Yahoo! to Buy Tumblr for $1.1 Billion
Update: Note that my redacted post has been returned to the comments @ Santa Cruz IndyBay. The provoking comment however, has not re-appeared. I do not recall that it was trolling in any significant way. If it WAS the commenter left themselves wide open for a rational response and I still feel my work was left without context:
Because property crime IS ALWAYS HIGHER in areas where the AFFLUENCE IS HIGHER.
Want to fix that? Get the jackasses called county supervisors and city council(ors) crackin’ on PLANNING for a NORMAL COMMUNITY with a broad spectrum of incomes, housing and jobs affordable to the people who actually live here… ESPECIALLY the kids.
After all, they’re the ones who commit most of the property crimes that spike the charts, like shoplifting, burglary and theft.
Further, on that “Housing Thing”, the latest housing development downtown, “Walnut Commons” has been advertised as cohousing for middle class families… You know. Central kitchen an all that communal type stuff delayed-gratification yuppies like to talk about but never actually live.
What middle class family with kids would actually live in that situation?
The project is based on a LIE like all other housing developments purported to be for local people around here (The old ice plant… the slum behind the town clock etc), it gets turned into transient office worker or college student housing because all the workers here couch surf or live with eight other people to make the rent and still have money for food and transportation.
However it will be VERY attractive to people from out of state on contract to Deloitte Touche or somesuch who will rent the CruzIo cubies and have (I can see the ad in the back of the NY Times Sunday magazine now) ‘housing footsteps away from where you work just minutes from Sea and Trees’.
How about a deal like THAT for New Leaf’s baggers, CVS shelf stockers, and other SERIOUSLY UNDERPAID in relation to cost-of-living local workers?
But Nooooo. So you end up with a gentrified affluent ‘community’ with an allegedly soaring property crime rate, and the truth of the matter is the property crime rate has always been astronomical around here but until quite recently there weren’t freakzoids like TBSC reporting every rock kicked on their lawn, nor 1st Alarm guards who are a generators of mostly marginal-from-a-legal-perspective or bogus reports that, in the process, ensure their continued $15.00 an hour employment.
It simply make the problem worse draining $80,000 dollars a year from the city treasury for EACH PATROL (and aside from multiple ‘guards’ downtown, EVERY PARK IN SANTA CRUZ has a ‘watchman’ now) while everyone else suffers from that diversion of funds that could be put to much better uses as housing and job development funding.
So stop whining and enjoy your police state. I’m SURE that’s the option you chose so STFU.
References: Western Criminology Review 7(3), 7–26 (2006): The Distribution of Property Crime and Police Arrest Rates across Los Angeles Neighborhoods http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v07n3/07.davis/davis.pdf
Anonymous launches Operation Guantanamo:
#OpGTMO engaged in support of the hunger strikers!
On Friday, May 17, the international hacktivist collective known as Anonymous, joined by Code Pink and other political action groups from the U.S. and the U.K., launched Operation Guantanamo to mark the 100th day of a hunger strike within the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
The three day campaign of global action is intended to raise awareness of the human rights violations currently going on at Guantanamo Bay prison camp via social media and on the ground protests. Alleged violations at Guantanamo include the indefinite detention of prisoners, many (ed. Not ‘many’, ALL. There ARE NO POWs or ‘Terrorists’ there anymore -RR) of whom have been cleared for release years ago.
The following is an excerpt from a press release issued by Anonymous regarding Operation Guantanamo (#OpGTMO)…
[In Full with more linkage]
Mommy When I Grow Up I Want To…
Gloria Richardson pushes a national guard bayonet out of her face during a 1963 civil rights protest in Maryland.
(Source: clintisiceman, via soulology)
Here is how the State Department explains US elections to the rest of the World -
Note: Direct link to PDF from state.gov
The Redditor notes:
Note there is no reference 2000 or 2004 Presidential elections - nor the campaign financing rule changes in 2010. Nor the concerted effort to make voting more difficult for minorities when for the past 10 years there have been less than 40 recorded cases total of voter fraud through out the US.
US Forces Suspected of "Collateral Murder": Three mass graves with 1,000 corpses found near Fallujah Iraq -
From the Arab media… Ahlul Bayt to be exact. The NPR of the Shia on radio and TV, believed to be funded solely by donations from listeners and viewers
Iraqi officials have found three mass graves containing the bodies of about 1,000 people thought to have been executed by US soldiers during their occupation of the country.
Workers excavate remains from a mass grave in the desert of western Anbar province in Iraq on April 14. The mass grave holds the remains of more than 800 people, believed to have been killed during the rule of ousted leader Saddam Hussein. (source)
Riverbend… Girl Blogger of Baghdad…
What she’s learned in the last ten years.
“We learned that you can be floating on a sea of oil, but your people can be destitute. Your city can be an open sewer; your women and children can be eating out of trash dumps and begging for money in foreign lands.
We learned that justice does not prevail in this day and age. Innocent people are persecuted and executed daily. Some of them in courts, some of them in streets, and some of them in the private torture chambers.
We are learning that corruption is the way to go. You want a passport issued? Pay someone. You want a document ratified? Pay someone. You want someone dead? Pay someone.
We learned that it’s not that difficult to make billions disappear.
We are learning that those amenities we took for granted before 2003, you know- the luxuries – electricity, clean water from faucets, walkable streets, safe schools – those are for deserving populations.
Those are for people who don’t allow occupiers into their country.”
As I said in a previous post:
To the point; As long as you keep buying sweatshop products WalMart could give a fuck about dead workers. All they give a fuck about is profit margin , So stop buying these slave-produced products (for best effect from ALL retailers) and you WILL break their ‘margin’.
Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD [FR: 0.5%; US: 9.0%] -
French children don’t need medications to control their behavior because the problem, according to French psychiatrists (the ‘doctors’ in America most liable to demand medication), IS THEIR SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT which is ‘treated’, instead of a mythical ‘biological disorder’ or ‘chemical imbalance’…
[In Full @ Psychology Today]