In the marijuana family, hemp is the Jan Brady to cannabis sativa's Marcia. Hemp is boring. It doesn't get you high and doesn't smell quite as nice, but it sure is awfully useful. Rope, soap, fuel and food can all be gleaned from the lone American commodity that's legal to buy, sell, import, and exp ... More >>
If and when Tea Party hero Sen. Rand Paul visits San Francisco and goes shopping, he'll find friendly faces in the aisles of Rainbow Grocery more quickly than he will any Safeway (especially the Castro location). In addition to the destruction of all government, the Kentucky Republican has legislate ... More >>
In Argentina, homosexuals can now tango and marryThis week Argentina's senate voted 33 to 27 in support of marriage equality and now it's legal down there. Frankly, I don't know a lot about Argentina. Apparently, it's winter there now. Isn't that fascinating?
Posing as journalists, bloggers got paid to write positively about Mark Leno.
Even in a summer of discontent for San Francisco progressives, bad-boy supervisor Chris Daly remains unbowed
A judge has ordered two Chronicle reporters to serve time unless they divulge their source on Bonds' steroid use. Do you think they should be made to spill the beans?
The epic poem Beowulf gets the Monty Python treatment
The Chronicle's series of stories on Golden Gate suicides goes "radioactive."
How the fractured counterrecruitment movement includes those hoping to bring the draft back
A soldier returns a changed man in the gripping Danish drama Brothers
Advances in ultrarealistic simulation let soldiers experience the war in Iraq -- before they go
What will it take to make John Kerry mad enough to speak the plain truths that will win the election?
Plans for a biodefense "hot lab" at Lawrence Livermore have ecologists, disarmament advocates, and mainstream scientists up in arms
If you think S.F. is ready for a terrorist attack – even two years-plus after 9/11 – think again
From revolutionary rapper to stockbroker to rapper again -- the long, strange trip of Paris, aka Oscar Jackson Jr.
Week of June 25, 2003
Week of June 11, 2003
As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.
Week of December 18, 2002
Is it good or bad if 124 Web sites around the world post the home phone number of the architect of Total Information Awareness?
Major anti-war groups change strategy, hoping to win over mainstream voters the Bush administration can't ignore
Never heard of the Battle of Malplaquet? Then you don't know your Sept. 11 history.
Unless there's been a Newsom/Getty/bin Laden/Bush plot of some kind, how could voters support Care Not Cash?
The bitter battle over piloting a campus peace movement that hasn't even left the ground
Journalists are playing into the hands of George Bush when they unthinkingly insist that everything is different since Sept. 11
That's been the long, hard decision for TV academy chairman Bryce Zabel
The Army and Hollywood join hands to wage virtual, bloodless battles.
Jack Shaheen crusades against cinema's depiction of Reel Bad Arabs
On Sept. 11, the world needed superheroes. They found them not in comic books, but in real life.
As one of TV's best and best-loved series launches a new spin-off, its creator grapples with the aftershocks of terror
The "patriotic" squelching of Bill Maher is a scary sign of an emerging groupthink
As we prepare to retaliate for last week's atrocities, let's take time to be sure of our targets
With an October trial in the offing, prosecutors had every intention of proving that Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson was a domestic terrorist who helped plant bombs under police cars 26 years ago.
Hearst executives' behavior in the Examiner sale was nothing less than cowardly
In the 1960s Anthony Poshepny was a CIA operative whose macabre Southeast Asian exploits drew comparisons with Col. Kurtz, the megalomaniacal anti-hero of Apocalypse Now
As they explore M-theory, will Bay Area physicists earn the eternal glory sure to reward the inventors of the Theory of Everything?
Hal Hartley on realism, surrealism, and Henry Fool
How lavish can $20 million in cost overruns make a federal court- house? Let's start with the $33,000 desk.
Up Close and Personal sinks lower than the intellectual wasteland of the TV news it depicts