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Scottish Gin Society rapped over Facebook adverts
[BBC] A gin appreciation society has been left with a sour taste in its mouth after falling foul of advertising regulators.

Complaints over 10 "light-hearted" Facebook posts by the Scottish Gin Society (SGS) have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

It ruled the ads encouraged excessive drinking and implied alcohol could lead to sexual success, among other things. SGS claimed the posts were memes and therefore were not in ASA's remit.

It added it was "the most po-faced, fun-free, nanny-state judgement imaginable". The posts have since been removed.

The ASA had been alerted to a number of Facebook entries, seen around the turn of the year, by Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

The authority ruled three of them encouraged excessive drinking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 05:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uncandy is dandy.
Good comrades are handy.
Though liquor is quicker,
A baster is chaster,
But gin promotes victory.
That's not contradictory,
So order another
And long live Big Brother!
Posted by: Burma-Shave || 09/05/2018 13:05 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 14:38 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: The Cold War
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 17:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ha ha ha!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/05/2018 17:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Old, but very good. Especially because that was before most of the Soviet Union’s Jews released to the West —some staying in Germany, some moving to Israel, and some continuing on to America.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2018 19:22 Comments || Top||


Economy
Nike Stock Plunges After Tapping Kaepernick as 'Just Do It' Campaign Poster Boy
[Reuters via PJ Media] Nike saw its shares plunge more than 2 percent in early trading Tuesday, following news that the company was making former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a face of its "Just Do It" ad campaign.

Nike (NKE.N) stock dropped 2.7 percent today, amid calls on social media for a boycott of the sportswear giant, according to Reuters.

Upon hearing the news, scores of Nike customers took to Twitter to express their disgust, some even taking the extreme step of burning their Nike sneakers.

Related: Hot Air - It’s A Real Shame Kaepernick Isn’t On An NFL Roster, Says … Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 04:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:


#2  The -6 billion dollar man.

Boycott Nike and your chances of being murdered for shoes in urban America go way down. If it saves just one thousand lives.
Posted by: Sonny Dribble1184 || 09/05/2018 6:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Bloomberg has big article today claiming it's a great idea of Nikes.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/05/2018 6:34 Comments || Top||

#4  SJWEA EA on Women in Battlefield V: Haters Can Either "Accept it or Don't Buy the Game"

Result: Sales down 85%
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/05/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#5  http://www.youtube.com/embed/jpt6Bvr2L-s?rel=0&controls=0&
Just watch a real hero....
Posted by: 49 Pan || 09/05/2018 8:31 Comments || Top||

#6  THAT is how you honor a fallen comrade.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 10:52 Comments || Top||

#7  #4 BP, interesting point about Women Soldiers Targets in a FPS...

That's what they are to the Player. Does one get the same game enjoyment sniping at women soldiers? Possibly a certain fraction of the gamers would find a certain distaste at shooting unaware women ... or children. Why not explore the Ick Factor!, EA, by having underaged children in the target groups?

There is a Vietnam-Era FPS that I find myself unable to play. My older brother manned the forward MG on a riverboat in Vietnam and I get a visceral distaste shooting at targets like that in the game. He survived his year unlike many of the electronic phantoms I massacred...
Posted by: magpie || 09/05/2018 11:59 Comments || Top||

#8  stock dropped 2.7 percent today

It makes any buybacks that much less expensive, I guess.
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Magpie,
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/26716/gaming-nine-circles-hell
Your comment reminds me of The Seventh Circle.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/05/2018 18:32 Comments || Top||


Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration
Rent-seeking be hard! I had to clean the loo all by myself.
[NYT] The Trump administration is using the country’s vast and nearly opaque immigration bureaucracy to constrict the flow of foreign workers into the United States by throwing up new roadblocks to limit legal arrivals.

The government is denying more work visas, asking applicants to provide additional information and delaying approvals more frequently than just a year earlier. Hospitals, hotels, technology companies and other businesses say they are now struggling to fill jobs with the foreign workers they need.

With foreign hires missing, the employees who remain are being forced to pick cotton up the slack. Seasonal industries like hotels and landscaping are having to turn down customers or provide fewer services. Corporate executives worry about the long-term impact of losing talented engineers and programmers to countries like Canada that are laying out the welcome mat for skilled foreigners.
cotton
At Northwell Health’s pathology lab on Long Island, a new doctor’s cubicle stands empty, her computer and microscope untouched. Other residents started on July 1, but she is stuck in India’s Punjab State, held up by unexplained delays in her visa.

"There have been delays in processing that we have not felt before," said Dr. Andrew C. Yacht, chief academic officer at Northwell, which includes Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.
Continues:

Related: Mercer - Business Is Already Mounting Pressure To Import Cheap Labor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 04:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  List of 1,320 monuments to the scourge of 'cheap labor' found here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 5:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Yea, well, that's too bad - how about reforming US system of higher education?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 5:16 Comments || Top||

#3  You've had since the 80's to grow your own. Instead you found it more profitable to bribe Congresscritters to join in the game of discouraging American workers from seeking skills that just lead to job replacement by foreigners. See - Disney.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Trump should limit migration to those above the average wage.

There should be a sponsor who pays their tax if they become unemployed or disappear.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/05/2018 8:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Poor, poor, pitiful Microsoft. Maybe they should move to India. Gates could buy himself a palatial estate in exciting, exotic Bombay.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/05/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Make them accountable just like importing foreign brides.

The immigration law of 1996 outlines specific financial requirements for U.S. citizens who marry non-US citizens who will apply for a green card. The U.S. citizen will need to fill out a Form I-864 Affidavit of Support, which proves the ability to support the immigrant at a level above the U.S. Poverty Guidelines. In fact, the citizen will need to promise the U.S. government to support the non-U.S. spouse for approximately ten years.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 11:33 Comments || Top||

#7  >ability to support the immigrant at a level above the U.S. Poverty Guideline

Should be well above that level.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/05/2018 16:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration

And helping them by increasing the consumer base. I don't hear anything about this half of the equation.
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:32 Comments || Top||


Government
Americans have presented you with a Convention of States handbook, America! (PDF)
[Convention of States Handbook] The public widely believes our nation is headed in the wrong direction. They believe that future prospects are troubling, not only for this generation but for generations to come.

The public is correct.

What is not widely known is that the Constitution itself provides a real, effective solution.

Mark Levin’s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments, has opened the eyes of millions ofAmericansto the possibility ofstopping the federal abuses of power through a Convention of States.

Although we began the COS Project independently, our plan is a near-perfect match with Levin’s ideas. The plan we propose does not commit us to any particular amendments.

That will be up to thestates when they convene. But it does commit us to a particular subject—proposed amendments must be designed to limit the power of the federal government.
Posted by: newc || 09/05/2018 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just remember the Convention's amendments must still pass the muster of 3/4 of the state legislatures.

One will quickly pass that requirement, the one that bars any federal entity from mandating any expenditure of state raised tax money.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The COS is one way specified in the Constitution to amend our constitution. This has been on a slow track for some years now probably due to the 3/4ths of the States requirement and the expenditure need.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/05/2018 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Convention of States is Non-Profit based out of Austin, Texas.

When you hear Levin apostatizing Convention of States, he is a reading a commercial provided from the non-profit.

We have an open border with third world dieseases, press #1 for English, and the designed plan to brown to America, and the cockservatives/GOPe/UniParty, CoC and John Donohue, the Kochs' and the rest of the roaches did not care - they do not deserve a Convention of the States and are not to be trusted.
Posted by: mossomo || 09/05/2018 18:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
'Well done, Colin' John Brennan praises Kaepernick for anthem protests, Nike campaign
[Wash Times] Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted his ringing endorsement for Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests Monday:

Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in America. He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution‐"in order to form a more perfect union." Well done, Colin, well done. https://t.co/4ALyUxLjM5
‐ John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) September 4, 2018
"Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in America. He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution‐"in order to form a more perfect union." Well done, Colin, well done’" Brennan tweeted.

Kaepernick is back in the news today as Nike has announced he’ll be the face of their latest "Just do it" campaign praising his protests as a noble "sacrifice."

Brennan has been under scrutiny recently for a series of controversial tweets and comments criticizing President Trump after the president removed Brennan’s security clearance.

Trump made the anthem protests a major issue last year and Brennan’s comments can easily be interpreted as another attempt to poke the president on an issue near and dear to his heart.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brennan's views on Kaepernick parallel those of recently made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Two peas in a pod.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a great surprise for Brennan. The surprise is Nike. Why do they want to shoot themselves in the feet just because Kaepernick insists on shooting himself in both feet? IMO the people out here do not view this as a "noble sacrifice." A noble sacrifice in some guy in the military, away from his family, sitting in the boonies in Afghanistan.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/05/2018 11:46 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 12:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Why do they want to shoot themselves in the feet

Nike is as big-ass multi-national with the usual complement of bean-counters and marketeers. Maybe they've all gone insane, but more likely, they see some advantage to this play. Seems crazy on the surface which suggests there is something we're not seeing.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/05/2018 12:40 Comments || Top||

#5  There's nothing more edgy and anti-establishment than an endorsement of your sneaker ad by a former CIA Director.
Posted by: regular joe || 09/05/2018 14:22 Comments || Top||

#6  There's nothing more edgy and anti-establishment than an endorsement of your sneaker ad by a former CIA Director. Posted by regular joe

'Interesting times we're living in'... as someone once said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 14:28 Comments || Top||

#7  advantage to this play

How about this: a roomful of TDS-positive weasels decides to drop off a buoy or two before tacking right? To help themselves sleep at night, and to have something to point at to mollify left-leaning customers? TDS-positive weasels are still weasels.
Posted by: Cheanter Smiter of the Munchkins3275 || 09/05/2018 15:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Remove all tarriffs on Chinese made sneekers.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 09/05/2018 17:06 Comments || Top||

#9  I believe they decided that their future lay with the under 35’s so the don’t care if the gave the finger to everyone else
Posted by: Tzsenator || 09/05/2018 17:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Would you expect other from a traitor?
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:28 Comments || Top||

#11  It’s exactly what I’d expect, glad they “self identified”
Posted by: Tzsenator || 09/05/2018 17:38 Comments || Top||

#12  that pinko commie turd.
Posted by: newc || 09/05/2018 19:07 Comments || Top||

#13  Say what it is, Brennan is praising one of the demonrats slaves for being useful.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 09/05/2018 19:59 Comments || Top||

#14  #5 - is my Snark O' The Day nominee.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/05/2018 21:11 Comments || Top||


Volokh: Why the American Establishment Has Lost Credibility
h/t Instapundit
[Reason] The 2016 Republican primaries were one big "f you" to the establishment. We all know that Trump won the nomination, but it's easy to forget that the second-place candidate, Ted Cruz, was also anathema to the establishment. Indeed, one reason Trump won the nomination was because most of the Republican establishment refused to rally around Cruz; he was considered by some worse than Trump, and other were sufficiently hostile to Cruz they thought it was better to lose (as they expected) with Trump than potentially win with Cruz.

Of course, Trump went on to win the presidency, even though virtually the entire establishment--and here I mean prominent, powerful or influential individuals from mainstream liberal Democrats to neoconservatives, from the "usual suspects" to conservative Wall Street Journal columnists, lined up against him.

Ever since, the establishment has been aghast, and rightly so. Someone with Trump's temperament, history of lies, casual prejudiced statements, and so on, should never have gotten near the presidency. Yet, despite the establishment's warnings of disaster, enough voters were willing to vote for him to make him president.
He implements right policies, though - which, IMO, a lot more important than prissy decorum standards: especially considering the caliber of the opposition
One could blame the result of the election on Hillary's unpopularity, and yet very few of Trump's voters have since abandoned him.
It's the economy stupid - people prefer to work for a living to being welfare recipients
A major reason, I think, is that the establishment that once served as a gatekeeper against the likes of Trump has lost its credibility among large portions of the population, and their attacks on Trump are simply discounted or ignored.

...consider how the establishment would react if George W. Bush were seated two seats down from David Duke at Willie Nelson's funeral, with Duke given a place of honor. Now consider that Bill Clinton sat two seats away from an equally odious hatemonger, Louis Farrakhan, at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

...What about the fact that Trump shows little interest in truth, and his supporters are too quick to dismiss expert and scientific opinion, that they try to bend the truth to their political agenda?
Nobody who believes in AGW is a scientist no matter how exalted their academic position is. In fact, IMO, the most astonishing thing about science is that - despite the fact that the system is geared to advancing ass kissing rote memorisers, we still get (occasionally) good papers written and published
...a psychology professor at Brown (and you can't get more establishment than the Ivy League) published a peer-reviewed article suggesting that at least some teens who claim transgender identity do so as a matter of social contagion rather than because they were "born that way." After complaints from transgender activists, Brown apologized for issuing a press release touting the study, and the journal that published the study announced it would review it further.

...Finally, there is the matter of John McCain's passing. Deaths of famous individuals are often occasions for charitable assessments of someone's legacy. In McCain's case, however, the praise heaped on him made him out to be someone so far from the actual John McCain that he was virtually unrecognizable. Someone who always treated his political opponents with respect? Not really, but a useful way to implicitly attack Trump. More important, the politically aware recall that McCain was a hero when he took on George W. Bush in 2000, and again when he became an implicit member of the "Resistance" to Trump until his death. But in 2008, when he ran against the establishment's favorite, Barack Obama, the establishment turned on him with a vengeance. Sort of seems like the esteem in which they hold a prominent individual has less to do with his character, and more to do with whether he is serving a useful political purpose at the moment. So attacks on Trump's character, however well-founded, are considered in that light.

I should emphasize that I agree that Trump has at times promoted bigotry, is a congenital liar, and engages in demeaning and belittling behavior toward his political opponents. Indeed, I think these things are obvious. But much of the country isn't listening when the traditional gatekeepers point this out, and that is, at least in part, the gatekeepers' own fault.
Some of us are, a tad, unhappy with Trump because he's too forgiving toward the venomous bureaucracy and the out and out crazy democratic party https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/09/the-democrats-are-crazy.php?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=sw&utm_campaign=sw
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 04:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Because they're the globlist establishment who currently rent-seek in America.

There is no American in the current establishment.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/05/2018 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  I should emphasize that I agree that Trump has at times promoted bigotry, is a congenital liar, and engages in demeaning and belittling behavior toward his political opponents.

Just like Obean for 8 years (and he refuses to leave the stage even now).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 11:28 Comments || Top||


On Americans Who Yearn for the Mud
[AMERICANDIGEST.ORG] ...This obliteration of the soul and the abuse of the flesh is one of the central tenets in many of our post-modern, secular lifestyle religions. For them, the "signo" of "In hoc signo vinces" is the full body tattoo project, an earlobe plug, and the multiple facial piercings with a coke nail as an accessory.

Most people try some of these things for a time in their youth but grow out of it as age and experience get the upper hand. Others grow out of it via deep psychoanalysis and a few trips to the prison and/or the monasteries of our moment, the rehab clinic. Others are simply killed by it, their lives bracketed by dates that are far too close together.

Many, however, never kick this yearning for the mud and were once pointed out as "perverts" but now as only "differently minded."
Many, however, never kick this yearning for the mud and were once pointed out as "perverts" but now as only "differently minded." Seeking the safety of numbers they gravitate towards those urban sinkholes of the soul they laud as "enclaves of Alternative Lifestyles."
Continued on Page 49
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  Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
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