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Re: “Wells Fargo Center Director of Programming, Rick Bartalini, Has Left

Rick is doing better than ever! He is an amazing man both in business and personal life!

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Posted by Jimmy Corn on 08/19/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Just South of Heaven

what more can be said, these guys rock. from 7-11 lady

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Posted by Shannon Franks on 08/18/2014 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The Digital Divide

Anthroposophy School refuses outright to prepare children for life in a tech-driven world. Instead, they leave children without tools, or understanding, that computers, mobile phones, ipads, etc are just inanimate devices. The kids can come away believing the evil/Ahrimanic/demonic demonic devices control their own behavior and even brain function, because unlike their peers they haven't been taught something as basic as how to manage technology.

People pay good money for Anthroposophy School, which is certainly their prerogative. But prospective Waldorf parents, don't be surprised when you find yourself shelling out tutoring money on top of tuition because your children have been deliberately denied STEM education. At the same time, the children (and parents) are told they are getting some kind of superior schooling.

Digital divides are one thing. But deliberate digital divides in the name of absurd, esoteric beliefs from World War 1 era Germany is about as counterintuitive as you can get, in 2014. I guess some people think that is a good thing.

Do your own research - it's possible. BlackCrayons blog: http://bit.ly/1jqi8Af

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Posted by Rain 17 on 08/18/2014 at 12:11 AM

Re: “The Digital Divide

A very balanced article. Kudos to the author, and to the schools that are enabling children to grow up in a healthy, balanced relationship to technology.

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Posted by Parent of three on 08/15/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 13, 2014

Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call "mowing the lawn". That means shooting fish in the pond, to make sure that the animals stay quiet in the cage that you’ve constructed for them, after which you go to a period of what’s called "ceasefire".

"In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid," Chomsky says. "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by 'apartheid' you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. … The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison."

"An eye for an eye" has always been the motto of those who live under the Mosaic Law--injury for injury, injustice for injustice, death for death. There was love and mercy and forgiveness even under the Mosaic Law, but those who practice it today have focused on justice and judgment rather than mercy and forgiveness, and their justice has become injustice and their judgment has become the slaughter of the innocent and the butchery of the helpless.

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/13/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “The Digital Divide

No mention of Anthroposophy in Waldorf schools? Why not? It is the force that drives the "anti-technology" aspect of Waldorf education. Why wasn't that researched for this article? If you don't discuss the influence Ahriman brings through technology, you haven't discussed Waldorf. Sure, we see lots of satisfied parents who are still at the school. Did we hear from parents who were disappointed and disgusted at what they found underneath the promises? Google The Waldorf Review for the reactions of parents who weren't caught up in the nonsense.

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Posted by Pete K on 08/13/2014 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Remembering Robin Williams

Charlie, no, there is not help. Why does everyone say, "There is help"? People: please stop lying. There is no help.

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 5, 2014

What if situation in Gaza were reversed?

Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding; if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF; you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.

What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorised by the U.N.?

"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." “The fact is that Israel had, pre-state -- in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today." Henry Siegman

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/07/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Waves of Sound

Will this exhibit be held again?

Posted by Bt on 08/04/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding, if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF, you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorized by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." The fact is that Israel had, pre-state—in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today."
Henry Siegman

ISA.1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Ted Rudow III, MA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/01/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Jack London dealt with accusations of plagiarism, too.

Posted by jumprightin on 08/01/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

It's only words, the dictionary is full of them, pick some.
"cave dweller" really?
I bet if you ran all of John Grisham or Stephen King's books through the right computer, they stole it all from Bob Dylan.
Somebody's got way to much time on their hands.
"Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king." Bob Dylan

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Posted by Michael Maxwell on 07/31/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “New Deal at Graton Casino

HA. Wait until the employees see the sticker shock of the union dues and the phone calls that do not get returned when they have an issue. They voted in the union but there is no contract. Meaning they have no idea what they voted for. As a current union member at the Petaluma Sheraton, I can say that Wei-Ling Huber is a very bad leader who calls dues paying members racist if they oppose or question her. They have just been charged by thge NLRB with violating fair labor practice for not informing members of their Beck Rights, a civil right that allows members to not pay for the unions political contributions and activities not related to member representation. This results in a 70% reduction in union dues. See the Facebook page - Petaluma Sheraton Employees Association page for more details.

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Posted by Ken Krall on 07/31/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Dylanologists, amateur and professional, might do well to check out a new line of song plagiarism from Dylan to Old Crow Medicine Show. They might first check out John Prine's "Muehlenberg County song,( "Daddy won't you take me... Mr. Peabody's coal train done hauled it away." Supposedly Dylan's manager gave it to Old Crow, who now have their second hit with a Dylan rewrite. The questions are: What did Dylan send them? What year did John Prine write his great song? Old Crow definitely have released a song with a different chorus but the write overs from Prine's to Dylan's lyrics are mighty thin. The protagonist in Sweet Amarillo comes down from the "Mesabi Iron ore range" in place of "... by the Green River where Paradise lay"where John Prine's singer wishes to return, world's largest coal shovel or not!
Give them both a listen and hear how the timing and placement of phrases and tune in each overlaps and dovetails between the two songs.

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Posted by Joey Connolly on 07/30/2014 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Every Nation Has a Right and Duty to Protect Its Citizens

So May Taylor thinks citizens of the world's only Jewish State should passively wait for the Palestinian Arabs to kill them via rocket attacks and kidnappings? I don't.

On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas members. The Israeli government began an intensive search. That same day, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups renewed rocket attacks, followed by attempted infiltration through tunnels.

Hamas has been committing a double war crime – intentionally targeting civilian centers in Israel and intentionally placing its weapons in civilian neighborhoods in Gaza.

On June 15, Israel struck terrorist targets in Gaza. On June 30, in the West Bank town of Hebron – where the first Hebrews, Abraham and Sarah, are buried – the murdered bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were found.

Norman Solomon (Bohemian “Rhapsodies & Rants 7/23-29,14) criticizes the Israeli Government for searching for the perpetrators and destroying rocket launchers. Mae Taylor piles on the criticism. In a “morally skewed universe,” Solomon calls terrorists “party activists” and implies that Israel has the approval of The New York Times and the U.S. Government to “Kill more.”

Actually, the Palestinian unity government still receives U.S. funding. The “moderate” Palestinian Authority -- Hamas’s partner in a unity government -- celebrated the kidnappings in its official publication (http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11706).

"Moderate" Fatah promises "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12198)

Hamas TV broadcast a sermon, "it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12218)

Ms. Taylor complains about schools in Gaza being hit by Israel. The third UN school in Gaza was found to be storing rockets (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/29/THIRD-Rocket-Arsenal-Found-At-UN-School-In-Gaza)

Jewish “settlements” in Gaza go back to at least 145 B.C.E. There has been an almost continual Jewish presence until 2005, when Israel gave up all of Gaza. Since then, Arab terrorists have launched more than 10,000 rockets (including the Iranian Fajr-5) and nearly 5000 mortars into Israel from Gaza, killing 65 Israelis, wounding almost 5000 and traumatizing thousands.

Tons of humanitarian goods are transferred from Israel to Gaza, despite these ongoing attacks. Israel’s responses are proceeded by leaflets, phone calls and other means to warn civilians to evacuate targeted buildings. A recent analysis found 82% of reported Gaza “civilian” fatalities were male; 45% age 18-28. (http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/20/analysis-of-gazans-killed-so-far-in-operation-protective-edge/) Civilians? Hmm?

Jews have lived in the land of Israel continually in an independent state or under the rule of others since the return from Egypt. “Zionism” is the 2000 year old Jewish aspiration of a re-established independent Jewish state in their ancient homeland.

There was no sizable Arab presence in the land until the Muslim invasions, about 1800 years after the return of the Jews.

Despite these stronger Jewish claims to the land, Jews have been willing to “share” the territory with the Arabs. But the Arab and Muslim response has been disproportionate in words and violence.

In 2012, Hamas representative Fathi Hamad said, "For the Palestinian people death became an industry…. We desire death as you desire life."

By protecting it’s citizens – the first responsibility of any government – Israel chooses life.

What is so controversial about that?

Ben Winkler
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Ben on 07/30/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “No Peeking

Ooops.

That should be (four) Agreed [s]...

Posted by CatsGotYourMouse on 07/28/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “No Peeking

To the above 4 commenters:

Agreed. Agreed. Agree. Agree. And for this commenter: AGREED!

Posted by CatsGotYourMouse on 07/28/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 23, 2014

The Solomon Screed
Norman, it's even worse than you thought. Rep. Huffman, who defeated you soundly in the Democratic primary, was actually a co-sponsor of the resolution supporting Israel, and, head held high, appeared recently at a rally in support of Israel's actions at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco.
Why do liberals like Rep. Huffman, and even the Progressive Caucus, who joined in the Congressional "seal of approval", and the sainted New York Times, never a great friend of the Zionist state or its leaders, see things so differently from you?
Could it be that they realize that the regrettable death of civilians in Gaza is the fault of the terrorist group Hamas, which the Gazans mistakenly elected to lead them, and whose recipe for victory is to "desire death more than you value life", as a member was once quoted as saying. Apparently they believe that firing missiles from apartment complexes and storing weapons in mosques and schools is the best way of helping their charges achieve immortality. It is not the Israelis, or the U.S., that places little value on human life, but Hamas, which for years has timed its rocket attacks on Sderot to coincide with the beginning and end of the school day, hoping to kill Israeli children on their way to and from school. The U.S. supplies Israel with weapons to defend themselves against this murderous group, and, to all accounts they are doing it with as much respect for the lives of civilians at the target sites as they can. Using building supplies that Israel allowed through its blockade for humanitarian purposes, Hamas has built a huge network of deep tunnels underneath Gaza for storing weapons and hiding Hamas leaders from Israeli bombs. No civilians are allowed in these tunnels. Hamas wants the Gaza population to remain in place as collateral damage for Israeli attacks, to be waved in front of the sensationalistic international press and for the convenience of propagandists like you.
You had your moment in the spotlight. Now have the grace to retire into obscurity, neither with a bang nor a whimper.
Jeffrey Sheff
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Jeffrey Sheff on 07/25/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

Pat…the sprinklers going 24/7 DO happen….and there is no one to call, I tried! The Ag Commissioner, the County, there is no one monitoring winery OVERUSE of water. This drought is very serious and likely to get worse. It's time we start charging growers that take water directly from our rivers and streams…right now they get it for free with no one monitoring how much they are taking! It really pisses me off when people living in the "wine bubble" try to put the blame on residents who have a tiny patch of lawn or a veggie garden. The jobs and money argument also falls flat. The time for using greed as an excuse to harm our environment is over! Water is a public trust resource-it belongs to the public-not the private (and often corporate) wineries that profit from it.

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Posted by Daisy on 07/25/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Bigger & Better

Had an amazing oceanic dinner there recently: oysters, soft shell crab, sole, and briny martinis. They did Poseidon proud!

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Posted by Blanconada on 07/24/2014 at 2:54 PM

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