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Monday, June 27, 2016

VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM

The above is video footage captured in Dolores Park this morning, in the not-too-distant, post-Pride present, in a reality where humans have abdicated their responsibilities and where trash is the dominant life form.

Instead of green space, there is green and white and brown and glass and trash space, as far as the eye can see, in a new world order populated by beer boxes, plastic bags, and other remnants of late capitalism.

As the early morning sun lights the collection of discarded human ephemera known as trash, the only signs of life are the seagulls, who dance with delight at the bounty before them.

What's most impressive about the stupendous amount of waste left behind in Dolores Park is that it's only one day's work. Supposedly, the park was mostly clean as of Sunday morning. 

The best bit? "There are almost 30 trash cans a mere 20 yards away from this," according to the individual who shot the video.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sacramento Christian Preacher Praises Orlando Massacre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM


Sacramento's Roger Jimenez practices what he calls "red-hot preaching." The pastor of a small Baptist church in California's capital — one that began in his living room in 2010 and now attracts as many as 200 worshipers at morning services — Jimenez does not hold back in the hour-long sermons he delivers at Verity Baptist Church.

And he did not hold back on Sunday morning, a few hours after the West Coast awoke to the news that 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. had been shot to death. Jimenez seized the moment to preach some statistics from his pulpit, statistics about "sodomites" — or "homosexuals, as they call it," he said.

He didn't stop there, eventually calling for the massacre of even more gay people. And you wonder where in American society Omar Mateen got the idea that gay people were to be eradicated? Nope, no, must be Islamist in nature, only. 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

S.F. Liked Obama More Than We Liked Hillary, Bernie

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM


One of the favorite post-election kvetches — aside from your guy going down in bitter defeat to the sound of wailing bros coast-to-coast — is how shitty turnout is.

This started early on Election Night, the day after the Associated Press told everyone interested in voting in the Democratic primary that they'd be better off staying at home watching Veep, before all the ballots had been counted. But it was still premature. whatever numbers you saw yesterday missed almost one-quarter of the votes. 

Today, San Francisco's Department of Elections reported that 263,000 ballots had been cast in last night's election — including 78,000 mail-in ballots cast at City Hall, plus provisional ballots, as well as the 185,000 counted as of last night.

So. Out of 468,238 registered voters, that's 56 percent turnout — which, as far as things go, is pretty good. Better than the turnout for the municipal election in the fall, but not nearly as good the last time California's presidential primary mattered, way back in 2008.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

We're Giving Trump Exactly What He Wants

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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Donald J. Trump's bellicose Republican Party train rolled into San Jose last night, and the South Bay did not disappoint. Protests before a Trump rally at the downtown SAP Center started peacefully enough, according to the UK Guardian and other outlets on scene, but soon enough led to violence — because, when you bait someone enough, they eventually lash out.

And Trump was baiting. Prior to his visiting San Jose, a city with a sizable Latino population in a state that is significantly Latino, Trump repeated his plans to build an even bigger wall on the border with Mexico, and posited that an American-born judge assigned to the lawsuit over Trump's pyramid-scheme swindle of a university is biased because of his "Mexican heritage." After his rally, as dark fell in San Jose, people took the bait. 

Eggs were thrown at otherwise proud-faced Trump supporters, some of whom had their "Make America Great" hats stolen and set on fire. "Dozens of fights" broke out in the streets, according to the San Jose Mercury News, and at least one young man, identified as a Trump supporter, was left bleeding from a gash in his head.

Many of the protesters, most of whom were students and union members, according to the UK Guardian, were also from heavily Latino East San Jose, and waved Mexican flags. An overwhelmed San Jose Police Department was unable to keep the peace, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump's aggressive rhetoric for setting it all off.

In sum, it could not have gone better for Trump.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

City Spends $20 Million a Year Pursuing the Homeless

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM

  • Mike Koozmin/SF Weekly file photo
  • Call the cops.

San Francisco spends $18.5 million a year chasing homeless people with police, who are currently the city's de-facto homeless response team, a recent city report found.

In all, the city spends $20.6 million enforcing a total of 36 "quality of life" laws like bans on camping and sleeping on the sidewalk, according to a report from the city's independent Budget and Legislative Analyst.

And guess what? The people who commit these "quality of life" offenses are almost always one of the city's 6,686 homeless people. And somehow, violations of these offenses jumped 34.8 percent from 2014 to 2015, while the homeless population increased only 3.9 percent (however, an outlier from other city reports, this one found a marked increase in the number of homeless people on the streets, as opposed to shelters).

How can this be? Per the usual, we have nobody but ourselves to blame: Perhaps egged on by any number of media reports vilifying street people, there has been a large uptick of outraged citizens calling 311 and 911 — yes, 911 — to report the presence of homeless people, the report found.

And nearly all of the calls for service are utterly pointless. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

How Much Time Can We Buy Until High King Tides and a Vanishing Bay Flood Us?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM

  • Tom Hilton/Flickr

Richmond’s Point Isabel Regional Shoreline is a beautiful place to take in a foggy bay morning. Unless you’re having a candid conversation about rising sea levels, in which case that overcast sky starts to look more ominous than peaceful.

“The bay is going to rise: We can’t stop it,” the San Francisco Estuary Institute‘s Jeremy Lowe tells me. “And we can’t really reverse it either. The best we can do, and what we are doing, is to try to soften the blow.”

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Forget El Niño: California May Never Get Out of Drought, UC Berkeley Prof Says

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Last year's snowpack — the snowpack of the future?
  • Last year's snowpack — the snowpack of the future?

It's an El Niño winter, and the news is full of rain, sleet, and snow. If only California was as well.

Precipitation so far in this wet winter that is supposed to save us from the worst drought of our lifetimes is only slightly above "normal"  — and in some parts of California, including the southern Sierra, precipitation is still below normal.

Think about that. The long-awaited wet weather event has, so far, just barely pushed things to around what's supposed to be "normal."

This may be a hard fact to fathom this weekend, as you drive through more rain in order to reach the snowed-in approaches to Lake Tahoe — lucky you; drive safely — but other scientists agree. The four-year drought that's seen reservoirs and groundwater supplies dry up is not over — not unless several more El Niños follow on this one's heels. 

In fact, according to one U.C. Berkeley researcher, the state may never recover from the drought.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Washing Your Clothes Puts Plastic in Your Fish

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM

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You knew about the mercury in your ahi tuna, the neurotoxin in your Dungeness crab, and the drought that's killing off the salmon population. Our delicious friends from the deep now face another threat, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis — your clothes and your washing machine.

Plastic microfibers were found in the guts of a quarter of fish caught off of Half Moon Bay in a recent study, according to a recent review led by researcher Chelsea Rochman, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis. The study was published in September, but is making the rounds again now.

According to another Davis professor interviewed by ABC-7, 80 percent of the plastic found in fish is believed to come from the synthetic fabric found in nearly everything we wear these days.

And this is not due to a great Lululemon patch off of Hawaii. The fabric in the fish, according to the researchers, ended up in the ocean thanks to our washing machines.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Election Day. Will San Francisco Survive?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM

  • San Andreas/Warner Brothers

There's a lot of stake in today's municipal election. San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to fund a major housing bond, whether or not to approve a major new development on the site of the San Francisco Giants' massive surface parking lot, and whether to return Aaron Peskin to the Board of Supervisors or give a stamp of approval to Mayor Ed Lee's appointee, Julie Christensen.  

Oh and also, there's the thing about the Taliban taking over San Francisco and subjecting us all to sharia law. Or something. 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Earthquake Review: Hayward Fault, 2015 Vintage, Three Stars

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:13 AM

  • USGS
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early this morning, according to the US Geological Service and those of us who were awakened at 6:49 a.m. by several seconds of strong, rolling quakes that left us a tad queasy and on edge. The quake was centered in Oakland, between Lake Temescal and the Mountain View Cemetery, according to a USGS map, and was felt as far away as San Francisco and Vallejo. There were several small aftershocks

A deep-bodied quake, with a depth of 5.4 km, Monday's tremor bore earthy undertones and a rich, loamy bouquet. Unfortunately, there was a slightly acidic aftertaste, perhaps due to the taster's ever-growing awareness of the dangers of the Hayward Fault. The quake's provenance has been described by USGS geologist Thomas Bocher as a "tectonic time bomb" that "could cause hundreds of deaths, leave thousands homeless, and devastate the region’s economy."

Three Stars. 

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