This one flew under the radar, AFAIK:
Seven years later, here in 2015, you can’t get away this kind of thing anymore…
When President Barack Obama was a more popular,* he made the grade in Golden Gate Park:
It was a thing.
But now, he’s been replaced. As seen in December 2014:
Actually, I was surprised to see both Obama and Father Christmas on official gov’mint display in Golden Gate Park.
Who will be honored next year…?
*I remember this at Civic Center. The “Hillary People” had some unkind things to say, but it was a real big deal, a memorable event
Seems like we saw a lot more phone books around town a half-decade ago – they were all over the place, whether you wanted them or not.
These days, they’re a lot smaller:
Anyway, it looks like the phone book industry has pretty much given up on delivering their useless products to us.
As seen in Civic Center back in the aughts:
How will we remember The Aughts? IDK.
This is how I’ll remember the aughts, a time when you (well, not you yourself, but some people, well, maybe just one person, for some reason) could easily recover from big, big mistakes like this…
Confession: I still have a pair of Crocs (pink, size XXL, thank you very much) from that time Costco sold a few container ships worth, back in the aughts. Of course they weren’t counterfeit, but they were less than $15 and that pissed off the Crocs people oh well.
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I’ll tell you, the number of people (outside of select parts of SF Gov and the People’s Republic of China) who knew what was going on when the disastrous Olympic Torch Relay came to town in 2008 was small. But Stratfor seemed pretty well clued-in.
See how its employees mocked CNN and defended man-child Gavin Newsom in real-time during the hunt for the hidden torch back in aught eight:
“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:
By the way, CNN has no clue exactly where it is –and they have cameramen all over the place. Authorities are remaining tight-lipped.”
“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:
Vehicles leaving warehouse by back. They may have the torch. They’re not going on original route — they’re going around back of SF AT&T parking lot. They’re moving in a unit.”
“Thomas Davison wrote:
Authorities are deciding on the fly where the route is so that protestors can’t prepare. It’s not chaotic leadership, it’s actively avoiding hippies.”
That’s your Wikileaks of the day.
Ah look, from Marin it’s a red Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid in red and in the background it’s a silver Tesla Model S electric car.
Don’t they look super similar?
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“On 14 April 2008, Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, alleging that Henrik Fisker stole Tesla’s Model S hybrid technology and was using it to develop the Karma. Tesla’s suit claimed that the design work done for the Model S sedan by Fisker Coachbuild was substandard, and that Fisker Automotive diverted its best ideas to the Karma. On 4 November 2008 CNET News reported that Tesla Motors would discontinue its suit after an interim ruling in favor of Fisker et al. A news release on the Fisker Automotive website stated that Tesla was ordered to pay US$1,144,285 in costs.“
See it on the right?
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Let’s check in with San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius on the topic of the Central Subway:
“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?”
So that was Nevius 2014. Now let’s check in with Nevius 2008 on the same exact topic:
“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?”
Has CW Nevius offered any explanation for this 180 degree turnaround?
‘Cause I’ll tell you, this subway-to-nowhere project has gotten worse since 2008.
CIVIL GRAND JURY, CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO – “CENTRAL SUBWAY, TOO MUCH MONEY FOR TOO LITTLE BENEFIT“
Wall Street Journal: Off the San Francisco Rails – $1.6 billion for 1.7 miles of subway.
San Francisco Bay Guardian: Central Subway gravy train shows how City Hall work
SF Weekly: Portmistress Pelosi
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera: It’s time to rethink the Central Subway
San Francisco Examiner: Dennis Herrera comes out against San Francisco Central Subway project
CalWatchdog: S.F. Subway Derails Into Boondoggle
Former Richmond District Supervisor and San Francisco Transportation Agency Chair Jake* McGoldrick: S.F. must stop Central Subway from being built
Get the point? Good, let’s dance!
Nevius 1988, artist’s conception – perhaps this particular Nevius had yet another strongly held position on this corrupt SFGov boondoggle:
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