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Feb. 5, 2016 Super Bowl And Women Turning 50

Everywhere I go in San Francisco I see promotions for the Super Bowl turning 50. What I do not see is a celebration of women turning 50. On Jan. 14, 2016 the PBS News Hour’s Paul Solman broadcast “Why women over 50 can’t find jobs.” He cited a Federal Reserve study by Alexander Monge-Naranjo and Faisal Sohail titled “Long-Term Unemployment Affected Older Women Most Following Recession.” If you are a woman turning fifty you more likely to become one of the long term unemployed. Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economics at The New School for Social Research said “We have a lot of inequality in the United States, and much of that is generated because we create such bad jobs. Jobs that really don’t keep a family of two or three above the poverty level. So we have low unemployment for everybody, including old people, but these are really low wage jobs.”

Women turning fifty in the next few years need to think about strengthening the social safety net when they vote.

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Jan. 26, 2015 The New Yorker

On Jan. 26, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Shake Shack Economy” about the rise of fast casual restaurants. Apparently food that tastes that better than McDonalds gets more customers. Duh.

Jill Lepore wrote “The Cobweb” about Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive and Wayback Machine in San Francisco. Not everything on the web stays inline forever. Many links no longer work. Content is missing. If the power goes off, no one in the future will know what happened after the year 2000. They would have to send somebody back to find out and save it all for future reference :-)

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Oct. 14, 2013 The New Yorker

On Oct.14, 2013 The New Yorker‘s Nathan Heller wrote “Bay Watched” about the hipsters who have taken over San Francisco, driving out the poor and middle class.

Alex Ross wrote “Uncommon Man” about US Vice President Henry Wallace, the man who inspired Aaron Copland to compose “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

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Jul. 31, 2013 Dutch Consuls Bart van Bolhuis and Hugo von Meijenfeldt

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On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in San Francisco the Dutch Consulate welcomed Hugo von Meijenfeldt as the incoming Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco and celebrated outgoing Consul General Bart van Bolhuis. For more info: http://sanfrancisco.the-netherlands.org/news/2013/08/hugos-blog-001.html

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Sep. 5, 2012 Tony Haymet Oceanography Meets Business

On Wednesday, September, 5, 2012 in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club, Tony Haymet, Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences UCSD, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences UCSD presented “Understanding the Deep Sea – Oceanography Meets Business.” Haymet talked about the issues facing our oceans and possible commercial solutions. There is the promise of commercially useful chemicals and food, but also the threat of fossil fuel pollution causing acidification, the danger of nuclear power plants from earthquakes and tsunamis, and ultimately climate change raising sea levels. Haymet thinks that short term profits hurt the oceans and long term business goals.

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Sep. 5, 2012 Iran Ambassador Seyed Mousavian

On Wednesday, September, 5, 2012 in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club, Ambassador Seyed Mousavian, Visiting Research Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University spoke about his new book “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir” with Philip Yun of the Ploughshares Fund.

Being a diplomat in the Middle East is not easy. Mousavian was the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. A student in international affairs, he got his Masters degree in Teheran in 1998 and his PhD in Kent, England in 2002. The next year he represented Iran negotiating with the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency. By 2007, Iran’s Ahmadinejad administration charged him with espionage while dealing with European nations. His book is a personal account of his years as a diplomat and now dissident, his assessment of Iran’s history and its possible future. There is a great deal of mistrust between Iran and the West, not to mention internal divisions in Iran. There are American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, on either side of Iran. This makes Iran nervous. Iran has a nuclear weapons program and has funded terrorism. This makes the West nervous. Without establishing trust, there will be no resolution to the impending threat.

As for internal politics, you have to remember this is a country where cultural conservatives have joined forces with a wealthy oil faction struggling to keep control against a more open tolerant sustainable society. And then there is Iran. I wonder if they want tax cuts too? :-)

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Jul. 27, 2012 US Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff

On Friday, July 27, 2012 in San Francisco at Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, the Commonwealth Club and the Marines Memorial Association hosted General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He spoke on “Current International Security Challenges and the Future of the U.S.” with George Scalise, President of Semiconductor Industry Association. Dempsey was wrapping up a tour in Silicon Valley after meeting the staff of Facebook and other high tech companies. He thinks they should be thinking about the future at least as much as the military does.

Earlier this week, Dempsey oversaw the changeover in command at the Defense Intelligence Agency from Burgess to Flynn. It is part of a larger process of better cooperation between the military and civilians to speed up the gathering and acting upon timely intelligence using emerging technology.

He also spoke about the military shift from the Middle East to the Asia Pacific region. While some see this as a way to contain China’s growing influence, he thinks it would be unusual if the United States did not have any presence in the region. The challenge will be to do this with smaller budgets and fewer personnel. America has over 300 million people but fewer than three million active and reserve duty personnel. The all volunteer military is more diverse and far different than the days of the draft. Professional soldiers have more training to operate complex equipment in chaotic situations. Even if there were a draft, only one in four young people can meet the all the physical and academic requirements to serve. A military is only as strong as the citizens it defends.

At a press conference afterwards, Mark Matthews of ABC KGO-TV asked about the recent trouble at Lackland Air Force Base. I recommend checking Matthews report on this. Jeff King of CNN was there as well. At a later funny moment, Dempsey wryly commented on my camera as being very “stealthy.” If it really were, he would not have noticed it. I hope he enjoys the pictures.

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Jun. 18, 2012 US CTO Todd Park

On Monday, June 18th, 2012 in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club, United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park presented “Unleashing the Power of Open Data and Innovation for Healthcare.” Also there were Michael S. Blum, MD of UCSF Medical Center and Mark Smith of the California Health Care Foundation. Park talked about the federal governments history of making information available to the public and how it has created jobs. Weather and GPS data from government satellites generated economic growth and Park is optimistic that the public health data will too. Veterans, the disabled and the elderly are leading the way in getting control over their personal medical information. Unconferences, hackathons and open systems are bringing doctors, nurses, and administrators together with computer hackers to solve issues in record time at dramatically lower costs.

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Apr. 26, 2012 US Sec. Treasury Timothy Geithner

On April 26, 2012, in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Commonwealth Club hosted US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner. Adam Lashinsky of Fortune magazine asked him about the state of U.S. and Global Economies before he headed off with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the 2012 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Geithner reminded the audience of the crisis the Obama Aministration inherited at the end of 2008, with a nine percent drop in growth and millions more people unemployed every month. He felt the bailouts and stimulus packages were necessary based on his studies of history. Too often governments try to reach prosperity buy cutting their way to austerity, often stalling their recovery. A measured stimulus with steady growth has brought the US economy back from the brink. He knows there are continuing Occupy protests concerned about the economic injustice of the one percent toward the ninety-nine percent.

The global economy is split with the rapid growth in Asia and debt crisis in Europe. He thinks it is important to continue to support European efforts to resolve the crisis. He hopes China will change its policy toward the exchange rates of its currency with the dollar. Despite the differences between America, China and Europe, they all have rapidly aging populations, rising energy demands and the need for continued growth.

Also covering this event were Grace Lee of CBS-TV, Mark Niu of CCTV, Doug Sovern of CBS Radio, Carolyn Tyler of ABC-TV.

Finally, Wendy Wanderman of the Commonwealth Club will be moving on. Congratulations! You will be missed.

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Mar. 28, 2012 San Francisco Electric Vehicles

On March 28, 2012 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco there was a clean tech event. Green Lite Motors displayed a three-wheeled motorcycle surrounded by a canvas frame that gets one hundred miles to the gallon with a range of 250 miles. While they say you can drive it on freeway express lane, you might want more protection. For that, I checked out Ford’s electric Focus. It costs around forty thousand dollars and has range of eighty miles. You can charge it on ordinary house current in eight hours.

ElectronVault, SunPods and SunPower were also there displaying portable solar panels.

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Mar. 7, 2012 Apple New iPad

On March 7, 2012 in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced its third new iPad for $499. It has a sharper 2048 x 1536 retina display, faster A5X quad-core graphics and an six hour battery life. To me, the most interesting feature was the five megapixel iSight camera. It supposedly has a infrared filters, autofocus, white balance and face detection. The second more interesting feature was the ability to do voice dictation. It is a device I might actually buy to make my life easier.

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May 25, 2011 Commonwealth Club Jack Dorsey Twitter

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square received the 21st Century Visionary Award. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD talked with him about his journey from learning dispatch systems in St. Louis and New York City to Silicon Valley. While Twitter has become a technological and political force, Dorsey thinks his Square device will change the way mobile electronic transactions are handled around the world. While he has support from Visa, Google and PayPal are offering solutions in the same space. I wonder if there will be an announcement about some Square deal with Apple at WWDC.

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Mar. 21, 2011 The New Yorker

Mar. 21, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Scrimmage” about the NFL owners and players. “But the NFL is not capitalist in any traditional sense. The league is more like the trusts that dominated American business in the late nineteenth century, before they were outlawed. The goal is not to embrace competition but to tame it, making the owner’s business less risky and more profitable.”

Paul Tough wrote “The Poverty Clinic” about the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco. Medical Director Dr. Nadine Burke talked about serving the patients greater needs that resulted in needing medical care. Poverty is a public health issue. The stress of poverty will kill you.

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July 20, 2010 SDF Energy Load Shifting

On Tuesday, July, 20, 2010 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum’s Clean Tech Breakfast presented “Energy Management: Load Shifting.” Travis Gibbs of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Robert Horstmeyer of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Matt Jones of Nth Power, Janey Kaster of Schneider Electric and Tom Stepien of Primus Power.

For over a hundred years the United States has been the largest consumer of energy. Not anymore. Yesterday in Paris the International Energy Agency reported that China is now the biggest energy consumer. This demand growth is seen in other developing countries. We can compete globally for more resources or we can make the most of what we have. Load shifting from peak to non-peak is one way to do that.

At the consumer level, companies like Comverge and Enernoc can monitor and give feedback to reduce usage. A business can take advantage of time zones by powering up server farms in the east at night while people are still working in the west or vice versa. Load shifting is more about changing behavior than building infrastructure. All this may give us the margins we need to transition to alternative energy.

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Aug. 11, 2009 Bay Area WordPress Meetup

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On August 11, 2009 at the Automattic Lounge on the Embarcadero’s Pier 38 in San Francisco held a the Bay Area WordPress Meetup to discuss new features and the latest release. Speakers included Beau Lebens and Jane Wells of Automattic, Ross Chapman of FolksPants, and Matt Martz, aka “sivel”. Text stolen from DJCline.com

Beau Lebens talked about WPMU, BackPress and bbPress. Ross Chapman of FolksPants.com talked about about themes and theme frameworks. Matt Martz talked about IRC. Jane Wells talked about user experience with WordPress.

Bob Kauten and Todd Hawley of STC Silicon Valley’s web team were there learning all they could about the latest WordPress release. Text stolen from DJCline.com

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May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency

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On May 20, 2008 in San Francisco, Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams sponsored a presentation on how clean tech companies are increasing energy efficiency. Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum and Anne Morrissey of ASTIA kicked off the event. Andrea Cohen of Nixon Peabody moderated a panel with panelists Zach Gentry of Adura Technologies, Barbara Grant of American River Ventures, Bennett Johnston of Lumenergi and Tim Woodward of Nth Power. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency

Mar. 24, 2008 SDF Global Open Source

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On March 24, 2008 at Swissnex in San Francisco, SDForum hosted the Global Open Source Conference. It brought together investors, entrepreneurs and government experts to discuss the effects of open source software around the world. Text stolen from DJCline.com. Continue reading Mar. 24, 2008 SDF Global Open Source