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A grade school club that began on the wooded Brookline campus of the Park School has spawned a nationwide campaign urging Dunkin’ Brands to stop using styrofoam.
Last school year, a group of Park School fourth and fifth graders (now headed to fifth and sixth) formed the Kids Styrofoam Club during recess. They subsequently launched a petition that asks the company to eliminate styrofoam from its Dunkin’ Donuts stores by Earth Day of next year. The same petition has now garnered 250,000 signatures on Change.org.
The club and its faculty advisor will deliver the petition to Dunkin’s Canton headquarters Friday morning. The middle schoolers from the independent school are also scheduled to meet with Dunkin’ staff after they drop off the petition.
Dunkin’ stated during 2012 that it was exploring ways to “roll out an alternative cup that meets our cost, performance and environmental criteria in 2-3 years.”
Dunkin’ Brands, are you serious? (No you’re not.) Hundreds of outlets in my town use recyclable cups. This isn’t all that hard. It shouldn’t take you “2-3 years” to get it together on that. Call me. I’ll show you around.
That said, BRAVO TO THE STYROFOAM KIDS CLUB acting up. They aim to get things done, unlike corporate IDon’tGiveAShitLazyAsses like ah, Dunkin’ Brands.
Republicans are predictably jumping up and down criticizing the agreement brokered by John Kerry for Iran to curb its nuclear activity. Of course they are. Not only are they owned by the Israeli lobby (as are many Democrats) but the Obama administration brokered it so it has to be bad because everything Obama does is bad.
That said, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) was one of the first to criticize the agreement, claiming it’s a ruse to “distract attention from O-care.”
Really? If that’s the case, Obama must be super-dooper man because he just pulled off a world-wide conspiracy involving five other countries. The guy have amazing powers if he can make the likes of Russia, China and Germany agree to go in with him to “distract attention” from Obamacare:
After four days of negotiations, representatives of the so-called P5+1 group of nations – the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – reached the agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday.
Cornyn: You’re a moron who I’m sure doesn’t believe your own tweet and that sir, is conduct unbecoming a United States senator.
Do people who phub drive you nuts? You know, you never see their eyes or their entire face because they’re always — always! — looking down at their phone? Drives me nuts too. Join the Stop Phubbing movement.
Love this poster restaurants can download:
Thursday I posted this: Lavabit’s Balls of Steel, about how the small email services supposedly used by Edward Snowden folded and ceased to exist after its founder, Virginia-based Ladar Levison, refused to comply with the U.S. government requests to spy on and/or turn over information as to its customers. Bravo. Great minds think alike
Yesterday we learned, via Forbes, that another small email provider, Silent Circle, has done the same thing:
Hours after Lavabit announced its shutdown, encryption app Silent Circle said it was preemptively shutting down its email service. Silent Circle founder Phil Zimmermann, who created email encryption software PGP, said the company deleted all of its customers’ existing email when it did that. “We’ll try to do something nice for them to numb the pain,” he said. It’s not obstruction of justice if you do it before justice comes calling.
Bravo to these two (three, counting Snowden) for protecting the rights of American citizens unlike ah, Constitutional lawyer Barack Obama.
Back to Levison:
If the shutdown is a permanent one, Levison would be walking away from $50,000 to $100,000 in annual revenue, his primary source of income. He also walked away from his personal email address, which was shut down along with all the other Lavabit accounts.
“I’m taking a break from email,” said Levison. “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either.”
Folks. These people are under a gag order,
“In America, we’re not supposed to have to worry about watching our words like this when we’re talking to the press,” Levison’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall said.
but they obviously want us to read between the lines which I suggest we do. Let’s listen — carefully — to what they’re trying to tell us.
Someone has opened a parody FISA Court account on Twitter:
Not bad. That’s pretty much what a real FISA account would look like.
See the original here.
Read Matt Taibbi’s thoughts on Andrew Breitbart’s death here and then scroll down and read his update as to how, via their comments to his post, Breitbart’s fans have confirmed that Breitbart’s legacy is one of hate and vengeance.
Here’s the update:
UPDATE: Well done, Breitbart fans, well done! In less than 24 hours you’ve hacked into my Wiki page, published my telephone number on Twitter, called the Rolling Stone offices pretending to be outraged “advertisers” (anonymous ones, who hung up before we could figure out which “ads” to pull), and then spent all night calling and texting my phone with various threats and insults, many of them directed at my family. “Better grow eyes in the back of your head,” was one; “I’m going to take a shit on your mother’s grave,” was another; a third called my wife a “piece of shit like you,” and many others called me a “pile of human excrement.”
Those last ones to me were the most interesting because that quote is lifted directly from Breitbart’s own obit of Ted Kennedy, which like me Breitbart ran just hours after his subject died. So that means the writers of these letters knew that what I did was exactly the same as what Breitbart had done, and yet they still found a way to be unironically outraged on Breitbart’s behalf. I thought: “These people don’t even get their own jokes.”
The really crazy thing is that I was sort of trying to be nice to Breitbart – the obit was at least half an homage. Not that I liked the guy, but he did have a few attractive qualities, one of which being the fact that he got a kick out of the nasty things people said about him. He even once had a plan to set up a website encouraging anti-Breitbart abuse, and was going to let it ride for a while, even spending six figures to hire an Obama p.r. flack to make anti-Breitbart posters, until finally revealing that he’d sponsored the whole thing. Would a person like that really expect someone like me to send flowers when he croaked? No way: he’d be insulted if I didn’t give him one last kick in the balls on the way out the door.
But I guess no homage is complete without a celebration of the whole man, and the whole man in this case was not just a guy who once said, “It’s all about a good laugh,” but also someone who liked to publish peoples’ personal information on the internet, hack into private web sites, tell lies in an attempt to get his enemies fired, and incite readers to threats against his targets and their families, including death threats. I left all of that stuff out of my obit, but now, thanks to you readers, that’s all in there as well, leaving, for posterity, a much more complete picture of the man.
Just got a tweet from Sam Feist at CNN touting a “sneak peek at the set for tomorrow’s AZ #CNNDebate. Note table not podiums.”
Who’s the moderator? Will CNN let the candidates lie, or not? That’s what matters.