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If we're all very quiet, you can hear the synchronized pant-shitting of the entire Tea Party. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet. This entry was posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 12:04 pm and is filed und...
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Remind me never to read Infinite Jest before I have chapters due to the writing group like ever again.
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Thanks, Emma, that's a huge compliment. I think.
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(I wrote this about Borders liquidating.)

Y'know, I worked at Borders for almost five years. In Michigan and in California and I have to say that they have earned this bankruptcy with all their hard work. In the four years as an assistant manager I can safely say that Borders engaged in a race to the bottom that was astounding in its shortsightedness, its fickleness, and its destructive power. Like a rampaging, half-blind, firebreathing toddler.

Every three months saw a new initiative become the most important thing ever while at the same time trimming payroll, trimming benefits, and refusing to pay a few more vendors. And every new program or system would directly contradict the previous one. It was amazing. Working there often felt like one huge joke.

In my store, whenever an especially ridiculous new idea was handed down from Binc (the nickname for the corporate HQ) we'd shake our heads and say, "It's good that Binc did this." As if Binc was some omnipotent child who could send us to the cornfield if we didn't smile and nod.

It was all about short term sales and the daily stock price, which we were sent in email every morning, until it got too low and corporate said technical difficulties prevented them from sending it. They'd add in plushies, gift bags, e-readers and as many non-book items as possible, and then cut our stock in the next quarter.

Every six months saw all the management jobs get shuffled around, both in the stores and at corporate. It was a perfect example of no one being in their job long enough to suffer the consequences of their bad ideas.

And they were obsessed with how much Barnes and Noble spent on payroll, and were always trying to cut down to their level, despite the fact that our inventory systems worked in completely different ways and so shelving books was more difficult at Borders. "Do More With Less," was the perpetual battle cry. My store pulled in over a million a year in profit, and we still couldn't keep ourselves staffed.

So yeah, they've earned this bankruptcy.
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True story: the last time I went to buy something at Borders, when I felt they were the fastest, most convenient place to get an item I needed, it was a stuffed toy monkey.
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Even as Congress moves to prevent undergraduate student loan rates from doubling, lawmakers have decided to eliminate two federal subsidies that will increase the cost of higher education. One would h...
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"All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassinati...
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This is me hyping the newswire I co-curate with +Dave Nelson and +Fritz Swanson . I promise not to post this more than once a month. I get incredibly annoyed at people who constantly promote their stuff. I'm not that guy.

That said, the Poor Mojo Newswire is a constantly-updated journal of ephemera and politics and general greatness. Please check it out, or if you already like it, get your friends and enemies and lovers to check it out.

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Morgan Johnson lives in Oakland, California. He enjoys a debauched vegetarian lifestyle and is happy to realize that there can be such a thing. He writes things for the internet and would like to do so professionally if possible. Mojo--as he is sometimes called--enjoys comic books, video games, fiction, science fiction, fictional science and cooking. He spends far too much on the internet, usually trying to feed the insatiable appetite of the Almanack and her Newswire.
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