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Re: “Robert Reich's Multimedia Bid to Save Capitalism

Reich represents the change in both attitude and action we need for an inclusive economy. Still, the built environment must be reformed as well if change is to be sustainable. For that we need 1) substantial, sustainable incomes, 2) a reinvestment system capturing local wealth, and, 3) rebuilding communities physically thereby eliminating both "developers" and land speculators. The prime format should be the village towns (

Posted by Didacus Ramos on 05/12/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Mating Games

I found your reply to the idiot husband who declared a sex moratorium because he’d become dissatisfied ingenuous and disturbing. I’ve had a long life as a woman, mother and sometimes wife, but most importantly a long career in communication and advocacy on women’s health. I don’t believe you’re a misogynist, but this time you fell into the facile and common practice of blaming the woman for the evident problems in her relationship with HUH. You suggested that her apparent disinterest in sex could be due to exhaustion from raising three children. Maybe so, but that isn’t her fault. HUH's description of their relationship suggests to me that 1) he blames her for his feeling frustrated and cranky, 2) that he is clueless about the physical toll of multiple pregnancies as well as the physical and emotional changes that mothers experience most strongly when they lack sufficient support from partners, family and community, 3) that he’s to blame for the sexual breakdown with his wife due to his own incapacity for caring intimacy in the relationship, which, in this case, might be far more potent and long-lasting than a dose of Viagra for reviving sex. (What could possibly make her frustrated, I wonder?) I agree that the couple would benefit from the luxury of time alone, but what they really need is a simple prescription of empathy, demonstrative affection, and practical support in their everyday life together. Oh, did I mention love? I know, it’s not an orgasmic requirement, and you either feel it or you don’t, but it can be a turn on when it’s real and uninhibited. One more thing: I feel sorry for their kids, because if things continue as he describes, the kids will absorb the dissatisfaction, the blaming, and the unhappiness associated with sex, and 20 years from now you’ll be getting letters from them.

Posted by Kathleen Ellen on 05/12/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Great Pains

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Posted by James Phillip on 05/02/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

Interesting how little fact.. was hidden. What else ?
Pretty sad comment on complicit journalism & spin doctors.

Posted by j Wilkes on 04/19/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Alex Oslance's Industrial Decay

I think "pus" has one s, "puss" is something else altogether. That doesn't look like puss.

Posted by doc benway on 04/19/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Sick Fest: A Lesson in 'Sick Woman Theory'

My brother lives in Oakland, and sent me a link to the article, across the pond in England.
I was bedbound for 14 years with chronic fatigue syndrome. Now, happily, I have a joyful increase in mobility and speech and I am 'out' in the world through websites and writing.
Wishing you success in this venture and the warmth of knowing that your beauty persists whether seen or unseen. Congratulations on your oomph.

Posted by Katherine T Owen on 04/18/2016 at 12:17 AM

Re: “An Identity Crisis at Mills College

I don't think that it is right when students experience some kinds of crisis when they study at the college. They should be protected by college officials from crisis they are expected to take part in. They would stop studying if they always feel nervous about something that concerns to them. They would select essay service online and study ordering their home assignmntes from the Internet as they don't want to do them on their own. That's why we should care about them and defend from all kinds of studying crisis.

Posted by Mary Green on 04/17/2016 at 4:59 AM

Re: “Sick Fest: A Lesson in 'Sick Woman Theory'

As a woman with tick-borne illness which has led to me becoming increasingly invisible to my former colleagues and friends, I would have very much liked to have attended. Until you go down the rabbit hole of chronic illness you have no idea how marginalized you can become. I know, for people who are chronically ill, it is a monumental task to put something like this on; thanks so much for doing it.

Posted by Kathleen McCormick on 03/27/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Of course, prior to WW2 Oakland was a very different city from a demographic standpoint. Whites left in droves after the war ended, and when industrial employment left the city, the largely black, blue collar working middle class that had moved West from the South and re-defined Oakland were left behind once again.

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

@Amy Mills seeing as the house was destroyed in the 60s, it's way long gone now. Lower Bottoms in that particular section was redeveloped, including, from what I've been told, freeway construction, which was far more popular at the time than any other transportation infrastructure besides commuter rail (BART) both of which supported white flight and suburban sprawl as a planning strategy, leaving the urban centers to rot with no services or support (except violent cops from the 'burbs to beat those too poor and black to flee)....

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Sick Fest: A Lesson in 'Sick Woman Theory'

I like this. I have interstitial cystitis. An invisible condition that is often ignored. We need to be heard and seen.

Posted by Deborah White-Machon on 03/25/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Gabby Miller as Cross-Cultural Cargo

thanks for the write up see

Posted by Gabby Miller on 03/23/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Sexless Marriages: The Last Word

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Posted by Editor on 03/18/2016 at 1:11 AM

Re: “Mouse Doors to Your Imagination

There are other forms in Alameda too, including some interesting paper pieces, some of which encourage the viewer to take a piece.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 03/16/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Mouse Doors to Your Imagination

wonder if it's the same person who put the gnomes all around oakland utility poles a few years back (and they are still there!)?

Posted by marvin berry on 03/16/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A History of Violence

Link, what house? I live in Lower Bottoms.

Posted by Amy Mills on 03/09/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Hey David — I suppose some boxers probably do end up wailing (making long cries of sadness or pain) after their fights, but in the ring they are pretty focused on whaling (to strike or hit vigorously) on each other.

Posted by April Kilcrease on 03/09/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

It's spelled "wail" not "whale".

Posted by David Anderson Kirk on 03/09/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

"Those who may have a problem with an East Coast writer publishing an opinion on the place after living here for just four years."

Lots of new arrivals in Oakland, as well as Oakland's pols, absolutely love to read East Coast (NY Times) tourism writers on just how trendy Oakland is.
And creative too, if you think fancy cocktails are Art and spendy dining out is Art Appreciation.

But there are at least two Oaklands and never the twain shall meet.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/09/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A Grizzly 'Macbeth' Still Lacking in Lifeblood

Do you mean "grisly"? Grizzly refers to bears or gray-haired-ness, neither of which seem to pertain here.

Posted by Joseph Morris on 03/09/2016 at 8:48 AM

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