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Beth Winegarner
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My first piece for Vice: "Beagle claims that Cochran is capitalizing on the lasting popularity of The Last Unicorn and defaming the 76-year-old author by suggesting his mental state was "deteriorating." Cochran shot back in Oakland court last week, saying Beagle's girlfriend, Peggy Carlisle, has been abusing him for years and that attorney Kathleen Hunt is trying to usurp Cochran as Beagle's manager. No matter who's right, it seems someone is exploiting Beagle."
Peter S. Beagle claims his manager stole revenue, dragged him through exhausting publicity tours, and once made him personally sign 5,000 apology notes when he cancelled a series of appearances.
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Our culture is based in individualism and self-determination, in the belief that everyone can make it if they try hard enough. It’s an incredibly hopeful, optimistic belief, but it’s also toxically wrong. Nobody gets anywhere without help, and plenty of people need lots of it. But it gets tricky trying to help people who are addicted or mentally ill, because many will refuse, even if that’s the only way they can hope to get better. Most homeless don’t choose to be homeless. But some will reject the very things that could get them out of it. How do we help when doing so might mean making choices for someone else, even if they don’t want us to? I don’t know the answer. But it’s a question worth asking.
One day when my daughter was a baby, I was walking around San Francisco’s Westfield shopping center with her in a baby carrier when we passed a man dozing on the rim of a large potted plant. He was older, a bit disheveled, sitting in a wheelchair with his head resting on his arms like …
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This same toxic "bootstraps" culture has long been a problem for the disabled - and it's no coincidence that many disabled people are homeless.
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Lycus abandoned its native Sacramento for Oakland several years ago because the city didn't have enough bands or dedicated venues to sustain a metal scene....
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Lycus did a great set at California Deathfest last year. I'll have to check out the new album!
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"Women keep being told that being overwhelmed and overworked and not having any time to ourselves can be solved with scheduling ju-ju and productivity magic and religious self-care because they’re individual problems. They’re not. This is our collective reality and that’s how we need to start addressing it. Collectively."
There are no how-to tutorials or brilliant time hacks that will hack the system in which women are expected to be outrageously successful careerists AND work a second shift of child-rearing and household responsibilities AND put in a third shift of bringing sexy back AND find 30 extra hours a week in which to do leisure properly.
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I have several copies of my book "The Columbine Effect" left over from the Legion of Steel Metalfest & Conference, and I also have a Square reader. If you haven't gotten one yet and would like to buy one from me directly, let me know and I can take either cash or credit card. :) (Click through to find out more about the book). 
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Please consider kicking in for Double Union's fundraiser: Many, many creative spaces have been pushed out of San Francisco. After two years operating in the heart of the city’s Mission District, Double Union was almost one those casualties. Last month, we and the other non-profit tenants of the historic Fog Building on Valencia St. were evicted so the new landlord could renovate the building. We weren't planning to move anytime soon and we had to act fast to save our beloved hackerspace.

We were lucky enough to find a new location in the Portero Hill neighborhood, not far from San Francisco’s growing Dogpatch. It’s much larger, fully ADA compliant, and its industrial location will allow us to work on bigger, noisier projects. The downside is that the rent is much more expensive. At $3,500 per month, it's more than double what we were paying before the move. Although we have plans to stabilize our finances, we need short-term help!
A hacker/maker space for women in San Francisco | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Until recently, there wasn’t much call for music writers to sharpen these particular skills. For the most part, victims of sexual assault or harassment in the music world kept quiet. Now that their stories are beginning to come out, writers accustomed to turning out reviews and features might be reluctant to tackle such claims because they fear making mistakes. But those fears can prevent important information from getting out — and can keep long-silent voices from being heard.
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Real-life courts — civil courts, at least — have a lot less yelling, defendant-shaming and gavel-banging (in fact, gavels are rare; more on that later), but they’re not without their drama. It’s just that the theatrics are more complicated and more subtle. Less Donald Trump, more Barack Obama. They’re also full of surprises. Here are a few:
I’ve logged a “People’s Court” (the original series!) worth of hours sitting in courtrooms over the past three years, mo…
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Glad you liked it, +Hans Andersen :)
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I've seen a number of posts recently linking to articles regarding a supposed link between the larvicide pyriproxyfen and the increased rates of birth defects in South America. Many of these have been followed by the question, "Why aren't major news outlets reporting this?" Here's why:

The sole source of any information about this "link" is from a group called Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva, or ABRASCO, which has been translated into English as Physicians In Crop-Sprayed Towns. They released a study earlier this month claiming that the rise in microcephaly came after some South American countries began including pyriproxyfen in their drinking water, and that the larvicide was causing the birth defects. 

By all means, doctors can take political positions against chemicals they believe pose public health concerns (and this one is a full-on lobbying group -- according to their website, they've held events that more than 7,500 legislators attended). But when they release the results of their "research," these studies should be regarded with the same skepticism as any other information provided by any other lobbying group or group with a specific political agenda. There is a strong taint of bias in such information. That's why, say, Natural News and GM Watch are reporting on it but the AP and New York Times aren't. 

All that said, the local government in Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the south of Brazil, suspended the use of pyriproxyfen over the weekend. The irony is that countries began including this larvicide in water supplies to reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes -- which are known to carry the Zika virus, which is, at this point, the strongest contender for the culprit behind the increase in microcephaly.
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I wrote some really sad news today.
San Francisco poet and writer Justin Chin is being taken off life support today after suffering a massive stroke last week, according to friends. Fellow...
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I don’t fault Kleiner Perkins for doing everything it could to cast doubt on Pao’s version of events. After all, she sought more than $100 million in damages; a lot of money, even for a wealthy venture capital company. The problem is that they were able to pull it off. They could do it because we live in a culture where it’s too easy to cast doubt on a woman’s version of events. We live in a culture where she can say she was pressured and tricked into a relationship but others will say she participated willingly. In consumer-protection law, it’s illegal for a product’s label to lie about what’s inside; it’s considered false advertising, even fraud. But when one person does this to another, and they buy into it, many call it consent.
One of the central stories of Ellen Pao’s gender bias trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was her affair with…
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The results of the Ingress demographic survey are up. Thanks to everyone who participated and/or shared it!
As I was researching my piece last month called “How To (Accidentally) Build A More Female-Friendly Game,” I realized th…
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+Kiley Goyette, no specific advice. Feel free to replicate my questions or tweak them to better suit your purposes. Or do something else entirely. :) Would love to see the results you get. 
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the Guardian (but not the Bay Guardian), the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). Find out more at www.bethwinegarner.com.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
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