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Far beyond being insubordinate, the military leader seemed to not grasp the consequences of his desired strategy
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Huh, #TIL...
Marshall and Vandenberg and Bradley, thats pretty damning..
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Just ask Tom Hanks’s terrified mom
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During all my years in Asia I constantly grappled with the perniciousness of poverty. Yet somehow I was unprepared for the scale and severity of homelessness in San Francisco.

The juxtaposition of the silent whir of sleek Tesla electric vehicles, with the outbursts of the mentally ill on the sidewalks. Destitution clashing with high technology. Well-dressed tourists sharing the pavement with vaguely human forms inside cardboard boxes.
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After 27 years reporting abroad, I rediscovered a land of sustainable pot, sleek Teslas and easy credit.
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One part of their ecosystem document caught my eye – it’s like a small “chaos monkey” for protocols, where their server intentionally sends out a small subset of responses with various forms of protocol error[.]

The fascinating thing about this is that it’s a complete reversal of the ancient Postel’s Law regarding internet protocols[.]
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Google have just published the draft spec for a protocol called Roughtime, which allows clients to determine the time to within the nearest 10 seconds or so without the need for an authoritative trusted timeserver. One part of their ecosystem document caught my eye – it's like a small “chaos ...
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So, I've seen times when this would have been a good idea... but I think it is extremely situational.

For well understood protocol, or talking to a single source, this is fine. For dealing with users, or, um, smtp, well, you better be a bit more generous.
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And five other ideas I use to interpret campaign coverage this year. donald-trump-trolled-by-graphics-chyron-aal. On the eve of the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I thought I would write down some of the precepts and maxims I have used to understand press behavior during ...
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In 2011 [Palo Alto] residents passed a measure with 65% of the vote to take 10 acres of city parkland and turn it into a composting facility. If my math is right, that’s enough room for 80 “affordable” homes. Sounds like Palo Alto has room but chooses not to make it available for anyone else. It’s not exactly NIMBY—Not In My Back Yard. But maybe IGMYOOL—I Got Mine, You’re Out Of Luck.
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Andy Kessler writes about the housing bubble in Palo Alto—and how its local government is responding.
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That's all baylands next to the airport. I'm not sure it would be suitable for housing. And it's helping get to zero waste in PA. It's a good argument idea, but the wrong one to pick on. Better to focus on what gets allowed to be built, and why downtown can keep adding office space, but not residential space.
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Of all the prizes bestowed on “Hamilton,” its greatest might be the one it cast for itself.
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I don't like how it was written, but its probably a good thing for theater. Well, at least for the elite of theater actors who happen to live in NYC and London....
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Through Trump Hotels, the GOP nominee secretly conducted business in Cuba, ignoring American laws. Later, he falsely told Cuban-American voters he would never spend money on the island so long as Fidel Castro remains in power.
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The vanquished 2016 contender was renting his valuable email list to the GOP nominee for months.
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The key to success for Clinton is to [...] work on a goal that is more modest, more obtainable, and fundamentally more important [than "demolishing" Trump once and for all]: talk about herself and cast a positive light on her vision for the country. Take a shot or two at Trump, of course, and arrive with a canned zinger or three ready to unleash at an opportune moment.

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It’s a unique moment when the cameras will be pointed at Clinton and the American people will be watching regardless of what she talks about. She ought to talk about what she talks about best — her earnest, somewhat dull, very diligent policy ideas for ameliorating concrete problems in the lives of the American people.
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Forget destroying Trump — she should talk about herself and her vision.
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Um no? She needs to sell at least a mildly uplifting plan for the country. Hope is, in fact, a strategy.
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On Monday, the California Legislative Analyst's Office released a delightfully graphical report that shows how Prop 13 has shaped life in California over the last 40 years, helping to enrich one generation in homeownership and impoverish the next in overpriced rental housing.

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That amounts to a giant, rent-control-sized subsidy to Californians who bought their homes a long time ago. (It's particularly sweet for Californians with big, expensive houses. Tax relief from Prop 13 aligns almost perfectly with household income.) It's one reason why the proportion of the state's properties that change hands each year fell from 16 percent in 1977 to under 6 in 2014. It's a seller's market.
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This week’s insane California housing anecdote comes from David Garczynski, whowrites in Salon of the time he shared an overstuffed San Francisco Airbn ...
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