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Tweet Follow me “No One Can Say they Didn’t See it Coming”Spiegel OnlineBy Sidney Blumenthal In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war. Biblical in its uncontrolled rage and scope, Hurricane Katrina has left millions of Americans to scavenge for food and shelter and hundreds to thousands reportedly dead. With its main levee...

Tweet Follow me According to the Washington Post, Gas prices are going to only rise. CNN reports $6 a gallon already at one point today. President Bush can stem this with price controls and then inact a program to restore oil supplies while these controls are in place. Otherwise, these prices can cause double-digit inflation. ...

Tweet Follow me The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the most terrible disaster I’ve ever witnessed on TV in my life. I was in the 1989 Loma Piereta Earthquake here in Oakland and the SF Bay Area, and that was not bad by comparson, because the damage was in certain areas, like the Marina District of SF, or the Cypress Freeway (which collapsed), again here in Oakland. I also helped my high school friend Val and her parents move out of the sudden war zone that was their neighborhood during the 1991 Oakland...

Tweet Follow me On Tuesday, Pat Robertson stated that if Venezualan President Hugo Chavez thinks the US is going to assasinate him, we might as well do it. There was no mistaking that. Now, I like Pat and have watched his show on many occasions, particularly when I was small. But even then I felt like he was trying to mold me into a Republican. I’ve watched Pat long enough to be able to tell when he’s serious. It’s when he shakes his head slightly but rapidly from side to side as he talks. ...

Tweet Follow me I orignally shared this with my good friend Jody (check out Ms. May’s site!), but I thought it was cool enough to present here..I returned from EA Sports Headquarters in Redwood City. Who are they? EA Sports makes Madden NFL 2006, Tiger Woods Golf, The Sims Online, and other games. I was invited to a meeting of The Silcon Valley Chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Who? IGDA www.igda.org is a large worldwide group of people who make, market, finance, run corporations...

Tweet Follow me Saturday, Mom and I went to visit my step-cousin Michelle and her adorable daughters six-year-old Kiyana and three-year-old Alana. Mom went shopping for clothes for the little ones and Alana could not have been happier. She put on one of the dresses and immediately went to pick out matching shoes and a purse from her closet. Then she came over, sat next to me, and said “Like my shoes?” I had an immediate flashback to the previous night, when I was at Bix and met Rachel and Alex (See...

Tweet Follow me August 20, 2005 The Hon. Ignacio De La FuentePresidentOakland City CouncilVice ChairOakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Dear Ignacio, Today, I happened to pick up the Sunday August 21st SF ChronicleSporting Green to read Tom Fitzgerald’s article on the Raiders PSLproblem. I noticed — much to my surprise as I was not contacted —that you made a remark about my idea for a Coliseum Surcharge Program. (see: http://www.sportsbusinesssims.com/raiders.psl.ticket.problem.htm)I’m...

Posted on Aug 20 2005 - 3:33pm by Zennie Abraham
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Tweet Follow me After some thought, I decided to make this more of a diary. I’ve had some interesting experiences I want to share. For example, I went out last night (8-19-2005) and to visit “Bix,” a great restaurant near North Beach in San Francisco. (And beautiful, too! Click this link!) Mom’s visiting and I spent so much time with her, that I wanted to just plain hang out. Well, the real story is that I invited Mom to see this show that’s a tribute to The Rat Pack, but she didn’t...

Tweet Follow me Read it carefully and note the date. Read it again and again..then pass it on. It has this paragraph:“C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justifi ed by the conjunction of ter- rorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fi xed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material...

Tweet Follow me After a long layoff becaue of my stepfather’s passing, I’m back in the business of blogging on Zennie’s Zeitgeist. My life’s changed a lot and I’ve gained a new perspective because of my stepdad’s passing, and my improved relationship with my Dad. My Mom’s a gem, and going through a hard time, but she — and I — will make it. You’re going to see a post with information that spurred me to re-start the blog. As I write this, I’m watching...

Tweet Follow me I sent this e-mail to my friend at UCSF, but if anyone reading this is a prostate cancer specialist please reply ASAP! Thanks, Zennie Hi AJ, Thanks for the call. Let me see if I can explain what has happened and give you a full picture. Chester Yerger Jr. was found to have prostate cancer in 2003. It actually happened in that a blod clot formed in his left leg. He was given a kind of hormonal therapy and released, but with subsequent treatments, or so I am told. After a few months, the entire...

Tweet Follow me Running an Internet business means I stay online a lot. Even with my folks’ illnesses, I have found time to add new pages to Sports Business Simulations’ website. SBS also has a new Sim Development Advisory Board, with Dan Rascher my business partner and prof at the University of San Francisco, and top sports economists Rod Fort of Washington State, and Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College. You can also buy and sell tickets to the Washington Nationals baseball games..that’s a new...

Tweet Follow me After a long day of a lot of research, help and great advice, I found and talked to my father. He’s at a rest home in Niles, Illinois and was working at the Walmart last year before this happened. He fell right on his head which may have triggered the problem. Anyway, I could not have done this without a little help and a lot of encouragement from a lot of people who sent e-mail and called. Thanks. What happened was that his number was not working, after I called and then that number was...

Tweet Follow me While eating with a friend who’s a local developer (and that’s all I’ll tell) I learned this Wednesday evening that a centerpiece of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown’s so-called effort to revitalize what was once Oakland’s theater district is in trouble. The 400-unit “Uptown Housing Project” approved by the Oakland City Coucil last year and to be built on part of a 19-acre tract of land that was the focal point of a new baseball stadium for the Oakland Athletics,...

Tweet Follow me This is one of the best trades in the NFL’s 21st Century. Randy Moss has 90 Touchdowns and is a constant threat to catch the ball for a big play on every down. The Vikings made a massive mistake in letting him go…or did they? Perhaps, given that he’s a seven-year veteran and has been injured, the Vikings may feel that he’s seen his best years. I personally doubt it. I’ve always believed that Randy Moss was never placed in an offense that fully showcased his abilities....

Tweet Follow me I had to write this, or at least get it started, while it’s on my mind. Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown has failed his city. Jerry has used the City to bring attention only to himself, and has no real notable victories to crow about. I write this because the San Francisco Bay Area media gives him a free pass. For example, the San Francisco Chronicle had an extensive interview on him in the middle of last year. But it only focused on the issue of crime and how the rate of crime had decreased. I...

Tweet Follow me According to this CNN article Paris’ Hilton’s personal information, including cell phone numbers, was stolen and then posted on the web. My question is why? Why would I want to have the phone numbers of entertainers that don’t want to talk to me? This is — in my view — entirely different than the Associated Press reporter who managed to send out his phone numbers of every notable sports person in the World. If you’re a sports writer, that’s of value. Plus,...

Tweet Follow me Today, CNN’s Carol Lin said that Bloggers are less than credible. But actually Blogging is replacing investigative journalism, which has been removed from the mainstream media by the explaination of “budget cutting.” This started with CBS News President Van Gorton Sauter in 1981 and continues today. So, with information technology at our fingertips, more and more people can ask questions, research, interview, write, and report. That’s what journalists do, and that’s...

Tweet Follow me Hey, I was checking out the videos reporting the progress of the production of Lord of The Rings Director Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong and came away quite impressed with everything from the way they’re recreating the New York of the 1930s, to the development of an environment totally devoid of African English, African American, or just plain black folks. Before you — if you’re White (or black, but such is rare) and are about to scream “race card” please don’t...

Tweet Follow me Folks, a friend of mine sent this. You’ve got to read this and pass it on. There’s more to the story than was on Fox or CNN. Geez….sortid, too. This guy’s some kind of Gay escort, hiring out at $200 per hour ! I’m not making this up. Read carefully… Zennie Bush’s Barberini FaunBy MAUREEN DOWD Published: February 17, 2005http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/17/opinion/17dowd.html?hpWASHINGTON I am very impressed with James Guckert, a k a Jeff Gannon.How often...