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Meg wants to stop paying taxes

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The rich are not like you and I -- a lot of the money they make comes from something other than working. I don't begrudge Meg Whitman the billion bucks she made at EBay (well, I do, really, but never mind). But when you sit on a pile of money, hire someone to manage it for you, and reap major windfalls on the interest, well, you're basically making money for doing nothing.

And you ought to at least pay taxes on it.Read more »

Congress is acting stupidly

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Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 250 of his recent columns.

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka has it right. It's not the heat in Washington, D.C., that's bothering him and many other advocates of working people. It's the stupidity - the economic stupidity of Congress refusing to give financial aid to states that badly need help in order t o save the jobs of some 300,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public service workers who are facing layoffs because of budget deficits.

The possible remedy is at hand – a pending $100 billion jobs bill.  Most of the money would go to states for quickly creating or saving up to one million jobs in public and private employment, restoring government services that have been cut, and averting other planned cuts, mostly in education, public safety and job training. Read more »

Appetite: Paging through M.F.K. Fisher's kitchen

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Like any self-respecting food lover (and writer), I'm well aware that, hands down, M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances) is our greatest food writer, and I've been pursuing the pleasurable endeavor of working my way through her entire catalog over the years. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Nicole, Green and Grant

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Live Shots: Die Antwoord, Rickshaw Stop, 07/16/2010

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Zef!? I may not understand it, but I got a crash course after sweating, watching, and surviving a Die Antwoord show. If a hot and packed house crammed with drunks is zef, the Rickshaw Stop was so fokken zef. The duo of Ninja and Yo-Landi (DJ Hi-Tek was absent?) plowed through their debut album $o$ with fury and madness. Luckily I got one of the few vantage points to take these shots surviving most of it. After the jump, a video sent to us by Big Up Magazine

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Live Shots: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Greek Theater, 7/16/2010

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Michael Franti's  music has the incredible ability to create instantaneous community and love wherever he's performing.

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Huffing Internet: an indifferent review

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“Kelly, parents really need to listen up on this one,” says the somewhat stiff-jawed newscaster on News 9 Oklahoma City. Oh good, I hadn't heard another blatant attempt to scare the bejeesus out of parents in a while. They're talking about “I doser” videos, videos that cause Mountain Dew swilling adolescent nerds to approximate what they think drunk people do. But wait... free drugs? Can grownups play? Ever attentive to our readers' needs, I have sifted through the rubble. Conclusions to follow.

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Adachi and the real politics of pension reform

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While downtown-oriented politicos and out-of-touch corporate columnists tout the political potential of targeting public employee unions with pay reductions and pension plan take-aways – and say the Public Defender Jeff Adachi may be mayoral material for doing so – they forget that electoral success requires coalitions, particularly in savvy San Francisco.Read more »

The martyrdom of Mooney and Billings

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Dick Meister , former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 250 of his recent columns.

It was an unusually hot July day in San Francisco.   There was a parade on that day in 1916 – a “Preparedness Day” parade organized by local Republican businessmen. It was intended to drum up support for U.S. entry into World War I and embarrass Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, who was running for re-election on a platform that stressed,  “He kept us out of war!”

A lot of people supported neither the war nor the parade, however. The opponents particularly included the union organizers who were the radicals of that period – “reds” who were trying to establish the right of unionization in the face of often violent opposition from the business interests who controlled the city and who most assuredly supported the war. Read more »

Undertaker in reverse

Mission Creek Music Festival: Sean Smith brings solo guitar to life in the Bay Area and beyond

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A window in Sean Smith's apartment looks across the street at the park. To the left of this window, inside the room, there's an old sign that says Undertaker.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Micki, Jasper and Union

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Shayna Steele embraces her soul passion

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By Lilan Kane

Jazzy, sultry, soulful, and smooth, Shayna Steele -- performing at Coda on Sat/17 -- has a voice and style that is causing quite the buzz. With a background in Broadway (she starred in Rent and Hairspray) and influence from the jazz greats, she had a major break with her vocal feature on Moby's number one dance hit "Disco Lies." On her latest record I'll Be Anything (Highyella Lowbrown), she truly shows that she can sing anything.

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Daly highlights a decade in his district

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Over the last decade, Sup. Chris Daly has been both a stalwart leader of the progressive movement in San Francisco and a political lightning rod – both for his aggressive advocacy of controversial policies and his combative personal style. But as he prepares to leave office, Daly is trying to highlight the role his District 6 constituents have played in pushing progressive reforms, starting with an event this Saturday morning at Herbst Theater.Read more »

Seasick cinema

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An inspired idea for a film series if ever there was one — the SF Maritime National Historical Park is showing nautically themed films onboard the ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier. They began last month with 2003’s Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and they’re picking up Thurs/15 with Lifeboat (1944), Alfred Hitchcock’s production of a John Steinbeck story, starring Tallulah Bankhead. Next month, step aboard the Eureka for Jaws (1975) — that is, if they don’t end up needing a bigger boat. Teasers and show info after the jump: Read more »

SFBG Radio: Why's the stock market strong and the economy weak?

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Today, Johny talks to economist and day trader Johnny Venom about why the stock market seems strong when unemployment is high and the economy is weak. You can listen after the jump. Read more »