Oh Roberto... you really are funny. Let me ask you... since you were so generous with Erik, I don't suppose you'll be as generous with me when I say that I, too, was a drug addict and have been off drugs for 10 years.
And I straightened up, and I got a job (a job I'm still at 10 years later), and reconciled with my family. It took a lot of work, and it required that I dispense with a sense of specialness that only a drug addict can have. While it would be nice to live without any responsibilities, I chose the hard road. Sometimes I really, really miss drugs. But I made A CHOICE.
And it doesn't surprise me at all that a lot of these kids CHOOSE the other path. Especially when you have no one. You're scenario certainly isn't pleasant, but then it's not really typical is it? For every teenage runaway that's suffered REAL abuse, there are at least 5 others whom the only "abuse" they suffered is that they had parents who wouldn't let them stay out doing drugs all night.
Yes, I got clean. But I also wised up. Getting clean didn't make me more tolerant... it made me LESS so. I realized there were a lot of people that were just out to use me and rip me off, and instead of telling them to fuck off I was still trying to "be tolerant."
A lot of these homeless people are really shitty human beings who do really shitty stuff to each other and other people.
I don't think there'd be nearly as much anger if the tech industry were producing something OF VALUE rather than just more distractions for the masses. What does the tech industry really produce, anyway? Anything - anything at all - that people can live without? Anything at all that mankind has managed somehow to survive for over 100,000 years while being deprived of?
This is just Tech bust 2.0 in the making, and the same idiots who took a bath in the first bust are the same ones throwing money hand over fist at this boom.
www.buzz19.com runs a dog fighting ring in Oakland. That, and they sell young girls into prostitution.
Rush64.Com will give you AIDS.
Rush64.com murders puppies.
How long before we have stupid rappers yelling, "628 IN DA HOUSE BOOOOOOOOOOY?"
24-years old... and you already got 4 years and a strike. Way to go, idiot.
Awayneramsey... Jesus Christ was a better human then you'll ever be. And he wasn't even really human was he?
Publicity bonanza for DD and A&E. How many people are going to tune into the DD marathon? All indications are that A&E knew about the interview long ago. Couldn't have worked out any better for them if they'd planned it. Think it couldn't happen. Networks like A&E and Bravo are the biggest sleaze peddlers in the country. They've shown they have no morals in regards to what they put on the air.
Always nice to get good news over the holidays. Rot in hell.
So, so, so glad I left.
The protesters anger is entirely misplaced. The people they should be angry at are city officials, who for years have been putting their collective head in the sand and running away from any meaningful reform of housing construction policy in this city so that new housing can be built. When it can take over 7 years to get 9 units of housing approved (mostly blocked by a hard core neighborhood group who is trying to protect “their” on street parking privileges) in the Mission, we have a crisis. Simply protesting against rich tech companies fails to see how obstructionist SF politics has fueled this problem by not allowing more housing to be built when there are clear signs that more people want to live here.
In addition, blame should be placed on the communities on the Peninsula. If they had been willing to permit walkable urban-style neighborhoods to be constructed in their communities instead of the suburban wasteland that was created, less people would want to live in SF, and you wouldn’t have all these people living in San Francisco and commuting to jobs in office parks in the first place.
Enjoythe rest of your miserable life in prison, maggot.
Reply to Gemma Tate:
The resentment is due to the perception that the so called "Tech Boom" is being fueled by tax breaks and a government sponsored class warfare.
Maybe you are not personally to blame for the situation, but there are many (and probably the majority of) so called tech workers who are beneficiaries of government handouts. Furthermore I don't believe the so called tech boom just came out of nowhere from some miraculous innovation, but rather a scheme hatched by big business community and the government officials.
Case in point: What do Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram produce that justifies paying employees 7 figure salaries? Nothing - these companies have not turned a profit and they must be tapping into other sources of money such as government sponsorship.
Furthermore, when this bubble pops, we'll have another depression like in 2008 or probably a lot worse..
It's interesting that you haters keep repeating the lie that the protestors don't have jobs.
It's also interesting that, in this horrible economy, you haters would disparage somebody for not having a job.
Keep displaying your privilege and entitlement, people.
For all of you who think removing the dam (and the water and power supply), just remember that California is facing a severe water problem due to endless population growth and development.
The only solution is a moratorium on more people and until that happens
Forget about low flow toilets
Forget about he washers
Forget about desalting plants
Forget about landscaping with rocks and cactus
We can't continue to base the economy on a cancer cell model of endless population growth and consumption.
Now watch as these newly-housed people become even bigger grinches to the homeless than wee ever were XD
Yeah, how DARE they think they have rights? Just because they work hard, took the time and trouble to get educated, are productive and go to WORK every day, regularly, oh what HORRIBLE snobs.
Now get over yourselves, and get a job.
I am so sick of this BS displaced anger.
I work in tech. I am not the spoiled rich, young white boy that these protesters seem to think make up the majority of "tech workers." I am a black female and I busted my butt to get my middle class self into college, chose an employable major and sludged through jobs I hated, sometimes being treated like crap, to gain experience and get ahead. I was able to make myself marketable enough to get a great job at a tech company in San Francisco, which is where I live. I do not take a shuttle to work. I use BART like many others in the city. I have volunteered multiple times this year with my company and on my own. I don't live in the Mission and I visit other parts of the Bay. I pay taxes and am generally kind to my neighbors. What exactly have I done wrong?
I have sympathy for people being evicted from their homes or who fear gentrification and the city losing it's charm. As a black person in a city with an already low black population, I worry about the shrinking population of ethnic minorities and growing racial homogeneity. However, violence and scapegoating tech employees is not the way to go. It's not productive, nor does it engender sympathy or solidarity.
As a San Franciscan born and raised, I want these protesters to leave my City. They are losers who have their hands out to receive social benefits from my tax dollars. At least the Tech workers are highly educated who worked hard for their degrees and deserve their salaries.
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