Posts Tagged ‘Torch’

WikiLeaks on How Gavin Newsom Handled the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay: “It’s Not Chaotic Leadership, It’s Actively Avoiding Hippies”

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I’ll tell you, the number of people (outside of select parts of SF Gov and the People’s Republic of China) who knew what was going on when the disastrous Olympic Torch Relay came to town in 2008 was small. But Stratfor seemed pretty well clued-in. 

See how its employees mocked CNN and defended man-child Gavin Newsom in real-time during the hunt for the hidden torch back in aught eight:

“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:

By the way, CNN has no clue exactly where it is –and they have cameramen all over the place. Authorities are remaining tight-lipped.”

“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:

Vehicles leaving warehouse by back. They may have the torch. They’re not going on original route — they’re going around back of SF AT&T parking lot. They’re moving in a unit.”

“Thomas Davison wrote:

Authorities are deciding on the fly where the route is so that protestors can’t prepare. It’s not chaotic leadership, it’s actively avoiding hippies.”

That’s your Wikileaks of the day.

What It Looks Like When a CA State Official Opens Part of the Bay Bridge: Gov Arnold + Oxy Fuel Welder = Sparks

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Who will cut the chain for our long-delayed Bay Bridge when it reopens in a few days? IDK.

But the scene will look something like this.

Arnold opening the West Approach a half decade back:

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Three-Day Weekend Fun: Using This Link to Search WikiLeaks Cables for Interesting Stuff

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Well, here it is, your:

US diplomatic cables browser (all 250k, unredacted cables available)”

I think this link has the new stuff in it, since there are references in there to Apple’s astonishing (to the writer, anyway) lack of counterfeit-preparedness back in 2008, and that’s been in the news the past couple of days.

I don’t know how exciting this will be for you but remember when that Olympic torch came to town back in 2008? This bit and others similar touch on that:

China is \”gravely concerned\” about security for the April 9 San Francisco Torch Relay participants and their charter plane, said MFA Director General Zheng Zeguang, during a March 26 meeting with the Charge. China expects \”anti-China forces\” to step up their efforts to sabotage the event and asked for USG help in ensuring a \”smooth\” relay.”

And oh yeah, Vietnam was pissed about this kind-of-whacko lady who tried to set part of our downtown Marriott on fire leading to a back and forth that reads just the way you’d expect it to. (The Vietnamese really, really wanted the terrorism charges to stick. They didn’t. But she got a five-year sentence for arson so that’s not too bad.

Anyway, I’m done, my five minutes worth of kicking around the browser are over. The problem is that you can’t search the text.

But you, you’re so clever, I’m sure you can look into this and figure out all sorts of interesting stuff what occurred in the 415…

OMG, Social Deals Have Come to Mid-Market: Get 50% Off to Try Out the Passion Cafe on 6th Near Market

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Your Passion Cafe is making a go of it in the Mid-Market.

Proof of that is today’s LivingSocial deal: Pay $10 now to get $20 worth of food and drink.

See? 

Here’s the bar upstairs, from when I snuck up there during a weekend morning political fundraiser back in the day.

Imagine yourself having suds on the roof.

And if you don’t want to do this deal, ask about their Theatre Specials – the current one involves Billy Elliot at the Orpheum

All right, see you on 6th Street, right near Taco’s Sandwiches.

Your Bicycle’s U-Lock on the Mean Streets of San Francisco: A Thermite Cutter or a Plasma Torch Just Might Do You In

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Thusly:

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Don’t know what did this kind of damage.

Anyway, that’s the evidence, as found on Oak Street north of SoPA and South of NoPA, so it’s up to you to figure the M.O.

[Oh, an angle grinder - that also could explain the burning. See comments.]

[Oh, it could have been an  oxy-acetylene torch as well. See comments.]

Or it could have been Arnold – he has the equipment, anyway.

SF Bike Messenger President Fergus Tanaka, Star of New BlackBerry Ad, Would be Better Off With Brakes and No Helmet

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

As opposed to his current setup, which is No Brakes and Yes Helmet.

What I’m saying is that he’d be safer, and we’d be safer as well.

[UPDATE: Most likely that helmet will never do him any good. But brakes would definitely be useful at some point in his career. I know he has methods for slowing down and stopping but he doesn’t have “brakes” as required in California. Most cyclists are with me on this one, but not a substantial portion of the hard core, it seems. That’s O.K. If you want to change the law, then change the law, be my guest…]

Who knows, maybe he borrowed the bike for this ad, recently filmed on the Streets of San Francisco:

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Or, maybe, just maybe, someday he could afford, you know, in addition to the helmet, like brakes ‘n stuff. Perhaps a braking system on the front wheel for stopping power and another one on the rear wheel for compliance with the CA Vehicle Code?

Not saying you’d have to use them or anything, just for an emergency, let’s say.

Now, did those Research in Motion people force poor Fergus into wearing a helmet (which he’s not required by law to use in CA) and then let him get by without brakes (which he IS required by law to use in CA)? Seems bassackwards to me.

(And does he really call it “The Future Phone?” Like, “I’ll call you on my Future Phone as soon as I get back in range,” or something like that?

Anyway, enjoy your residuals and your ‘Berry, Fergie.

Really.

Just saying, not to sound like a square or nothing…

(I guess you got to click on it to make it go, depends on the browser…)

[UPDATE: Oh wait, here’s my bike, it has even fewer parts than your brakeless fixie. See? I mean, it’s so unnecessary and impractical having spokes and hubs and chains and whatnot, so I figured I’d just get rid of them all. Like, less is more, man. And there are fewer things for people to steal now. And, naturally, I’m just a bit more pure than you, man. You just don’t know what it’s like until you’ve Gone Hubless, man.

Bradford Waugh

(You can’t get much cleaner than this…)]

China’s Olympic Legacy – No More International Torch Relays

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well that’s the news of the day – in light of the fiasco that was the 2008 Olympic International Torch Relay, the International Olympic Committee has just announced that there aint going to any more of those anytime soon. So, it’s going to be host-country relays only. Per the New York Times:

“The I.O.C. hopes to avoid the ugly scenes that erupted in San Francisco, Paris and London last year.” 

O.K. then. Here’s how the torch relay on the Streets of San Francisco looked last year, when official torch bearer Andrew Michael, seen seated in a wheelchair below, managed to get some attention by displaying a Tibetan flag:

But, OMG, he signed a contract saying he wouldn’t express hisself like that. OMG, HE SIGNED A CONTRACT with Coca Cola or somebody and then when against it. Can you imagine? If only the Sacred Flame Protection Squad had been at full force that day, they could have pushed over his wheelchair, or given him a beatdown, or manhandled him the way they did with fellow torchbearer Majora Carter

Anyway, there’s your Chinese Olympic Legacy.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day a Raging Success in San Francisco

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Normally, teens never sit around on sidewalks in the Haight, but today was special so these kids made themselves right at home on Ashbury Street.

The favorite flavor of the thousands of patrons? That would have to be Cake Batter, one of the best ever. And almost definitely salmonella-free.

Check the video of Ben and Jerry’s recent visit to the Bay Area. Why not?

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Happy 30th birfday, B&J!

San Francisco, Are You Ready for Official Chinese Government-Sponsored Olympic Propaganda?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Government-sponsored? Propaganda? Read on and then you make the call. As has been reported, coming Saturday, April 12, to San Francisco is “‘Beijing, Are You Ready,’ a newly-released series by Oakland’s D3 Production, Inc that’s officially approved by the Beijing Organizing Committee.”

Right now, not many people in San Francisco have seen this production yet, but some are already wondering if it’s going to be just more Olympic propaganda.

As a clue, consider a similar production from D3 Productions from a few years back called Tibet Diary, where some Americans specifically chosen for not knowing much about Tibet are taken there and videotaped.

Take a look at looking at this video starting at 5:24 for about three minutes.

Wow. Those clips are called the money shots. Of course, the opinions expressed might very well be genuine. But after looking at the connections between party run media in China and the people behind Tibet Diary, you could be forgiven for thinking that this video is an example of government-supported propaganda.

Will Beijing, Are You Ready be a similar kind of production? See for yourself at the Main Public Library at 2:00 PM.

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Conan the Provider – Arnold Schwarzenegger Opens New Freeway with Blowtorch

Friday, April 11th, 2008

This is no mere ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new $429 million section of freeway approaching the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Oh no.

The last step to opening this short but vital stretch of superslab involved Governor Schwarzenegger, cowboy boots, sunglasses and a big blow torch.

[Update: or welding torch, or cutting torch (based upon the O2 trigger) - Arnie’s tool is an oxy-fuel welder of some kind, as commenter Doc helpfully points out. Arnie’s sunglasses actually are sunglasses, but you could say that they were being used as goggles. The light coming from chain didn’t seem all that bright compared to arc welding or whatever. FYI]

Enjoy your new freeway, San Francisco!

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Higher rez version after the jump.

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