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Kids get Addicted to War

San Francisco's high school students to study a different kind of schoolbook
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amanda@sfbg.com

It's a lucid time line of 230 years of American wars and conflicts. It's a well-researched text, footnoted from sources as varied as international newspapers, Department of Defense documents, and transcripts of speeches from scores of world leaders. Read more »

The self-appointed censors at GoDaddy

MySpace muscles in
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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION On the morning of Jan. 24, Fyodor Vaskovich awoke to discover that his Web site, SecLists.org, had been transformed into a giant error message. The message said his domain couldn't be resolved. This troubled him greatly: SecLists is an archive of several computer security–related mailing lists that contains more than 50,000 pages of technical information. It has thousands of visitors per day and nets Vaskovich a fair amount of income from Google ads. Where had the site gone? Read more »

The search for Spocko

San Francisco blogger draws corporate and conservative wrath for educating KSFO's advertisers
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news@sfbg.com

For the better part of a year starting in late 2005, San Francisco blogger Mr. Spocko waged a quiet campaign against right-wing talk radio station KSFO, 560 AM. He wrote to its sponsors and played for them explicit portions of the station's programming, such as shock jock Lee Rodgers's call for antiwar protesters to be "stomped to death ... just stomp their bleeping guts out."

The idea was to educate corporations about exactly what they were sponsoring, in the hope that Spocko's work might staunch the free flow of hateful rhetoric. Read more »

The straight story on the armory

What makes the Kink.com case different
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The sale of the former National Guard armory on Mission Street has caused a flurry of concern about the plans for the site of the new owner and developer, Kink.com. Most of the columns and editorials in the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner, and BeyondChron.com have been reactionary and politically opportunistic. It has given the cheerleaders of runaway market-rate development a new reason to knock affordable housing advocates in general and the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition in particular.Read more »

What we know now

New court documents show the big local dailies couldn't handle competition -- but never talked much about improving their papers
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

Records unsealed in a federal civil suit last week show that the Hearst Corp. and MediaNews Group have grown intensely fond of each other during the past several years. Read more »

The benefits of fiber

If wi-fi is a parasite looking for a wire, then municipal fiber is the perfect host
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sarah@sfbg.com

Amsterdam is building a citywide fiber-to-the-premises system. So are Hong Kong, Milan, and Zurich. If San Francisco follows suit, it would be making a far-sighted, multifaceted investment: FTTP would boost our economy, attracting software companies, video production houses, and digital media shops. It would enhance public health, allowing surgeons to review the same materials from different locations. Municipal fiber would improve public safety, facilitating the mirroring and backup of vital data at remote, earthquake-safe locations. Read more »

Editor's Notes

It's been almost a week, and we've moved on
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It's been almost a week. The Guardian has moved on — to our annual sex issue.

And now Gavin Newsom is seeking "treatment" (which sounds like a lot more than it apparently is) for alcohol abuse, and he wants everything to go back to normal. But as we report in "More Than the Affair," this page, normal at Newsom's City Hall isn't much to be proud of. And in the meantime, a lot of damage is done — and not just (or even primarily) to the mayor's career.

When it comes to the sex scandal, Newsom made his own bed. Read more »

Brown must fight the media monopoly

Now that this is all out in public, will California's new attorney general, Jerry Brown, put a stop to it?
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EDITORIAL The evidence is now clear and compelling: the two biggest newspaper chains in the Bay Area have been plotting for years to eliminate local competition. The details that have come out of the Clint Reilly lawsuit point to almost textbook antitrust violations, the exact sort of behavior that state and federal laws prohibit. (See "What We Know Now," page 13.)

The public had no knowledge of how MediaNews Group and the Hearst Corp. were conspiring to join ad sales and distribution deals. Read more »

More than the affair

We wish Newsom well in his battle with alcoholism. But for the good of the city (and the causes he claims to care about), he'd be better off announcing he isn't going to run for reelection now.
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EDITORIAL OK: let's put this all in perspective.

Gavin Newsom did something almost unbelievably, incalculably stupid. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq War casualty report

135 Iraqi civilians killed Saturday. 74 Iraqi civilians found dead across Iraq yesterday.
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Click here for yesterday's report

Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:

74 Iraqi civilians were killed or found dead across Iraq today as a result of isolated incidents, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/02/05/internationa...

135 Iraqi Civilians were killed and more than 300 wounded when a central Baghdad market was bombed Saturday, according to th Read more »