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Re: “The Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017

Thank you! Lil B loves Sarah Cahill -- great piano music!

Lil B recommends Salami Rose Joe Louis "Zlaty Sauce Nephew" -- Very talented! - Lil B

Posted by Lil B THE BASED GOD on 01/02/2018 at 11:14 AM
Posted by Robert Gammon on 01/02/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

I have to sit out some of the info-war at this point, having tried to provide clarity in the face of propaganda for many years and needing a rest. I will say the statement in this article that the reasons for the crisis have "nothing to do with KPFA" is wrong and is a prime example of the kind of purposefully slanted propaganda that have actively helped to cause this crisis. KPFA has not lived within its own means for years, http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?p=3064 and as this crisis worsens, there is unfortunately every reason to think that those who actively discouraged listeners from understanding the true issues at the station for years will now have free reign (as they certainly do have their own organized backers, broken away from the network) to continue to bamboozle listeners who believe that Russia "hacked," that the U.S. isn't massively responsible for the middle east disasters (and hence for much of global climate damage) etc. Of course the partisan boards are terrible, but there has been, thanks to the confusion of the name-usurping "save kpfa" gang, no way for most listeners to have heard about the different points of view or real issues over the years to vote in responsible board members. Every board election has been actively "hacked" if you want to call it that, and that is some real hacking you are not going to hear about by the paid morning gang at KPFA. Sure they will titrate in some well-presented stories, and therefore the promotion of their not-too-left of the conservative wing of the Democratic Party point of view will thrive i the new non-Pacifica KPFA. Virginia Browning

Posted by Virginia Browning on 01/01/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Charlie Hallowell Accused of Sex Harassment by 17 Women; New Laws to Protect Workers go into Effect Jan. 1

Same with all the other pervs that Stepped Away after recently being outed. Its a bunch of horse crud!!

Posted by Kari Maltzman on 01/01/2018 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Apparently not, "by all accounts." What a lead-in. Is there an editor in the house?
Berman, rot in jail. Justice, throw away the key. He can have all the sexy time he wants in the big house.
There are billions of us. Whatever "good" he may done...We don't need him loose ever again. Recidivism is as real as rain.
Florid Wiley, you sitting in a heap of denial. Didn't 99% "love" ill Bill Cosby?Wait for it... yes.
And, he, Berman, is yet another poster boy for drug control. There he is, recruiting at Berman's Burning Man. Focking criminal azzhole, diminishing the reputations of responsible users, and those of the chemicals, too, at least at the expense of the general public's perceptions. Ghrr.
Most importantly, protect the victims.
And finally, don't be sexist, Feminists. Its not about gender per se, but abuse of power.

Posted by Vista del cielo on 01/01/2018 at 2:43 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

>The loss of KPFA would NOT be a big deal. it barely does anything in terms of undermining the power elite.

Often when I tune I hear Professor Richard D. Wolff (Marxist economist) or Doug Henwood (leftist journalist) or Davey D Cook. They're not mainstream. They often point at the forces of modern capitalism to be to blame for many of society's ills. So I don't know what you're talking about.

I could do without some of the herbalism shows.

> It's a CIA arm.

KPFA is not a CIA arm, FRANK SNAPP I would appreciate no longer spreading such specious claims on this forum. You're not helpful.

You may not like KPFA, but KPFA is about as alternative as we have at the moment in the media.

Posted by Lekë Dukagjini on 12/31/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

"KPFA's property" is actually Pacifica's on MLK Way in Berkeley. Empire State could put a lien on it establishing their interest upon sale but they could not "seize the building" or force KPFA staff to quit. Nor could they seize KPFA's broadcast license or others in the network. They could seize KPFA's cash assets, which would make KPFA's utility bills and other basics the biggest challenge to keeping KPFA on the air.

And this is not "this financial mess created by its parent foundation." KPFA representatives served on the national board as this crisis developed and not all of their votes were benign. On the contrary.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 12/31/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Tries to Stop Abusive Men by Getting at the Root Cause of Violence

Keep up the good work. I feel this is A positive step forward. Men need other men. For examples of control discipline and self worth. A good strong male role model. Is what every young man. Need in they life. I'm A author. Who wrote A book. On dating abusive men and women. Secrets Lies & Shame. The release date soon. Kionea L Dunson

Posted by kdunson76 on 12/31/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

The loss of KPFA would NOT be a big deal. it barely does anything in terms of undermining the power elite. 9 times out of 10 when I turn it on the station is either using the framing of the mainstream or there's worthless music on air when it should be using 9/10's of all airtime for raising hell and getting real revolution against BILLIONAIRES going. It does not. It's a CIA arm. Americans, especially liberal/progressives in the U.S., particularly in the Bay Area (as opposed to progressives of Manhattan and other more progressive places in the world) are actually brainwashed and have no critical thinking skills for big picture analysis, much less for the basics of understanding when an alternative media venue is NOT alternative overall in effect.

Posted by Frank Snapp on 12/31/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

The majority of the listeners only find out about this months after the lawsuit was lost -- why? People donated in fund drives and had no idea this was going on. The mentality of ongoing covering up of finances and status of the stations is only harmful, but is not uncommon with KPFA it seems.

Posted by Victoria Ashley on 12/31/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “I, Tonya: Catfight on Ice

Actually a good review.

Read "Hillbilly Elegy" for some further insight to a misunderstood part of America.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/31/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Itani Ramen

Not quite two years old and excellent when it launched, Itani Ramen keep getting better and better. Changing dinner to table service added a nice touch of comfort and relaxation. The liquor license and tasty highballs provide another touch. Finally, the finished and really attractive back room is a great spot for a private party. More items on the menu, etc.

Posted by Bill Riess on 12/31/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

There are actually several options and alarmist is not always the way to go. There's a loan that looks to be available that would pay off the summary judgment to Empire State right away, prevent any collection threat and be interest only for three years, allowing plenty of time to look at signal swap or sale. Pacifica Foundation is far from actually "bankrupt". It owns $10 million in real estate in three different cities and has interests in broadcasting license worth $80-$100 million dollars. The actual debts are in the $5-$6 million range and only about $3.5 of that is urgent or pressing.

Bankruptcy has problems. The legal fees are estimated at close to a million dollars. That's a lot of listener money down the drain. Yes Pacifica can propose a plan, but so can the creditors committee (led by Empire State) and the judge can choose either and when one delivers payments to creditors a lot faster and is much simpler, it has an advantage.

Pacifica has already received signal swap offers, 5 of them, in the last two months, for all frequencies except the one in Texas, ranging from $5 to $15 million dollars. The smallest and least destructive is actually for KPFA and the biggest and most destructive is for WPFW in Washington DC. Any of them would clear the debts in total, but they need 1-2 years to get through the FCC.

The clearest path through is a loan and then a signal swap. Doesn't require bankruptcy and there's a lot to be said for not getting into court with a capitalist billipnaire with a pricey and vast lawyer's corp and hoping a federal judge will be nice to you.

Independence is pretty precious, besides being part of the term "independent media". Don't give it up easily.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 12/30/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

Tom Steyer just blew $10 million on useless TV ads after doing the same thing before the election. He could have written a check for less than one tenth of this and cleared all this up.

Between Soros, Ford, MacArthur, Rockefeller and several others, there are billions of dollars dispersed to alleged social justice causes every year. The SPLC has $358 million in the bank including the $2 million apiece George Clooney and Tim Cook threw at them this year while straining to get into the act after Charlottesville.

KPFA is immeasurably more effective at promoting left-leaning causes than anything I can think of that these rich liberal fools promote.

Here's an idea--KPFA opens up a stand at the Farmer's Market and sells donated buds. Though darn it, some CSU Professors just decided those are racist too; but who cares they're from San Diego.

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10306

Posted by Mark Talmont on 12/30/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Aida's Secrets

A captivating film that stays with for a while. An intelligent exploration of identity and motherhood.

Posted by ilana hicks on 12/30/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

It seems obvious that the value of the 99.5 commercial bandwidth license in NY WBAI, of possibly $10 million, would make Pacifica and all the stations solvent with current and past debts. If what's been disclosed is true. Couldn't WBAI close down until a new non-commercial bandwidth purchased? In the meantime it could broadcast on the internet and drum up support to pay for the new bandwidth? Bankruptcy puts everyone into the hands of lawyers and the banksters, the ones who've created our economic societal crisis. I have a hard time trusting this process. Could WBAI/Pacifica not go back to the court with a plan to sell the bandwith and settle this chump change debt to the appropriately named "Empire" corpse?

After all this is done the entire organization needs to be reorganized into independent self-maintaining entities with local indigenous control so this doesn't happen again. The stations need to be locally functional stations serving and directed by listeners and Pacifica should be the archive and library of resources that it is. Multiple layers of managing legaleze trap doors serves the control mechanisms of authoritarians who currently rule the world. It's time to relocalize to egalitarian self-sustaining systems and jettison the obsolete shell of authoritarianist structures.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 12/30/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

While I am impressed by Tssui's aesthetic vision, these all encompassing massive projects like the Ultima Tower are more suited to our current unsustainable political and economic system or Utopian fantasies like Star Trek rather than to any real future in which we should all have a stake.

The Ultima Tower suggests top down and centralized control, showing great disregard for the lives and needs of the people living in place now. Such projects would displace and disrupt and destroy the lives of huge numbers of people UNLESS an additional massive project simultaneously accommodated them during construction was also funded, and yet this would also disrupt other people and so on.

Far more interesting is architecture which is designed to be built, financed, maintained and operated from the bottom up rather than the top down.

Take a project like the Ultima Tower but consider it only public infrastructure, and design it to allow smaller scale building and development enterprises which constantly remake the city within it. Consider the current model of a highrise and subvert it to the form of a public street arranged vertically, each unit within it analogous to a separate parcel on a city street capable of being developed independently, the building providing all the infrastructure (like cranes, public utilities etc...) which are needed for a small enterprise to develop the parcel.

Then take the next step and consider the construction process and how you organize that to happen over a time frame which does not require an entire city to be wiped out and rebuilt in 25 years but instead can grow and evolve into such a tower over perhaps one or more centuries. Bringing the city into an arcology which resembles an ever evolving community structure more like a coral reef of many species living side by side rather than that of a community insect like ants or termites who all serve one individual.

You'd need public banking and worker owned and operated enterprises following charters written to keep us all on task for such a long term project while allowing the people doing the work to continuously adapt to the problems of their present. Our current model of development - private finance and crony capitalism for an election cycle or two - can not sustain this because it serves short term private interest rather than long term public interest.

And these huge projects as envisioned here would be controlled by the immensely wealthy/powerful. In addition their implementation does not consider the people of the present, nor of the future, but only that of the people who would be living within it upon the building's completion. I could be wrong but the Ultima Tower as presented in this article does not appear to be designed to evolve with its population or to adapt itself to accommodate the existing population during its construction. It is rather a fixed and lifeless thing like a work of art rather than like a city or living system which is in the constant flux of life. Again for a biological model, a coral reef is a better one than a termite mound because you have to consider the human systems within the structure rather than simply the physical qualities of the finished product.

In otherwords, while Tssui's work is indeed visually beautiful I don't see anything visionary about them. These are works of art in need of a patron which is more or less the model of market rate housing development except for projects like this the architect necessarily has more project control than the developer. I don't see that as particularly visionary, but rather as a doubling down on old ideas which are proven failures. His work is beautiful, but this is the work of a virtuouso rather than a visionary.

If I have mischaracterized his purpose I appologize. BUT the writer of the article has presented Tssui's work in this light, and that is what I am reacting to.

Posted by Aaron Parr on 12/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

Please give the following crazy proposal a few minutes to marinate before you reject it!

Why not expand the Pacifica listener/donor base by becoming the true 'Alternative Voice' for both the rational Left and the rational Right?

I believe that there are many people who think of themselves as libertarians, or some sort of conservative, who are not happy with the local radio equivalents of Fox News. Perhaps we all look alike to you, but we're not.

When I heard about Pacifica's problems, I had mixed feelings: one the one hand, from my point of view, you're political opponents. On the other hand, it's good that a democracy has vigorous debate hosted in multiple outlets ... so it wouldn't be good to see Pacifica, or any of its stations go under -- (and what irony that this was precipitated by Islamists).

So go on, Lefties ... think outside of the box! See what the folks at Reason Magazine, at American Conservative, at National Review would think about a joint venture. After all, liberals and conservatives united to defeat the Nazis ... so why not get together where we had a radio network that could broadcast intelligent interesting people who could make you think, regardless of your views?

Posted by Doug Nineteenfortythree on 12/30/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

I dated Steve for 11 months and was never a part of Interchange. I stopped seeing him a few months before the lawsuit was filed. With me, Steve wasn't the narcissistic sociopath this article and lawsuit make him out to be. On the contrary, he was a wonderful lover, had a solid grasp of appropriate boundaries, was upfront about his new age lifestyle and found healthy ways to explore sex on psychedelics.

-- When I was exploring the idea of joining in Interchange, Steve told me explicitly that we could date or I could enroll. Not both.

--Steve was very upfront about his nontraditional views about relationships and sexual health practices (ie. he didn't believe in relationships or condoms). It came up on our first date, we didn't decide to sleep together until almost a full month later.

--The sex parties mentioned in the article were very specifically for exploring psychedelic sex. The dosages were flexible and it wasn't a problem for me to ask for substantially less than the 'mild' amounts.

--Steve and I did a small handful of psychedelic experiments on our own and if I wasn't there mentally, he backed off sexually. Unlike 100% of my other boyfriends, he took care to respect my boundaries when I couldn't speak up for myself. It made him a really safe person for me to explore with.

Of course, I have no idea what went on between Steve and the Jane Zoes that have come forward. My experience is just one of many and I hope that sharing it helps round out this ongoing conversation.

Posted by girlfriend#3641 on 12/29/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

This is how drag racing began. If ya wanna get rid of it, give it a safe place to be done.

Posted by David Bell on 12/29/2017 at 9:14 PM

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