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Re: “Inception

I agree with the reviewer. There are plenty of flaws in the believability of some of the ideas and the foundation of knowledge that Nolan draws his movie about dreams from that seem to just be arbitrarily placed for plot points but, the largest flaw is in his understanding of visuals being used to communicate the sensational aspect of dreams. Unlike Satoshi Kon's Paprika which inception greatly steals from, inception does not utilize visual communication to portray the difference between a dream or even the similarities of life and dreaming and how dreams and reality are blurred. Everything is portrayed in a non-visual way. He just tells us these ideas about dreams and shows dreams the same as life, and if the concept is that it is impossible to decipher the difference between dreams and waking life he does not use visuals to show that as well. Christopher Nolan just steals ideas that he finds interesting from great art to make them into his tone deaf and action-filled blockbuster. The problem is not that his movies are boring the problem is that his movies seem to be intellectual and different from what we usually see when they are just like any other action packed blockbuster.

Posted by Aedan Vadala Clark on 07/15/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

I understand folks here aren't too familiar with facts but blacks and hispanics do commit a disproportionate amount of crime. They also on average have lower IQs. Which means they're incapable of learning and need to be disciplined like children.

Ha.

Posted by George Rockwell on 07/21/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

This is a public facing program that ignores half of the city. Cost is a function of design and target customer. How about modeling to higher utilization rates in affluent areas in order to subsidize a few smaller stations in east Oakland. You could also sell group passes at discounted rates to drive adoption. And the safety argument doesn't make sense. People ride bikes all of the time. 15 yrs from now we will question why low income residents in Oakland have higher obesity rates and transportation costs.

Posted by Markeze Bryant on 07/20/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “'The Black Woman is God' Opens at SOMArts

Of course it ends a few days before I reach San Fran...

Posted by Bro Ham on 07/20/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

My bad. It's Walden Pond books that will have Norm's books for sale on sight where he will be signing them.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

In addition to the presentation by Norm Stamper about how to fix cop culture and the Q & A facilitated by Reggie Lyles, Laurel Books will have his latest book on site for sale and Chief Stamper will be signing immediately after the event. You can register for this free event here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-wi…

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

To garry ovalbach and charlie pine, you're wrong. There are many Oaklanders who will not call the police because they have been abused by police in the past. And that, exactly, is the point--we cannot trust the police to be even-handed and honest. They simply are not trustworthy. Nor, now, is our mayor.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

We should remember that every time we push back against the police, they get meaner. They're not going to admit to anything.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

The people who design plan and programs to accelerate our ascent to Amsterdam are totally out of touch with the needs and desires of neighborhoods of color. They have no clue and actually dismiss the fact that not everybody in the world leads their lives by smart phones, laptops, Starbucks and Uber. They don't understand that when they have those obligatory "community meetings" in deep East Oakland, turnout may be sparse because some folks have 2 or 3 jobs and get up early because they work for low pay. Some folks have no child care options. Some folks are too busy just keeping the lights on and food on the table. Some folks lack adequate safe transportation. Spending 2 or 3 evening hours during the week at a meeting about a bicycle program is just not a life priority. In some neighborhoods, adults who use bikes fall into 2 main groups. Group one are the folks you see riding to low paying jobs in the early mornings every day. Group two are the guys who provide underground retail opportunities in the neighborhoods. In some places, hardly anyone rides bikes because they are seen as a pleasant recreational option. Some people don't have an extra $5 a day for a bike ride. If you want an effective program, you need to talk to the people and figure out what works for them. You can't force fee your pinhead utopian dreams into their daily reality.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/20/2017 at 4:41 AM
Posted by Devi Genuone on 07/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

Greenwood says: "My own sense, as a 30-year Berkeley cop, is that we dont have racial animus, Greenwood said at a public forum last night." Greenwood's 'own sense' is a white privileged sense. He is not really quaified to 'sense' the reality of racial profiling by BPD.

I also note that since he scored the gig as BPD Chief of Police, Greenwood appears to have packed on some pounds. Could it be the gig is stressing him out, leading to stress eating? It is my own sense that choosing him to be BPD chief was a poor, insider choice, that he was picked to be plain, white and boring. He's a placeholder whose job it is to defend the status quo without acknowleding the reality of how BPD cops treat persons of color.

And a 'module' in an 8 hour training is what, an hour? Two hours? The chief makes it clear that BPD cops are not getting the right training, including him.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 07/19/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

One problem comparing crime in different sections of the city is that we know only reported crime, and people in deep East Oakland may be less or more likely to report a crime. The company could do a public service by stationing bicycles in all parts of Oakland, then report all thefts and instances of vandalism.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/19/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Here I gave Libby Schaff credit when she was first elected. I thought maybe she was the ticket since Jean Quan and the ones before failed miserably to run the city. Yes, this happen before Libby but while during LIbby. She really should be embarrassed and ashamed to be apart of a ceremony that should have been about demotion and conviction for untrustworthy officers. The new police chief is a yes person who grins and bear it. She is clueless and has the nerve to congratulate these monsters on what? They all should be ashamed of themselves as individuals and the representation of Oakland. Vote Libby Schaff out of office along with the new police chief. Fire all those officers involved in the Guap case. Demote them to civilian life and make them pay the consequences for the behavior and actions. Disgusting to say the least!!!!!

Posted by Baltimore Raven on 07/19/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

maybe the mayor meant to say translucent instead of transparent? smh

Posted by marty bauer on 07/19/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

I am sorry to see a school and its community go through such difficult times. I love Oakland and all of you deserve the best. We all need to operate in good faith. If you start there and always remind yourself that you need to meet that standard every day, that's a strong foundation. When things go wrong, instead of hunkering down and hiding out, face the people honestly. I have seen administrations go into bunker mode too often and it doesn't work -- ever! I have made hundreds of mistakes and some of them turned out to be the best learning experiences because I dealt with them openly and even my detractors appreciated that. I always keep an eye on Oakland schools and forgive my two cents, but when I see so many students writing I feel compelled to chime in.

Posted by AC2023 on 07/18/2017 at 7:50 PM

Re: “How to Have Anal Sex

Can gay men have anal orgasm by receiving in the rear?

Posted by Puffboy48 on 07/18/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

There already seems to be a thriving bike share scheme in Oakland. People of means buy bicycles, people with lesser means steal the bicycles and share them among their brethren. It's very generous of Ford to fund an influx of new bicycles to the scheme, and perhaps this is their contribution to gentrification.

Posted by alphie noakes on 07/18/2017 at 5:49 AM

Re: “When Landlords Lie

I did not know about this article! I do want to say that all of you guys put up a great FIGHT! I tried to fight not to move out but it got to be to much for me and my children! The bond that the 3 units shared was awesome! The landlord never lived in the unit! A single mom and her 3 children did for 5 years.

Posted by DBrown on 07/17/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

Every low income person I've ever met who relies on a bike for transportation has found a way to get their hands on an adequate bike. It can be done for very little money or barter.

Bikeshare is for a different use case, but that won't stop people politicizing everything when it fits their lazy, outdated narrative. People have to hustle. It won't kill them.

Posted by jpr on 07/17/2017 at 3:08 PM

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