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text Testing shows smart meters transmit far more frequently than industry claims by chris rabe
This was originally a letter to the editor of the Alameda Sun, outlining reasons for concern, and urging concerned citizens to attend the upcoming Public Utility Board meeting, Monday, October 16 at Alameda City Hall 7pm....
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:36PM
text Development Group Says Debt Relief Can Provide Quick-Recovery Aid to Caribbean by Abby Wilhelm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joins other religious and development groups in their call for ‎debt relief for hurricane-battered Caribbean islands....
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:30AM
text Caribbean Bishops and Development Groups Urge Debt Relief for Irma-Struck Islands by Abby Wilhelm
On behalf of Caribbean Catholic Bishops, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire called for islands dealing with Hurricane Irma to receive debt relief....
Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:25AM
text Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer - Scientific Details in Report by Justin Kander (report author)
The 182 page report titled "Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer: The Anticancer Activity of Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids" by Justin Kander and edited by Dennis Hill reveal detailed descriptions of studies where cannabis stopped cancer cells from surviving, spreading and metastasizing. Included are also personal testimonies of patients that have used cannabis to treat their cancer. The U.S. government chooses to ignore this critical information and instead continues to publically vi...
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:47AM
text Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside by Robert Norse
Coming up today at City Council on the noon agenda (unusually early) is Item, #14. It may come up within an hour by 1 PM if not before. MC 13.08.100 exponentially expands the time a cop or ranger can unilaterally order a person to leave an area and not return. The vastly expanded area includes the Pogonip, Arana Gulch, and Moore Creek. The law is billed as a "School Safety" law, though the vast majority of the area covered is much further than 300' from a school....
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:41AM
text Workers of outed David Duke campaign contributor may be eligible for unemployment benefits by Lynda Carson
This may possibly mean that unemployment benefits exist for the workers of O'mei restaurant in Santa Cruz, who quit their jobs after a boycott occurred because their boss Roger Grigsby was outed as a campaign contributor to David Duke's failed 2016 Senate campaign!...
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:18PM
text Santa Cruz ROLLING FAST to Repeal Sleeping Ban by DavidMinton Silva
ROLLING FAST to Repeal Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban. The anti-homeless Sleeping Ban in Santa Cruz has been challenged since its inception some two decades ago. Endorsing winning candidates has not worked. The right for the homeless to sleep legally is what the ROLLING FAST is about. Simple, take one calendar day, let us know which day; call city council that day and tell them who you are and that you are fasting to REPEAL Sleeping Ban....
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:26PM
text Jubilee USA: Antigua and Barbuda and Islands Dealing with Irma Should Stop Debt Payments by Abby Wilhelm
As Hurricane Irma heads to the US coast, a religious development group is calling for debt payments to be suspended until Antigua and Barbuda and other severely impacted Caribbean nations recover from the storm....
Posted: Thu Sep 7, 2017 8:14AM
text The Madness of Caligula by Mr. Reese (from ancient-origins.net)
According to the German editor Heribert Prantl, Caligula showed his madness by appointing a goat to his seat in the Roman senate. His successor burned all his decrees and orders....
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:44PM
text Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing by Joseph E. Stiglitz
In a country with so many problems – especially inequality – tax cuts for rich corporations will not solve any of them. This is a lesson for all countries contemplating corporate tax breaks – even those without the misfortune of being led by a callow, craven plutocrat....
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:40AM
text Toxic Expansion of Stay-Away Ordinance Hits Council Agenda Today by Robert Norse
City Council will vote on the First Reading of a harsh law expanding Councilmember Terrazas' 4-Year old Anti-Homeless law today at its 2:30 PM Session. The law targets homeless community members for sleeping, being in a "park" after dark, obstructing the sidewalk, etc. It vastly expands the unconstitutional sweep of the current 13.08.100....
Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:41AM
text Black Homes Matter 2 by Michael Steinberg
Residents and supporters of Midtown Apartments in San Francisco's Fillmore/Western Addition gathered this afternoon to celebrate 2 years of a successful rent strike by 139 families, the longest in SF history. They continue to carry out their slogan: "We Are Staying In Our Homes!"...
Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:11PM
text Strong rent control laws will slow rent hikes & homelessness by Lynda Carson
A recent report on rent increases by Zillow reveals that rising rents create more homelessness!...
Posted: Fri Aug 4, 2017 8:55PM
text Cut to the bone. by Dennis Sanders and Jared Houston
Trump budget an atrocity from town to country; Attack on Medicaid ignites resistance...
Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:15PM
text The US's Public Housing Crisis May Worsen With Trump Budget by Lawrence Vale
As of 2016, fully 90 percent of the nation's public housing households were headed by someone who is elderly, has disabilities, worked (or had recently worked) or was subject to work requirements through another program. Many are dependent on public housing, but this is not the same as a culture of dependency....
Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:25AM
text The Warriors: When Will the Excesses of Professional Sports End? by ntuit
How much does any one person need?...
Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:22PM
text Video: After Words with Naomi Klein, 57 min by www.booktv.org
Trump is following the traditional rules of branding, not the traditional rules of politics. Cutting corporate taxes to 15% and eliminating the inheritance tax help the rich. Trump is merging the Trump industry with government....
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:34PM
text Bathrooms....in Santa Cruz??!! by Robert Norse
Today's Sunday Sentinel featured Jessica York's story around Santa Cruz, the Town Without Crappers. A front-page above-the-fold story, no less. It can be found at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20170701/santa-cruz-seeks-public-bathroom-solutions-while-its-homeless-population-crosses-its-legs but since such stories disappear or become accessible only to those who pay for on-line privileges, I'm repeating it below along with my commentary....
Posted: Sun Jul 2, 2017 1:14PM
text Release the Bill! Healthcare for All! by Healthy California
Do not stand in the way of democracy - let the Assembly vote on the only healthcare solution that saves billions and covers all of their constituents....
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:14PM
text Berkeley mayor & UC Chancellor agree to end People's Park by It's Time to Occupy
According to Berkeleyside (a local source for business and real-estate news), Berkeley's new mayor Jesse Arreguin "is enthusiastic about the plans" to develop housing on People's Park. The mayor has been meeting in private with UC Berkeley's new chancellor Carol Christ. This is a crucial time to defend People's Park, through occupy tactics, and other methods of public support....
Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:16PM