Posts Tagged ‘corporate welfare’

OMG, It’s Kesha at the Warfield! Twitterloin Fashion, Sidewalk Death Metal Opening Act, and a Smoky Bus Ride

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Well, isn’t that nice? These suburban gals waiting in line early, early, early got all dolled up for Ke$ha. See?

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(You don’t see this kind of scene too often in the Mid-Market, despite what you might think after watching this video from Tawain what makes fun of San Francisco corruption and corporate welfare.)

Mayor Edwin Lee kowtows to Biz Stone:

Moving on…

The gals in the much shorter V.I.P. line were not exactly enamored with this loud, loud, loud two-man death-metal band…

…but Warfield staff didn’t seem to mind:

And, even though part of the SoMA’s on fire, Yet Another Kesha Bus made it through the smoke and into the Twitterloin, safe and sound:


Meet the INTERNATIONAL ART MUSUEM OF AMERICA – It’s Opening Soon in the Famous Twitter Corporate Welfare Zone

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Well, looky here – that TCWZ is paying dividends already, or something. Here’s the newest “Chinese art museum” to hit the Mid -Market, at 1023 betwixt 6th and 7th. See?

Though there is Great Disorder Under Heaven, the Situation is Excellent for opening an art museum in the Tenderloin-ish Mid-Market area:

Nosy area provocateur The Tens is all over this sitch as was Curbed SF and SFist before him.

But what’s this? You need to contact a security guard before attempting to leave the building?

Wasn’t that how the Movementarians kept people in line? I think so.


I fear that God is Not in Heaven

In the dark of the night

The dark of the night

The I Ching

Wang Chung


Mid-Market Tableau: Longboarding Past Empty, Art-Ridden Storefronts

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This mode of transportation will get you to the Main Library faster than MUNI, no doubt. Dude was making time.

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(Ah, if only somebody could dream up a little half-assed corporate welfare to transform the crime-ridden Tenderloin and art-ridden Mid-Market areas.)

Oh, Here We Go! The Bay Citizen’s Gerry Shih is All Over the Twitter/Mid-Market/Corporate Welfare Sitch

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Now you kids are too young to remember, but back in the day Furniture Mart was the thang, full of visiting Midwestern honeys ready to par-tay in the 415. Good times.

But really, the reason why all those Midwest farmers daughters came back to San Francisco all those years, well it had to do with history, the history of when the 415 was the Capital of the West as opposed to Just Another Ci-tay Near the West Coast, you know, beneath L.A., Fun Diego, San Hoser, Seattle and Portland (yes, sometimes even Portland).

So now, all the furniture-crazy party girls par-tay every year in Vegas, baby, thanks to a whole lot of corporate welfare. But, somehow, a little bit of tiny, half-assed corporate welfare is going to make that all better. Somehow.

Gerry Shih of The Bay Citizen has some of the deets, anyway, or all the deets so far:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal

Ten points for Gryffindor.

Click to see through the see-through-building

And San Francisco Business Times, you expect people to pay for your half-assed editorial about ineffective, half-assed corporate welfare? You’re dreaming.

And if getting rid of the payroll tax is so great, why don’t we do it everywhere instead of just in one place?

(Oh what’s that you say, Bidness Times? YES YES YES, you say? Well then, we agree one thing, anyway. But doesn’t this whole Mid-Market deal smack of corruption, BT? Discuss.)

And Twitter, this is how you roll? (Donkeys live a long time, Twitter.)

How is Changing Our Tax Rules Just for Twitter Not Corporate Welfare?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Answer: It _is_ corporate welfare, the practice of government picking corporate winners and losers, something any govmint isn’t really so hot at doing. Oh well.

Corporate Welfare – Free Market Fundamentalism often leads to corporate welfare because deregulated markets often allow corporations to become so overgrown, even to the point of monopoly, that their influence over the government balloons and balloons. They can game the system so that government programs end up funneling money straight into their own pockets.”

Is the Furniture Mart building covered in this deal? Don’t know. It shouldn’t be.

As seen from Fell Street. They used to have furniture shows here twice a year, don’t know if they still do.

What’s that? You say, “This boondoggle isn’t just for Twitter?”

Oh yes it is! Right now it is, anyway. Next question.

“But this scheme is ‘revenue neutral’ right?”


“But at least we saved the Twitter from moving away.”

Uh, maybe. The problem with the proposed corporate welfare is that it won’t save Twitter all that much money. So it’s like the Mayor recently signing up for the Twitter service – it’s a nice gesture, it shows we care about Big T, but we’re not talking big bucks here anymore. Maybe there was talk of that last year, but the current proposal is pretty weak tea.

So it’s corporate welfare, but Twitter won’t benefit too much from it. Is this really going to keep Twitter here? And if they end up staying, how do you know they based their big decision on such a small amount of money?

And then they’re saying how Twitter will have 3000 employees in San Francisco in 2020. Can I get in on this action? Can I place a bet saying how that’s not going to happen? What color is the sky in your world, the world where you know The Future? Why did you change your green eyeshades for rosy rosy rose-colored glasses?

Oh well. Maybe we’ll end up loving the Twitter from afar. But that’s O.K.

The Boeing Co. Gets Another Shot at Corporate Welfare with Air Tanker Contract

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Say what you will about Chicago-based (and formerly Seattle-based) Boeing Company‘s ability to field a competetive replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s (basically) obsolete KC-135 air tanker fleet, but it sure knows how to kill a contract it doesn’t like.  

There’s no question that continuing production of the 767 would be good for Boeing and its workers, but would that be good for America? That’s the question of the day. Of course Boeing could rework the popular 777 or (soon to be popular, despite what Dan Rather says) 787 into a tanker, but those planes are selling well these days. If the best reason to buy the KC-767 is just to employ Boeing workers then that smacks of corporate welfare, does it not?

Yet another aging Boeing 767 put out to the boneyard. Now it might make sense to buy one used and fly it around as a wide-bodied corporate jet, as the founders of Google do, but what’s the logic behind cobbling together a new 767 FrankenTanker or modifying a 767-400? Click to expand:

via the Photostream of Danny McL

Now back in 2004, Senator john McCain:

“…intimated that Boeing’s problems were its own making, referring to last month’s guilty plea by former Boeing executive Darleen Druyun, who admitted talking to Boeing about a job during the time she served as an Air Force negotiator on the tanker proposal.

I’m sure it was Airbus that motivated Ms. Druyun to negotiate with Boeing for a job. I’m sure they were behind that. I think it’s hilarious.”

Is the only way out of this mess a compromise deal where EADS gets half the contract and Boeing gets the other? Stay tuned.