#1 ‘food’ item purchased from Wal-marts prior to a hurricane?



Wal-Mart can merchandise for the weather. With the hurricanes last year in Florida, they mined data from stores in the hurricane’s path to find out what people buy when they know a hurricane’s approaching. They nailed it down specifically to strawberry pop-tarts.

Toaster-oven treats in general were big, but #1 — strawberry pop-tarts. This is a company with nearly 5,000 stores worldwide, but they know in a Florida hurricane, strawberry pop-tarts. And they have the infrastructure to get those strawberry pop-tarts into stores within a day or two. Other retailers are still catching up, but they’ve been able to do that for years. They call it merchandising a store at a time.

Source: One Nation Under Wal-Mart

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Penguins – the most unintelligent design ever!



The New York Times published an article about several Christian groups who are attempting to co-opt “The March of the Penguins” claiming it as an argument for intelligent design and family values. [sigh]

I didn’t see any WWJD anklets on any of those Emperors in the doc (which btw is the second highest-grossest documentary only behind “Fahrenheit 9/11″).

San Francisco writer Sheerly Avni sums it up best,

“It’s the ultimate commuter marriage (penguin coupling). Probably not the kind of family values Those Who Speak Directly to God had in mind, unless we missed the part where fighting for paid paternity leave moved up a few items on the right-wing agenda.

So we have sex with up to 20 partners in a lifetime, tolerance toward gay couplings, and males who take “Go ahead and work late, honey, I’ll watch the kids” to a whole a new level.”

Plus, is it really intelligent design when each year, in a million degrees below zero weather, your species travels 70 miles to mate? Only to hopefully incubate a sole egg in the cold, stormy darkness for months – to the brink of starvation?

Read the NYT article for yourself. It’s amusing at least.

I really love March of the Penguins – it’s mos def on my top ten list for 2005 and I recommend it for anyone. But another bird doc trumps it for me, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. Set in San Fran, it’s about a truth-seeking guy who takes care of an accidental flock of wild parrots. If you haven’t seen either, I recommend both.

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UPDATE: The lesbians did what to the who now?



I don’t know how I missed this last week… classic Pat Robertson.

Is it any surprise that the Almighty chose to strike at Miss Degeneres’ hometown? This is the second time in a row that God has invoked a disaster shortly before lesbian Ellen Degeneres hosted the Emmy Awards. America is waiting for her to apologize for the death and destruction that her sexual deviance has brought onto this great nation.

Better keep a light on, something tells me it’s gonna be a long wait.

UPDATE: I fell for it… easy to do when the real press picks it up and the guy is already known for preaching feminism as leading to baby-eating… thank you for the heads up fine commenter.

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Bono’s Brilliance – the cool sheen of insincerity



Yesterday someone at work sends this company-wide email to sell their deux U2 tickets for $187. Each. I think to myself, go ahead and rip off your co-workers! Nice one. You go girl. Delete.

My mama never raised no fool.

Oh but think again, she actually did ’cause today I find out that $187 was actually the face value!

I have to say, to paraphrase Jim Munroe, this revelation casts an insincere light over the whole affair of Bono and third world debt. Don’t you think? I’m not the only one who thinks this.

So what does ClearChannel (U2’s concert promoter) do with this money? Actually let’s forget that and focus on who ClearChannel are and who they support/do business with. I think that will answer both questions.

1) ClearChannel executives gave 42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to Kerry in the 2004 election.

2) ClearChannel’s political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans.

3) Clear Channel is “known for allowing animals to be killed live on the air, severing long-standing ties with community and charity events, laying off thousands of workers, homogenizing playlists and a corporate culture in which dirty tricks are a way of life.”

4) This is a list of songs Clear Channel deems inappropriate in the post-9/11 world. (Daniel by Elton John??! All Rage Against the Machine? It’s an amusing list except for the fact that Imagine is on it. That’s not funny at all.)

5) Some think Howard Stern was dropped by CC due to expressing his opinions on Bush and 2004 US elections. We know for sure that the Dixie Chicks had their music removed from CC stations’ playlists for expressing their shame that Bush is from Texas.

6) “Clear Channel is also the biggest live-concert promotions firm, which has angered some in the music world. Recording artists, for example, have alleged that Clear Channel ‘punishes’ musicians who do not hire Clear Channel as their tour promoter by reducing the number of times their album is played on certain stations or by taking it out of rotation. Clear Channel, of course, denies the charges.”

I’ll stop now. Is this the kind of company (the Fox of radio as one writer put it) you would do business with if you were serious about changing the world?

So thank you Bono. Your commitment to change is obvious.

Sources: USA Today, Salon, Buzzflash

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