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Glassholes and Glasswipes

The nerds have come full circle, shedding their recently acquired soft fuzzy status as lovable underdogs to once again be reviled.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



Levi’s Labor’s Loss

The assimilation of workers into the mindset of corporate financiers through service sector work constitutes a kind of anti-education for young university students.

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By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Who Is the Average Bitcoin User?

Bitcoin users are overwhelmingly white, male and distrustful of the very idea of government.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Rips In to Tech Industry for ‘Pissing Off’ San Francisco

The comedian opened the 7th annual Crunchies Awards on Monday night with several eloquent jabs at the “nerds” who he claims have been changed by success and money.

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The Wheels on the (Tech) Bus

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The Right Gloats About Fall of Polygamy Laws

Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah’s anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Holy Cooperation, Batman! Look What Happens When People Work Together!

Two heartwarming stories about positive gain: An ailing 5-year-old gets the city of San Francisco to play along with his Batman fantasy Friday, and people in Olympia, Wash., come together to create real shelter for the chronically homeless.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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(The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

Though websites and print media may give us the news, they seldom give us the scale of the news or a real sense of the proportional importance of one thing compared to another. And proportion, scale, is the main news we need right now—maybe always.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Yosemite Blaze Moves Toward San Francisco Utilities

A wildfire burning out of control at the edge of Yosemite National Park is threatening power and water service to the city, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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A Cry for Gold in San Francisco

High rents, human displacement and the disappearance of do-it-yourself culture—author and activist Rebecca Solnit artfully describes the social costs of the last decade of San Francisco’s tech boom.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Green Light for City-Owned San Francisco Bank

Moving San Francisco’s money into a municipal bank would protect the city’s deposits and reduce its debt burden. A chief roadblock to forming such a bank was recently overcome by a legal opinion issued by one of the city’s deputy attorneys.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A ‘Calm Reflection’ on Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Too Many Others

Read along as I list the abundance of “little things” that made the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that of innumerable young men like him, both possible and defensible in a court of law. They are the daily corrosions through which the micro-degradations of racism and white supremacy eat away at our lives.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE


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How Bradley Manning Disappeared From the SF Pride Parade

The stern rejection of the Army whistle-blower as a grand marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade combined with the event’s uncritical embrace of sponsorship by law-breaking corporations reveals how liberal causes can be corrupted by business-backed authoritarianism, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE


49ers Players Deny Being in Anti-Bullying LGBT Video They’re In

As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren’t enough to send the team’s management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

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Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

The city’s public officials have a simple message to residents and visitors: “Keep your clothes on!”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Progress Report: PayPal Founder’s College Dropouts

Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave 24 young would-be entrepreneurs a two-year $100,000 grant each to drop out of college and pursue the business plans of their dreams. One year on, financial returns are in short supply.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

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America’s Gayest Cities, c. 2012

Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it’s actually The Advocate’s surprise winner atop this year’s “Gayest Cities in America” list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag’s editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah’s capital “has earned its queer cred.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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FBI Engaged in Large-Scale Group Profiling

Researchers at the ACLU recently uncovered an FBI program that uses census data to draw maps that link racial and ethnic communities to certain types of crimes. The investigations, known under the names of “assessments” and “domain management,” appear to have been going on for several years. (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE


Nudity in San Francisco

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Churches Closing Shop

Closed churches are selling artifacts and furnishings in the U.S. and Europe; graffiti artist Banksy accuses a TV documentary of distortion; and Amazon has finally created the Kindle tablet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE



Nurses vs. Wall Street

Nurses in San Francisco make a statement about Wall Street; Hispanic media are faring better than their mainstream counterparts; and Steve Jobs leaves the world with a pricey legacy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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San Francisco Bay Area’s BART Pulls a Mubarak

What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria? The attempt to suppress the protests that followed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Hackers Take Aim at San Francisco Transit

The hacker group Anonymous threatened to target the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit website after officials cut the system’s underground cellphone service to prevent a protest last week. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Secession Proposal Would Create a Republican California

By the Los Angeles Times’ count, there have been more than 220 attempts to divide California, and all have failed. A new proposal by a Temecula politician would split off the conservative counties south and east of Los Angeles to form a Republican-dominated South California that would be home to 13 million people (minus those who flee after secession). (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Gay Jurist’s Legitimacy in Prop. 8 Decision Is Upheld

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Shortly afterward, opponents of same-sex marriage called the ruling invalid, arguing that Walker’s homosexuality made him unfit to adjudicate the case. On Tuesday, another federal judge threw that argument out.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Singing Obama Protesters

This week’s Truthdigger of the Week award goes to the cantabile group that interrupted President Obama in song over the detention of alleged WikiLeaks’ source Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Back in Effect

On Wednesday, the Obama administration succeeded in its mission of reinstating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays and lesbians among its ranks. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported that afternoon, a ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


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S.F. City Attorney Calls for ‘Sweeping Boycott’ of Arizona

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera drew parallels Monday between Arizona’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the adoption of its new, controversial immigration law. By way of sending a strong message in protest, Herrera proposed ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



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An Omen in the Prop. 8 Battle?

Many fear that a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may be an omen on how the court might rule if the legal battle over Proposition 8 arrives in Washington. The 5-4 decision ruled that Internet streaming of the Prop. 8 trial in San Francisco would cause a hostile public climate toward anti-gay marriage advocates.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE



‘A Bomb in Every Issue’

A new book on Ramparts Magazine, “A Bomb in Every Issue,” marks the significant contribution of the alternative San Francisco-based publication that gave a viable and legitimate voice to 1960s radicalism. Check out the NYT’s review of it here.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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L.A. Tagged as the City Meanest to the Homeless

True, the weather hardly ever departs from the ideal range, and the mountain and oceanside vistas (when visible through the smog) can make for picturesque living in Los Angeles ... provided you have somewhere to live. For the homeless, as two advocacy agencies have noted, L.A. seems downright mean.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Sean Penn Calls for ‘Harvey Milk Day’

Having been resoundingly honored for his onscreen portrayal of Harvey Milk, Sean Penn is now calling for a high honor for Milk, asking for an official “Harvey Milk Day” in California to commemorate the slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Thousands Join Obamas for Day of Service

It looks like Barack Obama’s national community service day was a big hit. Reports of thousands of volunteers are appearing in newspaper pages from New York to Philadelphia to San Francisco. Did you participate in your own community? Let us know in the comments.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Get Milk

Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” is a movie to be thankful for. Go see it, tonight if you can, and in a crowded theater. Then open up some merlot and watch the documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk,” by Robert Epstein—because these two films belong together.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Milk Comes to Life on the Big Screen

Just in time to remind some Americans that the fight for gay rights is about much more than driving Wedge IssuesTM between political parties every election year, Sean Penn and what looks to be a promising lineup of co-stars are bringing the story of San Francisco city councilman and gay activist Harvey Milk to movie screens this fall.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE



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Sheehan Qualifies for Pelosi Challenge

As the most powerful woman in government, Nancy Pelosi is used to confronting political rivals, but the House speaker has trouble on her flank. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan (above), displeased with the Democrats’ lack of progress against the war, has gathered enough signatures to challenge Pelosi as an independent.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


S.F. Mayor Proud of His City’s Values

Politicians usually try to explain away their records once they bid for higher office. Take the case of just about any big-time Democrat and the issue of gay marriage. But San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who formally launched an exploratory bid Tuesday for the California governorship, says he’s not worried about his gay rights legacy: “We’re about civil rights and equal rights, you better believe it. ... I’m proud of that, I’m not going to hide from that.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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San Franciscans Hoping to Flush in Bush’s Honor

It might be safe to assume that these folks aren’t fans of President Bush: A group calling itself the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is hoping to commemorate Bush as he leaves office by re-christening a nearby sewage station as the George W. Bush Sewage Plant and by urging locals to flush together on cue on Jan. 20, 2009.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


More ‘San Francisco Values’

With a soundtrack as shifty as its logic, here is another captivating self-parody from the Sam Graves campaign. The shameless Missouri congressman, who has tried to paint his Democratic opponent as an unholy champion of gayness because she held a fundraiser in San Francisco, has launched another attack ad allegedly based on that city’s values.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Cindy Sheehan Makes Bid for Pelosi’s House Seat

It’s not going to be an easy campaign, but anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has made good on her pledge to try to take over Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat this fall. Sheehan filed Friday to run for the House in Pelosi’s San Francisco district—but she has to collect over 10,000 signatures before she can make her bid official.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
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Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Penn: ‘End Is Near’ for Fox Pundits

Filming one of his last scenes as Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay politician, who was assassinated by City Hall colleague Dan White in 1978, Sean Penn got all Method on the crowd of extras assembled to reenact the scene of an important speech Milk made on Gay Freedom Day 30 years ago.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


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