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Re: “Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?

The full paragraph referencing BART riders income levels is: "BART's ridership surveys indicate that 25 percent of its riders have household incomes of less than $30,000 a year, but only 20 percent of households in the region have the same income level. Meanwhile, 40 percent of Bay Area households have incomes over $100,000, but only 32 percent of BART riders make that much."

This is household income of riders vs. overall household income and all figures are referenced directly from BART, specifically this Title VI Civil Rights Program 2016 Triennial Update, page 21:

https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/d…

Posted by Scott Morris on 09/19/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Other commenters point out correctly that rate of false rape accusations are difficult to ascertain but generally estimated to be between 2 and 10 percent. Plenty of statistics linked here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_accusation_of_rape

The quote from "a website" detailing how false rape accusations are "rampant" is from Riverside criminal defense lawyer Michael Scafiddi, available here: https://www.shouselaw.com/rape.html#4.1

Scafiddi's claims are difficult to verify, but seeing as the Innocence Project reports only 353 exonerations for DNA evidence since the first such case in 1989, it is difficult to see how he has reached this conclusion: https://www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/

Finally, while the headline refers to Bearman as a "guru" you'll find no reference to spirituality in this article, and it refers only to the common usage definition as someone acting as a teacher in a particular area of expertise. In addition to the religious definition, Miriam-Webster defines "guru" as:

a : a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern has been a guru to many young writers
b : one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent became the guru of the movement
c : a person with knowledge or expertise : expert a computer guru

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guru

Posted by Scott Morris on 12/18/2017 at 11:26 AM

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