Friday, June 8, 2012

The good, the bad and the ugly

Good:  This isn't exactly a "good" thing but the final episode of this season of Mad Men is Sunday at 9:00 p.m. CT (AMC.)  The past two episodes have been the best of the season and perhaps two of the best ever meaning that Sunday's finale promises to not disappoint.

Bad:  Male bashing continues, this time at the hands of  A recent article by Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan opines that young males have "technology enchantment," meaning that they crave instant gratification at the console of a gaming device or trolling for online porn.  The result?  These young males find school, jobs and long-term relationships to be "painfully boring."

Ugly:  One in five Americans admits having urinated in a public swimming pool.  (Source:  CNN Water Quality and Health Council)

Good:  The History Channel's Hatfields & McCoys, set viewership records for the cable network as close to 14 million viewers tuned in to the first episode.

Bad:  A man dressed as Darth Vader recently robbed a Toledo bank.  Sources say that the Sith lord, er, robber, used a semiautomatic pistol instead of the more traditional light saber.

Ugly:  John Davis of Ohio recently tried to hand two one-dollar bills to a panhandler, who was confined to a wheelchair.  One of the bills dropped to the ground and, minutes later, police ticketed Davis for littering.  The fine?  $500!

Good:  The Hollywood Reporter had this to say about nominations for the Emmy Awards and the Best Drama category:  "Justified (FX)--This.  Must.  Happen.  Now, three seasons in, a nomination is overdue..."  The entertainment industry magazine expects nominations to go to Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife, but is campaigning for not only shows like Justified but Homeland (Showtime.)  I echo their sentiments on both of those shows.

Bad:  Speaking of television ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette is down 18% year-over-year in the 18-49 year old demographic.

Ugly:  Gregg Allman takes his seventh turn down the wedding aisle this month, claiming "This time, I am really in love."  Didn't the blues rocker say the same thing on weddings two, three, four, five and six?

And, finally, in our "double ugly" bonus round comes this--the typical CEO of an American company made $9.6 million last year.  If you take the national median salary of $39,312, a worker would have to work for 244 years to make the equivalent of that one year of CEO pay!

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