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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 06:12:08 pm
ACTUALLY, I looked very closely at the full-sized image and found the parking, which I must say is very well-integrated with the overall design, although the report seems to think they may not have enough:





I'm still concerned as to how on earth the traffic flow will work with a layout like that.

EDIT: also these renders look like the SimCity 5 I never had
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 05:51:16 pm
Maybe just shut LaGuardia down and use the airspace/funds for increasing capacity and reliability in JFK/Newark instead?

I was going to mention this.

Also you will note that the plan apparently includes an increase in in parking capacity, but of course these pictures conveniently airbrush out the garages that would require.

Also, yes, I just noticed that! Telling. As for the 7 train extension I think this would be a far more sensible idea (if lacking in stops) but you know how far sensible ideas get in this city.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Japanese Foreign Policy under PM Shinzo Abe on: July 28, 2015, 05:37:35 pm
I'm not sure where you're going with this TNF. Are you saying that without the pivot or US presence in the area there wouldn't be any conflict over the Senkaku Islands? Do you think China would have just not cared if it wasn't for American presence?

TNF is a Marxist-Leninist. It is reflexive.

There is no other way to explain how one can attribute increasing tensions in East Asia to "U.S. (as in "U.S imperialists"?) sabre-rattling". It as if people in Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and so forth, have no agency beyond being "imperialist running-dogs". And of course any talk of "encircling Russia" is just whataboutery.
79  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What term to you prefer for Great Britain, Ireland and surrounding islands on: July 28, 2015, 05:06:07 pm
Has the Isle of Man (et al) ceased to exist?

It is not unsual to disregard minor islands when naming an island group.

If so, there may be no problem here at all... Wink
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What term to you prefer for Great Britain, Ireland and surrounding islands on: July 28, 2015, 04:40:40 pm
Has the Isle of Man (et al) ceased to exist?
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of the name Airforce One Obama on: July 28, 2015, 04:23:59 pm
This seems relevant: https://youtu.be/n7GxnhQjBaw?t=35s

Either that, or a Republican epithet.
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: A&P supermarket chain files for Chapter 11 and will likely fold on: July 28, 2015, 04:21:53 pm
Try-hard pedestrianism never ends nicely.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does your family know about the infraction point system? on: July 28, 2015, 04:20:23 pm
In my elementary school we had a traffic light installed on the wall of the lunch room/cafeteria that regulated the talking...

I must say, that whole story seems astoundingly authoritarian. And there was never a indulgent or thin-skinned parent who complained?
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: A&P supermarket chain files for Chapter 11 and will likely fold on: July 28, 2015, 04:16:13 pm
RIP that one terrible short story from tenth-grade English class

I remember reading that too! Wasn't it Updike?
85  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Proposal for Election What-ifs on: July 28, 2015, 03:45:14 pm
Yes, this is a good idea.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: July 28, 2015, 02:52:40 pm
Also, Cathcon, I heard about you and your itch, what happened to the Catholic part? Sad
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: July 28, 2015, 02:52:10 pm
My recollection was that the math portion was easier than the SAT and had something like a 10% or more rate of people getting literally every question right, whereas the verbal portion was chock-full of obscure $10 words that even very literate people may have never heard of, and thus a perfect result was basically completely impossible.

And I saw this as someone who isn't really a math person at all.

The disconnect between the treatment of the two halves was striking, to say the least.

I've been studying and, yes, the verbal portion seems to be filled with words I have never before heard in my life. Meanwhile the quant section is at most high-school level stuff. Very bizarre.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 12:53:31 pm
Guess Trump will be happy. Airport standards are basically to Trump what 47% was to Romney.

What do you mean? Trump is not in charge of the airports.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jihadist states on: July 28, 2015, 12:52:56 pm
I thought this was going to be about what would happen if the government of, say, South Dakota, became jihadist or something.
90  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 10:58:53 am
Why does it cost so much money to build in NYC?  I think it's a time that we looked at our building code, environmental regulations and the cut that the mafia gets. 

We need CATEXs. Lots of CATEXs! Otherwise we get this:

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Since then, the Port Authority’s “fast-track” approach to a project that will not alter the bridge’s footprint has generated more than 5,000 pages of federally mandated archaeological, traffic, fish habitat, soil, pollution and economic reports that have cost over $2 million. A historical survey of every building within two miles of each end of the bridge alone cost $600,000 — even though none would be affected by the project...

Fifty-five federal, state and local agencies were consulted and 47 permits were required from 19 of them. Fifty Indian tribes from as far away as Oklahoma were invited to weigh in on whether the project impinged on native ground that touches the steel-arch bridge’s foundation...

The entire project, from conception to completion, is expected to take less than a decade — with the environmental review accounting for nearly half that time. As cumbersome as it was, the process was expedited by a presidential directive to speed construction of the Bayonne Bridge and six other public works projects across the country...

“In my 40 years, this is the fastest I’ve ever seen an environmental assessment get done,” Ms. Papageorgis said. “We’re being criticized for rushing it.
91  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 10:14:27 am
There are also plans for a new $1.4 billion (lolno) terminal at Newark:



Then again I could give you lots of renders of proposals for shiny new replacements for Penn Station that aren't going to be built.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: La Guardia Airport to Be Rebuilt by 2021, Cuomo and Biden Say on: July 28, 2015, 10:10:02 am
I won't believe it until I see it.

Of course they're going to shower money on La Guardia, and leave Penn Station (which receives more travelers than all three metro airports COMBINED) and a desperately-needed new pair of tunnels under the Hudson to rot.

Thanks, Cuomo.  And as for you, Biden, I'd have expected better.  Sigh.

I hate Penn and those narrow, squat platforms as much as the next guy, but what can one really do while there's an arena sitting on top of it? They were going to build a new pair of tunnels until Christie cancelled them, and there is the (greatly-downsized) Moynihan Station plan.

But $4 billion? That's two and a half times cheaper than what they're saying the Port Authority replacement will cost. The Port Authority! A bus station!

Either way, sh--ty infrastructure getting fixed is sh--ty infrastructure getting fixed. Here are some pictures:


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr


LaGuardia Renderings
by governorandrewcuomo, on Flickr
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Portugal parliamentary election - October 4, 2015 on: July 28, 2015, 06:33:28 am

Salazar was not a fascist.

I like how one can tell how left-wing the political environment was after the 1974 coup from the fact that all the right-wing parties styled themselves "social democrats" of some sort or another.


It's amazing that you have 13,069 posts and I see you post constantly on every board and yet you manage to contribute absolutely nothing... or almost nothing. I skimmed, more incredulous with each passing page, your last 300 comments. I saw 1 that was not complete sh**tposting, and I'm not even sure I really did see it. I think I may have been hallucinating, in the same way a man dying of thirst in the middle of the Sahara might hallucinate a lake.

...what?
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 28, 2015, 06:30:53 am
Time for a vote?

Indeed. I hereby initiate the voting proceedure.
95  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Moderated post point system in process of being removed. on: July 28, 2015, 06:18:28 am
Wait, what? No more death points?
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Convention for Agreement on Regional Consolidation in Atlasia on: July 27, 2015, 07:15:45 am
x Simfan
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Seven years later, is Obama now worth of his Nobel Peace Prize? on: July 26, 2015, 10:59:08 am
I'm lost.
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Portugal parliamentary election - October 4, 2015 on: July 26, 2015, 10:55:19 am
Where does the PSD stand with regard to the Estado Novo?

It's founders were all members of parliament during the Fascist period but they were also publicly reformists. They tried very hard to distance themselves from the old regime, hence their name.

Even the People's Party to their right, called itself the Social Democratic Centre to distance themselves from Salazar.

Salazar was not a fascist.

I like how one can tell how left-wing the political environment was after the 1974 coup from the fact that all the right-wing parties styled themselves "social democrats" of some sort or another.
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Seven years later, is Obama now worth of his Nobel Peace Prize? on: July 26, 2015, 10:36:13 am
No, the Nobel Prize committee should have waited until after his presidency. Giving him one when he had barely started his presidency is basically giving him a gold medal because he wasn't George W Bush.

Not basically,  literally.
100  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Conservative Party on: July 25, 2015, 01:26:01 pm
I agree. I'd be more than happy to serve as a policy and logistics focused Chairman, for example, and have a leader to take the political lead.
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