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Attention Media: Let’s Play the WHAT KIND OF BULLDOZER IS THIS Game – The Lexicon of Heavy Equipment

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Hello Media, you mythical monolith. Check it, this is NOT a “bulldozer.”

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So don’t call it that, m’kay? OK, so what is it IRL? Well, there are a lot of choices. How about loader or skid loader or skid steer loader or front loader (sort of) or front end loader (sort of)?

If you want, just email me your “bulldozer” photos and I’ll respond to give you the real name. Alternatively, you could ask somebody what that thing is called. Or you could use more generic terms like equipment or earth mover or vehicle or something like that.

(Also, try to be more careful when you’re talking about firearms and airplanes and other subjects you know nothing about.)

Don’t be so specific is what I’m saying

“Retired” SF Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Errs When Relating a Story About How He Errs – Let’s Go To The Videotape!

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Well, not really videotape. But anyway, here it is:

Let’s note a few things.

1. Uh, how many times does our Board of Supervisors issue a proclamation when somebody leaves the Chronicle? Who was behind this proclamation? Would most journalists be so proud to be honored for years of fawning coverage?

2. Did Supervisor John Avalos really go on a “rant?” And didn’t the topic have to do with Chuck, you know, purportedly, misquoting Avalos?

3. Did John Avalos really “slam” his microphone down? (I don’t know for sure, but I didn’t see it. Of course, neither did Chuck. Maybe I’d say Avalos pushed down or turned off the mic?)

4. Hey, did Peaches Christ really do that thing with the purported dildo?

5. Hey, I could go on and on. And he’s not even being honest when he says, well, that’s how I look at things. I’ll leave you with this, Gentle Reader – two bits on the wasteful expensive Central Subway. One, written before City Hall told Chuck how to feel and the other after. He was like Donald Trump on the Twitter, contradicting himself, seemingly without without realizing, and certainly without acknowledging…

Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince” – February 21, 2008

“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?

“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.

“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”

“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”

“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this – we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”

“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”

“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”

“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”

 

S.F.: City of whine aficionados” – January 9, 2014

“A subway will take traffic off some of the busiest streets in the city – try riding Muni on Stockton Street in the morning – and provide quick north-south access across the city, and it’s mostly paid for with federal funds. Who wouldn’t like something like that?”

A “Special Edition” Magazine from Conde Nast: BARACK H. OBAMA, THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – Will Trump Get One in 2020?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

You know, if he makes it that far?

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IDK.

IDTS.

19 Points About CW Nevius

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Retirement” looms.

How San Francisco’s progressives overreached

  1. “Progressive wing of San Francisco’s Democratic Party”

Chuck should just use the terms left of center and right of center, but he doesn’t and here’s why this is a problem. It’s ’cause, especially lately, people in the more dominant “wing,” what he calls the moderates, self-identify as progressive.

2. “The beginning of a Golden Age of politics for the far left”

So see how that works? What he should call the left he calls the far left because he’s not part of it  – instead he’s a member of the dominant political faction. Also, this is what you call a straw dog. Who was promising a golden age for the far left? Exactly nobody.

3. “Tenderloin Housing Clinic Director Randy Shaw”

Oh that guy – here’s the link that Chuck et. al. can’t see clear to link to. Of course Randy Shaw, cited positively by Chuck, inconveniently defines what Chuck would call a moderate as a progressive. “Every time I update this race between two progressive candidates (Josh Arce and Hillary Ronen)…” See?

4. “Julie Christensen”

So Chuck literally went on the campaign trail for this woman, and she lost, badly. Hey Chuck, perhaps you yourself “overreached?” (Last year, he seemed a lot more optimistic about her chances.)

5. “Tea-leaf readers”

No identification, yet another straw dog to slay.

6. “Lee’s poll numbers fell”

Yes, but well before the Super Bowl corporate party. A fact checker could have checked this. It’s checkable, right?

7. “The left reminded everyone…”

Once again, not identified.

8. “Progressive hold on the Board of Supervisors is no sure thing.”

Gee, did anybody say that the slim majority was a “sure thing,” either before or after the recent election? No, not at all.

Anyway, Donald Trump tweets his thoughts just as CWNevius published his thoughts in the Chronicle / SFGate. But there’s not too much of a solid connection to reality for either I’m afraid. Moving on…

Gavin Newsom has a head start on higher office

9. “A deep bench of vibrant new talent…”

Is this journalism, applying this to Gavin? And just as Marge Simpson got the recipe for her special fruit punch from the Fruit Punch Advisory Board…

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…Chuck simply adds sugar, water, and ice to whatever he gets from the Gavin Newsom Advisory Board. Bravo, Chuck. Bravo.

10. “A few off-putting characteristics of the early Newsom”

Uh, was this a complete listing, ’cause I think a lot of stuff was left out there. I mean not just this.

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But other stuff too.

It goes on and on.

And on and on. For some reason, Chuck used his MSM platform to rewrite history, oh well. I guess he was doing a favor for somebody. (Wonder how he’ll get repaid.)

11. “I have to put in a plug for..”

What is this, a press release? Sure seems that way.

12. “Newsom has always been a policy wonk.”

Uh, nope. Also checkable. Moving on…

…to this:

After 36 years at Chronicle, it’s time to move on

13. “The Chronicle sent me all over the world to cover eight Olympic Games, 10 Super Bowls and other major sports events.”

I think this is the major problem – it’s having a died-in-the-wool sports reporter covering politics.

14. “When people ask why I am leaving…”

Not “retiring,” huh? I’m sure he can find some other way to make money and pass the time. Mmmm, I wonder who could help him with that…

Oh wait, here’s another one:

Thanksgiving and a journalist’s memories of 36 years

15. “Mayor Ed Lee, who didn’t want the job in the first place.” 

Is this really true? If he didn’t want the job, then why did he take it? If the plan was that he’d be an “interim” Mayor, then why did he lie about it and stay on? (He was appointed Mayor because Gavin Newsom decided he wouldn’t leave town to start his new gig on the date what’s burned into our constitution, oh well.) Anyway, take a look at the first Gavin video above to see how an access journalist* like Chuck gets born. The sucking up gets going fast and furious, and sometimes things you used to mock become oh so wonderful.

16. “I came here in 1980…”

Well, actually he came here in 2010 – spent most of his time, a couple decades or so, far off in an east bay bedroom community, NTTAWWT. But that’s prolly where he’d be more, uh, comfortable.

17. “He’s not such a bad guy…”

Totally not the issue. You just should have fucking done your job better, that’s all. You know, after you were done with the sports.

Almost finished here, like forever, just one more:

David Talbot comes to The Chronicle: A note to our readers

18. “Routinely championing the underdog”

Strong disagree about applying this to Chuck here. (An “underdog,” like Mario Woods, for example?)

19. “Provoke and inspire”

Oh, this was Chuck’s mission statement, to troll Frisco? News to me. But perhaps not surprising. And “inspire,” what?

20 (BONUS!). “His book ‘The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government’ was a New York Times bestseller.”

Wow, man, this is what David Talbot is doing lately? Well that’s different. Let’s hope he keeps his column local and steers clear of national topics, cause this JFK-conspiracy/cover up-leads-directly-to-President-Trump is a little out there. (IRL, Oswald had a thing about shooting at authority figures, like General Walker, and with the same rifle JFK, and then with a handgun Officer Tippit, all in 1963, all by his lonesome. This is true whether DT writes a book about the CIA or RFK or whatever, or not.) But that’s another can of worms.

Anyway, I’m thinking most of the big errors in the Chronicle came from CW Nevius, so if he’s happy leaving this seems like a win-win.

Good.

P.S. Sometimes the transit cops keep working even though it’s dinner time, so let’s try to pay for _all_ our MUNI fares in future, even if we consider ourselves big shots, OK? ‘Cause this isn’t a good look.

*And it’s not just that. He’d then go to mindlessly cheer lead for whomever was feeding him tidbits of news. So, writing from Walnut Creek, CA or wherever he’s all, Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.” And the plan back then was to have an America’s Cup here every three or four years. But after the inevitable “downsides” came along one after the other, SFGov decided it didn’t want to play ball with Larry Ellison after all. And who was slavishly following along for a good half-decade? One CW Nevius. And then, after Larry Ellison “abandoned” us, we got this last year:

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#rubbingitin  Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”

So it goes from here-just-take-our-land-with-99-year-leases, Larry to Larry-does-everything-wrong. But Larry wasn’t being “kinda rude” as that’s not his yacht, and that’s not the “Bermuda flag,” and even if it was you can’t just jump to conclusions / read into things like this. Sorry Chuck. (It’s actually a great thing that Larry took his little boat race Someplace Else – let’s focus on the positives, m’kay?)

KPIX Solves Global Warming – I’ve Never Seen This – Idle Idle Idle All the Live-Long Day

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

How on Earth does this help?

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This truck was parked right outside of Black Rock Battery, so couldn’t it use shore-side power ala the Port of Frisco?

Local Papers Bully the San Jose Mercury News on Market

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Poor little feller:

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You Know, the San Francisco Chronicle Has Always Been a Middle-Of-The-Road Publication – This is a Parked Delivery Truck

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

So, if you park on the double yellow line, it’s OK?

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I remember when they used to use big trucks, like this one driven by William Randolph Hearst III in an Examiner ad from back in the day.

Anyway, the driver stops in the middle of McAllister, drops off his load, and then idly chitchats with bodega operators while his minitrucks idles – this makes the block look like a crime scene, if only temporarily.

This is How We Live Now, in 2016…

Here Comes The Judge, the Taurus Judge, a Five-Shot Revolver Banned in CA But Promoted in Frisco – An “Everyday Gun”

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

On newsstands now, ‘neath pop star! and look chic!

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(And look, this isn’t a very special weapon for her, it’s just an “EVERYDAY GUN.”)

You’d think the hand model would have a finger or two on the trigger, but no, for some reason.

Now don’t try buying one in California as it’s considered a sawed-off shotgun:

“Though Taurus deliberately designed the Judge to fire shotshells, the Judge does not qualify as a “short-barreled shotgun” under the National Firearms Act of 1934 as its rifled barrel makes it a regular handgun.[2] However, the Judge is considered a short-barreled shotgun under California state law, which has a broader definition of “short-barreled shotgun,” and the Judge is thus illegal to possess in that state.[4]

Anyway, this was quite an arresting image as I passed by the magazine rack…

Just Try to Spot the San Francisco Examiner Newspaper Box Here

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I’ve never seen this:

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Welcome to 2016