John Seal 
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Re: “First, BART Came for the Homeless, Then for the Artwork

BART are philistines and their police force murders people. That's all the 'balance' necessary.

Posted by John Seal on 01/31/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

There are plenty of Oakland community activists who could 'push the most difficult and anti-racist policies' without being an abusive bully (which Brooks has been as long as she's been in the limelight) who attacks small, elderly people (even tough, fiery ones like Elaine Brown).

Brooks is very smart - and has used her intellect to ride roughshod over some of the less bright bulbs on the City Council - but she has gone too far this time. Hopefully the voters of her district have seen enough.

Posted by John Seal on 01/17/2018 at 3:15 PM

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

To the best of my knowledge, SRL events were never sanctioned and were probably illegal (though I also have vague memories of attending one of their shows at a middle school playground, so perhaps I am wrong on this point). They also exposed the audience to danger (sometimes extreme danger) - I recall massive explosions going off at another event as the audience cowered beneath an extremely echoey freeway overpass.

Sideshows scratch the same itch as custom car shows, demolition derbies, and drag racing. It might be possible to 'convert' a portion of participants to a sanctioned and regulated sporting event, but there will always be people for whom the danger and the illegality are the main attraction. Consequently, there's no law enforcement response that will 'kill' sideshows: they will eventually peter out when audiences and participants move on to the next big thrill, whatever that will be.

Posted by John Seal on 11/29/2017 at 9:31 AM

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

The spectacle and danger remind me of the guerrilla art of Survival Research Laboratories, but sideshows look pretty boring, to be honest. How many times can you watch a car drive in a circle?

Posted by John Seal on 11/27/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Considering Ernest Montague's history of right-wing, pro-OPD/pro-gun/anti-Antifa comments, it is odd indeed to see him siding with the environment. Perhaps he's a Giants fan.

Posted by John Seal on 11/08/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Very exciting news!

Posted by John Seal on 10/19/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

Mr. Ferrell, if you are contesting the historical facts referenced in this 'SO erroneous' article, could you present your evidence?

Posted by John Seal on 09/21/2017 at 8:17 AM

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