Wikileaks Releases Santa Emails

– JCwire: New York City, NY Only a few months after revealing thousands of compromising emails from the Democratic National Committee, WikiLeaks has released lists of highly confidential information from above the Arctic Circle. Millions of names, along with addresses and behavioral reports, were sent to the New York Times. … … more …

Wikileaks Reveals Santa-NSA Connection

[wikileaks headquarters] JCwire Washington, D.C. Information provider Wikileaks today released documents implicating Santa Claus, aka St. Nicholas, of collaborating with the NSA regarding millions of American behavioral records. The data was said to be far more specific than the “Naughty or Nice” lists believed to be tracked by Santa and … … more …

Girlfriends & Generalizations

He was taking a break, smoking a cigarette outside the tattoo parlor. I guessed he was one of the practicing artists, given his position and the number of tattoos on his head – and face! They came up his neck and onto his cheek: not just designs, but full facial … … more …

Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Claus

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me. I mean, I studied Spanish in High School. I married a Cuban. I conversed with “mi suegra” – my mother-in-law – who spoke no English. Lived in San Francisco, and San Mateo; worked in Santa Clara. “San” … “Santa” … it … … more …

Chocklee! Your Smile Awaits You!

Feeling drab? Somber? As if life is overwhelming? It’s time for Chocklee! – a mild mood enhancer approved by the FDA. Numerous studies over decades have shown that occasional use of Chocklee (also known by the brand name Hershey’s Chocolate) elevates one’s mood, calms nerves, decreases anxiety, and enhances one’s … … more …

Amish Wisdom

  Visiting an Amish farm, riding on a flatbed wagon with metal wheels and three horses up front, I talked with my hosts – themselves guest helpers from another Amish farm not far away. They came to help Levi harvest his corn, lending wagons and young men for two or … … more …

The Crash is Imminent

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It was not the economic data that clued me into the imminent crash. That was still upbeat: record highs in the market, luxury car and SUV sales booming, start-ups frothing in San Francisco. It was the menu that tipped me off. Early Fall is the best season in San Francisco: … … more …

The Undervaluation of Eccentricity

Praise abounds regarding the value of diversity, at least outside primitive enclaves such as Iraq and Myanmar where religious opposition becomes sanctified. In our own country, Republicans would be challenged to come up with more original disasters a la George W. Bush were it not for the Democratic targets that … … more …

EN-CHANCING TRANSMEDIA

Skipping down the escalator at Montgomery BART station, I saw people below moving toward the siding. The train must be already there. I descended even faster, catching the train in partial view to my left. A door was open. Touching down on the platform, I turned immediately left and went … … more …

Social Beings

I treated myself to breakfast out today.  Just eggs, toast and hashbrowns on the daily special menu at El Rancho.  I reserved my coffee expenditure for a latte at Peets.  Did some quick shopping at the adjacent Safeway. On the way home, I stopped at O’Reilly’s to inquire about car … … more …