Art Spelling 
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Re: “Reports Find Cannabis Bank Infeasible; Five Things You Need to Know About Public Banking in California

A state bank, reads exacrly like a state credit card company. The big banks and credit card companies make a profit no matter what, just like the "local" credit unions have no problem pretending to be somethig different than rebranded debt dealers. But slap that "local" sticker on the door with the nice desk jobbers and you'll feel like you owe your friendly uncle neighbor money instead. Cynical? Real.

Posted by Art Spelling on 12/28/2018 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Poll: Despite Surging Economy, Californians Anxious About Future and Want Change

Quick Plain English:

Economic charts have been a downward slope for 60+ years. Survey results have been the same for 60+ years.

CALmatters and PPIC are in no position to tell the public why we responded to the survey as we have. Yet they do. They present over three pages describing the accuracy of their survey (in this case less than 2,000 people surveyed) and hyping its rigor. Yet instead of asking us why we respond as we do, they effectively provide the answer for us, and in a manner that says we appear to be unreasonably pessimistic considering the current moment of THEIR economic chart (still a downward slope for 60+ years).

Note the plug for the governor. Note CALmatters and PPIC present racial disparity charts, fueling a race divide despite everybody acknowledging an income divide across the entire population. There's plenty more. This survey is PR fluff intended to make people seem unreasonably wary of their elected officials. It's even in their headlines.

Posted by Art Spelling on 12/19/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Poll: Despite Surging Economy, Californians Anxious About Future and Want Change

I dug into it, the survey is fluff PR spun with false optimism. CALmatters writes "Those results, which would seem at odds with recentindicatorsthat paint a sunny macroeconomic picture for the state,"

Those results match every survey ever taken. So in truth the "indicators that paint a sunny picture" are wrong. Why isn't this even mentioned? How shortsighted do they think we are? How short sighted would political big wigs like us to be? (very!) And what, specifically, did the "rigorous" survey ask participants? No info on that! CALmatters and the PPIC are government PR, who themselves paint a big question mark over a painfully obvious situation. The more I read, the more I can't help but shake my head at any media person who would reprint this without pointing out obvious discrepencies. I could disect this report and those linked for pages. Boo to them.

Posted by Art Spelling on 12/18/2018 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Poll: Despite Surging Economy, Californians Anxious About Future and Want Change

Sorry, but CALmatters dot org isn't worth shit if this article represents their collective intelligence. Maybe the economic pessimism is because of ALL OF HISTORY TO THE PRESENT DAY. I feel all caps are necessary, because who the hell reaches middle age in this country without seeing the same pattern in politics recycle over and over? Every economic surge has ALWAYS resulted in downturn, to the point that today's prosperity is down several rungs on the ladder compared to the surge before, over and over, and with that in mind there's ZERO evidence of stability, ZERO evidence that today's children will be as secure as their parents, ZERO evidence that the trend will reverse, and ZERO evidence that either the Democratic or Republican parties are working to change that. In fact, the Democrat and Republican big wigs are stuffin their pockets, AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT! WTF, JOURNALISTS! Talk to the people like one of us, not like some stupid computer set up to soft talk us stupid. "The people are uncertain..." Bullshit! People have known what to expect for a long time.

Posted by Art Spelling on 12/18/2018 at 12:41 PM

Re: “DA: Lawson Review Will Likely Take Another 4-6 Weeks

I'd really like to know the Journal's thoughts, if nothing else on the concept of "political correctness". Such lopsided reporting creates the very problems writers of the Journal have made a point of admonishing in their personal editorials. The Lawson case is as much of an example as many others, where race really has clouded fair reporting. What's the reasoning?

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Posted by Art Spelling on 12/03/2018 at 8:23 PM

Re: “DA: Lawson Review Will Likely Take Another 4-6 Weeks

It's important to note the article mentions, and credits, "racial epithets" as racially charging the case. The incident itself, however, occured before that. Every followup article makes "racial epithets" a point of focus. However, clearly, the issue of a group of people (who happen to be black) ganging up against an unarmed guy (who happens to be white) and beating him unconscious is infinitely more critical to the incident, and is just as obviously the largest point of contention over the case in forums. Almost exclusively, in fact.

An unarmed guy was viciously beaten unconscious by a gang of people.

Why isn't that worked into ANY of the Journal's followups?

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Posted by Art Spelling on 12/03/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Owls of the Bell Tower

Thanks for sharing his. The saddest story of the year. I love the cover illustration, am speachless of the loss.

Posted by Art Spelling on 09/28/2018 at 7:20 PM

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