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THIS JUST IN: Cannabis Sales Creating Some High Times for U.S. Business

THIS JUST IN 2If you watch the news, you may recall there was this mild kerfuffle about legalizing the hippie lettuce.

And in Seattle and Denver (where they smoke so much weed that with a good southern and western front, the entire state of Idaho is baked for about 10 days), it was permitted.

People were happy rolling more joints than burritos. Hipsters would sit on the City Hall steps in makeshift Hookah lounges. And the police would just mosey on by, while considering a trip to get some waffles from some reason.

Then, this report from the Marijuana Business Daily (yes, that’s a thing) offers some reasons on why marijuana may be legalized nationwide in a couple of years. In fact, 8 billion of them. Read more

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How Can Walmart Cause Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs to Die?

dirty jobsMike Rowe has a face only a network can love. The TV pitchman got his name for dipping his toe (among other parts of his entire body) in the muck and the mire of humanity for Discovery’s Dirty Jobs. The show, which shined a spotlight on the common man, became Rowe’s calling card.

Since then, he has shilled for Tylenol, Lee’s Premium Jeans and Ford Motor Company. He’s practically the voice of reason for the little man. To wit, he was hired by another brand known for its reach into middle ‘Merica — Walmart. 

For that, America has turned on Rowe to the tune of name calling, boycotting, social media trolling and even death threats.

Wait, what? Yes. As in “Let’s light the torches, get our pitchforks and go get us some Mike Rowe” threats.

Why, after the jump…

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The Weather Channel vs. DirecTV Battle Just Got Morbid (So to Speak)

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So, this is still going strong…

Earlier this month, we discussed the fiscal fisticuffs involved between DirecTV and The Weather Channel because rates and Jim Cantore is just so cute (knees to his fans’ nuts and all). Just saying ‘Hi,’ I suppose.

The Weather Channel basically claimed DirecTV was extorting their professional meteorology and DirecTV essentially said The Weather Channel wasn’t all that. To wit, DirecTV placed the upstart (and slightly reminiscent of a news station in Des Moines, Iowa) WeatherNation in its place.

While this tete-a-tete hasn’t been the most friendly of debates, things just got a little awesomer as we discovered that the social media department at America’s beloved come-shine-come-rain network sucks out loud at social media.

Two examples after the jump

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STUDY: Spanx Could Be Squeezing the Money out of Your Organs

spanx-funnyDear Spanx, Your product is killing women’s ability to reproduce. Love, ‘Merica Pissed-off Females. 

Doesn’t sound like a grand marketing campaign, but thanks to some folks with a Ph.D. and waaaay too much time on their hands, we have this interview from HuffPo who interviewed three gastroentrologists about that very unfortunate slogan.

Bad celebrity endorsement too.

SPOILER ALERT: This randy kind of shapewear prevent you from having a healthy bowel movement, digesting a steak or being able to other things with your body that is so disgusting, we dare not discuss it in this highly educated forum.

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Does Detroit Need PR More Than Ever?

hello_from_detroitThe housing market? Dead. The automobile market? Bailed out. More than 680,000 resident? And dropping fast. The mayor? In prison. The planet’s most popular rapper from this place? Off the market (again). The city? Legally bankrupt.

This is your Detroit, America, and it is about to close shop and file Chapter 9 protection, becoming the largest U.S. city to accomplish such a feat. Bravo?

Thanks to Judge Steven W. Rhodes, Detroit has been ruled insolvent — broke as hell, in layman’s terms — because the 18th largest U.S. city can’t pay its debts, as in an ironic $18 billion. Public pensions will be reduced. Some debt will be paid off … eventually. Essential city services will be restored to (and this is a quote from the Judge) “tolerable.”

That’s the hope and prayer that has befallen this once great city. Question: Is this a job for PR?

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The PR Industry Is Doing Just Fine, Thanks!

What recession? Today in Always Look on the Bright Side news (thanks to Eric Idle): Despite a US economy that can’t seem to find its way out of the rabbit hole, the PR business is doing quite well, if we do say so ourselves.

While we can’t quite back up Everything PR’s prediction that the industry “may well be the barometer of hope many people are looking for,” revenues are clearly rising in 2012 with no slowdown in sight.

What changed? Well, after five years of declining recession-era budgets, businesses and public figures seem to have rediscovered their favorite hobby: spending lots of money to make themselves look good! In case you haven’t heard, corporate profits have emerged from the downturn in excellent health despite the fact that millions of Americans continue to struggle. It’s really common sense: An era producing record-low levels of trust in government, media and big business entities makes PR services more valuable than ever.

Now that you’ve got money to burn, you can pay for the full report here.