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Re: “Big Pink Musical Heroes

See Robbie in the 3-star gem 'Carny', which also features a young Jodie Foster and Gary Busey ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 02/27/2020 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Perils of Pauline

Movie-going was central to my life, until the old UC Theater closed in 2001 because seismic retrofitting was too costly. I'd mark up my new calendar, which formed the basis for social behavior for three months. Since, I'll pop for a flick or two a year, usually viewed in one of those economy-class rooms downtown; it just ain't the same ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 02/13/2020 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Why Pete Stark Mattered

I knew Pete, visiting him in his office in D.C. in May of '73, the best time to have blown through the town. Imagine!, a mere citizen being asked his views. I still have a response letter from him, in which he cites Munchkins--not Mnuchins--as the cause of it all. I must frame it ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 01/30/2020 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Alameda County Approves $85 Million Sale of Coliseum Site to A's

I can't help but wonder, and I doubt I'm alone: Just suppose something goes wrong, and the 'Vegas stadium, oh, catches fire for example, and the Raiders find themselves with no place to call home? ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 01/03/2020 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Homelessness is un-American. The governments (federal on down) have not yet figured out how to solve the physical dilemma without appearing so themselves.
There is also the very obvious fact that current and future numbers of our exceptional specie are unsustainable in concentrated areas. If we were spread out evenly, there'd be 100 people for each square mile ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 07/18/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Fires, Refugees, Traffic, Gentrification ... So Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Population?

I did a rough calculation recently: World population divided into ALL land area. I came up with 100 per square mile. (Do your own figures, for fun.)
Just conceive--everywhere you (might) go (if you could, but you must stay put), we're there. I'd say we're pretty thick, and getting thicker ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 07/07/2019 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Rainbow Flag Flap Unfurls Across East Bay

There is a long-overlooked issue with flag display, whether outside public buildings or from other flagpoles: Official flags are often flown where they have no real relevance. In Dublin's case, the city flag is dreadful, so a bit more colorful relief is sought. As with the Emeryville case, the national and state flags are flown to remind us of something or other, but city halls are municipal structures, and official flags should announce this clearly. Instead, we have patriotic and Golden State overkill ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 06/06/2019 at 9:33 AM

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