Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Boycotting Koch Products is Not Just Fun but Mostly Remarkably Easy

I was thrown into a brief quandary when I thought that the "hacker" group Anonymous was trying to get us to boycott Vanity Fair because of the Koch Brothers. What has Graydon gotten up to! I thought. But no, they mean the paper plates and napkins. Oh.

If you can manage to not purchase those or their similar products (Brawny!), you can also probably forego all the Koch Brothers' Invista products, including Stainmaster carpeting (ew) and Lycra. You can avoid Lycra, right? Also maybe look out for like, oil and natural gas. Good luck with that!

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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

As long as the Kochs don't get into store-brand disposable plates and napkins, I should be good to go.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Can't live without my Dixie Cup®. Man got to spit.

Is there a bonfire into which I can toss my Vanity Fair Paper Dinner Plates?

KarenUhOh (#19)

Well I for one have serious issues with giving my hard-earned American Dollars to the Chinettes.

I'm devastated. This is going to ruin my turn on Dancing with the Stars.

ohitsmolly (#10,158)

I'm just glad I don't have to boycott Mardi Gras, the (very religious) holiday.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

Wow, my company's proxy servers do not like me trying to link to the story – apparently that click was logged and tracked as well as blocked.

Anyone care to list the evil libertarian consumer goods I should be avoiding? And can anyone get me a new job after they fire me in a few minutes?

freetzy (#7,018)

You won't be needing a job where you're going.

U.S. Product Boycott List

* Vanity Fair
* Quilted Northern
* Angel Soft
* Sparkle
* Brawny
* Mardi Gras
* Dixie

Also anything with a Georgia Pacific logo (which all the above disposable brands have).

KarenUhOh (#19)

People die for to bring us those napkins, you know:

Astigmatism (#1,950)

Hm. While I've bypassed Vanity Fair for years – the paper napkins at Ikea are the bomb, at $2 for 100 and very good quality – and I'm an ironclad supporter of Bounty and Charmin, I don't know what I would do without my Dixie Cups. Can we set up a segregated cups company that would get me my Dixie awesomeness but not put any money toward evil?

I'm way ahead of the curve: I've been boycotting Jim Koch's Samuel Adams for years.

But mostly because it sucks.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

How dare you.

riggssm (#760)

Agree. Their only semi-decent beer is Brick Red (tap only, limited locations).

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Wait, what? Noble Pils = half decent beer where'er my travels take me. (The Rye one is ok too.)

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@dnt: I was about to type this. There's an argument to be made that Sam only makes one decent beer. But to say that one beer is the Brick Red and not the Noble Pils? Madness!

riggssm (#760)

Ugh. If I wanted to drink pine-needles, I'd order gin, thanks. /ducks

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Hmmm. Then you'd definitely not be interested in this.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@riggssm, OK. (I like retsina, actually.) But have you had a Sam Adams at Corner Bistro lately? It tastes a little more like strawberries there.

riggssm (#760)

(Back from meetings) @bod, that looks ____? Have you tasted it?

@dnt, I honestly think Sam has serviceable, but not great, product. Cheap enough if I've drank/smoked my taste buds into submission. I blame dirty lines as much as 'meh' product, though too: a good beer at one bar can taste foul at the bar down the street.

Unfortunately never been to Corner Bistro. I'm Boston, through and through.

@Clarence Rosario I know its an old post but I just wanted to let ya know that Jim Koch isn't related to them

freetzy (#7,018)

No Mr. Sparkle? But he's so disrespectful to dirt. Can you see he's serious?

Ardnay (#990)

I hope this makes those bastards nervous. There's nothing I'd love to see more than a big, sweaty Koch.

City_Dater (#2,500)

It's pronounced "coke" but hey, points for trying.

There's a youngest Koch brother who has described his older brothers, in public, as "running a criminal enterprise" — I'm going to go find out what he makes and buy some of it.

zidaane (#373)

Nothing good has come from Kansas.

bsharp186 (#286,017)

@zidaane keep an eye on Kansas in November. We just might throw out governor Sam Brownback

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Hmm. I'm torn. On the one hand, I support unions…on the other hand, Lycra does great things to my ass.

What about things that David Koch has given money to — am I suppose to stop watching PBS because they receive a good deal of money from Koch?

I am such a confused liberal right now.

David (#192)

For now, we can leave the Dart family (and their $1.1 Billion annual sales of disposable goods) out of it, right? After all, they only left the country and gave up their US Citizenship for the Cayman Islands to avoid paying US Income and Estate taxes …

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