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Net Neutrality: Read FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s Dissent

I hold in my hand letters that plead with the FCC to keep our net neutrality rules in place but what is striking and in keeping with the new norm, despite the millions of comments, letters, and calls received, this Order cites, not even one.

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A Non-Christian’s Perspective on Christmas

I happily go to Christmas events. What I object to is the assumption that everyone is Christian, that this is a universal holiday, and that other cultures don’t count (or are tokenized

Posted in Activism, Branding, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, Ethics in Government, General Commentary, language, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Melania, Dr. Seuss, Racism, and Class Issues—What a Kerfluffle

just as Soeiro cites sources that bolster her opinion, I can cite sources that bolster mine. For example, this profile of Seuss in Tikkun highlights many of his progressive activities…

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Diversity, Environment, General Commentary, language, Politics, poverty, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Is Your Advertising or Marketing Working AGAINST You?

I received a fund appeal from a climate-change nonprofit asking for money to put this ad on the air. I was so appalled that I sent this letter: [Subject] THIS AD WILL DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE WANT Re:

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Copywriting, Demographics/Psychographics, Eco-friendly, Environment, Green Marketing, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Marketing Trends/News, Politics, propaganda, Psychology Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Best Response Ever About Why Guilt and Shame Don’t Work

The example she gives of the young man confronting his father shows exactly why guilt and shame don’t work. Not to confront racism or other isms, and not to protect the planet

Posted in Activism, Diversity, Environment, Events, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

Posted in Activism, language, People Helping People, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Is Sexist Excuse Language Covering Up Something Much Deeper?

but I do see him as reachable through his misery. I see him as a deeply unhappy person, traumatized by a tyrannical father, someone who hasn’t found a way to be content even while accumulating a vast fortune, celebrity status, and the most powerful job in the world.

Posted in Activism, Ethics: General, Innovation, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , ,

Both Left and Right Must Join to Counter DT’s Attacks on the Press

Making thinly veiled threats to beat up journalists is NOT humor… Laughing off threatening behavior as “humor” is creating a culture where the behavior is permissible and excused. Put your glasses back on! We should be able to join across sides to protect First Amendment freedoms.

Posted in Activism, Democracy, Ethics in Government, language, media-general, Politics, propaganda, Psychology, Socially Responsible Investing Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

13 Ways Democrats Could Have Won in November

Six (almost seven) months after the election, and 200 days into the disaster of Trumpian government, Democrats still want to blame it all on the Russians, or on their new hero and recent villain James Comey. Those are real factors. But

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How do You Know When Advertising Claims are Real?

makes part of my living writing (non-hypey, fact-based but emotionally driven) marketing copy for green businesses, I can tell you that not all copywriters take the time to thoroughly understand the products they’re hired to write about. I would want to see independent verification of all these claims

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Advertising, Business Ethics, Energy & Sustainability, Green Business, Greenwashing, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, propaganda Tagged with: , , , , ,

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