November, 2010

CIRM's Politics of Personal Enrichment

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

NOV. 28, 2010 Newspaper report exposes exorbitant salaries at state stem cell agency but understates waste and scientific failure By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the $3 billion state stem cell agency created by Proposition 71 in 2004, has made front-pag...

PG&E Storm Workers

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Katy Grimes: The recent dumping of snow and rain on Northern California left more than 20,000 people in Nevada, El Dorado, Placer, Yuba and Sierra Counties without power. The reports have been all over the news. And many people have had to resort to the PG&E Electrical System Outage Map... if t...

I'm Not Flying!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

John Seiler: Fortunately, California is such a beautiful state that there's no reason to leave anyway, except to get a job. So I'm staying put until the fascist TSA stops treating passengers like concentration camp inmates. Here's the latest: If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner th...

S. Mateo DA vs. TSA Gropers

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

John Seiler: In this video, San Mateo D.A. Steve Wagstaffe says he will prosecute TSA officials if they sexually abuse passengers: Nov. 18, 2010...

Folsom Prison Museum Free!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: Until Nov. 24, that is. But yeah: admission to the Folsom Prison Museum is free (it's normally $2 -- no checks!). According to an official state Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation press release, this generosity is to celebrate "130 years of Public Safety, Notoriety and C...

Studying Death By Caltrain

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: Those feeling much too good about themselves ought to take a gander at this incredibly fascinating/depressing new study from the San Jose State University-based Mineta Transportation Institute on people who kill themselves by commuter train (click here for the abstract and here f...