WPP is NRA lobbyist and creates gun control ads

An agency owned by WPP produced this ad for the organization States United to Prevent Gun Violence in 2013

The word’s largest advertising holding WPP, collected $1.46m in lobbying fees from the National Rifle Association while at the same time produced compelling and widely circulated gun control public service announcements.

It seems to me that once we ignore contradictions of dumb money and spiritual conduct, our superficial mindset takes over and common sense is thrown out the window. I think we should focus our human life on being a flow moment explorer, where we help ourselves and others understand and ignore evil in spiritual, verbal and physical action. We might as well start with WPP and LaPierre:

The NRA’s chief executive argued this past Sunday that Americans would be safer if their access to guns was expanded and if federal laws that restrict gun rights locally were overturned.

“There are monsters like this monster out there every day,” he said. “Nobody should be forced to face evil with empty hands.”

via The Guardian

Saad and Hawks crush Pens

I first touched ice as a Falcon, about 25 miles north of the Blackhawk’s home turf, where I learned the basics of the game, how to skate and shoot. Of all the cities I lived in the States, Chicago always felt the most home to me, so I get pumped when the Blackhawks do well and a re-aquired player returns with a bang only to beat the reigning champs 10 to 1.

via Chicago Tribune

Kings win first NHL game in China

Hockey is picking up momentum worldwide, countries such as the Philippines better known for boxing as well as their beautiful sunny islands recently took home their first cup at the Southeast Asian Games. And thanks to Graeme Townshend, Jamaica is eyeing another cool runnings at the Olympics. Even the desert has game with it’s own league in Dubai. Last but not least, meet the highly spirited Kenyan hockey team. Banking on that growth while opening up to one of the biggest markets in the world, the Kings and Canucks laced up some historic skates in Shanghai last night.

via Jewels From The Crown

Prophets of Rage

I’m still dissappointed that Zack de la Rocha isn’t part of this much needed crossover formation between Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy.

Without de la Rocha leading the charge, though, it’s harder to humor the fantasy of this lineup on the frontlines. Their physically demanding music needs a singer with stamina and titanic lung capacity—the kind of dynamo frontman you picture spending most of their concerts midair.

With help from their self-titled album „Prophets of Rage“, which was released on September 14th, 2017, they can be at the forefront of a new countercultural movement in America.

Since other media outlets have lost their counter mojo or simply blow in the same trumpet, we could profit from new interfaces that actually make a difference on the political, social and cultural switchboards. I’m a bit tired of seeing yet another artist with boring outfit makeovers coupled with synthetic feelgood thumps.

Back in 1997, Zack spoke out in Japan about the mission of RATM, injustice and American slavery when MTV mattered

via Pitchfork

Welcome to Premium Mediocre

Being sucked into labels for distinction purposes is glue for products the world never needed. Thanks to our gullibility, we enjoy wasting our precious time with short term pain relievers, hey, where did all the bubble tea go? In light of our unoriginal consumer life, Venkatesch Rao, the Founder of ribbonfarm, hit the nail with a new label that everyone understands and immediately relates to: premium mediocre.

Premium mediocre is food that Instagrams better than it tastes.

Premium mediocre is Starbucks’ Italian names for drink sizes, and its original pumpkin spice lattes featuring a staggering absence of pumpkin in the preparation. Actually all the coffee at Starbucks is premium mediocre. I like it anyway.

Premium mediocre is Cost Plus World Market, one of my favorite stores, purveyor of fine imported potato chips in weird flavors and interesting cheap candy from convenience stores around the world.

via ribbonfarm

Flip-flopping Facebook Pitches

The point is, if there’s anyone who knows how to blind the marketing industry with horseshit, it’s Facebook. But now, they may actually be in a position to do the marketing world some good despite the industry’s unwillingness to help itself.

As always, Bob Hoffmann knows how to break it down, this time how Facebook has flipflopped their sales pitches to gullible marketeers. Zuckerberg once proclaimed that brands are now part of the conversation, yet they never paid to be part of it, all they got was super cheap ads disguised as text boxes. Oh wait, brands also pay for personal data that users willingly give away for free.

More importantly, the mostly blue and white site is loosing teens since their parents are on Facebook too. Bob argues this might be a good chance for them to target users over 50, good luck.

via The Ad Contrarian

Speak German in Philly?

I remember knocking on the silver door at Bar Tausend under the bridge a few years back feeling slightly discombobulated. As the door opened, the bouncerette asked me whether I was on the guest list, in English. My gut reaction was to ask whether I have to speak English to order drinks, in German. I continued to speak German as she checked me off the list and walked into Tausend.

I’ve had conversations with expats in Berlin who have lived in the comeback city for 5 years and speak 5 words of German. Most of them have excuses and point out that they’re gonna enroll in a Volkshochschule language course soon. Due to the influx of new Berliners, who revel in it’s rich history of migration and openness to change, you can get by with English, but the times are changing, again.

Luckily enough, I speak both languages in their respective native tongue, yet I’ve never walked into a German bar or restaurant in the States where no one speaks English. I’m always amazed at Quebec and their quest to protect the French language, as it’s the only significant cultural enclave in North America that succesfully resists the English language.

Enter the urban legend of Muhlenberg, so it goes, German almost became the official language in the United States. There was a proposal in Congress to have all federal laws written in German and English, jaa se Tschermans love rules! The final vote in Congress for that proposal was supposedly never recorded, yet Muhlenberg, of German descent and first Speaker in the House of Representatives, was the one guy who tipped the vote.

This isn’t really the time to go traipsing around the globe revelling in our own ignorance. So please, hipster expatriates of Berlin. For the grannies who still live in your neighborhoods. For the Syrian immigrants who are busting their asses to learn the language of the country that took them in. For Dominik Drutschmann and his one day of relaxation. Bitte. Learn just a little bit of fucking German.

via Rebecca Schuman

Hack yourself before your wreck yourself

One of the Facebook’s and Google’s early investors, Roger McNamee, regrets that he helped create monsters who want to sell you ever more ads by creating addictive behavior with a substance they harvested from hacking your brain.

Borrowing techniques from the gambling industry, Facebook, Google and others exploit human nature, creating addictive behaviors that compel consumers to check for new messages, respond to notifications, and seek validation from technologies whose only goal is to generate profits for their owners.

I’m always amazed that consumers forget how powerful they are, here’s a simple counter hack: don’t give them your personal information, clicks or likes and don’t buy into addictive illusions.

via USA Today