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Re: “Open Make: DeBUG

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Posted by Lawrence Hall on 04/08/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Oakland to Pay $4.5 million to Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen

What's more important than the settlement, as just as that is, is the condemnation of the coverup practiced by Police in the legal case which demonstrates the abuse of authority and entitlement that comes with the position that police should be **humbled** to hold. It is a systemic failure on all levels.

Posted by Fateh Singh on 04/08/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Jazz's Old Boy's Club

The day you hear Marsalis say, "You may have a point." is the day the ice cracks in proverbial hell.

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Posted by Mike Mora on 04/07/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

OK,debfagan I Listened to his stuff. It sounds like car commercial music. Or any kind of contemporary commercial instrumental music to sell a variety of products,goods, and services. Is that his day job,alluded to but not fully disclosed, creating electronic music for commercials? Somebody has to do it,but advertising pays. Really really well. I've had a bit of experience there. Broke For Free does at times remind me of a score to an Acura or Volvo commercial and in the case of "Budding", sounds like the Cocteau Twins done on Pro Tools,minus the hypnotic vocals. As to the journalistic qualities, it's hardly Charles Shaar Murray or Lisa Blanning.

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Posted by Thomas F. Lynch on 04/07/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

@debfagan, I'm not sure I follow, are you saying Broke for Free is just giving away his music for free as a marketing ploy so he can eventually charge for his product and become one of the richest men on the planet like Bill Gates? I personally don't have a problem if he wants to give away his music and I agree people should listen to it and judge for themselves. I take offense at his not paying for other people's music. Musicians deserve to be paid. Unless they suck.

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Posted by Elizabeth Sabel on 04/07/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Scrambles Political Compasses of Republicans, Democrats

There is absolutely no doubt now that the majority of Americans want to completely legalize marijuana nationwide. Our numbers grow on a daily basis.

The prohibitionist view on marijuana is the viewpoint of a minority of Americans.. It is based upon decades of lies and propaganda.

Each and every tired old lie they have propagated has been thoroughly proven false by both science and society.

Their tired old rhetoric no longer holds any validity. The majority of Americans have seen through the sham of marijuana prohibition in this day and age. The number of prohibitionists left shrinks on a daily basis.

With their credibility shattered, and their not so hidden agendas visible to a much wiser public, what's left for a marijuana prohibitionist to do?

Maybe, just come to terms with the fact that Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think, and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide!...and Support All Marijuana Legalization Efforts!

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Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 04/07/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

It is a shame that neither admin nor the union would comment; having both sides of the story would have been helpful here. As a parent of children in the district I am concerned with what appear to be the racist overtones in this thread. Are there any parents of color commenting here? I hope so because there seems to be an undercurrent of entitlement and arrogance to these responses.

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Posted by Dana Jackson on 04/07/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

Any of you angry birds ever heard of Bill Gates? He gave away millions of copies of Windows DOS - not because he wasn't a professional. (hobbyist - really?), not because he didn't want to make money, and lord knows he wasn't devaluing OS software. He did it because he wanted to get the word out there and the rest is history. Have any of you listened to Broke For Free? No? Go listen. Yes? Ahh then, perhaps what you feel threatened by is obvious. Good, well written article and enlightening insights.

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Posted by debfagan on 04/07/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

As long as Hobbyists are considered Artiists, WE WILL NEVER BE FREE. Perhaps a better name for this "creative outlet" would be Entitled By Nature.

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Posted by Jeremy Wheat on 04/07/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Worth Repeating: Poverty, Not Pot Will Kill Your IQ

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Posted by Editor on 04/07/2014 at 12:47 PM

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Posted by Debra A. Sherwood on 04/07/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Fixing Wikipedia's Women Problem

The only "woman problem" at Wikipedia is "Sarah Stierch" herself.

She's a totally corrupt individual who was caught secretly engaging in paid editing, something entirely against all the principles of the project For your average editor to do this would represent a major problem, but for a Wikimedia staff member to do it presents an enormous scandal.

Stierch has completely disgraced the project and the Wikimedia foundation and I doubt any editor with any credibility wishes to see her go anywhere near the project. The fact she thinks she still in a position to help recruit new editors is absolutely laughable, and if she had any sense or decency she'd have left the site completely when her activities were exposed.

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Posted by Bob Smith2 on 04/07/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Scrambles Political Compasses of Republicans, Democrats

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Posted by Editor on 04/07/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

As Harrison suggests, there's far more to learn in life than what is found in a curriculum. Both our sons experienced teachers who wavered from curriculum to relay more about life and injustice. Our sons adored such teachers and learned far more than what was anticipated, yet these teachers experienced what could be referred to as stressful harassment by BUSD administration. As for the legitimacy of online student reviews, one can also find negative statements against excellent teachers due to subject difficulty.

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Posted by Karen Flood Nielsen on 04/07/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

As a former BHS student and former student of Mr. Crowell's, I can confidently say he instills in his students a desire for knowledge, and not just the curriculum, the truth. That is something that is lacking in many BHS classrooms and as someone currently attending an Ivy League university I can confidently say that the curriculum taught in high school quickly dissolves although the pursuit of knowledge that was instilled in me by Crowell and a few others at BHS never does and has not just changed my experience in higher education, but in life. I would urge the administration to look beyond all the bureaucratic measures of learning (STAR, AP, Standard Curriculum, etc) that produce the statistics and acknowledge when and where true learning is happening. I know for a fact that those who pay EXTRA taxes (that fund all the staff at BHS) in Berkeley to ensure the school system is great care much more about the aforementioned then some sort of standardized curriculum as Berkeley has always been a place of alternative thought and tends to pride itself on being ahead of the times in more ways then one.

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Posted by Harrison Reinisch on 04/07/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Treasure Island: A Radioactive Isle

I lived on Treasure Island for all of five months. But during that time my asthma became so bad I was in and out of the hospital. when I moved there on gateview Ave across the street was fenced off and we were told that they were clearing out asbestos.I had to leave the island cuz I stayed sick too much and that was in 2010. And now I am just coming into remission for breast cancer. After reading all these articles I am starting to wonder if this was it cause of my breast canceronly because another female that lived where I was at on gateview also ended up with breast cancer. So I want to be one of those people but also gets testedto see if I was exposed enough to contract the cancer

Posted by Tracy Marks on 04/07/2014 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Mayor Quan Says ShotSpotter Won’t Be Cut; Leland Yee Charged with Corruption and Gun Trafficking Conspiracy

Reuters didn't analyse the IRS ruling correctly. Just a quick read of the ruling shows there will be winners and losers from the ruling, but gains from selling bitcoins were always taxable if the seller reported them.

The change seems to be that miners now have to report "ordinary" income when they mine coins instead of when they sell them. (that seems so odd, I'll reread the ruling after April 15th to confirm.) The Federal rate for that is a max of about 39%

Long term speculators who hold for > 1year, now get a reduced rate of 20% Federal for the capital gains from sale of whats now called property.

Normal users of the currency do get hurt under the ruling. They are required to pay ordinary income tax on currency gains when they spend the bitcoins.

However, IRS rulings are not set in concrete. They are often overturned by Congress or Court decisions or by later IRS rulings. Very likely the big speculators will push Congress to make an exception for small consumer purchases using bitcoins eg. so gains of less than say 100 dollars are not reportable. Lots of variations on possible exceptions that would not hurt use of bitcoins in commerce.

Just the IRS issuing a ruling on bitcoins conveys a image of legitimacy and permanence on bitcoin. eg. the IRS never issued any ruling on the taxation of Magic the Gathering (though I haven't searched to confirm).

Posted by Leonard Raphael on 04/06/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

I'm mystified by the premise of this article. It's promoting a guy who isn't a working musician, doesn't sell music, and also does not make music by trade? I suppose it's just a personality piece I just don't understand "music writers". Is this some sort of post modern non story story? I know this: many musicians who'd love to fund their art, life, and passion would love to have some ink/press coverage. I find it utter mockery that you'd choose this personality as a feature in any context. Double mockery considering the social/economical climate in the Bay Area. Please--may we have responsible journalism ? Please and thank you.

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Posted by mneronava on 04/06/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

Tom Caschino should read this:

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Posted by Jeff Hunt on 04/06/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Targeting is a serious problem in Bay Area Schools. This culture of retaliation and vindictiveness has gotten out of control. Some people (Leland Yee included, but not the only one) in charge of the schools are corrupt. Employees/Teachers who point out corruption and try to do the right thing, get targeted (put through BPAR/PAR). It isn't just a problem for the targeted teacher. The current practice hurts everyone (including children). Like other people on this board, I have NEVER seen PAR or the evaluation system used appropriately. Sadly, most of the administrators and evaluators in school districts are politically motivated. I have always gotten outstanding evaluation. This isn't sour grapes. I'm writing this because, I feel bad for the entire situation. Of course their are some teachers who aren't good. But the witch hunt is out of control. Why are teachers the punching bags for all the country's problems? I would love to be free to speak about the misuse of funds that I believe is happening by my principal, but I can't. I would love to be able to speak up about things I feel are inappropriate, but I can't. I have to keep quiet, because I know what happens when a teacher gets targeted.

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Posted by Trish Lee on 04/06/2014 at 6:31 PM

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