In September, New York Police officers responded to an emotionally disturbed man causing a ruckus at a Times Square bus terminal by opening fire on him while they were surrounded by crowds and traffic. They missed him and hit two innocent bystanders (one of whom was in a walker). Police said at the time they thought the man, Glenn Broadnax, was reaching for a gun, but he turned out to be unarmed.
Even though Broadnax was not armed, an indictment unsealed Wednesday is charging him with assault for the injuries caused by police gunfire.
statistically speaking your soulmate is probably a chinese man i hope you’re okay with that
Let’s look at a recent example. Burt’s Bees, owned by Clorox, sells a product, Güd Vanilla Flame Body Butter. Until November 14, it bore a label that read “Let the catcalling commence.”
Within hours of discovering this marketing slogan, non-profit and women’s advocacy group Hollaback! began to agitate against the label. The group considers catcalling a form of street harassment and “the most common form of gender-based violence globally.” Hollaback! began a petition to get Burt’s Bees to remove the statement about catcalling. The petition quickly garnered hundreds of signatures and the story spread organically through social media.
Burt’s Bees replied that it would continue to sell the product and issued what the advocacy group deemed a “non-apology.” This prompted an even stronger backlash and a greater number of feminists took to Twitter to inform the company that they would boycott its products. The petition hit its 2,000 signature goal in no time.
The company took a hint, realized that it could lose a lot of money, and as the New York Observer highlights, issued a new apology and promised to relabel the product.
Feminists won a clear and direct victory without getting the long arm of the law involved. They showed their power through the marketplace and convinced one branch of a multinational, multi-billion dollar corporation to stop advocating for what they saw as violence against women. Unlike any government-backed response, this cost virtually nothing and was concluded in a matter of days. …
The feminists’ victory with Burt’s Bees was not a fluke. Rather, it was a function of the market. And, it’s a trend that is set to further empower this demographic. As Cathy Young recently noted for Reason, women control 60 percent of the wealth in the U.S. This gives them massive clout for swaying the way companies engage women. On top of this, as feminist website Jezebel points out, the market has even supplied the means for an easy way to boycott products with a smartphone application.
Even if the petition to change Burt’s Bees had failed, a more responsive competitor would have emerged to meet the feminists’ demands. This, too, is a function of the market. …
Businesses have an incentive to respond to their customers. We can cynically see this as nothing more than effective marketing and public relations tactics. Or, we can embrace the fact that corporations rely on us. They are willing to go to lengths, changing their products and messages, because we tell them to.
Ernesto Lynch, more commonly known by his chosen name, Che Guevara, was born in Rosario, Argentina to Irish and Argentine parents in 1928. Che, who was an instrumental figure in the Cuban Revolution, and fought to incite communist revolutions in several countries in South America, has long been the idol of left-wing teenagers and university students in the West due to the popularity of a few memorable anti-consumerist quotes from his written works. Ironically, his famous portrait photograph, depicting his upturned face adorned with the beret of a communist guerrilla, has become one of the most famous and widely marketed photographs in history, appearing on everything from T-shirts and coffee mugs to flags and posters in Obama campaign offices.
Yet Che was no innocent freedom fighter. Known as ‘the Butcher of La Cabaña’, Che Guevara is known to have ordered the execution of several hundred people he suspected of betraying his communist ideology. Often, he would have his soldiers and commanders shot without trial, in numerous cases performing the executions himself. After successfully taking over Cuba, Guevara proceeded to order the imprisonment of gay men, sought the execution of all political dissidents, severely restricted the press, tried to ban rock and roll music, and drove the Cuban economy into the ground. In his youth, he was even known by many of his friends to be an incurable racist, and rarely bathed. In response to Che’s entirely undeserved popularity among anti-establishment youth in the UK and around the world, many organisations have begun to put up posters with select quotes from the guerrilla fighter, titled, “Who Said This: Che or Hitler?” Invariably, all the quotes, selected for their brutality, are from Guevara.
Following in that vein, here are ten of the most revolting quotes from every university student’s favourite ‘freedom fighter’, Che Guevara:
- “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates. Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service.”
- “Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals!”
- “The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
- “We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press.”
- “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”
- “Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him a violent and cold-blooded killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus.”
- “The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have conserved their racial purity by a lack of affinity with washing, have seen their patch invaded by a different kind of slave: The Portugese.”
- “The black is indolent and fanciful, he spends his money on frivolity and drink; the European comes from a tradition of working and saving which follows him to this corner of America and drives him to get ahead.”
- “I fired a .32 caliber bullet into the right hemisphere of his brain which came out through his left temple. He moaned for a few moments, then died.”
- “I’d like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.”
Never could I imagine a situation in which two grown men would need to taser a 94 pound, 10 year old child to subdue him. But apparently Indiana police can.