Alain Pierre 
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Re: “The Bay Area Has a Values Problem

DeTocqueville forgot to add that "countries don't just get the governments they deserve, they also get the 'values' they deserve.

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 11/14/2013 at 8:40 AM

Re: “The Future of Feces

This has to be the sh**iest job in the world. :-D

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 11/14/2013 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

Clark: No, no, no, no! There's no problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian pre-capitalist.
Will: Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.
Clark: Well, as a matter of fact, I won't, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social...
Will: "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth"? You got that from Vickers' "Work in Essex County," page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or do you, is that your thing, you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and then pretend - you pawn it off as your own, as your own idea just to impress some girls, embarrass my friend?
Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a f***n education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!
Clark: Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you'll be servin' my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip.
Will: That may be, but at least I won't be unoriginal.

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 11/06/2013 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Scientists Criticize UC Berkeley's Ban on E-Cigs

I have absolutely no problem smelling a few whiffs of a cigarette, reefer, or cigars every now and then. What I do have a problem with is the army of leafblowers on UC campus making me gag and cough to no end while they meticulously blow "two" tiny leaves out of the way. Also the in and out traffic of delivery vehicles belching diesel or on idle near some vent in a building. Is that really healthier? As far as e-cigs, I can't smell anything, period. So why do they want to ban them? Pure politics.

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 10/31/2013 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I think I've heard this one before and it goes like this:

"You've got some labor trouble coming up. My client promises to make that trouble disappear. You have a top star who makes a lot of money, but he just graduated from marijuana to heroin..."

--Tom Hagen (Don Corleone's consigliere in The Godfather)

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 09/27/2013 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Going Postal

I see stressed-out, speeding trucks from UPS, FedEx, etc... zooming by everyday trying to get those 'private parcels' delivered on time. They look overworked and dead tired, yet these are the private carriers who say they can deliver the nations mail better than the USPS, to the most remote corners of our borders? Yeah, right! Can you spell 'corporate trap'?

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 09/19/2013 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze

Hmmm...probably hipsters?

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Posted by Alain Pierre on 09/16/2013 at 10:04 AM

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