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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work