Going Paparazzo

Posted in The Berkeley Scene, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on September 20th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Sept. 19, 2016


Micah M. White, center in white shirt, a founder of Occupy Wall Street movement, and a new Berkeley resident. Photo by Ted Friedman.

The co-founder of Occupy Wall Street was based in Berkeley where his wife took a post-doc in rhetoric.

During an Occupy General Assembly at Bank of America Civic center Plaza, Occupy’s wife was sitting on a popular homeless bench when I got off a shot from nearby. She saw me take the shot and demanded to know why.

“You’ve got a doctorate in Rhetoric, you ought to know,” I rhetored. Rhetoric, has nothing to do with this. Yet that’s what I said.

The rhetorician complained about me to her husband, Occupy co-founder, Micah M. White.
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More Fucked Up Than You

Posted in The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on September 15th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment


By Steed Dropout

Sept. 11, 2016


Photo by Ted Friedman

TRUMP THIS

Members of “Trump Nation,” as they like to be called, know that they are fucked-up.

“Dude,” a nation member told me. “Everyone knows I’m fucked up. My mother and father and all my many aunts and uncles were fucked up. now we have a national leader who truly represents us.”

But “…is having a fucked-up leader a good thing? we asked.

“Yeah,” the nation-member confirmed. “Knowing that he[Trump] is fucked up and we are fucked up, too. We feel a special connection more intimate than with NFL football players, who are fucked-up over drugs and spousal abuse.”
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The Mindful Journalist

Posted in The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on September 13th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Steed Dropout
Sept. 11, 2016


Photo by Ted Friedman

WHY OUR ATTENTIONS WANE

Any journalist worth his weight in dry-salami will tell you that “mindfulness” is over-rated.

This, an unavoidable conclusion, after a recent media-blitz recommending mindfulness for what ails the common man.

It is difficult to quarrel with the basic truths of mindfulness. Its opposites— distractedness, inattention—are unlikely to catch-on. Mindlessness would be a hard sell.

Mindfulness is here to stay. Like hearsay.
Like centeredness. Like the here and now.
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Cal’s Ludwig Fountain Foaming at the Mouth

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on September 9th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Sept. 8, 2016


Photo by Ted Friedman

Cal’s historic Ludwig Fountain, named after a 60s era dog, sustained a soaping Sunday, to the delight of Sproul strollers, who flocked to the foam for fun and frolic.

Sour-pusses like Andrew Clardy, a Berkeley-based music producer for Yoshi’s Jazz Club, called it “unoriginal,” and the history of this sudsy prank supports him.

Wiki has not yet posted the complete soapy history of this prank, but online sources trace the sudsing of Cal’s Ludwig Fountain, adjacent to Sproul Hall, to 1963. Subsequent sudsings were sighted, reportedly, in 1965, and (recently) in 2013.
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Trees-saver Fires Up Seniors Audience, Tries to Drink Monsanto ‘Poison’

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on September 1st, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Aug. 31, 2016


Request to burn these cuttings in the meeting room was denied.
Photo by Ted Friedman

“No…no…Jack, don’t do it,” the audience at Redwood Gardens (seniors) community room shouted, Sunday, after TreeSpirit founder, Jack Gesheidt tried to drink Monsanto ‘poison.’

Geschiedt also tried to set a fire, but he couldn’t get away with that either.

Geschiedt, famous for nude tree-saving media events throughout Northern California, is also an award-winning photographer.

Gesheidt’s Monsanto poison stunt followed a Monsanto TV ad claiming to save the planet from nature. “Hey, if it’s [Monsanto products] so good for us, maybe we should be drinking it,” Gesheidt mocked.
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Mugged, Murdered, a Mere Hop-Skip-Jump from Serenity

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on August 17th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Aug. 16, 2016


You are perhaps more likely to be mugged or murdered on the Berkeley Southside street where I live than in Berkeley’s serene Elmwood District, which is a mere hop-skip-and-a-jump away.

In the Elmwood, neighbors posting on a neighborhood website tout, “enjoy the Berkeley lifestyle.” This might include a stint cat-sitting in a mansion, being a nanny, household cook, computer coach, or Koi-pond-tender.

You might score a free photo album, bird house, baby bath-tub,storage closet, law books, keyboards, moving boxes, guinea-pig cage, or a Blue-Nose Pit Bull.

In my neighborhood, we sift through detritus dumped on our neighborhood streets, and if we find a bauble or two, we proclaim it street-score.
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Trump Calls Christ a Loser

Posted in The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on August 9th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Hal E. Mooney
Aug. 8, 2016


You can’t say you didn’t see it coming.

First he picked a squawk with the pope.

Then he was having a bad week over his beef with the Muslim family who denounced him at the Democratic convention. Critics called him nuts. His problems continued.

Then he did the unthinkable, he called Jesus Christ “a loser,” adding, “I don’t want my religious figures to fail at life.”
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Berkeley Eccentric, Rare’s Last Roar

Posted in Telegraph Avenue on July 12th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
July 10, 2016


Rare, right, testing new name. Photo by Ted Friedman

‘Rare,’ a Telegraph, Ave. legend told me, yesterday, that he’s changing his street name from ‘Rare’ to “Hell Yeah.”

The news comes, as Rare’s 40-year persona—RARE—has fallen on hard times.

The former Rare has told me he’s a self-described “fat slob” now. Once a gymnastic dare-devil who could chin himself on street poles, Rare has struggled even to roar out his name, which lately has gone from roar to rasp.
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Berkeley: The Homeless Mind

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on July 11th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jul 10, 2016


Photo by Ted Friedman

Solutions to Bay Area homelessness rolled off the presses like EXTRAS, recently, as major media ganged up on homelessness.

Even as demands for homeless services explode, San Francisco, reportedly, was giving its all to take a bite out of the crisis.

Huddled between Oakland and Albany, tiny-land-mass Berkeley, with its frazzled homeless communities on the Southside and near the freeway, seems to have accepted homelessness as a life-style—for someone else.

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Free Pizza Ain’t What It Used to Be

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on June 29th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
June 28, 2016

A TALE OF A BERKELEY BUSINESS EMPIRE


Ed Monroe’s Blondies. Photo by Ted Friedman

Telegraph Avenue street artist Ed Monroe’s hand-to-mouth life-style took a paste to the mouth recently when he lost free pizza for life at Berkeley’s Blondie’s Pizza.

Blondie’s was sold recently to a longtime employee.

Blondie’s was the 1960s (“Make Pizza Not War!”) love-child of the nine store Rasputin music chain and other enterprises of Berkeley’s titan of Telegraph trade—Ken Sarachan.
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