Google bus breakdown: a metaphor for our times?


From Mikey B, owner of Vinyl Dreams in the Lower Haight, comes this epic pic of a sleek shuttle being towed through the rough-and-tumble streets.


Jon Stewart was really funny last night ridiculing the bus protesters. Watching highlights of the protest he chimed in:

"Take carpooling scum!"

another really funny one was "As Lenin said, 'Workers of the world unite...and surround those other worker's bus'".

You might be able to see it online.

If Stewart had been anti Google you know that the SFBG would have had a huge "Jon Stewart weighs in on bus controversy" by now.

But unfortunately he weighed in on the other side so the SFBG has to go with pictures of a tow truck pictures instead.

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

"Jon Stewart was really funny last night..."

For those with a juvenile sense of humor. I'm familiar with him. Adults prefer other programs.

Of course if he had been in favor of the protesters, you would have posted nothing about it. You just wanted to rub it in the SFBG's face. Tacky.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

>"Of course if he had been in favor of the protesters, you would have posted nothing about it."

Absolutely, I would not have posted it, you're 100% correct.

But I don't go around saying that I am a "journalist" either.

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

Marke is not a "journalist." He's the Publisher. I've not heard or seen Marke refer to himself as a "journalist." That's some of your stuff.

Officially, the word "journalist" is not used at all on the SFBG's Masthead page. The people who write articles are called "writers."

But regardless of Marke's title, it must be absolute torture for you to be forced to come to a site that you can't stand, for which you have no respect and someone who doesn't live up to whatever standard you think they should be doing. You have my deepest sympathy. And it's most unfortunate that your PC (or whatever you're using) for some unknown reason can't be made to go to a site that you like and respect.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 12:28 am

He's not a publisher either. The corporation that OWNS the Guardian is the "publisher." Like his short termed predecessor, who kept running around town saying "I AM THE PUBLISHER!!" and got FIRED, he's just another hired hand on the plantation, and if the master says jump he has to say how hi? and that's that. He and the paper won't have jobs soon anyway - the Guardian is performing poorly and has no real staff anymore. The Weekly kicks their asses and is also owned by the same masters. Difference is, they got over themselves.

The Guardian? Nothing but a poorly edited rant tract on behalf of people in office. Fuck 'em.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 5:22 am

Without getting into individual contributors, I clearly remember Steven T. Jones claiming that he was a journalist.

Not a lot of sources cover local San Francisco politics and I'm sure that many people get here via Google (ironic, I know) and are led to believe that this is a site for news. That's what I have a problem with.

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:53 am

And then you realize that it is a propaganda sheet for extreme left-wing politics.

"Writer" is a much more accurate term to use for someone like Steven because there is not a shred of objectivity or journalistic professionalism here.

I would have said Tim was at least partly a journalist. He would fact check and try and talk to both sides, even though the result was inevitably highly biased. But even that has now been abandoned in favor of cheap snide shots at the establishment and some hopelessly skewed pieces of "analysis".

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 7:15 am

> a propaganda sheet for extreme left-wing politics.

Really, is that what it is? Wow. Guess it's time to exhume McCarthy. Any more observations for us, J.P. Morgan?

> abandoned in favor of cheap snide shots at the establishment.

Sort of like your cheap shots at this publication?

Sorry that your top hat got knocked askew; I guess you don't have anything relevant to say on the topic, though.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 10:51 am

If it is instead a propaganda sheet, than that claim looks absurd.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:23 am

Yes, the Stewart segment was funny, but disappointing in its lack of depth. No discussion of housing costs driven by the tech influx, city street congestion from the buses, or the aloof arrogance of some of the tech invaders. Stewart's researchers let him down on this one, and I'll be watching with a more critical eye in the future.

Posted by justice4all on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 8:31 am

Aloof arrogance!! God, why havent we lynched them already!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 8:52 am

Well maybe, just maybe, he doesn't agree with you on some of those points. But he did say something about blaming the wrong people.

The "aloof arogance", however, is a product of your own bigotry. Do you also think that other groups are "uppity"?

In the last few days we've seen one tech worker jump into the Bay near the Warming Hut to rescue a visitor from Taiwan who had fallen off the pier. We also just saw a tech worker get killed trying to pull someone off Caltrain tracks as a train approached.

Sorry that you are so blinded by your bigotry that classifies groups of people as "aloof".

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:12 am

Bigotry lives on and the left is not immune.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:53 am

themselves by establishing their own private transportation system for their workers. They worsen their perception by stealing public space to operate that system.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:09 am

so again, why pick on only the tech ones? If I take an airport shuttle instead of a public bis, am I "separating myself"? What about taking a cab?

Oh, and driving a private vehicle on a public road is not "stealing" anything. That is the purpose of roads!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:27 am

differs radically from the tech shuttle system. True, public roads are open to all vehicles. Public bus stops are not.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

employees like, say, UCSF. It's private - you cannot take it. So it must be evil, right?

What about the Bay club shuttle, the Acadamy of Art shuttle? All bad and wrong just because you cannot take it.

A bus stop is just a section of public road with a couple of parking spaces removed and a sign. We've already paid for it and it costs nothing to maintain. A buck sounds about right to me.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:04 am

unless someone told them to be upset.

This is like the war on Christmas idiocy from the goofy right, anyone worked up about tech buses needed to be told to be worked up.

Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:55 am

who opposed the buses to get "worked up?"

Bottoms up.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

to fight so they can feel vaguely relevant.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

"They worsen their perception by stealing public space to operate that system."

At the meeting an executive from Bauer said that his intra city shuttles have been using city bus stops for for at least ten years. They constitute 80% of the stops, the "Google" buses only 20%.

You only single out the Google people because of your tiny bigoted mind.

And the work shuttles are not a private transportation system any more than any other carpool is. If a Google worker wants to go out to Ocean Beach for the evening they can't hop on a Google shuttle to take them.

Anyway, as a bigot, you could care less about the actual facts.

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:36 am

If some people somewhere have something better than him, then they must be evil and "stealing" from him.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:46 am

not their employees, for railroading the MTA into a capitulation by illegally using public bus stops for years. Squatters rights.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:46 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:04 am

The causal links you claim are false.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:52 am

Outside the myopic, local echo chamber, the anti-bus people seem like self-destructive fools. The tech industry is a segment of the US economy that competes globally and produces the high paying jobs of the future.

The bus chasing morons are the modern day equivalent of the Luddites. They are on the losing side of history.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:38 am

Oh, yes, your are a REAL adult that knows and can be expert on what is mature and childish. The fact that you actually had to say shows how much maturity and conceit you own.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 21, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

In other news San Fransisco trust fund babies plan to protest the funeral of this person

Posted by Jon Schlenker on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 9:47 pm
Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:28 am

In other news San Fransisco trust fund babies plan to protest at this persons funeral.

4th generation San Jose
408 por vida

Posted by Jon Schlenker on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

Elitism dressed up a progressive.
4th Generation San Jose]
408 para siempre

Posted by Jon Schlenker on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 10:02 pm
Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:29 am

Referring to some of the comments on this page:

It grieves me so to see right-wing children forced to come to this site. It's a form of child labor. They wish this site did not exist, yet they come here day and night and prostitute themselves by whining, moaning and complaining about this site and what it does. They can't stay away. They love this site while they charade as hating it.

If I don't like a site, I don't go there. I don't live on a site I don't like day and night to handsomely contribute large numbers of hits to the site's hit count so the site can tell their advertizers how many hits the site generates per month for revenue dollars.

But yet the right-wing children on here craving attention and who use this place as a bullying playground day and night, are really this site's biggest financial supporters by their constant presence here for attention (their arguing and dysfunction hobby) and the number of hits they give the site. I'd guess they account for at least over half of the number of hits the site receives.

These right-wing children are also all chauvinistic. It must suck to be them. When there is no indicator of a commenter's gender they consistently refer to the person as "He." There are no females in their world? I wonder how they know it's a "he?" Or are they all chauvinistic, dysfunctional guys responding to themselves for even more attention?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

revenue to SFBG. Sorry to debunk your conspiracy theory.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

Well doh. You must have blown a few synapses to come up with that!

Aren't you the same sorry, useless troll who has said before that people DO click on these ads and how Google ads are a big part of this site's revenue? (Even though you would have no way of knowing that).

Now you're saying, "If you do not click on the SFBG ads then there is no revenue to SFBG." So now you're implying that the Google ads don't bring in much, if any, money.

Can't have it both ways, thick.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

SFBG makes no money. Other people might click on them, of course, but anyone can easily avoid doing so.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2014 @ 7:12 am

While we're on the subject of online ad revenue and SFBG economics, here is a little experiment.

Run your cursor over any ad on the site. Not just any one here on the Politics blog but anyone on any page of the site.

Then look in the lower left hand corner of your browser. See the ' Doubleclick is a Google company (hence the 'googleads'.

So the people on those buses make most of the online revenue for SFBG possible. And the SFBG glamorizes the efforts to harass them and incites more actions against them.

Posted by Guest2 on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

I love when the ultra left in this city openly expose themselves as being completely unaware of how technology works (when they cant figure out this sites spam filter) or how bills get paid (thinking that the number of hits pays the bills)\

It must be wonderful to life in this rotary dial, gas lamp, singing telegram utopia

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

It's not a matter of "ultra left" or "ultra right." So you can stop with your hard-on for the "ultra left." It's a matter of people in general and what people have an interest in and what their experiences are.

For example: I have two conservative "ultra right" relatives. Neither she or her daughter knew that you could copy and paste a simple e-mail address from a business website into your own e-mail account to send an e-mail to the business from there, if you want to do it that way. I showed them how to do that. They were blown away that could be done. They had never done that before. I thought that was pretty basic, no? So (to use your words) "I
love when the ultra RIGHT in this city openly expose themselves as being completely unaware of how technology works."

In reality, it's not a case of "being completely unaware of how technology works" as you like to put it. If one has no interest in ads (I don't) and never hoovers over ads (I don't), how would one know that they are Google ads? You wouldn't. As opposed to an ad going directly to the website of the business, which is what I had guessed they were, but they're not. They're Google ads. Ugh. I know how Google ads work that's why I have a problem with them being on this site.

As for this site's spam filter. I've had trouble with that, and it has nothing to do with being unaware of how technology works. It's poorly designed. Some things are set up in a fucked up way by whoever designed it. And this spam filter is one of them. One is led to believe that those letters in the spam filter are supposed to be typed into the box that's there, but that is not the case at all and one finds that out when one tries to do that. The letters get typed in below the box, but it says that no where. Poorly designed; no clear instructions.

I run a website and do coding, and am fully aware of how technology works. And no I'm not giving a link to the site because I don't want the trolls on this site coming to my site. Stay here.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

So what I'm wondering is since all of the ads on this site appear to be through Google, why do they keep this forum infested with right-wing trolls, when they don't need the trolls for hit count volume? Are the trolls more likely to click on ads? They certainly spend enough time here to know all about the ads. I've never clicked on an ad on any site. I knew some of the ads were through Google because that was mentioned in a previous comment awhile back, but I didn't know all ads here are through Google. [roll eyes]

The circulation count of the hard copy of the BG would be important to the hard copy advertizers. Are the online hits included in that number in some way, I wonder? Is that why they keep the forum this way? The trolls will say I'm opposed to "free speech." I'm opposed to (forms of) hate speech and bullying which are often the comments I find offensive here. For example, some deranged and debased troll hoping another commenter becomes homeless. A disgusting comment like that is hateful.

Posted by Guest on Sunday on Jan. 26, 2014 @ 4:33 am

I have to confess. Guilty. There's something entertaining about watching people stuck in their own zealotry. It's a guilty pleasure. Sometimes I sully myself by reading the #benghazi or #tcot posts on twitter, but that whole mindset seems remote. We have the intellectual equivalents of teapartiers right here, just as self-righteous, moralizing, and self-deluded. Fun to watch, but that doesn't mean I'm not cheering for them to fail.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

That's what progressives have sunken too. From the "It was only a bruise!" campaign to defend Ross Mirkarimi to this - we are witnessing the long, slow death of a once proud movement.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

They are *absolutely* flailing right now, and have been for about 2 years now.

From the staunch defense of an admitted domestic abuser to this bizarre demonization of employees taking a work shuttle to the voice of their movement (the SFBG) selling out to a large corporate entity to... everything.

As the city's demographic continues to shift away from their base, they have shown a stunning lack of ability to adapt. Total clusterfuck.

Posted by Scram on Jan. 26, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

Thank god. I can't wait until they're gone so they can let the beautiful, creative people do interesting things. Can't they all just move to Bayside if they really *HAVE* to live in SF???

Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

As if that poor town doesn't have enough problems already.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
I've been trying for a while but I nevesr sewm to get there!

Posted by Find out more about the Chinese Mainland on Wikipedia on Aug. 04, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

Does the SFBG not make the connection? Or do they not care like so many other people? for instance the next corporatist troll to show up and respond with some pro-tech, pro-Google shill excrement.

Why do they use Google ads on/for this site? Why does this site try to make $$ for predatory Google after all that this site has written about Google, techies and tech and rampant gentrification and evictions caused by this parasitic industry?

Why don't you do your own ads the way they used to be done? Or was that just "so last year?"

The SFBG's hypocrisy is extremely glaring.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

while bitching about Twitter endlessly.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

to boot.

They use it and complain about it, and it's the province of morons.

Posted by guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

I agree with that. One of the most useless sites on the internet.

I know some people who tried to use it for marketing and got nothing out of it. They said it seemed like there were mostly robots on there.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 25, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

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