Megatrend: credentials suck

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The world is being sold fake credentials left and right. From law schools promising 97% job placement (without revealing that they count Starbucks gigs) to those fake TV colleges promising $9/hr pastry chef gigs from a $50,000 training program that depends on usurious loans, to all manner of universities, people are losing their shirt on useless certificates. And those people …

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If you sell anything or buy anything, you have to check out Fast Company’s article about the ubiquity of branding. Their meta-analysis of how modern branding works is as funny as it is deeply probing. Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock, driven insane by advertising within other content (just like yours truly), decided to make a movie solely based on product …

When government goes over our heads

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I come from a small, bitterly cold New England state called “Vermont,”the eighth generation of my family to do so. The largest city is Burlington, with a whopping 39,000 inhabitants. After that comes Rutland at 17,000. Not exactly Tokyo and Mexico D.F. in terms of scale. Vermont is a fiercely independent place, home of the first republic on North American …

Thank you for posting all that great personal data

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CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs Actually, the implications of this are even more interesting. Sure, for some there will be transparency. For others, there will be a very concerted effort to make events fly below the radar. There are social questions:How much would you pay not to be tracked? To use only hard currency? To have a simple …