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Aug. 17th, 2017 10:18 am
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It has been a very low energy week. I'm on "jury duty" which means I have to call in at 4:30 every day to see if I need to report the next day.  I can't work (no way to -get- a one day job with no notice), so have been taking it easy.
Tazlina's paw is healing and she is beginning to actually walk on it a bit.  I've gone through two rolls of vet-wrap trying to keep a bandage on it.  The paw is currently encased in vetwrap and athletic tape. 
My hip is still comprehensively bruised and sore.  Everything else is healing well.

Got a new extension ladder yesterday so I can finish power washing the shed.  The old one was about 4 feet too short.  Saturday should be wash day.  Need to find some plastic sheeting so I can wash the back steps and not splash the neighbours freshly painted house.

Cooked up some Dragon Tongue beans, oh, my are they tasty!

Ate the first apple from the tree here in SF.  Yum.  We are also getting ripe raspberries.  The blueberries are done producing for this year, but the bushes are very happy.

Vacuumed out the car yesterday and checked all the fluids. 

Looked at plans for making "bee houses".  Some of our 1,600 kinds of bees in California like to nest in the right size hole.  Drilling holes in a chunk of scrap lumber forms a nice home.  I think I'll make a couple.

Ok, time to go pick up the house, it's a mess.

Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance, 2015

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:01 am
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I loved Aziz Ansari in Parks and Recreation and I revere his own series, Master of None. The "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None is one of the best things I have ever seen on television. So I picked up Modern Romance with some enthusiasm.

In a classic Tom Haverford move, rather than just write the obligatory you-have-succeeded-as-a-comedian-on-TV book (Bossypants, Girl Walks Into a Bar, I'm Just a Person, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Self-Inflicted Wounds, The Bedwetter, Yes Please... yeah, it's a genre), Ansari teamed up with Stanford sociologist Eric Klinenberg to figure out both why technologically-mediated dating is such an unrelieved horror show and, reading between the lines, why Ansari was finding it difficult to meet a nice woman.

The resulting book reminded me a bit of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything in that it's as curious and interesting as it is funny. Ansari's quizzical sweetness shines especially in his reporting on the specific dating scenes in Buenos Aires, Doha, Paris and Tokyo.
In Japan, posting any pictures of yourself, especially selfie-style photos, comes off as really douchey. Kana, an attractive, single twenty-nine-year-old, remarked: “All the foreign people who use selfies on their profile pic? The Japanese feel like that’s so narcissistic.” In her experience, pictures on dating sites would generally include more than two people. Sometimes the person wouldn’t be in the photo at all. I asked what they would post instead.

“A lot of Japanese use their cats,” she said.

“They’re not in the photo with the cat?” I asked.

“Nope. Just the cat. Or their rice cooker.”

“I once saw a guy posted a funny street sign,” volunteered Rinko, thirty-three. “I felt like I could tell a lot about the guy from looking at it.”

This kind of made sense to me. If you post a photo of something interesting, maybe it gives some sense of your personality? I showed a photo of a bowl of ramen I had taken earlier in the day and asked what she thought of that as a profile picture. She just shook her head. OH, I GUESS I CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO THAT STREET SIGN DUDE, HUH?

For me, the most engaging part of the book was seeing insights that later ended up as jokes in Master of None. I endorse and seek to emulate this kind of creative reuse! As for meeting a nice woman, the gossip rags tell me that Ansari was in a relationship with pastrychef Courtney McBloom for a while, but they parted amicably last year. So it goes.

August London meetup

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:09 pm
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Posted by katepreach

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 17th August, 12pm onwards.  Please note slight change of location, same as last month – Green Bar rather than Blue, e.g. same thing as the previous location but the opposite side.  Also please note we are starting an hour later than normal.

Bad book swap!  Please bring any book you think is bad, for any reason (too purple, too few vampires, etc.) and swap it for someone else’s bad book.  Or just come and chat with us.  🙂

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar (go up in lift 1, sadly not as musical as lift 7).

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(September meetup will be the 16th.)


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Posted by dm

Over the next few weeks, EFF and our allies will enter our final push to pass legislation out of the California legislature that would defend and promote civil liberties. With a Democratic super-majority eager to push back against the federal government, our chances have seldom been better to move the ball forward on the state level. We have also seen bipartisan support emerge around issues such as transparency and youth access to technology. 

But we need all Californians who value digital rights to flood their state lawmakers with communications demanding they send these key reforms to the governor’s desk.  We’ve set up five simple action pages, covering issues such as police surveillance, broadband privacy, and youth computer rights. Please lend your voice to ensure California is at the forefront of the battle for our rights.

 A.B. 375 - California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Earlier this year, Congress voted to repeal hard-earned privacy protections passed by the Federal Communications Commission that kept broadband providers (e.g. Time-Warner, Cox Communications, Comcast) from selling your data without your permission.  A.B. 375, legislation by Assemblymember Ed Chau, would restore these rights to ensure that our browsing data belongs to us.

Take an Email Action

Email your state legislators to support A.B. 375

Call Your Legislator

Get on the phone and demand your lawmaker restore our online privacy protections 

S.B. 21 - Law Enforcement Surveillance Transparency and Oversight

Police and sheriff's departments across California have been quietly acquiring advanced surveillance technology with very little transparency or public input. S.B. 21, introduced by Sen. Jerry Hill, would require law enforcement agencies to publish “Surveillance Usage Policies” and disclose biennially how often each technology was used or abused, how effective it was, and how much it cost.  Municipal police departments would further be required to seek approval from city councils prior to acquiring the technology. 

Take Action

Tell your state lawmakers to support surveillance transparency

A.B. 811 - Computers and Internet for Juveniles in State Care

Sponsored by the Youth Law Center and Assemblymember Mike Gipson, A.B. 811 would ensure that youth in detention and foster care are provided with the digital tools they need to succeed. The bill would state that youth in state care have a right to access computers and the Internet for educational purposes and to stay in touch with their families. So far, the bill has received bipartisan support.

Take Action

Tell your lawmakers to support A.B. 811

 S.B. 54 - The California Values Act

Often referred to as the “Sanctuary State” bill, S.B. 54 contains crucial language ensuring that data collected by law enforcement agencies in California is not used for immigration enforcement. Please join us if you believe that police should protect the rights of all people, and not collaborate with federal agencies that may pursue mass deportations, as promoted by the administration. 

Take Action

Tell your lawmakers to support the California Values Act

S.B. 31 - California Religious Freedom Act

Facing the threat of a “Muslim registry,” Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced legislation to ensure that data collected by the state is not provided to the federal government for the purposes of building a list of people based on their religious affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity. The bill would also prevent state authorities from expending resources on creating such lists, registries, or databases. California law enforcement agencies would also be strictly limited regarding when they may collect information about a person’s religion. 

Take Action

Tell your lawmakers to protect freedom of religion

Would you like to get more involved? The Electronic Frontier Alliance is a network of local organizations across the country that bring together local allies to learn about and advocate for digital rights in their communities. Several allied groups in California are taking action across the state to support these bills and your participation could expand a local event or campaign of your choice. You can also view all of the California bills EFF is supporting through LegiScan

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Posted by Ian Bauer

The services of a Mountain View law firm that in the last two years helped Milpitas explore legal ways to eliminate odors related to an expansion of Newby Island Resource Recovery Park no longer will be needed, the city has decided.

The City Council voted 4-0 on Aug. 1 to end the city’s contract with Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP with a payment not to exceed $6,891.65.

According to city staff reports, the firm will have been paid a total of up to $266,891.65 for its work with the city.

“Their work for the city is complete,” City Attorney Christopher Diaz told the Post via email after the meeting.

The city has been fighting the expansion of the Newby Island Landfill on the San Jose-Milpitas border since 2011. In that effort, the council had directed the city attorney’s office to conduct a nationwide search to find a law firm to advise it on all potential means by which to eliminate offensive odors plaguing the community, city reports state.

In 2015, the city selected Burke, Williams & Sorensen for that task.

The city’s continued use of the firm’s legal services followed the San Jose Planning Commission’s December 2016 approval of a nearly 100-foot vertical expansion of San Jose’s Newby Island Landfill and rejection of Milpitas’ appeal to stop the project.

As a result, Republic Services of Santa Clara County can now increase the capacity of its landfill at 1601 Dixon Landing Road by approximately 15.12 million cubic yards and extend its estimated closure date to January 2041 from 2025.

But some changes have occurred in Milpitas’ fight against the landfill’s odors.

In May, the council decided not to pursue any future litigation against Newby Island or San Jose. Instead, Milpitas officials said they would work in a constructive way with San Jose to diminish odors and improve overall operations at the Newby Island Landfill.

“The city council has directed city staff to focus our energies on working closely with San Jose and the landfill’s neighbors to ensure odors are kept to a minimum and the landfill is operated in a safe and efficient manner,” a city statement issued in May reads.

Regardless, Milpitas officials in June directed that litigation should continue against California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the state’s landfill permitting authority, for not considering odor complaints in deciding to grant Newby Island Landfill’s expansion permit. Kelly Smith, a Sacramento-based attorney contracted by the city, has been handling that case since 2014.

Councilman Garry Barbadillo was absent from the Aug. 1 meeting.

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After cooking school, I was offered an internship at a Mediterranean restaurant in San Francisco. I jumped at the opportunity. On the first day there, the executive chef taught me to make hummus.

The training wheels of cooking with recipes were forever removed. I was told to just watch her and taste as we go to create the perfect hummus. I was surprised to see how generous she was with the salt, olive oil and lemon juice. The hummus was the best I had ever had.

To my surprise, I was asked to make the hummus the next day at work. I was nervous but did my best and just focused on my taste buds to carry me through. I was relieved to get a thumbs up. Most hummus recipes in restaurants are way too dry and dull. The creamy texture in this hummus comes from adding a lot of olive oil and the brightness comes from adding more lemon juice than you could ever imagine.

For a modern-day twist, I like to roast a beet and blend it in. While this step is optional, it creates the most gorgeous pink color and is sure to create a pop on any platter. I serve it with veggies or pita chips. Any leftovers I serve on my avocado toast.

Lemony Beet Hummus

Ingredients

1 medium red beet

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 14-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained

1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil, plus additional as needed

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Extra-virgin olive (enough to cover)

1 tablespoon Italian parsley, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss beet in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Put on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Remove from oven, cool slightly and peel the outside skin off the beet.
  3. Place the beet, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food
    processor. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  4. Transfer the hummus into a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the hummus mixture and sprinkle with the parsley.
    Serve with pita chips or vegetables.

Bibby Gignilliat is the founder of Parties That Cook, a San Francisco-based culinary event company; www.PartiesThatCook.com.

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Posted by Timothy B. Lee

Putin us on. (credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)

When the Daily Stormer lost control of its .com domain in the face of a social media protest, the infamous hate site sought virtual refuge in Russia. For a few hours on Wednesday, the site re-appeared at the domain "dailystormer.ru" before the site lost DDoS protection from CloudFlare and disappeared from the Web once again.

Now the Russians have nixed the Daily Stormer's new online home, citing the country's laws against hate speech. According to Radio Free Europe, the Russian company responsible for registering the Daily Stormer's Russian domain received a letter from Russian authorities asking it "to look into the possibility of register suspension due to extremist content of this domain. So we decided to suspend [the] domain Dailystormer.ru."

"Russian law has established a very strict regime for combatting any kind of extremism in the Internet," said Aleksandr Zharov, head of the Roskomnadzor, the Russian government agency responsible for media and Internet regulation.

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Posted by Valentina Palladino

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Apple is slated to release iOS 11 to all users this fall, but with the public beta available for anyone to try, some previously unannounced features have been discovered. According to a report from The Verge, a feature in the updated operating system allows users to easily change settings so your fingers can't unlock your iPhone using Touch ID. Pressing the power button on an iPhone rapidly five times will bring up an emergency screen, allowing you to either call 911 services or enter a passcode to enable Touch ID. Until you enter that passcode, Touch ID won't unlock your device.

This appears to be an easy way to disable Touch ID on the fly or when you're in a situation in which you may be forced to unlock your smartphone. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding border control agents searching electronic devices, often without an explanation. In February 2017, reportedly 5,000 devices were searched by Customs and Border Patrol, more than the number of devices searched in all of 2016.

Back in May, Ars spoke with Aaron Gach, an artist and college lecturer, who was stopped by border agents at San Francisco International Airport who asked him to hand over his iPhone so they could search it. When asked why the agents needed to check his smartphone, Gach wasn't given a straight answer. The agents only said they were looking for "information pertinent to our investigation."

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Posted by Vivian Kane

Following Donald Trump’s bewildering press conference Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel opened his show with a message for Trump voters. He starts by telling them that he gets why they supported Trump. He understands the desire to break out of the existing political status quo, to “shake this Etch-a-Sketch hard and start over.” But he doesn’t believe that those voters aren’t at least starting to know, deep down, that they made a huge mistake. Now they have a choice: dig in and double down on their support, or admit their mistake.

Last night, Kimmel read some of the “thoughtful responses” his video accrued on Facebook and Twitter. Now, if you’ve ever read a Trump supporter’s response to facts presented on Facebook or Twitter, “thoughtful” is probably not the word you would use to describe them. “Ignorant,” “hateful,” or maybe “poorly spelled and constructed” all come to mind as more accurate descriptions, all of which apply to these.

Kimmel laughs through the comments, and they deserve to be laughed at. But they’re also incredibly sad, as well as worrisome. Because they represent the feelings of so many very real people. The most troubling, perhaps, is from “James” on Facebook, who pulled out the “[Kimmel] is a racist promoting racism” argument. This argument isn’t new, the “you’re intolerant for not tolerating my intolerance” defense, but after the goddamn president spouted from that playbook in his press conference, it’s become an even faster, or at least more public go-to response for racists. They’re not even just talking about the Antifa movement or anyone proposing meeting violence with violence (a separate, but still bullshit argument), but insisting that any opposition to racism is itself racism against white people*. All white people should be 100% offended by that suggestion.

I’m glad Jimmy Kimmel can laugh at these people. Someone should be able to.

*not a real thing

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Following in the footsteps of Baltimore, many other cities across the United States have taken preliminary steps to remove their own Confederate monuments. This includes statues and plaques and the like, as well as schools, highways, and other facilities named for Confederate soldiers, even holidays. All told, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified about 1,503 items as of 2016. Moreover, the vast majority of statues and physical markers are located in what can be considered southern states; of the 718 monuments and statues, about 300 are located in Georgia, Virginia, or North Carolina.

As you already know, Charlottesville’s city council voted to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the newly-minted Emancipation Park. It was this decision that led to the violence that occurred over the weekend. As of right now, the statue’s removal is on hold as the city tries to figure out how to move forward after the protests and tragedy of the weekend. Gainesville, Florida has already moved one statue, and is in the process of raising funds to remove a second. One North Carolina statue was knocked over by protesters in response to what happened in Charlottesville.

Following the Charlottesville attack as well, Lexington, Kentucky mayor tweeted that they would be removing two Confederate monuments, writing, “I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues. We have thoroughly examined the issue, and heard from many of our citizens.” In Los Angeles, California, a Confederate monument was removed from the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where 30 Confederate veterans and their families are buried. New York’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans will also lose their busts of Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Donald Trump tweeted about the removal of all of these monuments this morning, in a tweetstorm that I’m sure his aides wish they could have stopped. In his tweets, he calls the statues “beautiful” and says that such beauty will “never be replaced.” He then goes on to repeat a lot of the talking points (read: incoherent babbling) he gave in his now-infamous “Both Sides” speech at Trump Tower, where he took questions from reporters against the advice of his aides and team.

These monuments should have been taken down ages ago, but it’s good to see that something’s finally being done about them across the country. But even with these ones moving or going down soon, there are still loads strewn all about the U.S., and there’s an even longer journey ahead to get those removed.

It’s funny (and a bit ironic, in the best way) to see that even though the “Unite the Right” rally may have delayed the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park, many more statues are being taken down everywhere else. That’s what happens when you rally together in the names of hate, intolerance, and prejudice—people see you for how you really are, and in some small way, the world responds to that. I’m happy to see these monuments go, but as always, it’s important to remember that while these statues of iron, lead, steel, and stone vanish, we must make sure we do the same to the hideous ideologies their defenders stand for. We still have a long journey to look forward to, but at the very least, that journey will look a little brighter without these monuments blotting out the road ahead.

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So a while back I looked at my short stories and realized, huh — they kind of fall into these nice little groupings. Not enough in any one grouping to fill a whole print collection, but very nicely sized to make a set of tidy little ebooks.

The first of those is now available for pre-order! The title is Maps to Nowhere, in homage to Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Fire and Hemlock and the “NOWHERE” vases that are a recurring motif in it. (The same novel that inspired me to become a writer, and in a roundabout fashion sparked another story of mine.) It contains ten short stories, all set in secondary worlds. To whet your appetite, here’s the table of contents:

Maps to Nowhere

Maps to Nowhere will be out on September 5th!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Posted by Julia Baum

Although developers have reduced the number of houses planned for the Lincoln Glen Church site, some neighbors still insist none should be allowed at all.

San Jose city planners and representatives from Lincoln Glen Church and SummerHill Homes updated residents during an Aug. 7 public meeting at the Willow Glen Community Center about plans to sell 1.65 acres on the north side of the church property at 2700 Booksin Ave.

SummerHill earlier this year applied to build 13 two-story single-family houses but scaled the project back to nine homes after getting pushback from the public and planning department. Planners told it the site would only support five units per acre. The nine houses now proposed would be two stories and contain about 2,700 square feet.

Before any development could occur, however, the land must be rezoned from public/quasi-public to neighborhood residential.

Cristina Spano, one of the project’s opponents, said in an interview that a land use change might tempt other places of worship and community organizations to follow suit.

“It sets a dangerous precedent for churches,” Spano said. “What’s stopping other churches in Willow Glen? They’re sitting on a gold mine.”

The Rev. Bruce Porter, pastor of Lincoln Glen Church, told the Resident the church has no interest in profiting from a sale. He said it needs the money to pay for badly needed upgrades such as renovating the church’s exterior facade and playground.

“Some think we’re selling property to line our pockets and somehow benefit personally from this whole thing,” Porter said. He pointed out all those funds are required by law to go back into the ministry.

“The only profit for any church or any nonprofit selling the property is to enhance their ministry, period,” he added. “We become a better church in our community than we are right now. We’re not doing this to hurt our community in any way, shape or form.”

City planner Kimberly Vacca said although staffers are reviewing the request for a General Plan amendment to allow a zoning change, she told the developer they don’t support it. SummerHill could also face challenges because Lincoln Glen Church is in an established neighborhood rather than an identified growth area. San Jose’s General Plan aims to limit construction of new homes in established neighborhoods.

SummerHill Homes managing director Joe Head said some neighbors have been more receptive to the project since they heard fewer houses would be built. Other uses for the site were less popular, he said, “contrasted to a daycare center or something like that.”

But Spano said neighbors are worried that any changes would take away from needed community space.

“A neighborhood is so much more than housing development,” she said. “We need public gathering space. We need trees.”

Porter said “our intent is to make it a better space for public access than it is now” by building on the church’s little used land.

“Our green space area is actually going to be reduced in size by a little bit but will be enhanced by the development and will still be available for people to use,” Porter said. “The only space when people are talking about, ‘Oh, it’s an open space’, there’s a very large parking lot on the north side of the property that is rarely, if ever, used. That’s part of why we’re downsizing.”

The San Jose City Council is expected to vote on the land use amendment by the end of this year.

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Posted by Kathy Bennett

EAST BAY

  • Bark in the Park Dog Parade: Dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to wear costumes to this fun, family event. Dogs must be properly licensed, tagged and current on their vaccinations. CCC License Amnesty Program will be on site. Rabies shots will be offered for $7. (Spay/neuter proof required). All dogs must be on leash. 9 a.m. Aug. 19. City Park, 710 Second St., Brentwood.
  • Bark (& Meow) Around the Block: Berkeley Humane and 30 animal rescue groups are coming together in one location to make it easy to find a new dog or cat. The  adopt-a-thon and family-friendly street fair offers reduced-cost/free adoptions, food and entertainment, animal products, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19. 9th and Carelton streets, Berkeley.
  • Weekly Puppy Socials: Help your pup discover play and learn social skills at this supervised playgroup. All sizes of puppies aged 10-20 weeks old are welcome. Second vaccination must have been given at least seven days prior to attendance. Proof of first two vaccinations is required. Bring treats. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Dog Training Pavilion, ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. $35 per session. Calendar of classes.
  • Oakland Senior Summer Free Day: Oakland residents 65 and older (with valid identification) receive free admission to the Oakland Zoo on the following days: 10 a.m. -4 p.m.  Aug. 21 and Sept. 18. Registration is not required.
  • Coming to the Rescue: The Humane Society’s annual fundraising event features silent and live auctions, a buffet dinner and desserts, wines, ales and lagers, live entertainment, prizes and surprises. 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Perera Pavilion at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive. Tickets.
  • All Ears Reading: Free program for children in first through fifth grade is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations. Young readers are paired with a Pet Hug Pack therapy dog to help improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Preregistration required. Lafayette Library: 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 925-385-2280. Moraga Library: 4-5 p.m. fourth Thursdays monthly, 1500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-376-6852. Ygnacio Valley Library: 3-4 p.m. fourth Tuesdays monthly, 2661 Oak Grove Road. 925-938-1481. http://bit.ly/2fPhmiR.
  • All black and black-and-white kittens and cats are on "sale" at Community Concern for Cats' mobile adoption sites through Jan. 13.
    CC4C holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations. Courtesy of Community Concern for Cats

    Community Concern for Cats: CC4C, an all volunteer cat rescue organization serving Contra Costa County for 30 years, holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations: Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, and Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.

  • Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
  • Kitty Corner: Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner is an onsite, free-roam shelter where potential adopters can spend time with cats in a relaxed, living room type environment and find a pet that best suits their lifestyle. All  cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and FeLV/FIV tested (over 6 months of age). Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday, 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 171 Mayhew Way, Pleasant Hill, Suite 101.
  • Pet Ambassadors Club: This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. 1-2 p.m. third Saturday of the month. Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-523-7768.
  • Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals’ favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797.
  • Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187. Reservations.
  • Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or kcolbert@ebparks.org.
  • Free Fridays: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will offer free general admission from noon to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.
  • Rabbit adoptions: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue holds adoption events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
  • Delta Discoveries: Discover the wonders of the Delta through hands-on arts and crafts activities. Explore a different wetland wonder each week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
  • Anda Chu staff/8-4-05/ArgusSam a gopher snake.
    Meet a gopher snake for an up-close visit on Sundays at Del Valle Regional Park. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group Archives) 

    Snake Feedings: Meet resident gopher snake, Julius Squeezer, for an up-close and personal visit and feed him lunch if he’s hungry. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, Del Valle, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. Free.

  • Get Outside: Lindsay Wildlife Experience is currently offering nature and conservation-themed events and activities, including “Nature Play,” a children’s favorite on Member Tuesdays. Details.
  • Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Av

PENINSULA

  • Clear the Shelters: Name your own adoption fees on more than a 100 animals including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, bunnies, small animals, reptiles, birds and more at Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Summer of Love event. Enjoy groovy activities and far-out treats; visit the Furchandise store to purchase your pet’s start-up needs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium seeks volunteers: The Monterey Bay Aquarium will hold informational meetings for those interested in becoming a volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to attend. volunteers@mbayaq.org.
  • First Friday Sale: On the First Friday of each month, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s resale store Pick of the Litter offers 50 percent off or more on every items. Shop for second-hand treasures including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing, and more. All proceeds directly benefit the shelter animals at PHS/SPCA. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1127 Chula Vista Ave., Burlingame. 650-344-1662.
  • Vaccination and Microchip Clinics: Low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips — a permanent form of companion animal identification. 6-8 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Coyote Point Shelter Auditorium, 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
  • Obedience Classes: PHS/SPCA offers year-round obedience classes (except in December). Classes are six or eight one-hour sessions and limited to 12 dogs. Discounts available. To register, email training@phs/spca.org and provide your full name, mailing address and phone number.
  • Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and have attended a basic obedience class. Dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. is for dogs of all shapes and sizes; 10:30-11:30 a.m. is for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Preregistration required; no drop-ins. 650-340-7022, ext. 184.
  • Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344.
  • Pick of the Litter: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA operate a resale store featuring second-hand items including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing and a children’s department. The Pick is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit shelter animals.

SOUTH BAY

  • Clear the Shelters: Humane Society Silicon Valley is participating in the third annual Clear the Shelters national pet adoption event which offers free adoptions for all types of animals. HSSV’s Animal Community Center in Milpitas as well as their neighborhood adoption centers at Petco locations in West San Jose, Sunnyvale and Mountain View are particpating. Adoptions include: spay/neuter surgery, all necessary vaccines, cats and kittens are tested for FeLV, microchip, sponsored veterinary visit and select aftercare discount, petcare advice and a post adoption advice. The Milpitas HSSV Animal Community Center will also have a community street fair with food trucks and activities for kids. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas.
  • Crochet and Cats: Get creative and spend time with cats at this “crochet along” led by Aparna Costa from Kumi Crochet. All materials provided. Appropriate for those with an understanding of crochet basics. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25. $30. The Dancing Cat Cafe, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose.
  • “Mew-sic” Night:  Music appreciating cat lovers are invited to a concert featuring local musicians, Joanna Mack on sitar and Ferhan Quresh on tabla. 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose. $40. Benefits The Dancing Cat Cafe. Registration.
  • Pour for Paws: Humans and their dogs are invited to Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority’s first Pour for Paws event, co-sponsored by Friends of SVACA. Tickets are $100 and include wine, beer and beverages, a Goodie bag, food, dessert bar and a doggie treat bar, live entertainment, and a Selfie Smooch Booth. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Big Dog Vineyards, 4545 Felter Road, Milpitas.  All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the animals at SVACA.
  • Live in the Meow: This humerous class led by Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi of Go Cat Go! Cat Behavior Consulting, covers interactive play, litter box usage, food puzzles, and general harmony in your household. 7-8 p.m. Sept. 9.  The Dancing Cat Cafe, 702 E. Julian St., San Jose. $40. Registration.
  • Rabit Haven Adoption Shows: Rabbit Haven holds adoption events three times a month at the following locations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1261 South Mary St., Sunnyvale (inside For Other Living Things). This show is held the first Saturday of each month. Adoption shows are also held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at Pet Pals, 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel. There are at least 35 rabbits at every show and same day adoptions are available. Personal adoption appointments are available if arranged in advance. For information, call 831-239-7119 or 831-600-7479.
  • Kiddies 2 Kitties Reading Program: Kids in first through fifth grade practice reading aloud to adoptable cats, honing their skills while also getting  cuddle time with the animals. The program is held in conjunction with the Palo Alto Humane Society, who facilitate the program at SVACA.  3:30-5 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344.
  • Companion Animal Loss Support Group: Meetings help grieving pet owners work through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. Participants may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Donations accepted.
  • Vets for Healthy Pets: This veterinary clinic for pets of the homeless offers access to preventative veterinary care including vaccines, parasite treatment, microchipping, flea medication, nail trims, medications and any extra medical procedures the animals may need. Clinics also offer free pet supplies and pet food. Clinics are held on one day of the last weekend of the month at HomeFirst, 2011 Little Orchard St., San Jose. 408-794-7245.
  • BEIJING - SEPTEMBER 16: (CHINA OUT) Puppies watch on at a police dog training base September 16, 2005 in Beijing, China. The dogs are trained by a police squad to learn identifying, catching, tracking and other skills. According to the Ministry of Public Security, there is an estimate of over 10,000 working police dogs in China. These dogs are divided into 30 kinds according to international conventions and are widely used in police work, rescue and military missions. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
    During puppy socials, puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus. (Getty Images)

    Puppy Socials: In a trainer-supervised setting,  puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood. Sundays: 10-10:45 a.m. Attend at this time if your puppy is still a bit shy or fearful of new settings. 11-11:45 a.m. For more playful, outgoing dogs. Fridays: 7-7:45 p.m. All puppies welcome. Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. $10 cash at the door.

  • Volunteers opportunity: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers interested in a long-term commitment of caring for its educational animal ambassadors. Duties include but are not limited to: cleaning animal enclosures, feeding/providing water to animals, exercise/time outside, filling in log books and other duties as they are assigned. Experience with animals is.
  • Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic: The City of San Jose is offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road. For a limited time the City is partnering with HSSV to offer free dog and cat spay/neuter for residents of zip codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 and 95127. Low-cost spay/neuter services will still be available for local Chihuahuas, Pit Bulls and cats outside of these zip codes.
  • Dog Training: The Mission City Dog Training School, in cooperation with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department, offers dog obedience and puppy training classes on Saturdays at Maywood Park. The program is held throughout the year, and is open to residents and non-residents. For complete information on classes, contact Walt at 831-465-1491 or wenagle@yahoo.com.
  • Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics: San Jose Animal Care Center: 9 -11 a.m. first and third Saturday’s of the month, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose. Andy’s Pet Store: 2-4 p.m. third Saturday of the month, January-November, 51 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose. Canine Corral: 2-4 p.m. first Saturday of the month, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Details.
  • Outdoor Environmental Science Home School Program: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. For ages 5-12. 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Drop ins welcome but preregistration is preferred. $15 per student, per class. 408-298-7657.
  • The Dancing Cat: Silicon Valley’s first cat adoption lounge offers a place for cat lovers and potential adopters to socialize with friends, read, study, or just lounge with adoptable cats in a comfortable, open room. Guests are invited to bring their own food and beverages. A small selection of drinks and cookies are available for purchase. Wifi and catnip are on the house. Through November. Details.
  • Ilena will be available for adoption at the Rabbit Haven's adoption event Sunday at Pet Pals in Soquel. (Rabbit Haven -- Contributed)
    Courtesy of Rabbit Haven 

    Rabbit Haven foster positions: The Rabbit Haven operates exclusively with Foster homes to care for more than 90 rabbits at any given time. Foster’s usually have 1-2 foster rabbits in their home. Minimum foster period is three months. The Haven provides the pen, floor covering, food and water dishes, a toy and litter box. Foster families provide an indoor home and daily care. To apply, email Director@therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.

  • Rabbit Advocates: The Rabbit Haven is seeking Haven shelter advocates 18 and older in the San Jose area to help with exercising, cleaning, and grooming bunnies. Transport assistance is also needed on occasion. For an application, email Director@therabbitHaven.org or call Sarah, 415-531-7138 or Heather, 831-600-7479.
  • Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping: Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. Walk-in hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. For fees and information, call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.
  • Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter: The San Jose Animal and Care Shelter in partnership with Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes to residents who live in ZIP codes with high Chihuahua population. Owners must live in one of the following ZIP codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 or 95127. Dogs must be between 4 months and 7 years old and be a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix under 25 pounds. For complete details, go here and click on spay/neuter information.
  • Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133.

SAN FRANCISCO

  • Clear the Shelters: The San Francisco SPCA will be offering free adoptions for all animals during the third annual Clear the Shelters national pet adoption event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19-20. Animals can be adopted for free from both San Francisco SPCA locations:  in the Mission at 250 Florida Street or Pacific Heights, 2343 Fillmore Street. On Aug. 19, both shelters will host volunteer bake sales and No Worries Cuisine food truck will be at its Mission Campus. Also on Aug. 19, the SF SPCA will be hosting the Animal Film Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mission Campus. Tickets for the film festival are $10-$25 and proceeds benefit the SF SPCA and CAPE.
  • Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt: NorCal Boxer Rescue is participating in the annual Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt fundraising event which includes dog-themed festivities, merchant booths, and demonstrations.  9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 30. Little Marina Green, San Francisco. Registration is tax-deductible and counts as a donation whether you walk or not. Details.
  • Butterflies & Blooms: Walk among more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including monarchs, Western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. Giant moths, like the  cecropia moth, may make an appearance as well. The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance of the gallery lets you observe the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.  10 a.m.-4 p.m daily except Monday, through Jan. 7. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco. Free-$8.
  • Tarantula Exhibit: This special exhibit focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of these giants of the spider world. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway. Exhibit is included with general admission.

SANTA CRUZ

  • SCCAS Calendar Contest: The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is looking for a dozen special pets for their 2018 calendar. Pets will be chosen by votes (through Aug. 31) to represent each of the months of the year with a picture selected from a private shoot by a professional pet photographer. Entry fees and vote donations will help support homeless animals at the shelter.
  • Dog Walking Academy: An intensive three-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and go through the A-Z of running and marketing a dog walking business. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. August 25-27. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building C, San Francisco.
  • Parks & Rex III: Join Santa Cruz County Parks and the Animal Shelter for the third annual Parks & Rex “Pool Party” FUNdraiser. Dogs can take a dip in a large warm-water pool, get pampered at the doggie day-spay, and take part in other pup-tastic activities in the expanded doggie area — including hot dog bobbing. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 26. Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. $5-$15 in advance; $7-$17 at event. Kids age 3 and younger, and dogs are free. All proceeds benefit County Parks youth programs and Animal Shelter programs.
  • Training Discussion Group: The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a free training discussion group once a month with a local trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. The small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or those who have adopted and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before. These sessions are for people only. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Mondays monthly, Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. Reservations required.

AROUND THE STATE

  • Farm Sanctuary’s Twilight Tour: Guests can hear presentations by Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur and National Shelter Director Susie Coston, tour each barn at their own pace and interact with rescued residents, and attend an evening reception with appetizers including vegan wine, cheese, and snacks. 3-7 p.m. Dept. 9.  Farm Sanctuary, 19080 Newville Road, Orland. Registration required. Free-$30.
  • Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservation efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. Details.
  • Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour.

MOBILE ADOPTION SITES

Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.

  • Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, web.

Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.
  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.
  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.
  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.
  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.
  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly’s Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP)

  • Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.
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Antarctic ice cores have recorded an impressive span of climatic history for us, covering the last 800,000 years. But scientists are greedy, always looking to go back just a little further. Climate records based on things like seafloor sediment cores already take us much further back, but ice cores can reveal unique details. Groups are currently searching for locations to drill new ice cores that might provide a contiguous record back to over the million-year mark.

But another group has been cheating, and this has allowed them to take a big leap past everyone else. Instead of looking at places where the ice at the bottom might be oldest, they’ve been looking at places where that oldest ice has been squeezed up to the surface against high points of bedrock. A few years ago, they published data from samples of ice that came back at right about 1 million years old. At a conference on Wednesday, the researchers revealed the fruits of their second attempt—ice as old as 2.7 million years, blowing away their previous record.

The ice is fairly squished up and convoluted, with sections of ice less than 800,000 years old showing up between sections of ice between 1 million and 2.7 million years old—the effort to determine its age requires careful dating based on isotopes of argon. But the researchers are able to measure greenhouse gas concentrations from trapped air bubbles and indicators of past ocean temperature.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

The beautiful thing about free speech is that everybody gets it, and no individual or private company owes anyone a platform. Spotify is the latest company that is exercising its free speech by not giving the hate music of white supremacy a safe haven.

Spotify has a lot of major-label players when it comes to the music it offers, but it also provides a platform for more independent artists to sell their music, which is great 99% of the time. Sometimes, some heinous stuff slips through the cracks and it’s difficult to keep track of. However, it’s good to know that when this happens, and Spotify comes to know about it, they take swift action to shut it down.

Three years ago, in response to iTunes’ music catalog, the Southern Poverty Law Center published an article on all the white supremacist bands that were selling music on iTunes54 totaland were examining the fact that just when these bands were starting to die along with traditional music release and flagging concert sales, a service like iTunes provided a lifeline by allowing these bands a platform through which they could sell their music, making money that directly supports the white power movement.

Spotify was not immune then. In this Pando article from the same year, writer David Holmes also checked out Spotify to see what the hate music situation was over there. Of the 54 bands that the SPLC identified at iTunes, 33 of them were found at Spotify. When asked about it, Holmes was relieved to learn that, at the very least, the Swedish company had a metric in place for banning hate music. Spotify said in a statement then:

“We take this very seriously. Content (artists and music) listed by the BPjM in Germany (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien/Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) is proactively removed from our service. We’re a global company, so we use the BPjM index as a global standard for these issues. Other potentially hateful or objectionable content that is flagged by uses or others but not on the BPjM list is handled on a case by case basis.”

However, another article was needed three years later to get them to take further action. A couple of days ago, Digital Music News posted an article about finding 37 hate bands on Spotify. Again, the response from Spotify was swift. They said in a statement:

“Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”

Music streaming service Deezer also reached out to DMN to assert its commitment to fighting white supremacy, saying:

“Deezer does not condone any type of discrimination or form of hate against individuals or groups because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality. We are in the process of swiftly and actively reviewing the content on our platform and have begun and will continue to remove any material that is in any way connected to any white supremacist movement or belief system.”

White supremacy is getting more bold, but this does not mean that they should ever be legitimized, artistically or otherwise. It’s certainly difficult to provide a platform for both mainstream and independent artists without questionable independent artists sneaking in through the cracks. What matters is that these platforms take quick action once they know about them and quash them as if they’re playing some kinda Racist Whack-a-Mole.

SPLC’s list of 54 racist hate bands from their 2014 article.

You know what else matters? All of us. Consumers of pop culture. Spotify took action because websites in their industry wrote about finding hate music there. Companies might be unaware of what’s going on, so it’s up to us to be vigilant, speak up and, to use NYC subway parlance, if you see something, say something.

White supremacy will only be destroyed if all of us do our part to say Not here. Not in my house.

(via The A.V. Club, image: Spotify)

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Posted by Charline Jao

In our round-up of late night responses to Charlottesville, I included a short clip from Full Frontal With Samantha Bee talking about Life After Hate, “the only organization dedicated to bringing people out of the white supremacist movement.” While the full segment on Life After Hate doesn’t air on Full Frontal until September, Bee and the show’s team shared the segment, recognizing resonance with the current moment and an urgency for the work Life After Hate does.

“Is there literally anyone doing anything?” asks Bee after a clip of the white nationalist chanting in Charlottesville. The host points to helplessness that many people might’ve felt watching the rally, and how anyone with the means to do so can donate to Life After Hate, as the organization is currently in dire need of funding.

The reason, mainly, is that Life After hate was promised a $400,000 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration as a recipient of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program. However, on Friday, June 23, 2017 they “received notification of its removal from the approved list of funded organizations, without mentioning the specific criteria as to why their grant was rescinded.” It’s a clear example of how Trump’s weakest condemnation of white supremacist extremism (if you can even call it a condemnation and not a disgusting love letter to his fan base), isn’t only completely empty, but contradicted by his policies and actions.

Sammy Rangel, executive director of Life After Hate, says:

“The funding is for the crisis intervention initiatives that help pull violent extremists out of their lifestyles across the United States. This direct service assists people in resisting violent urges, and provides resources to anyone questioning racist ideologies. Our actions are saving lives.”

Bee, who explains to Entertainment Weekly that the group first came to their attention “during a field piece because we learned about the imminent loss of that grant,” says of Trump’s statement:

“We have heard his message. We see who he is. He reveals himself in his actions — and particularly in his inaction. He doesn’t understand how to demonstrate leadership on any level. It’s pathetic. It’s so embarrassing.”

If you have the means, you can support Life After Hate’s efforts here.

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