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Posts published by “Fred Gardner”

‘Reefer Madness’ In Mexico

The conventional wisdom is that marijuana prohibition was first imposed early in the 20th century in the southwestern United States by sheriffs seeking to increase…

Last Call At The Vapor Room

As the sun was going down over Twin Peaks on the last day of July, two staffers took down the Vapor Room sign. Handpainted and…

The Arraignment Of Jose Gutierrez

“Not guilty,” said Jose Gutierrez on Friday, July 13, when Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu asked how he was pleading to the felony charge of assaulting…

An Irreplaceable Man

Alexander Cockburn, the most incisive political journalist of our time died on Friday, July 19. The cause was cancer. We were friends for many years.…

Issa v. Holder

All my life I would have felt for the Black man trying to maintain his dignity while being snapped at by a vicious Caucasian who…

What Cassie Sees

The corporados have their deadly Predators and Reapers, but declassed workers in the East Bay are developing a Cassandra drone that is capable — at…

Last Waltz Out-Takes

In 1976 The Band staged a farewell-to-the-road concert, “The Last Waltz,” at Winterland in San Francisco. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and…

The Vioxx Settlement

Q: Who killed more Americans —al Qaeda crashing airplanes into the World Trade Center, or Merck push­ing Vioxx? A: Merck, by a factor of 18.…

Fifteen Years After 215

Occasionally the iron heel comes down on people who are widely respected and/or have the resources and will to fight back effectively.  “The feds have…

Feds Ain’t Lovin It

For many years the relationship between the federal government and the jurisdictions that decided to tax and regulate cannabis was essentially "don't ask, don't tell." This discreet arrangement ended in the winter of 2010-11 when Oakland's plan to license four huge indoor grows became national news.

The Working Class Stranger

“Carl Oglesby dies at 76; led Students for a Democ­ratic Society,” was the headline on the obit in the LA Times. The description of SDS…

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