8670F.jpgWe were buoyed today to learn that WHEN NOT IF the evil deadly pig-sickness hits our fair city, the San Francisco Police Department’s 1,800 men and women will not be defenseless: they will be issued disposable N95 respirators (respirator being a fancy way to say “88 cent disposable cotton masky-thingie that’s not at all guaranteed to keep you from getting sick while making you look like an utter tool”).

But we being curious-minded folk (and folk familiar with gas-masks from a recent Breaking Bad watchathon) we wanted to know a little more about the N95, so we peeped the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s handy infopage on the N95.

We found out:

What N95 means: “The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95% of very small test particles.”

Makes sense.

“If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.”

Bummer.

“N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.”

So the cop mustaches have to go.

But the kicker was this final statement:
“These devices are labeled “NOT for occupational use.”

Which is fine, because as we all know, police work is a vocation.

Granted, there do exist industrial-grade N95s which ARE for occupational use, however, those industrial-type models have yet to receive the FDA’s endorsement. We can only hope that by WHEN NOT IF piggy flu strikes the City, the FDA will have approved an occupational model for SFPD use, and give the shitty disease-spreading type to the perps they will be forced to mask.

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  • accordiongeek

    Why do you use a capital “C” when referring to the city, as if San Francisco is the only city. That’s what the writers at The Examiner do and that is one awful paper.

  • accordiongeek

    Why do you use a capital “C” when referring to the city, as if San Francisco is the only city. That’s what the writers at The Examiner do and that is one awful paper.

  • Eve Batey

    It a fairly common newspaper practice to capitalize the first letter of the word “City” when referring to the city of that publication or its audience. The Examiner, which we is a fine paper, did not invent this practice.

  • Eve Batey

    It a fairly common newspaper practice to capitalize the first letter of the word “City” when referring to the city of that publication or its audience. The Examiner, which we is a fine paper, did not invent this practice.

  • Plug1

    i think Eve summed it up best, “It a fairly common newspaper practice to capitalize the first letter of the word “City” when referring to the city of that publication or its audience.”

    i personally capitalize both “The” and “City” when referring to San Francisco. in my humble opinion, it is the best city in the world. you will not be able to convince me otherwise.

    i started this practice after reading each and every one of Herb Caen’s books. i figured that no one knew or loved The City more than Herb did. i understood that he used capitalization to note that of all of the cities in the world, ours was indeed “The City”.

    also, i refer to Oakland as “The Town”. but, that i learned from listening to Too $hort.

    conversely, i would never use “The” when describing a local freeway (280, 101), but that is an entirely separate argument.

    with that said, my punctuation, grammar, and mastery of the English language is horrible. so capitalize as you like, but reading “the city” when referring to San Francisco will always look odd to me.

  • Plug1

    i think Eve summed it up best, “It a fairly common newspaper practice to capitalize the first letter of the word “City” when referring to the city of that publication or its audience.”

    i personally capitalize both “The” and “City” when referring to San Francisco. in my humble opinion, it is the best city in the world. you will not be able to convince me otherwise.

    i started this practice after reading each and every one of Herb Caen’s books. i figured that no one knew or loved The City more than Herb did. i understood that he used capitalization to note that of all of the cities in the world, ours was indeed “The City”.

    also, i refer to Oakland as “The Town”. but, that i learned from listening to Too $hort.

    conversely, i would never use “The” when describing a local freeway (280, 101), but that is an entirely separate argument.

    with that said, my punctuation, grammar, and mastery of the English language is horrible. so capitalize as you like, but reading “the city” when referring to San Francisco will always look odd to me.

  • accordiongeek

    Plug1: After reading your response I feel certain that you’d make a fine editor for SFAppeal. You appear to adhere to the same high-quality grammar and editing as the writers. (In all fairness, I did enjoy reading the article, but not as much as I enjoyed the comments!)

  • accordiongeek

    Plug1: After reading your response I feel certain that you’d make a fine editor for SFAppeal. You appear to adhere to the same high-quality grammar and editing as the writers. (In all fairness, I did enjoy reading the article, but not as much as I enjoyed the comments!)

  • Martha Woolfe

    we is a fine paper?

    Local joke when I was a kid:

    What paper do you read in the morning?

    Examiner

    What paper do you read at night?

    Examiner

    What would you do if you saw Marilyn Monroe naked in the bathtub?

    Examiner

    It never ceased to crack us up.

  • Martha Woolfe

    we is a fine paper?

    Local joke when I was a kid:

    What paper do you read in the morning?

    Examiner

    What paper do you read at night?

    Examiner

    What would you do if you saw Marilyn Monroe naked in the bathtub?

    Examiner

    It never ceased to crack us up.

  • accordiongeek

    The three top style guides (Associated Press Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style, and Gregg Reference Manual) all agree on this: “Capitalize the word city only when it’s included in the proper name or in an imaginative title.”

    I’m just saying.

  • accordiongeek

    The three top style guides (Associated Press Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style, and Gregg Reference Manual) all agree on this: “Capitalize the word city only when it’s included in the proper name or in an imaginative title.”

    I’m just saying.

  • Eve Batey

    Alright.

    I’m going to have to refer everyone but my good friend Plug1 to our comment policy, which clearly states:

    “remarks on usage, grammar, and typos just makes you look like an overly-literal tool (if you care that much, email us).”

  • Eve Batey

    Alright.

    I’m going to have to refer everyone but my good friend Plug1 to our comment policy, which clearly states:

    “remarks on usage, grammar, and typos just makes you look like an overly-literal tool (if you care that much, email us).”

  • accordiongeek

    Point taken. I am waving the rainbow flag of surrender.
    Sincerely,
    An overly-literal tool (A rake? Perhaps, but not a hoe.)

  • accordiongeek

    Point taken. I am waving the rainbow flag of surrender.
    Sincerely,
    An overly-literal tool (A rake? Perhaps, but not a hoe.)

  • Martha Woolfe

    OK, I’m going to be serious about this. One of the things that got us George Bush was the appeal for a lot of people of having an ignorant person be President. It became elitist to want to have a President who knew how to speak and write well. Lots of people jumped on this bandwagon. Liberals are elitists, so we got 8 years of W.

    Now I’ve started seeing this among a lot of young liberal people – that it’s somehow UNCOOL to try and maintain some standards of grammar, spelling and pronunciation. You don’t have to hire a grammarian, but for Goddess’ sake, if you’re going to be writing and publishing things that are going to be read by the public, please go that extra mile and spellcheck and proofread before you hit send. That other kind of writing is for texts to your nearest and dearest. Otherwise, we’re all going to start sounding like those women who keep embarrassing themselves at beauty pageants.

    I’m a better writer than I am a mathematician, so I use a calculator when I’m figuring out my checkbook. Please use the tools you have if grammar isn’t your thing.

    Sounding off now….Martha

  • Martha Woolfe

    OK, I’m going to be serious about this. One of the things that got us George Bush was the appeal for a lot of people of having an ignorant person be President. It became elitist to want to have a President who knew how to speak and write well. Lots of people jumped on this bandwagon. Liberals are elitists, so we got 8 years of W.

    Now I’ve started seeing this among a lot of young liberal people – that it’s somehow UNCOOL to try and maintain some standards of grammar, spelling and pronunciation. You don’t have to hire a grammarian, but for Goddess’ sake, if you’re going to be writing and publishing things that are going to be read by the public, please go that extra mile and spellcheck and proofread before you hit send. That other kind of writing is for texts to your nearest and dearest. Otherwise, we’re all going to start sounding like those women who keep embarrassing themselves at beauty pageants.

    I’m a better writer than I am a mathematician, so I use a calculator when I’m figuring out my checkbook. Please use the tools you have if grammar isn’t your thing.

    Sounding off now….Martha