Politics

05 Feb 2020

The Masses vs. Michael Bloomberg’s Monorail

By Ian Firstenberg  In a rare moment of political honesty, Michael Bloomberg’s book reveals how deeply full of shit he really is.  Michael Bloomberg’s thinks we are big dumb suckers. For him, we are whiney hogs who must be kept at bay and firmly scolded into submission; not listened to

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03 Feb 2020

The Deep Historical Roots of America’s Opioid Crisis

by Xan Holbrook During the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, I happened to be at my mother’s house. We watched a news report that detailed the extent of Jackson’s pharmaceutical drug addiction. My mother, a proud NHS nurse of 40 years, shook her head in incredulity at the drugs Jackson’s

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29 Jan 2020

Democrats Need to Suck It Up and Stop Eating Their Young

By Sunny Dell Let’s first acknowledge every current candidate running in the Democratic presidential primary is faulty is some way or another. They’re all plagued with mistakes and missteps, old and new. Their characters, demeanors and perspectives are either too archaic, too naive or too bombastic.  They make promises that

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28 Jan 2020

Why Does the GOP Want a Second Civil War So Badly?

A decade ago, CNBC’s Rick Santelli launched the Tea Party movement with a cry of “Can you hear me now, Mr. President?” from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That was the era of tri-corner hats, contrived 18th-century verbiage, occasional Obama-hanging-in-effigy displays, and deep concerns about the national debt

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22 Jan 2020

Hakeem Jeffries Dropped the Mic on the Impeachment Trial

The official start of the Senate impeachment trial against Donald J. Trump kicked off Tuesday with a marathon 13-hour “debate” session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had just hours before laid out the ground rules for the process, which effectively made it impossible to call this thing anything other than

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17 Jan 2020

California’s $220 Billion Budget is Doing What Trump Refuses to Do

As recently as 2009, California was virtually broke. Facing a $24 billion deficit on a budget of approximately $100 million, the state furloughed employees, paid I.O.U.’s instead of tax refunds, and used every type of financial chicanery to move stuff around. At one point, the deficit was feared to be

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15 Jan 2020

The awesome shorts and features at the 22nd SF IndieFest!

Hey, Broke-Ass Readers!  Are you ready to encounter a beautiful nude woman with a glowing crucifix on her body?  How about seeing in person the man who brought the world “The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle?” Or do you want to hear the strange-but-true story of the attempt to create a “Sundance of the East?”  If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you’re ready for the 2020 edition of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival aka S.F. IndieFest!

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15 Jan 2020

It’s Bernie or Bust for the Busted Masses

By Ian Firstenberg  Sanders offers the only jolt to our collective body politic that will save us from extinction.  The Bay Area has served as a petri dish for technocratic liberalism over the past two decades. What started with a tech buzz eventually became a bubble that burst a few

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