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Lev Osherovich
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New York Times Op-Ed piece by longtime Fox News commentator Jane Hall:

The genius of Mr. Ailes at Fox has been repeating the same thing over and over until it is believed by Fox viewers: that it was “unpatriotic” for other media to show dissent about the Iraq war after the attacks of Sept. 11, that Obamacare is a “government takeover,” that President Obama is soft on terrorism and won’t call jihad “jihad,” that Hillary Clinton is crooked because of the investigation into her email. I sincerely doubt we would have had Donald Trump without Roger Ailes.
I sincerely doubt we would have had Donald Trump without him.
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I sincerely doubt we would have had Donald Trump without Roger Ailes. Nope, we could not. I doubt we have C+ Augustus either…

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The New York Times reports on American efforts to repel Viking invaders with bureaucracy. Do you think the ancestors of these brave Norsemen would have stood for this sort of nonsense?

After making stops at Canadian ports, the Draken’s crew was told by Coast Guard officials last week that if it wanted to sail through the Great Lakes, it had to hire a certified pilot, paid at an hourly rate that would amount to about $400,000 by the trip’s end. If unable to pay, the vessel would be forced to turn back.
The Draken Harald Harfagre made it from Norway to the Great Lakes, where it was told that it would have hire a pilot to continue through.
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+jeff williams true, but there is no commercial aspect to the voyage of the Darken Harald Harfagre, so surely regulation of maritime commerce shouldn't apply here.
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If I were in the UK, I would check out this nicely maintained Volvo 340, a humble but beloved hatchback that never made it across the pond. One will soon have to pay £10 to drive this and other pre-2004 cars into London each time, thanks to a new treasury enhancement pollution abatement scheme instituted by the Lord Mayor.

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It's a retro rear-drive Volvo for this week's Grand Monday. The 340, powered by a Renault-sourced 1.7-litre engine, was never intended to be the Swedish manufacturer's entry into the compact hatchback sector, but following Volvo's acquisition of DAF in the mid-1970s, it was already well down the ...
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The bounty of the Alemany Farmer's Market (mangos are imported). It's not summer until the fruit bowl looks like this.

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Fun!
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We should start by doing three things inconceivable to many of us before the spate of attacks in France and elsewhere — things that will go against the grain of the freedoms we have enjoyed until now.

First, imams should filter access to community mosques that have become hotbeds for extremism in our midst, until each one can fully account for those who attend as peace-loving, prayer-offering almsgiving Muslims, not as planners of terror. We should consider issuing mosque ID cards. Public accountability is now our obligation.

Second, we must develop integrated neighbourhood watch committees whose job it is to know all those who go in and out of our areas. These groups should comprise Muslims, Jews, Christians, agnostics — anyone who wants peaceful coexistence — able to assist local authorities in getting to know the residents of our communities and what they are up to. Local officials should give these citizens’ groups the authority to demand compliance and should also interact frequently with them to insure smooth relations.

Third, our political leaders should more frequently invoke the direct words of the Prophet to define clearly what a Muslim is and is not. While military measures are necessary in the short term, and forceful as they must be to stamp out the fanatics, western leaders bear a great responsibility to protect the good in Islam and the right of those citizens who practise it to peacefully coexist among us. This will help raise up the silent Muslim majority in a manner no other action can, countering the proliferation of radicalism.



Radicalism is a disease of the mind. You cannot see it, hear it, feel it or know it exists until it is too late, as revellers in Nice enjoying Bastille Day fireworks found out on Thursday evening. As terrorists evolve strategies to attack innocent
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Who's in charge of Turkey? Erdogan? The First and Third Armies? The Air Force? The Deep State? You can take the Constantinople out of Istanbul but apparently can't take out the Byzantium.
The Turkish military said Friday that it had taken control of the government, in a stunning attempt to seize power from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who urged citizens to take to the streets to fight the attempted coup.
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Delirium Tremens isn't just a threat to America.... he's a threat to global security. The Wall Street Journal reports:

In an interview with the New York Times , Mr. Trump questioned the collective defense provisions of the NATO treaty on monetary grounds, saying that many members weren’t paying their fair share. He told the paper that if Russia attacked the Baltic States, which are NATO members, he would decide whether to defend them only after reviewing “if they have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

Such a change in policy would put the alliance into question and fundamentally rewrite the rules of European security that have been in place since the end of World War II.

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This year, the Republican nominee said it wouldn’t be so bad if Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia obtained nuclear weapons of their own, saying that nuclear proliferation would “happen anyway.”

In the New York Times interview on Wednesday, he said the U.S. wouldn't pressure Turkey or other countries to stop authoritarian behavior, saying Washington doesn’t have a right to lecture others and should fix its own mess first.
The head of NATO took the unusual step of wading into the U.S. presidential campaign after Republican nominee Donald Trump rekindled a foreign policy debate by saying the U.S. may not come to the aid of alliance members if they are attacked by Russia
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He could get even better deals by auctioning protection while allowing his buddy Putin to bid.
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We just went to the new New Mission on a rare mother-in-law-in-town-for-childcare date night. The block was unrecognizable--- a giant hole in place of the Mission Market and no sign of the dumpy dollar store that preceded the theater's current incarnation as a gleaming hipster magnet movie house. The city's memories are short. Very few people stay here long enough to remember what occupied a place two incarnations ago. True SF natives like +Adrienne Johnson​​​​ are a dying breed.
 
I grew up watching B movies in the old New Mission. It was a far cry from the fancy place it is now (knife fights with audience commentary then, draft beer and reservations now). That pit was the indoor public market that made me first want to travel to Mexico. Fire, greed, change, time, displacement, flux. All of it at Mission and 22nd st.
new mission by Adrienne Johnson Via Flickr: I grew up watching B movies in the old New Mission. It was a far cry from the fancy place it is now (knife fights with audience commentary then, draft beer...
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The Wall Street Journal has this very insightful article about the challenges of recruiting patients for geriatric disease trials. The elderly couple profiled here exemplifies the difficulties of maintaining a complex therapeutic regimen in the face of crumbling cognitive and logistical capabilities. The husband has Alzheimer's disease, the wife is the primary care provided. Just look at the number of pill bottles in this picture. Some are taken once a day, some are taken every few hours, others are placebos. Who among us could keep these straight?

Why are drugs so expensive? Because making them and proving that they work is very expensive.

A study published in the journal Clinical Trials earlier this year found that drug companies spend more than $300,000 on average to recruit each participant in a phase 3 clinical trial, almost 3% of the total trial’s cost.
To attract volunteers for clinical drug trials, companies monitor online forums to develop effective recruitment approaches and send cars to pick up patients.
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A nurse's visit 3 times a week might save the integrity of a drug trial.
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What I'm listening to in these troubled times. Apparently some famous punk bad did a cover of this.

Police & Thieves

Junior Murvin


Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Fighting the nation with their guns and ammunition
Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Scaring the nation with their guns and ammunition

From Genesis to Revelation yeah
And next generation will be hear me

All the crimes committed day by day
No one try to stop it in any way
All the peacemakers turn war officers
Hear what I say

Hehehehehehehey

Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Fighting the nation with their guns and ammunition
Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Scaring the nation with their guns and ammunition

Oh yeah

All the crimes committed day by day
No one try to stop it in any way
All the peacemakers turn war officers
Hear what I say

Hehehehehehehey

Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Fighting the nation with their guns and ammunition
Police and thieves in the street (oh yeah)
Scaring the nation with their gun


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It's funny how capitalism doesn't allow any competition. Countries that try different approaches gets invaded, boycotted or in every way treated less fairly. So, if there is a better system than capitalism (as it has been defined), we're not really likely to find out.

Personally I don't know what a better system would look like, but I refuse to believe capitalism is the optimal system to manage our earth and our lives. It's just the least catastrophic one we've tried so far, at least when it comes to the prosperity of most of us humans. For the longevity of nature and civilization as a whole, I'm not so sure. With all its faults, even feudalism was probably less damaging to our environment.

If capitalism prevents us from successfully tackle climate change (capitalism is a double edged sword, it can be wielded to help as well as to prevent if its playing field is set up right) and the climate falls out of the Holocene we're in uncharted territory and might end back at a hunter and gatherer economy. That scenario is not so many generations away.
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Capping a week of alarming news of the escalating war between certain cops and crazy people with guns (a common feature of American life), here's a report on the latest mass shooting in America.

I'm going to make a daring prediction: mental illness and/or stress will be involved.

I believe we have more than exceeded this week's quota of needless bloodshed. It is certainly enough madness to keep state and media pipelines busy for a week with expressions of shock, anger, political recriminations and electoral posturing. But that's about all that will come of it, as trigger-happy cops and crazy people with guns are likely to persist in our society.

The gunman, who was identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Mo., was killed by the police. Mr. Long was Marine who served a year in Iraq.
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I think the gun culture is obscene. Men like to open carry their weapons to look more virile. It's a very primitive urge to show who has the bigger and more powerful gun. Donald Trump probably has a bazooka at his disposal to make up for his short comings.
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Magical views from Bernal Heights, San Francisco.
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Formerly a great local Italian deli. Now permanently closed and much missed.
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Lovely woods, easy hiking, well-marked trails. Great for families.
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Top notch gastropub fare. Excellent service. Family-friendly. Would come again.
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Superb high end bike shop specializing in sleek European electric bikes and their accoutrement. Behind the retail front end is a full service mechanics' shop, good for fixing regular or electric bike woes. Staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about everything to do with e-bikes--- the family that runs the shop are true pioneers and evangelists for e-biking. In short, this is the place to go for all things e-bike in San Francisco.
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