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Re: “The Guerneville Flood Project: Alex and Jane of Tinker's Tapes

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.

'Justen'

Posted by Justen on 09/04/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

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.

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 09/04/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Dixon Wragg, thanks for showing you're not just a hypocritical ingrate, you're also delusional.
I suggest Guatemala, they have good weed.

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Posted by jim bracco on 09/04/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 2, 2015

Kurt Mischler:

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.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 09/02/2015 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Hanging Up

Go Sonic Fusion. They know how the programs work. They also know how AT&T works (they don't).

Posted by Brian Wise on 08/28/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

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!

Posted by Dixon Wragg on 08/27/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Drive-Throughs Be Gone

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.

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Posted by Mahatma Jeeves on 08/23/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

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.

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Posted by Patricia Steuer on 08/20/2015 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

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.

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Posted by Patricia Steuer on 08/20/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

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??????????

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Posted by LAD on 08/17/2015 at 2:47 AM

Re: “Letters to Editor: July 15, 2015

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

Posted by M Hilber on 08/17/2015 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

Grab the mike from that woman! Get the the hook-

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Posted by big wave on 08/12/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

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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Posted by Dan Argraves on 08/12/2015 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

This article is self serving and ridiculous. When talking about rape, there is not gray area. Shame on the author

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Posted by Suzanne Smith on 08/12/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

Any relation to Martin Singer, Cosby's pit bull attorney?

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Posted by Bonnie Upton on 08/12/2015 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

This article gives the term "mind numbing" a new meaning. Geeze, get over yourself. I didn't read the name of the author but two sentences in it screamed of the bias of a dopey woman. Sure enough, it was. I'm just glad she's not my mother, people like that are the ones bringing up the next generation of neurotic basket cases that we all get to look forward to living with in society.

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Posted by greg on 08/12/2015 at 3:29 AM

Re: “Letters to Editor: August 5, 2015

The equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015


On July 16, 1945, the United States of America detonated the first atomic bomb in the barren desert of New Mexico. Less than a month after this first explosion, the U.S. dropped two atom bombs on the heavily populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. This first usage of the horror bomb indiscriminately wiped our over 100,000 civilian woman, children and old people--and condemned many others to a very slow and painful death.
Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life! There were horrors the U.S. wouldn't even let its own people know about, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper.

Since WWII, "the war to end all wars", the explosive power of the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union has grown to the equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas! The 8,500 warheads and bombs in the U.S. arsenal alone have a combined explosive power of more than three billion tones of TNT--about 1,500 pounds of explosive for every man, woman and child on this planet.

Dr. James Muller, a Harvard heart specialist and secretary of the Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc., brought this out when he said, "At some point deep down inside, people know the world could explode tomorrow. " Yet some people are just talking about it calmly as though it is the natural thing to expect--that we are going to destroy each other and the World! Stanford physicist, Sidney Drell, asked in a recent New York Times article: "More and more we hear of usable Nuclear weapons, and of Nuclear weapons, fighting and winning. where are we going?--Do we even still remember what nuclear explosions do? Does the post-Hiroshima generation still appreciate the horror of nuclear weapons and the dangers posed by the prospect of a nuclear conflict?"

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/07/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Aug. 8: Animal Kingdom in Sebastopol

No animals in circuses anymore please.

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Posted by Wicked Abuelita on 08/06/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Fight for $15

Luis:

A great, big shout-out and thank you to you, the members of the North Bay Organizing Project and each and every community member who continues to fight, toil and press our Sonoma County "supes" to do more than merely pass a token, feeble, toothless living-wage ordinance - like the resolution which they passed at their regularly scheduled meeting back on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.

I was in attendance at that meeting and gave a speech in which I urged immediate passage of a REAL living-wage ordinance and, also, that action be taken by them on a number of other issues with which this county is currently confronted and urged them to exercise true leadership on those numerous issues as well.

The measure of your success will be in your ability to channel your steel resolve, your indomitable courage, your abiding spirit and your passion for all things social justice into inspiring those who may be your detractors on this issue to confront and accept the fact that no one deserves to be paid less than 15 dollars an hour for performing often menial but necessary tasks - especially those who are providing caregiving services to the elderly and disabled in their own homes - and who, by doing so, are saving the County of Sonoma literally millions of dollars a year. And this fact was iterated by a paid professional consultant retained by the County of Sonoma itself!

I am proud to stand with you on this issue - which I consider to be one of the most pressing social-justice issues of our time.

Good luck to you - and may your commitment to this laudable cause ensure that you and your fellow activists will attain eventual victory.

(Oh. And a couple more things: Don't stop calling...and, above all, don't accept their lame excuses - including the one that "There's no money." Just look at their overinflated salaries and overbloated benefits packages for concrete proof and affirmation that there's plenty.)

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 08/06/2015 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Letters to Editor: July 15, 2015

Re: Richard Blum -- what on earth makes you think that removing "distressed homes" that are "depressing home prices" means more housing availability and jobs for Sonoma County residents? It is exactly predatory investment schemes all the way back to the late 1990s that put us in the nightmare mess. Sorry, you're wrong.

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Posted by Sonoma4Life on 07/31/2015 at 4:16 PM

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