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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

SaskPower’s latest consultant on renewable energy might be Pinocchio. 8. In "researching how to incorporate more" #solar power, I wonder how publishing deceptive info-graphics was found to help #PowerToGrow? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2016 Their misinformation about renewable energy intentionally leaves out the point that our power mix is not entirely coal, hydro, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Tobacco

It’s worth remembering that marketers should not drive scientific research. Cigarettes are dangerous? We’d better make them appear less dangerous so they will still sell. I know, let’s filter the smoke. This fibre seems to do some filtering, or at least we can convince people of that. Wait, what’s the fibre? Asbestos.

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Calgary Grit: Is the big blue machine slowing down?

Stephen Harper has faced many a scandal before, and has weathered each one. In the lead up to the 2011 election, it seemed like something new popped up each day – there was Bev Oda’s orange juice and trouble with “nots”, Bruce Carson’s fraud charges and escorts, Jason Kenney’s use of government resources to target . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Is the big blue machine slowing down?

Calgary Grit: I Approve This Bill

Like Michael Chong’s QP reforms, which died in parliamentary purgatory, this is a worthwhile bill by Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, albeit one unlikely to ever see the light of day:

Kevin Lamoureux, a Liberal MP from Winnipeg, wants all political party leaders to be forced to stand by the content of their ads, with U.S.-style . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: I Approve This Bill

The Canadian Progressive: Ads on CBC Radio a serious blow to public broadcasting in Canada

By: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting | Press Release:

TORONTO, May 28, 2013 – CBC’s new licences, announced this morning by Canada’s broadcast regulator, are the culmination of years of neglect by successive governments and the product of the Harper Conservatives’ hostility toward public broadcasting in Canada.

The CRTC renewed the licences for all of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ads on CBC Radio a serious blow to public broadcasting in Canada

The Canadian Progressive: Tories spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding

Canadians should be outraged that the Harper Conservatives are spending millions of taxpayers money lobbying for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. while cutting environmental funding.

The post Tories spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

LeDaro: Justin Trudeau’s positive ad.

I think this is a much better ad than Harper’s bullying ads.

Calgary Grit: Liberals Respond Justin Time

When the Conservatives launched attack ads against Stephane Dion in January 2007, it took the Liberal Party three months to respond. Never again, they vowed. Next time we’ll fight back!

Just Visiting first aired in May 2009, yet we didn’t see a rebuttal until Labour Day .

So the first thing you need to know . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Liberals Respond Justin Time

Calgary Grit: This Just In: Voters Feel Negative Ads Are “Negative”

Respondents describe the ads as “unfair”, “negative”…and “hawt!“.

Trudeau’s predictable win, followed by predictable attack ads, has been followed by an all-too predictable poll:

In an EKOS Research Associates survey, 70 per cent found the ads “unfair” while 74 per cent said the ads were “unhelpful.”

Asked to describe the ads, 84 per . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: This Just In: Voters Feel Negative Ads Are “Negative”

Calgary Grit: Justin Trudeau: Too Sexy For His Shirt, Too Sexy For Canada?

The only thing more predictable than Justin Trudeau’s win in the Liberal leadership race was that it would be followed by Conservative attack ads. For those curious what the sequel to “Not a Leader” and “Just Visiting” would look like, the wait is over:

It should come as no surprise that the ad is . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Justin Trudeau: Too Sexy For His Shirt, Too Sexy For Canada?

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians growing weary of Harper’s “Economic Action Plan” propaganda

“Canadians may be growing weary of — even hostile to — all those Economic Action Plan ads the Harper government has been pumping out for the last four years.” By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: Canadians are growing increasingly weary of — even hostile to — Stephen Harper’s ”Economic Action Plan” . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians growing weary of Harper’s “Economic Action Plan” propaganda

Trashy's World: Network television, and remembering…

… why I gave it up in the first place. I made a conscious decision quite a few years back to shun network TV. The interminable and juvenile ads bugged me and there really wasn’t anything on that grabbed my interest anyways. I’m not BIG TV watcher so am picky about what I glue my . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Network television, and remembering…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Commodity In the Real World

Now @JephMaystruck is reppin' the book Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom – solid read #SYPElunch— Jackson Middleton (@KiltedBroker) September 19, 2012

Everything in our world is a commodity – everything is either bought or sold and will be recommended or not. #SYPElunch— Jackson Middleton (@KiltedBroker) September 19, 2012

I read Jackson’s comment about Maystruck’s presentation and . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Commodity In the Real World

Things Are Good: A Fine Example of Culture Jamming

The Yes Men are at it again and this time with Greenpeace to show how efficient Shell is….at killing all of us.

They created a website called Arctic Ready that looks like Shell is looking for crowd sourced advertising content, and of course, people around the net have submitted some pretty great messages.

Here . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Fine Example of Culture Jamming

Calgary Grit: Who had June 25th in the pool?

The much-anticipated Thomas Mulcair attack ads have arrived:

Other than changing the off-grey colours from red to orange, this doesn’t look to be much more than a recycled anti-Liberal TV spot – torqued policy positions, lots of talk about “risks”, and a cameo by the scary carbon tax.

But while the style is reminiscent . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Who had June 25th in the pool?

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Front Groups Launch Misleading PR Blitz Against President Obama

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The American Energy Alliance (AEA) isn’t pulling any punches with their new advertising campaign, spending millions of dollars to air 45 million ad spots on Pandora Radio. They are attempting to hang the high cost of gasoline around the neck of President Obama, using a series of arguments that . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Front Groups Launch Misleading PR Blitz Against President Obama

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ads As News A Swindle

It’s bothered me for quite some time how the “professional” media tends to cover campaign ads (particularly attack ads) as news, and thus goads the victim of the attack into responding in turn. It’s not a coincidence that the way to respond in turn happens to send money to the company funding the journalists failing . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Ads As News A Swindle

CalgaryGrit: Meet Mulcair’s Arms

The much-anticipated NDP attempt to define Thomas Mulcair has arrived, en francais at least. In it, we’re treated to close ups of Mulcair’s forearms (so that the Tories won’t dare call him a “weak leader”), then Tom rolls up his sleeves…

…cut to Mulcair in a suit. Why was he rolling up his sleeves . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Meet Mulcair’s Arms

CalgaryGrit: New Tory Ad Blitz

The Tories have launched a pair of ads which they assure us will get plenty of air time. That’s probably true since, after all, they’ve got heaps of money and no election to spend it on.

Garnering the most media attention has been the following Bob Rae attack ad:

The content is about what . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: New Tory Ad Blitz

CalgaryGrit: The First Look at Redford’s Playbook

That sound you hear is the unofficial starting gun on Alberta’s 2012 election, as the PCs launch their first round of negative ads, under the familiar “Danielle Smith: Not Worth the Risk” tagline.

The immediate reaction by most has been similar to Don Braid’s:

In my prehistoric memory, the Tories haven’t done anything like . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: The First Look at Redford’s Playbook

The Global Express: Campaign TV Ads

Other than those stupid lawn signs that flood the cities every time we have an election, TV ads are obviously the most engaging way to capture the emotion of the voter. Other than attack ads, this time around, the parties have taken alternative routes to try to get the votes they need. Here are 3 . . . → Read More: The Global Express: Campaign TV Ads