San José no longer has to be behind Milpitas … we are scheduled to get a Barack Obama Boulevard (? avenue?) after 3 years of organizing. The renamed street will only be visible from a car, since no one goes on that stretch other than to use the freeway or the train thanks to slumlords who’ve intentionally let those blocks rot for 40 years.
But how did it get done after all the naysaying??? Hijacked public sentiment, stroking psycho homeowners and cops, or just Google getting its way again? The truth lies somewhere in the middle…
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This is comic is not a joke, this is an idea we should seriously be considering!!! Who can afford to bleed $500 a month on a huge chunk of midwest land?? Let’s go in on a demonstration forest!! If we don’t, the Waltons, Jeff Bezos and those Facebook assholes will buy up the whole country, finishing what they started in 2009! It’s time to choose between Doordash fees and trees, you bastards!
Think of all the “carbon sequester” that yer nonprofit could get paid government pork for. If we wait, we could have all that flood control, groundwater capture, pollinators, bison, and stuff that yer liberal yoga wife loves to look at on social media.
As part of my series on what things were really like before social media (a time in which the truth was as little treasured as it is now, I assure you, only then it was cable and religion and DSL), here’s some genuine quotes on the struggle to help our own situation.
Gimme something to consume, and make it macho, faggit! Where’s my tiki torch…
Yknow if you weren’t so nonconformist and broke, you could be getting razors for a fraction of the price in a really nice box that you can throw away later. How you gonna be in the leisure money gang without the evidence???
Meanwhile, during the quarantine abuse by macho men against their families is piling up and the court systems can’t deal with it. Kids used to use school as a place to get away from abuse but now schools have to sacrifice so you can go to the gym, so. If you’re tired of the man in your life, I’ve got a comic for that too: https://negrocomics.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/new-years-2017-resolution-time/
This beautiful September evening, the best part of the Californian year, there was a punk rock party under 280/87. Don’t think I’m blowing the whistle, because anyone could see. There were some skate dudes, notably without electric boards, and a bunch of kids drinking beer and smoking weed and manning tables of indistinct art and generally having a good time.
In typical punk show fashion, the fucking band couldn’t seem to start playing over fifteen fucking minutes, like they were working on their tone knobs or still convincing the drummer to get out of his car.
Normally I would say Fuck Yes and get in it, but I didn’t feel good bringing back a compromised story to my family, since all these kids and their parents and grandparents are going to get fucking coronavirus and someone could die, and it’s not funny (I still want humans to go extinct but ahem, I’m being polite here). There was a sign posted to wear a mask but maybe ten percent did, and there was no six foot distance for sure.
Hard to say why no one was wearing a mask. I guess they figure the kids already can’t go back to school this semester so what the fuck, just get sick. Was it the libertarian I-don’t-care-if-your-mom-dies unmaskedness, or the honest invincible youthful rebellion unmaskedness, or fear of being called gay by “punkers” with brand new Sodom shirts in 2020, or something else? What would I do if I were that age now? I don’t know.
I didn’t even stop to ask who and what and wherefore but I hope they were organizing something excellent besides the obvious party outcome. Maybe it had to do with the decisions on the Breonna Taylor case but it didn’t seem like it. I sort of felt old. The only guy there with gray hair had a Psychopathic hatchetman pendant, and a trashed skate, not going into the fray either, I guess a year older than me, right? I still don’t know who organizes these annual shindigs, a failure on my part. Would love to be involved sometime. Maybe the organizers will find this and hit me up.
In related news, just today, after all this, I remembered the new Cattle Decapitation song Bring back the plague for the first time since March. I wonder what the response has been to that tune. The Day on the Bay is going to be virtual this year.
Here we are, quarantined (or rather not) in friggin August. And by the time I got the scanner working, September!
Hard not to connect the county’s painfully vague infection numbers with what we all know about humans.
I was gonna put VALLEY CHRISTIAN or LELAND across the neonazi’s chest but yknow, you all don’t need me to explain every last thing.
A lot of stuff has changed in Santa Clara County since I started writing Byebye and Shlort in 2015. At that time the big break for downtown’s homeless former foster youth was still Martha’s Kitchen. Now there are the shower trucks, and other stuff I’m probably no longer hip to.
Now Dave Cortese is announcing that Santa Clara County former foster youth will receive new financial support for a year, branded ever so trendily as “universal basic income” or “UBI,” as they age out of the foster system. What hasn’t changed is people’s callousness toward and judgment of former foster youth, which is like having a felony or something. Statistics, video, etc. on foster youth’s ending up homeless is widely and easily available on the internet.
The catch is that individuals must make it all the way to 24 before eligibility for the $1000/month support for one year. There’s enough for 72 individuals so far. The article linked above is worth reading in its entirety. I would embed a video on the subject but it’s only on Facebook, so.
A person’s routine, comfort and reality tunnel must not be disturbed by any world-historic struggle or growth, including the education systems required for such to work, lest the self-esteem suffer! This hits a variety of issues, such as cop lynching, whether to wear a mask outside amid an epidemic and how to face our own history (in our case, not at all!! Ha ha!!!), for just a few examples.
LIFE HACK: Put another statue next to the non-white-fragility one, which serves exclusively to explain the other one! Have you been anywhere outside the US??? We need more monuments, not less!!