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Accidental email brings product placement agency under fire

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:37 am

Sunday, September 21, 2008

An email accidentally sent to Jeff Crouse of the Anti-Advertising Agency recently brought the controversial techniques of the advertising firm Kluger Agency under fire.

“I’m writing because we feel you may be a good company to participate in a brand integration campaign within the actual lyrics of one of the worlds most famous recording artists upcoming song/album,” the email read, offering to place Jeff Crouse‘s fake brand, Double Happiness Jeans, into the songs of popular artists. It was posted on his blog along with a reply that mocked Kluger and brought ridicule and criticism against Adam Kugler and his agency. According to Crouse, Kluger emailed him once again to claim it had been an automated email, and later requested that Crouse remove the post and comments criticizing himself and his agency, threatening a $150,000 lawsuit against Crouse for defamation.

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Kluger Agency is known for advertising brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike by inserting the brand names in the songs of popular artists like Mariah Carey, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Lady GaGa and Ludacris. Kluger, founded in 2006, represents over 170 corporations and focuses on well-known record labels.

Kluger and his PR team have come forward defending the advertising techniques, stating that they do not have songs made just for the products in question and do not infringe on artistic integrity. “Now, we don’t want an artist to write a song specifically to promote a brand, we just feel that if it’s a product that’s admired by the artist and fits his/her image, we now have the capability of leveling out the playing field and making things financially beneficial for all parties involved,” he was quoted saying to Wired.

However, the agency’s website shows video examples of its product placement, with brand images and names often being repeated, pointed at, praised, or being the basis of the song. The website also advertises that “a successful ‘brand-dropping’ campaign will imprint [the] brand name and product into your market’s subconscious”.

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Bush reacts to the Iraq Study Report

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:33 am

Friday, December 8, 2006

When introducing the Iraq Study Group Report to a Senate Committee, former Secretary of State James Baker emphasized that all the 79 recommendations in the report complemented each other and had to be taken together. This was not a “fruit salad” from which one could pick and choose. Despite this, President Bush is giving indications that he is going to do just that. While agreeing that the Report had some good points to make, he said that he had also asked the Pentagon, the State Department and other government agencies to reflect on the Iraq situation and report their conclusions to him.

The report proposes progressive changes to the role of the troops deployed in Iraq, from combat to the training of Iraqi forces and the withdrawal of all combat troops by early 2008, depending on local conditions. The President made it clear that matters concerning the deployment of troops were for the military to determine. A change of strategy is expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

Bush has said that he will not talk with Syria or Iran unless they meet certain conditions. Syria would have to “stop destabilizing” the government of the Lebanon. Iran must “verifiably suspend their nuclear enrichment program.” In declaring these conditions, Bush and Tony Blair, prime movers in the invasion of Iraq, are in agreement.

Tony Blair reflected that the report’s recommendations that settling the Arab/Israeli disputes in the area should be given priority. He has said that the key to solving the problems in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere lay in settling the two-state disputes in Palestine. He announced that he would be visiting the region shortly. He would bring his experience in Northern Ireland to bear on the problem, indicating that persistence was needed to achieve reconciliation. President Bush said he supported this initiative.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, flatly rejected the notion that there was any connection between the problems in Palestine and the situation in Iraq. He stated that the time may not be right for Israel to be negotiating with Syria and he reiterated Israel’s absolute opposition to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Robert Gates, the new candidate US Secretary of Defense, asserted that Iran is surrounded by nuclear powers, including Israel. Shimon Peres, Israel’s deputy prime minister, refused to affirm or deny whether Israel had a nuclear weapons capability, saying that such uncertainty was a defense in itself.

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The Easy Way To Build A Good Credit Score

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:26 am

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By Stu Pearson

If you want to have a good credit score, you need to be very decisive and flexible at all times. Although there are some people who have large credit lines, this does not mean that they can always handle their debts properly, resulting in bad credit.

If you’re applying for credit, be sure that the consumer reporting company who processes the application uses accurate information in your credit report. If there are any disputes, you must be sure to ask them to include copies of the documents that can support your position.

With regard to providing complete information like your name and address, you must clearly state in your letter the identification of each item in your report that you dispute. You must state the facts and explain why you have disputed the information. You must request that the information should be corrected or deleted.

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You can also enclose a copy of your report along with the items in question. You can send your letter through a certified mail and you should keep the return receipt that is requested so you can document what the consumer reporting company has received from you, and when it was sent. It is important that you keep the copies of your dispute letter with the enclosures.

The consumer reporting companies should investigate the items in the question, this usually takes no more than 30 days unless the company considers your dispute frivolous. If you make a request, the consumer reporting company should send notices of some corrections to anyone who has received the report in the past six months.

You must tell the creditor or the one who provided the information that you are disputing an item. Make sure that you include copies of documents that give support to your position. Many of the providers specify an address for disagreements. If your provider makes a report about the item to the consumer reporting company, the report should include a notice of your dispute. In this case, if you are correct and the information has been proven to be inaccurate, the information provider will not report it again.

Your credit report will not actually echo all your credit accounts, even if most of the department stores and bank credit card accounts are included in your file, some are not. Some that are not included are those from the local retailers, gasoline card companies and credit unions.

If you are planning to start your own credit line, make sure that you are familiar with the credit score tips and ways to build your credit score. It might not be easy to build and keep good credit, but if you know how to watch and take care of your credit line, you will find out that you can keep your shopping worry-free.

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First Active offer 100% mortgages in Ireland

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:25 am

Thursday, July 14, 2005

First Active has become the first financial institution to offer 100% mortgages in the Republic of Ireland. The bank previously offered 100% financing to professionals in finance and medicine, but is now to offer this product to anyone who can afford to meet the repayments.

The development is a huge boost for first time home buyers who have been struggling to get on the Irish property market in recent years due to the rapid increase in house prices. A typical first time buyer in Dublin with 92% financing would normally have to put down a deposit of €20,000-€30,000 in cash, but now have the option to produce no deposit.

First Active has said that 100% mortgages will be available across its entire range of mortgage products.

Note however that this is not necessarily an entirely positive development.

The United States and most of Europe have experienced a housing price bubble in recent years. A bubble occurs when buyers purchase a property not because its price is appropriate for its actual value but because they expect the price to significantly rise in the short term permitting resale with a profit.

In other words, the prices people pay for properties becomes divorced from the real value of the property; the purchase is speculative and depends purely upon the expectation that people will continue to buy properties in this way (e.g. without proper consideration of their real value).

The terrible weakness in this is that when the market corrects itself and prices fall to a level where properties are being priced at their actual realistic value, anyone holding a property loses a great deal of money, since the price they paid does not reflect the actual realistic value of the property.

This kind of shock to the housing market is extremely undesirable. Significant write downs in the value of property often significantly depress the economy as a whole.

Less than 100% mortgages force buyers to invest a significant amount of money in the act of purchasing their house, which tends to discourage purely speculative purchasing, thus helping to mediate house price bubbles.

With 100% financing, anyone who can meet repayments can speculatively purchase a property. This naturally encourages pricing bubbles.

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News briefs:October 21, 2007

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:17 am

Audio Wikinews News Brief for October 21, 2007

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The time is 6:15 UTC and this an Audio Wikinews Brief for the weekend of Sunday, October 21, 2007.

Contents

  • 1 Thousands flee renewed violence in Congo
  • 2 Blast kills 8, injures 126 at a mall in Manila, The Philippines
  • 3 Mass suspensions and relief of duties after US B-52 flew with armed nuclear missiles
  • 4 Half of life could go extinct by century’s end, warn eminent biologists
  • 5 US stock markets tumble on ‘Black Monday’ anniversary
  • 6 South African reggae star Lucky Dube shot dead in attempted carjacking
  • 7 Man throws red paint in Roman Trevi fountain to protest film festival
  • 8 South Africa defeats England 15 – 6 to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup

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For fans, by fans: Toronto anime event 2017 among continent’s largest

  • Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:17 am

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Anime North is “by the fans, for the fans”, event chair Irwin Tan told Wikinews in an interview at the event, Saturday. Started by a group of university anime clubs in 1997, it has grown to become one of the largest conventions of its kind in North America, spanning three days, five venues, and tens of thousands of fans.

Along with the dealer’s hall, industry tables, and artist booths typical of conventions, Anime North’s convention floor included a formal gallery space, a charity auction in support of Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital, an aerial performer, gaming tables, archery tag, dance events, and outdoor concerts. At one of the hotels surrounding the main venue, an entire 5000 volume manga library was available, for attendees looking to take a quiet pause. Full programming tracks about ball-jointed dolls — Doll North — and homoerotic-themed anime and manga — Yaoi/Yuri North — were also given entire hotels to themselves, allowing them to offer extensive programming.

As with many fan conventions, many fans attended in cosplay of their favourite characters. Some outfits included massive props, like wings, weapons, or even an additional character riding on their back. A variety of anime and manga worlds were represented, as well as video games like Undertale, Western comic books, Disney characters, even “Smug Wendy”, and the Ferocious Beast from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. The event offered panels to help costume creators and wearers develop in their hobby, such as “Thermoplastics for Cosplay”, looking at the pliable polymers used to create things like character armour, and “Social Media for Cosplayers”.

The cosplay subculture of animegao kigurumi, for which masks of mainly human characters are worn, was well-represented. Ride the Pig Studios, a Nevada-based studio, was set up in the industry section with a photo booth for attendees to get a photo with practitioners of the craft, and two sessions, including one hosted by Kazunori Uhyo Sugiura, a university professor attending from Japan.

Anime North was deemed the fourth largest convention in North American with a primary theme of anime, in 2016, by AnimeCons.com.

Cosplay coverage continues after the interview.

Contents

  • 1 Interview with Irwin Tan
  • 2 Cosplay highlights
  • 3 Conservative convention next door
  • 4 Related news
  • 5 Sources
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Buy Term Life Insurance Online It’s Quick And Easy

  • Posted on April 29, 2018 at 1:33 am

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The purchase of term life insurance can be easy and painless. The online shopper can search the web for term life insurance rates and find enough information to make a decision very quickly. The key to shopping for life insurance is pre-determining the amount that you need and the type of term policy to cover that need. Once you resolve these two issues then you are able to go online knowing exactly what you are looking for and that is a major time saver.

Single Needs Purchases1.Final Expense Fund

– Final Expense insurance is a basic single need purchase. Shopping for final expense is the simplest single need life insurance purchase that you will ever make. Determine the amount that you want for burial expense and go shopping for it online.

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2.Mortgage Life Insurance

– Mortgage life insurance is another basic single need that you can shop for online. This is a decreasing term policy that is issued to cover the mortgage balance on your home.

3.Readjustment Period

– This is another single needs purchase. This policy is purchased to provide an income for the beneficiary for a pre-determined length of time.

The combination of all of these needs can be purchased in one or two policies as well. You will shop with greater confidence and purpose if you can pre-determine the amount that you need. The type of policy is your next decision. Do you need a Mortgage policy for 10, 15, 20, or 30 years? Level Term insurance is usually purchased for income replacement. How many years do you need your income replaced? When you answer these questions then you are off and running. There may be a waiver of premium rider available with your term policy. This rider will pay your policy premium should you become disabled. Make sure that you are comparing your term policy with and without this rider.

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Mouse makes nest in cash machine, eats money

  • Posted on April 29, 2018 at 1:24 am

Sunday, April 1, 2007

In Estonia, a mouse made its nest in a cash machine and spent the weekend eating tens of thousands of kroons in bank notes. The critter was discovered after a customer making a withdrawal got half-eaten bills from the machine.

At some stage over the weekend the chewed money jammed, and the mouse seems to have spent the rest of the weekend turning the notes into bedding. It probably was attracted by the warmth from the machine and decided to make itself at home.
 

Experts are now investigating how the rodent was able to get into the ATM.

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US Treasury Department unveils new ten-dollar bill

  • Posted on April 29, 2018 at 1:19 am

Thursday, September 29, 2005

A new redesigned US $10 bill was introduced at a ceremony yesterday on Ellis Island. The new bill adds three new background colors; red, yellow and orange. It continues to feature Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary. The $10 bill is the third US bill to switch from the traditional green. The $20 and $50 bills were redesigned to feature color within the past two years.

The improvements in digital technology have made it much easier for counterfeiters. “Ten years ago, 1 percent of (counterfeit) bills were produced on digital equipment. These days, 56 percent are produced on digital equipment, and the technology is more accessible to the general population,” said Eric Zahren, spokesman for the Secret Service.

According to the Treasury Department, to be able to keep ahead of counterfeiters currency will need to continue to be updated every seven to ten years. The $10 bill was last redesigned in 2000. “The intention was not to create a counterfeit-proof note—which is basically impossible—but one that’s harder to duplicate and easier to authenticate,” said Zahren. This new bill includes many new and enhanced security features such as color-shifting ink, a watermark, microprinting and a security thread

Dawn Haley of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing said in a statement “The new $10 note design continues the U.S. Government’s efforts to make our currency safer, smarter, and more secure.” The new $10 bill is expected to go into circulation in early 2006.

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Dozens injured by sudden change in altitude on Qantas jet

  • Posted on April 29, 2018 at 1:16 am

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More than forty passengers have been hospitalised, fourteen of whom are seriously injured, after an Airbus A330-300 owned and operated by Qantas suddenly departed level flight, hurling people into the airliner’s ceiling.

The flight between Singapore and Perth, Australia was cruising at 37,000 feet when a cockpit alert was triggered warning the flight crew of a possible malfunction with the aircraft’s elevator, which controls pitch.

The aircraft then performed an uncommanded climb of 300 feet, before nosing down hard and falling an undetermined distance believed to be several thousand feet. During this descent, many of the 303 passengers and 10 crew were thrown against the ceiling, injuring many of them. The flight crew declared ‘pan-pan‘, one level below a full life-threatening emergency, and performed an emergency landing at an air base at Learmonth after informing air traffic control of flight control difficulties and injured passengers.

The injured people were flown to hospital by Royal Flying Doctor Service and Skywest Airlines. The most seriously injured were suffering from broken bones and three people had concussions.

An investigation has been launched. Although such events are often blamed on turbulence, it has been suggested by industry experts that the circumstances of the accident are more in keeping with a computer malfunction. The A330 is a fly-by-wire aircraft.

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