” for the children.

  44. Icarus says:

    And seriously,

    With all the animosity in the other threads today, did absolutely no one get laid this weekend?

    Hang in there fellas, spring break is just around the corner. (Try to forget the fact that everyone in PCB or Cancun will be calling you “Sir” or “Narc”.)

  45. Chris says:

    Well, my daughter is still sad she can’t vote for Fred! for President.

    I have managed to convince her that if Obama is elected that he’d come and take the family Wii away. 🙂

  46. Icarus says:

    No, we can’t.

    The children need to know the score of the score.

    Sex in a foreign country, plus 5
    consensual, plus 2
    no payment for services rendered, plus 2
    misspelling my name above, minus 1
    partner was Eurotrash, minus 1
    six months of nervous blood tests and/or inability to donate to red cross, minus 1
    your girlfriend reads this blog, minus 5.

    Looks line a net score of +1 based on the information we have thus far.

    If you at any point during the deed you announced it was “for the children”, plus 10 points.

  47. Jace Walden says:

    Icaurs,

    Slow down man. You’re making a lot of assumptions.

    She was an American.
    And I am single.

    I typically don’t mention “children” when I’m out with a girl.

  48. Jace Walden says:

    Dammit. I am spelling your name wrong. Let’s try again.

    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.
    Icarus.

    I wrote it 10 times for the children.

  49. Icarus says:

    We’re all well aware that you’re single, given that we all were able to read your over the top solicitations of GOPeach.

    Would have given you bonus points were you not single, since you could spend them during your short remaining time on earth before being committed to eternal hellfire and damnation.

    We are, of course, damning you to hell for the children.

  50. Icarus says:

    We’re still going to deduct one of those points since you’re not selflessly serving you’re country, but instead have figured out that a uniform is the best way a mouth-breathing hick can score.

    On second thought, give yourself one additional point for figuring that one out.

  51. Jace Walden says:

    Anything for the children. I will fight 1000 men, go through the gates of hell, eat at McDonald’s, buy clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch…I would do any of that if the children required it.

  52. John Konop says:

    McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the world’s largest chain of fast food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken products, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. More recently, it also offers salads, fruit, snack wraps, and carrot sticks.

  53. John Konop says:

    The business began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by siblings Dick and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. The present corporation dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 15, 1955, the ninth McDonald’s restaurant overall. Kroc later purchased the McDonald brothers’ equity in the company and led its worldwide expansion.

    With the successful expansion of McDonald’s into many international markets, the company has become a symbol of globalization and the spread of the American way of life. Its prominence has also made it a frequent topic of public debates about obesity, corporate ethics and consumer responsibility.

  54. John Konop says:

    McDonald’s restaurants are found in 120 countries and territories around the world and serve nearly 54 million customers each day. The company also operates other restaurant brands, such as Piles Café, and has a minority stake in Pret a Manger. The company owned a majority stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill until completing its divestment in October 2006. Until December 2003, it also owned Donatos Pizza. On August 27, 2007, McDonald’s sold Boston Market to Sun Capital Partners.[3] It also has a subsidiary, Redbox, which started in 2003 as 18-foot (5.5 m) wide automated convenience stores, but as of 2005, has focused on DVD rental machines.

  55. John Konop says:

    Most standalone McDonald’s restaurants offer both counter service and drive-through service, with indoor and sometimes outdoor seating. Drive-Thru, Auto-Mac, Pay and Drive, or McDrive as it is known in many countries, often has separate stations for placing, paying for, and picking up orders, though the latter two steps are frequently combined; it was first introduced in Arizona in 1975, following the lead of other fast-food chains. In some countries “McDrive” locations near highways offer no counter service or seating. In contrast, locations in high-density city neighborhoods often omit drive-through service. There are also a few locations, located mostly in downtown districts, that offer Walk-Thru service in place of Drive-Thru.

    Specially themed restaurants also exist, such as the “Solid Gold McDonald’s,” a 1950s rock-and-roll themed restaurant. In Victoria, British Columbia, there is also a McDonald’s with a 24 carat (100%) gold chandelier and similar light fixtures.

  56. John Konop says:

    To accommodate the current trend for high quality coffee and the popularity of coffee shops in general, McDonald’s introduced McCafés. The McCafé concept is a café-style accompaniment to McDonald’s restaurants. McCafé is a concept of McDonald’s Australia, starting with Melbourne in 1993. Today, most McDonald’s in Australia have McCafés located within the existing McDonald’s restaurant. In Tasmania there are McCafés in every store, with the rest of the states quickly following suite. After upgrading to the new McCafe look and feel, some Australian stores have noticed up to a 60% increase in sales.

    As of the end of 2003 there were over 600 McCafés worldwide.

    Some locations are connected to BP gas stations/convenience stores,[4] while others called McDonald’s Express have limited seating and/or menu or may be located in a shopping mall. Other McDonald’s are located in Wal-Mart stores. McStop is a location targeted at truckers and travelers which may have services found at truck stops.

  57. John Konop says:

    Some McDonald’s in suburban areas and certain cities feature large indoor or outdoor playgrounds, called “McDonald’s PlayPlace” (if indoors) or “Playland” (outdoors)[citation needed]. The first PlayPlace with the familiar crawl-tube design with ball pits and slides was introduced in 1987 in the USA, with many more being constructed soon after. Some PlayPlace playgrounds have been renovated into “R Gym” areas.

    “R Gyms” are in-restaurant play area that features interactive game zones designed for children aged 4 to 12. Equipped with stationary bicycles attached to video games, dance pads, basketball hoops, monkey bars, an obstacle course, and other games which emphasize physical activity.[6]

    The “R Gym” features the Toddler Zone, an active play environment with age appropriate games that develop physical coordination and social skills; the Active Zone, designed for children aged four-to-eight that promotes physical fitness through fun play; the Sports Zone which features a series of sport oriented activities to promote aerobic exercise for children aged 9-to-12; the Parent Zone which features seating and provides a monitoring area for their children; and the Dining Area which allows families to eat.

  58. John Konop says:

    In 2006, McDonald’s introduced its “Forever Young” brand by redesigning all of their restaurants, the first major redesign since the 1970s.[7][8]

    The new design will include the traditional McDonald’s yellow and red colors, but the red will be muted to terra cotta, the yellow will turn golden for a more “sunny” look, and olive and sage green will be added. To warm up their look, the restaurants will have less plastic and more brick and wood, with modern hanging lights to produce a softer glow. Contemporary art or framed photographs will hang on the walls.

    The exterior will have golden awnings and a “swish brow” instead of the traditional double-slanted mansard roof.

    The new restaurants will feature areas:

    The “linger” zone will offer armchairs, sofas, and Wi-Fi connections.
    The “grab and go” zone will feature tall counters with bar stools for customers who eat alone; Plasma TVs will offer them news and weather reports.
    The “flexible” zone will be targeted toward families and will have booths featuring fabric cushions with colorful patterns and flexible seating.
    Different music will be targeted to each zone.

  59. John Konop says:

    The McDonald’s Corporation’s business model is slightly different from that of most other fast-food chains. In addition to ordinary franchise fees, supplies, and percentage of sales, McDonald’s also collects rent, partially linked to sales. As a condition of the franchise agreement, the Corporation owns the properties on which most McDonald’s franchises are located. The UK business model is different, in that fewer than 30% of restaurants are franchised, with the majority under the ownership of the company. McDonald’s trains its franchisees and others at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois.

    According to Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (2001), nearly one in eight workers in the U.S. have at some time been employed by McDonald’s. (According to a news piece on Fox News this figure is one in ten). The book also states that McDonald’s is the largest private operator of playgrounds in the U.S., as well as the single largest purchaser of beef, pork, potatoes, and apples. The selection of meats McDonald’s uses varies with the culture of the host country.

  60. John Konop says:

    McDonald’s has become emblematic of globalization, sometimes referred as the “McDonaldization” of society. The Economist magazine uses the “Big Mac Index”: the comparison of a Big Mac’s cost in various world currencies can be used to informally judge these currencies’ purchasing power parity.

    The EFTA countries are leading the Big Mac Index with the top 3 most expensive Big Mac’s. Iceland has the most expensive Big Mac, followed by Norway and Switzerland.

    The brand is known informally as “Mickey D’s” (in the US and Canada), “Macky D’s” (in the UK), “McDo” (in France, Quebec, the Philippines, and the Kansai region of Japan), “Maccer’s” (in Ireland), “Macarrannis” (in Mexico), “Maccas” (in New Zealand and Australia), “McD’s” (in New Zealand), “Mackedonkan” or just “Donkan” (in Sweden), “de Mac” (in the Netherlands) or “Mac” (in Brazil).

    Thomas Friedman once said that no country with a McDonald’s had gone to war with another.[9] However, the “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention” is not strictly true. Careful historians point to the 1989 United States invasion of Panama, NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, and the 2006 Lebanon War as exceptions.

    Some observers have suggested that the company should be given credit for increasing the standard of service in markets that it enters. A group of anthropologists in a study entitled Golden Arches East (Stanford University Press, 1998, edited by James L. Watson) looked at the impact McDonald’s had on East Asia, and Hong Kong in particular. When it opened in Hong Kong in 1975, McDonald’s was the first restaurant to consistently offer clean restrooms, driving customers to demand the same of other restaurants and institutions. In East Asia in particular, McDonald’s have become a symbol for the desire to embrace Western cultural norms. McDonald’s have recently taken to partnering up with Sinopec, China’s second largest oil company, in the People’s Republic of China, as it begins to take advantage of China’s growing use of personal vehicles by opening numerous drive-thru restaurants.[10]

    In addition to its effect on business standards, McDonald’s has also been instrumental in changing local customs. By popularizing the idea of a quick restaurant meal, Watson’s study suggests, McDonald’s led to the easing or elimination of various taboos, such as eating while walking in Japan

  61. Icarus says:

    Jace is only hatin’ on Mickey D’s because he still has to get Happy Meals there when he’s with his family.

    Perhaps that will change now that he’s lost his virginity.

  62. Chris says:

    Have you seen Sonny? He might not drink but it sure looks like he partakes in a few big macs.

  63. dragonfire says:

    I may not go to McDonald’s, but I have managed to find a cold beverage or two tonight.

    861 marbles

  64. Icarus says:

    Comments do not equal marbles.

    But since Erick is out of town, and trying to cover up the evil RACIST Tanalach Media Conspiracy, I might as well knock a few of these out.

    751 marbles.

  65. dragonfire says:

    either way – you’re getting close to your favorite number.

    I defer to the master. Go for it.

  66. Icarus says:

    The more the merrier, but I left off at 750, after 755 consecutive comments. (A Peach Pundit record that shall live in infamy).

    754 marbles.

  67. Lorie says:

    Icarus,

    Glad your marbles are back. I’ve lost mine. Had the flu and the kids have spread them everywere.

  68. Icarus says:

    Clearly, Lorie, you must not understand that you are witnessing the process of Icarus losing his marbles.

    805 marbles.

  69. Lorie says:

    2 Kids’ fine. Hubby had flu. Passed to me. Dealing w/ three kids. lost the marbles.

    Pharma keeps me from losing my marbles. And my hubby hids the gun.

  70. Icarus says:

    Jace just lost his virginity on his vacation. I guess “marbles” can be a euphamism for that, though it really sounds a lot more like the crap that National Lampoon has been putting out lately, not like “the classics”.

    816 marbles.

  71. dragonfire says:

    alas – can’t compete, or add evidently. Must be because I don’t remember much from algebra.

  72. Ronin says:

    Ahh, its you bozos. This is slowing the site down so much that I can’t argue with Bill about being Conservative, ungentlemanly and childish.

  73. rugby fan says:

    Ladies and gentleman, and Bill, we have succeeded!

    This was my error message:

    Service Temporarily Unavailable

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

    I dream of a crash of some unintelligent fellow’s dimshore.wordpress.com blog. He’s a rather nasty chap I’ve been told.