January 2018 Links

I’ve been using a tool to delete most of my past history on Facebook, and it’s working well. The problem is that the links to interesting articles are lost.  So, I’m going to archive some of the links I like before I delete them.




Text on the plaque about the Chinese Massacre in Los Angeles 1871:

Chinese Massacre

Chinese immigrants established their first community in Los Angeles in what is now part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. By 1870 about two hundred Chinese had settled in Los Angeles Street across from the Garnier Building, then known as Calle de Los Negros.

Anti-Chinese legislation and social discrimination greatly affected Chinese American families and their community life. On March 3, 1863, the California Legislature passed a statute prohibiting Asian Americans from testifying in court as witnesses or victims. The statute left them without legal protection. On October 24, 1871, a dispute between two Chinese rivals over ownership rights to a female prostitute resulted in the accidental shooting of a Caucasian. Fueled by the incident, and general anti-Chinese sentiment, a mob of 500 locals shot, hung, and stabbed innocent Chinese residents.

While some policemen and citizens tried to help the residents, they could not defend the victims against the mob. At the coroner’s inquest, other policemen revealed that they found it pointless to arrest members of the mob, as the Chinese victims were not protected under the law. In the end, nineteen Chinese living on Calle de Los Negros were murdered.

In 1872, nine men were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to terms in San Quentin, ranging from two to six years each. On a technicality, the California Supreme Court overruled the decision in April 1873, and released the nine men.



This is reminding me of the signs at CVS where they warn you to check the expiration date before buying any food, because they don’t have enough people to do that.

Everything there is overpriced, to force people to use the “rewards card”, and keep people coming back by giving them their money back. It’s a total surveillance system.

If you decided to steal some expired food, you could get arrested by the guard, and if they pressed charges, it would be on your record.

That expired food would have been going into the dumpster if you hadn’t boosted it.

But if it were put into the dumpster, you couldn’t get it, because it’s locked up to “protect” the trash from the homeless people who live in the parking lot.

“Highly Illogical”


SB 827 might lead to my eviction. This is the bill that increases density near transit. While I’m too far from a train station, I *am* close enough to a frequent bus line to qualify.

The law would require the building height to rise to 85 feet. What this means is that the land value goes up, because you can build more units per lot. The property owner here is a flipper in the UK, so he might be motivated to flip the property once the value rises.

This is already a dense neighborhood with many apartment buildings. People don’t object to density. I probably like tall buildings more than most people. The problem is that gentrification is happening, so prices are rising, and people are already getting displaced. The vast majority of households here are rentals. This would just push gentrification even harder.

Without protections for existing residents, this law will displace many people.

The bill is garbage. Throw it out.


A house’s estimated value increases in value $25k in one month. This is in Koreatown.






Joe Frank has passed on. His show, Work In Progress, got me hooked on trying to find KCRW’s signal when I was in the San Gabriel Valley. I’d get hissy noise with some signal, and that improved the ambiance.












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