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WHO OWNS THE NEW SF?

This week, former Bay Guardian editor and publisher Tim Redmond published an epic investigation on his 48Hills site showing that up to 39 percent of new luxury condos in San Francisco are owned as investments by out-of-towners, puncturing the myth that unfettered market-rate housing development will help with the city's affordability crisis. See www.48hills.org for more.Read more »

Democracy is stalled

Corporate cash flows in this election while federal campaign finance reform flounders

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By Emily Dugdale

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Progressive groups are calling the recent US Senate vote on the Democracy for All Amendment — a constitutional amendment seeking to end corporations' right to spend unlimited cash to influence elections — a "historic step forward" and "a critical and positive step," although it failed to win the two-thirds vote needed for approval.Read more »

Project Censored 2014

Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media

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joe@sfbg.com

Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn't told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism. Earth's self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity's CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather consequences.Read more »

Flowers on The Rock

@Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz" highlights contemporary struggles for freedom of expression

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rebecca@sfbg.com

Follow Ai WeiWei on Instagram, and you'll see many photographs of flowers. The internationally renowned Chinese artist has a morning ritual of placing a bouquet of flowers into the basket of a bicycle locked outside his Beijing studio. It's a delicate protest, performed "every morning until I regain the right to travel freely," he explained via Twitter in November 2013, when he began the practice.Read more »

Flooding the streets

Climate movement's big day raises hopes and questions

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In New York City's Times Square on a muggy, gray Sunday afternoon at the historic People's Climate March, everything went silent for a minute as a massive crowd, led by indigenous people from around the world, raised fists in the air to support communities suffering the harshest effects of climate change.

In this canyon of glittering commerce, surrounded by corporate icons such as Chase Bank, Bank of America, Gap, McDonald's, and Dow Jones, the silent coalition then burst into a thunderous crescendo meant to symbolize action and demand climate justice.Read more »

Head First

SEX ISSUE Our new sex columnist Krissy Eliot on "sexological bodyworkers," anal massage, and surprising erotic sessions.

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HEAD FIRST I never liked anything in my ass until I spent a couple hours with Charlie Glickman. I met him at a party in Oakland while I was complaining about 20-something guys and their tendency to try to spear my anus with their dicks. Having spent most of my life in suburban America, I was only exposed to boys who had nothing but Internet porn and impatience, so even though I'd been interested in trying butt stuff, I never had the opportunity. I was close to giving up hope.Read more »

Sex in the Matrix

Virtual reality porn is coming soon, whether we're ready or not for its many implications

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joe@sfbg.com

In the future, humankind will get down and dirty with pixelated playmates. And that future is nearer than one might think.

A year or so from now, the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset and other similar devices will hit the market. For the price of an Xbox, you can slip a pair of bulky goggles around your face, pop on surround-sound headphones and find yourself in a near photo-realistic world of electronic imagination.Read more »

Water with a price tag

Prop. 1 opponents line up against funding for new dams

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Rebecca@sfbg.com

At the tail end of a dry, dusty summer, California continues to weather the effects of an extraordinary drought.

Wildfires have swept through forestlands in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Mendocino County, and near Yosemite recently, making for smoky skies and glaring red sunsets. Meanwhile, shrinking reservoirs have prompted the state to issue formal crackdowns on watering lawns and washing cars.Read more »

Deadly gamble

Local media stoked BART's dangerous union-bashing strategy, new report finds

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joe@sfbg.com

As BART management and unions were locked in dysfunctional contract negotiations that would result in two strikes and two deaths last year, the district and the media scoffed at workers safety concerns and waged a media campaign demonizing the unions. Now, a new report commissioned by the district calls that strategy a horrible mistake.Read more »

Still not sharing

Airbnb slammed at city hearing for not paying taxing or cooperating with proposed regulations

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As controversial legislation to legalize and regulate Airbnb and other short-term housing rental services operating in San Francisco headed for another contentious City Hall hearing on Sept. 15, the San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector's Office quietly unveiled new policies and mechanisms for hosts to finally start paying long-overdue local taxes on their rentals.Read more »