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Re: “Pot Farm Showcases Radical Water Conservation Invention

Drip irrigation is second, only to letting the hose run unchecked, in water wasting methods. Mr. Monroe's statement about drip systems is a very common mistake. Even water board management and staff have only been able to come up with water saving methods like, "don't flush the toilet" or "use a hose shut off valve".

Posted by George Bianchini on 09/14/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

I want to repost a comment left by someone on a Facebook post regarding this article.They put it so well. I couldn't say it better. I hope they don't mind.
"This is problematic because it clearly makes distinctions between "poor" aka "those that need" and "rich" aka "those that give. It frames her in such a way that it becomes another "white savior narrative." It's a good idea but location and situation create a different set of politics around it. The way the article frames it also doesn't help the case.
More than anything it's a division of status and class. Yesterday some art student said "I like working in grungy, filthy areas of society, so I don't mind working in low-income society spaces." This only reinforces this idea of the patting themselves on the back and breaking ground on new ideas that have long existed and been in places.
Another question that arises is "social practice," what is it? And how is the narrative being framed and shaped by institutions and the media? Why write about her and not all the projects that come out of east side arts? Their work is as much valid in social practice as hers. Those of us in the field have to be very careful in how we use that term and frame our projects- and also be vocal. It's a new term being thrown around to label any art in the world that's outside institutions. And don't even get me started on institutions and what they say about things as such..."

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Posted by ivandnav on 09/14/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

East Bay Express told me they don't write these kind of articles, when we were doing something similar at Moco in downtown Oakland two years ago. I think we were too ethnic for your paper maybe.

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Posted by ivandnav on 09/14/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

On September 14th, a Richmond police officer shot and killed a man who attacked the officer, who was on a normal patrol at a liquor store. This is the first officer-involved shooting of this kind since 2007, but testimony to the fact that attacking any police officer is not conducive to one's health, even in a police force the author of this article claims has been taken control of by liberals.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 09/14/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Cat Cafe to Open in Oakland

Yay!! So looking forward!

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Posted by Nancy Olivier on 09/13/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Terrific article. Thank you.

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Posted by Virginia Tibbetts on 09/13/2014 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Gambling with Children

Can someone from the family please get in contact with me. Kaiser just let me granddaughter die on 8/27. I wish I would of read your story sonner. Other parents and families have to be warned.

Thank you

Jennifer Buna Velasco
Im on face book

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Posted by Jennifer Buna Velasco on 09/12/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Pot Farm Showcases Radical Water Conservation Invention

... or you could just go to Home DePot and check out their drip irrigation stuff ...

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/12/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

"What’s the most infuriating about this whole issue is how much it misses the point."

... and that the point is being missed by no accident.

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/12/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Drop

Looking forward to Gandolfini's last film...if you're a fan of Gandolfini and The Sopranos, take a look at

Posted by Sopranos Autopsy on 09/12/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Chip Johnson, Stop Ignoring Inconvenient Facts

Whatever "Gonsalves' personal, political and economic connections" are, he's absolutely right about the abysmal, freakishly insecure, defensive and provincial coverage the Chron gives Oakland. I moved here (from out of state, and to Oakland, not SF-then-Oakland) in the '90's and it was obvious then that the Chronicle was incapable of even perceiving viable life outside SF's city limits, with specific exceptions for Marin County, the wine country, and, very grudgingly, the tech-soaked parts of the peninsula. But in recent years, as Oakland picked up new or repolished facets to its identity, the Chronicle's coverage has gone from blinkered to malign - and I think this is where "freakishly insecure" comes in. SF, as far as I can tell, has been in something of a panic for 50+ years that the world won't recognize its sophisticated perfection (the Chronicle's navel-gazing is at its core just a reassurance for its assumed audience's insecurity.) And the more Oakland becomes known independently - for its food, its cultures and countercultures, its music, nightlife, expensive penthouses and relatively cheap neighborhoods (in other words, as a viable alternative to SF for the people the Chronicle deems important) - the more of a threat it becomes. You know what happens when insecure and entitled people - and institutions - feel threatened. The Chronicle is the Rhoda Penmark of journalism.

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Posted by heydon on 09/12/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

wow really makes you think you know

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Posted by Eric Bubna on 09/12/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

I must say I agree with it all KP MUST, HAVE TO DO BETTER! recently I had surgery, post operatively, I could not empty my bladder. 1st nurse who was going off shift scanned my bladder said I had 400cc of urine. I needed an in and out cath. I heard him tell on 2nd nurse..2nd nurse said she'd do it. He said he can do it, she replies "I got it" he leaves. While I could not Pee, no matter how many times I said I had to pee; she stayed in the computer. My husband and cousin, who were at the bedside said she kept scrolling up and down the computer. Now after reading Wootens comment I understand what she was doing. She was completing the spreadsheetn looking for what best fitted my situaion. Final outcome: by the time she cath me there was a total of 700cc of urine & probably 45 minutes later. (I cant be sure of the time frame - as it's recovery time. I know factually it was a long time). I did not report it as I didnt want to get anyone in trouble. Im thinking I will now seeing its a technology problem. A model of care that does not work or not as effective as they, KP, intended it to be.PRIORITY IS THE PATIENTS NOT THE COMPUTERS NOT THE BROKEN TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS! Keep the patients safe keep the nurses safe keep us all safe. #power to the nurses!!!

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Posted by Michelle Berry on 09/12/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

Wonderful! This woman is a beautiful Angel . . .

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Posted by Karen Mireau on 09/12/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

Magnus also brought the civil side of crime reduction strategies into the police dept. Code enforcement is the tool of an effective broken windows program.

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Posted by Laura Menard on 09/12/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Wow--that's some pretty impressive mental gymnastics to try to obfuscate the results of a study. Oh, and Herb--all your assumptions have proved wrong in Colorado. Legalization has NOT reduced access to pot by minors, nor has the black market dried up. In fact, the legislature is finding that people who can choose between taxed/legal marijuana and black market marijuana will choose the latter. Only your above-board yuppies or olds who don't want to risk a trip to the hood are willing to pay the tax.

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Posted by John Williams on 09/12/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Teen alcohol use is associated with these things plus much worse.

We are not legalizing for kids. Currently it is so available to kids that studies don't just ask if they can get cannabis, they ask how many hours it would take them to get it. A third of teens say it would take less than a few hours. Most have more than a couple of friends, so basically any teen can already get cannabis anytime they wanted. The federally funded Monitoring the Future Survey reports about 85% of high school seniors find marijuana "fairly easy to obtain". Their figure has changed little since 1975, never dropping below 81% in three decades of national surveys.

Regular teen access will not increase with legalization, and will likely decrease as the main supply channels are moved above ground where they can be easily monitored. At the very least we would take the cannabis they are getting from the criminal drug dealer of unknown character, with unknown potency, unknown purity (it could be laced, contaminated, etc), who never ID's, and put the supply in the hands of licensed, regulated, retailers who are not going to try and also sell hard drugs, or even have access to hard drugs.

The federal organization SAMHSA has shown that, despite greater acceptance and more lenient laws, the perceived availability of cannabis to youths aged 12 to 17 has dropped from 55% in 2002 to 48.6% in 2010. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that medical marijuana laws have not led to increased teen usage [Choo et al. 2014; Lynne-Landsman et al. 2013; Harper et al. 2012; Anderson et al. 2012].

Teen usage dropped in Portugal since they decriminalized in 2001. The Netherlands have tolerated sales for years in 'coffee shops'. Both countries have lower usage rates, 3.3% and 5.4% respectively, than the U.S. which is 13.7%. Note that in the same time frame in which the war on drugs has been waging, tobacco use has dropped from about 45% to 18%, without criminalizing millions of tobacco users, whereas cannabis use went up.

Lenient cannabis policies are not associated with elevated adolescent use:

"the data provide no evidence that strict marijuana laws in the United States provide protective effects compared to the similarly restrictive but less vigorously enforced laws in place in Canada, and the regulated access approach in the Netherlands. "
Simons-Morton et al. Cross-national comparison of adolescent drinking and cannabis use in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. Int J Drug Policy. 2010.

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Posted by Herb Reason on 09/12/2014 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Capping the Well

Divestment is the right thing for UC to do.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 09/11/2014 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

So inspring. She's is very brave.

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Posted by Adelina Topleva Monroe on 09/11/2014 at 9:47 PM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 09/11/2014 at 8:59 PM

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