I just came across an interesting piece on Slate’s website that is a variation of Freidman’s McDonald’s Theory of international relations. For those who didn’t read The Lexus and Olive Tree, Friedman made the observation that no two countries that both have McDonalds have gone to war with each other (at least since they got the McDonalds). Daniel Gross at Slate has an interesting observation, too – that countries with large numbers of Starbucks are getting creamed the hardest in the current economic meltdown. Neither rule is iron clad, but generally both are good indicators. Read the piece at Slate if you have the time.
WWJD (What Would Jim Drink today?): Some light roasted Peru Piura FTO. I was just in the mood for some zip and varietal nuance. I’m also working on a new blend and was experimenting with that, too… stay tuned.