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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Afternoon Merriment: Rainbow Doritos and the Culture Wars

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

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Doritos now has Rainbow Doritos. And because nothing is too banal to become a highly charged signifier in the never-ending culture wars, these Frito-Lay corn chips have electrified the antigay right. By partnering with Dan Savage’s #ItGetsBetter project — which, while certainly pro-LGBT, is probably better described as anti-teen-suicide — Doritos have now become the thin edge of the wedge for the toppling of Christianity.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jared Fogle Lettuce Down

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM


Every picture of him seems to have taken on a subtle perviness now. Every. Single. One. - PHOTO VIA PUEBLO INDEPENDENT.
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  • Every picture of him seems to have taken on a subtle perviness now. Every. Single. One.

Breaking up is hard to do. Unless you’re Subway, apparently, who officially dropped its former spokesman, Jared Fogle, like the pedophilic PR nightmare it turned out he was.

It's much easier to tear out an ex-lover's heart from the removed distance of a screen, which perhaps explains why this one ended in what will surely go down as one of the greatest corporate tweets of all time:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Move Over Drought, California Drinking Water May Be Less Drinkable

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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Water in California just gets weirder and weirder. Fresh off of San Diego experiencing an inch of rain in July for the first time in its history,

It might be a case of “water, water everywhere in localized flash floods so sudden that arid terrain can’t even absorb the moisture, nor a drop to drink.” But what water does remain under this thirsty state is actually becoming increasingly polluted.

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Clever Vandals Tag "Banal Hill" Market

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  • Angi Brzycki

Without any endorsement of this action, I'm always surprised this doesn't happen more.

This morning, graffiti artists/taggers/angry displaced persons/subalterns/jerks emblazoned Bernal Heights' Epicurean Trader with some bold red spray paint.  The business is a two-month-old upscale grocer that opened in the space once occupied by Red Hill Books (whose name referenced an old nickname for the once-radical and Commie-filled Bernal) and so it's a good proxy for the neighborhood's evolution.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ramen Is Killing the Planet (Dammit)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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May we bring your Monday afternoon down to the lowest low for a second? It turns out that ramen is an environmental and social disaster. Not as gross as hog lagoons, maybe, but definitely worse than SodaStream.

The culprit here is that seemingly-banal-yet-counterintuitively-vicious ingredient: palm oil, whose use is skyrocketing because it’s a nutritious alternative to trans fats. And who knew it was in ramen? As with blood diamonds, and genocidal avocados, it can be hard to trace back a product's sinister lineage when you're the end user.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Updated: Budweiser Vs. 21st Amendment Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Hmmm...is that a hint of Clydesdale tears?
  • Hmmm...is that a hint of Clydesdale tears?

Updated: 21st Amendment's statement is below.

It’s good to be king, but it sucks when the people revolt.

Budweiser, self-proclaimed King of Beers, got a nice little taste of la révolution du bière over the weekend. That’s because mid-Friday afternoon, the marketing gurus at Anheuser-Busch InBev, the global beer corporation that owns Budweiser (or perhaps the company’s summer interns), green-lighted this doozy of a tweet:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jared the Subway Guy Has House Raided on Kiddie Porn Charges

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 9:35 AM

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Wow, if I worked for a company that only last year was issuing joyful press releases about how they were phasing out a chemical frequently found in yoga mats, I'd really be crying into my flavorless Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki today.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Thirsty? Suck On an Almond, Because They're Not So Bad

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

So tasty, so nutritious, so thirsty. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • So tasty, so nutritious, so thirsty.

Perhaps it was inevitable. As the drought, now in its fourth year, has dragged wearily on, Californians began to point fingers – at the wealthy, the environmentalists, the bottled water industry and, finally, at almonds.

Almonds? If you've been paying any attention at all, the state's almond growers have emerged as arguably the most visible bogeyman in our battles over water allocation and usage. When Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January last year, he called upon the state's cities to cut back their water consumption. Almost immediately, the state's urban residents began asking why the state's massive agricultural sector wasn't being required to make serious cuts of its own.

That, said Robert “Bob” Curtis, was really the punch that gave the state's second largest commodity the black eye it's been working hard ever since to overcome. Curtis is director of agricultural affairs for the Almond Board of California. From that point on, the punches kept coming. Stories in Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, and The New York Times, among others, identified the little brown nut – a seed, actually, and a relative of the peach – as one of the state's biggest aqua profligates.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Care For Some Guacamole, Guv'nor?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:20 AM

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Unless you didn't go on the internet at all yesterday, you heard about the kerfuffle caused by a New York Times tweet that offered an unusual addition to a California staple. I'm talking about Guacamolegate, or more specifically, Peacamolegate. It's not nearly as offensive as Donald Trump's remarks about Mexicans, but coming from the same publication that endorses monocles and electronic bidets, it's another in a long line of culturally tone-deaf face-slappers.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

When Is a Craft Beer a Craft Beer?

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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When Wal-Mart goes organic, does it alter the distribution systems of organic produce? When restaurants that employ off-site commissary kitchens say they make things “in-house,” is that really truthful? And when a brewing  giant enters the craft beer market, does it undermine the integrity of the term?

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