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29 Jan 2019

Opioid Epidemic at the Start of 2019: Where’s the Progress We Were Promised?

By Kate Harveston When tens of thousands of your fellow citizens die in one year from the same preventable cause, you rightly call it a ‘crisis’.  The National Safety Council found in 2017 that for the first time ever, Americans were more likely to die from opioid overdose than from a car accident. You

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19 Jan 2019

Oakland Women’s March Photos: “I Will Stand Up For You”

By Betty Rose Livingston Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters participated in the third annual Women’s March in Oakland Saturday. Part of a national day of action that began following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the mass protest was smaller, yet more diverse, than years previous.

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16 Jan 2019

Doing Away With Private Utilities Is a Matter of Life and Death

By Ryan Smith The toll of this year’s wildfires is the second in as many years to break entirely too many state records, increasing the call to hold private utility companies like Pacific Gas & Electric to the flames of their own making. When the last embers cooled there was

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15 Jan 2019

Guide for First-Time Bridesmaids and Groomsmen: What You’re Really Signing on For

BY Kate Harveston As a 20-something-year-old female, I’ve been to my fair share of weddings already. In all honesty, I’m starting to feel a little like Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses. If you’re not too familiar with that movie, let’s just say that the name speaks for itself. But while my

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10 Jan 2019

Tired of Voting for Middle of the Road Democrats? Change it.

By Hae Min Cho, Steering Committee of Progressive Democrats of America Do you ever feel completely fed up with voting? Do you ever feel like it never seems to matter who you vote for–that no matter who you pick, the neoliberals and moderates (who call themselves progressive in SF) wage

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08 Jan 2019

An Open Letter To Louis C.K.

By Rachel Fogletto I’m not here to talk about you jerking off in front women without their consent because I know you’re probably tired of hearing about it, and actually, I am too. I’m also not here to talk about you returning to the stage less than a year after

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07 Jan 2019

How to Report Street Poop in SF so it Gets Cleaned Up

As former mayoral candidate and resident Editor-in-Cheap Stuart Schuffman once observed, “There’s a lot of poop on our streets.” There’s even a poop map of San Francisco. It’s an ongoing crisis of humanitarian proportions, with over 10,000 homeless people in our city and far too few places for them to do their business.

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04 Jan 2019

How Billionaires, Corporations, and the Government are Battling for Your Private Data

2018 was a rough year for people who use the Internet, as distinguished from the bots that now account for a majority of online traffic, or the corporate behemoths that continue to monetize us. One bright spot, however, offers reasons for cautious optimism. Facebook, in particular, has screwed the user privacy pooch so many times that mounting global public outrage at Silicon Valley’s corporate carelessness is finally forcing policymakers to pay attention and consider potential interventions.

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