Arment Dietrich

Awards for Bad Products Equals Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | November 4, 2007 | 
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What do you get when you combine misleading advertising with sleeping pills? — the Consumers International list of bad product awards. The U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese firm Takeda Pharmaceuticals took the cake for their promotion of a sleeping drug, Rozerem, to children, according to AFP article posted on Yahoo! News. Consumer International, a global consumer group, announces the awards at the Consumers International World Congress [&hellip... Read More
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Ignoring the elephant in the room

By: Arment Dietrich | November 1, 2007 | 
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Two friends and I went to go see The Darjeeling Limited last weekend. And while, to us three Wes Anderson devotees, Owen Wilson’s recent suicide attempt lent little, if any, unintentional pathos to his physical appearance in the film (Wilson’s character is bandaged heavily from a recent accident) I wondered later about how Wilson’s public persona – affable, charming, stoner lothario – would be affected by [&hellip... Read More
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Spin Me a Wedding

By: Arment Dietrich | October 31, 2007 | 
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Although it’s not May yet, it seems like everyone has weddings on the brain. This may be due to the fact that I just celebrated my first anniversary and one of my best friends is engaged, but even Daily Candy is putting out its wedding guides. When I finished planning my wedding a year ago, I was convinced I wanted to become a wedding planner. I [&hellip... Read More
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Fear + Marketing = Higher Ratings

By: Arment Dietrich | October 30, 2007 | 
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On Tuesday, October 16th, Steven Colbert of “The Colbert Report” made a fantastic revelation regarding CNN’s marketing strategy for their newest series, “Planet in Peril”.  He states: “CNN is so committed to raising awareness of the depletion of our natural resources; they put a 6 foot square poster in each of the 2.3 Million copies of today’s USA Today. That is 13.8 Million square feet of [&hellip... Read More
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National Uproar About a Dog?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 29, 2007 | 
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Not too long ago I was thinking about adopting a rescue soft-coated Wheaton terrier.  I saved up the money and found a great organization to apply to.  But man!  Who would have thought that rescuing a dog, saving a dog’s life, giving that family-less dog a home would undergo so many rules? So you can only imagine my interest in following the Ellen DeGeneres story.  I [&hellip... Read More
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Colorado Rockies, Who?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 26, 2007 | 
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Every so often a no-name baseball team comes out of nowhere and wins 21 of the last 22 games.  Actually, not really, it’s pretty unheard of.  But, the Colorado Rockies has always been seen as the team that has some great players, but never really makes it past regular season… until now. The Rockies buzz slowly faded after Coors Field was built in downtown Denver, August [&hellip... Read More
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“Today's relationships: Long on utility, short on love?”

By: Arment Dietrich | October 24, 2007 | 
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I wasn’t surprised when I came across this highly publicized Craigslist posting, forwarded from a friend who works on Wall Street. This particular woman is claiming to be a spectacularly beautiful, classy, articulate 25-year-old. The only problem is she is frustrated because she has not met her sugar daddy, also known as an older man who is able to gain a younger woman by having lots [&hellip... Read More
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Overweight at Work

By: Arment Dietrich | October 22, 2007 | 
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I’m getting really tired of the news being splattered with new studies every day. Half of them are crap, and the other half probably couldn’t pull their own weight if they were given a good look. Penelope Trunk’s recent article, “Is your image hurting your career?” discusses how appearances rule the workplace and is an interesting article to display my distaste for studies.  Trunk claims, and [&hellip... Read More
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One Billion for Saddam?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 19, 2007 | 
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Reported by Spanish newspaper El Pais September 26, 2007, Saddam Hussein had volunteered to step down in exchange for $1 billion and “all the information he wants about weapons of mass destruction.” If you don’t believe it, you can read about it here. According to the New York Times in January 2007, the estimated cost of the war in Iraq is $1.2 trillion. That’s right, trillion, [&hellip... Read More
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Taking Risks

By: Arment Dietrich | October 18, 2007 | 
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There are always risks in anything that you do.  Think about it.  It can be as simple as deciding not to carry an umbrella when you know it could rain or a bit more difficult like telling a friend the truth when you know there is a risk that it might ruin your friendship.  You want to make decisions and be confident in them and hope [&hellip... Read More