From a 1987 Radio Shack catalog, courtesy of Mike Mozart.
The Baffler,  November 12, 2014

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From a 1987 Radio Shack catalog, courtesy of Mike Mozart.


• Pizza Hut seeks to appeal to the Next Generation with its “Flavor of Now” ad campaign, a new logo and staff uniforms, and the addition of new toppings like Sriracha and banana peppers to its menu. The Guardian reports: “On a call with investors on Monday, David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell, said the makeover would help the chain ‘better connect with millennials’ and ‘reinforce Pizza Hut’s leadership, quality, innovation and superior value.'” Yep, those are all words.

• Today in Labor Strikes: nurses in California, who say they haven’t received enough training or protective gear to be prepared for Ebola patients.

• If there’s a business that exists, there’s a consultant ready to tell you how to succeed: MedMen, a “medical marijuana consulting and marketing firm,” is announcing that it has raised $3.75 million from investors, according to Fortune. It used to be difficult for weed-related businesses to attract investor cash to get off the ground, but no longer, apparently. “MedMen helps clients obtain licenses for dispensaries and cultivation facilities and then advises them on how to design and manage those operations. Since its founding in 2007, MedMen has helped more than 100 medical marijuana businesses get up and running.”

• Anna North has a sharp op-ed in the New York Times about how women and minorities are “Excluded From the Silicon Valley Dream” (and she cites Astra Taylor and Joanne McNeil’s excellent piece from the new issue of The Baffler, “The Dads of Tech,” while she’s at it).

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