Archive for February, 2016

Turns Out that Donald Trump’s Vaunted Personal Jet Came from a Bankrupt Mexican Airline – But Look at All that GOLD!

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Take the tour:

And then compare Air Trump One with Air Force One.

And then watch as this quite narrow narrow-body airliner bounces from one bankrupt airline to another.

That’s not too baller, huh?

And Donald, Rolls Royce jet engines have NOTHING to do with luxury cars. I’ve never heard anybody ever make this connection, AAMOF. RR engines are no more or less “luxurious” than anything from GE or Pratt & Whitney or anywhere else.

Basically, what this long since out of production 757 is is a super Boeing 737. That means that it has a narrow width (which comes from a decision made in the 1950’s with the ancient 707) by today’s standards. Donald could have gone with a used 767 widebody, as other billionaires do. Of course, there’d be some downsides with this decision, but it would have been the ballier choice, one that would have been made by a baller. (And if you wanted to go fishing in some small out of the way place, you could have a small, regular corporate jet.)

And oh yes, you’ll never ever be President, Donald Trump, despite what people say.

Play us out, actual baller jet:

It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and Others

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:


(I think this one is from shanand.)

But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.

But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.

Oh well.

Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling Super Bust 50.” See?

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“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro.  But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50.  From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants.  The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions.  Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.”   Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco.  Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”

Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.

I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”

This was his reaction:

“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”

And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.

Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.

Oh well.

Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.

Oh well

At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…

*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.

Here’s How “Tech” is Going to “Give Back” to Frisco: BY SPYING ON OUR GARBAGE – Will “Bin Sensors” Come to YOUR Recycling?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Here you go, STARTUP IN RESIDENCE (STIR) is a small federal pork program designed to bring together government and startups to explore ways to use technology to make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.

Per this program, one of our “CIVIC NEEDS” is a way for SFGov to:

…track waste disposal more efficiently and effectively and optimize waste collection by using optical or weight measuring sensor technologies…

For better or worse. (Call it the grbg.SPY! 1.0 app, if you want.)

Compare that with this “world-class” plan from 2008:

Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents’ trash to make sure pizza crusts aren’t mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And if residents or businesses don’t separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.

Sadly, the Comments section for this article has been lost in the sands of time, but the reaction was pretty fierce, IIRC. Then the proposed fine for regular citizens got marked down to parking ticket territory and then, like many SFGov trial balloons, it simply went away.

So what we’ve had the past eight years is an education / nagging program, which, per STIR, has “stagnated.”

Last I heard, San Francisco was going to be sending zero (0) tons of garbage to landfills by the year 2020. ZeroWaste or Zero Waste they call it. Now, is this possible? IDK, sure. It’s improbable IRL, but certainly not impossible.

But let’s review. Is STIR pork-barrel spending? Hell yes. Is it lean and mean? No, not at all. (Just click to the next page to see a host of SFGov-types listed.)

But judge for yourself, Gentle Reader.

*Compare that with VisionZero, the plan to magically eliminate all transportation injuries in San Francisco starting in 2024 and continuing forever. That’s just not going to happen.



Friday, February 26th, 2016

I can’t think of a subject I know less about than art of the Islamic world in the 16th through 18th centuries, but check it out – this short, well-produced video is MESMERIZING:

Look at all the baubles for The Man With The Golden Gun. Bling bling! It’s as if Faberge made guns instead of eggs…

Of course, most of the exhibit is beyond my ken, but look what these people are saying:

‘Pearls on a String’ provides a glimpse of Islamic arts by Janos Gereben SF Performing Arts Examiner

Poets, Patrons and Artists at the Islamic Courts posted By Emily Wilson

Art: Pearls of the Orient by Jonathan Curiel

Now you’re up-to-speed.

Curator Qamar Adamjee introducing the exhibit with AAA Director Jay Xu:

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And here’s the geography:

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I’ll post some photos next week. In the meantime, see you there!

Pearls On a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin, 10AM – 5PM Daily, Closed Mondays, Open Late on Thursdays

It’s Come To This: Privatized School Buses – KIDZJET – As Seen Double Parking on Fell Street

Friday, February 26th, 2016

You’d think a transportation company called kidsJET would use actual jets, but here’s what the fleet looks like:

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$280 per month per kid? Oh. Uber or Lyft or Shuddle might be cheaper, non?

I have notes.

Welcome to San Francisco. So like you can’t double-park on Fell Street in the Western Addition, right? I mean, it’s like our substitute Freeway To The West, right? What you can do is go around the block. Sorry.

Also, one of the reasons why CBS made this…

60 Minutes II 15-Passenger Van rollover report

…is due to some vans having too much rear overhang.. Your comic here shows the half-assed Chrysler / Ford approach that increased rollover risk.

I don’t think you can market safety with this style of van. Sorry. If anybody is still operating this kind of van, they should take out the last row and not put anything else there – just leave it empty is what I’m saying…

Anyway, I’ve never seen this company before.

“Fuller House” is Upon Us and This Giant Bus Ad is the Proof

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Fuller House begins today on Netflix.

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Word on the Street, Tent-Filled Division Street, 94103 [Mildly NSFW]

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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KremlinWatch, 94102 – One Amazing Gif Shows Our Board of Supervisors 2015 v. 2016 – Photoshoptopia!

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Via SFist comes news of larger-than-life Aaron Peskin being ‘Shopped into last year’s official photo of the BOS. (You might need to click on the image to get the gif going, or maybe click here.)


Wow, man.

Just wow.

Some ideas are bad ideas…

Oh, “DOG MANAGEMENT RULE BOUNDARY” Means “NO DOGS ALLOWED” AT ALL on Ocean Beach in the Sunset? Oh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying

Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:


Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:


Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:


Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:


Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:


Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…


…but it’s real easy IRL.

Here we go, Ocean Beach again:


There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.


But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…


…haven’t really worked…

Proposed Figure 8 for Twin Peaks: Let’s See if SFGov’s Half-Ass Overgoverning is Better than Its Half-Ass Undergoverning

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

“No offense Homer, but your half-ass under-parenting was a lot more fun than your half-ass over-parenting.”

Joe Kukura does a good job here of explaining our SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project.

Losing one lane of traffic should be no problem, but I don’t know where our tourists will be able to park after the SFMTA gets through.

They kind of make things up on their own now.

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The fourth of July is prolly the busiest day of the year up here, for the fogworks shows you might be able to see some years

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Rec and Park has no idea what it’s doing, as you can see, as per usual. What did they do, just put up some signs and walk away?

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Anyway, that’s the update from the Wild West…

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