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)

Mari Eliza

Dear Amazon, New York doesn’t want you. Go find another city to destroy Hamilton Nolan

theguardian – excerpt

Jeff Bezos wants to build a colossal HQ in Queens. We’ve already got Wall Street – must we be flooded with rich techies on top of that?

New York is a metropolis. It has been able to withstand centuries’ worth of threats to civic harmony, from the Five Points gangs to the administration of Rudy Giuliani. We have successfully absorbed striving immigrants from around the world, weekend partiers from Jersey, and post-college seekers from the midwest. But one thing that New York City has never truly had to battle is a massive influx of rich techies. Let’s not start now.

For a full year, Amazon – a trillion-dollar company led by the richest man on earth – has been busily extracting subsidies from cities across the country, all of them desperate to lure a promised 50,000 jobs and $5bn investment for Amazon’s second headquarters. The “HQ2” became necessary after Amazon filled metropolitan Seattle edge-to-edge with glass towers full of Amazon employees.

This week, at last, it was reported that Amazon had decided to divide its new headquarters bounty between the suburbs of Washington DC and the Queens riverfront. Having tired of the amusement of watching second-tier cities debase themselves in a desperate bid for something they were never going to get, the company has apparently settled on “the two most obvious major cities on the east coast”… (more)

Forcing us to take in a flood of rich tech people is like giving the flu to someone who already has chronic diabetes

Well put. Forcing being the primary term here. Government forcing citizens to choke down anything they object to is “un-American” and there are some very negative words for top-down autonomous governments that partner with corporate entities to remove entitlements from the citizens they supposedly represent. Ask yourself, is your city guilty of these practices and what can be done about it. Nobody wants to be redeveloped. This country is full of undeveloped areas that welcome more jobs. Why are they piling them all onto people who are suffocating already?

Jeremy Corbyn with Yanis Varoufakis (TWO of TWO)

By Maria : tucradio – excerpt (includes audio track)

Rescuing Democracy by Reviving Socialism

A Conversation at the Edinburgh Book Festival, August 20, 2018
Rescuing democracy from autocracy has become an world-wide challenge: how to curb the power of corporations and banks; and the parallel fights for education, housing and health, and the resistance against privatization across Europe and the Americas. And how to stem the tide of right wing movements be they in the US, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Greece, Hungary and too many other places.

Familiar names show up in an effort to create a cross border countervailing movement to support democracy and rescue the values and traditions of socialism as countervailing force to capitalism.

Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economist, academic and politician. He was a Syriza member of the Hellenic Parliament and served as the Greek Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. In February 2016, he co-founded the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), and subsequently backed a Remain in the European Union vote in the UK’s Brexit referendum of 2016.

Jeremy Corbyn is a leader of the British Labour Party and of the Opposition in Parliament since 2015. He identifies as a democratic socialist. Corbyn advocates reversing austerity cuts to public services and welfare funding made since 2010; and proposes to undo the privatization of public utilities and the railways. He supports non-interventionism and unilateral nuclear disarmament.

In the snap 2017 general election, Labour (under Corbyn) again finished as the second largest party in parliament, and increased their share of the popular vote to 40%. That increase in vote share was the largest in a single general election since 1945… (more)

Zuckerberg and Musk can save their reputations by acquiring newspapers

: sfchronicle – excerpt

When you don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

Both of you are suffering through self-inflicted public relations crises. Mark, growing alarm about social media’s health effects and about how Facebook’s self-serving policies polarize society have turned you into a lightning rod.

Elon, your bizarre behavior — attacking financial analysts, crying during a New York Times interview (which included the revelation that you use Ambien and recreational drugs), tweeting yourself into a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, and appearing to smoke pot during a podcast — have you over a barrel.

I don’t expect you to clean up your acts — you are who you are. But why haven’t you taken advantage of the obvious way to launder your reputations and improve your media relations?

Buy your local newspaper!

There’s no better balm for a billionaire’s press clippings than saving a newspaper… (more)


Los Angeles billionaire’s hospital system declares bankruptcy

New owner of the LA Times

California hospital chain Verity Health filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will attempt to sell some or all of its six hospitals after the failure of a yearlong effort by Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong to save the system.

In an official news release, as well as a letter provided by union and hospital employees, the nonprofit system said its hospitals will remain open during the bankruptcy proceedings with $185 million in secured financing…. (more)

It has been a busy year for Patrick Soon-Shiong. In one of the strangest of billionaire moves this year, the purchaser of this bankrupt hospital chain just bought the LA Times, sold off the historical property it was located on and moved the entire operation, including archived properties outside the city.


San Francisco’s dearly departed nightclubs and music venues

By Amy Graff : sfgate – excerpt

How much would you pay to hop into a time machine and visit San Francisco’s long-gone Winterland Ballroom on Jan. 14, 1978, the night of the Sex Pistols’ last performance before the legendary punk band’s big breakup?

Johnny Rotten addressed the crowd hollering “Welcome to London,” and then he and his mates launched into a blitzed take on “God Save the Queen.”…

Winterland is one of the city’s many nightclubs and music venues that hosted golden music moments and great jam sessions before disappearing from the scene.

Many of us grew up throwing ourselves into mosh pits and twirling ourselves into oblivion in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at these places, filling the memories of our youth in a freer, more vibrant and experimental San Francisco. In the gallery above, we pay tribute to some of our favorites with help from the recollections of the San Francisco Remembered Facebook group(more)

Of course Pinellas County lost Beaux Arts, the home to decades of art, poetry, politics, and underground films, fun and games for adults and wayward teens. Culture is killed by the society it tries to describe. Artists are left on their own to figure out how to move on. We dubbed it “culture clash”.


The billionaire who bought the LA Times: ‘Hipsters will want paper soon’

By Rory Carroll : theguardian – excerpt

Patrick Soon-Shiong despises clickbait and says the future belongs to quality journalism. Will his gamble pay off?

Patrick Soon-Shiong has spent decades trying to cure cancer and made a biotech fortune in the process, making him one of California’s most successful, enigmatic billionaires.

Born in South Africa to Chinese parents, he rose from humble origins and ended up in Los Angeles where he has thrived as a surgeon, scientist and entrepreneur. “The richest doctor in the history of the world,” Forbes magazine declared in 2014.

A bright, restless mind, Soon-Shiong is now seeking to remedy a very different source of malignant metastasis: news.

Fake news, superficial news, clickbait news, shrill, shouty, polarising news, he plans to tackle all these ailments in his latest incarnation as a media mogul…

Soon-Shiong has bought the Los Angeles Times and a handful of other California newspapers for $500m, vaulting him into an exclusive club populated by Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Bezos and a handful of other proprietors…

Soon-Shiong bought it in April for twice what Bezos paid for the Post. He also got the San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several small community papers, now grouped under a corporate moniker, the California Times… (more)

“I can get there in entertainment, sports, healthcare, bringing value in different ways. Getting into the attention economy is what we’re going to be doing.”

Can we anticipate a comeback for journalists? Let’s hope so.