about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
The history of any city is filled with little known matters that are no longer visible hundreds of years later. I have been reading a lot of old San Francisco history today from an awesome website foundsf.org. It's a collection of a plethora of old photos and historical essays about the history of San Francisco.
Right now I'm reading about how a lot of the sand hills between Market and Harrison East of 9th Street were leveled to both flatten the area and fill in the coastal marshes on the East side. The habit actually started a huge discussion about the matter.
The grading was messy work, adding yet more mud to the as yet unpaved streets of the young City and, as the Alta of January 8, 1863 warned, threatening to compromise the natural beauty of San Francisco:
"For twelve years we've had the levelling of hills...The city was laid out by those who believe there is no beauty in anything topographical but dead level, and streets running at right angles...a wiser community would have tried to make their streets suit the topography of the site."
Rincon Hill as a result is now barely 40% of what it used to be. The above source is a story about why the city decided to cut into the Western side of Rincon hill in 1869, something called the "2nd Street Cut."
The Second Street Cut through Rincon Hill was made in 1869. Behind the plans for a cut was the wealthy land owner, John Middleton. He felt that a flat passage to the Pacific Mail Wharves at the southern end of Second Street would increase that street's commercial appeal and the value of his own lot at Second and Bryant (now 501 Second, an office building). Through a series of political and business connections and also due to his affiliation with many of the City's social clubs, Middleton got himself elected to the State Assembly and quickly introduced AB 444, authorizing San Francisco's Board of Supervisors to modify and change the grades of streets as they saw fit.
Here is the city in 1868, looking South down Second street. That little hump in the distance was cut through in 1869.
Friday, 5 June 2020 at 12h 29m 3s
What the fuck?
A 75 year old man is pushed to the curb, and lays bleeding while the police thugs walk by and do nothing.
Was this 75 year old man a member of the "anti-fa" ?
Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 16h 24m 6s
Fuck you Tucker
Here's what this fucker said about Minneapolis:
But what are the national numbers on this? Well, actually, we know the answer. A study from last year found that white police officers were less likely to shoot and kill nonwhite suspects than nonwhite police officers were.
Researchers are raising red flags about a recent study on race and deadly encounters with police in the United States, highlighting the difficulties in measuring racial bias. The study claimed that white police were no more likely than their nonwhite colleagues to shoot minorities. But now, other researchers say the study was flawed and that it adds little to the debate over whether minorities have a greater chance of getting shot by police than white civilians.
“It’s just a completely indefensible conclusion to draw from the data that’s available,” says Dean Knox, a political scientist at Princeton University who published a critique of the study this month. To begin to justify such a claim, he says, researchers would need to know how often black and white civilians encounter police officers—something the authors of the original study did not consider in the paper.
Another criticism: The study did not investigate the possibility that all police—white and nonwhite—could be biased in shooting black men, says psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff at the Center for Policing Equity and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. “It’s not a serious framing of bias to think that white people have bias and other people don’t,” he says.
...In the original study, published on 22 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland compiled a list of more than 900 fatal U.S. police shootings in 2015 using crowdsourced databases from The Washington Post and The Guardian. Then, they asked police departments for information about the race of the officers responsible for the shootings. They found black police were more likely to kill black civilians than white civilians. However, the same held true for white and Hispanic officers: Each group of police was likelier to shoot civilians of their own race. That’s likely true, the researchers say, because police tend to be drawn from the communities they work in and are thus more likely to have deadly encounters with civilians of the same race.
Systemic racism is not a myth. Here's all the data you need to see.
You have to compare the rates, not the raw numbers. Lets say 3 cuban baseball outfielders hit 40+ home runs, and 6 non-cuban outfielders hit 40+ home runs. If there are only 10 cuban outfielders (30%) in the league versus 50 non-cuban outfielders (12%), there must be something significant about cuban players.
At the same rate depicted in the graphic above, the population of Black people would have to be 80.3 million people in order to equal the same number of white deaths by police -- which is still only 40% of the total white population of 197 million.
12 times 2.5 equals 30. 12 times 2 is almost 23. Black people are almost 3 times more likely to be killed by cops. Hispanic people are twice as likely. HOWEVER; according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2018 (page 12) 50.2% of violent incidents were due to white offenders, 21.7% Black, and 14.4% Hispanic.
Furthermore, according to the same BJS report for 2018, the percentage of offenders out of the total population for each of these 3 ethic groups is 3% Black, 1.6% Hispanic, and 1.5% Caucasian. Relative to each ethnic group, Blacks are only twice more likely to be a violent offender, and Hispanics are roughly equal.
1.5 times 2.5 is not 3%. 1.5 times 2 is not 1.6%.
Now 3 percent is small, but why are Blacks twice more likely that both Whites & Hispanics, you might ask. Well looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Black people are nearly twice more likely to be unemployed.
The linkage between poverty and crime is solid, unlike what Herr Carlson chooses to push to the racists who watch his show in order to keep them ignorant and non-self-reflective.
Fuck you Tucker Carlson.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020 at 19h 3m 51s
Excellent discussion of American Aparteid
Walter Isaacson of Tulane University interviews Bryan Stevenson, a leading civil rights lawyer from Montgomery, Alambama.
Sunday, 31 May 2020 at 14h 44m 48s
Malcolm X Speech 20 May 1962
On 27 April 1962 two members of the Nation of Islam are questioned by Los Angeles police while unloading suitcases from a car in front of their mosque. A scuffle occurs and after gun fire 7 mosque members were wounded with one man shot dead by the police.
He has currently written two books
. I read the first one "Chain of Title". It was about how the mortgage crisis in post 2009 was largely a creation of the Banking Financial systems gutting the old property title networks and screwing the mortgage owners every chance they could get, with help from politicians who looked the other way or played dumb.
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 14h 13m 26s
After 4 deaths against US Government buildings in Libya in 2012, the Republicans screamed and set up a House Investigation lead by South Carolina Representative Trey Gaudy that wasted tax dollars and closed shop right after the November 2016 election.
After more than 90,000 American deaths and counting from the Covid mismanagement and the precipitous economic meltdown, what do these same Republicans do?
They bemoan how the Democrats are playing politics.
4 deaths at a foreign location half-way around the world versus more than 90,000 deaths in 3 months right here in the USA.
A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
Apple has put together a site that allows you to track the mobility trends since 13 January 2020 : Walking, Driving, or using Transit.
Click here. The site allows you to choose by nation, city, and county. Hella cool.
Here's the San Francisco - Bay Area :
Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 7h 34m 7s
Well look at that
For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus, asking would-be patients “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Growing evidence shows that, for many, the answer is their lives.
Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the Trump-backed drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients. Evidence showing the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19 has been scant. Those two developments pushed the Food and Drug Administration to warn against the use of hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital setting last month, just weeks after it approved an emergency use authorization for the drug.
Alarmed by a growing cache of data linking the anti-malaria drug to serious cardiac problems, some drug safety experts are now calling for even more forceful action by the government to discourage its use. Several have called for the FDA to revoke its emergency use authorization, given hydroxychloroquine’s documented risks....
Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, told Congress on Thursday that political pressure forced “dozens of federal scientists” to spend a harried 48-hour stretch rushing to put together a protocol for approving hydroxychloroquine for widespread use in covid-19 patients.
In his whistleblower complaint, Bright said he was removed from his position in part because of his reluctance to promote the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, because they had not been tested and deemed safe for treating covid-19.
...Yogen Kanthi, assistant professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan, said that it has been clear that the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin — used to treat bacterial infections — could lead to cardiac arrhythmias, which cause the heart to beat irregularly or too fast or slow. Many patients hospitalized for covid-19 had underlying cardiovascular disease that put them at higher risk for arrhythmias, “so it shouldn’t be surprising we saw an increase in death,” he said.
...A study of Veterans Affairs patients hospitalized with the coronavirus found no benefit and higher death rates among those taking hydroxychloroquine, researchers said last month.
More than 27 percent of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine died, and 22 percent of those treated with the combination therapy died, compared with an 11.4 percent death rate in those not treated with the drugs, the study said.
...Doctors in Brazil stopped a trial of chloroquine, closely related to hydroxychloroquine, after 11 patients died. They reported in JAMA Open Network on April 24 that in 81 patients, those who took high doses of the drug had a 3.6-fold higher death rate as compared to a lower dose group.
Toluse Olorunnipa, Ariana Eunjung Cha, and
Laurie McGinley | Washington Post | 15 May 2020]
Yet you have protests touting Hydroxychloriquine and blaming the media like there is some kind of media/deep-state conspiracy holding back this awesome drug Trump was talking up because he knows people who would make a lot of money. Science steps aside when money is in your eyes, and you have media outlets like Fox News who will gladly peddle your gibberish into the minds of unfortunate citizens. The greedy love to manipulate the ignorant.