Jym Dyer 
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Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

=v= When Whole Foods opened up in Berkeley so many years ago, they were selling George Killian's Irish Red, which was a microbrewery that had at that point been owned by Coors for some time, and was part of the Coors boycott. Whole Foods attempted to placate the boycotters by pretending that their customers had a preference for the microbrewery before it was Coors.

Branding is garbage, you have to keep track of who owns whom.

(In case it's not clear, Whole Foods had no "customers" in Berkeley before the buyout, nor did George Killian.)

Posted by Jym Dyer on 09/15/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

@Xander - "Once" being the operative word in that scenario.

Posted by Jym Dyer on 12/02/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

=v= I'm a white former Oaklander who works in the Golden Gate neighborhood, though I now live across the Bay in a neighborhood ravaged by gentrification. Nextdoor in my experience is mostly a forum for privileged whining, mostly about parking. We have an election coming up, so it's lately been a nonstop flamewar. Nextdoor's guidelines prohibit a great deal of what's going on there, with no effect. I can't say I'm impressed with guidelines that nobody actually needs to follow, or that have let Oakland forums reach this point.

I have noticed a distinct difference between the neighbors I encounter on Nextdoor and the ones I know in real life. One part of the problem here may be that people spending their time shut indoors and mediating their "neighbor" experience with a website aren't going to actually know the people around them. Sitting inside and not actually meeting anyone leaves too much room to make up stories unmoored by reality. Some of the comments posted here earlier reflect this, reality replaced with dumb Fox News talking points.

Nextdoor is trying to monetize the "neighbor" experience, but it doesn't seem to be actually bringing people together (which is harder to monetize). Using it for racial profiling is the worst outcome of this that I've heard of so far. There is a solution, but it involves shutting off screens and meeting your neighbors in person.

Posted by Jym Dyer on 10/18/2015 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: #BlackBrunch Demonstrators Protest in Jack London; BlackOut Collective Demands that BART Drop $70,000 Fine

#BlackBrunch is a creative and nonviolent response to a problem that permeates our society. I do not begrudge giving up some brunch time for people whose lives matter.

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Posted by Jym Dyer on 01/05/2015 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Bicyclists Get a Sharrow on Oakland’s 40th Street

• My only concern is that a solid green lane in other contexts indicates space reserved for bikes, and this is inconsistent with that. San Francisco's "super sharrow" is a sequence of sharrows on green backs, not a continuous one. That said, my approach to this is to wait and see.

In general I would favor a separated cycle track for a street with this kind of traffic and speed, but even more generally, the street should be calmed. Motorists see a wide open road and floor it.

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Posted by Jym Dyer on 12/01/2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Eat, Pray, Lulav

Part of Sukkot is the building of temporary Sukkah huts, or booths, as can be seen in the photo. Many urban dwellers don't have a place to build a Sukkah, so a few years ago a student in Brooklyn created a portable one on the back of a worktrike: the Pedi Sukkah.

This year the Chabad of Cole Valley has a Pedi Sukkah that will be appearing around the Haight Ashbury district. Its schedule is on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1671112968…

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Posted by Jym Dyer on 09/21/2013 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Tower Records Was More Than Music

You know the Emeryville Tower store was also just down Shellmound Street from where Hot Italian is now?

Posted by Jym Dyer on 07/17/2013 at 11:11 AM

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