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Days after Trump takes credit for single-handedly saving the steel industry, 200 Michigan steelworkers lose their jobs

A week ago today, standing in front of 5,000 Royal Dutch Shell contract employees in Monaca, Pennsylvania — who, by the way, were told that, if they didn’t attend, they wouldn’t be paid — Donald Trump announced that the American steel industry “was dead” until he levied tariffs against imported steel last year. According to […]

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Ken Segall, the man who named the iMac, on Steve Jobs and the quest for simplicity

A week or so ago, I went to the Michigan Theater to hear a lecture by Ken Segall, a former creative director at Steve’s Jobs’ go-to ad agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day. Segall, who worked with Jobs for over a dozen years, as the maverick tech entrepreneur moved between NeXT and Apple, is credited as having both authored […]

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Shri Thanedar, Faux Bernie Bro?

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/06/shri-thanedar-michigan-millionaire-bernie-sanders-republican/ Aside from the fact that he’s referred to himself as a “fiscally savvy Bernie,” and has one of the worst slogans in American political history, up until today, I knew very little about Michigan gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar. I mean, I had a vague sense of him, but I hadn’t read very much about […]

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Pondering the death of retail as Urban Outfitters leaves Ann Arbor

Earlier this evening, having just read that Gap was planning to close approximately 200 stores over the next three years, I heard from my friend Jean that Urban Outfitters had decided not to renew the downtown Ann Arbor space that they’ve held for the past several decades. While I don’t suppose it’s that terribly surprising, […]

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My hate mail from the Fox News viewers of Michigan

A few days ago, a friend of mine in San Francisco, in an attempt to better understand how Facebook’s ad targeting system works in practice, invested a few dollars and boosted a recent article of mine about Trump’s response to the white nationalist terrorist attack in Charlottesville. As I understand it, he specifically targeted Fox […]

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