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Re: Time to buy?
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As far as banks paying back the taxpayer money. It ignores the mountain of toxic mortgages that were "bought" by the government at face value.
This largesse to Wall Street and the banking system made the TARP money look like cabfare. Officials, those few who understand an iota of economics, prefer not to dwell on this fact.

If we revalued this toxic debt to actuual value, the number would be BLINDINGLY high.

So, no, the banks that should have failed and the insurance companies that should have failed, and the mortgage companies that should have failed were bailed out for many many TRILLIONS and that debt to the American people will NEVER be repaid.

And as for inflicting pain, anyone who is jobless today can thank Wall Street's greed and fraud.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 13:16
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Re: RINGROAD METERS
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Good luck rev...your task makes Don Quixote's look like childsplay in comparison.

I agree with HomeonHudson...every change makes Newport less than it was before.

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by a deal LeFrak made with Morton Williams. By converting it to a metered parking street, the idea was to attract folks from outside Newport to the new grocer to drive up their business.


I found that an amusing "excuse" because trying to comprehend the idea that paid metered parking ENCOURAGES somone to drive to a groicery store surrounded by mega-groceries with free parking lots is beyond me. Lefrak manages to come up with MANY excuses when in reality there is only one REASON for anything it does...to make more money.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 12:25
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Re: Thoughts on manditory parenting classes/parent licenses
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It's not really too hard:

Give every man and woman a $30,000 standard tax deduction per year. For each child $10,000 is removed from that deduction for each parent. With the 4th child $10,000 is ADDED to the adjusted gross income.

Just WATCH how fast family size drops. "Hey honey, do we want a "bundle of love" enough to pay the tax on $20,000 every year." (Ten grand each.) If the answer is yes, you can believe they will make good caring parents who truly want their child.

To make sure the rich are not encouraged to spawn prodigiously because $10,000 is negligible for them, another constraint to add is to increase the top 2 brackets by 1% for each child PER PARENT...no joint accounts.

Just from a practical point of view, schools cost money, sewage removal costs money, and environmental degradation per person is considerable over a lifetime.

Instead traditional religious power in the United States writes the tax code in exactly the opposite way, rewarding those who breed like roaches.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 12:08
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Re: $100 million from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Newark public schools
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Let's see if I have this straight:

1. Newark schools were under state control because previously there were too many dropouts and the schools produced stupid children.

2. THe state elected an ultra-conservative governor who believes in private/corporate control of schools.

3. A VERY rich young man gives the governor/mayor/Newark schools a HUGE sum of money.

4. THis somehow changes the situation of Newark graduating few and stupid children.

5. Newark is given control of the schools again as a result of being given the money with the semi-proviso that it goes to establishing charter schools (quasi-private) that show themselves to be no better than public schools.


So yes, I agree with NolieOlie that this is a total waste of money and with Mike that some politicians and administrators will get VERY rich, VERY quickly. I disagree with NO about cancer research becasue I doubt that any charity in history has wasted more money and produced less results...it is a cash cow for BIg Pharma.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 11:53
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Re: The Rosina - new construction luxury condo
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The floorplans are extremely appealing.

But currently living in a place wherre I can hear my neighbors chatting on the phone is scary. Some degree of soundproofing is a must.

I'm gonna stroll down and have a look.

Posted on: 2010/9/26 13:32
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Re: Time to buy?
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I agree with Bassface wholeheartedly.

I have wondered for decades what will happen when the last job disappears and there is nobody able to buy ANY goods. Henry Ford had the good sense to realize that to sell cars he had to pay his workers enough to AFFORD them.

And Krugman's line is hard to ignore. To paraphrase it went something like : "For a decade or more the entire economy of the United States has consisted of selling houses to each other at ever increasing prices."

Posted on: 2010/9/26 13:16
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Re: Whistling Crossing Guards
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THose that can, DO!
Those that cannot, TEACH,
Those that cannot teach, TEACH GYM,
Those that cannot teach gym become CROSSING GUARDS!

THey would do the world a bettter service as janitorial staff.

And you NEVER give crazy people whistles...they are annoying enough using their voices.
(Had to listen to one babbbling at the top of his lungs last night on PATH about being SAVED! First time getting out onto the red hot 23rd Street Station was an unalloyed pleasure.)

I really think that crossing guards are the demented acquaintances and family of politicians...no joke. It's just another way of squeezing a few more pennies from taxpayers.

Posted on: 2010/9/26 12:05
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Re: Time to buy?
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The Heights has not done very well Imagine that fall to half value since 2006:
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Newport and the rest of 07310 doing quite well:
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And 07302 has been more steady...remember that uptick had quite a bit to do with the governmental $8000 largesse:
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(Whew...didn't think I'd get those graphs in right!)

Posted on: 2010/9/25 14:57
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Re: Time to buy?
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So a natural presumption would have to be that IF rents are rising (I'm not sure I see the same thing) an equillibrium will be reached.
Rising rents for knowledgeable renters (ahem) would seem to mean that they are assuming the superb advantage of renting over buying is now only a good advantage of renting over buying.

Presumably equillibrium will be reached by further rent increases and further real estate price declines.

Of course a serious decline in the employment picture of the NYC financial engine either by continuing recession/depression or a moving of all financial transactions offshore, easily done electronically these days, will lower both rentals AND home prices.


Does anyone else remember the housing crash of 1992? And that was only a micro-recession. And remember there was, not too long ago, something called the FASHION INDUSTRY in New York...poof!

Okay, take ONE apartment at Newport thay have been trying to sell for months with weekly open houses. Started at $589K and fell and fell and fell. Poor owners are stuck with something close to $800/month tax and maintenance about $600. This is a modest one bedroom (600-700 sq. ft.) with a terrific, though probably temporary view. Question becomes would someone rather RENT this place for $2,000 or less a month or buy it for a half million at almost twice that amount per month figuring a 4% mortgage?

Posted on: 2010/9/25 14:36
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Re: Who here really, really hates Comcast?
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Comcast or Verizon is a no-brainer. I too am hoping for a move soon and would consider a locale with only Comcast a complete and thorough reason to turn the place down.

I am only putting up with curret Comcast shenanigans because I am biding my time. I will not EVER deal with this company again.

mrsag,
Good luck with your move and DON'T choose Comcast or Xfinity (their new name to re-snag a few unwary poor souls.)

I guess as soon as Comcast completes its purchase of NBC, they'll destroy that company too...along with its many affiliates. It's going to shock them when they find out that NBC isn't a MONOPOLY and will actually be required to be COMPETENT to survive, something new for Comcast.


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As for filters on the converter box, the one I received has none, just coax in and out

Why those big plastic jiggers on the ends of the included coax rather than the regular small metal screw-ons?


Channels that disappeared for me on QAM since 9/22/2010:
21, 24, 28, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 42, 44, 50, 55, 57, 58, 60, 66, 67

Posted on: 2010/9/25 13:30
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Re: Whistling Crossing Guards
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It is a way for the state to give a stipend to crazy women who would otherwise have to be institutionalized.

I have yet to see anyone standing in the middle of the street who actually made things work better...they ALWAYS make a pig's breakfast out of the task.

Posted on: 2010/9/23 20:33
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Re: Demonstration of Jersey City's diversity
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Also, it is obvious that the map, while interesting, is old....I believe that Downtown is now majority white.


That depends VERY MUCH on where you put the boundaries for "Downtown."

Posted on: 2010/9/23 13:56
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Re: Idling Ambulance?
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Perhaps it's for job security?

If they leave enough engines running long enough the spewed emissions wll guarantee a steady future stream of emergency hospital admissions due to COPD, emphysema, lng cancer, etc.

On the other hand it might just be stupidity. The person entrusted with using the electronic defibrillator to shock your heart into proper rhythm may not be bright enough to turn off the ignition.

But in all seriousness, the reason people keep 300 horsepower engines running wastefully is so that 1 horsepower can be diverted to the air conditioner so they can remain cool while they sit doing nothing and collecting a paycheck.

Posted on: 2010/9/23 13:45
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Re: Least sexually satisfied cities: Jersey City
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Oh no, that's SO old fashioned.
Today everyone wants hardwood floors.

Posted on: 2010/9/23 13:31
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Re: Time to buy?
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I think housing prices in downtown Jersey City will continue downwards perhaps even accelerate because they have held up longer than other locales.

I would wait if I were interested in that particular market but I am not.

Unabated taxes in Jersey City are particularly unappealing.

But rent/buy decisions are personal and variable.My rent/buy decision is particularly easy and has been for some time..

Posted on: 2010/9/23 1:03
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Re: Have You seen this PATH PA
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Has anyone here ever SEEN alcohol poisoning? Not me. Some people would define alcohol posoning as a martini, or confuse being drunk with being poisoned.

Is the subtext to call the police if you see an underage drinker? Why confuse the issues? A major symptom of "alcohol poisoning" is unconsiousness, although it is also a symptom of SLEEP. So if they are concerned about alcohol posioning why the prattle about friends of underage drinkers and not passed-out drunks. If I see someone passd out on a train the odds are VERY great he is not a teenager.

An offshoot...if you KNOW that every whacko on a train will call the police if you are drunk, the logical inclination might be to DRIVE home.

The ad is stupid, placed by stupid nosy blu-nosed people, in a stupid place, with a likely outcome that is worse than "alcohol poisoning." Vomiting is far less dangerous than a head on car collision.

And here's a reality...people who see drunks passed out on trains look the other way.

Of all the stupid ads on PATH, and they are the rule, this one is close to the stupidest.

Posted on: 2010/9/23 0:32
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Re: Who here really, really hates Comcast?
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I am guessing but what I think is going on is that EVENTUALLY, COmcast will cablecast all digital but as of today they are not.
QAM will get whatever they give UNencrypted, and little by little they are winnowing them down to only those channels that on could get locally with a good antenna.

As of now the are still giving SOME channels in what they call EXTENDED BASIC for the price of LIMITED BASIC to those with QAM...but as of today about 10 of them were lopped off, including TCM (38), SYFY (44), HGTV (67.)

It is reminiscent of the "old days" when cable companies would scramble channels and make you rent a box for unscrambling.

So, in reality, if you are paying for EXTENDED BASIC, you need a box for it today or you are cheating yourself.

As far as figuring out their pricing, it is impossible because they call their crap, LIMMITED BASIC, EXPANDED BASIC, EXTENDED BASIC, DIGITAL ECONOMY, DIGITAL STARTER, STANDARD SERVICE, they won;t commit as to which service gets which channels...and that's only the entry level jargon. I counted the items on their pricing list and stopped at 235 when my eyes got bleary.
Notice even on their HOW TO AD they won't tell you what channels the "Digital Transport adapter" will get.

The worst company in the United States has just gotten worse.

Posted on: 2010/9/22 22:54
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Re: Who here really, really hates Comcast?
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Gonna check the TV's and see if the "World of More" is a world of much less.
Both my sets are QAM and might not be much affected becasue QAM is a digital cable tuner..

Of course, what they will do with Limited Basic, Basic, Extended Basic and whatever other silliness they have dreamed up is anyone's guess.

One thing I noted on that endless loop on the Comcast Channel. The connector from "digital transport adapter" has two very large ends and probably contain some sort of semiconductor whoodoo in them...my guess is they are filters to further truncate available channels.

Whatever, knowing Comcast the changeover will be a complete and unmitigated disaster.

Has anyone hooked one of these "free" adapters yet?


(I was going to start this as a seperate thread but since GP began it in the HATE COMCAST thread, I thought I'd put it here. I'm sure it will indeed be hateful. )

edit: Checked it out. Yep, several channels are missing but Comcast LIED about the reason because many of the channels are STILL being broadcast in shitty analogue. Now WHY doesn't this surprise me one bit?

Posted on: 2010/9/22 16:39
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Re: Hudson would see rollbacks in services under Christie proposals to end sharing of taxes from UEZs
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Its going to be the 19th to early 20th century all over again: Cities will have to pay their own bills with tax revenue generated within their own borders.


Aha, but there is a corollary. Back then there were NO state income taxes, nor were there state SALES taxes. All state tax revenue is, was, and always will be generated from the people of the cities, townships, suburbs, and farmlands of the state. You didn't have imperial states with their imperial governors, with immense police forces, huge court systems rivalling small countries to deal with nuisance crimes (and enforce racism,) gargantuan prison systems, and massive beauraucracies as the largest employer in the state.

The concept of state largesse with money it somehow EARNS or PRINTS and distributes to little municipalities is a new, and very FAKE concept.

Shut down the state and a LOT of money remains with the cities who might then be more readily able to pay their own bills.

No, the municipalities get NOTHING from the state...it is quite the reverse.

Posted on: 2010/9/22 15:35
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Re: Have You seen this PATH PA
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A. How can one tell a if a friend is suffering from "alcohol poisoning?" I've never seen it defined.

B. Does immunity extend to the cost of the ambulance...say $1,000 and hospitalization, perhaps $2,000 more? Will drugfreeNJ pick up the tab?

C. If someone IS arrested because the cops haven't read the announcement, will drugfreeNJ provide a free lawyer?
I doubt that claiming "Oh, but the SIGN said..." is much of a legal defense.

Sounds like Carrie Nation is getting out her axe again.

The subtext is that if you see someone drunk on PATH call 911. The cops will come and give a breathalizer test and go from there. Next St. Paddy's Day should be a laugh riot.

Posted on: 2010/9/22 14:40
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Re: Least sexually satisfied cities: Jersey City
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Oh come now.

What other city's residents can count on being fu**ed by it's politicians and civil "servants" on a daily basis.

One needs bend over just the teeniest amount and WHAM, up it goes!

Posted on: 2010/9/22 14:29
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Re: Demonstration of Jersey City's diversity
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Not NEARLY enough green dots for Newport!

Are these old maps?

Posted on: 2010/9/21 23:13
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Re: Water Quality in Jersey City?
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what is in it that creates the black crud and the orange crud.


Are you taking about the ring that forms after days in an unwashed toilet bowl? If so, remember a LOT of stuff besides Jersey City water goes in there. THere is always a trade-pff between how much you want to disinfect drinking water. If they put in a a cupful of Clorox (aka chlorine) into every flush, you'd NEVER see a ring but you wouldn't live very long either.

If you are talking about sediment. That happens in old lines when the water is shur off and restarted...the pressure pulse picks up the mud in the pipes.

I will admit that sometimes in the past at the end of a hot Summer, the water got a bit rank, especially in the Heights...from algae growth in the emptying resevoirs. I see it far less frequently at Newport and amazingly not at all this year in spite of boiling hot weather and drought conditions.

For filter users, study after study has shown that these filters become contaminated readily and DISPENSE bacteria with every "filtration." Why would we expect anything different? I'm reminded of a movie, Animal House perhaps, where Belushi used his dirty underpants to filter his coffee.

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The water is JC doesn't taste great. I only use my brita to resolve the taste issues that JC water has. If you let the water sit for a day from the tap it tastes like metal.

Mine (Newport) does not and I ALWAYS let the water sit for close to a day, alternating bottles. If you taste metal, you have a corroding pipe issue or a galvanic action between mismatched metals. Some morons actually attach galvanized pipe (zinc coated) to copper pipe. In common parlance that is called making a BATTERY!

I challenge ANYONE to do a fair BLIND taste test of NYC vs. JC water at the same temperature...but carry the water in glass, not plastic. You'll see for yourself. (Toss in some Poland Spring as well for comparison. )

Posted on: 2010/9/21 22:44
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Re: Water Quality in Jersey City?
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larger amounts of organics in the "plastic water." (check the dangers of styrene in plastic water.) This does not even address the environmental cost of the pollution of the gazillion Poland Spring bottles tossed willy nilly...I watch them float by in the Hudson every day.

Brita filters are a gimmick and even whole house carbon filters are unnecessary and probably add more crap than they remove (burnt charcoal is a mix of a LOT of organics.) filters are useful for SEDIMENT and little else.

As for chlorine, just let water stand before using it, the chlorine vaporizes out pretty quickly, expecially if the water is heated or allowed to stand in the fridge for a couple hours. (I have two half gallon glass booze bottles that I keep filled in the fridge and use the older (the newer one gets a plastic hoop) and there is never any perceptible level of chorine left. Usually miost of it is dispelled by the faucet aerator.

And I DO hope there is a special spot in Hell reserved for Bret Schundler, the worst mayor Jersey City ever had INCLUDING the couple who were jailed. Selling our 100 year old water system to a private concern so his deficts looked better for a WHOLE year was evil, stupid, and rapacious...and even ultimately more costly to residents in the form of an infinite stream of higher water prices.

Posted on: 2010/9/21 12:32
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Re: Water Quality in Jersey City?
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I have been here pretty long and when Jersey City owned and operated its own system and the water was consistently from Boonton or Split Rocks the water quality was the best "out of tap" water I have ever tasted.
Since I started JC life in the close to highest point in the Heights, there were VERY frequent presure problems and sediment until they ran the new main into Whatsit Street pump station? (tiny street that runs only a block or two) near the old resevoir. That cleared up the pressure and the water was usually pristine.
Whenever I travelled anywhere I got to reappreciate how delicious JC water was and it even rivaled the Manhattan water, always claimed to be the best in the country (even by Consuumer Reports.) Worst water was always the salty tasting crap from the Shore locales, or some of the PA stuff that tasted like epsom salts because it was so hard.

When I moved down to Newport the water was even better because of the new pipes and always immense pressure. Ours stayed delicious even as New York City's deteriorated. I frequently taste test between the two.

But now, after Bret Schundler's disastrous mistake in selling the JC water system to American Water, or United Water or whatever it is called, I know there are switchovers and our supply occasionally comes from the Passaic River and I can taste the difference immediately.

I do pity those who must drink Passaic River water regularly becasue it is indeed pretty awful but so far our water is almost always pristine. Anyone who would choose to drink "plasticized water" instead, at a HUGE price I might add is being silly in my book. Any chemical comparison will show

Posted on: 2010/9/21 12:23
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Re: What's going on in front of City Hall right now?
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Even CHRIST didn't have the bad sense to use a microphone and an amp and he seems to have gotten his message out, although I guess "Blessed are the peacemakers" could have benefitted with a little more volume...few seemed to have heard it.

Did someone reappoint Bret Schundler as assistant mayor? His forte was a steady stream of religious crap all over City Hall grounds in spite of its unconstitutionality.

Posted on: 2010/9/19 12:51
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Re: J CITY Theater announces auditions for upcoming play: State of the Union
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For the current state of the union I would assume tha the foulest language imaginable gets extra points for reality.

Posted on: 2010/9/16 17:17
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Re: ‘RAIL’ ESTATE - Half a Billion $ for Hoboken PATH terminal/condo development - 30% in Downtown JC
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So then they could run the gas line alongside the trains and build high rises OVER the trains.

Who is in charge of design, Al Quaida?

Posted on: 2010/9/16 16:57
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Re: Muni Code for Range Hoods
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A kichen need EITHER a window or a vent with proper draw. Whether or not it is or is not attached to a range hood is immaterial.

If one has an UNVENTED range hood, the kind that merely blow air through a carbon filter, the need for a window or a proper vent still pertains.

In any case, a range hood is NOT required by code.

If you DO have a hood, the ideal is a hood that is vented directly outdoors...those filtering recirculating hoods are just silly marketing gimmicks and not worth the space they take up.

Posted on: 2010/9/14 11:47
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Re: PATH Riders are heroes
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Oh dear Jesus,

How lucky for everyone involved that nobody was electrocuted or smashed to smithereens.

Was the station broiling hot?
(I did the WTC trains today.)

Posted on: 2010/9/14 0:58
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