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So here’s CWNevius in June 2016, worried that the Stanford rape case might “endanger our judiciary” due to the loud complaints about the judge’s sentencing. Fine.
But here’s the very same CW Nevius, also in June 2016, telling people to “complain loudly” about the decisions of local judges. See?
So what’s the deal? Is he trying to curry favor with our unpopular Mayor again while at the same time fulfilling an assignment to write something, anything, about a local story what’s gone national?
IDK, but it don’t add up.
Stanford Twitter Account Misfires – ID’s Senkaku Islands as Being in the SOUTH China Sea – SU Kowtows to Chinese Regime?Friday, August 7th, 2015
Let’s see, how to unpack this one here:
That link, sent out to, what, 1% of Twitter, goes here:
“Stanford Report, August 5, 2015
Stanford scholar illuminates history of disputed China Sea islands
Friction between China and Japan over sovereignty for the resource-rich Diaoyu Islands has escalated in recent years. Research by Stanford graduate student Xiang Zhai reveals new details about the dispute that might help resolve it.
BY CORRIE GOLDMAN
The Humanities at Stanford”
And in it we have this:
“Zhai’s investigation centers on Chiang, who ruled China from 1927 to 1949 and Taiwan from 1949 to 1975. His alleged indifference toward the fate of the Diaoyu Islands is frequently cited as the reason that the islands have not come back under Chinese control.”
1. First of all, that Tweet above was the updated version of this one, which made mention of the South China Sea. Whoops! Who’s in control of this account?
2. And second of all, here’s your history of the Senkakus – since the late 1800’s, it’s been “possessed” by Japan, then the U.S., and then Japan again. How would what any one person thinks about this dispute have changed this fact? For better or worse, this is history IRL. And is Chiang’s purported “indifference” frequently cited IRL? No, not at all. And how on Earth could whatever Chiang thought about the Senkakus Way Back When help resolve the dispute today?
Let’s say that somebody researched the 70 year old diaries of the Prime Minister of Argentina – how could such research possibly help resolve the Falkland Islands dispute?
And mention is made of the Ryukus and Okinawa – is that the “small” chain of islands mentioned? I could go on and on…
This entire bit seems like it was translated from Chinese, just saying.
Think, Stanford, think!
Sign of the Times: Recession-Era “Dine About Town” Renamed as “SF RESTAURANT WEEK” – Max Price is $85, a 130% IncreaseMonday, January 12th, 2015
Hey, you want a government program that actually works? How about requiring all restaurants to post their hygiene letter grades on a big poster at the main entrance, the way they do down in SoCal?
“In 1998, the County of Los Angeles set out to create a report card grading the hygiene of all restaurants. Phillip Leslie, associate professor of strategic management at Stanford GSB, saw the new law as an opportunity to study the effects of information on consumers and on market outcome. “We wanted to look at how responsive consumers were to that information and whether that translated to responsiveness by restaurants to improve product quality,” says Leslie.
“What he found was overwhelming evidence that not only did consumers change their behavior once the ratings became public by frequenting restaurants with better scores, but restaurants also improved their hygiene levels. And he saw an additional benefit: fewer hospitalizations due to food-related illnesses. “We found that better information causes a change in the behavior of restaurants and consumers, and resulted in an improvement in public health,” says Leslie.
Now that you’re up to speed, here’s the kicker:
He also found the new system had an apparent impact on restaurant-goers’ health. Leslie studied data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development detailing the number of people admitted to hospitals with specific illnesses. What he found was that hospital admissions for food-related illnesses fell 13 percent from the previous year for people living in Los Angeles, while they rose 3.2 percent in the rest of state. Overall, there were 20 percent fewer food-related hospitalizations in LA than the area would have been expected to experience if the grades had not been introduced.
Now, do you think that San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and/or any of his appointed minions, like Gavin Newsom or Ed Lee, think that this kind of letter grade requirement would be good for San Francisco? IDK. But so far nobody has dared to defy the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which super doesn’t want letter grades posted for tout le monde to see, even though such a requirement would boost sales overall, and have an even greater benefit for those who don’t skirt the rules set out by SFGov.
But I digress.
Hey, here are the new deets for SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK. (Or take a look at this well-reported Annie Sciacca bit from last month, if you want the complete history.)
The GGRA has taken over “Dine About Town” from the local tourist organization and this is going to CHANGE EVERYTHING? OK, maybe, we’ll see.
The top price for this program has gone up 130%? Yep. Boy, that sure is restaurateur-friendly, huh?
And the $xx.99 pricing scheme now goes to $xx.00? My, how posh we are.
And what’s this? “San Francisco has the best restaurant community anywhere. Full stop.” Really? Not New York? Not Paris? Not Rome? Not Tokyo? My, how provincial we are.
OTOH, “Restaurant Week” sounds like we’re simply copying other towns in order to sound more “world class.” And of course, it won’t be an actual week, so we’ll be 43% more world-class than everybody else!
And we need $85 deals to allow restaurateurs to “highlight farmer relationships [and] winemaker partnerships…” Like they don’t do that enough on their own already?
And what’s this, a “family-style whiskey-themed dinner?” We’ll be just like Italy!
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Why did the GGRA take control of DAT from SFT? What was wrong with the program before? (IDK myself. This one would write itself, huh?)
I propose a RESTAURANT YEAR, a year in which restaurateurs learn to accept the realities behind that Stanford study and relent on the letter grade issue. Oh what’s that, Yelp has the numerical scores hidden away so that they’re hard to see? No, what we need are simple old-school letter grades posted for all to see.
All right, here it is. Enjoy:
“SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK
January 21 @ 10:00 am – January 30 @ 10:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!
(Under new leadership and with new program updates.)
San Francisco has the best restaurant community anywhere. Full stop. Imagine 10 days of celebrating that. This is the first year that the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has taken the reigns of SF Restaurant Week (a program formerly known as Dine About Town – presented by San Francisco Travel). Based on diner feedback, we gave the program a few updates and are excited to share the addition of a new charity partner: the SF-Marin Food Bank. We’re thrilled to re-introduce you to the new SF Restaurant Week and get your support building this into the ultimate celebration of our diverse restaurant landscape.
During Restaurant Week diners can choose from:
$25 – 2 Course Lunch Menu
$40 – 3 Course Dinner Menu
AND NEW THIS YEAR:
$85 Discovery (tasting) Menu – This is a new menu offering available at select restaurants designed to inspire restaurants’ creativity and delight diners. Look for menus that highlight farmer relationships, winemaker partnerships, special dishes or cocktails, or a chef’s vivid imagination.
Sneak Peek: Great Discovery Menu plans are in the works. Hog & Rocks will be doing a family style whiskey themed dinner in partnership with High West Whiskey. ThirstyBear Brewing Co. is planning a beer themed dinner with food made with beer. We’ll reveal Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, RN74, AQ and a number of others’ Discovery Menus soon! Stay tuned…
When is San Francisco Restaurant Week?
San Francisco Restaurant Week is a 10 day celebration from January 21 – 30, 2015. Why do we call it Restaurant Week? Because ‘Restaurant 10 Days’ just didn’t sound as good.
How do I find out which restaurants are participating?
We are curating a fabulous group of restaurants that reflect our unique and diverse culinary community. You will be able to see the list of participating restaurants and the menus they will be offering here on this website on January 5th, 2015. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page (join the event!) and see a sneak peek of who is participating and some of the dishes and experiences that will be on offer.
Should I make a reservation?
Yes! Not only to make sure you get to try all of the fabulous menus at the places you want to visit but also because $0.25 of every cover sold through OpenTable bookings will benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank. Your planning ahead is good for you, good for restaurants, and good for the Food Bank. We’re all for that, and think you should be too.
What’s in it for me?
A city-wide celebration with special menus isn’t enough? Ok, we’ll throw in a few extra goodies. We’ll be rewarding the most enthusiastic diners (those that eat at at least 4 or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week) with 12 – $100 gift certificates. We’ll be collecting photo entries on our Facebook page. More details on that soon…
If District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell Needs To Be Replaced Soon, Two People with Legitimacy are Abe Simmons and Kat AndersonMonday, December 15th, 2014
First things first, you tell me how big a deal this is:
And don’t niss this part:
“Theoretically speaking, I think they then become the same campaign,” said John St. Croix, director of the Ethics Commission.
Kaboom. Did an effort (from Janet Reilly, or some other Reilly)…
…lead to this…
…almost four long years later?
OBSERVATIONS / QUESTIONS:
1. Why does big news always seem to come out post meridiem on a Day of Frigg, you know, like on a Friday evening? Funny that.
2. Could this situation explain why Mark Farrell nominated (law student(!)) Katy Tang as interim Board of Supervisors President?
3. Is Mark Farrell going to serve out his second term? IDK.
4. If he doesn’t, who’s going to replace him? Mmmm…
The election that District 2 held four years ago was narrowly lost by Janet Reilly, but I can’t see her ever getting appointed D2 Supe in today’s political environment.
Now, what about the people who came in third and fourth, the people who myabe could have / should have formed an ANYBODY BUT JANET ranked-choice voting troika / three-way with Mark Farrell?
Meet Ivy Leaguer Abraham Simmons:
Does he still live in the District? IDK.
Now meet Stanfoo-educated Kat Anderson:
I’m thinking either of these two attorneys could slot right into the job.
You know, if necessary.
Here’s what people have been talking about over the weekend:
Agenda – December 16, 2014
- Discussion with City Attorney’s Office regarding potential litigation by the City Attorney’s Office against local committees, including Common Sense Voters, SF 2010; Vote for Mark Farrell for District 2 Supervisor, for violations of local campaign finance laws. Possible Closed Session. (Attachments: FPPC Stipulation, Decision and Order; FPPC Letter to Charles H. Bell, Jr.)
- Public comment on all matters pertaining to Agenda Item III, including whether to meet in closed session.
- Vote on whether to assert attorney-client privilege and meet in closed session under California Government Code section 54956.9 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(d) to discuss anticipated litigation: San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.114. (Action.)
- Conference with Legal Counsel: Anticipated litigation. (Discussion.)
Number of possible cases: 1
- If closed session is held, reconvene in open session.
- Discussion and vote pursuant to Brown Act section 54957.1 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.12 on whether to disclose any action taken or discussions held in closed session regarding anticipated litigation. (Discussion and possible action.)
Motion: The Ethics Commission moves (not) to disclose its closed session deliberations re: anticipated litigation.
- Public comment on all matters pertaining to Agenda Item III, including whether to meet in closed session.
I suppose we’ll find out more tomorrow…
The Harvard Crimson Comes Out Against Hosting 2024 Olympics – Why Can’t the Stanford Daily Do the Same Thing?Monday, November 24th, 2014
So why can’t the Stanford Daily come out against the idea of San Francisco hosting the very same Olympics?
I’ll tell you, the United States Olympic Committee is going to be all over the Bay Area over the next 24 hours and then they’re going to pick one of four possible US hosts in a month or so.
So that’s it, the Final Four will be winnowed down and then the next step will be the USOC saying they want the Olympics in America (there’s a 99% chance of that happening) and then the next step would be the corrupt IOC deciding to award the ‘Lympics to ‘Merica.
So this isn’t the “first inning” of this process – it’s more like the seventh. The time to avoid the bay area losing 11 figures on this kind of fiasco is right now right now wikiwiki, Brah.
Electric Skateboard Unicycle! – This Tech Bro is a “Onewheel” “Beta Rider” – Bonus: Seussian Facial HairFriday, October 24th, 2014
This is a scene from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, famous for its late-night, bully-boy, strong-arm bicycle robbers, and its “Have-You-Seen-My-Lost-Drone?” posters, and its winding bike path, which has become a test track for novel personal conveyances.
As here, with this Onewheel, a “self-balancing electric skateboard”
Four white LEDs up front as headlights and four red LEDs in the rear as taillights? Of course.
Kickstarter funded? Of course.
On Instagram? Of course.
Engineering degree from Stanfoo? Of course.
Mountain View-based? Of course.
Future Motion Inc founder and Onewheel Inventor
Onewheel was imagined and developed by Kyle Doerksen, an inventor and design engineer who’s been dreaming about one wheeled vehicles for years. He has built hardware products from kids toys to consumer electronics to medical devices and works to create magical new experiences through technology. Electric vehicles are his passion and Onewheel is an expression of the true freedom and excitement that electric vehicles can achieve.
Onewheel launched successfully on Kickstarter in January 2014 and thanks to the support of our amazing backers the Onewheel dream is becoming a reality!
Onewheel is based in Mountain View, California and is a privately held company focused on the development of advanced personal vehicles.”