A lot has been written and spoken about new media. In San Francisco, it’s a new flash point, as the inheritors of the golden kingdom of the Internet live and move in a city still bedeviled by poverty and homelessness. But it’s a revolution, no question. Those who get behind are left behind. Tweet your hearts out, folks.
I have some trouble with new media. I’m old, so of course I do. I get some parts but not others. People my age have a lot to unlearn.
I think that’s the problem. We grew up knowing how the world worked. Everybody did. Then the world changed, and we had to change too. But we still have the original template in our heads, so everything is referred back to that formative experience. Everything else is perceived in metaphors.
California must allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, striking down the core of the state’s permit system for handguns.
In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said San Diego County violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment by requiring residents to show “good cause” - and not merely the desire to protect themselves - to obtain a concealed-weapons permit.
For all practical purposes, in the wake of the Heller and McDonald precedents, states and cities will have to provide some way of allowing carry outside of the home as first Chicago & now California have learned. It will be interesting to see if they allow open or concealed carry as their solution to this legal requirement.
California being California may attempt an appeal but I find it unlikely that it would be taken up by the current SCOTUS much less prevail there.
First, the good:
The CNN video gives a good rundown of the saga of the “Journeyman Hacker”: a 23-year-old startup guy, Patrick McConlogue, noticed a homeless man, Leo Grand, benching chains—not a typical activity for the homeless in NYC. Intrigued and empathetic, McConlogue wrote this post on Medium (“Finding the unjustly homeless, and teaching them to code.”) wherein he outlined his plan to offer this man (he didn’t yet know Leo’s name) a leg up:
The idea is simple. Without disrespecting him, I will offer two options:
- I will come back tomorrow and give you $100 in cash.
This generated more than a little backlash from all corners of the Web…
… but it worked. Leo Grand chose the computer, and has now coded up a carpooling app aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in New York City. Some time later (as reported in the video) police arrested him for sleeping on a bench, and took his laptop as evidence. Fortunately another tech-angel (a Google employee who had been following the story) decided to take up the cause and donated a computer to him.
For what started out as a well-intentioned but vaguely condescending and tone-deaf Medium post, the story is, I think, a happy one. Hopefully Grand will continue to find success.
Now for the bad:
Greg Gopman, and his company, AngelHack, offer no apparent utility or value to our planet. It’s a startup that begets other startups, a hackathon for hackathons, an engorged, vomiting ouroboros in reverse. His pride orbits around organizing the “largest hackathons” in history—and given that a hackathon doesn’t mean much of anything, that’s about as weighty as telling the world’s longest knock knock joke, or blowing a trillion soap bubbles.
But Gopman thinks he’s earned some sort of high social spot, from which he can type out horrid Facebook updates like this one:
Just got back to SF. I’ve traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little.
And I thought the “neo-reactionary” king-for-a-day dudebros were the bottom of the barrel. I’ll take a hundred privileged-but-willing-to-make-a-difference guys like McConlogue over even half a Gopman any day.
I only learned of this yesterday, and was sad to hear that “Progressive talk” will end on KTLK 1150 AM on January 1st, to be replaced by wingnut radio. I can’t say I’m surprised by this. KTLK is a weak station that also carries Los Angeles Kings hockey games, UCLA football games, and other sports which often pre-empt scheduled programming, and as a result ratings suffered. KTLK has great shows like Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes, and also hosted Thom Hartmann before he moved show to conflict with Rhodes’, and it will be a shame when they all go off the air.
The largest media market in the world is about to lose its only non-Rightwing commercial talk radio station. Los Angeles’ KTLK 1150am will be flipped to a far Rightwing station featuring hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and other rightwing talkers. “The changes are set to take effect for the first broadcast of 2014,” according to the Los Angeles Times this afternoon.
KTLK is owned by Clear Channel Communications, Inc., the nation’s largest owner of radio stations. Clear Channel is now owned by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital LLC. The talkers mentioned above who will be taking over the previously-progressive station are also syndicated by Clear Channel-owned Premiere Networks, the largest radio syndicator in the nation. The BRAD BLOG has long argued that the outsized control of our public airwaves enjoyed by Clear Channel/Premiere and a handful of other conglomerates —- including their ability to leverage our public airwaves (licensed from we, the people, in exchange only for their promise to serve the public interest) to distribute their own syndicator’s shows —- is a likely violation of U.S. v. Paramount, the 1948 anti-trust Supreme Court decision which found that the major movie studios could not also control the means of distribution by owning the nation’s largest theater chains at the same time.
As if ending progressive talk radio in L.A. isn’t bad enough, Clear Channel will now also reportedly be flipping its formerly progressive San Francisco talk station KNEW 960am (a move which they had threatened and then partially changed their mind about flipping in late 2011), over to a completely Right-leaning station as well, says the Times. That will leave San Francisco, arguably the most progressive city in the nation, without any commercial progressive talk radio outlet at all. But, as in L.A., listeners will still have many different Right-leaning talks outlets on our public airwaves to choose from, several of them owned by the same major corporation.
However, a commenter on this article pointed out something very important - this change amounts to a pretty big demotion for Rush Limbaugh:
Please know that I’m a progressive and a former listener to KTLK which I lived in L.A. until a year ago. And I’m a radio veteran of over four decades, so hear me out on this.
The sad truth is, due to a bad signal, zero publicity and waning quality of the available product, KTLK fell out being a contender a long time ago. They pulled a 0.3 this past month after a 0.2 and a 0.4 the previous 2 months.
However, what’s fascinating about this move is that Libaugh is being taken off the (literally, not corporately) clear channel KFI, whose 50,000 non-directional signal gets into Las Vegas in the daytime and into most of the western U.S. via skip waves at night. Here’s the coverage map.
Compare that to the anemic signal of KTLK: Here’s that map. It doesn’t go south of Long Beach…OC is where the conservative audience is, but the signal is iffy down there.
Between the two other 24/7 right wing stations, KABC (0.7) and KRLA (0.3), the total audience is right at a 1 share, meaning 99% of the available audience does NOT listen to conservative talk radio, despite the bluster and bravado. Rush being taken off KFI’s signal on 640AM and shoved up into the upper end of the AM dial at 1150AM is the radio equivalent of being put in the naughty corner.
And yes, Rush’s ratings have taken a hit on KFI since the “slut” incident.
So while this is bad news for progressive talk, the fact that Beck, Rush and Hannity will be confined to a bad signal on a bad dial location is cause for concern in right wing circles. Believe it.
So to go from a blowtorch like KFI to a station with a paltry reach like KTLK in the second largest media market in the country is a demotion indeed for El Rushbo. Like I said, I am saddened to not be able to hear Stephanie Miller or Randi Rhodes, but Limbaugh getting a karmic kick in the ass like this takes away a lot of the sting.
Many are saying that terrestrial talk radio in its last throes anyway, as many hosts have moved to Sirius and the like (beginning with Howard Stern), and it’s ironic that Limbaugh, who is credited with saving the genre on AM, may now be one of the main people who killed it.
The mimosas were flowing again at the Cliff House, which reopened Saturday after closing, reopening, then closing again due to the federal government shutdown.
“We have the blessing of the National Park Service and we are open for business,” said manager Bob Kovacs on Sunday. “Come on down.”
This kind of thing should not be happening simply because some people don’t want other people to have better, less expensive health care options available to them.
The restaurant, which employs 170 workers, was losing about $10,000 a day during the closure, the owners estimated. Most of the perishable food was donated to food banks.
SAN FRANCISCO — The America’s Cup sailing race has produced no shortage of strange scenes in its 162 years. There have been capsizings, shattered masts and shattered spirits, but it has never produced a reversal of fortune quite like this year.
A week ago, the defender of the trophy, Oracle Team USA, bankrolled by the billionaire Larry Ellison, trailed by eight races to one and was one defeat from losing the most prestigious prize in yachting to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand.
But after winning seven races in succession, including two on Tuesday, Oracle has tied the series at 8-8. Winds permitting, the rivals from different hemispheres will contest one final race on Wednesday, winner take all.
This could be historic…
As the United States shutters some diplomatic sites around the globe over concerns about a possible attack, at least two major U.S. cities have stepped up their security.
In New York, officials are beefing up police presence, particularly around transportation hubs and religious sites, New York Police Department spokesman James Duffy told CNN.
And in San Francisco, police increased patrols at key locations, including mass transit, popular landmarks and embassies, said spokesman Gordon Shyy.
Officials in both cities emphasized that there was no specific threat leading to the decision. Rather, the moves were made in an abundance of caution.
In Washington, the Metro Transit Police Department sent an e-mail to employees Friday night.
“I want to let you know that at this time, there is no specific or credible threat against Metro, nor any other transportation system in the U.S. However, this worldwide alert serves as an important reminder for us to remain vigilant at all times,” police Chief Ron Pavlik wrote.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Paul Brooks said security has not been increased at national monuments in Washington, and there are no new directives to officers.
Also being reported by CNN is that Special Forces are also on alert to attack any al Qaeda cells that act on the recently made terror threats.
WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court denied on Sunday a request from Proposition 8 supporters in California to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation’s most populous state.
Justice Kennedy turned away the request with no additional comment.
Same-sex marriage opponents had asked Justice Kennedy to step in on Saturday, a day after the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages to go forward. Numerous weddings were performed at San Francisco City Hall after the court decisions. The appeals ruling came a day after the Supreme Court declined to decide the California case, effectively allowing same-sex marriages in the state.
The opponents said the appeals court had acted about three weeks too soon. Proposition 8 supporters could continue their efforts to halt gay marriage by filing their request with another Supreme Court justice.
Mark Klein, a retired AT&T communications technician, revealed in 2006 that his job duties included connecting internet circuits to a splitting cabinet that led to a secret room in AT&T’s San Francisco office. During the course of that work, he learned from a co-worker that similar cabins were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, he said.
The split circuits included traffic from peering links connecting to other internet backbone providers, meaning that AT&T was also diverting traffic routed from its network to or from other domestic and international providers, Klein said.
That’s how the data was being vacuumed to the government, Klein said today.
“This is a complete vindication,” Klein, a San Francisco Bay area retired man, said in a telephone interview.