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Not long after the 9/11 attacks, lobbyist Howard Marlowe sought help for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). A letter to Congress his firm helped prepare said that the economic fallout from the attacks paled “in comparison with the unspeakable human losses of that day,” but said that urgent action was nonetheless required—specifically, lavishing money on wealthy beach communities. “Many national leaders have stated that increased tourism is imperative to the recovery of our economic strength,” the letter claimed.
And just as the lobbyist used terrorism to seek a competitive advantage for the ASBPA, Six Flags’ P.R. department yesterday put out a release that sought to capitalize on recession and high gas prices. While it doesn’t quite reach the comic-opera level of absurdity of Marlowe’s letter, it’s still a good read for a lazy Friday afternoon:
I am reaching out to you to see if you would like to set up an interview with our CEO, Mark Shapiro. He can be available to discuss Six Flags and the economy.
With high gas prices rising to over $4.00 or more, families are looking for fun and entertaining things to do with their families that are exciting, affordable and closer to home. Six Flags definitely meets those criteria. With over 21 parks across the US, Canada and Mexico, Six Flags is the ultimate entertainment destination with something for every member of the family from child, tween, teen and even parents! With a jaw-dropping ride or family-friendly attraction in every park this season, Six Flags is THE place to be for all things entertainment, fun and thrill-seeking for guests of all ages.
To combat the current economy, we have also lowered prices at some of our parks across the US and Mark is able to speak to this as well. Many families will be searching for something to do with their friends and families, and Six Flags is definitely the “daycation” for them. Let me know if you are interested.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
The new docudrama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) isn’t really about Orenthal James Simpson. It’s about the trials that ran alongside his — those informal, unboundaried, court-of-public-opinion trials in which evidence was heard for and against the murder victims, the defense and the prosecution, the judge, the jury, and the Los Angeles Police Department, to say nothing of white and black America. History has freed us from suspense about Simpson’s verdict, so that the man himself (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is less the tragic hero he seemed in the mid-Nineties than a curiously minor character. He comes to the center of our attention only once, in Episode 2, at the end of the lengthy Ford Bronco chase scene — which in real life was followed by a surreal cavalcade of police cars and media helicopters, as well as an estimated 95 million live viewers — when Simpson repeatedly, and with apparent sincerity, apologizes for taking up so much of so many people’s time. It is an uncannily ordinary moment of social decorum, a sort of could-you-please-pass-the-salt gesture on a sinking Titanic, in which Simpson briefly becomes more than just an archetype.
Amount an auditor estimated last year that Oregon could save each year by feeding prisoners less food:
Kentucky is the saddest state.
An Italian economist was questioned on suspicion of terrorism after a fellow passenger on an American Airlines flight witnessed him writing differential equations on a pad of paper.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”