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Re: “On How Life Is

Alison, while I appreciate Kate Bornstein seemingly has no problem with the term "tranny," many trans women and some trans men do who find it to be a highly offensive, stigmatizing term. Really, it has no place in a serious review, nor is it a term which non-trans persons should throw around either to show "solidarity" or hipness. If you really want to view yourself as being a trans ally who respects your trans readers, I suggest leaving "tranny" as an inter-community term which trans women and gender variant drag queens choose to use on a person-to-person basis.

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Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/08/2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Can Poetry Unravel Capitalism?

The answer to the headline is: "No."

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Posted by Mary McFarlane on 03/17/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The National Poetry Slam Returns to Oakland

It was in Austin 2006 and 2007, not the first time it has been in the same city 2 years in a row.

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Posted by Krystal Asche on 08/05/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Pressing Where It's Painful

Tender points were a ripoff of mysofacial touch points which are supposed to be sensitive in healthy people. There are a lot more mysofacial than tender points and there was never a consensus on which ones to use; many reputable clinics used very different charts. They have not been used to diagnose fibromyalgia in over 10 years, the official reason being that more women were being diagnosed than men.

In 2010 they started using a survey to "diagnose" fibromyalgia . The WideSpread Pain Areas make up most of the body. If you've had pain in 3 of them in the last week and claim severe insomnia, fatigue and cognitive issues you qualify for the worthless label. If you don't have one of these, you can still get it by claiming a great deal of other symptoms, for which there are no right or wrong answers. and

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Posted by goswellen arellano on 06/19/2015 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Can Poetry Unravel Capitalism?

I think the answer to this article is 'yes'. Going to San Francisco State Uni got me involved with many movements that were looking to tackle capitalism. I volunteered with some Locals and other groups. Like many people in those campaigns, I assumed the archetypal activist role. We would go boycott business schools and hotels that were breaking human rights of non-documented citizens. Those were some pretty disgusting companies. The way they treated their employees was vile and they deserved to be hassled by us so their poor practice could be exposed. But we spent out time shouting at them only to try to make their day a bit more stressful, so maybe once they go home they'll think about how their contributing to a fiendish structure. But I grew out of that mentality because I realized how violent it was. I shifted out of the archetypal activist role. I was not going to change anyone's mind by yelling at them. I thought about it and realized that nobody convinced me to join the locals by yelling at me. I realized that I am better serving the movement as poet, because nothing else has better served my passion for the moment but poetry and the magic of grammar. I believe that if society were a snowplow, artists (that includes everyone who lays pencil or brush to paper, fingers to strings, as well as those who are not typical "artists" but rather just plain good, loving, open hearted, and accepting people) would be the plowshare. Artists are poets and poets are humans. Poetry has the capacity to unsnarl capitalism just like it has had the capacity to untangle the carcinogen cords of every other secular deity (i.e. political system) in recorded history. Poetry has the magnitude to reinvent entire political systems because poetry goes to origin of the system-heirarches themselves—personal psyches.

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Posted by Andrew Ryan on 03/22/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “On How Life Is

I believe in referring to people the way they refer to themselves. It's akin to using the pronoun someone prefers. As such, I think the use of "tranny" in this review is highly appropriate.

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Posted by Barbara Carrellas on 08/10/2012 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Swap Lit Like It's Hot

We should keep in mind that this is a for profit business, not a non-profit. In addition, this business can't be a happy event for local libraries. While Mr. Miles and partner make a profit off the books they sell on ebay, our libraries are going to see fewer donations to their book sales. And this comes at a time when libraries are already struggling, because of funding cutbacks. I'd rather see the proceeds go to the libraries. Rich W, Albany

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Posted by Rich Wilkins on 01/01/2012 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Suspended Sentences

I believe Marvin is innocent. I can's believe that he has spent his whole life in prison for a crime he did not commit. What kind of police department does such a shitty job of investigating. Now this many years later, their answer, WE DON'T KEEP EVIDENCE AFTER 10 YEARS. Marvin will never have a chance at life. He was awarded parole, till california's idiot govoner took it back along with 23 other people. What a crock of crap. I am a friend of the family, and they have gone through hell these many years.

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Posted by crazytraci on 09/27/2010 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Suspended Sentences

Fannie Flagg,
The story (truth) about Jim Daveggio dating Cassie Riley back in 1974 is not true. I know this for a FACT that this is not true. Jim wanted to have a relationship with her and she didn't allow it. She did date my buddy and that only lasted about a month or two. We were only 14 yrs. old back then. What's dating? Only boyfriend/girlfriend and holding hands were basically allowed. Maybe kissing. I feel that this informations needs to be noted and to correct any misunderstanding. I would love to contact you about any information that I may have to assist you, or anyone of this matter. And I am not alone about our feelings on who really killed Cassie Riley. Jim Daveggio should be investigated again. (Marc)

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Posted by Marc Linnell on 11/11/2008 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Fear and Loathing in (the New) Oakland

The American dream of freedom. Is it really dead? Let's see ...

LBGT people are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Immigrants driven here from their original countries are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Black people are free to push back against racist police for the first time since the police killed off the Panthers. Unions are free to challenge the paternalism of Musk, one of the world's richest men in one of the world's richest communities. Women politicians are free to stand up against the craziest, meanest misogynist president we've had in memory. Even whacko ranchers denying federal jurisdiction over federal lands are enjoying their freedom to intimidate federal marshalls.

I'd say our freedoms are pretty much intact. Defending them is a never-ending struggle against the forces of evil, but so far we're hanging tough.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/30/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Fear and Loathing in (the New) Oakland

What's so strange about Oakland is that while parts of it is gentrifying and developing rapidly, others parts languish in squalor. There is still plenty of poverty and "hoodlums, brawlers, teenage gangs and racial tension" in Oakland.

Posted by Nathan Kayhan on 07/30/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Fear and Loathing in (the New) Oakland

Goodbye Raiders, don't let the door hit in you in the butt on the way out. You've sucked Oakland dry for far too long.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 07/27/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Occupy Oakland started out as a semi legitimate protest made up of well meaning and educated people. It ended up as a garbage dump of humanity, with no self policing, filthy campsites, drug abuse, and violent participants. I followed it and visited it for months. I was so grateful when they were gone. This book is just far left propaganda.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Saying Occupy Oakland or the Occupy Movement failed is a bit much since Occupy meant revolution; i.e. a displacement of existing faculties of authority in finance and law enforcement. Every entity with power in those two organs of society focused their attention on ending Occupy. To suggest that it failed is to compare the struggle to a contest with a time limit, at the end of which a winner and a loser is declared. The legacy of Occupy is that hundreds of massive demonstrations have occurred without permits since 2011. Now, the occupation of public space continues as a tactic of resistance to neoliberal strategies of privatization and the cutting of government services. Student debt strikes are a direct offshoot of Occupy. Murders by police officers are recorded and tabulated since the movement began. And there are certainly grounds for an argument that the surge of neo-fascism and the humiliation it brings down on the Right is a reaction to Occupy and its offshoots. We should continue to evaluate the events of Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012 from any and all perspectives, but its not yet time to put Occupy on the shelf. As Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his faction contributed to the achievements of Mohandas Gandhi, and as Stokley Carmichael and Malcolm X did the same for Martin Luther King, Jr., so may the radicals of Oakland do for crypto-revolutionaries who wish Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would stop playin.

Posted by Mike Wilson 1 on 05/28/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Unfortunately Occupy had high ideals and no means or method for defending them from the "by any and all means" contingent who leaped to the fore front and stayed there with help all too willing help of the unthinking press (and community). Nor was it able to coherently express those ideals to a wider audience, leaving only the circus to speak for them.

We should keep in mind, ideals are terrific... Ideas and concrete plans are better.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I'm a life long Oakland resident and home owner/taxpayer.Occuppy is a subversive org. i do not want any of my tax dollars either to support or police it .Go f***off go and go protest some where else maybe Berkeley.
If you the City Of Oakland approve of this subvdrsive org then you betray the trust of the tax payers

Posted by Jim Zigenis on 05/25/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I won't go into the absurd comment above about OO folks participating at OSF. It's completely wacko and does not dignify response.

But, Darwin... please. "It never became anything more than a clusterfuck of the Bay Area activist lefts usual suspects." Really? This comment is just as wacko. We were there. The leading folks, the young people who had the skills and intent to model direct democracy general assemblies and model egalitarian community (including feeding homeless every day), were not the usual anything in the Bay Area. And from what i have seen, they have moved on to live lives modeled on principles of sustainable living, both privately and publicly. Of course there were many Bay Area activists there, that were working before and after for many of the same objectives, that still exist today. But why call them "suspects" as if they are criminals or losers or whatever diss makes others feel superior?

If there is ultimately anything that stopped OO as well as Occupy at every other city, it is the unwillingness for the masses, siting behind their Blue Pill TV minds, to admit their compliance to self-administering ecocide sold to them by 1% Empire. That they are not yet mentally prepared to abandon the luxury and conveniences of consumer culture that war empire sells them and take over policy decisions with direct democracy. That real community means mutual aid for all or none. That a truly meaningful life means spending more time participating in self-organizing localized sustainability with neighbors, than Neo-serfing some 1%er's profit pyramid scheme.

It probably didn't help matters that mayor Quan's authority complex was jilted by not being allowed to jump in front of the speaking queue. But the worst player, aside from Politic1%an PoLice is probably the one with all the peer powerwash, the Media. They did their very best to paint every event after the Quan huff-up, as violent, illegal, filthy, public health problem, etc., making it impossible for anyone behind the screens of not being there, to empathize with the difficulty of confronting a system rigged to crush any presence of egalitarian community asserting a self-governing presence against 1% empire. As is nearly every against-the-system protest that makes airtime.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 05/25/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

This "hit" piece on Mike King's book stinks! I think I will put edition of the EBE on the bottom of my chicken coop where it can get the kind of validation it deserves.

Clearly DBG wasn't there to experience what Mike and thousands of others experienced on a daily or weekly basis. "Six years ago, did the people really occupy their town squares to break bread with the dispossessed, and talk about radically refashioning the economy and political system from the ground up?

They did, and they mostly lost. And it wasnt the riot cops who beat them. " What a narrow-minded, clueless response to an exercise in understanding T.A.Z. (Temp. Autonomous Zone), how direct democracy works, consensus decision making, skill sharing, teach-in's, food gardening, art making, info distribution, media making.... just disgraceful that DBG felt the need to shit on a beautiful authentic Occupy....unlike that sanitized event in SF where an event tent with steel 3 sink cleaning station w/ organic food delivered from rich "supporters of the cause" (ha ha) to the campers in Herman plaza. what a joke that was.

Posted by M S on 05/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

As a San Francisco Occupier, I did feel like a toxic cloud drifted in from Oakland. I dreaded their participation in our events and was sad to see the pig baiting and anarcho-nihilism spread to our side of the bay. (And no, it was not just black people.) I never had much interest in seeing windows indiscrimitorily smashed, and trying to squat a building that the cops have already surrounded is a recipe for chaos.
If fact, we did reach many of the homeless and formerly incarcerated and others who had no previous experience with the left, as well as "the usual suspects." But this contained its own problems. Different people had different worldviews, different ways of communicating, different ways of, um, resolving conflicts. One hundred percent consensus works, if it works at all, among a small group of friends who all share the same general activist philosophy and goals. Occupy never had that. It's meeting tried the patients of seasoned activists. Others simply could not abide by the process at all. And, while some people submitted to the grueling process, others simply declared their actions "autonomous" and did what they wanted, and somehow this was OK. But in the end, it was the difference between those who thought that untargeted smashy smashy was a legitimate strategy and those who did not that killed the movement. That issue, sadly, has not been resolved.
Occupy SF, the only one I really spent a lot of time in, was a beautiful moment, but not a sustainable one. Hopefully, we, and other activists and would be activists, can learn from our successes, and our failures.

Posted by Ethan Davidson on 05/24/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Yaa Gyasi Returns to Berkeley a Year After Her Novel’s Release

just more linen when dirt is the plot.

Posted by Estella Davis on 05/05/2017 at 12:08 PM

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