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Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Evidence of Things Unseen

This morning in East Oakland:

The Triumph of Hope over Experience

In a city which had to severely cut core services in order to deal with a 20% shortfall in its general fund earlier this year, and which faces further fiscal fiascoes for the foreseeable future, can someone explain to me why being the Chair of the City Council’s Finance Committee is being touted by Oakland […]

Debacle on 34th St.

This is the view to the north as you pass down 34th Street in Oakland between Telegraph and MLK, which I finally got around to photographing today: If you look at aerial photos of Oakland from the 40’s or 50’s, before these freeways and BART tracks were built, then you will find that the land […]

Smudge of Ashen Fluff

I often spot this bird in the tree outside my window. He (she?) was waiting out the rain there on Sunday morning. Not the greatest bird photos ever, but I like the varied textures of its feathers. (This post does need some avian title. Help me, Vlad! Smudge of Ashen Fluff.)

Give me your trash, your junk…The wretched refuse of your living room

One of the delightful things about living in Oakland is that if you get tired and want a rest as you walk or bike around the city, there’s bound to be a sofa nearby on which one can take a quick nap, left there by a helpful fellow citizen. I pity those poor folks who […]

A Virtual Holiday Food Drive

I wrote about the increasing hunger crisis in the United States back in May, when Breadline USA came out. Difficulty putting food on the table is not a problem faced only by the poorest of the poor: many working people now rely on food stamps, food banks, soup kitchens in order to fill the gap […]