If you can earn $93k after taking a $300 course, then what’s the future of higher education?

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This week, Google announced new professional career certificates that can be completed in six months to help Americans obtain high growth job opportunities. They also signaled to jobseekers that they would treat these certificates, which require no prior experience of undergraduate credentials, as the equivalent of four-year degrees by their hiring managers.

For the beleaguered education sector which was already experiencing dwindling enrollment, a sluggish pace in curriculum development, lack of distance learning adoption, and high costs, the move by Google and employers may be the harbinger of digital disruption that is long overdue.

Google‘s new certification programs

On July 14th, Google launched new…

There are no ‘girl pushups’

(All of the names in this piece have been changed. Well, except my own.)

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I had just taken the helm as interim director of the neighborhood summer children’s swim team after an abrupt exit by the previous leader. It was late in the planning season and our swim team board had an immediate need to recruit assistant coaches; roles typically filled by high-school-aged residents in the neighborhood eager for a little extra summer cash and leadership experience to fill on eventual college applications. Time was tight. …


Sham candidates, state interference, and corrupt voter influence reveal the GOP as masters of deception

Voters line up outside Davis for early in-person voting, California 2020, October 21, 2020 Credit: Owen Yancher, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The GOP would have you believe that widespread election fraud is the reason for at least 250 newly proposed laws in 43 states socialized to curtail widespread election fraud. Voter impersonation, ballot petition fraud, registration fraud is wild. Illegal immigrants brought in by caravan by George Soros too, they claim (and debunked here).

And don’t forget the wild conspiracies about the dead voters — you know, because instead of “Brains!” the undead have an insatiable desire to “Vote Blue!” Jokes aside, officials did find a case of a dead person voting during the 2020 election. …


Walmart’s brutal self-own actually poises them to battle Amazon

Walmart Store Sign Picture, 2014 by Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

We fail our customers today,” reads the first bullet in a slide from a Walmart planning deck to improve customer omnichannel experience, first obtained and reviewed by Insider.

That brutal honesty and transparency set the tone for their project, codenamed Project Glass, which aims to stop losing customers to online rival Amazon. Though some product teams rely solely on SWOT analysis created by management consultants, the presentation, developed with research from Walmart Labs, dispenses with that. Charts can be pretty, but a real turnaround for a failing operation requires a brutal assessment of the ugly truth.

This is precisely what…

But that’s not the most creepy part of the recommendation algorithm

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There I sat, scrolling through my Facebook feed, scanning updates from friends, groups, and sponsored ads for monthly murder mystery boxes, beer mugs crafted from baseball bats, and useless crowdsourced products. I mean, who needs an AI-powered flight control system for paper airplanes — technology that’s so sophisticated it can fly a piece of lettuce? Wait, an artificial intelligence autopilot that’s so advanced it can fly romaine? That’s worthy of a bookmark.

As I scrolled past — and seriously considered the aeronautic marvel — Facebook’s recommendation section caught my eye. …


CPAC 2021 Republican stage resembles Nazi SS insignia

Left: Nazi parade uniform with odal rune patch of SS Race and Resettlement unit from Lofoten War Memorial Museum by Wolfmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Right: CPAC 2021 stage in Orlando, Florida

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, commonly known as CPAC, to close out a four-day medley of leading GOP keynote speakers. Earlier in the weekend, prominent Republican figures including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and John Hawley spoke from the stage in hopes of appealing to Trump’s base live from an Orlando Hyatt hotel and streamed on Fox News.

When Trump takes the same stage for the final keynote, he is expected to continue the big lie about a mythical stolen election. …


They dropped support of gender equality and inclusion in a matter of hours

Mr. Potato Head Celebrates a Birthday in Lima, Peru., 2012 (Credit: blperk, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons_

On Thursday, Hasbro announced changes to the nearly 70-year-old Potato Head brand. The iconic toy consists of a plastic body and small holes where various accessories could be plugged to create limitless forms: A Mr. Potato Head with glasses, smiles, and varieties of footwear and hair among them. The brand, popularized in the Toy Story movie franchise, also announced a brand new toy pack that would allow children to mix and match their versions of modern families, which might consist of two moms or two dads.

This isn’t a story about gender neutral toys; you’ve already seen the headlines. This…


“We proudly take responsibility,” say Trump supporters

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C., Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, during a hearing about the January 6 Capitol riot, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) revived a conspiracy theory from January, stating that “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” were to blame for the violence, destruction, and death. His evidence, gleaned from an article authored by J. Michael Waller in The Federalist, a right-leaning online publication, classified these individuals as “Antifa or other leftist agitators” due to damning evidence he witnessed first-hand — young men wearing MAGA hats backward!

Johnson accepted these absurd notions, which flew in the face of actual testimony from law enforcement at the Capitol building that day. Capitol…


As retold by Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi

Illustration of the classic fable The Scorpion and the Frog, Kurzon, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The following is an adaption of the classic fable “The Scorpion and the Frog,” as retold in an abridged timeline of the second impeachment of Donald Trump. In the lead roles are Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, and Mitch McConnell, the Grim Reaper from Kentucky.

The scorpion asks for a lift

The scorpion approaches the lake but cannot swim across. “Carry me on your back,” the scorpion asks of a frog sitting nearby.

“But surely you’ll sting me. You’re a scorpion,” replies the frog.

“Now why would I do that?” asks the scorpion.

Nancy Pelosi: It’s now two days…


Recipe reveals how ‘influencers’ spark online division and real world extremism

“The War on Pineapple”, CISA / U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In July 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) claimed that they had “no evidence of Russia actively carrying out information operations against pizza toppings,” but that didn’t stop the agency from using the benign controversy as a teachable moment; demonstrating how easily actors with nefarious intent foment unrest online that spills into the streets. CISA’s “War on Pineapple” succinctly describes how foreign agents influence social media to cause division and social unrest. If only we had listened.

CISA, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, crafted an infographic that revealed the playbook used to influence and…

David Leibowitz

Breaker of treadmills. Contributions in XBOX Mag, Forbes, CNN, OneZero & industry rags. @ retail, CPG, health/wellness, education, culture & tech.

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