"My son just got shipped to Iraq..."

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The following note just popped up on my computer screen from a Guardian mother whose son, 20, is
in the army and two weeks out of basic training.

"My son just got shipped to Kuwait on his way to Iraq. Please help stop the madness."

She was reacting to the eloquent advocacy appeal she had just gotten from John Bruhns, an army infantry sergeant for the first year of the war, writing in support of a bring-the-troops-home-immediately petition from MoveOn.org. Read more »

Flawless Korean skin

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From the spam folder of the Senior Culture Editor:

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Hello Marke! I am Dr. Ramapati Singhania! I went live with my web business just last month.

Cheers, darling, congrats.

Imagine a complexion so gorgeous that men and women were stopped in their tracks! Wouldn't that be great?

Even if I live on microwaved Orville Redenbacher popcorn from the AMCO station down the street? Read more »

Soma, Manhattan, and the SF Weekly

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I was a bit startled to see the supplement called "Spaces" fall out of my SF Weekly today; it's a slick, 16-page fluffer for the real estate industry, complete with an ad for Vanguard Properties on the cover.

Even by the standards of shameless ad supplements, this is pretty low; selling the cover of anything to an advertiser is considered pretty shoddy form. Read more »

Censoring the Censored Project: Will the NY Times, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the mainstream media censor this year's Project Censored story?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so the 31st annual Project Censored story will run once again as the lead story in the Guardian and in many alternative papers around the country.

The highly regarded Project, researched and disseminated by Peter Phillips and Project Censored at Sonoma State University, makes its case about censored and under-reported stories in a most dramatic way:
the mainstream press, including the nearby Press Democrat/NY Times and the NY Times itself, censors the story. Read more »

Electricity deregulation falls apart

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By Tim Redmond

The grand experiment in electricity deregulation appears to be in collapse around the country, according to the New York Times. Oddly enough -- or perhaps not oddly enough -- the one state that still seems to be sticking with this disastrous program is California.

Your Black Muslim Bakery on the chopping block for $900,000

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Want a decades-old Oakland bakery uncomfortably linked to a litany of alleged violent and sexual felony criminal charges? It’s yours for just $900,000.

Oh yeah, it’s been shut down by the health department, too.

A trustee for Your Black Muslim Bakery’s Chapter 7 federal bankruptcy has hired a real-estate broker for the seemingly impossible task of selling the business, according to court records filed in Oakland last week. Read more »

Summer of Love: the pix

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Sunday was a great day for lighting up and reminiscin' -- and grooving with tens of thousands of other tuned in, turned on, and dropped out minds at the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary gathering at Golden Gate Park. Guardian writer/photographer Justin Juul was on the scene -- here's a few choice pics of the rockin' celebration. Read more »

Bananas + melons = love

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Why? Why? For those of us coming back slowly into consciousness after the big weekend, here's a little WTF crazy-catchy tune from Sweden's hottest latest "dance music" import (and, one hopes, most savvy performance artist), Gunther --- "Tutti Frutti Summer Love." I apologize beforehand for this, but it may be just the slap in the face you need to wake you up. Read more »

Ammiano on Sen. Craig

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Senator Craig says he doesn't do things like that. And, oh yes, the Bay Bridge isn't closed.

(On the voicemail of Supervisor Tom Ammiano). B3

Newsom won't learn

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By Tim Redmond

The mayor now says he's going to seek another private partner to build a wi-fi network in the city. Calls, he says, are pouring in..

So here we go again.