Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Penn Station? Why build a new one, when we don't need the old one!

Thinking outside the box.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Market Diner, soon to close

There's another one up the street, but it's not as good. Alas.

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That's some ambiguous law

The fundamental mistake in Mount Laurel was to leave intact the local zoning laws that kept out low income residents, and instead force the township to come up with positive programs to create exceptions to its basic zoning wall—which it did, after a fashion, by rear guard actions that included designating for the new housing a wetland located behind an industrial park far removed from water and sewer connections. Ultimately, when affordable housing was built in Mount Laurel, few members of minority groups wanted to stray so far from their home base. Local widows occupied a large number of the units.

The sad truth is that this unbroken level of failure will be taken to a new level by HUD’s Final Rule. Yet HUD is unable to explain how the huge conditions attached to its grants will build a single unit of new housing for anyone anywhere. What is needed is a complete reorientation in approach that starts from the proposition that it is far easier and more sensible to remove barriers to entry than it is to subsidize forced entry by judicial decree once those local barriers are allowed to remain in place. Indeed, the only winners out of HUD’s new initiative are government administrators, lawyers, and pro-housing activist groups that salivate at the prospect of hauling the next Westchester County into court.
I never really understood how zoning was compatible with property rights. I guess the disaster extends further than I thought.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Will you be on the side of truth or fads

In 1790, when Edmund Burke wrote his classic essay, Reflections on the Revolution in France, the reactions were not positive. He was not popular among the London elites, to say the least. As L.G. Mitchell recounts, “Burke was rejected right across the political spectrum.” Not only did radicals such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft “dislike the book,” but the members of his own Whig party disowned it: Charles James Fox considered the Reflections “to be in very bad taste” and the future Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger found only “rhapsodies in which there is much to admire and nothing to agree with.”

Yet Burke, the reform-minded statesman, decided to stand against the proclamations of the French Revolution. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity—who would want to be against that? Burke, apparently. And he prophesied the coming Terror and the rise of Napoleon, because he refused to give in to the tyrannical dictates of eighteenth-century deified Reason.
Burke was right, and Reason was wrong. One suspects it will happen again.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Pregnant perspectives

I recently read a post to Catholic Newlyweds about how worrying about getting pregnant before you consider yourself ready is the least of your worries. Statistically, it’s far more likely that you will struggle with infertility or miscarriage. In fact, 1 in 3 women will experience a miscarriage through their reproductive life. I’ve heard far too many stories of women who deal with reproductive obstacles. I still have a long span of reproductive life in me, even though conceiving this baby was easy, I don’t consider myself exempt.

During my reversion into Catholicism, and especially as I was looking into NFP (they were simultaneously occurring) I was terrified of becoming pregnant. I fully accepted the modern way of thinking that pregnancy was just about the worst thing that could happen to me. It’s a common 20 something thought. I believe it’s also a common 30 something thought to suddenly fear that not getting pregnant could be the worst thing to happen to you. The modern view of reproducing is very dichotomized. Our ovaries are either turned on or turned off – and the choice is ours. But is it really? I would argue it’s an illusion of choice.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sketchy sushi is no more

I ate at this deli many times during my brief tenure at NYU. Alas.

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Mark Shea and Jenner issues

To get to the point,
Steven Greydanus remarked yesterday: “The more I read and think about it, the more I realize that my difficulty with people calling Caitlyn Jenner a woman begins not with disagreement, but with honestly having no idea what they’re saying or what they mean to claim. In this context, I literally don’t understand what is meant by “woman.”

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Don't sell any more copies, we can't affort it

Or, what happens when accounting rules get in the way of reality, with references to IBM, HP, and Autodesk.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Rand P and Ron W, getting it done

Rand Paul and Ron Widen managed to stop the renewal of the so called “Patriot Act” yesterday blocking it’s renewal and kicking Obama in the nuts. Not optimistic it will stay that way or that any data collection will actually stop. I think Obama will keep doing it regardless. After all – it was already illegal before the law expired.
LOL and true.


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