Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
January 21, 2011
It's just a J-O-B:
Women who wanna succeed at work should resist the temptation to act like men.
An eight-year-study for the British Psychological Society found that women who take an aggressive approach are often less likely to get ahead than those who exhibit more feminine traits.
A previous U-S study found that pushy women job applicants were the least likely candidates to be employed.
The findings will no doubt dismay feminists but they do show, at least according to these scientists, the way to succeed in a man's world is to act like a lady.
Editor's note: Nothing more unattractive than to see a woman spit in the street and scratch herself. (Or a guy watching the Lifetime Channel.)
--Oh, c'mon, we know what this is really about. It's the men who are acting like ladies because they're scared to death of an assertive woman who knows what she wants, knows how to get it and knows how to get results. Am I right, ladies? The real wimps in the working world are men. (Go ahead, take calls on that one, ya big sissies! --Maiman)
Rounding up the usual suspects:
Everyone was talking about that big round-up of mobsters yesterday.
Just when you thought da Mafia had faded away, federal authorities fanned out across New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island to arrest 127 of suspected Mafiosi in one of the city's biggest mob busts.
The charges ranged from "murder and narcotics trafficking to extortion, illegal gambling, arson, loan-sharking and labor racketeering." Many of those arrested were mob leaders, capos and consiglieres. They're gonna need a lotta new bosses.
Best part of this story: The nicknames of some of the mobsters, like "Johnny Bandana," "Jackie the Nose," "Cheeks Lacotta," "Junior Lollipops," "Baby Fat Larry," "Vinnie Carwash" and "Tony Bagels."
Editor's note: Funny? Funny how? (Maiman)
Top talkables of the day:
Are you a regular reader of the New York Times on the web? Do you enjoy it? Do you enjoy it enough to pay for it?
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the Times plans to charge online readers a tad less than $20-a-month for complete online access --bringing it in at less that a Times subscription currently costs on Amazon's Kindle. There will be some free content available, and the paper's print subscribers will get Internet access included at no extra cost.
By comparison, a top competitor to the Times --the Wall Street Journal-- currently charges bertween $9-and-13-dollars-a-month for online access.
Editor's Note: And please, spare me the usual, "Information on the web should be free," mumbo-jumbo. Why should anyone be able to access exclusive content that other subscribers are paying for? News coverage costs money. (Pacelli)
Trolling for publicity:
Do you enjoy shopping at the discount store "T-J Maxx?" You're in some classy company! CINDY ADAMS of the NY Post claims that PRINCE WILLIAM's future bride, KATE MIDDLETON, also loves grabbing a bargain at the low-cost giant. (Lee)
Editor's note: Kate Middleton... Maxxonista! (Kaye)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
The Hollywood Reporter says movie critic ROGER EBERT has gotten a prosthetic chin and will be wearing it when his new TV show, "Ebert Presents at the Movies," debuts on PBS tonight.
Roger --whose jaw was removed in 2006 after a battle with thyroid cancer-- tells the show biz daily it "will be a pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years."
He also said it'll be used in his "Roger's Office" segment, a medium shot of him working at his office.
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