It's hard to overstate how much the politics of sexuality have changed in the past 20 years. In the 1980s and '90s, coming out of the closet was a radical act. In 2011, gay men and lesbians are so cute and cuddly and downright marketable in popular culture that even Archie and Jughead hang out with ... More >>
We all know that flying is a painful experience -- the security lines and baggage fees, capped off by the overall unpleasantness of your fellow travelers. To make matters worse, we're tossing free money at the airports to help fund our utterly miserable experiences. USA Today found that in 2010, ... More >>
The only thing more entertaining than lamenting the very loud roar of the Blue Angels is the hate you earn for doing so. On Friday, we penned a diatribe against the "seagulls from hell" interrupting newsroom activity at the SF Weekly office from our front-row seat of the deafening Fleet Week ... More >>
Bill SitzmannToday sees the stateside release of the Arcade Fire's third full-length album, The Suburbs, which supposedly kicks ass. Not having heard it, I will instead ruminate on another album about suburbs: Read Music/Speak Spanish, the first and only record by Omaha's Desaparecidos. The ye ... More >>
Mother Nature Fights BackAs noted earlier on this page, San Francisco today launches a large-scale test of a new parking system whereby pavement-embedded sensors communicate with each other, a central computer, and parking meters in order to be able to raise prices when empty spaces become scarce ... More >>
At ease, soldierOn Thursday, the U.S. military announced that it plans to be less dickish about enforcing the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy that prohibits gay people from serving in the armed forces. I'm not sure why this new plan is supposed to be exciting. The gist of it seems to say, "He ... More >>
By John GeluardiThe Chevron Corporation has exposed its pestilent underbelly by hiring William J. Haynes II, a Department of Defense attorney who compiled lists of violent interrogation techniques for shadowy U.S. detention centers. Chevron hired Haynes on as its chief corporate council in April ... More >>
As giant robots transform all around us (!), it's good to know Michael Bay won't ever change
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.
Sir! No Sir! recounts the GIs who refused to ride the killing machine
The role of oil in U.S. policy: A new documentary goes behind the headlines
Napkins, chopsticks, and teapots bring a Japanese internment camp to life
Anti-war activists ignored Saddam Hussein's horrendous crimes against ordinary Iraqis. Do they have anything -- beyond anti-Bush demonstrations -- to offer the oppressed in Iran and Syria?
Is it real or is it magic? Decide at the S.F. Documentary Film Festival.
One Window looks beautiful and makes us think, but its emotions fail to stick
Things we were obsessing about on Dec. 15, 2004
Gallery goes game-crazy
An unfond look back at Freedom Toast, TV jingoes, and a pro-war bully called Tony Hall
The Pentagon claims gays who serve openly undermine the force, but a local researcher's evidence says otherwise. Could his work help President Bush make life better for gay soldiers than it ever was under Clinton?
Mel Gibson stars in The Patriot
Military to Form PC Corps
Thousands of Filipinos fought and spied and suffered and died under American command to help us win World War II. The U.S. government says the soldiers who survived -- now elderly, often living in poverty -- aren't worthy of military benefits. Four storie