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Polyvinyl Record Co. has announced the release of I Need You Bad , a compilation that focuses on the Bay Area garage scene. A blend of both emerging and established Bay Area bands (and a few friends from the further reaches of the West...
Polyvinyl Record Co. has announced the release of I Need You Bad , a compilation that focuses on the Bay Area garage scene. A blend of both emerging and established Bay Area bands (and a few friends from the further reaches of the West coast), the compilation is curated by Sonny Smith . I Need You Bad will contain tracks by Warm Soda , Burnt Ones , Jessica Pratt and Cool Ghouls , with artwork by Shannon and the Clams and Hunx and his Punxs Shannon Shaw. Read MoreBlog: The Bay BridgedRelated: Rodan rarities compilation to be released2013 VANS WARPED TOUR COMPILATION TO BE RELEASED JUNE 4, 2013Mariah Carey New Album To Be Released On July 23Preview Zedds Stay the Night to be released on the deluxe edition of ClarityThe 7th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival to Be Held September 24-30 in San Francisco and Oakland
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Filed under: Inflation, Unemployment Rate, Global Economy, Federal Reserve, EconomyAP, Charles DharapakFederal Reserve Board Vice Chair Janet Yellen President Obama nominated Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Federal Reserve's Board of Gov...
Filed under: Inflation, Unemployment Rate, Global Economy, Federal Reserve, EconomyAP, Charles DharapakFederal Reserve Board Vice Chair Janet Yellen President Obama nominated Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, to be the next chairperson of the Federal Reserve Wednesday, a choice that comes as little surprise to Fed watchers after former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers bowed out of the running last month. But what will Yellen's appointment as the first woman to lead the U.S. central bank mean for the financial lives of ordinary Americans? To get an idea of how she'll steer the ship that is the U.S. economy once she takes her seat as Fed chair, let's take a look at what she has already done. 1. Yellen Has Strong Professional Clout Yellen has plenty of experience with the Fed. She was appointed vice chair in 2010, but before that, she served as president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank from 2004 to 2010 and was on the Fed's Board of Governors from 1994 to 1997. In addition to an academic career that included teaching stints at Harvard, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics, Yellen served as the leader of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton from 1997 to 1999. Her work at the Fed began in the 1970s, when she worked as a researcher there. As Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin said of Yellen earlier this year, "She's a very good economist; she has long experience in the Fed system. ... She is a completely sound candidate." 2. Yellen Helped Design the Fed's Most Recent Policy Tools In the investing world, the Fed's most well-known actions have been its efforts to stimulate the economy through policies like its quantitative-easing programs, which keep long-term rates down and encourage higher levels of economic activity. Yellen was an important contributor to exploring and implementing these unprecedented actions in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. You can expect her to continue to push hard to ensure that the economic recovery continues and supports greater job growth and overall prosperity for Americans. 3. Yellen Has Been an Insightful Economic Prognosticator Part of the Fed's job is to predict future economic conditions, and Yellen has an impressive track record on that front. A recent Wall Street Journal analysis found that Yellen scored best among 14 Fed officials, with particularly good predictions about the future direction of inflation and the labor market. As early as 2005, she identified the housing market's rise as a possible bubble and avoided the mistake of thinking the subprime mortgage crisis in 2006 and 2007 wouldn't balloon into something larger. She sounded an early warning about the potential for the broad-based recession that eventually materialized. 4. Yellen Will Likely Emphasize Creating Jobs Over Fighting Inflation The Fed has a dual mandate to keep unemployment levels low while also making sure inflation doesn't sap the purchasing power of the wages that Americans earn, or the investments savers hold. Yellen is viewed as being more focused on the Fed's role in promoting job creation, which dovetails with assertions from analysts that she's more likely to continue the Fed's current monetary policies until job gains become more robust. Yellen hasn't shown indifference to inflation, though. She helped establish the Fed's current 2 percent target for annual consumer-price increases, helping to make the Fed's thought process concerning inflation more transparent. That view stood in opposition to former Fed chief Alan Greenspan, who believed that eliminating inflation entirely should be the Fed's goal, but Yellen produced and gathered research to support her findings. Nevertheless, some experts remain nervous about Yellen's commitment to controlling inflation, especially if that goal were to conflict with the mandate for employment growth. 5. Expect Her to Keep Seeking Greater Regulation Over Financial Comp
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
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Authorities this morning identified the woman's body that was found in the San Francisco General Hospital stairwell as 57-year-old Lynne Ford, who went by Lynne Spalding, a patient who had gone ...
Authorities this morning identified the woman's body that was found in the San Francisco General Hospital stairwell as 57-year-old Lynne Ford, who went by Lynne Spalding, a patient who had gone ...
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Madrid-based design studio (fos) used yellow tape and paint to create the illusion of a yellow triangle of light emanating from a lamp in this clever installation outside a Madrid restaurant. via CJWHO, DesignTAXI
Madrid-based design studio (fos) used yellow tape and paint to create the illusion of a yellow triangle of light emanating from a lamp in this clever installation outside a Madrid restaurant. via CJWHO, DesignTAXI
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Read the rest of David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS] Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA Homes Tours, AIA SF, architecture and the city festival, da...
Read the rest of David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS] Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA Homes Tours, AIA SF, architecture and the city festival, david baker, energy positive, Green Building, leed for homes, LEED platinum, net zero, passive house, San Francisco, Sustainable Building, Zero Cottage
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"What's the T" is a new 65-minute documentary by filmmaker Cecilio Asuncion. It profiles 5 trans women, 4 of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area while one is in New York City. They seem to all be in their 20s (except for one who's mo...
"What's the T" is a new 65-minute documentary by filmmaker Cecilio Asuncion. It profiles 5 trans women, 4 of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area while one is in New York City. They seem to all be in their 20s (except for one who's more mid-late 30s), are all very femme presenting and, in some way, have connections to drag or ballroom performance. The promotion materials for the film read as follows: "These women represent normality and abnormality, seamlessly, in their daily efforts to achieve a balance of feminine and masculine;" and"This film is not about middle-aged husbands wrangling strained marriages for the sake of identity. It's not about teenagers looking for identity or toddlers embraced by progressive families. And it's not about loners seeking medical solace. The ladies of What’s the T? are reality and self-assurance in identity."Got that? In other words, it's about a specific piece of the trans community which doesn't make it more representative of that community than any of the other genres of trans documentary from which it seems to be attempting to distance itself. Perhaps most importantly, it's a trans documentary made, written and produced by gay cis men. That the documentary is made by non-trans gay or lesbian filmmakers shouldn't come as a surprise. There are, in fact, only a handful of trans-themed documentaries actually made by people in the trans community. Most commonly, films about trans people are made by cis gay or lesbian filmmakers, presumably become of their assumed overlaps and connections to the trans community and its stories. As with every documentary, the subject matter is seen through the filmmaker and producer's lens: why did they choose this set of people to interview and what's the point they want to get across? The good news, in this case, is that the film focuses on several Asian trans women. There have been documentaries and films which have focused on Asian trans women's lives both in the US and overseas, but it's always good to see more. Asuncion, as a Filipino gay man himself, clearly has a specific viewpoint as to what part of the trans spectrum and community he's interested in. If they aren't pretty, aren't interested in a certain amount of glitz, makeup and clothes and don't frequently say the word "tranny"... he's not interested.The 5 women: Cassandra Cass, Rakash Armani, Nya Ampon, Vi Le, Mia tu Mutch, discuss their lives in relatively short snippets. There really aren't any long, thematic arcs in the film or showing them over prolonged periods of their lives or challenges. Several are dealing with school (including one who is pre med... a subject I'd have like to have seen expanded), one is a practical nurse (but we never see her doing her job) and performs in ballroom competitions in New York, one is a SF Youth Commissioner (but only gives a very cursory glance at what that job entails and why she was selected) and one who's a professional drag artist.Perhaps my biggest issue is with the inclusion of Cassandra Cass in this documentary. Cass is a raunchy, huge boobed, campy and entertaining interview... but she's hardly a new face or a new story. She's been in several other documentaries and "reality" tv shows (including some which, IMO, where highly insulting and objectifying views of the trans community). She lives in a gorgeous apartment in San Francisco's North Beach with million dollar views and talks about how her small dogs are her children (I found it offensive how she said most trans people don't have children... that's a huge piece of misinformation which does a disservice to the many trans parents in our community). The filmmaker interviews Harry Denton, a rather conservative, old school gay theme event promoter, who's Cassandra's boss for an overpriced Sunday drag show she does at one of SFs touristy hotels. In truth, by virtue of age and where she is in life, I couldn't help wondering why she was even interviewed in this documentary other than maybe the filmma
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For Slate, illustrator Jess Fink created a map called “United Sports of America” which attempts to answer the question: “If every state in the union had to choose an official sport, what would they pick?” The map ...
For Slate, illustrator Jess Fink created a map called “United Sports of America” which attempts to answer the question: “If every state in the union had to choose an official sport, what would they pick?” The map is interactive and a full list of each state’s sports is provided at Slate. Personally, I was particularly charmed that cornhole is listed as Ohio’s sport. Thanks Frank Jones!
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At 10:45 am on a recent Wednesday, two food service employees at John O’Connell High School added finishing touches to the 190 lunches that would soon be served. Local chefs working for Revolution Foods in Oakland prepared the food...
At 10:45 am on a recent Wednesday, two food service employees at John O’Connell High School added finishing touches to the 190 lunches that would soon be served. Local chefs working for Revolution Foods in Oakland prepared the food yesterday and then delivered it to the school this morning. “Today is barbecue chicken wraps and enchiladas with brown rice,” says Rosalina Navarroza who has been at John O’Connell for almost...
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EXCLUSIVE: CBS is teaming with Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois for a new crime drama project, this time more serialized. Titled Jigsaw, the project hails from Criminal Minds producer ABC Studios and Josh Schwartz...
EXCLUSIVE: CBS is teaming with Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois for a new crime drama project, this time more serialized. Titled Jigsaw, the project hails from Criminal Minds producer ABC Studios and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire. Written ans executive produced by Barrois, Jigsaw follows the intersecting lives of homicide detectives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the Media and the Mayor’s office as they work to solve the most scandalous crimes San Francisco has seen in decades. Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire President of Television Len Goldstein also executive produce. Both Fake Empire and Barrois are in the first year of overall deals at ABC Studios. This marks Fake Empire’s six sale, joining two dramas and two comedies at ABC and a teen drama penned by Diablo Cody at Fox. Barrois serves as executive producer on Criminal Minds, where she has been since 2010, and recently penned the veteran drama’ ninth-season premiere. Barrois, repped by WME and Felker Toczek, previously was an executive producer on the final season of ER and a co-executive producer on Third Watch where she worked for five seasons.
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