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The Unbearable Lightness of Being CW Nevius: Chronicle Writer Changes His Position on the America’s Cup Once Again

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Let’s see here, remember back when when it took three months for San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius to pull a 180 on the original America’s Cup deal? Leave us review:

CW Nevius, the bleating sheep of San Francisco’s Animal Farm, seems to have had a change of heart about Larry Ellison’s one and only offer for us to pay for his little boat party in a few years.

You see, back in the day, a way back in September 2010, Chuckles thought the idea of San Francisco losing nine figures for the right to host the next America’s Cup, the concept called the “Southern Waterfront” proposal, was:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But now, less than three months later, the very same exact proposal has become:

“…an irresponsible giveaway and bad for San Francisco.”

Remember that? (You see, at the time The Neve was trying to frame in high relief the differences between two different proposals so that was his technique. Either he’s stupid or he thinks his readers are stupid. Or both.)

Anyway, since then, the AC13 people took Chuckie on a boat ride for him to witness a staged catamaran crash near the Marina so then he became fully “on board” with this venture. Let’s call him cheerleader number one for this aquatic boondoggle.

Here’s his latest position. I don’t know. The Chuckinator is starting to sound conflicted, once again.

Oh, I know, why don’t we just call the whole thing off, why not? It would teach certain people a lesson and we wouldn’t be mortgaging San Francisco’s future to Larry fucking Ellison. Sounds like a win-win to me.

And hey, do you think that CW benefits personally from SF hosting the America’s Cup? I think he does, just as he’s personally benefited from eight(!) Olympiads.

Here we go:

“I would just add this. I covered eight Olympic Games. In nearly every case, there were huge problems with the host cities – bitter feelings, angry denunciations and threats of revenge. But on the day of the Opening Ceremony, all was forgiven.”

Really, all was forgiven? Really? Aren’t the people of Greece, for example, still suffering from the effects of the 1996 Olympics? I think so. Don’t you know that Chuckles?

The Olympics are corruption, simply stated. And America’s Cup is corruption. Same deal.

But at least people actually seem to be interested in the Olympics.

Oh well.

“The animals who inhabit the Manor Farm are mistreated and abused. The animals rebel and take over. Soon, however, the pigs (who represent the party bosses) begin to take special privileges for themselves, e.g. extra food. They enlist the farm’s dogs as enforcers to put down any dissent, and they teach the sheep to speak the party line on demand. At first, this is, “Four legs good, two legs bad”- animals (four legs) are good, humans (exploiters) are bad. As time passes, the Seven Commandments (Animal Farm’s Constitution) undergo subtle changes as the pigs rewrite it to suit their own agenda. When Boxer the horse (symbolizing blue-collar labor, the “workers,”) becomes too old to work, the pigs sell him to the horse butcher, whom they tell the other animals is really the veterinarian. The pigs eventually learn to walk on two legs, thus imitating the animals’ original exploiters, and they teach the sheep to bleat, “Four legs good, two legs better!”

Will the Real CW Nevius Please Stand Up? How Chuck _Really_ Feels About America’s Cup 2013

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

All right, here’s the background, check it out all right, I’ll wait for you.

No, really, check it out. See how he just loooooved the first AC13 proposal last year, you know, until the second proposal came out? Then he hated the first proposal and somehow forgot how much he loved it just three months before.

Well, since then, we’ve gotten the third proposal, which, I imagine, is somewhere between the first two. (Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is now looking into how much of the farm former Mayor Gavin Newsom gave away to seal the deal. Bon Courage, R.M.)

Anywho, C.W. Neviuseses’ part-time job of cheering for the powers the are will compel him to break out his pom poms and cheer for, over and over and over, the America’s Cup boat race over the coming months and years.

But make sure to keep in mind this old bit from CW from a half-decade back - it’s about the Olympics, but there’s little difference betwixt an Olympics coming to town and AC13, right? Events like these could be good for a city, of course, but usually they end up being bad, net net. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure ahead of time, right? (Usually, cities “win” a competition like this by not winning, IMO.) Anyway, it’s a nuance thing. It all depends on the deets of any particular deal.

So check it, nuance ‘n stuff from The Nevius:

“San Francisco organizers say much of the cost would be offset by existing facilities, and that’s a fine plan. But costs have a way of spiraling out of control.”

Of course, the Nevius could have reacted to the AC this way, but he didn’t.

Maybe he had more backbone back five years ago.

The bleating voices of the Nevii:

Oh well.

What Does Former Sponsor BMW Know About the America’s Cup That San Francisco Doesn’t?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Looks like BMW got out of the America’s Cup in the nick of time:

“On the design and engineering front, BMW engineers set new benchmarks in terms of intelligent lightweight design,” said Ralf Hussmann, General Manager BMW Sports Marketing and Brand Cooperation. “In winning the 33rd America’s Cup, we achieved all of our ambitious goals.*”

Let’s get a reading here:

Oh Larry, will you ever win?

*In response to your request for another dinner/movie, I’d just like to say that our evening at the Stonestown Olive Garden followed by that midnight showing of Harry Potter 7 set new benchmarks in terms of memorable evenings. You must agree that we’ve “achieved all of our ambitious goals,” so let’s see other people. Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: You.

CW Nevius Moving Goalposts on the America’s Cup: From “Opportunity Without a Downside” to “Irresponsible Giveaway”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

CW Nevius, the bleating sheep of San Francisco’s Animal Farm, seems to have had a change of heart about Larry Ellison’s one and only offer for us to pay for his little boat party in a few years.

You see, back in the day, a way back in September 2010, Chuckles thought the idea of San Francisco losing nine figures for the right to host the next America’s Cup, the concept called the “Southern Waterfront” proposal, was:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But now, less than three months later, the very same, hai onaji Sensei, exact proposal has become:

“…an irresponsible giveaway and bad for San Francisco.”

Now you might think this 180 would give Chuckie a headache, but you’d be wrong. ‘Cause actually, he’s being consistent in a way. He’s consistently bleating and repeating the party line, on demand, just as he always does. And if the party line changes, well, that’s not his problem.

(And Nevemeister, for the record, Stephen Barclay is Larry Ellison. So, just as you’re a puppet of your masters, Chuck, Steve-o Barclay is the puppet of his master, King Larry Ellison. So if Barclay says something about the deal, it’s cause Ellison told him to, capich?)

Now, the way to play this good cop /bad cop game is to tell Stephen Barclay* to cram it with walnuts, ugly. Thusly.

Oh well.

“The animals who inhabit the Manor Farm are mistreated and abused. The animals rebel and take over. Soon, however, the pigs (who represent the party bosses) begin to take special privileges for themselves, e.g. extra food. They enlist the farm’s dogs as enforcers to put down any dissent, and they teach the sheep to speak the party line on demand. At first, this is, “Four legs good, two legs bad”- animals (four legs) are good, humans (exploiters) are bad. As time passes, the Seven Commandments (Animal Farm’s Constitution) undergo subtle changes as the pigs rewrite it to suit their own agenda. When Boxer the horse (symbolizing blue-collar labor, the “workers,”) becomes too old to work, the pigs sell him to the horse butcher, whom they tell the other animals is really the veterinarian. The pigs eventually learn to walk on two legs, thus imitating the animals’ original exploiters, and they teach the sheep to bleat, “Four legs good, two legs better!”

*Larry Ellison’s Sacrificial Lamb. “Oh, he said that, really? Wow, he’s always been a hothead. I should fire that guy, I really should…”

Dear America’s Cup 2013: Please Kindly Go To Hell. Or Rhode Island, Europe, Whatever

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Uh, what?

Missing a chance to host the America’s Cup races would be a disaster for San Francisco’s image and economy*.”

O.K., I’ll bite. It would be a “disaster” because…

Because why?

Oh, what’s that, this month’s deal is better than last month’s – that’s the big selling feature? Really?

And the deadline just got pushed up to a week before Christmas as opposed to a week after?

Oh, O.K.

Hey, I wonder something…

Oh no, here come the Eurotrash on their kattumarams:

I wonder what the filing fee will be for the lawsuit that’s going to tear this (hastily-built) playhouse down pretty soon?

Oh, $395, is that the price?

O.K. Gee, that’s not too much.

Or, you can take your burdensome boat party to R.I., Larry. Maybe they’ll pay you for the “privilege.”

*When you say 9000 jobs, I’m thinking you mean 9000 gigs, right? A bit of a difference, non?