In the last century, star-makers looked for talent at hangouts like Schwab’s. These days, folks apparently go hunting in the comments section. HSBC has hired Daily Intel commenting regulars Martell, ScottRose, Rebecca Rose, Till507, and Wallfly to take their act professional: You can see them commenting on various topics in the bank’s new “Soapbox” ad, which is hovering around at the bottom of our website. Now they’re in The Wall Street Journal, and Martell tells us they’re even getting paid! If you have something to say about the weird meta-ness of this, or want to complain about not being chosen yourself (ComfortablySmug, NYAaron, IsGoodAtMath, we know you must be hurting a little), let it out in the comments. Just be sure to craft your comment carefully. If you are good enough, you might be discovered, too. [Digits/WSJ]
We’re all committed — I’m committed to make sure that we’ve got all of this cleaned out, and protected. Gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and, it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a, much different — we’re a forest nation.” He called it “a forest nation.” And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So, uh, I know everybody’s looking at that. To that end. And it’s gonna work out. It’s gonna work out well.