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Inequality Vs Paid Patriotism



The outrage over players standing and taking a knee continues to be a devise subject. Fans booing players, the President calling players SOBs , the Vice President staging a walk out during the game, and Jerry Jones latest hypocrisy are one side of it. For the players battling inequality, systemic injustice, and facing people who still refuse them basic rights.

In this country, we no longer force children to stand or recital the Pledge of Allegiance. High Schools barely play the anthem before games. AAU Basketball tournaments do not have anthems. The majority of Americans do not hear the anthem before starting their work day. We do not stand for any other form of entertainment. You don’t stand during the movies or before you watch Netflix. NFL owners and NBA commissioner want to force players to stand during the anthem.

“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”

Jerry Jones: Cowboys players who kneel during anthem won’t play

The very man that was kneeling with his team following President’s Trump comments. “I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances, under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t care what happens. Under no circumstances will we as an organization, or as coaches and players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag”

What did Jerry Jones say to players before 2009? The answer is nothing. NFL players used to be in the locker room during the anthem like they are in college football. What made the NFL and NBA change their policy? Money. They didn’t do it to honor our country, the veterans, or the rights of our citizens. They did it for money.

In 2009, the government paid professional sports teams for patriotism. The Senate oversight report by John McCain disclosed that more that 12 million dollars is annually spent on sports teams across all leagues.  John McCain and Jeff Flake examined 122 contracts between the Pentagon and various sports leagues, including $49,000 for the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” at Milwaukee Brewers games; $20,000 for the New York Jets to honor one to two New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers as hometown heroes at each home game; and $1,500 to honor five Air Force officers at an LA Galaxy game.

Millions of dollars went to renting recruitment kiosks and staging patriotic and “heartwarming” tributes at games. Players were ushered out to show signs of unity and to reinforce the message. There were no death threats. No refunds for Direct TV or fans trying to boycott the NFL.

Now that players have decided to use their rights to protest they are villains in a upside down world. Players are expected to play, shut up, and put their mental health on the line. That is it nothing more and nothing less.

Aaron Rodgers posted the perfect picture to illustrate the hypocrisy. Aaron Rodgers posted the perfect response. “I can’t imagine what kind of social media attacks these cameramen must be enduring after taking a knee during the anthem and wearing a hat.”

Is Jerry Jones going to fire the camera crew? Will the Vice President walk out and in a rage. Before he post a ridiculous tweet on how it’s not too much to ask the camera men to stop filming and stand for the anthem?

The answer again is no. No matter how the players chose to speak out, kneeling, sitting, arm locks, or fist raised the fundamental issue is symbolism and exploitation over inequality and injustice.

The antagonist attack on players based on Patriotism is just false. I’m not advocating we go back to players staying in the locker room. I’m not advocating that players stop using their right to protest for others who don’t have voice. Every citizen has rights in country, no matter who their employers are. We should spend less time denouncing and demonizing players.



Adidas Promises To Only Uses Recycled Plastics In Products By 2024



Adidas is taking a step forward in becoming an eco-friendly company.

Adidas is planning to expand its use of recycled plastics well beyond its flagship shoes. The sportswear maker has promised to only use recycled polyester in its shoes and clothing by 2024. While the company’s Eric Liedtke didn’t provide a detailed roadmap in a chat with the Financial Times, he characterized it as a transition that will see Adidas take “right-sized bites” out of its budget to make the switch without hurting its profit margins. It’s no mean feat — about half of Adidas’ material is polyester right now, Liedtke said, so an “overnight” changeover isn’t in the cards.

A lot of that cost likely has to do with economies of scale. Recycled polyester can carry up to a 20 percent premium over the freshly-made variety, and it could prove daunting to process the material in Adidas-level quantities. The company is likely betting that refined techniques will bring the costs down over time. Adidas is planning on removing the plastics from their products, they won’t even use them in their offices, retail outlets, warehouses, and distribution centers, saving an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.

Let’s hope more companies are plan to incorporate eco-conscious designs in their products.

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Papa John CEO Steps Down After Using The N-Word In Conference Call



The founder and former CEO of Papa John‘s left the company.

Hours after it was confirmed that he used a racial slur during a company conference call earlier in May. John Schnatter, who turned his pizza place into a national chain ubiquitous with Peyton Manning and the National Football League.

According to Forbes, which first wrote about the conference call, Schnatter compared himself to another restaurant founder and alleged that they were treated differently despite asserting that the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken had used racist language in the past.

It seems commenting on that incident is what got Schnatter into further trouble in a conference call a Forbes report described in detail. The call was reportedly arranged between Papa John’s executives and a marketing agency called Laundry Service and was designed to help the company prevent any further damage to its public image.

But though Schnatter he said he would “distance” himself from racists, according to Forbes he used the racial slur in an attempt to defend himself during the call.

This is just another questionable moment for Schanatter. In December after making critical public comments about athletes of color in the National Football League conducting nonviolent protests during the National Anthem. Schnatter had claimed kneeling athletes caused a dip in his pizza sales, which made the brand popular with neo-nazis and white supremacists.

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Amazon Buys Nas-Backed Pharmacy For $1 Billion Dollars



This just might be the best summer of Nas’ life.

After releasing his new album NASIR on G.O.O.D Music, the Queens native pharmacy startup was purchased by Amazon. The online pharmacy PillPack was purchased for $1 billion dollars.

Queensbridge Venture Partners, the rapper’s venture capital firm, was an early backer of the Boston-based firm, along with VC heavyweights like Accel and Sherpa Capital. The sale will net the startup’s two co-founders around $100 million each, according to the Chicago Tribune. The size of Queensbridge’s stake is unclear, but it’s likely Nas is walking away with a solid chunk of money.

PillPack’s pitch is to streamline access to medications. The company fulfills drug prescriptions with front door-shipping, while managing the payment and refill process with automated software. The acquisition boosts Amazon’s growing efforts to expand into the health care market.

QVP, founded in 2014, previously invested in a cloud-based mastering company, a cricket protein bar manufacturer and a “smart doorbell” startup, among other ventures.

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