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Only in San Francisco

Date: 01 October, 2009

By: Chief

Imagee all know the mental capacity of the left coast populous of these United States tends to be, oh what is a [semi-]polite to say it, shall we say — out to lunch? And the real wacked out lefties are all located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco (a mere 80 miles). Believe me when I say this — the Santa Cruz to San Francisco (SC/SF) bunch make the Granola population of the rest of the state's coastal counties appear to be on the far right of the dinosaur.

So as y'all don't think I'm picking on the lunatics of San Francisco too much, dig this — the mayor of that city, Gavin Newsom, aka Gavin (two timing) Nuisance proposed an environmental ordinance which, if passed by the city board of supervisors (stupid-visors), would require each and every person within the city limits of San Francisco to compost their garbage.

With grief condign the proposed ordinance was passed by the city board of stupid-visors June of this year. Can we call San Francisco the smelly city by the bay?

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

Since you obviously do not believe me, quoting SF Gate on-line newspaper:

"San Franciscans have six more weeks before they're required to toss their food scraps into green composting bins or face a fine[.]

"Starting Oct. 21, every home and business in the city must have three separate color-coded bins for waste: black for trash, blue for recycling - and now green for composting. Failure to sort trash initially will result in several warnings, but ultimately could lead to fines of up to $1,000 in egregious cases."

Told you I wasn't making this up.

Here, for your perusal and entertainment is Section 1903 of the ordinance:


"All persons in San Francisco must source separate their refuse into recyclables, compostables and trash, and place each type of refuse in a separate container designated for disposal of that type of refuse. No person may mix recyclables, compostables or trash, or deposit refuse of one type in a collection container designated for another type of refuse, except as otherwise provided in this Chapter.

"(Added by Ord. 100-09, File No. 081404, App. 6/23/2009)"

Yep, only in San Francisco could such stupidity be:

For all to read and laugh about.

Here are a few of comments posted by people who read the SF Gate story (there were 156 when I checked):

"And the nanny state grows...

"We compost in the back yard but not food scraps because we kept finding rats in the compost bin, no matter how securely we closed it.

"Let the fruit fly fiesta begin!

"Compost Mayor Hair Grease and the Board of Supervisors.

"I smell a huge rat and cockroach investation [sic] coming.

"I've had a problem with cockroaches in my bin for the past three weeks. I've never seen a roach anywhere my home until I started collecting food scraps in the green bin for its weekly collection."

Wonderful ain't it?

An epidemic waiting to happen

All cities have health problems courtesy of vermin such as rats (both the two and four legged variety), cock-a-roaches, mice, flies, fleas and so on. Now the intrepid — actually imbecilic — mayor and board of stupid-visors have opened all the doors and said 'Come on in, there's plenty for all you vermin'. What a bunch of maroons.

I fully suspect, a couple of months after the mandatory implementation date, first — Mayor Gavin Nuisance will hold a press conference to announce just how wonderful the law is working. Second, his announcement, I do believe will be followed, a few months later, by the headline of all newspapers in the western world reading:

Cholera, Typhoid and Endemic Typhus ravaging San Francisco

Sometimes dreams do come true. Oops.

A brief history lesson is in order, I think. Quoting from Wikipedia:

"Black Death

"The Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. It is widely thought to have been an outbreak of bubonic plague caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Usually thought to have started in Central Asia, it had reached the Crimea by 1346 and from there, probably on merchant ships, it spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe's population, reducing the world's population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. This has been seen as creating a series of religious, social and economic upheavals which had profound effects on the course of European history. The plague returned at various times, resulting in a larger number of deaths, until it left Europe in the 19th century."

If you so desire, here are the links for the full articles on both the Black Death and the Bubonic plague.

And yes, Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that killed the scientist studying it the other day — and he was studying a supposedly 'safe' strain that does not have the full force and vigor of the one in the wild. This story was widely reported in newspapers worldwide.

Yet the city leadership of San Francisco became a welcoming committee for the very thing which carries the frapping fleas and spreads the disease — mice and rats (plus any other fur bearing critter). How benevolent of the mayor and board of stupid-visors.

If such a cat-tastrophe, literally speaking, should occur, it is conceivable that the disease could spread — world wide in less than a month. On the bright side (Always look on the bright side of Life, Monty Python, The Life of Brian, 1979) such an outbreak would reduce our burgeoning world population — considerably.

Food scraps of all things. That is, without peer, the stupidest thing I have read in a long, long, time. Food scraps, according to the ordinance, include:

Along with all the other usual suspects. If you want to read the whole long list of what was for dinner, you can do so here.

Being a former — voluntary — composter myself, I have never, as in ever, heard of meat, bones, shellfish and dairy products as being "okay" to compost. Eggshells — if they are clean — are fine. Here is a link to the Flori-duh composting website. If you read it, you shall discover a huge disconnect between what SF says can be composted (darn near everything) and what Flori-duh says can be composted (not nearly everything).

What started out as a politically stupid idea could turn out to be, in the worst case, devastating and deadly.

Oh, granola? What ain't fruits or nuts are flakes.

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