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Truth Matters (and so does good beer)

Uploaded: Jan 23, 2020

I’ve finally decided what I want to be when I grow up.


And hopefully, on a good day, inspiring. Moving forward in life, I want to be energized by the positive, rather than beset by the negative. Stand FOR something, rather than just complain AGAINST things.

So when the Food Party! got a hot tip last week about a group doing/being just that, we decided to tag along. Unhappy about Facebook’s refusal to fact-check political ads run on the site, Bay Area Action (a environmental education and social action group active in the 1990’s) reunited for truth at the world-famous Thumbs-Up sign.

Photo by Robert Most

From the press release: Even though 150 million users received disinformation during the 2016 elections, Facebook disregards election integrity yet again by refusing to follow their competitors lead to prevent political disinformation from infesting our personal feeds and poisoning the 2020 presidential elections.

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And who knew? Part of the space in front of the sign is public property, which can be accessed without crossing onto private property, so it’s a perfect place to advocate for the importance of facts.

Photo by Robert Most

The group said Facebook owes the public reparations for their bystander-debacle during the 2016 election. In 2020, they want Facebook to either fact-check political ads on the site, or eliminate political ads all together.

Photo by Robert Most

But movements need more than good message – they also need sustenance. At the end of the demonstration, the truth brigade gathered for a celebratory toast down the block at Freewheel Brewing Company. This Menlo Park watering hole, tucked away near 84 and Willow Road, is a great find. It feels like an old time community pub; a place to laugh with neighbors on the outdoor patio, hear live entertainment or standup comedy, or enjoy their weekly pub quizzes. Opened in 2012, Freewheel is known for an old English-style of brewing cask-conditioned or real ale, beer that matures by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed. A popular brew technique before refrigeration and CO2 tanks were commonplace, carbonation is naturally produced in the serving cask at Freewheel, rather than piped in at the spout. I’m not a beer aficionado, but can absolutely give a shout out for their Chromatic Coffee Porter, using local Chromatic Coffee. It went down real nice – and that’s the truth.


Freewheel Brewing Company
3736 Florence St Redwood City, CA 94063

11:30am - 10pm SUN - WED
11:30am - 11pm THURS – SAT
See upcoming events here

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but no one is entitled to their own facts.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Longtime Menlo Parker, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Jan 23, 2020 at 10:21 am

Freewheel is great! Check out the live entertainment on the weekends; great local bands!!

Posted by katie murdock, a resident of another community,
on Jan 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Yes be positive but if negative offer something in place of whatever you are negative about that might be an alternative to the {problem} Start a trend.

Posted by Truth Seeker, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills,
on Jan 25, 2020 at 8:42 am

Truth Matters is all over the media right now. Perfect timing.

Posted by Trufth, says slurring donny, a resident of Green Acres,
on Jan 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

Truth matters, yes.

Beer? I had my first Pliny the other day. Wow.

Posted by Wondering, a resident of Charleston Meadows,
on Jan 25, 2020 at 5:37 pm

What is TRUTH any longer?

Posted by Reader, a resident of Laurel School,
on Jan 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm

"If right doesn't matter, it doesn't matter how good the Constitution is.

It doesn't matter how brilliant the Framers were.

It doesn't matter how good or bad our advocacy in this trial is.

It doesn't matter how well written the oath of impartiality is.

If right doesn't matter, we're lost.

If the truth doesn't matter, we're lost.

The Framers couldn't protect us from ourselves if right and truth don't matter.

And you know that what he did was not right. That's what they do in the old country, that Col. Vindman's father came from. Or the old country that my great-grandfather came from. Or the old countries that your ancestors came from, or maybe you came from. But, here, right is supposed to matter. It's what's made us the greatest nation on earth.

No Constitution can protect us if right doesn't matter anymore.

And you know you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country. You can trust he will do what's right for Donald Trump. He'll do it now. He's done it before. He'll do it for the next several months. He'll do it in the election if he's allowed to. This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed.

Because right matters. Right matters. And the truth matters.

Otherwise we are lost."

Posted by Trufth, says slurring donny, a resident of Green Acres,
on Jan 27, 2020 at 9:54 am

Maya: When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

Whether he tells you he grabs 'em by the..., or he loves uneducated voters, believe him.

"We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated" (google it for links)

Posted by menlo mom, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights,
on Jan 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

menlo mom is a registered user.

Sorry, Laura, you made me a bit sad. I guess there's nowhere left that's politics free. :(

Posted by Laura Stec, a Mountain View Online blogger,
on Feb 2, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Laura Stec is a registered user.

Don't be sad - be inspired!

And readers - remember that we Food Party! about recipes and restaurants, cooking tips and eating for sure, but so much more. Using food as our over-arching motif, we also wax poetic about current events and issues of social importance. Please read more about it on the Food Party! homepage so you know what to expect. Let’s change the world with great tasting food!

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