The Government Are Out Of Touch!

By Momentum : youtube – excerpt (includes video)

Whether or not you think she has the answer to the problem, you may agree that the government is out of touch with the American public. Lately is feels like they are trying to game us and that is not a good feeling. Makes you want to change your state and federal representatives. The more they push you the more you want to push back.

Donald Trump nominated the FBI director who led the Mar-a-Lago search: ‘He will make us all proud’

By Kayla Gallagher : yahoo – excerpt

Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, was searched by the FBI Monday night…

Christopher Wray, the FBI director who greenlighted the search of Mar-a-Lago was picked for the job by then-President Donald Trump in 2017.

At the time Trump called him a man of “impeccable credentials.” Today, Wray is facing pressure for the FBI’s Monday night actions, which Trump supporters are calling “unprecedented.”

The FBI conducted a search of Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, searching for 15 boxes of documents that were reportedly taken from the White House when Trump left office…(more)

What would Jordan think?

It is times like this that i think of my friends who were there for the beginning of the fight to Save People’s Park. Jordan Letterer was there and I met him at Beaux Arts during his fire ant killing days.

Gordon Peters/The Chronicle 1969

The standoff between protesters and police at People’s Park in Berkeley on Wednesday was not unusual, as the dispute over the park’s fate has gone on for more than 50 years. UC Berkeley owns the 2.8-acre site and seeks to quilt it with desperately needed housing for students and formerly homeless people, while demonstrates see the park as a symbol of Berkeley counterculture.

But when construction crews arrived Wednesday, protesters tore down the security fence and smashed windows in an effort to stop building from moving forward, write Rachel Swan and Michael Cabanatuan.“We respect the important history and the meaning of People’s Park,” Berkeley Council Member Sophie Hahn told The Chronicle. “But it’s our goal to have people housed.”

In the wake of clashes at People’s Park, Berkeley’s mayor canceled a meeting Thursday to lift the ban on police use of tear gas.

Listen to the latest “Fifth & Mission” podcast episode about the protest and why this battle is more about culture than housing.

Former Republican and Democratic officials launch new political party

By Reuters : nbcnews – excerpt

LOS ANGELES — Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced on Wednesday a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system.

The new party, called Forward and whose creation was first reported by Reuters, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate U.S. politics, founding members told Reuters.

Party leaders will hold a series of events in two dozen cities this autumn to roll out its platform and attract support. They will host an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and the party’s first national convention in a major U.S. city next summer…(more)

Abortion Rights Mobilization and Support – ARMS

arms-abortion-rights.com (excerpt from new site)

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Who We Are: ARMS is a community of individuals committed to mobilizing resources to increase women’s access to abortion, particularly in areas where recent legislation has curtailed women’s rights.

Our Goals:

  1. Provide education and information on abortion rights, access and need: In the coming months, we’ll be speaking with clinic providers and advocates in key states including Texas, Mississippi, & Alabama.
  2. Mobilize and provide financial and other support: Following the lead of local and national abortion rights leaders, we will share immediate and long term resource needs to which members of the group can contribute. Links, needs, amounts, and background info will be provided to our group as a guide—we can each decide for ourselves how and where we want to contribute. ​
  3. Organize and expand our network of support through friends and community: The situation is dire – the need is great – and the more we can do to increase our network – the more impact we will have!

What to do now?

To support those managing their own medical abortions, please donate to SASS (link to their fiscal sponsor here)

Robin Marty’s timely book, New Handbook for a Post Roe America.

And, if you can, please donate to the clinics in the red states struggling to stay open to serve the huge needs of poor women in their states for reproductive healthcare:

– West Alabama Women’s Center.

– Whole Women’s Health and Whole Women’s Health Alliance with clinics closing in Texas, are buying a clinic in New Mexico to serve Texans needing abortions. The clinic will be near the Texas border. Donate here.

Abortion Care Network of independent abortion providers serving the majority of women getting abortions in the USA…(more)

Grand Designs: ‘Strikethrough’ Chronicles the History of Protest Art in the Bay Area & Beyond

By Christina Campodonico, Ximena Loeza : sfstandard – excerpt (includes graphics)

From Keith Haring to Shepard Fairey, many famous artists have put their stamps on political and protest art.

But the mission of Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest—a new exhibit of social justice-focused art opening this weekend at the Letterform Archive—is to hold up grassroots artists/activists alongside professional image makers.

That’s one of the themes throughout the show, actually,” said Stephen Coles, the Letterform Archive’s editorial director and associate curator. “Professional designers are sitting alongside everyday people who now have the tools to make something to get their message out.”

Coles, also co-curator of Strikethrough, assembled the collection of broadsides, buttons, signs, T-shirts, posters and ephemera spanning the 1800s to today with guest curator Silas Munro of the Los Angeles-based design studio Polymode

Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest’ opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Letterform Archive’s Dogpatch gallery on Saturday, July 23. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Visit letterformarchive.org to RSVP or check out a virtual preview of the show.   Christina Campodonico can be reached at christina@sfstandard.com(more)

Restaurant and private members lounge to be built controversially in San Francisco’s ‘public’ Salesforce Park

By Andrew Chamings : sfgate – excerpt

SFGATE editor-at-large Andrew Chamings on why the Sho Club is wrong for San Francisco

San Francisco is getting its first NFT-based restaurant and private club. And it’s being built right in the middle of a public park.

A flurry of recent press releases from an entity named the Sho Group — a “global experiential hospitality platform” — revealed the details of the ostentatious Japanese-themed restaurant and private club, to be built on San Francisco’s most ostentatious public space, Salesforce Park…

The wording around the club’s recent media blitz reads like a parody of Silicon Valley’s repellent buzzwordery.

“SHO Club is a member’s only NFT-based hospitality club providing exclusive access to immersive experiences and services around its flagship restaurant, SHO,” reads the blurb.

What’s more galling than the repeated use of the terms “immersive” and “experiential” to describe an actual restaurant is the fact that, as the group’s website proudly proclaims, the astronomically expensive and exclusive eatery “is the only rooftop restaurant located on the Salesforce Transit Center’s roof.”…(more)

The PR guys are crazy to keep pitching these exclusive, expensive, reprehensively hideous projects in such as insensitive manner. The media is not sugar-coating it for them anymore. They are telling it like it is. We gag on vibrant, immersive experiential BS. Not to mention the activated sidewalks and other hyper techie speach that keep popping up in every pitch for parks that are not really parks because they lack grass and plants and trees. The are primarily poured concrete pathways. And for jolly’s they throw in some kooky tables and chairs and weed containers. The sad thing is that some people think this is good design. Pleasing to the eye. Who’s eye?

There is some idea of building a new condo on one of the piers, or in place of it that will have a bay front and inner bay pool. Clearly the architect and client are not considering low tide and just how bad that can smell. Low tide comes twice a day and the lower the lows the higher the highs.

Meet the Billionaire and Rising GOP Mega-Donor Who’s Gaming the Tax System

By Justin Elliott, Jesse Eisinger, Paul Kiel, Jeff Ernsthausen and Doris Burke : propublica – excerpt

Susquehanna founder and TikTok investor Jeff Yass has avoided $1 billion in taxes while largely escaping public scrutiny. He’s now pouring his money into campaigns to cut taxes and support election deniers.

One day in July 1985, three young men from Philadelphia, their lawyer and a burly Pinkerton guard arrived at a horse track outside Chicago carrying a briefcase with $250,000 in cash…

But one crucial aspect of his ascent to stratospheric wealth has transpired out of public view. Using the same prowess that he’s applied to race tracks and options markets, Yass has taken aim at another target: his tax bill.

There, too, the winnings have been immense: at least $1 billion in tax savings over six recent years, according to ProPublica’s analysis of a trove of IRS data. During that time, Yass paid an average federal income tax rate of just 19%, far below that of comparable Wall Street traders…(more)

What rich people really do with their money it seems is use it to game the system and what better system to game than the government. First fix the taxes and then use the savings in unpaid taxes to buy elections.

Giving up on free speech

by John Zipperer : marinatimes – excerpt

They say ‘talk is cheap,’ but increasingly, it’ll cost you

Somewhere between Elon Musk bullying Twitter into submission, the Biden administration launching a “misinformation board,” and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bullying Disney and gays, the realization begins to sink in. We’re not doing very well with this free speech thing. Too bad it’s kind of critical for us doing other things well. Just ask Vlad.

Over in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin simmers in his evil villain lair, absentmindedly stroking the head of his pet komodo dragon, thinking about his disastrous invasion of Ukraine. As numerous experts have pointed out, Putin sits atop a pyramid of liars and corrupt officials. His oligarchs lied about the materials they were supposed to supply to the Russian army, the military lied about how good the army is, and everyone lied about Ukraine’s people. The system is so corrupt it can’t be fixed by people within the system — they’re all too afraid of a Downfall harangue from Putin…

IT’S NOT JUST FOR DICTATORS ANYMORE

People censor others and themselves for a variety of reasons. To protect themselves. To manipulate others. To stifle opposition. It’s addictive, and it’s been around forever…(more)

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