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9 Subtle Signs You Could Have a Heart Problem

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.<p>"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps …

Income Inequality

Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger

Google has backtracked on plans to ban sexually explicit images from its blogging platform Blogger, in the face of widespread opposition from users.<p>The company had initially announced a ban on “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video”, with just a few exceptions for content which offered …

Internet

Boy dies from box jellyfish sting in Thailand

The boy, who was French, died on Saturday evening after being stung by the jellyfish, regarded as one of the most poisonous creatures in the world.<p>According to the Bangkok Post, the attack happened on Had Kuad beach, also known as Bottle Beach. He died on the way to Phangan hospital.<p>Local police …

US schools to have non-white majority

<b>White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be in the minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.</b><p>According to official forecasts, enrolments for the 2014-15 school year will mark the threshold when ethnic minorities become the majority.<p>This demographic shift …

Demographics

How to Teach Kids About What's Happening in Ferguson

A crowdsourced syllabus about race, African American history, civil rights, and policing<p>When the unrest in Ferguson erupted, my husband made an observation that broke my heart: “The kids were supposed to start school today.”<p>For me, the perfume of synthetic fibers and freshly sharpened pencils …

5 disturbing stats on black-white inequality

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have laid bare America's ongoing racial divide.<p>One source of that tension is the large financial gap between black and white Americans.<p>The figures are staggering.<p>A typical black household has accumulated less than one-tenth of the wealth of a typical white one. …

The best worst president ever

<b>Editor’s Note: This classic 2014 column by Mark Morford is one of the most-read SFGate articles ever</b>.<p>“Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country,” declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting …

Samsung Factory Held Hostage And Robbed Of $6.5 Million In Tablets, Smartphones, And Notebooks

The heist took place during the factory's night shift, with some 200 Samsung employees still in the factory while criminals loaded up seven trucks with Samsung tablets, notebooks, and smartphones, according to ZDNet.<p>50 factory employees were held hostage during the heist, according to a Samsung …

Useless House GOP: No legislating, but plenty of “messaging”

John Boehner’s House has cut legislative staffers to focus on communications. But what aren’t they communicating?<p>Speaker Boehner's decision not to move immigration legislation through the House this year is the strongest demonstration yet of the New Truce: President Obama will go ahead and make …

Newly Discovered Wasp Literally Has Skeletons in Its Closet

A newly discovered wasp has been keeping a gruesome secret: It stuffs ant corpses into the walls of its home.<p>As far as scientists know, the behavior is unique in the animal kingdom. The new creature has been named <i>Deuteragenia ossarium</i>, or the "bone-house wasp," after the historical ossuaries piled …

Zoology

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about …

Olive Garden Is Evidence Of A Huge Problem In The Economy

One restaurant operator has just given us a small window into a huge problem with the American economy.<p>Darden Restaurants, the Orlando-based purveyor of sit-down food chains, announced its fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, revealing that some of its restaurants have done much better than others in …

The U.S. government wants to regulate Google Maps & all other car navigation apps

If the U.S. government has its way, the Transportation Department will have full oversight over apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.<p>The Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate all types of vehicle …

Mitt’s pathetic self-delusion: Why Romney will never be elected president

Mitt Romney’s purported comeback is capturing the hearts and minds of the media. Here’s why it’s absolutely insane<p>It is impossible to ignore the rumblings. Rolling in the streets, through the fields, across the mountains, down the rivers of this nation, there is a great shake. The air is different. …

7 worst right-wing moments of the week — Rick Perry takes homophobia to new heights

The Texas governor makes a startlingly offensive comment (even for him), while Pat Robertson goes off about guns<p><b>1. Rick Perry: Homosexuality = alcoholism. Same thing.</b><p>The Texas GOP unveiled an all-out crazy platform this week, which includes climate denialism, appointment rather than election of …

Comcast is turning your home router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot

If you're a Comcast cable customer, your home's private Wi-Fi router is being turned into a public hotspot.<p>It's potentially creepy and annoying. But the upside is Internet everywhere.<p>It's been one year since Comcast (CMCSA) started its monster project to blanket residential and commercial areas …

Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood

<b>Hawaii has a problem, one that the whole world is likely to face in the next 10 years. And the solution could be a metal that you've probably never heard of - vanadium.</b><p>Hawaii's problem is too much sunshine - or rather, too much solar power feeding into its electricity grid.<p>Generating electricity in …

Clean Energy

5 Tricks to Making a Really Excellent Burger

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>From cuts to fat content to seasoning, Cara is teaching you 5 simple</i> …

BBQ

This new Hubble image shows NGC 1566, a beautiful galaxy located approximately 40 million light-years away in the constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish). NGC 1566 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, meaning that while it does not have a well-defined bar-shaped region of stars at its center — like barred spirals — it is not quite an unbarred spiral either. The small but extremely bright nucleus of NGC 1566 is clearly visible in this image, a telltale sign of its membership of the Seyfert class of galaxies. The centers of such galaxies are very active and luminous, emitting strong bursts of radiation and potentially harboring supermassive black holes that are many millions of times the mass of the sun. NGC 1566 is not just any Seyfert galaxy; it is the second brightest Seyfert galaxy known. It is also the brightest and most dominant member of the Dorado Group, a loose concentration of galaxies that together comprise one of the richest galaxy groups of the southern hemisphere. This image highlights the beauty and awe-inspiring nature of this unique galaxy group, with NGC 1566 glittering and glowing, its bright nucleus framed by swirling and symmetrical lavender arms. This image was taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) in the near-infrared part of the spectrum. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Flickr user Det58

Facundo Exquisito Rum

When it comes to rum, there isn't a brand as well known as Bacardi, so when they decided to release a special line of aged sipping rums, it rose to …

How the conversation about reparations reveals the right’s twisted morality

Opponents of reparations argue that we’ve talked enough about race. But look at the way the GOP talks about it<p>Last month, John McWhorter penned a widely read rebuttal to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations.” Unlike many of the piece’s dissenters, McWhorter actually read …

It Wasn't Household Debt That Caused the Great Recession

It was how that debt was disproportionat<p>Why are nearly 10 million people still out of work today? Was it because in September 2008, the U.S. government failed to bail out the insolvent investment bank Lehmann Brothers? Was it because the two U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …

“You need to die”: Cliven Bundy and violent militias still terrorizing Utah, Nevada

Donald Sterling stole the spotlight, but the menace from Bundy’s supporters continues — and might be getting worse<p>When Cliven Bundy decided to share with America “one more thing I know about the Negro,” most people immediately assumed his 15 minutes of fame were up — particularly when Donald …