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  • Meet the VERY woke women (and their eye-popping campaigns) behind Gillette's controversial ad

    01/15/2019 7:40:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 76 replies
    New Gillette ad 'We Believe: The Best Men Can Be' has caused firestorm for tackling theme of 'toxic masculinity' It was directed by Kim Gehrig, an Australian-born and London-based ad director who has previously shot commercials for Uber, Gap and UK's John Lewis Her ad for feminine hygiene firm Libresse - known as Bodyform in the UK - featured singing female genitals Other work includes a short film suggesting Australian men turned to bodybuilding because of bullying Somesuch's previous work includes an unsparing look at periods with the hastag #BloodNormal She has tweeted anti-Trump messages and spoken of her pride...
  • Legal interpretations will determine what’s next for Wire Act

    01/15/2019 4:52:30 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 15, 2019 | Richard N. Velotta
    Depending on who you talk to, the reinterpretation of the Wire Act by the U.S. Justice Department will either be no problem for Nevada — or a big problem. Gaming industry legal experts have begun analyzing the effects of the new interpretation of a 23-page opinion issued Monday by Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the department’s Office of Legal Counsel. The 1961 Wire Act originally was intended to block sports betting across state lines through telephone and wire communications as a means of deterring organized crime.
  • Trump's Shutdown Trap?

    01/15/2019 6:05:56 AM PST · by captaincaveman · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 15, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only 5 more days of the already-“longest government shutdown in history” (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.
  • Volkswagen will add 1,000 jobs at Tennessee plant (making electric cars)

    01/15/2019 11:54:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | January 14, 2019 | Chris Isidore
    Volkswagen is investing $800 million in its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a move that will add 1,000 jobs to the factory, the company announced Monday. It plans to build electric cars there. Volkswagen's investment in Tennessee comes weeks after General Motors announced plans to close three North American plants and shift its production focus away from sedans, to free up money to develop to electric and self-driving vehicles. The move also comes amid talks between Volkswagen and Ford about pooling resources to make the next generation of vehicles. The new Tennessee jobs and production should begin in 2022, according to the company's statement. "The US...
  • Trump administration doubles estimate of shutdown cost to economy

    01/15/2019 8:21:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 15, 2019 | By Steve Liesman (D-CNBC)
    President Donald Trump's administration now estimates that the cost of the government shutdown will be twice as steep as originally forecast. The original estimate that the partial shutdown would subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth every two weeks has now been doubled to a 0.1 percentage point subtraction every week, according to an official who asked not to be named. The official asked not to be named because employees are prohibited from doing government work on furlough. “It’s a little more complicated this time compared to similar events in the past,” the BEA official said, “because some data providing agencies...
  • Al Gore to address wine and climate change conference

    01/15/2019 7:56:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Decanter Magazine ^ | January 15, 2019 | by Panos Kakaviatos
    Ex-US vice president Al Gore is to address a high-level wine and climate change conference in Porto this year, designed to help wineries and academics share knowledge. Leading academics and wine industry figures will attend a ‘climate change leadership’ conference, in a follow up to the July 2018 ‘Porto Protocol’ – a non-profit initiative uniting the international wine sector to counter the effects of climate change. Barack Obama spoke at the 2018 conference and this year’s symposium will see former US vice-president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore address guests. ‘We are shifting from discussing climate change to sharing solutions,’ said...
  • Justice Department Says All Online Gambling Is Illegal

    01/15/2019 4:26:19 AM PST · by Theoria · 56 replies
    Fortune ^ | 15 Jan 2019 | Natasha Bach
    The U.S. Justice Department now says that all internet gambling is illegal.A November opinion made public Monday reversed a 2011 opinion on the Wire Act, which established the law as applicable to only sports betting. The DOJ claims that the 2011 opinion misinterpreted the statute and reinterprets the Wire Act to encompass all forms of gambling that crosses state boundaries. The opinion could have wide-reaching effects in states that sell lottery tickets online or where online gambling is legal. This number has increased in recent months following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize sports betting in the U.S. last year....
  • Gillette's "Toxic Masculinity" Ad Campaign (vanity)

    01/14/2019 5:54:15 PM PST · by vannrox · 50 replies
    Gillette ^ | 15JAN19 | vannrox
    Hey! Have you seen the new advertisement for Gillette? I just cannot believe what I am seeing... Toxically masculine boys on their way to mansplain things Some boys going on a bullying spree... Toxic masculinity is everywhere and has "been going on far too long" Not-so diverse group of boys learning to be toxic and masculine. One is already manspreading. A narrator then goes on to suggest that "boys will be boys" is simply not going to fly anymore. Toxic masculinity in the workplace.Excusing toxic masculinity while grilling food The message is clear; If you're a man, you're inherently evil...
  • Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries

    01/14/2019 5:40:15 PM PST · by vannrox · 15 replies
    FOX ^ | 15JAN19 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    A Canadian man originally given 15 years in prison for drug smuggling was sentenced to death in China on Monday after a one-day retrial, the surprising verdict coming amid growing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa after the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive last month. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given the death penalty in Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning after an appeals court last month agreed with prosecutors
  • D.C.’s Address Confidentiality Act

    01/14/2019 4:41:18 PM PST · by ptsal · 11 replies
    DSNEWS ^ | 01-11-2019 | Staff
    The District of Columbia recently passed legislation that may affect the ability of servicers and lenders to adequately assess title on certain properties in Washington, D.C. The new statute—dubbed the Address Confidentiality Act of 2018, which became effective on October 1, 2018—is designed to protect the victims of domestic violence. According to the terms of the Act, if an individual applies for the program and is certified as a victim of stalking, domestic violence, human trafficking, or a range of other sexual offenses, the individual will be issued an identification card with a substitute address. The substitute address will be...
  • Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy Gannett

    01/14/2019 4:25:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    ap ^ | 1/14/2019 | MAE ANDERSON
    NEW YORK (AP) — A hedge fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies, is renewing fears of consolidation and job losses — as well as a decline in the quantity and quality of news coverage — in the already battered newspaper industry.
  • We now apparently need an official definition of “meat”

    01/14/2019 4:10:26 PM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 1/14/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Whatever happened to that shining city upon a hill, whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere? In a land such as the one Reagan envisioned, you’d think that people would have enough common sense to know the difference between actual meat and whatever inedible cardboard products the vegans are always trying to sneak into our diets to save the planet. Not so, I’m afraid. At least not in Nebraska. Farmers there are pushing for new legislation, similar to what’s already been passed in Missouri, preventing companies from labeling products with no relation to any tasty animal as “meat.”
  • Digital First Offers to Buy USA Today Owner Gannett for $1.36B

    01/14/2019 2:01:49 PM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | Monday, 14 January 2019 09:52 AM | Staff
    The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion takeover bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing costs. MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the hedge-fund backed MNG has built up a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, and that it has been rebuffed repeatedly by the company about a sale. Gannett said Monday it received the letter,...
  • Russia will buy Bitcoin to avoid US sanctions, economist claims

    01/14/2019 1:23:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 01/14/2019 | Luke Thompson
    A high-profile Moscow economist has reportedly said the Russian government is looking to invest in Bitcoin next month. Australian crypto news website claims to have spoken with Vladislav Ginko, a lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. “US sanctions may be mitigated only through Bitcoin use,” the site quoted Ginko as saying. “I believe that the Russia [government] will start diversifying its reserves with Bitcoin in February this year when US Congress will introduce… new sanctions against Russia,” he reportedly said. Ginko estimated that the first wave of Russian investment in crypto...
  • Globalization 4.0 will help us tackle climate change. Here’s how

    01/14/2019 12:15:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | January 14, 2019 | by Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum
    Climate change – arguably humanity’s most existential challenge – requires urgent global action. As the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019 will show only too clearly, environmental crises – notably a failure to tackle climate change – are among the likeliest and highest-impact risks that the world faces over the next decade. Indeed, 2018 saw record levels of costs due to extreme weather events. The urgent scientific message on climate change finds it hard to cut through the news cycle and the competing agendas of our ever more complex world. The effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the...
  • Toyota boss to Trump: No such thing as American-made car

    01/14/2019 11:47:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 1/14/19 | Julia Limitone
    Jim Lentz has a stern message for President Trump. “There is no such thing as an American-made car,” he told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock during an interview at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. .... his “biggest fear is tariffs” and he is hopeful that the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which will govern $1.2 trillion in trade, will be ratified by Congress by the end of the year. “Mr.'s important that we're able to compete with the rest of the world and keep our costs down. You're doing great things for the economy, let's keep...
  • Mass Drug Overdose Shows Dangerous Fentanyl Is Spreading Throughout The Country, Police Chief Says

    01/14/2019 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies ^ | 1/14/2019 | Evie Fordham
    A mass drug overdose in Chico, California, Saturday attributed to the opioid fentanyl underscored reports that the dangerous substance drove 2017 statistics showing Americans were more likely to die of drug overdoses than car crashes. One person has died and 12 people were in the hospital, some in serious condition, after overdosing on substances likely including the extremely strong synthetic opioid, Chico police said according to NBC News. Fentanyl was concentrated in eastern states when it first came to the attention of law enforcement and public health authorities, but now western states are also seeing its effects. “We were waiting,...
  • How Lauren Sanchez went from hardworking TV anchor to ‘the other woman’

    01/14/2019 9:53:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 56 replies
    Page ^ | Jan 12, 2019 | By Sara Nathan
    Along the way, she met Tony Gonzalez, a former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom she had a son, 17-year-old Nikko. She also became engaged to “NYPD Blue” actor Henry Simmons. Then she met Whitesell, the executive chairman of media powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME). “He was a real step up in the world from Tony,” said the “Extra” source. Whitesell and Sanchez dated for two years before marrying and conceiving their first child in 2005. That same year Sanchez was the original presenter on the Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance.” More...
  • P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their Toxic Masculinity in Gillette Ad

    01/14/2019 5:10:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 61 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 14, 2019 | Alexandra Bruell
    Gillette addresses “toxic masculinity” in a new digital ad campaign aimed at men, the latest message from an advertiser attempting to change societal norms. The ad, dubbed “We Believe,” opens with audio of news about the current #MeToo movement. A narrator then goes on to dispute the notion that “boys will be boys,” asking, “Is this the best a man can get? Is it? We can’t hide from it. It has been going on far too long. We can’t laugh it off, making the same old excuses.” The ad puts a new spin on the brand’s 30-year tagline, “The Best...
  • These U.S. industries can't work without illegal immigrants

    01/14/2019 4:51:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 204 replies
    CBS ^ | January 10, 2019 | Mary Jo Dudley
    The nation's attention is once again focused on the southern border, where President Trump claims the U.S. is facing a "crisis" over illegal immigration. Sometimes forgotten as the nation focuses attention on migrants currently trying to cross the border is that millions of undocumented immigrants continue to live in the U.S. – and most of them work.  -snip Since agriculture is the industry that's most reliant on undocumented workers – and it's my area of expertise and research – let's zoom in on it. Overall, the agricultural industry in the United States has been on the decline since 1950. Back then, farming was a family business...