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3176  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / The Myth of the California Renaissance on: March 19, 2014, 12:34:31 pm
The Myth of the California Renaissance
http://www.city-journal.org/2014/cjc0314bb.html

I believe quite firmly that Jerry Brown has done a great job as governor but the fact is the Assembly has dragged down a lot of necessary reform. There is still an excessive amount of regulation and required and allowed public input and for me the situation with CAHSR is the prime example of this.
3177  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling: At-Large Senate Special Election on: March 19, 2014, 12:22:33 pm
I would vote for myself, although JCL and Alfred would also make excellent Senators. I recall working back with Alfred back in the NE Assembly and knew as nothing but a reasonable, pragmatic, progressive. I hope he'd be the same in the Senate.
3178  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Simfan v. the Imperial Dominion of the South on: March 19, 2014, 12:19:17 pm
Your honours,

I would like to file suit against the Imperial Dominion of the South on behalf of the Canadian-Atlasian Loyalist Friendship Society (CALFS). I contend that the Canadian Territories Act passed by that Region is contrary to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

In particular, I contend that the Act is in contravention with art. 1, § 5, cl. 20, which states that "[The Senate shall a have the sole power]... to promote Comity between Nations by engaging in such activities with other Nations as are of mutual benefit" as well as art. 1, § 7, cls. 1, 4, and 8, which state, respectively, that "No Region shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation, save that with the Consent of the Senate they may enter into Agreements or Compacts with other Regions for purposes of handling Specific Issues which affect more than one Region but which do not affect the Republic of Atlasia as a Whole", "No Region may grant any Title of Nobility", and "No Region shall, without the Consent of the Senate, enter into any Agreement or Compact with a foreign Power."

Furthermore, your honours, I would like to deeply apologise for the my prior deletion of my filing. It was a reckeless move on my part. I hope you can forgive me.

Simfan
3179  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 19, 2014, 12:10:26 pm
Like I said, I think the new Greenwich Lane development will change things vis-a-vis the apartment supply in the area. Either way, there're very few cheap places in the city anymore. Of course, thanks to dear Bloomie and his friends (by whom I mean Giuliani and Koch), they're very few places left in the city where you'd have more than outside chance of getting shot. So I suppose that has something to do with it. But if there is a neighborhood that deserves to be gentrified (and that is a good thing), it's Hamilton Heights. Has anyone ever been there? The area is beautiful. Seriously, if you want viable family life in the city, planning should focus on townhouses (see: Park Slope), and its full of them.

Of course if you want to talk rents you can't talk about without the ultra-distortionary rent control and stabilisations regimes that's so terrible that it's the example of the deleterious effects of price ceilings given out in almost every introductory economics class.



This of course just ends up freezing the market because whenever someone happens upon a luck low-rent apartment they just never leave....



I'd go on and on but I'd just be parroting what was said here. The City Journal is an absolutely fantastic publication, by the way.
3180  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Jeb is nominated, do you see a conservative third party emerging? on: March 19, 2014, 11:58:41 am
People would stay home if Jeb Bush was nominated, it's going to happen.  You know he's pro Common Core right?

It is to your discredit that I cannot tell if this is a joke.
3181  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: PSA from The Supreme Court: Stop deleting lawsuits. Jesus Christ. on: March 19, 2014, 11:55:41 am
Sorry. The feedback I was getting was overwhelmingly negative- even from you.
3182  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Institute for Healthcare Reform on: March 19, 2014, 11:29:39 am
I support this endeavor. We must remain true to the original goals of Fritzcare- taxpayer funded, sustainable, high-quality health care for every Atlasian. We cannot afford for narrow ideologism to cloud our judgement when dealing with such an important issue, and so I think this multi-partisan organization will be able to play a key role in reform. I would sign up to join but... uh, yeah.
3183  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasian Ostracism Movement on: March 19, 2014, 11:28:12 am
Can riley keaton be first?

I think we'd all know who'd be first, Mr. Disgraced Ex-President.

Cheesy
3184  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 19, 2014, 11:25:31 am
Tribeca has a greater supply of large apartments in doorman buildings.  On an apples to apples basis, the same apartment (IE same sq. ft., floor, view, doorman, elevator, finishes, etc) would have a higher rent in the West Village.  And, it makes sense.  The village is lower rise than any other part of downtown.  The supply of apartments is lower. 

And, you're about 10 years late on that Williamsburg point, and by the way, you were in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  That's the Polish area.

No, that's a good point. The West Village is mainly townhouses (such as these people) and walk-ups. And, about Williamsburg, I suppose so, but I found a 32 oz glass of Miller for $5 so I'm assuming things aren't too terrible over there.
3185  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Plane with 239 people on board crashes into Gulf of Thailand (or somewhere else) on: March 19, 2014, 11:00:54 am

This is hardly something thought only by them, however.

But no background checks for ukrainians and russians.... MORE PROOF! I'd say I'm at 35% certainty of my conspiracy theory.
3186  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 19, 2014, 10:53:42 am
That may be true.  But, if it is, it's only because Tribeca has a larger supply of ultra-high end doorman buildings.   I think if you look really apples to apples, the West Village is slightly more expensive.  In other words, if you put the exact same apartment on the market in both neighborhoods, the West Village one would be more expensive. 

I thought it was SoHo. I recall reading an article in the Observer (which is really the best paper in the city) over the summer detailing how expensive high-end restaurants and such were being priced out of SoHo due to rent rises for luxury boutiques.

It's mildly self-fueling. Or entirely so. But Tribeca vs. the West Village is not a contest... it's Tribeca. And it certainly isn't a Bohemian area unless you want to maybe talk about the north-eastern bits of the West Village and Eastern parts of Chelsea which seem to have a gay presence (as far I can discern walking on 7th uptown). I think the new development at the old St. Vincent's hospital is going to be a game-changer for that area.

I mean, Williamsburg, even, I think, is changing. The word brings different things to mind than it did 3-5 years ago. Maybe Bed-Stuy, but I've never been there and my conception of the place is primarily derived from watching Everybody Hates Chris. In fact, I've only been to Brooklyn once. Went to Williamsburg and walked across McCarren Park. The area which I ended up seemed very... ethnic. Polish, to be exact.
3187  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: In which of these situations is it appropriate to use your phone? on: March 18, 2014, 10:31:26 pm
Has no one else ever gone to a church service when whoever was giving the sermon asked the congregation to text them questions or tweet reactions with a special hashtag?

Like I said, you are not actually going to a "church service" nor is it an actual "congregation". You are going to one of your shows with Christian music and you are in the audience. Moshing allowed at your own risk, I assume?

Um, no. For one the shows I go to don't have chairs (which make moshing quite difficult and thus it doesn't occur.) Nor do the have someone speaking for 40-50 minutes with a bunch of stuff displayed on a TV screen in the back. Or communion.

You guys have communion?
3188  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 18, 2014, 09:32:31 pm
100k translates into something just under 3k a month, which can get you a nice 1 be in most nicer places in Manhattan.
3189  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 18, 2014, 09:17:11 pm
What exactly about the West Village is appealing to these people?

I don't know. Being painfully hip, I suppose. Although there are some absolutely beautiful townhouses in the neighborhood.

Is the West Village really a "hip" neighborhood?  Maybe 20 years ago.  It's so expensive that the only hip people who can afford to live there are gay trustafarians. 

Plus, the townhomes pale in comparison to the UWS, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. 

It's hip enough but also full of those things rich people like.
3190  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Barry Obama appears on "Between Two Ferns", continues to be the best on: March 18, 2014, 09:16:03 pm
Well I'm sure the impetus was from the advisors and such
3191  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the Atlas a worthwhile place to discuss American elections? on: March 18, 2014, 06:46:54 pm
The lack of political diversity amongst posters now compared to 2008 or even 2010 probably also has a part in it.
3192  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this article from the NYT property section on: March 18, 2014, 06:43:29 pm
What exactly about the West Village is appealing to these people?

I don't know. Being painfully hip, I suppose. Although there are some absolutely beautiful townhouses in the neighborhood.
3193  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Modern Society on: March 18, 2014, 01:04:38 pm
I'm not referring to the concept of brunch; I'm referring to literally everything else. Aside from complaining that women exist, apparently, literally none of the rest of it has any relevance to "our generation".

That may be, but I think you are in the minority here.

Why Is Our Generation So Obsessed With Brunch?

http://elitedaily.com/humor/generation-obsessed-brunch/

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Long ago are the days when cartoons were our favorite Saturday and Sunday morning activities — now it’s all about eggs, mimosas and Instagram.

Brunch has become a weekend tradition for many Gen-Yers, an excuse to get drunk and stuff our faces early in the morning. There’s been a lot of talk of brunch in the news recently after the NYC Hospitality Alliance issued a press release last week claiming bottomless brunches are actually illegal under the State Liquor Authority.

Naturally, people were up in arms over the claim, and upon further research, it was discovered that there is actually an exception to the law when the unlimited service of alcohol is incidental to the event, such as in the case of certain brunch specials. So, hooray for brunch specials! Gen-Yers can take a breathe of relief.

Introducing the second episode of “Generation whY!?,” the newest Elite Daily  Original Series. Each episode, our Elite Daily personalities will dissect many of the absurd trends and activities in which our generation indulges. Last week, we covered stalking our exes on social media, and this week we cover our obsession with brunch.

Check out more original Elite Daily videos and interviews on the Elite Daily YouTube Channel.
3194  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Modern Society on: March 18, 2014, 01:00:18 pm
For admitting I realize things I said in the past were inane?
3195  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Modern Society on: March 18, 2014, 12:49:44 pm
Brunch is a good way for restaurants to stay in business by making money at off-peak times, and also to provide food that's plenty tasty while being a lot more affordable than dinner entrees.

The culture that's grown up around that is, yes, tres insufferable.  But the thing itself has  merit, if you strip away the trend-a-licious trappings.

Well, perhaps. I have a confession to make- I go to "brunch" quite often. I'd prefer to simply call it a late breakfast, but I digress. The last time I went was on Saturday, in fact, and it was still "brunch" inexplicably at 4pm. I had fish and chips, which the person I was dining with said seemed very British of me. I suppose I really can't help it. Before that, it must have been... two weeks prior with another friend. I had a fantastic beef bourguignon crepe. Absolutely fantastic. So it isn't all terrible.

Too, often, however, brunches are the assorted drabs from the weekend on one last round before the garbage. And I've been to one of those brunches I was railing against... in late September, in fact. The sort of people I call "those people", I don't usually hang out with them but I there I was. At least one woman was a hitherto-unknown hookup of one of the others, with the look thereof and the talk was just incessant gossip. Absolutely loathesome.

Xahar, are you telling me brunch is non-existent in your part(s) of the country? Fascinating if true. One thing I've learnt (suspected, but now confirmed) over the past year from canvassing over the summer in the Bronx, is that my personal experiences and social environment cannot at all be used to attempt to make make meaningful inferences in the world. (such as this) I'm still inclined, for example, to think that the average house in this country costs $4-500,000, even though I know it's nowhere near that. The collegiate bubble can foster strange conceptions of the world, I will admit. At least it's not "social justice warriorism".

So if brunch is non-existent outside of New York and a few other cities, despite the endless stream of articles I see acting as if it were a universal occurrence, I would be surprised but not shocked. I've been to Houston over the summer, however, and there was brunch there. I went to one with the family, it was great!
3196  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 1000 Years of European Maps on: March 18, 2014, 12:08:47 pm
Boarders?
3197  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bridgeport, MI man arrested for taking too long to speak at town board meeting on: March 18, 2014, 12:07:38 pm
These people are invariably the worst. I'm quite sure he's exactly the same type as the middle-aged (and quite probably mentally "off") man who felt inclined to berate the poor bus driver  for a good minute the other day because the "BUS WAS NOT PARALLEL TO THE SIDEWALK!" and shouted what I assume were obscenities at the poor lady. There are people who for some reason feel the need to make their opinion heard too often, too loudly, and too rudely, and, like I said, they're probably a bit wonked in the head.
3198  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: March 18, 2014, 12:01:23 pm
Every Tom, Dick, and Harry seems to be lining up to make some ludicrous objection to the project.

Kings County (who knows where that is) is calling CHSRA "arrogant" for attempting to overturn an activist judge's court rulings that ruled that the authority couldn't issue bonds because it wasn't proven that it was "necessary or desirable" to to so despite a publicly-passed measure authorising the state to do so and for not filing some nonsense paperwork. The New York Times has written disparagingly about endless "environmental review" and other regulatory processes in the past.

The property acquisition process is moving slowly with eight properties owned by resisting occupants being successfully seized. In my opinion, land owners who resist selling their land for the project should not be compensated when it is seized through eminent domain- for standing in the way of progress.

Meanwhile, some absolute idiots are complaining the trains are going too slow in order to cut costs while simultaneously complaining it is too expensive. Of course, the "blended approach" is a rather depressing idea, but it is the result of too many ignoramuses and small-minded localists having too much of a say in the process.

Of course, none of this surpasses the legendary idiocy of the (usually sane) George Will in 2011,  when he said that high speed rail would be "diminishing Americans' individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism," which of course would be redundant as we're already Maoists as a result of indoctrination through bus, plane, train, subway, and air gondola travel.

Small-minded ignorance wins again in today's America.
3199  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: March 18, 2014, 11:41:33 am
For all those questioning the attractiveness of HSR connections, here a German example. Let's assume I am based somewhere near Hamburg and have a business meeting in Frankfurt / Main. The distance is around 500 km (a bit over 300 miles). By car, it takes me around 5 hours each way (including a toilet/ refreshing break, but excluding any traffic jam), which is above what I consider to be manageable for a one-day return-trip.

<snip - discussion of alternatives>

The main problem with your example is that it neglects geography.  HSR from SF to LA is geographically going to be a lot more like Milan to Frankfurt than than Hamburg to Frankfurt.  You've got those California mountains to deal with plus unless you do not care about having any other stations along the way that might make use of the tracks and thus help defray the expense, you'll be detouring thru the Central Valley

The Diablos are not the Alps.
3200  General Politics / International General Discussion / NYT: Locals whinging about High Speed Rail in Italy for no good reason on: March 18, 2014, 11:39:07 am
Italy Divided Over Rail Line Meant to Unite

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To get to the site of an exploratory tunnel now being bored into Italy’s northwestern Alps, visitors must first pass through a police checkpoint, then a military one. Tall fences topped with barbed wire roll along the mountainside. Armored vehicles cross paths with jeeps on winding roads lined by vineyards.

In an area known for picturesque villages, winter skiing and summer Alpine excursions, the fortified construction yard is a jarring juxtaposition, betraying the bitterness of a two-decade battle over plans to build a high-speed train link between Italy and France.

Over the years, the saga of the train line has been punctuated by episodes of popular resistance and colorful, thousands-strong demonstrations, but also by violent clashes, nighttime acts of sabotage and even accusations of terrorism.

Local people have long resisted the rail link, fearing damage to aquifers as well as the possible release of asbestos and radioactive materials during the excavation. They also questioned the economic sense of a project that required an initial outlay of nearly $12 billion....

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/world/europe/italy-divided-over-rail-line-meant-to-unite.html

This is a rather revealing look at the deleterious effects of provincial small-mindedness; this article shows that it is not a phenomenon limited to California's project which has atrophied beyond recognition as a result.
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