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Parents, Donít Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Berkeleyites
RobinofBerkeley.com ^ | 11-21-2013 | Robin of Berkeley

Posted on 12/11/2013 10:30:40 PM PST by servo1969

There once was a popular Indian teacher named Papa G, who drew students from far and wide. People flocked to see him and hear his words of wisdom. One lucky man who was able to attend one of his retreats spoke to Papa G, with camera in hand. The visitor asked the guru what he’d like to say to the multitudes all around the world vying to come to India to see him. Papa G smiled an impish grin and said, “Stay home.”

Papa G’s words remind me a bit of Dorothy, who journeyed all around Oz, only to find that the best place of all was home. This isn’t to say that relocation isn’t sometimes in order. It may be better, at times, to move somewhere different, to see the world, if only to return, as Dorothy did, with a fresh set of eyes. But the point I want to make here is don’t, and I mean DON’T, come to Berkeley.

OK, if you want to do so for a day or two, maybe a week, come on by. Walk the mean, lean streets of Telegraph, Shattuck, and University Avenues. . hang out in SF (our “open psychiatric ward”). . .check out the drug-addled folks at People’s Park. . . and then you can judge for yourself. If you agree with me, don’t, I repeat, DON’T, let your kids or anyone else you care about move here.

I say this even if you have to practice the toughest love imaginable with your beloved progeny. If your son or daughter insists that they want to go to UC Berkeley or SF State, do a Nancy Reagan: Just Say No. I realize that, if they are over l8, they are free agents. But you still have power over the purse strings. If you won’t contribute a dime to their education, they may reconsider.

I don’t say this to be harsh; but to give you advice that may be some of the best you’ve ever heard. It comes from someone in the trenches, who came here and has since regretted it as one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I suppose I should have gotten a clue when the first moment I landed here, a straggly, homeless guy was clearly eyeing my backpack. It was only my New York City street smarts that prevented him from obtaining it.

Now, in my ripe older years, I may not be able to get out of here so easily, unless I win the lottery (which I suppose I’d have to actually play to win). But at least my time here wouldn’t have been wasted if I can warn a few people.

And if you are already here, go home! If you have a parent somewhere else, a distant cousin twice removed, it doesn’t matter, go live with them for a while until you get situated. This is not a good place to settle down. In fact, it is one of the darkest places around.

Stay here long enough, and you may be mugged, maybe worse. Certainly you’ll have a close friend who will be. Rampant street crime is an ever present reality here, like the much heralded fog.

Or, if not outright bloodied, your car will be stolen or burglarized along with your phone and/or computer. (A recent study showed that the Bay Area boasted most of the cities with the highest car thefts; just another reason for the ordinary citizen to feel proud!) Perhaps even worse, you may become so psychically numb that when you see an old man with a black eye, or hear of a friend with a concussion, you’ll just pass that off as part and parcel of living in such a “wondrous” place.

There isn’t just street crime around here, as bad as that is: there’s violence so sinister that it’s pure, unadulterated evil. A teacher beat up by students in her own classroom. A high school girl gang raped and beaten unconscious by a gauntlet of boys. An elderly woman raped, beaten unconscious, and dumped amidst the pile of old tires at a car repair station (she died after being in a coma for a year).

All this crime has been covered up, by the way, by people who don’t want to see what they don’t want to see, and, therefore, have their balloon busted or (God forbid!) witness their real estate values plummet. This is nasty, vicious stuff that can only be explained by a dark force so powerful that it’s controlling much of the place.

It’s not a coincidence, I think, that the Church of Satan opened in SF in the 1960s (the “Hotel California,” was purportedly written about the “church.”). And Patty Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, around the same time that the city of Oakland was held hostage by the mayhem of the Black Panthers and other radicals. This area has a long history of extreme violence, much of it excused and tolerated. Not much has changed.

I don’t get the allure of this God-forsaken place. . .oh, wait, yes, I do! It drew me here decades ago. But one of the saddest sightings is a teenage, hippie couple sitting on the streets of the filthy downtown or Telegraph Avenue. They came here from a decent place like Minneapolis with high hopes of peace and love and flowers in one’s hair. Their haunted faces show what they found instead.

Your son or daughter or your beloved nephew may have heard the same hype, that the Bay Area is a truly happening place to be. As I said, reality is suppressed and reconstructed. But if your loved ones are longing to come to California, there are far saner locales. Check out the private colleges down south, as well as nicer public ones: UC Davis, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, UCLA.

But there’s something menacing in the air around Berkeley, and it contaminates the whole place. Mark my words: if you child comes out here, he will change. Even if he doesn’t become part of the darkness, something inside of him will die. Perhaps it’s his spirit or his innocence; but the light inside of him will dim. It may revive if he has the wherewithal to get out of here before it’s too late. But he may never be the same.

So I say this, not simply as someone coveting all the nonexistent parking spaces. I speak out as a veteran of a war that no one seems to know is going on. Parents, don’t let your children grow up to be Berkeleyites. Remember the immortal words of Papa G, “Stay home.”


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Education; History; Local News; Miscellaneous; Politics; Religion; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: berkeley; california; robin; robinofberkeley; sanfransisco
First post by Robin in almost six months. Glad to see she's still kicking. I wonder if she's still a practicing psychologist?
1 posted on 12/11/2013 10:30:40 PM PST by servo1969
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To: crusher; chuck_the_tv_out; Revolting cat!; Essie; GeronL; Popman; GreyFriar; Thebaddog; ...

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2 posted on 12/11/2013 10:43:26 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Whoa SF is getting pounded. Just read an article about some CEO in that Silicon Valley who did tell the truth about it becoming a cesspool. What he seemed to have left out if it weren’t for people like him being liberals had a lot to do with this. Karma’s a you know what.


3 posted on 12/11/2013 11:16:09 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: servo1969
A friend of mine just had a son graduate from Berkeley with an engineering degree. He's now working for a start-up in the Bay Area and making good money.

Of course he spent his time mostly studying and just hanging out with his fellow engineers so didn't spend a lot of time in Berkeley "proper".

You can go into the belly of the beast and come out OK so long as you stay away from the acid.

4 posted on 12/11/2013 11:58:58 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: servo1969

Thank yu Robin I studied at Berkeley many years ago. It was a top notch engineering school then. I would never go there now. You are right about the the rotten conditions there now.
What a waste.


5 posted on 12/12/2013 12:05:42 AM PST by tommix2
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To: tommix2

When he commotion was going on at Sproul Plaza it was quiet at the engineering corner We hd no time for anything but study.


6 posted on 12/12/2013 12:11:35 AM PST by tommix2
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To: servo1969

my fil taught at Pacific School of Religion and said there are far more atheists there than believers


7 posted on 12/12/2013 12:48:20 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: servo1969
She's back! Good to hear from her.

I have to admit that I found Berkeley to be an entertaining zoo, but my knowledge of the place is out of date. The creeping darkness does not surprise me. Berkeley is all about the left, and the leftist dream has turned into a nightmare.

Where have you gone, Mario Savio?

8 posted on 12/12/2013 1:09:48 AM PST by TChad (The Obamacare Motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: servo1969
Damn. Her comments are still off. She has completely exposed the evil of the left and they hound her mercilessly. I assume the fight became too tiring after awhile. Keep up the good work, Robin. You hit them squarely in the cesspool where they live.

As I recall, her husband was and still is a big leftie.
9 posted on 12/12/2013 2:11:36 AM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: servo1969
Berkeley's Northern border is OAKLAND!...

Talk about the "darkness"...

10 posted on 12/12/2013 2:12:38 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: JDoutrider

The writer has no worry about myself or any of my children moving to Berkley. There are far better places to spend our time than in the SF cess pool. “Kalifornia, the land of nuts, fruits and flakes” is definitely not to my liking.


11 posted on 12/12/2013 4:00:53 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: All

Robin, I hope you read this. Have a blessed Christmas and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


12 posted on 12/12/2013 4:16:22 AM PST by Toadman (To anger a Conservative, tell a lie. To anger a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: JDoutrider
Berkeley's Northern border is OAKLAND!...

Sothern, for the sake of accuracy. But it is still Oakland.

13 posted on 12/12/2013 4:17:07 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: tommix2
Interviewed in 1965 for a possible opening to doctoral studies at the Materials Science & Engineering school--remembering, as though it were yesterday, the pervading sweetness of gardenias at the front gate; beautiful, well-funded labs; sipping wine near dusk on a hillside porch, looking out to see fog banks roll in, as the sun declined beyond the Golden Gate Bridge; dining Lobster Newburg at a bayside restaurant; then back across the Bay to my diggings at the St. Francis (where their real silver and copper change shone as if it was newly minted); and on to a ramble out through North Beach, where the nightspots treated you with care when they noted the condition of your quarter and fifty-cent pieces--ah! those were the days. . .

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday . . .

14 posted on 12/12/2013 4:36:10 AM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: JDoutrider
Berkeley's Northern border is OAKLAND!...

I used to live just north of Berkeley, but I wasn't in Oakland. I was in Kensington.

15 posted on 12/12/2013 4:37:09 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: servo1969

You can say similar things about 90% of the colleges in this country


16 posted on 12/12/2013 5:47:52 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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