Arment Dietrich

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
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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
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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
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Does everything made in China pose risk?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 17, 2007 | 
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First children toys now Starbucks can kill? Well, I might have gone too far on that note, but why am I just now hearing about this? Being a PR professional and all, when I heard about the life risks of my expensive addiction I had to find out more.  Starbucks had to recall 250,000 cups sold at their stores after seven reports and chokings — with [&hellip
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Women's Suffrage

By: Arment Dietrich | October 17, 2007 | 
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Ann Coulter was recently quoted in The New York Observer, saying, “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least [&hellip
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Oops I Did It Again

By: Arment Dietrich | October 15, 2007 | 
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Wal-Mart can’t spin its way out of this one – workers in Pennsylvania just won a second suit against the company for working off the clock. When reports of forced unpaid overtime first surfaced, the megastore denied workers’ claims. But now, rather than trying to duck their heads, Wal-Mart has said that a few extra minutes of extra work here and there is insignificant, according to [&hellip
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Vote for the Fight Against Destructive Spin!

By: Arment Dietrich | October 10, 2007 | 
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Celebrity Spin, Sensationalism Destroying Media Judgment, Numbing Real News

By: Arment Dietrich | October 9, 2007 | 
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Here we go again! O.J. Simpson, the man who went from “Trying Harder” for Avis to transfixing a nation as his Ford Bronco raced the California freeways, is at it again.  And just as we’ve come to expect, his recent Las Vegas arrest captivates headlines that reach far beyond the tabloids.  Do we really care? When Anna Nicole Smith died, the media could not stop themselves.  [&hellip
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Using YouTube for Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | October 8, 2007 | 
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I find myself at a dilemma dealing with my post today.  On one hand I have my complete and utter disliking of police officers.  On the other, my detestation of dumb asses.  I am talking of the University of Floriduh student Andrew Meyer incident in which he gets Tased for his antics at a John Kerry forum.  The videotape of him “disturbing the peace” can be [&hellip
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And You thought Pay Day Loans Were Bad

By: Arment Dietrich | October 5, 2007 | 
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Worse than media spin, is perhaps when companies rely on spin to prey on unsuspecting people. A prime example of this spin is evident when looking at the current crisis in the subprime loan industry. To give some background, several years ago when interest rates were at all time lows, lenders enticed people to take on lines of credit for homes, cars, and credit cards, playing [&hellip
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