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Robin Wilkey
Robin Wilkey is a Northern California-based writer and a former editor of The Huffington Post.

Entries by Robin Wilkey

How To Talk To A Donald Trump Supporter

(19) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 5:10 PM

What once seemed impossible (but now dismally plausible) happened in New Hampshire: Donald J. Trump won the state's primary. Immediately following the announcement, a story was published in this publication. The headline read: "A Racist, Sexist Demagogue Just Won The New Hampshire Primary."

The Huffington Post wasn't alone....

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50 Successful Marijuana Users Who Prove The Person Matters More Than The Plant

(165) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:13 PM

A version of this story was first published in 2013.

These guys just blew pothead stereotypes up in smoke.

Though marijuana opponents have long pointed suggesting that weed is tied to a lack of motivation, a sampling of successful people who have admitted using the drug suggests otherwise.

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New FDA Regulation Could Cripple Ranchers, Beer Brewers

(17) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 7:43 PM

A proposed new regulation by the Food and Drug Administration aims to protect both livestock and consumers, but critics say it would hurt ranchers and beer brewers without increasing safety.

The proposed rule, which is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, would tighten regulations on pet food...

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'Game Of Thrones' Gets An Erotic Makeover (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:47 PM

"Game of Thrones" fans: contain yourselves. The hit show rife with sex, violence and drama has inspired a stage show also rife with sex, violence and drama.

Dubbed "Game of Thrones Live," the vaudeville show is a creation of Oakland performance art troupe Tourettes...

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Researchers Discover Why Zebras Have Stripes

(496) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:47 PM

It's an evolutionary question that has stumped scientists for hundreds of years: Why do zebras have stripes?

Hypotheses have included mating rituals, protection from predators, camouflage and heat protection, though no evidence has backed up the claims. But in a paper released Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers...

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California Senate's Top Gun Control Advocate Arrested In Firearms Trafficking Plot

(563) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 9:05 PM

California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) -- one of the state's strongest advocates for gun control -- was arrested Wednesday on charges that include scheming to defraud citizens of honest services and conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms.

Yee, 65, was seized at his home during a...

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Rand Paul Won't Decide On Presidential Run Until After 2014 Election

(90) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Though Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said that the odds of him running for president are "probably 50-50," supporters and analysts have long considered him a GOP frontrunner. On Tuesday, his home state of Kentucky even passed a bill allowing lawmakers to run for two offices...

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California Democrats Move To Ban Fracking In State

(118) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:55 PM

California Democrats almost unanimously approved a progressive platform Sunday that included a proposed ban on fracking, breaking with Gov. Jerry Brown, who has indicated a willingness to explore the practice.

The issue of the ban came during this weekend's California Democrats State Convention, a three-day meeting in Los...

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How One Man Went From Being Homeless To Owning A Small Business

(5) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Marc Roth, a 16-year tech industry veteran, had hit rock bottom.

After sinking his savings into a failed small business and moving from Las Vegas to San Francisco for a $125,000 job that fell through, he was out of options. "It was a string of events that changed my...

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Fukushima Radioactive Contamination May Reach West Coast Within Weeks, But Don't Worry (Yet)

(231) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:35 PM

Radioactive contamination from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster may reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks, according to a report released Monday. But researchers said the low contamination levels would likely cause no environmental or human harm.

The new findings were presented in Hawaii by Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at...

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Woman Attacked For Wearing Google Glass At San Francisco Dive Bar

(148) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:49 AM

As privacy experts nearly predicted, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened: A woman was reportedly attacked in San Francisco Friday night for wearing Google Glass in a bar.

According to CBS, tech writer Sarah Slocum was showing a friend how...

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Brilliant Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary

(112) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 7:20 PM

In perhaps the greatest display of entrepreneurial spirit in modern history, a California Girl Scout has been selling cookies outside of a San Francisco marijuana dispensary.

Danielle Lei, 13, set up shop in front of The Green Cross on Monday, selling a whopping 117 boxes in just...

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California's Drought Is So Bad, You Can See It From Space

(178) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Though California has seen some rain this month, the desperately needed precipitation is sadly just a drop in the bucket of the state's year-long drought.

A satellite photo released by NASA on Sunday shows that the devastating effects of the drought can be seen even from space....

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House Republicans Aim To Limit Power Of Environmental Protection Agency

(390) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 6:18 PM

A new bill introduced by House Republicans would limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to recommend or implement policies.

The bill, dubbed the Secret Science Reform Act, would force the EPA to publicly release its research on a topic before issuing a policy recommendation, and require...

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San Francisco Led The Way On CVS Cigarette Ban

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:46 PM

What started as a small city ban on tobacco sales has resulted in an unprecedented move by the nation's largest drugstore chain, one that could have a ripple effect across retailers.

When CVS announced Wednesday that it will no longer carry cigarettes or tobacco products after October, the...

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16-Pound Baby Born In California Is One Of The Largest In History

(122) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:25 AM

There must be something in the water in California.

Just one week after a Southern California baby was named one of the largest ever born in the state, a Northern California baby has come forward to steal the title.

When Sosefina Tagalu of Daly City, Calif....

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California May Legalize Marijuana In 2014

(42) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:05 PM

An initiative that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in California was cleared for signature gathering by the state attorney general on Friday. Should organizers gather the required 504,000 signatures, the initiative will appear on the ballot in November.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris released her summary...

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Tech Gurus Think Hipster Coffee Is The Next Big Thing, Apparently

(17) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Did you just say $25 million? Excuse us for spitting out our cold-brewed coffee.

According to a report by Kara Swisher of Re/Code, Blue Bottle Coffee, the Oakland-based hipster coffee company turned tech darling, just raised $25.27 million for future projects in a matter of months.

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