By: Mark Leon Goldberg on July 31, 2009 I’m in San Francisco at the moment—back to where it all began, you might say–and saw this headline in the San Francisco Examiner: “United Nations Could Help Replace 49ers.” Now, for readers not familiar with American sports, ’49ers’ refers to the San Francisco-based (American) football team, which were a dominant force in the late 1980s and 1990s. Contra the headline, Ban Ki Moon will not replace Joe Montana. Rather, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that a site once thought to be reserved for a new football stadium will now go to a new United Nations Global Compact center to study global warming. The San Francisco Chronicle says: “The 80,000-square-foot United Nations Global Compact Center will include office space for academics and scientists, an incubator to foster green tech start-ups, and a conference center.” A very nice get for the city that gave birth to the UN. Image of San Francisco 49ers engaging in a form of collective security, from Flikr user ravencrest.