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Dominique Strauss-Khan Sex Scandal to Hit the Big Screen

2011-12-28 by Aaron Sarno
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[caption id="attachment_32016" align="alignleft" width="156"] Dominique Strauss-Khan's summer sex scandal could make him a Hollywood hit[/caption] Women, sex, politics and power – the real-life political sex scandal that derailed former-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan’s bid for the French presidency has all the makings of a box-office smash. So it comes as little surprise to hear that the sordid story is about to get the Hollywood treatment, with French actor Gerard Depardieu said to be in the frame for the lead role as that of the scandalized financier. According to the recent exclusive in Deadline.com, American director Abel Ferrara of Bad Lieutenant fame... Read More >

Gamblers Get Online Accounts with Bank Of America Online Banking

2011-03-01 by Aaron Sarno
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Hot on the heels of recent news that California is considering legalizing online gaming for gamblers 21 years of age and older, Bank of America is pushing for larger revenues from existing customers, according to a Casino Gambling Web report. Bank of America has accounts with no fees for gamblers, but they are now changing their policies, offering free checking only for accounts with large amounts of money ($2,000 minimum balance or else the account holder must pay service fees), and account holders that accept e-statements ( if the customer chooses to accept processing all of their banking transactions online... Read More >

Crisis PR: The Never-ending Toyota Recall Story

2010-10-22 by Almaz
Toyota

Have you ever watched a bad soap opera just because there was nothing else worthwhile on TV? Well, reading news about Toyota lately pretty much compares to that feeling. Never mind that Google is using Toyota vehicles to build the self-driving car (although, between us, they could have chosen something more reliable)... When you read news that Toyota is recalling about 1.53 million cars globally you can only wonder: why are they still making cars? These are the vehicles thy are recalling now:  2005 through 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300,... Read More >

The Bishop Eddie Long Scandal and Bad Timing

2010-09-22 by Richard D. Pace
Bishop Eddie Long

One of Atlanta's, and the nations most prominent spiritual leaders, Bishop Eddie Long, is now embroiled in scandal. According to this latest shocking news, Long allegedly engaged in sexually coercion of at least two of his followers. In suits filed Tuesday at the Dekalb County Courthouse in Georgia, two male congregation members accused Long of using his position of power to force them into any number of sexual acts. At a time when people need positive messages, spiritual and uplifting guidance, it seems leaders at every turn reveal nothing but the darker side of possibility. If the allegations against Long... Read More >

PR and Personal Nightmare for John Travolta

2010-09-06 by Almaz
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He is another celebrity hit by the curse of the stars: the infamous "sex scandal" seems to affect any known superstar sooner or later, and it's not a matter of gender. Female and male celebrities are easy targets: they beg for privacy, they try to live a "normal" life and they are refused the privilege. John Travolta is the latest "victim" in the hunt for sensational, and the timing couldn't be worse. The "talented" and "morally vertical" people at National Enquirer decided to stir the media with news about John Travolta alleged infidelities. The star has been in the news... Read More >

Ribery Sex Scandal, More Bad PR for the French National Soccer Team

2010-07-20 by Jason Tannahill
Franck Ribery

After an extremely disappointing performance at the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, the French team is facing even more bad publicity as star footballer Franck Ribery is facing charges for soliciting an underage prostitute. A French judge has issued the preliminary charges today after a thorough questioning of Ribery and another French soccer star, Karim Benzema. The scandal made the front pages of French media before the World Cup, but it has now moved to official action taken by the police and the French judiciary system. Although only Ribery is currently facing said charges, the shame spreads on the... Read More >

Students Adapting to Webcam Spying at School

2010-02-26 by Aaron Sarno
Gizmodo

It wasn't too long ago that we learned of a lawsuit being brought against a school for the use of webcams for spying on students' behavior on and off campus. Now Gizmodo notes another school teacher that brags about spying on his students at a school in the Bronx, as seen in a Frontline segment that aired earlier this month. The aim of Frontline's coverage was to highlight the use of technology in schools, and how laptops and Google Docs were turning the Bronx school around. Great things to see how education is finally being implemented on a universal scale... Read More >

Yes, a School Really Spied on Students via Webcam. At Home.

2010-02-18 by Aaron Sarno
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Education and the web. It seems like a thrilling pairing, giving technology the boost towards the education sector that it's been needing for some time. Making that technology accessible when it comes to large scale implementation is typically where the plans catch a snag. That doesn't appear to be the case with the Lower Merion School District in Philadelphia. The administration may have taken the adoption of technology too far, as it's been caught spying on students through webcams. At home. Even if I were an education authority figure spying on my students through the webcam my district provided for... Read More >

Man Blames Facebook for AIDS, Among Other Claims

2010-01-08 by Aaron Sarno
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While some users may huff and puff about the new Facebook privacy settings, one user in particular is so fed up that he wants to have his profile removed from Facebook all together. His method for going about this social media suicide mission? Getting kicked off. Humorist Adam Clem found himself tired of Facebook's prying eyes, noting an unnerving sensation upon realizing Facebook's similarities to counter-terrorism work. His first strike against Facebook was updating his profile status to read "FACEBOOK HATES ISRAEL." Quite a bold statement indeed. Intended with humor or with a mere desire to earn a bad reputation,... Read More >

Social Media Creating Bold, New Criminals

2010-01-07 by Aaron Sarno
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It turns out, Craig Lynch may very well be the John Dillinger of the new age. I jokingly made a similar remark when first reporting on Lynch's fugitive protagonism, but weeks later the story is still very real. And Craig Lynch? He's growing in popularity. Months after escaping a low-security prison outside of Suffolk, England, Lynch began to gain attention as a criminal on the run. the attention came from his updated statuses on his Facebook profile. Now with thousands of people following him on Facebook and MySpace, Craig Lynch has become the modern version of a folk hero. Lynch... Read More >

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