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Wet Blankets on Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been phenomenally successful, both in raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for continued research to combat and defeat it.

But of course, there have to be party poopers.

First up, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati officially discouraged Catholics from participating, because some of the money donated to the ALS Association funds embryonic stem cell research, and that goes against the church’s teaching.

Then, the US State Department weighed in, banning ambassadors and high-profile foreign service workers from participating, as the charitable fundraising caused “concerns about preference and favoritism.”

Someone needs to throw buckets of ice water on the people imposing these bans.

That’s something I’d donate to see.
 
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Taylor & The Biebs Bad for Biz

Cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden announced some dismal financial news this week concerning its fiscal fourth quarter results. Net sales are down 30 percent, resulting in a staggering loss of close to $150 million.

And here’s part of the explanation, directly from their report to shareholders:
 
“While the Company had expected weaker sales comparisons due to the lower level of fragrance launch activity in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2013, the decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated.”

In other words, The Biebs and Taylor stink – at least, for Elizabeth Arden.

And they’ve got to be pretty bad to be singled out, especially since the company also carries other celebrity fragrances from Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey.

Check out this commercial for Justin’s fragrance, Girlfriend. I think I see the problem…

 
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Amazing Agility

It’s hard to tell how old this video is – looks like it was posted to Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Check out this limber and loose athlete as he tears up the treadmill.

When it first starts, you expect it to be an America’s Funniest Videos selection ending up with a faceplant or his being rocketed off into a wall.

Not so. What’s truly amazing is that no one around him seems to notice what’s going on.

Seriously – I’d have trouble making those moves on a surface that wasn’t moving!
 
 
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Ice Bucket Challenge in Three Parts!

Sarah Jessica Parker wrapped herself in a towel and stepped out onto a balcony in Houston, Texas yesterday to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did it on Instagram, so it had to be in three parts.

The first part was accepting the challenge.

 

The second part featured her nominees for getting iced – Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian and Billy Eichner.

 

And the third part was the dousing – but whoever tossed the water on her didn’t do such a good job. Check that out too.

 
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Does "Automata" Translate to "I, Robot"?

Antonio Banderas’ new movie, Automata, opens in October, but a teaser trailer was released this week. Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:

“Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.”

Excuse me for asking, but isn’t that just about the same story told in Will Smith’s 2004 film, I, Robot? Here’s that movies synopsis from IMDb:

“In 2035 a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.”

I’m sorry, they’re different. Antonio’s an insurance agent. Will was a cop. Plus, Automata is set in 2044.

What was I thinking? Check out the trailers for both films – see what you think…

   
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Jimmy Fallon's Barber College

Oscar winner Jared Leto is a trusting soul. During a visit to The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon offered Jared some style advice: take the beard down a notch.

The beard’s been growing since Jared’s Oscar win, so he’s a little attached to it. But, admitting that he’d “been asked to do some resurrections lately,” Jared said maybe it was time for a trim.

Luckily, Jimmy had the tools handy, and he was able to take some length and bulk off Jared’s face.

Nice job too – good to know if things don’t work out behind the desk, Jimmy could land a gig in NBC’s makeup department.

 
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Good Morning

What awakens you in the morning? I'm not a morning person……not now......nor ever have been. So getting up in the morning is not one of my favorite things to do. What's interesting is when I do, I usually do it without much effort. I just get up and go about doing what needs to be done. Of course, I'm complaining and grumbling every step of the way. Most of the time, I utilize a clock radio; however, usually I wake up just prior to the time the clock radio goes off. I guess you could say I have a built in clock that awakens me and the clock radio is my backup. I've always had that built in clock even though sometimes I ignore it. I also have a built in snooze alarm. The only problem is my built in snooze alarm doesn't always go off in ten minute intervals. It's more like intervals of an hour. So that's why I have the clock radio as backup. When I was a kid, my alarm clock was my mom. She would call upstairs and say, "it's time to get up baby"…………that would be the first time. The next time I'd hear……"Are you up?" My answer, of course, would be "Yes" even though I wasn't. The final call would be, "Don't make me come up there and get you out of that bed boy." Once I heard that, I'd be up and at 'em……cuz you didn't want Mrs. Thomas coming to get you out of the bed. My mom was innovative. She'd get you up with one swing of a belt, or pour some water on you or (the worst) was to just stand over you with her arms folded saying you got five seconds to get outta that bed. Ya think I wasn't up in 2 ……who da fool…not me. While in college, I had no problem getting up in the morning…….that's cuz I didn't do it. I never went to breakfast (my roommate did, so I'd tell him to bring me one of those little boxes of cereal….and he did.......at first…...till he caught on, then he'd say get yo lazy #$%! up and git it yo'self) and I made sure my classes didn't start till at least ten. Problem solved. Being in the military; however, did present a problem. Because all the military does is awaken early in the morning. So what I did was buy an expensive stereo system (while I was stationed in Germany) with a remote timer. I'd turn the volume on the stereo up loud and I kept the stereo in another room. So when the timer turned the system on at "oh dark thirty", I'd have to get up, walk to the other room to turn the volume down or the system off. Ok, but now, I'm up, so might as well keep on moving. Everybody has their own method to the madness. How do you awaken yourself in the morning? My wife sets the clock radio ahead an hour, puts the volume on rock concert level, then hits the snooze button 6 times before getting up (that's overkill) and will still be late for work. I have a friend who gets up and sticks his head in the freezer for about a minute. Another friend gets cold water from the refrigerator and pours it over his head (been doing the ice bucket challenge all his life). And still another friend's dog gets her up by licking her face (I don't know bout that.....dogs like to lick....whatever....my face cannot and will not be included in "whatever"). Here's a good one…..a friend programs her TV (the fact that she can program her TV deserves an award) and when she hears a strange man's voice coming from the living room area, she automatically gets up to investigate, usually with a snub nose 32. Say What?!? (don't think the wife & I will spend the night over there). But hey, whatever works for you. Personally, I'm glad I don't have to awaken at an early hour on a consistent basis. Usually, I'll awaken around 8am, lie there listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show until 9am, then turn on the TV to catch NCIS or Andy Griffith or the new and finally arise around 10am, bright eyed and bushy tailed……..hey, it works for me. I hope your solution works for you.

Bob
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I Live By The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Theressa
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Ice Bucket Challenge #43

The 43rd president of the United States – some know him as George W. Bush, others simply as W – took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. First, he tried to write a check, as getting a bucket of ice water dumped on one’s head isn’t very “presidential.”

Thank goodness his wife was on hand. Great job, former First Lady! And lucky for her the Secret Service was taking a coffee break.

To W’s credit, he challenged his predecessor – Bill Clinton, aka #42 – to take the challenge. W noted that August 19 was Bill’s birthday, and “my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”

Well played indeed.

 
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Beyonce Gets Divorce Advice from Gwyneth

And there’s a headline I never thought anyone would write, ever.

Not the Beyonce-getting-divorced part. That rumor’s been buzzing around for weeks, months even.

The other part: getting divorce advice from Gwyneth Paltrow.

You remember how she and Chris Martin consciously uncoupled a few months ago. And now, she’s become a consultant to celebrity splitters.

Word is that the BeyZee break up will happen in the fall, at the end of their On The Run tour dates. But according to sources, Queen Bey wants it to be as amicable as GwynChris’s.

Sorry. All this talk of uncoupling got me in the mood to couple Gwyneth and Chris just one more time…
 
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