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The “Nathan for You” Finale, My New Favorite Love Story | The New Yorker
"As Nathan and Bill’s quest unfolds, and the story about long-lost romance quickly descends into a series of bunko schemes, Bill’s feelings for Frances come into question. His is worse than a case of unrequited love. It’s nothing. The dream evaporates in some acrid vapor. But, almost as suddenly, a new dream is born."
"I’m starting to see my own life as an experiment in Nathan Fielder’s weird business curriculum. Years ago, for instance, when I was an out-of-work filmmaker, I got a job as a private investigator. In order to get information in one investigation, I had to pose as a filmmaker. I remember the internal confusion this caused, the internal monologue: 'But I am a filmmaker. But I’m also posing as one, because in this context no one can know that I am a filmmaker.' It’s not exactly that I was pretending to be something that I wasn’t. I was pretending to be something that I no longer was but would eventually be again. Still, a kind of uneasiness ensued."
errol_morris  nathan_for_you  documentary  filmmaker  tv  newyorker  2017  2010s  love  belief  review  business  truth  imposter  philip_k_dick  nathan_fielder 
december 2017 by cluebucket
Pinboard Blog - Pinboard Acquires Delicious
"Pinboard has acquired Delicious. Sic transit gloria fundi 💸 "
pinboard  delicious  link  business  bookmark  service  yahoo  2017  2010s  nostalgia  from twitter_favs
june 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @thetrudz
re: ". Pacts With Bloomberg for 24-Hour News Channel" -Variety
RT : "How much will unpaid user content be used to fill airtime? How much additional abuse will marginalized creators face from this exposure?"
twitter  bloomberg  news  media  thetrudz  tv  internet  2017  2010s  business  from twitter
may 2017 by cluebucket
Samsung, corruption, and you - The Verge
"Chaebol is the Korean term for conglomerate. The word comes from the same Chinese characters that form the Japanese term zaibatsu; that those characters roughly translate to “wealth” and “clan” should give you some idea as to how the concept came to be. Many of South Korea’s top conglomerates, like LG, Hyundai, SK, Lotte, and Hanwha, are family-run chaebol where power is traditionally passed down through generations."
lee_jae-young  lee_kun-hee  korea  samsung  corporation  corruption  merger  2010s  2017  lee_byung-chul  company  business  bribery  family  cult  president  park_geun-hye  power  choi_soon-sil  embezzlement  money  scandal  sam_byford 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Welcome | B Corporation
"Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems."  business  company  transparency  social_change  environment  reference  labor 
january 2017 by cluebucket
More Than Meets the Smize: A Look Inside Tyra Banks's Exploitative Empire | Broadly
"This isn't the first time a Tyra Banks show has been accused of mistreating people in work environments, nor Banks's first cancellation. During her first talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, staff members and guests allegedly viewed Banks as stingy and ruthless. One year, Banks reportedly gave staff members McDonald's cheeseburgers in lieu of holiday bonuses at their Christmas party. ... Tabloids and gossip sites have also reported for years about alleged mistreatment of Banks's talk show guests. Take the cancer survivor who had her post-chemo weave installed on the air. She reportedly had to have her weave surgically removed after it became infected."
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december 2016 by cluebucket
Inside the Horror Show That Is Congress | Rolling Stone
lots of typos in this but a good read, from 2005

"The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world's outstanding bureaucratic abomination -- a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish."
rolling_stone  matt_taibbi  2005  2000s  congress  house_rep  america  politics  politician  bernie_sanders  legislation  republican  corruption  george_w_bush  cafta  patriot_act  waste  opposition  tour  summer  corporation  lockheed_martin  westinghouse  export-import_bank  dc  homeless  1990s  secret  david_dreier  tom_delay  shame  james_sensenbrenner_jr  democracy  thomas_bliley  threat  jim_kolbe  bullying  jeff_flake  china  lobbying  tom_coburn  senator  ibm  business  privacy  power  harry_reid  tom_daschle 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department
fuuuuuuuuuck this and fuck "no comment"

coming out of the "favor bank": hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of weapons, fighter jets, biochemical agents

"Under federal law, foreign governments seeking State Department clearance to buy American-made arms are barred from making campaign contributions -- a prohibition aimed at preventing foreign interests from using cash to influence national security policy. But nothing prevents them from contributing to a philanthropic foundation controlled by policymakers."

dunno if I really want to create a pinboard tag for "american_defense_contractors" ... but maybe I should ... hummm
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february 2016 by cluebucket
The Giant Pool of Money | This American Life
two gatherings: one at the Ritz Carlton -- an awards dinner for finance professionals who created the mortgage-based financial instruments that nearly brought down the global economic system -- and one at a community college in Brooklyn -- a non-profit conference for people facing foreclosure.
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december 2015 by cluebucket
What it looks like when a bank goes out of its way to avoid minorities - The Washington Post
via Akira

"Hudson City, unlike several other banks recently accused of discrimination, wasn't charged with denying loans to qualified minorities, or jacking up their interest rates. In a subtle but more insidious claim, the government says it was 'structuring its business so as to avoid majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods.' ... Hudson City, in other words, was set up to ensure that few borrowers in minority neighborhoods ever even applied in the first place, according to prosecutors."
washingtonpost  bank  2015  2010s  data  graph  map  emily_badger  lawsuit  hudson_city_savings_bank  new_york  discrimination  policy  justice  redlining  minority  business  DoJ  2000s  location 
october 2015 by cluebucket
How It’s Made Series: Beats By Dre — Bolt Blog — Medium
"I estimate that the COGS without labor or shipping is $16.89 - yet Beats is able to successfully retail these headphones for $199+."
avery_louie  engineer  engineering  beats_by_dre  business  brand  manufacturing  headphones  audio  labor  plastic  breakdown  product  beats  2010s  2015 
june 2015 by cluebucket
On Marrying the Wrong Person | The Book of Life
One: We don't understand ourselves
Two: We don't understand other people
Three: We aren't used to being happy
Four: Being single is so awful
Five: Instinct has too much prestige
Six: We don't go to Schools of Love
Seven: We want to freeze happiness
Eight: We believe we are special
Nine: We want to stop thinking about Love

From Two: "We don’t see this as a picture of someone who has no nostrils, eight strands of hair and no eyelashes. Without even noticing that we are doing it, we fill in the missing parts. Our brains are primed to take tiny visual hints and construct entire figures from them – and we do the same when it comes to the character of our prospective spouse. We are – much more than we give ourselves credit for, and to our great cost – inveterate artists of elaboration. The level of knowledge we need for a marriage to work is higher than our society is prepared to countenance, recognise and accommodate for – and therefore our social practices around getting married are deeply wrong."
From Nine: "there is as much doubt, hope, fear, rejection and betrayal in a marriage as there is in single life. It’s only from the outside that a marriage looks peaceful, uneventful and nicely boring."  tip  list  life  relationship  marriage  commitment  emotion  neurosis  partner  couple  mismatch  pessimism  self-esteem  self-help  psychology  romanticism  romance  medieval  illusion  intimacy  avoidance  character  writing  perfectionism  projection  personality  happiness  community  kibbutz  sex  loneliness  2010s  15th_century  20th_century  21st_century  rational  business  instinct  impressionism  art  impermanence  trauma  youtube  the_school_of_life  the_book_of_life  video 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Creative ideas for turning time into money - income | Ask MetaFilter
- dog walking, DogVacay, cat sitting, house sitting
- childcare, babysitting, Nextdoor
- housecleaning
- mystery shopping
- pizza delivery, food delivery, Caviar, Postmates
- SAT prep / uni tutoring, academic editing / proofreading, CrowdSource,
- TESL tutoring
- church front desk
- DSP notetaking
- taskrabbit, mechanical turk, HITs Worth Turking For, Thumbtack
- selling textbooks on Amazon Marketplace (browse secondhand bookshops)
- writing & selling erotic short stories
- campus clinical studies
- Craigslist handyman
- helping people move
- part time work at a food place
- catering, bartending
- online poker, virtual currency mining, buying/reselling niche apparel & collector's items
- showing homes: show rental properties, do data entry
student  list  work  tip  job  income  zeri  ask.metafilter  2014  2010s  independence  business  money  task  gig  part-time  employment  freelance 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Santa brand book
*Santa* winds infinite Possibilities around finite Limitations to evoke the essence of invention and the Odour of Nostalgia. It has the complexity of Simpleness and the Simplicity of complexitiveness.
It begins with the Hiss of Power and ends with the Ah of Surprise.
*Santa*, Santa Claus and the pot-bellied logo are registered trademarks of santaclaus global enterprises incorporated ®©  santa  santa_claus  brand  business  marketing  advertising  christmas  parody  funny  logo  power  consumerism 
december 2013 by cluebucket
Living LivingSocial: How D.C.'s homegrown coupon giant is trying to change its culture—and ours - Washington City Paper
comment section hehe

"(2) Simon's piece also shows the complexities of company culture, in particular how a culture that initially has a business purpose (innovation) can grow and cross a line, until you have an undefined "culture" that is effectively just "the type of people we like to hang out with". I'm always skeptical when people in my company or other companies evaluate potential or current employees based on "cultural fit" without having a specific definition of their culture and the business purpose their culture serves. That inevitably leads to discriminatory hiring and promotions, which multiple commenters here point to as a problem at LS."
—Ken Archer
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july 2013 by cluebucket
Should I Work for Free?
"This is the most toxic line of bullshit anyone will ever feed you."
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march 2013 by cluebucket
The 'Busy' Trap -
"More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter."

"The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment."
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january 2013 by cluebucket
The Invention of Political Consulting : The New Yorker
American Chronicles | The Lie Factory | How politics became a business: how people made the unreal so dizguztin'ly real. totally worth reading.

also: "They began by locking themselves in a room for three days with everything he had ever written. “Upton was beaten,” Whitaker later said, “because he had written books.”"
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october 2012 by cluebucket
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Mitt Romney, it turns out, is the perfect frontman for Wall Street's greed revolution. He's not a two-bit, shifty-eyed huckster like Lloyd Blankfein. He's not a sighing, eye-rolling, arrogant jerkwad like Jamie Dimon. But Mitt believes the same things those guys believe: He's been right with them on the front lines of the financialization revolution, a decades-long campaign in which the old, simple, let's-make-stuff-and-sell-it manufacturing economy was replaced with a new, highly complex, let's-take-stuff-and-trash-it financial economy. Instead of cars and airplanes, we built swaps, CDOs and other toxic financial products. Instead of building new companies from the ground up, we took out massive bank loans and used them to acquire existing firms, liquidating every asset in sight and leaving the target companies holding the note."
"Not that Romney hasn't done just fine at milking the government when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 percent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. In 1993, right as he was preparing to run for the Senate, Romney also engineered a government deal worth at least $10 million for Bain's consulting firm, when it was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy...
"But the way Romney most directly owes his success to the government is through the structure of the tax code. The entire business of leveraged buyouts wouldn't be possible without a provision in the federal code that allows companies like Bain to deduct the interest on the debt they use to acquire and loot their targets. This is the same universally beloved tax deduction you can use to write off your mortgage interest payments, so tampering with it is considered political suicide – it's been called the "third rail of tax reform." So the Romney who routinely rails against the national debt as some kind of child-killing "mortgage" is the same man who spent decades exploiting a tax deduction specifically designed for mortgage holders in order to bilk every dollar he could out of U.S. businesses before burning them to the ground."
thinkin bout dunkin:
"In 2010, a year after the last round of Hertz layoffs, Carlyle teamed up with Bain to take $500 million out of another takeover target: the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' had to take out a $1.25 billion loan to pay a dividend to its new private equity owners. So think of this the next time you go to Dunkin' Donuts for a cup of coffee: A small cup of joe costs about $1.69 in most outlets, which means that for years to come, Dunkin' Donuts will have to sell about 2,011,834 small coffees every month – about $3.4 million – just to meet the interest payments on the loan it took out to pay Bain and Carlyle their little one-time dividend. And that doesn't include the principal on the loan, or the additional millions in debt that Dunkin' has to pay every year to get out from under the $2.4 billion in debt it's now saddled with after having the privilege of being taken over – with borrowed money – by the firm that Romney built."
rollingstone  mitt_romney  bain_capital  money  buyout  finance  deal  insider  wall_street  debt  crime  hypocrisy  politics  business  greed  mike_milken  1980s  1990s  2010s  2012  interest  job  company  layoff  dunkin_donuts  carlyle_group  wealth  private_equity  matt_taibbi  government  olympics  2002  tax  21st_century  20th_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz - Business - The Atlantic
1. Saturation: "a left hemisphere activity that paradoxically requires absorbing one's self in what's already known. Any creative breakthrough inevitably rests on the shoulders of all that came before it."

2. Incubation: "The second stage of creativity begins when we walk away from a problem, typically because our left hemisphere can't seem to solve it." ... "shift into right hemisphere in order to access new ideas and solutions."

3. Illumination: "Ah-ha moments... when you've given your left hemisphere a rest, and you're doing something else, whether it's exercising, taking a shower, driving or even sleeping."

4. Verification: "the left hemisphere reasserts its dominance. This stage is about challenging and testing the creative breakthrough you've had."
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december 2011 by cluebucket

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