Prison Gerrymandering: The new Three-fifths Compromise

Are free and fair elections too much to ask for? Thanks to partisan gerrymandering—and its ugly cousin, prison gerrymandering—the answer is often “yes.” High-stakes redistricting battles now underway will help...

Black Teacher Shortage: Experts blame underrepresentation in colleges and discrimination on the job

A growing body of research shows that Black students who have at least one Black teacher growing up are more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college...

Artsick: Rediscovering the creative impulse

Artsick is the new outfit fronted by guitarist and songwriter Christina Riley, the former leader of the Burnt Palms. Their debut album, Fingers Crossed, will be released at the...

Magical Murnau: BAMPFA showcases F.W. Murnau, one of films’ greatest directors

Even if F.W. Murnau had made no other films than Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, he would still be considered one of...

Integrating the Metaverse: The next phase of virtual and augmented reality in Bay Area...

  A few weeks ago I spoke with Kate Randle, public policy manager with Meta—formerly Facebook—on what she refers to as “the next phase of the internet.” Social media and...

Cannabis and Covid: Despite a recent study, the crazies are still wrong

In the weeks after lockdowns began as Covid-19 took hold in the United States, a bunch of crazies and charlatans began declaring that cannabis could “cure” covid. I wrote...

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 26

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Helen Hunt Jackson said that one component of happiness is “a little less time than you want.” Why? Because you always “have so many...

Protect The Franchise Model

An Inclusive Economy Means Opportunities for Business Ownership  America has always represented to me “the land of opportunity.” In 1964 I immigrated to America from China with $100 in my...
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The Best Crypto Casinos Online and Bitcoin Gambling Sites for Real Money

More and more online casinos are accepting cryptocurrencies these days, and with so many out there it’s hard to find a definitive list of the best crypto gambling sites. What...

Cousins Asian Street Food: Noodles abound in Kimberly Gamble’s Shattuck Avenue kitchen

Chef Kimberly Gamble opened Lucky Bird in 2019—before the pandemic moved into town. Located near the UC Berkeley campus, Gamble closed down the chicken-centric restaurant in 2021. “All the...

Magical Murnau: BAMPFA showcases F.W. Murnau, one of films’ greatest directors

Even if F.W. Murnau had made no other films than Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, he would still be considered one of the greatest directors of all...

Late Aster: New directions in classical rock

Late Aster is reinventing the way pop music is heard. The music the quartet produced on True and Toxic, their debut EP, breaks with convention by allowing the French horn and trumpet to play...

Made in China: A candid documentary peek inside the consumer-based ‘Chinese dream’

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), did a wonderful job of depicting the brave new world of large-scale manufacturing in the early 2000s, particularly in China, with its acres of space,...

Indelible Trax: The influence of late San Jose producer Traxamillion extends far beyond hyphy

The first time Demone Carter hung with Sultan Banks was at a high school backyard battle rap. By the time Banks walked in, Carter was already waist-deep in a slow-moving rap battle that had...

He Got His: The Chi-town lowdown on literary legend Nelson Algren

Who was the toughest of the tough-guy writers? Ernest Hemingway? Norman Mailer? B. Traven? James M. Cain? Samuel Fuller? David Goodis? Leonard Gardner? Mickey Spillane? Jim Thompson? James Ellroy? Hunter S. Thompson? None of the...

A Motionless Moue: Leaving the work of satire behind, ‘France’ morphs into an existential...

The star of Bruno Dumont’s France is not, as the trailer suggests, Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die). The French actress does appear in every frame of his two-hour-and-thirteen-minute movie, except for one strenuous,...
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