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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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These "Green Card" inspections vary tremendously. I've had them just check that emergency lights and detectors are working, and I've had them come up with laundry lists of "violations" that have been that way for many decades of them inspecting.

I had one last year that had a trainee with her, it was brutal. She cited an outlet in ceiling of the unfinished basement that was missing a cover plate.


My previous rounds of inspection went for the cover plates in the basement also. My last one a few weeks ago was pretty much smoke detectors, CO detectors, do the fire rated door springs close the door, etc... If I get an inspector that was looking and horrible shit hole buildings previously, they have commented at being pleasantly surprised when they get to one of mine. This has been less so since the housing has improved so dramatically in the past 15 years.

The only inspection I got hosed on was the state, after ruling differently over a decade earlier, decided I had to have a fire escape on my building. Turns out the original decision that it didn't need one was in error. This came at a time I was really short on funds. $23k later I had a fire escape.

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Re: Your Cashless Society
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The Indian gov simply botched getting counterfeit notes under control by rushing the process.


My understanding was it wasn't about counterfeit at all, but the black market, corruption, and unreported income. People who had a lot of "old cash" suddenly had to account for how they got it to turn it into "new cash". The tax collection rate in India is abysmal.


It was 100% about tax collection.

India was the fastest growing major economy in the world prior to the currency cancellation. The economic boom in India is more likely to abruptly halt for the last quarter of 2016 following the insane announcement of November 8, 2016, that India was scrapping the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. This action has caused a collapse in the velocity of money, which is normally indicative of a depression. This brain-dead decision has drained billions of dollars worth of cash from the economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s crazy action was aimed at tax evasion, which rendered about 86% of Indian banknotes effectively worthless overnight. This has to be the worst economic decision of the past century.

Indians are scrambling to banks with their old notes by December 30, 2016, but the tax implication have others just writing their money off or funneling it through the black market and spreading the money around by using individuals to try to cash in some portion.

Modi’s decision led to a stark US dollar rally for three weeks as the Rupee collapsed by about 4%. The Indian society relies on cash for more than 90% of transactions, and nearly every aspect of daily life has been effected. This was a bold action to force the economy into a fully taxed society all for the benefit of the government, of course. The gold ownership is allowed provided you PROVE you bought it with taxed money.


India also started seizing gold as people were using gold in lieu of cash. It isn't police raiding people's home, but if you hold gold, you have to prove that you didn't buy it with non-taxed funds.

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/mar ... indias-gold-confiscation/

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Re: Maternity ward at JCMC
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Anyone here give birth at Englewood hospital?

Posted on: 1/11 17:03
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Re: 25 miles up the Hudson River -- the Indian Point nuclear power plant will be shut down.
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Actually, it looks like most of it will be replaced with increased transmission efficiency, hydro, and other sustainable energy sources.

NY State already has a target to generate 50% of its energy from sustainable sources. Closing Indian Point is not likely to thwart that goal.


No, it will be replaced with natural gas, which has already replaced much of the coal fired generation in NY state. If you are frightened about gas pipelines, just wait until the 4 nuclear plants in NY state are phased out. There will be a pipeline building boom.

New England governors a couple years back gathered for an emergency meeting. Why? Because coal fired power plants were being phased out faster than the pipeline capacity for natural gas could be expanded. There was a real threat in 2014 that much of New England could be blacked out during cold winters. The price of natural gas spiked in New England due to the delivery restraints.

Hydro is already built out. You are not going to build more dams. The only other hydro option is to buy it from Canada. Vermont does this and the electric rates up there make NJ look cheap. Canada hoses Vermont (hydro is normally cheap.. in Buffalo, commercial hydro rates are around $0.04 per kWh).

Solar, wind, biomass? Here is a chart of what was generated in 2015 (source: Energy Information Agency):

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Even if you could magically make solar and wind generate enough power (you won't), it has a fatal flaw. It is not 24/7 and it is not dispatchable (able to ramp up and down based on demand). Unless you plan to strip mine the planet for lithium, cadmium, and nickle, you will never have the storage capacity to make any of these "green" power sources viable. Gas turbine generators (which are not energy efficient compared to a combined cycle plant) have to be on standby to immediately fire up should it get cloudy or the wind changes speed. A baseload power plant (the big ones) can't adjust there output +- by more than 1% per hour typically.

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Further, citing the potential benefits of nuclear doesn't make the problems of Indian Point go away.
It's too close to one of the most populated cities in the world; it's had lots of small leaks of radioactive isotopes into the Hudson; the cooling system kills fish in the Hudson; it turns out to be sited on top of a fault line.


Just about every power plant needs a place to dump heat (nuclear, coal, oil, combined cycle natural gas). You need a body of water or you need cooling tower. Oyster Creek is being shutdown in part because of the cost of building cooling towers.

As for radioactivity. Its tritium. There is a post somewhere where on JCLIST where this was covered. You can buy tritium glow in the dark jewelry. You will get far more radiation exposure from taking a airplane flight or maybe even from your granite counter tops in your home than you are from Indian Point.

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While no one likes the idea of having a nuclear plant for a neighbor, if we really want another nuclear power plant, it ought to be somewhere else.



Nuclear will come back. NY state nukes are 40+ years old (i think they are all 2nd generation). Entergy put theirs through a service life extension program, which extended their operation for about 20 more years. When gas was expensive (up until about 2009) nukes were the cheapest 24/7 power out there (excluding hydro). Low gas prices is what is making the old nuke plants not worth running. Generation 3+ nukes are already being built and generation 4 are in the design stages.

Gas won't be cheap forever:

There are 8 LNG plants under construction in the USA (1 I think just went into operation) that will be exporting gas to Asia and Europe.

GTL plants (turns natural gas into oils, naptha, lubricants, methanol, gasoline) have been built, are being built, or are in the planning stages. Plus natural gas in an important chemical feed stock. Once oil prices go back up again, a lot of the gas produced (what isn't exported) will be turned into higher value products (gasoline, plastics, diamonds, jet fuel, diesel, etc). Prices will rise as a result and will hit the pocketbooks of anyone dependent on natural gas generated electricity.

Posted on: 1/10 13:56
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Re: home maintenance
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Id like to replace it with something more energy efficient. Doe anyone have any recommendations? It is pretty high on the ceiling....i just want to be able to put it in as i would with the one i have now.

I am complete doofus when it comes to home maintenance.

Thanks ALL!


A company called Tri-state LED was marketing linear LED replacements for T-12 lights. Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC replaced all their T-8 bulbs with the LEDs (they even removed the ballasts since the LEDs also run on line voltage).

Lighting replacement companies really don't do the bulb replacements now since LED fixture prices are a fraction of what they were five years ago.

I would look at replacing the entire fixture with an LED unit (most are also dimmable). That is what I am doing with some of my old 15+ year old T-12 kitchen lights in my apartments.

Posted on: 1/7 15:17
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Posted on: 1/6 11:45
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Re: Trump Our New President
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I don't think anyone thought that Mexico would write us a check; likely we'll withhold aid money, throw some tariffs up, etc. In any case, he's building a wall that will waste billions of taxpayer dollars that we have little to no hope of recovering from a foreign country, which is most important.

FTFY


Estimates vary, but somewhere around 20% to 30% of Mexico's GDP is dependent on remittances back from the USA. Millions of now unemployed Mestizo Mexicans flooding back into Mexico proper is a formula for revolution. Mexican elites aren't to keen on this happening.

Another third of the economy is oil. The latter requires good terms with the USA to make $$$ for Mexico because Mexico can't really export to anyone else (US refiners figured out how to turn low grade heavy oil into high grade products like gasoline). Nobody else can process high sulfur, high viscosity crude like US refiners can.. unless you plan to turn all of Mexico's oil into asphalt.

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Re: Trump Our New President
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Using the U6 unemployment rate measure would be a better metric for gauging the health of the employment markets.



Posted on: 1/5 8:33
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Re: Something wrong with paying for new developments we can't afford | Morgan
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Morgan's entire world is about race.

Posted on: 1/3 14:36
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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So, I was just informed by the insurance company that the car was recovered yesterday. I would have expected at least a courtesy call by JCPD to inform me rather I got attitude when I inquired with them as if it was my fault the car was stolen.


Back in the early '90s, my Oldsmobile got stolen and abandoned in Newark. Newark PD treated me like I was the criminal. The people I had to interact with at city hall were downright vicious. The car wasn't in driving condition (battery had been ripped out), so it was a hellish trip to Newark city hall to make arrangements to have a tow truck pick it up.

Then it was another trip to hell as Newark for a couple months kept sending me threatening mail (court, fees, fines) for "failing to retrieve my vehicle", even though it had been picked up within days of it being recovered.

It was a really unpleasant experience for my 20 something flat-broke ass to go through.

Posted on: 1/3 14:34
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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One of the best anti-theft devices is a manual transmission. I read a while back of two car jacking attempts foiled because the thieves couldn't figure out how to drive the car.

Posted on: 1/2 11:27
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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Newish to the Heights, and because of this thread, I've just began to notice these sprinkled around nearly every other block. Is it one particular developer choosing this strange, salmon-colored brick facade? And what's with the chrome railings?


One of the developers I know is Indian... possibly Indian-Muslim. My wife commented that the railing designs reminds her of growing up in Southern Thailand (majority Muslim), as the homes there had same / similar designs / finish choices.

The one Bayonne Box across from my place was actually built pretty well. No cheap fixtures and the floors were NOT pre-finished. It was not your typical crap-cheap construction. The builder was Indian (so were the buyers). I think the place went for around $600k.

Posted on: 12/28 7:04
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Re: Best place to purchase filets for grilling?
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AlexC wrote:
If they're 3" thick you can get the outside to be really charred and crispy, but the inside will be red, medium-rare and really soft and tender. If you like it that way.

I think that's really the best way for porterhouse or ribeye.


That is pretty much what I do.

Grill: season, coat with corn starch to dry out the surface, then coat in lard or butter. Sear at very high temp (close the lid to keep the flame down). Then shut down the air to the charcoal to lower the heat down to 300 F. Cook until the center is medium rare.

Cast iron pan: Sear in olive oil, butter, garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh time. After the sear is done, put it in the oven at 300 F until medium rare in the middle.

Slice and serve.

Posted on: 12/22 18:27
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Re: Passport photos
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I got my passport renewed at the Hudson County Admin building. They did the photo and processed all the paperwork. No lines.. no waiting (at least when I went).

Posted on: 12/22 9:45
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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No knock, no bell.. just a ticket on the door.


How about adding to that "knock" sign that they're being videotaped. Might reduce the tag and run nonsense. Or a pressure sensitive doormat that buzzes you.


I paid to have my order re-delivered. This time, the driver dumped the boxes on my doorstep. Given how much they weigh, nobody bothered steeling them.

Posted on: 12/21 8:49
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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There was a brief, aggravating period where UPS was delivering packages to an "Access Point" merchant if I wasn't home. In that case, you have to pick it up there or let it eventually return to sender; UPS won't make a 2nd attempt to your door.


UPS pissed me off a bit this week. I had a delivery that was heavy (a pair of 75 lbs dumbbells). On the second delivery attempt, I made sure I was home all day, had the entryway light on, and had a sign that said 'knock and ring the bell'.

No knock, no bell.. just a ticket on the door. I was working all day at my desk very near the door. I suspect the delivery guy just didn't want to have to move 150 lbs worth of stuff, so he stuck a ticket on the door and left.

Well, I missed the third attempt and by the time I got home, UPS sent my order back (you have to respond by 7:00 PM if your delivery doesn't require a signature).

So now I have to pay to have it re-shipped.

Annoying....

Posted on: 12/17 10:36
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Re: Best place to purchase filets for grilling?
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Maloney's for steaks. Absolute prime and they'll cut it the thickness you'd prefer. Not cheap, but really good.

http://www.moloneysmeatmarket.com/


I get bone in ribeye steaks from them, cut to 3 inches thick. I stopped buying from Costco because Maloney's quality is better (you pay for it though).

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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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Well...

A few minutes after my previous post, the postman hand delivers the package.


Posted on: 12/16 18:05
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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*sigh*

Just got a "package delivered". Per tracking it's in my mailbox. Checked.. nothing there...

Posted on: 12/16 17:56
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Re: Best place to purchase filets for grilling?
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Filet of fish? Or are you talking steak?

Posted on: 12/16 17:32
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Re: Trump Our New President
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The Trump team sent a long list of rather pointed questions over to the Department of Energy... which I think employs something like 90k people.

The questions infer that Trump & Co. maybe planning on having heads roll. The questions are pretty much "what do you people do all day and what do you have to show for it?"

The list of questions with some analysis is covered in two posts (linked below). So far the Dept of Energy has declined to answer.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/10/the-doe-vs-ugly-reality/

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/14 ... nt-resists-a-businessman/

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Re: No heat in apartment
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I know I'm going to sound like an asshat for asking this question, but:



Is your hot water heater also providing the hot water for your baseboard? I have seen this in new installation recently.

Posted on: 12/13 15:50
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Re: Trump Our New President
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now...let's see what congress will allow.


The Trump plan has been revised to look more like the GOP House plan. The expensing part wasn't in earlier version of the Trump plan. From what I heard from Larry Kudlow (who is a Trump advisor), the plan is to now include it.

I think Trump will get most of what he wants via the House. The Senate though will be an issue. The GOP has a bare majority and has some GOP members that aren't that conservative.

There will be some major compromises during the reconciliation process between the House and the Senate.

Posted on: 12/13 13:59
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Re: No heat in apartment
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Hot water baseboards.



Might just be air bound. If there are bleeder valves on the baseboard, you could fix the issue yourself.

Posted on: 12/13 12:45
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Small business confidence took a big jump since the election. I think a big part of that jump is due to what is being proposed as part of the tax plan (though not finalized yet... so the actual plan may or may not have the items listed below):

1. Replacing depreciation with simple expensing. This is yuge for any business that has to make a big capital investment, in particular start-ups. Instead of a complicated set of rules where you depreciate your capital investment over 3, 5, 27.5 years, etc... you take it all at once against your revenues. If you have a loss, you carry it over for the next fiscal year.

Obama's administration got congress to pass accelerated depreciation as part of the stimulus, which has helped boost manufacturing. Looks like Trump & Co. may take this a lot further.

2. LLCs, S corps, LLPs, and other pass through corporate entities will be taxed at the lower (proposed) corporate rate of 15% instead at the higher personal income tax rates. So someone who runs an LLC, after paying themselves a salary in tune with their level of responsibility, can pass through the rest of the profit at a lower corporate rate. This is a big tax cut for the hundreds and thousands of pass through corporations out there.

Posted on: 12/13 10:02
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Re: No heat in apartment
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steam radiators or hot water baseboard?

Posted on: 12/13 9:13
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Posted on: 12/9 16:11
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Re: Buy this beauty - and pray the reval never happens!
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https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/nj ... 03-grand-st/pid_15388565/

In 2015, taxes were $11,790 (the property was assessed at $158,600).


Less than 1/2 the taxes and over 3.5x's the value (based on the asking price) of my place in the Heights.

Posted on: 12/8 14:04
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Re: Need a car blocking my driveway towed
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Curious, does JCPA use a map of LEGAL curb cuts when they respond to these calls? Though I would assume all the people in the Heights with paved front yards have more informal ways of dealing with cars who park in their "driveway".



The pavement has to be painted with 'No Parking'. If it is missing... no tow. The Parking Authority won't paint 'No Parking' for non-legit driveways.

A building next to one of mine had to pull out all sorts of documentation to show his carport existed before they were banned. I wasn't so lucky (I had no proof), so my apartment is minus a carport now. Just as well.. the tree in front has grown so much that it was getting hard to get a car around it.

Posted on: 12/7 16:52
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Re: How teachers unions drive Jersey’s pension crisis
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How are the teachers' pensions any worse than the rest of the government sector pensions?



On the state level....

Police, teachers, fire, other... they are all equally fucked. The pensions for Gen X and Y retires will be defaulted on. No way around it.

On the federal level.. anyone in the Thrift Savings Plan (sort of a 401k) are going to be OK. The Thrift plan is solvent.

Posted on: 12/5 21:33
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