Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Feeling of Respect

Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings, walks on.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Junior Prostitute Clubs

Propaganda by sex traffickers and brothel owners consistently downplays the solid data of prostitution abolitionists that shows 80% of prostitutes are forced into sex slavery by transnational organized crime, and that legalization encourages trafficking and slavery. Pornography helps to create demand by feeding into a system where sex is a commodity supplied by the underworld.

Some abolitionists are motivated by religious moral values, and others by human rights values, but they are both right. Progressive apologists for organized criminal exploitation of impoverished women and children are delusional.

When I confronted these idiots trying to legalize prostitution in San Francisco, I used public records to show them the ballot measure they supported was submitted by a front group for brothel owners, some of whom had been prosecuted for selling illegal immigrant 14-year-old girls. Challenging their absurd view of prostitution as a career, I facetiously suggested they could organize junior prostitute clubs in the public schools, where girls could learn about opportunities to sell their bodies and dignity.

The Mayor of San Francisco and the SF District Attorney led a police raid on a brothel prior to the election, generating headlines about trafficked minors, and focusing public discussion about this menace as a human rights law enforcement challenge.

The Peace and Freedom Party of California revoked my editorial privileges on its public forum page for supporting the abolitionist position.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Value of Our Intelligence

"America's objective has always been to take what is ours. It has not changed, and it will not change; to take what does not belong to them...And, the reality of now is that the system is unfair, and it's not gonna be fair. This system is designed to exploit and oppress. That's the way this civilization is built...We're emotionally traumatized and reactive. We need to get past the emotional trauma stuff, and really understand the value of our intelligence."
--John Trudell

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Sons of Champlin

Yet another Mill Valley connection from the 1960s rock scene was Sons of Champlin, an opening act for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Band.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sail Away

Tom Clark's collage from Charleston.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Schooner Nanuk

In 1925, the three-masted schooner Nanuk won the annual race from Alaska to San Francisco carrying $270,000 worth of furs. Built in Fairhaven, California (on Humboldt Bay), Nanuk was featured in the 1933 MGM film Eskimo.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

No Sequel Anticipated

The Chronicle story about a squirrel that caused the East Bay power outage omits mention of what happened to the squirrel. We assume this is a one-off performance. No sequel anticipated.