December 19, 2005

Bizzy’s AM Coffee Biz-Econ Links (121905)

Do Not Call Means DO NOT CALL!

After over $10 million in state and federal fines, DirecTV hopefully understands that now:

It’s turning into a bad week for DirecTV. Yesterday the satellite broadcaster agreed to pay $5 million to settle a 22-state investigation of its marketing practices and today, the Federal Trade Commission fined the company $5.35 million for violating the national do-not-call registry.

It’s the agency’s biggest fine to date over telemarketing.

But don’t celebrate too much: Nonprofit groups, politicians, their organizations, and pollsters are all allowed to make calls.

Media Layoffs: The Hits Just Keep on Coming

Advertising Age (requires free registration) notes that MTV, Business Week (known as Biz Weak around here), and Time (also noted at the end of this post) have announced major layoffs. I suspect they are nowhere near done.

Consumer Price Index in Major Drop

In case you missed it, the CPI dropped by the largest percentage in 56 years, as gas prices came back down to earth:

The sharp drop in the overall Consumer Price Index was a result of the largest one-month drop in gasoline prices on record, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. They fell to an average of $2.38 a gallon in November from $2.83 in October, and now appear to have leveled off.

….. The decline of six-tenths of a percent in the overall index last month was the largest since July 1949, when Harry S. Truman was president.

“Environmentalist” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Tilts at Wind Power

He also fails to disclose a teeny tiny conflict of interest. The Captain has the details.

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