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By Todd Lavoie

Known in the rest of the world as simply Brakes, here in America the Brighton, England, freewheelers have been given the Beetlejuice treatment, forced to have their name repeated thrice in a summons much like that of Michael Keaton’s wacky exorcist character from Tim Burton’s classic film. Read more »

Keats in orbit

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By Chris DeMento

Jonathon Keats did not fail philosophy by any stretch. But it failed him. Frustrated with Science’s inability to account for the very uncertainty it breeds, disconcerted by elaborate, infinitesimally ornate re-explanations of theoretically problematic anomalies embedded in the canon, tired of the validity namegames and the cyclical limits of Rationalism, the scholarly Keats has turned away from the strictures of logic and embraced another mode altogether: making art of his arguments. Read more »

5 days left to stop Big Media

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Did you know that you, as a member of the public that owns the airwaves, have five days left to top the FCC's plan to allow the Big Media to "open the floodgates of more media consolidation across America?"

Did you know this quiet move by Bush's FCC helps further enrich media conglomerates like Murdoch, the Tribune Company, and Gannett? Did you know that this holiday giveaway helps reward media companies that helped Bush go to war in Iraq and helps keep us there? Read more »

We are the eternal paradox

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By Amber Peckham

Although the “gayest videos ever” blog posts were a while back (click here for part 1, here for part 2, and here for part 3), this one still needed to be shared.

It’s a clip from “Legally Blonde: The Musical”, which aired on MTV a few weeks ago, and is probably still being shown if you want to check out the whole show. Read more »

Yellow Swans' Gabriel Mindel Saloman picks his final five music faves of 2007

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Yellow Swans' Gabriel Mindel Saloman (left) and Pete Swanson.

By Gabriel Mindel Saloman

Here are five more musical selections for 2007. See www.sfbg.com for the rest.

FIVE MORE TOPPERS FOR 2007

1. Top way to take the money and run: the career of Andrew WK
After a few years of cult celebrity and corporate bucks, Andy has found some excellent ways to throw curveballs to those who think they have his number. Read more »

Thank God for the San Francisco Examiner!

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If it weren't for the hard-charging business section of the San Francisco Examiner, we'd have never learned that the nation's largest pharmaceutical drug distributor was being sued by an employee-benefits fund on the East Coast.

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Okay, okay. We had the story a year ago. We just had to gloat a little. Read more »

We CAN'T do this

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The view from my classroom. Yes, life was good.

So yeah, I went to one of those "liberal New England colleges" that connote images of foliage and cute boys in tartan plaid scarves...but most of the 250 kids on my campus were sporting threads from the "free box" or swimming naked off the pier during lunch break. College of the Atlantic is not like other schools...at all. Read more »

Elsbernd's $4 billion question. Daly's million dollar answer

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Sup Sean Elsbernd says that the City's pension and retiree health care obligations are, “The most crushing fiscal issue facing this City," a crush he estimates will amount to $4 billion over the next 30 years, and growing.

"If we don’t act, people are going to kick us and throw mud in our face, 20 years from now," says Elsbernd, who, along with Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced a June 2008 charter amendment today that Elsbernd claims is a "small attempt to make sure that this it stops at $4 billion."

"I look forward to future discussions with labor on this," Elsbernd says.

But Newsom and Elsbe Read more »

Leno cries over spilled Milk

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The big Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club endorsement vote for State Senate is tonight, as you've probably already heard way too much about if you've been following the Carole Migden-Mark Leno slugfest. Read more »

RIP Karlheinz Stockhausen

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By Erik Morse

German composer, serialist, sonic renegade, and electronic investigator Karlheinz Stockhausen died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at age 79 in Kuerten-Kettenberg, Germany. Read more »