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by Saeed Khan I’ve been traveling a fair bit lately and often read the billboard ads in the airports. Every so often, an ad stands out, and not because of it’s merits unfortunately. Here are two ads I saw on recent trips. Have you seen similar or worse? If so send it our way. Upload […]
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The following tweets were originally posted by Martin Bell on Twitter via his account (https://twitter.com/postcrunk), respectively, on July 22, 2013 and September 17, 2013.capitalism takes the specters of displaced community figureheads and uses them …
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For those who believe in the virtues of unfettered capitalism, you might want to read up on how teens and pre-teens are now ingesting nicotine, many for the first time, thanks to the diabolical marketing of e-cigarettes to them. Available in flavours that include bubblegum, cherry and strawberry, the lure is proving irresistible to more and more youngsters, many of whom ‘graduate’ to ‘real’ cigarettes once they are hooked on the nicotine:
Evil seems to be a wholly inadequate word to describe what is going on here.
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I’ve always thought Ralph Nader was somewhat wonky, but this observation of his is a rather incisive summation of the Gopper psychopathy, IMHO. Thanks to Reader Supported News, for giving him the space, with a posting worthy of your contemplation, "Love, Corporate-Style".
Mitt Romney famously said during his most recent bid for the presidency: "Corporations are people, my friend." Perhaps
As originally posted on: Free Wood Post
July 23, 2013
After decades of generosity to hard-working internet surfers, Bill Gates has announced that he will no longer be handing out free trips to Disney World for testing his email tracking software or $5000 cash bundles for sharing his creepy photo on Facebook.
Gates released a short statement on Facebook which did not include any sort of reward for sharing it:
“We’ve finally finished working the kinks out of that email tracking thing so we no longer are going to be giving out Disney World trips worth thousands of dollars in exchange for the very difficult task of clicking the forward button. I suppose that, in retrospect, we could have employed some kind of sweatshop test facility in Bangladesh for pennies a day, but you know what they say about hindsight. I wish to thank you for all of the email forwards, but the project has ultimately been cancelled. These damn kids today aren’t even using email anymore.
Also, our more recent program of giving out $5000 for sharing my photo on Facebook is also ending. I’m sure you or many of your friends have already received your $5000, so we hope you enjoyed that. But some of you might know that my wife and I are also involved in the Gates Foundation. Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide live on less than $2 a day, and more than 1 billion suffer from chronic hunger. For these people, the basics of food, water, shelter, and sanitation are in short supply, and healthcare and education can be unaffordable luxuries. So after a lengthy period of retrospection, I feel that giving out $5000 at a time to people living comfortably in America for just clicking a button while goofing around on the internet with their hand permanently glued to a bowl of Cheetos may not have been a prudent expenditure on my part. I apologize for any inconvenience.”
Free Wood Post could not obtain actual numbers for the total amount of cash and prizes given out by Gates in the last 20 years. But it surely must have been “a lot”.
A theory that could help newspapers win their most lucrative ad audience back.
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CBC, with some analysis on Harper’s expected cabinet shuffle provides this quote from former Mulroney Chief of Staff David McLaughlin: “There’s a staleness about some of the ministry and some of the cabinet and how they’re communicating with Canadians; the look and feel of it. So there’s a chance to really show some new faces and say: ‘There’s still life in this government yet. We’re looking ahead, look at this new blood.’”
I hate this kind of soulless marketing when applied to government. This is how we, a free people govern ourselves in a system that took centuries (Read more…)
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