Arment Dietrich

Put "Best" to Rest

By: Arment Dietrich | August 17, 2007 | 
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Corporations sling around the words “biggest” and “best” so often, the words have lost what little meaning they once had.  The terms are vague at best (noticed that, did you?), and typically don’t help paint a picture for consumers anyway.  Why is the new phone the best?  Does it have super sexy technology or really freakin’ cool design?  That’s what consumers really want to know. Rather [&hellip
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History Is Made?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 16, 2007 | 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007, just before 11 p.m. my time, American history was made.  The number 756 marks the new standing title in home run baseball history.  Yes, I turned off E! and switched the channel over to ESPN as the announcement was made, on the bottom of my screen, that Barry Bonds broke the record. But wait, as I sat up in bed waiting to [&hellip
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Weathering Hype

By: Arment Dietrich | August 15, 2007 | 
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Hawaii battened down the hatches for Hurricane Flossie this week only to have it pass by as a weak storm. This got me thinking about the people of Hawaii, the closed schools and tourist destinations and the panic that was broadcast in the days leading up to what amounted to a tropical storm. As news goes, there is no doubt the weather falls under “need to know”. My question [&hellip
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Who’s to Blame and Who Will End up Taking Blame?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 13, 2007 | 
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In the wake of the tragedy on bridge I-35W in Minneapolis, reports are surfacing and the finger is being pointed in all directions.  As early as 1996, concerns were raised regarding the safety of the bridge, four years later engineers suggested the bridge be redecked or even replaced.  After the 1996 findings, the bridge was inspected annually but little was done to repair the damage that [&hellip
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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