Bruce Brugmann

Calvin Trillin: What the Gekkos know

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A YEAR LATER, LITTLE
CHANGE ON WALL STREET

--Headline in the New York Times

Derivatives are with us still,

Unregulated. All concede

That Congress doesn't have the will

To curb a system based on greed.

So once again, the debt will grow,

Inflated salaries will soar.

Collapse? So what? The Gekkos know

We'd simply bail them out once more.

Editorial: How an SF online newspaper can succeed

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No number of part-time bloggers and citizen journalists will ever be able to perform the watchdog role of a fully-staffed newspaper.

But the new web-based publication "can't just be about getting the old band together for another tour."

EDITORIAL Dave Iverson, host of KQED's Friday Forum show, introduced the Sept. Read more »

ACLU: Will the House protect your privacy?

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We've got another big chance to end Patriot Act abuses--but we have to act fast.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to pass legislation to rein in a bill that has become a symbol of out-of-control government invasions of your privacy. Read more »

Dick Meister: Here come the women!

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Women now hold half the country's jobs and will hold more than half by year's end

By Dick Meister

(Dick Meister, former San Francisco Chronicle labor editor and labor reporter for KQED-TV's "Newsroom," has covered labor and politics for a half-century as an author, reporter, editor and commentator.)

Good news for women: Despite the recession - or because of it women workers will very soon outnumber male workers for the first time in U.S. Read more »

Dick Meister: The steelworkers' bloody battle

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In September of 1919, angry steelworkers launched one of the most fierce, most bloody, and most important
of the many battles that created the American labor movement

By Dick Meister

(Dick Meister, former San Francisco Chronicle labor editor and labor reporter for KQED-TV's "Newsroom," has covered labor and politics for a half-century as a reporter, editor, author, and commentator.)

It was 90 years ago this month - September of 1919 - that angry steelworkers launched one of the most fierce, most bloody and most important of the many battles that created the American labor movement Read more »

NYT Censored

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Click here to read the Oct. 5, 2009 Bruce blog, New York Times: Censoring Project Censored.

FAIR: NYT Slams Single-Payer

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Action Alert
NYT Slams Single-Payer
Fails to include advocates among 'diverse' experts

The New York Times devoted some rare space on September 20 to discussing single-payer (or Medicare-for-all) health reform. The result? Read more »

Editorial: Stopping PG&E's fraudulent initiative

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Every elected official, city council, board of supervisors, and utility agency in the state needs to immediately come out publicly in opposition to the initiative and start organizing to defeat it. San Francisco elected officials, including City Attorney Dennis Herrera, need to lead the charge since San Francisco is the only city in the U.S. Read more »

Dick Meister: Obama, labor, and FDR

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Obama is well on his way to becoming the most pro-labor president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By Dick Meister

(Dick Meister, former San Francisco Chronicle labor editor and labor reporter for KQED's TV's "Newsroom," has covered labor and politics for a half-century as a author, reporter, editor, and commentator.)

It¹s clear that Barack Obama is well on the way to becoming the most pro-labor president since Franklin D. Read more »

Chris Patten: America’s Groucho Marxists

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Maybe it's no coincidence that Groucho Marx was an American citizen

Here is Chris Patten's commentary on the Project Syndicate news series. Patten is a former EU Commissioner for External Relations, Chairman of the British Conservative Party, and was the last British Governor of Hong Kong. He is currently Chancellor of Oxford University and a member of the British House of Lords.

America’s Groucho Marxists

By Chris Patten

LONDON – Groucho Marx has always been my favorite Marxist. Read more »