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Emergency exits

Getting crazy in a time of crisis
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marke@sfbg.com

I've got one copy of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace strapped under my right foot, one strapped under my left. The new 1,400-page Penguin Classics translation by Anthony Briggs makes for a great pair of platforms. Read more »

Building the bomb

Explosive local cocktails
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It seems to be a matter of when, not if, another terrorist bomb will go off in the United States. One day we'll come across the headline and let out an anguished "Oh, fuck" — a little later we'll watch a stately funeral in St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC. After such tragedy, will I ever be able to walk into a bar and order a nifty Irish Car Bomb again? What's the buffer zone of alcoholic irony? Read more »

Whistle blower axed

Alcatraz employee fired after telling Guardian reporter about raw sewage spill
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Dan Cooke, an educator and historical interpreter who guided tours of Alcatraz Island for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, has been fired in the wake of a Guardian article that quoted him complaining about a sewage spill in the Bay.

On March 3, 2007 Cooke was informed by his supervisor, John Moran, that his position had been terminated because there weren’t enough hours available to keep him employed.
However, the day before Cooke was fired, and for several days after, the GGNPC website was advertising an immediate opening for the same position as Cooke’s. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report (3/15/07)

4 U.S. soldiers killed
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Casualties in Iraq

U.S. military:

4 U.S. soldiers were killed today by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, according to the New York Times.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Iraq-US-Casualties.html?_r=1&or...

3,433: Killed since the U.S. invasion of Iraq 3/20/03

Source: http://www.icasualties.org/

For the Department of Defense statistics go to: http://www.defenselink.mil/

For a more detailed list of U.S. Read more »

Scene: Nightlife during wartime

Blow it up! SCENE: Our new quarterly guide to nightlife and culture
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Siebel meltdown

A scandal revived: is Newsom speaking through his girlfriend?
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Blow pop

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Readers:

Can we, may we, talk about blow jobs? I don't mean the semiotics and social history of blow jobs — those are cool, but were well addressed by Christopher Hitchens last year in Vanity Fair, in which he made an amusing if not entirely convincing case for the blow job as the quintessential American sex act. Read more »

Antiwar protest events

This weekend's Iraq War protest events
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PROTEST EVENTS

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Remembering Rachel Corrie

At this third annual memorial, celebrate the life of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old International Solidarity Movement volunteer who was killed by an Israeli soldier while nonviolently resisting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

7 p.m., $10–$20 suggested donation

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

1428 Alice, Oakl.

www.norcalism.org/events.htm

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Escautf8g the antiwar movement

On the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War, peace activists are going beyond San Francisco and into Middle America
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news@sfbg.com

It was four years ago this March 19 that the United States invaded Iraq, triggering massive street protests in San Francisco and a widely criticized military occupation that has become one of the longest in US history.

The war has proved to be as bloody and shortsighted as its opponents always claimed it would be. More than 3,100 American soldiers have been killed, as have as many as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, with little hope of the violence abating anytime soon, despite President George W. Bush's recent deployment of 21,500 more troops. Read more »

Web trenz!

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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION It's the time of year when we celebrate new ideas and fresh memes on the Interwebs. For some reason, March is the month for all the big Webbish conferences, such as South by Southwest Interactive and O'Reilly's Emerging Technology shindig in San Diego. Strange new Web apps are announced; venture capital is hurled forcefully at people who wear hoodies over button-down shirts; everybody does freaky shit with their cell phones. Read more »