20 January 2015

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Reasons Why Barack Obama is Not a Muslim

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“Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam.” (source) “The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: ‘In the […]

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19 January 2015

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WestJet Ad Shows Inspiring Act of Kindess

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Companies are increasingly utilizing their marketing and advertising reach for good, by creating ad campaigns that inspire with a secondary mention of the company or product — almost like a sponsor. Below is a video from WestJet. Like this:Like Loading…

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17 January 2015

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Second Advertising Campaign in History to Feature Gay Couple

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The advertisement above from Nikon, launched on 14 January 2015, is the second video ad in history to feature an openly gay couple. In March of 2013, Amazon released the first advertisement to feature an openly gay couple, shown below. The Amazon ad seems to be a depiction of people, whereas the Nikon ad is a real […]

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5 January 2015

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Investment Advice from Vanguard

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Four timeless principles to help you reach your investment objectives Successful investment management companies base their business on a core investment philosophy, and Vanguard is no different. Although we offer many specific strategies through both internally and externally managed funds, an overarching theme runs through the investment guidance we provide to clients—focus on those things […]

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3 January 2015

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When Google AdSense Doesn’t Make Sense

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Google AdSense advertising is intended to deliver effective and meaningful advertising. This is based on page content and previous searches. Here are a few ways in which Google AdSense fails: People are shown ads for products and services they have already purchased. People are shown ads for products and services they’ve reviewed, but subsequently decided […]

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2 January 2015

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YouTube Copyright Policing Practices Erratic and Unpredictable

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YouTube copyright policing practices are erratic and unpredictable. Many people upload videos that may contain short clips of content for commentary and artistic expression. These are often well within the guidelines for fair use. It’s frustrating to have YouTube take down videos they deem to be a violation of copyright without any further analysis regarding fair use.Sometimes […]

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31 December 2014

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ResourcesForLife.com News 201412

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ResourcesForLife.com – News 201412 | 31 December 2014 | Wednesday Dear Friend, Happy New Year 2015! I hope you’re doing well. Welcome to the December 2014 newsletter. Personal Update. My Personal Update for December is now available. There’s a link to my interview on Iowa Public Radio as well as other encouraging updates. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, […]

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30 December 2014

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Google Promotes “The Interview” Movie and Tobacco to Under-Age Viewers While Offending Billions of People — Gets Kicked Out of China

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rates movies based on a variety of criteria and determines an acceptable viewing audience. According to FilmRatings.com (the MPAA rating site), The Interview, featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is rated as ‘R’ due to “pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence.” Due to […]

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28 December 2014

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Reflections on Being Too Immersed in Technology (Video)

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An important public service announcement about our reliance on technology and the impact of being too immersed in social networks rather than interacting with people in the real world. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and other social network systems offer more ways than ever for us to stay connected, yet it helps to be reminded about the […]

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28 December 2014

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The World is Coming to an End (Video) – Inspiring Message of Hope

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A message about what’s broken in the world and how we might fix it. Like this:Like Loading…

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13 December 2014

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The Value of a Community College Education

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Abstract This study provides one of the first estimates of the returns to different types of community college credentials—short-term certificates, long-term certificates, and associate degrees—across different fields of study. We exploit a rich data set that includes matched, longitudinal college transcripts and Unemployment Insurance records for students who entered a Washington State community college in […]

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13 December 2014

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Wake Up Call with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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  Show Synopsis From Variety: TNT is continuing its relationship with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the unscripted space, as the cable net orders “Wake Up Call” to series. “Wake Up Call” will feature Johnson lending a helping hand to everyday people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives, whether they be dead-beat dads, […]

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12 December 2014

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BACARDÍ Triangle 2014 – Bermuda Private Island

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The Event As an advertising campaign, the BACARDÍ Triangle event is a very effective PR stunt. The 2014 event spanned from October 30 to November 2. Everyone loves a party, and the exotic surroundings of Bermuda combined with the local music the culture are the right mix for a popular promotional campaign. The concert held in […]

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10 December 2014

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Soft Drink Companies Join Alcohol and Tobacco Industry

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Manufacturers of tobacco and alcohol products have been blamed by society (and courts) for profiting form products that harm our health and cause injury. As a result, they’ve paid millions in reparations, and been significantly regulated with regard to where their products can be advertised, where they can be sold, and who can consume them. This […]

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9 December 2014

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Dewar’s Live True Ad Campaign Features Social Action

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Below are some videos from the Dewar’s Live True ad campaign. These are examples of how advertising can inspire and inform while focusing on positive values and virtues, rather than directly promoting sales of a product. Like this:Like Loading…

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30 November 2014

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ResourcesForLife.com News 201411

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ResourcesForLife.com – News 201411 | 30 November 2014 | Sunday Dear Friend, I hope you’re doing well. Welcome to the November 2014 newsletter. Personal Update. My Personal Update for November is now available. There’s a link to my interview on Iowa Public Radio as well as other encouraging updates. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, I invite you to […]

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28 November 2014

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Q&A with InvestInTech.com Makers of Able2Extract PDF Converter

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  Getting to Know Investintech.com: Helpful PDF Resources, Tutorials and Tools Q: You’ve developed some great online technology tutorials. What topics are available and which ones seem to be the most popular? MS Office for iPad Tips is one of our newer projects that we started working on as soon as Microsoft launched the apps for […]

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1 November 2014

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ResourcesForLife.com News 201410

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ResourcesForLife.com – News 201410 | 31 October 2014 | Friday Dear Friend, I hope you’re doing well. Welcome to the October 2014 newsletter. Personal Update. My Personal Update for October is now available. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, I invite you to Like my page. I recently launched my own personal website at AboutGregJohnson.com. If you’ve not already seen […]

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