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Assignment Desk: Q. What was Putin’s Buddy Andrey Melnichenko Doing in SF the Past Week? [A. Nothing Good]Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Evil coming at you:
Evil hitting the road
How long would you say this ship is – how about way more than a football field?
It’s so big it takes half a million bucks worth of petroleum to fill up its tanks.
It’s so big it needs a bar pilot to board to guide it out of San Francisco Bay, yesterday evening. See?
All right, MSM, get up to speed on this recent visit here – just keep reading down.
Who did this guy meet with – corporate and government officials, right? Which ones? Why?
What’s that, what about the Ukraine? Indeed, what about Ukraine?
Hey, speak of the Devil:
“Another lawmaker said he had been provided photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Andrey Melnichenko, who owns 92 percent of EuroChem’s shares. Putin even made a well-publicized visit to EuroChem’s potash mine in Gremyachinskoye in 2010.”
Hop on it, MSM.
Tracking a Russian James Bond Villain and His Superyacht in San Francisco Waters: Sausalito, Redwood City, What’s Next?Thursday, September 4th, 2014
This is a few days back, moored at Sausalito. And then you can see he motored south under the Bay Bridge and the San Mateo Bridge to Redwood Shores:
Where will he go next? Follow along right here.
(Let’s hope his arrival won’t be followed by The Big One ala Zorin.)
And let’s remember that Redwood City was where the US military’s very own stealth ship, the Sea Shadow, used to be moored for all those years. You know, along with its floating barge, so-called HMB-1 (Howard Hughes Mining Barge One), except that was just a cover for Project Jennifer, a plan from 40 years ago to lift Soviet sub K-129 up from the ocean floor. I’m srsly, Comrades.
And oh yeah, this yacht has a secret James Bond-esque escape pod, just as on the star-crossed K-278…
He’s Ba-aack! The Ugly “Stealth Yacht” of Russian Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko Just Docked Near Redwood CityWednesday, September 3rd, 2014
And here it is again in 2014, like right now at this very instant, down in Silicon Valley near Redwood Shores or Redwood City or whatever:
And here it was yesterday, in Sausalito again, looks like.
This vessel just fueled up its 200,000(!) gallon tank (that’s more than four times as much as MUNI spilled into San Francisco Bay that one time) to the tune of a half a million dollars up north in Washington State.
So, what are Bro et ux doing down in the Valley?
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Send somebody down there and find out. Talk to his hired goons. Ask him about the James Bond-esque escape pod on the yacht. Ask him about what local companies he’s investing in. You know, that whole routine.
Better Know Your FiDi Highrises: “The California Building” at 350 Cal – Walruses Everywhere – Alaska ConnectionThursday, August 2nd, 2012
What used to be at 350 California at Sansome was the 160 foot tall Alaska Commercial Building
But in 1979 it was replaced by the 325 foot tall, 23-story California Building (aka Bank of Tokyo Building and the Union Bank Building).
All that’s left of the Alaska connection are these walrus gargoyles.
I am the walrus, no, I’m the walrus, all day long
Look for these friendly critters the next time you’re in the area.
Here it is:
“I have come straight from a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee where we’ve been discussing the action that we will be taking to help the police deal with the disorder in the streets of London and elsewhere in our country. I’ve also met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary to discuss this further and people should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding.
Let me first of all completely condemn the scenes that we have seen on our television screens and people have witnessed in their communities. These are sickening scenes, scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing, scenes of people attacking police officers and even attacking fire crews as they’re trying to put out fires. This is criminality, pure and simple and it has to be confronted and defeated. I feel huge sympathy for the families that have suffered, innocent people who have been burned out of their houses and to business who’ve seen their premises smashed, their products looted and their livelihoods potentially ruined. I also feel for all those who live in fear because of those appalling scenes that we’ve seen on the streets of our country. People should be in no doubt that we are on the side of the law-abiding. Law-abiding people who are appalled at what has happened in their own communities.
As ever, police officers have shown incredible bravery on our streets in confronting these thugs, but it’s quite clear that we need more, much more police on our streets and we need even more robust police action and it’s that that I’ve been discussing in COBRA this morning. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said that compared with the 6,000 police on the streets last night in London there will be some 16000 officers tonight. All leave within the Metropolitan Police has been cancelled. There will be aid coming from police forces up and down and the country and we will do everything necessary to strengthen and assist these forces that are meeting this disorder. There has already been 450 people arrested. We will make sure that court procedures and processes are speeded up and people should expect to see more, many more, arrests in the days to come. I am determined, the Government is determined that justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions.
And I have this very clear message to those people that are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality. You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishments. And to these people I would say this. You are not only wrecking the lives of others. You are not only wrecking your own communities, you are potentially wrecking your own life too.
My office this morning has spoken to the Speaker of the House of Commons and he has agreed that Parliament will be recalled for a day on Thursday so I can make a statement to parliament and we can hold a debate and we are all able to stand together in condemnation of these crimes and we are able to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities. Now, if you will excuse me, there is important work to be done..”
“The British Consulate-General, San Francisco, is the United Kingdom’s diplomatic mission responsible for the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Northern Nevada). The Consulate conducts all the political and economic reporting for the region, is responsible for economic trade and development, furthers science and educational opportunities and provides assistance to visiting British nationals.”
Delightful Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Makes It Up to Vancouver After Her First Visit to San FranciscoMonday, May 9th, 2011
Click to expand – Jimmy DeFlippo / Disney
… and this is what she looked like when berthed at Pier 35:
Since then, she made it all the way to Canada, where a drydock appointment waits.
(I won’t bother asking why San Francisco gets less than its fair share of cruise business and why the Wonder couldn’t have drydocked in the 415…)
Anyway, Bon Courage Disney Wonder!
(Come back when you can.)
Thusly. Click to expand:
Empty tanker Polar Alaska heads out back up to I’ll-give-you-just-one-guess as full container ships arrive from East Asia.
Just another day in the busy 415.
Just look at the details:
As seen on Fell Street. Click to expand.
Aging FJ-40 model (豊田 ランドクルーザー, Toyoda Rando-Kurūzā). Of course! Dude could buy a much newer Bland Cruiser (2009 price = $50k-something) instead of this (possibly amazingly expensive) torture box, but where’s the fun in that?
Alaska license plate: SURF. Of course! Our 50th state is the next frontier of surfing, don’t you know.
Right Hand Drive (RHD). Of course! Dude’s driving on the wrong side of the vehicle. Why? Why not?
Snorkel. Of course! Can you see the urban snorkel air intake standing up on the left side? Very handy when our streets are under five feet of water. Snorkle! Snorkle! Snorkle!
Original diesel engine. Of course! A Chevy small block would just drop right in, but where’s the fun in that?
No doors. Of course! How can people see your stylish shoes and socks with doors blocking the view?
The hat and the fogglasses (on a very dark summer day) put him over the top. Nobody could possibly best this fellow, that’s why he’s San Francisco’s Hipster of the Year, 2009.
Look what popped up on the website of the U.S. Army last week.
“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during their deployment ceremony Sept. 10, 2008. Gov. Palins’ son is one of the Soldiers deploying.”
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Willard E. Grande. Click to expand
What a long strange trip it’s been!
College can take you anywhere, if you study hard enough.