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Watch All the 2015 Super Bowl Ads Right Now Without Having to Bother with the Game

January 31, 2015 in Blogs

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

4.5 million for 30 seconds.

For many viewers, the best part about watching the Super Bowl is the commercials. Luckily for them, they don’t have to wait for the game to start doing so, as many companies are now releasing their ads online in the days leading up to it, for example:

Budweiser’s “Lost Dog” or “Best Buds” commercial:

Bud Light’s commerical featuring “Real Life PacMan”:




Kia’s ad with former “James Bond” actor Pierce Brosnan:

Mercedes-Benz’s “Fable” spot:

Squarespace’s surreal commercial with Jeff Bridges:

McDonald’s “payin’ with love” commercial:

BMW’s “Newfangled Idea” commercial with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric:

Pizza Hut’s “stuffed crust challenge” commercial featuring newly hired Bills coach Rex Ryan and Cowboys quarter Tony Romo:





Victoria Secret’s “Look who’s coming to the game” commercial:

A Snickers commercial for a “very special episode” of The Brady Bunch starring Danny Trejo:

TMobile’s commercial with Kim “Famous Person” Kardashian West:

TMobile’s “data vulture” commercial with former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle:

Dove’s “#RealStrength” ad: enlisted Entourage alum Rex Lee and the NFL’s own Bret Farve, Emmitt Smith, and Terrell Owns for its spots:

Old Spice brought back Brooklyn 99‘s Terry Crews for its commercial:

The “Priceline Negotiator,” William Shatner,” returned for this ad:

Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza will star in a series of meta-ads for Newcastle beer’s “Band of Brands”:

Another Parks & Recreation alum, Nick Offerman, is starring in NBC Sports’ ad for NASCAR:

Many movie trailers will also be debuting or airing for wide-release during the game, including one for Furious 7 starring the late Paul Walker:

The return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys:

Divergent sequel Insurgent:

Hot Tub Time Machine 2:

The children’s film Minions:

And the film that is very much not for children, Fifty Shades of Grey:

According to AdAge, Carnival, Chrysler, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, Mophie, Weight Watchers and Avocados From Mexico have also purchased ad time during the game, but have yet to release their commercials online.


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We’re Clean Eating Our Way to New Eating Disorders.

January 31, 2015 in Blogs

By Mary Elizabeth Williams,

Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

As Heather Hansman notes this week in Fast Company, orthorexia differs from other forms of disorders in that the obsessive focus is not on how much or how little one consumes, but the perceived virtue of the food itself. As she reports, “Nutritionists and psychologists say that they’re seeing it more often, especially in the face of restrictive food trends, like gluten-free, and growing information about where food comes from, and how it’s grown and processed.” Though the term has been in use since Dr. Steven Bratman coined it in 1997, the uptick in cases is leading to a new push to formally include it in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – aka the DSM 5.


Along with “gluten-free,” “juice fast” and other phrases, you may have been hearing “orthorexia” a lot more lately. Last summer, popular health and food blogger Jordan Younger made headlines – and faced intense criticism – when she announced that she was “transitioning away from veganism” as she realized that she had “started fearing a LOT of things when it came to food,” and had been struggling with orthorexia. Her blog now is called “The Balanced Blonde,” where she talks honestly about her journey to wellness. In a recent post, she observed, “It. Breaks. My. Heart. It breaks my heart to see and hear beautiful, motivated, capable young women being sucked in to an extreme diet and way of life because it has been branded to them as ‘THE HEALTHIEST WAY TO LIVE’ above all else.”


It’s true, this kind of disordered mentality does seem to disproportionately target “beautiful, motivated, capable young women.” Because I like to cook and eat, and because I’ve had life threatening cancer, in recent years I’ve grown more conscious and curious about how I feed myself and my family. To that end, I read a fair number of cookbooks and …read more


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5 Crazy Right-Wing Moments This Week: O'Reilly Drops Truth Bomb on Palin and Trump

January 31, 2015 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Wingnut conservatives are turning on one another and eating their young!

1. In her first offical act as “serious” 2016 presidential contender Sarah Palin declares war (on Bill O'Reilly).

It's extremely lonely being Sarah Palin, lonely at the outer lunatic fringe of the right-wing universe. There are the voices stringing together those non sequiturs in her head, of course, but where are her Fox News friends? They're faux friends, that's what they are.

After the universally ridiculed stream of nonsense that issued from Sarah Palin at last weekend's conservative confab in Iowa, she came out swinging during an appearance on “Hannity.” Sean Hannity, it should be noted, is apparently conservative enough for Palin. That's a relief. But O'Reilly, who dared question her seriousness about a possible run for president in 2016? He's trouble.

“There needs to be unity, understanding,” Palin told Hannity. “Conservatives have that strike against us right off the bat, that being the media. Even there on Fox, you know, kind of a quasi- or assumed conservative outlet … and soon we have all day listening to the tease of Bill O’Reilly’s.” 

Hmmm, did Roger Ailes get the memo about the “quasi-conservative” operation he's running? Someone should really tell him. Palin then spewed some more sentence fragments that made sense to her:

“[O'Reilly]’s talking about the guests on his show tonight, the commentary on his show, and that would be, ‘All these GOP contenders thinking about running for president, like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin,’ and he named some others — and he said, ‘Oh, what a reality show that would be, yuck yuck. Well the left doesn’t do that, okay? They take this serious [sic] — because this is war. And hopefully the media — even the quasi-right side of the media — won’t be looking at this as some kind of reality show, a joke.”

Hope away, Sarah. They all see you as a joke. All of them. Every last one of them.

2. Donald Trump declares war on Bill O'Reilly's “journalism.”

Donald Trump? Did someone say Donald Trump? Nothing gets Trump's attention like his own name.

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Study Finds Men Are Twice as Likely to Take Selfies as Women

January 31, 2015 in Blogs

By Jenny Kutner,

A new poll might teach us something about stereotypes

The most well-known selfie-taker in the world, Kim Kardashian, might be a woman, but it would seem that those who most ardently follow her in the craft are dudes. The results from a new poll by smartThe study, which was taken from a sample of 2,000 people in the UK aged 18 to 30, found that most young men hoped the images would help them get the attention of members of the opposite sex, but a significant number also used selfies as a form of revenge. Via The Telegraph:

A quarter of men polled share selfies to make current or previous partners jealous, and one in ten did it to make themselves more desirable to potential partners. In comparison, half that amount of women take selfies to make ex or partners jealous (just 13 per cent), and only one in 15 (seven per cent) take pictures to make themselves more desirable to potential partners. The main reason women take selfies is to share what they’re doing with friends (35 per cent) and to record memories (26 per cent). But men and women are equally as likely to share selfies to show off (19 per cent). As well as taking more selfies, men are far more likely to show off their bodies than women – three quarters (76 per cent) of male selfies are shots of their body, compared to less than half of womens’ (45 per cent).phone maker HTC indicate that young men tend to be nearly twice as likely to partake of the selfie craze as their female counterparts, and that the two groups take their selfies for completely different reasons. For a majority of the men polled, selfies are seen as a good way to attract a mate.  

Another fun finding: a third of British men polled posted five or more selfies per week. That is actually approaching Kim K status, right? But, it seems, it comes with some different motivations (especially since the selfie queen already has a partner; she also doesn’t seem …read more