January 14, 2012

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January 14, 2012

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January 12, 2012

Herman Cain 2012: Why He Ran The Worst Campaign of any Republican Candidate

Politicians are not a popular bunch these days. According to Gallup, the nation’s most referenced pollsters of all things “human nature and behavior for more than 75 years,” President Obama currently has a 46% approval rating. That’s dangerously close to the average approval rating of fellow Nobel Prize recipient Jimmy Carter who, in 1981, was sent back to the peanut farm after only one term in office.

Congress, meanwhile, is in poor standing with the American public, even by congressional standards. According to Gallup the average job approval rating for congress since 1974 has been 34%. Today it is a record low 11%.

With an economy that can’t seem to get rolling and elected officials on both sides of the aisle that seem unable and unwilling to cure the nation’s ills; it’s easy to see why Americans have lost faith in their politicians.

With that back drop, enter Herman Cain with, as one New York Times writer described it, his “golden voice and folksy manner.”

A virtual nobody when he began campaigning for the Republican Party’s nomination in April 2011, Cain used his credentials as a self-made man and that same “folksy manner” as a catapult to the head of the polls. By the end of September he had won a Florida Straw Poll, and suddenly the Washington outsider looked like a serious contender for the GOP nod.

But September, as it tends to do, turned unsympathetically into October, the month of witches, monsters and ghosts, and one whopper of a ghost emerged from Herman Cain’s past in the scariest of forms-sexual harassment allegations.

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January 12, 2012

Playing With a Broken Controller: What Video Games Teach Us about Unemployment

No matter his age, a man needs something to read when he is sitting on the toilet.

At least that’s what I told my girlfriend when, the other day, she caught me sneaking into the bathroom with my laptop.

While I was sitting in there I opened up a quote by E.B. White.

E.B. White, of course, authored the elementary school standard, Charlotte’s Web.

Not to be confused with the movie Babe. Which Wikipedia says beat out Apollo 13 for the best visual effects Oscar in 1995? No kidding.

White also coauthored the English language equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book, which American college freshman will recognize as The Elements of Style.

Anyway, what White said was, “The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.”

I would counter with the time not to become someone’s child is 22 years before a global recession, as shown by a 2010 study by the International Labor Organization.

“The classic premise that youth are more vulnerable to economic shocks” is true the ILO said, and “young people are the ‘first out’ and ‘last in’ during times of economic recession.”

In the year since that report was first published things have hardly improved at all. Global youth unemployment has stalled at 12.6 percent. That’s roughly 74.6 million people, aged 15 to 24, all over the world, with no j-o-b.

In the United States alone the number of unemployed youth, as of July 2011, was 4.1 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from 4.4 million a year ago.

Though the numbers suggest things are improving, the rate of recovery seems a snail’s pace.

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June 12, 2011

President Obama Visits San Francisco

        Only the city of San Francisco could make the President blush.

        Like last Wednesday at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, where President Barack Obama addressed over 2,000 supporters in an effort to raise money and momentum going into the 2012 presidential campaign.

        “I’m a few years older, a few years grayer,” President Obama said during his speech. “That’s all right, you still fine!” a woman shouted from the back of the auditorium.

        President Obama paused. A smile crept onto his face. He cleared his throat and regained his focus, and went on with the speech, visibly flattered by the comment.

        That scene reflected the relaxed and personal atmosphere of the president’s speech.

        Ruth Hammons, a 1955 graduate of San Francisco State University said, “It felt like he was at home. It felt like he is what we need.”

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June 12, 2011

Could Social Networks be Disconnecting College Students From Jobs?

When it comes to social networks, Katie Fendick is “always plugged in.”

“It’s a way to stay in touch with people, or stay in touch with the world around you,” she says.

Fendick, 21, is a graphic design major. She transferred recently from the University of San Francisco to City College of San Francisco. Brown hair, a taste for spicy tuna, and a tendency to dote on her cat are just a few of her characteristics, and they are neither more or less distinguishing than her ability to use social networks. That, too, comes naturally to her.

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November 2, 2010

San Francisco Riot Sets Twitter On Fire

“Using Twitter to track a rioting city. Traditional media just died,” posted emilyhku to Twitter following the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, using the hash tag “sfriot”. This witty musing on the nature of the ever changing American media landscape however came just 5 minutes after sac news wire Tweeted that “multiple people [were] struck by gun fire,” reflecting the theme among the voices pulsating from The City of San Francisco police Scanner, made available by Itunes, as down town San Francisco was speckled with riots last night.

Although Twitter has emerged as an up to the second news source in the age of new, or digital media, hailed by many as the key to future “citizen journalism,” the difference in the comments via Twitter and the comments made by SFPD during “the riot” shows disconnect between the events that transpired and the reporting done online. Continue reading

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November 1, 2010

The Sage of CNN Visits USF

Larry Woods is a delightful old man full of insight and experience. He speaks with the charming southern drawl reserved for a character in a John Ford film. His droopy and bespectacled eyes show the sweetness of age like ripe California grapes.
Larry Woods is likeable. Simple as that. But God Almighty is he a show off.
Like the time he gave Hunter S. Thompson a rifle lesson on the gonzo journalists own property.
Thompson woke up kinda late; around three in the afternoon, as woods says he would often do during the interview. Holding a jug of scotch on his right shoulder and a rifle in his left hand, Thompson asked Woods if he felt like shooting.

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November 1, 2010

Wanna See My Silly Band?

        When I was 15 years old, Lance Armstrong was arguably the most popular athlete in the world. This was only partly due to the fact he had won four straight Tour De France Championships and more to do with the thick yellow bands made by Nike with the word Livestrong etched on one side. A campaign as much for cancer awareness as it was for Armstrong, sort of a masculine counterpart to the pink ribbon.

        At the time I was playing AAU basketball with the Albany City Rocks, the only travel basketball team in upstate New York sponsored by Nike. The shoe company gave us sneakers, bags, and tee shirts to wear on our trips to tournaments and while in Orlando, Florida, for the AAU national tournament, our coach bought everyone on the team a yellow Livestrong band. Continue reading