Just came back from Nashville and that City Winery seems to be doing okay. Here's the problem with the Napa venue in my opinion. The room was okay, but you were racked and stacked like airline passengers with a mostly Napa crowd who on the night I was there (Steve Earle) didn't seem to have a clue about the music but were Wine industry social climbers there to show off how "hip" they were. Chairs were so close I could hear the heart beat of the insurance agent sitting next to me. The whole thing just felt contrived.
I heard the promoter didn't pay the band or the stage crew, and despite taking people's money for tickets there was no show to be had.
Thanks to these respondents, but: (1) I was careful to start my piece by saying I have nothing against BM itself, and in fact admire much about it; (2) Yes, water pollution is bad, in fact I don't eat meat, but those are different issues; and (3) Yes, I'd bet that if BM were not occurring, there would be far less driving and air pollution. And I'm far from alone in that. Radical ecological threats require radical responses, and traveling and partying doesn't quite fit that bill. My little piece was about an event that presents tons of rhetoric about how it makes the world a better place, including via "leaving no trace" - but too much of that seems to be a bunch of hypocritical hot air - literally.
you are realistic, and see the many ILLEGAL pumps that have been put directly into the Russian River by wineries, and used to irrigate their crops - at unknown and unregulated amounts. THAT is plain and simple fact. 455 wineries are now in Sonoma County, and some richy rich 30 year old yuppie is buying up mass amounts of Sebastopol land, for his precious pinot crop, which will bring the already over stressed highway 12 to a stand still.
In case you weren't aware, we live in one of the richest and most corrupt counties in the country
Jim, it's always nice to get another example of crappy discourse from those who closed-mindedly hold ugly, indefensible positions, (right-wing or otherwise) so thanks again, LOL!
Dixon Wagg, I’ll stand behind my first response to your letter and let your other arguments find enjoyment among your fellow Zinn educated, Bohemian friends.
You show contempt for the ultimate sacrifice others paid to give you the right to do so and you haven’t the wit to recognize the irony.
Debate provides no path for you to crawl out from the stinking hole of that position.
Thank you for recognizing it as an ad hominem attack. I stand behind that too.
So sorry to hear this. CityWinery was the best thing to happen to Napa in a very, very long time. I loved the venue.
Alex "Tinker" Laszlo was an old friend from a group of people that we used to all play the same virtual reality game at night in the mid-late 1990's, Blaxxun/Pointworld. Tinker was pretty good at making content for that game actually, which was difficult to do. I had helped him build an entire virtual world based on the Russian River area he lived in, for some benefit to the local paper. Russian River Times, I believe. Based on that relationship and your thread here, I decided to look him up while on a visit to the area. The people at the last known address on Rio Nido that I could find, #14700, indicated that sadly "Mikey's father Alex had passed away a few years ago". I have no further info, proof or otherwise.
I will say that since I went there, though I had never seen the area before and the online content no longer exists, Tinker did a great job duplicating it online. It really felt like I had been there before.
Jim Bracco, in my previous response to you, I made a number of arguments which (whether they're right or wrong) you have chosen not to address at all. Instead you have responded with an ad hominem attack. This is not a rational or constructive response. In fact, it's tantamount to acknowledging that you can't make your case but are still unwilling to accept my position even though you can't refute it. This does not reflect well on you.
Dixon Wragg, thanks for showing you're not just a hypocritical ingrate, you're also delusional.
I suggest Guatemala, they have good weed.
And if YOUR nose weren't so pointed in the wrong direction, perhaps you would have time to pause and realize that there are viable alternatives to these architectural disasters which are actually being used at present by some stores, such as some Raley's Superstores, which offer patrons with physical infirmities "curbside service." And there are other alternatives as well which could be employed, such as kiosks, walk-up windows, etc., many of which are not being utilized by American companies but are quite popular in Europe.
And if you weren't so busy leveling personal attacks at me, perhaps you would have time to do your own research into this and other pressing issues and attempt to conjure up possible viable solutions.
But it's obvious from your comment that that involves WAY too much work.
As for me not using drive-thrus, you don't have to worry about that, since I haven't used one in years - and have no intention of doing so either, as hypocrisy is not one of my strong points...
Finally, let me give you a bit of free advice: DEstruction is always easier than CONstruction.
Go Sonic Fusion. They know how the programs work. They also know how AT&T works (they don't).
Marsha Singer, it's predictable but still sad to see such nasty comments here in response to your essay. Greg starts out with an ad hominem (ad feminem?) attack. (Greg, Marcia's essay was not "mind numbing". Your mind was numb long before you read it.) Suzanne Smith's manifestly black-and-white thinking leads her to attack you for presenting a nuanced view. LAD's accusing you of defending rape shows how thoroughly her/his emotional response has distorted his/her understanding of what you really said.
While I disagree with your condemning and shaming of "condemning and shaming" (and encourage you to examine the irony of that), I otherwise appreciate your nuanced view, and I appreciate even more your willingness to state it publicly, knowing that you'd be attacked for it. As a frequently outspoken independent thinker (and recent Open Mic writer) myself, I can empathize!
here's something with low cholesterol you can order at in-n-out and get full for $2. order a grilled cheese sandwich and ask for double tomato,double lettuce,double pickle,double onion. it's like getting a salad for free and most of the meal is veggies.you might have to mention the "secret menu", to get it.
I re-read your article and do want to take issue with one line. While I may have attempted to please and appease Cosby with his demands that I lose weight (in order to appear on camera as tv and film do add pounds to one's frame) and take the acting lessons he prescribed for the audition that never came, I never set out to seduce him or steal power from him for myself.
I am one of four women who live in the Bay Area and Sonoma County who have come forward with stories of our experiences of being assaulted and in some cases, drugged by Bill Cosby. I came forward in 2005 in support of Andrea Constand as a Jane Doe, willing to testify on her behalf. I agree with Ms. Singer that this is a cultural problem. I have been open about my part in what happened to me. And it happened at a time in my life (age 22) when I was looking for "love" - really approval - in all the wrong places. So that part of her article resonated with me. Still, what he did was wrong, a violation and without my consent.
I am embarrassed to admit that I only recently learned that the Equal Rights Amendment which was passed in 1972, was never ratified and is therefore NOT a part of our Constitution. If women in our culture do not have equal rights and protections, how can we effect change in the stranglehold the patriarchy has on our patterns of behavior? In my lifetime I never expected to see marriage equality. If marriage equality is the law of our land, why isn't there a law granting women equal rights, equal protections and equal pay? Many of us have been working diligently on a state by state basis to extend or abolish the statute of limitations on the reporting of adult sexual assault. But I doubt that these changes will have a lasting impact unless our new, changed, cultural 'normal' includes that all men AND WOMEN were created equal.
Everyone knows rape is violence. It's equally vile for this author to reframe it as an action by those who have "insecurities around their sexual prowess or need for closeness and nurturing." Defending rape, really??????????
Richard Blum says making all-cash purchases of foreclosed homes, before they even reach the open market does not adversely affect potential home buyers. You are being turned into rental slaves, serving the greed of the ultra wealthy, and our neighborhoods being degraded in the process. You are being cheated out of the pride and benefits of home ownership. Michael Hilber
Grab the mike from that woman! Get the the hook-
What an opportunity missed by those commenters who do not see a cause of how abuse can manifest and to take a hard and open "look-see" at the many causes of such abuse. Marcia Singer is not dismissing Bill Cosby for his actions but what she is writing about is to look at all the causes of this situation, with one in particular, whether it is conducted by an unconscious famous person or not. By unconscious I mean a person who does not live a life of self examination, looking for the essence of truth and respect for all and acting within the principles of such behavior.
She is simply pointing out how a woman can attract such unconscious people into her life through her own unconscious behavior and not fully integrating her own life and that includes her sovereignty over her own body. She is showing how woman have been led to give themselves away and that this is an example of how predominate this is in our culture. In the essence of this article she is NOT blaming the victims. She is saying how like energetic magnets we can attract destructive people. Read it through again with out knee jerk preconceived bias.
A woman or man can be involved in an abusive relationship by attracting subconsciously those people that commit abusive relationships instead of her/his healing internally the area where the abuse comes from at the core level and there by not attracting these people anymore. And by doing so one must be able to fully and completely forgive one's self for attracting those kinds of people and to understand deeply within to "forgive them for they know what they do". That does not mean these perpetrators should be slapped on the wrist and given a pass. What this article does mean that as a moral society we need to look at every thing and that includes self responsibility for those we attract that are basically vampires and to go deeper how our society actually upholds and encourages victim-perpetrator behavior and how we unconsciously support it ourselves.
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