SFPD’s performed reform

The Golden State Warriors’ hire of former SFPD Chief Greg Suhr as security consultant created work for many manufactured-outrage activists this past week, but couldn’t have been more business as usual. Team owner Joe Lacob is a Sand Hill Road venture capitalist and both Sand Hill Road and the Silicon Valley it funds have long beenContinue reading “SFPD’s performed reform”

Nothing of Value Inside to Steal

“Nothing of Value Inside to Steal” signs are familiar to anyone living in a neighborhood undergoing gentrification; the more you see, the more advanced it’s becoming. The signs are also ignorant and judgemental on a number of levels. For starters, it’s prime settler-colonialism boilerplate. Move into a low-income nonwhite neighborhood, accuse existing residents of beingContinue reading “Nothing of Value Inside to Steal”

Suzy Loftus curiously quits

“The face of police reform” isn’t long for the San Francisco Police Commission as its president Suzy Loftus resigned this week to join the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as assistant legal counsel. It’s a curious move for a couple of reasons. First, Loftus is apparently trading two high-profile positions, San Francisco Police Commission president andContinue reading “Suzy Loftus curiously quits”

The siren song of equality

Freedom. Equality. On the surface, they seem interchangeable, but in practice the two words couldn’t be farther apart. Freedom is self explanatory; acting and living without restraint or oppression. Equality is trickier, however. Equality comes with all sorts of terms and conditions. You can’t be equal by yourself; what’s the point? Reaching a state ofContinue reading “The siren song of equality”

A Medium fleece

Can’t say I didn’t warn you. Medium founder and CEO Ev Williams demonstrated the downside of dealing with the devil yesterday when he announced the blogging platform would fire a third of its staff and cease sharing ad revenue with creators. This despite Medium continuing to raise millions while overall tech funding remains stagnant. WhileContinue reading “A Medium fleece”

What White People Say in Private: The bigoted birthday boy

The inaugural What White People Say in Private post is also a textbook example of it. The gleeful and defiant use of a slur, the immediate backtracking when his racism isn’t met with approval, the flimsy rationalizations and finally full circle to gleeful and defiant use of the same slur again. White supremacy at itsContinue reading “What White People Say in Private: The bigoted birthday boy”

What White People Say in Private

I grew up in the South and lived there over thirty years. Luckily, I took most of my moral guidance as a child from a mad man with a box and dodged the white-supremacist dogma I grew up around, but that racism was still ubiquitous and something I had to learn to navigate in situationsContinue reading “What White People Say in Private”

2016: Year of Entropy

Entropy is defined as “the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system” or “the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity.” Though many words could describe the holy terror that was 2016, entropy was on my mind the entire year. No year in recent memoryContinue reading “2016: Year of Entropy”

Housekeeping: Site Redecoration

Though it will always have a place in my heart, it’s finally time for me to bid a fond farewell to my blog’s original design and spruce things up a bit. I also have way too many 2016 memories associated with that original design and the sooner I move on from those vicious little creatures,Continue reading “Housekeeping: Site Redecoration”