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

ISLAND CITY OPERA....ALAMEDA, OF ALL PLACES......

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,http://islandcityopera.org/
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Posted by Mark Zuckerman on 01/24/2015 at 12:51 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: “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: “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: “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: “Weed-Infused Sex Lube Hits Market: Meet, Foria

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

Re: “Monday Must Reads: East Bay Marked By Cluster of Unvaccinated Kids; Anti-Police Violence Protesters Demonstrate At Schaaf’s House

Finally, somebody in the Mayors office that understands that if the Oakland sports teams are either leaving, planning to leave or on year to year leases, there is no Coliseum City project because nobody in their right mind would finance a project with that much risk. The first step is to get a long term commitment from the A's and Raiders, then a realistic development process can move forward with some possibility of being financed. Having the teams submit proposals that work for them is a good first step. Hopefully those proposals include some sense of how much money the teams can put on the table.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/21/2015 at 3:42 AM

Re: “It’s Not Legalization If There’s No Place To Smoke It

Four guys find a bottle of booze, drink it, and a fight breaks out. Four guys find a joint, smoke it and they form a band.
If you were a cop, would you rather answer a disturbance call at a bar or a Cannabis club?
Cannabis never should have been banned.

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Posted by Jim Heffner on 01/21/2015 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Some Republicans Support Gas Tax Hike; Brown and Napolitano May Create Tuition Panel

These are the reasons why "ethnic studies" were banned in Arizona:

Political indoctrination and Ethnic divisiveness:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/art…

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report…

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Posted by Don Honda on 01/20/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Residents Collect Donations for Victim of West Oakland Bike Crash, Robbery

Thanks for writing this piece. Let's wish Greg a full and speedy recovery. The mother is very courageous in such trying circumstances.

As far as the "human beings" who robbed these two people in such a horrible accident, what the h-ll is wrong with you as a human being? Robbing someone who is unconscious and also an 81 year old man? You bring shame on humanity by your dispicable acts.

Let's help this family so that they understand that there are caring people in Oakland and the East Bay.

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Posted by E. Gonsalves on 01/19/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Dear @nna: How Do I Remember My Passwords?

ID federations (single-sign-on services and password managers) create a single point of failure, not unlike putting all the eggs in a basket. It remembers all my passwords when un-hacked and loses all my passwords to criminals when hacked. It should be operated in a decentralized formation or should be considered mainly for low-security accounts, not for high-security business which should desirably be protected by all different strong passwords unique to each account. Needless to say, the strength of the master-password is crucially important.

At the root of the password headache is the cognitive phenomena called “interference of memory”, by which we cannot firmly remember more than 5 text passwords on average. What worries us is not the password, but the textual password. The textual memory is only a small part of what we remember. We could think of making use of the larger part of our memory that is less subject to interference of memory. More attention could be paid to the efforts of expanding the password system to include images, particularly KNOWN images, as well as conventional texts.

By the way, some people shout that the password is dead or should be killed dead. The password could be killed, however, only when there is an alternative to the password. Something belonging to the password(PIN, passphrase, etc)and something dependent on the password (ID federations, 2/multi-factor, etc) cannot be the alternative to the password. Neither can be something that has to be used together with the password (biometrics, auto-login, etc). What could be killed is the text password, not the password.

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Posted by Hitoshi Anatomi on 01/16/2015 at 5:57 PM
Posted by Valerie Stone on 01/15/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “'National Geographic' debuts 'Drugged: High on Marijuana' Sunday

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Posted by Editor on 01/14/2015 at 9:22 PM

Re: “'National Geographic' debuts 'Drugged: High on Marijuana' Sunday

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Posted by Editor on 01/14/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Haven to Reboot in Jack London Square

I think this business found out the hard way the dangers of just shutting your doors one day, not making an announcement, not putting a sign up, not updating your website (even today). There's this great thing called social media. Its a great tool to build buzz and excitement around a temporary closure instead of FUD.

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Posted by Simon Waddington on 01/12/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Zoo Expansion Won't Be Stopped By Knowland Park Referendum

We are witnessing an unprecedented collapse of moral authority on the part of our city officials, especially City Attorney, Barbara Parker. Her willingness to subvert the law (the Brown Act) and to abandon a fundamental commitment to the public is a measure of how low this city has sunk. One would have thought that had she been committed to fair play, she would have given notice from the get-go to the many people who were out collecting petitions that--in her opinion--they were doing so in vain because she believed that the action taken was not subject to referendum. Instead she planted a land mine designed to blow up in the faces of the referendum seekers at the end of their campaign. Why? To exhaust and demoralize them? To let them know just how powerless they are to effect change? What does this message say about the relationship of the City Attorney to the people whom she serves--I don't mean the Zoo execs whom she clearly defines as her clients--but the ones who have elected her and pay her salary? The zoo would never have been able to get this far in the process had the City Attorney and City Planning Department with the assistance of the City Council been unwilling to abandon the public trust. A dark dark day for Oakland.

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Posted by Laura Baker on 01/12/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Zoo Expansion Won't Be Stopped By Knowland Park Referendum

More important than the wasteful expansion plans by the zoo is the fact that a majority of the city council, the planning dept, the city attorney and their support staff have ripped out the heart of the democratic process in our city. Oakland's City Attorney actually directed the city clerk to turn away the petitions with approx. eight thousand signatures on them -- AN ILLEGAL and UNETHICAL ACT BY THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY. Though it was disappointing for volunteers, it is utterly irrelevant that the referendum attempt did not achieve the minimum number of signatures required to put the issue on a ballot. Those signatures represent an enormous outpouring of energy and attention from Oakland voters to insist on more citizen involvement where preservation of our public open space is concerned. As detrimental to wildlife habitat and Oakland open space as the expansion/destruction plans are by the zoo, the zoo is not the only entity that should have outrage heaped upon it. There is plenty of shame to go around.

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Posted by batya_lee on 01/12/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Zoo Expansion Won't Be Stopped By Knowland Park Referendum

The fight to preserve urban open space never ends. Never.
Once a bulldozer rolls, that opportunity and that open space is gone forever.
Developers will always seek to monetize open space. Always and forever.
They will fight with whatever tools they have available, and therefore we must fight for open space with whatever tools we have as well.
FOKP fought a good fight, but don't ever think it's over.

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Posted by TJ Yarbrough on 01/12/2015 at 12:11 PM

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