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.
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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…
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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.
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...]
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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.
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.
(You can't get much cleaner than this...)]
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.
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.
Check the video of Ben and Jerry’s recent visit to the Bay Area. Why not?
Happy 30th birfday, B&J!
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.
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!
Higher rez version after the jump.
This is what the Meditative Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of the monks in Burma looked like yesterday. Some video from ABC 7 is here.
A higher rez shot from CitizenShip One, after the jump.