North Beach, San Francisco, viewed from Telegraph Hill.
Today has been a valiant struggle not to let French bureaucracy get the best of me. Frankly, I'd rather be in San Francisco at the moment, having dinner at my favourite trattoria in North Beach. Anyone have a Bay Area writing or photography assignment that requires my presence there toute de suite??!!
Even a horse wanted to run away from Paris today.
Racism cloaked in the guise of "humor"
So disappointing to read that once again, Rupert Murdoch's "newspaper" goes too far.
McCain's former economic advisor fails to help UBS
Yet another reminder that we dodged a bullet by defeating the Republican presidential ticket. Remember John McCain's chief economic adviser, former US Senator Phil Gramm? The one who received big bucks in his role as advisor to Swiss bank UBS? Seems UBS has been forced to admit its role in conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. The bank will pay $780 million in damages and close all offshore accounts of its American clients. Apparently, secret accounts of about 19,000 Americans are being exposed and investigated.
When Gramm was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, he helped pass banking deregulation laws. One of them was the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which in 1999 removed Depression-era laws separating banking,insurance and brokerage activities.
The Creative Entrepreneur
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Coit Tower at twilight, San Francisco.