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Re: Volunteers needed for Jersey City Recall
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Papers are still in the process of being filed. After which, the current office holders have to respond in writing.

Then signatures can be collected.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 21:46
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Re: Dumpster emptying at 2:30am?!?!?
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that's around the time my dumpster gets picked up on Tuesday morning. Pickups are overnight because there is no traffic making it easier to move large trucks through the city. This is part of the reason that J.C. moved to overnight trash collection a few years ago.


Don't worry.. you will get used to it after a while...

Posted on: 2010/7/27 22:08
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Re: New York Times: Possible Second Life for Stalled Xanadu Project?
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Dear god why was this abomination built in the 1st place? Does NJ really need another mall?

Posted on: 2010/7/25 16:55
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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Quote:

freedom wrote:
Well, believe it or not the technology is here, it works, and is being perfected by inventors all over the world.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDeXTXYFKAY&feature=related


This is a scam recycled from the late 80's (in fact, given the VHS quality of the video and clothes worn.. it looks like that vid was made around then).

There is no magical free energy. Never has been, never will be.

Posted on: 2010/7/25 16:51
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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Dude... put down the bong and take the tinfoil off your head. The 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics are not going to be bypassed. There is no such thing as a free lunch or free energy.

Posted on: 2010/7/24 3:52
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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ianmac47 wrote:
So you are against solar. You are against natural gas. How about you turn off your computer and stop using so much electricity.


Well.. NJ does get a little over 50% of its power from nuclear. But don't plan on anymore nuke plants being built in NJ anytime soon.

Though Toshiba did come up with a pretty cool min nuclear reactor for powering small towns and large facilities. I think they are going to install one in Alaska soon.

Posted on: 2010/7/23 21:05
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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You the rate payers are paying for this program. Did you notice that your electrical rates went from about 0.12 per kWh to well over $0.17? Well, that was done to pay for these panels.

Solar makes no sense financially. It can't pay for itself. Without subsidies, the solar industry dies overnight.

Solar is not as 'clean' as you think. Refining silicon for the panels is an extremely energy intensive process that involves the creation of toxic waste. This waste must be heated well over 1,000F in order to treat it. China leads the world in producing the silicon because they don't bother treating the silicon tetrachloride. They just dump it. The stuff breaks down into hydrochloric acid and pretty much poisons the soil to the point grass won't even grow.

Posted on: 2010/7/23 19:07
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Re: pseg "partners" asking to see my bill?
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You can get a list of natural gas and electricity suppliers here:

http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/commercial/shopping.html

Scroll down to the bottom for links to the pdf docs that list the suppliers. Not all the suppliers service residential (they are commercial and industrial only).

Posted on: 2010/7/21 18:01
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Re: Furloughs coming for Jersey City workers; Mayor Healy to take pay cut
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Furloughs are a, as previous poster(s) pointed out are a minor part of the budget. Putting the school side of the budget aside for the moment: As previous posters pointed out, salaries, overtime, pension, and insurance eat up the bulk of the non-school side of the budget (followed by healthy chunk of $$$ for interest on debt).

The city is headed for bankruptcy unless some other entity bails it out. The entire state pension system is insolvent at this point. Options the city should be looking at:


No pensions for all new hires. Defined contributions only. But at least give employees a 401k and not the typical 401b normally offered to govt. employees. 401b's are often nothing but annuities which is the wrong investment say for a 23 year old rookie cop.

Renegotiate with the unions. No more multiple pensions. Existing pensions and salaries will need to be frozen and / or cut. Overtime issues need to be resolved. For example, a lot of police are paid overtime to sit a watch a hole be dug into a street (construction). Do we really need full-time uniformed officers doing that job? Can we use a part time (not paid overtime) auxiliary police (say police that retired from full time work)?

Nuclear option #1. If the unions don't cooperate: Privatize everything to get out of the pension trap There are private companies that handle fire for airports and municipalities. I am not sure if there is one for police. The only contracting out of police I found so far was a town contracting with a neighboring city police or sheriffs department. Wouldn't be nice if we made Jersey City the most cost effective police force in the county? The city could give us some tax relief by contracting the police out to the rest of the county at a profit (yeah.. I know.. fat chance on that one).

Nuclear option #2: Hit the reset switch. Default on all obligations. Write off debt, cancel all contracts, and go ahead with nuclear option #1.

Posted on: 2010/7/19 11:38
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Re: Reliable company for new windows
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Decent windows typically cost $600+ to have installed. Beware of the lower grade vinyl windows and pay close attention to their warranties. Lower grade vinyl windows, especially the very tall ones found in brownstones, will warp over a period of about 5 years.

Those "lifetime" warranties typically only cover the cost of materials, NOT LABOR!. Servicing the windows in the future is how the company makes more $$$.

Companies like Harvey, Marvin (whom you may be stuck with if you are in a historic district) back their windows with something along the lines of a 20 year warranty. If anything goes wrong with the workmanship, the factory send out a rep (not the installer). There will be no charge for parts and labor. So if your contractor gets hit by a bus, you are still covered.

Posted on: 2010/7/16 13:13
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Re: Jersey City looking to cut employees, vehicles & more; switch budget from fiscal to calendar year
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The city is sunk unless something is done about pensions. The city should privatize everything possible (including the fire department) to get out of the pension trap. Any new hires that work directly for the city should be on a defined contributions plan only.

Posted on: 2010/7/14 20:23
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Re: Volunteers needed for Jersey City Recall
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Count me in as a Ward C signer. I am now forced to ask my bank to adjust my payments so I can keep my head above water.

I bought all my properties before the housing bubble.
I am not heavily leveraged.
The mortgage payments are reasonable

I have had to cut rents to keep my tenants. A couple are paying me sporadically because of under-employment issues. What is killing me are the property taxes and fees (sewer increase of 45% is insane). I am now cash flow negative. I can't wait until 2013 to get new leadership in.

Unless someone is voted in that will support radical action (for example, privatizing the fire department to get out from under the crushing union pensions and salaries) Jersey City will be bankrupt. At some point, taxes will stop being paid and the liens will no longer be bought at auction. Its happened before.

Posted on: 2010/7/9 11:26
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