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(The New Yorker)   "Tiny hippie enclave" of Bolinas, north of San Francisco, mounted one of the most advanced COVID-19-testing efforts in America by testing itself. Here's what was learned   (newyorker.com) divider line
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2020-05-21 9:51:28 AM  
My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.
 
2020-05-21 10:26:04 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.


I couldn't make it. What was the point.

You see I started to read the article, but it reminded me of when I was a kid reading articles. It was the fashion at the time. So my point is that back then we wore onions on our belts.....
 
2020-05-21 10:57:49 AM  
I have to side with the above posts. TL;DR. That reads like a Trump off the cuff speech with punctuation.
 
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2020-05-21 11:00:53 AM  
Ah, you'll all be thrilled to know that I skimmed far enough down to get to the point! Everyone was tested and no one had it!
 
2020-05-21 11:03:02 AM  
tiny is key word
 
2020-05-21 11:03:09 AM  

SpectroBoy: Rapmaster2000: My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.

I couldn't make it. What was the point.

You see I started to read the article, but it reminded me of when I was a kid reading articles. It was the fashion at the time. So my point is that back then we wore onions on our belts.....


The point was apparently that a tiny, backwater, intentionally reclusive, hippie settlement filled with white people had no cases of COVID-19, but the Mission District in downtown San Fransisco had 1.4% test positive.
 
2020-05-21 11:03:18 AM  
Are they letting the fishermen in to town again?
 
2020-05-21 11:04:43 AM  
...how you know someone got paid by the wordcount.
 
2020-05-21 11:05:17 AM  

MrScruffles: ...how you know someone got paid by the wordcount.


Possibly also paid by the local tourism bureau.
 
2020-05-21 11:06:05 AM  
One day I will sit down and enjoy reading a nice long article such as this. Today is not that day.
 
2020-05-21 11:06:08 AM  
They once took the exit sign down off the main road and hid it to keep outsiders out.

No one noticed for ages.

I really, really miss SF Bay. Would like to sail under the Gate one more time. Bucket list now :(
 
2020-05-21 11:07:19 AM  
I used to play in an adult soccer league against a team from Bolinas. They were jerks.
 
2020-05-21 11:10:09 AM  
After snoozing thru a couple paragraphs I hit the bail button. "Subscribe for more wordsmithy mastery" they threaten me. "Don't hijack the back button you knobs" I sneer allegorically
 
2020-05-21 11:11:34 AM  

m3h: Everyone was tested and no one had it!


gee, i wonder what the testing would have told us one week later, or two or three. or......

that's one of the problems with trying to make a 1500 word filler soup mean anything.....

by the time they finished writing it, it meant nothing.

by the time i finished reading it. it meant less.
 
2020-05-21 11:13:06 AM  

wademh: I used to play in an adult soccer league against a team from Bolinas. They were jerks.



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/Sick burn from an aging hippie.
 
2020-05-21 11:22:26 AM  
there's currently a sign outside town that they are closed to visitors.  can't say I blame them.  stinson beach a little ways up the road is crowded - you wouldn't have any idea there was a quarantine
 
2020-05-21 11:23:22 AM  
Bolinas is actually a pretty nice place.  Lloyd Kahn lives there.

Hippies are the best people.

And I wonder how many of the folks edgelording this article have ever sold a word to a slick.
 
2020-05-21 11:23:29 AM  
What a piercing concise tightly written screed that was!
btw wut did they lern?
 
2020-05-21 11:24:14 AM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: there's currently a sign outside town that they are closed to visitors.  can't say I blame them.  stinson beach a little ways up the road is crowded - you wouldn't have any idea there was a quarantine


Stinson beach is awesome.

I like the pub there too.
 
2020-05-21 11:34:13 AM  
Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.
 
2020-05-21 11:42:15 AM  

Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.


There's plenty of places to build in this country. You don't need to live in California. It's a desirable place because it isn't completely covered in suburbs.
 
2020-05-21 11:43:29 AM  

yohohogreengiant: They once took the exit sign down off the main road and hid it to keep outsiders out.

No one noticed for ages.


Once? The way I've heard it, they so routinely take down signs that the county has stopped bothering to replace them.
 
2020-05-21 11:51:59 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.


Exactly this. Holy crapitude... Ok, maybe that was a nice writing style for an opinion piece, but I'm here for the hard covid data. I really don't need to know what shirt everyone was wearing, but apparently you had to justify your vacation?

Short of the long, some smart , rich and isolated Californians north of SF tested the whole town (call it 2k people) including homeless, shut-ins, etc, over 1 long weekend, and they had no identified illnesses, so they told tourists to fark off. Not really necessary though, because you aren't going to find it unless you know where it is or you get lost.

Yes, I've been there, lived in the area my whole life, but not really a fan of hippie enclaves. *shrug*
 
2020-05-21 11:57:22 AM  
I used to live in Inverness it's pretty cool area

If America had gone hippie it would be a much better place to live for everyone
 
2020-05-21 11:58:46 AM  

wademh: I used to play in an adult soccer league against a team from Bolinas. They were jerks.


When I read the first paragraph or two, I started thinking about how it cool it is that we have places like that, then your comment popped that balloon. Care to elaborate a little?  Were they smug?  Grass diving whiners? Cheaters?  Or did a joke go whizzing over my head?
 
2020-05-21 12:01:45 PM  
Been a couple decades since i went fishing at olema's five brooks millpond then went over to bolinas and knocked back a couple at smiley's schooner saloon, even had a couple places i worked on. They werent tolerant of obvious tourists, as one who was there fairly often i managed to get by without any trouble...
 
2020-05-21 12:02:05 PM  

Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.


Bolinas was absolutely there first before the boom. It's the east coast and Midwest transplants that jacked the prices up. With one notable immigrant from Austria contributing well beyond his weight in suck. Sure as hell wasn't the locals or the ag workers that caused what you're talking about.

Are there rich yuppie farks that spend and consume irresponsibly and fark it up for everyone in CA? Absolutely, no argument. Some are native born Californians even.

Is it all bolinas/ Marin county? Maybe paint with a thinner brush there Bob Ross
 
2020-05-21 12:05:26 PM  

Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.


the effect of Bolinas on the real estate cost in the Bay Area is .000001 percent if that
 
2020-05-21 12:11:35 PM  

Dork Gently: SpectroBoy: Rapmaster2000: My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.

I couldn't make it. What was the point.

You see I started to read the article, but it reminded me of when I was a kid reading articles. It was the fashion at the time. So my point is that back then we wore onions on our belts.....

The point was apparently that a tiny, backwater, intentionally reclusive, hippie settlement filled with white people had no cases of COVID-19, but the Mission District in downtown San Fransisco had 1.4% test positive.


My county of 3,000,000 is nowhere near 1.4% hell we nowhere near .5%.
 
2020-05-21 12:12:45 PM  

Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.


That's a whole lot of influence for one isolated community.  It's almost as if you had no idea what you were talking about.

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2020-05-21 12:17:22 PM  
This discussion is giving me a strong desire for soft shell crab
 
2020-05-21 12:19:08 PM  

zepillin: I used to live in Inverness it's pretty cool area

If America had gone hippie it would be a much better place to live for everyone


America did go hippie, and then the boomers got theirs and voted in Reagan.
 
2020-05-21 12:19:23 PM  

knbwhite: wademh: I used to play in an adult soccer league against a team from Bolinas. They were jerks.

When I read the first paragraph or two, I started thinking about how it cool it is that we have places like that, then your comment popped that balloon. Care to elaborate a little?  Were they smug?  Grass diving whiners? Cheaters?  Or did a joke go whizzing over my head?


It's just a personal comment. One guy in particular. A guy on our team scored a goal and about two minutes later this dude throws a wicked elbow into the goal scorers face and broke his nose. It was one of the most blatant fouls I've ever seen. The guys I played with were pretty mellow, in fact we were far more what I would call aging hippies (or about 4 of us anyway) than they were. But a few got in in them to deliver some payback to that guy.

Truth, a few people on his team agreed he was a jerk but others defended him.

Nobody got him that day. But we did play them again. I never did really hurt him though I would have and that's not the way I play. (played) But I did take him down a few times (legally) and made him look bad a few others. Of all my years of playing, he stands out, as do the team members that defended him. Probably not a good broad measure of a whole town but it's mine.
 
2020-05-21 12:20:56 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

That's a whole lot of influence for one isolated community.  It's almost as if you had no idea what you were talking about.

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Yup. This.

"Let's troll Cali when they get it right (while CA continues to float the red States) hurr durr".
 
2020-05-21 12:30:26 PM  

zepillin: I used to live in Inverness it's pretty cool area

If America had gone hippie it would be a much better place to live for everyone


Right on man!
 
2020-05-21 12:31:48 PM  

El_Dan: zepillin: I used to live in Inverness it's pretty cool area

If America had gone hippie it would be a much better place to live for everyone

America did go hippie, and then the boomers got theirs and voted in Reagan.


American ever went hippie

party assholes come in all ages
 
2020-05-21 12:32:18 PM  
Never course
 
2020-05-21 12:37:35 PM  

SpectroBoy: Rapmaster2000: My brother-in-law used to give me a New Yorker subscription every Christmas and I gave him an Economist subscription, but I told him this year to cancel the New Yorker.  I just don't read it.  This article reminds me why.  9,000 words to get to the point.

I couldn't make it. What was the point.

You see I started to read the article, but it reminded me of when I was a kid reading articles. It was the fashion at the time. So my point is that back then we wore onions on our belts.....


(skips to the bottom)

The point is that a small community banded together to get everyone tested, using materials and knowledge at hand, and making sure to find everyone including those who are off the grid. They didn't let bureaucracy get in the way. The object lesson is that more places should work with smaller communities and groups to do it this way instead of making an overly centralized, poorly organized, mismanaged mess where people fall through the cracks or go without testing for lack of imagination in finding supplies.
 
2020-05-21 12:42:39 PM  
"Tiny hippie enclave" of Bolinas
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Tiny hippies need a place to call home.
 
2020-05-21 12:44:25 PM  
I've seen folk gripe about poorly written drivel more than once in my time.

I wanted to read the article. You might not believe me but I did.

The best thing that came from that text was the umlauts. Seldom do we see the umlauts.
 
2020-05-21 1:13:44 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

There's plenty of places to build in this country. You don't need to live in California. It's a desirable place because it isn't completely covered in suburbs.


Yes, Kansas is empty.  But then you have to live in Kansas, and if your job is the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a problem (ignoring 100% home workers here, which really are few and far between).
 
2020-05-21 1:17:35 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

That's a whole lot of influence for one isolated community.  It's almost as if you had no idea what you were talking about.

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Let's read what I said again.

Note that these rich assholes are PART of the reason...  I didn't say they were the only community with NIMBYers or that they alone caused the problem; I said the exact opposite, in fact.

There are lots of other places with NIMBYers in greater San Francisco, including the city itself.  If you add them all up, you get a supply and demand problem.
 
2020-05-21 1:22:17 PM  

zepillin: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

the effect of Bolinas on the real estate cost in the Bay Area is .000001 percent if that


Imagine if that area was covered in suburban housing, or, better yet, high to mid rise apartments.  The demand is there; boo hoo if your rich hippie enclave gets transformed so people can have a roof over their heads.  Saying the supply shouldn't be built there (or anywhere else close to job centers) just makes housing cost more.
 
2020-05-21 1:49:52 PM  

Geotpf: common sense is an oxymoron: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

That's a whole lot of influence for one isolated community.  It's almost as if you had no idea what you were talking about.

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Let's read what I said again.

Note that these rich assholes are PART of the reason... I didn't say they were the only community with NIMBYers or that they alone caused the problem; I said the exact opposite, in fact.

There are lots of other places with NIMBYers in greater San Francisco, including the city itself.  If you add them all up, you get a supply and demand problem.


"Bolinas's median income has fallen below the national average "

Geotpf: zepillin: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

the effect of Bolinas on the real estate cost in the Bay Area is .000001 percent if that

Imagine if that area was covered in suburban housing, or, better yet, high to mid rise apartments.  The demand is there; boo hoo if your rich hippie enclave gets transformed so people can have a roof over their heads.  Saying the supply shouldn't be built there (or anywhere else close to job centers) just makes housing cost more.


That whole post is so stupid, I couldn't stop bolding what I was referencing.
It is about 1.5 hours away from SF, by hard to drive 2 lane coastal highway that is prone to closure due to landslides.  That area will never be realistically used as "housing" soon, if ever. Of, most of that coast is state park land... part of what makes California such a wonderful place to live.

You ain't from around here, are you, boy?
 
2020-05-21 1:53:51 PM  

Geotpf: zepillin: Geotpf: Note that these rich assholes are part of the reason real estate cost so farking much in the Bay Area.  They have basically banned new development since 19farking71, so all that supply is off the table.  If supply is low and demand is high, prices are high.

the effect of Bolinas on the real estate cost in the Bay Area is .000001 percent if that

Imagine if that area was covered in suburban housing, or, better yet, high to mid rise apartments.  The demand is there; boo hoo if your rich hippie enclave gets transformed so people can have a roof over their heads.  Saying the supply shouldn't be built there (or anywhere else close to job centers) just makes housing cost more.


Close to job centers let me laugh again even harder
 
2020-05-21 2:05:59 PM  
Again, I ask how many of you edgelords have ever sold a word to a slick?

This might not be a particularly informative or well-written piece, but if you could do better, you'd have seen your byline on smooth paper. Have you?

I'm really getting sick of edgelords.
 
2020-05-21 2:10:08 PM  

knobmaker: Again, I ask how many of you edgelords have ever sold a word to a slick?

This might not be a particularly informative or well-written piece, but if you could do better, you'd have seen your byline on smooth paper. Have you?

I'm really getting sick of edgelords.


Doing better and knowing better are two different things, and even you acknowledge it lacks: go back to making edgeknobs.
 
2020-05-21 2:13:36 PM  
It's only 13 miles (as the crow flies) to San Francisco from Bolinas.  Obviously, for it to be a reasonable bedroom community, the roads and/or public transit would need to be upgraded.
 
2020-05-21 2:14:09 PM  

knobmaker: Again, I ask how many of you edgelords have ever sold a word to a slick?

This might not be a particularly informative or well-written piece, but if you could do better, you'd have seen your byline on smooth paper. Have you?

I'm really getting sick of edgelords.


I appreciate well written articles that really suck me in and educate/entertain me.  I'm actually in awe of many of them.  This one just didn't work for me today.
 
2020-05-21 2:28:10 PM  

Geotpf: It's only 13 miles (as the crow flies) to San Francisco from Bolinas.  Obviously, for it to be a reasonable bedroom community, the roads and/or public transit would need to be upgraded.


You are either a troll or a moron.
Regardless of the state park/wetlands part you ignore, there is this:

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Hope that does it, because we are done.
 
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