The real smokescreen

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by Amanda Witherell

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The real smokescreen is the one PG&E is puffing in the Potrero and Bayview neighborhoods. Read more »

Tidal Power Turmoil

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by Amanda Witherell

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The New York Times is reporting problems with the tidal power technology being field tested in the East River. Read more »

Fine. Here. Bearforce1

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Yes, dears, I know Perez fricking Hilton posted this earlier today -- but the thing's gone so viral, my inbox has gotten overloaded from rabid, hyperintellectual fans! Plus, I use more exclamation points!!! So here I repost it for you (and for me -- I really can't stop watching it.) Plus it's kind of a personal triumph. It's, in a way, vindication. And isn't that what blogs are for? Read more »

Taking the joke too far?

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Was that really Robert Redford ....

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By Tim Redmond

... who called into Forum to complain that San Francisco isn't friendly enough to the film industry? Poor Robert -- he told Newsom that he decided to make his latest movie in Napa and L.A. because San Francisco wouldn't give him a $3 million "rebate."

Jesus. And Newsom says the city "has to do better." Better at what -- giving money away to rich film directors?

Freekend alert! Glitterbox, Chrome, Dirtybird, more

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It’s gonna be one of those crazy too much weekends on the club-freak circuit again. Luckily, I’ll be chasing drag queen Jackie Beat’s voluminous tinfoil skirts and jamming to Morris Day and the Time at fab street fest Sunset Junction in LA -- somebody bring me a mirror! -- so I don’t have to choose. Read more »

Newsom doesn't understand wifi

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By Tim Redmond

Gavin Newsom was on Forum this morning. Although Michael Krasny was easy on him -- not one tough question -- a few choice tidbits came out. One of my faves, when Krasny asked him about the fall wifi ballot initiative:

"There are 200,000 people in the city who don't have a computer or access to the internet at home." His wifi plan, he insists, will addres the digital divide.

But Mr. Mayor: The wifi contract with Earthlink and Google isn't going to give 200,000 people computers. Not even close. Read more »

H2Oh My God!

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by Amanda Witherell

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The Commonwealth Club is doing a thorough wash of water issues this month with their Cool Clear Water lecture series. Tonight they hosted the SFPUC's general manager, Susan Leal. Besides telling us that the whole banning bottled water thing was Read more »

Oakland's Saviours sign with Kemado

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Saviours' first 'un, Crucifire.

This in recently from Kemado Records:

"Explosive, Oakland, CA outfit Saviours has inked a deal with NYC label Kemado Records. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Karl Rove can't come to the phone right now. He's on a baby seal hunt. (On Sup. Tom Ammiano's voice mail Tuesday, Aug. l4th). B3