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Culture, The Whore Next Door Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Last month, thousands of Californians lost their jobs overnight. On June 25, I began getting frantic phone calls from friends and colleagues about the shutdown of the sex work advertising platform, MyRedbook.com. By the afternoon, I had reporters calling me…
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Film, "Informant": Tales of a Tea Party Sweetheart

"Informant": Tales of a Tea Party Sweetheart

Former radical activist and current Tea Party hero Brandon Darby is the kind of divisive figure that may seem heroic to those who admire testosterone-poisoned alpha males, but seems like an insufferable nozzle to the rest of us. Both sides…
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News, Sucka Free City Pie in the Sky: UC Berkeley Works on Drones That Won't Spy on and/or Kill You

Pie in the Sky: UC Berkeley Works on Drones That Won't Spy on and/or Kill You

Coye Cheshire doesn't mean to be impolitic, but he can't help mentioning the FBI's search for the Boston Marathon bombers — and how it could be abetted by technology. "The whole push is to find someone who had pictures, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old Radicals

Old Radicals

The revolutionary fervor fomenting at American universities during the ’60s was effectively defanged over the years, and now mostly recalls longhaired hippies passing joints while loafing on campus lawns. To suggest this misconception came by design is to flirt with…
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Film, "Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

"Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

With his creation Mabel "Madea" Simmons, here starring in her seventh film, Tyler Perry has built a franchise around barking disciplinarian, commonsense solutions to societal ills — and being that Madea looks like a linebacker in a circus-tent housedress, she…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: What Threats Should San Franciscans Be Frightened Of?

As a result of recent global turmoil, the FBI has told San Franciscans to be "on alert," but it hasn't told them why. What threats are San Franciscans most afraid of? • Happy Meals • Al-Qaeda's plan for pension reform…
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Culture, Art Muslim Photographer Surveils His Own Life in a Post-9/11 World

Muslim Photographer Surveils His Own Life in a Post-9/11 World

Wearing garish green flip-flops and sporting dyed yellow hair, Hasan Elahi is standing in the Intersection 5M gallery and talking about his work. And talking some more. And talking even more. Elahi regurgitates minutiae about a taco he ate in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Little Brother Is Watching You (Watch Him)

Little Brother Is Watching You (Watch Him)

We knew a girl in high school whose father, in an effort to dissuade her from becoming a drunk, got her loaded on tequila shots one night and forced her to do 100 push-ups when she woke in the morning.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Informant!</i>

The Informant!

In 1992, Mark Whitacre (played here by Matt Damon, beneath 30 pounds of pudge and a toupee) was a golden boy at Archer Daniels Midland with a big problem: His attempts to create an amino acid by feeding corn to…
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Film, <i>The Informant!</i> gets cute with massive corporate scandal and blows the story

The Informant! gets cute with massive corporate scandal and blows the story

As evidenced by The Informant!, it's a hell of a tricky thing turning real-life pulp into floss sugar. The story of Archer Daniels Midland biochemist exec turned crooked federal snitch Mark Whitacre is a tragicomedy. Journalist Kurt Eichenwald spent five…
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News, Feature Predators are free to move about the cabin

Predators are free to move about the cabin

The mother had been waiting at the Oakland airport for a very long time, and was beginning to worry. The flight had landed nearly an hour ago. She scanned the faces of the children coming through the security checkpoint, but…
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Calendar, Night&Day Making History

Making History

Anne Lamott reports that Flannery O’Connor is the genius who said, “Anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life.” Maybe you’ve been wondering who said that; now you know. Maybe you’ve…
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Film, Spy vs. Why

Spy vs. Why

Despite his reputation as that rarest of creatures — a Hollywood intellectual — new evidence suggests that Steve Martin reads ... prepare yourself ... thrillers and spy novels. At least, that's the only conclusion you can draw from the "Story…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ripping It Up

Ripping It Up

A 9B pencil is the softest pencil available: It's almost liquid. If it weren't made of lead it would make great eyeliner. An artist can choose to use a light touch with it, of course, but Francesca Pastine doesn't. At…
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News, Sucka Free City Gus Fallay Beats Bribery Rap, Wants Old Job Back at SF Department of Building Inspection

Gus Fallay Beats Bribery Rap, Wants Old Job Back at SF Department of Building Inspection

Back in August 2005, FBI agents and district attorney's investigators swarmed the city's Department of Building Inspection during business hours and arrested midlevel manager Gus Fallay on bribery charges. Fallay was led away in handcuffs, even though his attorney had…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Pages and Pages

The Big Book Sale claims it's "the biggest book sale on the West Coast," and it's tempting to shout, "hyperbole!" But how many book sales provide shopping carts? And how many can fill up the Festival Pavilion, a site typically…
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News, Sucka Free City Contorted Justice

Contorted Justice

When we last heard from longtime erotic performer Jade-Blue Eclipse ("A Twisted Tale," Jan. 24), she'd eluded the federal agents who busted her for passport fraud and — we think — set off on a spiritual journey to the Amazon.…
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Film, Spy vs. Spy

Spy vs. Spy

In December 2002 ABC's 20/20 ran a story on Eric O'Neill, an undercover surveillance specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The piece was titled "Spycatcher," because it was O'Neill who, at a mere 27 years old, helped bring down…
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Film, Ace Up His Sleeve

Ace Up His Sleeve

New-school genre junk food: Take a Tarantino wannabe with Sundance credentials, add a large, famous-enough cast and a show-biz backdrop, season the violence with references to Sergio Leone and Takeshi Kitano, serve cool, and garnish with a cynicism beyond irony.…
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News, Should journalist Josh Wolf be afraid?

Should journalist Josh Wolf be afraid?

At times, Josh Wolf is a journalist. At others, he's a blogger, an activist, or an anarchist. At this particular time, one thing's for certain: He's got a videotape the federal government wants. The 23-year-old San Franciscan possesses a tape…
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