You’re in good shape, Baby.
Keep up the good work.
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Oh Nativists, will you ever win?
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…
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.”
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:
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.