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Friday, May 12. 2017
Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall
How Machiavelli Trolled Europe’s Princes - Machiavelli’s advice for rulers was ruthless and pragmatic—and he may have intended for it to secretly destroy them.
Why Tesla's Solar Roof Is Just Another Giant Taxpayer Gift To Elon Musk
How Vegas rolled Tony Hsieh
U of Arizona Is Hiring Students to Tattle on Others for ‘Bias Incidents’ What kind of person wants to get a job policing ‘microaggressions’?
Pro-Sanctuary Crowd Shocked to Learn Legal Immigrants Might Disagree
What Democrats Won't Admit About Voters and Health Care
Nobody wants to pay for it
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Connected to Hillary Campaign
Trump Trolls Hate-Filled Democrats — And I Can’t Stop Laughing
Hungary, Slovakia take EU to court over forced migrant resettlement scheme
Re Israel, More Lies from the UN
Spain: "Pacifist" Imam Arrested on Terror Charges - The New York Times once praised his moderation
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"Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall"
There is nothing inside the current incarnation of the mall for men. And with the decline in the quality of movies, the mall has lost its appeal as a center for entertainment.
Sounds like foreign exchange students heading for U of A will have to make sure they already have enough proficiency in English to say what they're trying to say without vocabulary or grammar mistakes. This will clearly go double for non-poor straight white cis-males, who won't have a leg to stand on with the informers social justice activists if their hovercrafts are full of eels. The Water Buffalo Incident, where a student who had gone to a Hebrew-speaking high school accidentally translated a slang term literally, would probably have led to a kangaroo court today.
"Nobody wants to pay for it"
Obamacare was the single largest move to the far left socialist agenda to redistribute wealth. Ironically if it had been a good law written to succeed instead of to fail it would probably be generally accepted. There was enough money in it to actually do what it claimed. But for whatever reason the authors choose to use this bill to punish the middle class and wasted the money it redistributed. It should have been called the "destroy the middle class act". I think it accurately reflects the desires and intents of Obama and the far left Democrat party. They wanted to hurt the mostly white middle class and appear to reward minorities. Kind of a revenge thing to spread the hate and loathing they have for America and the constitution.
It saddens me that even though no Republican voted for it now that Republicans have power we are unable to get enough Republicans to vote against it. So we will keep Obamacare, perhaps forever because our Rinos in congress are incompetent.
Another classic example of the first law of economics - Demand is infinite, resources are finite.
This is my one disagreement with your post. There will never be enough money for any distributive scheme and it was the reason that the Fourth Amendment prohibits private property to be taken without compensation. Unfortunately, that was ignored when the Great Society was being constructed (and the American Society was being dismantled).
I am not in favor of any taking of property to include money/assets. I really don't favor any form of nationalized or socialized health care. I do believe that like it or not we are going to get it. I would prefer a very smart and thrifty way to accomplish this. I would suggest two simple steps to create a workable health care system that would minimize the governments involvement and allow the most individual freedom:
1. Set a standard for a minimal but decent health insurance plan. Something that would cover all/most legitimate health care and would include co-pays and deductibles. Not elective surgeries and abortions but actual "healthcare". This should be the primary option for all government employees including congress. This would insure that they would maintain the standard. Not a Cadillac plan and not a cheap plan.
2. Use this as the standard to replace Obamacare, VA, Indian tribes, Medicaid and Medicare. BUT it would not be administered by the government but rather each insurance company could offer a plan meeting the standard and each qualifying individual would choose a plan. The government would be out of the insurance business but would instead pay the premium or a part of the premium (minus of course the co-pays and deductibles). And of course the simple requirement that qualifying for a government paid insurance requires legal residence/citizenship.
This would keep the government out of health care, at least to the extent possible.
I don't disagree with you about a socialized medicine scheme being in our future, but I hope you're wrong.
One of the problems with Obamacare is that it further perverts the definition and idea behind insurance. Instead of it indemnifying one against loss, it's become a cost sharing mechanism.
I think the ball started rolling when businesses had to offer health insurance as a benefit because they couldn't raise pay, but it's picked up speed as the cost of healthcare accelerated for a number of reasons - few of which are discussed (e.g. tort reform, drug pricing, regulation, transparent pricing, etc.) - and so predictably, things keep getting worse.
In my hometown, one of the earliest indoor malls was built and named "American Mall".
I loved it growing up, but rust belt economy and owners who didn't care left it to decay. Now it's been razed and that whole plot is vacant.
re Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall
Heh. It is what it is.
An earlier generation bemoaned the creation of malls as it led to retail fleeing 'downtown'.
Offering consumers more items for less money and greater convenience has always been a good thing.
"What kind of person wants to get a job policing ‘microaggressions’?"
Scratch a SJW and find a member of the Thought Police.
What kind of person wants to spend that much time reading about Johnny Depp?
As appealing as he is, (or was) I can't waste more than a minute reading about his travails.
"It seems most of the malls in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, cater to the upper-class elite. “Hi-so” Thais, members of the country’s “high society,” find everything they could possibly want to validate their nouveau riche status at luxury shopping centers like Emporium, Em Quartier, and Central World. Wealthy Thais and expats can find every high-end designer brand there, including Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co. The places are packed—a place to see and to be seen."
That is also what is happening where I live. Easy to find a Tiffany's, Harry Winston or Cartier store. Not so easy to find a book store. And impossible to find a sporting goods store because they have all gone under. Malls are mostly catering to Asian tourists from Mainland China, Korea and Japan who are wealthier than Americans and have more disposable income.
Remember when a microwave oven cost $1000 and now they are under $100? Maybe the solar roof price will drop like that.
I hope you are right but I have hoped that for over 60 years. I got my first small "solar cell" in the mid 50's and experimented/played with it. I have been a fan ever since. I have followed all the stories and break throughs about cheaper manufacturing costs and greater power output being just around the corner. But for whatever reason the costs for PV are still many times greater than the value/benefit of PV. That hasn't changed very much this last 60 years in spite of the many claims that cost reductions and efficiency improvements was right around the corner.