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Chelsea Handler Sex Tape

Will the release of a sex tape hurt or help Chelsea Handler? The only way I see it hurting her is if the Parent Television Council makes a big stink about it if Handler is set to take over as the host of late night show on NBC, CBS, or ABC. Handler’s comedy is a bit edgy, she’s got 3 best selling books, and I don’t think her personal life really deviates much at all from her public persona. The sex tape (apparently all 30 seconds of it) will likely be forgotten faster than Basic Instinct 2.

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No Screaming Kids Allowed

With one 8 x 10 sign, the Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach. N.C has earned about a million dollars in free publicity. All the owner did was tap into a common frustration shared by millions of Americans: screaming children. How many times have you been in a restaurant, on a plane, on a train or in a library and have had to deal with this? Well played Olde Salty. Well played.

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Political Polarization

I believe that America’s current political polarization has little to do with actual politics and is mostly about fear & insecurity. When people aren’t secure within themselves, they tend to deeply align (or annex themselves to) a belief system held by a group: A sports team, a political party, a religion, a movement. By becoming one with the group, their insecurities and personal concerns tend to get buried beneath all the concerns and activities that go into sustaining the group and it’s well being.