Public Relations Going O.K.?

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Yes?

Good!

Still, if you're not getting the behavior changes you paid for, you're wasting your money.

Here's why I say that. People act on their perception of the facts, and those perceptions lead to certain behaviors. But something can be done about those perceptions and behaviors that leads to achieving your organization's objectives.

Which means you really CAN establish the behavior change you want, up front, then insist on getting that result before you pronounce the public relations effort a success.

In other words, the way to increase your comfort level about your public relations investment, is to make certain that investment produces the behavior modification you said you wanted at the beginning of the program.

That way, you KNOW you're getting your money's worth.

Just what, you may ask, does your public relations team have to do to achieve that result?

Here's one approach.

Because public relations problems are usually defined by what people THINK about a set of facts, as opposed to the actual truth of the matter, it will be especially helpful if the public relations program is built upon the premise mentioned above and, for emphasis, again here:

1.) People act on their perception of the facts; 2.) Those perceptions lead to certain behaviors; 3.) Something can be done about those perceptions and behaviors that leads to achieving the organization's objectives.

Now, Rank Your External Audiences

Identifying key audiences and prioritizing them - a crucial step in any public relations action plan -- starts with a priority-ranking of those audiences with a clear interest in your organization, often described as "stakeholders" or "publics." Included would be customers, prospects, employees, media, the business community and local thought-leaders as well as any number of other interest groups.

Stay Aware

Those with the public relations assignment must stay aware of negative or counterproductive behaviors among the organization's key stakeholders or "publics."- customers, prospects, media, community activists, union leaders, competitors the business community and others.

Interaction of one kind or another with key audiences will tell you how they feel - and how they perceive -- your organization, and in particular areas where problems may be brewing. This is informal polling, but essential to any public relations effort. If resources are available, a limited opinion poll of the priority audience would be helpful.

There are many ways to gather such information. For example, regular monitoring of headquarters and field location media, staff activity reports, employee and community feedback, regulatory and other local, state and federal government activities involving your organization. High on any such intelligence list is the Internet with its emails, ezines, chatrooms and search engines.

Identify the Behavior Modification Problem or Challenge

Now is the time to identify the behavior modification problem such as declining sales in a specific product line. Or, is it an allegation of wrongdoing? Or a quality or performance issue? Has an elected official spoken negatively about your industry? Have you learned that a national activist group may target a unit of your organization? Or, is there clear evidence of negative behavior among a key audience?

Similarly, a behavior modification challenge might include creating positive, first time impressions of a new soft drink during a new market introduction. Or reinforcing the reputation of a category leader whose sales have begun to slip.

Verify the Accuracy and Severity of the Problem

Is it true and how bad is it? Determine through field staff, key customers, media monitoring and, if the budget is there, opinion sampling, just how serious the problem is. If an allegation, is it true or false? If a drop-off in sales, gather and carefully evaluate the likely reasons. If a quality issue, probe deeply for its real cause.

After an exhaustive review of all evidence surrounding the behavioral problem, establish conclusively its size and shape. Does it threaten employee or public safety, financial stability, reputation, the organization's mission, or sales? The answers to these questions help determine the resources to be assembled.

The Public Relations Goal

Simply stated: the goal is to begin the process of altering public perception and, thus, behaviors, to a view consistent with that held by your organization.

The Public Relations Strategy

Now, you must select one of three choices available to you when you determine the public relations strategy. You can create opinion where none exists, change existing opinion or reinforce existing opinion.

Let's assume that we will strive to change existing opinion on the key issue. With your perception, behavior modification goals and now, the strategy, established, progress will be measured in terms of specific altered behaviors, i.e., floor traffic returns to the showroom; activist rhetoric declines; a low employee retention rate reverses. Such progress indicators can be set down, and agreed upon, once the negative perceptions are truly understood, thus establishing the degree of behavioral change that realistically can be expected.

A Persuasive message

What do we say? Well, we prepare persuasive messages designed to inform, clarify, and impact individual perception in such a way that individual behaviors flowing from those perceptions are consistent with that desired by our organization. Bringing important target audiences around to one's way of thinking really does depend heavily on the quality of the message prepared.

The messages must contain clear evidence supporting your organization's views on the issue such as a credible third-party endorsement of your position. Regular assessments of how opinion is currently running among employees, suppliers and community leaders should be made. Finally, action-producing incentives leading individuals to change their perceptions of the issue, thus altering their behaviors, should be included in the message - incentives that testify to the organization's good intentions and veracity.

It's Tactics Time

Now, you select the most effective communications tactics available to you.

The question is, how will you reach your target audiences - especially in various locations? You have many choices. Face-to-face meetings, email, hand-placed feature articles and broadcast appearances, special employee, supplier or community briefings, news releases, announcement luncheons, onsite media interviews, facility tours, promotional contests, brochures and a host of other carefully targeted communications tactics.

Reaching such audiences with the message through special events is particularly effective. They offer news value and include activities such as financial roadshows, awards ceremonies, celebrity appearances, open houses and trade conventions.

Your public relations effort effort can be accelerated, even amplified by carefully selecting the very best tactics from among print or broadcast media, key podium presentations, special events or top-level personal contacts. When these tools communicate with each target audience, they must score direct bullseyes.

And remember that vital to the success of any action program is the selection and perceived credibility of the actual spokespeople who deliver the messages. They must speak with authority and conviction if they are to be believed, and if meaningful media coverage is to be achieved.

Action

While it's pull-the-trigger time, you should insure that you approach your target audiences with a tactical schedule calculated to reach them consistently as well as through varied media such as newspapers, radio and television appearances, high-profile speeches, facility tours and community briefings.

How are we Doing?

The key activity here is monitoring progress, seeking signs of improvement in target audience perceptions and behaviors.

You and your colleagues should speak regularly with members of each target audience, monitor print and broadcast media for clear evidence of the organization's messages or viewpoints and regularly interact with key customers, prospects and influential citizens.

Indicators that the messages are moving community opinion - read perceptions and behaviors -- in your organization's direction will start appearing. For example, indicators like comments in community meetings, local newspaper editorials, e-mails from suppliers as well as public references by political figures and local celebrities.

The End Game

You'll know when you arrive at the public relations end game because the changes in behaviors will become truly apparent -- among them, encouraging supplier and thought-leader comment, increasingly upbeat employee and community feedback and an increased pace of positive media reports.

Bottom line? The public relations program can be deemed a success when you clearly meet the original behavior modification goal you set when it all began.

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About the Author

Bob Kelly, public relations consultant, was director of public relations for Pepsi-Cola Co.; AGM-Public Relations, Texaco Inc.; VP-Public Relations, Olin Corp.; VP-Public Relations, Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; director of communications, U.S. Department of the Interior, and deputy assistant press secretary, The White House. mailto:bobkelly@TNI.net

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LonelyOne 27.03.2008. 02:30

How do I stop comparing myself to others and get over regret? I'm a somewhat well-educated person, but even in middle age, I'm "stuck" and can't move forward in my life.

LonelyOne

Admin 27.03.2008. 02:30

I used to do this until I realized that no one was perfect and the persona we see out in public has very little relation to the private person. Everyone has their good points and their bad points and this includes you. You have spent the first half of your life living with behavior patterns that are damaging you emotionally...do you really want to spend the second half of your life being so unhappy? As for regret, a person always has a reason for whatever they do at any given time. You need to trust yourself that you made the right decision and let it go and move on. That is the beauty of mistakes, you get a second chance to try and make things even better. You will be fine and on the days that you are doubting yourself, then just fake it until you make it. You really will be o.k.

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Joanna 09.08.2011. 00:47

What is a short understandable definition for capitalism? Also, could u also put it in a sentence?

Joanna

Admin 09.08.2011. 00:47

Hi Joanna,

It is generally considered that the most thorough and enduring critique of capitalism is that formulated by Karl Marx. So here?s a Marxist definition of capitalism in a nutshell.

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The ?Labour Theory of Value? shows that capitalists (owners of the means of production) exploit workers by depriving them of value that workers themselves create. Surplus value ? the difference between the value that the worker has created and the wage that the worker receives from his employer ? is the source of capitalist profit and capital accumulation. The treatment of labor as a commodity leads to commodity fetishism: people valuing things more in terms of their price rather than their usefulness; and hence to an expansion of the system of commodities.

Some people buy commodities in order to use them, while others buy them in order to sell them on at a profit. The system of flexible accumulation depends upon more and more things becoming commodities, the value of which is determined through the process of exchange (exchange value) rather through their use (use value). For example, not only needles are commodities; shares in the ownership of a factory that manufactures needles become commodities; then options on the stock issued in the company that operates the factory become commodities; then portions of the interest rate attached to bonds issued by the company become commodities, and so on.

The fundamental contradiction at the heart of commodity production between use value and exchange value leads inevitably to the decline in the rate of profit, which renders capitalism prone to unavoidable periodic financial crises, such as the one under which we are all now suffering.
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Sorry it isn?t as short as the pro-capitalist answers, but then again, it isn?t as vague and vacuous as them either ? and for Karl it took three volumes of ?Das Kapital? to enunciate his definition in full ? http://www.ruralfinds.com/BKS-92.html

In a single sentence:
Capitalism is an exploitative mode of production and social relations, in which a wealthy and powerful capitalist ruling class use their private ownership of the means of production and monopoly of public state power to exploit the real creators of value, the working class, by expropriating surplus value from their labour, for private use by the capitalists as profit and capital accumulation.

Here are some starting point suggestions for further explorations:
? ?Capital? on video
» http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Karl%20Marx:%20Capital&hl=&tbm=vid
? Introduction to Karl Marx, Module on Capitalism
» http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/marxism/modules/marxcapitalism.html
? SparkNotes: Karl Marx: Capital (Das Kapital)
» http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/marx/section3.rhtml
? Labour Theory of Value
» http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_theory_of_value#Marx.27s_contribution
? Commodity fetishism
» http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/marxism/modules/marxfetishism.html
? Study Guide for Karl Marx?s Critique of Political Economy, a.k.a.?Capital?, by Andy Blunden, 2002
» http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/guide/index.htm

Hope that?s broadened your understanding, and given you some pointers for further browsing,

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widowerinneedofintimacyandaffect 15.09.2008. 16:59

Why is it that black women will not be seen in public or have any intimate relations with a white man? I am a loving caring white man. I have been trying for the past 5 years to try and find a black woman to show me any kind of romantic,intimate interest at all. Age doesn't matter to me. Attractiveness is not really that important even I just want some black woman who will love me and is willing to become intimately involved with me in either a "no strings attached" or a committed relationship.

widowerinneedofintimacyandaffect

Admin 15.09.2008. 16:59

o.k well I have seen many black women with all kinds of men. I see when people try too hard it seems like forever...let the chips fall where they may!! my suggestion is move. yes move. move to like Africa or the the virgin islands. you see what I am saying? you will be one out of many white men there and black women will be lined up hoping you will give them the time of day because you will seem exotic to them. you might have to join there faith but you will have the woman you always wanted for 5 years. Then they will want a free ticket to the u.s.a. by you. OR...look on line on join a southern Baptist Church..now there you will find a black woman...they will have to let you in because it would be a sin!

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Poo 10.11.2008. 07:11

I want to know the calculation of service tax? Hai, how the calculation of service tax is made and what are the services which should be considered while calculating the tax.

Poo

Admin 10.11.2008. 07:11

hey dude..........its flat 12.36% ( 12 base rate + 3 %cess tax) no surcharge



Name of taxable service

Stock broking
Internet Café (zzf)
Telephone connection (b)
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Radio Paging (c)
Technical testing and analysis (zzh)
General Insurance (d)
Technical inspection and certification (zzi)
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Courier (f)
Port other than those covered in ?zn? above (zzl)
Consulting Engineer (g)
Airport Services (zzm)
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Goods Transport by Road (zzp)
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Air Travel Agent (l)
Intellectual Property Service (zzr)
Mandap Keeper (m)
Opinion Poll Service (zzs)
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Outdoor Catering Service (zzt)
Rent- a- Cab operator (o)
Television and Radio Programme Production (zzu)
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Survey and Exploration of Minerals (zzv)
Interior Decorator (q)
Pandal and Shamiana (zzw)
Management Consultant (r)
Travel Agent (zzx)
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Forward Contract Brokerage (zzy)
Cost Accountant (t)
Transport through Pipeline (zzz)
Company Secretary (u)
Site preparation (zzza)
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Dredging (zzzb)
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Survey and map making (zzzc)
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Cleaning service (zzzd)
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Packaging service (zzzf)
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Mailing list compilation and mailing (zzzg)
Photography (zb)
Residential complex construction (zzzh)
Convention services (zc)
Registrar service to an issue (zzzi)
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Telegraph (ze)
Automated teller machine operation , management, maintenance (zzzk)
Telex (zf)
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Sound recording (zj)
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Broadcasting (zk)
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Ship Cruise tour (zzzv)
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Fashion designer (zv)
Works contract (zzzza)
Health Club and Fitness Centres (zw)
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Life Insurance (zx)
Stock exchange services (zzzzg)
Insurance auxiliary service (life insurance) (zy)
Services provided by a recognized/registered association (commodity exchanges) for transaction in goods or forward contracts. (zzzzh)
Rail travel agent (zz)
Processing and clearing house services in relation to processing, clearing and settlement of transactions in securities, goods or forward contracts (zzzzi)
Storage and warehousing (zza)
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hope it helped you

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Tina 26.12.2007. 05:27

Were Catholics persecuted in Nazi Germany? I am confused because someone just told me that Hitler was Catholic. I have heard that the Nazis went after Catholics during the second world war. Is this true and if so why would he go after catholics if he were one himself?

Tina

Admin 26.12.2007. 05:27

A Clarafication - - -

HITLER may be d^mned for hating all sorts of people but Hitler was a politician and being a politician Hitler persecuted those Catholics who did not support his regime. Little known today (2007) is the fact that Hitler, most likely with the troika of Himmler & Heydrich & Streicher carefully played on a largely German Lutheran fear of 'gay' Priests and 'Lesbian' Nuns and scored a big public relations success by publicly closing several seminaries because 'there were faeries' running rampant and doing all sorts of bad things.
The Catholic Church held a precarious position in Germany. Numberous in Bavaria and the South, they were mostly outnumbered in the rest of Germany. This will anger a lot of Catholics BUT the truth can hurt. Once Hitler was in power he played the Catholic Church. Hitler's legal genius Hans Franks and others engineered several deals whereby the Catholic Church turned a blind eye to the treatment of Jews & Commies/Bolsheviks/Reds and Others (mostly Social-Democrats) and in return confiscted Jewish properties were given to the Catholic Church.
When Hitler did persecute Catholics it was mostly those Catholics who had angered other Catholics and though Hitler did, on the surface, slap down Catholic authority, it was more for show, and overall the Catholic Church made out o-k. To this day people inherently view Catholics as Noble & Pure and so they could not possibly have been Anti-Semetoc Jew haters.

http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/hist/jpetropoulos/church/tamerpage/index1.htm
"""The Center Party (CP) was the largest Catholic party in Germany until it dissolved itself in 1933. Neither the CP nor the Bavarian People?s Party (BPP), another Catholic party, were able to receive the full support of the Catholics at the polls. The CP and the BPP opposed the Nazi party until 1933. Both the church and the Catholic parties changed their attitude toward the Nazis after the Reichstag elections on March 5, 1933. The CP and the BPP won only 92 seats in the 647-seat German parliament. The Nazi party and its ally, the Hugenberg Nationalists, won 288 and 52 seats respectively. They constituted a majority but did not have enough seats to change the constitution, which required a two-thirds majority. Hitler?s first main goal was to establish his authority over the state. In order to take this step, Hitler had to persuade the CP and the BPP members to give their support. The day after the elections, Hitler declared that he would respect the present position of the church and would not change it. Negotiations between the Pope and the Nazi leaders were also initiated to discuss the position of Catholics in Germany.
The Catholic leaders trusted Hitler. The CP and the BPP brought about their own ends by supporting Hitler in his ?Enabling Act,? giving Hitler extraordinary power. Without the support of Catholic parties, Hitler could not have reached his goal easily. For Catholics the vote became a loyalty issue toward the state. They were afraid of being called less patriotic than other Germans. The Catholics were hoping to save Catholic civil servants from Hitler's purge but they could not even save themselves in the end. On March 23, 1933, the Enabling Act was passed in the Reichstag. After the act was passed, bishops urged Catholics to support the state. Support was demanded not for the Nazis, but for the state itself. However, after the Enabling Act was passed the Nazis became ?the state? and the state became synonymous to the Nazis.
After the Enabling Act was passed and the rights of Catholics became protected by the treaty between the Pope and the Nazi leaders, there was no need for the Center party. The CP dissolved itself on July 10, 1933, leaving the protection of German Catholics to the Nazis. Nazi Germany signed a concordat with the Pope on July 20, which made the Third Reich the guarantor of the civic and religious interests of German Catholics. The treaty gave guarantees for Catholic schools and continued governmental subsidies to the Church; it banned priests from participating in politics, and closed all the political, social and vocational organizations that made up the German Catholic sub-cultural infrastructure.
Hitler never respected this treaty. He shut down the Catholic Youth League, arrested Catholic priests and nuns, and suppressed the Catholic publications. The Pope responded to Hitler with a public encyclical on March 14, 1937. He criticized the German suppression of Catholics. He attacked Hitler without addressing him by name. ?Whoever follows that so-called pre-Christian Germanic conception of substituting a dark and impersonal destiny for the personal God, denies thereby the Wisdom and Providence of God who "Reached from end to end mightily, and ordered all things sweetly" (Wisdom viii. 1). Neither is he a believer in God.?3
It is also claimed that Pius XI was planning to issue another encyclical regarding anti-Semitism and racism. He appointed some people to gather the documents and information about the subject. The text was prepared under the title of ?The Unity of Human Races? but Pius XI?s death in February, 1939 left his efforts fruitless because his successor the Pius XII never published it.4 """

Peace.......... o o o pp pp oo oo pp pp oo oo

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Ashley 11.03.2008. 16:43

alphabet book for the Cold War? All the letters in the alphabet.
Each letter representing something to do with the Cold War.

Ashley

Admin 11.03.2008. 16:43

lol that's awesome. I know it's probably a HW assignment, but I'll help you cheat this one time because it sounds fun. OK:

A- Arms Race. The Soviets and U.S. raced to build the largest, most powerful Nuclear Weapons.

B- Brezhnev. Leader of the Soviet Union. The guy that decided to invade Afghanistan, got the Soviet Union's butt kicked, and helped destroy the Soviet economy.

C - Cuban Missile Crisis - The closest the world has ever come to Nuclear Holocaust. Soviets put missiles in Cuba that could hit America. They were later pulled out.

D - Deterrence - No Soviet/U.S. war occurred because we were deterred by each other's nuclear weapons.

E - Espionage - We spied on each other with planes, satellite, people, and everything else imaginable.

F - Francis Gary Powers - A guy that was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over Russia.

G - Gorbachev - The final leader of the Soviet Union. Instituted policies of perestroika and glasnost - less restructuring of the soviet economy and openess of media, respectively.

H - Helsinki accords - a treaty that was supposed to "end the cold war." Finalized post-WW2 boundaries. For a time, it was good. Then things went south again.

I - Iron Curtain - The metaphorical wall between the Soviet Union and the free West, cutting Europe in two.

J - John F. Kennedy. President of the U.S. who dealt with the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs.

K - Korean War. A war in which the U.S. supported the democratic South Koreans when invaded by communist North Koreans. Russia and China supported North Korea. This incident is the only known incident in history in which American soldiers fought Russian Soldiers. It was an aerial battle in which several Americans and Russians died. We were meant to think they were Korean pilots we were fighting, but found out after the collapse of communism they were indeed Russian.

L - Lippmann, Walter - Coined the term "Cold War" in the 40's.

M - Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) - If one country attacks another with Nuclear weapons, that country will retaliate therefore destroying both countries. Bad idea.

N - Nuclear Weapons - Fear of these weapons kept the U.S. and Soviets from actually attacking each other. Should a war have occurred, these weapons probably would have been used.

O - Operation Able Archer - NATO, a the military alliance of the allies conducts a test of NATO forces. Soviets view test as an imminent attack and go bonkers.

P - Proxy Wars - many wars were fought indirectly between the Soviets and the U.S. for example, the U.S. fought the North Vietnamese, who were armed and funded by the Soviets. Indirectly, the U.S. was fighting the Soviets.

Q - Quaint - The Cold War touched the entire planet, even the regions most quaint.

R - Reagan - The president of the United States during the Soviet Union's spiral downward. Rekindled the Cold War after Detente, a peaceful period, ultimately helping the demise of the Soviet Union. They just could not keep up with the U.S. in arms spending.

S - Star Wars - a program of positioning Satellites in outer space using conventional missiles and particle beam cannons to destroy incoming nuclear weapons. Ultimately didn't really work, but the Soviets didn't know that.

T - Third world - countries with little power, but in some cases very strategically important due to location or resources. The U.S. fought over places such as Nicaragua (definitely a third world nation) to make sure communism stayed out of the American backyard.

U - United Nations - A forum of the nations of the world, including the U.S. and USSR to discuss issues. The Cuban Missile crisis was discussed in the U.N.

V - Vietnam War - Much like the Korean War but much longer, and much more deadly. Fought to ensure that communism did not spread to South Vietnam. Many U.S. soldiers were dead, was a public relations nightmare for the U.S. government. Many questioned it's purpose.

W - World War II - Had it not been for World War II shaking things up, the Cold War would have been much different. Much of the argument in the Cold War was how boundaries would be positioned in the post war era.

X - X doctrine - gave west a view of how the Soviet Union viewed the world. AKA "George Kennan's Long Telegram"

Y - Yalta Conference - a conference during World War II that basically divided up Europe and gave eastern Europe to the Soviets.

Z - Zilch. We all would have been Zilch if the Cold War turned into a Nuclear War.

I know Q and Z suck, but I'm sure if you dig you'll find something.

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Sour B!Tch 02.08.2013. 06:42

Should god fire his director of public relations? Whoever O.K'd his autobiography (O.T) really needs to step forward and accept blame for that P.R nightmare.

Sure, integrity to the facts and events is appreciated in any autobiography, but would it be so bad to shave off the corners a little? Make god seem a little less... monstrous?

Maybe a few choice omissions wouldn't hurt, for instance, the whole 'kill your son to show your loyalty' or 'Kill all the Amalekites, including the babies, and the donkeys'.

The f*cking donkeys people! I swear, Pennywise from Steven King's 'IT' seems less crazy.

Seriously, if I were god I'd make sure whoever O.K'd this never works in this universe again.
@Srsly: I don't buy the whole 'god needed a do over' NT story. No omnipotent, omniscient being would have gotten it so wrong the first time that his laws had to be scraped and re-written.
*scrapped

Sour B!Tch

David 03.05.2010. 23:50

Christians: is oral relations between spouses a sin? Array

David

Admin 03.05.2010. 23:50

The Bible is quiet on oral sex and it doesn't give a long, detailed list of what's o.k. and what isn't when it comes to marital intimacy in the bedroom. It's as if God wants the couples to enjoy learning how to connect intimately with one another.

Sex was designed to build one another up. It's really about seeking to meet the spouse's needs. When it is self-focused instead of partner focused it's nothing more than "community masturbation."

The Bible does say that Sodom was destroyed because of their unclean acts (sodomy and homosexual acts) See Jude 1:7 And Romans 1 speaks against "unnatural" relations (homosexuality).

The Bible does say that the marriage bed is "Holy" which means "separate" (private, not public). And it needs to be honored by all as such.

Paul said in his epistles that the husband's body wasn't his own nor his wife's her own but each others. He also said they were not to deprive one another.

The Song of Solomon is the Holy Spirit's commentary on the joy and beauty of sex within marriage and it is quite graphic in the Hebrew. God Blesses sex between marriage partners and told the first couple to "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28) In other word have A LOT of sex! It's healthy in marriage.

If a couple is comfortable with doing certain acts of intimacy in the bedroom that don't go against what God has said in the scriptures than it's o.k. However, if one partner isn't comfortable it goes against the purpose of sex - to build one another up and connect in a very meaningful way.

BTY, porn is sinful and ruins the marriage relationship quicker than anything else.

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crazy2alabama 24.10.2007. 22:47

What the heck is fantasy football? Please explain someone...? O.k. everywhere I turn someone is talking about this fantasy football..would someone explain it to me? I know a little about regular football and watch my favorite teams on t.v. But I don't understand this fantasy football thing. I hate standing around and looking stupid. Many thanks!

crazy2alabama

Admin 24.10.2007. 22:47

it's gambling. it's a way for people who know football to take money from people who don't. the first guy who answered must've been beat up a lot by football players and has probably never watched... let alone played a sport (lawn darts doesn't count). nfl players have fantasy football teams.

Fantasy Football is a fantasy sports game in which participants (called "owners") are arranged into a league. Each team drafts or acquires via auction a team of real-life American football players and then scores points based on those players' statistical performance on the field. A typical fantasy league will employ players from a single football league, such as the NFL or an NCAA division. Leagues can be arranged in which the winner is the team with the most total points at the end of the season, or in a head-to-head format (which mirrors the actual NFL) in which each team plays against a single opponent each week. At the end of the year, win-loss records determine league rankings or qualification into a playoff bracket. Most leagues set aside the last weeks of the regular season for their own playoffs.

The game originated in 1962 from an idea of Bill Winkenbach, then a limited partner in the Oakland Raiders, with assistance from Bill Tunnell, the Raiders' public relations man, Scotty Stirling, the beat writer from the Oakland Tribune, and George Ross, the Tribune's sports editor, as well as Philip Carmona, Winkenbach's friend. The idea emerged during a three-week road trip the Raiders took to the East Coast. Winkenbach and the others fleshed out the idea during the trip, and upon their return, formed the first fantasy football league, the GOPPPL (Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League).[1]. With the rise of personal computers and the Internet in the late 1990's, the participation in and popularity of fantasy football increased exponentially to the level of prominence it holds today.

The two main types of competition formats are 1) Head-to-head, with weekly games played against specific opponents (much like in the NFL), and 2) total points, in which cumulative points during the season determine winners (or playoff teams).

Leagues normally consist of 8-14 teams. There are three major types: redraft, "keeper" leagues, and dynasty leagues. In a redraft, each owner starts with no players at the beginning of each season and drafts an entire fantasy team. Each owner in a keeper league is allowed to retain a small number of players they owned during the previous season, eliminating these players from the draft, while each owner in a dynasty league is allowed to retain as many players as desired from the previous season, with the draft encompassing only rookies and other unowned (or un-retained) players.

Players are drafted on a team in three main formats. One of these is the serpentine draft, in which the draft order from the first round is reversed in the second round, then reversed again in every round thereafter, thus creating a snakelike progression. Another is the "standard" draft system, in which draft order is maintained throughout. The last is an auction system, in which owners bid on players using a predetermined budget.

The salary cap football league is a particular type of dynasty league which adds another factor of realism similar to the NFL: the salary cap. Just like in the NFL, this means each player has an associated salary and the total spent on all the players on a team has a maximum - the "salary cap." This can have many levels of complexity, e.g. a player may be signed for multiple years, etc.

A new style of fantasy football is modeled after the popular "survivor pool" or "knock out pool" style of weekly NFL wagering that allows each pool member to pick one NFL team to win each week, but he or she can only pick that team once all year.

Similarly, survivor fantasy leagues allow owners to draft a fresh team of seven players each week, with each player only available to each owner one week per year. This added level of strategy places an emphasis on weekly NFL matchups, while at the same time diminishing the negative consequences of injuries.

Another type of league, that allows for year round fantasy football is called Simulation Football. Simulation Football uses a computer to simulate the games with simulated players, instead of relying on the NFL for its players and stats. The most basic type is a GM league, where all the player has to do is put together a team and the computer does most of the work. A much more involved type of simulation football is called a "Create-a-Player" or CAP league. In a CAP league, top players vie for the chance to be a GM and put together a team using players that are created by other people. There are different types of scoring for determining who is a "top player" but the people are charged with making their player as good as possible using the league's scoring system.

Just like in real football, each year fantasy football leagues have a draft (note: in dynasty leagues, this normally consists of NFL rookies only), in which each team drafts NFL players. These players are kept unless "dropped" (aka become free agents) or are traded. In most leagues, no player may be owned by more than one team, (although some leagues do allow for this).

There are essentially two types of drafts. In a traditional "serpentine" (aka "snake") draft, owners take turns drafting players in a "serpentine" method, i.e. the owner who picks 1st in the odd rounds picks last in the even rounds, in the interests of fairness. In an auction draft, each owner has an (imaginary) budget which he must use to purchase all his players in an auction format, ie players are nominated and bid on, and the owner who bids the highest on each player receives that player (reducing their remaining budget accordingly).

It is widely accepted that the draft is the single most important day in the fantasy football season,[citation needed] despite the fact that no games are played. As the old adage goes, "you can't win your league on draft day, but you can certainly lose it."

Destination drafts have now become routine as many fantasy football managers have moved to different locations over time, but still enjoy competing against the same managers. With the internet sites moving fantasy football to a virtual event, many still crave the excitement of being all together during a draft. Locations usually involve a restaurant, casino, or large meeting space and some leagues conduct large, extravagant drafts that last multiple days.

Each team is allowed a pre-determined number of players on its team, as well as a specified number at each position that can or must be used in each game (the "starters"). Owners for each team then determine each week which players will start (within the rules) and which will be "benched". Just like in real football, bench players can become starters for various reasons: due to other players' injury, poor performance, or if another player's team has a bye.

Each week, owners choose their starters for a game before a certain deadline. Whether to sit or start a player is usually based on strategic considerations including the player's past and expected performance, defensive matchups, and so on.

Each team owner must designate which players from the team roster will be starters each week - i.e. the only players who will "score" any points. The following example is similar to many common formats required for a starting lineup:

1 Quarterback (QB)
2 Running Backs (RB)
3 Wide Receivers (WR)
1 Tight End (TE)
1 Kicker (K)
1 Team Defense/Special Teams (DST)
There are of course many variants on this. Some leagues use individual defensive players (IDPs) (and in some cases a punter) instead of a combined Team Defense/Special Teams. Another variant is the "flex" position, which can be filled by a player in one of several positions. Flex positions are often limited to "WR/TE", "RB/WR", or "RB/WR/TE". Traditionally, this flex was required to be a RB, WR, or TE, however, some leagues allow any position to fill this flex slot as an "OP" (any Offensive Player). Although rare, some leagues do also have a 2 quarterback requirement for a starting lineup, yet providing another twist into the complexity of different scoring systems and lineups.

Players earn their team points based on their performance in their weekly games; for example, each touchdown counts as 6 points, a certain number of yards gained counts for points, and so on. In almost all cases, players earn points for passing, rushing, and receiving yards. Passing yards (sometimes touchdowns as well) typically earn about half as many points as rushing/receiving yards, since QBs normally get many more. Negative points are also usually given for turnovers, and kickers earn points for field goals and extra points (sometimes negative points for missed kicks). Bonuses can also be given for exceptionally good performances, like a QB throwing for over 300 yards, or a kicker making a long field goal. Team defenses earn points for things like sacks, turnovers, safeties, etc. Individual defensive players typically do not earn points for team-wide stats such as keeping the opponent under a certain score or yardage total, but rather for tackles or turnovers made.

A typical scoring format follows. Again, there are many variations used:

1 point for 25 passing yards
1 point for 10 rushing and receiving yards
6 points for a passing touchdown
6 points for a rushing or receiving touchdown
-2 points for every interception thrown or fumble lost
1 point for each extra point made
3 points for each field goal made (often points are awarded for long kicks, etc. over 40 yds)
3 points per turnover gained by defense
2 points per sack by the defense
2 points for a safety by defense
6 points for each touchdown scored by defense
2 points for each blocked kick
An alternate scoring format is the "pure yardage" league, in which touchdowns are ignored, and each player's passing, rushing and receiving yards are totaled. Some yardage leagues also convert defensive stats into yards (ex., 50 yards for an interception, 20 yards for a sack), whether for a team's defense, or individual players. Another scoring system counts only touchdowns, touchdown passes, and field goals for points.

Many leagues have now incorporated Individual Defensive Player (IDP) play into their scoring systems. IDP play typically has roster space for three groups of defensive players: defensive linemen (DL), linebackers (LB) and defensive backs (DB).

One possible scoring system:

2 points per solo tackle
1 point per assist
6 points per defensive touchdown
2 points per safety
1 point per pass defended
2 points per half sack
2 points per fumble recovered
2 points per forced fumble
2 points per interception

Many Fantasy Football players are passionate about their hobby and are always looking for ways to gain an advantage over their competition. Magazines, websites, books, and software are available that provide fantasy players with the information they need to make better decisions.

One area of strategy that has only recently been gaining attention is handcuffing. Handcuffing is the drafting of two players from the same team in the same position to protect the investment in the top player. For example, if you draft a star quarterback, it may make sense to also draft his backup if the star quarterback performs well because of the team dynamic. The team may have a stellar offense that would allow any decent quarterback to excel in the starting position. This also allows you to protect your team in case an injury happens to your running back or other key position players.

The explosive popularity of fantasy football, coupled with the availability of venues showcasing numerous live football games via satellite, has had significant effects on football viewing and rooting habits among participants. Rather than supporting a favorite team in any one game, some fantasy owners may instead support the players on their fantasy rosters. This causes behavior that is often incoherent from a traditional sports fan perspective.

In addition, individual NFL players have complained about the effects of fantasy football on fans' habits and preferences. In interviews with ESPN, retired NFL QB Jake Plummer stated, "I think it's ruined the game." And, as retired New York Giants RB Tiki Barber noted about fantasy fans, "there's an incongruity in the wants."[1]

For instance, a fantasy owner might have the quarterback from one team and the running back from another on his roster, and end up hoping both teams score frequently. However, he will only cheer passing scores from the first team and running scores from the second.

Fantasy football has had a net positive benefit in increased knowledge of players at all positions, not just the traditionally regarded "skill positions." For example, there is a premium placed on knowing who the starting tight end is for every team in the league, or the backup running backs, or even available placekickers who may be picked up by a playoff contender. This has helped increase the popularity of the league, and given status to fantasy football fans who take the time to learn the sport.

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?-Hi-Tech Redneck-? 05.03.2008. 03:13

The BEST Cop Comebacks - Dumb Criminals!? The following 15 police comments were taken from actual Dallas Police car videos and distributed by Monica Smith, Director DPD, Public Relations Officer:

#15. "Relax; the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch out after you wear them awhile."

#14. "Take your hands off the car, and I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

#13. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

#12. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? "

#11. "So you don't know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?"

#10. "Yes sir, by all means you can talk to the shift supervisor if you think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I am the shift supervisor?"

#9. "Warning? You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you that when you run that stop sign again, I'll give you another ticket."

#8. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

#7. "Fair?......You want me to be fair? Listen pal, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy, and step in horsey doo!"

#6. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

#5. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to have quotas, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we want."

#4. "Just how big were those two beers?"

#3. "In God we trust, all others we run through the records department. "

#2. "I'm glad to hear the Chief of Police is a good personal friend of yours. At least you know someone who can post your bail."

And....................THE BEST ONE!!!!!!!

#1. "Excuse me ma'am? You didn't think we give pretty women tickets?
Well, you are right, we don't. Now, sign here."

?-Hi-Tech Redneck-?

Admin 05.03.2008. 03:13

lol i liked #7 best

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