David Cohen 
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Proud resident of zip code 94611. Biologist. Patent guy. Lefty, but not a Bolshevik.

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Re: “Soda Industry Spent $67 Million Fighting Sugar Taxes and Health Labels Since 2009

The product and political approach of Big Soda both have much in common with those of Big Tobacco. The playbook includes silence on the reality of the health-damaging effects of the product, distraction, deflection, and, of course, the ever-popular Big Lie.

Mr. O’Hara’s comment is insightful and relevant in that one of the memes that Big Soda has inserted by into the conversation is the canard that a soda tax is ineffective in achieving its goal of reducing sugary beverage consumption. Of course, big soda feels no need to be consistent in their arguments. Anything their strategists think may be effective will do just fine.

The particulars of the Big Soda campaign in Oakland feature wrapping themselves in the false flag of concern about the welfare of economically disadvantaged communities (who knew they cared about regressive taxes?). And then there’s the pushing of the recently manufactured “grocery tax” lie out of the mouths of recruited minority business owners (amazing how they all thought up the same argument!), with, of course, colorful contextual images of fresh fruit and so on.

Posted by David Cohen on 09/24/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Loses in Court to Oakland

Follow the money. The "No on HH" campaign is paid for entirely by the American Beverage Association which is interested only in selling their addictive sugar water. They have no interest in public health. They have no interest in the welfare of minority communities. They are good at writing scripts that are read verbatim by store owners enticed to collaborate with them, beautifully photographed of course, showing fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, etc (anything other than soda). Vote YES on HH.

Posted by David Cohen on 09/09/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I appreciate Kriss Worthington for putting this item on the agenda. It brings grotesque practices such as those described to the fore, and creates political pressure that may eventually be effective.

Posted by David Cohen on 07/20/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Priorities Are Out of Whack

Sorry, but it's Mr. Gammon who is out of whack. His thesis is incomprehensible. Let's simplify things. Maybe in his next column he could talk about how he would be thinking if the windows of his house were broken by these so-called protesters, exercising their rights. And just out of curiosity, let's pretend that he suddenly became the mayor. What would his policy look like?

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Posted by David Cohen on 06/10/2015 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

It seems like the Express doesn't understand that their audience is already liberal and progressive in every way. They can't be outflanked from the left. They don't believe that protesters in Oakland are being repressed, that the first amendment is being trampled on. Sorry, this rhetoric is out of touch and presumptuous. The Express is headed toward irrelevancy in the political arena.

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Posted by David Cohen on 06/03/2015 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

Sorry, but this is a ridiculous commentary from the generally sensible Mr. Gammon. As everyone knows, we have an indigenous population that likes to riot for sport. This represents an assault on everyone else, and advances no cause, since it's not motivated by cause. The first amendment and every opportunity to protest are well and thriving in Oakland. Nobody's rights have been trampled on. There is no collective punishment. Thank you, Libby Schaaf, for providing leadership. Mr. Gammon, consider what you might be saying if your store was trashed by the indigenous population that I mentioned. You're the one who just failed a test.

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Posted by David Cohen on 05/27/2015 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station

If “Fruitvale Station” is a defense for Oscar Grant, and if this movie review is a defense of the movie, then both defenses fail utterly. If you’re going to humanize Oscar Grant, that’s fine. But Coogler’s commentary on Johannes Mehserle completely undermines his moral persuasiveness in humanizing Grant.
Although desperately sought I’m sure, not any single anecdote about Mehserle ever emerged that showed him to be anything less than human, even though was “from Germany” and “lived in Sonoma”. He also was a young man, finding his way. Much of the take home from the trial was that BART training in the use of a Taser, and in handling both a Taser and a gun, was grossly inadequate. There was not a single iota of evidence supporting the contention that Mehserle’s actions were murderous. Nothing contradicted his version in which discharging of his weapon was accidental, and that he had intended to pull the Taser instead. These are the reasons that the jury acquitted him.
As for young toughs of any color “skylarking” on BART and then (surprise!) fighting, this is an assault on the public that cannot be tolerated. I cannot imagine a single person who would not want the police to wade into this situation and settle it. Mistakes are always made in battle. These consequences of the battle remain attached to those who created the situation.

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Posted by David Cohen on 07/10/2013 at 10:37 PM

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