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Paid to protest the president? Bay Area employees get days off for civic engagement

While many conservative claims about paid protesters demonstrating against President Trump have been met with skepticism and dismissal — in the Bay Area — some of them might actually be getting money for being there. Companies in the region are

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 23

After a year of controversy surrounding his department’s actions, including sending racist and homophobic text messages and questionable use of force incidents, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr stepped down last week. But will his resignation quiet the political and

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CA innovators lead on tech surveillance

Some of California’s lesser-known players in tech have seized the initiative in shaping the nation’s surveillance culture. Many Americans are familiar with the Taser, a nonlethal device used by law enforcement to shock and immobilize. Fewer are aware that the Taser

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Facebook plants server farm in IA not CA 7

April 24, 2013 By John Seiler California remains a fantastic place if you have a 180 IQ and an entrepreneurial spirit. You move to Silicon Valley, live and work in a closet and devour Coke and pizza until you make

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Like! Facebook avoids most taxes 9

Feb. 16, 2013 By John Seiler A year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials were salivating like Pavlov’s dog over the $2 billion in new taxes they projected the state treasury would get from Facebook’s Initial Public Offering.

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CA strikes blow for privacy rights 0

Jan. 5, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Randi Zuckerberg made news recently when a family photo she posted on her Facebook account was reposted on Twitter without her knowledge or consent. The big sis of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not

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The train that broke California’s back 0

July 12, 2012 By Chriss Street The state of California was already facing a $19 billion budget deficit, had shorted K-12 public schools $8 billion and are releasing imprisoned rapists into the “community probation” when the California Legislature’s Democratic majority

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Silicon Valley is Star City 0

May 17, 2012 By John Seiler Why do young nerds angling to be the next Steve Jobs still flock to Silicon Valley? That’s where Mark Zuckerberg transplanted Facebook, which he started in his Harvard dorm room. Facebook’s IPO this week

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USA becoming North Korea East 11

May 17, 2012 By John Seiler Free countries let their people leave at will. Tyrannies don’t let people out without special permission. And if they let anyone leave, they first rob them. A good contrast is North Korea, a tyranny

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How to avoid high U.S., Calif. taxes: Leave 24

May 11, 2012 By John Seiler The charlatans who run the U.S. and California governments assume that things are so wonderful here that nobody would dare to leave, even to avoid high taxes. But people are leaving in droves —

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