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Old 02 May 2017, 02:47 AM
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I don't hate this one, but it struck me: It's a Fitbit where a little girl tells the story of her mom searching for something, and finding it -- "it" being fitness, or fulfillment -- she runs a race at the end. The ad ends with the little girl saying "Finally, she found it. And if she can find it, anybody can!"

Um, that last line isn't is compliment.
It just struck me we get the same ad here. I didn't notice till now because after five years of taking ads out of programs I try to avoid ads as much as possible. I am guessing they just changed the voice over to an Australian girl. And since the woman concerned looks pretty young and healthy to begin with I am not sure that achieving that fitness was all that difficult for her. Like you Lainie I am not sure I hate but it is one of those ads that make me glade I can record my favourite shows and fast forward through the ads. But next time it is on I will have to see if a remake or a redub.
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Old 02 May 2017, 05:42 AM
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I'm sitting here on the first of May in St. Louis where the temperature is 50°, having topped out at a windy 58° around 1pm.
I just saw an ad urging me to replace my bulb with ZappLight.
It shows mosquitoes crawling on skin, while the voice-over warns of increased risk of disease from mosquito bites. Overlaid on the video are the captions: Zika Virus!, West Nile Virus!, and Malaria!
The first two are exploitative enough, but really, malaria? Still?
Didn't we give the Canal Zone back to Panama?
I don't know if malaria-spreading mosquitos have ever been an issue in the US.
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But next time it is on I will have to see if a remake or a redub.
Yeah I have seen it and I saw nothing to suggest that it was filmed in Australia so I reckon they just redubbed with the voice of an Australian girl.
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Old 02 May 2017, 11:51 AM
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iIRC, the species of mosquito that carries Zika isn't even found in the US.

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And since the woman concerned looks pretty young and healthy to begin with I am not sure that achieving that fitness was all that difficult for her.
Young and healthy and quite thin, although they show her standing sideways and looking in the mirror as if she thinks she's getting fat. The ad would have been much better if they'd left that out and just gone with her looking for the other benefits of running.

Why do people who make ads think that some sloppy sweats will make a slender model look like she's chubby?
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Old 02 May 2017, 01:21 PM
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I don't know if malaria-spreading mosquitos have ever been an issue in the US.
Used to be quite a large problem, before the mid-20th century.

http://dcmosquitosquad.com/history-o...ia-in-the-usa/

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there was a time when every state in America except Alaska was malaria endemic. There is a long history of malaria in the USA dating back to the 15th Century when it first appeared in the country until today where it still affects local residents.
Still pops up occasionally.

https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/facts.html

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Between 1957 and 2015, in the United States, 63 outbreaks of locally transmitted mosquito-borne malaria have occurred; in such outbreaks, local mosquitoes become infected by biting persons carrying malaria parasites (acquired in endemic areas) and then transmit malaria to local residents.
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iIRC, the species of mosquito that carries Zika isn't even found in the US.
It is, though (so far at least) only in limited southern areas.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/...-t-be-disaster

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documented cases of viral transmission from a mosquito to a human in the continental United States have taken place in southern Florida and Brownsville, Texas. That’s precisely what the best models indicated. And, if history repeats itself, as winter approaches and cold weather reduces populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito—Zika’s main vector—this transmission likely will stop and resurface late next spring.
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I'm living proof that malaria is no longer a problem in the DC area!
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I don't know if malaria-spreading mosquitos have ever been an issue in the US.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family contracted malaria in Kansas.
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Old 04 May 2017, 03:20 PM
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Now I don't want...
This should scare ya...
But my bunk mate has malaria!



Dawn--this ear worm has been brought to you by Alan Sherman!-Storm
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Old 16 May 2017, 03:37 PM
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The state of New Jersey has a PSA about a program that helps drug addicts. It's narrated by a young woman who got hooked on heroin...
...I can't look at this spot without seeing her as Drug Addict Lite...
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I would probably feel better if there were 2 or 3 more commercials along similar lines with more diverse real-life narrators.
Looks like someone took my advice - or at least thought it over the way I did. The new version of the spot removes the dramatized scenes, and adds some diversity with two male ex-addicts. Simply showing more than one "voice of experience" makes for a much more effective spot.

The only thing that still bothers me is the original girl's rather cryptic line about how she was "selling her soul" for her next fix. What does that really mean? And if she doesn't want to be more explicit, why mention it at all?
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Old 16 May 2017, 03:39 PM
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I heard this on NPR, so technically it's not a commercial, it's an underwriter's credit, but really it's a commercial. It's a tag line from one of those identity theft protection services that says "identity thieves can pretend to impersonate other people". I don't mind if they pretend to impersonate me, it's only when they actually impersonate me that it's a problem. I don't really hate it, but I'm more amused by it. Given NPR's stereotypical audience I wouldn't be surprised if they're getting a ton of letters about that.
And they've changed it. Now it's just "Identity thieves can pretend to be other people."
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Old 16 May 2017, 03:44 PM
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The new commercial for viagra with the loudmouth standing in line at the pharmacy shouting his lines about how much he likes viagra. . Ok I don't expect realism in commercials but this is just so stupid I have to wonder if anyone watching it is going, "wow I'm convinced, next time I'll buy VIAGRA."
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Old 16 May 2017, 03:54 PM
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There are two that bug me because of their misleading nature.

One is a radio commercial for a new cereal that uses onyx sorghum, an "ancient" grain. First off, corn, rice, wheat, etc are all ancient grains. And onyx (or black) sorghum is a hybrid that was developed in the 1990's. Certainly not "ancient".

The other worse because it claims to be setting the record straight when it is introducing misleading counter claims. They are arguing that other chicken companies are swindling you because the other chicken is raised without antibiotics. They suggest that all chicken is the same because chicken must be antibiotic-free when it is butchered and sold. First off, I'm guessing that the FDA definition of "antibiotic free" is no antibiotics used within a certain time, but doesn't mean that all traces of antibiotics are gone. Secondly, raised without and "don't have any in them now" are not the same thing.
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Old 16 May 2017, 06:05 PM
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the new commercial for viagra with the loudmouth standing in line at the pharmacy shouting his lines about how much he likes viagra. .

too much information!!!
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Old 16 May 2017, 08:18 PM
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One that I don't hate, but notice because of it's unnecessary nature. Viagra single-packs for boners on the go*. Viagra is a pill**. Which means you can take one out of the multi pill bottle and voila! you have a single-pack.

* Not the slogan, but it should be.
** As I am given to understand.
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There is a Chevy commercial called Canadian Dreams and it's one of those annoying commercials with a string of shots of people doing things that don't really have anything to do with the product being sold (trying to do the your lifestyle = our product).

But the most annoying thing is at 0:35, the use of the words "less ladders".

And I scream "Fewer" at the TV.
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Old 16 May 2017, 11:37 PM
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But the most annoying thing is at 0:35, the use of the words "less ladders".

And I scream "Fewer" at the TV.
But a ladder can be cut into a limited number of smaller ladders, therefore it is a singular mass
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Old 17 May 2017, 12:42 PM
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There's a Chevrolet commercial... Everyone in it sounds really stupid, but none so much as the woman who says "Santa, I want to go fast" in a silly voice, dragging the last word into a very annoying "feyast".
Looks like the gods of advertising are all listening to me this week. Just saw a new Chevy commercial along the same lines as the one I mention above (without the Christmas angle) with what looks like the same woman appearing much less dopey, enthusiastically talking about trading her car in.

BTW, shortly after my complaint about the original spot, I stumbled on some other forum where guys were talking about which commercial actresses they found sexually attractive. One said he was very turned on whenever he heard the "Santa, I want to go fast" line. Made me really reconsider that commercial.
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Old 17 May 2017, 05:48 PM
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I don't hate the commercial but it bothers me - it's a new one for Kijiji with the theme song "Shake baby shake" and featuring people making deals thanks to ads on Kijiji. What bothers me is they're meeting one on one in private homes for the most part which is something that is leading to robbery and worse and is being discouraged by our local police. The commercial makes it seem like you'll not only get a great deal but makes lots of new friends. Without wishing to seem paranoid I don't think that's such a great message.
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Old 18 May 2017, 12:17 AM
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The police here have set up "meeting spots" in some of their parking lots for online sales completions. They're in a very public area, and are under video surveillance.

One guy here had a car he was selling stolen. The "customer" asked him to start the car so he could hear it run. He opened the door, reached inside and started it. When he turned back around, he was met with a stream of pepper spray. By the time he recovered from that, the crook was long gone with his car. He later remembered that the guy showed up on foot. That should have been a big red flag he admitted. This happened in a city parks parking lot.
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Old 18 May 2017, 12:59 AM
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I looked all over YouTube to provide a link, but I couldn't even though they run it before like nearly every video. Anyway it's for Hanes Soft Tees for men and how you can still be manly and wear it. Apparently guys are supposed to wear clothes made of sandpaper and stitched together with barbed wire, because apparently wearing comfortable clothing is somehow emasculating and a company feels a need to write an ad to reassure guys that it's not.
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