If people around you have the flu or strep right now, amp up your immune system! I’m serious. This stuff is bad. I haven’t been this sick in 10 or more years or for this long. It’s been an entire week.  I can’t even get on my bike.

Take extra vitamins and drink OJ (or mimosas – great idea, Howie Goldfarb!) daily! Also, I learned yesterday that you’re not supposed to use Vicks on your nose (so says the jar), but man does it feel good! I’d ignore them and listen to me if you do get sick. I mean, all of our moms used it on our noses and we didn’t get high from it (or did we?). It’ll be the only pleasure you have for days.

And with that advice, here are the top five stories for the week ending December 3, 2010.

5. Michael Jordan “Responds” to LeBron James. If you haven’t yet seen the mash-up of three Michael Jordan Nike ads and the LeBron James commercial, it’s a must watch. The only thing that would make it better is if MJ really created a video in response to the spoiled and arrogant basketball player (who was booed through all of his warm-ups in Cleveland last night).

4. A Bully Finds a Pulpit On the Web. People say I’m honest to a fault and now I’m beginning to realize why. I hate to give this guy any more publicity so I’m not going to name the company. But the idea that you use bad publicity and negative reviews to boost your sales is just insane to me. It’s a long read, but a must read. The only good news is that Google is reviewing its algorithms now to be sure this doesn’t happen anymore.

3. When PR Has Its Head Up Its Ass. I rarely post blogs in this weekly update that aren’t universally applicable, but this one from Danny Brown is so good (and upsetting, as a PR pro) that everyone should read it, no matter your profession. If you are in PR or marketing, if you blog, if you hire PR or marketing professionals, or if you do any blogger relations, please, please, I implore you. Read it.

2. Is Google Making a $6B Mistake? I’m not going to lie – an entrepreneur who isn’t yet 30 selling his two-year-old business for $6B is fascinating to me. And I’m a bit envious. So to say I’m obsessed with the happenings this week coming from the Groupon camp is putting it mildly. Six. Billion. Dollars. That’s just insane money. You can’t spend, or give away, that much money in your entire lifetime. But this Harvard Business Review writer thinks Google is making a mistake. I think I would have taken the first offer ($2.5B) and run!

1. Spanish Woman Claims Ownership of the Sun. Yep. You read that correctly. A Spanish woman went to her local notary and filed for ownership of the sun. And got it. As evidence, here is the picture of her proudly displaying her certificate. She plans to charge for your use of the sun so you’d better figure out which subscription you’d like to buy.

Have a great weekend! Oh…and only 21 more shopping days!

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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