Black Friday: Part 2

This video shows some good news and it shows some bad new. This guy is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Adbuster Magazine, which is Canada-based magazine that explores the relationship between consumerism and the many psychological, environmental or culture problems we may have because of it. I’ve never read it, but I’m very interested in it just from looking around on their website. The lady is a CNN anchor, who has a bit of a problem.  Before she even announces the guy, she is already laughing. That’s the bad news. It shows just how far we have to come. America is the land of the consumerist. It’s the American Dream to consume as much as we can. Her attitude is disheartening, but Kalle handles it quite well. He’s not offended and he does his best to talk over her rudeness. The good news is that he even got this air-time in the first place. Many channels wouldn’t even let his commercial air and the fact that many Americans have the same attitude as the anchor, it really is awesome that anyone gave him the time of day. Some of the people who saw this reacted the same as the anchor, but the people who have heard something about it before may let it sink in a little longer before they push it out of their minds until the next time they hear about it. It takes time, but this was a good step.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and have a great Green Friday.

Turn up the heat: Environmentalists should join Occupy on May Day


For a moment last fall, it felt like the “post-hope” era was coming to an end. Protesters in Egypt and Tunisia had won nonviolent revolutions, Occupy Wall Street offered us our own national rallying cry against the deep structural inequity threatening our democracy, and over 1,200 Americans took part in the biggest act of civil disobedience in the history of environmentalism. Maybe we’d all finally get off the internet and start directly confronting those things we’d been waiting for President Obama to fix for us since January 2009.

But then, as quickly as it began, it started to feel like it was over. Egypt’s revolution turned sour. Obama started waffling on Keystone. Occupy encampments all but disappeared. The Republican primaries came around and we watched in bemused horror as one climate-change-denying corporate stooge after the next pranced and preened for the opportunity to duke it out on live TV…

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Banker’s Insulting Waitress Tip Incites Class Warfare Between the 1% and the 99%

Update: The restaurant confirmed that the receipt was altered.

I got this off Yahoo! It’s interesting to say the least.

Just when you may have thought the ongoing battle between the 99% and the 1% was dying down, it may have been reignited. A wealthy banker left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch at the True Food Kitchen restaurant in Newport Beach, California.

To add insult to injury the word “tip” was circled on the receipt, and the banker wrote “get a real job” on the bill. The picture of the receipt was taken and uploaded to the blog Future Ex-Banker by a person who was dining with the anonymous banker. As expected, the blog received a lot of attention and has now been taken down. The author of the blog wrote, “mention the 99% in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his holiness.”

People online who had a chance to see the blog post before it went offline and those who have been made aware of it on social media outlets are outraged. One person called the tip a “tale of greed and contempt,” and another referred to it as “arrogance personified.” The Web’s general reaction to this story is eerily similar to an almost identical 1% vs. 99% scenario that took place last fall. In Washington state, a waitress received a tip of no money and advice scrawled on the receipt that told her she could “stand to lose a few pounds.”

(Check out 99% vs. 1% for a little more update information and my opinion on the matter.)

Our next story is more of a battle between environmentalists and big oil companies.

Lucy Lawless, most famous for her leading role in “Xena: Warrior Princess” in the ’90s fantasy adventure series, was arrested over the weekend. Lawless had spent four days protesting on board a Shell oil ship with a group of six other environmental activists. The protest, organized by Greenpeace, was staged to raise awareness of oil drilling in the arctic. The global environmental organization opposes the drilling in New Zealand.

During the protest, Lawless live-tweeted what she was experiencing including, for example, “Seven of us came up the tower on Shell’s drillship, but 4 days later 130,000 will come down. In solidarity we can #savethearctic.” The protesters had to deal with the elements while atop the ship. The wind gusts proved difficult to withstand, but the activists held their ground. Chairman for Shell New Zealand, Rob Jager, said the protest had put people in danger. Jager also said he was disappointed that Greenpeace had not joined his company in a “productive conversation” about the drilling issue instead of protesting.

Lawless told the Associated Press that she got involved because she felt compelled to take a stand against oil drilling in the Arctic and global warming. However, the protest was brought to a halt when all of the activists were arrested and charged with burglary. Since then, more than 100,000 messages have been sent to Shell opposing its upcoming Arctic drilling plans. One supporter tweeted, “She may not be Xena in real life, but she is fighting for what she believes in.” Another person tweeted that Lawless is a “true warrior princess.”

A Trip to The iFactory

I found this article this morning and it’s pretty intense. It’s long, so I only copied the first few paragraphs to give of feel for what it’s about, but it goes a lot deeper than this, so I’ve given you the link below and I encourage you to read it. Also for those who don’t want to read it, it will be on Nightline TUESDAY, Feb. 21 at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT–abc-news.html

“Okay.” “Okay.” “Okay.”

The voices are robot feminine and they never shut up, each chirp a surreal announcement that another new iPad is about to be born.

“Okay.” “Okay.” “Okay.”

The factory floor is spotless under the bright fluorescent lights and with hypnotic rhythm, thousands of hands reach into a conveyor belt river, bringing each gliding gadget to life one tiny piece at a time.

“Okay.” “Okay.”

A supervisor will bark the occasional order in Mandarin, but on this line the machines do most of the talking while the people work in silence.

Their faces are blank as they insert a chip or wipe a screen or plug in a diagnostic cable to hear that everything is “Okay.”

And they will repeat that motion and hear that fembot voice a few thousand more times before lunch.

It is just an average day at Foxconn.