From the mixed up files of the Creely-McCarty family: why Hannah got her gun.

By Elizabeth Creely : dinnshenchas – excerpt

Hannah McCarty Welsh is my 3rd-great grandaunt, and was my great-great grandmother’s younger sister. Like their brother Daniel, known mostly by his sobriquet, “Whitehat”, Hannah could have been a source of dismay to her sister Margaret, but by the time Hannah shot the Sheriff’s deputy—please note: she didn’t shoot the Sheriff— Margaret had been dead for 12 years, and was spared the embarrassment of reading about Hannah’s shoot out inside her home at 120 Ripley street in all the major Bay Area newspapers…

Eviction, along with rotten potatoes, would have been very triggering for Hannah. Although Hannah was born in Boston in 1859, her parents, my great-great-great grandparents, Timothy and Mary McCarty, were not. They were born somewhere in Cork, Ireland in the early eighteen hundreds, and had the awesome luck of surviving Trevelyan’s economic schemes for Ireland, which included exporting food out of the Ireland as the potato crop failed… (more)

You may be wondering what this story has to do with Beaux Arts and the typical political and artistic fare we cover. I find the author has a wonder wit about her as she covers her family history in a most fashion that I find rather pleasing, and, the subject of the Irish potato famine was one of great import to Beaux Arts founder, Thomas Bruce Reese. His family left Ireland during the “troubles”  that probably coincided with the potato famine.

The topical aspect of this story is evident to anyone who is following the Public TV version of “Poldark”, as the Trevelyans, mentioned in this story, were the greedy merchants who chose to export food that grew in Ireland fora hefty profit, and leaving the poor Irish to starve to death.

If you are properly intrigued, read on… (more)

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Do that Election Year Rag!

Don’t cry. Hold your nose and vote. It will all be over soon and we can celebrate the fact that is it over for another two years!

Love Gov 2 Episode 1: A Room Without a View

Bound by a restraining order, Scott “Gov” Govinski has an epiphany: Why focus on just one person if you can “help” far more? He buys a house after imposing sweeping city housing controls, puts up a “For Lease” sign, and declares: “It’s time to help people!” But what exactly is his definition of “help”? #LoveGov #LoveGov2

Homeless Artist Ronnie Goodman Arrested After DPW Sweep

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt

The artist and runner has exhibited work in now-Mayor London Breed’s office, and raised tens of thousands for local charities.

Google Ronnie Goodman, and you’ll find articles in SFGateRunners World, and Huffington PostThe unhoused San Francisco artist has received his fair share of press over the years, and he’s a familiar face around town. A native of the city, he attended George Washington High School before serving time in San Quentin Prison. Upon his release he became homeless on the streets of San Francisco — but not having a roof over his head didn’t prevent him from pursuing his two passions: art and running… (more)

San Francisco is growing too big too fast to manage for the confused, understaffed departments tasked with keeping a lid on the many behavioral problems stemming from the smoldering anger of the dispossessed who have nothing left to lose. When fame and connections does not protect you, and you are caught up in the net, where do you go? Tom faced this problem and lost the fight.


Al Gore says Trump undoing environmental regs has done less ‘damage’ than he once feared

by Diana Stancy Correll : washingtonexaminer – excerpt

President Trump’s efforts to unravel environmental policies has not caused as much “damage” as former Vice President Al Gore once feared.

But Gore, a vocal environmental activist, remains wary for a number of reasons, including increased leeway on regulations for coal ash dumps, where toxic metals can be held, after Andrew Wheeler, the acting secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, provided more flexibility to more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants.

“There are hundreds of other environmental procedures and regulations that Trump’s group has begun to undo,” he told the Associated Press. “So he’s doing some damage, but overall I would say less than I had feared.”… (more)

As this Al Gore points out the courts are protecting many of the EPA regulations and procedures that are under attack. These courts and the justices need to be protected and that should be a primary focus and consideration as voter return to the polls in November. Meanwhile, sorry to hear about the horrendously long red tide season in Florida, the major floods and New England and the devastating wildfires in the West. Too bad we can’t pipe fresh excess water from the East Coast to the West and find some algae eaters to clean up the Gulf. Meanwhile, some possible solution to preventing wildfires is coming from the historical knowledge of Native Americans.

Cannabis Makes its Official Outside Lands Debut

By Amy Copperman : hightimes – excerpt

For the first time, cannabis became part of the official lineup at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival this weekend—kind of. Grass Lands, the first-ever curated cannabis experience to hit a mainstream festival, set up shop in a sprawling woodland fairyland overlooking the festival’s main stage. However, regulations forbid the sale of Grass Lands’ star—ironic considering vape clouds throughout Golden Gate Park on any given day roll about as thick as San Francisco’s August fog, especially since marijuana became legal recreationally at the beginning of this year.

So what do you do at a cannabis event that doesn’t actually feature its headliner? It turns out a lot, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the mostly local brands that paid homage to cannabis education, sustainability, and San Francisco as the birthplace of the medical marijuana movement… (more)


Bands mix music and politics at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival

Amid the tens of thousands of people who attended the 11th annual Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park this weekend, one face stood out, two-dimensionally speaking: Barack Obama’s… (more)

Outside Lands 2018 gets political as Gavin Newsom talks Trump

Outside Lands is known for its world-famous music headliners, food and drink vendors and foggy, chilly weather. But this year, the San Francisco festival added another new element: politics.

California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom appeared Saturday, Aug. 11, on the Barbary stage as part of a new talk series called D.A.V.E., for Discussions About Virtually Everything. Newsom, currently California lieutenant governor and a former San Francisco mayor, talked with Wired magazine co-founder John Battelle about state issues such as the homelessness and housing crises, sanctuary cities, the water shortage and education… (more)

Its’s a sign of the times: Sex and Drugs and Rockn’Roll has been replaced by Politics and Drugs and Rockn’Roll.

Can Silicon Valley workers rein in big tech from within?

In our undemocratic digital world, people have little power to shape the tools that affect their lives. But tech workers could change that

An unprecedented wave of rank-and-file rebellion is sweeping Big Tech. At one company after another, employees are refusing to help the US government commit human rights abuses at home and abroad.

At Google, workers organized to shut down Project Maven, a Pentagon project that uses machine learning to improve targeting for drone strikes – and won. At Amazon, workers are pushing Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition to police departments and government agencies, and to cut ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). At Microsoft, workers are demanding the termination of a $19.4m cloud deal with Ice. At Salesforce, workers are trying to kill the company’s contract with Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The media has been following this story closely. But so far it has missed an important part of the picture. Journalists have largely described these campaigns as examples of “employee activism”. That isn’t quite right. The reason these campaigns have gotten traction isn’t because they’re led by activists. It’s because they’re led by workers. They’re labor actions, in other words – and that’s what gives them their power… (more)

What would happen if workers in other industries were inspired to take similar actions to push back against injustice where they find it on the job? Please read this amazing article. Comments and ideas and thoughts on conscientious objections are welcome here.