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  •  ...all he said was "We will respond to..." NOTHING (3+ / 0-)
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    about effective action to even just stop making it worse. The Administratino's "energy strategy" is "all of the above."

    And there's been plenty of commentary here and elsewhere about the many people who helped the Obama campaign "manufacture consent" in the last two elections. We hippies even APPLAUD these folks for doing such a fine job of manipulating the electoral process to "elect" and continue in power the folks who are doing what they have been doing.

    Any betting on what the outcome of the XL decision will be? Any pride, if the WH should actually stop that bit of making it worse, that it took vast energy of the human-spirit kind to STOP what should have been a dead issue before it even got out of the gate? Any bets on what advice was given to the President on the effect of pushing the decision down the road a few news cycles, letting State let the corp write the EIS, using the slippery parts of the "rule of law" under the Administrative Procedures Act, "managing" the hard points in the issue, all in the hope of getting that 51% push-poll approval that would not negatively affect the Legacy or turn off the many who believe in Obama by too strong a slap in the face? If the nod is given, hey, it will have been the result of "good process," right?

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
              Remark attributed to Lincoln.
    And now all you have to do is fool enough of the people part of the time, and keep whittling away at their education and wealth and security so they don't have the tools or the energy to do a damn thing about what you're doing to them.

    Because after all, "Apres moi le deluge," , or in shorter, pithier, more topical form as per the Wall Streeters in the midst of the collapse WE suffered and THEY profited from and are not being punished for in any way, shape or form, "IBG-YBG."

    The Public Relations Society of America publishes a code of ethics. Members that violate the code may have their membership revoked,[47] usually under its mandate that members "not engage in any practice which tends to corrupt the integrity of channels of public communication" and that members act "in accord with public welfare." The code also expects PRSA members to identify the source of their communications, avoid derogatory methods and avoid abusing insider information.[9] According to the code of conduct, members should "protect and advance the free flow of accurate and truthful information; foster informed decision-making through open communication... and work to strengthen the public's trust in the profession."[48] The code states that members "adhere to the highest standards of accuracy and truth." A story in CBS criticized the code: "Show me a PR person who is 'accurate' and 'truthful,' and I'll show you a PR person who is unemployed."[49] The code of ethics has been revised in 1954, 1959, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1988 and 2000.
    Bernays is chortling, also the shade of my ex-father-in-law who, after a long stint in "PR" at US Steel/USX with all its environmental and union "problems" to be massaged and messaged, moved to Hill&Knowlton to "manage reality" for other corps. Good pay in that line of work... well, not "good," actually, but at least "a whole lot of money."

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:17:43 AM PDT

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    •  Oops, the blockquote is from Wiki, linked to (2+ / 0-)
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      veritas curat, shaharazade (The ex-father-i9n-law was a past Chair of the PRSA...)

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:19:46 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for this excellent comment. Here's (3+ / 0-)
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      something interesting from a previous diary

      The current state of political advertising has aroused considerable concern within the world of commercial advertising. Major advertising firms and professional associations have widely deplored the lack of accountability of political advertisers and their unwillingness to adhere to a code of ethics (see Advertising Age, April 29, 1996; New York Times, April 29, 1996; Washington Post, July 30, 1996). What exactly is Madison Avenue concerned about? Perhaps commercial advertisers fear that the apathy -- and all too frequently, aversion -- induced by political advertising campaigns may damage the credibility, and ultimately the persuasiveness, of more traditional forms of advertising. As Alex Kroll, former chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, put it: "We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation."
      From a 1999 Stanford study.

      muddy water can best be cleared by leaving it alone

      by veritas curat on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:28:03 AM PDT

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      •  Amazing. There is so much wrong with this bit (3+ / 0-)
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        that it's hard to know where to start.

        As Alex Kroll, former chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, put it: "We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation."

        Reputation? For pushing, marketing, selling stuff like Olestra, the fat "substitute" that can't be digested so the FDA warnings include a caution that eating food containing it may result in "uncontrollable projectile diarrhea?" (Note the "regulatory history" and "product life cycle" laid out in the Wiki article: -- FDA says OK on Olestra/Olean, State/Administration says OK on XL, another form of "oil." Also indigestible.)

        Great find, that link, too bad not enough people are taught in school to see what's being done to them, how the wealth they create by their labor is stolen and dissipated, how they are manipulated and scoffed at by what my grandmother used to call "sharp characters."

        And let me add another hand to the applause for your diary. I hope lots of people read it, and as the Episcopalians say about the most efficacious way of internalizing their dogma, also learn and inwardly digest it. Too bad humans let their identities get all tied up in "branding."

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:01:13 AM PDT

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