Posts Tagged: Fascinating
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Some Fellows Make Surprising Job Changes

Very excited to be joining @peretti, @scottlamb,@mattstopera & to hire some great reporters to build the first true social news organization

— Ben Smith (@benpolitico) December 12, 2011

If two's a trend, then holy cow. Ben Smith is leaving Politico for Buzzfeed and Don Van Natta is leaving the Times for ESPN (after 16 years!). (Bonus: from just the other day, here is a Ben Smith blog post about Don Van Natta.) This means a thing, and it's different from recent hires like "Tina Brown offering people oodles of money" or "Bloomberg View offering people oodles of money," but I can't [...]

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Beige, Beige, Baby

"Most people aren't accustomed to seeing mood lighting. If you're in a bad mood, the lights will go red, and they'll go blue if you're in a good mood… There's some kind of sensor, like I guess a mood-ring sensor thing. I really don't know, I still can't figure out how it works, but it's amazing. They're all done in fiber optics. When they're off, you can't tell they're in the house." -Guess what Vanilla Ice is up to? Right! He's renovating houses for resale. He decorates in earth-tones to "keep it neutral, warm and welcoming," and, apparently, installs magical emotional detectors.

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Ghana's Email Scams are Hard Work

"We kind of liked the idea of living off the back of American stupidity, so we hooked up with a Sakawa gang"! The email fraud industry may or may not die out in the wake of Ghana's oil discoveries, but it's definitely fascinating.

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George Pataki, Pitchman

There's a lot of ways to make money as a former politician! You could consult on "security services" like Rudy Giuliani. You could write a memoir, like everyone. You could retrieve coins from the flopping intestines of flayed dusky prisoners, like Dick Cheney. Or you could become a slightly slatternly spokesbot for penny-stock startups, like George Pataki-who has now lent his name and visage to two concerns, one of which went big-time belly-up last month.

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Gays Secretly Studied in a Mid-East Country

Over the last two years, there has been a covert study of the lives of gay men in an unnamed country in the "Middle East."