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Location Oakland, California
Introduction “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” - Albert Einstein

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Starve the beast basically amounts to deliberately creating a fiscal crisis, in the belief that the crisis can be used to push through unpopular policies, like dismantling Social Security.” - Paul Krugman

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” - James Madison

“The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.” - Winston Churchill

“I think the happiest people in America today are those listed in the polls as having no opinion.” - a wise friend
Favorite Movies Yellow Submarine, Three Colors, Cavalia, A Fish Called Wanda, Amelie, The Journey of Natty Gann, The Neverending Story, Men In Black, Babette’s Feast, The Weeping Camel, What Dreams May Come, Fiddler on the Roof, The Witches of Eastwick, Life as a House, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dr. Strangelove
Favorite Music Chris Smither, Kelly Joe Phelps, Madeline Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt, Enya, Who, Paul Simon, Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Dixie Chicks, Mark Knopfler, Loreena McKennitt, Les Sampou, Keola Beamer, Chris Isaak, Baka Beyond, Kate Campbell, Ali Farka Toure, John Lennon, classical
Favorite Books The Handmaid's Tale, Fifth Life of the Catwoman, The Inferno, The Speed of Light, anything by Denise Levertov, The Kite Runner, The Mind-Body Problem, The Phantom Tollbooth, anything by Lewis Lapham or Thomas Frank, Middlesex, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Shape of Life, The River That Flows Uphill, Conservatives Without Conscience, Filters Against Folly, The Structures of Everyday Life, anything by Steinbeck, The Motor Maids Across the Continent, Letters From Yellowstone, Franky Furbo