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Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

"Bill sponsor and Sen. Lou Correa — a cop-backed Democrat from a town that bans dispensaries — told the Sacramento Bee that the bill died because folks wanted to perpetuate the 'wild, wild west' of medical marijuana."

Translation: The corporatocracy, along with its tools and attack dogs, cannot tolerate a system in which they are denied intrusion of the doctor-patient relationship, because slaves must not be permitted control over their own bodies.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/17/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Scott--I do understand your POV, the party line of the neocon and the neoliberal. It's been called, since the years of Ronald Reagan (and the Black Panther Party), "Trickle Down Economics."

It's all about more money for them that's already got with the "promise" that eventually, in a century or two, more money's gonna trickle down to them what's really in need.

It just don't work. NYC, SF. LA, other cities don't have the same ultra-high murder rate as Oaktown. One city isn't the same as every other city. Unless, of course, Walt Disney is your guide.

Oakland has a longtime problem of racism, red-lining and economic neglect of its poorest citizens. Lots of Oakland's electeds have known this for the past 40 years but have chosen not to do anything significant about it. Oakland's poorest Black and Brown folks need maybe another 20K living-wage jobs, right now. Oakland's current Mayor, a woman named Jean Quan, talks about her program to provide 2000 minimum wage summer jobs for young people. It ain't enough. But be assured Quan is quite aware of the good reviews Oakland's nightlife is getting from the NY Times.

Took nearly ten years for Oakland's electeds to start thinking about doing something about police reform. After major control of the po-po was taken away from Mayor Quan et al, then the reforms began in earnest.

I could go on, but you'd probably rather enjoy your tropical cocktail.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/17/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Shucking Delicious

Finally went to this place and had great expectations. We had the shrimp, market salad, mussels, fries, a glass of wine and two beers. The shrimp meat was somewhat soft and could have been previously frozen. When the fries came out they were twice fried and warm to the touch. I order another batch and they were great. The meal cost over $80.00 and I was charged for both orders at $ 7.50 a pop, really. Note, for anyone who goes, order at the counter and get a number then the food will arrive. Also, look at the chalk board for the entrees and specials. Finally, Swanns market place is a communal dinning space, order from either kitchen and enjoy.

Posted by David Crosby on 08/17/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Pot-Laced Sex Lube, Foria, Gets A Glowing Review

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Can I Get HIV From Kissing or Oral Sex?

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Cops and Rappers

Checked it out last night. Amazing. Highly recommend.

Posted by Chris Albeck on 08/16/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

Yep some people just want everything, like not creating monopolies, like a fair playing feild that includes affordable medicine for sick people, and not making outlaws of our otherwise completely compliant grower.

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Posted by Shona Levana Gochenaur on 08/16/2014 at 1:15 AM

Re: “A Flawed Model for Care

I am a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at kaiser Modesto. My son has been denied mental health services. He was hospitalized for threats to commit suicide and while a patient he had violent episodes towards staff. Every day was a fight to keep him hospitalized, which was the recommendation of his physician. I filed a case with DMHC but they found in favor of kaiser. My son was released and kaiser wanted him to attend intensive outpatient treatment but I explained he has already failed this. I took him to his first appointment where he refused to participate. So they kicked him out. That meant he could only be seen once a month because the therapist said there was no room in the schedule. I then scheduled weekly appointments far in advance and they were all cancelled by kaiser. My son is still suffering and I worry every day that he will hurt himself or me or my 6 yr old. Shame on you kaiser

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Posted by Amy Gamache-Glass on 08/15/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “California Health Department Opposes Bill to Help Formerly Incarcerated People Access Jobs

Putting it another way: In the fairly recent past, you had to be bondable to do any of this work. You had to be bondable to be a cashier. This policy, if implemented, is just a gift to the background-check industry. Because it is a perfectly legitimate issue to not let people with a track record of, say, theft or abuse into one's home and near one's loved one. Your obligation is to protect your patient or loved one. Maybe the would-be caregiver HAS changed their ways, but it is your decision and no one else's whether you want to put your vulnerable person in their care. If the state punts its responsibility on this, it's a boon for the private sector, because the issue doesn't go away, and people will do what they have to to deal with it.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 08/15/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “State Lawmakers Consider LGBTQ-Friendly Birth Certificates

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Posted by Editor on 08/15/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “California Health Department Opposes Bill to Help Formerly Incarcerated People Access Jobs

Patients and their families should be able to make informed decisions about who's doing the caregiving. If the would-be caregiver was convicted of a crime, they are entitled to know the details and make their own decision. That's the real issue, and as long as there is a clear, accessible path to that knowledge, it is better that they rather than some automated agency make the decision.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 08/14/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Turning The Volume Up On Oakland

Love the statement: "We're capturing a certain moment of time in Oakland," said Tavella. "We were having trouble confining it to a certain sound, since there is so much good music here." Ah, just like our amazing denizens. Spicy variety!

Posted by Justine TenZeldam on 08/14/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “California Does Not Have A Medical Marijuana Recommendation Problem

As somebody that has a legit recommendation for disc herniation and nerve damage, it really can be a joke. A recommendation via skype? Really? I'm sure your insomnia and ADHD is terrible and requires weed Mr. freshly turned 18. Cannabis just needs to be legalized and taxed already and then make medical marijuana tax exempt. Then doctors will have less ideological opposition to turning people away. Under such a system they can buy it anyways so the higher standard would be for, "do they deserve to get around taxes?".

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Posted by Tyler Gunderson on 08/14/2014 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Hobart,

The violence that the exists in certain Oakland neighborhoods is the same violence that is present in neighborhoods in San Francisco, New York City, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, etc. The point you are missing, is the nature of the crime reporting. This one dimensional media coverage is what cripples Oakland's tax base.

In recent years, Oakland has gained national and international attention as a place to visit, invest, play, work, and live. Today, Oakland can fund more police academies because of increased tax revenue generated from new businesses, new residents, and increased tourism and hotel activity.

Fear mongering Oakland only deters businesses from starting up or relocating here; families from moving here; and tourists from visiting here. That's impeding our productive tax base, which prevents us from allocating the much needed resources to libraries, schools, police academies, etc.

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Posted by Sal Scott on 08/14/2014 at 1:00 AM

Re: “California Does Not Have A Medical Marijuana Recommendation Problem

One problem is that the younger folk don't look "sick enough" to receive recommendations. Cut-rate clinics, bargain-basement advertising and Skype operations also raise eyebrows, and rightfully so, but the one thing Prop. 215 does very well is to protect doctors who recommend cannabis. Our biggest problem, for real, is the proliferation of 99-plant recs, and the creation of state cultivation licenses should render those relics of an unregulated past.

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Posted by Michael Green on 08/14/2014 at 12:29 AM

Re: “The High Cost of Justice

Stop the corporatization of the legal system and remove all fees to see on lone documents. This nonsense of government trying to act like a business is absurd and unconstitutional. Block headed politicians should be ashamed of this tack which denies freedom of information and due process. To pay for it a few political jobs where the favored few lodge and get big salaries and benefits for doing nothing can be lopped off. Oh Dear this must touch a raw nerve.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 08/14/2014 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Caltrans Still Obsessed with Road-Building

Excellent piece. Thanks for publishing/writing it.

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Posted by Carl Maletic on 08/13/2014 at 11:58 PM

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