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'IT'S NOT WORTH IT': Ad exec's brutal rant before he died of cancer is absolutely chilling

Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, died last month at 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer.

Redding also kept a blog, and after his death an essay he wrote about the ad business, "A Short Lesson In Perspective," has gained a new and sudden life on the SF Egotist and Adfreak.

It will not make happy reading for the many people who knew Redding or know of his work, or anyone who works in the creative department of an ad agency.
READ MORE: http://uk.businessinsider.com/its-not-worth-it-linds-reddings-short-less...

China Rocked By Another Massive Chemical Explosion

We'll await the details which we imagine will suggest that, as was the case in Tianjin, many more tonnes of something terribly toxic were stored than is allowed under China's regulatory regime which apparently only applies to those who are not somehow connected to the Politburo.

After the last Shandong explosion, The People's Daily reported that the plant contained adiponitrile, which the CDC says can cause "irritation eyes, skin, respiratory system; headache, dizziness, lassitude (weakness, exhaustion), confusion, convulsions; blurred vision; dyspnea (breathing difficulty); abdominal pain, nausea, [and] vomiting."
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-31/china-rocked-another-massive-ch...

Strong earthquake risk 14-17 Sept 2015 in San Francisco-Mexico region

About That Airplane Part That Was Supposed to Solve the MH370 Mystery

Tomorrow marks one month since a piece of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, but French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In fact, leaks from within the investigation suggest that the part might not have come from the plane at all.

Such a conclusion, if confirmed, would constitute a shocking reversal. At the time of the discovery, it was generally accepted that the wing segment, a so-called “flaperon,” could only come from MH370: Boeing engineers confirmed that the part was from a 777, and MH370 was the only 777 to have gone missing. Aviation experts declared that serial numbers on the flaperon would allow it to be definitively linked to the missing plane within 24 hours.
READ MORE: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/strange-saga-of-the-mh370-p...

New Revelations Confirm True Scale of Ashley Madison ‘Honey Pot’

Last week, 21WIRE reported on the eminent demise of the controversial adult dating website, Ashley Madison, which was the center of an alleged “hack” which is said to have exposed its 37 million adulterous members.

We posed the simple question: Is Ashley Madison really just a harmless adult fun website, or is it something more? Could it be one of the internet’s greatest COINTEL PRO honey pot? New revelations are proving that we were very much on-point to ask that question.
READ MORE: http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/08/29/new-revelations-confirm-true-scale...

Remember Jarod From Subway? What an Inspiration

SUBWAY FRANCHISEE: I told Subway about Jared Fogle's interest in kids and they did nothing: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/subway-franchisee-says-subway-knew-abo...

USA: Hidden-Camera Exposes Disgusting Secret Behind McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets


A new undercover investigation into a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including birds beaten, crammed in filthy sheds, stabbed to death with nails attached to makeshift clubs, and left to suffer and slowly die without proper veterinary care.

People Are Going Crazy

Have you noticed that more Americans than ever seem to be going totally insane? When even reporters start going on racially-motivated shooting sprees, you know that things are getting crazy in this country. On Wednesday, most Americans were absolutely stunned to learn that a former WDBJ-TV reporter shot and killed a 24-year-old female reporter named Alison Parker and a 27-year-old male cameraman named Adam Ward right as they were in the middle of shooting a live news segment at 6:45 in the morning.
As a reporter, the shooter was known as “Bryce Williams”, but his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan II. He fled the scene, but was later tracked down by police. Before they could take him into custody he shot himself, and he later died at a hospital in northern Virginia. So what would cause a talented young man to do such a thing?
READ MORE: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/people-are-going-crazy

On the Take: Private Prison Firms Are Buying Access to Public Officials at Lavish Conferences

Private prison firms and the private companies that provide services such as commissary and health care in prisons are notorious for cutting corners to maximize profits at the expense of health and safety. Aramark was recently cited for causing food shortages and serving food contaminated with maggots to prisoners in Michigan. CCA and GEO Group have been plagued by scandals at their privately run facilities across the United States, and both companies advocate for policies and contract provisions such as "bed quotas" or "lockup quotas" that increase profits but undermine efforts to reduce the nation's exploding prison population and improve conditions.

At industry conferences, however, these companies take the form of cheerful vendors and sponsors of luncheons and seminars where industry representatives can meet in person with government officials.

Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.

What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn’t even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.
READ MORE: http://gizmodo.com/almost-none-of-the-women-in-the-ashley-madison-databa...

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