Posts Tagged ‘theory’

19 Points About CW Nevius

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Retirement” looms.

How San Francisco’s progressives overreached

  1. “Progressive wing of San Francisco’s Democratic Party”

Chuck should just use the terms left of center and right of center, but he doesn’t and here’s why this is a problem. It’s ’cause, especially lately, people in the more dominant “wing,” what he calls the moderates, self-identify as progressive.

2. “The beginning of a Golden Age of politics for the far left”

So see how that works? What he should call the left he calls the far left because he’s not part of it  – instead he’s a member of the dominant political faction. Also, this is what you call a straw dog. Who was promising a golden age for the far left? Exactly nobody.

3. “Tenderloin Housing Clinic Director Randy Shaw”

Oh that guy – here’s the link that Chuck et. al. can’t see clear to link to. Of course Randy Shaw, cited positively by Chuck, inconveniently defines what Chuck would call a moderate as a progressive. “Every time I update this race between two progressive candidates (Josh Arce and Hillary Ronen)…” See?

4. “Julie Christensen”

So Chuck literally went on the campaign trail for this woman, and she lost, badly. Hey Chuck, perhaps you yourself “overreached?” (Last year, he seemed a lot more optimistic about her chances.)

5. “Tea-leaf readers”

No identification, yet another straw dog to slay.

6. “Lee’s poll numbers fell”

Yes, but well before the Super Bowl corporate party. A fact checker could have checked this. It’s checkable, right?

7. “The left reminded everyone…”

Once again, not identified.

8. “Progressive hold on the Board of Supervisors is no sure thing.”

Gee, did anybody say that the slim majority was a “sure thing,” either before or after the recent election? No, not at all.

Anyway, Donald Trump tweets his thoughts just as CWNevius published his thoughts in the Chronicle / SFGate. But there’s not too much of a solid connection to reality for either I’m afraid. Moving on…

Gavin Newsom has a head start on higher office

9. “A deep bench of vibrant new talent…”

Is this journalism, applying this to Gavin? And just as Marge Simpson got the recipe for her special fruit punch from the Fruit Punch Advisory Board…

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…Chuck simply adds sugar, water, and ice to whatever he gets from the Gavin Newsom Advisory Board. Bravo, Chuck. Bravo.

10. “A few off-putting characteristics of the early Newsom”

Uh, was this a complete listing, ’cause I think a lot of stuff was left out there. I mean not just this.

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But other stuff too.

It goes on and on.

And on and on. For some reason, Chuck used his MSM platform to rewrite history, oh well. I guess he was doing a favor for somebody. (Wonder how he’ll get repaid.)

11. “I have to put in a plug for..”

What is this, a press release? Sure seems that way.

12. “Newsom has always been a policy wonk.”

Uh, nope. Also checkable. Moving on…

…to this:

After 36 years at Chronicle, it’s time to move on

13. “The Chronicle sent me all over the world to cover eight Olympic Games, 10 Super Bowls and other major sports events.”

I think this is the major problem – it’s having a died-in-the-wool sports reporter covering politics.

14. “When people ask why I am leaving…”

Not “retiring,” huh? I’m sure he can find some other way to make money and pass the time. Mmmm, I wonder who could help him with that…

Oh wait, here’s another one:

Thanksgiving and a journalist’s memories of 36 years

15. “Mayor Ed Lee, who didn’t want the job in the first place.” 

Is this really true? If he didn’t want the job, then why did he take it? If the plan was that he’d be an “interim” Mayor, then why did he lie about it and stay on? (He was appointed Mayor because Gavin Newsom decided he wouldn’t leave town to start his new gig on the date what’s burned into our constitution, oh well.) Anyway, take a look at the first Gavin video above to see how an access journalist* like Chuck gets born. The sucking up gets going fast and furious, and sometimes things you used to mock become oh so wonderful.

16. “I came here in 1980…”

Well, actually he came here in 2010 – spent most of his time, a couple decades or so, far off in an east bay bedroom community, NTTAWWT. But that’s prolly where he’d be more, uh, comfortable.

17. “He’s not such a bad guy…”

Totally not the issue. You just should have fucking done your job better, that’s all. You know, after you were done with the sports.

Almost finished here, like forever, just one more:

David Talbot comes to The Chronicle: A note to our readers

18. “Routinely championing the underdog”

Strong disagree about applying this to Chuck here. (An “underdog,” like Mario Woods, for example?)

19. “Provoke and inspire”

Oh, this was Chuck’s mission statement, to troll Frisco? News to me. But perhaps not surprising. And “inspire,” what?

20 (BONUS!). “His book ‘The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government’ was a New York Times bestseller.”

Wow, man, this is what David Talbot is doing lately? Well that’s different. Let’s hope he keeps his column local and steers clear of national topics, cause this JFK-conspiracy/cover up-leads-directly-to-President-Trump a little out there. (IRL, Oswald had a thing about shooting at authority figures, like General Walker, and with the same rifle JFK, and then with a handgun Officer Tippit, all in 1963, all by his lonesome. This is true whether one writes a book about the CIA or RFK, or not.)

But that’s another can of worms.

Anyway, I’m thinking most of the big errors in the Chronicle came from CW Nevius, so if he’s happy leaving this seems like a win-win.

Good.

P.S. Sometimes the transit cops keep working even though it’s dinner time, so let’s try to pay for _all_ our MUNI fares in future, even if we consider ourselves big shots, OK? ‘Cause this isn’t a good look.

*And it’s not just that. He’d then go to mindlessly cheer lead for whomever was feeding him tidbits of news. So, writing from Walnut Creek, CA or wherever he’s all, Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.” And the plan back then was to have an America’s Cup here every three or four years. But after the inevitable “downsides” came along one after the other, SFGov decided it didn’t want to play ball with Larry Ellison after all. And who was slavishly following along for a good half-decade? One CW Nevius. And then, after Larry Ellison “abandoned” us, we got this last year:

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#rubbingitin  Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”

So it goes from here-just-take-our-land-with-99-year-leases, Larry to Larry-does-everything-wrong. But Larry wasn’t being “kinda rude” as that’s not his yacht, and that’s not the “Bermuda flag,” and even if it was you can’t just jump to conclusions / read into things like this. Sorry Chuck. (It’s actually a great thing that Larry took his little boat race Someplace Else – let’s focus on the positives, m’kay?)

Multitasking: Commemorating the 4th of July and Your Busted Car Windows at the Same Time

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Don’t look at reported incidents, just look at real life.

Anyway, the silvery piece of cardboard looked white, so this driver was in the spirit of July 4th 2016:

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Some are just giving up fixing their windows, it seems, in this year especially. Most passersby will not try to get into your car of course, and the ones who do just might have done it anyway, so what’s the point in hurrying up and repairing the damage today, or this week, or this year?

Cf. this long-term fix. See? Much less festive, but actually a pretty good job:

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On It Goes…

Area Conspiracy Theorist and SALON Founder David Talbot Goes Off the Deep End – New Book Goes “Inside the Plot to Kill JFK”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Here’s what HarperCollins went for:

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government

And here’s just one clause, addressed to:

“Those resolute voices in American public life that continue to deny the existence of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy…”

So, Oliver Stone had JFK,* and now David Talbot has this.

And so, if you think it’s possible that Oswald acted alone, as he did before (trying to assassinate a retired general earlier in 1963) and after (killing a Texas peace officer shortly after shooting JFK twice)**, then YOU crazy, then YOU in denial. Is that how this works?

And the way to earn respect from both Stone and Talbot is to start believing in a JFK conspiracy theory – any theory will do. ‘Cause believing in any crazy theory means that you don’t believe in the hated “official version” of how JFK was murdered.

And that’s good enough for them.

And what’s the official version? IDK. It starts with the Warren Commission, but it doesn’t end there. The official version is our best guess of what happened based upon what we’ve learned the past half century.

So that’s that. All’s what left to do is to wait for the book tour to wind up on KQED Forum…

Yours, in denial…

*Where do you want to start with the JFK? Here? Here?

**Oswald, the former Marine Corps marksman, was a gun nut who liked shooting military and paramilitary authority figures – it was his thing. For example, before he shot and killed Commander-in-Chief JFK, he shot retired U.S. Army General Edwin Walker (with the rifle Oswald bought mail-order, the very same one he used to kill JFK). And then, after he shot and killed JFK, he shot and killed Dallas Police Department Officer J.D. Tippet and then he attempted to shoot Dallas Police Department Officer N.M. McDonald.

WIRED Goes Bonkers for Clicks, Revives Wacky Conjecture to Make Money: “This Is Still Our Best Theory For MH370”

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Here it is, after the recent discovery in Africa:

This Is Still Our Best Theory For MH370

And here’s the theory, posted and discredited in 2014:

A STARTLINGLY SIMPLE THEORY ABOUT THE MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET

IDK, if you want a “simple theory” about MH370, how about ones like:

Terrorism

Suicide

Insurance scam

Instead, we get stuff like this:

The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks, but this is a no-no with fire.

Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. There is no doubt in my mind.

Search for the writer’s name if you want some debunking – it’s not hard to find.

So WIRED, just because you have some deal with the writer from last year re: a post that went viral, doesn’t mean that what the writer wrote is correct or even possible.

Yes, you got a lot of clicks, but this pro-pilot propaganda effort from a pilot is in no way “our” best theory.

Yet Another “My Father Was The Zodiac Killer” Story, But This One is a Book from HarperCollins: “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s the pitch:

“An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers in America.

Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. It was a quest that would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan D. Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long search for his father following a complex trail of startling twists and connections. Combing through government records and news reports and through conversations with his father’s relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues, including forensic evidence, identifying his father as one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history.”

But hey, what does the SFPD have to say about all this? Have they even had a chance?

I asked if HarperCollins had contact with the San Francisco Police Department, for verification purposes. No, and apparently for good reason. According to the book, Andreadis said, the San Francisco Police Department “knew more than they’re willing to admit.”

All right, well officially this book is being published today, May 13th, 2014.

That’s the news

UC Berkeley Engineering Grad Comes to Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco, Encounters Ceaseless Petty Crime, Oh Well

Monday, November 19th, 2012

1. Silently break passenger window of an upscale Honda (with a piece of high-temperature ceramic from a spark plug tied to a piece string) on the mean streets of ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco.

2. Take all folding money you can grab (but leave the coins – too heavy.)

3. Get arrested, very occasionally.

4. Get sprung.

5. Repeat.

Thusly:

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And do you know what the SFPD will say? They’ll say, “You parked your car in that area? You shouldn’t park there!”

Just like they say, “You were actually using your iPhone while waiting for MUNI. Oh no, you should hide it whenever you’re not at home.”

Srsly.

On It Goes

Uh Oh, Bad News for “Peak Oil” Fans – American Production of Crude Oil has been Going Up Lately

Friday, April 27th, 2012

I don’t know, if I were all set on the idea that American oil production peaked in 1970, I’d be getting a little worried about now.

See?

Who knows what the future will bring?

 

Crazy Rob Anderson vs. the Single Bullet Theory, Chapter # ??? – 48 Years of Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I don’t know where people get the idea that we’re entitled to a perfect F.B.I., but some seem to have that notion.

So, because the F.B.I. didn’t do everything perfectly in the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, then that means there had to be a massive conspiracy?

Does that make sense?

Oh look, Wikipedia, for one, got it right:

“Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: November 22, 1963
Time: 12:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Target: John F. Kennedy
Attack type: Sniper rifle
Death(s): 1 killed (President Kennedy)
Injured: 2 wounded (Governor Connally and James Tague)
Perpetrator(s): Lee Harvey Oswald”

Oswald, the former Marine Corps marksman, was a gun nut who liked shooting military and paramilitary authority figures – it was his thing. For example, before he shot and killed Commander-in-Chief JFK, he shot retired U.S. Army General Edwin Walker (with the rifle Oswald bought mail-order, the very same one he used to kill JFK). And then, after he shot and killed JFK, he shot and killed Dallas Police Department Officer J.D. Tippet and then he attempted to shoot Dallas Police Department Officer N.M. McDonald.

He was a shooty person back in ’63 – what can you do?

Is it so impossible to believe that there are random assassins out there, people who act on their own, people like Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore and John Hinckley Jr. and Mark David Chapman and Jared Loughner?

Apparently.

Oh well.

See you next year.

P.S. It was a regular bullet what killed JFK, not a “magic bullet.”

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80” for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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TruthSerumNow.Com: Here’s What the Makers of that Contagion Film Got Wrong About Bloggers and Jude Law’s Character

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

[As best I can figure, the website that Jude Law is promoting on his flyers in Contagion is TruthSerumNow.Com. Someone in LA just registered it just last month, so there you go.]

Now, of course the CDC LIES, of course. But here’s what Hollywood has gotten wrong:

1. First off,  doesn’t this fellow Jude Law appear awfully fit and thin for a blogger? That just doesn’t look right.

2. Now, I’ve notified all 14 of my readers to four or five contagion alerts over the years – thank God each alert has been a false alarm but I’ll tell you from experience that Jude’s contagion suit is ALL WRONG!! You can’t just put a belt around your tummy and then call it a day. In fact, this set up would actually increase the chances of a user contracting any possible contagion, so this is just ridiculous. And also, Hollywood, that see-through helmet rig would condense up in a New York minute when actually used in the field, particularly when you’re running from the SFPD, or more likely, the fake SFPD. (They’re really Feds! All of them! Well, most of them would be, during a real contagion.)

Presenting Ridiculous Actor Jude Law on the Streets of San Francisco. (I’m smelling Oscar!)

Oh, wait a second! Aren’t bloggers the ones who generally debunk conspiracy theories (yes, it’s the Gerald Posner, straight outta UC Hastings Law School) and isn’t Hollywood the one what promotes ridiculous conspiracy theories? OMG, YES! We’re through the looking-glass here, people!

[Man, I got this all wrong at the top. Somebody call Rewrite, I gotta go to work.]