Which one of these ads is racist?

This 2016 one from China?

Or this 2007 one from Italy?

Let’s first of all ignore the fact that the Chinese ad is blatant plagiarism. The correct answer, of course, is neither of the detergent makers care, because they both just got a ton of free worldwide publicity from all the news organizations that reported on the debate on whether the most recent ad, from China, was racist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if — despite all the pearl clutching and sensitive souls being overwhelmed by the vapors — the detergent sales are going through the roof in China, and Coloreira in Italy just got a sudden boost from an ad it introduced nine years ago. That’s the beauty of advertising.

And the thing is, these ads are irrelevant, because there are other, far more racist ads out there that have an immediate and direct impact on our lives. Like this one:

Uh oh. Words are coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. You know what that means?


The most popular surname in your state


This is going to sound odd, and I know it’s the most popular name in the country, but I don’t recall ever going to school with or ever working with someone with the last name Smith. I’m sure I must be forgetting someone, but I just looked at all my Facebook friends and my LinkedIn contacts, a few hundred people, and not a Smith in the bunch.

How is that possible?

Tony Zhou on film editing

Last week, I posted a piece on copy editing. This week, we look at another kind of editing: the one done for film.

Tony Zhou at “Every Frame a Painting,” always provides great insight into the film making process.  Here he focuses on what he does for a living:

I don’t know the movie, but that is a beautiful image at the end.

Time machine: ‘Intolerance’ (1916)

My time machine entries in past posts have looked back at what the world was like 100 years ago through scratchy film. But were now getting to the apect of the time machine where high quality restorations are literally giving a new focus to videos from that past.

Here’s D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance,” considered one of the masterpieces of film history. This movie, made up of four stories, is almost three hours long.

Despite the fact that it is a true classic, there is huge irony. It’s high minded subject matter, as you can tell by the title. And if that doesn’t convince you you’re going to experience lofty pronouncements, a title card at the very beginning says:

Each story shows how hatred and intolerance, through the ages, have battled against love and charity.

Very deep. But the director was the ultimate hypocrite. A year earlier, Griffith made “The Birth of a Nation,” also considered a masterpiece of film history, and without a doubt one, if not the most blatantly racist movie ever made. It’s a three hour, post Civil War epic. The bad guys are freed slaves. The good guys are the Ku Klux Klan. Here’s one of it’s title cards:

aaaaaawilsonbirthYeah, that’s a quote by President Woodrow Wilson. And it’s in “The Birth of a Nation.” Wilson, after a White House showing, said this of “The Birth of a Nation”

“It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”.

I’ll have a separate post, on this movie because it is worth seeing just to realize how ingrained racism was in America in the early 20th century.

Let’s view “Intolerance,” the film, in this post. We’ll see intolerance, the reality, in another.

Elizabeth Warren vs. Donald Trump: This is just the beginning

A message from the person Bernie Sanders supporters, and a hell of a lot of Hillary Clinton supporters, really wanted to vote for:

I’m just going to say it. Hillary should get on her knees and thank the Democratic gods that Elizabeth Warren decided not to run for president. And I’m a Hillary supporter.

Meanwhile, in dipshit land:

Mr. Eloquence in action.

How can you tell Donald Trump is lying? Because his mouth is moving.

And since his mouth is moving:



Donald and John from Tom the Dancing Bug


In case you missed it, John Miller is the name Donald Trump used to use when reporters called and he pretended to be his own spokesman.

Which merits …


Anything else?


Donald Trump says he is “not a big believer in global warming.” He has called it “a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience.”

But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.”

The New York billionaire is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare.

A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by POLITICO, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences — increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century — as a chief justification for building the structure.