In The News – 2008/10/22

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Breaking news. Local, regional, national, and international. London, Ontario, Canada, and the world. Whatever catches my attention and interests me. Updated throughout the day!

Disclaimer: I regret that I can only ensure the validity of these links at the time that the articles are published. The (unscrupulous?) practise of some media outlets to subsequently redirect links to advertisements is completely out of my control and beyond my capacity to monitor.

Canada/Ontario/London

Police Media Releases (Last Updated: 2008/10/22 05:07pm)
Boycott of Richmond Hotel
Spinning LPL – news or advert?

Canada/Ontario

Anti-poverty activists target MPP Deb Matthews
Deadline extended for hydro consolidations
Defibrillators for Toronto transit hubs
Hospital-borne infection linked to contracting out
Is McGuinty planning to renege on more promises?
Liberals failing to protect our water supply
Testing the Municipal Elections Act

Canada/Other

$50K penalty for Internet postings
Decreased aid for students who need it most
e-Waste by feds is unconscionable
Former Liberal MP charged with assault
Inadequate support for unpaid caregivers
“Institutional deficiency” to blame for torture
Meat from deadly Maple Leaf plant being shipped again
Medical marijuana denied to inmates and parolees
The growing income gap

International

California’s drive-thru voting

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6 Responses to “In The News – 2008/10/22”

  1. John Leschinski Says:

    The LFP Library article isn’t even close to the line of advertisement. Are they never supposed to report on a story about a service or product?

  2. fowgre Says:

    You’re in the marketing biz, so I’m not surprised by your reaction. But tell me. What new service, or change to current service, is being reported on? It sure appears to be mostly a promo to me. Do you know for a fact that it’s publication isn’t part of an ad campaign? There’s a lot of deliberate blurring going on between news/entertainment/advertising these days, and news consumers who aren’t skeptical about what they read are simply foolish.

  3. John Leschinski Says:

    They’re not foolish to not give a crap about it. Those who are hyper sensitive to such things should try some herbal teas. I hear they are very relaxing.

    News/Entertainment/Advertising have been the same beast for decades. It doesn’t make a diffrence if you can think, and most people are able to do so.

  4. fowgre Says:

    Marketers love people who lack discernment. You can try to spin the contention that most people can readily tell the difference, but I’m not buying.

  5. John Leschinski Says:

    “Marketers love people who lack discernment.”

    Completely untrue. Anyone who can’t tell the diffrence isn’t smart enough to know. If no one was able too marketers wouldn’t bother trying to come up with new angles.

  6. fowgre Says:

    “Anyone who can’t tell the diffrence isn’t smart enough to know. ”

    That may be true in some cases, but it’s certainly not true in all cases.

    “If no one was able too marketers wouldn’t bother trying to come up with new angles.”

    I’d say that the opposite is probably more likely. As long as lots of people lack discenment (true), and as long as marketers love those people who lack discernment (true), then marketers will have reason to ply their trade.

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