THE FLEA MARKET NEEDS YOU!

Dear Musician friends,

THE FLEA MARKET NEEDS YOU! As you may know, the Ashby Flea Market is opening up to a new generation of community and culture and independent businesses. We who love the market want to bring musical events to the market EVERY weekend. YOU ARE INVITED TO COME PLAY THE MARKET! (The drum circle folks said its okay for there to be even more music!)

Call and let us know if you or someone else would like a gig. Our goal is to make the market space available for community, music and culture
Contact us at 510 644-0744

Together we can grow the market!!!
Grow the resistance!!!

–Mike Zint

“It Gets Even Better – What They Aren’t Telling You About Single Payer Legislation” by JP Massar

Medical bill from the hospital, concept of rising medical cost, selective focus. All data on the bill and form design are fictional, created specially for this concept.

May 30, 2017 (dailykos.com)

Universal healthcare legislation such as HR 676 and California’s SB 562 offers so many great results. No premiums, co-payments or fees; essentially all medical conditions covered, and an underlying principle that every resident is entitled to health care.

But it’s even better than that!

One result of universal healthcare is a well-kept secret: it’s not in the language of either bill, not even tucked away in fine print; it’s rarely if ever discussed by pundits; and it’s hardly mentioned by the promoters of single-payer, Medicare for All, and/or other universal healthcare schemes.

What aren’t they trumpeting?

THERE WOULD BE NO MORE MEDICAL DEBT.

…when a medical procedure costs more than your house is worth, the idea of being able to pay it back is laughable. And by laughable, I mean it will crush your spirit.

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NO BANKRUPTCIES DUE TO THE COSTS OF TREATMENT.

NO BILLS TO PAY, SO NO MORE MEDICAL DEBT COLLECTION AGENCIES.

NO MORE PARENTS COPING WITH TRAGEDY AND AT THE SAME TIME BECOMING IMPOVERISHED BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO AFFORD THE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUR SYSTEM CHARGES FOR A BIRTH CONDITION.

What about…

  • Anxiety about a future potentially financially ruinous medical event?
  • Collection agencies taking over and harassing sick and grieving people because hospitals and other medical service providers have sold debts to the piranhas?
  • People putting up GOFUNDME’s for their friends’ medical expenses, as Carlos Espinoza just did for Micah Fletcher, the man who was stabbed but not killed by the white supremacist in Portland, Oregon?

Our friend was stabbed and critically injured while being a good Samaritan and heroically intervening during the racist terrorist incident that left 2 men dead.

He bravely did what anyone should do when confronted with terrorism and stepped in to stop the harassment of Muslim women by a known White Supremacist.

I am starting this GoFundMe to cover his hospital and recovery expenses. Please help as much as you can. 

Gone. Gone. Gone..

Medical debt is the most pernicious debt of all. You can make a not-very-compassionate case that if you sign mortgage papers or take out education loan, you are making a choice. A choice fraught with pressure and often unfairly structured to cheat you at the benefit of the super-rich, but a choice. However, no one but a Republican could look you in the eye and tell you that taking yourself or someone you love to the hospital TO SAVE A LIFE is a choice.

What about the poor debt collectors? Will we have to shed tears (or pay unemployment benefits) when they lose their jobs? Not a chance. First, they won’t have to worry about not being able to pay for healthcare while unemployed! And they can likely get work in the booming business of student debt collection. (Shhh… Don’t tell them we’re gunning to get rid of student debt next…)

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This nice person wouldn’t be able to earn money posing in ads like this anymore…

If the only thing a universal health care system did was abolish medical debt from the equation of our lives it would be worth it, even at the extraordinary costs of American health care today. But in the long run universal care costs less and is better for society than what we have now, or (shudder) what the Republicans want us to have. That’s true WITHOUT even paying attention to the elimination of medical debt as a net positive for society. Add that in and you have…

Win, win, win, win, win.  Only Paul Ryan and his sick dreams lose.

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Co-authored by Kossack kith, a member along with jpmassar of Strike Debt Bay Area, fighting against unjust debt and its societal implications.  In 2012 Strike Debt created the Rolling Jubilee, which abolished $32M in medical debt by leveraging $700K to purchase debt given to collection agencies on the financial markets and, in essence, burning it.

Strike Debt Bay Area is a Community coalition partner in the fight for SB 562, Universal Health Care for California.

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OCCUPY SAN FRANCISCO’S SKUD – WHY PEOPLE DONT KNOW THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (by Carol Harvey)


Published on Mar 15, 2012
In coordination with Occupy Wall Street West, the Occupy San Francisco Housing Coalition participated in the January 20, 2012 shutdown of the SF Financial District with a series of actions, this one outside Fortress, Inc, a One Percent hedge fund Corporation where housing activists presented Demands that Fortress stop evictions and demolition of 1,500 units of affordable housing at Park Merced rent-controlled apartments.

Skud has died.

Spread the word. Another one has died.

First they came for the homeless

Tragedy strikes. We lost another occupier. Scud passed. We just got word. Please spread the word.

Sarah Menefee I am heartbroken. What a loss, one of our brightest spirits. His father notified Carol Harvey who told me.
First they came for the homeless
First they came for the homeless I am talking with Skud’s father by Facebook messages right now at 1:50 p.m. on memorial day, This a grieving father, and Skud had a sister, too. Let’s take a moment for Skud, Skud’s dad and sister. Skud and Skud’s mother touched so many people in SaSee More
Mike Zint
Mike Zint Thank you Carol
Sarah Menefee

Sarah Menefee One of the founding originals. No one like him. Ill be posting pictures & his writings in the coming days when i get back to SF & my computer

This is Scud, in action:

carol harvey–2 years ago (edited)
This is still as funny as when Skud did it. I know the Deputy. He’s a really nice guy. He let Skud go on as long as he could. He went along with it. Skud was BRILLIANT! The giggling in the background was really funny, too.

carol harvey–3 years ago
Scud, HILARIOUS! Next time, flummox them completely by coming back in shirt and shoes. I wonder if they’d let you in then? What excuse will they dream up?

“Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play”

by James C. ScottPrinceton University Press, Oct 14, 2012Political Science200 pages

James Scott taught us what’s wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing–one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions. Through a wide-ranging series of memorable anecdotes and examples, the book describes an anarchist sensibility that celebrates the local knowledge, common sense, and creativity of ordinary people. The result is a kind of handbook on constructive anarchism that challenges us to radically reconsider the value of hierarchy in public and private life, from schools and workplaces to retirement homes and government itself.

Beginning with what Scott calls “the law of anarchist calisthenics,” an argument for law-breaking inspired by an East German pedestrian crossing, each chapter opens with a story that captures an essential anarchist truth. In the course of telling these stories, Scott touches on a wide variety of subjects: public disorder and riots, desertion, poaching, vernacular knowledge, assembly-line production, globalization, the petty bourgeoisie, school testing, playgrounds, and the practice of historical explanation.

Far from a dogmatic manifesto, Two Cheers for Anarchism celebrates the anarchist confidence in the inventiveness and judgment of people who are free to exercise their creative and moral capacities.

(Google Books)

“The US freed Libya. So why can’t I go there?” by Jane Stillwater

In 2001, all we ever heard about in the media was how America was going to “free Afghanistan for democracy.” Sixteen years and several trillion dollars later, Afghanistan should be as free as a bird now, right?

So I went to Expedia.com and clicked on “flight + hotel” to Kabul. Nothing came up. Afghanistan is so very free these days that American tourists can’t even go there. Hell, even war correspondents can’t get in there either. Hmmm.

But what about Iraq, the country that America spent approximately five trillion dollars freeing from that evil dictator what’s-his-name. Plus when I was a kid, I had always dreamed about being an archeologist when I grew up and going to see places like Babylon and Ur. Now was my chance!

So I went on Travelosity.com and clicked on “flight + hotel” to Baghdad. Sorry but American tourists aren’t free to travel to Iraq either.

Libya? Same old story. America spent a trillion or so dollars on liberating Libya from Qaddafi “for humanitarian reasons”. Well, things are so humane over there right now that not even CheapTickets.com can get you a “flight + hotel” to Tripoli. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9nvzs-PciE

Where else has America been liberating stuff? Ukraine? Let’s plug that one into Kayak.com and see what comes up. Nope, Nothing there either.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APR5E4d3GKQ&feature=youtu.be

Yemen? America just sold the Saudis billions and billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons in order to “liberate” Yemen’s oil. But Priceline.com wouldn’t touch Yemen with a ten-foot pole. The Saudis have already dropped 90,000 bombs on Yemen so far. Yemenis are resisting the Saudis’ offer of “freedom” just as hard as George Washington resisted the British during the American Revolution. But then King George III hadn’t dropped 90,000 bombs on Betsy Ross’s head either. No nice hotel in Sanaa for me.

How about Palestine? America is paying 30 billion bucks a year to help Israeli neo-colonialists “free” Gaza. But if you type “Gaza” into Hipmunk.com, your whole computer might just blow up. No freedom in Gaza either. They are not even letting reporters into Gaza. “Closed military zone.” Being a war correspondent sucks eggs these days — let alone being a tourist.

Syria? Let’s click on Trivago.com. The only place we can safely go there is to Damascus and Aleppo, where Syria’s so-called “evil dictator” is still in charge. But no one can go to the parts of Syria freed up by the freedom-loving USA and their allies ISIS and al Qaeda.

And now the American Deep State and its puppets in Washington are talking about “liberating” Russia, China, North Korea and Venezuela. Pretty soon American tourists will consider themselves lucky if they can even safely travel to Tijuana.

PS: According to William Engdahl’s new book, The Gods of Money, World War I and World War II were welcomed and even encouraged by the US corporatocracy in order to weaken Europe. “American leading circles around the Rockefellers and Wall Street had resolved among themselves that all potential European rivals for power would have to grind themselves down in a mutual slaughter.” https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Money-F-William-E…/…/B005Y4F4EE…

Now that same corporatocracy is currently plotting World War 3 in order to weaken Russia and China. “Hey, it worked before. Let’s try it again.” And you know what this means, don’t you? After Russia and China are finally as “free” as Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Honduras, Somalia and Libya, there will be no more trips on the Orient Express railway for American tourists either.

PPS: I’m going to be an American tourist myself this week — going to New York City, staying at the legendary Jane Hotel, eating rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue and attending the 2017 BEA Book Expo.https://www.bookexpoamerica.com/About-Us/

And guess who will be speaking at the Book Expo? Hillary Rodham Clinton! Yes, the darling of the Deep State herself will be telling us in her very own words about how “free” Libya became on her watch and just how much she would love to bomb Russia.http://www.globalresearch.ca/manchester-alleged-sui…/5591732

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Stop Wall Street and War Street from destroying our world.

And while you’re at it, please buy my books!http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/…/our-top-best-seller-r…

Plus here’s a sneak preview of my latest book, a thrilling murder mystery entitled “Road Trip to Damascus,” hopefully coming out by the end of 2017: http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/…/new-book-by-straitwel…

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(Courtesy of Mike Zint)

Homeless Action Center Executive Director Patricia E. Wall Begins Well-Deserved Sabbatical

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Homeless Action Center

May 26, 2017

Last September, HAC’s Executive Director was selected to receive a 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award. This award makes it possible for Pattie to take a three-month sabbatical for relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. It also provides HAC’s strong management team with the resources needed to effectively maintain its high standards in Pattie’s absence.

The 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Pattie’s sabbatical break begins on May 26 and ends on August 25. We look forward to her new ideas, creative initiatives and renewed energy on her return!

(Courtesy of Mike Zint.)

Democracy needs politeness


On Political Discussion:  Politeness Rules

From Aeon Magazine: Democracy needs politeness (May 16, 2017)

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics“Long before current fears about incivility in public life – before anxieties about Twitter-shaming and cable-news name-calling – politeness was very much on the minds of United States leaders. In 1808, the US president Thomas Jefferson ranked the ‘qualities of mind’ he valued. Not surprisingly, he included ‘integrity’, ‘industry’, and ‘science’. These traits were particularly important to American revolutionaries seeking a society based on independent citizens, rather than harsh rulers and inherited privilege. But at the top of his list, Jefferson chose not these familiar Enlightenment values but ‘good humour’ – or what contemporaries usually called ‘politeness’….”

Link to complete article:  Politeness Rules

(Courtesy of Gwyllm Llwydd.)

Ransomware is NSA’s mess (democracy.earth)

Largest ransomware attack in history, made possible by abuse of power.

Your machine is infected and infecting others, your files have been encrypted and you have a limited period of time to get them back: if you pay.

By now everyone who’s been online or watching TV in the last few days know about #WannaCry ransomware attack, the hijacking of files and the asking for Bitcoin to decrypt stuff in computers running on Windows, which affected up to 75 countries, companies and UK’s National Healthcare Service.

Most cybersecurity experts that circulated in TV shows these days have explained very efficiently the technical aspects of the attack, somehow managing to belittle the political dimension of the event and making it an “incompetent developers, evil hackers and heroic researchers” drama.

We think it’s fundamental to highlight there’s more here than anonymous hustlers and that this wouldn’t be a global disaster without Microsoft and the NSA.

What made such a mess possible?

The attack affects particularly Windows, the closed-source operating system which vulnerabilities the virus exploited. One specific flaw that made this attack possible was a bug in Windows’ SMB file-sharing services, which had been detected by the National Security Agency of the United States and used with the purpose of peering into people’s computers. The NSA designed a tool to exploit it and extract information: Eternalblue, which got stolen and leaked months ago, so the WannaCry authors took advantage of it. The second tool used to complete the job was Doublepulsar, a backdoor also designed and installed by the NSA, also leaked by The Shadow Brokersmonths ago. This means vulnerabilities were built in intentionally or allowed by petition (well, demand) of the the National Security Agency.

The irony of a security agency making everyone more insecure; only an irony if we pretend the NSA is a security agency rather than an organism of domestic and international surveillance with the goal of accumulating power and control over citizens worldwide. Now state-funded tools for surveillance triggers a disaster in UK hospitals.

The ethical decision of using the knowledge programmers gain over systems is whether the know-how is used to expand and share public knowledge or to use it for control, to manipulate scarce information and trade secrets. So the meaning of the word “hacker” is defined pragmatically by observing what effects their actions produce. In this case it’s extremely important to point out that the authors of the malware are not the only hackers in this scene: Microsoft itself like several other tech companies -who, by the way, control most of the software we run on our computers- are also “hackers”: authors of security, exceptions and vulnerabilities.

When it comes to finding who’s responsible, the largest ransomware attack in history is more about government agencies systematically violating privacy and companies refusing to pay proper attention to security than about extortion.

What can be done?

Cyberattacks are neither inevitable nor incontestable.

Users can fight back this and future attacks taking a couple basic preventions:

  • Keep your software up to date. Updates often include patches to fix important security bugs.
  • Mind before clicking links and attachments sent by anybody. Just ask yourself how legit do the source and the link look like.
  • Encrypt your files and messages whenever possible. Even if nobody steals them, it’s clear some negligent people are after them.

Still, we insist given NSA’s big share of responsibility, more can, should and must be done to prevent future attacks. A good start:

  • The US Congress has to hold the NSA accountable, ask them about bugs they find in software and provide instruction for such cases — (since they fund the research, perhaps they could fund the fixing or at least not the development of exploitative tools).
  • Microsoft and all other companies can pay more attention to information security researchers and advisers.
  • The NSA and security agencies in general can stop demanding companies to give up user’s privacy in the name of law enforcement.
  • Tech companies can stop trading with personal data and collaborating in the installation of surveillance states around the world. One first step would be to refuse governments access to their software, like Apple has recently done.

We can work on the design of better, decentralized, more accountable systems to put an end to our dependency to these actor’s intentions and grant every citizen in the world personal sovereignty.