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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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I know I'm a curmudgeon, but am I the only one who thinks this sounds like stressful mayhem vs the chill LSP Fourths of sitting on the lawn to watch fireworks? I can't imagine what the area will be like with 200,000 people packed in there, but relaxing doesn't come to mind.


I will be surprised if the festival goes off without a fight or other "disruptions". Thankfully, temperatures are not expected to exceed 85 degrees. But, that much people in such a small area is a recipe for disaster. Sadly, the state of the pier after these events is usually a mess of litter and discarded bottles. And, with the PATH running a weekend schedule on Wednesday, I foresee near gridlock and lots of people frustrated before they even get to the event.

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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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some ideas to jazz up the pedestrian plaza
* stamped asphalt which would be cheaper than pavers


PLEASE NO! This is probably the worst idea ever by the current administration. Stamped asphalt is tacky, and it clearly doesn't work or last.

Definitely +1 on having more seating options, but not sure that things like ping pong tables would be a viable idea. No way to keep those from getting used as another place where to place drinks or dump trash and collect litter, and there is definitely no way that paddles or balls would not get stolen, or lost. Relying on people bringing their own is likely not practical, either. Interesting suggestion about chess tables. The new pocket park next to The One has two such tables, though I have never seen anyone actually using them for chess.

Posted on: 7/2 11:03
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Re: These 28 N.J. towns are booming with families earning $200K or more
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I'm taking my income and taxes elsewhere. Later, suckers!


I am sure you are not the only one making the same calculation. After 12 years of living in JC, and almost 20 in NJ, I am fast approaching the same point: the state is in financial shambles, taxation is punishing (with no signs of it ever slowing down) and it just seems very bleak overall for a person (or, family) with above average income: rich enough to get over taxed, but not rich enough to just shrug it off.

Posted on: 7/2 8:49
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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6 people spoke on this, only one wanted this because his child attends the preschool on Newark Avenue. The rest had real concerns.


Wow! 5 people spoke against it. Surely we must stop this monstrosity and avoid trying to foster increased foot traffic and neighborly interactions. I mean, let's get serious, this pedestrian plaza will likely increase traffic congestion over by Little India, and it will likely lead to increased deaths of patients being transported to JCMC.

Your hysterics and fear mongering are pitiful and reprehensible. You ought to do some soul searching and reconsider your actions.

Posted on: 6/28 19:03
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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JERSEY CITY -- Despite still unresolved social issues similar to those in the Hoboken bar scene, the Jersey City council voted on June 27 to adopt an ordinance that would expand the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza two additional blocks west to Jersey Avenue.

Read more: Hudson Reporter - Pedestrian plaza expansion approved in Jersey City


Surprising, but a welcomed decision. The pedestrian plaza has been a great addition and success for DTJC. Yes, there are some kinks to the setup and I am sure some people might be inconvenienced, particularly those that insist in a right to drive to the very front of wherever they wish. But, in terms of the positive impact of these pedestrian plazas, it is undeniable when you take a stroll and see the increased foot traffic and what I would characterize as an increased sense of community and neighborly interactions. Personally, almost every trip to the area results in meeting new people, or running into old friends and acquaintances.

Posted on: 6/28 17:03
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Re: PATH Trains Increase
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How the hell does a PATH car cost $2.8 million each?


Obviously, someone has to get their cut.

The PANYNJ's lack of proper, vigilant stewardship of taxpayer's money is really disappointing.

Also, it should be pointed out that the subject of the article is NOT a given. It is just a proposal.

Posted on: 6/28 10:54
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Re: Zoning Question
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It is a word of caution, I have known people who have had fires and the insurance company did not pay out because the house had two kitchens and not one.


Taking the time to properly comprehend what you are reading would help you make valid, worthy comments. In this case, the OP is doing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you describe and cautioned her about; she is looking to go from a 2-family situation to a single family.


Posted on: 6/28 10:52
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Is PJ Ryan’s closing? Someone mentioned this at the Hilltop association meeting.


damn, hope not. i actually liked that place, especially during NFL season.


I heard that the downtown PJ Ryan's is closing but the JSQ one is staying and potentially a new one opening somewhere else on the west side of city.


That would be a shame, and a surprise. I haven't been there in a while, but the last time I stopped in, they were busy. I have always liked that place. Good bar food, and (usually) really good draft beer selection. I haven't visited the JSQ location (way too far for me) but I have heard it is actually really good.

Posted on: 6/28 10:45
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Re: Jersey City Headlines Snoop Dog for 4th of July
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Hypocrisy is just hypocrisy. Snoop Dog was denied the right to visit Australia due to his criminal record, but he is OK for JC. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/04/ ... -for-criminal-record.html


You are such a dolt! Do you understand the difference between immigration laws and non-immigration laws?? Snoop Dogg was denied entry to Australia based on his prior criminal record. We do the same in this country!

That visa decision/rejection was based on an immigration statute dealing with criminal records. Can you quote a Jersey City municipal law or statute that says an artist with a criminal record can not perform locally? Or, that such a person is not allowed to enter our city? No? Hmmm... could it be that your fake analogy is just that? Get a clue, and stop embarrassing yourself.

Posted on: 6/21 13:49
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Re: Jersey City Headlines Snoop Dog for 4th of July
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When you go to council meetings now, Lavarro reads a list of behaviors from the public, including removal it you utter inappropriate language. Snoop Dog made his living using inappropriate language. That is really double standard. So what is Ok for the waterfront is not Ok for the council chambers.


You are losing it... Do you not understand the difference between a public forum for government discourse and artistic expression? Do you understand that the government can and does regulate how it conducts its business, but can not, or should not, regulate an artist's expression, even if (or, particularly when) it does not agree with it?


Anything other than a church choir would be unacceptable to her...I'd like to know what artist she'd pick that can draw a decent crowd but has no curse words in their entire album history LOL. Why is she even complaining, she'd have to pay for parking to get there, so even if it were her preferred entertainment source she wouldn't attend anyway.


Yvonne's astounding lack of self awareness is at once both breathtaking and perplexing. Try as I may to ignore her, I am sometimes simply unable to keep my mouth shut. A person like her is not just annoying, but truly dangerous, as her toxic views and nonsensical thoughts are a negative influence on the state of our city, and the community at large.

Posted on: 6/21 13:09
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Re: Jersey City Headlines Snoop Dog for 4th of July
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When you go to council meetings now, Lavarro reads a list of behaviors from the public, including removal it you utter inappropriate language. Snoop Dog made his living using inappropriate language. That is really double standard. So what is Ok for the waterfront is not Ok for the council chambers.


You are losing it... Do you not understand the difference between a public forum for government discourse and artistic expression? Do you understand that the government can and does regulate how it conducts its business, but can not, or should not, regulate an artist's expression, even if (or, particularly when) it does not agree with it?

Posted on: 6/21 11:46
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Re: MVC Notice of License Expiration
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Avoid the popular times - use google maps. For example, Wed-Fri after 3pm is fairly quiet. Also it helps a lot to show them a smile and a bit of courtesy.


That last line is THE TRUTH. The folks at the MVC endure a TON of abuse from the public. They don't make up the rules, but they have to enforce them, and people unleash on them over required paperwork and other details. While, in theory, they should be courteous and friendly to all customers, I can see why they can also be curt and short at times. If you had to deal with the public all day, and be on the receiving end of expletives or rants, I am sure it would take a toll. A smile and a courtesy, a simple willingness to engage with them in a friendly manner, is likely to net you a better interaction.

Posted on: 6/21 10:02
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Re: MVC Notice of License Expiration
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Your past experience with MVC is unfortunate. I would encourage you to visit a different location. The location on Summit Ave is very efficient and I have never had an issue there, and I go at least two or three times per year. The one time I visited the huge location close to Paramus was chaotic, but it was the closest one that could handle/accommodate a motorcycle road test, so I had to go there. Definitely give the Summit Avenue a try, if you haven't.

Posted on: 6/19 10:22
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Re: Eyebrow help
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Any suggestions for eyebrow grooming for a gemale with moderately thick brows? I don't think i want threading.


I've had my own grooming considered a crime, but most people would not admit it! (Note the category of your post)


Given recent news report of some seriously adverse reaction after brow treatments, I suppose you could argue this falls under the safety category. ;)

Posted on: 6/14 13:29
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Re: Kearny Mayor says Mayor Fulop Shoved Cop
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That newspaper article went to some great pains to avoid referencing the gender of the cop involved in the matter. Why?

Is identifying gender a new "no-no" in journalism??

Posted on: 6/14 13:28
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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My thinking exactly (assuming that's what they're really doing)!

Of course the conductor getting on the horn and telling everyone the delays are due to "train traffic ahead", which is not only laughable but obviously wrong, doesn't speak much to their ability to accurately tell us what's up.


Agreed in all counts, but considering that one of the goals of the PTC and CBT systems are to increase the frequency (while also decreasing spacing) of trains, rush hour is probably the best time to simulate real scenarios. Evening service is spread too far apart to be of any usefulness.

But, yes, the delays are super annoying. I think this is an instance where a temporary inconvenience in the name of future improvements might be worth it.

Posted on: 6/13 14:39
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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The PATH seems to be getting worse and worse every day! Emails pointing to "delays" don't really help if they don't include a general estimate on how long the delays are lasting... This morning, my train from JSQ to the WTC was delayed by ~25 minutes - a ride that usually lasts 10-12 minutes was well over half an hour. Obviously they KNOW this, so it'd be nice to be warned ahead of time so we could at least try to plan to leave the house early and account for the extra time!


I am no PATH apologist, but the PA has been issuing alerts hourly (since early this morning) letting people know to expect delays because of ongoing testing of the PTC implementation/system.


Posted on: 6/13 11:48
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.


I truly hope that last line was an attempt at sarcasm. New Jersey will not be seeing a windfall of billions due to legalized weed any time soon, or ever. The way things are playing out, it seems like NYS will beat NJ to legalization.


How do I know? I read it in the daily news (to quote an old tune):

http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/04/w ... in_new_nj_medical_ma.html


Do you understand that there is a difference between legalization of recreational marijuana use and legal medical marijuana? The latter is already a reality, while the former is the type of legislation that could bring tax revenue.

Posted on: 6/12 16:51
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Re: FM BAR AND RESTAURANT
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when is the new opening?


Dude, are you some sort of bot? You are literally posting in random threads with random answers.

FM re-opened long ago. They host live music regularly. Stop by any night for some fun, particularly Friday/Saturday. Cool space, and always a nice crowd. I wish it was a bit closer, but still walking distance, so no big deal.

Posted on: 6/12 15:30
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.


I truly hope that last line was an attempt at sarcasm. New Jersey will not be seeing a windfall of billions due to legalized weed any time soon, or ever. The way things are playing out, it seems like NYS will beat NJ to legalization.

Posted on: 6/12 13:30
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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Is the PATH train for real? Every time I thought it couldn't get any worse - guess what? The PATH train manages to surprise me yet again!

Waited 40 min for a train this morning - finally gave up.

JC could be such a more pleasant place to live if the PATH trains would just be a little better.

I'm not asking much, just a little better, and more reliable, please!!!!!


According to PATHAlerts, all trains are operating with delays system-wide due to testing of the automated train control signaling system. Of course, this testing does not show up in the PATH Planner site (http://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/advisories_path.html). And, complicating matters, the Hackensack River bridge is stuck, which has prompted suspension of service between NWK and JSQ.

In other words, if you were counting on PATH today, make alternate plans.


Posted on: 6/9 11:38
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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So I guess in the near future, I will be buying boxes of small plastic trash bags. I re-use my shopping bags as trash liners and for other purposes.


Same here. I wonder if instead of a heavy handed approach like banning plastic bags, perhaps stores could be asked to enable customers to reuse, return, and/or recycle their plastic bags. At the Wegman's in Woodbridge, there is a large bin where people can drop off excess plastic bags and others can help themselves to them. It seems like a sensical approach that allows for plastic bags to get a second or third use. Lots of people use them as trash bags (much like yourself, or myself for that matter) and others use them as doggie bags.

Posted on: 6/8 11:40
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Trusting the BOE, or anyone in bed or business with them, is the very personification of trusting the fox to guard the henhouse.

Very simply, we need more visibility into their dealings, improved accountability, and quite likely, much more control over their operations. The current state of affairs is simply untenable for much longer. People are only now starting to wake up to the issues because of the reval, and things will get that much more interesting in a year or two, as the school funding topic gets increased attention and changes from Trenton. While a 2% property tax rate would be considered low by comparison to the state average, it will definitely get a ton of attention from local residents, particularly those in DTJC, as it would represent a 25% hike, on top of the reval adjusted levies.

Posted on: 6/6 13:29
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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Firetrucks today are large, it is the reason residents cannot park 25 feet from the corner to allow firetrucks to pass. It is not just one responding, it is usually 3 or 4 plus other support team.


And? Is it that you think that three or four trucks drive side by side? The number of trucks is completely inconsequential as to whether or not they can gain access to a particular street. In the case of Newark Avenue, they can easily access either pedestrian section through the gated areas, just like other vehicles do today.

Instead of making yourself look sillier by continuing this thread, why not simply say "oh, I see, never mind"? There is, quite literally, no difference or change to the fire safety of Newark Avenue because of the pedestrian plazas.

Posted on: 6/6 13:21
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Re: 485 is here
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Agreed, super ugly building, and sort of a goofy spot to be in. Granted, it's a closer walk to the Newport PATH stop, but Marin Blvd, has nothing around it. I suppose people may walk to the, Mall (which really isn't the city experience) Grove St. are or HP area for restaurants, coffee, etc.

But hey, I'm not a developer.

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This building is ugly beyond belief.

Even in comparison to other cheap towers going up around town by Lefrak and the like, this building looks horrible even against that low bar.

Really the architect should be ashamed.

Edit: Architect is Hollwich Kushner (HWKN)

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Fully agreed on the building being horrific in terms of look and styling. Location is pretty crappy, but it does have close proximity to Hamilton Park, and there are a handful of good restaurants in that area, plus the HP's farmer market options. They are also perfectly positioned with regards to the future development of the MetroVest Plaza area, where ~15 towers will go up, along with small parks, and many amenities.

The location next to a fire station will likely get annoying for residents, though.

Posted on: 6/6 11:31
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Re: 485 is here
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Good lord that price for a studio is bonkers. But hey, more power to them if they can get it.


Every time a new building starts leasing, someone will come in here and make (more or less) the same statement. And yet, here we are: buildings continue to get built, and filled up.

$2,300 / studio may sound bonkers to some, but lots of people are already paying that, or very similar, in other buildings. I have yet to see he market slowing down, and rents continue to rise. There are at least two very large new buildings going up in my vicinity, and I expect those rents to continue the same trend.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Easy peasy. Let JC tax its residents to support such computer literacy programs as Princeton and Millburn do. Not only do Princeton and Millburn pay almost 90% of their own school costs, they do so at a far cheaper cost per student than JC, Asbury Park, East Orange/Orange, Camden, and similar schools. Just having JC taxpayers paying their fair share would free up a couple HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS a year to pay for such programs. Why do JC taxpayers refuse to support their own children, that's the question you should answer.

Most of the tax payers do not have children in the schools it is the residents paying rent that do.


This is a TOTAL BS assertion. I challenge you to even try and find a source that can back up your claim.

And, by the way, the idea that renters do not pay taxes is simply a false claim: renters pay taxes through their monthly rent payments. How do you think landlords (small, and large) pay their tax bills? Get a clue.

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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Untrue. People working here but living outside JC could choose to work elsewhere. Or they could move to JC. They do have choices. They may not like them, but they have them.

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You missed the point I was trying to make. I was not referring to a payroll tax, but to the school funding provided by the state from the funds paid by other municipalities.

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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Ain't that something? ;)

It sort of proves the point that once the government gets to enjoy the proceeds of a tax, it will find ways to spend it and be in need of more.

Posted on: 6/4 8:18
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Doesn't it smack you of "taxation without representation?"

No more so than if I went into NY and had to pay higher sales tax. I don't get a say. There's a pretty good argument for this merely from a macro POV, these employees drive JC roads and benefit from JC 1st responder services, etc without paying anything to this city. I've heard this argument defending NYC's tax. It makes a lot of sense for a city with a big non-resident commuter population, unlike many sprawling smaller cities in this country that include much of the nearby suburbs in their borders.

Sure you can argue their employers pay property tax or PILOTS, and they spend money here, but that's not nearly as much as if they lived here.

That said, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the city exempts nonresident city employees.


I dont think the sales tax analogy is an apt one: you can *choose* not to shop in NYC and instead take your money elsewhere. And, that's exactly the point: non JC residents lack that choice when it comes to their money and its "transfer" to the city's coffers.

The situation about over-aid of the local BOE is a tricky one, and I don't pretend for a second to have a solution. But, I do know this situation is untenable for much longer. In the eyes of other municipalities, we are getting a sweet deal by assuming a tiny portion of our local BOE, assessing a paltry 0.4% for our schools, and yet refusing to find ways to streamline operations, or cut back, but smugly accepting their money to enable the situation while claiming poverty. Clearly, this is now a hot button issue, and I very much doubt it will go away. The reval simply exposed what many had suspected, and now a day of reckoning may be upon us.

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