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There is no such person as Merideth McIver. Just another brick in the wall.
'When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.' Those words are attributed to Sinclair Lewis, but he most likely never said themFascism came to Cleveland last night. America has deep problems and only I can fix them. Follow me, for I am the only one with the solutions to all of America's ills. I am the law & order candidate. He said that so often, he owes Dick Wolfe royalties.The America that he was speaking of last night sounded exactly like Gotham City before Batman put on the cape and started driving the Batmobile around. We're better than this. Much, much better.
So, tell us what you really think.
It's great to discover I'm in such good company, since I've often thought of those old black and white films of Il Duce, with hand on hip, with his head back and jaw jutting out, bloviating to the mob, with a self-satisifed smirk on his face, when watching Il Donald. And since trump* has often boasted about how much he knows about politics and history, I'd have a hard time believing that he hasn't seen those same films. * after that incredible speech last night (and I'm using "incredible" correctly), I can't bring myself to capitalize the "t'")
All you need is for the hotel to take care of things they are supposed to, not having customers contacting them 10 times over days for them to still not do it. Keep your personalization and nose out of my business. Just run yours and take care of your customers.
Ibuprofen does not collect you data and track your every move to be sold to the highest bidder and stores it to be used to manipulate you. Wahoo Fitness does.
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I too have thought of Mussolini when I watch Trump bobbing his head up and down and jutting out his jaw as if to say, "ain't I just wonderful" and I suspect that deep down inside the real Donald knows that he aint. As for future directions a total reform is needed----but will not come without some sort of revolution. For presidential elections, select candidates, nationally, by a vote of registered party mambers not this state by state nonsense. Make the campaign much shorter and fund it federally with real limits on spending and no more PACs. As for the voting, get rid of the Electoral College and let the candidate with the most votes nationally win----no more "swing states". Everybody's vote counts. Going beyond the election, I think term limits are needed, not only for the President but for the Senate, Congress and The Supreme Court. And why shouldn't the Court be elected? Gerrymandering----redo all of the state congressional districts to eliminate all of those ridiculous twisted squiggles designed to automatically elect one party's candidate over the other. "Pork", that's simple, each bill must have a single subject---no add-ons. Closing tax shelters and loopholes---yep, but really, no kidding around. I mcould go on and on and on-----
Good insights and advice (as usual), Doc.
Completly agree. Or as Adam suggested, Mussolini. However what would one expect from a narcissistic snake oil salesman? Maybe its time for a real three party parliamentary type system in the US or, as a Republic, a Presidential election that is only allowed 6 weeks max from start to finish for a single term of 6 years? Is it really any wonder that hits on sites about residing in Canada are up ~400%! As suggested by Bill Maher on HBO, unfortunately there will be a wall built: By the Canadians to keep us out! Tragically not funny.
Let me speak in defense of "filter bubbles." Some of us have spent years of our lives building, refining, revising, deepening our ideological biases on -- experience and knowledge. Whether or not we use Facebook -- I do not -- we indeed, over time, build up "filters," we are aware of them -- because we, generally, are aware -- and we are not, therefore afraid of them, or limited by them. We are not all Facebooked by our prejudices because we are well aware of how and why they have been built up as prejudices. As for "neutral"-- sorry, there is rarely such a thing and it is always, as even-handed always is, bullshit.
Thanks for the insightful comments, everybody. If there is war within the Trump camp, Melania is odd girl out and Ivanka has clearly won. (Melania refused to go the VP announcement, reportedly because she didn't agree with the pick, which was the work of the kids.) There is also an interesting side story about the fact that Trump can allow his daughter to be many things-- business person, mother, wife, but his own wife is a good looking accessory who better get used to his neglect. Maybe that was always the deal. But Melania sure seemed cold and unhappy last night.
Amen, brother. Pathetic attempt at brain washing the American public. And, gee, I already thought America is GREAT. This guy is definately not, repeat not, presidential material. BTW, anyone recognize how similar Trump's delivery was compared to historic footage of Hiter's rants?
Also continually omitted is the republican congress and senate blocking all funding, including for Zika, and all laws regarding help and job creation and income and healthcare or protections of any sort. They always omit their own failings. Indentured servitude is their goal.
Doesn't mean the fake news channel will become less dispicable or Ailes suffers from a $40 (?) million buyout so to speak at his senior age. Where is his next meal going to come from ? And how is going to live ?
You know it's been a while since I've read "the banner is dead." I remember hearing it first in 2005. Seems like every 6 months someone musters up the moxie to blow the room up with this bold and daring statement. See you in another 6 months.
Wonderful, Barbara. On top of everything or that is before everything, the bought and paid for plastic robot said she wrote the speech pretty much by herself directly to one of the major networks aired for the world to see. She started modeling at 19 outside of her home county where they were and still grasping for work and away from persecution. So there is no degree in anything from any university as she and Drumpf claims. She tried the reality route on talk shows a few years back. But she couldn't afford a babysitter for her kid and she disappeared from show schedules. This is the Borgia Family.
Stay tuned for the same thing in AR- and VR-based advertising.Virtual zombies with sandwich boards, etc. The big question is -- can we develop an adblocker for those platforms?
All very nice in theory but how do you apply these methods to "linear TV" when you don''t have viewer by viewer audience or sales response data? Even assuming that the only metric that counts for a branding campaign is whether the targeted viewer ran out and bought your product---what, the same night, the next day, a week later, a month later. etc.--how do you you account for the many interacting variables? What data is employed? Or are we really talking about a research panel operation where "viewing" is interfaced with purchase? I have seen numerous attempts to correlate TV household set usage data with UPC scanner data on product purchase from the same homes. Such investigations are nothing new and they show that TV advertising, like most advertising, works. However, when they tried to evaluate specific components of a TV campaign---like brands using more or less primetime, relative to other daypart mixes, the findings were often inconclusive. Obviously, breaking it down on a show by show basis would be even more problematical----or have we found a solution that allows us to definitively isolate the effect of every ad exposure? I am not against the core idea, but I would like to see an explanation of how it would actually work for an ongoing "linear TV' ad campaign.
Excellent comment. Thanks Barbara, you always inspire and inform.
Great piece. Can I quote you on that? :)
With apologies to T. S. Eliot,Mr. Ailes tenure ends "...not with a bang...".Most definitely not.Pax,
From the title of this column to the very last word, this is the most insightful and entertaining review of the "Unconvention" I have heard or read. Pure brilliance.