George Bernard Shaw, in a musical review of "Charity Concerts," wrote the following:
"Like all persons in sound mental health, I hate charity, whether as giver or receiver, asker or asked. I have no patience with the people who think that social evils can be cured by a little gush of sympathy and a dip of their hand into all the pockets within their reach."
His clear-eyed cynicism was a bracing corrective while watching "SF Connect" and its corporate sponsors...
...along with its ridiculously slick signage which obviously cost a pretty penny to produce.
Wells Fargo was the most determined sponsor in terms of its signage and branding everywhere you turned.
Here's a secret I learned doing propaganda for close to 30 years for Wells Fargo Bank.
As a monstrous corporate entity, they absolutely don't give a shit about you or your community or the world around us.
They care about your SOW (Share Of Wallet), period.
Also throwing up a banner was that other private corporate utility that has been gouging the citizens of California with a rigorous hand for over 150 years.
I think it would be instructive to know exactly which San Franciscans profit the most through their ownership of PG&E stock in exploiting their neighbors. That's one list the local media has never printed.
The only counterweight to this huge fraud was a gentleman passing out info about a petition drive to save Bayview/Hunter's Point from the Redevelopment Agency and their totally corrupt "friends in high places" who will use Redevelopment's eminent domain powers to do whatever the hell they want.
They need another 20,000 signatures by the end of August. Click here to get to their website and offer to pass around a few petitions.
The most charming moment of the evening was on exiting, where I saw a bicyclist and a wheelchair dude get tangled up together in a narrow space.
The lady cyclist started giggling infectiously, and none of us could help it. We all started giggling too.