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Anti-Christian mythology

Dust in the machine
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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION For several years I've heard Philip Pullman's young-adult fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials called an antireligious response to the mega-Christian Chronicles of Narnia. Progressive fantasy about troubles with an otherworldly version of the Christian right? I'm there. Read more »

The war on trial

The war on trial: an Army officer risks prison to argue that Bush's war is illegal
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It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a soldier of conscience is court-martialed — not for lying, but for telling the truth; not for breaking a covenant with the military, but for upholding the rule of law in wartime.

The court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada is set for Feb. 5 in Fort Lewis, Wash. The 28-year-old soldier from Hawaii is the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Read more »

The Presidio Trust's mystery millions

Why is a national park sitting on $105 million for projects that are too secret to disclose?
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amanda@sfbg.com

The Presidio Trust just published its annual report for 2006. This slick-looking document is distributed to the national park's George W. Bush–appointed board of directors — and to the purported shareholders of this quasi corporation, the American taxpayers.

If you just read the executive director's message, scan the pretty pictures, and glance at the numbers to make sure they're on the proper side of zero, then this unique endeavor to privatize a national park looks peachy. Read more »

Make housing, not war!

Creating a breeding ground for terror
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OPINION As President George W. Bush requests more money to fight the war overseas, a stealth war is being fought here on domestic soil: the war on housing for the poor. Since the Bush administration took power, the public housing program has suffered $1 billion in cutbacks.

As a result, conditions have rapidly deteriorated in public housing developments throughout the country. Maintenance, security, and services have been slashed annually as budgets are drained with each appropriations bill. Read more »

Leave pretrial diversion alone

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EDITORIAL The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project is one of the most successful programs in the city's criminal justice system. The project works with first-time misdemeanor offenders — people who have committed fairly minor crimes — and gives them the chance to enter a treatment program, avoid jail time, and ultimately clear their records. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Global warming, global freezing
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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's getting a bit creepy how easily and casually we are all starting to joke about global climate change.

It's not coming, it's here. My brother is framing houses in a T-shirt in upstate New York. And it's so cold in California that the citrus crop is ruined. Read more »

A new direction for City College

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EDITORIAL It's time — way past time — for new leadership on the San Francisco community college board. Read more »

Peter Ragone: sockpuppeteer

Calling out Newsom's press secretary on the phantom blogger brouhaha.
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According to KCBS radio, mayoral flack Peter Ragone has finally admitted to both posting on SFist and other blogs under a false name and lying to reporters about the existence of his imaginary friend, John Nelson. Newsom, who just returned from 10 days in Switzerland, reportedly expressed his displeasure with Ragone, but downplayed the incident.

Apparently, both men think that's the end of this, but it isn't. I had an appointment with Ragone scheduled for 4 p.m. Read more »

The Guardian Iraq war casualty report: 1/31

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Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:
50 Iraqi civilains were killed Tuesday (1/30/07) in violent attacks across Iraq. Attacks were directed at yesterday’s Shiite religious celebrations and serve as another example of the deepened syzygetic divide between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, according to the New York Times. Read more »

The secret spies

Secret spies: The Pentagon releases documents related to the notorious TALON program -- but very little information.
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tredmond@sfbg.com

To view the TALON documents in PDF format (524 pages) click here.


To view the full ACLU report click here.

The Pentagon has released to the Guardian and the American Civil Liberties Union 534 pages of documents reutf8g to domestic surveillance — and we don't know much of anything new about the notorious Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) program.

The vast majority of the documents, re Read more »