Zuck the suck has a lot to learn about being cool and hip.
This week Mr. Social proved that neither he nor his little Facebook site have an inkling of hippness away from the Starbuck’s universe, when they decided a historical photograph from counter cultural Toronto, taken in the late 60s or early 70s, was nothing but unacceptable nudity, or worse, porno.
Then again, I could be wrong. This could merely be a case of a computer algorithm with penis envy.
A protest in Utah against Walmart. Photo by Joey Caputo
Today I ran across an old article, originally posted in 2010, 16 Facts About Walmart That Will Blow Your Mind by Ujala Sehgal on Business Insider. Actually, the piece was more slide show than article, but it succinctly explained some rather scary facts about this giant retailer. I thought I’d take this opportunity to go over some of the facts laid out in the article, with my own observations thrown in for good measure.
1. Walmart has more full-time employees — 2.1 million — than seven times the population of Iceland.
My first thought when I read this was about the irony of comparing any aspect of Iceland with Walmart.
Iceland was hit hard by the so-called “great recession” of 2007–2008. Prices on their local stock market dropped by 90 percent, inflation rose 18%, while unemployment increased by a factor of nine. Oh, at the same time all of the country’s biggest banks failed. However, Iceland has recovered nicely, not by bailing out the banks and leaving their private citizens to sink or swim. Instead, they concentrated their efforts on helping people get out from under crippling mortgages and prosecuted the bankers.
Guess what? It worked. According to Bloomberg their economy is now a shining example for the rest of us:
Editor’s note: This photo was sent to us today and we thought it was too cool not to pass it on. We’re not sure where it came from, but we’re assuming the owner of this pic won’t mind if you pass it around…
Being baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s and 60s, we couldn’t resist this way too funny take on Glenn Beck and the rest of the right-wing radio talker crowd. It’s almost enough to make us forget that Disney, in our estimation, is on the wrong side of the culture wars. It’s almost enough to make us yearn for the days when Uncle Walt visited us in our living rooms each and every Sunday night. We were younger then, and much more naive…
This way too cute video is a parody of Sarah Palin, Larry King, the music business and politics. Oddly enough, this animated Palin, meant to poke fun, comes off as much more intelligent that the real Sarah we’ve all learned to love to hate. And Larry King, he hasn’t looked this young since… Come to think of it, he’s never looked this young.