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  • Hackers are holding San Francisco's light-rail system for ransom

    12/02/2016 6:19:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 27, 2016 | Andrew Liptak
    Hackers are holding San Francisco's light-rail system for ransom ‘You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted’ by Andrew Liptak@AndrewLiptak Nov 27, 2016, 4:16pm EST San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computer systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday and Saturday. MUNI first became aware of the intrusion on Friday, according to the Examiner. Computer screens at MUNI stations displayed a message: "You...
  • SF judge explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded

    11/30/2016 5:49:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bob Egelko
    San Francisco’s chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn’t afford.
  • Pelosi holds onto leadership

    11/30/2016 8:56:02 AM PST · by Cheerio · 116 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30/16 | Mike Lillis
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump’s unlikely ascension to the White House. Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan's 63. The victory sends a message that while there's a growing appetite for major changes in the party's leadership structure and messaging tactics, it's not strong enough to loosen Pelosi's grip on a liberal-heavy group that's rarely challenged her authority. Ryan and his supporters had argued that the Democrats' grim performance in this year's elections — the...
  • Hacked Muni refused $73,000 ransom demand; computers restored

    11/29/2016 7:47:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    SFGate ^ | Updated 7:48 pm, Monday, November 28, 2016 | Michael Cabanatuan and Marissa Lang
    For all Muni Metro passengers knew, the free rides they were getting Friday night and Saturday were a holiday gift from the transit system. Little did they know Muni was under attack from a hacker trying to squeeze $73,000 in ransom to unlock the agency’s computer systems. Muni refused to pay up. Instead, officials shut down the system’s ticket machines, threw open the fare gates as a precautionary move, and contacted the Department of Homeland Security and their own technology division to contain the attack, they said. ... The anonymous hacker used a ransomware attack — malicious software sent via...
  • San Francisco’s Official Response to the Election of Trump

    11/25/2016 10:12:29 AM PST · by Baynative · 73 replies
    SF Bay Times ^ | 11/25/16 | Lunatic Board
    WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population. This is the Golden Gate—we build bridges, not walls; and, be it
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • Theranos's Insane Campaign To Punish Whistleblower, Who Happened To Be Famous Boardmember's Grandson

    11/21/2016 7:48:00 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Mon, Nov 21st 2016 5:13pm | by Mike Masnick
    We haven't really written much about the insane Theranos scandal, though we discussed it on our podcast. The whole story is pretty crazy -- involving a heavily hyped up company that appeared to basically be flat out lying to everyone about what it could do. The company still exists, but barely. The company's founder and CEO, who was plastered across magazine covers and compared frequently to Steve Jobs, has been banned from running a lab for two years, and the company is now facing a $140 million lawsuit from its biggest partner, Walgreens, who claims that Theranos repeatedly lied to...
  • 'The Fear in the Community is Real': San Francisco DA Combats Hate Crimes With New Hotline

    11/18/2016 7:05:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 11/18 | Christie Smith
    San Francisco’s District Attorney said on Friday that he feels the need to reiterate that hate crimes won’t be tolerated, and undocumented immigrants will be protected. The declaration is in response to what George Gascon says is an uptick in hate-related incidents across the Bay Area and burgeoning concerns about the safety of immigrant communities after Donald Trump was elected president on Nov. 8. “The fear in the community is real,” he said. At the Hall of Justice, Gascon announced a hotline that people can use to report hate crimes. “This will not be a place where hate will be...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/19/2016 12:07:29 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the country’s best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranos’s outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/18/2016 11:53:04 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the country’s best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranos’s outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Why is Elizabeth Holmes still leading Theranos?

    11/18/2016 11:38:20 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Nov 18, 2016, 1:40pm PST | Ron Leuty Reporter San Francisco Business Times
    It's worth asking why Elizabeth Holmes is still leading the embattled blood testing company Theranos Inc. But there may be a good reason why she still is in charge, one that has little to do with the scandal-ridden company's performance to date. Forget what venture capitalist Tim Draper — one of the first to invest in the Palo Alto company — implied this week that Holmes is being attacked because she's a young, female entrepreneur. The simple fact is that Theranos has not been able to deliver on its technology from a commercial, scientific or regulatory standpoint, and that falls...
  • [San Francisco] Charges dismissed against 25 who protested on Bay Bridge during MLK Day

    11/18/2016 7:22:14 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    KTVU [Oakland] ^ | Nov 18 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Charges against 25 protesters who stopped traffic on the Bay Bridge in January were dismissed this morning by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, according to an attorney representing the group. The group, known collectively as the Bay Bridge 25, was arrested on Jan. 18 on the bridge on suspicion of misdemeanors, including obstructing traffic on a freeway, public nuisance and unlawful assembly, in addition to having their cars impounded.
  • California Teachers Offered "Anti-Hate, Trump Teaching Plan" To "Empower Students"

    11/18/2016 11:59:30 AM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 17 November 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following last week's dissonance-destroying victory for Donald Trump, San Francisco teachers are being offered a 'Donald Trump lesson plan' to "help students understand the election," but, as NBCBayArea reports, opponents counter that it is leftist propaganda meant to scare children about the incoming president. :: Fakhra Shah, a teacher at Mission High School, drafted the plan with the goal of empowering students, she said. “This is anti-hate,” Shah said. “This is not just anti-Trump.” On the heels of Trump’s stunning Nov. 8 victory, Shah wrote a letter to staff, in which she said, “A racist and sexist man has become...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Tells All On Intimidation And Coercion Tactics Employed To Silence Him

    11/18/2016 12:05:55 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 17, 2016 7:20 PM | by Tyler Durden
    2016 has not been too kind to Elizabeth Holmes, the Steve-Jobs wannabe in charge of fraudulent Theranos. She has thus far been banned for 2 years from operating labs, removed from hosting fundraisers for Hillary and lost her entire net worth. And now, the Wall Street Journal has published the "tell-all" story of the whistle-blower, 26 year old Tyler Shultz, who brought the the whole Theranos farce crashing down. It's a sordid tale complete with all the expected twists and turns of a Jason Bourne thriller including intimidation, coercion and private detectives. Tyler Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz,...
  • San Francisco Public School’s Lesson Plan on the November 2016 Election

    11/17/2016 10:16:11 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 11 replies
    KSFO.com ^ | 11/17/16 | KSFO Morning Blog Staff
    Tomorrow, I hope that you will take the time to put all lessons aside and talk to our students about what has happened and how they feel. Please, let them speak and be heard. Let them say what is on their minds, this is crucial for our school and our community. Let us please not sidestep the fact that a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base.
  • Krauthammer on Dems Defying Trump Over Sanctuary Cities:

    11/17/2016 7:33:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Democrats are “making a big bet and a mistaken one” by defying the federal government to protect their city’s “sanctuary” status, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” Wednesday. "Sanctuary cities were a scandal before Trump. It’s in defiance of federal authority,” Krauthammer said. President-elect Donald Trump pledged to withhold federal funds from cities that protect illegal immigrants from possible deportation—and Krauthammer said he’s well within his rights to do so. “The people who did this in the past were the racists in the south who defied federal authority on civil rights, so now it’s...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family

    11/16/2016 6:06:29 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16 2016 | By John Carreyrou
    After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks. The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultz’s grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. “The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this...
  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim, venture capitalist Tim Draper says

    11/16/2016 1:02:01 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 15 2016 | Michelle Fox | @MFoxCNBC
    Embattled Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim who has been "totally attacked," venture capitalist Tim Draper told CNBC on Tuesday. Holmes has been under fire since a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal suggested the blood-testing start-up's testing devices were flawed. "Elizabeth Holmes is a great example of maybe why the women are so frustrated. She is a woman entrepreneur who built a fabulous company, did great things for consumers and she got attacked," the founding partner of Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson said in an interview with "Closing Bell." "This is a great entrepreneur who...
  • Walgreens Claims Theranos Voided 11.3% of Test Reports

    11/16/2016 12:57:38 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 15, 2016 10:25 p.m. ET | By Christopher Weaver
    Theranos Inc. allegedly voided 11.3% of all blood-test reports that the Silicon Valley laboratory firm provided to customers of Walgreens stores through a yearslong partnership between the two companies, according to legal papers the drugstore chain filed Tuesday. Theranos, whose main lab failed an inspection by U.S. regulators earlier this year, told Walgreens in June that it subsequently voided 31,000 test reports provided to the chain’s customers, Walgreens said in the public version of a sealed lawsuit.
  • [San Francisco] Post-Election ‘Wall Of Empathy’ Goes Up At BART Stations

    11/14/2016 11:35:47 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 41 replies
    CBS SF ^ | November 14, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Franciscans will have the opportunity Monday morning to write supportive notes to each other in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. The so-called Wall of Empathy will be available above ground at the 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission and Montgomery Street BART stations from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. “In the wake of Tuesday’s election results, many of us have been experiencing grief and shock in various forms,” event organizers Muriel MacDonald, Tamilla Mir and Melissa Goldman said in a statement. “The racist, sexist, xenophobic rhetoric that was a hallmark...
  • Walgreens Turns on Theranos in $140M Suit for Breach of Contract

    11/12/2016 2:19:03 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 8 replies
    Inside Counsel ^ | November 11, 2016 | By Ben Hancock
    SAN FRANCISCO – Walgreens has filed a $140 million breach of contract suit against Theranos Inc., compounding the woes of the Silicon Valley-based medical device startup. The suit was filed under seal in Delaware federal court on Tuesday. It's not clear what exactly the Illinois-headquartered pharmacy chain is alleging, but the docket describes the case as a breach of contract suit with a demand of $140 million.
  • Free Pistol with San Francisco Newspaper Subscription (1887)

    11/12/2016 12:54:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Using guns as a marketing bonus has a long history in the United States.  Guns have always been valued.  A free firearm with a car or to open a bank account has been fairly common in the last few years. The usual system, in our over regulated age, is to give a coupon to be redeemed at a gun shop, which has made a deal with the car dealership or the bank. But things were simpler in 1887, when the San Francisco Chronicle a weekly, offered a pistol along with a years subscription, for $3.90.  That did not include...
  • Students march on SF’s Market Street to protest Trump election

    11/10/2016 11:56:00 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 10, 2016 | Sarah Ravani
    Hundreds of students from at least ten San Francisco public schools walked out of classes Thursday morning and clogged Market Street to protest the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
  • San Francisco Homeowner Erects Nazi Flag to Protest Donald Trump's Election

    11/09/2016 10:21:48 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 58 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Nov 9, 2016 | Rhea Mahbubani
    A San Francisco man protested Donald Trump's astounding presidential victory by mounting a Nazi flag above his house on Wednesday. The Dolores Heights homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous, stressed that he neither supports the President-elect nor Nazis. Instead the red flag with the Swastika was akin to a harbinger of trouble that Trump's win could usher in. The flag was taken down around 2 p.m. Wednesday and replaced with a California flag after the homeowner received angry phone calls and was confronted by an irate neighbor. The woman told him that she was very hurt because her grandparents were...
  • Theranos' Acting GC Faces Challenges, Opportunity

    10/31/2016 8:33:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    the Recorder ^ | October 17, 2016 | David Ruiz, The Recorder
    SAN FRANCISCO — Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate. "He's got a mess on his hands," said Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro partner Robert Carey in Phoenix, one of many lawyers suing the blood diagnostics company for alleged consumer fraud. Carey's suit is one of six similar, separate suits consolidated in the Northern District of California. Aside from that litigation surplus, Theranos is being investigated for investor and consumer fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, respectively. The...
  • Mission District Tattoo Shop Owner Harassed After Being Mistakenly ID’d as Trump Supporter

    10/29/2016 5:40:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Oct 28, 2016
    A Mission District tattoo shop owner says he is in the midst of a political firestorm after being mistakenly identified as a Donald Trump supporter. Political views have turned dangerous for the San Francisco man, who requested to remain anonymous. He said that someone tossed a rock through his store’s window, smashing it. The business owner has been struggling with vandalism for the month, but said he does not support Trump – his boyfriend does. Other Bay Area voters are also frustrated. They say they're losing the right to have an opinion, in fear of retaliation. It “really ticks me...
  • Tilting, Sinking San Francisco High-Rise Raises Alarm

    10/24/2016 1:32:26 PM PDT · by LRoggy · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 10/24/2016 | Jocelyn Gecker
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room. Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong. The 58-story building has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the "leaning tower of San Francisco." But it's not just leaning. It's sinking, too. And engineers hired to assess the problem say it shows no immediate sign of stopping. "What concerns me most is the tilting," says...
  • 2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

    10/19/2016 4:48:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 19, 2016 | Associated Press
    If the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults broke simultaneously along their combined 118 miles, they could produce a magnitude 7.4 quake, said scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey. Such shaking would be more than five times stronger than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake on the San Andreas Fault that killed over 60 people and collapsed part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. There hasn't been a major quake on the Hayward Fault in more than 140 years.... "This should be a reminder that folks in the Bay Area need to be prepared for a major earthquake," USGS geophysicist Janet Watt...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Fleet Week Air Show in San Francisco

    10/07/2016 3:01:57 PM PDT · by bugseye · 3 replies
    KGO 7 Bay Area ^ | 10/07/16 | ABC7 News
    http://abc7news.com/live/7704/
  • Here come the Giants, exactly the team the Cubs probably didn’t want to see in the NLDS

    10/06/2016 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 6th, 2016 | by Tim Kawakami
    So Conor Gillaspie in 2016 is Marco Scutaro from 2012 or Travis Ishikawa from 2014 or Cody Ross from 2010, at least for one enormous Wild-Card game and that means it could go on and on again… And Madison Bumgarner in 2016 is… Madison Bumgarner, the perpetual postseason legend. That’s a two-paragraph summary of the Giants’ scintillating 3-0 Wild-Card victory over the Mets tonight, and yes, obviously, the patterns and connections from the previous three Giants postseason trips are impossible to ignore. You know who probably understands this better than anybody? That’d be the Cubs, who now face the Giants...
  • New York Tourists in San Francisco Attacked After Leather-Clad Folsom Street Festival

    09/26/2016 11:11:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/26 | Marianne Favro
    Police are investigating a report of a hate crime Saturday night outside a restaurant in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood after a pair of New York tourists said they were pepper-sprayed after the city's leather-clad Folsom Street Fair. At about 7:30 p.m., Neil Frias and Jeff White, both visiting from New York for the annual fair, billed as the "world's largest leather event," were at a McDonald's restaurant near Golden Gate Avenue and Fillmore Street. They were ordering food when two suspects rushed them, uttering homophobic slurs. Frias told the San Francisco Chronicle that one of the men told them...
  • The Latest: Standoff in San Francisco prompts evacuations

    09/24/2016 6:17:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | Sept. 24, 2016 6pm | AssociatedcPress
    <p>5:25 p.m. Police say an ongoing standoff with an armed and suicidal man has shut down San Francisco's Civic Center and nearby United Nations Plaza.</p> <p>Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi says the man called 911 around noon Saturday to say he was going to harm himself and any officer who came close to him.</p>
  • Kaepernick says 'everybody's eyes' on Tulsa probe

    09/20/2016 4:18:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 20, 2016 | The Associated Press
    San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa is "the perfect example" of what he's protesting when he refuses to stand for the national anthem at 49ers' games. Kaepernick said Tuesday that "everybody's eyes" will be on Tulsa as authorities investigate the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher. He says criminal charges should be filed in the shooting death.
  • Citizen Sanctuaries, not Sanctuary Cities

    09/10/2016 6:26:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/10/16 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    Our elected officials need to start doing the right thing for all residents, for all CITIZENS. Cites must be sanctuaries for citizens, for there is no city without citizens After eight years of Obama’s immigration lawlessness, sanctuary cities like San Francisco are facing severe scrutiny. For too long, they have proudly refused to cooperate with federal authorities to deport illegal aliens. Until recently, elected officials delayed enforcement. The American people want enforcement. As U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced on the floor of the Senate during the 2013 Gang of Eight deliberations, the American People should not have to barter for...
  • Police Challenge To Colin Kaepernick

    09/04/2016 12:34:01 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Blue Lives Matter ^ | 30 Aug, 2016 | Dr. Ron Martinelli
    Those who lack context, lose all credibility – the Story of Colin Kaepernick Oppression, (Noun), Def. “prolonged, unjust or cruel exercise of authority; maltreatment, subjection, repression, suppression.” By now many who follow sports and some that don’t have heard about the latest embarrassment in NFL sports – San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand in respect during the playing of our National Anthem during preseason games............... I get it Colin; you are angry having been abandoned by your biological father. Yet, you don’t seem to find his actions as having been “oppressive” – prolonged psychological maltreatment –...
  • Baltimore Ravens Benjamin Watson Facebook post on National Anthem

    09/06/2016 6:48:36 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 21 replies
    Benjamin Watson Facebook ^ | September 5, 2016 | Benjamin Watson
    Benjamin Watson 11 hrs · Facebook Mentions · I will not have the option to kneel this Sunday while the National Anthem is being played. A week ago, in what would prove to be my last pre-game opportunity of this 2016 season, I stood with my right hand over my heart as the anthem played. And if I am fortunate enough to ever be dressed for another game day I imagine I would be doing the same thing I did in my last. Standing. Not because America is ALL I desire it to be because most assuredly it is not....
  • 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick: I’m not standing for the anthem of a country that oppresses blacks

    08/29/2016 9:18:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dan Calabrese
    The nation's fiscal house is collapsing, but we're talking about this crap I don’t think he deserves the attention that a column about him brings, but Colin Kaepernick’s stunt this past weekend of refusing to stand for the national anthem in a preseason game did generate a couple of thoughts I wanted to share. One concerns the increasingly commonplace (and thus, increasingly meaningless) use of gestures like this by athletes to showboat about issues they really don’t understand. The other concerns the growing inclination of normal Americans to proceed into histrionics about people not standing, not saluting, not putting their...
  • Colin Kaepernick: 'I'll continue to sit'

    08/28/2016 4:15:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 150 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 28, 2016 | Nick Wagoner
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in each of the team's three preseason games and plans to continue to do so until he sees real change when it comes to racial oppression in the United States. "Yes, I'll continue to sit," Kaepernick said. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed...
  • (San Fran) Women to go topless Sunday, protesting laws that discriminate against female breasts

    08/27/2016 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 26, 2016 | Brandon Mercer
    The proper headline for this story could be: "Women go topless to protest inequality." "Men put on bikini tops to protest inequality." "UFO religion leader promotes topless protests nationwide." "Race car driver abducted by aliens launches topless movement as part of spiritual awakening" Or, "Women can go topless whenever they want San Francisco, so who cares if they do it Sunday?" Any of the above would be accurate. As women take off their bras and blouses in Union Square Sunday, and men don string bikinis tops in solidarity, the San Francisco Go Topless day celebrants may not realize the strange...
  • San Francisco Police Seek Suspect In Vicious Attack Caught On Camera

    08/26/2016 1:26:00 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | August 24 | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police in San Francisco are asking for the public’s help finding the suspect in a vicious unprovoked attack on a woman that was captured by a surveillance camera last weekend. According to authorities, on Saturday, August 20, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the female victim was walking in Lafayette Park when she was approached by the suspect. The victim did not speak to the suspect during the encounter.
  • Ronald Reagan Smacks the Hippies

    08/20/2016 11:15:28 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfg9WL6j5V4And now boys and girls by popular demand, Califonria Governor Ronald Reagan at his best!!
  • Marijuana-Infused Gummy Rings Sickens 19 After San Francisco Quinceańera: Health Dept.

    08/08/2016 4:17:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Lisa Fernandez and Chuck Coppola
    The patients taken to the hospital ranged in age from 6 to 18.The gummy rings that sickened 19 people - including a 6-year-old - at quinceańera in the Mission District were laced with pot, the San Francisco Public Health Department announced Monday, after a dozen patients tested positive for the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that the final lab tests on the gummy rings have not yet come back yet from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. But she said that 12 of the 19 people hospitalized after the party at the Women's Building on 18th Street...
  • SFPD union’s dog photo called insult to Black Lives Matter cause (Sanfransicko)

    08/06/2016 5:42:58 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 8-5-16 | Vivian Ho
    The union representing San Francisco police officers published a photograph of two dogs in its monthly newspaper that critics say belittles the Black Lives Matter movement and raises questions about the police force’s commitment to repairing its relationship with communities of color. The picture, which appeared on the back page of the August issue of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal, shows a pair of Labrador retrievers, one black and one white. The black dog has a sign around its neck reading, “Black Labs Matter,” while the white dog sports a sign reading, “All Labs Matter.”
  • Obama to Name Navy Ship After Child Molester

    07/29/2016 11:11:22 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | July 29, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is what Obama thinks of the military. This is what he thinks of children. This is what he thinks of us. As J.E. Dyer reports, Obama will be naming a Naval vessel after Harvey Milk... The U.S. Naval Institute reports that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be naming a Military Sealift Command support ship after slain San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, a 1970s crusader for gay issues. The ship class is the John Lewis class “fleet oiler,” and USNS Harvey Milk will be T-AO-206, the second unit of the class. In company with Milk and John...
  • A Baguette Vending Machine? It's Open in San Francisco

    07/28/2016 12:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    There's nothing like a fresh baguette, hot out of the oven. And one company has made it as easy and quick to get as a Snickers bar. Le Bread Xpress has opened vending machines in San Francsico that produce hot and fresh baguettes in seconds. The machines are operating at the new Myriad market in the Castro. The baguettes rise at a bakery in Burlingame and are slighty baked. The baking process finishes in the vending machine. Operators say the machine is a hit in France. "In a mall next to transportation, people come back from work, get their fresh...
  • 140 years ago, the lights were turned on in San Francisco for the first time

    07/04/2016 11:36:03 AM PDT · by thecodont · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Updated 3:55 am, Monday, July 4, 2016 | Katie Dowd
    July 4, 1876 was the grandest day San Francisco had ever seen. For weeks, the city prepared for the young nation's centennial. They draped American flags and bunting on every doorway and balcony in town. In glowing terms, the San Francisco Bulletin reported that huge paintings of Revolutionary War heroes were placed in "conspicuous places here, there and everywhere." Businesses were on their third straight day of celebration closures. Reverends in the town's Protestant churches gave centennial-themed Sunday sermons. Catholic churches held a special High Mass. On the bay and on land, revolutionary battles were reenacted for thrilled crowds. Thousands...
  • Robot-Powered Burger Joint Makes a Beeline For Bay Area

    07/03/2016 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jul 2, 2016
    Move over, humans. A robot-operated restaurant is heading to the Bay Area. Momentum Machines, a San Francisco-based startup, plans to launch a burger joint where fare is cooked, seasoned and wrapped by robots, Tech Insider reported. The still unnamed restaurant will utilize what Momentum Machines built in 2012 — a machine that could churn out 400 burgers in an hour. The innovative appliance includes a stamper that grinds and stamps custom blends of meat, a vegetable slicer, an oven to toast the meat and bun, and a bagger to wrap the complete product. Images released by the company show the...
  • Trump gets rock-bottom ratings in international survey

    06/29/2016 7:11:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 101 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 29, 2016 | Matthew Pennington
    A new multi-nation survey finds that confidence in Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy should he become U.S. president is rock-bottom in a host of countries in Europe and Asia.
  • San Francisco seeks to ban pension fund from investing in gun industry

    06/28/2016 6:07:31 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 23 replies
    KTVU ^ | Jun 28 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a measure that would ban the city employee retirement system from investing in companies that participate in firearm and ammunition manufacturing. The resolution by the supervisors could have a ripple effect throughout the country as the debate about gun control grows in the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando two weeks ago at a gay nightclub that left 50 people dead and several others injured. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is trying to gather support nationwide by asking the mayors of both Boston and New York...
  • VIDEO: ISIS Threatens San Francisco — Sort Of

    06/27/2016 9:17:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon, Jun 27, 2016 | Max DeNike
    San Francisco has the unfortunate honor of appearing in a new propaganda video for the Islamic State released Sunday, no doubt to coincide with the city’s massive Pride celebration, since persecution of LGBT people is a hallmark of deranged fundamentalists. Several alleged terrorists appear on screen to praise Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay nightclub shooter, and Larossi Abballa, the man who attacked a French police officer and his family June 13, the day after the Orlando shooting. The trio reportedly encourages more attacks in the U.S. and Europe, and this is when the footage of San Francisco starts to roll...