The Drudge Report isn't positioning and packaging the Sick-Hillary lozenge development as a blue-light special.
But its link to that article in The American Mirror does a good-enough job of reinforcing the Sick-Hillary meme. Already 732 comments have come into The American Mirror. Here you can read them and the original article.
When delivering her speech in Fort Pierce, Florida, Hillary kept clearing her throat to allegedly prevent a coughing fit. Then she self-medicated with a lozenge. As she waited for it to take full effect, she seemed to slow down the pace of the address.
The message for the weekend is: Let's never forget that the woman running for U.S. President has health challenges she is not sharing with the American people.
Well, the powers that be at BigLaw firm Sedgwick aren't the buttoned-down circumspect group that we might have counted on their being. After all, this is a group who knows how seriously language is taken in legal discourse.
In response to the insurance partner in the Chicago office, Traci Ribeiero's lawsuit for alleged gender discrimination, they filed a motion compelling arbitration. The tone and words it contains would make even cynical members of the legal sector bug-eyes.
That filing, reports lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw:
" ... teems with anger calling the plaintiff and the lawsuit 'self-serving,' 'quisling' [meaning traitorous], and 'disingenuous.'"
Here is Rubino's complete coverage of the filing. It will likely go down in legal history as an example of the ugly underside of power in law firms.
The right to sue, even for employees against their employer, is a strength of the U.S. legal system. That, of course, makes the wording in Sedwick's motion for arbitration all the more of a stunner. In the same request, well to circumvent a court trial, the law firm positions and packages its opponent as, well, a lowlife.
The one fatality, at least so far, in the Hoboken train crash, has been lawyer from Brazil: Fabiola Bittar de Kroon. She and her family had started a new life in the U.S.
As lawyer-journalist at Abovethelaw, Kathryn Rubino, reports, de Kroon was standing on the train platform, waiting for a train. Flying debris snuffed out her life.
She was on the way to Manhattan to look at apartments whose location would provide better schools for her daughter. Here is Rubino's coverage.
Those of us who had spent or are still spending our careers in the New York Metro area feared the time lost, liability, and personal injury of The Car Accident. Most of us has had one of those. It is a nightmare, especially if it occurs in a high-traffic area such as the George Washington Bridge.
But who anticipates the peril of the plain-vanilla train commute? It's come to be expensive. Power outages can make it unreliable. And eats at time. Now, that mindset of fear is embedded in just about everyone in the New York Metro region. You may not return home from that train ride. In fact, you may not arrive at the office.
This blog transmits prayers for strength to the family of de Kroon, both here in the U.S. and in Brazil.
A sign of these wild political times: USA Today comes out with an impassioned plea for the nation to please please please not vote for Donald Trump. Here is that editorial. It also could signal to trial lawyers that juries might factor in the matter of possible abuse of power.
Meanwhile, on this Friday, what should we make of this development? There are almost an infinite number of possible interpretations. They are associated with everything from what Trump seems to be all about to the issue of what is the appropriate role of media in the U.S.
My response to this stance by USA Today is that more institutions such as that media outlets and more people such as myself are wondering: Is power an entity which has more darkness than light? And should we as a society discourage seeking and growing it?
In New Jersey we bear witness to the alleged abuse of power by the Chris Christie Administration in Bridgegate. David Wildstein has already admitted masterminding that dirty trick which put Fort Lee traffic on the George Washington Bridge in gridlock.
If you have lived in the New York Metro area, that experience is beyond frustrating. It's a possible trigger for a heart attack. And the time lost likely ate into your earning capacity.
Then there are all the other gates, which also represent a blatant abuse of power. They range from Monicagate to the current alleged Sexgate at Fox News.
It's scary. Anyone with power can throw values as well as our little lives into disarray. The moderator for the next debate has to ask: When has your power been a negative force in society? And we have to ask: Do we really want to continue to give the word "power" a positive connotation? In our minds and hearts, including those of jurors, that concept could automatically be associated with bullying.
Lawyers are supposed to have human beings down cold. Bridget Kelly's attorney in Bridgegate, Michael Critchley, doesn't seem to. Here is coverage in the New York Post.
To counteract the testimony and presence of prosecution witness, David Wildstein, Critchley wants to highlight that defendant Kelly is a single mother who only made $83,000 annually. She had been Chris Christies former Chief of Staff. Wildstein had admitted he masterminded Bridgegate and took a guilty plea.
To many, possibly including those in the jury, being a single mother is not in itself the end of the world. Kelly has a lot of company. And for that single mother, $83,000 is a wonderful salary. So many single mothers are toiling at minimum wage in menial jobs.
Also, human beings might judge Kelly harshly for putting at risk her children to allegedly participate in Bridgegate. She was a seasoned enough player in politics to understand that such a scheme could be uncovered by enemies. And she could pay the price in prison.
Kantar TNS found that globally many consumers and businesses are ignoring online branding messaging. Those could include prospects for your legal services and products. You might be a brick and mortar law firm or digital service dispensing forms and advice for a fee.
In the U.S., it's been the worst for ignoring the commercial branding messaging.
Almost 40% of those on the Internet are downright annoyed by branded content. That should be scaring the dickens out of brands - for all products and services, and in all sizes. After all, branding has been an major American marketing tool since P&G invented brand management back during The Great Depression.
The solutions Kantar TNS suggests will not be easy to implement.
One is to find out what motivates consumers. Too many marketing folks, especially at law firms, are inward -looking. They don't struggle enough to really know the consumers or the businesses first-hand. Instead they tend to exist in a silo, far far away from those who could be clients. They put out there who they are. Not what they can do.
Since marketers track us online all the time, instead of sending a commercial message, why not just ask me what I want in, say, a discount plan for legal services. The other night I hunted for information about such plans online. Within 90 minutes I was receiving ads. And, if they are going to take my time with questions, then provide me with a reward. That could be a $10 Starbuck gift card.
The second recommendation is to partner with influencers. You bet, that can be effective. We trust other humans more than we do disembodied commercial messaging.
The rub is that most brands, of all sizes, are clueless how to approach us influencers. Because of my three syndicated blogs, brands approach me daily. They tell me about how wonderful they are. In their pitch I am invisible. Both research and experience scream: Know what the influencer is all about and pitch to his or her self-interest.
A Washington D.C. public affairs agency was, I perceived, totally ham-handed in contacting me about following on my law blog the appeal of the verdict in "People of California v. ARCO." You bet, the folks there could count me out on that. Lack of respect is what I thought.
The third recommendation is to create content that engages. Too often, the commercial message is about them, not about consumers. There is no user interface. Engage us? Of course not. Marketing departments have to figure out the points of emotional, spiritual, and financial connection. That's as important to influencers as it was to the dons in "The Godfather."
Reflection: Sometimes I wonder if the Great American Marketing Machine is sputtering. That includes in the legal sector. Perhaps it is stuck back in the seller's mindset that was real prior to the Crash of 2007.By 2009, about 6,000 lawyers had lost their jobs. But many left standing didn't get it that the game had shifted to a buyer's market.
Before, during, and after "Hogan v. Gawker," former editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio seemed like a cool cucumber. And that was confirmed when he landed on his feet by getting a new job in California.
But Daulerio also had an inner rage demon.
As LawNewz reports, after he was saddled with the entire $140 million in damages, he seriously considered the unthinkable: Releasing the entire 30-minute tape of Hogan. Only a bit over a minute - 100 seconds - had been shown on Gawker. Then Daulerio planned to disappear himself. Here is the LawNewz coverage.
Fortunately, his bros talked him out of that scheme. He is young. He can put together a second life in communications. His debts can get paid off. In addition to the $140 million, he has almost $30K in student loans and more than $12K in credit card balances.
How many of us have been buried in debt and finally we were debt-free?
In 2003, that nut was six figures for me. Six months ago, I got rid of the last of it. I hadn't believed the cognitive therapist back 13 years ago - Amy Karnilowicz, West Hartford, Connecticut - when she promised me: "There is a way out."
Daulerio does have a snarky side but many of us have a soft spot for this guy who might be an accidental victim of the clash between titans: one-time media tycoon Nick Denton and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.