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Uncle Ben, CEO? [Slate]
“Uncle Ben is a rare survivor in the once-crowded world of racist spokescharacters. Most of his contemporaries were fired a long time ago.”

The title reads, “I Hate Comcast.” The page advertises Verizon FiOs service. Post-modern shopper biting back, or waste of a website?

A Building Binge for Bank Branches [NYT]
“Now, there’s nothing wrong with banks, but, you might wonder: Don’t we have enough branches already?”

Sao Paolo goes advertising-free [Boing Boing]
“Back in December, 2006, the mayor of the 11-million-person Brazilian city of Sao Paolo banned all outdoor billboard advertising, citing advertisers’ unwillingness to comply with the city’s rules on what sort of billboards can be placed where. Now the rule is in effect, and Flickr user Tony de Marco has documented the eerie sight of a city stripped bare of commercial visuals.”

(Photo: Arkansas Lad)


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  1. juri squared says:

    The BoingBoing link seems to be borked with an extra break tag. I think you mean this.

  2. $ whois

    Administrative Contact:
    mulford, shawn
    12345 abcde
    abcde, New York 12345
    United States
    1234567890 Fax —

    so some guy registered and pointed it as a forward to a verizon page. also note if you click any of the links, the domain stays the same. thanks to godaddy forwarding things for him.

  3. gunboats says:

    Actually, the site doesn’t forward. If you look at the page source, it is just a frame set to 100% and border to zero, so it looks like it is the actual page. So you are never actually leaving the site at when you click on Verizon links.

  4. FLConsumer says:

    On the Banking Branch Binge, I see way too much of this in Florida. Banks are now outnumber the number of Walgreens/CVS stores which have popped up on every 3rd corner here. Enough people! Leave some prime real estate for other businesses so we don’t get runaway urban sprawl.

  5. JohnMc says:

    Try the Ihatecomcast site now. Its dead.