SF protesters say no to techsploitation block buses with scooters

first_imgScooters block tech buses on 24th and Valencia from Mission Local on Vimeo.Scooters block tech buses on 24th and Valencia from Mission Local on Vimeo.The protest was organized by housing activists in San Francisco and in solidarity with activists in San Jose and Berlin, where people are staunchly opposing a new Google campus in their neighborhood.One banner draped over a bus reads, “Techsploitiation — from the sweatshop to the gig economy to the e-waste dump — is Toxic, Sweep Tech NOT Tents.”(See time-stamped updates throughout the day, below.)9:20 a.m. Fifty people blocked 14 tech buses by piling scooters in their path and lighting an orange flare at 24th and Valencia. One bus driver tried to move the scooters, but soon resigned himself to just waiting. A passerby sprayed graffiti on one of the idle buses.The group of housing activists reject what they see as tech companies “littering the city,” while homeless encampments are swept away.“This is a message from the community,” said Tony Robles, a community organizer focused on housing for seniors with disabilities. He says that tech companies like Bird, a scooter company, act with impunity and dump stuff in the neighborhoods without considering the needs of current residents.People testified on a PA system about how their lives have been transformed by what they call a tech takeover. One woman said the city cut down trees to make room for the tech buses.Organizers created a memorial for Pablo Avendano, 34, who was fatally struck by a car while working for the food-delivery app Caviar. Protesters see his death as an indictment of the “gig economy.”“It’s all interconnected,” said Kelley Cutler with the Coalition on Homelessness. Cutler says the perception is that San Francisco and the Mission are a playground, providing the grounds for new tech companies to fuel displacement and homelessness.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.9:45 a.m. After an hour of blocking traffic and tech buses, protesters announced the protest was over. They picked up the scooters and carried them over the to sidewalk, clearing the way for the tech buses to drive off to their next destination. A short action. Point made.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. Tags: protests • tech buses Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% We will be updating throughout the day. Jump to the new material below. Protesting what they called the “techsploitation” of the city’s public space, about 50 protesters descended on a eight large white commuter buses Thursday morning, blocking their departure to Mountain View.center_img 0%last_img read more

Distillations The Flying Pig Bistro Pub a refuge from San Francisco and

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “I want to tell you to buy me a drink,” Tessa said to me. “But I need you to know it’s not because I’m being a jerk, it’s because I’m being poor.”Hearing this, the bartender at the Flying Pig Bistro Pub laughed. “There is a difference,” he agreed.“If you get this wrong,” I said, “things can spiral out of control.”“Tessa” and I had just been to see a series of short plays that her friend had helped create, and they were so well-meaning, terribly earnest and blatantly righteous, that eventually we started laughing every time somebody pointed out the difference between Right and Wrong. We left at intermission. Email Addresscenter_img “Save us from obvious plays that point out the obvious thing about an obvious problem!” I’d said as we walked to the Flying Pig, on South Van Ness. “I mean, DID YOU KNOW that housing in San Francisco is too expensive?”“WHAT?” she’d said, incredulously. “Where did you hear that?”“I saw it in a play! It really raised my awareness!”“I saw a play too! Apparently evangelical families don’t always accept their gay children.”“NO! My mind is blown!”“You know,” she’d said sadly, no longer laughing, “our art scene kind of sucks.”Centaur and Biker (interpreted as “An obvious comparison of two bearded men and their personal horsepower”) from the collection of the Museum of Bad Art.A prominent San Francisco art critic once told me the same thing: that for all our belief that we’re a big metropolis, our scene is still too small to really accommodate conflict and criticism. If you want to work here, you have to make sure everybody else in the scene likes you, and that makes for bad art.I’d taken Tessa to The Flying Pig because it is the spot where, for several months last year, I met with some people to work on a doomed art project that also turned out to be awful. It had the opposite problem, though: It was all technique and no heart. Symbolically, the Flying Pig is connected in my head to discussions of bad art.But at least I got paid for my bad art, which is more than most people can say for their good art. And The Flying Pig was always a good place for those meetings. Straddling the line between a bar and a café, it accommodates small groups and conversations beautifully, provided they’re laid back. Long and gently-but-well-lit from a series of faux tiffany lamps hanging across the room, it has an extensive food menu and a decent-if-idiosyncratic selection of beers and wine. With a bar running almost the full length of the room and a large number of small tables, chairs, and couches, walking in seems like a cross between entering a diner and getting comfortable in the living room of a large house. It was almost deserted when we arrived, with five screens all silently turned to a baseball game.We ordered the first of many Dogfish Head Festina Pêche beers, and, after we sat down near the door, Tessa told me that she had bumped into her ex-boyfriend for the first time since the breakup … on a flight Los Angeles. After a long hesitation, they arranged to sit next to each other.“It actually went really well,” she said. “I think because the thing we always had in common is that we’re both always in emotional survival mode, so neither of us ever feel like we have the luxury to be mad or throw a fit in a situation where we can’t get out. So we did a sort of emotional survival mode dance, where first we established whether anybody was angry enough to yell or create a scene. And of course neither of us were, so then we figured out if there was something we could do for the other person, something they needed, that would make them glad to see us. And then, since both of those things were good, we finally strategized: Okay, we have 90 uninterrupted minutes, what do we need to talk about?”“So … it was a good conversation?”“It was. And we’ve never spoken since.”“Wow. That … that … seems at once way, way, more dysfunctional, and much more healthy, than any high-pressure meeting I’ve ever had with an ex.”“Yeah, it was really good, but I think it was only possible because we both had such traumatic childhoods, we’re both so broken at the level of attachment.” She shrugged. “My family didn’t understand it either. They kept asking me ‘so, are you back together?’ As if not hating each other meant we must be in love. But … my family has a hard time with this kind of thing. At our last reunion, my grandmother started talking about her experience with the Japanese internment camps for the first time — she’s never, NEVER, talked about this before — but at the beginning of her story she started using racial slurs for other groups of people, which was completely unnecessary, obviously, and so my young teenage relatives started calling her out for racist language, and … it was tragic, because the message the teenagers were getting was ‘grandma’s a racist,’ and the message grandma was getting was ‘nobody wants to hear about what happened to me. My experiences don’t count.’ And we couldn’t figure out how to work around it.”“Lucy in the Sky with Flowers,” from the collection of the Museum of Bad Art.We sat in silence with that, and for a moment I lost all capacity to laugh. There is far, far, more human drama and complexity in the two stories she’s just told me than in any of the plays we saw tonight, or in any of the productions my colleagues and I once planned here. Our lives, viewed from the right angle, with good lighting, are exquisite works of art.People came in and out, getting food to go. It’s strange: I’ve always thought of The Flying Pig as a place to sit and linger, but tonight it’s much more of a neighborhood kitchen for people trying to make it home. Far at the other end of the room, a lone man sat drinking and watching highlights from a baseball game, a glazed look in his eyes.“The internet is only making this worse,” Tessa said after a moment. “It turns all of our stories into something to argue about, rather than to listen to, because it’s a system designed by emotionally stunted Californians. The block feature? That is so San Francisco. We’re not going to fix a problem, we’re barely even going to acknowledge it, we’re just going to shun you, to pretend you don’t exist. That’s how we do things here, but, it’s not how anyone else does … okay, maybe Harvard … and so it imposes this ridiculous system on the rest of the country. In San Francisco, everyone is either conflict avoidant or part of a righteous mob, and we’re creating systems where that’s the way everyone has to act. And it’s ruining us.”“Excuse me,” the bartender said, stepping over. “I’m going to be closing up soon.”“Right,” I agreed. “Go ahead and close my tab.” “Sorry the theater was so bad,” Tessa said to me. “But at least you learned that inequity falls hardest on marginalized populations, which is something nobody around here would have ever told you. It would never have come up in conversation.”“If that’s what they want to get across, maybe they should put out a press release,” I grumbled. But in fact the most powerful moments of our lives, the most artful, the most heartbreaking, the most relevant, often occur when no one else is paying attention. These are the stories, complex and nuanced, that we usually pretend don’t exist. Even in our art. Read more from Benjamin Wachs here.  last_img read more

Chelsea Clinton drops by San Franciscos Mission District

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Perhaps the best measure of Chelsea Clinton’s capability as a public speaker was her ability to mention diarrhea to an audience of junior high-aged kids — repeatedly — with nobody laughing.The former first daughter, author, and adjunct professor at Columbia University was this afternoon asked a fairly open-ended question by a young student at San Francisco Friends School in the Mission: “What is your favorite part of being an activist?” Clinton, who is traveling the nation promoting her children’s books, started off her answer politically. Of course it’s “talking to young people and figuring out how I can help you.”Then she took things in a different direction.“I enjoy refocusing the attention paid to me on something more worthy of it.” To wit, she touched on efforts to address the plight of child brides in this and other nations, an issue she’d mentioned only moments earlier. Then, out of the blue, she mentioned “combatting diarrhea around the world. … I find it unconscionable that hundreds of thousands of kids die every year from this. It’s something people are uncomfortable talking about.”center_img The students, who kept themselves entertained before Clinton’s appearance by swapping exquisitely bad, charming jokes — How many tickles does it take to make the octopus laugh? TEN-tickles! — kept it together. Perhaps some of the parents and teachers standing on the periphery struggled a bit more. But the kids were all right.Chelsea Clinton reveals to her youthful questioners that, while she, too, went to a Quaker school, she did not know “Tim” in her school days. Photo by Camille Cohen.Clinton, who is speaking at schools in every city she visits promoting her children’s books She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and She Persisted Around the World, spoke to two sets of students at the Quaker school: kindergarten-through-fourth graders and fifth-through-eighth graders. The questions from the former group were not the sort to lead to discussions about lethal diarrhea or reveal that, in Massachusetts, 12-year-olds may marry.The younger students asked Clinton, among other things, how old she is (38); when she was born (Feb. 27, 1980), and “if you knew Tim when you went to a Friends school in Washington, D.C.” (She did not).When asked which of her profiles of inspirational women she liked best, Clinton declined to answer — but did state that she was glad that, in one of the books’ opening panels, she was able to sneak in a picture of her own mother and Coretta Scott King. She also read the kids snippets about a number of the women she profiled, including Maria Tallchief, Sally Ride, Caroline Herschel, Ruby Bridges, and — to audible gasps of joy — Joanne “J.K.” Rowling.Clinton’s standby when confronted by a sea of young questioners was “Oh, gosh. So many hands.” This was said a lot, whether those hands were attached to kindergarteners or junior high-aged children. But the questions weren’t the same.The older children asked mostly broad questions that gave Clinton the opportunity to say as much or as little as she wanted to say. Sometimes she said quite a bit. When asked if “when your dad was president and all” her parents had high expectations for her, she answered “absolutely. And I had high expectations for myself.” She continued that she was “blessed and extremely privileged, and that includes the color of my skin. I never had to worry about having a roof over my head or food on my table.” In a similar vein, when asked if she would still be where she is in life if her family wasn’t “kinda political,” she said, “I don’t know. That’s the honest answer.”Chelsea Clinton, a mother of two with a third on the way, went in-depth with students at the San Francisco Friends School about the dire situation of child brides and the ongoing problem of lethal childhood diarrhea. Photo by Camille Cohen.Clinton spent the lion’s share of her time with the older children talking about the plight of what she described as 750 million young people worldwide, almost exclusively girls, made to enter into marriage while children. She bemoaned that, even in this country, girls in such a situation are unable to hire a divorce attorney, a situation she finds “soooo infuriating.”Girls forced into child matrimony, she continued, suffer higher childbirth death rates, are more prone to drop out of high school, and, overall, experience deficient life outcomes.This, she said, was something to consider on the eve of Valentine’s Day. So, that was a pretty serious moment — rather a long way from Ten-tickles! And then the young people applauded the former first daughter, and she was off on her way to the next city. last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was delighted for his players as they

first_imgNATHAN Brown was delighted for his players as they weathered adversity to beat Catalans on Saturday night.They overcame the loss of Gareth O’Brien to record their fifth victory in sixth and move up to fifth in Super League.“I thought the players showed plenty of commitment,” Brown said after the game. “Catalan are a good side and I like playing games against them. They are entertaining and they like to play Rugby League.“To come here and get a win under the circumstances was fantastic. I thought they toughed it out with 12 men, but we finally got the try and our reward. We did well and I am really happy for the boys.“When we lost Gareth O’Brien we had to move things around and it did cause problems as he is an out and out half. But Paul Wellens is a handy player for us. He played four positions last week and came in and played six and helped the team.“Tommy Makinson is improving all the time and I thought all the younger players contributed tonight. Willie Manu was great and I thought Stuart Howarth was sensational. The fans were amazing too.“We will continue to improve and get better and see where we end up.”Brown told reporters after the game he was fuming with the tackle on Gareth O’Brien.He said: “I let the match commissioner know what I thought about the tackle at half-time. I thought it was nothing short of disgraceful and the reason why they’ve done it (not sent Taia off) is because last week (Wigan second rower) Scott Taylor deliberately hit Gareth O’Brien in the head and knocked him out.“I believe Zeb Taia is a lovely fella and a terrific player, but they’ve attacked his head deliberately and he’ll (Taia) get nothing because the match commissioner will be shocking about it.“I find it absolutely downright rude and disgraceful that they (the RFL) don’t protect the players in the game, in particular the small ones, who are the key players.“It is absolutely nothing short of appalling. If one of my own players did it, I’d expect them to be sent off and then be suspended for a long, long period of time. I’m really appalled that the RFL can allow this to keep happening.”Saints face London at Langtree Park on Friday August 9 and tickets are now on sale.last_img read more

Last chance to get discounted tickets to Cape Fear Fair Expo

first_imgThe Cape Fear Fair & Expo prepares to open its gates for another year.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time again. All your friends are there, or maybe they will be Friday, as the Cape Fear Fair & Expo kicks off another year.Some final preparations were underway Thursday, as workers put the finishing touches on rides, cleaned up food booths, and brought in livestock.- Advertisement – Discount tickets are being sold at Scotchman stores and online for $17 dollars until midnight. Tickets at the gate are $22 unless you print a coupon from the Fair’s official website.Fair President Debbie Carter says she hopes this will help people to let loose and have some fun after dealing with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.“A lot of the artwork and arts and crafts seem to, especially the recyclables that came in from debris that was left from the hurricane, and a lot of the art that came from the middle schools and high schools depict what the children saw during the aftermath of the storm,” said Carter.Related Article: Wilmington airport releases photos of terminal expansion plansCarter says although the fair is supposed to open to the public Friday, bad weather could delay that opening.She says that decision will be made by noon on Friday.last_img read more

Small businesses consult experts to prep for tax season

first_imgTOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Small businesses are the backbone of America but, many local businesses lost a lot of money from Hurricane Florence. So, every dollar filed this tax season matters.“This is a brand new venture for me and I barely know how to do my own personal taxes so, doing business taxes is a whole new animal,” said Holly Mann, owner of Still Waters Therapy, PLLC.- Advertisement – She opened a therapy business in August in Topsail beach. This January will be the first time she files taxes as a small business so, Mann attended a seminar hosted by the Chamber of Commerce meant to guide business owners this tax season.This was especially needed this year, after many local businesses suffered from Hurricane Florence.“People were put out of work for a while, things were shutdown, but, their bills didn’t stop,: said Michelle Nice, Business Profit Consultant. “Their expenses didn’t stop and their income definitely didn’t stop. Their income definitely suffered so I want to bring this awareness to these business owners to get a leg up for the next year. ”Related Article: New executive order affects Wilmington small businessesNice says her goal is to help business owners not unnecessarily lose money. She says businesses must be more efficient with their current resources.Mann says she also learned tax incentives are available when hiring employees.“I’ve had a number of people who are very kind like at my church offer to help me answer phones and that sort of thing and as my business grows that will be something that I need and when I do that I want to see how can I benefit and how can they benefit,” said Mann.She also says the local business community is strong and supportive.“Something important for the tax season is to be mindful of our own needs and our business needs and if you don’t know ask because there is going to be someone to help you,” said Mann.The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed how many small businesses file taxes. These will be ushered in during the next 6 to 8 years.Be proactive. Consult with your CPA and other experts to make sure you get the profit your company deserves.last_img read more

Driver injured after accident on Coast road

first_img SharePrint Credit: MRTUCredit: MRTU A 29 year old male driver is receiving medical attention after he plowed his car into a traffic signpost on the Coast Road of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq (close to the locality of Naxxar), early today.A police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the male originally from Msida, was driving a white Renault Laguna.It is understood that the driver had originally refused medical attention but that police later called an ambulance on his request.The driver is currently in hospital receiving medical attention but there is not yet any information on their condition.Maltese Roads and Traffic Updates explains that the incident occurred close to Splash and Fun amusement park. They add that only the car alongwith oil and debris from the crash, are visible. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Police investigating ownership of plot of land in Qawra

first_imgThe Police are currently investigating on the opwnership of a the piece of land in Qawra near Triq J Quintinus which has been turned into a scrap yard.In 2018, Newsbook.com.mt had reported that a number of cars had been abandoned in the field in question. Newsbook.com.mt had also spoken to a number of residents in area who explained that the cars had been abandoned on that stretch of land that is usually used as parking area for over 18 months. Thanks to our initiative, the Police had also affixed removal advices on the scraped cars.Recently, Newsbook.com.mt had contacted the Police again on the issue who explained that following investigations they found out that the land in question is private property and therefore law could not be enforced before contacting the owner.Meanwhile, the same residents that had spoken to Newsbook.com.mt in the past have explained that there are currently eight carcasses that have not only been stripped of their number plates but are also being used by children to play with. One of the carcasses had been left in the allotment for the past two and a half years and is slowly being covered by weeds.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Spy agencies exploiting apps and accessing personal data – report

first_imgAdvertisement Previously undisclosed intelligence documents made available by Edward Snowden have revealed that US and British intelligence agencies have plotted ways to gather data from Angry Birds and other smartphone apps that leak users’ personal information onto global networks.The US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, had tried to exploit increasing volumes of personal data that spill onto networks from new generations of mobile phone technology.New intelligence tools include “leaky” apps on smartphones that could disclose users’ locations, age, gender and other personal information. – Advertisement – The report says that the agencies have traded methods for collecting location data from a user of Google Maps and for gathering address books, buddy lists, phone logs and geographic data embedded in photos when a user posts to the mobile versions of Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and other services.The the scale of the data collection from smartphones was not clear, but the documents showed that the two national agencies routinely obtained information from certain apps, including some of the earliest ones introduced to mobile phones.The documents did not say how many users were affected or whether they included Americans.Source: iOllast_img read more