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Even ‘woke’ Berkeley balks at continuing Covid-19 lockdown

As if the Left haven’t politicized just about everything in America, the COVID-19 lockdown has become yet another partisan faultline, with Democrat cities and states adamant on continuing, indefinitely, the shelter-in-place policy that has wrought incalculable damage on the U.S. economy and the lives, livelihoods and quality-of-life of millions of Americans.

As an example of the continuing and indefinite lockdown, yesterday, the San Francisco Bay Area counties that were the first in the U.S. to impose shelter-in-place announced that the self-quarantine (that was due to expire on May 3) will be extended through the end of May, with no promise or assurance that the lockdown would actually end on May 31. No justification or supporting data was provided, such is the arrogance of California’s monopolistic Democrats-controlled governments. (Patch)

But even some of the ‘wokiest’ of the American Left are now balking at the continuing lockdown, as seen in the majority of readers’ comments on Berkeleyside — an online news site of the “wokiest” of U.S. city, the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Below is a sample:

“They’re going to have to re-open at some time; let’s do so before the economy is destroyed.”

“The virus is not deadly enough to justify the myriad damages to our health done by shelter in place.”

“This is really unacceptable without explaining what data lead to their decision. Why was the lifting planned for May 3rd inaccurate? Are hospitals overloaded? How do we know this new 30 day extension is accurate?”

“the lack of metrics / goals means we we have no ability to make plans to achieve those goals, so this is literally no news other than ‘leadership has been doing essentially nothing since mid march’…. I’ve gone from proud of our early response to disgusted with the followup. We don’t have a plan or even a sketch of what the goals are the plan will try to achieve.”

“The city that started the anti-Vietnam War protest now blindly follows authority without question. We keep getting platitudes instead of actual data given in full context, and more Berkleyans should be upset about this. And where’s the ACLU? Unilateral indefinite home detention and not a peep from them?”

“I’m a lifelong leftie and a veteran of People’s Park. But I find it disturbing that no real explanation is given for the one-month extension: “more work needs to be done”. is meaningless. How about less arrogance and authoritarianism? LaLime’s Restaurant just closed as a result of these policies; to was a Berkeley fixture for 35 years. It was in a zip code which had no cases—zero.”

“I don’t see a legitimate reason to continue the Shelter in Place Order under the same conditions, for another entire month…. If people are faced with a choice of following the Shelter in Place order, or facing financial catastrophe, I predict large numbers of people will violate the order to try to protect their finances, insofar as possible. Particularly given the news that a much larger number of people likely have been infected than data reflects, pointing to huge numbers of people who are asymptomatic or with quite mild symptoms. When government flexes its muscles, it’s good to be aware of the potential for government overreach.”

I have a friend who is a doctor at the Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa. They have had no cases of coronavirus. None that have come in. The total number of coronavirus deaths in Sonoma County is two. Yet Santa Rosa is locked down too, destroying small businesses…. I would like to know the exact reasons for the one-month extension. It’s not too much to ask.

“Check out Sweden. They will have herd immunity in Stockholm by mid-May. If we wait to open society till there are good therapeutics or a vaccine, we won’t have a society to go back to. Check out the op-ed by Brown University’s president in the NYT. Check out Dr. David Katz, most recently on Bill Maher.
Increasingly nations are questioning the wisdom of lockdown in Phase 2 and choosing a different path. Other U.S. states are as well. We are not seeing big spikes in these places. Also– the average life expectancy in a nursing home was 6 months– before the virus arrived. There are 800,000 American deaths per year from mostly preventable hear disease alone. The “experts” and their models have been proven wrong so far. Further lockdown in the Bay Area is outrageous. The lack of school is breaking families and robbing our nation’s future.”

“I’m in favor of further lockdown but the time has come for the health officials to provide both transparency and a plan. What data are they looking at — Case rates? Death rates? Hospital capacity? ICU capacity? What exactly informed their decision? What changes in the data are we looking for in terms of changing our strategy? When do we expect it to happen? The continued lock down pronouncements with no backup or plan are going to basically backfire as people get fatigued and even rebel. Total transparency, now. It’s the only way forward.”

“The continued school closures are so egregious as well. There are no data to support the assertion that closing schools has any impact on illness and death rates. The lack of explanation of another month of lockdown is outrageous. The amount of stress induced heart disease will never be known or measured. The cascading negative effects are so immense. California will have a Depression budget and after a year the same lives lost per million as Sweden, which chose the path of herd immunity and kept open schools and businesses.”

“What about all of the unintended consequences of a total shut down which could easily create more deaths. We have dropping rates of childhood vaccinations, people with all sorts of other diseases unable to get real acre or access to trials, increasing depression and suicide rates… The goal was to never get to ZERO deaths, it was to flatten the curve. By flattening, we could have time to put together plan.”

“I’m curious to know the basis for making the decision to shut down our economy for another month and whether they intend to continue doing that indefinitely. Are those making the decisions still relying on academic projections (which have long-since been shown to be vastly inaccurate), and are they consulting medical practitioners in California, who have first-hand, empirical knowledge of the situation that includes both medical and sociological impacts? As I posted yesterday, there’s considerable support in the medical community for stopping any further damage than we’ve already suffered by shutting down our economy.”

I think there is a fine balance between destroying the economy and ability to save lives by sheltering in place in the long run and the doctors are just expressing their opinion that they think the authorities are being overly cautious and causing inadvertent damage to the economy which would result in more deaths or mental illnesses/domestic violence cases etc. in the long run…. I am not suggesting we should open it up and just get back to normal but given the relatively low number of cases in the Bay area (thanks to the fact we sheltered in place relatively early and the tremendous cooperation of the people), a phased approach should be called for. In particular, people who can work remotely as well as seniors and people with pre-existing conditions should continue to do so whereas small businesses who fear they might not be able to survive this shutdown should be given a choice of opening or at least the city/county should ensure they can survive.

Regarding transparency, I am curious to know the % of hospital occupancy in the bay area and california in general and if the number is very low, steps should be taken to open up the economy. It makes no sense to me that Andrew Cuomo has given a mid-May date to open up parts of NY while California is still under shelter in place and Bay Area just extended the order. …  I do think people need to be more transparent about what is the end goal. For sure, I don’t expect a cure or vaccine (or an increase in testing capacity where we can test every resident on a daily basis) in the next 6 months or a year nor expect the virus to magically disappear so are we going to continue this till that day arrives because no matter when we open, I imagine there will be a surge!


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“Manholes” out at Berkeley; must now be called “maintenance holes”

From SF Gate: At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.

No longer will the streets of fair Berkeley be dotted with manholes, nary a womanhole or nonbinaryhole in sight. With Tuesday night’s vote, they have all been transmuted into “maintenance holes,” that highest, hardest glass manhole-cover finally shattered.

The item, originally on the council agenda for March 12, was sponsored by councilmembers Rigel Robinson, Cheryl Davila, Ben Bartlett and Lori Droste, reports Berkeleyside. The ordinance eliminates all gendered pronouns from the city code, replacing “she” and “he” with “they.”

“Manpower” will be referred to as “human effort,” and “man-made” objects will be described with terms like “human-made,” “artificial,” “manufactured,” “machine made” or “synthetic.”

Gendered professional terms like “fireman,” “firewoman” and “craftsman” will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like “firefighter” and “craftspeople.” “Heirs” will become “beneficiaries,” a “sportsman” is now a “hunter,” and an “ombudsman” is now just an “ombuds.” The estimated cost of the revisions is a modest $600.

It was approved Tuesday night as a consent item without council discussion or public comment, Berkeleyside’s Emilie Raguso reported.

When King County, Wash. enacted a similar measure last year, some on Twitter were left wistful for the halcyon days when manholes were manholes; Many others were indifferent. “I gotta say as a female engineer in Seattle,” one woman wrote, “I really don’t give a crap what you call a utility access point.”


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Guess the yearly price tag to reduce homeless in Alameda County, California

Homeless encampment in Berkeley, Alameda County

There are over 1.5 million people in Alameda County. According to the study cited in this story, “…5,600 people experience homelessness on any given night. Over the next five years we aim to reduce that number to less than 2,200 people. If we achieve this goal no one will have to sleep outside.”

Take a wild guess as to how much money is required to achieve their goal. Then double or triple your number.

From SF Chronicle: Every person sleeping on the streets of Alameda County could be placed into housing or shelters if the county more than triples its spending on key programs, a new report says.

There is no obvious source for the more than $200 million a year needed — on top of more than $100 million already being spent annually — to achieve that goal, officials say. That has prompted talk of a potential tax proposal on the 2020 ballot.

The report is an update to a plan crafted more than a decade ago and adopted by Alameda County and its 14 cities seeking to end homelessness by 2020. The problem has grown since then, and the new report says it can be fixed by 2023 — with additional funding.

“When we wrote the 2007 plan, we said homelessness is a solvable issue. We wanted it to be true, but we weren’t sure. We were just building databases,” said Elaine de Coligny, executive director of Everyone Home, the effort to address homelessness in Alameda County.

“We have a lot more information now than we did a decade ago. We are confident in the solutions and strategies. We just haven’t been doing them at the pace and scale required,” she said.

The county spends about $106 million a year on homeless-related programs and subsidizes 3,000 permanent housing units. The report from Everyone Home, which was started by Oakland, Berkeley and county agencies, says those numbers should be $334 million and 9,000.

Sara Bedford, who is on the leadership board of Everyone Home, said reaching the goal is feasible. “I think we do a disservice if we’re not ambitious and realistic at the same time, and I think the plan does both of those things,” said Bedford, director of the Human Services Department of Oakland. “It’s very doable to achieve a functional zero — that you are housing people almost as quickly as they come into homelessness.”

Short of a San Francisco Proposition C-style tax increase or bond measure, that level of funding isn’t expected anytime soon. East Bay officials are beginning to contemplate putting such an initiative on the 2020 ballot.
Meanwhile, the report says, for every homeless person who found housing in 2017, two more became homeless. More than 12,000 people are homeless at some point each year in Alameda County. On any given night, the figure is 5,600.

The report says that if that number can be cut down to 2,200 people, with the additional funding, then no one would have to sleep outside, because there would be enough shelter and housing to go around.

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Gov. Jerry Brown pardons five "nonviolent" illegal aliens facing deportation

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According to Brown’s office: Kidnapping, robbery, using a firearm, inflicting corporal injury, intent to terrorize and obstructing a police officer are now classified as “nonviolent crimes.”
That’s California for you…
From Sacramento Bee: Amid a brewing legal battle with the Trump administration over California’s liberal immigration policies, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday granted pre-Easter pardons to five immigrants illegal aliens facing possible deportation.
They were among 56 pardons and 14 commutations that the Democratic governor handed down ahead of the Sunday holiday. The majority were convicted of drug-related or other nonviolent crimes, according to Brown’s office.
Executive clemency is particularly significant for immigrants, since they can be deported for old convictions, even if they have legal resident status. By forgiving their criminal records, Brown eliminates the grounds on which they could be targeted for removal from the country.
“These are individuals who have turned their lives around and deserve a second chance,” said UCLA School of Law Professor Ingrid Eagly, who represents two of the immigrants pardoned Friday. She added that the stakes are higher since the election of President Donald Trump, who has emphasized stricter immigration enforcement.
“Under the current administration, there’s much more of a focus on deportation. More individuals are being picked up and placed into deportation proceedings,” Early said. “There’s also less discretion being exercised by immigration agents on the ground and by immigration prosecutors.”
The pardoned immigrants are:

  • Sokha Chhan, who is in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement pending deportation to Cambodia. He came to the United States at the age of 13 to escape the Khmer Rouge regime and has lived here for 35 years. Chhan was sentenced in 2002 for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, both misdemeanors; he served three years probation and 364 days in jail. In his clemency application, one his five children, whom Chhan raised as a single father, wrote that he had shown her “what it meant to be a loving and independent individual.”
  • Daniel Maher, who has publicly advocated for immigrants with a criminal record to have an opportunity for redemption. Maher moved to California from Macau legally when he was 3 years old, according to KQED, but he never applied for citizenship and he lost his green card when he was sentenced in 1995 for kidnapping, robbery and using a firearm (as a prohibited possessor). He served five years in prison, before being released early for good behavior, and three years on parole. Maher now oversees the curbside recycling program in Berkeley and has been recognized by the city for training at-risk youth for green jobs. He was detained, but not deported, by ICE in 2015.
  • Phann Pheach, who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to the United States at the age of 1, according to a GoFundMe account set up by his wife. Pheach was convicted in 2005 for possession of a controlled substance for sale and obstructing a police officer; he served six months in prison and 13 months on parole. Pheach has been detained by ICE and is facing deportation proceedings to Cambodia, “a place he never once knew,” his wife wrote on the fundraising page for his legal defense. “He is the glue that holds his family together,” she added. “I am crumbling apart without my husband, who I have been with for over 10 years.”
  • Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, who was convicted for vehicle theft in 1997 and served five months in prison and 13 months probation. In his clemency application, he reported being active in his church and volunteering with a youth sports program.
  • Sergio Mena, who was sentenced in 2003 for possession of a controlled substance for sale and served three years probation.

Immigration has been at the center of a political showdown between California and the Trump administration. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed suit against California for three new laws passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally.
Brown slammed Sessions for “initiating a reign of terror” against immigrants illegal aliens in California and accused the federal government of “basically going to war” against the state. Days later, Trump visited California for the first time as president and dismissed the state as “totally out of control.”
During the past year, as federal immigration authorities have escalated their enforcement efforts, Brown has regularly included immigrants in his annual Easter and Christmas acts of clemency.
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Berkeley city government calls for impeaching President Trump

This is what the city government of the People’s Republic of Berkeley does, instead of tending to actual governing.

Berkeleyside reports that on March 29, 2017, the Berkeley City Council became the third, and largest, Bay Area city to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The other cities are Richmond and Alameda.

The resolution that was sponsored by Mayor Jesse Arreguín and co-sponsored by three Council members, called for the federal investigation into Trump, citing concerns about how the president has undermined freedom of the press, and had “conspicuous connections with Russian officials,” as some of the reasons the House of Representatives should launch an investigation into the possible impeachment of the president.

Berkeley officials say they believe the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution could be an appropriate basis for impeachment proceedings because it prevents companies owned by an elected official from “making deals with foreign governments.” Emoluments could include any financial benefit, ranging from monetary payments to the purchase of goods or services, or tax breaks.

The resolution was approved unanimously. Council will now send a copy of the resolution to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who represents California’s 13th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The mayor’s statement congratulates Berkeley as “an epicenter of resistance against the Trump administration.” Two weeks ago, Berkeley, a sanctuary city, divested from all companies that help build the president’s proposed border wall, reportedly the first city in the nation to do so. The mayor also said that Trump’s “attempts to threaten extortion on Sanctuary Cities and create a Muslim Ban defies American values.”

Here are some Berkeleyside reader comments:

Jeramiah Styers: “Sad Berkeley has a city council that 1 has no authority to begin impeachment proceedings, 2 Doesn’t know enough about government and how it works to understand they have no authority or how impeachment actually works. You will never get a 2/3 majority with a republican house and senate. Not to mention you have to establish he has actually done something illegal. Which you cannot, because he has not.”

Sherry: “The Constitution defines impeachable acts as: treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors. Depending on how each word is defined, the grounds are either very narrow or very broad. Berkeley’s action just strengthens the commitment of the Trumpet’s base. (“Berkeley? Of course, Berkeley!”)”

Megan: “What an embarrassment. How about instead of this waste of time the council instead passed a resolution that said “although we have deep disagreements, we remain ready willing and able to work with the president and the federal government to find common ground.” How about a statement like that, instead of the idiocy they passed?”

love_berkeley: “Yo Council. As I read about how you are spending your time supporting an Impeach Trump movement, I was reminded about how my car hit a 4″ deep pothole on the street today. Time to stop playing activists and focus on the nuts and bolts of fixing our city.”

How come the Berkeley City Council never called for the impeachment, or even criticized Barack Obama, despite his continuation of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Gitmo, and allowing four Americans, including an ambassador, to be slaughtered in Benghazi?

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Public nudity is just "self-expression"

A 49-year-old woman was arrested in Saratoga Springs, NY, for strolling through a lumber store in the nude.
The UK’s Daily Mail reports, May 17, 2012, that last Tuesday, Barbara Lefleur shocked the customers at Curtis Lumber Store as she traipsed through the aisles stark naked, told an employee to “have a good day” and asked for the time.
A photo of the incident, obtained by TimesUnion.com, was shared on Facebook later in the day and instantly swept the web.

Born free: Barbara Lefleur, of Saratoga Springs, New York, strolls into Curtis Lumber shop on Tuesday - to the shock of employees and customers

Police received a call after the naked woman was seen again at nearby Stewart’s Shop along Route 67, where she was approached by a manager who asked if she was aware she was naked. By the time the police arrived, she had put some clothes on.
LeFleur brushed off the incident, insisting it is her right to walk freely in the nude as a form of “self-expression.”
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said LeFleur is charged with misdemeanor public lewdness and could face 90 days in jail. Murphy said in a statement: “While the defendant claimed she was merely expressing her freedom to be fully liberated by walking nude into Stewart’s and Curtis Lumber, this alleged conduct is actually a crime under the penal law.” He added: “Surprisingly, mental health found no psychiatric issues whatsoever.”
Lefleur is a massage therapist and singer-songwriter who is self-employed. According to her LinkedIn profile, she also claims to be a longtime content product manager at Delmar Cengage Learning, where she helps “shepherd projects through the production process.” She writes on her profile that her goal is “to enjoy life fully by maximizing my potential in all areas of interest and expertise.”
Lefleur’s mistake was to roam naked in Saratoga Springs. If she were in Berkeley Berserkley, California, no one would bat an eye.
Naked people were among those in 2007 who sat in trees to protest the cutting of a small grove of oak trees to make way for the earthquake retrofitting of a sports stadium at the University of California, Berkeley.
The World Naked Bike Ride in 2010 was held on June 19 in Berserkley.
Every year, Berserkley holds the Annual Nude and Breast Freedom Parade. You can see pics of very ugly naked people at the 9th Annual Parade here.
And then, of course, there’s Berserkley’s famous Naked Guy, aka Andrew Martinez.
Martinez began appearing naked in public in September 1992, his second year as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. He led a campus “nude-in” to protest “social repression,” insisting that clothes were a tool for class and gender differentiation. Campus police first arrested him that fall for indecent exposure when he jogged naked near dormitories late on a Saturday night. But the county prosecutor refused to prosecute, concluding that nudity without lewd behavior was not illegal.
The university then banned nudity on campus. But, being feckless wimps, the university did not enforce its own policy. So The Naked Guy, which became Martinez’s official moniker, continued to stroll around campus naked, including sitting naked in lecture halls.

Naked Guy Martinez in a Berkeley lecture hall. Imagine what it must be like to be the unfortunate student sitting next to him, even worse to be the next student sitting in his chair!

He dropped out of college but continued living in Berserkley and eventually was arrested for public nudity by the city police. He fought those charges and won. For many months, it was legal to walk around nude in Berserkley. That summer, I saw two women walking on Bancroft Avenue on the south side of the UC campus, all naked except for clogs. A man in his 60s was also seen leaving a coffee shop on Bancroft, all naked, except for a trail of toilet paper stuck to his behind.
There is nothing less sexy than the naked human body, in daylight, especially under the noon day sun.
After Martinez attended a City Council meeting naked, the city council finally adopted an anti-nudity ordinance in July 1993.
As the years went by, Martinez’s mental illness became more evident (as if it wasn’t evident before!). On January 10, 2006, he was arrested after a fight at a halfway house and charged with two counts of battery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He was placed in maximum-security custody in Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, a city south of Berserkley.
On May 18, 2006, 33-year-old Martinez was found with a plastic bag cinched around his head. He was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of apparent suicide.
See also my post, “Being Left and Going Naked“!

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Fukushima Radiation to Reach West Coast April 5-6th


Rainwater in California Measured 181 Times The Acceptable Limit For Drinking Water


The Intel Hub
April 3rd, 2011

Officials at UC Berkeley have tested rain water that turned out to be 181 times the limit for drinking water. This is happening at the same time that our FAKE corporate media is telling the sheeple that there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
“As shown in the graph below, published by UC Berkeley, Iodine-131 peaked at 20.1 becquerels per liter, a measure of radioactivity, on the roof of Etcheverry Hall during heavy rains a week ago. The federal maximum level of iodine-131 allowed in drinking water is 0.111 becquerels per liter,” The Bay Citizen reported Saturday.

The Norwegian Institute of Air Research is also predicting that moderate levels of radiation will hit the U.S. west coast on April 5th and 6th.
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