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OMG, BJORN AGAIN! Disgraced San Francisco PR Flack Peter Ragone Lands a Job with Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYCMonday, January 6th, 2014
Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:
“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gore‘s 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”
“[Newsom’s] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”
Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.
All the deets:
After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.
So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.
Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.
(Look out, Gothamist.)
*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.
**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call.
I don’t know, when you’re paying people $540 for massages, misunderstandings can happen. That’s about the most charitable way of looking at things vis-a-vis Al Gore in this whole massage incident.
Anyway, comes now NMA, the people who make animated videos to explain the news to people in Taiwan. This one is a doozy.
In this scene, Al G. explains the ground rules:
Uh oh, he’s getting p’oed:
Explaining the poodle reference:
Not sure what W and Pink are doing in there, but oh well:
Former US vice president and climate change warrior Al Gore is in hot water after news emerged this week of a 2006 close encounter with a hotel masseuse in Oregon. In a statement made to Portland police reported in the press, the 54-year-old masseuse recounted how she repeatedly had to fight off groping Gore as he made several attempts to bed her after she attended his hotel suite to administer a massage. So far, no charges have been filed.
Our corporate overlords at Google are at it again. Now you can feel closer to celebrities by finding out where their Favorite Places are:
“Favorite Places: Introducing a collection of favorite places around the world. Explore the favorite places of local experts from cities around the world. Find out where they like to go, and why, from their own perspectives.”
Today at City Hall:
This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.
“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”
Details after the jump.
So, if two of your family members get kidnapped and the cops tell you that it’s best not to say anything about the matter and then the neighbors start peppering you with queries, what do you do?
That’s kind of the situation that’s facing managers at dumbed-down, youth-oriented Current TV (you can read the Wikipedia entry they wrote about themselves here). The problem is that anybody can post anything about the detention of Laura Ling and Euna Lee at Current.com and the North Koreans might not take too kindly to what’s posted there.
The kind of post that’s routinely getting taken down from Current.com:
So Current has taken to unposting submissions about this matter at Current.com. Fair enough. They’re not really “censoring” in the literal sense of course, they’re simply suppressing all commentary about this case on their own site. That’s probably a good move.
In fact, Current might actually welcome this kind of criticism from Phil Bronstein, in a good-cop/bad-cop, game theory way, showing that they get it, that they’re bending over backwards to be conciliatory, to say sorry in a Fish Called Wanda fashion.
(I’m not saying these two people were kidnapped – maybe they were and maybe they weren’t. It’s tough to know for sure when you’re literally in the Vanguard)
Patience, people. All will be explained by all concerned when this matter gets resolved.
80% potable water use reduction
45% wastewater discharge reduction
35% peak power demand met by renewables
33% annual energy reduction
Reduction of the community carbon footprint by 2,225 tons annually; the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,286 San Francisco households
It will all look a little like this. Click to expand:
This was all promised to us back in January 2008 and now it’s on:
“Although implementing the overall vision will take several years, the 3-year Commitment to Action is anticipated to launch on October 20th, 2008 with a formal partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)” [Sadly, there’s no mention of Nobel Prize-winning Al Gore, who is practically a San Franciscan these days what with his place just down the street, and a TV station in SOMA, and a daughter attending UCSF medical school in the Sunset district. Oh well.]
Anyway, It’s starting in late 2009:
Potential initial projects include the installation of solar rooftop photovoltaics, water conservation fixtures, living roofs, and a public Wi-Fi connection, among others.
WWJD, or What Would Jesus Do?, has a long history of course. But the times, they are a changing.
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After last night’s Earth Hour of partial darkness from 8:00-9:00 PM, the lights on the “architectural necklace” of the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge came back to life on the north side first. (Unfortunately, didn’t get a look at the troubled eastern span last night – it was probably darkened also.)
The lights on the suspension cables of the western span of one of the busiest bridges in the world are just for decoration, not for navigation safety or whatever. Pretty. They sure make a big difference to the look of San Francisco at night when they are turned off.
Question: Turning off these decorative lights for an hour saves enough electricity to power Al Gore’s house (his actual house, not his San Francisco condo in SOMA that’s visible on the right) for how many minutes?
Answer: About 13 minutes. Let’s work on that math, after the jump.