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I cut movies and TV. Host of @thenabeshow and guy on the internet. #Orioles
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21 Sep
5-over-1 discourse is very frustrating because they are both a badly-flawed housing typology that is also obviously better than every other housing typology that's legal to build under United States building and zoning codes.
So if you point out problems with them you end up validating some degrowther who thinks buildings that cast shadows are evil or self professed communist decrying the monotony of identical apartment blocks
But there really are problems with them! Or at least ways in which they are obviously suboptimal, mostly relating to compromises made to accommodate fireproofing or the parking deck.
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21 Sep
I think this is literally the first time I've changed my avatar in 12 years on this site
I know a bunch of those who follow me are fellow IATSE members so really want to encourage all of you who are to vote YES on the strike authorization vote!
Unlike many causes I advocate for on here, securing a good union contract will directly give me more money so for once I feel strongly enough about this one to jump on board with the avatar campaign.
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20 Sep
Something I'm more or less absolutely sure of is that when Dems decide to temporarily suspend the filibuster to pass the debt limit increase, they will extend it to like February of 2023, setting up this whole thing again but with a GOP Congress this time.
Why? I have no idea why, this is just how they treat the issue for some reason.
I don't know why we should expect otherwise but weirder things have happened
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20 Sep
I think it's like 80% chance the stupid bipartisan bill passes, 15% something resembling the $3.5T reconciliation bill passes too, 50% that a completely gutted reconciliation bill passes, 0% that the bipartisan bill fails and reconciliation passes.
People will say that Schumer and Pelosi got played, which I guess is fair in some sense, but the "moderates" hold all the cards because they are much happier with the shoot-the-hostage-and-pass-nothing scenario than the administration, the leadership or the progressives are
At the end of the day the donors that drive Sinema and Manchin's decision making process don't want the stuff that's in the reconciliation bill to become law and also want Dems to lose the midterms and I don't know how you get around that if Sinema/Manchin want to listen to them.
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20 Sep
Eric Adams is gonna be President in 2024 or 2028 because when he runs his opponents are gonna be trying to explain landlord tax deductions and Rodneyse Bichotte and it's all gonna seem incomprehensible to people while he's like "I used to actually be a cop you know"
Increasingly convinced that Adams will be President of the United States but can't figure out which party he runs for the nomination of. I'd say 3:1 Dem but who knows
NYC Mayor is a famously terminal office but I am now Adams-pilled and convinced that because he is so weird he breaks all previous rules about politics
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19 Sep
There is an extremely obvious solution available for this crisis if we want to think about it for even a few seconds.
I suppose it would be less obvious if the government did not already operate a vast network of establishments that will watch your 5 year old every weekday how we could possibly solve the "what to do with my 2 year old every weekday" but they do?
Big difference is that daycares should be smaller and more local than how we currently plan elementary schools but frankly elementary schools should be too
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19 Sep
Watched AFTER HOURS (1985) the other night for the first time and am choosing to believe this was an ahead-of-its-time allegory about the Soho rezoning plan
when you propose allowing new construction inside the boundaries of the historic district
If these two hate density so much they should just move to the midwest and get a big house in the suburbs damn
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17 Sep
lmao
California homeowners love posting pictures of a house it looks like a registered sex offender lives in that is on the market for $980,000 and declaring that it would be a shame if it turned into 4 new homes instead.
We must preserve the house your parents told you to skip when trick or treating
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16 Sep
Absolutely. These protesters should put their faith in our democratic system and instead put their energy into defeating Brett Kavanaugh the next time he's up for reelection. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
Ah, I see. Well, elections have consequences, gotta respect the will of the majority I guess.
Idk appointing yourself unelected King Of America For Life seems like a pretty sweet deal overall, I don't know if it's a good look to insist that no one is allowed to be mad at you about it after the fact when there's nothing else they can do about it.
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16 Sep
This actually strikes me as an excessively generous interpretation of the motives of opponents of rental registries.
Rental registries make it much more obvious when landlords are breaking the law - both violating tenant protections and when they are falsifying financial documents! Both of which they like to do!
The thing the many landlords allegedly do where they have one set of books for their taxes (which say they don't make any money) and another set of books for when they are applying for loans (which say they make tons of money): hard to do if rents are public record!
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15 Sep
Maybe I'm wrong on this but I assume if the American conservative Catholic bishops were like "we're telling the pope to fuck off and doing what we want and becoming an arm of the Republican Party" they would lose access to the Church's property and bank accounts etc?
The Catholic bishops are conservatives in part because they are fancy lad rich boys but that also means they're not gonna take an ideological stance that results in a schism that would lead the Pope to cut off their credit cards?
The real pope is whichever of the two guys can call up the banks that have the American archidioceses' accounts and get the money transferred back to the Vatican. I suspect that's ultimately Francis?
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15 Sep
Anyone have any numbers on the relationship between multi-level-marketing sales in an area and an increase in GOP vote share?
Yea I don't know how you get good data on this
Anyway I'm especially interested in this with regards to heavily Hispanic or Spanish-speaking parts of the country, to be more explicit.
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15 Sep
The "save our seaport" shit always cracks me up because it's so disingenuous.

South Street Seaport has some historic stuff in it but is mostly a kitschy tourist-centric urban renewal project from the 1980s and one of the least beloved places in the entire city
Besides the usual "never build anything" activists, there's a bunch of very wealthy and well connected people who don't want their views of the East River blocked by a new building and there's not much more to this story than that
I grew up in Columbia, MD so am something of a James Rouse superfan, so have to admit I likely have a much higher awareness of what kitschy mall projects he developed than a normal person would
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15 Sep
I suspect that the actual upshot of the CA results is that the people who control GOP propaganda organs ease up on the anti-vaxx, anti-mask, anti-mandate stuff, as it dawns on them that having Covid still be a salient issue by 2022 will kill them with college-educated voters
Or maybe they say "lol its just California" and keep trying to mutate a new strain to ruin Biden's Presidency, but so far this strategy of theirs to keep the virus going seems to be badly backfiring.
Yes, it's definitely possible that the inmates are running the asylum here as the right wing media ecosystem has gotten more and fragmented and extreme
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14 Sep
they should really take a harder look at relocating the airport before spending sums like this.
15 years ago! It's still a good idea and SD and its politics have changed a lot in that timespan.
Miramar (where the previous failed ballot measure would've relocated it) is the obvious spot for it.

Why? It takes up about a square mile (and blights the surrounding area) of some of the most valuable land on earth that could be used more productively
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13 Sep
Frankly, football stadiums only host 10 home games a year and so it's okay to surround them with parking because games aren't regular enough to support a local economy around them. They just shouldve built this in Lancaster instead of Inglewood
The best sited football stadium in America is how Milwaukee put theirs in a small working class city 2 hours away and everyone pretends the team's home city is actually there
Build the Rams a dome in Twenty Nine Palms who cares
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13 Sep
Acting like you want to be at your job and being nice to everyone you work with is more valued by most employers and potential employers than excellent performance is.
Emphasis on "acting like" - you don't actually have to want to be there, you just need to give a cromulent performance of it.
Another piece of advice I would handily give is that, if you're in a position where you don't feel like you're being compensated fairly, start looking for a new job at a different firm and be aggressive about being willing to leave for greener pastures
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13 Sep
One of the most deranged news cycles ever was right before he was gonna testify to Congress in 2007, MoveOn ran an ad titled "General Betray Us" and the GOP got all the Dems to spend the first part of the hearing condemning the ad instead of questioning Petraeus.
This was soon after Dems had taken Congress and finally had the chance to do real oversight of Iraq. I think some hoped Petraeus would give a damning assessment of Bush's failures, but instead of course he said Iraq was going great and everything was cool. MoveOn was right!
His prominence in this era made him a celebrity and widely sought after despite the fact Iraq and his ballyhooed "surge" was a major defeat for the United States and he later got indicted for leaking classified info this his mistress!
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13 Sep
I strongly agree that this is going to go very badly for the firms that try to do it. That they are trying to put the screws on workers like this will be fun to keep in mind when they complain about how hard it is to hire 10 minutes after these workers quit. ImageImage
There's a sort of folk economics belief that salaries are determined by the local cost of living + some small premium and it's not at all true (though revealing that managers think about it this way)
It is true that in high cost of living areas there is a salary premium even for unskilled workers but that's because *very few unskilled workers can afford to live there and this is more competition for the few that can*
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12 Sep
"Have so many available jobs that people filter up from low productivity fast food and restaurant service jobs into more productive work" You're right I did ask for this and it's extremely good to me.
I can see how this would be a problem for psychos who would rather live in a shitty economy with fully-staffed Burger Kings than in a booming one, but that's not me and I don't think it's most people.
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12 Sep
A lot of different mechanisms caused this change but it's worth noting that the Waterloo that finally got the anti-seatbelt people to throw in the towel was just having the cars make an annoying beep if you didn't have it on.
Was the car industry funding these guys and astroturfing activism the same way the tobacco companies were? (I genuinely don't know one way or the other)
I did not know this and suspect it created a counter-productive dynamic where people associated seatbelts with cheap, shitty compact cars (which is certainly my association with the roll-up ones)
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