A Creative Catharsis

Ireland’s creative community got together to release a lot of pent up anger and sadness through the medium of the A3 poster, all in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more took time out to dress up their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that would normally give you a twitch, into a diverse collection of posters.

The work was exhibited by the kind folks at The Little Green Café, Bar and Gallery. The exhibition ran from November
2nd – 7th, with A3 prints of all entries selling for only €10 apiece, with all proceeds going to Temple Street.

I rather enjoyed this collection of very snarky posters illustrating the strange things clients often say to advertising people and designers. The good folk at Buzzfeed had fun with them too, adding even more snarkiness in their comments on the posters. It’s the touching faith so many people seem to have in the power of Photoshop that gets me.


Access Pays

Wells Fargo, major bank, has reached a settlement for having inaccessable branches and ATMs, and a an inaccessable telephone system and website. Wells Fargo will pay up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination, pay a $55,000 civil penalty to the United States Treasury, and make $1 million in charitable donations to non-profit organizations that will assist army veterans with disabilities. I don’t know why the charitable donations are going to charities for army veterans only, instead of to everyone with disabilities. There’s no indication in the press release that army veterans were specifically discriminated against.

The full details of the settlement are published on the ADA website.


People Can Make You Sick Sometimes

So apparently the earthquake and tsunami in Japan were divine retribution for Pearl Harbor. The fact that this vile nonsense was spouted on Facebook does rather give the lie to the idea that it’s anonymity which allows people to be jerks on the internet. People are apparently perfectly happy being obnoxious bigots under their real names.

Meanwhile, I won’t be giving money to Japan specifically. I never do. I prefer to allow the charities, the experts on the ground, decide for themselves how money may best be spent.


The US Military Really Is Bigoted Against Atheists

So, they sponsored a Christian event called “Rock the Fort”, which was explicitly intended to convert people to (a particular version of) Evangelical Christianity. They spent $54,490 government funds on this.

They promised they’d do the same for anyone else (the words were, “provide similar support to comparable events”), so a group of atheist and other non-religious soldiers put together plans for a concert called “Rock Beyond Belief”. Unlike “Rock the Fort”, “Rock Beyond Belief” was not seeking converts.

And it had to be cancelled at the last minute, because the US military is run by a bunch of no-good lying bigots who went back on their word. Either that, or they somehow think that $0 is “similar” to $54,490.

There’s a good summary at Blag Hag.

Meanwhile, the US military has a “spiritual fitness test” for their soldiers. They’re claiming this isn’t a religious test. They’re wrong. Lying. Again.

Now, I’m no fan of the US military for a host of reasons, but this rampant bigotry (as the comments on Blag Hag said, the cancellation was hardly surprising or unprecedented) is one of the big ones.


The Anti-Family Agenda of the Christian Right

It’s odd how often “pro-family” organisations do so little to actually, you know, help families. In fact, they’re often opposed to measures which have been demonstrated to help families.


The Sally Army

The Salvation Army is, first and foremost, a church. It also does some charitable work, but the focus is on proselytising. For some reason, people think of them as a religious charity; in fact, they’re more of a slightly charitable church. But they capitalise on their reputation to get donations, which they then spend on the various things that churches spend donations on. That includes political lobbying.


So, in Calgary, the Salvation Army dumped some toys which had been donated instead of giving them to kids, because these toys conflicted with the church’s religious beliefs.

So if I understand this correctly, they are literally stealing christmas presents from needy children and destroying them.

Not even the grinch did that.

That’s…just evil. That’s a level of cartoonishly over the top bad. Are they going to tie a woman to some train tracks next?

This ban is local, not a national or international policy of the Salvation Army. And apparently they’ve now decided not to dump them, but to pass them on to another charity to distribute. Or so they claim.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to avoid giving to the Salvation Army; some are mentioned on Pharyngula (both the opening post and the comments), and others are detailed in these video: