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Greenpeace Protest in Peru May Have Caused Environmental Damage

greenpeace protestEnvironmental groups are known for the doggedness with which they pursue their causes. So it’s not a surprise that Greenpeace would go to Peru to stage a demonstration, encouraging people to be eco-friendly. That the protest itself may have caused irreversible damage to a historic site is surprising.

Global leaders gathered in the South American country’s capital, Lima, and agreed last week to reduce greenhouse gases with details about how to do that coming this spring.

In the shadow of that, at the Nazca Lines, a World Heritage site where geoglyphs, hundreds of drawings in stone and sand have been around for more than 1,000 years, Greenpeace staged one of their high-profile demonstrations. They laid out a cloth message that can be seen from overhead, spelling out “Time for change! The future is renewable. Greenpeace.”

The only problem is the 20 Greenpeace members were there without legal consent and without the proper equipment normally used by professional archaeologists to prevent damage being done to the sensitive rocks and sand that cover the earth in that location.

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Sony Corp Comms Leader Canned After Email From Studio Head’s Hubby

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The Sony leak is seriously the hack that keeps on giving. Now we have word that the head of corporate communications for the entertainment company, Charles Sipkins, lost his job shortly after emails calling for his dismissal passed between Bernie Weinraub, a former New York Times reporter, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Weinraub’s wife, and Sony’s HR head George Rose.

According to Bloomberg, Pascal was left off of a roundtable hosted by The Hollywood Reporter that featured all of the heads of the major movie companies. Weinraub sent an email to Pascal on November 15 saying, “I would fire your PR guy immediately. Or at least tell him you’re not going to deal with him anymore.” Pascal forwarded that email to Rose who agreed. Six days later, Sipkins was out of a $600,000-per-year job.

Sony, of course, hasn’t commented on this citing the need for discretion in “personnel matters.” Pascal denied that the emails had anything to do with Sipkins’ dismissal. Sipkins didn’t comment.

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New York Cafe Owner: I Don’t Like Big Butts, and I Cannot Lie

bleekerAccording to its website, Bleecker Kitchen & Co. is “a neighborhood American restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu, which offers small and large plates at affordable prices.”

Sounds innocent enough, until you focus on that large plates description. 

You see, Bleecker Kitchen & Co. owner Joshua Berkowitz isn’t a fan of many things large. In fact, he is being sued for allegedly having a twisted sense of humor about people with the proverbial junk in the trunk.

(We dare you not to laugh and think about a certain someone when you hit the jump.)

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All I Want for Christmas Is Less Kim Kardashian

kim-kardashian-paper-magazineDear Santa,

I know I’m not perfect and I just got off the naughty list.

But since I’m (probably) back in good standing, I would like to request a special present this year: convince my media friends to stop covering the troglodyte known as Kim Kardashian.

This story is why.

KK often gets press for doing nothing, but this time she is blaming whatever deity she worships for an experience common to every woman in the world: slight weight gain during pregnancy.

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TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Fail, Cuts Photojournalist In the Face

tgifridaysDrones are the thing now. People want one for their backyard so they can spy on their neighbors. Filmmakers want them for their movies. Amazon wants them for deliveries. Skynet will take over humanity using cyborgs and drones.

Not to be left behind, TGI Fridays is using drones in its restaurants, sending mistletoe to people’s tables so they can kiss as part of its #Togethermas campaign. The drones, which started in the UK, landed at a restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on December 4 and a local reporter went to the restaurant to check it out. This is basically why TGI Friday has these flying contraptions: introduce something kind of fun, kind of weird, very over-the-top and watch it get some media attention.

But the drone in Brooklyn promptly went out of control and cut a photographer’s face. Even better, the TGI Friday worker behind the controls blamed a reporter for causing the accident.

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Daniel Graf’s Departure from Twitter May Cause Dark Cloud of PR for CEO

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Meet Daniel Graf.

The guy is kind of a big deal in the world tech. In this interview from Engadget last year, he was talking about his latest contribution to the Interweb and your phone — a little thing called Google Maps. In April, Daniel heard of this social media start up that was looking for a guy.

They call it Twitter.

From Google to Twitter, you would think he would happy at his gig. Yeah, he’s unemployed at the moment…by choice. What happened? Find out after the jump.

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STUDY: 84% of Vegans Return to Being Meatheads

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Just when herbivores — be they vegan or vegetarian — thought they had all this good mojo going into the holidays and didn’t have to make that hapless “I’ll start dieting” resolution, comes some bad news and buyer’s remorse.

According to the Humane Research Council, more than 84 percent of all veggie lovers relapse to the tune of a steak dinner. And then, Che Green, executive director of the HRC, provides the Captain Obvious moment of 2014:

“It’s obviously a negative for animals.”

Good one, Che.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: The CDC Just Gave Up on the Flu This Year

FluPhotoWhen you feel sick, as many are doing this time of the year, your first inclination is to take care of it in an over-the-counter way… because, health care.

However, when that doesn’t work and you still got the aches, pains, and sniffles, you go to the doctor. This is your last line of defense to get rid of the funk that ails you and prevents you from being productive throughout the day.

So how would you feel if you see the doctor, and he or she laughs, and says, “Yeah, you’re screwed. I can’t help. Go home.”

Whelp, that’s essentially what just happened when dealing with the dreaded flu this year…from the Centers for Disease Control.

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Blackberry Thinks Your iPhone is Worth $550

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Quick Quiz: How many people in your office use a Blackberry?

The answer to that question illustrates the problem the brand has experienced for the better part of a decade.

Blackberry has struggled to maintain its market share while both Android and Apple technology get to enjoy the spoils of their own success. Enter CEO John S. Chen, who thinks his marketing budget would be best spent paying for your existing phone.

Interested?

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Angry Tech Exec’s Note to NYT Reporter Must Be Seen to Be Believed

Last night we learned that the stereotypical tech execs featured on HBO’s Silicon Valley were not so far from reality.

You probably noticed that lots of journalists were tweeting/writing bad things about Uber yesterday, especially after reports of easy employee access to the “God View” tool that allows the company to track every one of its riders.

Turns out that a few (allegedly) high-ranking “technologists” have even less respect for “the media” than, say, your average Fox News opinionator.

Last night, New York Times tech writer Mike Isaac shared an anonymous hatemail received from a self-described “tech executive” who thinks the media deserves a bit of comeuppance:

Read the whole thing if you have time — it’s more than slightly insane. Highlights after the jump.

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