Posts Tagged ‘consulate’

An Arson Attack at Northern California’s Capital of Military Espionage, the Chinese Consulate at Geary and Laguna

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Here’s the damage at the front entrance on Laguna:

Via Sarah G. McBride

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.

Source unknown

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 throwerAaron 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?

 

Shen Yun, the “Falun Gong Show,” Plays Our Famous Opera House – Who’s Embarrassed? Chinese Consulate, Rose Pak

Friday, December 27th, 2013

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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Here’s what Chinese consulates and embassies around the world have to say about this show.

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. 

Does Chinese New Year Parade “Organizer” Rose Pak Take Ten Percent Off the Top from Corporate Sponsors?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I don’t know.

I mean, her luxury condo south of Market was only partly subsidized, right? And she doesn’t really have a job job. And I don’t think the Chinese consulate has ever 1099′ed her for the “consulting” work she does / did for it.

So lookie here to see what those gambling houses in Reno and Las Vegas have to pay to participate in the 2013 event:

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So Rose Pak is a guaranteed winner and the “Chinese community” she claims to represent is a guaranteed loser, assuming that advertising works and assuming that The House Always Wins, which is does.

Couldn’t somebody else “organize” this parade?

And maybe not do the drunk mafia grandma routine every year?

If You Want to Park Illegally at SFO, Just Slap the Russian Coat of Arms on Your Car’s License Plate

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Thusly, right at the entrance to International Arrivals:

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And thusly:

I should add that it would help if you had a Rolls Royce, and if your license plate had no letters* on it, and if you had a chauffeur to keep an eye on the car…

Oh, to hail from Mother Russia!

*See? ‘Cause it’s “special.”

**Someday, I’ll be special. (I’m a driver, I’m a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it.) In the meantime I’ll just have to circle around powered by my straight-outta-Toyota-City 2UZ-FE V-8 with hypereutectic pistons, you know, an engine from this century. The one  what will surely outlive whichever visiting comrade happened to be coming in from Moscow on this particular day…

*** Someday.

Two Men Punch Falun Gong in Chinatown – They Opt for “Community Court” – Sentence: Apology Letters

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

San Francisco has Neighborhood Courts? News to me.

Anyway, if you go down to Chinatown, I don’t know, maybe around Grant Ave. and Washington, and you start punching the Falun types, well, you just end up in Community Court and then be forced to write insincere apology notes, and to attend Anger Management courses, and to keep away from Grant Ave. and Washington.

So says the house organ for area Falun Gong, the Epoch Times Newspaper.

Check it:

“Yongyao Wu (right) assaults Falun Gong practitioner Derek Wang in San Francisco’s Chinatown on June 10. Wu was found guilty by a Neighborhood Court on Aug. 13. (Courtesy of anonymous bystander)”

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So, I sort of knew about this sitch, but I didn’t know how things turned out.

Brace Yourselves: “GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY” is Coming Friday – Protest at Russian Consulate

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It’s come to this.

The specific whites of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow aren’t going to like tomorrow’s international protest one bit.

Not one bit!

“GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY - FRIDAY AUGUST 17th – FreePussyRiot.org

The ‘Free Pussy Riot’ protest is a worldwide response to Russian authorities detaining three young women for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral in Moscow in February. Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich are the three women and members of Pussy Riot, a feminist collective punk band known for impromptu performances with a political agenda to promote basic rights, gender equality and the lack of justice involving the powers that be.

The global pussy riot campaign is going to be held in major cities around the world this Friday to urge Putin and Russian authorities for a fair hearing for the girls’ sentencing. With support from celebrities such as Madonna and Pete Townshend, and of Amnesty International the pussy riot has become a movement to show support for these three women and more importantly to show Russian authorities their decision will not go unnoticed.

In San Francisco their are two events being held:

At 3:00 PM on Friday supporters will be meeting at the Russian Consulate 2790 Green Street.
https://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/?ref=ts

At 6:30 PM they will be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza.
https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

“As a musician who has spoken out against political figures, I am deeply troubled that the Russian government is punishing its citizens for voicing their opinions through music. Music is an essential tool for voicing opinions about everything from gender to oppression. To outlaw the free expression of these ideas is to embrace tyranny. Letting artists speak is the hallmark of a free society.”
-Peaches (Canadian electro-pop/punk rocker) link to her new song/video “FREE PUSSY RIOT” http://vimeo.com/47483917

Barcelonahttps://www.facebook.com/events/428870363832253/

Belgrade : http://www.facebook.com/events/353321734744751/

Berlinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/341464445932389/

Brightonhttp://www.facebook.com/events/476321332380904/

Brisbanehttp://www.facebook.com/events/393769817342711/

Bruxelles :  http://www.amnestyinternational.be/doc/s-informer/actualites-2/article/russie-manifestation-pour-la

Buenos Aireshttp://www.facebook.com/events/271199299647295/

Chicago : http://www.facebook.com/events/408042082576296/

Chisinau/Moldovahttp://www.facebook.com/events/493393557354880/

Copenhagenhttp://www.facebook.com/events/424471940927930/https://www.facebook.com/events/374520859284447/

Derry, Irelandhttp://www.facebook.com/events/102245836592357/

Dublinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/274613749309206/

Florence (Firenze) : http://www.facebook.com/events/459331887430924/

Genévehttp://www.facebook.com/events/110110862469275/

Göteborghttp://www.facebook.com/events/274179756015202/

Hamburghttp://www.facebook.com/events/427926530583502/

Helsinkihttps://www.facebook.com/events/424531920915641/

Kaliningradhttp://vk.com/event41762298

Köln/Colognehttp://www.facebook.com/events/349557895119950/

Kievhttp://www.facebook.com/events/227350677388464/

Leedshttp://www.facebook.com/events/155657094558291/

Londonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/337559159661689/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/13/royal-court-pussy-riot-readi…

Madridhttp://www.facebook.com/events/350516441690013/

Marseillehttp://www.facebook.com/events/347401892005724/

Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/events/357491980994134/

Mendoza, Argentinahttps://www.facebook.com/events/488788877798731/

Milanhttps://www.facebook.com/events/134453260030214/

Minneapolis : http://www.facebook.com/events/453640387991012/

Montréal http://www.facebook.com/events/388534647880948/

Moscowhttp://www.facebook.com/events/401297053252028/ http://www.facebook.com/events/337847742969653/

München/Munichhttp://www.facebook.com/events/142675212539886/

Murmanskhttp://vk.com/pussyriot51

Nanteshttp://www.facebook.com/events/351885048219480/

New York Cityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/262241200554708/http://www.facebook.com/events/336406896449171/

Nicehttps://www.facebook.com/events/433177160059098/

Odessahttp://vk.com/event41737295 https://www.facebook.com/events/176445712490602/?context=create

Oslohttp://www.facebook.com/events/408330272558296/

Ottawahttps://www.facebook.com/events/273166786116903/

Parishttps://www.facebook.com/events/477310605615546/

Permhttp://vk.com/event41594563

Portland : http://www.facebook.com/events/454346897919936/

Prague : http://www.facebook.com/events/173074842817417/

Reykjavikhttps://www.facebook.com/events/458139040873098/

Rigahttps://www.facebook.com/events/458755374145273

Samarahttp://vk.com/freepussyriotsamara

San Franciscohttp://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

Sidneyhttp://www.facebook.com/events/513418808674744/

Stockholmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/345703202177925

St. Petersburghttp://vk.com/freepussyriot170812spb

Tel Avivhttps://www.facebook.com/events/130257380452299/

Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/306577532773598/

Toulouse http://www.facebook.com/events/431789516864929/

Tournai, Belgium https://www.facebook.com/events/372254449510600/

Tverhttp://vk.com/tverforpr

Västeråshttps://www.facebook.com/events/367931276613819/

Vilinushttp://www.facebook.com/events/450340734998207/

Warszawahttp://www.facebook.com/events/465259630171770/

Washingtonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/418284021540525/?context=create&ref=book…

Wien/Viennahttp://raw.at/raverse/2012/pussy-riot-solitreffen-am-13-08-12

Man, the Falun Gong Protest in Front of the Chinese Consulate on Geary Will Freak You Out

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I don’t know, which would you rather see when you look outside in the morning? Would you rather see freaky Blair Witch evidence or bunch of Falun Gong holding this pose?

Geary at Laguna:

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I could go either way.

But, attention cultists, achtung baby: Signals intelligence officers are inside this consulate, sniffing your cell phone data packets, so to speak. Like a giant Google Maps car.

So, Falun Gongers, take your cell phone batteries out of your mobiles, if you know what’s good for you, whenever you protest over there.

Just saying…

Hey, That Shen Yu “Falun Gong Show” is Back in Town at Our Opera House Until January 8th, 2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Not that I care all that much about it, but you know, it’s back for 2012, baby.

Here’s your backgrounder right here. And here’s Civic Center Mike’s take.

Oh, this popped up in one of my shots – I recognized it immediately.* SY spends a lot of money advertising itself, of course:

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The annual return of the Shen Yu upsets the occupants of the Chinese Consulate in the Western Addition like nobody’s business. Oh well.

The current government of China hates Shen Yu and vice versa. These two have got a whole dramaturgical dyad going on.

Choose or lose.

Cause, you know, one side is a cult, and the other is a shadowy religious group.

Get your tickets here, if you want.

*Oh, and last month, the Shen Yu repeatedly subscribed and unsubscribed to my Twitter on like a daily basis. Why? I don’t know. Oh well. 

Mr. Gary Oldman Graces San Francisco for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – British Consulate’s Sneak Peek – “Cool Britannia”

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well here it is:

“The British Consul General, Ms Priya Guha, requests the pleasure of your company at a reception prior to a screening of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” November 16, 6:00-7:15pm”

O.K. then. And that’s not at all a typical kind of thing for San Francisco’s consular community, really, but our British Consulate-General is out there in the Bay Area promoting the heck out of Britain. (Cool Britannia they used to call it.) And actually that’s not a hard job when you have Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding this year (and her recent California visit, dropping by just to say “hi”) and the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics and whathaveyou.

Add to that list the start of a movie series that could rival James Bond and Harry Potter, who knows. It’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (that’s a nice trailer, huh?) featuring Mr. Gary Oldman (H.P.’s godfather!) and, already, it has an obscenely-high 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Check it:

“Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.”

So last night, San Francisco’s first female British Consul General, Ms. Priya Guha, introduced this film at the Century 9 in Westfield’s San Francisco Centre. She pointed out that Britain is quite big in the movie biz, having over 100 film studios and 2500 post-production companies.

And then it was on with the show.

And then, who popped up as the curtain dropped but Gary Oldman and Director Tomas Alfredson. (Or so I’m told.) This very same crew was up in San Rafael two days ago and who knows where they’ll be tonight:

“OH MY GOD, Gary Oldman is coming to the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screening tonight?!!” 

Anway, I don’t have a shot for you, so:

INSERT PHOTO OF MSSRS. OLDMAN AND ALFREDSON WITH CONSUL GENERAL HERE

But I do have shots from last night of people who may or may not have wanted their photos taken, so I’ll leave them caption-free. (I’ll note that CBS Channel 5 was def. in the house with famous Liam Mayclem and Beth Spotswood (she’s earned a page on Wiki now? Wow) on hand.)

Don’t click to expand, don’t encourage him

So, Enter the Circus yourself, why not, starting December 9th, 2011.

See you there!

The 2200 Block of Octavia Near Danielle Steel’s Mansion is Sort of Like the Crookedest Street in the World, Sort Of

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Well, here it is, the 2200 block of Octavia Street betwixt Washington and Jackson in San Francisco’s tony Specific Whites District right near writer Danielle Steel’s large white mansion and just up the hill from our 3.5-star Yelp-rated German Consulate.*

See? It’s got a brick surface and it’s curvy, sort of:

There it is on the left. (How many of the cars you can see are owned by Ms. Steel? She used to have 26(!) residential parking permits, you know…)

Fake Lombard Street is a big FAIL, IMO.

Oh well.

Why is it here? Who built it? I know not.

*”Gee honey, do you think we should go to the consulate after getting those deportation notices?” “I don’t know, Cupcake. Let’s check Yelp first…”