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SCOTUS update

The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Restaurants struggle to adapt to food delivery boon

Restaurants struggle to adapt to food delivery boon

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  • In the last five years, revenue from deliveries jumped 20% and the overall number of deliveries increased 10%, according to The NPD Group. Convenience is king setting a whole new level of expectation for the dining experience! I wonder with our heads tucked tightly to our chest reading our phones and

    In the last five years, revenue from deliveries jumped 20% and the overall number of deliveries increased 10%, according to The NPD Group. Convenience is king setting a whole new level of expectation for the dining experience! I wonder with our heads tucked tightly to our chest reading our phones and choosing to dine in instead of out are we destined to be a population who chooses to distance ourselves from the physical?

  • I used to work at a busy chain restaurant in downtown Manhattan and I can attest to the sort of alienation that happens with food delivery. First, my manager always encouraged us to prioritize take-out orders, and if there were actual customers waiting at the restaurant the general rule was that they

    I used to work at a busy chain restaurant in downtown Manhattan and I can attest to the sort of alienation that happens with food delivery. First, my manager always encouraged us to prioritize take-out orders, and if there were actual customers waiting at the restaurant the general rule was that they could wait longer. Second, the delivery people- largely Latin American and West African immigrants who are highly exploited- were asked to wait in designated areas and the manager would get angry if they stepped on the wooden floor. The person receiving the food at their home sees none of this, but will easily get angry if the order is late. In the end, everyone feels a little less human.

  • Delivery is turning restaurants into manufacturers—and it makes sense. Why serve the restaurant capacity sitting down in one hour, when you can serve 10x that through delivery? The middle ground is pickup. Cava and Sweetgreen leading the way there.

    It seems to me that in a lot of dense, urban areas

    Delivery is turning restaurants into manufacturers—and it makes sense. Why serve the restaurant capacity sitting down in one hour, when you can serve 10x that through delivery? The middle ground is pickup. Cava and Sweetgreen leading the way there.

    It seems to me that in a lot of dense, urban areas, delivery is replacing cooking on an increasingly frequent basis (this also probably has to due with the greater availability of healthier options in recent years as well). That is to say, upscale restaurants, which provide a dining experience will continue to thrive and are not in danger from this delivery boom.

    Odd that despite the significant demand and volume increase, delivery businesses outside of new york (seamless, grub hub) are still struggling to hit breakeven.

  • I heard last year that Applebee’s wanted to consider shutting down or move away from in person dining because they believed they made more money through their carry out service rather than the actual “restaraunt experience.” I’m sure that’s true. And it’s very clear delivery is booming, even McDonald’s

    I heard last year that Applebee’s wanted to consider shutting down or move away from in person dining because they believed they made more money through their carry out service rather than the actual “restaraunt experience.” I’m sure that’s true. And it’s very clear delivery is booming, even McDonald’s can deliver now. But I do have to say, I’m still a fan of the traditional restaraunt experience. I love the convenience of delivery but I’d rather not sacrifice the social aspect of sitting down to a meal with others for the sake of packaged convenience delivered to my door.

  • The ultimate winners in this race to find the fulcrum point between a pleasurable and satisfying dining experience and the ease and convenience of home delivery will be those establishments that can create a menu and service model that compliment the best elements of both experiences while maintaining

    The ultimate winners in this race to find the fulcrum point between a pleasurable and satisfying dining experience and the ease and convenience of home delivery will be those establishments that can create a menu and service model that compliment the best elements of both experiences while maintaining continuity in quality, freshness and value.

  • Note to America: if you’re going to order in, set your sights higher than Applebee’s.

  • This reminds me of the research that shows teenagers are spending less time with friends outside of the home. People across the board are becoming more isolated. Instead of meeting a friend or spending time with family at a restaurant, people get delivery and watch/interact with friends through instagram and facebook.

  • Here is an important takeaway (pardon the pun): People sitting at home need a good reason to order delivery instead of heating up a frozen dinner. The frozen dinner costs significantly less and is ready quicker, but the restaurants provide higher quality and specific favorite items. The restaurant's

    Here is an important takeaway (pardon the pun): People sitting at home need a good reason to order delivery instead of heating up a frozen dinner. The frozen dinner costs significantly less and is ready quicker, but the restaurants provide higher quality and specific favorite items. The restaurant's biggest appeal used to be getting out of the house and being served in an enjoyable atmosphere, but, in this case, that is off the table.

    If restaurants do not adjust their model in order to provide delivery food that maintains a significantly higher quality over a 15-30 minute delivery window, they will lose out on this very large and lucrative slice of business.

    Now, for those bemoaning the customer, who just wants their meal and who doesn't care about all the drama happening behind the scenes:

    No one wants to patronize a business. No one wants to buy a product. What they want is the feeling and/or convenience that the business or product brings into their life. It is up to the business owner to work through the drama in an ethical and effective manner, so that the team members are successful and the customer never sees the drama.

  • There are some food delivery services that restaurants prefer than others. One prominent restaurant owner referred to Seamless as "the food pimps" and was working on a solution to build chain delivery via their and surrounding restaurants' couriers.

    He referred to Seamless in that way because they

    There are some food delivery services that restaurants prefer than others. One prominent restaurant owner referred to Seamless as "the food pimps" and was working on a solution to build chain delivery via their and surrounding restaurants' couriers.

    He referred to Seamless in that way because they barely break even on deliveries since the delivery services charge multiple fees to the restaurants. Takeout-focused places are getting squeezed in the process.

    It's still a work in progress.

  • What’s the geography on this? Is it mostly in cities or is the delivery craze expanding to mid-size and smaller cities?

  • For decades, restaurants were a real estate game. The food was important but the make or break was location, location, location. Excited by the opportunities that this new era can bring.

  • I'm all about the ambiance, but sometimes I don't feel like putting clothes on.

  • Who would have thought that Uber Eats would move to the front of the pack as the fastest growing food delivery service, giving GrubHub a run for its money. Once viewed as a pack of cars with stale food riding along with an Uber driver, the service is now expanding into more cities with more options

    Who would have thought that Uber Eats would move to the front of the pack as the fastest growing food delivery service, giving GrubHub a run for its money. Once viewed as a pack of cars with stale food riding along with an Uber driver, the service is now expanding into more cities with more options. Who’ll win the race to our door, or will we meet our meal half way, somewhere downtown where we already work and play? Is there room for even more food delivery companies to wander up our driveways?

  • The flexibility of ordering to eat-in is fantastic, but it will never replace the social and meal quality of dining at a restaurant. If anything, more focus will land on food quality as restaurants can prosper without as much necessity for an expensive location. Let’s look forward to it.