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Sympathy for Credit-Challenged Celebs Maxed Out

Sometimes, the unlikeliest Internet content can surface from the unlikeliest of online sources. Take today’s Op Ed from the Austin, TX newsroom of, actually one of the more legitimate players in this field rather than a purveyor of search engine cluttering SEO content.

In pointing to upside-down SoCal big spenders such as Timothy Busfield, Heidi Montag (pictured) and Lenny Dykstra, contributor Ann Brenoff makes the very valid point that the public’s tolerance for such behavior in today’s decimated United States of Jobless Recovery America has waned. But what really caught our attention is the famous sidekick she tied the public opinion shift to.

The sympathy showered on poor old Ed McMahon just two short years ago has largely gone AWOL as a new crop of celebrities and a slew of professional athletes fall on the sword of financial ruin from having lived above their means. It’s a shift in attitude that came upon us as swiftly as our rediscovery of savings accounts.

Brenoff is absolutely right. The outpouring of support for McMahon and offers of help from the likes of Donald Trump would be almost unthinkable today. Even Andy Richter might be hard pressed for bail-out help from Coco Nation were he to blow his NBC settlement and TBS cash on poor investments.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.