Category Archives: Plato’s Republic

pertaining to government, the public sector, governance, democracy, politics, issues pertaining to such, like “freedom of speech” concepts

The Lockhart Loo (2023)

The Brigham Young player called Pony the N word. Later Goodwin reprimanded Lockhart, who watched the overtime from the bench, for not letting him fight his own battles. (Kent’s account, circa 2009, of the fight in 1984 seen on the internet) Continue reading

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Dispatch from Austin

Spring, 2017 nearly six years ago: has Palo Alto degraded as dramatically?   The more than 260,000 new residents who have moved to the area since 2018 might not understand that they’ll be frolicking in a symbol of Austin’s transition … Continue reading

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Mule variations

OK you can delete this if it’s too tangential or self referential or if I am just persona non grata on these pages: [Palo Alto Weekly, column about dinosaur exhibit at Palo Alto Children’s Museum, by Diana Diamond; in fact … Continue reading

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‘Time After Time’ 1985 to 2022

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Hamachek takes early lead in candidates’ contest

Brian Hamachek has taken the early lead in the Earthwise Productions/ Plastic Alto contest for the seven Palo Altans vying for three open seats in November’s election. “I’m really not much of an artist, but here you go”, he wrote. … Continue reading

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Earthwise announces 2nd ‘Cutting Contest for Candidates’

In 2018, Earthwise ranked the Palo Alto City Council candidates based on a music contest: Rebecca Eisenberg tied for first; Greer Stone, tied for first; Stephen Lee, third; Cari Templeton, fourth; Burt, Kou, Tanaka, Lauing tied for eighth. (Of those … Continue reading

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Welcome back, sort of

The new library is open five of seven days and a total of 45 hours per week. But why shouldn’t it be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week or 77 possible hours? By my reckoning … Continue reading

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VMware will spend more on toilet paper than taxes in the flaccid proposal by Burt, Shikada and Dubois

The local rag reports that leadership is considering capping the business tax to less that $1m per account and said that in the example of VMWare, the tax proposal, linked to their commercial lease or their real estate asset and … Continue reading

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Open letter to Karen Kienzle

  In sympathy to your situation and in memory of our mutual friend Joe Zirker whose art is pictured above with musician Larry Ochs and myself December 12, 2019 I will produce a series of awkwardly timed 3:30 PM events … Continue reading

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Earthwise Music in the Palo Alto parks initiative, summer/fall, 2022

The Waybacks Sunday, July 10, 2022 2 p.m. Amendola Vs Blades Sunday July 17, 2022 2 p.m. Citta Di Vitti Sunday, July 24, 2022 2 p.m. Native Elements Sunday, August 7  14, 2022, 2 pm at Mitchell Park bowl (note … Continue reading

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