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Calendar, Night&Day Scammers' Secrets

Scammers' Secrets

Cons, Scams, and Undue Influence are everywhere, according to Patrick O'Reilly, a clinical psychologist and professor at UCSF. From Bernie Madoff-style investment schemes, to well-timed phone calls to elderly grandmothers and raggedy folks on the corner with three playing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Epic Betrayal

Epic Betrayal

White-collar criminal Bernie Madoff isn’t a particularly unattractive man. We might put him in a lineup with Joe Biden (he’s our current vice president, by the way), Tim Allen, or Jim Be-lushi. But have you heard who’ll play Madoff —…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: How S.F. fooled credit-rating agencies

The major credit agencies recently came to San Francisco to evaluate it. What evidence did the city put forward that its credit rating should be raised? • Gavin Newsom is going away in the near future • Our houses are…
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Culture, Stagecap

Theater Review: "John Gabriel Borkman" at Aurora Theatre

Be warned: The symmetry of the Bernie Madoff scandal, a selling point in Aurora's John Gabriel Borkman marketing push, is rather a red herring. Yes, the titular figure in Henrik Ibsen's 1896 play is a bank manager whose speculations with…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Stands for NYNNYE, You Ninny

It Stands for NYNNYE, You Ninny

Next year is sure to be stranger than 2009, which makes it only fitting to ring the thing in with performances by three unconventional comics. Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve, dreamed up by San Francisco comedian Jill Bourque —…
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Film, It's hard to stay mad at surprise Oscar winner <i>Departures</i>

It's hard to stay mad at surprise Oscar winner Departures

The stately Japanese movie Departures comes into theaters trailing some justified ill will for having trounced the critical favorite, Israel's Waltz With Bashir, for Best Foreign Film at last year's Academy Awards. It's not hard to fathom what Academy voters,…
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