Friday, October 9, 2020

Funny Vintage Ads (43)

 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

Vibrator Bra
Hey, this is not just any Vibrator Bra. This is a "Secret Agent" Vibrator Bra that "helps give strength and vitality to weak and frail breasts!"
Surprise Package
Are you willing to pay 75 cents for whatever leftovers we decide to send you?
Bonded Knit Slacks
"Wait till you feel the butter-soft luxury of 100% acrylic fabric..." Acrylic fabric is also flammable and can be extremely difficult to extinguish.
Atomic Rocket Cap
 "...made of green felt with colorful aerials and a propeller that whirls and whirs most convincingly as Junior runs!"
Bette Davis - Dainty
Bette Davis was a lot of things; smart, gorgeous, tough, demanding, but she was never "dainty." 26
Mars Bars Doctor
Has your doctor ever told you that candy bars were a "fine source of quick energy?" And then directed you to buy a certain brand, and change grocers if they don't carry it? Hey, stay in your lane, Doc.
Tania and Kirsoff
Tania and Kirsoff appeared in the mid-1930's around the United States with their "new, unique and sensational Dance of the Forbidden Necklace, 'The Snake Dance.' " Their act was apparently not popular everywhere; one club owner told a local newspaper, 'When a customer has had a few highballs, he doesn't want to see blue snakes.' "
Monster Briefs in Color
 "Creepy" would be the best choice.
Sargol makes you nice and plump
Sargol is a type of Persian saffron that comes from the very tip of the saffron thread. Advertisements like this were common in the early twentieth century, when a little extra weight was considered a sign of good health and prosperity.
Maytag Electric Washer
The Maytag Washing Machine Company was founded in 1893 by businessman Frederick Maytag. By 1921, electric washing machines were efficient at washing clothes, but you still had to run the wet items one at a time through a wringer.
Fake Barf toy
Fake vomit first appeared in the 1950s. Made of flexible plastic, it was designed by novelty manufacturer Marvin Glass, who also designed the chattering teeth.
American Field Service
American Field Service
was created in World War I as a volunteer ambulance and medical corps supporting the Allied war effort.
Asphalt and Asbestos Roofing and Siding
Fireproof asbestos shingles soared in popularity beginning in the early 1900s until health risks associated with the material became widely publicized. But they weren't actually banned nationwide until 1989.
Jack Cornell for Sheriff San Diego
"No Stool Pigeons" was apparently a good campaign slogan when running for Sheriff in San Diego in the 1930s.
Moon Rocks
You could chemically grow colorful crystals with the Hasbro Magic Moon Rocks kit from the 1950s.
98% of all Procurable Women have Venereal Disease
This WW2 poster might be overstating it a bit. Britain and the US were the only countries who didn't issue condoms to their soldiers during WW1 and they paid a price for it. They issued condoms in WW2 and also relied on scare tactics like this.
Alcoa Wrap - Be a Bright Little Wife
Who wants to be a "bright little wife" this Thanksgiving?
 American society is still patriarchal, but not quite as bad as when this ad appeared in the 1970s.
Jackie Gleason Bus Driver's Outfit
"To the moon, Alice!"
The Jackie Gleason Bus Drivers Outfit came with with cap, money changer, ticket puncher, bus transfers, and coins.
Gimbels Funtimer Slippers
Gimbel's Funtimer Slippers and not your ordinary slippers because they have real foam rubber tires.
Yvette and Her Original Muff Dance
 Did Yvette really need Sligh & Tyrrell in order to do her "Muff Dance?"
Seagram - Should you drink if you are pregnant?
That's a hard NO, but Seagram thought there was a little wiggle room. Later, deep in the text that people are likely to miss, they suggest putting "a hold on the drinking" while pregnant.
Finger Supporting and Exercising Device
If you need this device to hold your fingers in the "proper" position, then piano is probably not the instrument for you.
PDT-90 - Not My Kid
How to wreck your relationship with a teenager.
RCA - The Two Thousand
In 1969, RCA invited the American public to "take a leap into the year 2000" with a new television set called The Two Thousand that cost $2,000. That's about $14,000 in 2020 dollars for a set that would never last to the year 2000.
Mary Kay Skin
"Every skin is different" There is white and there is tanned, but there are no people of color.
Royal Enfield Bicycles
The company that would become Royal Enfield began manufacturing bicycles in the 1880s in the UK.
In 1893 they won a contract to supply precision parts to the Royal Small Arms Factory of Enfield, Middlesex. To celebrate this prestigious order, they renamed their business the Enfield Manufacturing Company and adopted the trademark "Made Like A Gun."
Space Patrol Belt
"Made of rugged simulated leather to stand up to out of this world action."
Kellogg's Live Wire
He's a live wire alright. His cheek muscles are on the outside of his skin!
Big Pay Musician
Learn the tenor banjo and you'll be paid "fancy prices."
Karswood Creosote

Creosote is a thick and sticky black tar that is a byproduct of burning wood or coal.
In the 1890s, it was common ingredient in quack medicine cures for colds, flu,  bronchitis, Whooping Cough, Hay Fever, Croup, Asthma and Tuberculosis.


Friday, October 2, 2020

Still Votin' Trump -- No Matter What

Still votin Trump

Why do people continue to support Trump no matter what he does? Simple. They don't care what he does. They support Trump because he hates the same people they hate.

He can do pretty much anything and they'll explain it away. Or they will just laugh it off because they truly don't care what Trump does or they chalk it up to "fake news."

Trump Supporters - profile
How liberals see Trump supporters - it's not that simple


The one core value that Trumpsters celebrate above all others is hatred for weakness. Refusing to wear masks to protect oneself and others from COVID has been turned into "freedom" but it's really about exposing fear. They're playing chicken with nature, and whoever flinches is a "weakling."

Their passionate hatred for weakness is what proves to them that they are strong. 

Kindness = weakness. 

Honesty = weakness.

Compromise = weakness.

They believe themselves superior in every way to anyone who doesn't hate weakness as much as they do. They consider liberals to be weak people who are inferior to them, "takers instead of makers"  but they also know that they are outnumbered and that is why they will condone "any means necessary" by their side to retain power.

If you could reason with Trump supporters there wouldn't be any Trump supporters


Psychologists have identified several key traits that most Trump voters share:

1.  Authoritarian Personality Syndrome - characterized by extreme obedience and unquestioning respect for and submission to authority.

2. Social dominance orientation -  a preference for a societal hierarchy of groups in which the high-status groups dominate the low-status ones.

3.  Prejudice - Not all of Trump's supporters are prejudiced against ethnic and religious minorities, but those who are prone to prejudice have found a home in the Republican Party and Trump has welcomed their support with plenty of dog whistles.

4. Minimal Intergroup Contact - Contact with those outside one's own group tends to reduce prejudice.  Trump’s white supporters have had significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. 

5. Relative Deprivation - the experience of feeling that one is being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled; like jobs going to "illegal aliens" or shipped to Mexico and China, etc.

6.  Practicality Trumps Morality - Trump offers tax cuts for the rich and reducing government regulations that get in the way of businessmen making money. By tying tax cuts and reducing regulations to job creation, Trump appeals to blue collar workers in the rust belt as well. In essence, their attitude is that as long as Trump benefits me financially, I don't care what else he does.

7. Easily manipulated by fear - Science has shown that the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli that may be perceived as threatening.

8. Mental health problems - people who are already borderline are being cynically manipulated with propaganda that further damages their mental health

9. Collective Narcissism - "American Exceptionalism" The mistaken idea that the United States is uniquely virtuous is comforting to many Americans. Trump exacerbates the collective narcissism with his anti-immigrant, anti-elitist, and strongly nationalistic rhetoric.

Trump Voters are in a Cult of Personality

Many people vote Republican because Republicans offer the appearance of "moral clarity" — a simple vision of good and evil that activates deep-seated fears. Right Wing news and opinion outlets manipulate their followers' despair and confusion, and massage those emotions into self-righteous anger and hate. They have been convinced by their leaders that a Democrat victory will lead to the destruction of America and everything they hold dear.

Democrats, in contrast, appeal to reason and do so with long-winded explanations.

Many people love Trump because he flouts all the rules about what you can say and how you can say it. They love him for this even when they disagree with what he’s saying and how he’s saying it. Being politically incorrect is the important thing, because Trump is doing what they wished they felt free to do.  

Challenging a Trump voter on their facts doesn't work because it threatens their entire world view. When we challenge Trump voters with factual evidence, they discount the evidence, no matter what the source, and then generate new rationalizations for why they are right. The Right Wing Propaganda Machine and echo chamber, including Fox News, is especially adept at giving Trumpsters rebuttals that they can use to minimize their discomfort with bothersome, contradictory facts.

Conservatives blame immigration and changing demographics for creating the political and social environment where their views are defined as stupid, bigoted, and hateful. So, Trump’s attacks on Mexican and Muslim immigration are part of the same message. They think Trump will reverse this trend and make it safe for people just to be themselves again. 

Leaving Trump would be tantamount to an admission that they were wrong about him all along. Every new revelation of Trump's wrongdoing, along with what I like to call Trump's "daily outrage," where he keeps the media lurching from one drama to the next, increases the investment his supporters have in him and it makes it that much more difficult for them to finally decide that they have had enough of Trump. 

"This is Fine" -- Matt Wuerker


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Voter Intimidation 2008 and 2020


Voter Intimidation 2008 and 2020

In 2008, conservative media went nuts when a video surfaced showing two New Black Panthers at a polling location in Philadelphia. One individual was carrying a billy club and was asked to leave. The other was actually licensed as a poll watcher and had a right to be there.

They were both sued by Obama's Department of Justice on claims of voter intimidation . Much later, and after a lot more drama from the Right, all the charges were dropped. Republicans weren't satisfied with that and conducted an investigation into why the charges were dropped. Nothing more materialized and eventually it was forgotten.

And now in 2020 we have Trump telling his supporters to "patrol" the polls looking for fraud. He has them stirred up and charged with righteous indignation. It's freakin' scary already, and Trump is just getting started.

Trump is not the real problem. It's important to remember that Trump's enablers are the ones making all of this possible. And it's not just the Senate. His enablers include some 42% (or more) of the population who are ready to vote for him again, no matter what. 
These people -- our neighbors -- are ready to fall in line for Trump for another four years, of even worse abuses. They are authoritarian personalities who have found their demagogue. The more outrageous Trump's behavior, the more they are invested in him. This can't possibly end well.