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Monday, July 18, 2016

John McAfee Brings Guns to Bitcoin Fight in SF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 12:15 PM

In Scott McKenzie’s famous song about this famous city, he tells visitors they’re “gonna meet some gentle people” in San Francisco. Apparently John McAfee doesn’t believe him - and if he’d written the song, he probably would’ve sang something like, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to pack a few glocks in your suitcase”

In case you’re wondering, yes, we’re talking about that John McAfee. He’s the same John McAfee who lives this life and is going to do this starting tomorrow. And if you breeze through a few of those stories, you will come to find out that John McAfee doesn’t give a fuck, is still filthy rich, probably lost his marbles years ago despite still being quite brilliant, and prefers the company of firearms to blondes.

And when he’s going to San Francisco, he doesn’t mess around:

Tweeted this morning (he also pinned the tweet, showing he means business), presumably at an airport awaiting takeoff to SFO, McAfee captioned the photo thusly: “Heading to d10e in San Francisco. Bitcoin techies are dangerous folks. Can't be too safe.”

Hahaha, that John McAfee! He’s such a card, that one. Bringing guns on an airplane, to a tech conference, in San Francisco. Surely you jest. (Don’t forget which John McAfee we’re talking about.)

For those who don’t know, d10e takes place tomorrow and Wednesday. This is the fifth time it’s happened, and the conference is meant to “showcase the latest in fintech and disruptive, decentralizing technology,” like bitcoin, according to a press release. Sounds pretty boring.

So, perhaps to liven it up a bit, organizers went the extra mile. The conference will be streamed in virtual reality, which makes no sense to us, but oh well. And they got a brand name (literally!) in McAfee to speak, or shoot bullets at people. Or maybe in the air. We don’t know, they don’t know, only McAfee knows. Be warned. 
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Belligerent Laziness": Dolores Park Was a Mess Again This Morning

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Dolores Park isn't named for Mission Dolores. It's named for El Grito de Dolores, more or less the Mexican equivalent of the Boston Tea Party and the 1810 event that precipitated the Mexican War of Independence. (That's why there's a statue of Miguel Hidalgo, the priest who initiated El Grito, or "The Cry.")

Well, there's another Cry of Dolores these days and it's a little closer to the tear shed by the Native American in those Keep America Beautiful ads from the 1970s. Weekend after weekend, people just can't stop trashing Dolores Park.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM

The above is video footage captured in Dolores Park this morning, in the not-too-distant, post-Pride present, in a reality where humans have abdicated their responsibilities and where trash is the dominant life form.

Instead of green space, there is green and white and brown and glass and trash space, as far as the eye can see, in a new world order populated by beer boxes, plastic bags, and other remnants of late capitalism.

As the early morning sun lights the collection of discarded human ephemera known as trash, the only signs of life are the seagulls, who dance with delight at the bounty before them.

What's most impressive about the stupendous amount of waste left behind in Dolores Park is that it's only one day's work. Supposedly, the park was mostly clean as of Sunday morning. 

The best bit? "There are almost 30 trash cans a mere 20 yards away from this," according to the individual who shot the video.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. became vice president when then-VP Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10, 1973 following a bribery scandal. Ford became president less than a year later when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace following a number of scandals on Aug. 9, 1974.

Ford's unlikely presidency is best remembered for the time he fell down the Air Force One stairs during a diplomatic visit to Austria. In the early days of Saturday Night Live, Chevy's Chase's impression of Ford consisted of nothing more than a series of pratfalls before emerging from the stage floor with the familiar, "Live from New York..."

Ford was hardly the kind of divisive figure to inspire one potential assassin, let alone two of them. But in September 1975, Ford survived two different assassination attempts in as many weeks.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get Ready to March For … Nuclear Energy?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:21 AM

click image A real thing, Jimmy. - MARCH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HOPE
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  • A real thing, Jimmy.

If truth is stranger than fiction, it should come as no surprise that Friday marks the start of the first-ever pro-nuclear power march — probably in world history — and it all starts in San Francisco.

The March for Environmental Hope, a four-day trek from the City by the Bay to Sacramento, is being pitched as a family-friendly event — and in this case that means more than funnel cakes and bounce houses.

Organizers are hoping to tug on the collective heart strings of America by making this about the children, as in leaving them with a less-polluted Earth. And it might work.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Report: Homeless Man Killed By SFPD Was On Ground, Shot In Head

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 6:33 PM

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  • Luis Gongora's knife.
Luis Gongora, the 45-year old homeless man shot and killed by San Francisco police on April 7, was prone on the ground when he was fatally shot in the head, according to results of a private autopsy released Friday.

Gongora died from a gunshot wound to the head "fired from above," according to a claim against the city filed by his family. A claim is the precursor to a lawsuit. His family is represented by attorney John Burris, who has sued the city over several other fatal police shootings, including the Dec. 2 death of Mario Woods.

Gongora died at a homeless encampment in the Mission District, where he had allegedly lunged at officers while wielding a kitchen knife. His family's attorneys say that surveillance footage of the incident, first obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, show one of the police officers who fired a fatal shot aiming a shotgun towards the ground.

"They shot him to pieces," attorney Adante Pointer told the Guardian. "It's ridiculous."

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Ayesha Curry Was Right: Her Father Looks Nothing Like This Con Artist

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM

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  • Neither of these men look like the other.
It was a rough night all around for the Golden State Warriors and most human beings associated with the NBA's winningest team. Shoved around, swatted aside, and in every way beaten by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, Steph Curry & Co.'s woes extended to his family in the crowd. 

By now, tribal people in the Brazilian rainforest have likely sent crying Michael Jordan memes to Ayesha Curry, who angrily tweeted that the NBA Finals are rigged. (She since deleted the tweet during what turned into an illuminating discussion of who we are and what we use Twitter for.)

She also tweeted that authorities at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland had "racially profiled" her father, who was nearly arrested/had his game credentials taken away, depending on who you listen to.
Later, NBA officials told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that they had confused Ayesha's father — who no news source appears able to call by name, and nor can we — with a famous con artist... who looks very little like Ayesha Curry's father. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great: Oakland Police Sex Scandal Expands to San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM


In case you were not aware, there's near-chaos in local law enforcement in the East Bay right now.

Oakland's police chief resigned last week, and his planned replacement was shitcanned this week, all following the OPD's bungling of an sex scandal involving many officers and a woman named Celeste Guap, who was an underage prostitute when she met — and, she says, started sleeping with — the first of many police officers.

Meanwhile, OPD brass apparently knew all about it — former police Chief Sean Whent's wife supposedly received a message from Guap, according to the East Bay Express. In all, Guap claims to have had sex with two dozen police officers from five Bay Area police departments, she told the East Bay Times.

Now Guap says she had sex with San Francisco police officers as well. According to KRON-4, Guap told the television station that she hooked up with "like 2 from SF, but one was ex OPD."

Well, then.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sacramento Christian Preacher Praises Orlando Massacre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM


Sacramento's Roger Jimenez practices what he calls "red-hot preaching." The pastor of a small Baptist church in California's capital — one that began in his living room in 2010 and now attracts as many as 200 worshipers at morning services — Jimenez does not hold back in the hour-long sermons he delivers at Verity Baptist Church.

And he did not hold back on Sunday morning, a few hours after the West Coast awoke to the news that 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. had been shot to death. Jimenez seized the moment to preach some statistics from his pulpit, statistics about "sodomites" — or "homosexuals, as they call it," he said.

He didn't stop there, eventually calling for the massacre of even more gay people. And you wonder where in American society Omar Mateen got the idea that gay people were to be eradicated? Nope, no, must be Islamist in nature, only. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

After Orlando, Will The Pro-Gun Lobby Keep Using Trans People As Campaign Props? (Spoiler: Yes)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

This fall, Californians will vote on a ballot proposition that would extend the state's gun control laws. The "Safety For All" campaign would not ban guns in California — far from it — but would ban large-capacity magazines, require background checks for anyone purchasing ammunition, and require California's reported 18 million gun owners to immediately notify police if their guns are lost or stolen. Launched last fall, this campaign is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's main political effort this year.

If measures like that were in effect in Florida, Omar Mateen may have had a harder time killing 49 people, as he did early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub. But even before Mateen's massacre, LGBT people were front-and-center in this debate in California — as a reason not to extend gun control.

As you can see in the ad above, one of several paid for by the California Rifle and Pistol Association-sponsored Coalition for Civil Liberties, pro-gun groups are arguing that gun control makes LGBT people unsafe, because they will not have guns with which to defend themselves from hate crimes.

That's a specious argument even before a military-style weapon with a high-capacity magazine was used to murder a club full of LGBT people. But rather than back off on it, the pro-gun set is doubling down — and arguing further that LGBT people need guns. 

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