Kids these days. One minute they're simply butt-chugging alcohol in a misguided attempt to get super-drunk super-quickly, the next they're involved in an elaborate scheme involving booze and dry ice to take drunkorexia to the next level. We came across this "trend" to smoke booze in order to lose we ... More >>
When I worked for Cnet News.com during the late-'90s dot-com boom, there were many things that annoyed and perplexed me about the tech-news site. It was run by former newspaper guys. Because of that, the editors displayed a weird, very newspaper-like mix of sensationalism and prudishness. An edi ... More >>
Yesterday, Examiner crime reporter Mike Aldax got the gadget news of the day during an interview with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. According to the paper, the Cupertino tech giant Apple Inc. has no intent to implement a "kill-switch" that would disable devices that are report ... More >>
Hollow-point bullets have a pit at the tip, which makes them look a bit like tiny steel smokestacks. When the bullet hits a target, pressure builds within the pit and pushes outward against lead walls, causing the bullet's surface area to expand and leave a greater trail of damage within the target. ... More >>
When Madonna goes dumb, it's like everything else she does in her life -- she goes for gold. Of course, we know that Madge has had a ton of inspiring, empowering and intelligent moments in the course of her career, too. And of course we know that nobody's perfect. But lately, the outspoken singer se ... More >>
Gary Stein, the 27-year-old Marine who spewed anti-Obama rhetoric on his "Armed Forces Tea Party" Facebook page, was discharged yesterday, for popping off his political views. Pentagon policy, military prosecutors noted, limits military members' political speech while in uniform. But beyond handboo ... More >>
This week's episode of This American Life is both fascinating and painful to listen to, as many of the show's best episodes are. I came away from it still enraged at Mike Daisey and his lies, but also a bit sympathetic toward him. The show made it clear, without saying so, that he's dealing with ... More >>
Oh God, don't you just hate football? Isn't football so dumb? Doesn't anybody read fiction anymore? Everyone gets so excited over ... sports. (Did you just puke a little?) Here are the best things on during the Super Bowl that aren't the Super Bowl, which you hate.
As if the promise to dismantle most of the Washington-based government wasn't enough, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has also made waves in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination with his maverick stance on drug policy.During his 30 years in the House of Representatives, Paul has authored ... More >>
The guy who made this tie deserves a reward.Did the CIA miss something? News reports have cited unnamed intelligence officials saying that they've only recently stumbled upon rumors that Osama bin Laden had been holed up in a luxury residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and not -- as had been assume ... More >>
Make room for Ronald ReaganA pre-President's Day poll showed that Americans thought Ronald Reagan was the country's best president, even more so than Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, two of the most influential leaders in history. Reagan score 19 percent of the vote,edging out Lincoln who h ... More >>
Our lips are sealed.It never bothered former Mayor Gavin Newsom that his slick-back hairdo sometimes got more media attention than his policies. But Newsom, who is now lieutenant governor, says people need to tone it down when attacking a female politician's physical appearance -- even Republican ... More >>
Putting the "fox" back in Fox News.Just when you thought certain airheads on network cable news couldn't get anymore plastic, Mattel has immortalized the entire profession with its very own Barbie. Actually she won in the inaugural global vote. While the popular vote went toward a computer engine ... More >>
Earlier this month, Supervisor Chris Daly got a shitload of free publicity when he pledged to utter "fuck" at every board meeting for the rest of the year. There are those who say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. They're wrong. Daly, like Gerardo Sandoval before him, was lampooned on ... More >>
If variety is your thing then As A People may be what you're looking for. Songs on the band's 2008 release Carpet Bomb Ballet vary drastically from post-rock, to metal, and punk. While so many genres in one place would usually come across as scatterbrained, the album is held together by singer A ... More >>
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical '70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
She's closed Camp Casey outside George W. Bush's Crawford ranch and recently lost her bid to unseat Nancy Pelosi in Congress. Now Cindy Sheehan is taking on Barack Obama, claiming the U.S. president is the same sort of warmonger as her previous foes. But no less an anti-war authority ... More >>
Get Smart redux is a rare device: A TV remake for the big screen that works on its own terms.
Ralph Nader and running mate Matt Gonzalez are looking to make a difference in the upcoming presidential election. Early polling suggests they just might.
The USS Iowa was once considered a lock as a San Francisco tourist attraction. So why is the historic warship rusting in Suisun Bay?
The GOP's last-ditch message to voters before the midterm elections was a tirade against our fair city. How do you feel about San Francisco values in the political spotlight?
The Board of Supes likes to tell the world what to do. The world could care less.
He adored beatniks, trolled the streets of North Beach in a beret, and was once Timothy Leary's gatekeeper, and now he packs a gun.
Parker Posey and Paul Rudd get their OH faces on
Let's get beyond the balderdash and take a closer look at the motivations behind some political campaigns
The Rev. Moon has opened an unexpected front in his struggle to win a broader audience for his messianic pretensions: African-American churches and their preachers
Infiltrator joins the Young Republicans to experience the blue suits, big hair, and free beer of the Republican state convention
Al Gore and ex-Stanford prof Joel Hyatt say their S.F.-based cable news channel for twentysomethings won't be ideological. But do the Democratic moneymen behind the venture know that?
"Jesus spoke out about tax collectors and politicians, and we're supposed to do the same."
Inside Al-Jazeera, journalists tell a familiar story unfamiliarly
UC professor Tyrone Hayes found that a highly profitable weed killer causes sexual abnormalities in frogs. Then he found out how nasty a biotech multinational can be.
Ah, to be young and Republican at Cal
The 9-11 Commission is a nutty distraction from the dangers we face
"We'll analyze without prejudgment ... and reject ideologues of whatever stripe."
From revolutionary rapper to stockbroker to rapper again -- the long, strange trip of Paris, aka Oscar Jackson Jr.
This all-American kid from Monterey is now one of the foremost experts on Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Where does he go from here?
This pacifist masterpiece has less to do with Afghanistan than the Shotgun Players think
To show the value of pundits in the Terror Era, our columnist tells the CIA where bin Laden's been, President Bush where to go