Posts Tagged ‘life’

Peak Life? Today’s “Walk for Life West Coast” Anti-Abortion Parade Much Smaller Than Last Year’s – Less Than 20,000 Marchers

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

[UPDATE: Here are some photos. Oh, and Protest Shooter has some video showing way more than "maybe 100" counter-protesters, which he undercounts for ideological reasons, and showing way less than "40,000" marchers, which he undercounts for, wait for it, ideological reasons. The fact remains that it took last year's crowd 48 minutes to clear out but this year's only 31 minutes.]

Surprise! Today’s Walk for Life West Coast 2011 had a smaller turnout than the past couple years.

How about 16,000 for an estimate of those marching up Embarcadero from the Ferry Building / Justin Herman Plaza area? So, that would be less than half of the officially estimated and very optimistic 35,000 count from last year, or, comparing apples to apples, about two-thirds of last year’s attendance, which was in the 22k, 23k, 24k neighborhood.

Here’s my estimate from last year, complete with my criticism of a ridiculously low number (that some took seriously) from the San Francisco Chronicle. Seems odd that multiple independent sources came in at around the same low-to-middle 20,000s and the organizers were at a pie-in-the sky 35k. Last year’s crowd took 48 minutes to get going, but this year’s took just 31, so you do the math. (And in case there’s any doubt here, crowd counting-wise, like the suitor and his ring in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, I’m bona fide. I got there a couple minutes before noon and I was like Sherman, where are all the white people? How can the organizers claim to not be aware of the smaller crowd this year if it was so obvious to me from the get-go?)

Of course some are wed to the idea of constantly growing numbers:

American Missionary – Great weather in SF west coast walk for life. 40,000+ in attendance.”

Will organizers tell the truth and say that their numbers are down year-over-year or will they simply lie? [UPDATE - KGO 7 ABC TV is saying about 20,000 and as for what the organizers are saying, see below]

As it looked at the start at around 12:02 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 CE. The much smaller counterprotesting pro-choice march went up Herb Caen Way in parallel – they were gone in 160 seconds or so.

Please remember, WFLWC spinners:

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness (Lie)

[UPDATE: That's it, as of 2:31 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2011, they are going for the lie:

"7th Annual Walk for Life
a record breaking success!

At least 40,000 stand up for Life!"

Now, how could it be that a march that took three-quarters of an hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway in 2010 is smaller than today's, one that took a half-hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway?

Saying that there were about 40,000 people marching today isn't spin, it's a sin. Appears as if organizer Dolores Meehan is a big fat liar. She might not be aware of the actual numbers precisely, but she's got to know that the size of the crowd is waaaaaay down this year. What would she say next year if the parade only takes 15 minutes to get out of Ferry Plaza? She'd say 45,000, natch.

I mean, is that cool? Exaggerate more and more each year until nobody believes you? Is that how you roll?

And others are doing their best to prove the Rule of Three:

"@bayareacatholic Just heard - an estimated 45-50 thou walkers! #walkforlife"

And here's the official press release. Pure horseshit:

"Record-breaking Turnout for Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of pro-life activists filled Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco's downtown and then walked 2.5 miles along the waterfront in a record-breaking turnout for the 7th Annual Walk for Life West Coast.

"We are here to break the bondage of the culture of death," Walk for Life co-chair Dolores Meehan told the crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see.

"If we care for the baby, we have to care for the mother and father," said speaker Kathleen Eaton, who funded Birth Choice Clinics in Orange County after her own abortion.

The Walk was held on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

"Today on January 22nd,  I do not honor choice any more, I mourn choice," said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who walked away from her job at a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on October 6, 2009, after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus. "You are the new generation of the pro-life movement and I can tell you Planned Parenthood is shaking in their boots."

"Nothing is too big for God to forgive," said Mary Poirer, who told the story of her three abortions.

Rev. Brian Walker, who, with his wife Denise, chose to abort their child four months before their wedding, said he deserted his wife when she needed him. "Many years ago there was not a man in the house, there was a male in the house, but there was not a man in the house," said Walker. "Everybody suffers in the wake of abortion."

"We've lost close to 40 percent of our population to abortion," said Rev. Denise Walker, founder of Everlasting Light Ministries, referring to the high rate of African American abortions. "We must end this slaughter."

A densely packed crowd of least 40,000 walked 20 across in a line that stretched over a mile. The Walk route started at Justin Herman Plaza in downtown San Francisco and concluded at Marina Green in sight of Golden Gate Bridge.

Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast's mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is the answer.

www.walkforlifewc.com]

Walk For Life West Coast vs. San Francisco Pro-Choice Parade 2011 – Same Day, Same Place – Saturday, Jan 22

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

[UPDATE: March attendance was down by about a third this year, for some reason. Some photos of 2011 here.]

This Saturday is forecast as a 63-degree dreaded sunny so that means that turnout at San Francisco’s annual dueling Roe v. Wade anniversary parades will be maximized for 2011.

Now I’ll tell you, local pro-choice groups made a conscious effort to ignore the Walk for Life West Coast a few years back, but this here poster shows that that policy has changed a bit.

Here’s the other one. (Technically, these events are in different locations, but just head over to Justin Herman Plaza and you should be able to figure this years locations tout de suite.)

Believe the WFL people will start marching up Embarcadero at the stroke of noon after a one-hour rally starting at 11:00 AM

Photos of past years below and the press release after the jump.

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“Life: A Cosmic Story” Debuts at California Academy of Sciences – Narrated by Jodie Foster – You”ll Gasp At Opening Scenes

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will start showing Life: A Cosmic Story November 6, 2010 in Morrison Planetarium.

“Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.”

People, including a bunch of 8th-graders from Lawton Alternative, were gasping at the opening scene during the sneak peek yesterday. It’s like the superest super IMAX theater you could imagine.

The screen under the big dome is big, big, big:

Click to expand

See, Jodie Foster has been into this kind of stuff for a while:

All the deets:

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY OPENS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2010 IN MORRISON PLANETARIUM. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the second all-digital show produced by the California Academy of Sciences is a high-speed ride through the history of life

SAN FRANCISCO (October 5, 2010) — How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium’s upcoming show, Life: A Cosmic Story, which will premiere on November 6, 2010.   Located inside the California Academy of Sciences, the Morrison has transported audiences to the far reaches of the Universe and back since its opening in 2008.  Like the inaugural show Fragile PlanetLife takes audiences on an immersive, all-digital journey, featuring visualizations based on the latest scientific data.

“The show’s core concept is that all life on Earth is related, having evolved from a common ancestor,” says Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization.  “Taking an even longer view, we see that life’s origins begin with dark matter and the first stars—our pedigree is actually 13.7 billion years in the making.”

Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  The first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce, and entire worlds take shape.  On the early Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented—one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial “hot puddle” on a volcanic island.  From these microscopic beginnings, life transformed the entire Earth as it evolved and diversified: filling the atmosphere with oxygen, turning the continents green, and altering global climate patterns.  The 25-minute show ends with a review of geological evidence and the connectedness of all living things on Earth.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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The SFFD Gets Training on Handling Electric Vehicles Today – How To Get You Out of Your Crashed Car Safely

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Elements of the San Francisco Fire Department and other bay area first responders are getting a little electric vehicle safety training today and tomorrow so they’ll know what they’re doing when Chevy Volts and other Battery Electric Vehicles start appearing on our roads and getting accidents in greater numbers. See?

“Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.”

Here’s what it looks like:

All the deets:

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12  — Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.

In addition to San Francisco and last week’s training in Detroit, the tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Washington, D.C.

“These training sessions provide a valuable opportunity for first responders to prepare for the introduction of this new vehicle technology,” said Chevrolet Safety Director Gay Kent. “The tour allows us to extend our training and education to first responders across the country. Our goal with this program is to help public safety personnel become as comfortable working around electric vehicles as they are with conventional vehicles today.”

Safety trainers delivered presentations covering topics specific to electric vehicles such as power shut-off procedures, lithium ion battery details, locations of high-strength steel and cut points for extrication.  In addition, a Volt – recently used during an extrication exercise – was on site for hands-on training for first responders.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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“Life: A Cosmic Story” to Debut at Our Cal Academy’s Morrison Planetarium November 6th, 2010 – Narrated by Jodie Foster

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will have a new treat for you starting in November, 2010. Check out the deets, below.

See, Jodie Foster has been into this kind of stuff for a while:

All the deets:

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY OPENS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2010 IN MORRISON PLANETARIUM. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the second all-digital show produced by the California Academy of Sciences is a high-speed ride through the history of life

SAN FRANCISCO (October 5, 2010) — How did life on Earth begin?  This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium’s upcoming show, Life: A Cosmic Story, which will premiere on November 6, 2010.   Located inside the California Academy of Sciences, the Morrison has transported audiences to the far reaches of the Universe and back since its opening in 2008.  Like the inaugural show Fragile PlanetLife takes audiences on an immersive, all-digital journey, featuring visualizations based on the latest scientific data.      

“The show’s core concept is that all life on Earth is related, having evolved from a common ancestor,” says Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization.  “Taking an even longer view, we see that life’s origins begin with dark matter and the first stars—our pedigree is actually 13.7 billion years in the making.”

Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  The first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce, and entire worlds take shape.  On the early Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented—one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial “hot puddle” on a volcanic island.  From these microscopic beginnings, life transformed the entire Earth as it evolved and diversified: filling the atmosphere with oxygen, turning the continents green, and altering global climate patterns.  The 25-minute show ends with a review of geological evidence and the connectedness of all living things on Earth.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Lovely First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom kicks off FORUM for CHOICE – Tickets Still Available

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is emcee-ing  NARAL Pro-Choice California’s non-partisan FORUM for CHOICE 2010 today, Saturday, April 10th, 2010 up at the Nob Hill Masonic Center at 1111 California Street near Taylor.

See? She’s looking for people to write down questions for all the state-wide candidates who will soon address the crowd this AM. It’s $50 to get in but they have discounts. Anyway, all the deets are here.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jerry Brown to Star at NARAL Forum for Choice this Saturday

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will emcee NARAL Pro-Choice California‘s non-partisan FORUM for CHOICE 2010 this Saturday, April 10th, 2010 up at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on California Street near Taylor.

Pony up a  little dough and then you’ll be able to hear from Californians running for governor, attorney general and insurance commissioner. Looks like only Democrat candidates are going to show, but you never know.

Here are some deets from SF FYI Net:

April 10, 2010 – Saturday

NARAL – Forum for Choice
When: April 10, 2010 – Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street, San Francisco
What: Your decisions in the 2010 election will impact the future of reproductive health in California. Hear directly from the candidates about their views on women’s access to abortion and unintended pregnancy.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be emceeing the Forum
Featuring candidates:
Jerry Brown, Hector De La Torre, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Chris Kelly, Ted Lieu, Pedro Nava, Alberto Torrico
$50., $15 for students.
ForumForChoice.com – Tickets are required.

Tens of Thousands in the Biggest West Coast Walk for Life Ever – San Francisco Yawns

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Let me tell you about how things were back in the day, back in aught-five when the pro-life / “anti-choice” West Coast Walk for Life had smaller numbers and the competing pro-choice / “anti-life” side had more.

Those were the days, complete with heckling and back-and-forth.

Remember?   

From 2005, click to expand

Well, things have changed. After giving it some thought, a lot of the organizations and political representatives who oppose the March for Life have decided to ignore the entire affair. Sure, there were some folks in the counter-march that went up the Herb Cain Way sidewalk, but only about 130 or so. Throw in a marching band that was going the other way (marching to its own drummer hither and yon) and I’d say about 200 locals showed to oppose today’s WCMFL. Don’t know for sure though. People were on hand to listen to BACORR’s Gemma Mirkinson earlier in the morning at 10:00 AM anyway.

But what about the other side, the actual marchers themselves? They went up the Embarcadero for a full 51 minutes – it was a river of people. 

How many marchers this year? Tens of thousands anyway. I’m thinking 22,000 minimum this year, which is about ten percent more than last year – that jibes with the fact that everybody passed by the intersection of Broadway and Embarcadero in 51 minutes, which is about ten percent more time than last year.

How fast do you think this river of humanity was going on average? If it went 10/second then you mulitply by 3060 seconds to get and crowd estimate of over 30K, which I think is a stretch. It was going anywhere from zero to 20+ people per second:  

And here are the local countermarchers:

And here is the joyful reed and brass marching band going the other way:

Noe we’re back to the March. I thought this was advertising for a new kind of eHarmony thing but now I don’t think so. CFC = Couples for Christ, so this is just their unmarried contingent. 

Hey kid, what’s an abortion?

These bused-in marchers would show up regardless of the weather, so a cloudburst at the start of the parade didn’t seem to affect them a bit. Anyway, the weather soon cleared and most of the march was under blue skies and fluffy white clouds. 

Click to see the cloudburst raindrops – it was like being in the shower with your clothes on for a little bit.

And there’s your March for Life West Coast for 2010.

Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

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San Francisco Rallies Against the Stupak Pitts Amendment to the Health Care Reform Bill

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A crowd of a hundred-something showed up on the steps of City Hall yesterday to protest against the Stupak Pitts proposal (aka the Stupak–Ellsworth–Pitts–Kaptur–Dahlkemper–Lipinski–Smith Amendment, srsly) regarding health plans covering abortions.

Moms and daughters were there…

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…plus San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Bevan Dufty

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And here’s a shot from the ACLU of Northern California of  UCSF med students for choice:

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Are we heading for a filibuster?

All the deets here.