My aging cell phone, which was the King Of The Hill back in 2012, crashed after I installed the app found at NYTimes.Com/vr, oh well.
But someday I’ll VR.
My aging cell phone, which was the King Of The Hill back in 2012, crashed after I installed the app found at NYTimes.Com/vr, oh well.
But someday I’ll VR.
Hoo boy: “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines”
“Was this disaster somehow the airline’s fault? The answer is no — but to understand why, you have to look at the complex realities of modern commercial aviation.”
My isn’t this a touch patronizing? Well, obviously the primary fault is with the crew and commanders of the Gadfly missile system used to shoot down the plane. But Malaysian Air Systems is partially to blame for its negligent operation.
“Malaysia Airlines, already world famous because of the still-missing flight MH370, appears to have been following all normal safety rules.”
Is anybody suggesting that this flight was somehow illegal? I don’t think so. So talking about Malaysian following the “rules” is pointless.
“…explicit prohibitions are critical, because the entire aviation system works on the premise that unless airspace is marked as off-limits, it is presumptively safe and legal for flight.
OK again, Jimmy, the flight was unsafe but legal. Nobody’s suggesting that the flight was not legal.
“…when they crossed this zone at 33,000 feet, they were neither cutting it razor-close nor bending the rules, but doing what many other airlines had done, in a way they assumed was both legal and safe.”
Again, Jimmy, why are you harping on what’s “legal” to make your point that Malaysian wasn’t negligent? It’s as if the New York Times has turned into the Public Relations arm of Malaysian Air Systems or the government of Malaysia.
All right, it’s time to review. Here’s a partial list of airlines that were specifically avoiding this part of eastern Ukraine before the shootdown:
Korean Air Lines
Air Berlin [Germany’s second-largest airline]
The operators of these airlines would have been able to fly over eastern Ukraine legally, but they chose not to. Why’s that, Jimmy? Why would these airlines spend more on kerosene for no reason?
Somehow I suspect that if it had been a Lufthansa plane that was attacked, there would be fewer starting-point assumptions that the carrier had somehow been cutting corners at the cost of its passengers’ safety.
This sounds like it came straight from Malaysian Airlines, this racism (or whatever) argument he’s pushing. In any event, corner-cutting at the expense of passenger safety is exactly what occurred here.
And here’s the stinger:
“If a government or rogue faction shoots down a commercial plane, is that really an “air safety issue?”
Well, hell yes it is, Jimmy. It’s exactly an air safety issue. That’s why all those airlines cited above, plus others, were avoiding the area. For safety.
Comes now aviation writer Christine Negroni to offer views contrary to that of flyboy fanboy James Fallows:
So while Malaysia is self-evidently correct it its statements; the airspace was open and hundreds flights between Europe and Asia were using it every day, it is a weak reply to a valid question of responsibility.
Why James Fallows wants to shut down the conversation about the question of responsibility is a mystery to me…
All right, let’s check in with some recent clients of San Francisco-based Singer Associates, Public Relations, Public Affairs.
But first, let’s review some vocab at the Wiki:
“A negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. For example, “I have never consumed cocaine while on duty” might imply that the person making the statement had consumed cocaine on other occasions, and was only denying that they had done so while on duty.”
See how that works? Let’s get to cases:
All right, if you add up the leather pants and the other stuff Mary Hayashi took out of that store in Union Square, I think the total is $2400-something.
And if you looked at the video of Gurbaksh Chahal, wouldn’t you see punches and kicks and whatever making up the total that the SFPD is alleging?
So what’s the point of all this? Is this what “crisis communications” is all about?
Of course I don’t know what Sam Singer or whoever says to earn all that money, but how about this instead for his numerous clients:
YOU ARE ONE SICK PUPPY – WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU? WHY DON’T YOU FESS UP AND WE’LL SEE ABOUT GETTING YOU THE MENTAL HELP YOU DESERVE?
How about that?
Anyway, it sure seems funny that both these convictereenos came up with the same “clever” kind of denial.
And what do you think, Gentle Reader, do you think that these crises were properly “managed?”
Here we go:
While acknowledging in the first post that “my temper got the better of me,” Chahal denied hitting his girlfriend 117 times as accused and called the reaction an “overblown drama.”
OK, but G wasn’t accused of hitting her 117 times, it was hitting or kicking or whatever.
So maybe he was trying to be reaaaaally Clintonian here with his denial – it’s hard to tell. Moving on.
Oh, what’s this:
A negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself.
in this case, the denial is one of assault or battery or domestic violence or intimate partner violence* or whatever it was that caused Juliet to call 911 in August last year and also allege that G struck her on July 4th last year. (Perhaps attorney Mark Geragos and or Juliet herself could offer up more details, but they’re most likely prevented from doing so at this point.)
It could be that G writes what he writes mostly for his true believers and relatives and all this doesn’t really matter, who knows.
But anyway, RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasnt Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times, that’s my point.
*That’s a new one on me – is G already in his counseling sessions? Sounds like it. Regardless, some things get through to his high school dropout mind, and some don’t.
Things were lively in Randy Shaw’s corrupt Twitterloin last night
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You know, because of the Chris Bucchere thing.
Here it is, or a part of it, anyway:
“With huge numbers of people biking to work on a daily basis, it may be time to look into licensing commuter bicyclists so they must take the same DMV tests motorcyclists and motorists take to ensure that they know the laws. It also seems that offenders should face some of the same punishments motorcyclists and motorists face, like points against their license. And if they’re going to be commuters, thus increasing the chances of accidents on city streets, perhaps they should also have to carry insurance. I’m not advocating these measures for the person who bikes through Golden Gate Park recreationally, one or two Sundays a month; but for everyday commuters, I think it makes sense.”
Oh, hold on, this post will need a photo.
Type Marina District into the Google, and this is what you’ll get:
Hair lightened and teeth whitened – I’ll have to try that one of these days.
Now, where was I? Oh yes, uh, I seriously kind of don’t think you can require licensing and insurance for people who go to work on a bike and not for the people who go about solely in Golden Gate Park.
And points at the DMV, well, that would seem to penalize those with driver licenses more than those without, capiche?
And Davis, CA? Is that our lodestar now, law enforcement-wise, rich white Marina Lady?
I drink your milkshake, Susan Dyer Reynolds!
I drink it up!
P.S.: I’m Brown Larry Bird/ You’re the ’97 Celtics
P.S.S.: Gentle Reader, don’t miss these riveting stories from the Great White North:
Today’s Opinion bit in today’s LA Times is all about “China’s Wolf in Green Clothing,” all about Coda Automotive, that Los Angeles company what’s “assembling” Chinese car parts in Benicia, CA.
“A Los Angeles firm has quietly assembled a Trojan horse electric car designed to carry the Chinese military-industrial complex deep into America’s auto market. Detroit should be afraid, very afraid. And anyone in the U.S. unemployment line — along with American taxpayers, who are subsidizing this sham — should be outraged.”
Whoa, dude! All right, quietly? No, Coda Automotive crows as loud as it can all the time. Trojan horse? You mean POS Trojan horse that nobody’s going to buy so I don’t know that the CODA Sedan is going to go “deep” anywhere. Detroit doesn’t need to care at all. Coda Automotive has pretty much zero effect on American employment, but, yes, we are subsidizing it and that’s not good.
“The car is branded Coda and debuted at the L.A. Auto Show. While Coda Automotive salespeople were eager to portray it as “All American” — we got one of them bragging about it on camera — its entire chassis and battery system and most of the metal (apparently 65% of the car) come from China’s factory floors, which are not known for their high labor standards.
Salespeople say stupid things all the time so, I don’t know. (But I’ll add that the phrase “All-American” was used by Coda in marketing a year or two back.) Anyway, yes, the “glider” (the car except itself except for the drivetrain) and the main battery pack are made in China only to be shipped to the Bay Area for “final assembly” near the Port of Oakland. But the prime mover, the motor, is sourced in America, so you do the math. Oh, you did the math, but I don’t think you have all the data from Coda just yet. Let’s agree that this is a Chinese car or a mostly Chinese car.
“From a jobs perspective, the Coda’s arrival means this: American electric carmakers such as California-based Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors, along with the GM Volt and Ford’s Focus Electric, will compete on home soil with a company benefiting from all of the unfair trade practices China has used to bury so many other American industries — from toys, textiles and machine tools to electronic assemblers and, most recently, solar panels. These practices range from currency manipulation to reported illegal export subsidies, counterfeiting, pollution and widespread worker abuses.
Fisker Automotive is working on making its first hybrid cars and those GM Volts are, similarly, hybrids. Coda’s main competition would be the Nissan Leaf (made in Japan but they’re working on getting a U.S. factory going, FYI). “Compete on home soil?” Really? Shouldn’t you use motherland or fatherland or homeland instead? So you want the toy industry to relocate to the U.S.? That would take a lot of work, wouldn’t it?
“Taxpayers should be outraged because the Coda is eligible for the combined federal and state tax rebates on electric vehicles of $10,000 a vehicle, while China blatantly blocked the Volt from its Chinese green subsidy unless GM manufactured it in Shanghai and turned over design secrets.”
I don’t know, maybe. The feds are focused on getting electric cars on the road, for better or worse. You could make a similar case against subsidizing the Nissan Leaf.
“These economic considerations notwithstanding, a closer look at Coda’s supply chain reveals a darker truth. The “new” Coda is actually an updated variation on the 6-year-old Saibao from China’s state-owned Hafei Motor Co. Hafei is a division of Changan Automobile Group, which in turn is controlled by China Weaponry Equipment Group. This state-owned enterprise supplies China’s aggressively expanding military, and its parent, China South Industries Group, owns half of arms dealer Norinco, which reportedly tried to smuggle guns to Libya during the last days of the Kadafi regime.
Well, now you’re on the trolley. I’ll add that the 2005 Saibao III from Haifei was made from Mitsubishi “Carisma” (that’s what they called the car – they wanted a big trunk at the expense of a small back seat) tooling shipped over to China. The reason why the Coda looks like a mid-90’s Honda Civic is that it was designed all the way back in 1994 by a joint Mitsubishi / Volvo effort called NedCar. It didn’t work out so that’s why this vehicle wasn’t developed properly over the years. And actually, the Saibao III wasn’t even good enough for the Chinese market six years ago as a $12,000 gas-engined car.
Oh, here it is, from 2007:
(The thinking at the time was that it would be hard to sell a Chinese car in America, IIRC. Anyway, this Javlon morphed into Coda.)
So, I don’t know, you want the Chinese arms industry only making arms?
Norinco’s other bloody trade has included transferring missile technology to Iran, attempting to sell AK-47s to U.S. street gangs and selling nearly $70 million in arms to Zimbabwe’s Mugabe regime. So, before considering a Coda as a means of going green, remember all the red blood shed by Coda’s real backers.
I guess that’s a fair question. But I suppose you could ask it to the people lined up buying Christmas toys as well…
And speaking of backers, it is disquieting and disgusting that the Chinese government has been able to put so many prominent American faces on such a job-killing venture. Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh is the former head of GM’s China division, and the company has raised more than $300 million from banks such as Morgan Stanley and well-connected private investors that include former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty and former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson.
Disgusting? They’re bidnesspeople trying to make money, as many of these these same people were trying to make money with WebVan before it went belly-up a decade ago.
Paulson’s role in saddling up the Coda Trojan horse is particularly galling. As Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, he repeatedly refused to brand China a currency manipulator; this inaction contributed to the loss of tens of thousands of American factories and millions of American jobs. According to Nobel economist Paul Krugman, China’s currency manipulation alone costs America up to 1.5% of its GDP every year, and Economic Policy Institute economist Robert Scott suggests this kills as many as 3 million U.S. jobs. Now, Paulson stands to personally profit from China’s currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices as an investor in a venture that would worsen the U.S. trade deficit and swell U.S. unemployment lines.
“Kill, killing, kills, blood…” – boy you guys really know how to op-ed.
“Finally, another Coda enterprise adds insult to injury: a planned Ohio battery factory to be built with more than half a billion in U.S. taxpayer stimulus bucks, including an Energy Department loan and incentives from the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus. Great, except that a Chinese-dominated joint venture with Tianjin Lishen Battery will really own it. That’s an enormously expensive way to create “up to” 1,000 jobs, with potential millions in profits shipped back to China.”
Well that’s a good point, the battery factory is a stupid way to employ a small number of people in Ohio. (But I’m sure Ohioans like the idea, and it is a swing state, after all.) Sounds as if you all don’t like international trade in the first place, but you’re assuming that there are profits to be had from that factory.
“When more than 20 million Americans can’t find a decent job and millions more don’t earn a decent wage, the last thing we need is China invading the U.S. auto market and getting U.S. subsidies under the false pretenses of helping Americans “go green and buy American.” Greg Autry and Peter Navarro are the authors of “Death By China: Confronting the Dragon — A Global Call to Action.” They teach at UC Irvine‘s Paul Merage School of Business and blog on the Huffington Post.”
Wow, you’re selling a book? “Death By China: Confronting the Dragon,” heh. Anyway, let’s agree that Coda shouldn’t be subsidized. And actually selling that Sedan to regular people, well, that’s going to be a tough row to hoe even after the $5000 reduction in MSRP (all the way down to “just” $41,000!) in a world that has access to the much better and less expensive Nissan Leaf. They’ll get some fleet sales though.
All right, thanks for the op-ed, I guess.
You know Shepard Fairey from his Barack Obama Hope posters of last year and of course his related legal troubles from this month, right? (Always remember, when you borrow from others, it’s “fair use” but when others borrow from you, it’s cease and desist time for the infringing “parasites” – inn’t that right, Shepard?)
Anyway, brace yourself for this Thursday when Shepard and our corporate overlords at Levi’s team up for the debut of the “Obey X Collection.” See?
“The highly-collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at Levis.com. A limited number of pieces will also be available at www.obeyclothing.com. The collection will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148. To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square. Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.”
It’ll look like this. Just $37.78 for a grey T-shirt:
But there’s more:
“The series of four limited-edition Shepard Fairey posters will be given away as a free gift, while supplies last, with the purchase of any item from the Obey x Levi’s® collection in the following Levi’s® Store locations: Times Square and Soho in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago. The front side of each of the four double-sided posters features artwork that exists as a stand-alone piece. The reverse side of each poster also includes one piece of a oversized mural image specially designed by Fairey.”
That’s not dirt, it’s paint from all those nights you’ve spent tagging:
“Think & Create” and “Paint and Destroy”:
Is Obey “the new Ed Hardy,” or something? One thing’s for sure kids – quality will be higher and the cost cheaper compared to what Shepard normally offers.
See you at the Union Square Levi’s (300 Post Street) this Thursday!
S.F. is 40 years old. (40 going on 28, or 17, or something.)
All the deets after the jump.