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British design firm seeks to rebrand American currency with Barack Obama on dollar bill

Posted by yoMcLovin on December 21, 2010

Dowling Duncan — a graphic design firm with offices in San Francisco and Newark, England — thinks that American currency needs a new look, so its designers have submitted an entry in the “Dollar Rede$ign Project,” which bills itself as a movement to “rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy” by rebranding the U.S. dollar.

Dowling Duncan’s submission is a rendering that appears quite European-ish, and envisions current President Barack Obama replacing George Washington on the dollar bill. Fast Company’s Suzanne LaBarre praised the Dowling Duncan design, writing, “The Obama bill anchors their sweeping concept for redesigning U.S. banknotes … The impetus: The greenback has an image problem. It has come to represent everything that’s wrong with the American economy, and worse, with its cartoonish graphics and vaguely sinister styling, it actually looks the part.”

Of course, the critics who assailed Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize as an unearned laurel are probably seeing red over him appearing, even hypothetically, on something as iconic as the dollar bill. But Dowling Duncan has proposed a host of other currency makeovers as well. For starters, it suggests giving each denomination a different color, while varying their size to make them easier to distinguish: The smaller the denomination, the smaller the size would be, with the $100 bill the largest of the bunch.

Obama aside, Dowling Duncan eschews the traditional presidential portrait in favor of higher-concept graphic images on the bills. The firm envisions an American Indian teepee on the $5 bill, the Bill of Rights on the $10, a mashup of American ingenuity on the $20, a bald eagle and 50 stars on the $50, and FDR’s image and a list of his accomplishments in his first 100 days as president on the C-note.

The firm offers up the reasoning behind the proposed makeovers in an explanatory note: “We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black-and-white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.”

The visual orientation of the Dowling Duncan bills is vertical, as opposed to traditional horizontal layout of American currency. The firm says that its research shows that this alteration was a no-brainer.

“When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally,” they say. “You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.”

That’s all well and good, but how would these notes would look in your wallet? Well, Dowling Duncan has also prototyped a rendering of the currency venturing out into the economic wilderness, below:


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If you can Tweet, Facebook, FarmVille, Foursquare, and play NBA 2K11 then you can VOTE…….

Posted by yoMcLovin on November 2, 2010

Make sure you get out and vote today. If you don’t know where to vote at click here to find out.


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Too F’N Funny: Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State Ni**a (Hard in The Paint Remix Parody)

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 21, 2010

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9/11 Remembrance: A Time for Unity

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 11, 2010

“Rest In Peace to the innocent people who lost their lives, in NYC, Washington, D.C. & Pennsylvania. And those who died as a result of the ensuing wars in Afghanistan & Iraq.”

The anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States is a time for Americans to remember they are “one nation under God” — no matter what that God is called, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.

Saturday will mark nine years since the deadly attacks, committed by Islamic militants, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn.

In recent months, events like the proposed burning of the Qur’an in Florida and the outcry over a proposed Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero have uncovered deep-seated feelings of suspicion and resentment toward Muslims.

Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left, Dan McWilliams, centre, and Billy Eisengrein raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Obama attributed those feelings in part to the struggling U.S. economy.

I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society,” Obama told reporters at a press conference Friday morning.

He harkened back to the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, praising then President George W. Bush, whom he more often criticizes, for being “crystal-clear about the fact that [America was] not at war with Islam.

And I will do everything that I can … to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation,” he said.

I think it is absolutely important now for the overwhelming majority of the American people to hang on to that thing that is best in us, a belief in religious tolerance, clarity about who our enemies are — our enemies are al-Qaeda and their allies who are trying to kill us.”

We have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other.”

As in other years, official ceremonies are planned Saturday in each of the three locations that were struck.

Obama will attend a commemoration at the Pentagon, while Vice-President Joe Biden will attend the ceremony at Ground Zero. First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will travel to Shanksville to observe the anniversary there.


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President Obama declares end to Iraq war, pledging it’s ‘time to turn the page’ and focus on economy [Video Inside] #presidentOBAMAwin

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 1, 2010

The NYDailyNews reports:

WASHINGTON – A somber President Obama declared an end to the long and costly Iraq war Tuesday night, pledging he now intends to “turn the page” to America’s economic revival.

“The American combat mission in Iraq has ended,” Obama told the nation in an 18-minute address, only his second from the Oval Office. “Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.”

The U.S. will help Iraq develop a stable government and keep up the increasingly difficult fight in Afghanistan, he pledged. But Obama asserted that “our central mission as a people and my central responsibility as President” is reinvigorating the limping economy at home.

“Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work,” he said.


The leader speaking from the Oval Office on Tuesday night was not the anti-war candidate of 2008.

Thank goodness for that.

President Obama praised the fact that “the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” even though he opposed the troop surge that made it possible to turn the tide against the insurgency.

He hailed “a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization,” even though he opposed the conflict from the start.

He commended the troops for defeating “a regime that had terrorized its people,” when the fact is Saddam Hussein would probably still be in power today if not for the war.

Many will seize on the awkwardness of Obama giving credit to George W. Bush and the “dumb war” (Obama’s words) he started. But when a President gets handed the keys to the country, he has to adjust to national security realities.

Obama didn’t want to invade Iraq, as he delicately acknowledged Tuesday night. But the responsibility to make the best of it, and wind down the war, fell to him. He sucked it up, followed through with the surge and did what he promised, ending U.S. combat operations there.

In other words, he behaved like a responsible commander in chief. Let that be a lesson to those, especially on the far right, who seek to delegitimize all Obama says and does.

Obama’s most rabid right-wing enemies must get used to it: This is America’s President. This is the troops’ commander. Whether you like it or not, at least until 2012.

Disagree with him. Disagree with him vociferously if you want. Dissent is perfectly American. But stop trying to smear him as un-American. That’s sick and corrosive.

Do the majority of Republicans – who, according to a new Newsweek poll, reportedly believe that Obama “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world” – really grasp what they’re suggesting?

Does Rush Limbaugh, who calls “Imam Hussein Obama” an “anti-American President,” have no shame?

Do these people understand that in Afghanistan, Obama has escalated a front-line war against Islamic fundamentalists?

Do they know that in P***stan, Obama is ordering far more drone strikes against Islamist radicals than his predecessor did?

Again: Disagreement is perfectly patriotic. But by unscrupulously attacking the patriotism of the commander in chief, rabid Obama haters are toying with the people whose service they claim to salute.

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