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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Free speech – Zuckerberg’s version and mine

Palo Alto resident Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, decided to speak out for free speech last Thursday at a talk at Georgetown University. Unfortunately,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 19, 2019
Last comment by V Kleinow, on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm | 30 comments | 12599 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

How we talk to other people

Scene: A late afternoon cocktail party, following an all-day conference attended by 200 people. I walked in, looked around and realized I did not know...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 26, 2022
Last comment by Erubial Chacon, on May 1, 2022 at 11:44 am | 30 comments | 12543 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Down with the dinosaurs!

About 15 years ago, my oldest son, Bruce, took his three sons, 3, 5 and 6, to visit the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to see its fantastic dinosaur display. All...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by Bryce Young, on Nov 20, 2022 at 4:07 pm | 30 comments | 9900 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Misuse of Mixed-use Development

Mixed-use development is an enticing concept. The notion is that by combining different categories--housing, office, retail--you can make better use...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 23, 2016
Last comment by Rashad, on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm | 29 comments | 16345 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Anonymous Sources: Facebook and YouTube suppressing important questions and discussion

On Friday night (11/8), Facebook and YouTube announced that they would suppress any postings that included the name of the person widely believed to be the ==I "whistleblower&q...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 12, 2019
Last comment by Pensacola, on Nov 23, 2019 at 11:51 am | 29 comments | 9452 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why we just say no (to technology)

When we meet folks from other places and they hear we live in Silicon Valley, they assume we are early adopters and our lives revolve around technology. In fact,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 13, 2013
Last comment by Debbie, on Oct 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm | 29 comments | 11607 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Driving instruction is our parenting challenge

Our daughter turned 13 a few weeks ago. Of course we are thrilled to have another teenager in the house, especially one so sensible that she has not asked for a...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 17, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm | 29 comments | 17989 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Weird Thing about Population Growth

There are a lot of people on the planet, with more added every day. It took 200,000 years to get to one billion...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 17, 2020
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jun 19, 2020 at 12:05 am | 29 comments | 29312 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is Offshore Wind a Reliable Renewable?

One of the big knocks against renewable resources is their intermittency. The sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow. One way to see...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 21, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 28, 2020 at 11:31 am | 29 comments | 28043 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto's climate goals threatened by inadequate power grid

The City of Palo Alto’s emissions goals are in jeopardy because of its outdated electrical grid. During a February 2 Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC)

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 6, 2022
Last comment by Larry, on Feb 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm |
29 comments | 23073 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Done with Gender

In the news and the neighborhood, I keep hearing about kids changing their gender, and keep wondering why. Nature makes mistakes now and again to be sure, but...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 20, 2019
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Dec 15, 2019 at 1:11 pm | 29 comments | 14501 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

A new challenge: What to do when everything is closed?

Who among us would have ever thought three weeks ago that a pretty flower-looking corona virus would spread worldwide so rapidly and would affect so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 15, 2020
Last comment by Ron, on Mar 21, 2020 at 6:57 pm | 29 comments | 37664 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

An almost impossible election?

IF Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled during the upcoming Sept. 14 special election, voters face a ridiculous situation: choosing one of 46 candidates running to become...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Aug 18, 2021 at 10:28 pm | 29 comments | 13890 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Analysis/paralysis: The infamous ‘Palo Alto Process’ must go

I’m Palo Alto Processed out. That long-standing famous, and for some, infamous process, must come to a close. Projects coming before the Palo Alto City Council...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 24, 2023
Last comment by Jacob Steinman , on Oct 4, 2023 at 12:41 pm | 29 comments | 9502 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the Coronavirus Save Lives?

I saw an eye-opening statistic the other day. Coronavirus to date has killed almost 15,000 people worldwide (as of March 22). It may be 2x or 3x that by the time...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 22, 2020
Last comment by Jetman, on Mar 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm | 29 comments | 20982 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto Utilities breeds mistrust with lack of transparency around outages

A week ago the electricity went out across a large section of Palo Alto. About...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 4, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:45 am | 29 comments | 17938 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why we go to church

When people learn that we are actively engaged in a faith community, we get a wide range of reactions. Some folks wonder why we bother to go to church, and how we...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 10, 2013
Last comment by Atheist, on Nov 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm | 28 comments | 9139 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

No on B, Faithlessness and Fecklessness

Measure B is the 30-year half-cent sales tax increase for VTA. The arguments for it focus on what is needed, what it could fund, and what has been ==B...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 8, 2016
Last comment by Andrew Boone, on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm | 28 comments | 13239 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

California Democrats seek to revive the Republican Party; Republicans expected to resist

Negative partisanship describes when your voting for a particular party arises from opposition to the other parties. That is, you don't positively support...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 16, 2017
Last comment by resident, on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:17 am | 28 comments | 12235 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!

Non-clickbait headline: Highly partisan media, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect & examples from my history. Fake news has been big news for over...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 19, 2018
Last comment by Nayeli, on Jan 26, 2018 at 11:35 am | 28 comments | 8935 Views
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