'FEAR' memorial ribbon


Click for larger, printable version. Adhere print-out to cutable magnetic (available at your favorite local hardware store) or glue directly to your car. Coating with weather-proof acrylic spray recommended. Thanks in advance for showing your support. -homies

Let people know how scared you are with the new 'FEAR' memorial ribbon. Do you fear our nation's impending destruction at the hands of our own government? That's a good one. How about a fear of people who believe a war on terror will be solved with car ribbons? Sure, that's good, too.

But how about fears closer to home: Do you fear the encroaching tidal virus from the west? Do you fear that you'll never own property? Do you fear a city council that would govern your bowel movements given the slightest opportunity?

Or how about the fear of a future without the churlish barbs provided to you weekly by a ragtag band of homies who exist only to please you? (shudder to think)

Supporting's advertisers ensures a future that includes plenty of homestyle goofery. (2008 UPDATE: Especially in these turbulent economic times, what with the impending economic apocalypse and all-ed.) And anyway, without, there would be a lot more to be afraid of. You can believe us. We'd be unemployed, brimming with ennui, and up to no good. No good at all.

Think locally.

Consume thoughtfully.

Floss regularly.


mochina 17 years, 10 months ago

I hate to defend meowllory because of the way he uses language which sounds like an angry teenager who cannot be reasoned with.

However, I wish to point out that my personal objection to Starbucks is not its status as a major corporation. Does anyone remember the idea of "think globally, act locally?" Starbucks has ONE line of coffee that is free-trade, meaning, they pay INTERNATIONAL MINIMUM WAGES for that line of coffee only. The rest, including the espresso bean used when ordering a latte, is raised and farmed by those making LESS THAN that standard in a third world country.

I was born and raised in Seattle and all too clearly remember the WTO convention that brought Starbuck's inhumane practice to my attention.

Some coffee for thought.

samsamsamsam 17 years, 11 months ago

At least starbucks gives back to the community that provides its business. Until the day that starts putting up ads for wal-mart, i'll still be a fan of the site

Jill Ensley 17 years, 11 months ago

I'm not going to get all pissy about Starbucks advertising on here. That's business, and though I wouldn't take their money, I can't blame people who would.

Seriously though, aside from all the corporate shenannigans and goings-on, their coffee is just BAD. I think people forget that because they're so caught up in the anti-corporate thing, which is still a damn fine reason to hate Starbucks. When the head honcho says that there needs to be a Starbucks on every corner because Americans don't walk, well...personally, I take my money elsewhere, even if Starbucks is more "convenient". It's not just about supporting local businesses.

And yeah, my ex worked at one (he quit due to their "policies" and the customer attitude their "policies" foster). And sure, they treat their employees well, if you give in to the brainwashing and agree to have the chip implanted in the base of your skull. AHAHAHA. I kid. You can say "well, it creates jobs" all you want, but PERSONALLY, as that's all I can speak for, I'd rather eat rat poop and live under the bridge than take a job there.

Sorry, I see "Starbucks" and something in my brain crackles.

David Ryan 17 years, 11 months ago

I wonder what the above commenter thinks about the local Lawrence citizens who -- god forbid -- work at Starbuck's?

Are they worthy of your scorn? Are they a fifth column secretly designing to undermine your precious Lawrence way of life -- whatever that might be?

I work locally, too. And I shop locally. And my favorite coffee shop is the Bourgeois Pig.

And I know many of the fine local Lawrence folk who work at Starbuck's.

They pay rent or mortgages in town. They have kids who depend on them. They shop locally, putting the money they earn at Starbuck's back into the local economy.

What if, god forbid, a Starbuck's employee were to shop wherever it is the anonymous poster above works? Would you, anonymous poster, decline to take their dollars? How far does your ideological intolerance (is Lenin still in?) go?

Interestingly, Starbuck's is, currently, the only coffee shop in Lawrence that advertises in Meaning, they themselves, as a coffee shop, are "shopping locally" -- helping support a publication we believe in and love and think deserving of support. (Question, anonymous poster: does your business help support

I'm sure each business in town has good reasons for putting their advertising dollars to work where they see fit.

But when it comes to voting with dollars, spending locally, there's one coffee shop that consistently votes to support, both in print and online -- and that's Starbuck's.

Like it or not, anonymous poster, that's just as significant as your shopping locally -- at least to those of us who want very much to see's print edition continue to flourish.

meowllory 17 years, 12 months ago

awesome, support local businesses and shop STARBUCKS? what the hell...advertisement to my left...bullshit dude! i work locally and support locally...fuck starbucks i wouldn't let them advertise on my ass for the amount they pay you.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss 17 years, 11 months ago

David -- very, very well said.

Meowllory -- my challenge to you: you don't like seeing MegaCorps advertising in Call your favorite local business, and ask them to support us. Then you'll get the warn fuzzies from our ads, and we'll get our bi-weekly always-smaller-than-you-think-its-going-to-be-but-nevertheless-well-loved paychecks.

barr 17 years, 11 months ago

I love Starbucks and I'm not afraid of anything! You guys are wimps! LOL LOL LOL LOL!

Have_you_tried_Wushu 17 years, 11 months ago

I've heard that in some instances these corporate businesses can be owned by some very local people. Bummer.

alerixon1 16 years, 1 month ago

Not to be picky, but Starbucks carries one line of fair trade coffee, not free trade. Fair trade ensures producers are paid a living wage, work in safe conditions, have long term contracts, use environmentally sustainable practices. Free trade does none of these.

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