A partial list of the Googlegroups I head or assist. I belong to ~40 Googlegroups.

Olivia LaRosa is the pen name for Deborah Lagutaris, otherwise known as debocracy or deborahlake.

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Healing Bodies Healing Souls Energy News

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Healing Bodies Healing Souls Meditation News & Events

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Healing Bodies Healing Souls Omni-list Get news of all events and offers in just one email for your convenience.

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Tenants gathering for solidarity and mutual aid

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Diane Gysin is the director and principal healer at Healing Bodies Healing Souls. She is creating new helping modalities on a regular basis. Diane will share them with you via email, text message, or phone: your preference.

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This is a hub for people in and around the East Bay to connect and fight for a country we can all believe in.

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“Ed’s Daily Digest” was founded by Ed Pearl, the impresario of the legendary Ash Grove nightclub. The spirit of the Ash Grove stays alive because of the community that has grown from those who played at and loved the Grove. Here, Ed and various guests present articles of interest to that community.

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This is Ed’s Daily Digest in GoogleGroups. All these digests will be consolidated over the course of the next four days. Meanwhile you will receive messages from Daily Digest No 2. Important news is waiting! If I made an error in subscribing you, please write to me at

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This is Ed’s Daily Digest Group 3. Please kindly accept messages from this list until further notice. Lots of exciting things happening! If I made an error in subscribing you please just write to me at so I can correct or delete your record.

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This discussion group is for Gmail users to ask questions, find answers, and discuss Gmail Labs. To get the most from this group, please read our guidelines at .

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Healing Bodies Healing Souls Life Coaching News

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Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal Alumni

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A grassroots association supporting Bernie Sanders for President. Based in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland, CA.

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Please join Bernie Sanders for President volunteers in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland, CA. We’re alive, awake, alert and enthusiastic! Tune in for organizing meetings, tabling training, safety training, poster-making parties, sign waving, and other Bernie-related events.

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Mailing list for the Oakland Supper Club. Only the club members can receive or view the emails.

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This group is for geeking, exploring ways to make our lives easier and better, discussing what has worked and what hasn’t… In the realms of psychology, cognition, neurology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and so on. This is a place for serious fact and experience based discussion.

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This is a discussion group for San Francisco Bay Area polyamory and nonmonogamy organizers, activists, and educators, along with people who are interested in doing such things. If you are interested in joining, state your name and what organizing/education/etc activities you are interested in.

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We are Students for a Better Hastings, a diverse coalition committed to demanding the Administration: 1) protect LEOP and diversity – no cuts; 2) respect working class labor – cut from the top; 3) transparency – we want an open administration; 4) accountability – where is our $ going?

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This is Ed’s new “The Ash Grove” List. Lots of exciting things happening! Check Ed’s Facebook page for current news as well.

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Board members and concerned with management, publicity, messaging, organizing of The Ash Grove’s and Ed Pearl’s intellectual and cultural presence.

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For the reunion committee of the UC Hastings College of the Law Class of 2004. This list is private, not moderated, and you may choose the destination for any reply message: to the group, or to the sender. If people prefer other options, please notify me at

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Sample: Movements at the Millennium: Cybermobilizing for Social Justice 1999-2000

Here is the abstract and the introduction to my 100-page Senior Thesis written for my major at UC Santa Barbara in 2000. This paper helped me to win the Genesis Award for innovative research and graduate with Distinction in the Major.


The demonstrations in Seattle in November 1999 against the World Trade Organization Millennial meeting took the world by surprise. People began to wonder what the WTO was, and how people dressed up as turtles found common ground with steelworkers as they tried to shut down the WTO summit.

Protest begins with sense of unfairness. How does this arise? NYU’s Tom R. Tyler suggests that if decision-making procedures are fair, people will accept the outcomes even if they disagree with them substantively. Fair process then maintains a belief in the legitimacy of political institutions even when we oppose what they do.  My study is a deviant case analysis that replicates many questions from Tyler’s work with this unique group, the citizens who found common ground in dissent at Seattle, and at subsequent actions. I probe their social characteristics, experiences and background to search systematically to see if Tyler’s theory holds true for protesters — and, if not, how they differ.  Specifically, I examine whether they differ from Tyler’s results in their response to political decisions they view as substantively unacceptable. Perhaps they are unlikely to   accept procedural fairness as a substitute for just outcomes.

It seemed to me that maybe this was what made protesters more likely to question the legitimacy of political institutions. I drew on the rich data on the 1999-2000 protests from Seattle to D2K at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. I explore some of the main characteristics of these recent protests against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, specifically, SNCC, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the women’s movement and the anti-War movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Using participant observation of D2K organizing and protests, in-depth interviews with protesters and leaders of D2K and three participating groups, with more limited surveys of protestors, I used this mobilization as a laboratory to explore both the motivations of those who join  protests and the structure and dynamics of movements today.


According to the seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, governments exist via the tacit consent of the governed. The idea of tacit consent means that members of a polity accept both the benefits and obligations of that polity. The difficulty is, what ought to be looked upon as a tacit consent, and how far it binds, i.e., how far any one shall be looked on to have consented, and thereby submitted to any government, where he has made no expressions of it at all.

And to this I say, that every man, that hath any possessions, or enjoyment, of any part of the dominions of any government, doth thereby give his tacit consent, and is as far forth obliged to obedience to the laws of that government, during such enjoyment, as any one under it; whether this his possession be of land, to him and his heirs for ever, or a lodging only for a week; or whether it be barely travelling freely on the highway; and in effect, it reaches as far as the very being of any one within the territories of that government (Locke, Second Treatise, Section 119).

Thus, tacit consent is subjective acceptance that legitimates government.  In the view of those who work for social justice in our own millennial era, government allows those who exploit society to exercise control over it and fail in their obligations. This leads some social justice activists to view government itself as illegitimate, as it has abdicated state power to corporate influence. These activists withdraw their subjective acceptance of a government controlled by those who fail to fulfill the obligations they incur while enriching themselves. As this consciousness grows, activists begin to mobilize. The most visible manifestation of this mobilization is protest.

How might these activists come to conclude that such abdication of power or undue influence on state decisions was unfair? In 1994, social psychologist Tom R. Tyler, then at UC Berkeley, concluded from one of his studies that societal dynamics existed that prevented such radical critique. He found that citizens accept governmental outcomes they viewed as unfair if they considered the procedures under which they were decided to be fair and balanced. A majority of Tyler’s respondents concluded that if fair processes were observed, laws should be followed and government should be considered legitimate. The central question I asked in this paper is: how do activists conclude that outcomes are not fair, refuse to give tacit consent, and move to proactive mobilization and protest?

One concrete expression of the refusal of tactic consent manifested at the protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, Washington in late November of 1999, which took the world by surprise. Beforehand, Americans knew little or nothing about the WTO, formed in 1995 to lower barriers to international trade. When 50,000 people appeared on the streets of Seattle to disrupt the WTO summit, America began paying attention. The seriousness of the activists’ commitment was tested as tear gas, beatings, and arrests ensued. Then, on April 16, 2000, 30,000 people arrived in Washington, D.C. to disrupt a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The United States had not seen protests on this scale, with a comparable use of police force, since the 1960s. The discovery that a group was planning a protest of similar scale at the Democratic Party National Convention in Los Angeles, during August of 2000, prompted my research project on this new wave of protest. “D2K” signifies the action planned at the Democratic National Convention held during August 14 to August 18, 2000, in downtown Los Angeles.  D2K is a play on the ubiquitous term used to describe the Millennium, Y2K. For a year and a half, the contours of this new activism were probed via participant-observation, interviews, and surveys.

In spirit, the movement echoed observations of Herbert Marcuse in Repressive Tolerance. If we believe that objective truth exists, history is an inconstant struggle toward that truth. One message of this truth, borne out by the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, taught us that we, as a society, are rewarded with a higher quality of life when more of us achieve equality.   As life chances for people of color improve, their cultural and scholarly contributions, invisible earlier in our history, enrich our lives. In this way, social progress and increasing human rights benefit society on a broad level.




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Why do I need to sift flour when baking?

I was always skeptical about sifting and did not have a sifter for decades. Then I got a bread machine. I couldn’t figure out why my loaves didn’t rise or why they turned out like bricks. Sifting is the key! Don’t let people fool you.

flour remaining in sifting bowl after removing 4 1/4 cups for recipe
sift! flour remaining in sifting bowl after removing 4 1/4 cups for recipe
sift! Nearly 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour that did not go into my bread recipe
sift! Nearly 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour that did not go into my bread recipe

My extensive research finally yielded a clue. I had been using a measuring up to scoop the flour out of the bag or canister, leveling it, then adding it to the dough. I finally found a sifter I liked after much trial and error.

Here’s today’s outcome. I added four cups of flour to my sifter, using a slotted spoon so as not to compact it. I then sifted and added 4 1/4 cups flour to my dough.

Look what’s left over! Close to 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour! This tells me that I was adding AT LEAST 2 cups of extra flour to each recipe of bread dough.

The dough is in the breadmaker. I’ll know the outcome in 3 1/2 hours.

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What’s wrong with the men?

Obama says men have been getting on my nerves lately

Perhaps you may have noticed that 90% of our criminals are men. Men kill women every day for the sin of being pregnant. Men crash the global economy with monotonous regularity. Men want to fight wars. Men want to dominate others. Men get guns and shoot children inside their schools. Average men think they are smarter than the most brilliant woman. It’s the men. Brothers, talk to these men. They do not pay attention to us, because after all, we are just women.

“Women in particular .?.?. I want you to get more involved. Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.

I mean, every day I read the newspaper and I just think like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’ I mean, we’re violent, we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business. So I think empowering more women on the continent — that right away is going to lead to some better policies.”

In the months since Obama left office, U.S. news headlines have been filled with stories of men in the media, entertainment and politics — including Obama’s successor, President Trump — facing allegations of sexual assault and harassment.


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So What about Porgy and Bess?

I started listening to jazz as a teen. I got it full time in my car in 2006. It soothed my weary soul. People say jazz takes them out of their humdrum day. It always lifts my mood.

Yesterday, on my local jazz station KCSM, Melanie and Chuy played Miles Davis “Ain’t necessarily so.” I wanted to hear it again.

Found it in Mile’s recording of the music from Porgy and Bess. I decided to spin the whole album this afternoon.

It is one of the most profound musical performances of the 20th Century. Davis followed up Porgy and Bess the very next year in “So What.” “So What” is the best selling jazz record of all time. Five thousand new copies are sold every week. It was released in 1958.

We didn’t love Miles enough, I know that for sure.

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Protect DACA youth with the legal doctrine of promissory estoppel

By Olivia Deborah Lagutaris LaRosa, Sept.10, 2017

Promissory estoppel is a common law contract doctrine that may apply to DT’s tentative repeal of the “Dreamers” status.  Our young people who were brought to the US as children and thus had no say in whether they were “legal” must be protected. We can do that by fighting hard to protect their status and their rights.

How can we do that? By dipping into our legal toolbox for the proper tool.

Legal concepts are described and defined by  “elements.” Ordinarily, a contract is created by satisfying four elements:

  • Promise
  • Consideration
  • Agreement
  • Legal purpose

The elements of promissory estoppel are:

  • A promisor
  • A promisee who acted with
  • Reasonable reliance on the promise
  • Which here substitutes for consideration, even through there is no monetary consideration from promissee
  • Causes a substantial economic detriment effect to the promisee

The Presidential Order on DACA was a promise to those children who were brought from out of the country by their parents, and had no control over being brought to the USA. The Dreamers have, as they have matured, acted upon the promises of DACA to build their lives as Americans do. They graduated from high school, went to college, or learned a trade. Some have married now and are raising families in the USA.

They thus acted with reasonable reliance on the promise of DACA. They were economically harmed by the reversal and the threat of deportation.

This is a unilateral contract where no consideration was tendered by the Dreamers. But the doctrine of promissory estoppel says that their actions based on reasonable reliance are the equivalent of consideration.

Removal from the USA would cause catastrophic economic detriment to the Dreamers. They are unsuited to earning a living in other countries. If homeowners they would lose their homes and the money they put into them. They may not even speak the language of the country where they came from.

Therefore, promissory estoppel presents a real opportunity to protect our youth.

History of application of promissory estoppel relevant to DACA

This doctrine was used to defend students at a major California law school. During the school shutdowns in the early 1970s, classes were not held for a year. The school decided that the exams at the end of that year would cover an entire two years of instruction.

Many of these students were recruited by a legal education opportunity program. These programs are designed to help students who had to overcome significant obstacles to get to law school. Many were first-generation college students. This is a big handicap, believe me!

Of course, many of these students did not pass under this draconian two-year exam protocol. Using the promissory estoppel doctrine, they argued that they had been promised a chance to make it through law school and the testing method denied them that education.

Failure to graduate from law school would cause them substantial economic harm.

Therefore, because promissory estoppel is a common law doctrine, class action suits similarly might be brought in every state where DACA beneficiaries reside.

Presidential prerogative

In case you are wondering, alien residents of the USA have some rights defined by the Constitution. Furthermore, immigration laws apply “federally,” that is, in every state. The President may make policy about immigrants. GOP assertions that the executive order establishing Dreamer status are confused.

Here’s a video that explains how promissory estoppel works.

Brush up on DACA here. 5 things you should know about DACA


Deborah Lagutaris has a law degree but she does not practice law. Ms. Lagutaris holds an LL.M. Legal Master Degree in International Taxation and Wealth Management. Furthermore, she is a Licensed California Real Estate Broker. Learn more about her at One Tax

This article is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client privilege.

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Real news and fake news

WSJ contributor found dead – could it be suicide?*

I wonder why this person is important enough to appear in the NY Times. Two people who are considered so-called leaders of the Right are the only ones who commented at 12:24AM on July 21, 2017. The notorious Paul Ryan (R-Ayn Rand) and the pompous Bret Stephens (R-dull) are the first commenters. Is this a play for sympathy in order to promote the vote on the “health care” bill?

*this part is fake news. There is no information now that points to suicide. I wanted to show you how easy it is to create controversy.

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