Thursday, July 21, 2016

9th Circuit Tour

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building at 7th and Mission is unassuming from the outside, but inside, it is palatial grandeur.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

American Indian Film

The American Indian Film Institute  has sponsored the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco since 1977. AIFI was started by Will Sampson, a Creek actor and rodeo bronc rider from Oklahoma, who was in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The annual festival screens at the Palace of Fine Arts, Embarcadero Center and other venues around the city.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Here Lies Love

American Conservatory Theater announces the 2016-2017 season. Everything from Shakespeare to David Byrne.

White Front Returned

Powell Car 12 is fully restored and returned to service. Check out the changes from 1944 to the present.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fort Mason Tunnel

As the best connection from BART to the soon-to-be-redeveloped Fort Mason Arts Center, an extension of the SF Municipal Railway through the Fort Mason tunnel makes the Marina Green/Crissy Field waterfront a convenient addition to the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf touristic zone.

Friday, June 24, 2016

First Amendment Under Attack

Fifty years after Governor Reagan used the FBI to attack the student Free Speech movement at University of California Berkeley, the UC system is again being pressured to curb free speech.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Art from North Beach

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Green Growth False Promise

As I wrote in A World of Their Own, Marin County--the wealthiest in California--is where the stars of environmental show business go for seed money from the capitalist system. Unlike many venues, the National Bioneers Conference--held at Marin Center--frequently features assimilated indigenous celebrities, such as First Peoples Worldwide president Rebecca Adamson, Indigenous Environmental Network executive director Tom Goldtooth, and 350 staff member Clayton Thomas-Muller.

As I observed in Mammon's Missionaries, Naomi Klein's mission on behalf of Wall Street to co-opt indigenous activists such as Arthur Manuel and Clayton Thomas-Muller, and thus assimilate them into the corporate fold, is psychological warfare at its most repugnant. The consequence of this assimilation, as noted in The Collaborative Model Takes Root in Alberta's Tar Sands by Macdonald Stainsby, is environmental fraud, in which Big Green organizations like Greenpeace and 350 sell out the public interest, "shunting aside indigenous nations in the process and eliminating democratic oversight all in one fell swoop."

Under the umbrella of Klein's This Changes Everything project, this institutionalized racism--using assimilated indigenous celebrities as cover--leads to such things as crimes against humanity.

Collaborating with oil industry money laundries like TIDES Foundation, as well as notorious violators of human rights such as Shell Oil, 350 and friends engage in deceiving the public, while allowing Tar Sands investors to continue poisoning the planet. As Stainsby remarked in How Tides Canada Controls the Secret North American Tar Sands Coalition, backroom deals between Big Green and energy corporations leads to Big Green "defending a strategy of accommodation to capital."

The false promise of green capitalism, says Stainsby, is that we can have a growth economy and a healthy atmosphere. Commenting on this seductive claim, he maintains, "It is a lie."