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Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game. This piece originally appeared on PandoQuarterly, issue three.

Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game

Silicon Valley has an asshole problem, and it’s high time we owned up to it. The Race for the All-in-One Credit Card. There’s a revolution coming to your wallet.

The Race for the All-in-One Credit Card

Soon, perhaps very soon, your wallet will become thinner. All those credit, debit, and gift cards littered throughout the sleeves of your bifold will disappear. Either people will start paying for everything with their phones, or the all-in-one credit card will become a staple. The all-in-one credit card, while perhaps slightly less practical, would be pretty damn cool. Pro-Fracking Guest: Appearing On The Daily Show 'Felt Like Three Hours Of Waterboarding' The "Daily Show" ran a segment on hydraulic fracturing on Thursday night that featured its "correspondent" Asif Mandvi interviewing people on the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as "fracking.

Pro-Fracking Guest: Appearing On The Daily Show 'Felt Like Three Hours Of Waterboarding'

" Mandvi talked to Marita Noon, a former Christian speaker and the executive director of New Mexico-based Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy, a non-profit lobbying organization that also operates a group called Energy Makes America Great. "Oil and gas companies are quite good at self-regulating or self-policing," Noon told Mandvi. She said she doesn't really see room for improvement and argued that oil and gas companies care about the communities where they operate.

Rival Industries Sweet-Talk the Public. Your boss wants to be Nate Silver. Tar Heel Pinkertons. Straight Up - By Afshin Molavi. Mexico is rising.

Straight Up - By Afshin Molavi

You can see it in the country's swelling exports, the net-zero migration to the United States, the excitement of international bond investors, a recent credit upgrade from Standard & Poor's, a newly confident middle class, and a per capita GDP that has doubled since 2000. Not to mention a young, dynamic, handsome new president. Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots - Health News. Insurance Company Gets Fucked Over By Another Cancer Patient. CHICAGO—Frustrated executives from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced Friday that they are getting “completely fucked over” by Allentown, PA resident Matthew Greison, a 57-year-old man suffering from an advanced form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Insurance Company Gets Fucked Over By Another Cancer Patient

Stressing that this is not the first issue they have had with such patients, company sources expressed their outrage to reporters over Greison's “totally unfair” comprehensive health care benefits and claimed the skyrocketing costs of his cancer treatment have gotten out of hand. “We got the first bill and just couldn’t believe how expensive it was,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Scott Serota, adding that at first, he thought the invoice was a mistake. “Every visit to the oncologist ran about $140, not to mention the thousands of dollars for every MRI and CT scan, and then the chemotherapy and cancer drugs were more than $10,000 per month.

And he paid for maybe—maybe—5 percent of it. You Won't Believe What the Food Industry Is Doing to Keep Americans Hooked on Junk. June 18, 2013 | Like this article?

You Won't Believe What the Food Industry Is Doing to Keep Americans Hooked on Junk

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. New Documentary To Finally Shed Light On Nation’s Fast Food Chains. Chaos, Anarchy Reign Supreme At Chuck E. Cheese Under Retired General Tommy Franks. IRVING, TX ‑ CEC Entertainment investors are keeping a wary eye on iconic Chuck E.

Chaos, Anarchy Reign Supreme At Chuck E. Cheese Under Retired General Tommy Franks

Cheese children’s restaurants as 2013 financial reports showed the company getting off to a rocky start. With stock prices fluctuating, many are blaming one man: former Army four-star general Tommy Franks, once known as the “Beloved Savior of Iraq,” and since March 2008, an independent director of CEC Entertainment. The retired general was pulled into the company for his strategic vision and legendary war record. Smashing initial successes had members of the board celebrating on Wall Street at their newfound financial returns. Panera Bakers Battle For A Union In A Union-Free World.

Kathleen VonEitzen heads into work at 10 p.m. with a long night ahead of her.

Panera Bakers Battle For A Union In A Union-Free World

A trained baker, VonEitzen spends the evening and early morning hours cutting and shaping trays full of dough, shuffling between multiple ovens, and constantly checking her crusts until they're browned just right. She pulls hundreds of fresh baguettes, bagels, cookies and scones from the ovens until her shift finally ends around dawn. VonEitzen, 55, doesn't work in some boutique bakery, but in a Panera Bread franchise in Battle Creek, Mich. The company prizes VonEitzen's craftsmanship, referring to her as an "artisan. " "It takes a special type of person to dedicate their night to baking fresh bread," Panera says on its website. Though Panera bakers don't bake from scratch (the raw dough comes from a regional facility) they're still required to master a wide range of baking disciplines.

The Yellow Tail Story: How Two Families Turned Australia Into America's Biggest Wine Brand. In 1992, imports of Australian wine accounted for only around 3% of all imported wine to the United States, with Italy and France continuing to hold a tight grip on the market at 30% and 50% respectively.

The Yellow Tail Story: How Two Families Turned Australia Into America's Biggest Wine Brand

Wine from Australia was a relative novelty. Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back. A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains.

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping. Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille. Police Chief Magazine - View Article. Paul LaCommare, Commander, West Covina Police Department, West Covina, California downward spiral in California city governments’ revenue streams has occurred for the last five years starting with the housing bubble that burst property tax returns by 40 percent. Warnings contained in the California Department of Finance’s Economic Indicators, January–February 2008 report state that.

The connected card 'wallet replacement' - BBC News. The American Bounty Hunter Becomes an Endangered Species. Here's What Happens When Wall Street Runs Hospitals  If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs. Of the 50 U.S. hospitals that mark up prices the most, 49 of them are part of for-profit hospital chains, according to the study's authors, Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Logic of Surveillance Capitalism.