Examiner sells out San Francisco

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The San Francisco Examiner called Prop. H “a veritable minefield of unintended consequences. It could actually take away parking, harm business, reduce new housing and drive out neighborhood retail. Read more »

Not dead yet

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Guardian photo by Charles Russo
Chicken John Rinaldi's quest to become the first San Francisco mayoral candidate to qualify for a grant of taxpayer money is still lumbering along like the zombies that attacked him last week, more than a month after the Aug. 28 deadline for raising $25,000 from at least 250 city residents. Read more »

Sprechen Sie Hubba Hubba?

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By Amber Peckham

Mag ich ein Bier haben, bitte?

That’s German for “May I have a beer, please?” Memorize it, because burlesque-style Oktoberfest has come to San Francisco at last, thanks to the combined efforts of the Hubba Hubba Review and the DNA Lounge. The lederhosen-clad lovelies of Hubba Hubba will kick off the festivities around 10:15 this Friday with the best burlesque show this side of Bavaria, followed by magic and comedy acts, a DJ, and the swing stylings of local band Lee Presson and the Nails. Read more »

When US soldiers phone home

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Today’s New York Times features a photograph of soldiers phoning home from Iraq. The image reminds me of my son. Read more »

Thirty years of sister lovers: Big Star returns

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By Erik Morse

With the 30th anniversary of punk rock’s safety-pin Gotterdammerung now in full swing, the eponymous social reject-turned-successful-milquetoast might be goaded to drop a small fortune on all the era’s memorabilia and accoutrements in a moment of DIY nostalgia. Merchandise is teeming on record store shelves and label Web sites like the fungus and crabs that once multiplied in the putrid Chelsea Hotel. Read more »

Robert Reich speaks up: "Supercapitalism"

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Tim Redmond recently reviewed former labor secretary Robert Reich's new book Supercapitalism -- below, he talks to Reich about economics, industry, and the pervasive creep of new capitalism's moral degradations.

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Show of hands for Halloween Porta Potties

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CItizens for Halloween report that at the Police Commission hearing, Martha Cohen, who is coordinating Halloween for the Mayor's Office, indicated that the City might be willing to reconsider its decision to forbid portable toilets this year.

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If you would like toilets placed in the Castro on Halloween, C4H urges you to cont Read more »

The Sean Penn-Matt Gonzalez rumor

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Wokette's got this lovely nutty rumor that Sean Penn would give Matt Gonzalez $5 million to run against Gavin Newsom -- as a Democrat. SFist picked up, wondering if it's a joke.

Coupla problems with the item. First of all, Wonkette refers to Gonzalez as a "deputy mayor under Willie Brown," which would be news to both of them. Second, folks, the deadline for filing as a candidate for mayor passed quite some weeks ago. Read more »

More media conglomerate giveaways!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I noted on the front page in this morning's New York Times that the Galloping Media Conglomerati were making yet another major move to get more FCC giveaways before the Bush administration leaves office.

Click here to read New York Times article, Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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San Francisco finds solution to Halloween, calls in Blackwater.

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