Art

SF art

May 28

“According to Uber, the median wage for an UberX driver working at least 40 hours a week in New York City is $90,766 a year. In San Francisco, the median wage for an UberX driver working at least 40 hours a week is $74,191.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/05/27/ubers-remarkable-growth-could-end-the-era-of-poorly-paid-cab-drivers/
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a new educational reform that may close up to 70% of private schools http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2014/05/680-579592-9-conacep-dice-que-reforma-provocara-cierre-del-70-de-los-colegios.shtml
Incredible profile of Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest national park ranger in the United States. “When I was 85, I became a full-time ranger.” http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/5076-the-oldest-national-park-ranger-on-being-black-in-the-bay-area
The suburbs were white only, but we didn’t accept that. We thought we had a perfect right to live where we wanted to. We got an architect who saw no reason why he shouldn’t design a house for us and a white person purchased the lot for us, believing that once we got the house built it would be all right. We soon began receiving threats.
[The firm] agreed to pay one of the highest amounts ever to rent San Francisco office space. Norwest is paying an average rent of about $117 a square foot over its five-year term, according to people familiar with the matter. That is just shy of the record $117.50 a square foot set in 2001 when Lehman Brothers leased 30,000 square feet in the Bank of America Center tower, according to brokerage Cushman & Wakefield. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304811904579588310059513506
Standing in front of a profane backdrop created by her own campaign, an emotional Annette Bosworth condemned criticism of her, blasted the media, addressed her alleged scandals and even issued a book recommendation in a free-wheeling news conference Tuesday. http://www.argusleader.com/story/davidmontgomery/2014/05/27/bosworth-press-conference/9631339/
The stated purpose of the event was to condemn “hateful” and “hurtful” abuse Bosworth said she has suffered as a U.S. Senate candidate, primarily in the comment sections of blogs and media outlets.
Her campaign staff papered the room with dozens of large Bosworth campaign signs spraypainted with slurs she said had been aimed at her. The obscenities surrounding Bosworth during her announcement led her to warn that minors wouldn’t be allowed into the event.
“Right to care does not mean access to treatment,†he says. “Tens of millions of people who did not have insurance coverage may now be prompted to seek mental health treatment. And the capacity just isn’t there to treat them. … There really is no mental health system in the US.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/27/-sp-americas-mental-health-care-system-crisis

May 26

A mysterious liquid is seeping from a crypt in Cullman, causing concerns for residents and those who keep the cemetery grounds. http://www.myfoxal.com/story/25593372/mystery-liquid-seeps-from-cullman-crypt
In 1976, then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was a comic book villain … Kissinger was featured in a Fantastic Four comic that year — and he sided with the bad guys. http://vox.com/e/5502969
It won’t solve all of our problems with violence, not by a long shot. But it’s a start: Shut down the pump. (Hullaballoo)
they didn’t need to cure the disease to end the epidemic. What ended it was shutting down the pump. … The lesson is this: End the epidemic and then we can — and must — talk about root causes and mental health facilities and our violent culture. But first things first — shut down the damned pump.
[Chilean] Artist named Fried Potatoes removed tuition contracts he says were worth up to $500m from private university and burned them. (Guardian)
For a whole year, a Chilean artist using the name Fried Potatoes (Papas Fritas) planned his revenge. Saying he was collecting material for an art project, the 31-year-old visual artist sneaked into a vault at a notorious private, run-for-profit university and quietly removed tuition contracts.
Fried Potatoes – whose real name is Francisco Tapia – then burned the documents, rendering it nearly impossible for the Universidad del Mar to call in its debt – which he claimed was worth as much as $500m (£297m). “It’s over. You are all free of debt,” he said in a five-minute video released earlier this month. Speaking to former students, he added: “You don’t have to pay a penny.”
At the outset of the midterm-election season, McConnell vowed to oppose all tea-party candidates, telling the New York Times in March that “we are going to crush them everywhereâ€; now, McConnell will attend a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for the Nebraska nominee. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/378746/thaw-continues-sasse-mcconnell-have-warm-meeting-eliana-johnson
“Sensing trouble ahead for Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) “took the unusual step Friday of asking a federal judge to immediately block her own decision if she does strike down the ban. Also Friday,” Gov. Scott Walker (R) “backed away from his previous support for the state ban on gay marriage passed in 2006, saying he didn’t know if it violated the U.S. Constitution, would still be approved by voters today or would amount to a big change for the state’s values and economy if overturned.” http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/van-hollen-braces-for-judge-to-toss-gay-marriage-ban-b99276581z1-260421611.html
The number of teachers living in San Francisco is down almost 75-percent from a year ago, according to Teacher’s Union Chief Dennis Kelley. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/27/teachers-being-priced-out-of-san-franciscos-booming-real-estate-market/

May 21

Chinese billionaire launches electric car company competing w/ Tesla “I’ll burn as much cash as it takes to succeed.†(http://t.co/ra2tVE5il4)
FBI reverses no-recording policy for interrogations (HuffPost)
“Let’s, like, demolish laundry” (NY Mag)
Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s move to designate nearly 500,000 acres of land in New Mexico as a national monument could undermine security along the southern border – an argument disputed by the agency that oversees border security. (Politico)
How bakery chains Cinnabon and Panera Bread and cosmetics retailer Lush regulate smells in stores to get customers to spend more. (WSJ)
Two years ago, during tests of the “Pizzabon,” Cinnabon experienced “the most dramatic, worst-case scenario” of what happens when scents compete, says Jennifer Holwill, director of research and development for the company.

May 20

The Wolf of Wall Street just had his best year ever… Jordan Belfort will repay the victims of his securities fraud with proceeds from his book and speaking tour. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-19/wolf-of-wall-street-belfort-sees-pay-top-100-million-this-year.html
Google decided that MeFi is a spam farm, and now they have to lay off three moderators, traffic is tanking, throwing the future of the whole site is in grave doubt. http://www.theawl.com/2014/05/the-new-internet-gods-have-no-mercy
Donna J. Wan is a Bay Area photographer whose “Death Wooed Us” project catalogues places where people have taken their own lives and the views that may have been the last things these people saw (thebolditalic)
“My Gold” (Esquire)
And, when I’m down there, and I uncover and I see the gold, I do a second look, and I always turn around like, ‘Did you see this???’ And there’s never anybody there.
What if you could read the notes of your therapist? (WaPo)
The North Carolina GOP wants to jail anyone who discloses fracking chemicals (@motherjones)

May 19

Study Links Growth in Student Debt to Pay for University Presidents (NYT)
In other words, for everyone who says we need to run higher education like a corporation, that’s exactly what’s happening. (Loomis)
Income inequality on par with developing nations (SF Chronicle)
The middle class – or those earning between 50 and 150 percent of the city’s median household income of $72,500 – has shrunk from 45 percent of the city’s population in 1990 to 34 percent in 2012. Both ends of the spectrum have grown.
Canines’ Cancer-Sniffing Snouts Showing 90%-Plus Accuracy (Bloomberg)
Actor Makes a Living Getting Killed by Samurai (WSJ)

[Mr. Fukumoto] … said dying dramatically doesn’t require daily workout routines or grueling practice sessions, just careful attention to the craft of the kirareyaku, which literally means “the role of being slashed.”
In early days, he studied the falling techniques of Charlie Chaplin in films and used them as an inspiration for his moves. Over the years he discovered a variety of ways to get killed; in some scenes he would roll his eyes, fall on his knees and go quietly. In another, he would opt to release a screech as blood gushes out of his wounds.
Industry lore holds that Mr. Fukumoto has been killed 50,000 times on screen, a figure he said was probably an exaggeration.

Bay To Breakers 2014: Naked Man Reportedly Hops Fence, Taunts Bison In Golden Gate Park (SFist)
In attendance at B2B, but I cannot verify that this happened.
Who Gets to Graduate? (NYT)
About a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to collect a bachelor’s degree by age 24, while almost 90 percent of freshmen born into families in the top income quartile will go on to finish their degree.
Mysterious elephant appears on Pinellas beach (Pinellas)
Billionaire is known for his disruptive philosophy (SFGate)
Khosla is an environmentalist who hates the Prius, a venture capitalist who hates venture capitalists, a political donor who in 2012 gave to both Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama.

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…
For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)
The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.
For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…
For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)
The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.
For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 18

California politics…

For someone who cried — relative — poverty when he talked about entering the race for governor last year, Republican Neel Kashkari must be digging deep under the seat cushions to find money for his campaign.
The former Treasury official dropped another $1 million into his campaign Friday, bringing his total to a cool $2 million in the past week or so. And there’s still time to write more checks before the June 3 primary.
In a November interview with The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, Kashkari waved aside any suggestion that he would self finance his run for governor, saying he just didn’t have the resources to follow the my-own-cash-on-the-barrelhead example of fellow Republicans Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine. (NYT)

The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times by Compdata Surveys: $584,000 on average for an insurance chief executive officer, $386,000 for a hospital C.E.O. and $237,000 for a hospital administrator, compared with $306,000 for a surgeon and $185,000 for a general doctor.


For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot. (Outside)

Unearthed: May 16, 2014

Grey wolf appears in Iowa for first time in 89 years – and is shot dead
@CityLab: All things urban, from The Atlantic.
New, stunning photos of the Mount St. Helens eruption along with a great story.
The Revival of Camden, New Jersey Through Little League Baseball
Hikers Spread Democracy in India
Some great work by friends of mine:
How Technology Could Threaten Deaf Identity: When cochlear implants are no longer visible, the solidarity of a deaf community may be lost. – Patrick deHahn – The Atlantic
European Union 2014: Another Chapter in the “Dis-integration” of the EU? – John Sydney Hopkins in the HuffPost @theworldpost
5 Things I Learned From Jill Abramson Getting Fired From the New York Times – Holly Epstein Ojalvo for @HuffPostMedia

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