Thursday, February 21, 2019

What Tahoe residents can expect as Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison tries his hand at the Cal Neva

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. Now, it's software scion Larry Ellison's turn. By Andrew J. Pridgen Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corp.—the purveyor of dated,...

The hero you need most is you

What the onset of the Trump administration looks like for the common American. By Andrew J. Pridgen The good news is the world isn’t likely to end in the next four years. The bad news is your world as you know it just might. If you have been convicted of a crime, if you have been unemployed recently, if you have been foreclosed...

Dictating to the media

Trump’s disdain for the American media is not because they lack veracity. It's because any demagogue would be threatened by a free press's ability to find and deploy the truth. By Andrew J. Pridgen One of the first things a president-elect does is familiarize himself with the White House Press Corps. The corps is a rotating group of journalists stationed at...

Honeymoon from Hell

We went ahead and took the plunge with our abuser and now we must be prepared to be tied up and beaten (and not in a good way) from day 1. By Andrew J. Pridgen This get-to-know America’s newest spouse grace period officially ended as soon as the door shut behind him. The first days of his presidency have...

The similar determination of Stephen Paddock and Donald Trump to inflict misery upon the world is no mystery

There is nothing to figure out as far as why these men act out: They're scared. They're alone. They don't want to die. Their final act is to spread misery and death. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find it hard to believe that mainstream media is still scratching its head over the "mystery" of Stephen Paddock and his motivations (see: today's...

The facts about the facts about the Village at Squaw Valley Redevelopment Plan

Just the facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen My first boss and mentor ran a political PR firm in San Francisco. During my first week on the job, we were hosting a cocktail party for Mayor Willie Brown to launch a clean drinking water proposal for the city. He pulled me aside at the event and gave me three pieces of can’t-go-wrong advice...

The Chargers’ midnight escape to LA shows NFL owners have abandoned any pretense of trying to appeal to actual fans

Welcome to the era of brazen thievery at the behest of our sniveling and shriveled rapidly aging but refusing-to-ever-die corporate overlords...and how to do something about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday night as the clock struck midnight — the exact same time the GOP-led senate was repealing Obamacare 51-48 which will set the stage for insurance companies (why do we...

There is only one option now. Fight.

Only 10 weeks into his tenure and Trump has ensured that the US has gone from global leader in climate change to global denier, pretending his rollbacks—specifically set to boost bottom lines for dying industries...and kill the planet—are creating something besides unmitigable and irreversible havoc. By Justin Broglio Imagine you get sick. At first, it’s just a cough, sore throat, and...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

Your hateful, misinformed memes have TOTALLY changed my mind

Holy shit. What have I been thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen There I was, going along, trying to do right by my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Trying to make sense of what this country is going to look like in a decade not only in the context of where we are now in the complex age of globalization and ever-shrinking...