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  • Advertisers Lose Ground in 2011 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    City Council ruled the toys unfairly manipulate children into purchasing unhealthy and obesity causing foods Fast food chains and junk food makers in the USA are given until 2013 to voluntarily stop advertising to preteens or face government regulation Michelle Obama s Task Force on Childhood Obesity said the current advertising self regulatory body the Children s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative whose members included McDonald s KFC Mars and so on is completely ineffective Lawmakers in Canada s French speaking province Québec continue to defend their 1989 law banning all commercial advertising directed at children 13 and under the only such law in North America SpongeBob SquarePants is proven to make your child dumb and agitated An American study shows that children who watched nine minutes of the show scored significantly worse on assessments designed to measure memory and self control than children who watched a slower paced cartoon or kids who spent nine minutes drawing The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has launched a campaign to stop Nickelodeon marketing the cartoon to children under six The American ad industry admits it is bleeding new recruits In 2011 81 percent of managers in the nations top firms said the industry faced a talent crisis with fewer young professionals choosing advertising as a career Advertisers eager to get a share of Egypt s post revolution deregulation have been warned by national marketing companies to be mindful of the revolution or else risk inciting brand hatred You have to respect the maturity young people demonstrated in their role in the revolution observers warn Alcohol companies in Australia have been given notice that athletic sponsorship contracts in the sport obsessed nation could soon be going the way of tobacco and the dodo The Canberra government announced a pilot 25 million sponsorship

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/advertisers-lose-ground-in-2011/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Beggar - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    flowers and took care of the house Her flowers were like her beautiful and colorful and full of joy and life She sold eggs and flowers in the market each day One day I came home from work and found her crying She told me that she wanted a baby but God had not permitted it I took her to the same basilica where we had married years before and we prayed The following year I took her to a doctor who told us that she would never have a baby After dinner that night Ana Rosa told me that she was finished crying Even though God has not blessed us with a child I will be happy anyway she told me And she was as good as her word I never came home to find her crying again We had many happy years together I cared little whether we had children or not as long as I had my beautiful flower Ana Rosa Over the years we lost our parents one by one until finally it was just the two of us alone in the world One day in 1990 the boss at the mine called me to his office and told me that I was too old to work as a miner I had never done anything else I had spent 50 years bringing silver out of the earth and giving it to the jefe I was without a way to live Now I would begin spending my days with Ana Rosa the hens and the flowers That was when she gave me this hat For 50 years I never saw the day I worked in the earth digging silver Now I was to spend my days with my Ana Rosa in the garden At first the light blinded me then little by little my eyes adjusted All that mattered was that I was with my flower Each morning she got up early and passed through the streets to the basilica to pray After mass she returned home to make tortillas of fine corn for me We ate breakfast together then she gathered the eggs and flowers and we carried them to market In the evening we came home together She took care of the hens and the flowers and me I helped her sometimes with her work but a man who spends his life robbing the earth has no idea how to coax life out of it how to grow flowers or make chickens thrive My precious Ana Rosa never scolded me for my clumsiness She only ever showed me how much she loved me And we spent years together this way in happiness Last year or perhaps two years ago I don t remember my Ana Rosa the flower of my life passed away She is with God now but I am alone I will never have enough tears to express my grief my loss Each day I miss her Each day I weep The hens

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-beggar/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Umair Haque, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Haque Why so bored October 1 2014 by Umair Haque Tags culture internet politico 116 Boredom Exhaustion Self Bullshit Here s a tiny confession I m bored What am I bored of Everything Blogs books music art business ideas politics tweets movies science math technology but more than that the spirit of the age the Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/umair-haque/ (2016-02-09)
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  • culture Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    August 13 2009 Pop Nihilism Advertising Eats Itself by Douglas Haddow Mass media s codependent relationship with advertising has destined both industries to failure June 5 2009 What is the New Aesthetic by Sarah Nardi Now that hype and hyperinflation have killed the art market what will define the new aesthetic June 1 2009 A Modern Tupperware Tale by Sarah Nardi The modern woman prefers hi tech weaponry to cute

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/culture/page/3/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sam Eifling, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Sam Eifling Nuke Ocean September 1 2011 by Sam Eifling Tags Israel 97 nuclear war Western naval intelligence sources report that three Israeli submarines are prowling off the coast of Iran Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/sam-eifling/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Can Canada Ever Be Great Again? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    first minority government in 2006 Establishing the army as the primary metaphor of his government has been key to this incremental takeover of values With a heavy dose of gung ho recruitment ads and strategic military photo ops Harper has sold a narrative that Canadian ideals are under attack by weak minded socialist environmental ideologues and that only he can stem the tide More shocking than the shift to this Republican styled ideology is how quickly citizens have accepted it In only five years Canadians have been surprisingly easy to convince that more prisons are needed when crime rates are going down that global warming is a scientific conspiracy that petty oil dictators are an urgent threat to Canadian families that environmentalism is bad for the economy and that peacekeeping the concept Canada invented is well for pussies If you want to be taken seriously in the world you need the capacity to act it s that simple Harper said in 2008 ushering in a new phase of arms spending The Canada First Defense Strategy will strengthen our sovereignty and security at home and bolster our ability to defend our values and interests abroad To be taken seriously in Harper s view is to wield hard power guns tanks missiles and the balls to use them It is the type of power he admires in others and the kind that he believes since Canada was denied a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2010 will get Canada the respect it deserves Accordingly his party s expressed goal of destroying the Liberal brand the Liberals are Canada s former ruling party has coalesced into an outright assault on the soft power reputation those same Liberals had nurtured internationally since confederation a reputation signified by a strong committment to the

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/can-canada-ever-be-great-again/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Systematically Biased Reporting - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Fresh Eyes in which he gushes about jazzy cellphone stores and pricey restaurants endless beaches with children whooping it up the staggering quality of the very ordinary Seemingly lifted from an apolitical travel magazine Bronner s article merely alludes to families who have been traumatized and omits any mention of the UN allegations of recently committed Israeli war crimes and human rights violations Other than an oblique reference to destroyed buildings and rubble Bronner s travelogue also elides the vast civilian infrastructure Israel destroyed during the onslaught including chicken farms a flour mill a sewage treatment plant a UN school vast tracts of civilian housing government buildings a prison police stations TV stations newspapers and between 600 and 700 factories workshops and businesses The impression left by Bronner Gaza is an OK place nothing remarkable to see there least of all evidence of Israeli war crimes move along move along And yet what is not disclosed is that Ethan Bronner is married to an Israeli citizen and has a son who is enlisted in the Israeli army When news of these familial connections broke Times public editor Clark Hoyt wrote an op ed recommending that Bronner be reassigned to avoid any potential for bias Executive editor Bill Keller refused waiving the Times s normally strict conflict of interest standards Times reporter Isabel Kershner is similarly compromised by elisions and distortions When Kershner reported on Palestinian refugees in Syria who in June 2011 nonviolently marched into the Golan Heights to protest she failed to mention that the Golan Heights is Syrian territory illegally occupied by Israel No government in the world recognizes the Golan Heights as legitimately part of the state of Israel Kershner also omits the fact that the Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes is enshrined in UN resolutions and that Israel has consistently violated international law in preventing the refugees from returning to their homes Let us also not forget that at this nonviolent protest the Israeli army killed 22 Palestinian and Syrian protesters In addressing the apparently overwhelming violence against unarmed protesters Kershner reports Israeli officials say they tried every nonlethal method of crowd control at their disposal before they opened fire at the feet of the protesters implying that the killings were unintentional and unavoidable and defied the laws of physics Kershner quotes none of the protesters as to what they saw If she had she may have heard what activist and eyewitness Salman Fakhreddin told independent journalist Jillian Kestler D Amours Israel decided to kill people in order to frighten them because Israel is afraid of the delegitimization of the state of Israel and Israeli policy in the international community By now it may not be a surprise to learn that Kershner is an Israeli citizen who is married to an Israeli citizen and who spent a couple decades in Israeli journalism and Jewish education before joining the American paper in 2007 In large part because of Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner s

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/systematically-biased-reporting/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Matthew A. Taylor, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Matthew A Taylor Systematically Biased Reporting August 29 2011 by Matthew A Taylor Tags Israel Palestine 97 media bias New York Times On Israel the New York Times is perniciously one sided Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/matthew-a-taylor/ (2016-02-09)
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