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SF Weekly Letters For June 30 - July 6, 2016 


That sleeping feeling: This is one of those areas where the general public shoots itself in the foot with its own outrage ("'Sleeper Hold, Cops Shooting at Cars Central to Dispute Over S.F. Use of Force Policy," Chris Roberts, The Snitch, 6/23/16). Trust me, you want the police to apply sleeper holds. They are the nice-guy way to end a fight. The "sleeper hold," otherwise known as a rear naked choke, is a bread and butter submission in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA. It's often taught within the first few days of training because it's so effective (a tiny person can apply it to good effect against a PCP-addled giant) and safe (other than temporary unconsciousness; the "chokee" is submitted without suffering any broken bones, dislocations, lacerations, penetrations or blunt force trauma). Can it be dangerous? Yes, but it's hard to abuse. You'd have to clinch the choke past the point of unconsciousness, and even then it can take a dozen seconds or so for issues to arise. It is applied thousands of times a day in Brazilian jiu-jitsu academies around the world, without incident. If I'm ever in a violent state and must be subdued, I'd much rather take the rear-naked choke than the baton. Jay Donde, via Facebook

Litterbug coalition: Yes, people, whenever there's a massive amount of people in one place with too few city workers to empty trash receptacles, this happens ("Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors," Chris Roberts, The Snitch, 6/27/16). It doesn't matter whether it's the gays, or the 420 people, or the Silicon Valley people, it happens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. So quit with your whining, quit with your stereotyping, and pick up a goddamn phone and call the City Council and tell them to quit fucking giving tax breaks to tech companies and instead start funding the vital city services that keep the city clean. Jordan Krueger, via Facebook

A true sign of assimilation: I can't remember any event in the city that doesn't end up in a dirty mess. Michael Tam, via Facebook

ISIS on holiday: Add terrorist threats to earthquakes, suspicious fires, evictions, and random muggings in the ever growing list of things to worry about living in SF ("ISIS Threatens San Francisco — Sort Of," Max DeNike, The Snitch, 6/27/16). Hiram Rodriguez, via Facebook

Too cool for safety: Just speak to BART workers, the nonchalance this city has about an attack is mind boggling. That same nonchalance facilitated 9/11. Cara Feneis, via Facebook


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