South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is getting some raised eyebrows after she launched her new anti-meth campaign with the poorly-conceived motto, “Meth. We’re on it.” Other versions of the campaign show images of young people saying, “I’m on meth.”
“This is our problem and together, we need to get on it,” Noem said in the ad campaign’s public service announcement. According to a report from the Argus Leader, the state’s Department of Social Services paid the paid the ad agency that created the campaign just short of $449,000.
The awkward theme of the campaign’s message wasn’t lost on most Twitter users.
— Adam Dale Jorgensen (@adamdalej) November 18, 2019
It could have been worded better…
— Susan Moran (@BPMorbert) November 18, 2019
The beauty (if that’s the word to use) of it is that literally nothing has to change for instant usage as a meme. And yeah, I feel sorry the guy too.
— ScottN (@ScottNoe1) November 18, 2019
There are plenty of freelance copy editors in America (yes, some of them in South Dakota) who, for a very modest fee, could have saved you from a half-million dollars worth of humiliation.
— Bruce Janssen (@Crusher92) November 18, 2019
What happened to their old slogan, “COCAINE. WHO NOSE?”
— 43rd State Blues (@43SBdotcom) November 18, 2019
A) it’s an extremely effective anti-tourism ad. B) how on earth does something like this ever find its way into the light of day? Not one person spoke up and said, “this is NOT the direction we want to go?”
— Craft Me a Runner (@CraftMeaRunner) November 18, 2019
Was “Heroin. Give it a shot.” already taken?
— Nobody is illegal: no more dead migrant children (@chefesque) November 18, 2019
John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.
Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?
Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.
Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report
The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.
"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.
Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo
Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.
Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.
In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.
But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."