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Public Relations In Action

I just wanted to provide a little perspective on PR activities surrounding magazine or web site stories. 

When you see the same story appear verbatim on another web site or publication this is known as an article being syndicated. Associated Press is one of the most commonly syndicated news source.

When you see an article being reported on (not verbatim) by a different publication/web site, it’s because the original source of the article OR the subject of the article is encouraging news coverage through a press release and a media outreach campaign. 

Look at this piece by Extra:

This is interesting.  This article mentions People and E!  What was really strange was that last week, only 3 web sites picked up the Darren/Jen story that appeared on E! and except for Perez Hilton, they were very minor sites.  NO ONE picked up the DM story of Jen with Henry - very unusual.

So what happens today? People magazine runs its story and immediately gets picked up by Extra and JJ and I’m sure more. You will see that it includes an E! quote that wasn’t in the People article.  What this tells me is that someone put out a press release highlighting both articles and had an embargo on the E! story until the People article came out.

In other words, PR people contacted publications/web sites and told them not to run the E! story and wait for a subsequent People story and include both in one article. (Notice no one wants to touch the DM story that distastefully uses Henry to sell the story - let’s see if that gets pick up too.)

The bottom line is the following:

This narrative of Jen and Darren getting serious (for now) is very much planned out and coordinated weeks in advance. There’s nothing organic about this. This isn’t just happening. And it’s happening around Cinemacon. 

Don’t be fooled!  Jen and Darren’s people are pushing this story.

Globally, dogs have caused about 10 extinctions and continue to threaten another 150 species. In the United States alone, some 78,000 dogs roam habitats close to urban and suburban development. From marine shores and grasslands to woodlands and coniferous forests, dogs chase and attack wild birds and deer and terrorize native predators such as gray foxes and even pumas.

Even the scent of a dog is enough to compel wildlife to flee and hide. The presence of dogs accelerates heartbeats in bighorn sheep and causes marmots to be more hesitant to reemerge from their burrows. Some animals will abandon living in an area altogether if dogs visit frequently, forcing them to give up precious opportunities to feed and travel.

Elsewhere, dogs serve as reservoirs for a host of diseases — such as rabies, canine parvovirus and leishmaniasis (also known as black or dumdum fever). Studies from Brazil reveal that wildlife and livestock in proximity to dogs are particularly at risk of leishmaniasis, which infects roughly 1.6 million people a year. In China’s Wolong Reserve, free-roaming dogs share at least four microparasites with the reserve’s giant pandas, threatening Wolong’s precious pandas with several pathogens.

In poor countries such as Nepal, dog populations — originally used to ward off snow leopards — have exploded. Unwanted dogs are left roaming villages, living on food scraps or hunting wildlife in forest habitats. Inevitably, conflicts mount. In the Annapurna Conservation Area, villagers routinely poison dogs with strychnine, a readily available poison that induces a long, painful death. It’s not uncommon to find dog carcasses in rivers and landfills. Sadly, when vultures and other scavengers eat the carrion, they are poisoned, too.

—  Dogs are man’s best friend — but one of wildlife’s worst foes, Debby Ng and Joel Berger, The Washington Post. 24 March 2017.

anonymous asked:

Now that people and a "source"has given their two cents, what do you give the odds that Jen and the egg are real? Down from 25%???

Hey anon. I feel like you might have a gambling issue. Lol!  

What screams set up to me is that no one picked up the E! article last week but are now including it in today’s People article. You’re telling me no outlet thought the E! article was interesting enough to be covered but now with People coming out, everyone decides to write about it?  

It’s completely planned. 

And you know what else is 💩 - Daily Mail ran this same press release-driven article everyone else has run but they didn’t include any mention of Jen walking with Henry or include a picture of the two of them even though DM ran the Henry story and has exclusive rights to those pictures.  DM always rehashes but not this time. Why is that?  Because 1. The PR people saw the uproar about using Henry and/or 2. Darren only agreed to using Henry in one controlled article that would not get picked up by anyone.  

The purpose of the Henry story was to show Jen can be trusted alone with a child.  No issue here.  He didn’t want his kid’s image splattered everywhere.  

Planned.  Inorganic.

d sharp is not the same as e flat

we’ve been having a sharps vs flats war on this blog, and I have good news for both sides: this war is not about nothing, because sharps and flats are not the same. 

I’m going to paraphrase an article from a 1930s music magazine by sid hedges:

a pianist can never play perfectly in tune. if a piano were perfectly tuned it would be possible to play upon it only in one key. this peculiarity is due to the fact the octave does does not split up in 12 equal parts–and consequently, the semitones are of varying sizes. a piano tuner has to “split the difference” between varying notes so that all of the scales sound fairly accurate. a pianist has to make one note serve for d sharp and e flat, when actually they are not the same. a violinist, making their own notes, is able to observe the proper distinction.

if you sing up the the scale of e major, you will find yourself making the d sharp (the leading tone) very sharp. if you sing up the scale of e minor, you will instinctively make your e flat very flat–considerably more so than the note on the piano. 

a violinist can test the matter with the same two scales. first, they play up an e major scale, ensuring their intonation is flawless, and put a pencil mark on the fingerboard where d sharp is. next, they play a c minor scale and find that the e flat lands about a quarter of an inch below d sharp. 

so, there you have it.

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Progress shots leading up to that werebunny!Stiles wallpaper. I always like keeping WIP shots now just so I can look at them and weep

nature.com
How an abortion saved millions of lives
In 1962, Leonard Hayflick created a cell strain from an aborted fetus.

The woman was four months pregnant, but she didn’t want another child. In 1962, at a hospital in Sweden, she had a legal abortion.

The fetus — female, 20 centimetres long and wrapped in a sterile green cloth — was delivered to the Karolinska Institute in northwest Stockholm. There, the lungs were dissected, packed on ice and dispatched to the airport, where they were loaded onto a transatlantic flight. A few days later, Leonard Hayflick, an ambitious young microbiologist at the Wistar Institute for Anatomy and Biology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, unpacked that box.

Working with a pair of surgical scalpels, Hayflick minced the lungs — each about the size of an adult fingertip — then placed them in a flask with a mix of enzymes that fragmented them into individual cells. These he transferred into several flat-sided glass bottles, to which he added a nutrient broth. He laid the bottles on their sides in a 37 °C incubation room. The cells began to divide.

So began WI-38, a strain of cells that has arguably helped to save more lives than any other created by researchers. Many of the experimental cell lines available at that time, such as the famous HeLa line, had been grown from cancers or were otherwise genetically abnormal. WI-38 cells became the first ‘normal’ human cells available in virtually unlimited quantities to scientists and to industry and, as a result, have become the most extensively described and studied normal human cells available to this day.

Vaccines made using WI-38 cells have immunized hundreds of millions of people against rubella, rabies, adenovirus, polio, measles, chickenpox and shingles. In the 1960s and 1970s, the cells helped epidemiologists to identify viral culprits in disease outbreaks. Their normality has made them valuable control cells for comparison with diseased ones. And at the Wistar Institute, as in labs and universities around the world, they remain a leading tool for probing the secrets of cellular ageing and cancer.

The Real-Life Mermaid

Nadya Vessey, a competitive swimmer who’s had both legs amputated due to a birth condition, was inspired by a brief conversation she had with a child. When asked why she was removing her legs to go swimming, Vessey told the child that she was a mermaid. This got Vessey thinking and she quickly contacted Weta workshops, an award-winning design and manufacturing facility. Two years later, Weta developed a practical and beautiful mermaid tail specifically designed for Vessey.

“A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet” - On Dissociation, Duality and Identity on Supernatural

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”
- John Milton / “Paradise Lost” 

After reading an interesting article on the 350th anniversary of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” I found myself pondering one of the themes prevalent in the poem and how it translates to one of the themes I love so much on Supernatural and how it has been especially explored during Carver Era: The Topic of Duality and Identity.

One of the key aspects of Lucifer as a character in Milton’s poem is how the archangel sheds his original name and by that also crafts a new “life” for himself along with it. He no longer calls himself or is addressed as Lucifer but as “Satan” or “the Devil” (interestingly enough that is something Supernatural’s longest standing villain rejects completely, and despises these names which is an interesting aspect to keep in mind and one I’ll come back to later). This re-invention and the power of names is an intricate part of shaping one’s own identity and reality. It’s something we have seen countless pop culture figures go through for very similar reasons.

The pattern can be traced all the way back to fairytales like Rumpelstiltsken, but it can be found in a multitude of modern pieces of literature, art or television too. Think of Tom Riddle vs. Lord Voldemort, Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr Hyde or Walter White vs. Heisenberg. They all create alter egos for themselves in a fashion comparable to the renaming process that happens to demons in Milton’s work, because once they lost their positive identity, they also lost their names. It’s very much in line with what we see happening on Supernatural as all the more “run of the mill”-demons we have met thus far have been addressed by the name of the person they inhabited, Meg is probably the most memorable example for that. And it’s also of course a transformation the King of Hell himself underwent when he died as Fergus McLeod and emerged as Crowley.

Much like his mother, who always tried to escape her past and shape a new world for herself in which she possesses the power she lacked before when being rejected, so Crowley tried his best to forget about his past altogether and shape a new world and identity for himself. And all that went well and good until, well, the Winchesters came along. Until then Crowley was able to craft his new self and by shaping himself shaping also his own reality, how he perceives and thinks of himself (unintruded) and by that trying to infer how people perceive him. In the end however the dilemma comes down to what Kurt Vonnegut once described as: “Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what we pretend to be.” Because sometimes that - or rather the way we think about ourselves - can turn into your Achille’s heel or something like a self fulfilling prophecy. And on Supernatural, I suppose no one fights that battle with himself harder than Dean Winchester. That battle of how he thinks about himself and how/who he really is (and that aspect is drawn attention to again with Mr. Ketch insinuating that Dean and he are alike or that Dean is merely an unhinged killer (see meta and gifset here) - something Dean may think of himself at the worst of times, but which hardly can be counted as a realistic picture of who he truly is).

And in this regard I feel it’s important to remember that Dean went to Hell, was well on his way to becoming a demon, but got rescued before his soul may have been twisted too far to dip back. That doesn’t change anything about the fact however that Dean remembers that time, remembers what happened to him, what he did and what he became. It left a taint, some darkness within him and one he is deeply ashamed of. Now, question is how far along the transformation or dissociation went when he was in hell. Was Dean close to forgetting his own name, his own positive identity? And is that possibly the reason why Dean’s struggles in terms of identity and perception of self has gotten all the much worse post Hell too (while also of course taking into account the trauma he faced there)? Because Dean thinking about himself merely as a killer definitely stems from his experiences in and post Hell.

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bibi-loves-books  asked:

Hey Maddy:) I read an interesting article about how to know if you're OTP will be endgame!! There were points like 'they spend a lot of time together' which isn't wrong but doesn't really apply all the time!! I know making a list like this has no right answer/something everyone agrees with but like what are the things you look out for to know your OTP will be endgame^_^ thank you for taking time to answer:)

Hmm, interesting question Bibi :)

What I tend to do is to see if the two people involved have anyone else who is romantically interested in them, I then try and see if they themselves are romantically interested in anyone else. I also try and see if their romantic pursuers are being romantically pursued themselves, and who they’d most likely end up with if that were the case.

So to put this into a Naruto context:

  • My OTP were Sasuke and Sakura.
  • I looked to see if anyone else was romantically interested in them, and there were, with the two serious contenders being Karin and Naruto respectively.
  • I then looked to see if Sasuke or Sakura were romantically interested in anyone else, and they weren’t.
  • I also looked to see if their pursuers were being pursued themselves, and one of them was, with Hinata having eyes for Naruto.
  • So I then looked at who had feelings for who, and gauged the depth of those feelings based on how they were depicted and the amount of attention they received, and it essentially went as follows: 

Hinata -> Naruto -> Sakura -> Sasuke <- Karin (with the feelings of the bolded individuals having more depth/focus).

That’s what made the endgame couples predictable in my eyes. Sasuke wasn’t romantically interested in anyone else, Sakura’s feelings for him were very deep and and were given far more focus than Naruto’s for Sakura, while Hinata’s feelings for him were on a pedestal with Sakura’s for Sasuke ^_^

palmwinegal  asked:

How do you remain emotionally honest? Is emotional honesty necessary for good writing?

Emotionally honest? That is interesting. What i think is when we are passionate about certain issues, it shows in our writing. We keep researching, we keep honing our craft to write better stories about that topic. To observe the issue properly. I remember when my father told me something I will never forget five or six years ago about how we can never get tired about what moves us to write. He was right, after a few months, I was no longer interested in writing some articles from the angle I thought I should be writing from.

Also, I find that there is a falsehood to claiming you have experienced a particular pain you haven’t. I believe in growing with your words, especially if you are writing poetry. Don’t bother about what everyone else is writing. What moves you? Really, what moves you, not what we think people want to hear. No, what moves you. What is important to you? Tell the world that.

Ijeoma.

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A 17-year old missing in Helsinki
HELSINKI – The Police is requesting help from the public in finding a 17-year-old girl; she went missing on September 11th in Helsinki. She was on her way from the Helsinki airport to Meilahti but never arrived at the destination. The name of the missing girl is Justyna Buzek…

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Han Solo Movie Will Reveal How Smuggler 'Got His Name,' Says Disney Head
Bob Iger also said Carrie Fisher won’t be digitally recreated for future ‘Star Wars’ films

A couple of interesting tidbits in this article, one for The Last Jedi and Episode IX, and one for the Han Solo movie.

Bob Iger said this about Leia:

The part he did reveal involved the fate of Princess Leia after the death of Carrie Fisher. It turns out 2019’s still-untitled Episode IX, directed by Colin Trevorrow, will have to deal with that sad reality all on its own.

“She appears throughout VIII. And what I can say about that is, we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing,” Iger said. “So her performance, which we’re really pleased with, remains as it was in VIII.”

He had this to say about the Han Solo movie:

“That picks up Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24,” the CEO said. “There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you’ll also discover how he got his name.”

So now the question is did Han start out with another name?  Or did Iger just mean it like how Han made a name for himself so to speak?

Shit I’m Going To Read

(The links are to publicly accessible and downloadable .pdf files. I encourage anyone interested to download these articles/books and share them.)

anonymous asked:

so in regards to the boycott. i've seen a lot of people calling some players "a scab." what does that mean in this context?

it’s referring to the fact that the players who would choose to play would be crossing the picket line, because the uswnt is boycotting. People who do that are called scabs. I found this super interesting article about it and there was this quote: 

By the late 1700s, laborers adopted the insult [scab] to refer to workmen who wouldn’t join a strike, a union, or take part in organized labor. One of the earliest known recordings is from 1777: “the Conflict would not been [sic] so sharp had not there been so many dirty Scabs; no Doubt but timely Notice will be taken of them.“ Early in the next century, “scab” became even more specialized and started being applied specifically to workers who crossed picket lines to take the place of striking workers, as in this testimony from the trial of striking Philadelphia bootmakers: “I concluded at that time I would turn a scab, unknown to them, and I would continue my work and not let them know of it.”

In Household Words, Stephanie Smith draws a clear line from the one definition to the other:

From blemish … to strikebreaker, the history of the word scab … shows a displacement of meaning from the visceral or physical to the moral register … Just as a scab is a physical lesion, the strikebreaking scab disfigures the social body of labor—both the solidarity of workers and the dignity of work.

You can also read this wikipedia article about replacement players

cherriade  asked:

Hi :) I'm a fan of Elvis but a lot of my friends tell me he was a racist? I was just wondering if he was and if you have any sources on it?

Elvis was absolutely not racist, and for anyone to suggest that he was is outright wrong.  Of course, by today’s idiotic PC standards everything is racist …but I digress.  I addressed this very issue a while back, providing a plethora of quotes from black entertainers, many of which were personal friends of Elvis that you might find interesting.  But, this 2007 article by Peter Guralnick is much more insightful and will explain a lot.  I hope this helps! :)