Posts Tagged ‘oscar grant’

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type “Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. “NAParish” took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It’s like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome “Violet Blue” woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that “Oscar Grant Plaza” won’t be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it’s back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. “Google Reviewer Sanjeevi” has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google’s “Local Names” feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Geez, How Many Bay Area TV Reporters Have Recently Sold Out to Work for BART’s Orwellian BARTtv News? Four, At Least

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.

But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?

Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?

Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?

Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?

I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.

The “BART-TV News” news team:

Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV

Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:

Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5

And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)

BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.

*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.

**Member, AAJA

The First Draft of BART’s Cell Phone Shut Off Policy Looks Like Bullcrap to Me, But You Make The Call

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: IndyBay has a lengthy report from Friday’s meeting of the toothless Citizen Review Panel. And here’s some more.]

Here it is, AFAIK:

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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. 

So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?

And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.

Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?

Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?

Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?

Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?

Oh well.

All the Deets of Thursday’s “Spare the Fare” BART Shooting Protest at Powell Station – Flyer with Nice Bullet Icon

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Photographer Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want To Be.

See?

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(Keep in mind that any protest on BART property is “illegal” without a permit.)

I seriously doubt the No Justice No BART will be able to get you home without BART “profiting” from the transaction on September 8th, 2011, but anything’s possible, I s’pose…

BART Police Shooting Protest Today at 4:30 PM, OpBART IV-A New Hope at 5:00 PM – Plus a “Mass Action” on September 8th

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, there’s no news yet from poorly-run BART, but read below for the latest from No Justice No BART, which is taking pains to point out that it’s not Anonymous.

So, look for something or other going on today and Thursday at the “downtown” stations in the 415 during the evening drive.

(BART, do you want me to lay out for you how your 1st Amendment policies are FUBARed beyond all recognition? How they’re arbitrary and overbroad and whatnot and how the 1st Amendment, IRL, need not be balanced against the so-called “constitutional Right to Safety?” Cause, you know, I could do it for you, no prob.)

Anyway, people still be coming back from The Playa and of course today is Labor Day, but, no matter, OpBART-4, A New Hope is ON. And learn about what No Justice No BART is up to today, below.

PRESS ADVISORY

Contacts:
Callie Maidhof 
Cat Brooks

Who: No Justice No BART and allied community groups
What: Press Conference and announcement of our next BART demonstration
Time: 4:30 PM, Monday September 5th
Place: Civic Center Station, inside the station but outside the fare gates

Monday September 5th, No Justice No BART will be hosting a
press conference at 4:30 PM inside Civic Center BART station. Along
with several other community groups, we are planning a mass action on
Thursday, September 8th, at the Powell BART station, to demand Justice
for Charles Hill, who was needlessly gunned down by BART police. We
will demand that the violent, corrupt, and dangerous BART police force
be disbanded.

The press conference will include the release of more detailed
information about the upcoming action. This action will likely differ
from previous No Justice No BART actions in the following ways:

* Our intention is to protest outside the Powell station fare gates,
but we will not block emergency exits to and from the station.
* IF our demonstration is successful, passengers will RIDE BART FOR
FREE from Powell. We are calling this a SPARE THE FARE day.
* IF BART Police and Administrators attack or interfere with our
protest, we move into BART and onto the platforms, which may cause
disruption for passengers.
* We are making our strategy public so that people know what to expect
and so that BART administrators know that THEY will be held
accountable for all disruptions caused by the actions of their police.

Background:

No Justice No BART is a campaign of protests targeting the BART
transit agency. We formed 3 years ago in the wake of the BART police
murder of Oscar Grant and have been fighting since… for justice for
Oscar Grant, Fred Collins, Charles Hill, and all victims of BART
police violence and murder. Our core demand is that BART disband its
murderous, inept, corrupt police department.

On July 11th, No Justice No BART called a protest on the Civic Center
station platform to respond to the BART police killing of Charles
Hill. BART to shut down all 4 downtown stations and the disruption to
the evening commute impacted thousands of commuters. This
demonstration prompted BART to release the video of the shooting weeks
ahead of schedule.

On August 11th, fearing another protest by No Justice No BART, BART
shut down its cellular service to prevent protesters from
communicating with one another. This draconian and illegal decision
prompted a strong and negative reaction from people around the world,
from organizations such as the ACLU and EFF, and civil disobedience on
the streets and the internet organized by the shadowy “Anonymous”.
For the past 3 weeks, community groups have refrained from taking
organizing roles in demonstrations against BART, and instead our
members have watched or participated as individuals in the weekly
(Monday) actions called by Anonymous. On Thursday we will step off
the sidelines.

[No Justice No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous, and none of our
actions have been been coordinated by Anonymous.]”

I Can Assure You, BART, The Answers to Your Myriad of Problems Won’t Be Found on This Website

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Turns out that BART.GOV and those BART employees as a group are this website’s number one source of readers these days.

Hurray!

Domain Name bart.gov ? (U.S. Government)
IP Address 148.165.17.#(Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART))
ISP Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Location
Continent  : North America
Country  : United States  (Facts)
State  : California
City  : Oakland
Lat/Long  : 37.795, -122.2193 (Map)
Language English (U.S.)
en-us
Operating System Microsoft WinXP
Browser Internet Explorer 7.0
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB7.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.2)
Javascript version 1.3
Monitor
Resolution  :  1280 x 960
Color Depth  :  32 bits
Time of Visit   Aug 29 2011 10:01:59 am
Referring URL
Visit Entry Page http://sfcitizen.com…-now-on-the-kqed-fm/
Visit Exit Page http://sfcitizen.com…-now-on-the-kqed-fm/
Out Click  
Time Zone UTC-8:00
Visitor’s Time Aug 29 2011 10:11:59 am
Visit Number 12,498,593

(What’s that, BART? You look at the world through old-school, square, 1280×960 monitors? Like this? Uh, the 1990′s just called, BART – it wants its PC monitors back.)

Do you think I’m just another frivolous mofo, BART? I don’t. Please keep your eyes on the prize, which are terrorists, like real terrorists, like Madrid-style. So, regardless of policy, if you turn off cell phone service to prevent IEDs or bombs or whathaveyou from exploding, then nobody will mind.

(And since we’re at it, if everybody on the BART Police is a member of the S.W.A.T. team (and it sure seems that way, since that’s how you “pay” people, instead of offering a competitive starting salary), then nobody on the BART Police is a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Think about that one…)

And we’re still waiting for an apology, BART. Otherwise it looks like you think you deserve an A+ for your horrible Summer of 2011.

BART Boner ’11: Wow, BART Manager (and Former News Man) Linton Johnson Stars in New Taiwanese News Video

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

ZOMG, here’s a much better-than-average animated news video from NMA-TV.

This one has it all, even the purported* “French girl” hacker virgin what SF Weekly IM’ed with the other day.

And look to see who makes policy for BART in the video. (Why do we even bother electing BART directors if they don’t do anything about anything?)

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Enjoy:

*Honestly, I don’t think the BART POA hacker(s) was/were a hacker virgin living in France, IRL anyway…

Nice One, BART – You Went and Pissed Off Anonymous With Your Cell Phone Hijinks – #OpBART Protest on August 15th

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Hello BART? It’s me, Margaret. What’s it been, like twelve hours since we’ve last talked?

Appears as if your cell phone shut-down stunt yesterday, that “great tool” that you whipped out, is getting worldwide attention.

And now, you’ve got Anonymous on your tail.

(Is it the politics, dealing with all those elected officials on your board, is that why you’re so clumsy at times?)

Anyway, all the deets, via Bluoz, of the upcoming protest on Monday at Civic Center Station at 5:00 PM, are below.

Here’s my contribution:

And here’s one from Anonymous:

To review:

Here’s the death of Oscar Grant in 30 seconds at the Fruitvale Station in 2009. (Using a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of a TASER X26, chapter 1)

Here’s the death of Charles Hill in 80 seconds at the Civic Center Station in 2011(Using a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of a TASER X26, chapter 2)

We made a deal, BART, that you would look after terrorists and I’d tell you when the next protest would come. Well, this is it, your next protest:

“This is a message from Anonymous to the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART)

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE USA:
The past year has brought about some substantial awareness through some unfortunate events that have occurred throughout our world. From internet censorship to the unnecessary violence inflicted upon unarmed civilans, we’ve all seen what can happen once a portion of us are gagged.
In Egypt and Tunisia, we saw people struggling to make their voices heard. We have seen companies such as Telecomix delve into the nastiness of political corruption in an attempt to free those censored individuals from their prisons of silence. We seen social media such as FaceBook and twitter explode with users from around the world speaking out against censorship.
Today, we’ve seen America come alive. In the Bay Area, we’ve seen people gagged, and once more, Anonymous will attempt to show those engaging in the censorship what it feels like to be silenced. #OpBART is an operation geared toward balance – toward learning. You do not censor people because they wish to speak out against the wrongs the wrongful things occurring around them. The Bay Area Rapid Transit has made the conscious decision of ordering various cell phone companies to terminate services for the downtown area inhibiting those in the area from using cell phones – even in the case of an emergency.

To BART:

We will not tolerate censorship.
We will do everything in our power (we are legion) to parallel the actions of censorship that you have chosen to engage in.
We will be free to speak out against you when you try to cover up crimes, namely on behalf of those who have engaged in violence against a mostly unarmed public.
We will set those who have been censored free from their silence. That’s a promise.
Anonymous demands that this activity revolving around censorship cease and desist and we know you are already planning to do this again.
We will not issue any more warnings.

TO THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO:

People of San Francisco, join us Monday, August 15th at 5pm for a peaceful protest at Civic Center station to illustrate the solidarity with people we once knew and to stand up for your rights and those of your fellow citizens.
We will be wearing “blood” stained shirts for remembrance to the blood that is on the hands of the BART police.

For the people outside of San Francisco, show solidarity by using black fax, email bombs, and phone calls to the BART Board of Directors. BART decided to cut off your communications and now we will flood theirs.

We request that you bring cameras to record further abuses of power by the police and to legitimize the protest. The media will certainly spin this in an attempt to make our actions appear to be violent or somehow harmful to the citizenry at large. Remember, this is a peaceful protest. Any actions trying to incite violence in our protest are not of our people, and they ought to be discouraged.

We are Anonymous,

We are legion,

We never forgive,

We never forget,

Expect us.

BART contact info:

Phone:
510 465-2278, 415 989-2278, 650 992-2278, 925 676-2278, 510 441-2278, 510 236-2278, and 510 465-2278

Fax: (510) 464-6011

Email: BoardofDirectors@bart.gov

Fliers / Back Fax images
Blacked out: http://a.yfrog.com/img616/5783/2j1oi.jpg
“Bart”: http://www.artificialeyes.tv/files/opBART_exiledsurfer.jpg

Back Fax tools
http://youranonnews.tumblr.com/post/8832483770/email-and-fax-bomb-info-for-opbart”