Hitler practicing in front of a mirror.
Rob Petty, the CEO of Sport195, ran a company that had no customers and made no money. This turned out to be a bad business plan. From VICE:
For his part, Petty offered a vague and contradictory account of the months leading up to the nonexistent paychecks. On the one hand, he said to staff, “We know exactly, down to the cent, how much we are spending and where we are spending and what we’re paying…don’t think for a moment at any stage we woke up one morning and said, oh wow how did we spend that money? Or, wow, the bank account hasn’t got anything in it.”
When someone challenged that answer, essentially asking him how they could possibly be in such a situation if they had clarity on their financial picture, Petty cryptically replied, “Because it doesn’t matter…it doesn’t matter.”
And you thought your last boss sucked.
“But now she’s over it. We’re good. I’m a good husband, what can I tell you?”
“Then a giant pizza slice sauntered onto the lawn. Two red-shirted employees from Papa John’s Pizza flanked him. The slice danced through the crowd while the two men handed out leaflets advertising a local chain.”
“‘Did your manager tell you to do this?’ I asked one of them.”
“‘Uh,’ he said. ‘I don’t know.'”
Going to college, opening savings accounts, starting businesses: These are things that people do when they have the money to do so. They aren’t themselves things that create wealth. They don’t lift you out of poverty.
“The procedure did seem strange. But I soon learned that it was a long-established custom at most Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools. George Bush, George Pataki, Brandon Tartikoff and Bob Woodward were required to do it at Yale. At Vassar, Meryl Streep; at Mount Holyoke, Wendy Wasserstein; at Wellesley, Hillary Rodham and Diane Sawyer. All of them — whole generations of the cultural elite — were asked to pose. But however much the colleges tried to make this bizarre procedure seem routine, its undeniable strangeness engendered a scurrilous strain of folklore.”
My understanding is that they’ve all since been destroyed. OR SO WE ARE TOLD.
“Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it.”
“I’m just kidding. There are much easier ways of doing it. For example: On the top of a distant mountain there grows a tree with silver leaves. Once every year, at dawn on April 30th, this tree blossoms, with five flowers, and over the next hour each blossom becomes a berry, first a green berry, then black, then golden.”
Read the rest. It’s lovely.
“Documerica was a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to photographically document subjects of environmental concern in America during the 1970s. The images were made by approximately 70 well-known photographers contracted by the EPA for this project.”
What to do if corrupt military police suddenly hijack your plane and threaten your life.