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The Art of Lying After Getting Caught

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When you're caught doing something horribly wrong, you could apologize... or you could hire a firm to do it for you.

Faced with a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the payment of approximately $A300 million in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government, in breach of the United Nations' Iraq Oil-for-Food Program, the Australian wheat trader AWB Limited hired crisis management guru Peter Sandman to help it draft an apology. The Australian inquiry released e-mails between Sandman and AWB, which reveal that Sandman's proposed confessional statement was watered down by ABW's other PR adviser, Ian Smith from Gavin Anderson & Company. "The less you blame yourself, the more the public will blame you. You aren't blaming yourself nearly enough in this draft," Sandman wrote in one e-mail. Sandman's original three-page statement was eventually pared back to only one page. However, AWB executives decided not to make a public apology at all. The inquiry resumes public hearings in two weeks.

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Beachwear Goes Full Circle

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[Vanity]
Announcing Wholesomewear! Yes, a new line of swimwear for modest folks who think that showing bare shoulders or any skin above the knees would be... well, just tawdry.

The company claims, "The need for modest swimwear is greatest and the supply is almost non-existent."

Unfortunately, at $80+ the price is anything but modest!

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Janet Jackson's Nipples More Dangerous Than Coal Mining

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Yesterday, five miners died in a Kentucky mine explosion. Some are asking what's being done to improve mining conditions.

George Miller, who co-sponsored a miner safety bill in the wake of the Sago mine tragedy, that Congress doesn't seem to care about, says "When Janet Jackson had her wardrobe [malfunction], it took Congress 40 days to change the law...It's now over 120 days, and Congress hasn't done a damn thing about securing a safer workplace for these miners and for these families."

Obviously the problem is these miners aren't wearing g-strings.

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Kid Rock & Scott Stapp Sex Tape

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[Movies]
Two people that one wouldn't expect to see in a sex scene are Kid Rock and former Creed frontman-turned-Jesus, Scott Stapp. Nonetheless, a company named Red Light District, the same who hawked the Paris Hilton sex tape, now plans to release this orgy of music personality mediocrity.

Update: A Florida woman who stars in the Kid Rock-Scott Stapp sex tape has filed a lawsuit against the California company that has recently tried to market the racy video of her 1999 tour bus encounter with the two rock stars. In a complaint filed yesterday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, the woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," contends she has suffered emotional distress (and had her, um, privacy invaded) as a result of the attempted sale of the video by World Wide Red Light District. While a federal judge last month halted the video's distribution at the request of Rock (real name: Robert Ritchie), segments of the sex tape have appeared online.

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Congressman Sanitizes His Wikipedia Page

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[Dubious Research]
The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the "world's largest encyclopedia," Wikipedia.

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Atheist Group Offers "Smut For Smut"

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A group of atheists at the University of Texas in San Antonio is trying to tempt college kids into trading their Bibles for pornography.

It's part of a program called Smut for Smut sponsored by the student organization called Atheist Agenda.

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Yahoo and Match.com Accused of "Date Baiting"

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There are two separate class action lawsuits being brought against various dating web sites, claiming that the companies posted fictitious ads, bogus solicitations, and even had paid employees bait people into renewing their subscriptions to popular online dating sites.

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Man Banned From All Home Depots Over Pencil Accident

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Kansas handyman Michael Panorelli was handed a pencil by his friend to mark some of the $117 worth of lumber he was purchasing at Home Depot. Security came running after him following his exit from the store with the used pencil that he accidently put in his pocket. Now Home Depot is doing some damage control to deal with the PR nightmare.

Rumor has it if you write the wrong quantity of nuts & bolts on a bag of hardware, they put you on an unmarked plane and fly you to Syria.

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Battle of the Documentaries

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In August 2004, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company told Wal-Mart, "The public believes [Wal-Mart] treats its employees poorly and is a negative force in communities." The report suggests steps for "managing change," including to "spread messages that it cares for employees, build local relationships, increase local philanthropy." McKinsey also helped prepare a memo, leaked to the New York Times last week, that proposed "numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits," in part by "discouraging unhealthy people from working at Wal-Mart." With the new Robert Greenwald documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" about to be released, Wal-Mart's PR firm, Edelman, "sent reporters a press kit last week attacking claims made in the film's trailer, along with negative reviews of Greenwald's previous work. Wal-Mart is also promoting a competing documentary about the company, directed by Ron Galloway, titled 'Why Wal-Mart Works & Why That Drives Some People Crazy.'"

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Hurricane Victim Expresses Gratitude to Cheney

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In an interview on MSNBC, a Mississippi resident who has lost everything interrupts an interview with the Vice President to express his feelings about the government's response.

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