• America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
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  • California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
  • Are those who choose to ignore history destined to repeat it?

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SWIFT Pressured to Ban Iran Over Nuclear Ambitions

February 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

SWIFT is the financial equivalent of the United Nations. It facilitates the bulk of the world’s cross-border payments. The member-owned cooperative has been described as the ‘glue’ of the global banking system with the value of daily payments using SWIFT estimated at more than $6 trillion. SWIFT is vital to international money flows, exchanging an average 18 million payment messages per day between banks and other financial institutions in 210 countries.

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Meet solidarity, the next generation: Communications Wokers of America (Local 9423) secretary-treasuer and Next Generation Bay Area co-founder, Eric Lindberg. Photo via Eric Lindbergh.

Activist Young Workers Refuel Labor Movement

February 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

“Young people are being told that they just have to suck it up and live in a world without jobs. We’re being told that America can’t afford teachers, but we can afford CEO tax cuts. We’re being asked to accept a society that rewards wealth and punishes work. A society that makes it harder for young people to go to college. A society where hate is growing … It’s shameful,” said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, in her keynote address during the Next Up conference held last fall. “The economic and social problems, the hate and the fear we see around us this day can only be solved by a fresh generation of committed, smart, tireless and creative activists.”

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In Solidarity with the National Occupy for Prisoners Day of Action, several hundred Bay Area Occupy demonstrators gathered Monday outside San Quentin State Prison to protest prison conditions and California's Three-Strikes law. Photos by Eric Louie.

Occupy Groups Converge on San Quentin
in Support of Prisoners, Protest Prison Conditions

February 21, 2012 | 4 Comments

Speakers, including some who have been incarcerated, talked about reform of the California’s three-strikes sentencing law, the mental punishment of solitary confinement and support for prisoners undertaking hunger strikes to protest conditions inside prisons. They included members of the San Quentin Six, prisoners who faced charges after the 1971 shootings that killed Black Panther George Jackson along with guards and other prisoners. Shane Bauer, one of the three Americans captured in Iran in 2009, talked about the hunger strikes and denial of family letters in his time there.

Posted in Events, Politics

Overfishing thousands of pounds of jack mackerel.  Photo courtesy NOAA images.

Depleting the Seas of Fish

February 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Researchers studied fish populations, catch records, and ocean ecosystems for four years. By 2003, 29% of all species collapsed. It means they’re at least “90% below their historic maximum catch levels.”

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Gascón Won’t Seek Death Penalty,
Nor Prosecute Eliana Lopez

February 17, 2012 | 5 Comments

Gascón also stated that he will not seek the death penalty “in any case” when discussing a previously-cold 1983 murder case.

Posted in News, Politics

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Time to Protect Kid’s Privacy Online

February 17, 2012 | No Comments

COPPA, effective April 21, 2000, was passed before browser cookies and other tracking technologies were being used, and doesn’t cover teens, who frequently use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. COPPA applies to the online collection of personal information from children under 13. COPPA spells out what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children’s privacy and safety online. COPPA is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has promulgated regulations to enforce COPPA. (For more information on COPPA, see the FTC’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule).

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Lackluster Finish to Case that Made Serious Political Charges

February 16, 2012 | 10 Comments

But that paltry sum and the jury’s verdict of shared responsibility in failing to root out corruption in city government belied the more politically significant accusations made through depositions in the case that Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown overrode city staff to give contracts to a “fraudulent” yet politically connected company, which proved to be a tangential issue that was left largely unexplored at trial.

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Carolyn Tyler Honored by Board of Supervisors

February 15, 2012 | No Comments

District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell stated that he was “honored to recognize a great district 2 resident who has been part of our lives for many years at ABC.” Farrell presented Tyler with a commendation signed by the Board.

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‘Round the Rotunda: Bennett’s “Heart” Song
Wins Key to San Francisco

February 15, 2012 | No Comments

The rotunda was festooned with pink balloons and red roses. Citizen guests excitedly took seats under the dome and gathered at all the balcony rails. Dignitaries were ushered to their reserved seating at the foot of the grand staircase.

Gascón Charges Lee Campaign Donors

February 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

Go Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., better known as GO Lorrie’s, is charged with making $11,500 in illegal contributions last September to the Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 campaign committee. Also charged are Jason Perez, age 40, of San Mateo, the company’s general manager, and Hanan Qutami, 56, of South San Francisco, the company’s chief financial officer.

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Mayor Lee Testifies in Corruption Lawsuit
That Could Cost the City $10 Million

February 14, 2012 | 2 Comments

City and County of San Francisco vs. Cobra Solutions and Telecon was being deliberated by jurors in Superior Court at press time. It centers on a fraud and kickback scheme engineered by convicted felon Marcus Armstrong, a former Department of Building Inspection information technology manager who bilked the city out of at least $482,000 between 1999 and 2001.

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Treasure Island Commission
Calls for Good Faith Dealings with Tenants

February 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Some residents at the meeting with John Stewart Company representatives felt that the representatives had been condescending and unwilling to take their concerns seriously. Some residents also began to fear that their benefits as affordable housing tenants were going to be diminished or taken away, ostensibly to make it easier for the developer to get rid of them and replace them with market-rate tenants.

Posted in News, Politics

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Smallpox – Still a National Safety Issue?

February 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Obama administration recently awarded a $433 million no-bid contract to Siga Technologies, the maker of ST-246, an experimental smallpox antiviral drug. This staggering amount would have us believe we were dealing with a multi-trillion dollar surplus instead of the mega-deficit of monumental proportions in which we are currently mired.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Symbol of Jim Crow, the cork-faced minstrel.

Jim Crow Never Left

February 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Jim Crow was not the name of an actual person. Rather, it was a stereotype; the name of a rigid racial caste system. But it was more than a series of rigid anti-Black laws enacted from 1876 to 1965. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens and and Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-Black racism.

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The Federal Reserve, Washington D.C. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

The Federal Reserve: An Insight into the Most Powerful US Economic Body

February 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

Initially the Congress had established three major objectives for monetary policy: maximum employment; stability of prices and interest rates in the long term being moderate. Most often the first two objectives are referred to as the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve.

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Non-Violent Occupy Oakland Protests
Against Police Brutality

February 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Following Occupy Oakland’s J28 “Move-in Day” action, which resulted in hundreds of arrests and rampant reports of police brutality and human rights violations against mostly peaceful protesters, there has been a great deal of frustration and tension within the broader movement, Oakland, and the SF Bay Area at large. Occupy Oakland held its’ regularly scheduled weekly march against Police Brutality while many of us were still kettled and/or in transport that night, and a number of us who did not normally attend this action discussed within the walls of Glen Dyer and Santa Rita jails that we could no longer abstain from objecting to the brutality of Oakland’s police force

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Judge Grants Mirkarimi Visitation With Son

February 09, 2012 | 10 Comments

The court order, issued by Superior Court Judge Ronald Albers, provides Mirkarimi and Theo with up to two-hours per day and up to six-hours on weekend days to spend unsupervised visits together. Exact times, locations and transportation for the visits are to be arranged by Ms. Patricia Forsyth and her son, Jeremy Forsyth, the order stipulates. The Forsyths are friends of Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.

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