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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this take on the Ferguson, MO riots on: May 29, 2015, 10:41:59 pm
That is, rather impressively, the single most ill-informed and inappropriate use of the word "gentrification" I've ever seen. 
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: TitD's random thoughts about food and drink thread on: May 29, 2015, 11:56:57 am
This manifesto on what makes a good bagel is the most important thing you will read all month.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: One here is the lowest of the low on: May 28, 2015, 06:27:14 pm
Baseless speculation: perhaps the jamfist did it.  He has been inveighing against the pornos.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Xenniels? The Oregon Trail Generation? on: May 28, 2015, 12:56:16 pm
When everyone says Oregon Trail what version do they mean?

this is a link to play my generation's version of Oregon Trail, which was apparently the 1992 Deluxe Edition.

It looks like this:

That's the one I played, too.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 27, 2015, 10:33:17 pm
You know that rhetoric that conservative/hawkish Americans like to use about us being "the world's policeman" or "a beacon of justice and freedom to the world" or how we're special and unique and above the fray and have an obligation to spread our heaven-sent values to the four corners of the globe and root out evildoers and all that?

Well, uh, this news almost makes me believe it for a moment.  USA!  USA!  USA!
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of San Francisco on: May 27, 2015, 11:50:30 am
The residential sections of SF aren't even that dense. It isn't like NYC, where there are countless enormous highrises. Though maybe if they built some, the cost of living wouldn't be so oppressive.

Most of NYC actually isn't enormous high-rises.  Yes, in much of Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn and "the projects", but we get much of our density from old six-story apartment buildings (like the one I live in!).  And, there are large swaths of every borough save Manhattan where single-family residences are the rule (like I can see from out my window!).

SF might be dense by American standards, but it doesn't even reach Queens levels– and Queens is not a land of high-rises.

What SF needs is a) some high-rises in SoMA, b) some of that six-to-eight story apartment construction along major transit corridors, and c) to smash the power of the suburban NIMBYs and get increased density down the Caltrain corridor in the Peninsula, and other inner-suburban areas.  Some enterprising lawyer types should sue Atherton and Palo Alto and get the courts to go all Mount Laurel on their exclusionary asses.
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: One person, one vote: SCOTUS to tell us what it means on: May 27, 2015, 10:25:50 am
Honestly, CVAP is the correct answer here. It makes no sense to base redistricting on people who are not allowed to vote (this should also be true for reapportionment purposes).

Regardless, the whole idea of mandated majority-minority districts, regardless of compactness and cohesiveness of communities, has been an utter failure for the US political system.

Switching to CVAP would be a bonanza for the Republican Party, you know.  And even besides that it would be morally suspect: even if immigrants and children cannot yet vote, they are still full human beings deserving of consideration, and are still affected by this policies of those who do vote.  (Mind you I would like to see the franchise expanded to 16-year-olds, green card holders, felons, etc.  That so many residents of America cannot have a say in its governance is the real problem here, and switching to CVAP is the exact wrong tack to take.)

One man, one vote, based on total population, is a moral imperative.  The Roberts court better not engage in a naked partisan power grab and tear it to shreds.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on? on: May 26, 2015, 02:52:01 pm
Watching the internals of the political process here in New York is arguably considerably less appetizing than watching the making of a sausage of out of a pig.

9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Bruce Springsteen on: May 25, 2015, 10:55:07 pm
The Boss. Enough said.

One would hope that is enough said, but...

One of the best musicians of the 1980's...

If you loved "Born in the U.S.A", you'll probably love "The Rising", Springsteen's response to 9/11/...and used by both John Edwards and Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Epic FF.

Love his stuff, love '80s music, etc.

Springsteen is a '70s musician.

Elton John, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan. Stuff like that.

In other words, massively better taste than you?

Do you know how much I hate that you're making me agree with Snowstalker, BRTD?

Terrible. A cheap knock-off version of Bob Dylan. I admit to liking "Born To Run," but that is about all.

Congratulations on being BRTD-level wrong when it comes to music.  This is incredibly disappointing.

Clearly y'all need to listen to Bruce's best album and stop being so goddamn wrong.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 25, 2015, 10:17:53 pm
So the hotel TV just aired an ad paid for by the Club For Growth attacking Rep. Bill Schuster it seems for his support of the Export-Import Bank.

Said institution was described as "crony capitalist," while at the same time "many conservatives want to get rid of it."
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Least Favorite County in your state on: May 25, 2015, 09:41:37 pm
Probably either Nassau or Putnam.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which song would make a better state anthem of New Jersey? on: May 25, 2015, 09:39:00 pm
As bedstuy put it before, I basically only listen to a few "incredibly specific types of post-punk music" and virtually nothing else.

That's not something to be proud of!

Springsteen sucks.  I would be embarassed if my state ever adopted that hick crap as an anthem.  And the correct answer is Bohemian Rhapsody.

As Maddy just said... what.  the. Christ.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a fine song but what the hell does it have to do with NJ?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your 5 favorite counties in your state on: May 25, 2015, 09:33:51 pm
1. Kings
2. New York
3. Queens
4. Saratoga
5. Bronx
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which song would make a better state anthem of New Jersey? on: May 23, 2015, 03:25:27 pm
Uh, Thunder Road?

That or Born to Run.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 22, 2015, 03:54:22 pm
Heading on a road trip with my father to St. Louis for my cousin's wedding, bright and early tomorrow morning, not returning back East until Tuesday.

I'm a little embarrassed to say that being able to add to this might be one of the more exciting aspects of this whole adventure.  

Anyway, see y'all on the flip side.

So I saw this sign en route:

I know it's not the same Paul Simon, but still the highlight of the trip out. 

The lowlight would probably be all those pro-fracking billboards in Western PA.  Ugh.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 21, 2015, 11:02:40 pm
A friend and his other half from America staying with us (who was not injured) was involved in a serious road traffic accident. His other half is here and will be here for as long as it takes but our friend has been unconscious for three days and is critical. Things are a little tough right now.

He passed away today.

That is so awful.  My condolences.  Sad
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of San Francisco on: May 21, 2015, 10:56:58 pm
Freedom City, but tottering on the edge of HC due to its asinine NIMBYism.

Too much city crammed into too little land.

That is how cities should be, not the sprawling messes down south.

This and this.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 20, 2015, 11:08:09 pm
Heading on a road trip with my father to St. Louis for my cousin's wedding, bright and early tomorrow morning, not returning back East until Tuesday.

I'm a little embarrassed to say that being able to add to this might be one of the more exciting aspects of this whole adventure.  

Anyway, see y'all on the flip side.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of cruises for a vacation? on: May 20, 2015, 02:45:12 pm
David Foster Wallace had the definitive word on this activity, I think.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Frank Lautenberg on: May 19, 2015, 10:09:30 pm
The greatest champion Amtrak has ever had.  As FF as they come.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Maps. All the maps. on: May 19, 2015, 05:39:19 pm
How does one die from legal intervention?
Should legal intervention be banned and become illegal intervention then Tongue

I assume that "legal intervention" is a euphemism for "pulling the plug" (which, I guess, is itself a euphemism).
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the driving force of conservative denial of climate change? on: May 19, 2015, 05:14:10 pm
Other things are going on here.

Denial is a psychological coping mechanism.   Liberals believe that government and political action can solve huge problems like climate change without a big change to a comfortable standard of living, so there's a tendency to believe in climate change as a challenge to be overcome.  The more radical position on the left is that dealing with climate change will require a fundamental shift in economic/social/ecological relations, and that this is a good thing in itself.  To paraphrase JFK, for  liberalism (as with the left), man's problems were created by man and can be solved by man. The right's instinct is to doubt both sides of that equation.  Conservatives are more skeptical than liberals that, if there is a problem, it can be easily solved, and so it is easier to just ignore the problem altogether or claim it doesn't exist. 

Plus people who live in the suburbs and drive minivans, and/or live in states where resource extraction is major industry, fear the brunt of climate change discussion and policy.  And the solutions offered for climate change tend to involve taxes/spending an expansion of government generally.  People often look at what they do or don't want done, and then accept the beliefs that support that.  Chalking it all up to donations from big oil puts the cart before the horse.

To spite liberals, plain and simple.

This and this.  It's a complicated and potent mix of bullish*t-populist cultural resentment against urban "eggheads;" a desire to cling to one's unearned privilege and lifestyle and never have to face up to the long-lasting harm said lifestyle is going to cause to those who don't have a say in the system; and just a plain old ideological resistance to the idea that there are some issues where the global repercussions and obvious market failures make activist government necessary.

I mean, obviously fossil fuel power and lobbying doesn't help, but the problems are too deep-seated to merely pin on a cartoon villain like the Kochs.  (And don't get me wrong, they are villains.)  There's serious psychological barriers here that can't just be pinned on an easily-scapegoatable elite.  We need to look inside ourselves, too.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton on: May 19, 2015, 05:00:36 pm
I still have not seen any reason for why the left should have anything to do with Hillary.

If nothing else, SCOTUS.

Mind you, this is no reason to be cheering Hillary now, before the first primary vote has been cast.  I certainly plan on casting a ballot for Bernie myself, and pushing from within the party for the best policies I can.  But if she becomes the only thing standing between, say, Scott Walker replacing the Notorious RBG with a looneytune like Janice Rodgers Brown, then, well, you can bet I'll be on board.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: May 18, 2015, 03:34:53 pm
25  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2.75 million Romney voters will be dead by 2016. on: May 18, 2015, 11:09:12 am
This implicitly assumes that voters do not tend to become more Pub friendly as they age. When was the last POTUS election where young voters voted more Pub than older ones? If there were no evolving of voters over time, by now that nation would be 70% Dem or something, no?

"If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain"

Winston Churchill

IIRC the Boomers got more conservative as they aged (aren't they so special!), but every other generation has more or less stayed right where they were when they were young. 

And yes, this has manifested itself in social mores generally bending leftwards over time.  But that relationship doesn't hold on "economic" matters, where youngs have often ended up to the right of their parents.
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