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September 30th, 2009:

The revolutions we like, and the ones we don’t

Empire State BuildingA few weeks back, supporters of the ill-fated Green Revolution in Iran petitioned to have the Empire State Building lit in green during the week of the United Nations General Assembly. The supporters wanted the lighting as a show of solidarity with the Iranian opposition during a time when the world’s leaders were gathered in New York City. The Empire State Building, however, was not so keen on the idea and turned them down.

However, the Green Revolution supporters were elated to find that the Empire State Building would be green on Thursday, Sep. 24, in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (you know, the emerald city and all) and planed demonstrations that night.

The Empire State Building authorities were not amused by this. So at the last minute, they changed the lighting scheme to all red –for Dorthy’s ruby red slippers. Take that Green Revolution!

But tonight, the Empire State Building is more than happy to honor another revolution—one that occurred 60 years ago and brought the Chinese Communist Party to power.

Just goes to show you that in America we will gladly turn the ceremonial lights on for your revolution provided that you:

A: win

B: make cheap shit for us

Your favorite posts from September

September was a big month for Free Refills & Why I Love America.  I switched hosting, redesigned the site and more people visited and commented than ever before.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you continue to visit.

With that, here are the ten most popular posts from September:

Is it time to ban carpooling? At the beginning of the month the campaign against cell phone-wielding drivers was just heating up. But it turns out that driving with passengers is just as dangerous.

MINUTEMEN UPDATE: Senate considering Coke tax I wrote this post several months ago, but it got a lot of hits this month after the New York Times wrote a story on the efforts to tax soda and coke.

Fighting back against credit card minimums A guide on what to do when a shop keeper tries to break the rules and charge you a minimum purchase amount to use a credit card.

Is a “Coke Tax” a threat to Free Refills? Some of the soda tax proposals floating around would levy taxes on fountain drinks as well as cans and bottles. Would this mean the end of Free Refills?

About There were a lot of new visitors this month and apparently they enjoyed clicking on the about page. This inspired me to re-write it to explain the true story behind Free Refills & Why I Love America.

Deep-fried butter. That is all This is fairly self-explanatory.

What makes Europe Stink €2. Nescafé Instant Coffee The real reason Starbucks developed a new instant coffee is to boost its sales in Europe.

#10. Super Big Gulp Few things are as uniquely America as the Super Big Gulp

Why Europe Sucks €3. Cheek kissing It’s not cultural. Old European men are just pervs.

#17. Five-dollar large pizzas What better evidence that Capitalism works than the $5 large pizza?

General Motors is dead, long live Walmart! [polls]

Walmart Supercenter signThere was a time when General Motors = America. This was true both in terms of corporate might and popular imagination. But those days have long past. Today General Motors is literally owned by America! But I digress.

With GM now lying lifeless on the dust heap of history, what mega corporation best represents America today?

According to a poll released by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, the answer is Walmart.

48 percent of respondents named the discounter as the institution that best symbolizes America. Google came in second with 15 percent and 13 percent of respondents said Microsoft. There was hardly any love for the National Football League, with only 6 percent of respondents choosing it, just a hair more than the 3 percent who named investment bank Godlman Sachs.

But why wasn’t McDonald’s on the list? After all, its got free refills, clean restrooms, drive-thrus, cheap food and is conveniently located everywhere.

Previous topics mentioned in this post:

#2. Drive-Thrus

€1. Pay toilets

Remember when GM had balls?

What do you think?


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