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Working the Sex Industry
Twisting data changes the results: It is a shame that well respected news outlets across the country are running this story ["Lost Boys: New Research Demolishes the Stereotype of the Underage Sex Worker," Kristen Hinman, feature, 11/2]. As someone who works in child protection and has used Respondent Driven Sampling to measure the presence of underage children being exploited for sex, the interpretation of the data presented is irresponsible and may have major, unjustified repercussions.


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Another Toke Round
Vote it in, or get rid of it: Finally, the government has decided to open their eyes and gather their backbones to confront these sham apothecaries ["Obama's War On Weed," Ray Stern, feature, 10/26]. Dispensing illegal substances under the guise of medication should never have been tolerated. If the people of the United States wanted legal marijuana they would vote for it.


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Blog Comments of the Week
Sustenance for the Occupiers: This is comical ["Top Five Foods to Bring to Occupiers," Laura Beck, SFoodie, 11/2]. The protesters leave the damp comfort of their parents' basement and now expect other people to bring them food? The Occupy Wall Street slogan should be: "Expecting everyone to provide for them since 2011."


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Responsibility does not lie solely with Mayor Jean Quan: I'm a little concerned about the vilification of Mayor Quan ["Oakland Dogpiles on Mayor Jean Quan," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 11/2]. It seems to have left no responsibility on the police at all for their actions. Mayor Quan was an activist at one point, so the police already do not respect her. While I'm not excusing her behavior (I also find it troubling) I do not think she should be the only target for admonition. The acting chief of police should also be called on to step down, and whoever gave the order to strike last Tuesday should also be called on to stand down. It is quite obvious that Mayor Quan has no or very little control over the police. The public should not let the police get away with their actions simply by throwing Mayor Quan under the bus! "I was just following orders" is no excuse!


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Mayor Jean Quan is acting like a queen: She should have stayed onstage and taken the booing as long as it took for people to calm down and hear her, showing that she was there to listen to her constituents no matter how late she was and what their message was ["Mayor Jean Quan Apologizes to Occupy Oakland, Gets Booed off Stage," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 10/28]. The footage looks like she lasted under 10 seconds and turned around, hugging her purse and taking cover in City Hall. She has got to go. Queen Quan — be gone!

Oakland Girl

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The times are changing, and this means music technology too: I love Pete Town-shend's music, but he sounds like an old man just ranting, "Back in my day..." Let's face it, the age of the vinyl record album is over ["Five Things Pete Townshend Got Wrong About iTunes and the Online Music Industry," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 11/1]. The business was going to change with or without Apple and iTunes. The whole business model has changed for not only music but the sale of all software. With the Internet it's easier than ever for new artists to market themselves. They don't need a record label any more, just talent and ambition. Of course you still need to hook up with a distributor to get on iTunes, but that's not as big a deal as it was trying to sign with a label. Mr. Townshend needs to stop comparing the music business to the "good ol' days" and learn to adjust to the times. By the way, back in the day I had to buy Quadrophenia twice, first on vinyl and then on CD. Now that I have it digitally, I never have to buy it again. Sorry, Pete.


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