April 20, 2014

Everything You Know About Black Friday Is Wrong : The New Yorker

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Black Friday didn’t start out as a positive for retailers…not that it is now, either.

Beginning in the nineteen-thirties, thousands of fans thronged Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium for the Army-Navy football game. As festive as the mood was inside the stadium, it wasn’t nearly so cheerful for the Philadelphia police officers who had to herd the crowds. The game was frequently held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and just as visiting fans were showing up the day before, holiday shoppers also would descend on downtown. On those Fridays after Thanksgiving, the late Joseph P. Barrett, a longtime reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin, recalled, even members of the police band were called upon to direct traffic. The cops nicknamed the day of gridlock Black Friday, and soon others started to do the same.

via Everything You Know About Black Friday Is Wrong : The New Yorker.

Obama Says Americans Can Keep Their Damn Insurance : The New Yorker

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Keepin’ it real, dawg:

WASHINGTON The Borowitz Report—Faced with a barrage of new questions about the Affordable Care Act, President Obama cut short a White House press conference today, telling the stunned press corps, “You know what? Everybody can keep their damn insurance.”

via Obama Says Americans Can Keep Their Damn Insurance : The New Yorker.

The Yellen Doctrine: Robust Growth Is the Priority, but Bubbles Matter : The New Yorker

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Janet Yellen and her Senate confirmation hearing:

Corker being so helpful? It turns out that, over the summer, Yellen had visited him in his office, giving him a chance to expound his views and offering up some of hers in return. Wrapping up his questions, Corker thanked the witness for her openness and candor, and also “for giving the same answers now that you gave in the office.”

The first woman to run the Fed isn’t just a highly trained economist and a good communicator; evidently, she’s also a pretty savvy politician.

via The Yellen Doctrine: Robust Growth Is the Priority, but Bubbles Matter : The New Yorker.

Five Social Media Lessons from the Home Depot Fiasco

From Five Social Media Lessons from the Home Depot Fiasco

If you didn’t see this yet Home Depot’s Social Media Agency, and possibly internal workers decided to promote College Football Gameday with what they thought was a funny Tweet.

Oh, man…

Donald Trumps Tweets Deleted Following Post-Election Tirade

What ever happened with this? Did President Obama release his records? I don’t remember…

“The Celebrity Apprentice” star recently promised to contribute $5 million to a charity of Obamas choice if the president released his college and passport records.

via Donald Trumps Tweets Deleted Following Post-Election Tirade.