Posts Tagged ‘religious’

Heaven’s Gate, 94117

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Religious cult or exercise cult?

You Make The Call:

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More seriously, the Euros are doing some amazing stuff with comets lately. Expect great things:

Rosetta is a robotic spacecraft built and launched by the European Space Agency to perform a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It is part of the ESA Horizon 2000 cornerstone missions and is the first mission designed to both orbit and land on a comet. Rosetta was launched in March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket and is scheduled to reach the comet in August 2014. The spacecraft consists of two main elements: the Rosetta space probe orbiter, which features 12 instruments, and the Philae robotic lander, with an additional nine instruments. The Rosetta mission will orbit 67P for 17 months and is designed to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. The mission is controlled from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Darmstadt, Germany.

“Transit First” San Francisco, Where Legally-Operated Buses are Frowned Upon But Double-Parked BMWs are A-OK

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

When fun-loving tourists come to the Western Addition in buses, well, it’s the worst thing in the world, boo hoo.

But when locals double-park their BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses on Bush Street next to a church on a Saturday or a Sunday, well, that’s just fine because San Francisco likes to promote organized religion.*

Thusly:

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Oh well.

So much for Transit First.

*Even though it’s not supposed to.

 

Does the Word “God” Belong on California License Plates? I Don’t Know, Maybe – Check Out “I Heart You God 1″

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Obviously, California will let you put the word “GOD” on your license plate, ’cause, well just look.

One supposes “I Heart You God” was already taken:

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Maybe courts are looking at things differently lately?

I know not.

Oh, here’s something:

“The number ’69′ is reserved for 1969 year model vehicles.”

But they don’t talk about other taboo topics.

Oh well.

Merry part.

Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown Sunday Night: 150th Anniversary

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Per Hokubei.com:

“Inspired by the 1936 Chochin Gyoretsu (Lantern Parade) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Kanrin Maru’s arrival, the Japanese Benevolent Society of California, the Japantown Merchants Association, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and other Japantown community organizations have organized a lantern parade celebrating the 150th. “Yosakoi,” a traditional folk dance of the Kochi region, which will host the 2011 Grassroots Summit, will be performed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to participate. The Bon Odori/Lantern Parade will follow from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.”

See you there.

Hundreds of Coptic Christians Rally in San Francisco for Religious Freedom in Egypt

Friday, January 29th, 2010

This was the scene today in Civic Center, where hundreds of Coptic Christians rallied for religious freedom and an end to the recent violence in Egypt.

Details at 40 Going  On 28.