Category: Off Topic

GI Coffeehouses Recalled

 The New York Times has published an op-ed piece by historian David Parsons about the coffeehouses started near US bases during the War in Vietnam. Parsons had interviewed me and I must have been the source of the details he got wrong. (He got the big picture right.) His piece is indented below, with my comments. —Fred Gardner In the summer of 1967, Fred Gardner arrived in San Francisco with the Vietnam War weighing heavily on his mind. Gardner was 25 years old, a Harvard graduate and a freelance journalist for a number of major publications. He was attracted to Northern California’s...

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You asked good questions, Mr. President

Donald Trump is a New York City real estate developer getting OJT as he conducts international affairs. He asked some experienced politicians why people from Haiti and Africa are desperate to emigrate North and why the US should let them in. Disapproval erupted when the media learned he had used the term “shithole countries.” Focus was on his crude language; the crucial questions he posed were ignored. We’re here to help, Mr. President: People are fleeing lands that “we” —the United States and European powers— have robbed of their natural resources and where “we” have installed corrupt regimes that...

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Glantz Denies Harassment Claim

By Laura Waxmann of the SF Examiner: In a statement posted Thursday to UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research Education website, Stanton Glantz, the center’s director, said he denies “every claim reported to be included in this lawsuit.” In the lawsuit filed with San Francisco Superior Court, Eunice Neeley, who for two years worked as a doctoral researcher at the center, claimed that her former advisor “leered at her breasts” and consistently stared at her body inappropriately, made sexual and racist remarks at the workplace, and used his tenure with the university to intimidate students. Glantz’s tobacco control advocacy...

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Ranking the Sycophants

Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle got an idea for his Thanksgiving Day column when Draymond Green told a Harvard audience that the word “owner” rubbed him and many other people the wrong way. Green was giving out some good p.r. advice, but Ostler evidently thought he was being uppity, trespassing on his realm (words and politics). The page-wide photo above Ostler’s column  shows Warriors’ co-owner Joe Lacob explaining basketball —or is it horseback riding?— to Stephen Curry, who displays affectionate appreciation. Ostler describes the Warriors as “Lacob’s machine,” adding “No other team in sports has more heart and intelligence...

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