Anti-Corporate (And Anti-American) Activists Go For The Jugular

The Guardian and Johnnie Moore have brought our attention to a unique, and complicated, new method to bring harm to corporations with questionable human rights and environmental records. from The Guardian: An anti-capitalist former stockbroker and the son of Sir James Goldsmith have launched an audacious attempt to halve the value of Coca-Cola’s shares. The […]

Dumb Asses Thwart Retail Sales

We reported earlier in this space that The Bad Ass Coffee Company was being given a hard time in puritanical Antioch, Il. Chicagoist and The Trib now report that the franchisee has withdrawn his lease after the Antioch Village Board passed a resolution 5-1 that read in part: “The shop’s name is found to be […]

Samantha Wouldn’t Put Up With This Treatment

American actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, is helping Unilever sell soap. But Orthodox Jews in Tel Aviv aren’t having it. Within 24 hours of the billboard’s unveiling, Unilever was contacted by one of Israel’s senior rabbis with a threat that if the offending image was not removed, then the ultra-Orthodox community would receive orders to boycott […]

Rotten Apple Or Sour Grapes?

According to USA TODAY, Apple stores represent 50% of the company’s retail sales. That’s great news for the computer maker, but not such welcome news for independent Apple resellers. In fact, some resellers are upset enough to litigate. Tom Santos, a San Francisco reseller said his business dropped 50% overnight, following the opening of the […]

Resisting The Resisters

Decorated copywriter Ernie Schenck recently wrote, “According to Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, consumers are like roaches. They’ve been sprayed so much, they’re beginning to develop immunities. Can’t argue with that. How else to explain the emergence of alternative branding tactics of every ilk, everything from experiential marketing to product placement to television programming […]

Bad Ass Coffee Receives Lukewarm Reception In Small Town Illinois

The Bad Ass Coffee Company, a purveyor of fine Kona coffees, is about to open a new store in Antioch, IL–a small town north of Chicago. But some residents of Antioch are none too pleased. Long-time Antioch resident Marion Rush said “I just can’t see going up and saying, ‘Can I have a Bad Ass […]

Youthful Idealism Still Alive

Stanford Law professor and Creative Commons guru, Larry Lessig, has quite a following. Rightfully so. Borrowing from his thinking, a student group on campuses around the country is now advocating for an open source economy. “The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than […]

What Is This Spit?

from USA Today: A new strain of spam soon could have consumers spitting mad. “Spit” – spam over Internet telephony – is beginning to surface as more people make phone calls over the Internet instead of regular phone lines, security experts say. Marketers can program their computers to send 1,000 voice messages a minute over […]

Outrage Against Giant Uncaring Corporations Hard To Maintain

The owner of Best Buy Sux is tiring. The same cannot be said of the corporation under attack. “I am still debating what to do with the site… I may be interested in just having someone else maintain it for me.

Man Fights America With Soft Drink. Wins Respect of Quixotic Society.

Tawfik Mathlouthi is the French entrepreneur behind Mecca Cola, a new soft drink designed to cash in on anti-American sentiment around the world. He hopes to make Mecca Cola the soft drink of choice for Muslims everywhere and thus push out that icon of American capitalism Coca-Cola. It is all about combating “America’s imperialism and […]