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Alan C. Miller

I was riding across town over the weekend talking to a friend, and they asked me, "What is Al's Corner?".

Think of Al's Corner as a group of co-workers chatting around the office water cooler, but the water cooler is filled with gasoline, everyone is drinking from non-recyclable Styrofoam cups, and . . . OH NO! . . . here comes a monkey on a unicycle smoking a cigarette :-0 . That is Al's Corner.

Keith

Yesterday the Vanguard posted an article about Trump and the Jan. 6 Commission hearings that would've generated about a hundred comments in the past. But because of comment policies that have stifled and driven away people there were no comments on that article. No comments as in ZERO, good job Vanguard.

So Al's Corner by the water cooler is the place to hang out. You can chat freely without some woke coworker trying to cancel you out by reporting you to HR because you stepped on a snowflake.

Alan C. Miller

"Yesterday the Vanguard posted an article about Trump and the Jan. 6 Commission hearings that would've generated about a hundred comments in the past."

You must be mistaken. The Vanguard doesn't do national politics :-|

"But because of comment policies that have stifled and driven away people there were no comments on that article."

You must be mistaken. The theory floated was once they drove away the 'mean' people, all the delicate snowflakes would un-melt and be free to express themselves.

"No comments as in ZERO, good job Vanguard."

Take a look at a Vanguard comment section from the early 2010's. Dynamic, many views, lots of 'mean' people. But people complained, or were perceived to have complained #gasp!#. So they instituted new policy after new policy. And inserted larger and larger sticks further and further up their respective rectums.

"So Al's Corner by the water cooler is the place to hang out."

But please don't talk about Donald Trump people! I mean, I wont stop you but, like, it's been done.

And that monkey on a unicycle might ignite the gasoline in the water cooler.

"You can chat freely without some woke coworker trying to cancel you out by reporting you to HR because you stepped on a snowflake."

I'm reporting you to the Al's Corner HR department for that insensitive comment. You're in luck. There is no HR department. Or what I call: the #1 sign of a well-run organization.

Alan C. Miller

Hey, maybe the D. Vanguard will exhume 'Craig Ross' to generate some comments and get things going over there :-|

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Monday Morning Thoughts: Here We Go Again – This Time in LA" (D. Vanguard June 20, 2022)

"No comments"

No surprise

"By David M. Greenwald Executive Editor"

Some of us have other titles we use, but whatever floats the boat in your own head.

"Los Angeles, CA"

'This is the City . . . '

"Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—"

Do we actually have that option? Then YES. Please, stop. Stop! Speaking for huge swaths of the population of Davis: Just. Stop.

We have indeed heard it all before. ALL of it. In fact, the living slogan for the D. Vanguard should be: "All the same few opinions, recycled today in a slightly altered form for your lack of consumption!"

Keith

Alan, I just read the article you referenced above. It's funny to hear the Vanguard complain about the sensationalization of a few cases being used for a bigger agenda. Like the Vanguard doesn't do the same. Examples of that would be the Picnic Day incident and who can ever forget "mowing while black". The Vanguard certainly won't let you forget.

Alan C. Miller

That's OK, Keith. The Vanguard is 'correct'. So they are justified in what they do :-|

No but seriously what annoys me is that I am FOR police reforms - reasonable ones. Like not allowing a bad cop to quietly transfer to another department. Like investigating the Picnic Day thang. Like not doing traffic stops as an excuse to search. Like continuing to probe and improve on decreasing people of color being pulled over.

'But when you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow.'

But the D. Vanguard and people who ally with those ideas go off on things like: 'Defund the police' (whatever the f*ck that means); not pulling people over for expired registration; the races must be pulled over in equal numbers or there's a problem; cops can't do traffic stops anymores; murderers not only shouldn't be put to death, but also shouldn't serve life sentences; not reporting on white people killed by cops with nearly the same enthusiasm; the Moore Place incident -- blah, blah, etc, etc

I'd be an ally if the reformers worked on the things we all agree on that could actually get done. So would a lot of other people. What D. Greenwald and others with his attitude don't get is -- they are their own worst enemy at turning others against doable and widely agreed to reform, I'm guessing because they love to hear their righteous voices being heard by others who agree with them in a feedback loop, and that's more important than getting something done.

'But when you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow.'

Ron O

Vanguard article: Monday Morning Thoughts: Davis Needs to Solve This Problem Next – Which One Though?

Ron O June 20, 2022 at 9:27 am
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A story of “The boy who called problem.”

And no one is listening anymore.

Alan C. Miller

I think you mean the boy who cried problem.

Indeed, exactly. I wrote a poem:

Problems Problems in his head

Making readers full of dread

But don't comment, what you think won't be said

But we all see it: the Davis Vanguard is already dead.

What's more, my name is Fred.

And I got kicked in the head.

And rhyming is stoopid

Keith


LOL, excellent Alan. I have a poem too:


The Vanguard revels in making things sound dire,

Here comes a 50 foot wall of fire,

It constantly warns of fiscal strife,

There goes the good life,

Says voters must take the risk,

And approve the next DiSC,

Davisites should listen to me,

Or suffer a catastrophe.


Barrack "Bill" Shakespeare Palin


Ron O

I'm liking the poetry.

I'd suggest that all comments henceforth be written that way.

Otherwise, you'll have no say.

:-)

Roberta L. Millstein

So, Greenwald thinks that people with jobs in Davis but not housing are a problem, so we need to add housing. And people with housing in Davis but not jobs in Davis are a problem, so we need to add jobs. Do I have that right?

And if we just add both housing and jobs, magically it will all work out right so that everyone both lives and works in Davis? No one has reason to live elsewhere or work elsewhere?

I am so tired of the magic thinking. It dominated the DiSC discussion (as I wrote in a DE LTE). It's getting used to advocate for things that people want for other reasons.

Ron O

Roberta: "Do I have that right?"

Amusingly-enough, you do have that right.

Ron O

The Vanguard is still not posting selected comments, with no relationship whatsoever to their own commenting rules. It appears that they are increasingly and purposefully censoring views that they simply don't like. (In my opinion, they are also now predictably attempting to engage in fear-mongering, as a result of the rejection of DiSC.)

In any case, it appears that they aren't going to post this comment, either:

Ron O June 23, 2022 at 8:44 am
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Don: “I would say that we will be spending the next 2 – 3 years discussing housing projects on peripheral sites, not commercial projects.”

David: "then we are probably also going to be spending the next five years discussing various tax measures as well."

My response: There would likely be a “discussion” regarding both of these things on here, regardless of whether or not DiSC was approved.

But it doesn’t mean that voters will approve either one.

If I was a peripheral housing developer, I wouldn’t be “liking” the result of the DiSC vote in regard to my own prospects. But hey, it’s their dime – if they want to give it the old college try! (Probably fought with a single “penny on the dime”.)

I’d suggest recruiting a council member, as well. Pick one of those who supported a ladder truck, perhaps. Or, the Mace Mess.

Roberta L. Millstein

In "Commentary: Skepticism That Things Are Doable in Davis," Greenwald writes: "The basic problem is that there is a core of people in this town that appear to be opposed to any project. There appears to be another core in this town who have created an insurmountably high bar for any project—that even if they are sincere as to their desire for a project that meets their high standards, they have made such a project unreachable."

I am amused that the person who talks to so few people who voted "No" on Measure H that he actually thought the vote was going to be close, thinks he knows anything about why they voted why they did and what their general beliefs about projects in Davis are.

Keith

"The basic problem is that there is a core of people in this town that appear to be opposed to any project. There appears to be another core in this town who have created an insurmountably high bar for any project—that even if they are sincere as to their desire for a project that meets their high standards, they have made such a project unreachable."

Well DG, according to the recent election there is a "core" in Davis that voted against DiSC. It's a pretty big "core" at that, 63.62% of the voters.

Alan C. Miller

THEY ARE BOILING FROGS AT THE DAVIS VANGUARD. AGAIN. SLOWLY OF COURSE.

SUBJECT: "Commentary: Will Davis Really Be *Fine* without Serious Changes?" (Davis Vanguard, 6/24/2022)

The boy who cried "Boiling Frog! Slowly, of course" is back today bemoaning the slow demise of the Davis Unified with gems like this:

"What I see is a slow but sustained bleed that is very slowly, maybe even imperceptibly choking off the lifeblood of this community. Moreover, it is all intermingled together."

and let's bring it all to a boil:

"This is the proverbial frog in a pot of water. The water is not yet boiling which would alert us that there is a serious problem. Instead, the water is slowly increasing in temperature, and by the time most of our residents realize how hot the water is, it will be too late."

"Frog! Boiling! Slowly of course" cried the boy. But no one listened.

Roberta L. Millstein

Greenwald segues from a teacher who says,

"the issues that affect the roles of educators are systemic, and without structural changes, the everyday labor conditions and output required of teachers is limitless, making the job a daunting and unending task behind the scenes for all of us (though our smiling faces and upbeat energy might not seem like it)"

to saying that "a big culprit here" is "Davis’ land use policies."

So, Greenwald actually thinks that changing anything about land use policies will change the systemic problems with how schools are run and teachers are treated?

Either this is a ridiculous stretch to grind his usual ax or Greenwald is as out of touch with teachers as he is with people who voted "no" on Measure H.

(I come from a family of teachers: mother, sister, niece, nephew, and me, if you count being a professor, which I do).

Keith

"Frog! Boiling! Slowly of course" cried the boy. But no one listened."

Come on Alan, Davis is all about saving frogs and even went as far as to build the "Toad Tunnel". So it needs to build lots of new housing and business parks in order to save the frogs.

Keith

"So, Greenwald actually thinks that changing anything about land use policies will change the systemic problems with how schools are run and teachers are treated?

Either this is a ridiculous stretch to grind his usual ax or Greenwald is as out of touch with teachers as he is with people who voted "no" on Measure H."

I'm going with the latter.

Alan C Miller

"Either this is a ridiculous stretch to grind his usual ax or Greenwald is as out of touch with teachers as he is with people who voted "no" on Measure H."

I'm going with the former.

Alan C. Miller

Hope they “rebuild” the barn, as a community gathering spot (as planned). (Ron O. comment in some article in the Davis Vanguard 6/25/2022)

They should take that #ahem# "barn" at "The Cannery" load it on a giant flatbed, and move it over to the new "Cemetery East Subdivision".

Ron O

Alan M: Good idea.

Kind of funny how they tore down a "real" barn (at Chiles Ranch), and built a "fake" one at The Cannery.

Nancy Price

Please, just no more "promises."

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