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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You Don't Actually Need to Know Anything About Sandbag Recycling

in order to get a job as the editor of a sandbag recycling news and policy publication. You don't need to know how to make a sandbag. You don't need to have ever worked stacking sandbags to prevent a flood. You don't need to know anything about the manufacture of the bags or the sources of the sand. You don't need to know anything -- firsthand, that is -- about who needs sandbags and why, about why some sandbags are good and others fail, about the ethos of making sure sandbags get to the people who need them most, no matter the cost. Indeed, your sandbag recycling policy need not be informed by your ever having worked on the ground in a sandbag or sandbag recycling facility. All you need to become the editor of The Latest News in Sandbag Recycling is a B.A., a few good internships, a year or two of work experience, and some good connections.

(Hey, I did say in my earlier post today that it was not possible for me to be any more cynical than I already am. If you don't like my self-righteously piss-poor attitude, go read someone else's blog.)

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