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Why did BoingBoing scrub Violet Blue from their site?

Violet Vanishes - Vox

Every post mentioning her (at one time more than a hundred) was removed but one. And when that one got mentioned, it too disappeared.

I'm sure all both of you who read this blog already know that Violet Blue is my friend and colleague -- Jackson West oh so wisely brought her on to SFist as a contributor, and when I joined the Chronicle I got to work with her again on her weekly column. And I love hanging out with her. Clearly, I'm not unbiased when it comes to Violet Blue, one of the smartest, funniest, and toughest people I know.

She's so funny, smart, and tough that she's made me do something terrible -- hope that a site is suffering from horrible technical issues, because the alternative? Rotten.

And here's where I make another disclaimer -- when my responsibilities at the Chronicle involved SFGate, hell, even before that, when I was editing SFist, when people would send me enraged emails/post ranty blog posts about the policies of either publication, there was always a part of me that thought "Then don't read us! There's a lot of sites on the internet, and if you don't like how we run things, well..." Just because a site is popular doesn't make it a public utility, I get that, and folks can run things the way they want.

There are only a few people I would go back on that thinking for, and Violet's one of them. So, I gotta ask: where the hell did her Boing Boing posts go?

(via Violet Blue, who will not be scrubbed from this site)

June 25, 2008

Did you know that people were prevented from fleeing Katrina at gunpoint?

APHA: Hurricane Katrina – A First-Hand Account

In short order, the police commander came across the street to address our group. He told us he had a solution: we should walk to the Pontchartrain Expressway and cross the greater New Orleans Bridge, where the police had buses lined up to take us out of the city. The crowed cheered and began to move. We called everyone back and explained to the commander that there had been lots of misinformation and wrong information and was he sure that there were buses waiting for us. The commander turned to the crowd and stated emphatically, "I swear to you that the buses are there."

. . .

As we approached the bridge, armed Gretna sheriffs formed a line across the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation. We told them of our conversation with the police commander and of the commander's assurances. The sheriffs informed us there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to move.

We questioned why we couldn't cross the bridge anyway, especially as there was little traffic on the six-lane highway. They responded that the West Bank was not going to become New Orleans, and there would be no Superdomes in their city. These were code words for, "if you are poor and black, you are not crossing the Mississippi River and you are not getting out of New Orleans."

Drunk Florida teen loses arm to alligator

18-year-old loses arm in attack by 11-foot gator in Okeechobee : St. Lucie County : TCPalm

About 2:21 a.m. Sunday, Edwards, was hanging out with friends on Nubbin Slough in Okeechobee County when he told them he was going to swim across a 25-foot-deep canal, according to an Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office report.

Edwards had been drinking alcoholic beverages earlier and may have been impaired, according to witnesses quoted in the report. His friends tried to persuade him not to do it, the report states.

Halfway through the swim, an alligator approached Edwards and clamped down on his left arm. He knew the next move was the death roll, when a gator pulls its prey underwater and rolls the victim around to drown it.

And that's when Edwards said he fought back by grabbing hold to a buoy line and not letting go. Somewhere in the battle he used the middle finger on his right hand to poke the reptile in the eye.

That's when Edwards got free, he said, started swimming and noticed he didn't have his left arm. But his main concern was to make it to the east end of the canal so friends could pull him to safety.

North Korea destroying nuclear plant

N. Korea invites media to nuclear plant blast - CNN.com

The destruction of the plant's cooling tower is part of an agreement with the United States aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in exchange for loosening some restrictions on the highly secretive Communist country.

The North Korean government has invited news organizations, including CNN, to witness the event.

Earlier this year, Pyongyang agreed to disable its nuclear reactor and provide a full accounting of its plutonium stockpile, "acknowledge" concerns about its proliferation activities and its uranium enrichment activity, and agree to continue cooperation with a verification process to ensure no further activities are taking place.