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Comment Archives: stories: News & Features

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

2 likes, 6 dislikes
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.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Pete K on 08/13/2014 at 6:36 AM

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

2 likes, 1 dislike
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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joey Connolly on 07/30/2014 at 11:39 PM

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: “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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Daisy on 07/25/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

I don't know where Daisy is seeing sprinklers on in vineyards 24/7. It DOES NOT HAPPEN! If she is really seeing this she should notify someone. I think that you better take a look around and see which of your neighbors are irrigating their yards and watering lawns that are only for looks. The farmers are continuously using the newest technology to monitor their water use and to conserve. Keep in mind that this is an agricultural community. Yes, wine grapes are the main crop and the wine industry is directly related to a minimum of 55,000 employees in Sonoma County. I think that you should also note that the Russian River is a Managed Water System. If there were no reservoirs the river would be dry right now and the people that would be most affected are the ones that get their water from the municipalities that use the most water, to irrigate landscape.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pat on 07/23/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Of Water and Wine

More oversight is needed on wine water use! Around Healdsburg we're seeing overhead sprinklers in vineyards on 24/7 for days at a time. Not all growers are conserving! Check out this trailer for a film due out next month: Russian River, All Rivers. https://vimeo.com/101429442 It will delve into the facts of the wine industries water use in the North Bay area.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Daisy on 07/23/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Sexual Healing

Boo-hoo, the poor men don't get their sex anymore. Funny how nobody cares about women's sex "needs." Whatever.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bree on 07/20/2014 at 7:10 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: “Knocked Out

Claudia, you fuckwit: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140712/articles/140719859

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Posted by Greg Lorincz on 07/13/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Growing Power

Sonoma Clean Power "made geothermal deals in recent months with the big-industry likes of Calpine and Constellation/Exelon in the Geysers." Calpine is one of the operators at The Geysers project in Sonoma and Lake Counties. Constellation (which merged with Exelon in 2012) is not one of the operators at The Geysers or any geothermal project in California. In fact, geothermal is barely mentioned on their website: www.constellation.com. Constellation is headquartered in Pennsylvania.

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Posted by Green in Sonoma County on 07/09/2014 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Debriefer: July 2, 2014

On Community Choice energy..

AB 2145 as amended still has exactly the same purpose; to entrench the corporate monopoly utilities and undermine competition from local community based clean energy programs.

Here's how:

1) Geographic Barriers: With its 3 county restriction, AB 2145 would prevent cities and counties from grouping together to serve larger numbers of customers in order to buy and generate energy at lower bulk rates and compete on electricity prices with the huge monopoly utilities. Under this draconian restriction, many small, rural, and lower income communities, would find it impossible to launch Community Choice programs, because they would be forced to do so on their own with a much smaller customer base. It is outrageously anti-competitive to limit the size and buying power of these programs when the monopoly utilities have no such restrictions at all.

Ability to grow is crucial. When Marin’s program expanded to bring in thousands of customers in the working class city of Richmond, rates for customers went down; and Marin’s planned inclusion of Napa County is projected to lower customer rates by 3%, while still delivering a greener energy mix than PG&E. If AB 2145 becomes law, cities and counties all over California will be blocked from repeating Marin’s successes.

2) Bureaucratic Interference: AB 2145 creates a minefield of bureaucratic restrictions to Community Choice programs designed to make it extremely difficult for them to survive. AB 2145’s requirement that Community Choice programs provide exact rates for customers for five years in advance (while the monopoly utilities would only be required to project rates for five years) would be an outrageous double standard, and impossible for any energy provider to meet. It would expose Community Choice programs to endless lawsuits over changing rates that could shut down every single one of them.

AB 2145 also takes customer relations oversight away from local accountable elected officials and staff, and places it in the vast state level bureaucracy of the CPUC. No other local public water or power systems are placed under such a heavy handed, distant, state agency governing process. These two provisions are nothing but flagrantly purposeful bureaucratic barriers meant to hamstring fair competition from Community Choice programs.

To take action to stop this fossil fuel monopoly power grab, go to http://no2145.org

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Posted by Eric Brooks on 07/04/2014 at 2:38 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

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