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Billionaire Compares ‘War on Rich’ to Jews and the Holocaust

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Meet Thomas Perkins. 

He’s a Silicon Valley venture capitalist; a uber-iconoclast billionaire; founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and international village idiot. Why? Dude was feeling miffed one day because his tea didn’t come with his daily copy of Barron’s (so, I’m sure he fired the help) and took it out on the Wall Street Journal. 

In fact, the letter to the editor he wrote was entitled: Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? Not cheeky enough for you uneducated peons? Try the slug in his article:

I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”

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Marketers on MLK Day: ‘I Have a…Really Bad Idea!’

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Oh…hell to the no! 

With respect to Dr. King, “I have a dream…that someday marketers that do this repugnant #$%! will lose a job, the ability to operate photoshop and possibly conscience just for a week or two.” Just let that galling picture sink in. That’s “Freedom 2 Twerk” and Dr. Martin Luther King throwing up some inane thug sign promoting said event. And then there’s that bling.

The hell?! On what planet in some distant twerkiverse is this crap a good idea?

Martin Luther King fought the most valiant fight against racial oppression and for civil rights in the 1960s. No link is needed because if you don’t know about what this day means to so many people, then you need to get your narrow behind in a library today. (You know, if they were open.)

However, now that the war is won, battles continue to rage in a court of retail? Why, just why?

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Google Maps Accidentally Directs Berliners to Adolf Hitler

So, you live in Berlin and you’re new in town. A friend invites you to this trendy new bistro in the town square. Because you are new to the German capital, you take a gander on your trusty Google Maps app and find this…

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That’s the trendy part of town. And there’s Adolf Hitler Place. Whoops.

It’s not Google has been on the @$$ end of some bad press lately with Google Glass sucking out loud and then their misanthrope approach to community relations in San Francisco, but this?! Google, I’m sure you picked up this phone call. What say you?

“We were made aware of a wrong and inappropriate Berlin street name on Google Maps and have corrected this as quickly as possible,” the Internet search giant said in an email to NBC News. “We apologize for this error.”

So, here’s the skinny: Instead of Theodor Heuss Platz, West Germany’s first post WWII president, the map named the street along one side of the eponymous square Adolf Hitler Platz after, well, that guy. A spin attempt would be someone typed ‘H’ and that damn auto correct took over.

See there, it’s Apple’s fault. Problem solved.

School Named After KKK Leader Gets Expelled … Finally

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And yes, the school’s theme song was “Rebel Yell.” Classy.

In case you haven’t noticed your calendar in the last, say … century … it’s 2013.

A year known to many as high-tech and carefree, love for all mankind, accepting of just about anything. Back a couple of years ago, say … 153 of them … people were different. You see, there were these backward-ass country bumpkins who thought certain folk should be subservient to others based on how they looked.

It’s a long story but I’ll paraphrase: These inbred hicks revolted and caused a big stink. Many other more civil-thinking people fought for an end of this depraved mentality, and then this guy named Abe who sported this righteous beard told those innocent people to go find their own home. Something about a proclamation or some such. (See there, PBS? And you didn’t want to hire me to do voice-over work.)

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Mormon Fail: Utah Judge Decriminalizes Polygamy

polygamy2010Religions often get a bad rep because of dimwits who claim the dogma but don’t live according to the principles. At all. The Mormon Church, for example, has long suffered in the public perception department due to some unfortunate practices.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a mired and misunderstood institution. From holy underwear to those cute kids riding bikes in my neighborhood clad in the latest in black-and-white wear from Walmart, Mormons often receive the “outsider” treatment via the same overly broad brush.

And then, there’s polygamy.

The practice of polygamy has been disavowed and shunned since something called the 1890 Manifesto, but some orthodox Mormons still do it and many more non-Mormons seem to think they all do it. But a recent move by a Utah judge might just set back the church more than a century…

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Does Commemorating JFK’s Death Bring Dallas Good PR or Bad Mojo?

Source: The Dallas Morning News It was 50 years ago today that America stood still and dropped to its knees in sorrow — the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

While hundreds of thousands of people will descend upon Dallas to pay their respects and watch the ceremony, and millions more will watch from afar, I can’t help but wonder if the people that operate my fare burg are hoping for some good PR out of the looming cloud hanging over Dealey Plaza all day today.

Why do I ask? You should see the place. Aside from the red, white and blue bunting and the tons of barricades everywhere (no kidding, it takes an extra hour just to drive home from work), things are looking particularly spruced up near the Grassy Knoll. And it’s not like “JFK50″ has been a big surprise. The City of Dallas has been planning for this moment since last year.

And what has taken place may not sound like much to outsiders, but in town, even JFK may not recognize the place…

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Malcolm X’s Family Seek to Block Diary Publication

Malcolm XFebruary 21, 1965, a man entered Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom for a speech about unity within the black community. That dreary day in American history was the assassination of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who would be taken from that ballroom with 21 gunshots to his chest, left shoulder, arms and legs.

The man many would come to know as Malcolm X is a myth to as many as he is a beloved legend.

And to date, his sole memory has been authorized and archived in Alex Haley’s award-winning autobiography of Minister Malcolm. Its pages have been rippled through the annals of time and inspired a most amazing film by Spike Lee.

There have not only been controversial tales (and conspiracy tales) of his assassination, but also of the death of his wife, the alleged plot of his daughter to murder Louis Farrakhan and most recently, the murder of his grandson in Mexico. Admirers, followers and historians alike have been angling for facts on Minister Malcolm since 1965.

Today, his family has gone to court to block publication of the late civil rights leader’s diary, according to the New York Daily News

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Crisis Communications Legend Lawrence Foster Dead at 88

Source: Dick Jones CommunicationsYou may not know the name or the face but you definitely know the story about the infamous Tylenol crisis of the late 1980s.

In short, seven people died as a result of cyanide-laced Tylenol pills, including a 12-year-old girl. Mass hysteria ensued and the parent company of Tylenol was practically rescued by one man — Lawrence Foster, corporate vice president of public relations for Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

He died last night at the age of 88, according to a release sent to Mediabistro and PRNewser.

A Penn State alumnus, Foster’s rapid and concise response to the national tragedy has served as a case study for Crisis Communications 101 since 1986, and will be into perpetuity.

Although a couple of people were suspected of this heinous crime (including Ted Kaczynski), no one has been formally charged. Regardless, Foster knew quick action and immediate response was the key to saving J&J from public scrutiny and private bankruptcy.

How to deal with this in front of America without destroying the reputation of the company? Three ways:

  1. Immediate product recall (31 million bottles equaling $100 million). 
  2. Cease all corporate advertising
  3. Reintroduction of the company’s top product slowly to ensure grace under fire

Although J&J was not responsible for the tampering, they assumed responsibility under Foster’s direction. He led a campaign that stated public safety first and recalled all of their capsules from the market in 1986. All Tylenol capsules were removed form the market and radio silence was instilled until this scare was eradicated.

You know those pesky child-proof caps and “tamper resistant packaging” seen on any over-the-counter medicine? That was Foster’s brainchild. J&J was the first company to promote “caplets”, which were also resistant to tampering. That is a nice move, but people still had to buy the product. How? Coupons and brand ambassadors through public speaking.

It was swift, detailed and very successful. And that was all because of Foster’s leadership.

A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, 315 1st St., Westfield, NJ. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions would be appreciated to the Central PA Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109, or the charity of your choosing.

Kraft Hopes Fabricating History Will Make You ‘New-stalgic’ for its New Flavors

Remember, way back when you were a kid, coming home from school to find your mother lovingly fixing you a hot, creamy bowl of Buffalo Cheddar Kraft Mac & Cheese? No? That’s probably because it never happened, because no such thing ever existed. But that’s not stopping Kraft from trying to make you feel nostalgic about its brand new products.

Excuse us — not nostalgic. New-stalgic.

After 75 years, the brand is adding four new flavors to its Mac & Cheese repitoire: Garlic & Herb Alfredo, Buffalo Cheddar, Three Cheese Jalapeño and Cheesy Southwest Chipotle. The accompanying campaign, created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, re-writes history in an attempt to make customers feel all wistful, warm and fuzzy by conjuring up nonexistent memories of simpler times.

“Even though it’s new, it’s nostalgic. It’s new-stalgic,” the agency explains.

At the campaign’s website, new-stalgic.com, visitors can scroll through a timeline of historical photos, videos and ads dating all the way back to 1938, all featuring milestones in which the four new flavors were (totally not) involved. For instance, did you know that world champion athletes in the 1950′s, Astronauts in the 70′s, and high school jocks in the 80′s all managed to achieve greatness because they were fueled by Kraft’s spicy, cheesey goodness? Well, it’s (totally not) true! Read more

Government Admits Existence of Area 51

Clearly, “the smoking man” has been on vacation.

For reasons unknown (though we’d like to imagine Mulder and Skully had at least something to do with it), previously classified information in CIA documents has been made part of the public record. These reports, which were posted online last Thursday by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, not only refer to the legendary Area 51 by name, but actually locate it on a map –  in the Mojave Desert about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, along the dry Groom Lake bed.

Though the report mentions many an interesting aircraft that have been tested at the base since the 1950′s, including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117A stealth fighter, and the B-2 stealth bomber, there’s no mention of alien spacecraft, otherworldly corpses, or this guy: Such omissions, however, are unlikely to put a damper on the UFO rumors — the 407-page document contains many redactions, and who’s to say the blacked-out information isn’t E.T.-related? Read more

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