This amazing piece by Bill Moyers in 1988, was a hypertext link in the comment by Socrates regarding the Charles Blow piece on racism posted just before this post. This is the great nugget of them all.
But in the final minutes of the show, Mr. Colbert scrapped a prepared closing monologue about the importance of coming together after a polarizing election, and went off script. He was personal, and he discussed, bluntly, the searing divides in the country.
Pepsi has apologized for a controversial advertisement that borrowed imagery from the Black Lives Matter movement, after a day of intense criticism from people who said it trivialized the widespread protests against the killings of black people by the police.“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout.”The ad, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, shows attractive young people holding milquetoast signs with nonspecific pleas like “Join the conversation.” The protesters are uniformly smiling, laughing, clapping, hugging and high-fiving.
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I actually liked the ad. I don’t know who the Jenners are, so there was nothing offensive to me in using a famous model. I think Pepsi has some work ahead, to build on this piece. Do an ad using the suggestion of Kristen Renner above.
This ad isn’t about the horrible things people criticize it for, it is about diversity.
If this ad were part of a trilogy, or quartet, it might get more appreciation for the positive art message and fantasy it portrays. Or, They could just run it in Trump country.
There is a bigger question for Pepsi to deal with, especially if does a similar ad about aid workers working with starving refugees in the sub sahara. What do they sell that is more than overpriced sugar water that leads to obesity. I’d like to see Pepsi the company get more active in helping war and climate change refugees. But they have to do the work, make the contributions, then claim the credit. Support organizatins like Doctors Without Borders. For a good cause, I could possibly drink a diet soda.
I will never forget trekking in Nepal around the four Annapurnas, and seeing a porter carrying on his back with a tump line, up a steep, mountain stair case, 6 full cases of soda, including coke or pepsi, because even peasants in the Himalayan mountains want what rich westerners and easterners want. The porter wore shorts, and toe thong plastic slippers. Watching that porter work, I made a joke, there goes the Soda Company. At that moment, I might have even bought a soda.
Thank you for this post, Brooks. What a disturbing time.
Al Gore looks and sounds great in this trailer. I think he wants to run again for president.
He is energized.
“Is there an existing health insurance system that vindicates this boast? Yes, in a sense: There is Singapore, whose health care system is the marvel of the wealthy world. Singaporeans pay for much of their own care out of their own pockets, and their major insurance program is designed to cover long-term illnesses and prolonged hospitalizations, not routine care. The combination has produced genuinely extraordinary results: The island state has excellent health outcomes while spending, as of 2014, just 5 percent of G.D.P. on health care. (By comparison, a typical Western European country that year spent around 10 percent; the United States spent 17 percent.)”
THE CONSERVATIVE CASEFOR CARBON DIVIDENDS COUNCIL LAUNCH EVENTCo-authored by a who’s who of conservative elder statesmen, this public statement marks the first time leading Republicans put forth a concrete, market-based climate solution. Watch full video of the Council’s high-profile February 8th launch event. Speakers included James A. Baker, III, Martin Feldstein, Ted Halstead, and Greg Mankiw.
Here is a beautiful statement about a very difficult day in our nation’s history.
“It’s becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump’s attention span.
The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order — the American-led alliances, norms and organizations that bind democracies and preserve global peace. The regulars seek to preserve and extend this order, and see Vladimir Putin as a wolf who tears away at it.”
Bravo David Brooks. I knew you could rehabilitate yourself. The top comments so far all miss the big point, that this column in brilliant. Brooks writes: “I’m personally betting the foreign policy apparatus, including the secretaries of state and defense, will grind down the populists around Trump. Frictions will explode within the insanely confusing lines of authority in the White House. ” The rest of his…
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