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Most people miss it, they just walk by.
The real estate people (aka realtors*) like to minimize this kind of thing…
*Lower case “r,” always
They’re shooting a film or a video or a television show or something up on Broadway in North Beach these days.
See? (Not even one machine pistol in sight on Broadway near Front)
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“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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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?”
(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.]
Have you heard the Word on the Street? It’s that Halloween in the Castro is making a comeback in 2011. So get dressed up and go, if you want.
Now, they won’t shut down the streets and put up fences and charge admission the way they did just a few years back. Oh no. Castro in the Halloween is returning but as a smaller event. You know, the way it was before all the “bros and hos” from Santa Clara County started showing up.
I haven’t heard word one about Halloween being cancelled this year – perhaps a new Mayor has new priorities?
And do you think the cops might be busy raiding (or “training” for raiding) Occupy SF down in the Embarcadero?
Anyway, Halloween in the Castro 2011 will be a sedate affair, with delightfully-costumed people milling about.
It will be old-school, with plenty of elbow room, the way it was before the era when cops would shut down streets. Like these scenes from the smallish Halloween in the Castro 2010.
See you there!
The stage at 16th, Market, and Noe. A kid from one of San Francisco’s housing projects got mad and shot nine people a little later on this particular evening. Nobody died though:
The Raiders and Niners fan what show up are generally better behaved than the actual fans at the stadiums:
An ocean of people at 17th, Market and Castro, a few years back:
I don’t know if Halloween in the Castro will ever get this big again, but who knows…
I’ve already spoke my piece about BART’s foolish policies of late and I haven’t heard any of their spokespeople spout nonsense for at least three days, so you’ll hear no more from me today on that score.
But today, wow, well over a hundred San Francisco City employees were on hand for the OpBART 5 protest.
This was quite the media circus with protesters randomly turning around, marching into stations only to march out another entrance, and generally making the SFPD and BART get some much-needed exercise for three+ hours.
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Pencil skirt fixie rider literally turns SFPD motorcycle cop heads in sequence – one, two, three:
Frank Chu flagging early on.
What will next week’s OpBART be like, considering that each one has been different so far?
Nothing like this one, that’s about the only thing I can guarantee. (The chatter now is about chanting while riding BART during next week’s OpBART 6 – Half-Blood Prince. We’ll see.)
All right, listen live to KQED’s Michael Krasny right now, 9:30 AM, Monday morning, August 29th, 2011:
Last week, the hacker collective known as Anonymous posted online what they claim are semi-nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. In light of this very personal attack, we discuss the ethics of hacking. Will public officials now have to live in fear of angering individuals with sophisticated knowledge of computers and technology?”
FTR, Linton Johnson didn’t “decide” to turn off cell phone service. The story is this: Linton was solicited by somebody at BART for ideas, “constitutional or unconstitutional,” on how to deal with that Thursday night shooting protest. Linton had the idea (gee, has BART done anything like this cell phone shutdown before?) but it was approved by higher up(s). Linton wasn’t The Decider, AFAIK.
The news from NMA Taiwan:
Or, you can listen to it later, I’m sure…
Is that a fair question?
I assume that these people, listed below, arrested at this week’s Monday evening protest at or around the Big Four downtown San Francisco BART stations, have rap sheets that the SFPD and the BART Police know all about at this late date.
How many terrorists are on this list? How many murderers?
So BART, by now you should be well aware that you implemented your TASER policy in a poor fashion. Yes, you met the minimum hours of recommended training, just barely, but you screwed up other aspects of that program, right? (BTW, care to apologize for that sometime BART? It’s not too late.)
Anyway, you need to be extra careful about the things that you say these days, BART, right?
Because you’ve painted yourself into a corner at this point, and the only way out is for you to paint these hippies and art students and militant socialists as Madrid-style subway terrorists, you know, those people who literally used cell phones to kill, right?
So, are these arrestees Madrid-style subway terrorists?
I don’t know.
But you do.
Now, do I think that arrestees have a general right to resist arrest? No. And can I articulate facts about that evening in the defense of the BART Police? Yes. Nevertheless, this is Exhibit A in the case against BART and its half-assed TASER implementation:
So that’s at least one unlawful killing from Team BART. Compare that with the below.
The San Francisco Examiner’s list of recent arrestees:
Ryan Ragle, 27, Oakland
Nicholas Nydam, 19, Los Lunas, N.M.
Blake Trisler, 22, Oakland
Gabriel Meyers, 34, Oakland
Samson Morrison, 37, San Francisco
David Batzell, 26, Santa Rosa
Kelly Taylor, 38, San Francisco
Kathryn Degraaf, 24, Oakland
Christa Sadler, 32, San Francisco
Dominic Pottker, 23, Berkeley
Celeste Obomsawin, 33, Oakland
Mohammed Arsalai, 29, Oakland
Kimani Rigmaiden, 19, Castro Valley
Philip Lonsdale, 24, Los Angeles
Eric Desouza, 29, Fremont
Gregory Fernandez, 27, Oakland
Brian Donovan, 21, Pleasant Hill
David Madden, 37, San Francisco
Ryan Jeter, 28, Richmond
Alonso Izquierdo, 18, San Francisco
Pierre Lucas, 23, San Francisco
Amanda Brown, 26, San Francisco
Robert Benson, 37, San Francisco
Kamaka Patrick, 18, San Francisco
Geoffrey Faubion, 36, Reno
Brandon Gilbert, 20, San Francisco
Ryan Marcel, 20, San Francisco
Robert Echevarria, 22, Portland, Ore.
Sean Yarbrough, 24, San Francisco
Jeffrey Auman, 56, San Francisco
Quincey Carr, 27, Oakland
Luke Belz, 18, San Francisco
Jennifer Boatright, 23, Portland, Ore.
Cameron Aoki, 19, San Francisco
Now, ideally, people protesting the next unlawful BART Police shooting would get seven-day notice so they could apply to legally protest the shooting on BART property.
But life doesn’t work that way IRL. So when a BART Police officer shoots somebody unlawfully or by mistake or whatever and people want to have a demo at BART that same day, well, that’s going to be an automatic violation of BART rules even if the protest takes place in the designated free speech area.
“BART requires those who wish to exercise their right to free speech to have a permit while on BART property. If you wish to obtain a permit, please do the following:
BART must receive the permit no less than seven days prior to the date of your activity. Permits received after the seven day deadline will be denied – there are NO exceptions.“
See how that works? Irate protesters have the choice of cooling their heels seven day to protest in a legal fashion in a legal area or protest the same day as the shooting illegally.
Maybe that’s part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?
And oh, has any legal protest at BART ever gotten any attention? Not to my knowledge.
And oh, has any Designated Free Speech Area looked good anytime, anywhere in history? Usually, these places are far from the action, sometimes encircled with cyclone fencing all around, you know, like Thunderdome.
Here’s the only Designated Free Speech Area that I’ve seen lately. It’s from somewhere in the vicinity of Strybing Arboretum, that place that got renamed and paywalled (that’s why there’s a boycott going on…) Anyway:
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That’s what the people who run things in the Bay Area think protests should look like.
(Now, this designated area might have been a joke, but my point is that you can’t tell the difference – the real thing looks pretty unreal as well.)
To repeat, maybe this is part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?
Just asking, BART-bro.
All the deets after the jump.
BART saw this coming, in a way:
BART’s online services including web, mobile web, email and SMS are used by nearly 2 million customers every month. We’re disappointed to announce that the BART website may be subject to an online attack today, Sunday August 14, between noon and 6 pm, because this action will directly affect those customers who depend upon our site, as well as the developers who use BART’s open data services to serve BART customers.
We’re doing what we can to defend against any attack on the BART website. BART’s website infrastructure is wholly separate from any computer network involved in the operation of BART service. In the event that bart.gov is not available or working as you’d expect, we encourage you to use the 511.org website for alternative transit information.
Updated 8:48 am Sunday, August 14, 2011″
And guess what, BART, you’ll have more things to deal with until Monday evening:
“Sooner or later the people in this country gotta realize the government
does not give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, or your children,
or your rights, or your welfare, or your safety, it simply doesn’t give a fuck about you.
It’s interested in its own power, that’s the only thing, keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”
### #OpBart #Bart-Action #FREETOPIARY #FREEMERCEDES #FREEBRADLEYMANNING #Justice for Oscar Grant ###
### No Justice, No Bart ### UA In The Bay ### Bay Of Rage ### Anti-sec #Justice for Charles Hill ###
### Your Website has been hacked and database has been leaked by: ###
### #t0nicwater #Bl4ckAbby #NaDa #Tanko #Anonymous #hackers ###
Dear Bay Area Rapid Transit, The People and All Government Agencies,
We are Anonymous, we are your citizens, we are the people, WE DO NOT TOLERATE OPPRESSION FROM ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
BART has proved multiple times that they have no problem exploiting and abusing the people.
First they displayed this by the two recent killings by BART police. Under no circumstance, unless police are shot at,
make police killings acceptable. Non-lethal weapons were available to use during both incidents,
providing even that was necessary, but instead they shot to kill. Next they violated the people’s right to assembly and prevented
other bystanders from using emergency services by blocking cell phone signals in order to stop a protest against the BART police murders.
Lastly, they set up this website called mybart.gov and they stored their members information with virtually no security.
The data was stored and easily obtainable via basic sqli. Any 8 year old with a internet connection
could have done what we did to find it. On top of that none of the info, including the passwords,
was encrypted. It is obvious BART does no give a fuck about its customers, funders and tax payers,THE PEOPLE.
The governments and government agencies of the world are becoming tyrannical and oppressive,
and the people are responding and will not take your shit for much longer. The people will fight
this oppression with protests, demonstrations, riots, hacking, ddos, online attacks and by any other means.
We will not allow ourselves to be killed, exploited, or get shitted on. From the streets of Chile,
England, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, the people are rising up and we will support each other and
stand in solidarity against any injustice. Worldwide resistance is happening,
we will participate in solidarity against oppression. SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON.
Thus below we are releasing the User Info Database of MyBart.gov, to show that BART doesn’t give a shit about
it’s customers and riders and to show that the people will not allow you to kill us and censor us. This is
but the one of many actions to come. We apologize to any citizen that has his information published, but
you should go to BART and ask them why your information wasn’t secure with them. Also do not worry,
probably the only information that will be abused from this database is that of BART employees.
Greetz to TeaMp0ison, lulzsec, anti-sec, anarchists, anon, bay of rage, No Justice, No BART, UA in the bay,
your anon news, anonymous irc.”