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Big problem is not just the cost of education, even at public schools.

The cost of education has skyrocketed. Profiteering and egos of edifice IMO are to blame. Education is now mostly a filter that further separates the haves from the have nots. Young people today have reason to complain and be disillusioned, especially if from poor or middle class families. My father went to 8th grade (and hated Cal the "hippie school". Best thing I ever did in life.

Went to Cal as an undergrad; Jan 74 (when turned 21) to March 79. Applied for financial aid. Got tuition waiver as was National Merit Semi-finalist (iirc tuition-student fees was about $90/quarter in 74 an $130 by 79). Got cash for books and supplies. Got a work study grant and a list of possible employers including a Federal lab in same agency (USFS) had worked for since age 16 and had a federal career job (as technician) since age 19. Had a 5 quarter break in middle. First two year was a flat on Durant not far from campus in a beautiful old building. Rent (lived with GF) started at $200/mth and was raised to $225 the 2nd year. Last two years (77-79) was a live in caretaker (free lodging and paid me for any actual work) on an estate off Sea View in Piedmont plus the District Ranger at home Ranger District fixed it so the USFS job switched me back and forth; instead work study was paid 20 hrs a week as GS-7 (and associated benefits). Managed to save money as a student. The two years post graduation went through two federal programs where earned 30 graduate units as a GS-9 and GS-11 all federally paid but had to sign a contract to stay with agency through 85. I considered myself a USFS lifer.

In 1983 the USFS announced 10 slots for midcareer employees to earn Masters. One was to get accepted into a university that would get a grant to support the research and pay salary and benefits but similar to the two opportunities mentioned above, had to sign a contract to stay with agency for 6 years. I was accepted into MBA programs at Stanford, Cal. and UCLA and chose Stanford. Part of this move was to get opportunity for exe to go back to school as well and be near her parents in Silicon Valley. Was to start Fall 1984. Marriage broke up and could not start as scheduled and still owed USFS time on initial 6 year commitment. Stanford was out and went to Cal Haas School in Fall 85. Took out a $5000 loan, mainly to buy first pc, a printer, and copies of word perfect, lotus 123 and DBase. Cashed out federal retirement to fund school. Paid back the loan in one payment the yea I graduated.

I only paid about $1200/year in student fees / tuition per year and was earning about as much in consulting as made with usfs while a student by mid 86. I paid $400 / mth with 3 others to rent a beautiful three story house near the Rose Garden.

Now what is shocking. Here are estimated costs per year at Haas B school now.

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/costs-and-financial-aid

Note at present student fees and tuition are $67,424 per year for a CA resident

Here is a problem more than student loans IMHO. This is a public university.

Secret Service waited to tell Capitol Police of Pelosi threat until the Jan. 6 riot was underway

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — A government watchdog group says it has obtained emails showing the Secret Service identified a social media account threatening Speaker Nancy Pelosi two days before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, but did not notify Capitol Police until the insurrection was underway.

The email, which Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington posted online Wednesday, says the Secret Service identified “a social media threat directed toward Speaker Nancy Pelosi” on Jan. 4, 2021. An unidentified “intelligence research specialist” in the Secret Service sent the message to an email address for the U.S. Capitol Police, according to the copy the watchdog group posted on its website.

The email says the Secret Service discovered a post on the social network Parler, a favorite of right-wing users, that threatened then-President-Elect Joe Biden, which said, “we CANNOT allow #Biden to enter the white house.”

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, confirmed that the email was authentic. He noted that Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is not a protectee of the Secret Service, which oversees security for the president. The messages were sent to Capitol police out of “an abundance of caution” even though they did not contain “a specific threat of violence to her on that evening,” he said.

Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Secret-Service-waited-to-tell-Capitol-Police-of-17380259.php



This is why IMHO current and past social media should be monitored for threats of violence by the FBI, perhaps a special task force.

Authors of posts of concern then visited with a search warrant for weapons mentioned in the social media posts and other related material.

The warrants would be served by the FBI complete with SWAT, weapons seized, and author of threats be charged as appropriate. Bet illegal weapons would be found often. Give these traitors what they fear and let them call federal law enforcement fascist and Nazi. Something akin to this approach is required to secure and provide safety to the nation. Otherwise, we will continue to suffer continued acts of violence and stochastic terrorism. IMO Faux and like media should be shut down and suffer monetary damages for the deaths, damage, and increased cost of security for the BS they spew to the ugly hearted and weak minded. Enough is enough, people in the USA should be protected. Unhealthy to raise children in this environment where violence and threats of violence is the norm.

COVID in California: Hospitalizations in California up 63% in a month

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

COVID-19 vaccine uptake among babies and toddlers in the Bay Area appears to be far outpacing statewide and national rates of 2.4% and 1.5%, respectively, according to early figures provided by several local health departments. Coronavirus hospitalizations in California and the Bay Area have reached their highest point since February, when the region was still coming out of the winter omicron surge.

Here are the latest updates:

COVID-19 hospitalizations in California up 63% in a month

There were 4,227 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in California as of Tuesday, according to state data, marking more than a 63% increase in the past month. Bay Area hospitals reported 796 patients, according to data from the California Department of Public Health, also a substantial uptick from June. About half the hospitalizations may be incidental, according to state officials, meaning patients were hospitalized for another reason but tested positive while there. California’s coronavirus test positive rate has increased to 16.1%, compared to 8.7% on June 10. The state is averaging 21 deaths per day due to COVID-19, having now surpassed 92,000 total pandemic deaths. COVID-19 cases remain stubbornly high, with California reporting 43 daily cases per 100,000 residents — a figure that has fluctuated little since early June. The highly transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of omicron make up about 4 out of 5 sequenced cases in the Northern California region, according to CDC data.

COVID-19 pandemic “nowhere near over,” says WHO head

Evolved versions of the coronavirus are driving another wave of COVID-19 infections globally and “putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers,” according to the head of the World Health Organization. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday that while the world is better prepared to handle new surges, people should not let their guard down. “As the virus pushes at us, we must push back,” he said. Hospitalizations are on the rise due to more transmissible subvariants of omicron, and deaths are also increasing in some regions as mitigation measures have largely been discarded, allowing for “new, fitter variants emerging, with different degrees of virulence, transmissibility, and immune escape potential.” Ghebreyesus concluded, “New waves of the virus demonstrate again that the COVID-19 is nowhere near over.”



Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/COVID-in-California-BA-2-75-subvariant-has-been-17298154.php



more at link

Anyone else think it is about time for hearings on Christo-fascism and the future of the USA?

Seems to me to be a timely task to follow in the heels of the 1/6 hearings.

Any ideas?

Meanwhile farther north in Humboldt County, the BOS has sent letter to the San Francisco DA,

about fentanyl purchased in The Tenderloin to traffic in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

THE SF-MENDO-HUMBOLDT FENTANYL PIPELINE IS SURGING, OVERDOSES ARE RISING, THE MENDO DA WARNS OF REDUCTIONS IN PRISON SENTENCES
May 29, 2022 Matt LaFever

https://kymkemp.com/2022/05/29/fentanyl-is-flowing-through-mendocino-and-humboldt-counties-as-the-mendocino-da-warns-of-reductions-in-prison-sentences/

[UPDATE 10:21 A.M.] DTF BUST TODAY JUST NORTH OF THE MENDOCINO CO. LINE ONLY DAYS AFTER BOARD OF SUPES SENT STRONGLY WORDED LETTER TO SF DA ABOUT DRUG SALES THERE
May 5, 2022 Kym Kemp

>>Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed this is a Humboldt County Drug Task Force stop.

It is common for that agency to observe local suspects making an alleged purchase of drugs in the Bay Area and then wait until they return to Humboldt County before stopping and searching them. She has said more details will be released later.

Just two days ago, on May 3, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors sent a strongly worded letter to Chesa Boudin, the San Francisco District Attorney, complaining of the prevelence of open drug dealing in that city making it easy for local people to purchase large amounts of illegal substances and bring them back to Humboldt County. See below:

The GOP is literally a political arsonist fostering violence and chaos.

Many conservative Christian churches are in lockstep to promote violence.

Right-wing group posts 'woke hot spots' map that claims to identify schools that are 'grooming toddlers'

A far-right group in Missouri has put out a map that claims to identify “hot spots” of so-called “woke” activity in the state, HuffPost reports.

The map focuses on at least 12 specific schools or school districts that the group, Liberty Alliance, says is indoctrinating students with "woke" ideology -- a disturbing detail especially in light of the most recent mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

In a statement on its website, Liberty Alliance says it's “committed to fighting back against the woke agenda permeating all across Missouri."

“The first step in fighting back is uncovering their crazy ideas — from Critical Race Theory to grooming toddlers with sexually explicit books,” the statement added. “That is why we have officially launched the Woke Heat Map — an interactive tool designed to expose the insane actions of the radical Left. This map will alert Missourians of craziness happening in their own communities.”

more at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/right-wing-group-posts-woke-hot-spots-map-that-claims-to-identify-schools-that-are-grooming-toddlers/ar-AAXVP1S

Uvalde Police Department received a grant from Abbott to purchase Level 4 Body Armor.

Just more to add on to the horror and disgust and urgency for change.

"Abbott", "I was misinformed". Bull crap. Spinning the narrative from the start.

Uvalde Police Department

August 1, 2018 ·

The Uvalde Police Department is pleased to announce that we have completed the process, and been awarded grant funds through the Office of the Governor to outfit EVERY Uvalde Police Officer with Level 4 body armor. This important piece of legislation provided funding to equip police officers with body armor rated to stop rifle rounds. In 2017, Senate Bill 12 was passed into law. The $23 million Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grants were awarded to 453 jurisdictions around the state. Thanks goes out to those who supported Senate Bill 12 and everyone who supports those who work to keep us safe. #BlueLivesMatter 🚔
Photo: Uvalde Police Officers proudly wear their newly issued Level 4 body armor. See less

from:https://www.facebook.com/uvaldepd/photos/a.935317536501604/2020446901321990/

Biden told officials media reports about U.S. intel sharing with Ukraine are counterproductive

President Joe Biden spoke with top U.S. intelligence and defense officials on Friday to stress the importance of their work but also said that recent news reports about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine have been counterproductive, according to two administration officials.

Biden spoke to the officials amid concern in his administration about news reports, including by NBC News, about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine.

The CIA and the Office of the DNI declined to comment. The Pentagon and the National Security Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Biden spoke to the officials amid concern in his administration about news reports, including by NBC News, about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/biden-told-officials-media-reports-about-u-s-intel-sharing-with-ukraine-are-counterproductive/

Biden told officials media reports about U.S. intel sharing with Ukraine are counterproductive

Source: NBC

President Joe Biden spoke with top U.S. intelligence and defense officials on Friday to stress the importance of their work but also said that recent news reports about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine have been counterproductive, according to two administration officials.

Biden spoke to the officials amid concern in his administration about news reports, including by NBC News, about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine.

The CIA and the Office of the DNI declined to comment. The Pentagon and the National Security Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Biden spoke to the officials amid concern in his administration about news reports, including by NBC News, about U.S. intelligence sharing with Ukraine.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/biden-told-officials-media-reports-about-u-s-intel-sharing-with-ukraine-are-counterproductive/

Dr. Karen Ramstrom Fired by Trio of Destructive Shasta County Supervisors

Anewscafe.com is a northern California regional online liberal news source located in red rural Shasta county California. I live two counties over in Humboldt (native) but lived in Redding at one time.

I have utmost respect for Doni Chamberlain and the other writers and liberal posters at the site, they are truly putting up the good fight against entities like the Red White and Blueprint, Bethel Church, Carlos Zapata, and the Cottonwood Militia just for starters.

Shasta county recently had a supervisor recalled followed by the county medical officer being fired. If one has the time, read the comments too.

Dr. Karen Ramstrom Fired by Trio of Destructive Shasta County Supervisors

Posted on May 3, 2022 by Doni Chamberlain

Dr. Karen Ramstrom has been removed as Shasta County’s chief medical officer. She was fired by Shasta County Supervisors’ majority trio late this afternoon.

The decision was announced at the conclusion of the Board of Supervisors meeting after a yet-another closed-session employee evaluation of Ramstrom.

Shasta County Dist. 5 Supervisor Chair Les Baugh, Dist. 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones and Dist. 2 Supervisor Tim Garman voted in lock step to dismiss Ramstrom for literally no rational reason.

Dist.3 Supervisor Mary Rickert and Dist. 1 Supervisor Joe Chimenti cast the minority, failed votes against Ramstrom’s termination.

Following the vote, Supervisor Rickert, who was visibly shaken, was overheard telling someone that she’d fought as hard as she possibly could for Ramstrom over the last months, but that today’s vote left Rickert feeling as if she’d failed Ramstrom.

https://anewscafe.com/2022/05/03/redding/dr-karen-ramstrom-fired-by-trio-of-destructive-shasta-county-supervisors/
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