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SF Weekly Letters July 17-23, 2013 


Digital Banking

Decrease and deflation are not the same thing: The writer states, "The system appeals to investors because bitcoin is deflationary, which means one coin increases in value over time." Not exactly; there will be fewer mined as time increases, but that's not the same as deflation ["New Money," Cameron Scott, feature, 7/10]. The value of one coin could easily decrease for a variety of other reasons. For example, if a better digital currency came along, people might stop buying bitcoins, which would decrease their value.


Fact or Fiction

Reader doesn't think Fruitvale is accurate depiction of Oscar Grant: How about a movie that shows the criminal Oscar Grant ['Immortal Beloved," Rachel Swan, film, 7/10]? Because that was what he was. If this director lived anywhere near Oakland, he would know how dangerous the city is. So I guess Oakland is a bunch of righteous men harassed by the police because they did nothing wrong? Was Oscar Grant a saint? Would we have the movie (or would anyone have cared) if Oscar Grant were killed during the fight on BART? Or, would we have blamed the police for acting too slow? Trouble and danger followed Oscar Grant and his history showed this. Whether by police bullet or gang bullet, Oscar Grant's fate was sealed! I do not think OG deserved to die, but the life he was leading! This movie is a sham and the director is a joke. The concept of Fruitvale Station is laughable.


Blog Comments of the Week

Disliked website reflects the area it's from: [PandoDaily] sounds like a lot of the Silicon Valley technology blogs and their high visibility founders ["PandoDaily Is Really Very Terrible," Dan Mitchell, the Snitch, 7/9]. They mistakenly believe that writing about technology makes them as important as the actual newsmakers.


Former Marlena's patron isn't happy with description of what the bar was like: This post is so offensive ["Brass Tacks, the former Marlena's, Gets Post-Gay on Hayes," Pete Kane, SFoodie, 7/9]. Fancy opera gays? Discount drag? A gay psychologist's office? Why not throw out some more stereotypes just to round that out some more? This [post] is insulting to the people who were involved for the 23 years that the little-hole-in-the-wall did fundraising for charities. These nasty comments just spit on the collective memories of friendships and efforts to have a fun inclusive atmosphere and support charitable causes. Oh, and Marlena's was dog-friendly too, so where the heck did that come from? Perhaps the writer never spent time there, or enough time, to actually know what the old bar was about? This post is beyond satire and sarcasm and into the realm of hateful pandering.



In the article "Immortal Beloved: Director Ryan Coogler Works On a Truer Myth of Oscar Grant," we wrote that Oscar Grant was handcuffed at the time he was shot, which has been a contentious issue. In fact, officers cuffed Grant after he was shot, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.


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