Friday, July 28, 2017

The private equity firm that owns Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows is a hyper-local example of how America is being rotted out from the inside

Winning by losing and showing no care or concern for the end user (skiers and riders) while doing so. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple weeks ago, the marketing office at Squaw Valley came up with a strange and context-free Instagram rant about silencing the “trolls and haters” on their “corner” of the internet. By way of background, the post was...

How new North Carolina legislation to penalize public universities and the ACC for supporting LGBTQ rights would backfire against the bigoted lawmakers themselves

New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law. By Andrew J. Pridgen North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...

Looking for a job in Tahoe? The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s high-end search for a vengeful mouthpiece has begun. Typos in resume optional, but recommended.

It's human 'N'ature to not want to work very hard unless it comes to picking fights with local media and ghost writing press releases taking credit for things that would have happened anyway. Written by Kyle Magin It takes $42,000 to hire a bully. That’s how much Sandy Evans-Hall, the CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, got in taxpayer dollars...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth’s latest email expression “Atmospheric Rivers” is revelatory wordplay—a brazen and purposeful liberation from fact, reason and truth

The free verse poem vaguely hidden by his email transmission is the Squaw CEO’s masterwork to date. By Andrew J. Pridgen Performance artist, corporate mouthpiece, serial monologist, evolutionary grammarian and internet provocateur Andy Wirth’s latest transmission to his waiting public is verily a thinly disguised free verse poem. Wirth uses repetition and occasional rhyming along with his unique sentence structure, signature...

There is only one option now. Fight.

Only 10 weeks into his tenure and Trump has ensured that the US has gone from global leader in climate change to global denier, pretending his rollbacks—specifically set to boost bottom lines for dying industries...and kill the planet—are creating something besides unmitigable and irreversible havoc. By Justin Broglio Imagine you get sick. At first, it’s just a cough, sore throat, and...

Quitting Google

The world’s biggest advertising and media companies are waking up to the fact that despite all the available analytics Google is opaque about why ads end up where they do. By Andrew J. Pridgen It may be a hiccup, a quick correction, a one-off, but one of the biggest advertising firms in the world is doing the unthinkable — they’re quitting Google. New...

Aaron Hernandez’s story is portrayed by NFL-friendly media as the demise and death of a bad seed …the rest of us ought to know better

Hernandez, 27, hung himself in prison this week. The narrative quickly spun to a young man predisposed to hanging with the wrong crowd who paid the ultimate price for his actions. The reality is his brain will be researched — and that will tell a different story. By Andrew J. Pridgen Shock would hardly be the word to use to describe...

Why the Miami Marlins can’t find a buyer at a bargain price

...And how the lack of those lining up may be harbinger for MLB, professional sport By Andrew J. Pridgen On Tuesday, all of baseball’s most beloved will descend on the shores of South Beach for a three-day bacchanal and the 88th rendition of the All Star Game at Marlins Park. For those who follow science, it will be the last All...

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