Many scientists believe that the frog is the bellwether to the environment - that however the frogs go will be how the planet will follow. This is why so many biologists and such are freaked out at the decline in certain frog species, reading it as Earth's way of telling the main tenants (i.e., us) to shape up or ship out. Well, one could say the same about Starbucks in relation to the economy. When things are good, the coffee chain is selling frappuccinos like they're going out of style and there is literally a Starbucks on every corner - or sometimes two. When things are rotten - well, Starbucks announced today that the company is shuttering 600 establishments and laying off up to 12,000 employees. You do the math.