Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Local Poet

I was eight years old when Robert Frost read his poetry at JFK's inauguration. I remember listening in awe to the person whose poems we'd been reading, along with Carl Sandburg, in our elementary school. My formative years were full of admiration for such thoughtful and inspiring people.

Now I learn Frost was from San Francisco, where his father was a newspaper editor.

Friday, April 11, 2014

San Francisco Bizarre

Keith Jackson’s arrest for gun-running, drug trafficking and murder for hire reminded me of his role in the demise of New College.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clean Power Dirty Politics

A bit behind schedule, but better late than never. This article at Truth Out illustrates best how corrupt politics in San Francisco hinders conversion to Clean Power, despite a decade of support from voters and supervisors. Alas, Willie Brown still rules.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Black Point Tour

Black Point once had a railroad tunnel through it connecting Fort Mason with Black Point Cove. Take a tour.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Streetcars and Cablecars

Sam Spade rides the rails.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Abolishing Prostitution

Abolishing prostitution and associated violence against women is the goal of a law passed December 4 by the French Parliament. Attacking the system of prostitution as a violation of human rights, the new legislation supports prostituted persons and criminalizes procurement and trafficking of humans for prostitution. As the European Women’s Lobby reports, France now joins Sweden, Norway and Iceland with progressive policies to end male domination and violence against women.

Our colleagues at Prostitution Research and Education have more.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nuclear Nightmares

When you can't fix the problem, can the guy who brought it to your attention. That's the message Bechtel sends from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation boondoggle Bechtel has been in on for some two decades now. After all, getting rid of whistle-blowers is easier than getting rid of the most toxic mess on Earth.

At least that's what San Francisco-based Bechtel Corporation thought when having its subcontractor URS can Walter Tamosaitis, the research and technical manager for the nation's largest Superfund cleanup. Tamosaitis' concerns about the nuclear waste processing plant design and safety -- communicated internally -- are now the subject of a lawsuit filed by Tamosaitis against Bechtel subcontractor URS, as well as in discussions at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Given Tamosaitis' concerns are about preventing the release of deadly radiation, one would hope boondoggle dreams don't completely overshadow nuclear nightmares.