Yeah, that's a lame title, but everyone who writes a puff
piece about earthquakes uses it, and as a Professional Journalist
I feel obliged to submit to the tradition. (Just so you know,
I will also use the word "temblor" later in this article). However,
this puff piece is different -- it's not just about earthquakes
as scary natural phenomenon, but earthquakes as a tool for VIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE!
So, check it: San Francisco, right? Late Nineties Internet Gold Rush Ground
Zero. What with incoming dot-com carpet-baggers from the East Coast arriving by
the fuckload each day (confidential to carpet-baggers: fuck off and die. We hate
you), commercial and residential rents are going through the roof. This means
that folks who make San Francisco cool are being driven out of the City in
record numbers -- they can't have homes, they can't have artists' studios, they
can't have rehearsal space, they can't have nothing.
What's going to change that? The group I link to below, ARTISTS FOR EARTHQUAKES,
has an idea: instigate a MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE in San Francisco to destroy large
amounts of property. Property values plummet, all the shady businesses and
creeps in rugby shirts go back to their Rust Belt homes, and we can have our
City back. All due to a massive temblor. Beaujolais for that!
Anyways, check out Artists for Earthquakes. They're planning lots of cool
events, like tap dancing on the Hayward Fault (trying to get it to shift, don't
you know) or banging REAL LOUD DRUMS on the San Andreas. Haven't you always
wanted to change history (and geography)? Now's your chance.