KUSF Killed By the University. How Absolutely Horrible for the Community

Well I wanted to use the word STOLEN, but technically I guess it’s impossible for the University of San Francisco to steal what they already own. But they sure as hell did treat everybody like a squatter that didn’t belong. Way I hear it, they showed up with guards and probably did one of those quick lock changes that say in no uncertain terms “you are no longer welcomed here.”

DJ Push, I think

How very shitty. How unbelievably shitty.  Not just for the people of San Francisco. In 2011 a “community” is no longer defined by geographical borders. I am currently in Chicago. I’ve never lived in San Francisco. But on the basis of the radio station alone I’ve literally been considering the place I might move next. Well, that and the women. But mostly, KUSF.

Just trying to lighten the mood. This is just horrible. I was LISTENING TO THE STATION WHEN IT WHENT OFF!! I’m thinking, oh the live365 stream crapped out. I’ll just turn back to my other staple station KXLU. But after 2 hours and the nature of the silence I started getting worried. Check out these pix from the meetings. I don’t know how to identify anybody but the photos link to the folder

I’ve lived in NYC and LA-a little under a decade each. While in NYC one of the stations I listened to was WFMU. Also while there I began listening to a young lady named Jantine. She did a show called Mint Condition. Lot of fun. I was so impressed with her music and personality I stuck with her all the way back to her home town and station KUSF. That’s how I came into this mess.

But there’s a TWIST. I also listened to the “school station” when I was a student in NYC. Columbia’s WKCR. Guess what happened  at KCR a few months ago? The University TOOK a 20 year old Hip Hop show known as Squeeze Radio and GAVE it to some students. This is important because a) same deal; school makes a decision DESPITE what the community wants and  b) it was secret and sudden.

So it goes without saying the Univ of SF made this decision in secret because SF is an activist town and they KNEW all hell would break loose, so they did the whole deal behind closed doors. By the way you can read the University version

Here at the University page

And you can read the STATION version

Here at the KUSF Archives page

And if you’re ready to move beyond “what happened” and into “what can I do” then you need to go to http://savekusf.wordpress.com/

Man, this is so sad. I feel worse because I had been intending to write about KUSF for a while where I talked about what I liked about a pretty long list of DJ’s and shows. So for the time being all I can do is write this little post and add another log to the fire of trying to “keep hope alive” and let those DJ’s and volunteers know that people all over enjoy and respect them and if it’s an online only future so be it-but how horrible for the people in the city. Another money decision.

MTV’s True Life I’m an Albino Was Interesting for a Few Reasons

About 3 months ago I wrote this article about TLC’s Albino Island in AFRICA, that you can check out with this link here. So I decided to watch MTV’s True Life I’m an Albino this week to see how they tackled the issue. The interesting thing about both shows was the focus on young people who have albinism. By the way that phrase, “people who have albinism” seems a little less stigma inducing than flat out calling somebody an “albino.”


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So MTV basically chose 3 people, and a fourth person was briefly part of the program since she was a twin of one of the main subjects. All the young people were about 17-21 so no big difference in age, but they were all on the brink of adulthood and pretty much about to step into a world outside the protection of home life. I don’t remember the order they were introduced, so I’ll just jump in first with the young lady.

Jennie is a girl who wants to be an actress, but she’s got a particular eye condition with her albinism called nystagamus that causes her eyes to be in a constant state of movement. On my other article I talk about the fact that bad eyesight is one of the other hardships.

In her case though this comes in direct conflict with the fact that a) she’s chosen an lifestyle where people are filming her and b) auditioning means 9 time out of 10 you’re going to get a script AT the audition and have to read it on the spot. Tough. In fact, this whole profession is going to be EXTREMELY difficult, since showbiz these days has pretty much degenerated into models who talk, instead of great performers who might happen to be attractive. In other words appearance is super important. If I knew her personally I would IMMEDIATELY advise her to start taking writing and film classes. Her best, most realistic, option would be to make her own films. Tell her own stories and Hollywood will come a knocking after a few Sundance standing ovations. Trust me on this. Because right now the media pretty much just sees the albino condition as comedy or odd/supernatural (Powder or The Da Vinci Code). I mean I love the Venture Brothers-but here’s a character from the show known as “White.”

At any rate she’s reasonably comfortable with herself and she’s got goals-so her LIFE prospects look pretty good-other than the career thing. Next up are 2 guys. Both with names that start with Z’s, so let’s see if I can get this right. One is a “white” kid and the other is “black.” You see why I put that in quotes right? In the albino world this is such a strange concept. I talk a little more about this in my TLC article.

Anyway the first one is Zack. Zack is black. But, so am I! Hahahaa. Here he is with his family.

In fact the biggest thing going on with Zack’s life IS he family, specifically his mother. The kid wants to drive. BAD. He’s an athletic guy, runs track and field, and has a nice group of friends. But he really wants to be mobile. But I think that is only a symptom. I think the root of the problem is that driving symbolizes normalcy for him. And the idea of NOT driving would definitely put in the “handicapped” barrel, and he does not want to in that category. And yet, his vision is pretty bad. Here is getting fitted for special glasses.

The last young person is Zane.


He has a twin sister who makes a brief appearance. She also has albinism and she does a bunch of things to hide that. And I think that’s only one of the issues that makes Zane’s story the most complex of all the stories on the show. So he’s got this twin right? And it began to occur to me how twins come up a few times in the albino world.

I mean who can forget those Albino Twins in the Matrix?

And what about those two that are always visiting Dirty Jobs?

But let’s get back to Zane. Zane not only plays football on his high school team, he’s been chosen to play college ball. This is a big deal for ANY kid, but obviously it’s even more of an accomplishment given what he had to overcome.

As I said his story is a little more complex, for instance, one of the most surprising things is he AND his mother thought that his condition was a result of his mother had done. And they were told by a counselor that it’s genetic. She has albinism also.

What’s most interesting to me?
I’ll tell you. By this people MTV, the focus is pretty much on American young people. And what I found striking about this episode is that ALL THREE of these kids had chosen a career or thing to pursue in life that’s very public. 2 athletes and an actress. One would THINK somebody like these kids would try to find a way to stay out of the limelight. But they’ve all chosen to do something that results in great public display and the scrutiny of others.

So it makes you wonder; has a lifetime of being looked at made them just choose to embrace that or is it simply young people doing what young people do. When I was that age I was very athletic and I was even on a team in school for a while. Outside of school I was a member of a skateboarding group. And I also chose to act in movies. So are they just doing what young people do? Interesting.

Another point of this article is this last thing that happens to Zane. He goes to a meeting for people with albinism and basically says that being there is the most comfortable he’s ever felt in his skin. So in my last article I mentioned how you could donate, in THIS one I strongly recommend that if you yourself have this condition get out and meet others. Or try to find that group that meets in Washington D. C. Or if you know somebody, particularly a young person, get them meeting other as SOON as possible. Don’t be alone in this. MTV also tends to make full episodes available ONLINE, but as of right now this one is NOT because it’s still brand new and they’re showing it on the station, but in the following weeks it probably will be.

For now I also advise reading up on the subject. Don’t be like Zane and his mother who were convinced they had done something wrong. Get accurate information with books like…

Fat Buddha Vs. Skinny Buddha. PBS Let’s Richard Gere Do His Buddha Thing

Siddhārtha Gautama. PBS. Richard Gere. Well there you go, right? That’s our reverse path to enlightenment right? From the known to the unknown. Sound a little cynical? What I can say, last night my car got stolen. So I’m experiencing “impermanence” on a personal level. But I’m watching this program as a “refresher” course. And certainly PBS is no stranger to the world of the material, note the prompt to get on Facebook…

See I’ve had some weird things happen in my life that have allowed me to see “a lot.” SO when PBS programs airs programs like this (which if you think about it, isn’t so often) I try to at least catch some of it. I’ll watch the first hour anyway, before South Park comes on What can I say? I also need a little humor tonight. So what can YOU expect from the program if you catching right now or if you catch a reply in the future. Well you’ll get “the story.” The Buddha is considered to be one of the Big Three; Jesus, Allah and him. I mean you can throw a lot of other guys out there, from Mazda to John the Baptist, but those are the 3.

In the East and a good part of the West the Buddha is seen in many different lights; hence we have so many depictions of him. Obviously there are ZERO depictions of Allah, and most of the ones for Jesus pretty much look like 70’s motorcycle hippie. But if you look around you can find all kinds of Buddhas; fat, skinny, long hair, short hair, naked, robed, loinclothed. Just endless. Why? Well the obvious reason is that in society we all depict people and things as we want them. Hell, the “Chinese food” I’ve had in different countries would shock you. But another possible reason is the legend of the Buddha is that in his existence he is supposed to have taken many incarnations. Basically EVERY. And of course; he went through a period where he thought skinny would be good then later he realized he didn’t NEED to be super skinny (ascetic) to be enlightened. I guess you could say he’s the world’s first recovered anorexic. And of course the world’s greatest sitter.

The program goes out and gets the right people to tell the stories. A bunch of folks who were born Jewish and realized they had a different path  (I’m looking at your Richard Alpert). For the 10 years I lived in LA and actively pursued “Eastern Philosophy” I met many, many, many of these folks. A few people in Asia and India. Oh, and Doc Thurman is there too. When I was studying Japanese language at Columbia University I passed an office one day and looked in on an old guy and the name on his door was “Thurman” so I asked one of my teachers who he was. She said he’s one of the, if not the top, most respected professor of Eastern Study in the US. Oh and he’s Uma’s dad. A few hours later I bumped into a kid who was looking for first year Japanese class named Sean. Turned out to be Lennon’s son. A WEEK later I meet a guy in passing named Gautama “I said, like the Buddha?” He says yeah, his dad DEEPAK named him that, but he’s going to start using a different one. I said, I’ll see you later Chopra. What a place, huh?

Like I said, weird life. But at some point this poor black kid managed to find himself in California and I did all that “road to enlightenment” stuff. I had had so much misery brought on by my wants and desire. Many years prior I had accidentally met the Dalai Lama, but it was a life changing moment. I really felt his “touch” gave me my woman. And now some twenty years later after being apart from her for many years, that was the woman I wrote today when I was distressed about the “loss” of my car. Some years ago, (15?)  I was set on my path to learning when after a trip to Japan I learned my closest friend had been strangled to death on some back street.

I just couldn’t make sense of it. I had been hit by a car, the accident led to me getting a sum of money, the money was so much I gave some to him, had the money caused his death? Did every bad lead to a good. Did every good lead to a bad? Today I wrote a long email about how many downs I’ve had in life. And how even the times I’m lifted seem to only be so I can be dropped from greater heights….

Be here now

Monkey mind

Compassion

Great Ship, Lower

Wheel of Dharma

Middle Way

Om Mani Padme Hum

This is That, That is That and That’s all Folks!