Posts Tagged ‘mercury’

Bumper Sticker Tells All to “BUY AMERICAN!” – Except this Car was Hecho’ed en Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Isn’t it ironic?

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Don’tcha think?

Oh Nativists, will you ever win?

Thank Gaia for the UFO RESPONSE TEAM – Patrolling the NoPA Western Addition Since 2006

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? UFO RESPONSE TEAM.

If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call? UFO RESPONSE TEAM.

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This is my second sighting.

I don’t know, I just feel safer when I know that they‘re around.

Merry part.

Street Justice, Frisco Style: Former San Francisco Taxicab Takes Up Two Parking Spaces on Fell, Pays a Price

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Let’s see here, the penalty for parking a Mercury Grand Marquis (aka Ford Crown Victoria) on the mean streets of San Francisco is, assuming that you carelessly take up two spaces, this:

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See? This car was clean when it was parked here last week.

Damage report: A little paintball action, both yellow and blue, plus messages on the windows, plus a bidness card listing your crime tucked in the driver’s window, plus a pair of way-too-low-pressure tires on the left side (owing to some miscreant letting the air out.)

I cry foul, on the vigilantes…

UPDATE: Le mise-en-scene, for those who care. Probably hundreds of frustrated drivers passed by this scene whilst looking for free parking this past week. I’ll note that the driver of the Toyota RAV4 cute-ute is far braver than I, ’cause parking a car with its nose in a crosswalk, well, that’s a paddling right there, or a $100 ticket or something…

Absurd MUNI Bus Ad of the Week: “Would You Serve POISON to Your Guests?” From WildAid – It’s Like PETA for Sharks

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

So, you shouldn’t eat fish because of mercury – is that what we’re saying here?

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Is shark fin soup a major source of mercury poisoning for Californians? A minor source? No source at all?

I don’t know.

Regardless, I cry foul.

(Would you have people throw RICE at your wedding? 

Rice consumption may cause pigeons to explode.)

Thank Heavens for the UFO RESPONSE TEAM – Long May They Cruise Our Streets

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? UFO RESPONSE TEAM.

If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call? UFO RESPONSE TEAM.

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San Jose Mercury News Work Rules: Photographers Can’t Write and Writers Can’t Take Photographs?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

From the California Media Workers Guild, comes news of negotiations at the San Jose Mercury News concerning our “changing, online media world.”

Check out a clause from the current contract below – it explains a lot.

Meanwhile, up in San Francisco, writer John King seems to be doing a fine job taking photos to illustrates his points.

Ask yourself, how do these rules serve the reader?

Anyway, welcome to the 20th century:

“ARTICLE VI — JOB LIMITATION

(a)     A reporter shall not do the work of a photographer, and a photographer shall not do the work of a reporter, nor shall the members of the editorial department perform duties outside the editorial department, nor shall employees of other departments do editorial and news work. This shall not be construed to prevent the employment of reporter-photographers for special work after agreement with the Guild, which agreement shall not be unreasonably withheld. Provided:

(b)     Combination reporter-photographers may be employed outside Santa Clara County, but shall be limited to no more than two (2) in any one bureau. Within Santa Clara County, combination reporter-photographers may be employed only as follows:

1.      Two designated combination reporter-photographers may be assigned to the South County bureau, and may use cameras only south of Coyote.

2.      One designated Venture (outdoors) section reporter, including the wildlife writer, may use a camera south of Coyote on subjects to appear only in the Venture section.

3.      The Inquiring Reporter may use a camera for head shots which may be reproduced only in the Inquiring Reporter column.

4.      On a voluntary basis, cameras for the purposes of head shots only may be used by reporters when outside of the main office. Application of this subsection shall not be a direct cause of a reduction in force of staff photographers.

(c)     The Travel Editor may use a camera outside of the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey; to illustrate travel articles only.

(d)     In the graphics department, graphic editors and photographers may be interchanged for temporary periods; provided that their competency shall be judged only on their designated primary skill, and that they shall not do the work of reporters or other newsroom employees.

(e)     A combination reporter-photographer shall not be required to be proficient in both skills. Competency shall be judged only on the designated primary skill.

(f)     Online outside salespeople (online sales team and one (1) online classified recruitment sales representative) only may carry lightweight point-and-shoot digital cameras.  Their photographic work shall only be used in online publications.  Affected employees shall not be judged by their photographic skills.”

Should RFK, Jr., the NIMBY Quimby, Head the EPA?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Would Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. be an appropriate choice for heading up the Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama administration? Some think not. Why’s that?

Well, for starters, he’s the most famous Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) representative on the planet. We can’t have a wind farm close to the Kennedy Compound? Apparently. What’s so wrong with the idea of windmills at Yosemite or Cape Cod?

What’s the deal with turbines? Why does he hate them so? This issue would be an albatross around his neck from the get go.

Artists conception of the NIMBY Quimby as head of the EPA:

The other big deal is the whole thimersol /mercury / vaccine thing. Like maybe we should have a scientist instead of a lawyer at the top of EPA?

via Erik R Bishoff’s photostream

Science damn you, RFK, Jr.!

But hey, if Hillary Clinton vacates her Senate seat to work for Obama, then RFKJ would have a shot at a job where he could do less damage to the cause of Science.

There we go.