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Dunkin’ Donuts Bucks The Styrofoam Kids Club at its Peril

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Cup

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

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.

July 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

Throw a Shot of a Baby in for Good Measure

Check out this “Generic Brand Video” using stock video meant to make us feel good about a company, any company:


March 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM Leave a comment

Gun News Headline of the Day

From the Detroit Free Press:

Handgun Interror of barrel via Wikimeida commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Oakland County Man Accidentally Kills Himself Demonstrating Gun Safety

A 36-year-old man from Independence Township apparently shot and killed himself by accident while trying to demonstrate gun safety to his girlfriend after he had been drinking, authorities said.

I would think the first rule when it comes to gun safety is that you don’t demonstrate gun safety after you’ve been drinking.

What a waste of a life.


USA!  USA!  USA!  Guns everywhere.  Woohah. Are we happy now?  (The NRA sure as hell is.)

February 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM Leave a comment

Fostering Female Body Loathing — Boob Deodorant

In its never-ending quest to create problems and sell us remedies, the “beauty industry” has decided that women need to wear deodorant under their boobs.  Yep, boob sweat is now a thing:

Fresh Breast for Women via

(“Fresh Breast for Women” via

We’ve heard about women tattooing their nipples, giving their vaginas facials and buying intimate cleansers, but just when you thought beauty products had reached their limits, out comes breast deodorant.

Not one, but three companies are promising their products will eliminate ‘swoobs’ AKA sweaty boobs. “Women can now rest easy,” promises Fresh Body as it advertises its Fresh Breasts deodorant. “We’re replacing ‘swoobs’ – dreaded boob sweat – with smiles!”

Erm … what?

I had no idea boob sweat was even a real thing, let alone something we should all “dread” and spend up to $20 (£12) to eliminate.



January 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM Leave a comment

Is Today the Day the Internet Died?

Internet via wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Unless this ruling, which was handed down this morning, is overturned, Internet providers will begin charging for Internet connections by website, like in cable television packages.  I.e. by (1) the number of channels websites one can access and (2) the desirability/popularity of those channels websites.

This is a very big deal:

The DC Circuit Court has issued a ruling in Verizon v. FCC that is likely the shape the very nature of the internet. At the heart of the case is how the companies that provide internet to consumers can control that flow of information. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission put forth an order that required “network neutrality,” meaning that internet providers had to treat all packets delivered on the internet as equal. Today, a court ruled that the FCC lacks the authority to impose net neutrality on high-speed internet providers.

Without a net neutrality requirement, service providers could turn internet connections into a toll road, charging companies like Netflix or Google extra money to deliver their packets with a higher priority than others. This, in turn, could also slow down the loading of sites that couldn’t or refused to pay. The biggest fear is a “cable-ization” of the internet, where certain internet providers only provide service to certain sites, in much the way that cable channels are packaged and sold separately.


FreePress has a petition to urge the FCC to fix (as in stop) this.

January 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM Leave a comment

Photos Of Workers and Supporters Standing Up To Walmart’s Greed

Walmart First



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BRAVO to all these brave and wonderful souls who took the time today to gather and march instead of to freakin’ shop.

(P.S. Memo to anyone who writes about Walmart and to WordPress’s auto correct:  About eight months ago — maybe a year — Walmart dropped the dash from its name.  They’re now just pain Walmart.  See here.)

November 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM Leave a comment

The Shutdown Hits the Senate and They’re Crying Like Babies


Bpxed Lunches 10-6-13I invite these poor suffering Senators to hang out with me on any given Friday at the food bank where I volunteer.  A boxed lunch sounds so fresh compared to what the people I see get.

How about some canned chili made with mystery meat that’ll last for a million years and oh, I don’t know, some canned green beans from who-knows-where?  And let’s have some soggy brownish government-issued canned peaches for dessert.

Sounds yummy huh?

Catered meals?  Really?  That’s what you’re used to?

October 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM 2 comments

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