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The Pile: Thoughts, Life, and Photography of Joshua Davis

Freedom of Housing

The Berkeley city council has banned the following list of activities, smoking near buildings in commercial areas, lying on the sidewalk, public urination and defecation, drinking in public, possessing a shopping cart and shouting in public. This is all in an effort to get rid of the estimated 800 homeless in Berkley, California.

So now owning a shopping cart is illegal? I guess all those kids with toy shopping carts need to take them to the dumpster. And also if your child has wandered off in the public park, and you’re shouting his name, that too would be illegal. And then no more protests that involve protesters laying on the ground.

And this all ties back to the fact that conservatives decry people who say “we should live more compact life styles, by occupying condos or apartments.” I hear these people decrying new urbanism, and a general move to more density as limiting housing choices. Someone should be able to live on a 1 acre lot if they want to, and another person should be able to live on the street if they want too. Let’s not limit housing choices.

Filed under: Black Matters, Politics, The City and Suburbs

Brick Blue and White


Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

Don’t photograph buildings for a week and they’ve changed completely. First they’re pretty much done with installing the facade on this building, though it’s obviously uninhabitable. Work is still being done on the building next to it, which I believe to be a parking garage. But I’m just hoping that it’s a parking/office combo, but it’s looking less like that. Anyways here are photos from other phases of the construction of the South of Market building.

Filed under: Photography

Pandas Agree: Impeach Bush!

a few blocks from the national zoo.
Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

Taken a few blocks from the National Zoo, hence the panda comment.

Filed under: American Politics, Photography, Politics, War & Peace

Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Oil

Those who believe in global warming say it will bring more hurricanes. Al Gore said Katrina was a result of global warming, and weather the Iranian Typhoon was global warming or not, both had two things in common. Oil.

This typhoon flooded key highways used for transportation of oil, sending oil prices to $67 a barrel. It’s funny how nature has a way of evening itself. Just like a forest fire will will trigger rain, it apears that excessive fossil fuel usage will cause gas prices to rise to a point where we stop using them – at least in excessive amounts. Lets take a cue and use less oil before mother nature forces us too.

Filed under: Economy and Business, Environment, The World

Teen Treated as Adult who Hated Evil Step Parent

So a teen frustrated with his step father wanted to kill him. Well not really, he wanted to hire someone else to do it. Yet this sixteen year old is being charged as an adult, and being sent to regular jail, where he is likely to be further corrupted by real criminals.

As a sixteen year old with a step parent, I’ve experianced similar feelings of murder. Plotting how to kill both the step parent, and the “sperm” (and money) donor. I’d definatly say that young mans case is one of mental illness, not true murder. If John Hinkley (a man who shot a president) can attend Nationals baseball games, then why is a mentally ill minor put in jail and treated like an adult?

Read the full story.

Filed under: Life, Local Politics, News

Easy Vegan Pancakes

I’ve tried many adaptations of the pancake recipe I had memorized. I tried EnerG Egg Replacer, honey (I know, not exactly vegan), bananas, and other thickners. Then one day I made the pancakes without any thickener. Here’s the recipe I use most frequently.

1 Cup bleached flour

1 Cup whole flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Cups soy milk

Mix all those into a bowl, preferably one well suited for pouring into a fry pan.

Then grease the frying pan with Earth Balance soy “butter.” This is the key to getting good results. Other soy butter brands *can* work, but Earth Science seems best. Also I like to fry the pancakes on meduim heat, keeps them from burning quickly.

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