Saturday, January 25, 2020

War on Disabled

SF Senior and Disability Action has generated a 'Mad Mob' to press city hall for inclusion of mental health services patients in the process of creating public mental health policy. Since anxiety and depression are treatable diseases when adequately funded, they say, the supervisors and Mayor Breed are wrong-headed in their court-ordered conservatorship "war on unhoused and disabled people."

Friday, January 03, 2020

Ten Years After

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presided over the bank bailouts ten years ago, she announced, "The party's over." The party, however, was just getting started, with finance capital CEOs immediately rewarding themselves with multi-million dollar bonuses. Ten years after, the resulting social wreckage can be seen on the roadsides and under bridges, as the socially-displaced attempt to survive the malign neglect of Congress.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Health Services Plan

San Francisco's Healthcare System Master Plan is intended to address the urgent lack of access to preventative services and medical facilities for seniors and adults with behavioral health challenges. Over the last decade, the city has seen a 47% decline in skilled nursing beds to accommodate them.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

High Cannabis Taxes

Forty years on, the Puritan/Big Pharma opposition to cannabis--symbolized by the DARE hysteria--continues to support organized crime. Prohibition in the form of local bans on cannabis stores, combined with over-taxation of legally produced cannabis and banking restrictions, has been a boon to the drug cartels now exploiting the problems caused by these extremely burdensome regulations on licensed retailers.

As a result, the black market in California is three times as large as the legal market, depriving the state of needed revenue and putting public health and safety at risk from contaminated cannabis grown with banned pesticides. Of note, Colorado has twice as many licensed retailers, with only 15% of California's population.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Unsupportive

After the bank bailouts precipitated the displacement of low-income tenants by venture capitalists, it's no mystery why there are homeless disabled people in the Bay Area. The bailouts by Bush and Obama deprived the U.S. Treasury of two trillion dollars that could have been used for public health, housing, and education. In the meantime, the meager efforts by the City of San Francisco to address the consequences of this malign neglect by the federal government since the Reagan administration have put the city at risk of being on the wrong side of an ADA class action suit by formerly homeless, now housed in death-trap 'supportive units' apartments South of Market.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Task Force 67

Daniel J. Callaghan was born in San Francisco July 26, 1890 and died at age 52 on November 13, 1942 during a nighttime engagement in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Commanding Task Force 67 of two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers and eight destroyers, Rear Admiral Callaghan led the attack from the bridge of the USS San Francisco in pitch blackness against two Japanese battleships, one light cruiser and eleven destroyers. The Japanese battleships devastated the American Task Force, with much loss of life--including Admiral Callaghan, but the damage they inflicted saved the day for the landing U.S. forces and turned the tide in the war against the Japanese Empire.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Filmed in SF

Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford (1952)  Woman on the Run (1950) and Dark Passage with Bogart and Bacall (1947)