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“Diabetes on wheels!”
(You can take the boy out of the East Bay (and plop him in a SoMA condo), but you can’t take the East Bay out of the boy.)
Gentle Reader, consider CW Nevius and his most recent bit advocating for the oppressed white millionaire homeowners of Russian Hill – this time he’s acting at the behest of Supervisor Mark Farrell (R., District 2)
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Now I think the word you’re looking for, CW Nevius, is trolley with an “e,” as in potatoe.
Except it aint a trolley, it’s a cable car. To wit:
“…electric tram (streetcar), sometimes confused with a cable car.”
And the vehicle code section cited here is wrong:
“The problem, says Deputy City Attorney Buck Delventhal, is California Vehicle Code 21106.1…”
CW Nevius, if you’re going to take the trouble to cite a law, why not take the time to do it the right way? Do you feel overworked, CW? You shouldn’t. Moving on…
And there’s this:
“Stefani says Farrell’s office was unaware of the 1987 law…”
Uh, former law? Or former bill? Did the “law” sunset automatically? And was it ever signed by The Duke in the first place? I don’t think so actually.
You see, CW Nevius, what you should look at are the reasons why the millionaires’ efforts always fail. Try this on for size:
“The streets of a city belong to the people of the state, and the use thereof is an inalienable right of every citizen, subject to legislative control or such reasonable regulations as to the traffic thereon or the manner of using them as the legislature may deem wise or proper to adopt and impose.’ … ‘Streets and highways are established and maintained primarily for purposes of travel and transportation by the public, and uses incidental thereto. Such travel may be for either business or pleasure…”
Nevius, why don’t you retire or go back to sports, srsly? Then you’d get replaced by somebody who would do your job better than you, right? Wouldn’t that be a win-win?
But before you do that, why don’t you fix this**`?
“Jose had been struck by a late-’90s, silver, four-door sedan as he stepped off the curb at Oak and Scott.”
“And the intersection of Fell and Scott, where Jose was hit, has consistently been described as one of the city’s most dangerous.”
*Looks like somebody is striking a pose on the crosswalk:
I’m a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the
Yeah on the catwalk on the crosswalk, yeah
I do my little turn on the crosswalk
**I actually believed The Neve on the Fell and Scott thing, so I was going to go out there a week or two later on a Tuesday night at around the same time on the theory that this was somebody coming home during the evening drive. But then I saw that the actual location was on Oak so now I think the driver isn’t on a commuting schedule. You know, I’ve got a Canon 5D, crank the ISO up to 25,600, use a simple 200mm 2.8 prime to see if I could see some damage and get a plate. I mean it might have been worth the effort.
Here’s the damage at the front entrance on Laguna:
Here’s how things looked about six years ago after a similar attack:
This was on the Geary side:
I’d say both incidents were the work of Team Tibet:
You know, these people:
This consulate has more than its fair share of incidents, of course. Let’s look back some more.
It’s U.C. Davis grad / protest artist Nyendak Wangden hanging off the side of the gosh darn building. It’s supposed to look like she was hung by her pretty white neck, but she was safe under the robes in her climbing harness. Safe until somebody on the roof hacked at the red rope causing her to fall.
How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.
The mise-en-scene from before the rope thang. (NB: The next time you illegally suspend yourself from a building to make a political point, do it above a balcony – it can be a long way to the sidewalk otherwise:
And there’s this – “serial package thrower” Aaron Bassler made the news by repeatedly throwing items containing wacky stuff (documents concerning the “Martian military”) over the fence of the consulate. These objects were treated as bombs by the SFPD. Thusly:
These kinds of crazy things don’t happen at other consulates and embassies, huh?
What will happen next at our star-crossed Chinese consulate?
Take a look:
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Answer: Yes, it sure as Hell is off-message.
The search engine is one particular of the most popular sites in the planet and its Chinese language version was widely utilised in the nation. Beijing routinely blocks access to websites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, human rights groups and some foreign news organisations like the BBC.”
Our world-famous Beaux-Arts War Memorial Opera House will once again host SHEN YUN, aka The Falun Gong Show.
See? January 4-12, 2014:
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Our Chinese consulate over in the Japantown area is keeping quiet this go-around, but the people there are nevertheless steamed about this show. As is Chinatown strongman / Chinese consulate “advisor” Rose Pak, oh well.
But things could be worse. Remember this one from a half-decade back? This gal suspended herself from the roof of the consulate on Laguna to protest about Tibet. See?
Source unknown This could be a one-of-a-kind photo
And then people from the consulate went up there and cut her down.
How long a fall to the balcony would you say that was? 15 feet or so? (Note the absence of the flagpoles in this later photo – those poles got nubbed shortly after the rope cutting incident.)
And then the SFFD couldn’t get into the building to rescue her to take her to SFGH because, because, well, the People’s Republic of China.
[UPDATE: Well, it looks like the Taiwanese civilian carriers are going to comply but the Korean and Japanese will not. So maybe the the PLAAF will scramble if it feels like it? Isn't that what it does now? Maybe this ham-fisted move will make sense in five or ten years...]
Can you see those B-52′s? Now that’s what you call soft power. (Chrysler whale not depicted, but sources report it was about to set sail)
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So let’s see here. China’s newly-declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is a big flop already. Who’s going to recognize it? North Korea, maybe. But anybody else?
Nope. Not South Korea, not Taiwan, not the U.S., not the Philippines, and not Vietnam and certainly not Japan. So for a regular ANA or JAL flight from Tokyo to Taipei, do you think that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is going to scramble the fighters every day?
I don’t. How could it?
So you declare a bunch of rules and nobody cares. How does this benefit the people of China?
ECSADIZ = DOA
“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”
As she appeared last week:
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1935: Germany strong:
2012: People’s Republic* of China strong:
And you can’t see, but there are five stars on the PRC flag:
“The five stars and their relationship represents the unity of Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. The orientation of the stars shows that the unity should go around a center. The larger star symbolizes the Communist Party of China, and the four smaller stars that surround the big star symbolize the four social classes (the working class, the peasantry, the urban petite bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie) of Chinese people mentioned in Mao’s “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship“
In the center of the photo, you’ll find “heiress and socialite” Charlotte Smith Mailliard Swig Shultz, wife of Famous Republican George P. Shultz – check out her bio.** Now, which star is for her? I’m thinking it’s the star representing the national bourgeoisie, but IDK for sure.
*The current communist or socialist states that include the words People’s Republic in their full names:
Historical examples include:
** CSMSS (born ca. 1934) is an American heiress and socialite. She is the Chief of Protocol for the state of California, and the Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco. She is the wife of former United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz. In 2007, she was named Honorary Commander of The Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II.
Here it is, in the Twitterloin.
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Now let’s see some reviews:
This was the strangest “museum” I’ve ever been to. And really, it’s worth a visit if you go on a free day. As other reviewers have mentioned, it should really be categorized as a gallery because most of the pieces are done by one man. The placards are hilarious. Instead of saying “Tiger in bamboo – Oil on canvas – 1993″, it will say something like “The Master has expertly crafted this piece and is the best work to have ever captured the grace of this animal. His Holiness has magnificent talent….”. It’s like a paragraph about how great he is without any mention of the materials used. I have some suggestions to make this place better. 1) call the upper floors a gallery 2) turn the ground floor forest/fireplace area into a bar 3) let people climb in the tree house.
Actual artist’s note: ”The external appearance of this stone is too beautiful to be absorbed all at once … In creating this wondrous art form, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has opened an entirely new epoch in the history of art in the world.” This whole shoddy enterprise seems to be one giant vanity project by a self-styled “spiritual” guru. If you do trail around this vast collection of mediocre pastiche, then at least embrace the comedy value and read the item descriptions. But make sure you don’t get waylaid by one of the dead-eyed volunteers who will ask you to describe your experience. The whiff of the cult is strong in this one.