David Livingstone Fore 
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Re: “The Social Costs of Living in Wildfire-Prone Areas

Thanks for this timely, thoughtful, and thorough examination of the various forces at play at the interface between wildlands and our urban homes in the East Bay Hills. The sad irony is this: humans won't change course until catastrophe strikes so hard it feels like we have no other choice... and yet when it does strike we are lulled back into complacency by the very social mechanisms (e.g., insurance and fire-fighting services) meant to protect us in the first place. As the author points out, it's one thing to argue for more discipline with respect to reckless construction and maintenance of property in and around wildlands... it's quite another thing for residents to fund their local governments to take prudent action. What will it take for the fire next time to grab our attention? Another 25 dead and 3,000 homes up in flames? How about 100 dead? A thousand?

Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 08/26/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “A Message to Readers

Thanks for keeping EBX alive and healthy. I've been reading it since it began publishing--and even contributed a few pieces--and have always appreciated its adaptive and insightful approach to serving the community. Sure, some things bug me (particularly the interaction design of the entertainment section, which got real bad two ownerships ago) but that's quibbling. Keep it up EBX!

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 10/23/2014 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Real Change is Complicated and Messy

@Juliet, thank you for your incisive analysis of what's really going on at OO despite what their prpogandists might have you think. As Richard Pryor said when caught red-handed: "WHO YOU GONNA BELIEVE? ME OR YOUR OWN LYING EYES?"

On the one hand, OO takes umbrage that they could conceivably be considered violent; on the other hand they tell their own activists when violence is likely at an event and everyone knows its because of the flagrant taunting of police and destruction of property by OO activists that precipitate the violence. I've been to the rallies, I've seen the videos, I've been to their online forums. The denial and/or hypocrisy of this movement is a shame, because what they (claim to) stand for is so important. They have not only hijacked a cause dear to us all, but their childish behavior is bankrupting the city of Oakland. What's worse, as your letter implies, OO's violence and hypocrisy might dim the energy of optimism of a generation in danger of losing faith in direct political action.

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 03/18/2012 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Real Change is Complicated and Messy

How on earth can people continue to insist that Occupy Oakland is "totally peaceful" when each demonstration results in flagrant destruction of property, taunting of police, and actual physical violence? Just let's look at todays' news from Sacramento, where Occupy Oakland hurled bottles at police.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?…
Today's event isn't an isolated one. Occupy Oakland will fail not because it's too idealistic but, rather, because it's not idealistic enough. Believe in what kindness and compassion can do in a political dialog and you might just get somewhere with your political platform.

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 02/27/2012 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Real Change is Complicated and Messy

Occupy Oakland deserves nobody's support because it is incapable of renouncing violence as a protest tactic. I'm sorry, Mr. Youngdahl, but you ought to read your history before filing such claptrap. Also, your editors should be ashamed for consistently neglecting to take seriously the failures of this movement.

OO's failure in this regard not only indicates an utter lack of functional and moral leadership on the part of the movement (which means it will never go anywhere tactically) but it also indicates a disregard for human life and dignity; moreover, without renouncing violence, the movement is flying in the face of the past hundred years of effective progressive political action. Civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, etc. etc. etc.... they've all been effective in one way or another and they all renounced violence.

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 02/16/2012 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Three Important Lessons of the Occupy Movement

Great summation. Thanks. While it makes me more sympathetic to Occupy, I'm still sorely disappointed at the movement's current tactics and attitudes, particularly its inability to build coalitions with its Uptown neighbors and its refusal to denounce violence (against persons or property). Fighting violence with violence is not just a losing gambit (they have guns; we don't) but it will fail to win hearts/minds of those who vote.

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 12/01/2011 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Poster for the General Strike on November 2

Where's the principle of non-violence? Not in evidence on this poster. I'm not liking the sound of this.

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Posted by David Livingstone Fore on 10/28/2011 at 5:14 PM

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