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Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

Serving hamburgers in a drought? Nothing short of criminal! End of civilization indeed! Mold in a drought? Unheard of! Mold needs water to survive! Hmmm...

15 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Segue Fischlin III on 06/25/2015 at 10:24 AM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

The hamburgers are no bueno, many other choices on the street that don't charge you an arm and leg for a small burger. Unfortunately this is how the "New Oakland" has become. Silver spoon having owners selling marked up small plates to the hipsters and others who will choose to support a place like this. It is a very sad time in Oakland right now and I don't think it will ever go back to how it was. I'm glad I was born and raised in Oakland, but in five years its won't be recognizable

26 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Brian Eckling on 06/25/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Alameda Mayor In Hot Water Over Racially Insensitive Comments

This whole white rice thing is rediculous, getting offended over food?! daughter likes to eat white rice too...just like other kids of other cultures. So are we all insensitive? There was no racial comment made diected AT one paticular person. Just some well meaning goodwill to find common ground and bridge a culture gap that came out socially awkward. So what! Really, our society is getting way too sensitive and people in polotics ir the media needs to not look to make mountains out of mole hills. There are more important culture issues to grapple over. Please don't divide the community with these nonsense issues more than it already is. Trish Spencer is doing a fine job as mayor as far as I'm concerned.

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Stephanie Campo-Cardenas on 06/25/2015 at 7:37 AM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Here is another question for readers. Does the Sierra Club's input in this matter serve towards satisfying mitigation for their support/participation in any wind energy projects? If so they have a clear bias.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/25/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Dorsey's Locker: Stormy Mondays No More

Another chapter in a very sad story.

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Posted by Doug Bloch on 06/25/2015 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf and Police Seek Unproven 'Predictive Policing' Software

GIULIANI used similar software in New York City when he was mayor and it worked magnificently. Don't judge things you know nothing about. I'm all for it.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Nathan Scheg on 06/25/2015 at 6:18 AM

Re: “The Real ‘Welfare Queens’? Drug-Testing Companies

To Mr. Andrews, I do believe you are correct that the majority of people being subjected to unnecessary testing are in fact the disabled subset,however that makes it no less ludicrous to threaten people in severe debilitating pain such as myself with being stripped of their much needed medications for simply smoking marijuana to aid in their pain relief and to better their virtually nonexistent quality of life. Especially when pill mills and real drug abusers have the system so perverted that even the most reputable pain management physicians are hesitant to prescribe the proper doses or medications that these people in pain need for fear of the DEA. Not just the prescribing physicians but the pharmacies who set up arbitrary "red flags" and company policies to make certain that it is as difficult as possible if not outright impossible for them to fill their legally prescribed meds. While the author of this particular article could have elaborated more on certain aspects and should have cited specific source references, the fact that you disagree with the article and/or the way in which it was written doesn't make the assertions made therein any less valid. And yes, it is in fact fraud and malpractice when performing a test to make sure that your patient is simply taking their meds as opposed to selling them, and not taking other Rx meds for which their Dr has not prescribed, then also tacking on in some cases hundreds of dolthes I'm unwarranted testing.(my source you ask? My bank account as I do not recieve any government aid. I can attest that the lab that tests for my pain management does a full opioid/benzo gas chromatogrph/mass spectrometry for a total of $186, yet on various occasions I was billed for several times this amount, when I looked into the matter I found they had tested for every illicit drug they could test for, including simple Cannabis, which my Dr did not in fact order.) So before you tear someone a new asshole simply because they could have written their article better, (which BTW I think it was very well written despite not having cited references) how about you actually do five minutes worth of research on the matter yourself, it won't take you very long at all to find all the references you could ever dream of to support the claims made in this article. Pain patients in this country are rapidly becoming the biggest victims in the failing "war on drugs". Anyone who doesn't realize it has obviously never seen a 70 year old w cancer on his death bed basically end up having to turn to Heroin from the streets because its cheaper and easier to obtain than proper pain medications from a Dr. I've seen many people in pain forced to find their relief on the streets because they did not have insurance nor medicaid/care, the un/underinsured are the true victims in all this, I speak from experience. We are the ones who truly cannot afford the " war on drugs" which is hilarious as it isn't effecting the addicts one bit, they dont have to suffer without needed medications, they will still be able to get their fix, its people in true pain who are being fucked at every turn, pardon my language but its the only word fitting for the state of pain management in the country, fucked...

Posted by Lind L. Tailor on 06/25/2015 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Superhighways in the Sky

The DEA has been circling over my neighborhood in a rented Cessna 172 for at least 15 years. 4 or 5 hours a day, 2 to 5 times a week. Supposedly, they are using infrared camera gear to find pot growing operations. Seriously. The E.B.Ex. did a story on it a while back.
This is no passing unseen jet a mile high, this is a noisy piston engine airplane, going around and around and around, 800 feet above the homes of thousands and thousands of taxpayers homes, and there is nothing that a citizen can do to stop it.
The awful problem of "noisy" jet airplanes intermittantly flying over the wilderness and disturbing the lone ranger's non-stop silence for 11 or 12 entire seconds, two or three times a day, well, we should all be so lucky.

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Posted by A. C. Stevenson on 06/24/2015 at 11:43 PM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

Hey Luke, did you ever SEE the mural? I have lived in the Piedmont Ave are for 30 years, and the mural painted by Rocky Rische-Baird in the same style as his other mural on the Gaylord's building on 41st St. was both visually impressive and a wonderful historical record for Oakland. There are many people in the neighborhood who are more than a little amazed by the arrogance of the new tenant who took it into his own hands to rip down a distinguished piece of local historical art without bothering to consult properly with representatives of the area. I would normally welcome a new restaurant with some well-prepared offerings, but in this case, all I have is a bad taste in my mouth. Some sort of public apology and good-faith offer to try and make up for what is clearly an egregious error would go a long way to fixing the rift that exists. All I have seen so far from the owner is defensive comments about how he did all he reasonably could have, which is has not served him well in the eyes of the neighborhood.

23 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Peter Stokes on 06/24/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Dorsey's Locker: Stormy Mondays No More

This place is going to be missed. Where can I go after Dorsey's Locker closes for anything even close to the experience I get there?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Morty Bercovik on 06/24/2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf and Police Seek Unproven 'Predictive Policing' Software

That Oakland and its Mayor would even consider this hocus-pocus is clear evidence of how ignorant our police department and our elected officials are about crime. Wow! Hey, Schaaf! Human behavior can not be put into a mathematical "box." You have been watching too much science fiction. This is pre-crime; it only works in the imagination. Get busy with the things that we know that work and expand them with that $100,000 plus.

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Posted by Wilson Riles on 06/24/2015 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Alameda Mayor In Hot Water Over Racially Insensitive Comments

I am of Ilocano heritage and never visited the Philippines. Born and raised in Hawaii, we grew up being tolerant when it came to being politically correct about ethnicity, race and heritage. I have other Filipinos trippin' on me too! It's not a big issue. We laugh at each other through humor. It's all O.K. folks. There are larger issues to deal with besides name calling. I eat poi. I Love it! It's color is like purple. ~ Aloha!

26 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Charlie Valoroso on 06/24/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Eucalyptus trees: the pigeons of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills. Why anyone would miss them - and the incredible danger they, and their detritus, pose - is beyond me.

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Posted by John Seal on 06/24/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

I have a much better idea. Let's remove every nonnative from the Sierra Club. Far few members would be left leaving our environment much better off.

A case in point is wind energy. Wind energy is an industry that has been producing fraudulent mortality research for 30 years. The Sierra Club (now receiving wind energy related funding) has now been silent about this disastrous wind turbine invasion since 1999.

Here is the last negative wind energy statement (LA Times) I could find relating to the Sierra Club and wind energy........"Ten years ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to build a wind farm on the same land, siding with a coalition opposing the project that included the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and Tejon Ranch, the largest contiguous landowner in California with 270,000 acres along Interstate 5 in Los Angeles and Kern counties. The opponents argued that the wind farm would be a visual blight and have a broad impact on the environment, particularly on the condor after it was reintroduced."

The statement above was absolutely true in 1999 but now far truer as more species living in and around wind farms are being annihilated. But you don't hear a word from the Sierra Club about these impacts from these spinning monsters. Now the mass killing propeller style wind turbine is heartily endorsed by the Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club in 2006 even sued the Defense Department in federal court for allegedly halting or crippling construction of wind farms across the United States by failing to complete a study on whether they interfere with military radar.
The public also has to put up with their wind energy nonsense/propaganda about protecting more birds and other species in the future from climate change, while they turn a blind eye to the avian genocide taking place from turbines. I am sure that without any wind energy money they they would be singing a completely different tune.
Mitigation funding and contracts with gag orders attached are helping to keep certain conservation groups and people quiet about turbine impacts.

I have paperwork for an approved repowering wind project at Altamont with mitigation in conjunction with the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) . It actually states that the more eagles that die from the new turbines, the more that will be donated to the conservation fund. Funny thing is that these eagles and other protected species killed by turbines are not theirs to sell off or profit from and conveniently tearing these worthless turbines down is never an (HCP) option.
Most intelligent people educated in the sciences should be able to understand that turbines can do nothing about climate change because there are so many reasons for the changing micro climates across the globe. This includes the deforestation caused by sprawling wind energy developments from transmission lines and clear-cutting. But even if turbines could impact climate and all the destroyed forest ecosystems of the world were restored, turbines would have to be a primary source of energy for society.

This is not possible because so many so many of these sprawling energy inefficient turbines would have to be built. There is not enough room, enough good wind, nor enough time to build the tens of millions of turbines needed. Then there are the many species lost to extinction that will never come this way again.

This is the message that you should be hearing from a credible conservation group. It is time that the public moved past the green washing mindset from of these conservation groups taking wind money because it is insane, incredibly ignorant or corrupt. Take your pick.

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/24/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

The so-called "Unified Methodology," which would require the gradual thinning of non-native trees close to structures, would still have all of the non-native trees in the project areas removed by the end of 10 years. That is what is in FEMA's Record of Decision, and that, among other issues, is what HCN opposes.
See FEMA's Executive Summary, p. 11.

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Posted by Madeline Hovland on 06/24/2015 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Superhighways in the Sky

This article rather skirts around the issue of alternatives.

I hate plane noise in the boonies, but I hate wasting carbon more. Perhaps the author can explain how carbon use can be reduced while at the same time reducing the noise. And redirection of environmental impacts, especially those that are chiefly aesthetic (the article doesn't point to any real physical harm), often means shuffling the problem to poor areas. Somehow I think Bolinas and Woodside will be spared to the detriment of East Palo Alto and Richmond. But I'm maybe too cynical....

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/24/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Superhighways in the Sky

Thanks for the article - I really appreciate the depth of coverage. I live in Bolinas where we experience jets flying over all day, every day. My 2-year-old daughter notices them every time they fly over. Some are higher, some are lower as the converge onto the SFO landing pattern. When it's quiet, the sound of the jets is more obvious making it more of a disturbance; it's astonishing that the FAA doesn't even analyse impacts in places with a low baseline since these are the places where the impact is perceived to be greatest. I always wondered why they didn't move the flight path farther west over the ocean. Now it makes sense - it's restricted military airspace and I have witnessed military aircraft doing exercises there. Great things happen when people work together. I hope these agencies ditch their egos for the betterment of themselves and others.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Doug Lee 1 on 06/24/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Kudos Sophie Ho for an excellent article. The first I have read on this complicated issue that gets everything right, all the facts, all the different positions of the groups. And, she doesn't take sides. Refreshing!

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Posted by Marilyn Goldhaber on 06/24/2015 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Replaces Car Parking With Street 'Parklets'

RE: Jan Van Dusen's concerns: The City of Oakland ordinance requires that parklets be "revenue neutral," meaning that loss of parking revenue must be recouped in some fashion. In the case of the parklet in question, the City of Oakland will establish two new parking spots around the corner on Loma Vista Ave. to replace the ones utilized by the parklet on MacArthur. There should be no revenue loss provided the same amount of car traffic continues. On the question of business support in the district, the following businesses have signed up as parklet co-sponsors by donating $$ to the project: World Ground Cafe, State Farm Agent Jain Williams, Communité Table, Sequoia Diner, Movement Ink, Kelly's Corner, Weinstein Local, Kids 'N Dance 'N Theater Arts Studio, and The Source Chiropractic Center. During the 10-day public comment period none of the local businesses voiced any objection to the project, though some constructive comments were integrated into the design.

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Posted by Jason Wallach on 06/24/2015 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Fitness for Your Brain

"A session of "laughter yoga;"

"Facilitators will use similarly wacky approaches to tackle some challenging bodies of thought;"

"I'm interested in what happens if you're being forced to move and think about global risk managemen;"

"Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics;"

"Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles;"

"An underwater audio installation and a lecture on the Aristotelian concept of topos through a feminist lens;"

Uh-huh. Sounds just like what Albert E., Stephen H. and their physicist/philosopher chums have done along.

Meanwhile I'm going to go for a walk in Redwood Park and afterwards read my book.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/24/2015 at 4:17 PM

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