David Cohen 
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Proud resident of zip code 94611. Biologist. Patent guy. Lefty, but not a Bolshevik.

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Re: “Can Oakland's Soda Tax Fund a Healthier Town?

Mr. Raphael is dead wrong. The nutritional science underlying the soda tax concept is strong.

Its reasonable to point to the sugar content of fruit juices, but the vast majority of advertising, market-push, and consumption belongs to soda, and thus its an appropriate target for health-focused policy.

As for Dr. Lustig, of UCSF, upon visiting his website (https://robertlustig.com/food-insecurity/ ), it is plain that he understands the science and politics of the topic very well, and that he, in fact, fully supports the soda tax concept.

Posted by David Cohen on 07/25/2019 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

Could we agree, Mr. King, to not be gratuitously nasty if we show up?

Posted by David Cohen on 06/21/2018 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Thanks to Michael Good for pointing out the change in the headline (appropriately deleting "vandalism"). However, I don't see this as a sleight of hand, but rather just a correction, for which the editor of East Bay Express deserves credit. As for Ms. Brooks, she may want to reflect on exactly what her thesis is, and focus on that core message when she next writes an opinion piece, rinsing out some of the distracting off-point rhetoric.

Posted by David Cohen on 01/14/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

The headline of this piece says " .. please don't vandalize ..", however the headline is typically written by the newspaper, not the author .... and, in fact, nowhere in the piece does the author speak to vandalism. It IS vandalism that plagues Oakland protests, perpetrated by those who like to riot for sport.

I've read the first sentence of the second to last paragraph ("APTP refuses to be boxed by politicians, police, or media into a narrative that condemns any form of protest, except bodily harm") several times and still don't understand it.

What IS clear is that the author, for whatever reason, cannot bring herself to explicitly disavow and speak against vandalism.

Posted by David Cohen on 01/11/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Not sure if I'm completely on board with the author, but what he is talking about is news media promulgating fake talk. Mr. Eroster's comment really isn't pertinent to this issue. Almena's attorney, Tony Serra isn't a member of the news media; he's a lawyer, and lawyers do fake talking all the time.

Posted by David Cohen on 12/21/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

The East Bay Express is in worse shape than I thought if this weepy muddle-headed piece represents their best editorial wisdom.

There is no imminent witch hunt going on against Oakland's arts and music underground scene. There is, however, a very justifiably skeptical eye being cast on the situation that the horror of the Ghost Ship represents. There is plenty of blame or accountability to go around.

The City of Oakland needs to step up big time on code enforcement. Building managers and landlords of outrageously dangerous places should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

However, artists and musicians, their crews, and their audience simply don't get off the hook. Fire has not gone extinct, however righteous the art may be. No free ride for fantasy lands and reality-denying outfits like the Ghost Ship. The quandary of how artists support themselves has been around since time began. Solutions have never been easy, but for artists to survive, the solutions need to be responsible and reality-based.

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Posted by David Cohen on 12/07/2016 at 1:54 PM

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