Posts Tagged ‘trade’

If You Try to “Opt Out” of Useless Telephone Book Delivery, the Horrible YP Yellow Pages People Will Hound You

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In perpetuity.

Check it:

“A valid telephone number is required in order to process and verify opt-out requests. Incorrect or omitted information may prevent us from honoring your request.”

Why do they say they need your phone number? So they can ask you if you really, really think phonebooks are so useless these days that you don’t want them anymore.

And then, they’ll call you the next year and the next year and the next year. You know, to make sure. Again.

Forever.

So. which is worse? Would you rather get a useless phone book or a useless phone call?

Weeks after delivery, these books are still around:

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YP Yellow Pages Local Search people, nobody in San Francisco wants what you’re selling.

Why don’t you go away?

Oh No, Once Again Telephone Book Season Comes to San Francisco! Dinosaur Industry Just Won’t Stop

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I’m at a loss.

But I’ll tell you, if I see one of these paper monsters with “AT&T” on the cover, I’m going to deliver it back to the nearest AT&T store.*

Here’s what San Francisco telephone books look like before they get rained on: 

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In closing, see you in Hell, telephone book industry!

*Unless you all “opt out” first! HAHAHAHA.

Should San Francisco Be Making Trade Deals With China, In Light of Its Bullying of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Others?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

So today’s the day of the big ceremony with elements of the single-party state known as the People’s Republic of China announcing some kind of trade deal with the City and County of San Francisco.

So let’s check the international news. Seems as if the Chinese Navy recently went down to the Philippines to establish a new “city” called Sansha. I think it was yesterday.

Check it:

Beijing’s planned deployment of a military garrison to Sansha brought a swift response from President Aquino. He said, “If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?” Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012. ​​Vietnam has also criticized the establishment of Sansha, calling it “serious violation” of Hanoi’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly chains, which it claims as part of Danang city and Khanh Hoa province respectively.”

Here’s a map of territorial claims in the oceanic area betwixt Vietnam and the Philippines. Do you see which county is farthest away? That’s right, it’s China. And do you see which country has the biggest claim? That’s right, it’s also China. Why is that?

Historically, other countries have had imperial ambitions in this part of the world, of course. But these days it’s all China all the time.

Is that a good thing?

Now let’s hear from Chinese Consulate advisor / Mayor Ed Lee advisor Rose Pak – perhaps she could shed some light:

When asked what message she would like to convey to the Chinese government, Pak said, “On what moral ground do we have as United States citizens lecturing what China should do when our own President would drum up falsehoods and bomb Iraq back to the stone-age, killing several hundred thousand innocent Iraqis.”

“Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards,” Pak added.”

OK fine.

Scottish Leader Addresses Commonwealth Club: First Minister Alex Salmond in Town to Promote Renewable Energy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club heard First Minister Alex Salmond discuss Scotland’s Place in the World last night. Here‘s what it looked like.

The avuncular FM is touring California (you know, talking with Jerry Brown and Fiona Ma and going Hollywood) to promote Scotland as the “Silicon Valley of marine energy.”

Here he is at 595 Market, along with Commonwealth Club Past President J. Dennis Bonney:

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All the deets:

“Scotland targets Fortune 500 in US push for business - First Minister writes to top global companies in California ahead of trade mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 17, 2012 — Over 70 leading California-based companies, including all Fortune 500 companies in the state, are being targeted as part of a new campaign to attract inward investment to Scotland.

The country’s leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, has personally written to top executives at leading companies which have been identified by Scottish Development International as potential investors in advance of his visit to the US on a trade mission.

In his letter, which is part of a wider SDI campaign to encourage some of the world’s most successful companies to consider setting up operations in Scotland, the First Minister highlights the benefits of choosing Scotland over any other nation.

The First Minister will be reinforcing the message that Scotland is ready to do business during his four-day visit to California. He stresses in his letter that Scotland - with its highly-skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business location – is a land of opportunity.

The First Minister said: “Scotland is already an economic success story and we make no apologies for going after new business at every opportunity. We perform better economically than everywhere else in the UK bar the southeast of England and that brings major business opportunities.

“Scottish Development International’s campaign is backed by a number of companies already investing in Scotland such as Pfizer and Amazon and the message is absolutely clear.

“Scotland is a land of major opportunity and it is open for business. We have a long and impressive track record in life sciences, sciences, technology and creative industries developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth for Scotland.

“Even without our offshore oil and gas reserves, Scotland has the highest GDP in the UK outside London and southeast England.

“We have five universities in the world’s top 200, we rank first in the world in research productivity per unit of GDP and second in the world in research impact.

“Business operating costs for key functions can be almost a third lower here.

“This campaign will also send the message directly to the heart of US business community with print and online advertising running in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Business Times, New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Danny Cusick, President, Americas, Scottish Development International, said:

“SDI has seven offices across North America, including a significant presence in California, to provide support and collaboration opportunities for key North American companies.

“This campaign is part of a global drive to attract new investment to Scotland. There has been a significant level of inward investment success over the last 12 months, with Amazon, FMC Technologies and State Street all making significant investments in Scotland. SDI is building on this with a continued focus on securing new, sustainable jobs and opportunities.

“It is clear that Scotland remains a location of choice due to our winning combination of qualities, including our highly skilled and educated workforce and efficient operating costs.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight Scotland’s competitive advantages to some of California’s biggest companies.”

And here are some Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club:

 

The Yellow Pages Opt-Out Program Simply Doesn’t Work – San Francisco Man Shows How Opt-In is Better than Opt-Out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

San Francisco resident Jon Sieker has a beef with AT&T.

See?

“You accidentally gave me a White and Yellow pages this year after I signed up to not receive either of them”

Here’s the proof:

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And here’s the note he just sent to Ma Bell, cause you see, Jon has Internet access:

“Dear AT&T,

2 years ago I was so disappointed by the waste that the Yellow and White pages caused, caring about my community and environment, I searched online for what I could do to minimize the waste. I was very happy to find your web site that allowed me to opt out and not receive a White Pages and Yellow pages to save on the waste. Thank you for providing this option as I have The Internet and don’t need a physical phone directory. The Internet gives me all of the information I need including your yellow pages site. I felt great to find and fill out the form that allowed me to NOT RECEIVE both yellow and white pages. I felt I was doing something to save the environment. Imagine my surprise when I was accidentally given both the yellow pages and white pages today.

Please let me know what I should do with the unwanted publications. It would be best if you came and picked them up from me and passed them on to some unfortunate soul with no internet.

As a side not, it would be great if your delivery agents didn’t litter my street and community with these unwanted relics from the past. I have photos of the litter if you are interested or don’t believe me. I would be happy to pass these photos on to you or any of the other organizations copied on this email.

Thank you for your help. I look forward to the solution you provide.”

O.K. then.

Now, do you think that the National Opt Out Program would work any better?

I don’t.

Simply, nobody in San Francisco wants telephone books anymore.

So, telephone book industry, why not just tell your Santas to pass over the 415 when you send them out delivering across America this holiday season?

Just asking…

Dear Telephone Book Industry: Nobody in San Francisco Wants Your Product – Opt In Beats Opt Out

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Uh, telephone book industry, what you don’t seem to realize is that the vast majority of your “customers” in the 415 don’t want your product.

That’s why when you deliver them, they end up hanging around exactly where you left them for days or weeks…

…or months. See?

The only people who like telephone books in the bay area are the people who make (not very much) money delivering them:

Now, telephone book industry, wouldn’t you prefer it if your customers actually wanted your product? That’s how opt-in works.

I know you all talk about  opt-out, but what I don’t think you all realize is that most of the books you deliver go into the recycling without ever being opened. (This might not be applicable in Omaha, Neb., but it’s certainly true in the 415.)

And I know the bidnesses what advertise in your books are reassured by all the hullabaloo of delivery, but you’d be better off just delivering your product directly to recycling bins and, letting your true customers just dig them out, you know, if they want.

All right, see you Hell, dinosaur telephone book industry!

Telephone Book Industry Group Changes Name: From “Yellow Pages Assn.” to “Local Search Assn.” – Heh

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Now whatever you do, never “opt out” of useless telephone book delivery. (“It’s a trap!”)

‘Cause that’s just what they want you to do. (Just like ShoppyBag, that scam, which wants you to “opt out” – it wants you to do anything with it except ignore it, which is what everybody should do and then the scam would simply go away. )

No no, just wait for Nature to take its course, just wait for San Francisco’s “opt-in” law to take effect. Easy peasy.

Now check it, Rachel Gordon’s bit today shows us the new name of the phone book industry’s horrible, wasteful, useless, trade group. See? It’s now called the “LOCALSEARCH ASSOCIATION.”

Isn’t that cute? This lobbying group thinks its Google!

(You know, back in the day the buggy whip industry should have changed its product’s name to “horse throttle,” right? The better to compete with the nascent vehicular competition…)

That’s it, keep on making us laugh, Yellow Pages Association.

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon 2010 at Fort Mason a Huge Success

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Last weekend’s Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason was smaller than the one we had in earlier this year, but, nevertheless, a huge success anyway.

You had to wait your turn but there were free samples galore for all attendees.

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A new one: Momotombo, Momotombo, Momotombo!

See you next year!

Trade, Not Aid – Macy’s Launches “Heart of Haiti” on October 23rd at 1:00 PM with Haitian Music, Dancing, and Food

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Here’s the skivvy on Macy’s new Heart of Haiti collection. It has: 

“…40 different home decor items and accessories. Products include vases, candle holders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more. Most items fall in the $25-$60 range. The Heart of Haiti collection has already led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country. Each item is designed by a master Haitian artist and made by hand in Haiti.”

To kick things off Macy’s Union Square this is having an event on Saturday, October 23 at 1pm.

Deets below. See you there!

“Macy’s is launching a new home decor collection to help rebuild Haiti, one piece of art at a time. To celebrate the Heart of Haiti launch, Macy’s is hosting a special event in San Francisco. The event will feature Haitian artists who will describe their work and the impact it has on the Haitian community. And attendees will have the chance to enjoy Haitian music, dancing and food.
 
The Heart of Haiti celebration is happening at Macy’s Union Square this Saturday, October 23 at 1pm.
 
The collection features an array of handmade products for the home — quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings — designed and created by Haitian artisans. Instead of providing one-time funding through charity, Heart of Haiti is creating opportunities for Haitian artisans to earn income with dignity by creating jobs and sustainable income for the people of Haiti. In other words, Heart of Haiti is based on “Trade, Not Aid” and is using business and commerce to create social change.
 
 Quick Facts about Heart of Haiti* – Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at 25 Macy’s stores around the country and on Macys.com –
http://macys.com/haiti* The collection includes 40 different home decor items and accessories* Products include vases, candle holders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more* Most items fall in the $25-$60 range* The Heart of Haiti collection has already led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country* Each item is designed by a master Haitian artist and made by hand in Haiti”

A Decent Turnout for PETA’s Australian Lamb Protest at the TPP Trade Conference

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Yesterday’s protest at our Miami-esque InterContinental Hotel on Howard in the SoMA area had a hundred-something attendees, so that’s a pretty good turnout. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) don’t like the mulesing of sheep in Australia so they don’t want the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership meeting to go on business as usual.

 See?

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A view of protesters from our Buca di Beppo, where they no longer have you-know-what on the menu, AKAIK.

Chrissie Hynde wasn’t able to show yesterday.

Talks among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam are ongoing.

To Be Continued…