3 Healthy Celebrity Gossip Alternatives

“Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.”-Joseph Conrad

This has been quite the week on celebrity gossip: Kim and Kanye had a baby (as of yet unnamed), Amanda Bynes…probably did something outrageous, Will.i.am shockingly did not get accused of stealing any more songs, and Demi Lovato made some sort of ‘therapeutic’ new album.

While you were probably following along ravenously as Amanda Bynes continued to tweet utter nonsense and critics tried to speculate on baby names of the newest Kardashian-West…weren’t there more important things going on? Here are 3 things you should be paying attention to instead of the latest celebrity gossip machine:

  1. Hassan Rouhani won the Iran election, becoming a controversial new leader in the shadow of former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who seeks to patch Iran’s relations with the global community.  Though some of dubious of whether this will bring peace to the region, for the moment it seems that there will be major positive changes in store (The Guardian).
  2. Brazilians are now protesting the FIFA World Cup, as they believe this high-cost event will suck money out of the country and locals will be barred from watching the events due to high ticket costs. Despite violent protests in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, local authorities report that they are confident they can maintain order in the streets (ABC News).
  3. A man from Oregon recently received letters written by his father during World War II. Initially won in an auction and gifted to Ms. Shawn Story as a birthday present, Story didn’t feel right keeping the letters and did research to find Army veteran Dilbert Steele’s (the author) family. She was able to track down his son, Gary Steele, 55, to Portland and gave the letters to him. Containing incredibly personal information, these letters brought closure to Gary Steele, and piece of mind to Story.

So the next time you feel tempted to dive into a fresh new post of PerezHilton.com or People Magazine, take a moment to type ‘world news’ into Google or Bing and read a few news articles that actually matter.

Happy Father’s Day

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Women and Sharks

I’ve wanted to address this issue for a long, long time. No doubt anyone who watches the ABC show ‘Shark Tank‘ has become familiar with the usual suspects: Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John of FUBU, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greinier of QVC. However, having gone through that listing, something seems a bit off…doesn’t the ‘tank’ only house 5 chairs?

Let’s count ’em…Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Barbara, Robert…where’s Lori? Image courtesy of The New York Times

For some reason, there have always been the same four men sitting in each of the chairs season after season (with the exception of Kevin Harrington in season 1, and Jeff Foxworthy in season 2). Despite the fact that both women are featured as part of the current season’s cast, the two women are never seen together on a single episode. Is this perhaps meant to be a reflection of the disparity of women on corporate boards? Though I have been all-to-ready to hop onto the couch and tune in to watch hopeful Americans see their dreams fulfilled or squashed, the gender inequality represented by the ‘lone woman shark’ had never struck me so much as it has in the current season. In this season of Shark Tank, Lori and Barbara are swapped in and out like accessory handbags while the panel of men is left unaltered: Mark is always beside Daymond, who is always beside Mr. Wonderful, who is beside Barbara/Lori, leaving Robert off in the far corner. This lineup indicates that the only apparent spot for women on Shark Tank is between Robert and Mr. Wonderful, or nowhere at all.

Panel-of-shark-tank

Image courtesy of TVEquals

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Aurora, Colorado

After a 12:05 AM showing, excited fans of The Dark Knight saga were met with tear gas, gunshots, and terror.

Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interview by police outside Gateway High School where witness were brought for questioning after a shooting at a movie theater, July 20, 2012 in Denver. (Barry Gutierrez/AP Photo). Image courtesy of ABC news.

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Tattoos Taboo: Workplace Acceptable?

In recent years, I’ve been told time and time again that tattoos have no place in the workplace setting. I’ve seen my inked friends often cover up in long sleeves and makeup concealer, or bear their tattoos and face harsh judgement. However, in a recent MSNBC article, it would seem that tattoos are no longer as taboo in the workplace as we might think.

Are they as taboo as we are lead to believe? Image courtesy of Infinite Tattoos.

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