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Black Friday in SF

November 26, 2011

















Press coverage Friday was extensive.










Tourists pass protesters on Black Friday in San Francisco CA










Occupy SF protester attempts to take a siesta while protesting on Black Friday in ‘Frisco.

We posted some different photos and this story on the Op Ed News site.

Massive numbers of tourists, shoppers, protesters, journalists, and officers from the San Francisco Police Department converged on the Union Square area of the famed city by the Bay (dubbed “Baghdad by the Bay” by columnist Herb Caen) to partake in the city’s annual celebration of Black Friday.  There were some heated discussion between the compassionate conservative Christian conspicuous consumers and the Native American style philosophers who believe that the Public Service Announcement featuring Iron Eyes Cody (it’s on Youtube) had things in accurate perspective forty years ago. 


Occupy San Francisco used the day to protest the philosophy behind America’s conspicuous consumption by those who have an excess of purchasing enthusiasm to point out that today’s frivolous gift is just grist for tomorrow’s land fill garbage dump.


(Didn’t Charlie Manson produce a Christmas Carol titled “Oh, Garbage Dump!”?)


The world’s laziest journalist (combining columnisting and photography) observed the annual Black Friday events for four hours before succumbing to a bout of fatigue, but the next generation of “record the event for posterity” in the “first draft of history” manner continued their vigil for potential dynamic still and video images.


San Francisco’s legendary Laughing Squid man was present as he is for almost any and allSan Franciscoevents tinged with political overtones.  (Where isSan Franciscocolumnist Freddy Francisco, when he is needed most?  Will it be up to the World’s Laziest Journalist to track him down and do a profile of the ubiquitous protester?)


San Francisco’s nude protesters were conspicuous by their absence Friday.


Is it true (as some conspiracy theory lunatics would have us believe) thatSan Franciscoin 2011, will be vying to regain the highly covetedHippestCityin the World Award that it previously had captured in 1967 – 69, as didParisin 1926 – 28?


Is it true that the trophy has engraved upon it, the classic passage by Hunter S. Thompson:  “ . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world . . . .”?



On Black Friday, the tourists, the shoppers, the protesters, the journalists and the police officers all seemed to be in total agreement with the Hunter Thompson sentiment:  “There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was <I>right</I>, that we were winning.”

Comparing the tumultuous Black Friday celebration in San Francisco with other noteworthy Fog City events from the past, such as seeing the Jefferson Airplane perform free at Golden Gate Park, brings to mind a bit of Sixties philosophy:  “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.”

Have a hella-groovy day.


Coolpix report from Berkeley CA

June 20, 2011










Does the last hippie drive this car seen in Berkeley CA over the weekend?

So you don’t condone torture?

May 14, 2011

Folks who don’t dig America’s use of torture held a demonstartion on Friday at UCB.

Hey, hey, life goes on as usual in Berkeley CA

February 9, 2011

Where is Mario Savio when we really need him?

Sixties Sentiment

February 7, 2011

Remember the Berkeley Barb?

February 2, 2011

We are writing a new column that will be a book review of a just published look at the Alternative Press in the Sixties. 

Berkeley blogger and war correspondent Jane Stillwater took this photo which we hope to be able to use as an illustration for the Book Review when we finish it (tomorrow?) and post it.

Film-heads are everywhere!

August 22, 2010

It seems that a new young people fad is a return to cameras that use film.

This Leica totting tourist in SF was a French speaking young man.

Photos for Mike M

May 11, 2010

While taking photos Monday, May 10, 2010, of the Student Hunger Strike at UCB, we found the Free Speech Movement Cafe and took some photos for Mike Malloy and members of his radio show’s audience.

Malloy often quotes the words featured on the plaque shown in the lower photo.  Click on the photo to see a bigger version of that same photo.

Hey, hey, LBJ, how many educations did you kill today?

September 25, 2009



On Thursday, September 24, 2009, students at UCB (Berkeley) held a rally supporting the teachers’ walkout over budget cuts.  The protest rally was held at Sproul Plaza which was the scene for many famous Free Speech rallies in the Sixties.  The times they are a changing!