Liz Gannes

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Demonstrators Smash Google Bus Piñata in San Francisco

San Francisco’s corporate shuttle buses — the enormous buildings-on-wheels that ferry workers between popular neighborhoods and technology companies south of the City — are easy to hate for local residents who are pissed about skyrocketing rent and snooty coffeeshop infestations.

While the shuttle buses might take cars off the road, they’ve become a grating symbol of cushy excess for everyone else sharing the neighborhood.

GooglebuspinataSo a piñata in the shape of a Google shuttle bus was the object on which some protesters exerted their aggressions this weekend at an “anti-gentrification block party” in the Mission District (actually, from the pictures, it looks like there were multiple piñatas).

But anger against shuttle buses wasn’t exactly a huge draw; as you can see in the video below, posted on local blog SFist, the police presence was total overkill for the actual demonstration:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald