Category: My Soap Box

Another courageous truth-bearer

Ed Snowden’s YouTube video identifying himself as the whistleblower behind the NSA data-vacuuming operation will probably be all over the web within a day, but I thought it was worth posting here anyway, just in case someone has missed it. This is worth listening to, particularly at a time when Pfc Bradley Manning is on …

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Worth watching: David Koch was not amused

This documentary focuses on a building on New York’s Park Avenue where the city’s richest people live.  One of them is David Koch of the notorious Koch brothers.  Koch not only finances the Tea Party and a series of right-wing think tanks and lobbying firms.  He also bought his way, via 21 million dollars in …

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Higher Ed: The Lowdown

One of the country’s  leading education scholars, John Aubrey Douglass, presented an informative lecture this evening on the life and death of California’s higher education system.  Sponsored by the Alameda County Office of Education, the lecture capped a visiting scholar series held at the Oakland Museum of California. Starting with a historical overview, Douglass showed …

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Berkeley Post Office: Not Just a Building

The Berkeley Post Office is on the auction block in one of the slimiest backroom deals in the sordid history of pol-fin clubbiness. This centrally located building is a 99-year old architectural and cultural landmark, but it’s not just a building.  OK, it’s just another piece of real estate, another sales commission  to the mega-broker …

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Benefit: Music School Rises from Ashes

[wdgpo_plusone] Inmates in Nazi concentration camps sometimes managed to perform music.  That same spirited determination in the face of  extreme hardship animates the Gaza Music School. It was established in 2008 thanks to a grant from the London-based Qattan Foundation.  At the end of its first year, Israeli bombers — made in the U.S.A. — …

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Singing at Walmart on Black Friday

My favorite singing group Occupella was at it again on Black Friday, singing up a storm in support of Walmart workers at the retail giant’s store at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond. We had a healthy turnout of about 30 at the lower level side entrance.  I took a side trip up to the main …

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Pachamama Alliance

Sheila and I happened to be at an event in Oakland where the conversation turned to Ecuador and someone gave us a business card for something called the Pachamama Alliance.  With the card came an invitation to the group’s luncheon.  Neither of us had ever heard of the group and we were skeptical. Curiosity more …

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