One word: SIRENS!

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Dunno about you all, but I live pretty close to SF General hospital and I have got to say the sirens haven't quit since the early hours of today. Three cheers for all our emergency workers out there dealing with shit in this crappy weather. Heroic. I couldn't even face leaving the house today.

Nuclear fuel casks, safe and sturdy?

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This is in response to a comment from a reader assuring us of the safety of nuclear fuel casks. Sorry the video is a little soft and fuzzy, but you'll get the drift. Read more »

The day "Boobs!" died

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Alas, word has come on the hot gay wires that fabulously risquee night club chanteuse of the '40s and '50s, Ruth Wallis, has passed from Alzheimer's.

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Wallis, progenitress of such incredibly double entendred tunes as "Hopalaong Chastity," "The Dinghy Song" ("Davey had the cutest little dinghy in the Navy"), and, a personal favorite, Read more »

Hurray! The Iowans did it!

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B3 note: The Iowans did it. They sent out last night from their caucuses a clear and unambigous message: they demand change, they anointed the first real black candidate for president as their change agent, they don't see the Clintons as change agents, they want populism, they are suspicious of big money and attack ads, they don't want another Bush in the White House, they facilitated the passing of the torch to the next generation, they provided a public laboratory in democracy for the world to see. And it was all a wonderful show. Read more »

Drip ... drip ... drip ...

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Huddled under your soul blankets? Buffeted about, as Dante wrote of the damned lustful in The Inferno, in hell's crosswise winds like a human kite? Take comfort in the immortal stylings of the one-and-only Ann Peebles, goddess of honkytonk R&B, baby. Read more »

Stephen Stills's surgery successful

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This just in from Stephen Stills' publicists: "Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist and legendary guitarist Stephen Stills was successfully operated on today for prostate cancer in Los Angeles. 'Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better. Read more »

Amplive stomped by Radiohead publishers Warner/Chappell

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"Holla at me, Thom," says Oakland producer Amplive, regarding the cease and desist letter he received from Radiohead publishing company Warner/Chappell. Read more »

An Obama stunner

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Actually, not such a stunner -- we all knew Obama had a hell of a political team in Iowa and was swimming in momentum. But this is a big deal -- a state that's about 90 percent white voted for a black candidate. A voice for change (that's how he sells himself, anyway) won by ten points, suggesting that people in the nation's heartland are impatient with the state of American politics. Read more »

Rock out with the cockatoo out

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OK, the dancing bird is almost up to 1 million views: what does that say about YouTube viewers? Silly animal tricks slay 'em every time.

Iowa: What happened to Adlai Stevenson?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann, writing as a certified Rock Rapids, Iowa, Democrat and liberal

I called Dave Dietz just before the Iowa caucus vote to review a significant event in our political lives in the early l950s in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

The event was a speech in nearby Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Adlai Stevenson, the former gentleman farmer from Bloomington, Illinois, who was running for president against Dwight Eisenhower. Dave and I had gone through school from kindergarten through high school and were probably about as political as anybody in our high school at that time. Read more »