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Monday, November 20, 2017
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Advertising fail - Nabob

Dear Nabob,

Your current ad campaign "Respect the Bean" is incredibly arrogant. No, seriously, it is. How about running a commercial titled "Respect the Customer".

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Ah those old fashioned, misogynistic family values

It's staggering how many people think a woman who has sex is somehow "tainted" or a slut.  Somehow women being human offends their paternalistic little brains. We are all supposed to stay cloistered and pure at home until some man deigns to marry us.  This joker is a classic example:

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Who makes TIFF possible

Guess what time it is? Yes indeed folks, it's TIFF TIME. For those who live in a cave, TIFF is the Toronto International Film Festival. Wall to wall films. Anyone so inclined can start watching at 9 in the morning and not come up for air until after the Midnight Madness show ends. My personal record is 5 films in one day. A wee bit too much, I don't think I was coherent by the end of the day. I'll only be seeing 2 this year, sometimes life conspires to put a cramp in fun.

Toronto turns into red carpet land and people hang out star spotting, flitting (or running a marathon, depending on how well thought out your schedule is) from theatre to theatre. On my way home from a film this afternoon I stopped and took a picture of my all time favourite tiff people:

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Well, at least 27,000 jackasses can be accounted for

We have definitive proof there are at least 27,000 vicious, uneducated, turd polishers in the world. In the wake of the second beheading by fundamentalist Islamic fanatics (yea, yea tautology, I know), Twitter saw 27,000 accounts set up supporting IS. Yup, there are at least that many knuckle draggers who want to live in the dark ages willing to brag about it publicly.

Granted, many of those accounts are duplicates. As fast as they are shut down, they pop back up. But, it still represents a lot of people openly supporting an uneducated, vicious group with no respect for life. Such narrow minded bigotry is staggering.

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And for every jackass, there is someone fighting them:


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