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Jim Fawcette
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Republicans Block Bridge, Road Repair but Want Billion$ for 8,000 Miles of Walls

Does this sound rational? I mean, where's the most and drawbridge?

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And...here's today's Andy Borowitz satirical take on building a giant wall!
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Thoughts on Roger Federer and the Cinci results. 

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Tennis Shorts - August 24th, 2015 Tennis Fanz, Ever wonder what pros say to each other when they shake hands at the net? The mike picked up this amusing exchange after the second quarter final in Cincinnati: Feliciano Lopez: "You're...
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U.S. Open Tennis Preview

My overview, predictions and links for the US Open tennis tournament whose main draw started today. Enjoy! 
Tennis Shorts -- Aug 27, 2015 Tennis Fanz, Here's your preview for the U.S. Open. Serena Williams faces a tough draw in her pursuit of the "real" Grand Slam, the "calendar slam", which would give her a tie with Steffi...
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San Francisco 2.0: Documentary on City as Emblematic of Inequality
Google Bus and "Twitter tax breaks" become global symbols

Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi isn't new to liberal causes, as daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In her new vid to be broadcast on HBO on Sept. 28, she tackles how the city where she grew up has changed. “I’m acutely aware of the fact that none of my friends can afford to live in the city. I don’t know anyone who can afford to live in the city. That’s the sharp irony in all of this,” Pelosi says. “As a documentary filmmaker, I couldn’t afford to give my children the lifestyle I had in San Francisco growing up.”

SFChron: "There’s a tense moment near the beginning of the documentary when Pelosi is interviewing Ron Conway, whom she describes as one of the “chief architects of the so-called Twitter tax break.” She essentially asks him to defend himself — without actually asking a question."

And Conway doesn't answer the implicit question. Nor does Mayor Ed Lee. Nor anyone else. 

Ironically, at the same time this video is debuting, there is a photo exhibit at the SF DeYoung museum by another then-young, woman from the city, this one of how senior citizens and the poor were displaced to make room for the Moscone Convention Center. The more things change ... 
“It’s interesting to watch my hometown grow up because we never had these problems when I was a kid,” Pelosi said in a recent phone interview from New York. Not so much, anymore — a fact that becomes abundantly clear during her latest documentary, “San Francisco 2.0,” which will have a closed premiere in San Francisco on Thursday, Sept. 3, before its broadcast on HBO on Sept. 28. After a quick recap of the city’s history as a home for countercu...
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When France Dumped its Criminals and Poor in San Francisco
Much as Britian dumped unwanted on Australia, Cuba and France used America for their human rejects 

Some history from SFChron (paywall): "On Feb. 28, 1852, a ship from Le Havre sailed through the Golden Gate, rounded Clark’s Point at what is now Broadway and Battery and unloaded 200 specimens of the finest flotsam and jetsam of France, including criminals, political prisoners, honest workers, the politically connected, dissidents, common thugs and various other types deemed undesirable by the authorities. Many of them were heavy drinkers. All of them were desperately poor. This motley Gallic crew was the first batch of perhaps the most unusual group of people ever to land in San Francisco during the Gold Rush: The lingotiers, or French lottery emigrants.

"Long before the 1980 Mariel boat lift, when Cuba dumped its undesirables on U.S. soil, France pulled off the same trick. Between 1851 and 1853, the French government used the proceeds of a huge national lottery, the irresistibly named Lottery of the Golden Ingots, to ship more than 4,000 people to California, hoping that most or all of them would never return."
On Feb. 28, 1852, a ship from Le Havre sailed through the Golden Gate, rounded Clark’s Point at what is now Broadway and Battery and unloaded 200 specimens of the finest flotsam and jetsam of France, including criminals, political prisoners, honest workers, the politically connected, dissidents, common thugs and various other types deemed undesirable by the authorities. Between 1851 and 1853, the French government used the proceeds of a huge nat...
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Since we French brought our wine with us, it was a win-win-win <g>
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"Why so depressed big buddy, this cone isn't so bad?" 
 
A friend in need is a friend indeed

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Clinton VS Trump Polls

Hillary leads The Donald by 4-to-16 percent at this early stage. Other poll shows a majority of Republican likely voters see Trump as their party's likely nominee. Since perceptions become reality and lemmings like to jump on winning bandwagons, this could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course, we haven't had a single primary vote or caucus yet. Gee, don't you wish the election were even further off? <g>
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Useful guide to SD cards' mess { You want standards? We've got lots of them? }
 
The other day I went to purchase an SD card to record 4K and slo-mo video. Even as someone well-versed in technology, the wall of products that confronted me was daunting. A device might have up to 7 different identifiers on it that describe its capabilities in terms of capacity, raw writing speed, sustained writing speed, reading speed, and bus architecture. You can easily end up paying for something that won't do the job, or paying extra for features you don't need.

Here's a guide that will help you to understand what all the numbers and acronyms mean.
Memory cards are as ubiquitous as memory itself—almost every mobile device you own has some type of built-in storage, from cameras to iPods to tablets, and almost every device has a slot to add additional storage space. And storage on a device can range from a couple of gigabytes of memory to dozens of gigabytes. You’ll soon find, though, that it’s never enough. Photographers Love CF
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Obama's 23 Katrinas

Just stumbled on this WaPo piece listing the 23 times right-wingers have labeled an incident President Obama's "Katrina moment". Of course, none of them were. Only the Republican's Bush had a Katrina moment. 

Similarly, in the Republican presidential campaign we hear about how Obama somehow "lost the Iraq war". No, he didn't. Only the Republican's Bush blundered his way into the debacle in Iraq that cost perhaps 500,000 lives and $5 Trillion. 

These aren't isolated instances. Yes, there are blowhards and extremists on the progressive side that are just as superficial and biased as those on the right. Just scroll these pages on G+. 

But no liberals in modern history have every inflicted the damage on America and the world that right-wing extremists have through their corrupt crony-capitalism that gave us Iraq and Katrina. Liberal extremists have no role in Washington. Zero. Our government is run from the right-of-center to the extreme right {Witness faux-liberals Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken fighting to protect corrupt medical-instrument vendors in their home states from taxes because "that would destroy jobs"}.  So when anyone on either pole is complaining about how badly our government works, they're complaining about right-wing crony capitalism, because that's what we've got. 
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Can California Keep Outgrowing the U.S.?

Jobs, revenue outpacing overall country's

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As head of the Los Angeles office of global engineering firm Arup, Jon Phillips has a panoramic view of the economy — through his diverse array of clients.
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Morgenson Actually Names Culprit S.E.C. Is Hiding

Multi-billion-dollar fraud comes with penalties for shareholders, but not even disclosure for the perpetrators. Why? 

NYT's preeminent financial writer asks: "How can we expect Wall Street’s me-first culture to change when regulators won’t pursue or even identify the me-firsters who are directly involved?" ... Most disturbing, though, is the settlement’s lack of accountability. As is all too common, Citigroup’s shareholders are footing the $180 million bill associated with it. But they didn’t devise the toxic bond strategy, sell it or hide its risks to investors. That was the work of Citi employees, as the S.E.C.’s order makes clear. Indeed, it contains chapter and verse about the crucial role played by the fund manager overseeing these investments. Some 50 references to actions taken by the fund manager and his staff are contained in the order."

Then GM names the top perpetrator: "The mystery man behind those Citi investments was Reaz Islam, a former managing director of the bank’s fixed income alternatives group. Mr. Islam left Citi in 2008; he is chief executive of L-R Managers L.L.C., an investment firm in New York." Details at link. 

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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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Do people really put "bragging rights" online? Hey, I was a National Merit Finalist ! ! Woo Hooo!
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MAP: Monthly Personal Disposable Income Around the World
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This map shows the difference in Monthly Personal Disposable Income around the world. Unsurprisingly, in Switzerland, Norway and Australia t

Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov? | WIRED
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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