Meat-scented potpourri

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By Cheryl Eddy

1) Nicolas Cage to star in Liberace biopic. (Via TMZ via Hollywood Wiretap.) I can't decide if I'm excited or horrified, frankly.

2) A Barney Fife statue, set to be erected in Mount Airy, NC (basis for the fictional Mayberry, setting for The Andy Griffith Show) has been destroyed before it was finished. Why? Read more »

Habitat Potential

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The biggest deterrent for the east-west migratory subset of species homo sapiens is a lack of niche habitat in San Francisco. While a unique western habitat like San Francisco offers much “to do” for the migrating easterner, the difficulty has been ingratiation with local population. Repeatedly, the search is for “common ground.”

On a steamy Sunday afternoon bird walk along Land’s End, this is how the ecologists were rapping -- about pigeon guillemots and oystercatchers, and not bereft New Englanders. Read more »

Come on, Mr. Sheriff

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By Tim Redmond

Here's a great idea: Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarmimi are pushing for a resolution that would call on the San Francisco sheriff to refuse to carry out Ellis Act evictions. Read more »

Why land trusts work

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By Tim Redmond

We've been watching the community land trust concept for years, and I've personally pushed this as a major solution to the housing crisis in the city. And now even the Chronicle is noticing: In a recent Chinatown deal, tenants are able to buy their apartments for just $10,000 -- and those units will be affordable forever.

The beauty of a land trust is that it takes housing entirely out of the speculative market. Read more »

So I'm not the only crackpot ...

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By Tim Redmond

... who thinks that this latest heat wave means global warming is here.

An itemized bill for murder

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By G.W. Schulz

Both the Contra Costa Times and the Sacramento Bee ran large Sunday features on their front pages chronicling gun violence in the East Bay and Sacramento County. Read more »

More mess at New Times

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By Tim Redmond

Catch the Seattle Times story on the ongoing meltdown at the Seattle Weeklyl. Read more »

Blackouts

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By Tim Redmond

We knew this was coming, but the California authorities just announced that there may be rolling blackouts today as the searing heat overwhelms the state's creaky old electricity grid.

That's lovely: It's 115 degrees in the Central Valley and senior citizens are going to lose their air conditioning.

Two things:

1. Global warming is here. Read more »

Ricardo and Girl Talk

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From the desk of: Johnny Huston

It's Monday, it's hot as hell, I'm wearing devil red from head to toe and I'm counting the hours until Os Mutantes save us all!

Other music I'm loving at the moment? Let's start with the Ricardo Villalobos career-span comp Salvador, especially the hypnotist's power of the lead-off track, his 2006 remix of "Que Belle Epoque." So the Germany-based (by way of Chile) Villalobos likes Baby Ford? Read more »

Local blog roundup

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By Tim Redmond

Not a lot hot on this steaming day. Read more »