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Moth Bills, Moth Balls

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The Assembly Agriculture Committee passed two pieces of legislation today authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and related to the Light Brown Apple Moth controversy.

“We need to back up and walk through each outstanding issue in a science-based, clear way using neutral third party experts," said Laird, who has been dealing with the LBAM furor since last summer, and has one of the best website's in terms of tracking the progression of arguments and lawsuits related to the moth.

So, just what will Laird's leg Read more »

McCain called his wife a what?

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Got an interesting letter from writer Paul Loeb today. It's an open missive to Hillary Clinton outlining why she should remember that John McCain is the real enemy, not Barack Obama. It includes a little snipped I had somehow missed: A new book on McCain reports that he once lashed out at his wife during a campaign event and called her a "cunt."

What a swell guy. CHeck it out:

Migden on Newsom's cuts

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Our editorial this week calls on the two candidates for state Senate, Carole Migden and Mark Leno, to speak out against the Newsom budget cuts. I haven't heard from Leno, but I got the following message from Migden this morning:

"I completely agree with your take that Mayor Newsom's budget cuts are cruel and will take from those who have little or nothing to give. Read more »

TIny Moths, Giant Misinformation campaigns

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Just when you think there couldn't be more to be said on the moths, a new flurry of arguments crops up.

Two competing pieces out today, both using science to support the pro and cons of aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth.

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In a piece called "Moths and Misinformation", A.G. Read more »

Man hating: the new U.S. birth control

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By Paula Connelly

A highly effective birth control shot, made specifically for men, has been developed in Australia! It has been proven to be as effective as a vasectomy but without long-term effects. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies are not funding efforts to make this revolutionary mode of contraception available to the public. They don't think men will buy it, even though it has demonstrated a fraction of the side effects associated with the female birth control pill. Read more »

Q: Will the Spray Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

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A. Not if you keep looking at porn.

Yesterday’s, er, news that men (sex, sex, sex, money, money, sports) take greater risks after viewing porn, got me wondering what will happen to the stock market when the feds start spraying female moth pheromones.

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Will the market go soft? Will everyone, drag queens included, start dressing as giant female moths? Read more »

Chevron spinning out

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Yuck. Ecuadorian oil pit. All cleaned up, you say? Read more »

NY Times gets all anguished over opinions

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I thought this debate was pretty much over, but the Public Editor at the NY Times is all agitated now about the "line between analysis and opinion" in newspapers. Gee: A business or legal reporter with many years experience in the field dares to give an informed opinon about what's really going on. Read more »

Mirkarimi: Don't spray on me

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By David Carini

Opponents of the state’s plan to spray pesticides against the light brown apple moth gathered at City Hall today to support legislation introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi. Mirkarimi’s bill urges the city attorney to find a legal method to stop the aerial spraying before it commences over San Francisco airspace on August 1.

“The spraying shouldn’t present more harm than good. Read more »

Mike Lacey = Marge Schott?

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We don't want to drag all this us vs. them stuff up again -- especially since, like, we won -- but something uncanny has occurred. Village Voice Media honcho/bully Mike Lacey has been in some mighty hot water since he chose to use the "n-word" in a speech to a roomful of journalists on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Read more »