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GOLDIES 2006

Goldies 2006: The Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards -- our kudos to the Bay's best arts
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The Guardian turned 40 this year, and the Goldies — our annual arts awards — are now 18. Which makes them a bit like the paper's child, a many–gendered and splendored one that reaches the US's idea of adulthood this year. Read more »

Pelosi's perplexing pledge

Democrats must pursue impeachment if they want the moral authority they'll need to fix the nation's biggest problems
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news@sfbg.com
When my friend Salli Martyniak heard that Nancy Pelosi would be featured on the CBS news program 60 Minutes, she got excited. Like a lot of professional women who have been turned into political activists by six years of Bush-Cheney-ism, Martyniak's doing everything she can to end Republican control of the House of Representatives. She's got the right campaign signs in her yard, she's writing checks and hosting fundraising events, and she's knocking on doors and making calls in a politically competitive precinct of the battleground state Wisconsin. Read more »

TV is history

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION The most interesting social experiments are often the least flashy. A researcher at UC Berkeley's School of Information Management, Jeff Ubois, proved that last week with the release of his meticulous study on an odd topic: why researchers can't research TV.
Ubois found that studying one simple event in recent TV history was impossible. Read more »

At your cervix

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
As long as I can remember, I've had a fascination with gyno play and playing doctor. I had never acted upon it until meeting my current boyfriend. We've begun experimenting with speculums, various insertable objects, vibrators, etc. We are always very careful to be sterile and safe.
I've grown more and more interested in the idea of cervical dilation and cervical insertions but have been unable to find any literature on the subject. Apparently, I am the only human alive with such a fascination. Read more »

Winning in 2006 — and beyond

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EDITORIAL There are plenty of Democrats running for the House and Senate this fall who don't exactly qualify as liberals. Howard Dean, the (somewhat) grassroots-oriented, progressive party chair, has been largely aced out of a meaningful role in the fall campaigns, which are being run by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who have said repeatedly that they're willing to eschew a coherent program or ideology because what they want to do is win. In fact, there isn't much of a clear Democratic Party platform at all.
But in a way, that doesn't matter. The Nov. Read more »

Prosecute election theft

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EDITORIAL There's no doubt at all that a group of downtown businesses operating through a series of supposedly independent political committees organized in part by attorney Jim Sutton have used every tool at their disposal to influence the outcome of the District 6 supervisorial election. Read more »

EDITOR'S NOTES

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tredmond@sfbg.com
There's a certain brilliance to the Proposition 90 campaign, perhaps more than the right-wing ideologues who conjured this up even realize. Read more »

The risk of honest planning

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OPINION At the Nov. 1 meeting of the land use committee of the Board of Supervisors, a seemingly straightforward statement of policy will be heard. It simply requires that the city apply its own General Plan guidelines to future development in the eastern neighborhoods.
But the legislation, proposed by Supervisors Sophie Maxwell, Jake McGoldrick, Aaron Peskin, and Tom Ammiano, is creating quite a furor. A senior planning official has testified that if it's adopted, the entire development boom in the eastern neighborhoods may be halted. Read more »

Governor Hummer

Schwarzenegger claims to be an environmentalist, but his choice of vehicles and his endorsements out him as a hypocrite
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steve@sfbg.com
If there is a single symbol of American wastefulness, military fetishism, and willful ignorance about what it means to be heating up the planet at the end of the age of oil, it is the Hummer. And if there is one American who is most closely associated with the Hummer, it is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So why, in a state whose voters consistently rank environmentalism as one of their most important concerns, is Governor Hummer considered such a lock for reelection? Read more »