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”

Enrique Pearce continues to slither towards freedom

After all this, Enrique Pearce stealthily slithered into San Francisco Superior Court the day before Christmas Eve to plead guilty to multiple counts of buying, receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography. His likely punishment? As a result of the guilty plea, a judge is expected to sentence Pearce to six months in county jail, whichContinue reading “Enrique Pearce continues to slither towards freedom”

Accidental arson

Last evening’s fire at the Oakland Ghost Ship is another example of deadly, suspicious fires in neighborhoods suffering from gentrification. The story is often the same; a land/building owner needs tenants and/or a building gone ASAP with zero paperwork or notifications so they can sell their never-more-valuable land/building. It’s an almost foolproof scam for dues-payingContinue reading “Accidental arson”

Anatomy of a tech-NPIC heist

With invaluable assistance from the NPIC, tech has been on a decades-long mission to assume the reins of power in municipal governments through turning over the electorate and privatizing public services. A recent opinion piece by San Francisco treasurer José Cisneros provides an excellent opportunity to see how tech and the NPIC leverage city officialsContinue reading “Anatomy of a tech-NPIC heist”

Peaceful protests: Democrats seize the protest narrative

Politicians and protests are rarely a harmonious match. Politicians are often the focus of protests and are rarely in a position to speak in concert and share a camera with organizers. Politicians and police, with help from all-too-willing media, often portray protests as violent and focus on vandalism and property damage frequently caused by agentContinue reading “Peaceful protests: Democrats seize the protest narrative”

#CalExit and Silicon Valley’s secession heist

Donald Trump’s election as president opened a flood gate of flimsy analysis and hot-take solutions. As people grasped for ways protest his rapidly approaching presidency, the idea of California secession bubbled to the top again. While there have been occasional attempts of at least partial secession since California first became a state, recent secession campaignsContinue reading “#CalExit and Silicon Valley’s secession heist”

The tech turnover

San Francisco has seen a 16.6% increase in voter registration since November 2014; by comparison, California voter registration increased by 9% over the same time. The current San Francisco tech boom has been in peak form during that same time. Construction cranes seem to have taken permanent residence throughout the San Francisco sky as newContinue reading “The tech turnover”

White Doe, though?

This might be the most ambitious fiction of Francis Ford Coppola’s entire damn life. So Coppola opens a restaurant in Geyserville named Werowocomoco that serves “American native” food and centers the legend of Virginia “the White Doe” Dare: a fair-haired young girl of English descent, raised among a Native American tribe, transformed through black magicContinue reading “White Doe, though?”

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