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Archive for September, 2014

30
Sep

IAB Tech Lab to Set Global Digital Marketing Standards

In looking to solve complex tech issues, the association opens up full membership to agencies and solutions providers.

30
Sep

The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common! …

The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common! Oscar Wilde “Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 – 1900)”

30
Sep

Argentina 'in contempt' of US court

A US judge rules that Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.

30
Sep

Revisiting the Lehman Brothers Bailout That Never Was

New accounts of events in 2008 as the New York Fed assessed the bank’s eligibility for rescue from bankruptcy have cast the firms’s collapse in a new light.



29
Sep

Banks shut branches over HK protests

Standard Chartered and other lenders have suspended some of their operations in Hong Kong following pro-democracy protests.

29
Sep

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

The organic farm sector, though growing exponentially, has hankered for attention from the government. Support increased in the farm bill signed earlier this year, and more is coming.



29
Sep

Miss America 2015: The Rumors Begin

Kira Kazantsev became Miss America 2015 just a couple of weeks ago, and the rumors have already started to swirl. Just a few days after Kira won her title anti-abortion website revealed that she spent three months as a Planned Parenthood intern while attending Hofstra University.

Kira had never attempted to hide this information, and according to Life News, it was available on her LinkedIn page. The page said that Kira “conducted research on Planned Parenthood education” and “assisted delivery of programs in local public schools, teaching children about mutual respect and self-esteem.”

While this sounds all fine and well, Life News was not happy about the idea and tried to turn it around and make it sounds bad.

“So the woman representing the nation as the new Miss America interned for the very organization that has killed millions of Americans in abortions,” Life News said.

Planned Parenthood defended Kira saying, “Each Miss America takes a different path to the crown and Kira’s path is no less special,” Haskell said. “Kira’s college internship afforded her the opportunity to advocate against child abuse while writing her thesis.”

When those Planned Parenthood rumors slowed down new ones surfaced, and Kira is now be accused of being involved in college hazing and was allegedly even kicked out of college for it.

According to the website Jezebel, “Kazantsev and a friend were both kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University on Long Island after hazing pledges. At the time, Kazantsev was serving as the sorority’s head of recruitment.”

A source allegedly told Jezebel, “Under Kira’s supervision … pledges in the incoming class were called names, berated for their perceived physical flaws and imperfections, and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion.” Kazantsev, said the source, made pledges’ lives “a living hell.”

Miss America defended herself on Good Morning America saying, “Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved with some of those activities while I was at Hofstra.”

She went on to talk about the details of the hazing saying, “You would stand in a line and basically recite information, or a few sleepless nights crafting, things that were like menial tasks. You were told that if you participate in these few traditional things, that you would be a member of the sorority.”

She said she was kicked out of Alpha Phi after making a joke in an email to some alumni about a sorority event where she would “make the evening scary for the new pledges.”

The media had criticized almost every Miss American title holder to wear the crown and has caused some of them to hand it over as a result. It doesn’t look like Kira is going to give in so easily.

28
Sep

Success is never final. …

Success is never final. Sir Winston Churchill British politician (1874 – 1965)