In this week’s headlines and articles, Werner Herzog asks us to carry bolt cutters everywhere, a discussion on the American elite, and cities that pay you tons of money if you’re looking for a tech job…

“24 Life Lessons for Filmmakers from Werner Herzog” -No Film School

This was technically last week, but who can resist sharing wisdom from Werner Herzog?  I’m particularly drawn to the lessons in #9 – 12.

“America’s new aristocracy: As the importance of intellectual capital grows, privilege has become increasingly heritable.” – The Economist

“It is odd that a country founded on the principle of hostility to inherited status should be so tolerant of dynasties.  Because America never had kings  or lords, it sometimes seems less inclined to worry about signs that its elite is calcifying.”

For some reason, when I read this I can’t help but think of the film Dazed and Confused when their teacher says, “This summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don’t forget what you’re celebrating, and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn’t want to pay their taxes.”

“The Highest-Paying Cities for Tech Jobs” – Forbes

In case you’re looking to make some serious bread from your tech skills, or if you’re just interested in weeping over these salaries, here are the top 10 highest-paying cities.

1. Silicon Valley
2. Seattle
3. Washington DC
….and so on

“Radical Brownies: is this the future of girl groups?” -The Guardian

A new, progressive, radically feminist group for girls-of-color.  This is the most beautiful and exciting thing I’ve seen all week.  Probably.


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