Arment Dietrich

Spinning Science

By: Arment Dietrich | August 10, 2007 | 
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It’s no great new phenomenon that people influence each other. Time and time again research proves that peer pressure is existent everywhere yet when a new study is released stating eating habits are influenced by friends there’s a media blitz. The new study suggests that a friend’s behavior can influence your eating and fitness decisions. This study seems to make perfect sense though because when you [&hellip... Read More
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Can Spin Be Silent?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 9, 2007 | 
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The Bears fan in me was really happy to hear that Lance Briggs is out there sweating with the rest of the boys in Bourbonnais.  Jumping into training camp a few days late, Briggs appeared to have put his contract woes behind him.  Surrounded by fans eager for an autograph (I’m jealous I wasn’t there), the two-time Pro Bowler and weakside linebacker for the Bears did [&hellip... Read More
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The Smoking Ban Has Made Its Way to The Wonderful World of Disney

By: Arment Dietrich | August 8, 2007 | 
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The movie giant announced it will eliminate smoking scenes from films, noting that “A villain can be bad without smoking” and that “a hero can be cool without smoking,” according to Disney CEO Robert Iger. In addition to Disney-label films, Touchstone Pictures and Mirimax, also owned by Disney, will be strongly discouraged from incorporating smoking scenes and characters into their films. I can’t help but notice [&hellip... Read More
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The Forever Stamp: A Billion Spins for Eternal Rate Hikes

By: Arment Dietrich | August 5, 2007 | 
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I’m just old enough to remember the concept of mailing a letter for less than a dime – maybe even a nickel.  And frankly, 41 cents for coast-to-coast delivery of a card that warms the heart of a loved one is an amazing deal.  Anyone who travels the world knows that like so many other privileges of the United States, day-to-day our nation enjoys comparatively affordable [&hellip... Read More
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What is Going on With Sports?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 3, 2007 | 
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ESPN’s Pat Forde took it upon himself to show how America’s top professional sports organizations are under fire.  The story is a great piece to enlighten people on the controversies surrounding the NBA, the NFL, and MLB, and how the commissioners of each have to resolve the controversies.  My problem doesn’t lay within the article itself, but more of how the controversies are being spun as [&hellip... Read More
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Dope, Dope, Dope

By: Arment Dietrich | July 31, 2007 | 
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It seems to be the summer for illegal drugs.  You’d have to live under a rock to have not heard about the troubles of Lindsay Lohan, Barry Bonds and Michael Rassmussen.  All are at the center of investigations alleging illegal drug use and all are using spin to cover every excuse possible. “The drugs were in my pocket, but they’re not mine.” “Doctors ought to quit [&hellip... Read More
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Spinonomics

By: Arment Dietrich | July 29, 2007 | 
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What do you get when investors base their stock choices on spin? Spinonomics. It seems like every time I turn around, the stock market is plummeting or soaring based on the comments of a few powerful analysts and investors. I get it. They’re smarter than me; I never even took economics. But it seems analysts have replaced their econ training with doctorates in spin. Thursday marked [&hellip... Read More
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Let’s Go Green

By: Arment Dietrich | July 26, 2007 | 
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I am all for going green.  I love our planet earth, and I like doing little things that make me feel a part of something bigger.  But, if it was 104 degrees outside and I had to go to work for a full nine hour day, I don’t think I would be all for the air conditioning being turned down. Shanghai workers were told that on [&hellip... Read More
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The Secret to making an obscene amount of money is spinning an unlikely and misleading story

By: Arment Dietrich | July 25, 2007 | 
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Want to get rich quick?  Want to stay healthy and find true love?  Want to lose those love handles?  Well quit thinking fat thoughts, doughboy, and think positive!  It’s all right in front of you…so says the author of “The Secret,” the Oprah-endorsed best seller that claims to hold the secret to success in its faux-dog eared pages. But despite its impressive sales, the book seems [&hellip... Read More
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Say It Ain’t So: When Professional Athletes Cross the Line and Aren’t Wanted Back

By: Arment Dietrich | July 25, 2007 | 
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We’ve heard it all, the dog days of summer, who let the dogs out? even dead-meat, but on September 9, 2007, opening day for the Atlanta Falcons against the Minnesota Vikings, can the American public stomach watching Michael Vick race onto the field?  Professional athletes, even celebrities, can push the limits further than the average citizen, however, when is it too far?  In a public relation’s [&hellip... Read More