Posts Tagged ‘peoples republic’

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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How the Falun Gong Defeated Google – The Shen Yun 2013 “Extravaganza” Plays San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

All right, let’s say you’ve heard about the big Shen Yun 2013 show at our Orpheum Theatre and you want to find out a little about it, m’kay?

So you type into Google and this what you get:

What you won’t get is something like this:

The Falun Gong Show

Or Yelp reviews neither, like these:

The Yelp

And you certainly won’t find the official Chinese Communist Party (“Socialism, with Chinese Characteristics!”) website on Shen Yun all that easily, oh no:

Cult Studies [Uh, FYI, CCP, your agitprop website looks a little crude, like it's from your little buddy North Korea, just saying.]

So I guess the lesson to be learned is that if a small group of people want to game Google so that you’ll buy tickets to this show without knowing, in a general way, what it’s about first, then they can.

Things I now know:

SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE;

THE BOLD ITALIC IS GANNETT COMPANY, INCORPORATED; and

SHEN YUN 2013 IS FALUN GONG 

That’s something to consider when you’re getting the hard sell at San Francisco Costco #144, as seen last week on 10th  Street:

Just saying,…

“Foreign Organization” – The DMV Doesn’t Recognize Taiwan as a Country So Its Diplomats Can’t Get Diplomatic Plates

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here’s what they get instead:Foreign Organization license plates.

See? The foreign organization referenced is Taiwan. See below.

The driver using this particular plate, Foreign Organization 465, drives about as well as your stereotypical BMW driver from San Mateo County, so oh well.

When you get stuck in an intersection, it means you shouldn’t have entered the intersection, of course. This is called “blocking the box.” It might get you home 30 seconds earlier but it comes at the cost of blocking both lanes of inbound Market Street for about 30 seconds. Bad form, Taiwan, oops, I mean foreign organization:

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Someday, I’ll get a special license plate.*

“V C Section 5006.5 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.”

*The one I use now is particularly banal…

YelpWar! Fans vs. Foes of Falun Gong-ish “Shen Yun” – Opens Today at Our Opera House

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

This “Falun Gong Show” bit here from SFist Rita and Civic Center Mike* from back in ought-seven probably tells you all what you need to know about the Shen Yun Performing Arts Spectacular at the War Memorial Opera House in Civic Center starting tonight. The whole shebang runs all the way to December 30th, 2010. Here’s what it looks like:

So here are the update for 2010.

The minimum ticket price is $100 per. Ouch. And the one-star vs. five-star YelpWar rages on.

Most of the five-star reviews at Yelp.com come from members of Falun GongFalun Dafa and some of the one-star reviews come directly from the unelected Red Chinese government** – so there’s your universe of people who care strongly enough about this show to take the trouble to register their opinion on the Yelp but then Yelp nevermore.

Here’s a taste of the action:

Mind you, this tit for tat above made it through Yelp’s patented Fraud Filter no problem. Now, here’s Yelp’s purgatory for a whopping 53 comments on the Shen Yun. See? It’s chock-a block-full of the vitryole.

So that’s how it sits in the 415. The Falun Gong are banned from the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown by Rose Pak but they’ll always have the veteran’s parade and the FGS, so that’s some consolation.

Anyway, choose or lose.

* A Chinese character tattoo!? Hasn’t that become a kind of cliche the past ten years? Do young people still do that?

**That one-party state that is the current Chinese government goes absolutely bonkers over the FG.