It can be hard to figure out exactly what to make of the evil, ugly specter known as Mexican drug cartels. A pair of investigative reports, conducted by the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting, have given us some conclusions to chew on -- and together, they paint an odd pictu ... More >>
While you all have been lazily basking in the sun this summer, this 8-year-old girl has been working her tail off to change the world, one lemon at a time. In the Northern California city of Fairfax, Vivienne Harr has spent the last 57 days of her summer vacation turning lemons into lemonade -- lite ... More >>
The Internet conundrum is so difficult that it, like all difficult problems, has tended to attract people who don't want to address it, but to oversimplify it and then fight full-tilt for whatever far-end-of-the-spectrum "side" they've chosen. This is true of all complicated matters of public c ... More >>
Every decade has its cult occupations, the subject of a million daydreams of the "I'm going to tell my boss to shove it and go [become a DJ / start catering / set up a used-book stall on the banks of the Seine]" variety. In San Francisco, at least, right now the fantasy job seems to involve ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanGolden Gate Bakery's mooncake.Today is the date of the Moon Festival, and chances are, you've already been given or re-gifted at least one mooncake, which is still sitting on your kitchen counter, wrapped in its hermetically sealed plastic packet, where it will keep for another m ... More >>
I get foodstuffs regularly with packaging ranging from non-existent to pretty boxes tied up in a bow, but the packaging for Coco-Zen's Truffles-To-Go made me wish I didn't have to taste the contents. The Pacifica company's truffles come in a stainless steel tiffin which just screams "gift." ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. Ancient Grains. The Bay Citizen conducted an e-mail interview with Tartine's Chad Robertson, who's been taking trips to Denmark to learn how to bake with ancient varieties of rye an ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Fair Trade Is Not Always Fair. The coffee blog Sprudge sent me to this disturbing story in Canada's National Post: A decade-long study of Nicaraguan coffee farmers by University o ... More >>
Jesse HirschShake it: Ethan Terry.The ever-present guys behind Stag Dining took a step backwards Saturday morning at the Wake Up the World brunch, letting the cause du jour take center stage. The meal, a benefit for Oakland-based Fair Trade USA, allowed guests a chance to hear about all the f ... More >>
Aaron Grobler/Stag DIning GroupStag Dining Group's Wake Up the World Brunch Where: Hub SoMa, 901 Mission (at Fifth St.), 624-5881 When: Sat., May 14, 10 a.m. Cost: $100 The rundown: In celebration of World Fair Trade Day, the altruists at Stag Dining Group are hosting a brunch at design ... More >>
A hangar-ful of airlines is facing a class-action lawsuit filed in San Francisco that alleges an "international conspiracy" to fix prices and bilk travelers.The suit was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court by San Francisco resident Caroline Joy, who is represented by the law firm Moscone Embli ... More >>
Cyclists jumping lights and drivers blocking bike lanes need to get cited.
Fair is good, but free is better.Hey, it's free chocolate day! Indulge in the sweet life today at Fog City News (455 Market at First St.), where free samples of Divine fair trade chocolate will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Savvy chocolate fans might remember the Divine giveaways in S.F. a ... More >>
Promise you won't smudge the handrail of your BART car.Didja get your free Bay Bridge broken hot dog yesterday at Zog's? Still hungry for schwag? This evening, samples of Divine Chocolate will be handed out at a number of BART stations: from 4 to 8 p.m. at Montgomery in S.F., and from 5 to 7 ... More >>
Daniel KramerT. Boone PickensAs Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens hits San Francisco tonight in his ongoing tour promoting a curtailing of foreign oil imports and a bolstering of domestic clean energy (in which he is invested to the gills), a long, strange article about Pickens' long, strange trip h ... More >>
If physicians really cared about our health, they'd drop their iron wall against immigrant doctors
Leaders should ignore the temptation to over-regulate energy policy and let competition reign
Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?
What's stealing and what's not, in "Pirated: A Post Asian Perspective"
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Morena at Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe
Executives involved in outsourcing U.S. jobs should also become involved in sponsoring CA schools
"Kucinich is, like, The normal laws of physics don't apply to me.'"
Finding a hidden gem in a Chinese restaurant
Bay Area motorists pay the highest gas prices in the state
Major oil companies are gobbling up independent gas station operators, all in the name of greed
League of Filipino Students
Anarchy Through Government (and Vice Versa)
Conservatives Help Fund Anti-WTO Rally
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