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Pan-Mass Challenge for Dana Farber Cancer Center

I don't know how I let a buddy of mine rope me into this, but I'm aiming for 165 miles in two days:


Was McCain trying to suggest the "Seth Richards" conspiracy theory?

In the effort to figure out just WTF Gramps was on about during his mini-stroke, it dawned on me...

Was he trying to resuscitate the Seth Richards conspiracy theory?

McCain loses Clue with "It was Hillary Clinton, in the pizza parlor, with an email server!"

Bold Prediction - Trump hasn't yet done the thing for which he will be impeached

I'm willing to bet that boy has deeper levels of stupid than we've seen thus far.

Ghost Ship: authorities arrest two in deadly fire that killed 36

Source: SFGate

Two proprietors of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland where 36 people died in a fire in December were arrested Monday morning and face criminal charges related to the deadly blaze, a source familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle.

Master tenant Derick Almena and the art spaceís creative director Max Harris were arrested in counties outside the Bay Area on suspicion of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, the source said.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ghost-Ship-authorities-arrest-two-in-deadly-fire-11196787.php

I got it! - Trump's Plan To Get Mexico To Pay for the Wall

I think I have this figured out... it just hit me...

Step 1 -

First, he tells them, "Okay, look, we'll keep NAFTA, but you gotta do one thing." He tells them that he'll authorize bonds, exclusive high interest bonds, just to Mexico, to finance the wall. These bonds are so good, let me tell you. They are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States just like Treasury bonds, but much, much better terms. Higher rates, earlier maturation, you name it. These are GREAT bonds. And look, he can say, "You don't even have to like me, and you might think I'll be impeached or whatever. You don't have to like me. These bonds, once they are issued by the US Treasury are Constitutionally guaranteed. Now, they can throw me out the very next week, but you'll have these bonds, and no matter what, the US Treasury HAS to honor them, no matter what. And, look, maybe we'll be the next Argentina, but the court is still going to order these bonds be paid."

Step 2 -

The Mexican say, yeah, well, the guy's a complete asshole, but he's right about these bonds. So Mexico gathers every cent they can muster, and then they offer subsidiary deals to attract foreign capital, so they can monetize the difference between their exclusive deal on these bonds and whatever they offer other investors.

They get the money together and finance the biggest, bestest, most beautiful wall in the world. Believe me. Everyone will love it, and say, "What a wonderful, beautiful wall."

Step 3 -

The minute the last piece of that wall is finished, we default on the bonds. Zip, zilch, zero, nuthin. We don't pay 'em. The Mexicans get squeezed by their creditors in turn and, hey, maybe we make a deal for pennies on the dollar with them.

But otherwise, fuck it. We don't pay it. And they can't touch us because WE GOT A WALL, AND THEY PAID FOR IT!!!!


Think about it. This is how he built damn near everything else.

Does the GOP health bill eliminate the Death Panels?

And, if not, why not?

As I recall, they particularly disliked the Death Panels, but I haven't heard anything about getting rid of them.

Someone should ask them "Which section of the bill eliminates the Death Panels?"

And if they don't have an answer, ask them why they aren't getting rid of them.

In what other sport would this be a key moment?

Tom Dumolin's lead in the Giro d'Italia went from more than two minutes to 31 seconds over Nairo Quintana on yesterday's queen stage of the Giro....

"Terrorism Is Mass Murder With A Media Strategy"

Good piece from Buzzfeed:


"ISIS has a media strategy, and unfortunately, it is aimed exactly at generating this type of coverage. In fact, this media strategy is instinctively shared with other sensational mass killers ó school shooters, white-supremacist terrorists, and others. They crave the distorted infamy they hope they will get after their death; they carefully prepare manifestos they hope will be published; they record videos they hope will be played on loop on cable TV.


We donít have to do this. We can give such news incidents the coverage they deserve, somber and proportional, while respecting and embracing the victims. We have examples of such media restraint: In the '80s, the world went through suicide clusters that spread via mass media. In the aftermath, the CDC developed sensible guidelines for media coverage of especially young suicides: Donít romanticize it; donít say they are now in a better place; emphasize that help is available and describe how; do not describe the method of suicide (practical ideation increases the odds of re-creation); do not create overexposure. Media followed these sensible guidelines, and indeed dampened the suicide contagion.

We can and should do this for terrorism and mass shootings. The guidelines won't be the same, but the outlines are clear. Don't go into loop mode. Mention names of killers sparingly. Avoid their photos, manifestos, and coverage they left behind for us except in brief mentions. Don't overreact. Report news when there is news. Don't retraumatize victims.


There is a better way: Letís kick off the murderers from the producer seat. Letís deprive them of our attention on their terms. Letís embrace the victims, and their families, across the globe, not just here but also over there. Donít splash the names and faces of the killers on TV; donít repeat their manifestos on loop. Each death is horrible, but that isnít a reason to exaggerate the power or the reach of the killers."

Clients Who Follow Instructions Poorly

Any lawyer will appreciate the problems of counseling a client on what, if any, statements to make.

"Okay, now, look, they might turn up evidence of collusion between your campaign and the Russians. So, in order to be able to act surprised and betrayed later on if that evidence turns up, I want you to make sure that any denials you make on the subject of collusion are just about yourself. You need to isolate yourself from anyone in the campaign for whom there is evidence of collusion Be sure to say that you didn't collude with the Russians, but don't take the rap for anyone else. You got that?"




ďThe entire thing has been a witch hunt,Ē Mr. Trump said. ďThereís no collusion between, certainly, myself and my campaign ó but I can only speak for myself ó and the Russians ó zero.Ē

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