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Re: “Deadly poverty

Myself and my Black american friends and colleagues all sprouted from near poverty level. I am 50 and still cannot seem to rise above a lower income existence(married-childless by choice). Here is a very sad example of the issue of VIOLENCE AS A CHOICE in the Black culture. We reside in a lower west side Latino hood. We are surrounded by grade schools and a park. Yes we have Latino banger shootings at least every month or so.
BY FAR the BIGGEST danger are the houses with BLACK families. 2 within a block of one another and VERY BUSY DRUG traffic in and out. Extended play shooting last January at 5p right in front and as people were arriving home at 5pm.
THEY ARE OUR MASTERS. They make mountains of money dealing. So buy we call it THE PHARMACY.All us residents must live our lives , sleep and curtail our outdoor activity all around their activity. They will stand out in the street on the sidewalk dealing in full view and shouting , drinking in a group until the wee hours keeping children and adults up on our narrow block. This is constant. The house, which the parents own, is trashed. ALL the windows are cracked and broken. SO much money is spent on police answering calls WHEN neighbors are bold enough to call. 3 cops on this beat WILL tell the dope dealing sons which house the call came from even if anonymous so myself and several others never call. Even when a loud customer of theirs was critically shot on our block a few weeks ago.There are 4 generations of this family living there including a 3 year old who screams and cries when the sons get their loud loud it is heard on the street walking by.
I cannot afford to move even though my sisters fear for my safety. So I too am a victim to adjusting my life by the hour under my Black Master neighbor. Absolutely could care less what color , race or religion anyone is but I have to pay attention here.

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Posted by Stradavarious on 08/24/2012 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Chicken of the trees

Go fuck yourself ..more childish crap 'journalism'

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Posted by Stradavarious on 08/24/2012 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Every single vegan I have know over several years in Chicago will never step foot in this carb hut CD. That they are named best VR year after year is proof the schlock is rigged.
Everyone knows it. AND they have the most horrifying health inspection in Chicago. Just go to the City of Chicago portal for the online proof. Absolutely should be shut.

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Posted by Stradavarious on 07/25/2012 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Chicago Diner set to open second location in Logan Square

In my early years I did work in a couple of seriously filthy joints but The Chicago Diners last reported inspection is unreal. Several serious violations including sewage back up in sinks and about 3 more paragraphs. How the hell do they look in the mirror? Find on map click and be scared, real scared.…

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Posted by Stradavarious on 07/15/2012 at 11:47 PM

Re: “House of Consignment: selling the same old, same old

The vegan Karyn Calabrese closets loaded with fur trimmed crap. A super narcissistic business owner married to a gazillionare who NEVER GIVES to animal organizations or anything else or any non profit for that matter.'I've never had cosmetic surgery".hilarious. There is a youtube where she addresses a mostly lower income black audience of Oprahs. She scolded them and talked down to them as if they were filth under her Hermes feet. GOD when why do people patronize her business. A review on YELP describes a raw brownie a lady bought at Karyns Raw that had worms in it!

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Posted by Stradavarious on 05/01/2012 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Chicago Without Coal

For 3 years now I have lived 2 blocks away from the FISK Coal Plant in Pilsen I never have soot on my windowsills, car or anything else. Though I have tried to find dead trees near the plant I have come up empty. The doctored photograph above is deceptive. The smoke is never gray but always white coming out of the plant. It looks like steam. I am against pollution but I am also against deceptive practices on the side of the Green reporting because it weakens the credibility of the argument.

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Posted by Stradavarious on 05/24/2011 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Foodies in disguise

My friend and I have been in the food industry for decades. We saw the cover shot and said "Yep, that is the restaurant owners feelings toward the THOUSANDS of microscope style personal taste and preference restaurant bloggers. " Most reviews are so stupid in the negative but they rack up those one and two stars. So your investment, risk, hard work depends often on drunks with no life running home to write a review about your business from behind their little masks of anonymity they feel they can blast even harder.Owners often robbed of their extremely hard work and investment with one OVER THE TOP touchy person writing a hateful review. Or maybe a harassing group doing it? I saw this done to a restaurant that I worked at in Portland, OR. Owner moved from another city and raised the bar in quality, service and concept The old hippie biz mafia rained on this guy for 4 years on all review sites. Though most people knew he was the shit he pulled the plug on it out of depression over this constant cyber harassment.
These 2 drunks like SO many others are trying to PROMOTE themselves on small business owners backs. DON'T YOU PEOPLE GET IT? Are people so stupid these days they fill their hours going to these sites reviewing restaurant. Is that your life? I fell great pity for you.

Posted by Stradavarious on 05/13/2011 at 7:08 AM

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