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THIS JUST IN: USPS to Start Delivering…Groceries?

THIS JUST IN 2Since the Internet became a thing, profits have been way down for the United States Postal Service. In fact, the Postmaster General has proclaimed that if things don’t improve, bankruptcy is coming faster than Winter in Westeros.

We’ve seen branches closing, talk of no deliveries on weekends, and consideration of consolidation to save money and jobs. To its credit, the USPS has been looking for ways to increase revenue and fix the gaping hole in the dam of U.S. mail.

And now, there’s this: a partnership with Amazon Fresh to deliver the groceries.

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The 11 ‘Worst Places to Work in America’

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It seems to be par for the course: gossip around the water cooler, gripe about the company brown-noser, plot an intricate plan to call in sick and go to the movies (or an interview) instead.

This is life at work for most of America.

Hearing that would make most people sad. Reading that could cause a rash of hopelessness. However, fret not: all is not bleak. For those who wonder if it could be worse, there’s always 24/7 Wall St.’s annual list of The Worst Places to Work in America.

At least you don’t work at any of these places.  Read more

RadioShack Soon to Be Disconnected from NYSE

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First, it was the birth of “big box” electronic stores. Then, it was that whole “shacking up with Lance Armstrong” blowing up in its face (see what I did there). Followed by obliterating brand loyalty for “The Shack.”

Things were looking like a brighter horizon was coming for the Fort Worth, Texas-based iconic brand, thanks to a genius Super Bowl commercial (see below). And then absolutely nothing happened after that. So much for momentum.

Today, we discover an even more somber state of affairs for what was America’s favorite electronics store — its stock is selling for $1 per share, and faces almost certain peril and de-listing from the NYSE.  Read more

The New York Times Has Answer for Lost Revenue in Newspapers: NYT Opinion App

NYT OpinionLove to complain? Love to gripe? Love to just get it all off your chest? Basically, are you from New York?

If so, there’s now an app for that too. Introducing The New York Times’ answer to lost revenue in this new economy where everyone reads news on this Interweb thingy: NYT OpinionSomeone in the NYT Company is doing their homework because this says to the publishing world, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em … and then editorialize it.”

They did and it’s working.

(NOTE: I am not from New York, but all my colleagues on PRNewser [including our fearless leader] are, so this will probably be my last post for that wise crack. Crap.) Read more

THIS JUST IN: Study Says ‘Cheap, Fast Food Could Contribute to Obesity’

THIS JUST IN 2I know, right?!

I mean in this world of microwavable news and drive-thru headlines, you would think this country would not have missed this before now. Fret no longer, fellow Americans. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has put those fears to rest, thanks to its latest press release.

In this “groundbreaking” release, the ACS cites a review that says fast food and its dastardly inexpensive price points are to blame for obesity.

Reasons for this rise in obesity have been suggested in the review, such as “snack food, automobiles, television, fast food, computer use, vending machines, suburban housing developments, and portion size.”

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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

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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