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Kevin Army

Kevin Army
Location
Oakland, California, United States
Birthday
August 19
Title
Executor
Company
Yserba
Bio
Formerly posing as Yserba Berrington, now just posing as myself. In a former life I worked on music creatively for a living. Now I'm a hardworking slacker and occasional writer for no money at all, and I like it that way. I post fiction, ramblings, songs, photos, videos, whatever I feel moved to do. I'm kind of directionless. Welcome!

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AUGUST 31, 2012 3:01PM

I'd Sleep With Paul Ryan But I Wouldn't Vote For Him

 

I was watching Clint Eastwood, who is one of my all time favorite actors, make an absolute ass of himself, fumbling enough to win the Charlton Heston Sad Old Man award, and thought fondly of the previous night of the National Convention Of Straight White People.

I'm sorry, this… Read full post »

 

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I grew up in a white conservative suburb outside of San Francisco. Concord was still a pretty rural place when my family moved there in 1962. Though our neighborhood seemed pretty good at the time, as an adult I've come to understand it was a fairly rough white trash… Read full post »

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MAY 2, 2012 8:06AM

Arrests and Teargas At Occupy Oakland May Day Strike

 

I knew going into the Occupy Oakland May Day Strike that it could be a rough day. I kept trying to talk myself out of going, and as it was, I couldn't get myself to show up until 11:30 AM. I had a feeling of dread; I was pretty sure… Read full post »

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APRIL 2, 2012 11:43AM

Occupy SF Takes Over Abandoned Building On April Fools Day

 

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A few days ago I saw a tweet claiming that an affinity group of Occupy SF called SF Commune would be “liberating a building” on April 1st. I clicked on the link and learned that this appeared to be a real plan, and not a hoax April Fools joke.… Read full post »

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MARCH 6, 2012 1:17PM

Occupy Education At The State Capitol In Sacramento

 

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Monday, March 5 saw two different, yet complimentary protests regarding education that came to California's State Capitol, Sacramento.

At 10AM, an annual event called the March In March took place. Thousands of students, along with teachers, parents, and concerned citizens, marched fr… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2012 9:37AM

Occupy Oakland Move In Day

 

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Saturday, Occupy Oakland had their largest action since the Port Shutdown in December. It was “Move In Day”, and the intention was to Occupy a vacant building. I wasn't really sure how I felt about this action, partly due to the necessity of the Occupiers having to ke… Read full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2012 7:57AM

Occupy SF Turns The City Into A Theme Park Of Protest

 

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Friday, Jan 20th was a day of national Occupy Protests named Occupy The Courts. These demonstrations were in protest of corporate personhood, and took place at Federal courthouses in about 80 cities, including Oakland and San Francisco. In San Francisco, an ev/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2012 9:30AM

The SF Too Many Victims Candlelight Vigil

 

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January 8th was the 1 year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed 6 people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Throughout the country a “Too Many Victims Lost To Gun Violence” Vigil took place to remember that, in at least 68 cit… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 13, 2011 8:18AM

Occupy Oakland Peacefully Shuts Down The Port Of Oakland

 

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Yesterday morning, I woke up at the unnatural hour of 4:30 AM to get to the first part of the Occupy Oakland shutdown of the Port Of Oakland. This was a part of an attempt to close all the ports on the West Coast. It took me a while… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 21, 2011 11:29AM

Occupy Oakland Rebuilds, Protestor Is Hit By Police Car

 

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Saturday afternoon Occupy Oakland had a march. It wandered through downtown, to a school in the Grand Lake district, then back downtown to establish a new camp. This time the camp was set up at 19th and Telegraph in an abandoned parking lot.

The march was a fine… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011 12:23PM

Why Occupy Cal Matters

 

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This past Tuesday night, I went to Occupy Cal to show my support for a short while. I arrived just as the students were finishing their general assembly and they had decided to set up tents on the steps of Sproul Hall later. After the violence that had been… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 14, 2011 11:56AM

The Second Occupy Oakland Raid, and The Campaign Of Fear

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Have you ever spent time waiting for someone close to you to die? Then you know the feeling of being mired in an unknown void, where one doesn't know if it will be that weekend, that afternoon, that hour. A sickened feeling deep in your gut, that premonition that something/…

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NOVEMBER 10, 2011 2:03PM

UC Berkeley Students Arrested And Beaten At Occupy Cal

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Yesterday a new Occupy Protest was started at UC Berkeley, at Sproul Plaza, in front of Sproul Hall. They’ve named themselves Occupy Cal, and they are protesting the high costs of the UC college system. Some students put up a few tents, which ended up being taken down by… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2011 10:46AM

Occupy Oakland Strike: How To Close A Bank In 8 Easy Blocks

 

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Written at 9 PM, Wed Eve, the day of the General Strike by Occupy Oakland:

Last night the wind was whipping around Oakland in an ominous way. Doors kept banging around in my apartment, and I fell asleep hoping nature wasn't setting things up for another difficult day here.… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2011 11:06AM

Is This The Week The Occupy Movement Got Too Big To Stop?

 

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Tuesday of this week was one of the bleakest days in Oakland’s history. The events I covered on that morning were terrible enough, what happened later that evening was unforgivable. The thing I had seen on the faces of the officers that morning, the look of hate and anger,/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 25, 2011 10:52AM

Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Push Me To The Ground

 

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Today is a sad day in the city I love, Oakland. This morning at 2:45 AM I received a text message that a raid was imminent at the Occupy Oakland camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza. I had promised myself I would go any hour of the day. I… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2011 2:16PM

Occupy SF- Across The Country From Wall Street

 

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Democracy smiled a little yesterday. It's face was about 600 people strong, people of many ages and walks of life, people with one thing in common, that they felt it's finally time to say something.

Here on the west coast I've been becoming aware of the movement… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 4:39PM

The Racist Bake Sale At UC Berkeley Today

 

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Part 1

 

Being a bit out of the loop, I didn't learn about the impending Berkeley Pay By Race Bake Sale until late the night before. Being a punk rocker at heart forever, I was immediately drawn to the offensiveness of the whole thing.

The event is… Read full post »

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APRIL 1, 2011 11:09AM

The Basketball I'll Never Use

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When I was 16, my best friend died. We had been playing Frisbee with 2 other friends in the park around the corner from my house. We were the four misfit nerd freaks who miraculously found each other. I don't know what inspired us to play Frisbee that day,… Read full post »

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MARCH 3, 2011 11:07AM

Walking The Faultline To Recovery

 

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Since my surgery in December, I've been recovering well. I'm eating healthy food, keeping up with work, not letting myself get too down. The only exercise I've been approved for is walking, so that's what I do, just about every day.

The closest nice place to walk is a man… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 3:08PM

Today I Voted Proudly In Spite Of It All

I like the tradition of voting. Walking to my polling place, casting my ballot in public. Receiving my “I voted” sticker and wearing it all day. A non-partisan reminder that we all have a responsibility and right to have our say.

My polling place has never seemed quite right to… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2010 12:00PM

The Awesome Subversiveness of Glee

 

Glee makes me cry. Not because it's so great or moving, and not that it isn't. It's Kurt. Or, more to the point, the complexity and truthfulness of Kurt as a gay teen, the reaction around him, and the subtle ways the show teaches it's world how to react to… Read full post »