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H&M is a retail giant. No, more like retail Goliath. A Swedish company, it operates more than 2,600 stores in 43 countries, employs more than 94,000 people and is the second-largest global retailer. That's one giant corporation. So, you’d think they’d have a pretty sophisticated corporate structure, right? In researching a recent ad campaign, I wanted to get a few facts straightened out so I called H&M's U.S. headquarters in New York. H&M New York oversees 200 stores in the States. Finding a number for them, however, was no easy task. There is none listed on their corporate website so I started with customer service until I got someone to cough up a number. When I called, it rang for a while and then went to this message:“The mailbox you are trying to reach is full. Call again later. I’ll transfer you.”
After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, it took me about three days to find my first full-blown conspiracy theory about the specifics surrounding the event online. The way the World Trade Center towers collapsed, the story went, clearly indicated a controlled demolition planned by none other than our very own government. It was, in effect, the moment that the national paranoia bubble burst.
We here at the Philly Post love a good conspiracy theory. After all, Philadelphia is home to one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time: the Philadelphia Experiment, in which a U.S. Navy destroyer was said to have been rendered invisible. But our new favorite is the one circulating this morning. WikiLeaks has released emails from shadow-CIA firm Stratfor in which that company's Vice President for Intelligence (an awesome title, we must say) suggests that the Al Qaeda leader's body was not buried at sea, as the United States government has claimed all along, but flown to Dover, Delaware
After tens of millions of dollars spent and nine primaries and caucuses, the Republicans are no closer to settling on a candidate than when this race started almost a year ago. The campaign trail is littered with the high hopes of names big and not so big—Palin, Trump, Pawlenty, Cain, Christie, Huntsman, Perry. Some decided not to run, some were run out. Now there are five viable candidates.What's that? You only count four? What if I told you that there is a fifth viable candidate who the Republican party and the networks are hiding from you? He is a former governor, a former congressman, and a bank CEO who did not take any bailout money. So he has executive, legislative and business experience. He has qualified for federal matching funds, so the government has anointed him a viable candidate. Why aren't we allowed to hear from him?
Today is the 306th birthday of the most popular man in Philadelphia history: Ben Franklin. And while everyone's heard about the kite experiment and bifocals, there are some very cool things about our favorite citizen you may not know. Here are five things about Ben that will make him seem even more fascinating.
Pat Buchanan has been suspended from MSNBC since October. Apparently, someone at the network turned off the TV and picked up a book, namely Buchanan's latest opus, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?. Buchanan has been saying the same things for years, but he always metes out his extremism with care. You almost don't notice what he's saying, which I suppose is the only excuse for MSNBC's late arrival to the party.
In the post-9/11 world we live in, it's become common for authorities to view folks taking lots of pictures of trains, bridges and tunnels as suspicious—maybe even consider them to be possible terrorists. And so it wasn't exactly surprising that PATCO (the Delaware River Port Authority subsidiary that shuttles folks back and forth between Philadelphia and South Jersey over the Ben Franklin Bridge) posted the following on its website under the heading What Should I Consider Suspicious?: “Individuals observed filming or photographing passing trains, locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, rail yard operations, tracks, bridges, tunnels, commuter rail trains, subway trains, transit trains, stations and platforms.”But now, they've taken it down.
Remember Staphmeal? It's that blog that emerged last year, saying all sorts of nasty things about folks like Georges Perrier and Shola Olunloyo before Georges Perrier and Shola Olunloyo went to court, the guy behind the site ( Joshua Scott Albert) was outed, and Philadelphia magazine published a full-blown feature article on the whole thing in December. Well, Staphmeal is back with a snappy new design and making good on promises to keep up the, uh, good fight. Moments ago, Albert published his latest masterwork, "Mayor Nutter's Naughty Affairs & Strange Business Deals" in which he points to a "possible
[caption id="attachment_29055" align="aligncenter" width="452" caption="Photo: Ray Cunningham"][/caption]I have always found North Korea to be one of the most fascinating countries on earth. From the creepy cult of personality that surrounded Kim Jong-il to the traffic girls of Pyongyang to the fact that it is one of the last bastions of true socialism, this nation has always seemed to be almost of another planet.Recently, I talked to Ray Cunningham—one of the few Americans to visit North Korea annually—and asked him about North Korean bars, Kim Jong-il, and what it's like visiting North Korea as an American.