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What I Told the Democrats, and Why

Remember: you are in someone’s email box because of the recipient’s good graces. Don’t abuse the relationship or overstay your welcome. If you annoy, you don’t get read, and eventually

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Hard News Tie-Ins: The Right Way, The Wrong Way

federal government estimated the net economic benefits of the CPP at US$26-45 billion, with consumers set to save US$155 billion from 2020 to 2030

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Will Budweiser’s Gamble Pay Off?

makes Budweiser’s “Born the Hard Way” Superbowl ad so surprising, almost shocking. The football-adoring working-class male Bud drinker (a big part of their audience) is one of the demographics most likely to have voted for DT.

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A committed author is always looking for book promotion opportunities

I will keep promoting it for a long time, but right now as its life as a “new” book (current-year copyright) is ending, I’ve been pushing especially hard. This is some of what I’ve been up to:

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Why I Found this Democratic US Senator’s Survey Unethical

Dear Senator Gillibrand, I have been a fan of your since you took office. However, after following your Facebook link to the Planned Parenthood funding survey, I have to say I felt tricked, deceived, and betrayed. I’ve used this blog

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$10 Million to Charity—Another Cheer for Patagonia!

expected to reach $2 million in sales, but instead generated five times more. Patagonia says the fundraiser “attracted thousands who have never purchased anything from Patagonia before.”

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Branding, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Eco-friendly, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Green Business, Green Marketing, Innovation, Marketing Trends/News, People Helping People Tagged with: , , , , ,

Why I’ve Boycotted My Neighborhood Theater Since 1969

We had a long and extended bad interaction with them that culminated in a phone call, “you have 24 hours to get your car out of our lot—and by the way, the engine is in pieces in the trunk.”

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Social Entrepreneurship MUST Be Genuine

Charitable give-backs are NOT the only model. I’m rather a fan of creating products, services, and business cultures that directly *and profitably* turn hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and catastrophic climate change into planetary balance.

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Branding, Business Ethics, Business-general, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity, Eco-friendly, Energy & Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Environmenl, Green Business, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, poverty, Transparency vs. Secrecy Tagged with: , , , ,

Let’s Have Some Fun with a Stillborn Nuke: A Contest

The Washington Post reports that the never-finished, never-operated Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant, in Hollywood, Alabama is for sale at the bargain-basement price of $36.4 million. It has cost more than $5 billion to build as much of it as Tennessee Valley

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Why I’m Not Joining Bernie’s New Org

Here, I don’t even see a pretense. I see nothing about what this organization will stand for, what tactics it will use, etc. Even for Sanders, I don’t write a blank check. Not financially, and not in my commitment to an organization whose tenets I can’t describe. Even for Bernie, I won’t sign blind.

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