Jim Herlihy

International

Queen Elizabeth : In Memoriam

Sept. 9, 2022

Looking back on highlights of the Queen’s life.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International Relations

Kim Jong Un: North Korea's savvy but brutal dictator.

Aug. 28, 2022

North Korea 🇰🇵 is a hereditary, dynasty of the Kim family. The nation’s nuclear weapons and ICBMs ensure the regime’s survival.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International Relations

Russian Speakers in NATO Countries : A Red Line for Putin ?

Aug. 21, 2022

Will Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania be prey to Putin’s expansionist policies on the pretext of protecting their Russian speaking minorities ?

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International

Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan: Will she or Won't she ?

Aug. 1, 2022

Will Speaker Pelosi be the most senior elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years ? And how will Beijing respond ?

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Investments

The best and the worst US cities for first time home buyers.

July 7, 2022

Most affordable for First time homebuyers : Pittsburgh, PA. Least affordable : Los Angeles.

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Business

Tik Tok: Will Apple and Google remove the popular app from their stores ?

June 29, 2022

FCC Commissioner Carr has called on the two tech giants to drop the Tik Tok app from their stores on security grounds.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International Relations

Prisoners of Geography : 10 maps that explain everything about the world. By Tim Marshall. A Review by Jim Herlihy

June 21, 2022

A country’s physical geography still largely determines its global power and either advantages or disadvantages the geopolitical decisions of its leader.

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Science

Fusion Power Breakthrough: Clean, Limitless Power. What you need to know.

Feb. 16, 2022

Takamak reactor at JET facility in Oxfordshire makes a major advance in the field of fusion power.

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Business

Joe Rogan Spotify and Covid 19 Misinformation: What you need to know.

Feb. 3, 2022

Covid 19 misinformation on the Joe Rogan Experience has triggered a boycott by 1960s pop singers wanting their music removed from the streaming site. Is freedom of expression at stake or should Rogan steer clear of controver…

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Business

DAVOS: What you need to know.

Jan. 24, 2022

World Economic Forum annual meeting May 22-26, in Davos, Switzerland.

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News Analysis

Wildfire Arsonists: A disturbing trend ?

Oct. 15, 2021

Three recent arson cases in Northern California's forests, during our dangerous annual wildfire season, have raised the fear that deliberately set fires are on the rise and contributing to the megafires plaguing the Golden S…

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Politics

Minneapolis votes to ditch its' Police Department and Chief.

Oct. 9, 2021

Measure 2 is on the Minneapolis ballot November 2. It would remove the Police Department and Chief from the city charter. A new Department of Public Safety would be set up driven by public health considerations. Would police…

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Independent Commentary

U.S. white male life expectancy drops 2.2 years in 2020 and 2021.; 3 plus years for blacks and latinos. Why ?

Oct. 1, 2021

Covid 19 fueled a 2.2 year decrease in US white male life expectancy and over 3 years for black and latino men. That was the largest drop in 75 years. While other Western European countries saw a drop also, the US decline wa…

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Independent Commentary

Men Give Up on College: We Don't Need No Education.

Sept. 24, 2021

Male College enrolment in 2020 was 40.5% male and 59.5% female. Since the mid-1980s women have earned more bachelors degrees than men. The good news is that women have excelled in higher education. But men have become disill…

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My Hometown

And the world's most liveable city is...........

Aug. 30, 2021

The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently published The Global Liveability Index which ranks the top cities in the world by five criteria, Stability, Healthcare, Culture and Environment, Education and Infrastructure. It …

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Personalities

Elon Musk reads books: What makes him tick ?

June 11, 2021

Elon Musk is worth $152 billion, but he still finds time to read in his quest for knowledge. In today's episode we will discuss some of the books that have inspired him to reach for the stars and especially to caution us abo…

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Covid Pandemic

Working from home: You knew it was too good to last.

Feb. 27, 2021

While most of corporate America has been telecommuting to work from their homes for the last 11 months, that's about to change if Goldman Sachs' CEO David Solomon has his way. He views working from home as an aberration "tha…

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Politics

Recall Fever: I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

Feb. 21, 2021

California voters are especially testy these days as we enter our 12 th month of Covid lockdown. Not only is the Governor threatened with Recall over his handling of the crisis, but the San Francisco District Attorney is too…

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Politics

Ambassador Ric Grenell and the California Recall

Feb. 8, 2021

Ambassador Ric Grenell served as US Ambassador to Germany from 2018 to 2020. Subsequently he served as Acting Director of National Intelligence in 2020, a cabinet level post. A favorite of Donald Trump for his blunt and fort…

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Politics

Governor Newsom's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.

Feb. 6, 2021

The first week of February 2021 was not very good to the Governor of California. First, the Recall signature campaign was closing in on 1.4 million signatures with six weeks left before the deadline. Then two Republican cand…

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Independent Commentary

San Francisco Noir: America's Bad Dream

Feb. 1, 2021

San Francisco has been picked on by the East Coast press for decades. Of late, they have criticized us for our homelessness mess, high cost of housing, City Hall Corruption - I agree with them on that score - and the recent …

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Personalities

Governor George Clooney

Jan. 27, 2021

With the recall petition against Governor Gavin Newsom having reached 1,200,000 signatures and only 300,000 more valid signatures of California necessary to qualify it for the ballot could California be ready for another cel…

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Politics

A peaceful transfer of power.

Jan. 22, 2021

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. His predecessor Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony, but he left a letter of support for the incoming President in the Ov…

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Independent Commentary

Was 2020 or 1968 the worst year ever ? The Past is Prologue.

Jan. 20, 2021

As awful as 2020 has been been, 1968 was even more momentous with political assassinations, the Viet Nam War, the Prague Spring and Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia as well as major civil unrest throughout America. Amidst a…

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Politics

Militarization of Politics must Stop

Jan. 13, 2021

The Siege of the US Capitol one week ago illustrated how US politics have become militarized under Donald Trump. Militias and their members were a visible presence at the infamous rally beforehand and at the storming of the …

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International

San Francisco and Bangalore: Is India the new China ?

Jan. 10, 2021

Air India initiated a new nonstop flight from San Francisco to Bangalore - 17 hours nonstop - over the North Pole. The crew was all female, Captain, First Officer, Navigator. The new flight will link San Francisco's Silicon …

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Politics

25th Amendment: Removal of the President from Office

Jan. 7, 2021

The 25th Amendment permits the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet to declare a President unable to discharge the duties and powers of his office and replace him. Should Vice President Pence and the cabinet remove P…

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Business

The Black Swan and Predictions for 2021

Jan. 7, 2021

The Covid 19 Pandemic was a Black Swan event unleashed on the world in early 2020. A Black Swan event is an extreme outlier occurrence with a huge impact which is only explainable after the fact. Do any Black Swans lurk in …

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Lifestyle

DNA, Ancestry, Roots, Databases: The Darkside to your Christmas present.

Jan. 2, 2021

DNA genealogical testing is dominated by Ancestry.com and 23 and Me. MIT's Technology Review estimates that 26 million such test kits have been sold by these two companies. While their growth has been explosive, privacy conc…

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Lifestyle

The Relocation Dilemma: San Francisco or Houston ?

Dec. 30, 2020

In 2019 87,00 Californians relocated to Texas. And in 2020 we lost several iconic Bay Area tech companies to the Lone Star state such as Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Palantir. Podcast celebrity Joe Rogan moved to Austin and T…

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Politics

Why do US Presidents want to be Irish ?

Dec. 27, 2020

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021 he will become the 23rd President in history to have Irish roots. 50% of our Presidents have an ancestral link to Ireland - that's qui…

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Independent Commentary

Newsom Recall: Danger Signals Flash Red.

Dec. 19, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom, California's 40th Governor could be facing a recall election in the Spring of 2021 in the midst of the Pandemic. Recall signature gatherers have 850,000 of the 1,500,000 qualified signatures they need …

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Politics

Chesa Boudin : Radical Pedigree of the District Attorney

Dec. 16, 2020

Chesa Boudin, the 40 year old District Attorney of San Francisco was elected November 2019. He has spent his first 11 months in office radically transforming the criminal justice prosecution priorities for our City. But none…

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Personalities

Elon Musk gets out of Dodge: Goodbye California, Howdy Texas !

Dec. 13, 2020

As the 49 year old's net worth surged to $152 billion last week based on the success of his California companies, Tesla and SpaceEx, he announced he was decamping for Texas. Seriously ? Texas ? California has its' fair sh…

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Business

FaceBook launches a new cryptocurrency, the Diem: What could possibly go wrong ?

Dec. 10, 2020

FaceBook will launch a new cryptocurrency the Diem and a financial wallet the Novi to complement it. Target date is early 2021. It will be backed by the US dollar so it will not be digital in the way that Bitcoin is digital…

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Covid Pandemic

Anti Vaxxers fight Covid 19 vaccines.

Dec. 6, 2020

With two new vaccines and their 94% effective rates against Covid 19 pending FDA approval, light is at the end of the tunnel for the Pandemic. But will Americans accept them enthusiastically ? Or will they protest like rejec…

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Business

California Home Prices: Up, Up and Away !

Dec. 4, 2020

Not even a once in a century global pandemic seems to be able to slow down the rise in California's robust residential real estate market. The median price for a home hit $712,000 and shows little sign of slowing down. Low …

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Newsom's Choice : Kamala's Senate Seat Replacement

Nov. 30, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom will get to name a new US Senator to fill the vacancy left when Kamala Harris becomes Vice President. The Governor appears to be in no rush to name a successor. While he wants to make an historic appoin…

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Social Media

Alt Tech meets the Free Speech Network: Social Media turns right.

Nov. 25, 2020

Twitter, Facebook and the other big social media companies moved toward a curated speech, censorship model during the 2020 campaign. As a result an Alt Tech social media ecosystem has grown up emphasizing the importance of…

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Independent Commentary

JFK Conspiracies: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy ?

Nov. 21, 2020

November 22, 2020 marks 57 years since the assassination of the 35th President, John F. Kennedy. Yet key documents remain hidden from the public including 300 pages of files on George Joannides, a CIA operative who managed …

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Politics

President Kamala: Debunking a Myth

Nov. 17, 2020

A popular conspiracy theory in right wing circles is that Vice President elect Kamala Harris will soon take over from an incapacitated President elect Joe Biden. When you repeat such a theory you are giving it oxygen some ar…

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Covid Pandemic

Covid 19 Vaccine: The Cure at last ?

Nov. 10, 2020

Pfizer and its' German partner Biontech, announced on Monday November 9, 2020 that their vaccine has a 90% effectiveness rate in preventing Covid 19. This announcement is the first ray of hope that the Covid 19 pandemic whic…

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Politics

Trump’s new conspiracy theory.

Nov. 6, 2020

President Trump, in his 16 minute electoral fraud diatribe from the White House Briefing Room, Thursday November 5 has launched a Conspiracy Theory of a stolen election, before the American people and a global audience. His …

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Politics

Harry Truman's upset win in 1948

Nov. 2, 2020

72 years ago today, November 2, 1948, President Harry Truman defied all expectations and won re-election, when the national polls had him down 6.5% versus Governor Tom Dewey. His come from behind win was a shock to the natio…

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Lifestyle

Gray Wolves: Predator or Victim ?

Nov. 1, 2020

The gray wolf, one of America's iconic symbols of the Old West, is to lose its' endangered species status. The Trump Administration argues that 45 years of protection has seen its numbers grow six fold to 6000. But conservat…

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Independent Commentary

Violence Post Election: Burn Baby Burn

Oct. 28, 2020

2020 has been marked by extreme political polarization in the United States, and civilian unrest in most American cities. 56% of Americans polled expect political violence to follow the November 3rd presidential election reg…

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Politics

Gun Sales Sky Rocket as Election Approaches.

Oct. 22, 2020

Gun sales in June surged to 3.9 million weapons, an 80% increase over the same month last year. More than 20 million new firearms have been purchased in 2020, fueled by national apprehension over the pandemic, unemployment, …

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Lifestyle

Kanye West High School: San Francisco eyes re-naming its' schools.

Oct. 18, 2020

San Francisco is looking to re-name 44 of its' 114 schools. The move was prompted by a review of existing names for slavery links, genocide perpetrators, colonialists, white supremacists etc. 9 US Presidents' names would be…

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Politics

JFK and Amy Coney Barrett: No Religious Tests.

Oct. 13, 2020

JFK took on anti-Catholic bigotry upfront in the 1960 presidential campaign, speaking before a conference of Protestant Pastors in Houston, Texas, September 12 regarding his Catholic Faith. Kennedy went on to win the Presid…

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News Analysis

FBI thwarts Militia plot to kidnap Governor

Oct. 11, 2020

The Wolverine Watchmen, a Michigan based militia group, plotted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, try her for treason, storm the State Capitol in Lansing with 200 men and foment a civil war. The FBI arrested the 13 plott…

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Politics

Kamala Harris versus Mike Pence - Urban Prosecutor confronts Evangelical radio host.

Oct. 7, 2020

Wednesday night's VP debate was more anticipated than past vice presidential meet ups for a host of reasons. After last week's acrimonious shouting match that was disastrous for both Biden and Trump, Mike Pence had to stead…

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Independent Commentary

California's Wildfire Apocalypse: a Moonshot Solution

Oct. 5, 2020

The quickening pace of the destruction of California's forests by wildfire is staggering. In the last 3 months four million acres of our 33 million acres of forest have burned. That's 12%. From 2000 to 2019 4 million acres b…

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News Analysis

Proud Boys: Stand Back, Stand By

Oct. 3, 2020

Who are the Proud Boys and why did Joe Biden and Chris Wallace give them oxygen at the Presidential debate ? A right wing group the Anti-Defamation League calls Alt-Lite, with a Disney film inspired name wasn't deserving of …

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Book Reviews

Deceit and Dirty Money an interview with author Jim Herlihy

Sept. 29, 2020

Deceit and Dirty Money is Jim Herlihy's debut novel written in the late 1990's - a simpler and gentler time before 911, Global financial crises, cell phones, the internet and electric cars. Set in San Francisco, this financi…

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Lifestyle

California Dreamin' or California Leavin' : A new Exodus

Sept. 27, 2020

California experienced its' smallest net population growth in 2019 - 87,000 or 0.2%, the smallest net increase since 1900. The 2020 net increase is likely to be even smaller. Are the unaffordable housing costs, high taxes a…

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Independent Commentary

San Francisco's Deathly Compassion.

Sept. 20, 2020

San Francisco's homeless population numbers approximately 24,000. It breaks down into three discrete segments, namely one third mentally ill, one third economic casualties and one third drug users and addicts. Today's podcas…

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Lifestyle

California's Wildfires: a Pathway to Redemption. Who Knew ?

Sept. 12, 2020

The 3700 California prison inmates who volunteer to be firefighters as we wage war on the Wildfires, will be eligible to have their records expunged as a result of their service. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the legislation…

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Lifestyle

Orange Skies and Poison Air: California in Flames.

Sept. 11, 2020

San Francisco's skies turned the color of Irish Single Malt Whiskey, even down to that hint of smokiness on Wednesday morning. The deep orange/amber twilight persisted most of Wednesday forcing everyone to turn on their head…

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Politics

Police Chiefs continue to resign across the nation.

Sept. 9, 2020

Over the last 6 weeks, five major police departments have lost their Chiefs, in large measure because of a breakdown of trust between the Mayor and Chief. Most police chiefs serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and their ongo…

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Independent Commentary

The Pacific North West: a center of Hate ?

Sept. 7, 2020

The recent murder of right wing Patriot Prayer member Jay Danielson by Antifa activist Michael Reinoehl on the streets of Portland, was a dangerous escalation in the street protests of this Summer. Reinoehl was subsequently …

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News Analysis

Antifa member Michael Reinoehl killed in a gunfight with US Marshals

Sept. 4, 2020

Michael Reinoehl, the confessed murderer of Patriot Prayer member Aaorn Jay Danielson, in Portland Saturday, August 29, has died in a gunfight with a law enforcement Task Force led by US Marhalls, close to Olympia, Washingto…

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News Analysis

Antifa murders Patriot Prayer in Portland: an ominous start to the Presidential campaign.

Sept. 1, 2020

Aaron Danielson a 39 year old Trump supporter and Patriot Prayer was shot and killed by Michael Reinoehl, 48, years old and a self described 100% Antifa follower. The killing brings into sharp contrast the ideological battl…

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News Analysis

Wine Country Wildfires: the ungovernable State of California

Aug. 30, 2020

11,000 dry lightning strikes hit the Golden State overnight August 16 and 17, igniting 347 wildfires. Here in Wine Country, 50 miles North of San Francisco, the fires continue to burn two weeks later, sending massive columns…

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Politics

Kamala Harris and Conspiracy Theories

Aug. 22, 2020

Kamala Harris and Facebook. 4 conspiracy theories quickly emerged after her selection. In today’s episode we will look at each one, and while trying not to give them oxygen, debunk them --- Send in a voice message: https://a…

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Covid Pandemic

If we knew then what we know now about Covid 19.

Aug. 20, 2020

6 months into the pandemic,transmission rates are dropping and our changed behaviors wearing masks and socially distancing are making a difference. But the Fog of War on Covid 19 at least initially meant that many mistakes w…

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Politics

Edwin Ramos: Kamala Harris’ Willie Horton ?

Aug. 16, 2020

An illegal alien felon shot and killed a father and his two sons in a working class residential neighborhood of San Francisco in June 2008. District Attorney charged Edwin Ramos with three counts of murder but declined to se…

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Politics

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Cognition Testing and the Presidential Election Campaign.

Aug. 14, 2020

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are brain diseases of older age. The former can be treated to an extent with lifestyle changes, but the latter is far from finding a cure. Cognition Testing became a presidential campaign issue when …

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Independent Commentary

Implicit Bias and Principled Policing: Does it work ?

Aug. 10, 2020

Science tells us that 95% of the population has implicit biases yet there is only a 16% correlation between the bias and behavior. So is racist, homophobic and misogynistic behavior not principally triggered by implicit bias…

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Independent Commentary

2084: Was George Orwell's novel 1984, one hundred years ahead of itself ?

Aug. 3, 2020

Mass surveillance and totalitarianism are two prominent themes in Orwell's dystopian novel published in 1949. But there are two major mass surveillance systems at play in the world today. In the West, the data mining strateg…

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Covid Pandemic

A Tale of Two States: California and New York amidst Covid 19

July 31, 2020

California's Summer surge in C-19 cases has put the Golden State in the dubious first place position of 452,000 cases versus 412,000 for New York. What went wrong ? Back in March and April, California had an enviably low num…

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Independent Commentary

Science deniers keep schools closed.

July 26, 2020

California’s powerful teachers’ union the CTA and Governor Gavin Newsom seem to be taking a very slow and hesitant approach to reopening the state’s schools. He has announced that online learning rather than in person classr…

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Social Media

Tik Tok, a threat to US security. Really ?

July 21, 2020

Tik Tok the popular lip syncing video app has exploded in popularity globally during the Covid 19 lockdowns. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to ban it in the US. India and Australia have already done so. Is…

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Covid Pandemic

Let our kids go back to school !

July 20, 2020

Over 20 European countries have re-opened their schools but the US lags far behind. Our decentralized and locally controlled as well as politicized schools - school boards are elected and funded with local property taxes - a…

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Independent Commentary

The Coming Population Bust

July 16, 2020

The world's population stands at 7.8 billion today and has increased by 5.8 billion since 1950. But the British medical journal The Lancet and the University of Washington in Seattle have authored a study which posits that t…

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Lifestyle

Urban Hiking: Your Gym Replacement.

July 15, 2020

With San Francisco"s gyms closed for four months, hiking the urban environment of one of America's most beautiful cities affords lots of opportunities for vigorous exercise. But how is urban hiking different from walking ? W…

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Social Media

Facebook: a free speech forum or an advertising surveillance app ?

July 12, 2020

The Social Media giant is weathering a month long boycott by some of its advertisers, a critical civil rights audit and controversy about political speech. Yet Mark Zuckerberg’s founding principles for Facebook remain: voice…

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Social Media

Disinformation and Fake News: How to spot it and How to avoid it.

July 9, 2020

With the 2020 Presidential election less than 4 months away, Social Media and with it Fake News stories will loom large no doubt, much as they did in 2016. The BBC has a dedicated weekly program called BBC Trending which fo…

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Independent Commentary

Spanish Missions: The Spine of Modern California

July 6, 2020

35 million Californians live within 50 miles of one of the 21 historic Franciscan Missions: They are a key part of the California identity. But the recent destruction of statues of Father Junipero Serra, have challenged the …

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News Analysis

Homelessness in the Tenderloin: San Francisco's Shame.

July 2, 2020

The mushrooming of 443 homeless tents on the sidewalks of the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods, caused a group of neighbors, including the well-connected UC Hastings Law School …

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Independent Commentary

Junipero Serra: the Missions and Presidios of California

June 30, 2020

The destruction of statues of Junipero Serra in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and in front of Los Angeles' founding church, Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, was a wanton act of vandalism. Serra, a Franciscan Friar was canon…

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Covid Pandemic

Two steps forward and one back: San Francisco and Covid-19.

June 28, 2020

Cutting edge research coming out of University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the antiviral field. Are Kinase Inhibitors the magic bullet to kill the Coronavirus ? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-…

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News Analysis

The Boogaloo Bois : Extremists or Fantasists ?

June 25, 2020

When Steven Carrillo scrawled BOOG in his own blood across the hood of his white van, the US Air Force Sergeant cast his fate with the extremist anti government movement, the Boogaloo Bois. Facing two death penalty charges f…

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Lifestyle

San Francisco celebrates 75 years of birthing the UN in 1945.

June 21, 2020

In the closing days of World War II, San Francisco hosted the organizing conference which created the UN. The conference took place at the War Memorial Opera House from April 25 to June 26, 1945. Why did San Francisco get th…

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Covid Pandemic

Post Covid 19 trends for Work, Health, Retail, Dating and Gyms. Don’t be Dense !

June 20, 2020

Many of our changed behaviors during the Covid 19 confinement are being translated into new policies and procedures by Employers, Healthcare Providers, Retailers and even Significant Others. The overriding theme of the chang…

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Independent Commentary

Tearing down San Francisco's Asian Art Museum for being too white.

June 17, 2020

As the statue removal movement sweeps across America and England, it has hit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Artists, academics and art historians are demanding that a bust of its' founder, Avery Brundage be removed f…

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Politics

Police unions root out racism from the ranks: a few bad apples or systemic racism ?

June 15, 2020

The SFPD, LAPD and SJPD police unions announced a reform agenda to combat racist police officers. The plan lays the groundwork for new policies and procedures to be crafted for their departments and beyond. But is the proble…

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Politics

San Francisco tackles Police Reform.

June 14, 2020

San Francisco has seen a 47% drop in Use of Force Incidents involving the police and the public from 2016 through 2019. But racial disparities remain. Mayor Breed’s 4 point reform plan is reasonable. But her first attempt to…

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News Analysis

Assassination of Olof Palme Solved. Maybe....Maybe not.

June 10, 2020

Swedish prosecutors have named Stig Engstrom as Palme's assassin. It's taken 34 years of mystery, conspiracy and botched investigations in which 130 different people claimed to be the assassin since 1986 to reach a conclus…

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Politics

Ilhan Omar to Minneapolis Police: You’re toast !

June 8, 2020

Three issues are covered in this episode: 1) Abolition of the Minneapolis Police Force, 2) the Justice and Policing Bill of 2020, 3) political fallout of Police Reform on the 2020 Presidential Election. #Joerogan. #8cantwait…

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Politics

Minneapolis to abolish its’ Police Department ?

June 5, 2020

The killing of George Floyd has unleashed a flood of police reforms.Minneapolis is considering abolishing its force while Los Angeles and San Francisco are planning to defund their police departments. And what impact will ab…

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Politics

Trump and Obama agree on one issue: The need for police reform.

June 4, 2020

While the President and former President acknowledge that reform is necessary, they approach the issue from opposite ends of the political spectrum. What impact will the call for police reform have on the November Presidenti…

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Politics

Riots, Looting, Curfews and Chaos in America"s Cities : Is Police Brutality the Cause ?

June 2, 2020

The proximate cause of the riots and looting is the heinous murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin. But the ensuing civil unrest has been co-opted by a host of bad actors like Antifa who have ex…

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Covid Pandemic

Conspiracy Theories around Covid 19.

May 30, 2020

The Covid 19 pandemic has spawned many conspiracy theories. Cutting through misinformation and getting to the facts is key. But what is fact and what is fiction ? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…

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Social Media

Remoteotopia: A New World Order post Covid 19.

May 28, 2020

Does the Covid 19 pandemic represent an epochal inflection point in American history ? Will we look back on this time as one of those watershed moments of how things used to be so much better or worse ? Or will the confine…

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Covid Pandemic

Superspreaders of Covid 19: Who are they ? How do we control them ?

May 27, 2020

The 80/20 Rule in business says that 20% of your sales team generates 80% of the company's revenue. In a sense something similar applies to Covid - 19. A small number of C-19 victims can infect a huge number of people. And…

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Personalities

Re-opening America and the Joe Rogan Experience.

May 25, 2020

Two news stories this past week included the piecemeal re-opening of the American Economy in the wake of Covid-19 and the acquisition of the internet’s most popular podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. The two stories illustra…

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Film Reviews

The Streets of San Francisco. Michael Douglas. Karl Malden. 1972-1977.

May 24, 2020

The 119 episodes of the TV series were filmed on location in San Francisco. To retain San Francisco authenticity, a sound stage was built in the City to film non-location, indoor scenes. Early 1970s San Francisco comes alive…

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Social Media

Podcast 101: the What, Why, Who of podcasting.

May 22, 2020

Podcasting has become an important information medium in the last 15 years with Apple, Spotify, Google, Anchor, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and iHeart Radio investing heavily in distribution. While barriers to entry are low, surv…

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Lifestyle

She's going to shoot the President. Sara Jane Moore. 1975

May 20, 2020

On September 22, 1975 would be assassin Sara Jane Moore waited outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square to kill President Gerald Ford. The first shot missed the President's head by 5 inches. Our 38th Pre…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

California's Curbside Comeback

May 18, 2020

California began Phase 2 of the Shelter in Place orders which began eight weeks ago. Many of the state's 58 counties entered the early stages of re-opening the California economy - the 7th largest in the world if California …

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Film Reviews

Bullitt. Steve McQueen. 1968

May 17, 2020

Bullitt starring iconic 1960s King of Cool Steve McQueen is set in San Francisco. A Chicago mobster is being guarded by Lt. Frank Bullitt (McQueen) and his team pending his appearance as chief witness before a Senate subcomm…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Will California Covid-19 cases remain low ?

May 15, 2020

California's total Covid-19 infections have been remarkably low as compared to New York State. There are a host of reasons for the fact California ranks 5th in the Covid-19 stakes, with New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Ma…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Reopening goes global: Baby steps to normalcy.

May 13, 2020

A wrap-up of reopening news in California and Western Europe. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/m…

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Lifestyle

The Irish and the Choctaw Nation: a debt of gratitude repaid.

May 13, 2020

In 1847, at the height of the Irish Potato Famine, the Choctaw Nation donated $170 to Irish famine relief. Returning the favor, 173 years later, many Irish are donating to a GoFundMe page for Navajo, Hopi and Choctaw Covid-1…

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Film Reviews

Towering Inferno. Steve McQueen. Paul Newman. Faye Dunaway. 1974

May 10, 2020

The dedication ceremony of the worlds tallest high rise at 138 stories in San Francisco, is the setting for this 1974 disaster film. The film unintentionally provides an eerie foreshadowing of the events of 9/11 and the Twin…

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Covid Pandemic

Homeless with Covid 19 in SanFrancisco.

May 8, 2020

San Francisco’s 8000 homeless people are crowding into the Tenderloin District, pitching tents on city streets. The neighbors have sued the City to compel City Hall to clean up the streets. The Mayor has committed to rent 82…

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Business

Is the Gig Economy Dead ?

May 7, 2020

Silicon Valley is beginning to experience a wave of layoffs - a rarity as tech firms considered themselves immune from such cuts in the past. But the Gig Economy with its ride hailing apps and home stay apps will have the bi…

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Business

Work.com: a new software tool to re-open America.

May 5, 2020

Work.com, a creation of Salesforce based in San Francisco, will provide managers the tools to keep employees safe from the Coronavirus in the workplace, as America goes back to work. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…

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Business

To open or not to re-open: that is the question.

May 4, 2020

As the US moves to the next phase of the pandemic with almost half the country re-opening for business, California is slower off the mark. Why ? And why has Ireland been able to craft such a winning Roadmap to Re-Opening wit…

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Film Reviews

Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams. 1993

May 2, 2020

Robin Williams was an accomplished comedian and dramatic actor who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Good Will Hunting.”. A comedic genius, he died in 2014 at the age of 63. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…

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Politics

Profiles in Covid: California Governor Gavin Newsom and S.F. Mayor London Breed.

April 29, 2020

Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed are products of San Francisco politics. Their early and effective Shelter in Place policies and practices have helped to keep Covid-19 cases and fatalities low. But their opponents criticize t…

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Lifestyle

My Health or My Privacy: Does it have to be a choice ?

April 27, 2020

Apple and Google roll out their Coronavirus tracking APP to public health authorities Tuesday April 28. Will it infringe our right to privacy ? Should we care ? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to m…

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Covid Pandemic

The Perfect Storm: How Covid - 19 overwhelmed the system.

April 25, 2020

New data shows that the Coronavirus was coursing through America’s cities much earlier than believed. Our system’s response initially was flat footed at best. But we are making progress. --- This episode is sponsored by · An…

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Film Reviews

Milk. Sean Penn. 2008

April 23, 2020

Sean Penn’s Oscar winning portrayal of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is a powerful dramatization of the last 10 days of his life in November 1978. Milk continues to inspire both Americans and global citizens like Leo V…

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Lifestyle

Tony Bennett to honor SF’s frontline Covid-19 workers:. I left my heart in San Francisco.

April 21, 2020

Tony Bennett will lead a mass, civic singalong on Saturday April 25 at 12 noon. All 850,000 inhabitants of San Francisco are invited to join in as a thank you to the Covid-19 frontline workers who have taken care of us and k…

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Covid Pandemic

Covid 19: Have we made progress in the last 5 weeks ?

April 20, 2020

The Social Distancing and Lockdown practices of the last 5 weeks has seen a slowing in the rate of increase of C-19 infection rates and fatalities. But global and national numbers still increase. What is next and how does C-…

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Film Reviews

The Maltese Falcon. John Huston/Dashiell Hammett, 1941

April 18, 2020

This film noir is set in 1941 San Francisco and stars Humphrey Bogart in the title role of private investigator Sam Spade, Mary Astor as the manipulative fortune seeker Brigid O’Shaugnessey, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorr…

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Covid Pandemic

Tracing Covid-19 victims to break the transmission chain.

April 17, 2020

A new, massive C-19 testing program will be part of our return to normal. But all new C-19 victims will have to provide names and phone numbers for their contacts who may have been exposed. Those contacts also must self isol…

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International

California versus France: a tale of two re-openings.

April 16, 2020

As California and France appear to have passed the peak of C-19 infection rates, when and how will society get back to normal, the economy start running again and shelter in place be lifted. --- This episode is sponsored by …

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Personalities

Bill Gates: Coronavirus Warrior

April 15, 2020

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is actively funding 8 entities working to develop a Covid 19 vaccine. Gates, the visionary who brought personal computing into our lives, is now focused on finding a new vaccine and prev…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Covid 19 testing: Is it a waste of money ?

April 13, 2020

Today’s podcast focuses on C-19 policies, practices and technologies in Germany, the U.K. and the US. Best practices, use of data and testing technology to defeat Covid-19. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easi…

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Film Reviews

The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock 1963

April 11, 2020

Hitchcock’s thriller and horror film was filmed on location in San Francisco and Bodega Bay, Sonoma County in 1962. The themes of the film, a world out of joint, nature attacking humans, inhabitants seeking shelter from terr…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Why is California’s Covid 19 death rate so low ?

April 9, 2020

California with a population of 40 million has had 374 Covid-19 fatalities. During the same period through 4/7/20 New York State with 19 million people has had 5236 deaths - 14 times more than California. Why ? --- This epis…

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Business

Innovation Update: Covid 19 solutions

April 8, 2020

Innovation Update is a weekly feature of The San Francisco Experience. In today’s installment we recount 7 innovations created in the San Francisco Bay Area to confront Covid-19 and stop it dead in its tracks. --- This episo…

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Lifestyle

Living on Lockdown: Survive and Thrive

April 5, 2020

In the fifth and final part of the Living on Lockdown series, I explore how and where we get our news on Covid 19 over the rest of the lockdown. With a historic perspective and quotes from Queen Elizabeth II and Henry Kissin…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Lifestyle

Living on Lockdown: the Art of online board games, gaming and social interactivity.

April 4, 2020

Social isolation can lead to depression and loneliness. Today’s episode provides an alternative, to let you interact online through games, house parties and group movie watching at a distance. --- This episode is sponsored b…

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Covid Pandemic

Living on Lockdown: the Art of Delivery and Takeout Dining and Grocery Shopping.

April 3, 2020

In this episode we review 6 apps for takeout and delivery services from restaurants. Best practices for grocery shopping. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --…

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Lifestyle

Living on Lockdown: The Art of the Urban Hike.

April 2, 2020

Urban Hiking is the fastest growing trend in Hiking. It brings the same hiking energy to a CityScape and is a great way to accomplish your cardio fitness goals. Several hiking apps are reviewed. --- This episode is sponsored…

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Business

Living on Lockdown: the Art of Managing your 401k

April 1, 2020

The first in our series of podcasts to help you get through your home confinement during Lockdown. We focus on retirement savings in your 401k account and introduce online resources you can access. --- This episode is sponso…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Living in Lockdown: Don’t let a crisis go to waste.

March 31, 2020

Sharing best Social Lockdown practices from San Francisco, the city that is pioneering how to socially isolate and distance, with a big assist from Social Media. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to …

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Covid Pandemic

Covid 19 - Did early Lockdown and Social Distancing in San Francisco pay off ?

March 30, 2020

Comparison of early flight bans from China on San Francisco’s low rate of Covid 19 versus New York’s open European flights. Social Distancing Policies and Europe’s varied approach to Social Lockdown and Distancing. --- This …

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Film Reviews

Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock 1958

March 29, 2020

In this episode I discuss the greatest film of all time, Vertigo, as judged by the British Film Institute in 2012. Set in 1957 San Francisco, it is a technicolor travelog of the City by the Bay. It provides a magnificent phy…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Trailer

The San Francisco Experience (Trailer)

March 26, 2020

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