Tag Archives: business ideas

Has the coverage of Hillary Clinton in The Onion changed since one of her biggest supporters struck a deal to purchase the company?

Inspired by The Onion, I’m working on a new business plan. It only has two steps. STEP ONE: Start a satire company that relentlessly mocks Hillary Clinton. STEP TWO: Sell to Clinton’s biggest supporter. While, as far as I know, no one one The Onion’s editorial staff has talked to the press and confirmed that […]

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Ypsi Book Co-op meeting tonight at 7:30

Several months ago, our local used bookstore, Cross Street Books, was shut down by the City for various code violations. This led to a spirited conversation here on the site, during which almost everyone, regardless of how they felt about Cross Street Books, seemed to agree that, in order to have a thriving downtown, Ypsilanti […]

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The Ayn Rand Academy …free markets, wet pants, and the launch of the most pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrappiest charter school in America

I occasionally get awesome ideas that, because I have a soul, I can’t act on. And I had one of those ideas just now, as I was sitting here, reading about a third grade teacher in Vancouver, Washington who just recently instituted a pay-to-potty scheme with disastrous consequences. The information at this point is scant, […]

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My thoughts on the Super Moon

And, yes, there were plans afoot to take out the moon with nuclear weapons in the 50’s, before it became the ever-growing threat we know it to be today. Speaking of space and all things sciencey, it occurred to me this morning, while brushing my teeth, that, if unquestionably cool astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson wanted […]

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It might be too early to announce the company’s death, but good riddance to Groupon

I’ve never liked Groupon. Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always thought that the company, and it’s well-known “daily deals,” were bad for small businesses. My sense, and I’ve had it verified by a few business owners, is that they gravitate toward Groupon when they’re desperate, offering deep, unsustainable discounts to Groupon users, who, for the most […]

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