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Comment Archives: Stories: Special Sections: Parody

Re: “From the Compost Bin to the Dinner Table

So if you can compost farm wastes in the third world you could in fact be feeding quite of lot of people.

This could also be good survival strategy for when peak oil hits the fan

Posted by Edward Metcalfe on 08/30/2009 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Turning Today's Foreclosures Into Tomorrow's Wetlands

good job on having a discussion about whether or not to publish this, but bad job on making the correct decision. Its not like your publication has some 'middle of the road' reputation to up-hold. fools

Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2009 at 7:32 AM

Re: “From the Compost Bin to the Dinner Table

Someone who sends me more than a few links to articles from The Onion sent me this link and I swear I thought I was reading a bogus review until I saw the Cafe Gratitude reference.

The thought that there are "perpetual out-the-door lines" is simply frightening to me. But it continues to underscore the fact that Berkeley residents are the most bored people on the face of the Earth. And will stop at nothing in their quest to counter that by being the weirdest people on the face of the Earth.

I can only thank the author for the honest, and pretty freakin' funny, review of the tripe (...face boogie) aftertaste of the "burger."

Posted by Tim on 04/08/2009 at 4:01 PM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

I knew the article was a spoof as soon as I noticed that the description of the co-branded cannabis club varieties did not include Northern Lights or Skunk Haze. A dead giveaway..

Posted by Chris on 04/06/2009 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Letters for April 1

It's now April 4th and you still have your April Fool's Day letters posted. How about giving the Internet an opportunity to read a sample of the actual criticism Rachel Swan received and her response?

Posted by Chevy Van on 04/04/2009 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Man's Real Best Friend

I read this the very same day (but sadly, this rant isn't an april fools day joke)
"Charity Schmarity: people before PETA"

Posted by claire on 04/04/2009 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Letters for April 1

I'm curious if the anonymous yelp employee was confirmed to be an actual employee before publishing his/her letter to the editor. You don't generally publish anonymous letters (you require a name and city of residence), so I must assume that you actually confirmed the identify of this person. If that's true, I believe you just blew the lid right off the yelp extortion story!

That employee claims that sales reps offering to remove negative reviews in return for advertising dollars is not just a few bad employees, but actual company policy. Really?! If that's true, then why doesn't yelp stop denying it and publish their actual policy. And, by the way, how does one avoid extorting business owners with a revenue model like that?

That person also claims that such tactics were necessary since "Internet advertising revenues are virtually nonexistent, and creating a business model based on them was a stupid idea." Really?! Is Google aware of this problem? Didn't they earn upwards of $20 billion in internet advertising last year? The idea clearly isn't stupid, just yelp's execution of that idea.

That person then goes on to insult the East Bay Express, and claim that if his/her letter is published, main stream media will be there to protect them. That person then insults all yelpers and business owners by saying "people's love for the Internet blinds them to the truth. Indeed, our business model depends on it."

If this letter was submitted by a confirmed yelp employee, then this should be enough to get the Department of Justice involved. Yelp employees are the ones who can tell us what is really going on there. If they won't come forward on their own, then how about a little persuasion from Lady Justice?

Posted by Dave K. on 04/03/2009 at 7:31 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Decides Public Education Not Good for Making Money

Best April Fool's article ever...Go Bears!

Posted by Lauren Barton on 04/02/2009 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Turning Today's Foreclosures Into Tomorrow's Wetlands

too bad this isn't for real. we need more wetlands!

Posted by jana on 04/02/2009 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Letters for April 1

Regarding Yelp I do not know what is true or what is not true .... however what I do know is that when I was contacted a while back by a Yelp sales representative to sell us advertising ..... during the course of our conversation it was clearly stated that one advantage for Yelp business advertisers is that they were given priority treatment in regards to any issues that may arise, namely the issue involving a review removal or modification.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2009 at 4:05 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Decides Public Education Not Good for Making Money

Throughout my read of this article, I continually checked the masthead and url to confirm (double-confirm, triple-, etc) that I was not reading The Onion. Really? All of this is real? Thanks for the enlightenment about how far greed has progressed in our country.

Posted by TB on 04/02/2009 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Man's Real Best Friend

These are just a bunch of radical specistists concerned more about their own profits than the welfare of others.........I totally support the care and welfare of animals. How many more animals will give their life for these humans to keep denouncing their value and right to exist. This is one of the prime reasons animals need to have laws that protect them from radical people like this.......

Posted by Yvonne on 04/01/2009 at 10:41 PM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

Although in the second paragraph, you use the word cache instead of cachet (which is what you really meant), so maybe the reader-copyeditor idea should still be on the table.

Posted by Linda Landau on 04/01/2009 at 8:22 PM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

Perhaps the Express could adapt the Activist Gym model to the newspaper business by promising coverage of Highly Righteous Causes in exchange for sweat equity on the Stairmaster. Might be a good way to cut down on utility costs while generating content for the Tri-Valley edition.

Posted by Rin Kelly on 04/01/2009 at 6:02 PM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

I have to admit, I was preparing to write an excoriating letter to the editor decrying the death of journalistic standards (although, btw, there is a typo on the first page of the article, or rather a mis-italicization...)...until I realized it was April 1.

And then it was hilarious.

But, as Jane says, frightening that it took me more than half the article for the suggestions to cross from "reasonable-ish" to "insane" to "wait a minute..."

Posted by Megan Wygant on 04/01/2009 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Man's Real Best Friend

I responded to this bilge but now it occurs to me that it was another April Fool's joke.

Posted by Al Blue on 04/01/2009 at 12:43 PM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

It is a sad commentary on the state of publishing that for a moment I forgot it was April Fool's Day and I actually thought you were serious. Because frankly, some of the ideas in this article are no more ludicrous than some proposals for "saving" newspapers that I've seen in various venues. As a freelance writer, however, I'm pretty sure however the" publishing crisis" shakes down, writers are gonna get screwed out of money.

Posted by Jane Powell on 04/01/2009 at 11:55 AM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

Brilliant, indeed! Even more brilliant than Gmail's new Autopilot program -

Thank you for the laughs, and for all you do to keep journalism alive and well (even if not completely well...) in the East Bay!


Posted by Lori Hope on 04/01/2009 at 10:56 AM

Re: “California's Budget Woes Could Be Over

NObody expects...The Spanish Inquisition!

Posted by cushing on 04/01/2009 at 10:34 AM

Re: “New Practices and Revenues for a New Era in Journalism

April Fool's Day, morons !
A serious suggestion though, change the name of this wretched rag to the Gammon Gazette.
Only leftwingers already in agreement with little Bobby will be allowed to read it.

Posted by Al Blue on 04/01/2009 at 10:19 AM

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