This one comes from months of careful reporting by two separate teams, one at the Pulitzer Prize-winning website Inside Climate News, and the other at the Los Angeles Times (with an assist from the Columbia Journalism School). Following separate lines of evidence and document trails, they've reached the same bombshell conclusion: ExxonMobil, the world's largest and most powerful oil company, knew everything there was to know about climate change by the mid-1980s, and then spent the next few decades systematically funding climate denial and lying about the state of the science. [...]
A few observers, especially on the professionally jaded left, have treated the story as old news -- as something that even if we didn't know, we knew. "Of course they lied," someone told me. That cynicism, however, serves as the most effective kind of cover for Exxon (right alongside the tired argument that it's "not the fault of the companies -- they're just meeting demand from all of us"). What's beginning to sink in is the horrible impact of their lies: Exxon, had its leaders merely stated directly what they knew to be true, could have ended the pretend debate over climate change as early as the 1980s.
A fossil fuel company intentionally and knowingly obfuscating research into climate change constitutes criminal negligence and malicious intent at best, and a crime against humanity at worst. The Department of Justice has a moral obligation to prosecute Exxon and its co-conspirators accordingly.
Six of the eleven propositions for the Nov 4 San Francisco election relate to housing, development, and the preserving of arts/culture spaces. This election is not only important for San Franciscans, but will set precedents for how other cities deal with corporate-led gentrification.
Here's a cheat sheet that has been approved by all the current community organizations and social justice groups. I'm not asking you to vote exactly the same as everything listed. Please do your own research and make up your own mind. I'm a bit torn on D, but agree with everything else.
The most important parts of this election are:
1. Unseating our corrupt mayor Ed Lee. There are three candidates all working together (imagine that!) to accomplish this. Vote for any one of them, anyone but Ed Lee.
PROP F: Enforceable Regulations on AirBnB-Type Rentals - Yes
PROP I: Pause New Luxury Housing in the Mission - Yes
PROP J: Help Preserve Legacy Businesses - Yes
PROP K: Use Surplus City Property for Affordable Housing - Yes
Word on the street is that Prop F has a ton of public support, but Prop I still needs people to vote for it. The Armory / Kink.com, among others, is campaigning against Prop I under the guise of "Save the Music." They're lying about the nature of the proposed luxury housing moratorium and claiming that Prop I will shut them down. This is entirely false. The only effect Prop I will have on the Armory is an 18 month delay of the permits it needs to become a more a permanent venue. Since they can't have it NOW NOW NOW they'd rather campaign against the community and their own neighborhood.
To my shame, someone discovered a way to crash out of the xscreensaver lock dialog.
The proximate cause was that an internal consistency check failed because I meant to be checking "am I running on the signal stack?" but I was checking "is the SIGCHLD signal currently inhibited?" instead. And that condition was triggered by hot-swapping monitors while the display was locked.
But wait, why does your code that prompts for passwords need to have signal handlers and manually and explicitly respond to hardware reconfiguration? Because fuck you that's why.
Blah blah X11, complexity, privilege separation, doomed, get a Mac.
So a few years back we're walking down the street and there are these 9-year-old girls with ukuleles playing Brand New Key, and I say, "That's a pretty dirty song for those kids to be singing." My friend says, "What are you talking about, that is a completely innocent song." Then later that night we see The Dollyrots, and they play it too, and my friend says, "Ok, you're right, that song is dirty as hell."
T-shirts on bands so far have included Pixies, Gilman, Suspiria and Bikinikill, so I was already starting to suspect that we had time warped to 1992, and then these folks covered Elastica's Stutter en español, which narrowed that down: we are actually living inside an issue of Love and Rockets right now.
I'm happy to hear that you paid your taxes this year. I did too! Isn't it awesome? However, I've crunched some numbers and I have some bad news for you. Out of your $12 mil of hotel tax, only 1.4% percent goes to the SF Public Libraries. So that's $168,000. Divided by the 868 library staff, we have $193 per person. Assuming each employee works 5 days per week minus holidays, this is $0.78 per employee per day. Since that's significantly under San Francisco minimum wage ($12.25/hr), I doubt that your hotel tax can keep the libraries open more than a minute or two later.
However, had you donated that $8 million you spent fighting Proposition F directly to the public libraries you love so much, that could have made a bigger difference. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20!
Like I said before, When a multinational corporation spends $8M to defeat a ballot measure in a single city, it's a foregone conclusion that you should vote for it. There is literally no chance that doing what they want is in your best interest, unless you are on their board.