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When Ego Isn't Evil, It Often Comes Packaged as Colbert…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

images-2Newsweek has gotten mighty clever jazzing up interest in their magazine this past few weeks — first by attacking Oprah while putting her popular face on their cover. And now they’ve snagged Stephen Colbert, the one and only fake right-wing egomaniac political pundit, as guest editor of this week’s issue on Iraq. Mr. Colbert holds a permanent place in the Compost Heap Hall of Fame, by using his immense heart and brain for good, not evil. He’s doing his part to draw attention to the fact that we are still in a war with Iraq. “I know what you’re thinking,” said Colbert. “Isn’t the war over?…We stopped seeing much coverage of the Iraq War back in September when the economy tanks, and I just figured the insurgents were wiped out because they were heavily invested in Lehman Brothers.”

 

People are accusing Newsweek of doing this as a publicity stunt. Uh. Like that’s a bad thing? We know Cemetery Mary loves a great publicity stunt. Especially when it raises awareness about important topics of our time, and ties that in with a few laughts. GO NEWSWEEK. GO COLBERT. AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS.

Can’t say the issue attacking Oprah was worth the investment, but this one is.

Happy-go-lucky? Here's how…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

images2Cemetery Mary lives in California and with all the hoopdeedoodle about our dire state budget, not to mention tragedy of Proposition 8 denying our gay brothers and sisters equal rights in the marriage department, she’s been busy turning crap into compost at every turn. That’s why she was so thrilled to receive these nuggets of antipressing wisdom from ace writer and reporter Barbara Neal Varma (well known for having good Varma Karma).

Barbara is working on a story that explains how luck isn’t necessary something magical and elusive. There’s a science to it. Though her article isn’t out until this fall, she passed on four tips from Dr. Richard Wiseman (The Luck Factor) who says lucky folks:

  • Maximize chance opportunities by having networks of friends and being relaxed enough to be open to different ways of achieving their goals
  • Are open to intuition and listen to their hunchesimages-12
  • Expect to be lucky
  • Are able to see the positive side of bad fortune and so are better able to deal with it.

And if you want to be happy AND lucky, check out this article where Barbara explains how happiness is contagious.



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