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What Makes a Place Good for People?

I want to get back to the idea of human scale and how the best parts of Yucca are the little spaces between and around the buildings instead of the big parking lots and super wide street frontage. Everywhere I go in the world I find some of the best streets are barely wide enough for a car to pass through…

The Other Side of the Tracks, by John Sanphillippo

“Tribal and narrow minded” LOL!

In December, the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis and St. Paul is scheduled to vote on a vision for the region’s housing and transportation future. “Thrive MSP 2040” is the council’s comprehensive development plan for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area for the next 30 years. It’s a regional growth plan that will result not in a cure for the area’s ills, though, but in a virus that will kill its vitality.

The Minneapolis/ St. Paul area is one of the most livable regions in the nation. That’s not because residents were forced onto transit and into high density housing, as ‘Thrive’ will do. Growth occurred in a natural manner, in an area with great schools, because people here had the freedom to choose the size of yard for their kids, and the ability to embrace the natural openness of the region. The vigorous suburban growth that resulted has helped our vitality, despite past decisions from the Met Council to neutralize it.

The Metropolitan Council isn’t alone in adopting New Urbanist plans on a wholesale basis. Their approach, and the problems that go with it, are being repeated by many planning boards nationwide. The 350-page ‘Detroit Future City’ plan is a tunnel-vision strategy based on the same New Urbanist thought. With the best of intentions — goals of avoiding pre-fabricated monotony and sprawl, and creating affordable, livable communities — municipalities are actually writing prescriptions that will do just the opposite.


Would the Twin Cities Survive New Urbanism?
by Rick Harrison

New Urbanists are just another kind of philosopher king.

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Craigslist Uber Scam #UberScam

Craigslist Uber Scam posts are starting to show up around the country (text and screen shots below).

Orlando

Philadelphia

Nashville

DC

Greensboro, NC

Chicago

Also see UberX Driver – Your Private Underpaid Driver

Uber ads on Craigslist would be more accurate if they read something like:

Make a few extra bucks every week!

You can join the 50,000 others who already have new jobs this month! (Err, freelance gig with no wages, no benefits, AND you provide your own car and buy all the gas!)

Good Money Our top partners typically make minimum wage AFTER expenses (such as Self Employment tax, gas, depreciation, maintenance, tires, etc., etc.) and some make as much as $GodOnlyKnowsAskTravis. Get checks deposited into your bank account weekly via Uber-cool and Uber-new direct deposit! (Don’t worry, we won’t start charging you weekly data fees and phone deposits until after the rate cuts that follow our promotional discounts!)
Flexible Hours Unlike other minimum wage jobs where the employer provides the tools of work, you can work when you want! And did we mention you get to use your own car and buy all the gas?!! (Oh happy day!)
Safe and Transparent Your riders (even the drunk ones!) rate you and you rate your riders (especially the ones who go on short trips and don’t tip and failed to give the correct location to be picked up!). And just ignore that $1 “Safe Rides Fee” that we collect on each and every trip, no matter how short! We provide some kind of commercial liability insurance (but please do NOT mention to your auto insurer that you are driving for Uber! Mum’s the word. Shhhhhh).
Good Communication We provide every single one of our suckers (err, “partners”) with an email address that they can use 24/7/365 to communicate with Uber about their concerns. We guarantee to use our best standard-form responses! And we will respond eventually!
Don’t have a car, or have one that is too old? Want to get a new car to use with Uber? We can help connect you to companies who will offer you special rates available to virtually any driver. And the payment will remain the same even after we unilaterally drop the rates with little advance notice to you! You could be in a brand new car within a week, regardless of credit history! And remember, the payment will remain the same even after we unilaterally drop the rates with little advance notice to you!

Easily make a few extra bucks every week!

So come on, sucker!

Apply today!

UberDrivers on reddit.

UberPeople.net

DC

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UBER SCAM (ALL LOCATIONS)

uber’s whole game now is to offer riders fares that are so low that only a math-challenged or truly desperate person would provide services in THEIR personal automobile for less than minimum wage.

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Chinese Dialects

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We Americans Are Very Fortunate

As we reflect on all matters at the turn of the new year, maybe we should think about how lucky we all are to live in a country as rich, diverse, and beautiful as ours. One that allows the Robertson family and Ellen DeGeneres to live their lives freely, and to make a living without fear of reprisal for simply being who they are, and for believing what they believe.

And as some among us seek to cleanse the world of sound bites and speech that hurt our feelings and sensitivities, maybe we can reflect on Thomas Jefferson’s great words on the subject: “It does me no injury for my neighbors to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my legs.”

For a New Year’s resolution, let’s stop breaking legs and destroying the livelihoods of people for the mere act of disagreeing with us. Or saying something we don’t like.

We are better than that. And tougher.

Lee Habeeb

Well, maybe we’re not as fortunate as we thought….

Ironically, both the conservative false confidence in consensus and the liberal false confidence in uniqueness have a similar downside: smugness. Evidence for this is about as hard to find as hay in a haystack. Liberals often talk as if only the backward masses disagree with them, and conservatives often assume that only overeducated weirdos and radicals could object to their agenda. Hence Barack Obama’s infamous explanation for why rural Pennsylvanians didn’t support him: They were too busy “clinging” to their God and guns. Tellingly, conservatives took that line as a badge of honor.

Smugness is also the chief source of political problems for both the Left and the Right.

Myths to Ditch in 2014

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Earthquakes! Locusts!

“It wasn’t my fault, I swear to God!”

“Bureaucracy is a permanent condition.”

Randolph Beck

“there are more ways to love your neighbor than with a government check.”

David Corbin and Matt Parks

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“Somebody picked the wrong girl.”

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“Obama’s stupendously shallow rhetoric”

This is how he struck us the first time we heard him:

President Obama’s stupendously shallow rhetoric betrays a remarkably superficial mind.

Bret Stephens

Obama the Lightworker, Moral Preener in Chief, President Asterisk

#ShitMyPresidentSays

Obamacare Then, Affordable Care Act Now:

“Until it’s working really well and then they’re going to stop calling it Obamacare.”

#ShitMyPresidentSays

Cuttlefish in Chief

“A color magician of the deep”

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Police State, Part 4 – Keystone Kops and Big Brother

Contemporary police are increasingly an armed gang enforcing the many rules of the omniscient regulatory state, i.e., Big Brother. Easy to do in the time of Three Felonies a Day.

The so-called war on drugs was the casus belli for the militarization of the local police forces in the U.S., although it took time to effect the evolution far and wide. Near the end of the campaign in Iraq, the favorite think tank of the left, the RAND Corporation, published a report in 2009 entitled Does The United States Need A New Police Force For Stability Operations?

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Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

We have said for many years that Bob Mankoff is a genius.

For more, see the Cartoon Bank.

Hat tip, Craig Newmark.

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Mayor Anthony Weiner and NYC 1st Lady Huma Abedin: “God help New York”


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The mother of the young woman who is embroiled in the latest Anthony Weiner “sexting” scandal is speaking out.

Laura Leathers, mother of 23-year-old Sydney Leathers, tells the New York Daily News from her home in Allendale, Ill. that no one should be voting for Weiner as the next mayor of New York City.

“I have nothing to say except God help New York if he gets to be mayor. You can print that,” Laura Leathers told the Daily News.

Weiner began his online relationship with Sydney Leathers last summer, more than a year after he resigned from Congress. According to the Daily News, the 23-year-old reached out to Weiner through Facebook after he resigned in 2011.

Mother Of Woman In Sexting Scandal: “God Help New York” If Weiner Elected Mayor


Forward!

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