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The Baffler,  September 23, 2014

Daily Bafflements

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• Today in Billionaires: Some residents of the Dolores Heights neighborhood of San Francisco feel “under seige” by a “massive construction encampment” surrounding a $10 million “fixer-upper” bought (and currently being slowly and extensively renovated) by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. “A man in a hardhat identifying himself as the prime contractor, but who wouldn’t give his name, acknowledged that there have been 40 to 50 workers on the job daily since work began in April 2013,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (Via Clara Jeffery.)

• To continue on our theme from yesterday, here’s the New York Post‘s take on Monday’s “Flood Wall Street” climate demonstration in New York, at which more than 100 protesters were arrested: “’I don’t think they know what they want,’ said Casey Fleming, who couldn’t get to Duane Reade because of the barricades.”

• By the AP’s Sally Buzbee, presented at a recent conference in Washington, D.C., “8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information.” In related news, the Committee to Protect Journalists is gathering signatures on a petition that calls on the White House to stop the harassment, prosecution, surveillance, and hacking of journalists and media organizations.

• Finally, from the same guy who brought us “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfucker” years ago, here’s Colin Nissan’s “Corn Maze F.A.Q.,” including “What if I’ve amassed gambling debts inside the maze that I can’t possibly pay off ? You certainly wouldn’t be alone….”

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