"Why Everybody Should Work in Hollywood"

Not for me, but your mileage may vary.

I’m convinced that working in Hollywood is the most effective and efficient way to teach people how to work.

You have to work well under constant pressure. You have to be responsible for more things than anyone should have to be responsible for. And you have to be cunning. I’ve worked in the development and production of major motion pictures and television, then switched over to working in content at an advertising agency, and now work as a creative director at a media company, but in all my travels, the most incredible workers were those who got their start in the film & television biz. When I think about the things that make me good at my job, I can trace them back to what I learned being at the bottom of the food chain in Hollywood and fighting my way up.


"The real tragedy in Flint"

Former mayor of Saginaw, MI posts a clear explanation of the disaster in Flint. In short, there's enough blame to go around.

See also "Flint’s Blue Model Crisis," "Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal," and "The EPA’s Silent, Guilty Role in the Flint Water Crisis".

Not mentioned in any of the linked pieces: why did Detroit raise the rate it charged Flint? Was that also because of fiscal pressure?

Maybe not. See "The Flint Water Crisis Is the Result of a Stimulus Project Gone Wrong".


"It’s time to curb this widely committed journalistic sin"

I agree completely.

Just as often, though, that little word “widely” seems designed to appear to do the work of citation or argument without actually doing it. You can sense the author’s thought process: If he writes “U.S.-British relations are thought to be at their most strained in decades,” the obvious question is, “Thought by whom?” But if he inserts a “widely,” the problem somehow goes away. “U.S.-British relations are widely thought to be at their most strained in decades.” Ah, well, if it’s “widely” thought, it’s probably close to the truth.

Here's a related example: "America’s Rich Are Partying Like It’s 2006". What are the examples cited from "America's Rich"? The high purchase price of one Hermès Birkin bag--we don't even know, I think, that it was bought by an American--the high price of apartments in New York City, a high-priced donut in New York City, and the dopey decisions of one Martin Shkreli who, since he was indicted on securities fraud in New York federal court lives or works, I assume, in or near New York City.

At least in this article in Vanity Fair New York City apparently equals America. I didn't know that before.