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Why I Will Never Spend Another Dime in Whole Foods
08.14.2009
05:29 pm
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Not a nickel or penny for that matter.  Nothing. Ever again.

I was absolutely incensed by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s editorial against universal health care that appeared in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. In a classic example of a smug, rich guy doing the “I got mine, buddy, go get your own” routine,  Ayn Rand-loving, Internet-trolling asshat Mackey actually has the nerve to suggest that instead of universal health care, people simply eat organic food bought at Whole Foods. You know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. As yesterday’s TPM headline read “Who Needs Healthcare? We’ve Got Whole Foods!

imageIs this a joke? A ridiculous misguided publicity stunt where we still haven’t heard the punch line? Fodder for a future South Park episode? Not to get all Al Goldstein on you Mackey, but FUCK YOU. And to the WSJ editorial editors, for shame that you let something this blatantly RIDICULOUS appear on the pages of a supposedly respectable newspaper. It’s an embarrassment, like giving Marie Antoinette (or Betty Crocker) editorial space to declare “Let them eat cake” and then argue the point!

What a creep! But that’s not to say that something good might not come of this mortifying episode. Like a boycott of the most over-priced supermarket chain in history!

A woman named Mieke Eerkins sent out the following letter on Facebook, which I am excerpting here with her permission:

Subject: Whole Foods- Shocking News

I wanted to share this with my more liberal friends who probably shop at Whole Foods, and hope you’ll pass it on if you agree with me. I am shocked and disappointed to learn that Whole Foods Market’s company position is in opposition to health care reform, and in general, supports Republican ideologies. Apparently, for years now (as he admits), the CEO has been posting right-wing rhetoric in newspapers under a pseudonym, but yesterday, he published an op-ed piece openly under his real name that is pretty extreme right-wing on health care reform. The CEO’s statement in the Wall Street Journal is in direct opposition to what I thought they believed in, and certainly in opposition to the beliefs of many of their customers (including me). I had no idea he supported a Republican ideology! How can a store that pretends to be in favor of healthy living turn around and say that only some privileged people deserve access to health?

The Whole Foods CEO’s exact words: “Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.14.2009
05:29 pm
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Glenn Beck Bad for America #133
08.12.2009
10:48 am
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Glenn Beck, you are an ugly little man. You put shit into the world to enrich yourself, riling up low IQ people to violence with lies that you don’t even believe. You are the very definition of scumbag.

I like what BZB, one of the commentators on Huff Po said about this: “Where is the FCC when you need them? BECK NEEDS TO GET OFF THE AIR.” The follow-up, from TexasRodeoQueen reads, “No $***! But they will come after ya for flashing a 1/2 second of tit!” Good point! At least the FCC has its priorities straight…

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.12.2009
10:48 am
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When Did Americans Turn into a Bunch of Raving Lunatics?
08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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From an alarming article posted on Esquire’s website by John H. Richardson:

image If a majority of our conservative population and that much of its elected leadership think that even some of this “birther” stuff is remotely possible, some very dark times may be heading to this country. Early this spring, I spent two very long days traveling around Kentucky with Orly Taitz, one of the leading “birthers” in a nation full of them. So I can tell you with confidence that this is much, much crazier than most people imagine ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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John Lydon: Elizabeth’s Jester
08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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I recently surfed into some old Public Image videos and it all seemed obvious suddenly: Johnny Rotten was Elizabeth’s court jester. I mean, watch that video and tell me he wouldn’t have been a court jester 600 years ago, or wasn’t in the 70s and 80s.

That made sense to me. It says a lot about cultures, and how they don’t change?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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Bush Administration Gets Its Own Social Network
08.10.2009
02:25 pm
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If there is one thing our descendants will judge the 00s for more than the presidency of George W. Bush, it’ll be f—-ing social media. But now, both horrors have teamed up to create the ultimate Voltron of Suck.

The Raw Story reports:

Staffers for former President George W. Bush have an answer to the Facebook community’s generally negative view of them: We’ll start our own.

In a move reminiscent of the Bush White House’s decision to create an “Office of Special Plans” to find evidence tying Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda in an effort to end-run the Pentagon and the CIA when things weren’t turning out their way, former deputy White House press secretary Tony Fratto is leading an effort to create a social networking hub for “Bushies only.”

In an interview with Politico, the erstwhile spokesman said efforts to program the site are underway and that a site would likely launch by the end of the year.

The only way I can possibly respond to this is by offering a humble prayer at the altar of Anonymous: Please, 16-year-old geniuses, please… enjoy yourself with this.

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.10.2009
02:25 pm
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Glenn Beck is Bad for America
08.07.2009
11:29 am
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Wow, what a disheartening display of low IQ buffoonery as U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) attempted to hold a town hall meeting about health care in her district. An angry mob of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging Cro-Magnon Birther people—er…“concerned voters”—nearly turned the meeting into an out and out brawl.

Here’s what Cajun Boy had to say at Gawker:

So who were these unhinged animals? Where did they come from? Who inspired them? We’ll give you one guess.

“Hundreds of vocal critics turned out, many of them saying they had been spurred on through the Tampa 912 activist group promoted by conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck. Others had received e-mails from the Hillsborough Republican Party that urged people to speak out against the plan and offered talking points.”

Glenn Beck! Shocking, right?

Glenn Beck, ugly little man:


Protesters in Ybor City drown out health care summit on Obama’s proposal

This is What the Great American Health Care Debate Has Devolved Into

Paul Krugman on The Town Hall Mob

Republicans Propagating Falsehoods in Attacks on Health-Care Reform

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.07.2009
11:29 am
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Graphic Anti-Smoking Cigarette Packaging Coming Soon
08.07.2009
10:40 am
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Coming soon: graphic cigarette labels that go far beyond a simple warning:

Imagine gruesome color photographs showing a mouth riddled with cancer, lungs blackened, a foot rotten with gangrene. If the images sound sickening, well, that’s the point.

Under a law signed by President Obama on June 22—the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act—tobacco companies will be required to cover 50 percent of the front and rear panels of cigarette packages with color graphics showing what happens when you smoke and bold, specific labels saying such things as:

“WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.”

“WARNING: Tobacco smoke can harm your children.”

“WARNING: Smoking can kill you.”

These sorts of graphic warnings are common the world over. About time we get them in the USA.

Packing a Heavier Warning

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.07.2009
10:40 am
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Sick for Profit: Getting Rich by Denying Americans Care
08.06.2009
08:37 pm
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Sick for Profit is a new campaign from Robert Greenwald and the gang at Brave New Films:

What does UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley have to lose if Congress passes real health care reform this year? Well, for starters, his nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in un-exercised stock options might lose a few pennies on the dollar.

What does Isabella, a four year-old girl in Wisconsin who is physically incapable of eating and has had to be tube fed her entire life, have to gain from healthcare reform? The treatment she needs to live a normal life.

Sick for Profit

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.06.2009
08:37 pm
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The Yes Men Strike Back…Again!
08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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All hail the return of The Yes Men!  Their new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, starts screening this Friday in the UK, and premieres in the US this month on HBO.  If you’re new to the corporate-punking hijinks of Mike and Andy, here’s a bit of what they do:

They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate.  Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways—basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

 
The Yes Men In Reuters

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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Tupperware parties and Avon ladies are back
08.04.2009
12:39 pm
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In what can only be seen as increasing economic desperation on the part of Americans to raise cash any way they can, Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Avon are having a banner year:

NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) - The Tupperware party is back and Avon is calling again, ushered in by the U.S. recession.

In the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, women are selling everything from eyeliner to food containers to make extra cash—boosting profits at companies such as Avon (AVP.N) and Tupperware (TUP.N).

The flexibility of such work means that women, even with existing jobs and kids to care for, are taking on direct sales work in increasing numbers.

Food container-maker Tupperware, whose latest quarterly profit beat expectations, said its sales force rose 4 percent this quarter year on year.

Tupperware’s popularity exploded in the 1950s as women of the post-war generation sought empowerment and independence through selling, and the recession has rekindled the spirit of the Tupperware party for a new generation.

Tupperware parties and Avon ladies are back in US by Edward McAllister

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.04.2009
12:39 pm
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