Posts Tagged ‘north korea’

Comparaison du Corps Diplomatique: License Plates – China vs. Taiwan – Can You Spot the Pariah Nation?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Up first, spotted skulking about the Western Addition, which certainly would make sense, comes the whip of the Pariah Nation, North Korea’s BFF. Check out the cutesy numbers and letters on the quasi-Fed-issued consul license plate.

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(And, ironically, the car is the flagship model of the world-famous Tahara Plant, the finest car factory in the world since the 1980′s. Thomas L. Firedman still has a total boner for it.- he took the tour and got the T-shirt. My ride was made there well, AAMOF. Actually, I passed through there just last month, you know, on bidness. That’s the country that got all invadey starting about a century ago ’til about seven decades ago. Hey, who’s invading Filipino islands these days? I’ll give you just one guess! Ooh, my ride had a cheesy SERRAMONTE license plate holder as well. But I didn’t even buy my car there, so WTF was that for, who told you to put that thing on? Not just plastic bolts, metal. I couldn’t get them off myself so they had to do it for me. But while I was down there one time, I told the extreeeeeemely cute front line sales rep that she ought to sue for harassment if what I saw and heard was routine. Guess what – she got together with her friends and took action by hiring some law firm/lawyer and ended up getting a ton of money from the dealership group. I’ll tell you about it sometime. Oh and that’s the same dealership where bay area favorite son Tom Hanks got a nice SUV, also from Tahara, also the best in the world, about a half-decade back. I’ll tell you about that sometime too. But I digress…)

Up next comes Taiwan. Poor Taiwan! See that, “FOREIGN ORGANIZATION,” like it’s not even a country.

That’s some fucked up shit right there.

Check it:

Foreign Organization Special License Plates

5006.5. (a) The department may issue, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive license plates for motor vehicles owned or leased by an officer or a designated employee of a foreign organization recognized by the United States pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. Sec. 3301 et seq.) when the department is otherwise satisfied that the issuance of the license plates is in order.

(b) The distinctive license plates shall be designed by the department and shall contain the words “Foreign Organization.”

(c) The department shall establish procedures for both of the following:

(1) To verify the eligibility of an applicant for plates issued pursuant to this section.

(2) To authorize a recognized foreign organization to apply on behalf of its officers for plates issued pursuant to this section.

Added Ch. 397, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.”

On It Goes.

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Oh Wow, Here’s the New $100 Bill – See What It Looks Like, Front and Back, Plus Backlit and Under UV Light – It’s Awesome!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Well, here it is, coming to a drug deal near you, the new $100 bill for 2013 and beyond.

You see, those North Koreans think it’s funny to counterfeit our money and this is the response from the U.S. Treasury.

All right, via  NewMoney.gov, from the front:

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Now, see it lit up from the back:

Here’s it lit with ultraviolet  light:

And here it is from the back:

“April 24, 2013

Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.”

San Francisco’s Connection to the North Korean Crisis: Pier 80, USS Tripoli, and THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

From 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

And from 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill. See?

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Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

140 Gather at City Hall in Support of Euna Lee and Laura Ling

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.

“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”

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Supervisor Erica Mar was on the scene along with many City Hall staffers. Read an account from Marisa Lagos here and Jared Grigsby here.

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Details after the jump.

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The Reason Why It’s Reasonable for Current TV to “Censor” “News” About North Korea

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

So, if two of your family members get kidnapped and the cops tell you that it’s best not to say anything about the matter and then the neighbors start peppering you with queries, what do you do?

That’s kind of the situation that’s facing managers at dumbed-down, youth-oriented Current TV (you can read the Wikipedia entry they wrote about themselves here). The problem is that anybody can post anything about the detention of Laura Ling and Euna Lee at Current.com and the North Koreans might not take too kindly to what’s posted there.

The kind of post that’s routinely getting taken down from Current.com:

So Current has taken to unposting submissions about this matter at Current.com. Fair enough. They’re not really “censoring” in the literal sense of course, they’re simply suppressing all commentary about this case on their own site. That’s probably a good move.  

In fact, Current might actually welcome this kind of criticism from Phil Bronstein, in a good-cop/bad-cop, game theory way, showing that they get it, that they’re bending over backwards to be conciliatory, to say sorry in a Fish Called Wanda fashion.

(I’m not saying these two people were kidnapped – maybe they were and maybe they weren’t. It’s tough to know for sure when you’re literally in the Vanguard)

Patience, people. All will be explained by all concerned when this matter gets resolved.

San Francisco Loves the GUMBALL 3000 10th Anniversary Rally

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Or Gumball Rally, or whatever. After starting up yesterday, there was a huge crowd today atop Nob Hill today. Was Willie Brown on the scene? Yes, he was. People came to check out Gumball 3000.  

Driving 3000 miles over an intense eight days, incorporating the cultural diversities of East and West civilisations; flying all cars and participants between Continents; witnessing the Mass Games in North Korea, the Olympic Games in Beijing; and partying each night fuelled only by adrenaline, amusement and amity, the 2008 route will undoubtedly be a real once in a lifetime adventure!

There was nothing politically correct about this event today. People saw all manner of products from Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, etc… Check these photos from BERDERP / kap$hure / kapsure, why don’t you?

Let’s begin.

Good clean fun in San Francisco. A Ford Mustang, click to enlarge:

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Taylor Street in Nob Hill:

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Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico 30 inch wheels. Yes, they’re 30″ in diameter. Each 315/30 tire (just the rubber) costs $2200. You want. 

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Irina Slutsky of Geek Entertainment TV talks about “Saudi slippers” with one competitor.  Fortunately, nobody attacked her.

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This Porsche Carrera GT was obscenely loud even before getting amplified with a bullhorn.

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A Camaro RS entertains the crowd. Sargeant Colla of the SFPD put an end to this kind of smoky burnout right quick.

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An all-electric Tesla Roadster just before it crashed. Oops, just kidding. The driver of this car carefully put it into position. But seriously, the kinds of drivers this car attracts are prone to go too fast so they have more than their fair share of accidents. Who will be the first to die in a Tesla Roadster?

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It’s dreamy David Hasselhoff . Knight Rider’s KITT was there also. “Don’t hassel ‘the Hoff,’” or something, that’s his catchphrase.

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Isn’t illegal to have flashing red and blue lights on your car? Anywho, this SFPD officer turned away from the scene.

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Baby’s first Gumball Rally:

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More after the jump!

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