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Re: “How Fracking Changes Everything

The big question is what will it take for people to realize that all the money in the world will not help you if you can't breathe the air or drink the water? Both are pretty high up there on the hierarchy of needs. Out of the of thousands of mammals that have or do roam the earth, humans are the only animals that destroy their own natural habitat. The subway system in NY has already flooded, polar bears are running out of ice in the north seas. The city of Miami is installing pumps along South Beach to mitigate anticipated rise in ocean levels. Yet congressional policy makers remain staunch in their defense of polluters like the Koch brothers and big oil companies. They complain about every small correction proposed by the President when what we really need are major changes from the EPA. The Yellowstone River was polluted this week by an oil pipeline while train derailments and explosions continue to threaten cities across America. America continues to be stuck on stupid!

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/24/2015 at 6:29 PM

Re: “The Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events


Did you know there’s another opera company around here besides the SF Opera? Believe me, there is real opera at Alameda’s Island City Opera Company. And, Sunday, January 25th at 2.00pm, they close out their knock-out first production of the inaugural season with a vocally luxurious version of Lucia di Lammermoor.

Every part is exceptionally sung. Soprano Eileen Meredith’s Lucia soars then plunges through emotive songs, one after the other; she’s wonderful at this part. And, everyone around her brings their roles to high standard and interpretation: felt, acted, and musically satisfying. They have no shortage of capable singers, soloists, and chorus, all with acting abilities. This committed group is the real deal.

The orchestra, led by Robert Ashens, delivers Donizetti’s luxurious melodies ever so faithfully, you’ll be fooled into thinking they have many more players than are in the pit: actually, just 20.

There were no handouts of the libretto that you’d expect of a “small” company: no, there are large, easy to see super titles, just like downtown.

Believe me, this will be an experience you won’t forget, one that will remind you once again that opera is the voice and instruments creating music from the heart, about the heart.

P.S. If you have to miss it, no way you can get there, set your calendar for Friday, March 5 and 13th, or Sunday, March 8th and 15th, for the second productions of this very welcome additional to Bay Area arts! Check their web site,
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Posted by Mark Zuckerman on 01/24/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Radically Sharing Temescal

kickstarter campaign to launch a free online university and raise funds to buy the building?

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Posted by Yan White on 01/24/2015 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp tried to extort money from my business for the bad reviews they post...Someone calls me to tell me how I can get better ratings if I pay $300 a month to them. As long as people pay them they will hold these bad reviews over our head. I dislike what they do to peoples business. What happed to freedom of choice!?!?!I choose to have my business removed from yelp....that is my choice. They wont remove it from their sight. What about my rights????

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Posted by Shelia Dotson Barnette on 01/23/2015 at 10:33 PM

Re: “TSA Eases Up on Passengers Flying with Marijuana

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Posted by markfoster on 01/23/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Giving the Finger to Yelp

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Posted by Editor on 01/22/2015 at 10:10 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in Another Questionable Real Estate Deal

In my 30 years of living in West Oakland I have seen too many non-profit organizations take millions of dollars in public funds from the City of Oakland and do little or nothing that was promised in return. It comes as no surprise now that instead of the City Council demanding more clear answers from Ms McElhany regarding her non-profit's activities, they appoint her Council President, and carry on as usual.
If her organization is receiving federal and state funding and grants, it seems like she should open her financials to the public in order to clear up any questions about improprieties. Why should someone who doesn't pay her taxes for years be representing the people of West Oakland? Especially someone who draws an annual salary of 150-200 thousand dollars from the non-profit that is not financially sound.

Kent Crowley

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Posted by Kent Crowley on 01/22/2015 at 6:41 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in Another Questionable Real Estate Deal

If something like this happened in Berkeley, my town, or most anywhere else, this person would be out faster than your head could spin. That this person remains in office is as much a statement about Oakland as it is about the person herself.

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Posted by chris gilbert on 01/22/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “It's Time to Raise the State Gas Tax

Robert: Clearly we need to increase the revenues produced from vehicle use. However it is important to realize that another reason the gas tax is not producing needed revenues is the increasing mileage achieved by the new fleet and this mileage per gallon will go even higher. Electric cars use the system and contribute nothing in revenues.
The real answer is to go to a Vehicle Mile Traveled Tax (VMT). VMT measures real use of the system and therefore is a true user tax. VMT has been successfully tested in Oregon. Yes there are technical challenges but with the electronics on our new vehicle it is very possible to achieve

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Posted by ed gerber on 01/22/2015 at 2:44 PM

Re: “The Bay Guardian Releases Its Final Commemorative Paper This Week

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Posted by Editor on 01/22/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “A New Era for Charter Schools?

Please let us know what benefits there are to be reaped by charter organizations as they (may) choose to submit an a proposal to takeover schools with dropout rates as high as 4/10 students?
While I appreciate the attempt to be balanced, what solution does the author propose?
What happened to the great progress the Oakland High Schools were making; referred to in your papers last article on Oakland Tech and certain School Board members opposition to Charter expansion.

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 01/22/2015 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Giving the Finger to Yelp

He should sue them in the UK and invoke his right to be forgotten...

Posted by Kelly Cook on 01/22/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Want to Donate Your Leftovers to Feed the Hungry? There’s an App for That.

I worked a sewage processing plant. IF someone did this there would be too much extra human waste to process at sewage facilities and inevitably we would all die of over exposure to e coli.

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Posted by Bill Billman on 01/22/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Radically Sharing Temescal

Since we have publicly funded commons already - like libraries and parks and Public Education, my questions is: Can Omni Commons serve as an augmentation to the gaping holes in Public services that could, nay, should, be being improved, but are not (Instead they are dwindling). Can it be done without further devaluing what little we have already? Can it be done without becoming entrenched in a sort of self congratulatory echo-chamber, or Social Club if you will, that exists solely to keep itself in business and its participants occupied?

I mean, it's tragic enough that our public spaces and public schools are underused, under-funded and under-appreciated. I for one, would like to see a municipality that puts more value, and therefore more energy and funding into these programs, rather than cutting them - because they are underused, only because they are terrible, only because they aren't funded. I for one, would like to hold our elected people accountable for these failures. Do these privately funded civic operations, in an odd sort of twist, continue to allow government apathy, or can they bring the issues to light?

Thinking optimistically, let's look at Omni Commons as a space that could expose these gaps. Perhaps each person who participates experiences a sort of Social wake-up-call, like "HEY, these things are supposed to be Public!". And maybe the very idea of a private library, and a private "free school" no matter how pure the intentions, should feel wrong, and maybe that will prompt us to consider our values just a little bit more.

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Posted by Narangkar Glover on 01/22/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Giving the Finger to Yelp

I am so glad to hear that someone has chosen to stand up to Yelp! A couple of business that I know of are also fed up with this companies proclivity for putting their had in your pocket. The more money you spend with the company the further up the search list you are and etcetera. What annoys me is that they already get a hefty monthly charge from you, that is just to have your name listed on Yelp when anyone can list you on Yelp!!!! AT NO CHARGE! So basically you pay Yelp to have the opportunity to be charged more money ????
I can't believe that a court ruled that it was OK for these guys to charge you to tie you up so that they can rob your home.

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Posted by Janice Garbrick on 01/22/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Radically Sharing Temescal

Great write up, thanks for the attention. It's a wonderful group of people and they encourage people to come check out the space. What this group particularly needs are more people of color, so please come by and get involved.

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Posted by Whitney Lawrence on 01/22/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

Let's hope the run is extended at the Berkeley City Club. A second wind on the East Coast would be even better!

Posted by Shirley Kirsten on 01/22/2015 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Radically Sharing Temescal

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Posted by Editor on 01/22/2015 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Weed-Infused Sex Lube Hits Market: Meet, Foria

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Posted by Editor on 01/22/2015 at 6:57 AM

Re: “It's Time to Raise the State Gas Tax

Nope. It's time to reduce the size of California government which does not do its job no matter how much taxes they take from John Q Public.

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Posted by Ken White on 01/22/2015 at 12:49 AM

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