Posts Tagged ‘states’

Your Alarmist Food News of the Day: Lead-Contaminated Honey from China Makes Up One-Third of U.S. Supply?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Writer Andrew Schneider has been all over his adulterated honey story for a while.

Via Kyle Mizokami, here it is:

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves – FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.”

Do you buy all that?

So, you see, the mom-and-pop ops in the PRC use lead solder in their unlined honey collection vessels and then the honey gets transshipped to India and then it comes here because it’s banned in the EU, or something like that.

Seems plausible…

Harsh: Our Gavin Newsom Gets Mocked by the Wall Street Journal – Making Sport of California, 3D Glasses

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Telstar Logistics makes note of a new bit in the Wall Street Journal:

California: The Lindsay Lohan of States – Sacramento is headed for trouble again, and it shouldn’t expect a bailout.”

This is the sole illustration for the article – looks like a Bill Wilson shot, actually:

Is this really our image Back East?

Is California really in this bad kind of shape compared to every other state in the union?

Mmmmm….

Another Paintjob for Craigslist HQ – Now Their 9th Avenue Offices are as Anonymous as Possible

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when the world headquarters of Craigslist actually had a sign out front? I do.

Anyway, after a hasty paintjob to cover over the the craigslist sign on July 8, 2010, the date of this famous protest, somebody came by and painted again, so now you really can’t even tell a sign was there in the first place.

It’s too bad if the people of cragislist feel “censored“ and feel that they get too much unwanted attention in the Inner Sunset. 

Anyway, as it looks now:

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Now, let’s peak through the metal growhouse/cathouse door grating, the kind that is so common in the Sunset these days.

Stage left has this defunct moniter that used to show the Craigslist Thrillcam

Center stage is where you can find this sarcastic George Bush “We’re Gooder” bumper sticker on the front door. (That’s right up there with Google’s “Don’t Be Evil,” huh? 

And stage right shows awards from some of the publications that craigslist is helping to put out of business:

But, from the sidewalk, you’d never notice any of this stuff. You wouldn’t know craigslist is inside at all.

I guess that’s the way they want it.

Oh well.

Tiananmen Square Massacre 21st Anniversary – A Black Celebration at our Chinese Consulate

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It’s hard to say exactly how many people marked the 21st Annivesary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre* in front of the Chinese Consulate on Laguna down in the Western Addition on Friday, June 6th. It seemed like they had a caravan of 30-40 cars plus a giant moving van but I didn’t see a big crowd or anything.

A motorcade passing City Hall before the protest:

As seen on Laguna near Japantown:

The protesters had a lot of interesting posters displayed. Are people still jailed 21 years later? No se, I’m a little gun-shy about checking out strange websites ever since Google sent a message to warn me that, apparently, Red China (or, specifically, a dude with an IP address from Red China) hacked into my GMail account two days ago. And that struck the Googlers as a bit odd since I also logged in from San Francisco multiple times the same day. Oh well. China has lots and lots of energetic hackers operating for their own purposes 24-7, of course. Anyway, if you want surf around, knock yourself out:

The events of 1989 represented the huge challenge to the Communist Party of China’s position as supreme political authority in the world’s largest country. The Party didn’t know what to make of this kind of thing, at first:

Anyway, here’s the mise-en-scene from Friday: a protester carrying a funerary display up Geary, a plainclothes Fed (Jacqueline Bauer?) assigned to protect the consulate building, and a young dude from Armada Security paid hourly to do the same thing:

So, nobody scaled the building to fake hang themselves they way they did back in aught-eight. This was the scene  just before a Chinese dude on the roof famously cut the suspension line. Simple physics tells us it took slightly more than a second for her to hit the balcony about 15 feet below. Ouch:

No, things were pretty mellow at Friday’s protest, excepting for the guy who shouted out, “Why don’t you all go home, motherfuckers!”

Something very San Francisco about him – what do you think, is it the convertible Mercedes lifestylemobile, the tattoos, the Hollywood-director baseball cap, the rage, the unsolicited advice yelled at strangers? Something in that area…. 

Cyclist gal was all, WTF, racist dude?

The next day, Armada had an older fellow marking time minding the store as baseball-hatted Chinese intelligence officers entered and exited the building.

Just another day in Paradise.

See you next year.

*With 400-800 deaths in and around the square, on or around June 4, 1989, all told – that still appears to be the best guess.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Organic Cigarettes Might Not Be a Healthy Choice for You

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide you smokers out there thinkingorganic” cigarettes from American Spirit are better for you than other cigarettes. So he just cut a deal with the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company affacting how these ciggies will get marketed in California. Deets below.

Anyway, an appealing package, IMO:

The deets:

Brown Secures Agreement with American Spirit Cigarettes Maker over Misleading Marketing of Organic Tobacco Products

Los Angeles-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that his office has secured an agreement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., the manufacturer of American Spirit tobacco products, that requires the company to clearly disclose that its organic tobacco is “no safer or healthier” than other tobacco products.

Attorneys general from 32 other states and the District of Columbia signed onto today’s agreement.

Stamping an organic label on tobacco products is ultimately a distinction without a difference-organic or not, cigarettes are bad for your health,” Brown said. “Today’s settlement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company ensures that all future advertisements make it clear that organic tobacco is no safer or healthier.”

Jerry Brown, automático para la gente:

More deets after the jump.

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The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States Rendered in License Plates

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Can’t decide if this piece is more Laughing Squid or more Boing Boing.

It’s pure genius regardless.

Via Ordinary Finds:

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Mike Wilkins (b. Aug. 17, 1959): Preamble, 1987 – painted metal on vinyl and wood (Smithsonian)

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”