Archive for the ‘paranormal’ Category

Virginia-Based Gannett Co. Inc’s Money-Losing “The Bold Italic” CorpoBlog Blows a Gasket: COVERS LA AS IF IT WERE SF

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ah yes, The Bold Italic:

The Bold Italic shares unique stories and events in San Francisco. We’ll show you ways to get out and be a better local.”

If you want, see how well Gannett Co Inc’s effort to make money out of San Franciscans, mostly tourists and newcomers, here at the Gannett Blog.

Anyway, here’s the latest, a city-based best burger listicle – see any problems here?

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I’ll wait in los angeles
I’ll wait in the pouring sun
No way
For not anyone
No way

A Grisly Tableau in West Portal – Does This Bloody Halloween Guillotine Go Too Far?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Asks James Corrigan, who took this shot:

“Seriously, would you let your kid ring the bell at this West Portal house on Halloween night?

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Note the blood on the blade – a nice touch.

Also note the dead grass front lawn, of which I also approve.

If you can’t make it out there, you can always try 400-700 Belvedere Street in the 94117

Look Who Cares About Breast Cancer Now: Larry Flint’s Hustler Club – “Eager Beavers?” – Is This Real Life?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

A recent ad for LFHC, 94133:

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This sets the bar for pinkwashing.

It’s your move, NFL.

Krystal De Bruin $100
Ashley Bills $250
Michelle Jazmyn Centinaje $20
Shirley Centinaje $0
Franchesca Lacap $50
Rozae Nani $0
Jumaine Reyes $0
Ashley Sponsler $100
Porsha Tordsen $100

If Steven Spielberg Drove Nancy Pelosi and a Dog on Nancy Pelosi Drive in a Classic Corvette…

Monday, October 13th, 2014

I learned my lesson on this one, which didn’t actually depict the people mentioned in the headline:

If Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper Drove Up Haight Street in a Beat Up Corvair Convertible…

So I’ll say that Nancy Pelosi and Steven Spielberg didn’t actually go tooling about Golden Gate Park in a red Chevy convertible yesterday.

But if they ever do, it’ll look something like this:

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California… knows how to party
California… knows how to party

Compare SF (Most Expensive Parking Tickets in the Western Hemisphere) with Downtown San Mateo (50 Cent/Hr Parking Meters)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Compare A with B, as seen in the City of San Mateo:

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But the SFMTA wants more more more, so it’s hatched a plan called Prop A, to raise your rent (literally) and/or take your propertah taxes to pay for, among other things, cost overruns on the entirely unnecessary pork-barrel project called the Central Subway.

Hey, speaking of which:

“During a pair of recent presentations at city political clubs, MTA commissioner Cheryl Brinkman, arguing on behalf of Prop. A, stated that a City Attorney’s opinion concluded that, when it comes to bond language, the terms “shall” and “may” are identical.

Huh.

Brinkman now says she’s not entirely sure what she said. Multiple witnesses are more certain: ‘She did say that!’ recalls Potrero Hill Democrats president Joni Eisen.”

So, what’s going on inside Cheryl Brinkman’s head when she says stuff like this? Is it a fugue state? Is it simple lying? Or maybe somebody lied to her? Or she’s under so much pressure to keep her “job,” but what does it pay, like $100 a month and a free FastPass? And she voted FOR charging people at parking meters on Sundays only to change her mind the next year when she voted AGAINST? Oh, so the SFMTA could instead get VLF money from taxpayers, except that plan got shelved right after she voted.

If she were fired from the SFMTA and then replaced with a spineless jellyfish, how would anyone notice, how would anyone be able to tell the diff?

Allegations About the Troubles of the Koret Foundation: An $80,000 Life-Sized Mural of a Board Member?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

This is news to me:

“Without board approval, commissioned and installed a life-size mural depicting himself and now hung inside the Koret Foundation’s new headquarters in San Francisco at a cost to the Foundation of $80,000.”

I’ll tell you, this one allegation should prolly make you never even consider starting up any kind of foundation.

And what’s the response – a general denial about how all the charges are “bogus” and an ad hominem attack against the widow of Koret?

Spokesmodel Nate Ballard could try to explain the painting / mural – like he could say how it didn’t cost $80k or how it was authorized, but he chooses not to.

OK fine.

Hey is it “erratic” to want to invite non-poor non-Jewish Willie Brown in to the Koret Foundation? Probably. But there’s a lot of erraticism going on on these charitable boards – that’s no reason for a dismissal.

All right, have at it Koret Foundation. Let’s hope the fund will be in better shape and be used for better purposes after all this gets hashed out.

All the deets;

“Lawsuit Filed by Widow of Koret Foundation Founder Demands New Independent Board to Save Half-Billion Dollar Foundation from Spending Down Assets

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The widow of Koret Foundation founder Joseph Koret has filed suit against Koret Foundation Board President Tad Taube, accusing him and the Foundation’s Board of Directors of conflicts of interest in funding pet projects that include conservative causes in the United States and charities in his native country of Poland.

The suit filed October 7, 2014 in San Francisco Superior Court by Mrs. Koret alleges that under Taube’s direction the board has ignored the priorities established by her late husband to help the poor and assist Jewish causes in the Bay Area and Israel.

Instead, her suit claims, the Koret board is using foundation funds to promote programs closely affiliated with individual board members and is purposely confusing the public by putting signage that prominently features Taube’s name alongside the Koret Foundation name on buildings and grants for which the Koret Foundation is the principal funder.

“Defendants’ duty of loyalty to the Foundation has been corrupted by these directors’ close affiliations with many of the Foundation’s recent grants, resulting in tens of millions of dollars distributed due to self-interest,” according to the lawsuit.

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“CCTV Captures the Nighttime Insanity of the Tenderloin District” – An Oldie But a Goodie from the Former Adam’s Block

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Some people didn’t like youthful Adam pointing his video camera out from his place on Taylor, you know, 24-7 for months and months, so they threatened him so then he called the SFPD and moved away.

Oh well.

Our Poor SFMTA Slows Down the Speed of Its Aspirations: “@MuniRapid” Handle Changed to “@MuniForward”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MUNI is many things, but the one thing America’s slowest big-city transit system is NOT is rapid.

So that’s why so many people LOL’ed / WTF’ed when they first discovered the Twitter handle “@MuniRapid.”

But now the SFMTA wants to take more of YOUR money* to pay for Prop A, so it’s gearing up for the big November 2014 election by showering the love upon its passengers. (IRL, MUNI is more concerned about MUNI employees almost all of the rest of the time.)

Anywho, here it is:

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Now isn’t that delicious?

You see, because now all MUNI operators have to do is select the right gear and simply creep FORWARD, at any speed – there will be no expectation of MUNI RAPID-ly getting its customers anywhere.

At least they’re being honest.

*Hey, maybe you’re cool with that, I don’t know. What percentage of your property taxes will go to pay for the almost one billion dollar Prop A? IDK. How much money will it add up to? Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars over the years? Oh what’s that, you’re a renter with rent control? Well, here comes your Prop A “pass-through” rent increase. How much could that be? Hundreds? Thousands? Thousands and thousands? IDK, maybe. Would it be better to fund MUNI’s mad-money Prop A fund by simply taxing every resident $1000, you know, including infants? IDK. What I do know is that horrible MUNI is not even promising any kind of reform in exchange for the extra money it wants from us. MUNI thinks it’s great, srsly. MUNI thinks it offers us, and I’m srsly, “EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.” If you agree with that, then you should prolly vote Yes on A, the way SFGov wants you to…

 

Giant Freeway Buddha, 101 South, Silicon Valley

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

As seen from the 101, somewhere south of SFO and north of Stanford:

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AirBNB in Marin: Crazed Tenant Struts About Nude, Fantasizes About Destroying Home Security System

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I don’t see as much of the CW Nevius these days as he banned me from his Twitter a while back, but actual journalists occasionally  feel compelled to reTweet him, not sure why, perhaps it’s a part of of their KPI‘s, IDK.

(Oh, BTW, how many people paid money to the Chronicle to read CW’s pearls of wisdom online when there was that paywall? The answer is NOT MANY AT ALL. Oh well, bygones.)

Anyway, here’s his latest effort:

Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers

A couple things just about the headline, one that The Neve might not have come up with himself, but even so:

1. The term “sharing economy” should be in quote marks, right? It’s a neologism, right? And it’s a euphemism, the very one that The Neve is criticizing. But it’s not in quotes and that’s noteworthy because CW long ago abandoned most of any sort of journalistic mission he had to become a prominent member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction, you know, the right-side-of-the-aisle faction, the one led by fellow SFGate columnist, Mayor Willie Brown, the one that has been / will be in power for a least a quarter-century (1996 to ???). And here’s the connection: Willie Brown’s political faction is primarily financed by just one person and that one person just happens to be the world’s number one proponent of the term “sharing economy.” So the woe-is-me, story-teller side of Nevius would favor using the quotes while the lickspittle side of Nevius would disfavor.

2. Shouldn’t the point of the headline be obvious to everybody by now, you know, including children? I think so.  So thank you, Captain Obvious.

Now on to the body:

1.We were having a great time until …” So this discovery ruined your staycation, srsly? Nevius, you’re no gen-i-us as I’m sure you’d agree, but are you stupid enough to expect your readers to believe that you’re this naive? Do you feel pressured to force your nothingburger anecdote into something like a woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie?

2. “‘[C]ollege-age’ daughter?” Boy that’s a gratuitous detail, in’nt? But here’sthe answer to the woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie question – yes, that’s what The Nevius was going for. Except, EXCEPT:

A. The camera wasn’t turned on.

B. The camera wasn’t hidden.

C. The camera wasn’t placed for ideal peeping.

D. Etc.

And wasn’t the Nevius against Airbnb rentals in his own condo building earlier this year? Yes he was, as he’s become a typical SF NIMBY already even though he started living here just recently. But when he wants to use Airbnb up in Marin, well then he doesn’t seem to care about NIMBY type issues.

And when Nevius rents a hotel room or gets in a cab, isn’t he dealing with”strangers” as well? I think so.

Oh well…