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December 12, 2017

90% of the stuff I post on Facebook is just for fun.

I’m just trying to amuse myself. And I enjoy having discussions on the issues of the day and getting feedback and learning new things from hearing my Facebook friend’s perspective on things. . .And I guess for some weird reason I like to share details from my personal life. And I enjoy hearing my Facebook friends sharing details from their lives. I guess because it’s interesting to see how they’re coping with all the same things I deal with in my daily life.

But it made me wonder: Why do you guys post stuff on Facebook? I guess we all come here for different reasons.

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Ace Backwords shared a link.
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“It Came From Manhattan!!”

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Trying to keep it topical.

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Generally. My favorite time of day. The time when I’m really peaking. Is the end of the day. When I’m thinking: Do I REALLY want to go off and get another beer? Or do I just want to find some place where I can go to sleep?

And I think. I just want to go to sleep.

That’s the greatest feeling in the world.

Donald Trump getting kicked in the nuts. Are you happy now?????

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Your Moo Cat, the feral cat, update. For those of you that are keeping score at home.

Moo Cat had been driven off the scene by Owl — the alpha male tom. She was gone for a month. Of course I worried where she was. Moo Cat is one of my favorites. . . I think it was some kind of territorial pissing dispute between Moo Cat and Owl. Every time Moo Cat showed up, Owl would literally run her off.

But now Moo Cat is back. Hanging out on the scene again. Asserting her rightful p

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Magical mystical Moo Cat. She’s such a goon. Ha ha

All right. Its 10:36 PM. And I’ve been drinking alcohol since 5:30 PM.

Can we all agree to disagree that any of the babble that I post on the internet after this point doesn’t really count?

Sure we can!!!!!!

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Art imitates life. . . Or is it the other way around?

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Which reminds me of some interesting gossip abut Eleanor Roosevelt. . .

Just about everything in California has gone downhill over the last 40 years. Except for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. Which remain as pretty as ever.

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December 12, 2017

I’ve been fascinated by all the Ghost Ship wharehouse rave stories. I’ve been avidly reading all the articles. I’m not sure why.

I think maybe because in the 70s I was really into the hippie underground scene.
And in the 80s I was really into the punk rock scene.
And in the 90s I was really into the Berkeley street scene.

So I guess when the Rave scene started happeningI had already been through so many scenes that I had had enough of scenes by that point. But I’m sure I’d I had been 20 years younger I would have been right in the middle of that fucking scene

So it has a weird mystique to me.

The harrowing stories of that December night, from those who made it out, those who traded panicked texts, and those who tried to help, tell a heartbreaking tale of the 36 people who died, and of t…
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The two cosmic kittens — Mini Owl and Mini Scaredy — sleeping with their Mom.

The on-going drama these days. Mini Owl wants to constantly suck on Mom”s teat. He’s a little monster programmed to devour and consume everything in his path. Ha ha.

But as loving as Mom (Scaredy Cat) is. She has to explain to Junior “THE PARTY IS OVER! YOURE 6 MONTHS OLD! GET OFF MY TEAT!!”

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Ace Backwords updated his status.

This is interesting to me.

Some media outlets — those paragons of accuracy and impartiality — are now reporting that some “anonymous CIA agent” is claiming that the Russians “threw the election for Trump.” With virtually no information, facts or evidence or ANYTHING to base these claims on.

And let me repeat again the source for this news story of the day. “An anonymous CIA agent.”

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I always start feeling melancholy around the time of the Telegraph Avenue Christmas Street Fair. Remembering all the years. . . For 15 years the Telegraph Avenue Christmas Street Fair was …
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I always get a little melancholy at the Telegraph Avenue Christmas Street Fair. Especially at the end of the day. When all of the vendors are packing up their 

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Somewhere Duncan is up in heaven saying: “Feel free to look at anything you like. Ahhh. . . you couldn’t put a little something in the cup, could you?”

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I always get melancholy at the Telegraph Avenue Christmas Street Fair. Remembering the 19 years when I was a Telegraph Street vendor. And the Christmas Fair was one of the peak experiences on my personal calendar every year.

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One of the weird things about being an artist. It’s like your past is artificially preserved. Because you RECORDED so much of it

So your past is constantly boomeranging back at you.

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They were discussing the origin and the meaning of the phrase “politically correct” on another thread. And whether people used it “ironically” as an “in-joke” back then.

I distinctly remember the first time I heard the phrase “politically correct.”‘ It was 1976. And my older sister Kathy — who is right out of the “Berkeley radical anarchist feminist” handbook — said to me quite earnestly: “Eric and I are thinking of buying a house, but we’re not sure if its politically 

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Now THIS is the kind of man we need for President!!

yes you heard that right he attacked McMohan and he is…
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I think the referee was paid off by Hillary.

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That’ll teach ’em to pull that “7 o’clock bedtime and no TV” shit.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother’s purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said. According
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Cars of Telegraph Avenue (#3 in a series)

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Man, last night was a living hell. No Golden State Warriors game. And the only football game wasn’t worth watching. . . Sometimes you just have to face adversity, and find the inner strength to soldier on.

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“Are you now, or have you ever been, a ‘liker’ of a Donald Trump Facebook page??”

Ha ha. Just when I think the liberals can’t get any more absurd.

Ever wanted to find a way to know which of your friends like Donald Trump on Facebook? Now there is a way.
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Man, if that doesn’t cheer a fella’ up I don’t know what will!

Mike Zimmer was having a rough week.
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“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” — Mark Twain

“Frantz Fanon on Cognitive Dissonance”
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“Unfortunately I know what I’m talking about.”

Ha ha.

Best line of the night from Adam Parfrey.

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Alas there dream of sharing many fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches together was not to be.

Ginger Alden, Elvis Presley’s fiancee at the time of his death in 1977, has revealed the cover for her upcoming memoir, Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley’s Fiancee and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story. PHOTOS: Elvis Before He Was King
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You know how Michelle feels about obesity. She was probably mad at Barak for grabbing a Danish.

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Much has been posted about the President’s “funeral selfie” with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmitt, but the follow-up photos not so much… FLOTUS not amused!

I could do that.

A Virginia high schooler named Marvey’o Otey tracked down a long outlet pass and threw up a prayer behind his back that was somehow answered. Hat tip to…
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You and Jim Dodels became Facebook friends 2 years ago.

“I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.”

Well. That old maxim is usually true: “You don’t really know a person until you’ve lived with them.”

This endless and deeply tragic week in America has brought us precisely one good thing: a reminder that Craig Mazin exists, the one-time roommate and lifelong…
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December 10, 2017

Not everything Kurt created was gold…

A Nirvana playlist you could really do without
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Richie Moss shared a link — with Feel Good and 16 others.
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On this date in 2012. Moo Cat’s mom Blondie.

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Waiiting for more breakfast.

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The incredible shrinking Middle Class. This is one of the most disturbing things of all. And I don’t want to hear from any of you idiots who are into partison politics and want to blame Bill Clinton or George Bush or Barak Obama. Because its been shrinking for years. And it continues to shrink right now. Verily as I speak. So theres plenty of blame to go around.

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the…
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About the only thing I’m good at is sleeping soundly and digesting my food. I’m pretty much a failure at everything else.

Ha ha.

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1972.

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November 30, 1972, The Divine Miss M…..Boarding House Theater….”Do You Wanna Dance?” She was FABULOUS, an angel in gold lame.

And I think 10 of them just came into the room to get out of the cold.

The polls say Carly Fiorina is finished. So do the empty rooms she’s now speaking to.
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Those of you that are quick to write off Trump as a “stunt.” This is the latest compilation poll from the extremely liberal Huffington Post: Hillary 47% -Trump 43%.

Which is pretty darn close to a statistical dead-heat.

Even more interesting. Just 5 months ago in July, Hillary was leading Trump by a whopping 50% -38%.

Polls and chart for 2016 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton. See the latest estimates and poll results at HuffPost Pollster.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY: 1991.

This is the second issue of the Telegraph Avenue Street Calendar. It was actually a surprise local hit. It was certainly a surprise to me and Duncan. When we published the first issue, I f…
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You and Istana Karpet became Facebook friends.

Have a very merry Pee Wee Christmas.

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From Pee Wee’s 1988 Christmas Special, the amazing Grace Jones shows the children how it’s done!

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He’s an elkoholic. Get it?? HA HA!! I’m enjoying my temporary attempt at cleverness.

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December 8, 2017
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Boris Kapitanov to The Magnificent Beatles Videos and Photos Room

The last autograph John gave, it was given to the receptionist at the Record Plant at approx 10.30 PM Dec. 8, 1980 as he and Yoko left for home.

Richie Moss shared a link — with Judy Lola Jay and 13 others.
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We are all so rich these days, but are we as wealthy in perspective as my friend Ace Backwords? He lives on the streets of Berkely, shepherds feral cats, drinks beer and just posted this:

“In a lot of ways I really am lucky. Karma-wise.

It’s 10:45 PM. And all I have to do at this point is drink my last cup of OE, listen to a couple more Stevie Nicks songs on my headphones, maybe babble a couple more nonsense posts on my Facebook page, and then trudge a couple hundred yards South to a nice safe doorway, take out my sleeping bag and sleep peacefully for the next 8 hours (barring any weird dreams).

It could have turned out a lot worse.”

His politics are thoughtful and unpredictable. He’s fierce when he needs to be and forever foraging for the kitties. He almost never complains and when he does he truly has a right to.

He’s a cartoonist who doesn’t draw much any more. Through his phone we get glimpses of a wry observer ever on the lookout for reasons to toast life’s often overlooked joys.

I still think the Clinton-Backwords ticket would have won the day.

STRANGER TOGETHER.

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Clinton – Backwords 2016 “Stranger together”

One of my all-time favorite songs. Dig this:

“OK so your heart’s been broken
Dig this
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Just out of curiosity — and I know this is Monday morning quarterbacking — I can’t help wondering what would have happened if Hillary had picked Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren for her VP. Somebody with some juice. Instead of that complete zero she picked.

I bet she wudda’ stomped Trump.

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Throwback Thursday: The Oakland Raiders are playing the Kansas City Chiefs tonight. Which reminded me of an Alex Smith flashback from 2014.

The Ballad of Alex Smith. Coming up in a half hour!  Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs versus the San Francisco 49ers!!  Finally Alex Smith gets the chance to get revenge on the team that rejec…
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Sometimes I think there must be something more to life than hitting and smashing. . .

RIP Greg Lake, 69.

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December 6, 2017

Scaredy Cat with an intense look on her face. She knows the weather is gonna get down near freezing tonight. And we’re just starting to get into the heart of Winter. So we’re gritting our teeth.

Life is a battle. No matter who you are. I’m sure you’re going through all your battles too.

Hang tough everybody!

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The more I read about this guy who was the manager of the Ghost Ship wharehouse, Derick Ion, the sketchier he seems. He’s a piece of work. I could give you a bunch of examples from his sketchy past. Here’s but one.

Before he leased out the Ghost Ship wharehouse he had leased out another wharehouse in the same neighborhood and set up shop. The owner of that wharehouse quickly realized he was bad news. A disaster waiting to happen. And in 2014 she took him to court with an evi

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NEW: More details on the man in charge of Ghost Ship, including that he was charged with felony theft last year, had two attempted restraining orders against him, and allegedly was living at the ill-fated warehouse with his kids

The weather report says it might get down to 36 degrees tonight in Berkeley. All my street friends. Button up tonight.

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I prefer bologna scented candles.

Want your house smell like a drive-thru? You’re in luck.
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Mini Owl is too much. This morning he ate enough breakfast to fill two adult cats. But when he found out I had cheese in my backpack (sharp white cheddar, his favorite) you should have HEARD him crying. You would have thought he was starving to death from the sound he was making.

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Mini Owl is a character. He often has an enigmatic look on his face. Like he’s thinking about something. But I can never quite tell what. Like he’s constantly sizing me up.

Mini Scaredy showed up this morning after being MIA for 7 days. She must have wandered off and got lost. Easy to do in the big bad woods.

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December 2, 2017

I’ve already been called a “dumb fuck” and an “acehole.” And it’s only 11:48 PM. The night is young.

I can’t believe Ace Backwords didn’t wish me a happy birthday,…something is very fucking wrong with the Universe

I’ve been living amongst a tribe of feral cats for 9 years now. But I still find them mysterious and unknowable. Here’s an example.

This is Feral Tammy. I’ve been feeding her for many years. But ever since Scaredy Cat had her litter of kittens, Feral Tammy stopped going to the food dish. She’ll get within a couple feet of it. But then she just sits there. Staring at me.

I have to throw her some food — hot dogs, cheese, slabs of meat, etc — to make sure she gets fed. But she

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Mini Owl the feral kitten is a little hellion. Whenever I try to feed the cats in the morning he immediately steps right into the middle of the cat food dish and growls and snarls at any of the other cats who try to get at “his” food. He’s so fierce he actually scares off some of the adult cats who are three times his size. I have to specifically set aside some food for Mini Owl first. So I can feed the other cats in peace.

Course once he gets his tummy full he turns into Mr. Mellow. As you can see from this photo. Here he is making himself at home at what he only grudgingly considers “my” campsite. Ha ha. Cats.

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Sometimes I think the gods are fucking with me for sport.

All morning I was craving lasagna. So I go to this Italian place on Durant around noon. But the place is jam-packed. Fuck it. So I come back around 4. The place is still pretty crowded. And I’m really claustrophobic. But I REALLY want some of that lasagna. So I brave the hordes. Wait on a long line. Finally get to the cashier. Order my lasagna. “Sorry we’re out of lasagna.”

Maaann!!

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Caffe Mediterraneum by Eddie Monroe.

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“Telegraph Avenue” by Eddie Monroe.

Scrollin’, scrollin’, scrollin’ down the river. . . .

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Opening scene of The Graduate. Dustin Hoffman sitting at what came to be known as “the Dustin Hoffman seat” at the Caffe Med.

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Farewell party at the Caffe Med.

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Any of you Robert William fans might be interested in the up-coming issue of MINE SHAFT.

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Robert Williams reading Mineshaft… We’ll be publishing “A Conversation With Controversial Artist Robert Williams” by Ace Backwords & B.N. Duncan, in the comin

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You and Marshaal Rosesbaum became Facebook friends.
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You and Dean Dalton became Facebook friends.

24 wins in a row!!

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Are you kidding, Stephen Curry?! 28 in the quarter?! #StephGonnaSteph on CSN Bay Area.

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The sun is setting in the sky….