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Welcome to Al's Corner - "Pouring Gasoline on the Dumpster Fire of Davis Politics" - Volume #15 [Thanksgiving Edition]

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Let's all gather around the Al's Corner Thanksgiving table and give thanks that Al's Corner provides a place to moan & complain about what is stupid in Davis.

Let the complaining begin!

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Comments

Alan C. Miller

Before I complain, I would like to give thanks:

That Dan Carson and his Cheshire Cat smile will no longer grace the dais chambers of the City Council. The people of Davis may be stupid AF, but at least they are smart enough to terminate a legally corrupt *#!$@. Never say hi to me in the grocery store, "sir".

But, proving Davis is still stupid AF, or at least District 1 is, they didn't elect Kelsey Fortune. I say draw the western City Limit at Hwy. 113, and if possible detach west Davis with a tactical nuke and let it float down the Causeway into the Bay. We can live with four Districts.

Alan C. Miller

There are some great posts in Al's Corner #14 from this morning. I know, I made some of them :-| . Continue the discussion here. RO said something GREAT:

I agree, that there's a significant difference between some conservatives (who, for example - are concerned about the significant increase in minors pursuing irreversible medical procedures to "change" their sex), vs. hatred toward a given community. But (not withstanding this particular example), it would be helpful if some of those same conservatives simultaneously acknowledged and rallied-against violence and hatred toward these communities.

This goes both ways. The problem is, the extremist lunatics on both sides are the most vocal (except for Al from Al's corner, who is vocal but both conservative and liberal and neither and both) and more moderate people who don't clue in to this think the world is ending and become extremists, and the result is crap like:

1) Donald Trump
2) Trump Derangement Syndrome

RO is right (as opposed to wrong, not left), but the problem is usually the vocal people are either extremist or partisan (same thing) and they literally DON'T have compassion for the other side (or won't admit it for political reasons).

Woe is us :-|

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Board Letter: Support the Vanguard on #GivingTuesday"

In past years regarding "Giving Tuesday" (Kill Me), I would submit a comment to the Vanguard requesting that instead of people giving to the Vanguard, the Vanguard should give money back to the community in repentance so that it would cease to exist for the betterment of us all. This never got published, LOL.

The nice thing about Al's Corner is that I can comment on what was Vanguardboten. Less people may read the Davisite, but numbers are not important when the alternative is zero. These days dissenting voices on the Vanguard are shut down like Donald Trump on Twitter. My policy is that anyone who asks for money on Giving Tuesday will get zero money from me, ever, even if they save babies, puppies and kittens from the fires of hell as their business plan.

Happy Thanksgiving you bunch of turkey murderers :-|

Keith

"In past years regarding "Giving Tuesday" (Kill Me), I would submit a comment to the Vanguard requesting that instead of people giving to the Vanguard, the Vanguard should give money back to the community in repentance so that it would cease to exist for the betterment of us all. This never got published, LOL."

Alan, that's something to ponder on this Turkey Day. Would the community be better off if there was no Vanguard? Personally, since I quit due to what I consider their often unfair and biased moderation policies, I know the time I spent (wasted) commenting on the Vanguard has been better spent elsewhere. For that I am thankful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Alan C. Miller

It wasn't wasted KO (BP). I was entertained and inspired by your posts for many years, the main reason I read the DV. Now, there is nothing left for me at the DV but a steaming pile of dog poo. With annoying pop-up ads. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Keith

"Now, there is nothing left for me at the DV but a steaming pile of dog poo."

What, you don't like Trump is satan, DeSantis is evil and Reisig and the new target Jenkins are bad comments? But don't you dare say anything about Democrats...

Ron O

Hey - I'm still commenting on the Vanguard, at least!

(But, less than I used to.)

I can't resist challenging the development advocacy - even at the expense of my own well-being by exposing myself to trolls, comment limits, repetitive arguments and false claims, doxing, etc.

The issue is more important than I am.

But one thing I have learned (from commenters such as Keith, as well as a comparison with other sources) is that just about all of the articles/subject matter are a form of advocacy, with no attempt whatsoever regarding objectivity.

As long as you view it in that light (and not a source of "truth"), it's tolerable.

And that goes for all of the claims regarding "data-driven" analysis, as well. (Unless you understand that it's cherry-picked, and/or incomplete. Very little analysis regarding methodologies used, etc.)

It does seem as though folks understand this, when you look at how the Vanguard is rated in the city survey as a "news source".

But yeah, you really have to be committed to get through the ads, at this point.

Alan C. Miller

RO: "I'm still commenting on the Vanguard, at least! (But, less than I used to.) I can't resist challenging the development advocacy - even at the expense of my own well-being"

SAVE YOURSELF !!!

Ron

Alan M: I must be the proverbial "Vanguard turkey" on Thanksgiving.

Sacrificing myself, in the name of "the cause". (Yeah, that must be it.)

Alan C. Miller

"DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT WITH A DONATION TODAY: Support the Vanguard on #GivingTuesday"

. . . or . . . not . . .

Alan C. Miller

"The Vanguard prides itself on helping to launch the careers of aspiring young attorneys, many of them young women of color."

I pride myself on the success of the Davis Food COOP. I bought groceries.

Keith

"The Vanguard prides itself on helping to launch the careers of aspiring young attorneys, many of them young women of color."

Are the students writing the many articles for the Vanguard being paid a salary or at least a per article stipend? Asking for a friend...

Ron O

Just what the world needs - more attorneys.


Alan C. Miller

RO: "Just what the world needs - more attorneys."

Just what the world needs - more young woke progressive activist attorneys, influenced by David Greenwald and his ilk.

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "UC Davis Law Withdraws from U.S. News Rankings" (David Vanguard 2022-11-29)

RO said: "Ron Oertel November 29, 2022 at 11:30 am

Understandably, an uproar followed. Asian Americans, who suffered a shocking spike in hate crimes during the pandemic, were added to the group of non-whites.

Actually, let’s focus on this statement more closely.

Is this referring to what U.S. News did, after whatever “uproar” supposedly occurred?

One might think that universities would prefer to categorize Asians with “non-whites”, for the purpose of seeming more diverse than they actually are. Or, did they for some reason “object” to this re-categorization as well? (It’s not explained in the article.)

Maybe these universities are “onto something”, in that race-baiting is actually/increasingly leading to job opportunities for attorneys. As such, perhaps it is a measure of “success” after graduation. (Of course, more difficult for white attorneys to participate in that type of litigation, but some find a way.)

And at what point will the race-baiters “admit” that Asians are “under-represented” in prisons? (Not much “mass incarceration for them, is there?)

And for that matter, are all Asian subgroups the “same”, regarding any of this? Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Filipino, Thai, etc – all the same per this type of advocacy?

[edited]

HERE AT AL'S CORNER, YOU CAN SAY THE EDITED PART OUT LOUD!!!!!

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Our Great Davis Schools Are in Trouble" by David M. Greenwald

"For a number of years I have been warning this community that the great Davis school system risks coming crashing down on our heads as we look the other way."

If the Davis school system is to come crashing DOWN on our heads, that would imply that it would be crashing down from ABOVE. So, to look the other way would be to be looking DOWN. I highly recommend that the people of Davis look at least HORIZONTALLY, as most do when walking or standing, as you are very likely to see the school system dropping from above and be able to get the F out of the way to avoid a skull fracture. Davis school systems are heavier that ACME bank vaults. And who are these people who walk around staring DOWNward?

And as for the 'great Davis school system', isn't that in itself the problem? We have a great school system, so people flock to our town from all over, including the cash-rich from the Bay Area, driving up housing prices and decreasing available housing that your typical Davis worker, student, or house-less person can afford. If our school system massively declined and actually began to SUCK, all those posh Bay Area transplants would abandon us for the great Zamora school system. Therefore, I advocate for reducing the pay of teachers, even further reducing the pay of administrators, and giving them a clear message to abandon our great school system so that it may deteriorate and thus, finally, allow Davis to have affordable housing prices.

[Alan C. Miller is today formally announcing his run for Davis School Board in the next election. Whenever that is :-| ]

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Peet’s Coffee Workers File for Historic Union Election" (David Vanguard 2022-11-30)

I look forward to $11 latte's and a 1:00pm closing time.

Ron O

The "edited" part had to do with what that particular author teaches (a dean/professor at UCD's school of law) - including critical race theory.

Might be viewed as "doxing", not sure. In any case, I didn't have any significant complaint about that being edited-out.

I'm more concerned about how political activism is "shaping" the educational system. Might even be viewed as "systemic activism".

UCD also has a YIMBY-type law professor, who is quite "active" as well. I'd argue that he is directly opposing slow-growthers and others concerned about their communities throughout the state.

I don't see any justification for public funding of political activism, especially when some view it as harmful.

Ron O

The "other" part that's potentially concerning (regarding UCD's law school) is whether or not they're granting academic credit to participate on the Vanguard.

This would, in effect be a public subsidy of a private political blog. Similar to granting academic credit for computer science students to "intern" (for free) at a technology company.

Alan C. Miller

RO - not sure I understand about the potential of doxxing by pointing out someone's affiliation who is public. Doxxing is giving out private information such as someone's home address (or geo-coordinates as happened to you in the DV).

I don't believe the tech company example is the same. The DV is a political blog with a specific (radical/extremist) point-of-view, that some have argued violates terms of their non-profit status. A tech company is just a tech company that students can learn from.

Ron O

Alan:

True, regarding the difference between a political activist organization, vs. a technology company. (Though some may argue that some technology companies are also rather activist. Maybe not so much for one of them - after it recently got taken-over by a "free speech" billionaire.)

I was thinking more of the "free work" that interns sometimes perform, for any organization.

But you're right (also) in that (unlike interning at a technology company), there's nothing for students to "learn" by working for a political blog. ("Indoctrinated", perhaps - if they weren't already.)

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT WITH A DONATION TODAY: Support the Vanguard on #GivingTuesday"

November 30, 2022
Support the Vanguard on #GivingTuesday

Hate to break it to you Van Guard, but November 30th is a Wednesday. Giving Tuesday was yesterday. Hopefully nobody gave today. Tell me oh please God in Heaven that you didn't give today.

Keith

" Hopefully nobody gave today. Tell me oh please God in Heaven that you didn't give today."

I gave only because it was "double your impact" day, so my zero donation was doubled.

Ron O

For now, I'm continuing to "give" to the Vanguard - in the form of hopefully-valid counter-arguments.

But it seems that there's increasingly-fewer supporters of the Vanguard to "push-against". And not much thought behind those who do (in regard to one commenter, in particular). (No, not McCann, who at least "tries" - when he's not engaging in personal attacks). I'd describe the commenter I'm referring to as essentially a mindless parrot, not even worth bothering with.

Even David Greenwald seems increasingly-disinterested in engaging. Just writes his articles, without much follow-up. Primarily allowing other (e.g., student) authors to write articles (regarding the criminal system), instead.

Perhaps that's the natural progression, when you're trying to build a business based upon the work of others - and expanding beyond Davis.

But (for me at least), I ultimately don't have much interest in debating the criminal justice system. And the student authors don't engage, regardless.

Hey, if "progressive" DAs find a way to make communities safer (and not safety just for criminals), I'm all for it. But, I'm highly skeptical of their ability to achieve success. For that matter, I haven't even seen any actual plan for them to achieve success.

Keith

"For now, I'm continuing to "give" to the Vanguard - in the form of hopefully-valid counter-arguments."

I don't know why you bother anymore Ron.

"But it seems that there's increasingly-fewer supporters of the Vanguard to "push-against"."

Just my opinion but when one takes the time to comment and then has to wait for the whim of a moderator to decide whether to post your comment or not leads to driving people away. At least here at the Davisite one knows their comment will get posted.

Ron O

Keith: I haven't had too much trouble with getting comments posted on the Vanguard lately, but I certainly don't want to support it, either.

Today, they had an article regarding "killer robots". (I suspect that there's a lot of information "missing" from that article, as it's automatically written from an "advocacy" point of view. As if a robot itself wrote the article.)

In any case, it seems that the Vanguard would prefer to ignore "Robot Landlords", and the impact that this type of thing has on the so-called "nationwide housing crisis":

https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy7eaw/robot-landlords-are-buying-up-houses

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