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Monday, May 4. 2015
A friend sent that pic of the Greenfield Hill (in Fairfield, CT) Congregational Church's annual Dogwood Festival this weekend
How to Reclaim Suburban Sprawl
PERFECT PASTRIES IN NAPLES
They are right
Blue Moon Lawsuit Slams MillerCoors
The real McMuffin
The most important things Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger said at Berkshire's annual meeting
Creative destruction: Newspaper ad revenue continued its precipitous free fall in 2014, and it’s likely to continue
How about better high schools first?
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Double Canada’s
ICE, ICE BABY
Goodall says animals ‘suffer’ from genetically modified foods
Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores
Bernie Sanders Vows To Take On Billionaires — But Which Ones?
What’s Really Burning In Baltimore——-50 Years Of Liberal Welfare State Policies
Billions of federal dollars, and the Dems shut down all the sports fields and the libraries
Baltimore schools second in spending
Baltimore Riots: Frank Rich Reveals His Hideous Racism
Dear Baltimore Family and Friends: Y'all Bein' Played!
The women voting for Hillary because she's a woman are setting feminism back a hundred years.
The media has by and large given President Obama’s failed Afghanistan
Liberals Ignore a Real 1-in-3 Rape Culture
Israel’s Economy Defies Logic
Latvia, with a large minority of Russians, worries about Putin's goals
In Kazakhstan, fears of becoming the next Ukraine
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How to Reclaim Suburban Sprawl
From the article, it looks like the suggestion is to replace zoning ordinances that he finds displeasing for aesthetic and policy reasons, such as minimum lot sizes, width of roadways for FD access, segregation of business and residential etc.;, with zoning ordinances that are more to his taste - minimum density, prohibiting provision of parking in order to force use of public transit, etc.
His claim is essentially that sprawl happened not by consumer choice but because of artificial restrictions on choice, so to fix it we should instead have different artifical restrictions on choice.
All the urbanists and urban planners are fascists at heart. And a fascist is just a socialist with a corporate sponsor supporting his government goals.
"Goodall says animals ‘suffer’ from genetically modified foods"
I planted some popcorn in my garden. I know the deer "suffered" all the way down to the stalk. You could hear them weeping as they ate.
Goodall must also be unaware that plants geneticallymodify themselves.
last year i planted low acid globe shaped yellow tomatoes next to beefsteaks. By the time the 2nd flowers became fruit they (beefsteaks) were globe shaped.
Lesson; isolate your varieties.
"There’s Never Been a Safer Time to be a Kid in America"
I don't know, from the news reports, it appears the risk of being forcibly kidnapped by government officials has never been higher. They "meant well" but the kid is still traumatized.
How to Reclaim Suburban Sprawl?
Well, I'd say the first thing to do is cut down on the riots in the urban corpses.
"...cut down on the riots in the urban corpses." Cores, I trust you meant. I think only maggots riot in corpses. Fingers do outrun brains.
Whatever he meant, corpses pretty well describes places like Detroit and Baltimore. And, they bring up visions of maggots also.
"How about better high schools first?"
I couldn't agree more. At one time in Canada (and I don't doubt it was so for the US as well), a high school graduate was well-rounded enough to become a clerk and aspire to be a manager, or become a teacher, an RCMP constable or even an army officer.
Today high school is no longer sufficient, and graduates are more or less forced to add two to three more years of expensive "community college" training in this, that or the other before they even can get near to applying for an entry-level job.
I always make myself popular with teachers at parties by declaring that if someone who finishes 12 years of elementary- and secondary-level education is still not acceptable enough for basic entry into the workforce, then the entire education system is a complete failure.
Hey! Clerk jobs are harder today, what with all the picture menu cash register technology and such.
The women voting for Hillary because she's a woman are going to get rather confused now that Carly Fiorina is running on the GOP side.
Nah! People used to think that Kay Bailey Hutchison was a real woman but the feminists set us straight. It turns out that she was not.
Re: What's really burning in Baltimore
I think most people can agree that Freddie Gray, a petty drug dealer, was killed in police custody for the crime of looking suspicious. The policemen who killed him deserve to go to jail for murder.
He's not speaking for me. I don't know all the facts of the case and the more I hear, the weaker the case for murder becomes.
The riots we've seen are the result of people exploiting for political purposes the willingness of people to jump to conclusions. Stockman is apparently one of those people.
Before we let our prejudices and assumptions make matters worse, it might be advisable to find out more about what actually happened rather than content oneself with what it looked like. Life would be a lot calmer, people's property and lives wouldn't be destroyed unnecessarily.
Re: Attacks on Scott Walker
While thousands of dollars of credit card debt doesn't speak well for his personal financial skills, it is an indication that he hasn't been bought by some crony because that would surely have been taken care of by now.
It's also interesting that Sanders has a net worth of only $300K (other sources have him at closer to $0.5M) so as stupid as you have to be to be a socialist, he's a least an honest socialist.
That led me to check on the net worth of people in the Senate. According to the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/congress-members-worth/) as of 2010, the average net worth has actually declined since 2007 to about $10M. The top seven richest are all demoncrats. You have to go to the 25th richest to get less than $10M. There are a lot who have extremely modest net worth down to Debbie Stabenow who owes about $32K. It was refreshing to see that they are not all like Charlie who apparently has so much that he can't keep it straight for his taxes (though the Wapo only has him down for about $1.4M).
Blue Moon: Coors? Coors would lie to us?
Retailers: Dollar Tree will close stores, too? Economy got to be far worse than we think it is.
Frank Rich: Fascist and racist, and NYTist.
Voting Vagina: The only two I've voted for were and are my wives.
Abolish Property Rights, Control the Weather: Mostly, control people they don't like, who "aren't smart enough" to do what they want them to do.
Which Billionaires: Republican ones. Dems are OK by Bernie.
David Brooks: Me, I think we have more than plenty of them now.
How to Reclaim Suburban Sprawl? Uh, WHY "reclaim" it? I lived downtown (Boston, Providence) for several years, and largely liked it: I have also lived in suburbs and liked that also. There are pros and cons (my suburban apartment houses have never been shot at, my urban apartments were easier to get a taxi). I do not desire to be forced into either, though.
Brooks isn't wrong with this quote, but he is misguided:
"It is wrong to say federal efforts to tackle poverty have been a failure. The $15 trillion spent by the government over the past half-century has improved living standards and eased burdens for millions of poor people. But all that money and all those experiments have not integrated people who live in areas of concentrated poverty into the mainstream economy. Often, the money has served as a cushion, not a ladder."
The question is "failed" in comparison to WHAT?
Things may very well have improved had the government not spent a dime, there is no way to know this.
So you can't say the money spent 'succeeded', either. In fact, based on his observation of what that money did - as opposed to what it was supposed to do, you really could say it "failed."
Plenty of communities have been blighted and brought themselves out of blight with limited, or no, government spending. It's a question of the community itself, not spending money.
Berkshire Hathaway goes heavy into junk food and Obama opens the door to Cuban sugar. What an amazing coincidence.