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    In an act of radical candor or radical thirst for attention, a passel of New York Times columnists have simultaneously declared themselves “wrong” on a variety of issues. There was a running gag on Happy Days in which auto mechanic Arthur Fonzarelli — “The Fonz” to his friends — was physically unable to form...
    The polarization of American politics, a trend that began long before Donald Trump ran for president, isn’t running out of steam. If anything, it’s accelerating. Last month it got a boost from a new source: a conservative Supreme Court majority pushing hot-button issues back to the states — abortion, gun control and environmental regulation, with...
    President Gavin Newsom? California’s governor repeatedly insists that he’s not interested. “I don’t know how many times you can say no in ways that others don’t say no,” he told one journalist who asked the question recently.” “Yeah, I mean, I have sub-zero interest,” Newsom told another. “It’s not even on my radar.” That’s what...
    To encourage us to think about the unthinkable, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sets a Doomsday Clock, showing how close humanity is (in metaphorical seconds) to the “midnight” of apocalypse. California now needs an Independence Clock, showing how close we are to that seemingly unthinkable moment when our state might depart the United States,...
    Goodbye, legal right to abortion. Goodbye, separation of church and state. Goodbye, commonsense gun laws. Goodbye, Miranda rights. And that’s just the beginning. With a fundamentalist, conservative Supreme Court majority in charge, brace yourselves for the possibility of the end of so many civil rights we take for granted: privacy, contraception, in vitro fertilization, gay marriage, interracial marriage. This...
    In the latest chronicles of Big Tech’s most contentious tycoon — Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, founder of SpaceX and self-described “free speech absolutist” — the illusion of a populist hero is flickering. Earlier this month, several workers at SpaceX were fired after issuing a letter criticizing Musk for his online antics, labeling him...
    As voters prepare for a November runoff election for the only contested seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, last year’s troubling appointment of the current officeholder still hangs in legal limbo. David Brown was appointed in November 2021 to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to complete the term of his boss, Wilma...
      Coming of age in the 1970s and ’80s, a kid took in a fair number of public service messages. Smokey Bear warned that only you could help prevent forest fires (if only this were entirely true). An actor dressed up as a Native American shed a single tear to get people to stop littering...
    “Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break? Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake?” — Bruce Springsteen, “Last To Die” And once again: Why? It’s the question we always find ourselves asking in moments like this, the understanding we always seek as bodies lay strewn and the air is rent by shrieks...
    They dedicated their lives to a gospel that says that every human being is made in the image of God. They dedicated their lives to a creed that commands one to look out for the marginalized, the vulnerable. The last shall be first. The meek shall inherit the Earth. And yet when allegations of sexual...
    The Capitol is agog about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration that California will have a nearly $100 billion budget surplus. “You’ve never seen a number like this,” Newsom told reporters as he unveiled his revised 2022-23 budget proposal. Nearly half of the surplus must, by law, go to schools. The governor and legislative leaders are now busily...
    Think about those innocent children in Texas, and don’t let them out of your mind. Think about their shock and fear as the gunman opened fire. Think about their suffering, their little bodies on the floor of the elementary school, the sirens, the screams. Think about their parents, hoping, praying, waiting in agony. Think about the brothers...
    Just another day in America. Mass shootings have become so common — along with the reflexive partisan response — we now assign them to specific subcategories: The ones that targeted Blacks, Latinos, Jews or people of Asian descent. The ones on college campuses. The ones in office buildings. It helps us more easily sort the...
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