by Zachary McAuliffe
Posted In: Shopping
at 01:17 PM | Permalink
Marking the beginning
of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday is easily
the most disgusting bastardization of what a holiday is.
Let’s start with a
brief history of where Black Friday began. This day has been a
grotesque part of the holiday season here in America for years. Notably, in
1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to an earlier date, stretching out the holiday
shopping season. This change was brought
on by retailers during the Depression Era, allowing people more time to go gift shopping or, more importantly, spend their money in the retailers’
Later in the 1950s
and '60s, the day began to be viewed as a kind of worker-less void for shop
owners as their employees started to not show up to work in order to go
Finally, in the '80s, store owners began to state how profitable the day was, or
how much their profits were “in the black."
See what they did there?
Now, the day is a
barbaric ritual for many people across America as they wait until store-doors
open so they can grab a hodgepodge of items away from their competition and
fight anyone who gets in their way.
Black Friday is like the Hunger
Games but without all the talk about a rebellion against an oppressive
regime. It’s just people fighting
each other, and sometimes dying, for seemingly no good reason other than saving
a buck or two.
Like back in 2011 when
Walter Vance was trampled to death by other shoppers while trying to shop at
his local Target in West Virginia. No one noticed they
were literally running over a person to get their goodies.
Deaths do happen on
this “holiday,” which is unsettling on its own, but the injuries far outnumber
According to blackfridaydeathcount.com, there
have been seven deaths attributed to Black Friday and a total of 89
injuries. This data only dates back
to 2006, though, which means there are surely more from earlier years.
Just a quick look at
this same website shows people are not afraid to pepper-spray, stab or
even shoot each other, again, all in the name of savings.
What is even more
unsettling is how ravenous customers are. The following compilation
of Black Friday videos over the years shows just how crazy people can act on this unholy of
days as people break down doors to enter stores, tear apart in-store kiosks and basically act like filthy animals.
Watching videos of
Black Friday is simply depressing, and when you remember these are
people and not zombies from The Walking Dead, it’s hard to think of this day
as a holiday.
definition, a holiday is when little to no work is done and people celebrate something, but
more than that, holidays are meant to bring people together.
One clear example of
what a holiday should be is the Christmas Truce of 1914 during the first World
War. Both sides of the fighting had a
ceasefire on Christmas Day along many points of the Western Front, and some
points saw friendly and enemy soldiers alike exchanging gifts, food and good
That’s a holiday. Everyone put aside their differences for a
short period and came together as humans.
If soldiers fighting a
war can do this, why can’t shoppers perform these same acts of kindness and
decency towards each other?
The popularity of shorter EP releases continues to grow among artists, labels and fans
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As sales of physical music releases continue to decline, musicians and labels are rediscovering and embracing the advantages of issuing shorter EPs.
Plus, Healing Power (formerly Pomegranates) plays farewell show and Shake It reissues The Sacred Mushroom's 1969 debut/swan song
2 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Cincinnati "Tribal Rock" duo Acarya releases compelling new EP this Friday, Healing Power (the artists formerly known as Pomegranates) prepares to say farewell with a final show and new release this weekend and Shake It Records mines Cincinnati's musical past again with a new re-issue of the oft-bootlegged 1969 album from Larry and Danny Goshorn's Sacred Mushroom.
by Danny Cross
The Cincinnati Enquirer abruptly changed its tone about the
streetcar project yesterday, writing in an editorial that the city should continue the project and leaving the newspaper on the opposite side of
Mayor-elect John Cranley on the two main issues of the campaign it endorsed just weeks ago.
Fourteen months after publishing an editorial against the
streetcar project, the three-member Enquirer editorial board yesterday spelled
out why it now supports completing the project, suggesting that a main part of
its opposition — and to Roxanne Qualls as mayor — was the
current administration’s inability to “argue effectively for the project” that
Cranley and other conservatives used to take office during an election that saw
extremely low voter turnout.
CityBeat’s German Lopez noted on Twitter the irony of The
Enquirer now supporting both the streetcar and parking plan while the candidate
it endorsed attempts to unravel both — Cranley already stopped the parking
plan. The comment drew a response from Enquirer Editor Carolyn Washburn, who is
on the newspaper’s editorial board along with Publisher Margaret Buchanan and
Editorial Page Editor David Holthaus.
The editorial includes the following paragraph: “In endorsing Cranley, we said
he would ‘have to rein in his dictatorial tendencies and discipline himself to
be diplomatic, respectful and collaborative.’ What we’ve seen so far is a
matter for concern. Hurling insults at professionals like streetcar project manager
John Deatrick isn’t what we need. Deatrick enjoys a good reputation as someone
who has managed The Banks project and the rebuild of Fort Washington Way. He
needs to stay on the streetcar project.”
editorial was published the same day City Council put completing the project
into law and Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld announced his decision to support the
project’s completion, which Lopez pointed out leaves Council short of the six
votes required for an emergency clause that would immediately halt the project without leaving it open to referendum.
Without the emergency clause, streetcar supporters could gather the required signatures to put a 5-4 cancellation
vote to referendum, which would force the city to continue working on the
project until voters decide on it in November.
Mayor-elect Cranley will
hold a vote to stop the project on Monday. With Sittenfeld set to vote against halting the project, Cranley will need either newly elected David Mann
or Kevin Flynn to vote in favor of stopping it. Both are on the record as
being against the project but have left room to consider the financial realities
before making their final decisions. Cranley
announced this morning that he will name the new city manager at 2 p.m. today.
Cranley removed former city manager Milton Dohoney last week.
A story by The Enquirer’s
Mark Curnutte yesterday detailed life expectancy disparities among Cincinnati’s
poor neighborhoods, finding a 20 year difference at times between citizens of
predominantly black or urban Appalachian neighborhoods and people of wealthy white neighborhoods like Mount Lookout, Columbia
Tusculum and Hyde Park. The Cincinnati
Health Department will release more statistics Tuesday and a community
discussion on the issue is set for Jan. 10.
Pope Francis yesterday criticized the world’s growing wealth
disparity, mentioning things like “idolatry
of money” and “a new tyranny” in a 50,000-word statement that sharply
criticized trickle-down economics.
The Pope via The Washington Post:
"Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which
assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably
succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This
opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and
naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized
workings of the prevailing economic system. … Meanwhile, the excluded are still
OTR restaurant Kaze will begin offering lunch hours starting
on Black Friday.
Away from home and tired of “Friends-giving” gatherings?
Here’s a bunch of restaurants serving good stuff on Thanksgiving day. Skip Black Friday craziness and use CityBeat’s Gift Guide to
shop local this holiday season. There
are also plenty of local retailers you can hit up online if you don't wait until the last minute!
If you’re traveling to some stuck-up East Coast city for
Thanksgiving, charge the iPad or whatever because there are going to be some
And high winds might cause the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade to take all the air out of the Snoopy balloons so no one flies up into
the air like in movies.
The NSA reportedly considered revealing the “porn-browsing
history” of certain people considered to have ties to terrorist activity in
order to discredit them.
Great, now America’s durable goods orders are down. Thanks a
lot, government shutdown!
At least the country’s jobless claims are back to
pre-recession levels. Thanks, Obama?
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats beat UMass Lowell in basketball last
night and senior forward Justin Jackson jammed one in the hoop hard.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
If you know anything about integral
calculus, then you know that the area under a curve represents volume,
while the slope is the acceleration at any given point (on a different
type of curve, ha!). But if you think you know enough about integral
calculus to prove these statements wrong then, sorry, but you don’t have
any credibility because you’re probably drunk, as two new studies have found a correlation between intelligence and a
thirst for alcohol.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
No one has ever accused Citizens Opposed
to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) of being less than honorable
and forthright. (Wait, no, that’s backwards. It happens all the time,
sorry.) The group best known for arguing from the suburbs that the city
should stop spending money trying to fix its problems today was accused
by a pro-rail group of knowingly making false statements about streetcar