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The P-U-litzer prizes

Presenting the stinkiest news coverage of 2006
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Competition has been fierce for the fifteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes. Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer. As the judges for this un-coveted award, Jeff Cohen and I have deliberated with due care. Read more »

Don't mess with it

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:

In last week's response to "Pill or No Pill," I'm glad that you mentioned that playing around with endocrine systems can be harmful. When I was diagnosed with anorexia, the doctors told me that if I kept missing periods, I would be at risk for things like low bone density and osteoporosis. It seems suspect that doctors and pharmaceutical companies are now advocating pills that limit a woman's period to four times a year. Read more »

A geek's new year

More Halo killin', videomining, and Andre Gide
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TECHSPLOITATION I'm going to spend New Year's Eve in Berlin with a large group of hackers gathered by the venerable Chaos Computer Club. Something about the idea of going to a foreign country to celebrate the new year has made me want to do the traditional thing and make a list of resolutions. Read more »

Stop the Iraq escalation

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EDITORIAL The more the evidence shows the war in Iraq is a failure that's only getting worse, the deeper the denial seems to be at the White House. Earlier this month President George Bush made clear that he wouldn't follow the Iraq Study Group's recommendations for a withdrawal deadline. Now he's going a huge step in the opposite direction: he's suggesting the United States send as many as 30,000 more troops to Iraq. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The year in politics
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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's been quite a political year in San Francisco. Read more »

Troubled ferry

Ferry changeover still causing labor pains
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For more than three months, captains, deckhands, and union sympathizers have been protesting on the Embarcadero in front of Alcatraz Cruises' new operations at Pier 33.

But a few blocks away on Market Street, the battling companies have been wrangling inside the offices of the National Labor Relations Board. Read more »

Get Crafty!

Save your season with holiday handicrafts
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culture@sfbg.com
Each holiday the populace drones out to the local malls in search of appropriate gifts. Not that there's anything wrong with the holiday institutions of bad parking, blasphemy, and Black Friday — they are, after all, our modern manifestations of the holiday spirit — but in the event you like the idea of giving charming gifts handmade with affection and idiosyncrasy, you have an array of clever and affordable online options at your fingertips. Read more »

Judge blocks newspaper monopoly

Judge blocks newspaper monopoly: Hearst, Singleton barred from joint business deals
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Pee on a stick

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:
We use a fertility monitor for birth control — my partner pees on a stick and inserts the stick in the monitor, and it tells her when she's fertile. This device is designed to tell you when you are likely to get pregnant — we are using it to abstain on the fertile days. This would seem to be more accurate than the rhythm method. Do you think this might be a valid (and less invasive) method of birth control?
Love,
Sticks Not Pills

Dear Stick:
Sure, of course it is. Read more »

Wikipedia vs. women

The dawn of the Wikichix
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annalee@techsploitation.com

TECHSPLOITATION Two years ago tech entrepreneur Joi Ito was spending a lot of time with the managers and editors of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia, and he noticed that there were far more women wikipedians than women bloggers. In late 2004, Ito wrote in his blog:
Wikipedia seems much more gender balanced than the blogging community.... I wonder what causes this difference in gender distribution? Is it that the power law aspect of blogs is inherently more competitive and appeals to the way men are "trained" in society? Read more »