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Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

Lincoln, himself, said he would free
no slaves, if he could conquer the
South without them. There were race
riots and blacks were lynched on
Broadway, in the middle of the Civil
War. Clearly, Lincoln only freed the
slaves as a means to end the war. Such
are the words and actions, of a
conqueror. The First thing the Egyptians,
Romans, Ottomans, English, Communists,
Nazis and Yankees did when conquering
new territory was tear down the native
idols, destroy the native culture and
supplant it with their own.

Yankee kids see their parents' rent to
own homes siphoned off by the fraud of
Wall Street. They see their parents
financially enslaved only to have their
life's earnings drained by Wall Street
games. They look around their tenements
and know the prosperity they're sold
is the mirage of a Ponzi scheme.

Would you expect Wall Street to accept
the blame for the constant failure of
their culture and routine collapse
of their economy? When Yankees brainwash
children in those indoctrination centers
they laughingly call schools, and the
rote singsong of liberty, freedom,
justice and prosperity fail against
the back drop of segregated slum
reality, what else can they fill their
kids' heads with, but hatred of the
South and all things Southern? Already
brow beaten and frustrated Long before
they drop out, where do Yankees send
their young Taliban in training to
vent their anger? South, to purge their
disillusionment on tarnished chunks of
bronze and tattered bits of colored
cloth.

No more than the Civil War, these
statues have little to do with
slavery. They represent nothing
more than the continued defiance
of a conquered people and zone of
occupation. Just like their Commie
and Nazi brethren, the Yankee Empire
cannot abide defiance. Every time
the South shows any signs of economic
or political independence; when
cotton was king, when oil rained in
Texas, today, the young Taliban march
South, to exert Yankee dominance,
and impose Yankee rule. After
Reconstruction and the fifties invasion,
ever so, the South did and will rise,
again, and, some day, live free of
the YSA.

Posted by Jaddy Baddy on 08/16/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

The writer is upset that the taxpayers have found out that they are being blatantly ripped off by their hired help, so she's demanding that the facts be hidden? Oh really!

It is an undeniable fact that most of our public servants would earn significantly less in the private sector than they're taking from the taxpayers and it is also an undeniable fact that we could get exponentially more and better service for a fraction of the cost by privatizing most of our public services. Those are facts. Our public servants are quite blatantly stealing from us.

We've got freaking meter maids in Berkeley earning a total of $125k+ in compensation (look it up). We've got a former police officer (Cary Kent) - collecting $70k/year in pension benefits from the taxpayers after being CONVICTED of a FELONY for stealing drugs from the evidence locker. The list of fraud and abuse of the taxpayer by the public service unions is a long one and it goes on and on.

So yes, obviously the proper response is to blame the folks who are bringing transparency and shining the light onto these cockroaches! No. The answer is more light, more transparency, and yes - complete privatization of our public services because we can absolutely get a LOT more for a lot LESS money.

The numbers are undeniably clear that we can both significantly cut taxes in the Bay Area while getting a LOT more public service and actually taking care of our people.

As for the claim above - regarding the former officer Cary Kent, here are the details: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BERK…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…
http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/…

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/15/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

How can advocating violence be legal? That's definitely not what free speech is about, bros. Oh, also, fuck these guys.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/15/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

Im concerned that this article leaves the reader with a false impression about the increase in euthanasia of dogs at OAS. By comparing the overall euthanasia rate of 15% from your Oct 2015 reporting to the 23.8% rate for only dogs in the first half 2017, the reader is left with the impression that euthanasia of dogs has increased dramatically, but this is not completely accurate. It should be clear that it is not proper to compare the overall rate from one period, which includes cats and all other animals, to the dog-only rate for another period.

I also looked at the data, and found that the transfer and adoption rates (43% and 15%) for dogs were essentially unchanged between the first half of 2017 and the same period in 2016. The euthanasia rate for dogs increased less than 2%, from 22.4% to 23.8% between the two periods. Like anyone, I too would prefer to see more animals being saved, but the facts do not support the narrative that there was some dramatic shift to killing more dogs at OAS. Those who wish to see positive changes at the shelter - and this includes myself - must start from an honest understanding of the data.

With transfer, adoption, and euthanasia rates nearly unchanged, the noticeable increase in empty dog kennels at the shelter turns out be due to reduced length of stay and reduced intake, just like director Katz stated. Intake of dogs is down slightly, and as the article reported length of stay has been dramatically reduced due to operational improvements at the shelter. If fewer dogs are coming in, and they are staying for a shorter period of time, it follows that there will be fewer dogs in the shelter population.

Posted by Andrew Dorman on 08/14/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

The Empathy Tent will be there again in SF and Berkeley to offer listening, facilitated dialogue, empathy circle facilitation and mediation. We come to listen to everyone and all sides. Everyone is welcome. We invite you to come by the tent and talk about whatever you want. There are no limitations on what you can talk about or say. You talk and we will gladly listen. http://EmpathyTent.com

By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively - a never-ending process
Johan Galtung

Posted by Edwin Rutsch on 08/14/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

Shout out to Oakland Feather River Camp! Another piece of City history that should be a part of both improvement and preservation.

Posted by SunshinefromtheTown on 08/14/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Best People of the East Bay: Readers' Poll Winners!

Schaaf as a popular elected? Whodda thunk?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/14/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I work and live near this block. Does anyone get the sense the landlords are overreaching a bit? I recently looked at a lease in the same building as Donut Savant, they wanted 3.25/sqft-month for class A commercial a few floors up. Market rate in SF is high 40s/low 50s per year. Given how much churn is going on, on this block (Henry's just closed and the smoke shop a few months back, and now this) I'm having a hard time seeing who's going to absorb all this space.

Posted by David Albrecht on 08/12/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Oops! No burritos at Cholita Linda. Guess sometimes one has to settle for tacos.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Interesting observations, Nate and Linda! Forage Kitchen on 25th St. may be a variant of the sort of cooperative/shared space Linda suggests. Swan's Market may another model. (For struggling new businesses, pop-ups are yet another.) As for burritos, Cholita Linda seems to be doing well up in Temescal, despite the ostensible horrors of gentrification.

Then, too, consider all the wonderful ethnic (Asian and Latino) places east of the lake -- businesses in varying degrees of maturity... Again, methinks the author doth protesteth too much.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Best Landlord History Lesson: Andrew Mousalimas

Thank you Ms.Gabrielle Canon for this wonderful editorial featuring Andrew Mousalimas, a great human being and real hero. Many of us have benefitted from Andy's meticulous archives of his accounts while serving with the Greek Batallion and US Greek Operational Group. Andy, along with approx. 200 Greek nationals and 1st generation Greek Americans volunteered to fight in the Fatherland during the German occupation. The odds were not in favor of their safe return back to the US, but they volunteered anyway. The Greek Heritage Society of SCA featured Andy in our second documentary THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW, along with two other soldiers, Angelo Lygizos and George Verghis, who fought to liberate Greece. Real heroes who were not properly acknowledged for their bravery until decades later when these operations were finally declassified. We owe Andy and his generation alot. The Greatest Generation for sure.

Posted by Anna Giannotis on 08/12/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I think the argument is that donuts and burritos always had slim margins of profit and at today's current market rate there is no way such a business can survive in Oakland. Savant will close as well within a few years time if not sooner, we are saturated with choices of how to spend our money and the food industry is suffering as a whole because of it. There is NO money in the food industry. Throw in market value rents and forget it, the top end profit at a restaurant is about 10%, so let's do the math. Rent is $7000. Sell $70,000 in burritos per month just to pay rent, not taxes, not labor, not bills, just rent. Yeah there is a line out the door at Happy Burrito, is there a line worth $70k? They need about 4k per day in sales to make ends meet. Every restaurant I know that appears successful in the eyes of customers is struggling behind the scenes.

Posted by Nate B on 08/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Once again the lack of will and political courage allowed the biggest housing bubble in history to evolve without strong policies in place for affordable housing. Back in 2005, the Oakland City Council had a chance to adopt policies to address this issue, but ultimately did nothing and kicked the can down the road. As a result, only a pitiful few affordable units will be built in this current cycle. Moreover, the lack of citywide policies to address this issue has left the community to it's own resources to slow down the invasion of the privileged through gentrification. Unfortunately, negative tactics such as burning down new developments before new residents can move in are a direct result of this failure in leadership. Some are convinced that the system is rigged and nobody is listening to the cries for affordability and pleas to retain the soul of this city. The need to require affordable housing along with all the fancy new developments should be shouted from the rafters by the Mayor, City Administrator and most of all the Planning Director. Instead, we had a previous Planning Director (Rachael Flynn) sit on a ULI panel and proclaim that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. How out of touch can you be? I did not hear the Mayor or even one City Council person condemn that statement as ridiculous. All we get on this issue is silence from the top and more invasion of the high tech, high paid new residents. Oakland residents have a long history of direct action against an unfair system. We should not expect that to change as long as those who are supposed to lead are derelict in their duties.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Sheriff Debates Faith Leaders on Immigration, Urban Shield

Sounds to me as if the sheriff went there to TELL what the office if going to do under his leadership not listen to the community concerns.

Not too surprising as the Alameda County Sheriffs Department was the only law enforcement agency, then Governor, Ronald Reagan was able to mobilize during the campus "unrest" in the late 60's.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Best Landlord History Lesson: Andrew Mousalimas

I was a regular at the Kings X in the mid 70's. Andy and his brother John, were always upbeat and friendly. Oh,and you could carry a "tab" as long as Andy knew your name and face....great times those were, rolling dice and playing cards......please say hey to Andy for me....
Bill Fratus
Redding, C

Posted by Bill Fratus on 08/12/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Small businesses need to unite and buy their own building. Put funds together for a tenants in common situation. There are buildings too expensive for an individual, but would work wonderfully for as collective.

Posted by Linda Fong on 08/12/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Statistics are SUCH an interesting thing... And SO easily used to deceive. Especially when only single metrics of the data are quoted. I'd expect a PhD to understand and question that use, as the author of this article is.

I'd want to know what the higest, lowest, mean, the median (they ARE very different metrics) are and what the first and third quartile look like.

That set of numbers will very accurately describe what the data actually is, not just what one might want to paint it to be.

More subtle DBG, but still slanted. Nice try.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/11/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Par for the course, these privatization privateers (aka legal pirates) are relentless. All day every day they funell millions of dollars into attacks and hiring trolls to parrot faux outrage against "the evil government."
Don't be fooled. All they want is your money, they're using your resentment, prejudice, and abger to get it.

Posted by Patrick Mastrobuono on 08/11/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Seems like Transparent California is also paying commentators to gripe on any articles where they are being uncovered ;)

Posted by Patrick Mastrobuono on 08/11/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Didn't know Donut Savant might be on the way out, too. I agree about supporting local businesses, and generally do so myself. (Will likely try out Grocery Cafe tonight!) Ike's has other branches locally, but it's no McDonald's (and for that matter, appears to be owned by people "of color" [i.e. immigrants from the Middle East]).

My basic beef is with complaints about "gentrification" and "displacement" that are, in effect, demands to Keep Oakland Poor. Prosperity and innovation should not be seen as enemies -- through astronomical commercial rents certainly are. So far, however, most of the new Uptown spots appear to be local, so the notion that everyone's being driven out but the chains (what chains? where?) may be misleading or, at the very least, highly premature.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 4:00 PM

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