Category Archives: Plato’s Republic

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

‘Correct me if I get this wrong…’

At about 3:47:30 of last night’s Palo Alto City Council meeting, retread Pat Burt apropos of housing says “correct me if I get this wrong.”You are wrong. By historical standards, Pat Burt is not qualifed to be the dog catcher. … Continue reading

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Resign, recall, reflux

What a disturbing sight, of Pat Burt, the bullying, polluting, white supremacist retread being seated on council and foisted as a vice mayor!He should resign.We should recall him.He makes me gag. The Weekly, for whatever reasons, omitted numerous faults about … Continue reading

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The search for El Palo Alto rinpoche

Tree experts are checking 400 trees that were brought to Stanford Stadium to root for the football team (!) to see if one of them is the El Palo Alto Rinpoche the spiritual reincarnation of the tree that the Spanish … Continue reading

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Minimum wage VS Venture Capitalists

BLUF: I make a pop culture reference below to a video with 750 million views and apparently a drug reference or organized crime, but when I say “Oaxaca” (wuh-hah-kuh) I am thinking about Palo Alto’s sister city exchange and or … Continue reading

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Sneak peek new year’s preview of Dayna Stephens song-cycle regarding human archetypes

Dayna Stephens told me that 2020 was both his loneliest year and his most productive as a jazz composer. An annus horribilis plus. Besides two cds released and at least one other major commission, he wrote and demo’d a song cycle … Continue reading

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Tales of 2.0 Palo Alto Cities

I greeted activist Herb Burok today, idling on Waverley near Hamilton and he mentioned that the recent election six weeks ago was a mixed bag: he noted that the losers got more votes than the winners. I’ll believe his math … Continue reading

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Lou Grant endorses Greg Tanaka for Congress

A local newspaper — the worser of the two, which is like saying shingles is worse than asymptomatic herpes, at least in the short term — says that Greg Tanaka is running for Congress, to unseat or succeed Anna Eshoo. … Continue reading

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Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Kent Lockhart, Danny McCalister, LenRay McCalister

LenRay McCalister has died, age 49. His brother Stanley was my teammate for Gunn basketball, and his oldest brother Danny McCalister was a star of the Gunn Titans first championship basketball team, 22-5 in 1979-1980. There were six McCalister brothers … Continue reading

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The Looters, 2020; or, using Terman to sort racists, proposed

  I woke today (Wednesday, named for Odin a Norse God) reaching first mentally then physically for my Bevington, the Complete Works of Shakespeare, specifically honing in on “The Merchant of Venice” and that line. What is it:If you prick … Continue reading

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Tracy Chapman, ‘Baby Can I Hold You’, 1988 and 2020 VS Pop Smoke posthumous New Yorker review, August, 2020

I found a copy of The New Yorker in a free library two blocks from my house and tore out pp 78-79 to read or reread about Pop Smoke. I own a Pop Smoke t-shirt. I bought it on the … Continue reading

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