It was just a matter of time before the meme hit Silicon Valley — and really, what took so long? The “Shit (fill in the blank) people say” craze has been going on so long that Gawker published a blog post with the headline, “We Do Not Want Your ‘Shit People Say’ Video.”
As far as I can tell, the meme started years ago on Twitter with @shitmydadsays, which was made into a TV pilot by William Shatner. Then a few weeks ago, “Shit White Girls Say… to Black Girls” hit YouTube, and now they just keep coming. There’s “Shit ...Read More »
By now, most of the stories told by the dozen or so protesters at the Occupy San Francisco press conference on Tuesday had a familiar ring. There was the sailor from Iraq War Veterans Against the War, the labor organizers and the woman who lost her home to foreclosure — all there to explain why they're calling for a daylong protest on Friday.
Langley was dressed in a suit and tie for the occasion ...Read More »
Seven young female bison have joined the herd at Golden Gate Park’s Bison Paddock. There’s Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy, Dopey... Whoops! That’s Snow White’s Seven Dwarves. Turns out these bison are nameless and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department are asking the public to weigh in.
“Here’s your chance to put your mark in history,” the department says on its YouTube page, where you can find details on how to participate. Here’s a video of the bisons shot by the department.
It appears ...
The spirit of Mario Savio lorded over Sproul Hall on Tuesday night and the thousands of students and supporters gathered there felt a keen sense of history.
There were the obvious connections. As a student at UC Berkeley, Savio led the "Free Speech Movement" in the 1960s. To add, organizers of the Mario Savio Youth Activist Awards moved their previously scheduled ceremony to the steps of Sproul Hall in a show of support for Occupy Cal.
The evening started with a student reading of Mario Savio and the themes were eerily reminiscent of what we're hearing from students in ...Read More »
Late last night, as the crowd of several thousand people was leaving Sproul Plaza, students started blaring Michael Jackson on the speakers and the OccupyCal after party was on!
MJ has been a regular on the Occupy Oakland playlist but not quite the revolutionary song?
"When you play MJ, everybody wants to dance," said a student in charge of the music. "And we want people to stay!"
Students wanted people to stay in case the police decided to move in. There was some debate about playing music on the speakers. Amplified music after 10 p.m. is against the law ...Read More »
Mark (who didn't want to give his last name) is an alum of UC Berkeley and graduated in 1982. He's sitting in a chair just outside Sproul Hall, where students and supporters are taking part in a student strike and Occupy Cal rally. On Nov. 9, protesters tried to set up tents in front of Sproul Hall, where they clashed with police.
He notes the student's sense of humor. "The cops said no tents, so they bring out furniture: a couch, rugs, a piano," he said. "This is very charming."
Mark says he's out here to ...Read More »
Despite last night's fatal shooting at Occupy Oakland, the national nightime TV focus appears to have shifted north to the events that unfolded on Wednesday at U.C. Berkeley as students there tried to "Occupy Cal."
On the Colbert Nation, comedian Stephen Colbert took on "hippie haven UC Berkeley." Picking up the widely circulated YouTube video of Alameda County Sheriff's Office use of force at UC Berkeley, Colbert "applauded" the university for calling "in a team of skilled crises managers" (um, police in riot gear) "to difuse the situation with a ...
Hearing that there was a back up at the Oakland Ports, I hailed a taxi and Michael Spanier pulled up. As we drove off, the meter was at about $22.
“Um, are you going to reset the meter?” I asked.
“I’m not charging today,” Spainer said. “I’m doing the work but I’m doing it for free all day. I’m not going to be part of the commercial activity in Oakland today.”
Spainer has walked through the Occupy Oakland encampment but he wouldn’t call himself an Occupier. He hasn’t been to the general assemblies, he ...Read More »
Lost in last night's coverage of #OccupyOakland was the first tear gas incident of the evening. At around 6 p.m. a group of protesters circled several police officers and pelted them with blue paint, which the police departmen had some chemicals mixed in. A troop of police officers came to the rescue and released the tear gas.
Here's another tear gas incident at around 8 p.m. last night. At around ten seconds notice the smoking projectile that is thrown at the police. Police Tear Gas Protesters at ...