Posts Tagged ‘99’

Here’s Your Next Bike: It’s a Brand-New $99 Fixie from Walmart.Com

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

And Wallie will deliver it to your house for 97 cents, some assembly required:

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Why is It That the 99% Pays the CA DMV for Auto Registration But the 1% Ferrari Lambo Crowd Doesn’t?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Here’s the 99% in Lane 2 – no apparent problems here: 

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And here’s what’s in Lane 1 a few miles down the very same freeway  – it’s YAFWR (Yet Another Ferraro Without Registration):

Do you know why the richers of California tend to go without license plates on their Ferrari and Lamborghini and whatnot? Well, it’s because of the cost.

Buying a Ferraro like this one to tool around on the weekends for a little while will run you $20-something thousand in “use tax” whether you drive it a little or a lot. So what you’ll need to do is to make some arrangement with your cheesy exoticar dealer – if you think about it for a while, you’ll figure something out.*

And the Tax Man prolly won’t catch you.

So that’s why the 99% pays the CA DMV for auto registration and the 1% Ferrari / Lambo crowd does not.

*Oh, it’s a race car, not a regular car. Oh, as soon as I bought it I took it to, let’s see here, Nevada? Yeah, Nevada. As a 1%-er, I live in the crappy, windblown, high desert of Nevada instead of gorgeous California – do you buy that? Oh, that was a repositioning trip, and, you know, I hated it. I don’t actually like the job of ferrying Ferrari about, it’s such a burden. Oh, it’s…  

Safety vs. Self Parody – The 99% Guarding the Kids of the 1% – And, “Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children!”

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t know, I’m all for safety and whatnot, but something about this Bye-Bye Buggy convoy struck me.

What is it, the orange and yellow safety vests, the orange pennant, the back-up orange pennant, the hand-held stop sign (held by a person with no authority to use a hand-held stop sign on Van Ness), and/or the flashing white LED light on said hand-held stop sign?

Crossing U. S. Route 101, aka Van Ness Avenue:

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I don’t know.

Oh wait, that’s right, it’s missing its BABY ON BOARD! sign hanging off the back. I just knew something was wrong with this scene. I’ll obtain one (or a half-dozen) and make a gift to this crew the next time I see them on McAllister or in front of City Hall.

All right, play us out of here, Helen Lovejoy.

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type “Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. “NAParish” took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It’s like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome “Violet Blue” woman – I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that “Oscar Grant Plaza” won’t be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it’s back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. “Google Reviewer Sanjeevi” has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google’s “Local Names” feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

Occupy Oakland Goes a Tad Off-Message With Anti-Police Art: “All My Heroes Kill Cops,” “Kill Pigs,” Etc

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Anti-Cop Rocktoss – Know Your Target:

Via Fred Sharples


Via Fred Sharples 


Via Fred Sharples

OccupySF: Is Capitalist and Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees Part of the 99% or the 1%?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Here’s the news from Dan Schreiber:

Occupy SF gains support from Joanna Rees

And here’s how close the 99% will ever be able to get to her abode (assuming they don’ t want to risk getting tased with extreme prejudice).

Don’t tase me, bro: 

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[And once you make it past the security guards, you’ll still have to deal with the legacy of this street’s famous restrictive covenants.]

Actually, some of the 99% get paid what I assume to be something close to minimum wage to carry signs and otherwise sing the praises of Joanna Rees. And you know who pays for that? The taxpayers of the City and County of San Francisco, for some reason:

Somehow this all makes sense…

Liftoff: Zwei Luftballons über Corona Heights

Monday, October 3rd, 2011


As seen near the Randall Museum:*

Via Josh Nece – click to expand

Use balloons to brush up on your German** or French

*Ask about or volunteer for their Family Halloween Day 2011.

**Gunter glieben glauchen globen: “Nena ist ein milf.”

San Francisco Leads the Way Turning Grease-Trap Grease into Biofuels

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

It was a veritable love-fest down at  five-star rated (sort of) RōE Boutique Nightclub and Lounge on 651 Howard in the SOMA this afternoon. Why? Grease. Brown grease. The City has a plan in operation to raid grease traps in order to make BioDiesel down by the San Francisco Zoo.

We’re not talking about fryer grease here. We’re talking messy, water-drenched brown grease.  

Who’s paying for all this? The state of California – it’s a done deal. Does that make it two non-ridiculous new ideas in San Francisco over two consecutive days? Possibly. Read all about it below.

Forget plastics, the future is grease. Click to expand

All different kinds of gross stuff. Can you use trap grease to make B100 biodiesel, the hard stuff? Yes you can.

What restauranteur wouldn’t welcome this green truck, coming for some grease.

A grease trap, as big as you’re going to see here. This is waste, so it’s unlike America’s wasteful corn ethanol program that turns food into fuel, just the way Big Corn likes it.

And lastly, for City Hall’s youthful gay mafia, a “funny picture,” per their request. Normally, you don’t see this kind of thing on this particular website, but all three of them wanted it, so anything for the clique. Click.

San Francisco’s famous Gold Club. And look, all four of this car’s tires are the same size and brand, unlike the previous car. That’s progress. 

Anyway, think grease! 

Read on:

Biodiesel Honors Awarded at National Conference
“Eye on Biodiesel” awards recognize industry champions
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two seafaring captains and musician Melissa Etheridge were among the fuel advocates for environmentally friendly biodiesel recognized at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, which wrapped up today. The National Biodiesel Board’s 2009 “Eye on Biodiesel Award” winners are:
Influence – Melissa Etheridge. Grammy and Academy Award winner Etheridge often powers her worldwide tours with biodiesel. Etheridge said she liked using biodiesel in her tour vehicles so much that she sold her personal cars to buy a diesel SUV, which she calls the “Bio-Beast.”
Inspiration – Bryan Peterson and Pete Bethune.  Fourteen years ago Peterson made his way around the world in a biodiesel powered boat. Peterson’s adventure generated some of the earliest news on biodiesel.  New Zealander Bethune’s Earthrace boat, fueled by biodiesel, broke the speed record for circumnavigating the world in 60 days.
Initiative – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. In 2006, Newsom issued an Executive Directive to increase biodiesel use in San Francisco. Today, virtually all of the city’s 1,500 diesel vehicles run on B20.
Industry Partnership – Ronald Hayes/State of Missouri and Randy Jennings/State of Tennessee.  Both worked in conjunction with state and national regulatory agencies to create and enforce standards for biodiesel fuel.  They also helped develop test methods and labeling requirements.
Impact – Randall von Wedel.  Von Wedel helped bring biodiesel to the West Coast.  Since the early ’90s, he opened California’s first retail pump, implemented biodiesel in major fleets, introduced fleet quality control programs, and helped pioneer biodiesel marine uses.
The NBB also presented the Pioneer Award to Kenlon Johannes, the first Executive Director of the National SoyDiesel Development Board, which later became the NBB.
“To mirror the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Leading Change Now,’ each of these leaders is furthering our mission of public education on biodiesel’s societal benefits, and opening doors for the growth of the fuel. They have helped to bring positive change in the U.S.,” said Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. “Honorees have either brought a public face to the fuel’s effectiveness, or have eliminated barriers for greater acceptance of the fuel.”

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