Posts Tagged ‘shock’

Surprise! The PG&E Union Doesn’t Want Us to Have a Choice About Getting Public Power or Not – A Facebook Campaign

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Last week I saw banner ads from IBEW 1245, you know, the People Who Brought Us The San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, but at first I wasn’t able to click on them and then when I was able to, all I could find were recently-deceased FaceBook webpages, as if some people had posted something* and then changed their minds.

But now everything’s clear owing to this bit from Tim Redmond in the SFBG. Check it out.

And here’s the latest propaganda from PGE IBEW, for the record:

IBEW 1245 launches “Shell Shock” campaign. Disastrous city proposal could cause rates to spike

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IBEW Local 1245 launched a “Shell Shock” campaign on Sept. 10 to highlight the spike in energy costs and potentially disastrous consequences that a contract between San Francisco and Shell would bring.

San Francisco city government is considering a proposal to partner with Shell Energy of North America to inaugurate the city’s so-called “clean power” program. If the Board of Supervisors approves the proposal, San Francisco would pay millions to Shell, one of the most notorious environmental violators in business today.

According to the City’s Controller, if the San Francisco Shell Shock contract goes through:

“Raising generation rates by 77% would Shell Shock San Franciscans,” said Hunter Stern, a San Francisco resident and a business representative for IBEW Local 1245 in San Francisco.

“In these tough economic times, the last thing the City should be considering is a plan that would lead to service reductions and job losses. And Shell’s values, especially their abysmal environmental record, aren’t in sync with what most San Franciscans want to support,” Stern said.

CARE customers, who are typically low-income customers, are being asked to pay a larger portion of the increase than other customers. CARE customers will pay an additional $22 a month, compared to the $9 monthly increase Tier One customers are expected to see, Stern said.

IBEW Local 1245 urges San Franciscans to get the facts and sign the petition to stop the San Francisco Shell Shock contract. Go to”

*Perhaps due to the San Bruno Disaster anniversary? I mean, why else would PG&E have its union launch a big FaceBook campaign and then have all the links from the banner ads go to defunct FB pages?

Is “The Room” Truly “The Best Worst Movie Ever?” Consider Instead “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Laura Hooper Back is in San Francisco Magazine these days saying how “The Room” is the “Best Worst Movie Ever.”

But what about shot-in-Half-Moon-Bay “Birdemic: Shock and Terror?”

It’s pretty bad/good itself. Check it.

Let’s meet the director – the caption for this photo is “DIRECTOR JAMES NGUYEN MEETS DAVID LYNCH TO DISCUSS DIGITAL CINEMA


Here’s a short essay on the subject.


Yet Another Video of the Whole SFO – Deshon Marman – U.S. Air Flight 488 Thing

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In the words of Black Christian News:

“When you vote for Homosexual Marriage, you open up the door for a whole bunch of uncomfortable stuff.”

OK then.

Comes now Jon Brooks of the News Fix with word of NMA weighing in.

I’ve already said my piece.

Leave us depart this affair, older and wiser…

Don’t Sass Sully: SFO Passenger Deshon Marman Was _Not_ Arrested for His Clothing, Right?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Via News Fix, KQED’s Bay Area News Blog, comes word of an apparently inexplicable conundrum.

All right, here we go:

1. Passenger Jill Tarlow needs to get a life outside of photographing whatever “shocks” her. (“I was shocked, completely shocked. I’m shocked…” Yada yada yada…)

2. Listen To Your Captain.

Now, if you want to completely ignore flight crew that’s your choice, but it might be tough to fly. And when the Captain asks you to leave, it’s time to leave. Otherwise you’re going to get arrested for trespassing. And if you injure the cops taking you off your flight, well, you’re just making things worse for yourself.

Don’t be “reverent” and “respectful” – it’s not necessary. Just make the effort to pretend to listen flight crew and you’ll be fine. (And, oh yes, if you want to say “sir,” say it once at the beginning of the exchange. Don’t use it as a crutch word, just  saying.)


Anyway, if you want to call this thing “pilot error,” well then be my guest but you’re wrong.

Anyway, to review:

Starting at :45, this is an example of how to get yourself tossed off a flight at SFO or anywhere.

“Deshon Marman, 20, a defensive player for the University of New Mexico and graduate of Lincoln High in San Francisco, was arrested and removed from US Airways flight 488 Wednesday after police said he ignored an airline employee’s request to pull up sweatpants that exposed his underwear below the buttocks.”

Nice video, San Francisco Chronicle:

It doesn’t matter why the captain has come back to have a chat with you, all that matters is this:

The captain isn’t going to fly you anywhere if you avoid listening to him or her by incessantly interrupting him or her.

(Right? Pilots hate it when you don’t listen to them.)

Also, fighting with the SFPD is a surefire way of making sure that the San Mateo County District Attorney can’t just laugh things off.

This is true regardless of what clothes you wear or how you wear your clothes…