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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:59 PM
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Attention Walmart Customers - We Bring You Fox News
By Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 1/26/2004 4:01:00 PM

Premier Retail Networks has inked a deal with Fox News Channel for the service to become the exclusive "breaking-news" provider to Wal-Mart Television Network.

Under the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Fox News will supply live breaking-news segments and alerts for retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.s in-store network, which has multiple monitors in some 2,450 stores nationwide and generates more than 150 million impressions monthly, according to Nielsen Media Research.

A spokeswoman for PRN -- which also supplies programming to in-store networks found in Best Buy Co. Inc., Circuit City Stores Inc., Sears, Roebuck & Co. and other retail chains -- said Wal-Mart TV also includes content from FitTV and Oxygen, as well as promotional and product information.

"As the No. 1 cable news channel in America, we are proud to partner with PRN to deliver our news to Wal-Mart customers nationwide," Fox News vice president of affiliate sales and marketing John Malkin said in a prepared statement. "This is a great opportunity for Fox News to provide breaking news to a significant audience."
http://www.multichannel.com/index.asp?layout=story_stocks&promocode=SUPP&articleid=CA377047
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:59 PM
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1. So fitting.
Isn't that wonderful.
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:00 PM
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2. K-rim-iney!
This sucks.
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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:01 PM
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3. The network of choice...
for 9 out of 10 WalMart customers.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:02 PM
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4. Soylent Green Is People.
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:03 PM
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5. This is reason #7,892 to boycott those bastards!
I hope hell has a section for Wal-Mart execs.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:23 PM
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14. Hell DOES have a section for Wal-Mart Execs.......
They will share it with the heads of the Railroads from back in the late 1800's, early 1900's. Also there are surely the heads/owners of the old coal companies in WV. KY, PA etc and the Steel Mill owners from the same period. They built America while exploiting, sickening and killing an entire generation of Americans. Nowadays, the exploitation is done in brightly lit, high roofed buildings to ignorantly cheerful, blue smock wearing folks left with little or no other choice.






BTW...Hell is a mythical place, but it sure is fun to think it exists, isn't it?
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:09 PM
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18. Hell
BTW...Hell is a mythical place, but it sure is fun to think it exists, isn't it?

Yes, I can see why the fundamentalists use it so often.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 04:18 PM
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23. oh no, hell does exist
it exists on Earth.
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 04:49 PM
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26. You can witness a slice of Hell at any Wal-Mart.
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gander2112 Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 08:22 AM
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33. Amen brother
spot on assessment. I shopped there exactly once. Never again.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 09:59 AM
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38. Ain't that the truth
WalMart, in my mind, is synonymous with misery. There is just an aura of dread and hopelessness that hangs over the whole place. And isn't that what hell's supposed to be all about?
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 01:57 AM
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29. Now THAT is a statement i agree with
it exists on Earth

true
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patricia92243 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:08 PM
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6. That makes perfect sense. They are of the same mind-set. They, along....
with any other Pub organization firmly believe it is not in our nation's best interest to help the average citizen.

The best example of that is Bush - if their is a choice between big business and something in any way whatsoever that help the average guy - the big business always wins. Always!
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sadiesworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:14 PM
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7. They're building a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood...
a few hundred feet from Target.
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CityZen-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:15 PM
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8. America has Mad Cowboy Disease!
After viewing last nights Bill Moyer's "Now" and the lead story pertaining to how Americans get most of their news stories and opinions from conservative talk show hosts. Is it any wonder that our country is going insane!
Now we have this form of ministry of disinformation "FOX" being piped into Wally World, "Big Brother" cannot be stated enough.
Next thing you know you will have little speakers, like the ones that they have on the moving sidewalks in our airports, planted in all public places broadcasting recorded messages such as- Don't worry the government is protecting you from terror, everything we say is true, soon the comfort you demand will be provided for you, continue to ingest the pharmaceuticals your government provides for you, shut-up and be happy!
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:23 PM
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13. In a word it's "brainwashing"
Apparently, it's becoming a science:

BRIGHTHOUSE
Brave New World
Joey Reiman wants to bring into being a Brave New World, and he's created BrightHouse (www.thoughtsciences. com) to help us get there.

BrightHouse is a new-agey advertising/consulting/ strategic advice company. (Typical gibberish: "BrightHouse not only uncovers and articulates The Master Idea for our clients, we create an actionable plan for transforming the organization. We deliver unprecedented insights linked to your organization's ethos and culture that will dramatically impact intellectual, emotional, and financial revenues.") Its clients include Coca-Cola, Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Met Life, Southern Company and K-Mart.

But that's not what makes it noteworthy.

What makes BrightHouse noteworthy is the BrightHouse Neurostrategies Institute. The institute undertakes research to see how the brain responds to advertising campaigns, and to use this information to craft more effective marketing strategies.

Here's how the company describes its work:

"We are a novel form of consumer consultancy that leverages scientific knowledge about how the human brain motivates consumer behavior to deliver strategic insights that are intended to enhance the relationship between the consumer and the product, brand and company. Our goal is to define the neural basis of behaviors that are of specific interest to strategic business decision making, as well as of generic interest to the field of neuroscience. We are not interested in telling companies what people think about their products, but rather how they think. Our focus is decidedly from the consumer perspective with the direct intent to influence the behavior of companies, rather than consumers."

Or, as the company said a bit more directly in a 2002 news release: "The Thought Sciences team uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a safe and non-invasive technique, to identify patterns of brain activity that reveal how a consumer is actually evaluating a product, object or advertisement. Thought Sciences marketing analysts use this information to more accurately measure consumer preference, and then apply this knowledge to help marketers better create products and services and to design more effective marketing campaigns."

Winning advertising approaches spark activity in the medial prefrontal cortex. This shows an instinctive identification with a brand or product. There may be interest and desire for a product if activity appears elsewhere in the brain, but not the same unbridled identification. Or at least that's the theory.

Says Gary Ruskin of the Portland, Oregon-based Commercial Alert, "It sounds like something that could have happened in the former Soviet Union, for purposes of behavior control. Yet it is happening right here in America."
http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2003/03december/dec03corp1.html

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bucknaked Donating Member (818 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:17 PM
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9. Could a more evil union be formed?
funk that!
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dawn Donating Member (876 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:18 PM
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10. A perfect fit. Irresponsible news coverage for an irresponsible company.
:puke:

Why do they have to subject their employees and customers to that garbage?
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gander2112 Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 08:27 AM
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34. Remember the mantra...
"Nobody makes them work there. Nobody forces them to work for Walmart for low wages. Nobody forces them to work through lunch breaks and ..."

Don't get me started on the Walmart train.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:19 PM
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11. Expect to hear
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 01:30 PM by PA Democrat
a lot of "clean-up in aisles 2, 5, 6, and 11" until Walmart drives out everyone except those who approve of the "fair and balanced" Bush love fest "news".

:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:

This is just one more reason that I don't shop at Walmart. The number one reason is that Walmart is the TOP corporate contributor to the Republican party.

http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topcontribs.asp?
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:22 PM
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12. I sadly had to go into a Sam's Club the other day...
Every big and small screen TV was tuned to Faux. I walked out buying nothing.

No plot here. Nosireebob.
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pstokely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:56 PM
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15. any relation to Premier Radio Networks?
home of Oxyrush
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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:58 PM
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16. Truly a match made in hell
Just another reason to never give Walmart my business.
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59millionmorons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:01 PM
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17. Giant stores
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 02:04 PM by demdem
They are also broadcast in Giant food stores in PA. You can often hear me walking through the meat department and suddenly break out in full laughter when they say "you are listening to Fox news fair and balanced.
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:22 PM
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19. When we hear that sort of thing...
tell the manager how offensive it is and threaten to do business elsewhere. If enough people did that, perhaps they'd resort back to lulling us with elevator music. :D
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:35 PM
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20. How wonderful. Right wing propoganda piped into the aisles of Walmart
Does this mean Faux won't be reporting on Walmart's legal problems in the future?
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capriccio Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:57 PM
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21. Costco as well
My recent letter to Costco:

I'm writing you as both an Executive Club member and a Costco shareholder. I shop in your Carsbad, CA store about 3-4 times a month, and I've noticed that all the TVs are always tuned to Fox news. I'm sure you know that of all the mainstream news outlets in the country, Fox is the most politically biased and studies have shown that viewers of Fox news have the poorest grasp on the actual facts. Fox is about as close to being a state-controlled news service as we are about to find anywhere in the free world. As we are now heading into the most critical election year in our nation's history, I would like to suggest that you instruct all your stores to be a little more objective on what programming they plan to beam to all their customers throughout your business hours. Perhaps you could devote a few hours to CNN or every other day to PBS. The TV pictures should look just as good on any of the alternatives, and loyal members like myself will not have to be concerned that Costco is promoting one political view over another.
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 03:22 PM
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22. That's surprising
Costco owners just donated thousands of dollars to the Dem Party. I'm glad you gave them a heads up on this particular store.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 10:04 AM
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39. This is probably a local Costco manager and not a company policy
Costco is well-known as a very Democratic organization. None of the stores that I frequent in New Mexico and Idaho have ever played that garbage on their TVs. Almost always it's DVDs, and if their TVs ARE tuned to a broadcast, it's always sports.

I'm glad you wrote the company about this, though. I'm sure they'll "have a talk" with the management in Carlsbad.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 04:18 PM
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24. Listen to shit while you are buying shit
perfect
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 04:20 PM
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25. Leviathan the Great;
somebody call Hobbes!
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mike1963 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 05:36 PM
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27. Open up a dead hard drive and remove the very powerful magnet on the
armature. It can do some very interesting things to a CRT (tv or monitor tube)...

:evilgrin:

Don't let it near YOUR monitor though! ;-)
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gander2112 Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 08:32 AM
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35. no real damage
Unfortunately it merely affects the electron impact point. All they have to do is turn the tv on again and it automagically de-gausses the CRT.

It does nothing if it is a projection or plasma display.

Geoff - physics geek
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 06:07 PM
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28. I am soooo ashamed. I bought a large pop from Sam's Club today.
Lemme explain: My father was in town to help me fix my car. He and I were going to buy a new battery, and he suggested Sam's Club. He's an avid Sam's Club shopper (but he's also a staunch liberal and a Dean supporter), but he knows of my objection to the Wal-Mart Evil Empire. So I caved in, and we went to Sam's Club and bought a car battery. I noticed that a 32 oz. pop at the Sam's Club consession stand was only 74 cents. I was really thirsty and in need of a caffeine pick-me-up, and I had to get a Diet Coke from the concession. I felt like kicking myself afterwards.

I'm such a hypocrite. :cry::cry::cry:
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 10:08 AM
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40. Hell's bells!! A car battery AND a coke?!!!
As penance, you must go to WhiteHouse.gov immediately and watch the State of the Union address again in its entirety.

Now go, and sin no more.
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Nomad559 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 02:29 AM
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30. Anarchy at your local Wal*Mart
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 04:26 AM
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32. What????
no more muzak 4 the masses???? I wouldn't think news, and I use that term lightly here, would provide that devil-may-care attitude so necesary 4 spending your meager income on plastic crap U don't need!
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SpaceCatMeetsMars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 08:38 AM
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36. I will NEVER go to Walmart or any place that plays Fox News
or right-wing radio or any other outlet that spews hate.
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 09:06 AM
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37. Wal-Mart's Evil Empire
If you missed this, check out the L.A. Times'
recent series on Wal-Mart's global domination
(are they part of PNAC?!)
These are some of the most disgusting, shocking
and inhumane business practices imaginable!

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-walmart-sg,1,1534896.storygallery

I guess it's only fitting an anti-union company
would choose to air an anti-union, right-wing extremist
"news" network like Faux to pipe propaganda to all of
its employees and customers. :puke:
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 10:29 AM
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41. As if I needed another reason not to go to Walmart!
But thanks. For a while there I would stop in mid-channel surfing and watch Fox for a few minutes at a time, trying to understand why my mom believes everything they say, and it seemed like they were making an effort to appear more, uh, fair and balanced. But lately - since Bush has been in hot water? Holy crap! I can't even watch for 5 seconds without hearing something outrageously slanted and deeply disturbing.
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