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Re: “The Digital Divide

I wonder why a large amount of these tech giants sent their children to non-tech schools?

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Posted by westcountymom on 08/20/2014 at 8:00 AM

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:

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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: “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: “Dylan Covers London

Jack London dealt with accusations of plagiarism, too.

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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: “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: “Full Speed Ahead

Right now tech support if your system has line problems..

Posted by Brad Pipal on 07/18/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Gorilla Warfare

Funny to think of Charles "NRA" Heston being an unwitting revolutionary. Not the first time he played straight man without being aware of the joke (clueless gay crush object in Ben Hur). I don't disagree with the analysis here, but it should be said that none of the original sequels were exactly good movies. Tim Burton's Planet is destined for the shelf of "never watch again" next to Ang Lee's Hulk movie. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me to hear that Tim Roth is buying up all the copies because he gets a muscle spasm any time someone sees it. Despite any firehose references, the new Rise wholeheartedly replaced genuine political content with CGI. I'll probably go see Dawn but my expectations are low.

Posted by Nortally on 07/03/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Gorilla Warfare

What a bunch of pretentious crap.

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Posted by Ben Ghazi on 07/02/2014 at 4:48 AM

Re: “Hydrodynamic

.....never heard of him. Must hang with the LB Crew

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Posted by Davis Lawson on 06/24/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Hydrodynamic

That story is from and by Tim Tatum and was posted via Kate's FB ~

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Posted by Kate Tatum on 06/18/2014 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Hydrodynamic

Jamie made me a lovely 8'0 a few years back, after my son (a student of his) and I had surfed a number of times with Jamie and another Sonoma Academy teacher, Michael Peller, in Baja on a school break, and along the Sonoma Coast at various breaks after school some days. I had surfed as a younger man but it had been many years and I was, in effect, re-learning how to manage it. He apparently read my skill level fairly well, and I must thank him for the faith he put in my ability to progress from where I was at the time to a higher level. The first good wave I caught with that board was like a guy who had been driving an old Buick being given the keys to a Porsche....that 8'0 is still the family favorite...."Dad, do you mind if I take the 8'0 today...?"
If my wife had not been home that night I would have put that board in bed with me to keep it warm...

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Posted by Kate Tatum on 06/18/2014 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Beat the Heat

Read the IPCC reports. Third World homefires are the biggest source of anthropogenic CO2. Chinese mine fires reportedly put out more CO2 than all US vehicles. Until we get China, India, etc. on board, CO2 reduction efforts will have little effect. On the other hand, we can make more impact with efforts to increase the Earth's CO2 carrying capacity, such as planting more trees, decreasing clearcutting.

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Posted by true environmentalist on 06/11/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

Refreshing not having to wade through the same old "wing-er" hit pieces. Very insightful journalists! Kudos to both Michael and Ryan!
You two gentlemen definitely have your veritable finger's on the tsunami of reality that will be soon be effecting the sea change of public sentiments.
Jack booted thugs come and go all the time... good guys and bad guys are as co-dependent as cofee&donuts
The AO's are the least exclusive group I've ever encountered, which means they don't means test anyone.
Pretty much doesn't matter what your size, IQ, ink, wardrobe, language, or financing is, you can rock on the Bay.
If you show up in Sausalito, with or without a boat, you won't be in need for long. You'll get a bunk or a whole boat! A foothold.
Seems like the establishment's attitudes can switch around like the tides. Luckily, the no necked,
"Deliverance"talking, roid raging ex -prison guard Deputies, like the one that welcomed me by jumping onto my deck and Exclaiming....
"I'm the new Sheriff on the water here and I'm the one who's gonna clear out this cesspool!" "You're outa here in two more days or We'll be back every day dropping $150 cititations on you!"
OKAY then! It was a real waste of talent having him driving Rescue errrrrrr Harassment One around the bay. He's gone and I've gone through almost six years of civil rights violations. But I'm sticking this thing out. All wars come to an end..........
45, 46, 47 years?????
There's a tsunami of public opinion that's headed this way at 400mph
and we're holdin' on!

Keven Kiffer

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Posted by Keven Kiffer on 05/30/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Morel of the Story

I would bet that the fire growth mushrooms would be a little more tasty with the "smoke flavor" coming through ;) A bonus of the hunt !!

Posted by Richard Callis on 05/13/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Morel of the Story

This sounds like pretty much the same article that I have seen a couple of times already by Alastair.

I am much less concerned about access for commercial morel hunters like David Campbell, and far more worried about what is constituting the "forest recovery plan" … planting tree farms, after clear cutting?

I have been in the Rim Fire on the Stanislaus side, as part of the UC Berkeley post-burn fungal survey, and the forest is recovering quite nicely all on its own, thank you very much. Burned forests are part of the normal cycle of nutrients, and morels are a big part of forest recovery, as colonizing species. Believe it or not, they don't pop so that humans can make money offa them!

I just got back from the Lake Almanor area and found more "natural" morels than I know what to do with. No burn necessary! BTW, the store price for morels in the Bay Area is now down in the low twenties, which is a far cry from a $30/# wholesale price. The mushroom buyers outside of Chester were paying hunters $8/pound for morels, altho it didn't appear as tho business was booming.

The other advantage to non-burn morels? Little to no grit.

What would y'all have done this spring if Yosemite hadn't burned? Believe me, that morel flash in the pan is not worth losing that forest. It'll come back, just not in OUR lifetimes. That's a real reason to be weeping in our beers.

As far as the "mushroom lobbyists," that's a joke, son. No big bucks, no concessions from lawmakers. Pity the poor folks who put on the Strawberry Music Festival every year; they have been kept out of "their" woods two years running, and they are also taking a big financial hit, but with no other options available.

Here's a thought … just go elsewhere for your spring fungi. The morels are everywhere right now.

There will always be poachers, for mushrooms, deer and whatever else has monetary or food value.

That doesn't make it right or admirable.

It's a pity that we can't get into this fire, this year, but life will go on, and is going on, even for mushroom hunters.

I prefer my wine without the h.

Debbie Viess
Bay Area Mycological Society

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Posted by debbie viess on 05/11/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The People's Business

I want to hear more about what a crook Mary Hayashi is.

Read today's story in the Chronicle. So ridiculous that someone as corrupt as Mary Hayashi thinks she even has the grounds to run for public office.

The "Mug Shot Mary" website makes it pretty clear:

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Posted by Guest on 04/30/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “The Gopher Hunters

I dug open tunnels in 3 places, tossed in used cat litter. Gophers gone. Maybe over at my neighbors.

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Posted by mikeSHIR on 04/27/2014 at 3:58 PM

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