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Saturday, 16 October 2021

The Cynics "I Got You Babe"

quote [ From the album BONOGRAPH... SONNY GETS HIS SHARE ]

Cool cover … way older than I thought – this is no art student's retro MTV rendition but an actual cheapo taping.
[SFW] [music]
[by Paracetamol@2:10pmGMT] [0 comments]

What really happened to McDonaldland?

quote [ Explore the history & ultimate downfall of McDonaldland and The Disney-McDonald's Happy Meal, McDonald’s magical world & ad campaign that brought fame and fortune to the iconic fast food franchise. From the origins of Ronald McDonald, the McDonald’s Merchandise craze, the McDonalds Disney partnership and Happy Meal Toys and how it ultimately came to an end. ]

Short answer: Johnny Copyright Law has a long arm.

[SFW] [business] [+1 Insightful]
[by the circus@6:37amGMT] [0 comments]

The Death of Ronald McDonald

quote [ At one point, the fast food mascot was more recognisable than Jesus Christ. What happened? ]

Line 'round the corner like Ronald McDonald's
[SFW] [business] [+1 Insightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 15 October 2021

The Historical Halloween Cake That Reveals Your Future Spouse

quote [ Can a "dumb cake" help you discover your fate? ]

Ima party like it’s Halloween yuh
[SFW] [food & drink]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 14 October 2021

The Real-Life Auto Strike Behind the Runaway Netflix Hit Squid Game

quote [ The real-life 77-day SsangYong strike resulted when the company unexpectedly laid off 43 percent of its entire workforce (2,646 workers) to facilitate a profit-driven transfer of its assets to global investors; the company was purchased by a Chinese company, Shanghai Motors, and then purchased again by an Indian company, Mahindra & Mahindra.

After the strike was violently suppressed, the strikers were blackballed from employment with other large Korean companies. In addition, SsangYong and local police used civil courts to sue them for damaging the company. Union members were ordered to pay hefty “economic damage” fines of about $9 million—a sum that these workers did not have and would never see in their lives. What’s more, the deferred interest on these fines was to increase by 620,000 won per day, soon exceeding 1.5 times the principal owed.

To pay these astronomical fines for their union activity, workers’ wages and assets (including even their homes) were sometimes seized by courts. They were delivered to SsangYong Motor Company or the police under Korea’s harsh anti-union “economic damage” compensation laws. ]

This article has spoilers for Squid Game. Pretty interesting read if you've already seen the show.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+2 Underrated]
[by steele@10:44pmGMT] [2 comments]

Fridays for Sabotage? The strange fascination of climate Blanquism

quote [ The yearning for the appearance of some group of professionals that somehow saves us from the worst kind of mess can therefore be read as a projection of a deeper kind of anxiety that plagues the present radical zeitgeist, the realization that peaceful mass-mobilizations will likely not be able to avert a climate catastrophe. ]

Catchy read about people hoping for interference.
[SFW] [dystopian violence]
[by Paracetamol@9:20pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Dust That Measures All Our Time

quote [ From the mythical Sandman, who participates in dream and vision, to an irritating grain lodged in the beachgoer’s eye, sand harbours unappreciated power, however mundane. Steven Connor celebrates this “most untrustworthy” type of matter. ]

I became a sandman
[SFW] [environment & nature]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

quote [ Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge. ]

I can't decide if it's worse that we find out that this whole monstrous thing is another Kids for cash scandal, or it's just the typical white supremacist "justice system" in action.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+4 Underrated]
[by steele@6:20pmGMT] [2 comments]

Vision Zero Reporting

quote [ Improving the way car crashes are reported in local media by using natural language processing to identify editorial anti-patterns that obscure the preventable nature of crashes. ]

that's an interesting way of highlighting journalistic bias in favour of cars.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+4 Good]
[by Paracetamol@3:52pmGMT] [2 comments]

My Father, the Hitman

quote [ Doc Dolan was connected to the JFK assassination and some of Benny Binion’s bloodier work. When I was a kid, he pulled a con on me that I’m still struggling to understand. ]

Hey I'm the hitman
[SFW] [people] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:08amGMT] [0 comments]

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