Twenty-four Weiss dispatches for Palo Alto Patch, circa 2011 (or pre-‘Plastic Alto’), and 2 other notes on our rights



I said to someone apropos of my meeting Palo Alto Patch’s Aaron Selverston at the unveiling of the James Moore Bill Bliss bike monument at Baylands, that I subsequently filed a dozen articles there. It’s actually 24.

Also a fair amount of comments.

I think, meanwhile. or even more subsequently and as recently as last night, I’ve posted to the message board of Palo Alto Weekly (or “PAW”) roughly 500 times.

Plasty meanwhile is past 500,000 words and 2,000 posts. The posts here range from three words — i.e. a headline and photo — to 20,000 words, on Jazz History of Palo Alto (albeit the piece is self-similar, it repeats, like a music composition, as artifice or pretetnion).

Adn1: did I mention that Dave Price is a big fat idiot? (not the baseball pitcher, who is quite smart and fit, and I think a winner). Also, someone told me that there’s a good piece of satire by Al Franken that I should read– Jon Karl Fredrich, the former civics teacher and nearly a U.S. Congressmemer: he got 2,000 votes, which might have got him elected HNIC of Dominica.

andand: I might be confusing Laura Ingraham and Theresa Polenz, but people used to say that Laura went to a basement party at Dartmouth and got too drunk and people were mean or vulgar or potentially by today’s standards abusive. Actually, I recall  now that Polenz, two or three years behind and briefly overlapping her at The Dartmouth Review (right wing rag) danced with me her freshman year in one of those same fraternities. Dinesh D’Souza, who was known to many as Distort D’Newsa dated Laura or so people said and later was sentenced for a felony (not related to his treatment of Ingraham).

This is a weird segue but the recent Turkish government, i.e. one with a dictator, sent a news crew for government controlled media i.e. weaponized electronic media and surveillance technology to set up with a tripod on Bryant Street near our City Hall and collect data about former soccer hero Hakan Sukur who later decamped to L.A. or so it is said. Dictators are enemy of the people; free press is bulwark of Democracy.


Also, I noticed last night Palo Alto police with lights flashing interacting with a street musician, coinkydinky at same Bryant Street near City Hall, on Uni actually. They claimed that a caller said the sax player was too loud or otherwise offensive. I stood by C_ and said that I knew a fair amout about street performers and First Amendment here and C_ was well within his rights. From what I’ve observed, and C- told me, he is the one being stalked and harassed, by some woman who may or may not work upstairs in 300 block of University, and if the police are involved at all they have a bias of pro-business and pro-landlord and are very close to racial profiling. I’m just saying. “Just_ ” as in “justifiably”. Me, not our public safety sworn representatives.

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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