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GOP is wrong: Most Californians want taxes

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The Public Policy Institute of California generally has some of the most reliable polls in the state. It's not a partisan group or part of anyone's campaign, and the questions tend to be framed in a fair manner. So I take the results of the PPIC polls as a decent indicator of where the state is going.Read more »

Can they shut off the Internet?

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Proverbs for paranoids: If they can catch you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.

-- T. Pynchon

Indulge me here while I get a little paranoid and venture into a realm where it's easy to get dismissed as a nutcase. And I'll say this upfront: I really don't know how much I ought to worry about this.Read more »

More John Ross poems

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Thanks to some of the many John Ross fans out there, I've begun to collect a treasure trove of his poetry, much of it either unpublished or published in limited-circulation chapbooks. Even John didn't have all of his work when he died, and there's no central collection. So I'm going to post a couple more of my favorites here -- and at somepoint, we have to figure out a way to publish the whole collection. Read more »

SFBG Radio: Egypt and the Internet

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Protests erupting all over Egypt as democracy comes to life in North Africa -- and the government's response is to shut off the internet. Could that happen here? Johnny thinks Tim is just a delusional conspiracy nut. Check it out after the jump. Read more »

Obama addresses DREAMer Steve Li’s video

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Earlier this week, I posted a video clip that Community College nursing student Steve Li, who narrowly avoided deportation from San Francisco to Peru last year, submitted to the White House in answer to Obama's groundbreaking online State of the Union outreach effort. And yesterday, Obama addressed Li’s video (featured at 33.10 minutes into a Jan. 27 interview that YouTube’s Steve Grove moderated) as he answered questions on a wide range of issues submitted by and voted on by YouTube users. Read more »

Don't nobody give a damn: day 3

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Unemployed construction workers protested outside UC Mission Bay’s Hospital building for the third day straight—but by early afternoon seemed to have got some clarification from UC officials over upcoming job opportunties at the site.Read more »

The Performant: Stalking the voice of young America

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Listening in at SF Sketchfest and Live Evil

Is it just me, or do you also catch yourself wondering on occasion, “I wonder what the sound of young America is today?” Where is it lurking, and how will I recognize it when I find it? Well one pretty obvious solution is to just Google “the sound of young America” -- the first hit will be Bay Area native Jesse Thorn’s podcast/radio show webpage on Maximum Fun. Delightful, irreverent, not unintelligible, and better yet, not unintelligent, "The Sound of Young America" is both talk show and time capsule. I mean, podcasts? How 2007!

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Snap Sounds: Bill Orcutt

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BILL ORCUTT
A New Way to Pay Old Debts
(Editions Mego)

Recorded at 24th and York in SF in the early summer months of 2009, these 14 songs are characteristically live enough to give the impression of hanging out in the same room as Orcutt, or an adjacent one, rather than hearing him filtered through a studio. The approach suits the furious storms of broken-neck blues — literally: Orcutt plays a repaired acoustic Kay guitar with two strings removed — that are unleashed from start to finish. Along with the Berkeley Guitar compilations and recent solo albums by Ava Mendoza and Sean Smith, A New Way to Pay Old Debts is a sure way to prove the Bay Area is a guitar nexus. Check out a track from the album after the jump. Read more »

BART removes anti-Palestinian ad

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Offensive advertisements promoting a right-wing Zionist viewpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were removed from all BART stations this week. “They could be commonly interpreted as disparaging or demeaning to Palestinians as a whole,” according to BART spokesperson Jim Allison told us, saying the violated the district's advertising standards.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Maja, 18th Street and Dolores

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Snap Sounds: Deerhoof

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DEERHOOF
Deerhoof vs. Evil

(Polyvinyl)

Why "vs." evil, Deerhoof? Wouldn't Deerhoof is Evil be more challenging? No matter, while navigating familiar territory, the 12 songs here show the band is still inspired, and more graceful. The melodicism and gleaming decorative touches of "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" and "No One Asked to Dance" match a romanticism that is winning. "Secret Mobilization" is a straight-up rocker, and the time-lapse bloom of "I Did Crimes for You" is just about gorgeous. In moving further beyond a Jane Birkin-meets-1990s-noise realm, East Coast counterparts Blonde Redhead seem to have gotten lost as of late. Not Deerhoof. A song from the album and album release show info after the jump.

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Century-old smut hits the Red Vic

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Sex education, y'all. Despite the fact that today's parents outsource math lessons to Blue's Clues, play time to iPhones, and secret homosexual programming to Gabba Gabba Hey!, the continuing furor over sex education in schools just refuses to quit talking, finish its drink, and go home. But, as a reclaimed 1900s reel of French brothel movies showing at the Red Vic Movie House this weekend (Fri/28 – Mon/31) proves, sex ed has always been around – it just used to happen in whorehouses. Read more »

SFBG Radio: Obama is like the Seattle Seahawks

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Okay, these webcasts have been getting long, and nobody has the time, and we get it. So it's a new era for SFBG Radio: This one's less than nine minutes. Here Johnny explain why Obama is like the Seattle Seahawks (really, it makes sense). Take eight minutes to check it out after the jump. Read more »

Don't nobody still give a damn?

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For the second day in a row, Aboriginal Blackmen United (ABU), a community organization that represents unemployed construction workers from Bayview Hunters Point, embarassed University of California officials by blocking the front gate of UC's $1.7 billion Mission Bay hospital project.Read more »

What if everybody ran for mayor?

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I mean, not everybody. I'm not running. Tom Ammiano isn't running. Mark Leno isn't running. Ed Lee isn't running, unless he is.

But as the progressives think about the 2011 mayor's race, there's a strategy that's been floating around, mostly in bars, that's crazy and I'm not even sure I'm serious about it myself, but it might actually make sense.Read more »