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Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Sadaya,

Many of us loved the abundance of small wildlife that those turkeys consume. Get closer to the ground and see what native species are locally missing and/or less abundant to observe now.

It's not a matter of "in addition to", but one of "instead of".

Peter

Sadaya stated: "there are many of us out there who love to see the turkeys---I have worked on a campus where we have a flock and live near a flock for years now, and the novelty has never worn off--they are magnificent birds and I am thankful every day I get to see them in addition to rest of the limited wildlife we are privy to in an urban environment."

Posted by Peter Rauch on 11/15/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

The Truth about PAR:

Take it from a former PAR Coach. PAR is a scam.
We were taught how to do backwards mapping- this is when we are told by administration what the candidate's score will be, and then we fill in the blanks and justify the score we give them.The candidate has no control over what score he or she will get. We have absolutely been given a score to give them. Nothing they do or don't do will change that.

We are also taught Gas-lighting Techniques to break the candidate down and get them to resign without finishing the PAR process or holding the district and union to task.The technique of Gas-lightings is used to completely break down the candidate and confuse the candidate. As PAR coaches are instructed to be vague, so the candidate doesn't really know what is expected. We were told never to model and we given many conversation workshops on how to answer questions without answering questions.We were given more money and promised advancement if we helped them fail out candidates. It was scary and I only did it one year.I'm always haunted by my involvement in PAR. Everyone should know the signs that you are being Gas-lighted
Here are the signs you are being Gas-lighted :
1. You are constantly second-guessing yourself
2. You ask yourself, "Am I too sensitive?" a dozen times a day.
3. You often feel confused and even crazy at work.
4. You're always apologizing to your boss/PAR coach
5. You can't understand why, with so many apparently good things in your life, you aren't happier.
6. You frequently make excuses for your employer/PAR coaches behavior to friends and family.
7. You find yourself withholding information from friends and family so you don't have to explain or make excuses.
8. You know something is terribly wrong, but you can never quite express what it is, even to yourself. This is accomplished through the PAR coach being vague and constantly moving the target of accomplishment - you can't hit it, cause it is purposely being moved.
9. You start lying to avoid the put downs and reality twists.
10. You have trouble making simple decisions.**** This is major. When you are in PAR, you are so broken down, you won't make simple decisions without extreme self doubt.
11. You have the sense that you used to be a very different person - more confident, more fun-loving, more relaxed.
12. You feel hopeless and joyless.
13. You feel as though you can't do anything right. Again, this was done deliberately by the PAR program.
14. You wonder if you are a "good enough" employee.
15. You find yourself withholding information from friends and family so you don't have to explain or make excuses.


Remember your employer can be an abuser. PAR coaches are specially trained to carry this out in a legal manner. PAR coaches learn how to Gas-light in stages, but they do move fast.
PAR Coaches wil never help you as a teacher and they are not sent to do that.

I'm so ashamed of my year as a PAR Coach. When I think of it, I can hardly live with myself. I hope that by educating others, I can begin to pay it forward a little.

Namaste and Be Well.

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Posted by Heidi Wasseman on 11/14/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Zoo Gone Wild

Per Chip's chirpy column in the Chron yesterday, final vote on this is Tuesday.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 11/14/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A New War on Smoking

The problem is then "WHERE do we put them once collected?" Cigarette butts are toxic, so not safe for landfills either. Long term solutions must include reducing smoking all together, so that there are fewer butts to dispose of.

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Posted by Denice Dennis on 11/12/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “A New War on Smoking

A solution may be to put a "bounty" of one cent for each cigarettes to be paid out by any retail vendor in the State. The legislature could pass an additional 20-cent per pack tax and call it what it is: TAX YOUR BUTT . The admin costs could be funded by the existing 25-cent per pack tax.

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Posted by Patrick Ted Ferraro on 11/12/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

There is something we can do about non-native wild turkeys. We can eat them. They are delicious. Hunting them with shotguns is problematic in the hills of Montclair, but bagging one with a bow is safe assuming a safe backstop.

Create a scientific based hunting season with bag limits that reflect carrying capacity of the land. Have hunters participate in a lottery for tags. Close some East Bay Regional Park lands where the birds roost and have a four day hunt in fall and spring. Use the revenue from tags for habitat protection and conservation as practiced by Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and the American Turkey Federation.

We all "hunt" . Most folks leave the killing to others.

Michael

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Posted by michael.sagehorn on 11/11/2014 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Editor on 11/09/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “A Guide to Bay Area Badminton Gyms

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Posted by Editor on 11/09/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

there are many of us out there who love to see the turkeys---I have worked on a campus where we have a flock and live near a flock for years now, and the novelty has never worn off--they are magnificent birds and I am thankful every day I get to see them in addition to rest of the limited wildlife we are privy to in an urban environment

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Posted by Sadaya Zimmerle on 11/06/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

What? no recipes for wild turkey?

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Posted by David.Hicks on 11/06/2014 at 6:49 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Thanks for all this amusing information. I think I prefer "Wild Turkey" of the liquid form - a refreshing bourbon of great repute since 1869.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 11/06/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Someone mentioned few natural predators for turkeys? Well, there are always humans. Coyotes are probably too smart to take on a healthy adult turkey. I've had as many as 30 in my yard and in those numbers they can be quite destructive.

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Posted by Ken Osborn on 11/05/2014 at 11:23 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Yep, feeling it. These guys ganged up on me last week while I was leaving for work. I couldn't figure out if I could get them to move. Didn't want to be mean and scare them, but truth be told, I was a little scared of them. Freaks.

Posted by melody simpson on 11/05/2014 at 8:57 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Most amusing read following the Repug victories across the country and especially here in Oaktown.

My fave chuckles might be yours too:

The turkey has become an "underdog." --I always knew it was more-or-less under because of its, how would you say it, relative lack of tallness, but I never quite got around to understanding the dogness of the turkey.

"Chasing and attacking residents and leaving behind huge mounds of feces."
--If being chased thusly don't bother calling 911 in Oakland. And don't call even the non-emergency number about those huge mounds. At least until our new Mayor puts together her promised public safety plan to include all turkey dangers.

"Purdin advises the attacked to safely guide turkeys away with an open umbrella."--Purdin, whoever he is, doesn't seem to understand that few Bay Areans have, historically speaking, owned umbrellas. Now with the, once again historic, drought, the umbrella population has completely receded making an umbrella turkey defense most unlikely. Even if we had the umbrellas, we'd need special training in order to learn how to safely guide turkeys with them.

"As a symbol of our defeat, I got my dad a gallon of industrial, zoo-strength bird-poop cleaner for Christmas last year. He was not amused."--If your dad is still unamused tell him that I would like to borrow some zoo-strength cleaner to help with my annual Halloween house-eggings.

"Although doing away with turkeys is briefly satisfying, the image of these birds struggling against our manmade world, one we inserted them into, is heartbreaking."--Do you mean "briefly satisfying" to the turkeys, to their image, or to our manmade world? Actually I always have thought that Nature or God or something like that made the world and the man, too. Not only did we make the world, we also inserted the turkeys into it? I simply don't think so. And last, can our manmade world be both "briefly satisfied and heartbroken?" Sounds kinda like a theme for a movie with Adam Sandler.

"In the Bay Area, we have largely driven out the few natural predators turkeys might have — such as coyotes...Now, like squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, pigeons, and feral pigs, turkeys are increasingly thriving in our urban environment."--Holy Mackerel! The predatory coyotes are both largely driven out and increasingly thriving.

The mind boggles. The editor has gone on vac.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/05/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

It's kind of a bummer that Kaplan's write up spends so much time repeating attack lines by her opponents and detractors. But there you go. For whatever it is worth... I have had plenty of personal experience with her, and she is anything but lazy. She will be an excellent mayor.

I think EBE let's Quan off too easy as well. I have never voted for Quan and I do not intend to start. She is neither intellectually curious, or very nice. Again: from my experience.
Schaaf is fine, but I do not understand the love affair so many have with her.

Kaplan / Siegel / Schaaf.

Although: I might say, we've got it a lot better than most as far as candidates. We really do. Especially with no Don Perata's in the mix this time.

Posted by Conan Neutron on 11/03/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Editor on 11/03/2014 at 3:29 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

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Posted by Editor on 10/31/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

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Posted by Editor on 10/31/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

Nathan Degenero, what is the source of your last sentence (quoted)? I hope that it is a creditable source. I could not find it.

As many as there are with DID, few come forward and talk about it or share their symptoms. And, with the problem now of the public being under-educated and/or mis-educated about trauma and dissociation, this article is one 'case study' and should be understood as just that - a gift to study and recognize as one person's truth - not swept under the carpet as someone seeking attention. That is a clear attempt to silence not only truth of one person, but to silence others who might come forward to share their experiences.

One of the first steps to grooming a child for abuse is to create in them the fear of being negated - not believed, and most importantly made to believe that if they tell, people will react by calling them 'attention seekers'.

There are 48 million child abuse survivors in the United States alone (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). Studies show that at least 1% of them have Dissociative Identity Disorder. (Maldonado etal, 2002).

"Attention seeking behavior" is not a symptom of DID.

Some actual symptoms of DID include:

Suicidal Tendencies
Depression
Anxiety, panic attacks
Confusion
Memory problems
Headaches
Flashbacks
Eating Disorders
Personality change
Loss of memory
Disorientation
De-realization
Dissociation
Depersonalization
Self-Injury
Time Loss
History of Early Childhood Trauma (NAMI)

It might be noted that, because of early childhood trauma, most survivors with DID actually 'fear' attention. It takes a courageous person to come forward and tell at all. Bravo - this is not attention seeking, but a deep need to inform the public of one truth. Again, thank you.

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Posted by Felicity Lee on 10/31/2014 at 7:25 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

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Posted by Editor on 10/30/2014 at 8:18 PM

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