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Original post made by Paul Losch on Jun 20, 2012

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I was in my early teens when this song came out.

This particular video demonstrates what an eneregtic city San Francsico is.

A little bit of what the "Occupy" groups are doing in these days. Something to think about.

Enjoy the song, Think about a summer of love.

Comments (14)

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm


Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll evolved into HIV/AIDS, Crack/Meth and Rap -which praises- rape, violence against the police and drug abuse.

The so called " summer of love " destroyed a generation of young kids through drugs, violence and promiscuity -

-it was a plague that continues to infect our kids.


Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

>>"-it was a plague that continues to infect our kids."

The kids are infected, because their parents never grew up and still believe the crap that came out of the "summer of love".

Others of us who participated in "the summer of love" did grow up. I'm one. Gary is probably one, and maybe even Sharon is one.


Posted by svatoid, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Leave it to Sharon to make phony claims about another event. Is there no end to her funny comments?


Posted by Karen, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

>A little bit of what the "Occupy" groups are doing in these days. Something to think about.

What should I be thinking about, Paul?


Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Paul Losch is a registered user.

Karen,

Thanks for your question.

Far be it for me to suggest what you or anyone else should think.

What I thought as I observed this video is how the people in it, who largely are our age or older, displayed behavior akin to what I have seen in some of the current videos of "Occupy" events.

I then thought about where all those folks in that San Franscico Summer of Love in 1967--45 years ago--ended up, and where our courrent "Occupy" cohort will end up.

Do you have thoughts Karen?


Posted by Karen, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Paul,

I just see a bunch of spolied brats. Hooked on drugs.


Posted by Bruce, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Sharon -- Are you suggesting that "sex, drugs and rock & roll" are all terrible things that negatively influence our children and should be avoided at all costs? Without sex, you wouldn't exist. Without drugs, some people would be in pain for years. Without rock & roll -- well, let's just say the world would be a very dull place. And your comment about rap -- a broad and unfair generalization -- shows that you have probably never heard any, making a judgement about something you know nothing about (and saying sex leads to HIV/AIDS is also pretty ridiculous). Loosen up Sharon -- life doesn't have to be so uptight.


Posted by Bruce, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Karen -- OK, I'll bite. Why exactly do you think the kids in the video are "spoiled"? None of them look particularly wealthy to me. And I didn't see any footage of actual drug use, so why exactly do you assume they are "hooked on drugs"? Because people are dancing and having fun they must be on drugs?


Posted by American Idiot, a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

OutsideObserver and Sharon paint a picture of a destroyed generation "The so called " summer of love " destroyed a generation of young kids" that they imply only OuttedObserver, Gary and Sharon survived.

Who knew?

All those 55-65 year olds that I know. Must be lying about their age, or hiding something. Geez, they look so normal. I thought they might all be dead, but the census tells us otherwise.

Who knew?

Funny thing, there were a lot of that age group, along with a lot of young kids at the Orpheum the other night. To see AMERICAN IDIOT. A great time, a great show, great music! Only nit? I didn't care for that many strobe lights at my advanced age of "55-65".

I'll leave it to others to draw the obvious conclusions regarding how the title American Idiot applies.

Be well!


Posted by Karen, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

>Karen -- OK, I'll bite. Why exactly do you think the kids in the video are "spoiled"?

Because I was there, and I was one of them. Most of them were spoilt brats from upper middle class families, like me. As an adult, I now realize how naive I was. However, I did have a lot of sex...and venereal disease...and sterlity. My life was changed by the 'summer of love', for the worse.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm



The CDC estimates that more 3.5 million " baby boomers" have hepatitis C - but do not know that are infected.

They contracted the hepatitis C infection decades ago through unprotected sex, IV drug use, or blood transfusions from contaminated supplies.

Many of these infections lie dormant for about 20 years or more, but are just now starting to emerge over the decade to come.

The unluckiest ones will end up suffering severe liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, liver transplants, and ultimately, premature death.

The Haight district in SF was a hot zone for intravenous speed and heroin abuse.

Promiscuous sex-- which was also a key part of the movement-- destroyed many lives and bodies.

SF health department gross malpractice a few years later was directly responsible for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in which many 100,000s of Americans died horrible deaths.

The SF health department refused to close the homosexual bath houses-

-the main vectors of HIV/AIDS-and they refused to quarantine the infected vectors.

The SF " summer of love" was a plague that continues to infect our kids.

Rap music is misogynistic, promotes violence and substance abuse.


Posted by American Idiot, a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

As always, ten seconds on google shows what complete lunacy the statements are by Sharon.

hep C is predominant with boomers because of events in the 80's, not the 'summer of love'. "...likely due to increased injection drug use and use of blood and blood products for transfusion, which caused hepatitis C incidence to increase steadily throughout the 1980s."

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Who to believe? Sharon or the Surgeon General?

Tough choice, that.

Re: Sharon's numbers "The CDC estimates that more 3.5 million " baby boomers" have hepatitis C - but do not know that are infected."

Of course, Sharon's numbers are wrong too. CDC says there are 3.2M Americans TOTAL with hep C. About 3/4 of those are boomers.

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Still can't get the title song out of my head (information age of hysteria, it's calling out to idiot America, welcome to a new kind of tension, all across the alien nation.....)

Great song. If you go to San Francisco, go see the show, if the short run isn't already sold out.

Paul, one has to think you'd love it.




Posted by Bruce, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thanks for sharing the video. I'll take dancing, laughing and listening to music over negativity any day of the week.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm



What does Paul Losch see as the similarities between the hippies and the occupy activists.

Paul put up the original post making a connection.

The occupy activists seem to have flamed out already.


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