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Living (or dying) a double life

Archie is dead.

life with archie 36Or he will be when Issue #36 of “Life with Archie” hits stores in July.

That’s the word from CNN and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, the son of the comics’ creator.

Apparently Archie, always the nice guy at Riverdale High, dies saving a friend.

Now, I read a lot of Archie Comics as a kid…so I was super sad when I first read the news.  Then I found out that the “Life with Archie” series has been telling stories about Archie’s possible ‘future lives’ and ends, appropriately enough, with his death.  The regular Archie Comics set in his teenage years at Riverdale will continue on.

Umm…that seems like a bit of a cheat.  Or maybe a stunt to get some readers like me back who don’t know the difference?

Archie — say it isn’t so.

Oh wait, you’re dead.  Well, one version of you is dead…or will be soon.  I’m so confused.




Closing the deal

I am self-employed. I’m my own boss.

So do I complain to me that my company doesn’t offer outrageous perks to keep me on the payroll?

Even in these tough times, employers are getting more and more creative in the perks they offer to attract — and keep — top talent.

Remember when we used to get excited about free soda in the break room?  Child’s play.

Take a look at some of the fun stuff that CNN & Forbes report is out there now:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch offers employees electric scooters to travel around the corporate campus.
  • Google offers employees free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at 16 gourmet cafes on its campus.
  • American Century Investments covers employee adoption expenses and fertility treatments up to $10,000 per year.
  • Cliff Bar has a 40-foot bouldering wall, fitness center, dance studio, two massage rooms and a staff of certified trainers and nutritionists.
  • S.C. Johnson gives retired employees lifetime memberships in its fitness center.
  • Smucker grants employees a 100 percent college tuition reimbursement, with no ceiling.
  • Genentech sends ergonomics specialists to examine employees’ work desk and gear.


Well…there’s always Diet Snapple in my frig!

Sweet success

Mark Haub, I want to shake your hand.

Or perhaps you’d prefer a snack cake.

Thanks to the research you conducted at Kansas State University — Go Wildcats — there is now empirical evidence that weight loss depends on the calories going in…and not the nutritional value of the food.

Haub, a human nutrition professor, put himself on the ‘convenience store diet’ as part of a class project, restricting himself to 1800 calories a day comprised of Twinkies, Nutty Bars, Oreos, and even Doritos.

Haub shed 27 pounds in two months, and his other health factors improved as well.  Lower triglycerides.  Lower bad cholesterol.  Higher good cholesterol.

He did take a multivitamin and drink a protein shake each day, and tried to eat a vegetable serving as well — usually something green.  But at least two-thirds of his daily diet came from snack foods.

In the CNN article, Haub sounds a little conflicted by his success.   Personally, I feel vindicated.   Although my diet is not as junkie as his study, I have never eaten as healthy as experts recommend, and have gotten my share of flack about it over the years.

Now, when I reach for Froot Loops as a snack, I’ve got scientific proof —

It’s diet food, people.

Virtual reality

Waiting for a refrigerator to be delivered to my apartment in Boston — that’s where I was on September 11, 2001.

Last night I was watching, appropriately enough, The Killing, on AMC, when tweets and Facebook status updates hinted of an upcoming presidential address.

I never dreamed it would be the death of Osama Bin Laden.

CNN’s John King remarked — repeatedly, I might add — that last night would be another moment in history where people would always remember “where they were” when they heard the news.

For me, it’s more interesting how.

In 2001, the television networks were my primary news source.  I sat huddled in my apartment, told to remain there by my employer and by the city of Boston, my television set my only real connection to the tragic events in New York City and Pennsylvania.

Last night, I learned as much on Facebook and Twitter as I did on the television networks.  Obama’s announcement at 11:35 served only as a more eloquent confirmation of what I had already gleaned from my own sources.

Bin Laden was dead.

Although I was alone on my couch in both instances — a decade apart — I definitely felt a real sense of community last night. Yea, Facebook!  Yea, Twitter!  Yea, Texts!

Bin Laden is dead.

“I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” — Mark Twain

Shame on you

I can hardly believe my eyes.

As if the images and stories coming out of Haiti aren’t horrific enough, now some journalists working there are getting dinged for trying to help the victims.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been both treating the injured and reporting on the medical conditions in Haiti following the earthquake.  Anderson Cooper, also with CNN, recently abandoned his report on looting in Haiti to aide a young boy who had been hit in the head by a flying rock and move him to safer ground.

Journalism purists hold that reporters who get involved in the action become part of the story and lose their objectivity.

Perhaps that would matter more if these journalists were reporting from a war zone, where getting involved means taking sides in a civil dispute. In Haiti, it’s the people versus the elements.  Anyone standing idly by — reporter, doctor, teacher, minister — who does not come to the aide of someone in need in this increasingly desperate fight for survival, to me, is without conscience.

Gupta and Cooper are setting the example by putting people first and headlines second.  They should be applauded, not found suspect.

The reporters creating headlines based on these men’s behavior?  Perhaps they should examine their motives.

Weak offense

Well, CNN, I hope it was worth it.

You knew it was coming, and you let it happen.  Probably hoped it would.  Thought the prospect of Kathy Griffin misbehaving would improve your ratings against the mega-tradition of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest.  (I mean, they put J Lo in a see-through bodysuit, for goodness sakes.)

So, you let Kathy co-host with poor, defenseless Anderson Cooper, even after she all but promised to let the profanity fly during the broadcast.  I’ll admit I was interested in hearing the outcome, even though I didn’t end up watching.

She did use the F-word, as expected….but in a very pedestrian way.  And only once.  Anderson’s reply?  “You’re terrible.  Really terrible.”  And then he went on with the show.

Boring, Kathy.  Bor-ing.  And very beneath your usual spectacle.  In fact, it kinda looked like an A-lister pretending to be a D-lister.

Uh oh.  Looks like Kathy has gotten too big…to act small.

Hanging with Mr. Cooper

My famous twin with the filthy mouth is comin’ to town this week.

Despite Kathy Griffin cussin’ a blue streak last New Year’s Eve on CNN, the cable giant is bringing her back to co-host their live coverage with Anderson Cooper.

What is CNN thinking?

Last week on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, Kathy said she will be forced to refund her appearance fee if she curses on the air.  Her response to that?

“Tune in, everyone.  I really don’t need the money.”

Ya gotta love the balls on the girl.  She isn’t the funniest comedian, but she is pure genius at self-promotion.  Her Bravo show “My Life on the D-List” is a primer on how to get noticed.

Tragically, she seems to get noticed most for her foul mouth…which seems a bit risky for CNN, especially since she has pretty much guaranteed a repeat performance in 2010.

So, CNN, why not give Anderson a break this year?  Team him up with a kinder, gentler Kathy Griffin.

Cast me, Carla Curtsinger, as his New Year’s Eve co-host.  I’m funny (not blue at all),  live right here in Manhattan, and heck — people tell me every day that I look like Kathy Griffin.

Note:  I will keep the appearance fee.