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Monstrous politics

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monster@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION I didn't want to see it, and then I did. When Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest came out, I was beyond underwhelmed. But then the box office numbers started rolling in — it was the biggest weekend take in movie history — and I was intrigued. I kept wondering how Johnny Depp's prancing pirate Jack Sparrow could pack more punch than square-jawed Superman. Read more »

Standard deviation

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
I'm a young, mostly heterosexual woman, and I don't get much out of ordinary sex. I rely on (safe) sex with one-off partners, which just doesn't satisfy me.
I'm increasingly interested in S-M — tattoos, piercings, bondage, and I like to be dominated. I've also been having fantasies about being cut, which I find a bit worrying. Maybe not being able to fulfill the other, milder desires is causing me to think up more twisted things? Obviously it's difficult to bring this up with strangers, but I'm not interested in having a long-term partner now. Read more »

Saving local industry

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EDITORIAL It's almost an axiom in San Francisco planning policy: High-end housing drives out industry. That's only logical: When people buy million-dollar condos, they don't expect to get woken up in the middle of the night by delivery trucks or deal with the smell of diesel fuel or look out their windows at barrels of chemicals. Read more »

No more dam discussion

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EDITORIAL The state Department of Water Resources released a long-awaited study July 19 concluding that restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley would cost at least $3 billion and possibly as much as $10 billion.
Let us put this in perspective.
The state of California is facing extreme pressure on its electrical grid because of record high heat. If this is an early sign of rapid and dramatic climate change (and that's a very possible scenario), then the problem is going to get worse before it gets better. Read more »

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tredmond@sfbg.com
I started down Valencia Street around 8:30 last Thursday morning, trying to get to Mission and Embarcadero for a 9 a.m. radio show, and I caught up with two other bicyclists at a red light around 23rd Street. None of us said anything, but we rode more or less together for a couple more blocks, then picked up a few more riders here and a few more there, and by the time we hit Market Street, there were probably 15 of us, riding along in some sort of impromptu Critical Mass–style convoy. Read more »

All Lebanon is collateral damage

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OPINION Once again, Lebanese civilians are getting blasted, killed, and bombed by high-tech American weapons because Israel is angry and lashing out. I remember this well; even some of the targets are the same. I spent part of my childhood in Beirut. I remember my mother yelling at me to get off the balcony where I was busy trying to see if it was an American F-4 Phantom Israeli Air Force jet or a French-made Dassault Mirage screaming by our apartment building at rooftop level on its way to bomb the Beirut airport yet again.
My mother wasn't happy with my plane-spotting endeavors. Read more »

A reporter in Wolf’s clothing

The contempt case against a local videographer is the latest to test press rights
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gwschulz@sfbg.com
If freelance journalist Josh Wolf goes to jail for refusing to turn over what federal prosecutors say is video evidence of a crime that allegedly took place during a demonstration in July 2005, he'll no doubt become a bigger cause célèbre in the lefty blogosphere.
But that doesn't exactly make the prospect of jail time tantalizing. Read more »

First booze, now cops

North Beach Jazz Fest organizers fought through the party poopers, only to be confronted by the cops with a new challenge: a steep increase in police fees.
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"This year, $25,613 for 16 officers. Last year, $4,650 for 7 officers," fest organizer Robert Kowal told the Guardian. Read more »

What booze ban?

After an alcohol crackdown in North Beach, the city commission is back to facilitating the fun
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amanda@sfbg.com
Outside of North Beach, the party is still on. That's good news for San Francisco festivalgoers, but it leaves one outstanding question: What exactly is current city policy on promoting partying in public spaces?
Once again, the forum was the Recreation and Park Commission's monthly meeting, this one July 19. Read more »

AMLO Presidente!

16 days after Mexico’s election, it is difficult to imagine how Felipe Calderon, the winner by fraud, could actually govern Mexico
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MEXICO CITY (July 19th) – The day before Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), the peppery Mexican left leader who insists he is the winner of the fraud-marred July 2nd election, summoned more than a million Mexicans to the great central Zocalo plaza to lay out plans for mass civil resistance to prevent right-winger Felipe Calderon from stealing the presidency, this reporter marched down from the neighboring Morelos state with a group of weather-beaten campesinos the color of the earth. Read more »