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Entry: 2022-04-26 02:58:19.001787+02 "People's Convoy" unwelcome in in the East Bay by Dan Lyke comments 0

The kids are alright: Inept 'People's Convoy' chased out of Bay Area by egg-throwing kids

Livestreams posted by convoy participants show police arriving to protect Wicks’ home, which eventually prompted the group to move on. It was here the convoy members made their mistake, driving onto busy, one-lane College Avenue on the Berkeley-Oakland border. There, slowed down by the usual Friday afternoon traffic, they were sitting ducks outside the Safeway. A large group of kids, armed with eggs purchased at the grocery store, began pelting the convoy.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Bay Area Law Enforcement Heinlein California Culture Education ]

Entry: 2022-04-07 00:30:56.799095+02 Covid R values by Dan Lyke comments 0

Uh oh: San Francisco's Covid effective reproduction number is at 1.12, vs the California state average of .86. Sonoma County's case rate seems to have bottomed out late last week and is starting to creep up again, very slowly.

[ related topics: Health Bay Area Law California Culture ]

Entry: 2022-02-23 18:59:44.788908+01 Microdosing LSD doesn't have the touted benefits by Dan Lyke comments 0

Repeated low doses of LSD in healthy adults: A placebo-controlled, dose–response study

Here, in a double-blind controlled study, we studied the effects of four repeated doses of LSD tartrate (13 or 26 μg) or placebo, administered to healthy adults at 3–4 day intervals, on mood, cognitive performance and responses to emotional tasks. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three drug conditions: placebo (N = 18), 13 μg LSD (N = 19), or 26 μg LSD (N = 19). They attended four 5-hour drug-administration sessions separated by 3–4 days, followed by a drug-free follow-up session 3–4 days after the last session. LSD (26 μg) produced modest subjective effects including increased ratings of ‘feeling a drug effect’ and both stimulant-like and LSD-like effects, but the drug did not improve mood or affect performance on psychomotor or most emotional tasks. No residual effects were detected on mood or task performance on the drug-free follow-up session. We conclude that within the context of a controlled setting and a limited number of administrations, repeated low doses of LSD are safe, but produce negligible changes in mood or cognition in healthy volunteers.

Analytical Cannabis: Microdosing LSD Doesn’t Work, Study Finds

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Entry: 2022-02-22 18:49:52.045894+01 Free Parking & Cycling by Dan Lyke comments 0

In Determinants of bicycle commuting in the Washington, DC region: The role of bicycle parking, cyclist showers, and free car parking at work (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2012.06.003), @the Greater Marin on Twitter points out that the odds of bicycling go down by 85% when free car parking is available, and that in The effect of work-related factors on the bicycle commute mode choice in the Netherlands that effect is still 50%.

[ related topics: Bay Area Work, productivity and environment Sports Automobiles Pedal Power Bicycling Model Building ]

Entry: 2022-02-16 22:46:22.682632+01 Prop 13 and race by Dan Lyke comments 0

Betteridge's Law fails, because the answer is an emphatic "Yes!": Is California’s Prop. 13 racist? Homeowners in white neighborhoods of one city may get triple the tax benefit

The report found that home prices increased the most in affluent majority-white neighborhoods, creating an awkward predicament where new homebuyers can sometimes pay property taxes 10 or more times higher than longtime residents, even if the longtime owner’s house is worth more. Across the city, homes in white neighborhoods are under-taxed by an average of $693,924, the report found, compared to $216,430 in Latino neighborhoods, $317,990 in Black neighborhoods and $357,493 in Asian neighborhoods.

SPUR: Burdens and Benefits — Investigating Prop. 13’s unequal impacts in Oakland

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Politics Invention and Design Bay Area California Culture Race Real Estate Government ]

Entry: 2022-02-16 00:08:17.71131+01 Making Pancakes by Dan Lyke comments 0

This is exactly the sort of thing I do: ‘My wife says I’m getting weird’: Man offers free pancakes to make friends

‘She says I need to make friends,’ the fliers read, inviting neighbors to a party in front of his San Francisco home. ‘So I’m making pancakes.’

[ related topics: Bay Area California Culture Marriage ]

Entry: 2022-02-06 04:39:04.462048+01 Square dance calling by Dan Lyke comments 0

The pandemic has been hard on my enthusiasm for square dancing. In the few years the Petaluma group has been going, it's been kicked down to nothing by fires, by floods, by ... I know there was another natural disaster in there. Every time we build it up to 3 squares, something happens and kaboom. And then the pandemic hit.

And in the mean time I've been having conversations online. I was one of the first people to buy a Zoom subscription, so I've been host of a Saturday meetup for newer square dance callers that's been going strong, and having lots of conversations with various people in the square dance community, and some of it has made me wonder about whether this is the right hobby to use to hang community off of. I mean, even as the roots of square dancing are in Black America, the whole Henry Ford promoting square dance because of his prejudices thing is also real, and much of the community is... not my people, and the whole hierarchical notion of a bunch of people operating in synchrony under the direction of one can be problematic if you look at it through some of those lenses.

And I've got other venues; Know Before You Grow is growing and taking up a lot of time, the Cool Cities Challenge is starting to kick in and causing me to meet even more of my neighbors, I have no shortage of opportunities for building community.

So my enthusiasm for square dance calling has been flagging.

About a year after we started square dancing, in 2013, we went to the IAGSDC Convention in San Francisco. And had so much fun there that we went to all of the subsequent ones through 2019. At the SF convention, we met a family that was local to us that brought fantastic energy to the dance floor, and we hoped to run into them again, but we didn't, and kinda wondered. You can see them in the front square in this video (Charlene and I are visible in the square behind them). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kxZGr2SrDo Scott Byars is a caller of some renown who has been a mentor to many of us, and who is having some health problems that are stopping him from calling, and there's a celebration of his life coming up at the end of the month. And I've been looking at it like I wanna go, but I'm still not really comfortable being inside with other people yet. So last night I get a call from a friend and neighbor, saying "hey, there's this family that used to dance, that wants to go to the Scott Byars celebration, that needs a refresher, would you....?"

I offered the back deck, figured it was outside, and they all were hanging out with each other anyway. They came over. It was the same family (a decade later). We started with "join hands & circle left", got a good bit of the way through Plus, and it was So. Much. Fun.

I miss dancing. I still haven't gotten back to dancing. But calling again, getting in front of a mic again, actually using this voice I've been practicing so much with, was amazing.

Which, I guess, means that I'm gonna continue to make square dance calling a core part of my community building.

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Entry: 2021-12-22 18:45:33.761719+01 How To Human by Dan Lyke comments 0

Recent podcast listening: I got turned on to How To Human, with Sam Lamott, at https://www.hellohumans.co/ , because of his interview with Matthew Hahn. Hahn is known for burgling a safe that contained evidence of sexual violence against children, and having to make some difficult decisions, and his story, and subsequent philosophies, are worth a listen. Then I listened to Lamott's interview with Kevin Briggs, a CHP officer who served on the Golden Gate Bridge, talking about talking people down from suicide, and that led to the interview with Marvin Mutch, a man who spent 41 years incarcerated for a murder he didn't commit. If you're interested in broadening your perspectives on understanding society, and how it fails people with the potential to be amazing, so far it's 3 for 3...

[ related topics: Children and growing up Interactive Drama Erotic Sexual Culture Bay Area ]

Entry: 2021-12-09 00:06:44.920921+01 Largest Pot Brownie by Dan Lyke comments 0

World’s largest pot brownie weighs in at 850 pounds for National Brownie Day

Guinness World Records previously listed the largest marijuana brownie ever baked at 243 pounds, USA Today said. To break the record, MariMed needed 1,344 eggs, 250 pounds of sugar, 212 pounds of butter, 5.3 pounds of vanilla extract, 81 pounds of flour, two pounds of baking powder, three pounds of salt, and 122 pounds of cocoa powder, the newspaper reported.

Thank you to https://twitter.com/ResearchBuzz/status/1468715874991448068

[ related topics: Drugs Health Bay Area Current Events Journalism and Media ]

Entry: 2021-12-01 01:58:29.328142+01 Shooter pretending to be LEO by Dan Lyke comments 0

Good on the kids for not trusting, but yikes, and more reason to call 911 and confirm that the person claiming to be a cop is a cop: 'See my badge, bro': Oxford High School students escape through window as voice claims to be deputy

OXFORD, Mich. (FOX 2) - </span>As a gunman opened fire inside Oxford High School on Tuesday, confusion reigned as students, fearful for their lives, were unsure if the person knocking on the door was a gunman or actually an Oakland County Sheriff Deputy.

A parent called into FOX 2 sharing what his son, a student who attends Oxford High School, experienced Tuesday amid a mass shooting that left three teens dead and eight other people wounded.

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Entry: 2021-11-27 19:05:02.769945+01 So the two huge tech drivers of climate by Dan Lyke comments 0

So the two huge tech drivers of climate cHange are crypto currencies and Waymo vehicles endlessly circling San Francisco (A city so bereft of vehicles it's going to free parking... https://www.nbcbayarea.com/new...people-back-in-the-city/2741281/ )

[ related topics: Bay Area Current Events California Culture Cryptography Global Warming ]

Entry: 2021-11-17 01:13:10.596002+01 Biking to school in Barcelona by Dan Lyke comments 0

For various reasons, my trek to work today was at a slightly different time, so I got to see a different dynamic of kids walking, and being walked, to (Grant Elementary) school (along Mountain View Ave). In previous mornings, I've seen kids riding merrily along, and then realizing that the combination of car approaching from behind and parked cars means that they no longer feel safe on the roadway, and need to transition to the sidewalk, but they're in an area of no convenient driveway, so they stop, drag their bike over the flowers in the strip between the road and the sidewalk, and continue.

This morning it was waiting through the interminable line of cars (probably parents who'd just dropped their kids off at school) in order to cross Mountain View.

In either case, I strongly support the notion of a mass of kids and parents taking over Mountain View for a bike and pedestrian arrival at Grant. It'd take maybe 10 minutes out of that street for cars, and every kid on a bike, or walking, to school means one less car trip to and from, the school, morning and afternoon. So 4x fewer car trips past the Mountain View & Mission/Olive intersection and curve (with drivers whipping way too fast through its crappy visibility).

NPR: It started with 5 families. Now hundreds are biking to school together in Barcelona.

Via this Twitter thread, with video

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Entry: 2021-11-10 21:18:39.441195+01 Cause and effect by Dan Lyke comments 0

Officer dies of COVID while on leave for missing California city’s vaccine deadline

San Francisco Police Department Officer Jack Nyce tested positive for the virus on Nov. 2 and died Saturday, Nov. 6, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. His symptoms were so severe on Nov. 6 that he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance and died later that day.

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Entry: 2021-10-27 22:47:22.659086+02 Prison makes society less safe by Dan Lyke comments 0

Or, at least, prison doesn't make society any safer, and probably makes it less safe: Crime and Justice: a review of research — Custodial Sanctions and Reoffending: A Meta-Analytic Review https://doi.org/10.1086/715100

Every review has reached nearly the same conclusion: compared with noncustodial sanctions, custodial sanctions, including imprisonment, have no appreciable effect on reducing reoffending. The studies tend to show that placing offenders in custody has a slight criminogenic effect, although this association is not sufficiently robust to argue for its certainty.

Via this Twitter thread

[ related topics: Bay Area Law Enforcement ]

Entry: 2021-10-20 23:28:53.126456+02 Why painted bike lanes are immoral by Dan Lyke comments 0

Why painted bike lanes are immoral in one video.

Content warning: Nobody gets hit, but holy shit. The video.

[ related topics: Movies Bay Area Video Bicycling ]

Entry: 2021-10-12 23:33:52.986249+02 Buckshot for speeding autos by Dan Lyke comments 0

'Shoot the tires': The violent early history of cars in Golden Gate Park

Despite that overt threat, the park leaders continued to resist. Finally, on July 4, 1907, Park Commissioner Metson let loose with his shotgun-to-the-tires suggestion. In a Chronicle article headlined “Buckshot for Speeding Autos,” McLaren himself spoke of his own recent incident of “rank indifference” from a motorist in violation of park rules who “refused to recognize the superintendent’s authority and rudely thrust him aside.”

Bring back buckshot for speeding autos.

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Entry: 2021-09-23 06:44:21.338979+02 Rohnert Park thugs by Dan Lyke comments 2

Federal court indicts ex-Rohnert Park officers for extortion

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco Tuesday accuses former Sgt. Brendan Jacy Tatum and former Officer Joseph Huffaker of extortion under color of law and conspiracy to commit extortion under color of law. Tatum was also accused of tax evasion and falsifying records in the federal investigation.

[ related topics: Politics Bay Area Current Events California Culture Conspiracy Government ]

Entry: 2021-09-14 22:52:56.50723+02 Porn Capital of America by Dan Lyke comments 0

Broke Ass Stuart: Remembering when San Francisco was the porn capital of America

The most successful San Francisco pornographers of the 1970s  were Jim and Artie Mitchell of the still-rocking Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater theater, the venue directly responsible for the legalization of lap dancing. In the 70s, the joint was a strip-club-slash-adult-theater. The blockbuster porn hit “Behind the Green Door” was filmed there, your typical story of a wealthy San Francisco socialite who gets group-sexed by a gang of lesbians and then gangbanged on a trapeze. The film became a blockbuster international phenomenon and grossed more than $50 million.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Bay Area California Culture ]

Entry: 2021-08-27 22:29:02.677759+02 COVID-19 outbreak in Marin County by Dan Lyke comments 0

Always sit in the back of the class: Outbreak Associated with SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant in an Elementary School — Marin County, California, May–June 2021

[ related topics: Children and growing up Bay Area California Culture ]

Entry: 2021-08-24 20:57:54.373443+02 SF Shipwrecks by Dan Lyke comments 0

Sutro Images: lots of shipwrecks around San Francisco's Sutro Baths and the Cliff House

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Entry: 2021-08-07 01:02:49.351896+02 #1 douchebag fried rice by Dan Lyke comments 0

S.F. restaurant's $72 fried rice was a runaway hit. It was also the chef's nightmare:

Lily started serving the crab fried rice around Christmas of 2020, two months after it opened, and it was supposed to be a two-week item, Lam admitted — a gimmick for the holidays. “The premise was, let’s do something so over-the-top and bougie,” he said. “We called it the #1 douchebag fried rice.” (On the menu, it was the much more politically correct #1 Dac Biet Fried Rice, with “dac biet” meaning “the works” or “special” in Vietnamese.) He expected that most people would see it and chuckle at the gall, then order the pho. They’d probably only sell three a night, if that.

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Entry: 2021-08-02 18:28:28.424495+02 FOSTA/SESTA intended consequences by Dan Lyke comments 0

Enough About FOSTA's 'Unintended Consequences'; They Were Always Intended

Just to provide a few examples, there’s a law review article about FOSTA called “good intentions and unintended consequences.” Or you could look at the 2018 OC Register article called “The Unintended Consequences of a Well Meaning Anti-Sex-Trafficking Law” (complete with cliche sexy legs 🙄). Even Elizabeth Warren, in the announcement for the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, said “As lawmakers, we are responsible for examining unintended consequences of all legislation, and that includes any impact SESTA-FOSTA may have had on the ability of sex workers to protect themselves from physical or financial abuse.”

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Bay Area Journalism and Media Douglas Adams Real Estate ]

Entry: 2021-07-28 18:08:00.368183+02 Astroturfing Dallas by Dan Lyke comments 0

Who's Behind Dallas Justice Now's 'Don't Send White Kids to Ivy League' Controversy? | Dallas Observer

She may be onto something. Scant public information is available about Dallas Justice Now or its leadership. The group hasn’t replied to the Observer’s inquires, but the group’s website traces back to a right-wing PR firm called Arena. Online research also connects Arena to Keep Dallas Safe, an organization run by a confirmed astroturfer, suggesting there may be deeper connections between these efforts in terms of funders and strategy.

So, yeah, turns out Tucker Carlson's latest outrage is manufactured by right-wingers. Go figure.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Bay Area Current Events Law Enforcement Race ]

Entry: 2021-06-23 18:18:37.799632+02 Ledger replacement device hack by Dan Lyke comments 0

Oh, this is brilliant: Crypto users bought some sort of weird-ass hardware key because putting your private keys on a proprietary device with unknown reliability or backup processes is always a good ideal. Vendor of said device got hacked. Hackers take advantage of this to send Trojan "replacements". Criminals are mailing altered Ledger devices to steal cryptocurrency

"For this reason for security purposes, we have sent you a new device you must switch to a new device to stay safe. There is a manual inside your new box you can read that to learn how to set up your new device," read the fake letter from Ledger.

"For this reason, we have changed our device structure. We now guarantee that this kinda breach will never happen again."

Well, yeah, that kinda breach isn't gonna happen again... 😂

[ related topics: virus Invention and Design Bay Area Current Events Cryptography ]

Entry: 2021-06-14 01:05:02.092131+02 Blackberries in bloom at the by Dan Lyke comments 0

Blackberries in bloom at the intersection of the cross Marin trail at SFD and Platform Bridge

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Entry: 2021-06-11 01:14:21.106291+02 NYT manufacturing outrage by Dan Lyke comments 0

The New York Times fabricates a nonexistent shoplifting wave in San Francisco, then wrongly blames it on criminal justice reforms and the city’s supposed soft-on-crime image

Yet, state and local crime clearance reports show the problem is not San Franciscans’ failure to report shoplifting to police, but the SFPD’s low rate (4.9 percent) of making arrests in reported thefts compared to police elsewhere in the state (10.5 percent). Fuller’s quip-sourced article manufacturing a nonexistent shoplifting wave and then baselessly blaming the supposed failure of criminal justice reforms does not rise to the standards one expects of the New York Times.

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Entry: 2021-06-10 18:37:11.559156+02 Original Rainbow Flag by Dan Lyke comments 0

Original rainbow flag returns home to San Francisco after being lost for more than 40 years

"Hand-dyed, big mess, cotton, oh my God you don't even want to know, stitch, stitch, stitch on the little Singer. Pink is for sex, red is for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green, nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity, and purple for the spirit. I like to think of those elements as in every person," Baker said in that 2017 interview.

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Entry: 2021-04-23 21:31:19.400461+02 the failure of MyTurn by Dan Lyke comments 0

This morning, as we were driving to our second appointment, I got a text message from MyTurn.ca.gov telling me that "We're working around the clock to get more vaccines and appointments to Californians. Please keep checking..."

About a quarter of California vaccine appointments are booked through the official site. I hope that we can get a legislator to hold someone's feet to the fire for giving this contract to Accenture rather than someone competent, like a high school nerd slinging PHP.

Cal Matters: State’s ‘MyTurn’ website bypassed for most vaccine appointments

State officials told CalMatters that they spent $50 million building the site. A contract obtained by CalMatters shows up to $18 million will be paid to multinational consulting giant Accenture. Of that, $6.9 million was spent on development, but there’s another $5.7 million management cost in the first year and another roughly $6 million a year for two more years. Accenture used technology from Salesforce, a San Francisco-based software company, and was assisted by a workforce management consulting company called Skedulo.

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Entry: 2021-04-23 02:02:14.312301+02 New Psychedelic Resources by Dan Lyke comments 0

Looks like we're seeing a resurgence in exploring psychedelics: Two separate independent resources launching:

Psychable, the Online Platform for Psychedelic Healthcare, is Live – the Comprehensive Resource Connects Those Seeking Information on Legal Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Treatment Options With Practitioners in Their Area

Psychable Includes Thousands of Psychedelic Practitioners Listings as Interest in Uses of Psychedelics as Medicine Grows

Psychedelic Experience launches new website to help navigate the world of psychedelics

<span class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 22, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday <span class="xn-chron">24th April 2021</span>, Psychedelic Experience will be launching a new website to help aspiring and experienced psychonauts traverse the ever-changing landscape of psychedelics.

>Inspired by the psychedelic renaissance and the rapid developments in legalization around the world, Psychedelic Experience, or PEx, has recently overhauled its web services. PEx will offer users an engaging, community-fueled resource to help them better understand psychedelics and to discover theia wide variety of safe and peer-reviewed organizations, retreat centers, guides, shamans, and much more.

(Both pointed out to me by the amazing Tara Calishain of ResearchBuzz, who is doing some amazing things with Google Spreadsheets and data amalgamation and you should go throw her Patreon a few bucks.)

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Entry: 2021-04-16 18:56:59.91795+02 Resumption of Cruising by Dan Lyke comments 0

Pete Buttigieg said he wants to restore cruising by the summer and the internet reacted accordingly. He didn't, actually, a headline writer did, when asked about the resumption of cruises he said “The CDC is hopeful that a lot of these operators will be able to be sailing by mid-summer. We want to do this as soon as we responsibly can but we want to be safe.”, but the replies are golden.

RT Jonathon Snyder @JonathonSnyder

parks are mostly open already what is he talking about?

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Entry: 2021-03-26 23:38:28.381634+01 Eliminating Jaywalking by Dan Lyke comments 0

As in the mixed feelings of that cyclist yelling at people in the bike lane that Shadow sent, I'm not totally sure how I feel about this, part of me wants to stand up and cheer, part of me is concerned: California District 19 State Assembly Member Phil Ting Proposes to Eliminate Jaywalking Tickets In California:

AB 1238/The Freedom To Walk Act promotes the fair and equitable use of roadways by:

“Jaywalking laws do more than turn an ordinary and logical behavior into a crime; they also create opportunities for police to racially profile. A stop for harmless jaywalking can turn into a potentially life-threatening police encounter, especially for Black people, who are disproportionately targeted and suffer the most severe consequences of inequitable law enforcement,” said Jared Sanchez of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), sponsor of AB 1238.

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Entry: 2021-03-19 01:47:24.49194+01 Tesla Self-driving by Dan Lyke comments 0

Tesla Full Self Driving Beta 8.2: Oakland - CLose Calls, Pedestrians, Bicycles

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Entry: 2021-03-03 23:02:38.89025+01 For Some Black Students, Remote Learning Has Offered A Chance To Thrive by Dan Lyke comments 0

Petaluma is currently blanketed in signs promoting some probably Tea Party affiliated "open the schools" campaign. "Missing: All CA Students" and hashtag "open Sonoma schools now", like overriding evidence-based policy with mob rule is somehow a good idea.

But I'm finding that so many of my friends who are parents, even those who were in the "we should send our kids to public school because we believe in the mission of public school" camp, are saying "we didn't realize what our kids had to put up with, and we're not sure if we're going to make them go back".

Which, of course, echoes Charlene's decision back in 2019 that, as her work in the schools took her towards working with more mainstream students, that she no longer believed that working within that system was good for the students.

Of course, not all parents and students have the privilege or resources to find alternatives. And we've all known the products of homeschooling disasters.

But maybe the pandemic will provide the chance to step back and take a look at how we can rework schools to be actually focused on learning.

NPR: For Some Black Students, Remote Learning Has Offered A Chance To Thrive.

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Entry: 2021-02-14 04:37:35.971604+01 Racism in appraisals by Dan Lyke comments 0

Black CA couple lowballed by $500K in home appraisal, believe race was a factor

"We had a conversation with one of our white friends, and she said 'No problem. I'll be Tenisha. I'll bring over some pictures of my family,'" Austin said. "She made our home look like it belonged to her."

The home appraised for $1,482,000, or roughly $500,000 more than it appraised for just weeks prior.

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Entry: 2021-02-06 17:47:41.239281+01 Deutschland 89 by Dan Lyke comments 0

I was born in Frankfurt am Main, because my father was serving in US Military Intelligence. There's a story about how my mom and grandfather and I went to Berlin, but my Dad couldn't go because he was known to the East Germans. And when The Wall came down, my Dad watched on TV, tears on his face.

The utter paranoia fostered on both sides for the sake of building internal nationalism was pretty amazing, going down to the Marin Headlands and visiting the Nike Missile installation, and listening to the docents reminisce about being late teens or twenty-somethings being on duty and believing that it was actually a possibility that there'd be a Soviet invasion.

My parents had enough Eastern European friends when I was growing up that I'm not sure I want to revisit these stories, but occasionally it's good to be reminded. So The Guardian talking about a new TV series... I at least found it worth a read: Deutschland 89: 'We filmed it in the Stasi's old HQ – it's a horror museum'

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Entry: 2021-02-01 17:26:47.858507+01 Parking induces Driving by Dan Lyke comments 0

Parking Induces Driving, Study Says

"What Do Residential Lotteries Show Us About Transportation Choices?" was written by Adam Millard-Ball, Jeremy West, Nazanin Rezaeib, and Garima Desaib (from the Los Angeles and Santa Cruz representatives of the University of California system) and published by the Urban Studies journal. The methodology of the study required identifying and studying a randomized sample of human behavior, which the researchers found in, as explained by Andersen, "the free, site-specific lotteries that San Francisco uses to select who gets to live in the price-regulated homes of new apartment and condo buildings."

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Entry: 2021-01-29 16:57:23.189924+01 Jewish Space Lasers by Dan Lyke comments 1

Giant Jewish Space Laser is the name of my Ambient Electro Klezmer band:

[ related topics: Religion Politics Bay Area Space & Astronomy Pyrotechnics Conspiracy Government ]

Entry: 2021-01-12 16:34:43.850996+01 Coup news: we're kinda into post-analysis by Dan Lyke comments 0

Morning coup tab dump:

Twitter thread of the names and faces of various participants in the coup attempt

US Department of the Treasury: Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors

Kulyk, a former prosecutor for the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, formed an alliance with Derkach to spread false accusations of international corruption. Onyshchenko, a fugitive from Ukrainian justice due to charges of corruption, provided edited audio tape copies of purported audio recordings of conversations between former Ukrainian and U.S. officials, which Derkach released between May and July 2020 to discredit U.S. officials and influence the U.S. elections. Telizhenko, a former low-level Ukrainian diplomat, orchestrated meetings between Derkach and U.S. persons to help propagate false claims concerning corruption in Ukraine. Dubinsky, who serves alongside Derkach in Ukraine’s parliament, joined Derkach in press conferences designed to perpetuate these and other false narratives and denigrate U.S. presidential candidates and their families.

Via https://mobile.twitter.com/eri...rland/status/1348657841201172482

Only one person showed up to the pro-Trump protest outside Twitter’s San Francisco HQ — 30 police officers were there to monitor the scene

Poynter: Telling it like it is &mdash when writing news requires distance from neutrality:

The song played in my head as I read a Washington Post story about the attack on the Capitol written by John Woodrow Cox, based on the work of a team of reporters. I have known Cox’s work from his days at the Tampa Bay Times.

In a tweet, Cox shared a four-paragraph lead about what some have called an “attempted coup.” He characterized that lead as “the most astonishing four paragraphs I’ve ever written.”

RT Jack Murphy @JackMurphyRGR

Amazing interview today w/ @_Shan_Martinez_ discussing extremism in the military. Shannon became a neo-Nazi as a teenager near a military base and knew over 30 soldiers involved before she left the movement. The interview will be on @starsandstripes but I wanted to share this 🧵

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Entry: 2021-01-10 20:30:14.691792+01 Coup related tab dump by Dan Lyke comments 6

These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist Ass Terrorists". You can kinda see the light bulbs in some of these descriptions of the attackers:

The officer even described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed their badges, telling him to let them through, and trying to explain that this was all part of a movement that was supposed to help.

“You have the nerve to be holding a blue lives matter flag, and you are out there fucking us up,” he told one group of protestors he encountered inside the Capitol. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, ‘we’re doing this for you.’ Another guy had his badge. So I was like, ‘well, you gotta be kidding.’”

CNN: There have always been two Americas. The Capitol Hill riot proved it

These Black Americans are not surprised by what they saw at the Capitol this week. They reflect on how a mostly White mob could trash the Capitol and go home, when they would be arrested or worse.

Probably deserves its own link and commentary, but Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service

Seattle Police Department investigating officers involvement in the coup attempt.

Defense Department timeline for the National Guard's involvement in the January 6, 2021 First Amendment Protests in Washington DC (Emphasis mine, though I'm not the first person to point out this revisionist bullshit).

Tampa Bay man seen carrying lectern at U.S. Capitol riot arrested in Pinellas County. Tampa Bay area Trump supporters connected to U.S. Capitol riot.

Feds say police found a pickup truck full of bombs and guns near Capitol insurrection as wide-ranging investigation unfurls

Republicans Are Calling For “Unity” After They Voted To Try To Overturn The Election Following The Deadly Capitol Attack.

Here Are The Republicans Who Objected To The Electoral College Count

RT 🇺🇸 eekamax 🇺🇸 @eekamax

The people in Congress who would have been safe if the rioters had gotten to them are calling for unity from the people who would have been killed if the rioters had gotten to them.

An example of one of the gormless traitors calling for "unity", last month: GOP Congressman: We Need The Senate To Investigate Hunter Biden — Rep. Ken Buck told a rally in Georgia that an investigation of Hunter Biden is “plan B” if Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election fail.

Police departments across the U.S. open probes into whether their own members took part in the Capitol riot. Ya think?

For every one of those "but have you read 1984 or Animal Crossing Farm?" tweets or Facebook comments: RT Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) @IwriteOK

For the record, George Orwell suggested every decent person kill one fascist. And then he went to Spain and threw grenades at fascists.

Daughter Publicly Shames Mother For Getting Punched While Attending Pro-Trump Protest

Helena Duke, 18, identified her mom in viral video footage from a fight which broke out near the Capitol during the insurrection, telling Newsweek she was "disappointed to be related to her".

"Hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn't go to BLM protests bc they could get violent ... this you?," Helena Duke wrote on Twitter in response to the video.

Between her and Claudia Conway, I think the kids are alright.

Finally: Hate on display: A guide to the symbols and signs on display at the Capitol insurrection

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Entry: 2020-12-05 19:10:15.951124+01 Hot Blooded by Dan Lyke comments 0

On a HAI message board, Karin Grace Wares mentioned her memoir, Hot Blooded: A Sexual Resurrection. I ordered it from Copperfield's, and quite enjoyed it.

One of the things that COVID-19 has made me aware of is how much of our sexual attitudes are a product of our times. I'm watching at how my various older gay friends are reacting to COVID-19, and it's amazing how much their experiences with having survived the AIDS epidemic has informed their behavior and attitudes now, and how there have been mentions of some sex parties that a younger generation were willing to attend, probably because they hadn't had that trauma deeply ingrained.

And as I sort through some of my own sexual traumas, I'm realizing that some of them come from the fact that my parents, and upbringing, were more Silent Generation than Baby Boomer, so I'm kind-of in a limbo that's between Boomer and Gen-X, with the additional cultural confusion that comes from extremely rural, Waldorf, and whatever set of neurological differences I carry.

When Charlene and I met, in a hot tub at a neo-tantra community event at a mansion in Tiburon, we talked about not being exclusive, but in practice that's never happened; I just don't have the spoons to have secondary relationships (which speaks to some of my own relationship traumas). However, I do listen to a number of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy podcasts, because those are the folks who are talking about personal growth and human relationships in terms that make sense to me.

But in listening to those folks, most of them are at least a decade younger than I am, if not more, and the generational differences in what sex means, and how they approach relationships, are clear. There's a huge difference in a generation that has access to "they/them" pronouns, to the one for which "ethical non-monogamy" wasn't a new concept, but was a new term.

As I read through Hot Blooded, I kept running across footnotes from books on my sex and sexuality bookshelf. This speaks a lot to my generation, echoing a lot of what I found in the writings of Susie Bright, and Carol Queen, Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy. Within the first few pages I found myself dropping quotes on social media, and as I got deeper into the book the observations got no less pithy, but built on previous thoughts so that they were no longer so easily excisable from context.

As she goes through her own journey, and likens that to what was happening in the culture around, I had the warm familiarity of the thoughts of my generation, contrasted with some wonderful insights and experiences probing the edges and frontiers of the time.

I think I may have to read this one again, and take stronger notes this time. Recommended.

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