Posts Tagged ‘east bay’

Asiana Air Crash Update – Reviewing KTVU TV’s “Sum Ting Wong” Fiasco from 2014 – TRIGGER WARNING: Speculation

Friday, January 24th, 2014

1. So KTVU, the way to make up for your error is to disclose what occurred, IMO. The way NOT to do it is to air “Success Makers*” featuring “Survivor” winner Yul Kwon interviewing other notable Korean Americans. This tit-for-tat, Black-Eye vs. Feather-in-the-Cap, yes-but-is-it-good-for-the-Jews accounting system is a big fat joke and everybody knows it. If you all want to air this kind of “aspirational” bullcrap at 7 AM on a Sunday morning, well then be my guest, but you don’t need to commit the U.S. Media Blunder of the Year 2013 first, right? One thing has nothing to do with the other, IRL. You can throw a bone to the Asian American Journalists Association whenever you want, right? Why connect the two?

2. OTOH, KTVU, if you want to go through the pretty much pointless process of sending out take-down notices hither and yon so that certain people, certain older, out of touch people, can see that you’re trying to placate them, well, at least that makes more sense than Success Makers.

3. So, KTVU, what happened? Your viewing public is confused. And rightly so, since you’re hiding your own story from them. Some think that you all got punked by another TV station as payback for all the crowing you were doing about your Asiana coverage up to that point. Others think that some low-level KTVU employee made a joke and then things got out of hand. But that’s not what I heard.

4. My theory. Some aviation buff from the Midwest, let’s say in Illinois or a neighboring state, posts on a regional forum that the names all the pilots have just been revealed: “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” This joke just sat out there for a day or so and then it started getting repeated on other boards and Twitter and the like. A retired pilot, somebody that KTVU had dealt with in the past, came across the names but didn’t get the joke. So he earnestly passed the names along to a contact at KTVU and that’s what got the ball rolling. Do you want a guess on who that person is? Well, my WAG is a former United Airlines pilot who’s now living in a leafy East Bay suburb. Someone who is older. He’s younger than my grandmother, who would not have gotten the joke either, but old enough to have grown up in a more sober-minded era. (That’s an era where a kind of blue-collar, single-income fam could actually afford to buy a Brady Bunch kind of house on an ironically-named street just before it massively appreciated.)

5. So then, the KTVU crew runs the names by a Chinese-American(?) woman who  doesn’t wonder why all the Korean pilots have Chinese-sounding names? (NB: If you don’t have a Kim, a Lee, or a Park in there, then something might very well be suspect.) And the news reader lady, who, after all is pretty much mindlessly reading the Teleprompter, pronounced one of the names as Fook instead of Fuck and boy aren’t we clever to not make that mistake

6. I’ll tell you, it’ll take a long time before a carrier like Asiana has four Chinese national pilots on one of its widebodies. OTOH, there were a heck of a lot of Chinese passengers on the Korean plane. Why’s that? Well, I’ll tell you, one of my former co-workers flew to South Korea last year just before the SFO disaster and this person specifically avoided using the two big Korean carriers even though it cost hundreds more to do so. Why? A strong mistrust of South Korean aviation safety. So, a Chinese carrier, Taiwanese, American? Sure, but not Asiana. One assumes that Asiana had pretty low fares in the summer of 2013…

7. So KTVU, as long as your happy, huh? You had a problem, you dealt with it, you fired some people, you paid off some settlement(s) for firing some people, you aired an aspirational TV show to several thousands of viewers and that’s that. What this all reminds me of is what the San Francisco Chronicle went through after it posted DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE, which was a major investment in time and money.** Boy, that one really hit the fan. After this similar kind of backlash, the Chron agreed not to syndicate the series, which prolly cost the Chron big bucks I’m guessing. Oh well.

8. Anyway, KTVU, that’s what some people might be thinking, but not saying. Try to focus on what’s correct, not what’s confirmed, you old MSM dinosaur you. The way you handled this mess is a bigger problem than the initial mess itself is what I’m saying. Go and sin no more. And I’ll tell you, the FAA / NTSB gets an A+ so far for the accident investigation. It’s like a WHAT WENT WRONG SO WE DON’T DO THIS AGAIN kind of thing. Why doesn’t KTVU do the same kind of thing so we can all benefit?

*”I’ll be hosting a special on KTVU tomorrow night after the 49ers-Seahawks game. The show is called “Success Makers” and I profile/interview four Asian American trailblazers, including Gideon Yu (president of the 49ers and former CFO of Facebook) and Daniel Dae Kim (star of Lost and Hawaii 5-0). Their stories are fascinating, and notwithstanding the painfully rusty host, the show is actually pretty eye-opening.”

**The problem was that the important parts were single-sourced. (“Typical college student?” Please.) IMO, that was the real prob with it. 

YouTube Video: Mean Great Blue Heron Kills Gophers in Richmond Just for Fun?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sure looks that way:

Here’s What Our Massive “Left Coast Lifter” Barge Crane is Doing These Days: Nothing – Soon, Off to NYC?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Could be:

“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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OMG, KQED Touches the Third Rail by Dissing West AND East Oakland – See the “Offending Paragraph” Here

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Start here:

A San Franciscan’s Guide to Living in Oakland”  | November 19, 2013 | 123 Comments

Then read the inevitable retraction here:

Oakland, We Hear You!” -  | November 19, 2013 | 18 Comments

Then read this graf here, the one that got deleted, never to return:

“Don’t Be Scared

The only rule to living here is to find where to go and not to go. The places I am going to take you on a tour through will label me as “bougie” by Oakland standards, but I don’t think there is anything elitist about coming home in one piece. So stay out of East Oakland and West Oakland. That doesn’t sound like it leaves much, but it does. Trust me, my friends have been violently mugged in East Oakland and had the same house robbed three times in West Oakland. But be my guest if you want to go to either for ‘cool points.’”

Oh, here it is:

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If KQED wants to do this kind of stuff, it should label the post as an editorial or as a reader contribution or something like that. I’ll tell you, another big corporate website in town, carpet-bagging Gannett Co Inc’s west coast loss-maker,* The Bold Italic, similarly runs into trouble when it runs similar kinds of posts.

I’m saying that this kind of post, presented the way it was, damages the KQED brand.

Could KQED Forum do a radio call in show about this incident for a full hour? Heck yes.

That’s certainly an option, KQED people.

*Millions and millions of dollars all told. 

Tall, Taller, Tallest: One Rincon North, One Rincon South, Mount Diablo

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Come for the views, stay for the tuned sloshing dampers:

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Famous San Francisco Photoblogger The Tens Successfully Transitions to Life in the East Bay: “oakland, women, international”

Monday, November 11th, 2013

For instance:

It’s all at The Tens.

Flyers Just Posted All Over Town: $5000.00 REWARD – MISSING PERSON – SEAN SIDI – MEDICALLY DEPENDENT

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

A reward has just been offered.

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Help find Sean Sidi

WHEN:  July 14, 2013  between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE:  On Broderick between Fell and Oak opposite Peet’s coffee.

             There is parking in the DMV lot  

WHAT:  Pick up new fliers with the Reward Offering. Receive a location assignment for posting of fliers. 

Sidi Friends and the San Francisco Community,

We would like to express our gratitude for all the tremendous support that we have received from you.   So many of you have brought us food, donated money, spent hours posting fliers and helped in any way possible.   This outpouring of love and kindness has kept us going in the absence of our beautiful son Sean.   

We have yet to receive a single clue of Sean’s location.   As many of you know, we have placed fliers all over San Francisco, Marin, and some in the East Bay.  We have sent search parties from San Francisco all the way to the Oregon border.   Last weekend, Claude (Sean’s dad) and two friends flew up to Montana to the Rainbow Gathering.   This was a gathering of as many as 10,000 hippies and transient individuals.   Some of the Rainbow family were in the park when Sean disappeared and it was speculated that he might be at this gathering.   Unfortunately, Sean was not at the event, however, Claude and his friends managed to spread the word and hand out hundreds of photos and fliers.   

At this point it is time to bring the search to the next level.  We are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Sean’s safe return.  We are hoping this will stimulate further interest and some possible solid leads.   As a result, we need your help to post these new fliers and help spread this information. 

If you are able to help us out, please join us this Sunday, July 14th.   We will have 6,000 freshly printed fliers available to distribute.  There are specific neighborhoods/locations that we would like to be certain to cover, however, if you prefer you have the option of placing the fliers in your own neighborhood.  Be sure to bring a staple gun or tape (or both).  

Thank you so very much, 

The Sidi Family”

The SFMTA Has an N Judah Express, So Where’s the T Third Express? – “MUNI’s Shameful Racism”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CCSF student Gloria Dean has a question for the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC:

“I would like to know the reasons why the Muni constantly stops trains on the T-Line at 23rd Street as if the rest of Third Street doesn’t exist. 

“To see elderly women, men and children waiting over an hour for a train to get home is some of the worse treatment of citizens I’ve ever seen from a transportation system. I’ve traveled extensively all over the country as well as the world and I’ve only lived in this area for one year. However, this is obviously a classic combination of classism and racism being displayed, and it is truly a SHAME!

“I’ve decided to take my car out of the parking garage and drive. I refuse to be treated as a second class citizen. I deserve more and so do all the residents of Bayview. Last check, San Francisco doesn’t end at 23rd Street.”

Well I know the answer – it has to do with the district election system for the Board of Supervisors, and also the SFMTA’s general incompetence.

Now the Supervisor for our Bayview Hunters Point area asked about this sitch and the answer was that the T-Third zipped along at a speedy 9 MPH or something, so a T-Third Express wasn’t really needed.

Hey, here’s a jobs program. Why not tear out the T-Third and bring back the buses? Just asking. I mean the T-Third takes up a lot of space, right? Why doesn’t MUNI use it more?

Now speaking of the N Judah Express, here it is, in action, or lack thereof:

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Is that four buses sitting around on Sansome Street during rush hour? The drivers are just starting work and it’s time for a 40 minute lunch break? All right.

And here’s another on Bush, just idling away.

Actually, even when the N Judah Express band-aid operation is operational during our rush hours, the buses are totally empty, no passengers, most of the time.

Oh well.

Horrible “Zero Graffiti” Non-Profit from Livermore Ironically Hosts Graffito on Market Street

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

See?

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Hey, what’s “ZERO GRAFFITI INTERNATIONAL?”

It’s an “international” anti-graffiti convention that’ll have fewer attendees than passengers on the bus you can see on the left.

Hey, why do we have those giant ads sitting on the sidewalks of Market?

Was it part of a corrupt public-private deal involving former Mayor Willie Brown?

Yep.

And he appointed Gavin Newsom and Gavin Newsom appointed Ed Lee?

Yep.

And let’s see here, we have a stupid “film” dedicated to corrupt DPW Department Head Mohammed Nuru?

Check.

And the “preferred” airport shuttle service is the corrupt GO Lorries?

Of course.

Is the keynote speaker going to be Rod Blagojevich?

Who knows…

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…