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Re: Trump Our New President
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I'm originally from CA, the thought of it leaving sounds great when you read the propaganda. However, the reality is the state is only great because it is part of the US.


If you said Mississippi or Nebraska, I'd likely agree with you. If secession gained momentum in California, I think you'd see Oregon and Washington get interested. It's a fascinating topic (to me, at least) and I highly recommend that book if you have any interest in not only what a broken up US would look like but how the country evolved to what it is and the history of the various cultures of north america. I'm sure you know the basics but I found the origin stories to be really interesting.

Defense and business are definitely wildcards but I would argue that California would likely have very friendly trade status with the US and that militarily it would enjoy the same proximal benefits as Canada.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 18:27
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Re: Trump Our New President
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And if the US shuts off their water supply?


The money saved by no longer having to subsidize the "rugged individuals who yearn to live free from the yoke of Washington" in places like Alaska, Idaho and the Dakotas, etc. would be more than enough to fund desalination plants among other things given up by going it alone.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 18:21
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Lol if California even tried to seriously leave the Union the military would squash it so fast.

"Yes California is the nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so. We advocate for peaceful secession from the United States by use of an independence referendum to establish a mandate, followed by a nationwide campaign to advocate in support of a constitutional exit from the Union."

Why would non-Californians support this? What about the tax base!


I'm not suggesting this is easily done or probably even feasible (today) - just curious how people feel about it.

You kind of make my (and their) points quite well:

California (like NJ, NY, CT and other higher-earning, high-taxed states) subsidizes a lot of the rest of the country. Why should they (we?) be concerned about "the tax base". And it the military would have to be called in to put it down - seems like a good indication of the fact that Californians probably aren't getting a good deal by being in the union if they have to be compelled to stay at gunpoint.

I truly believe the country will split up in my lifetime - culturally the union is untenable. I've felt this way for quite a while (although I used to think it would be beyond my lifetime) and a book I read a couple of years ago makes a great case for it - "American Nations".

Posted on: 2016/11/10 17:53
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Re: Trump Our New President
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If you were able to vote today on whether or not to finish what was left undone by the Civil War and split the country up, would you?

I would. The divide is so deep and requisite-days-after-the-election unity rhetoric aside, it is only getting deeper. That isn't going to change. I don't want to live in the world of the other side and they don't like my world. (They like my tax dollars, but that's a different story...)

It doesn't have to be this way - once you strip away the foolish sentimentality and nice round numbers and really consider it objectively, I think many people (most?) would come to the conclusion we'd be better off going our separate ways.

http://www.yescalifornia.org/

Posted on: 2016/11/10 17:36
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Or maybe blacks just do a better job of not voting against their self-interests.


Are you saying all blacks share the same self interests and they are different then whites?


Nope. I'm saying one party has spent the past half century running sometimes subtle, sometimes overtly racially charged campaigns and attempting to enact similar laws and policies. From Nixon's "southern strategy" and Lee Atwater's Willie Horton to the Storm Thurmonds and David Dukes, attempts at voter suppression and outright disenfranchisement I'd say the GOP has gone out of their way to usher blacks to the Democratic Party.

Posted on: 2016/10/11 1:49
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Or maybe blacks just do a better job of not voting against their self-interests.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 22:50
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Actually (duh) there was a big difference between 1988 and 2012 - the African American vote. Bush had 11% and Romney 6%. Also - after looking it up - Bush had 60% of the white vote vs. Romney's 59%.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 22:13
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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I thought the most interesting comment in the post-debate chatter was the following:

In 1988, GWHB got 59% of the white vote - the same amount Mitt Romney had in 2012. Bush received 426 electoral votes; Romney got 206.

Of course there could have been differences between the two in how they fared with other groups that might explain a portion of this but it seems pretty clear that things have changed a lot in the last 30 years. You can't run a white-only campaign and win national office any more and you probably haven't been able to win on a white-male only campaign since 1920.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 22:09
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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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Two years before Ahmad Khan Rahami went on a bombing rampage in New York and New Jersey, his father told the police that the son was a terrorist, prompting a review by federal agents, according to two senior law enforcement officials.

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Is this post an admission that we need to allow authorities more power to hold and monitor these criminals?


Read the article. The feds looked at him and determined he wasn't a threat. They weren't asking to hold him and they chose not to monitor him.

Posted on: 2016/9/20 17:36
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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The speed limit is 25. Nothing should flip at 25. Or 30. Similarly, I happened upon a serious collision at Marin and Grand Tuesday evening - a car traveling eastbound on Grand had broadsided some sort of mini vanSuv-let that left so much damage that the car had to be going 45, at a minimum.

Only three things are going to bring this stuff under control: enforcement, enforcement, and more enforcement.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 14:35
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Re: Fulop administration silent on mayor's former job
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I thought this was funny:

"Is he reflexively secretive? Or is he just an amateur when it comes to damage control?"

Both, actually.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 16:43
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Re: Baraka, Fulop blast payday loan industry
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Steve - maybe a better use of your time would be to focus on how to rein in the city's debt and stop piling it on... sure, you don't plan to be here in another eighteen months so I'm sure borrowing for things like your botched handling of the reval are a mere afterthought. But us adults will be stuck with ever bigger budgets and increasing debt loads for years to come, long after you've waltzed off.

Posted on: 2016/8/17 9:02
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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JCishome wrote:

The co-op owners in those "projects" will be able to buy and sell you, my friend. They're sitting on a gold mine.


Not me, but thanks for playing.

I'm sure they've appreciated over time - probably quite a bit, given how old they are and how much the area around them has improved. Getting 3x or 4x on your money is nice, but on a small amount it isn't "buying or selling" anyone. I know Tommy the slumlord has done well, but the average person isn't walking away with a truckload of cash. Either way, that place is a rathole.

Posted on: 2016/7/14 20:36
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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I wonder when, if ever, Jersey City will realize that it's a city and start behaving that way, instead of constantly shoehorning itself into a car-first midwestern satellite city-suburb.


The proposed plan is very similar to the P Street WF near DuPont Circle in DC - which is dense and has a lot of carless residents. Parking is the cost of doing business in most cases with WF and let's be honest - as much as you and I would like to pretend otherwise - JC is still more car dependent than it needs to be. Just look at the ShopRite parking lot any weekend day.

I like the fact that the surface lot at the projects will disappear. Now, if they could just do the same with the buildings....

Posted on: 2016/7/14 14:29
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Re: Starbucks headed to Journal Square PATH station
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Now there will be spilled drinks and empty Starbucks cups all over the place by the time the train gets to 33rd street and WTC!!! Excellent!!!


There's a Starbucks that essentially sits atop the Grove St. station (along with one in Newport and one in Hoboken near the PATH station not to mention the many Starbucks situated near the NYC stops. Now that I think of it, there is one in the elevated walkway at Newark Penn Station.) I ride the PATH daily and don't recall seeing Starbucks cups or trash.


You have NEVER seen a spilled coffee stream that sways with the train motions?? I see spilled coffee fairly often, and I don't even ride the PATH all that much anymore.


You have NEVER seen coffee sold by someone other than Starbucks?? I see places other than Starbucks that sell coffee quite often, and I don't even look for them that often.

Point was (and what I said) was that I don't recall seeing Starbucks CUPS of TRASH, which was a big part of the Blasta's original bitch.

RIF.

Posted on: 2016/6/27 17:10
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Re: Golf Driving Range?
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They had a half off sale during the financial crisis (that lasted into at least 2013, IIRC).

Posted on: 2016/6/27 17:06
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Re: Starbucks headed to Journal Square PATH station
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mastablasta wrote:
Now there will be spilled drinks and empty Starbucks cups all over the place by the time the train gets to 33rd street and WTC!!! Excellent!!!


There's a Starbucks that essentially sits atop the Grove St. station (along with one in Newport and one in Hoboken near the PATH station not to mention the many Starbucks situated near the NYC stops. Now that I think of it, there is one in the elevated walkway at Newark Penn Station.) I ride the PATH daily and don't recall seeing Starbucks cups or trash.

Posted on: 2016/6/27 16:44
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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One must assume they think it's a better investment than other options. Might be in the long run. But there's no way they're getting enough rent to justify the cost in strict business terms. Assuming a cash investment they'd have to be NETTING $8,300/mo just to make a 5% cap rate. Any idea what those houses actually rent for?


I don't know about all of them but the last I looked (about a month ago) they had several houses listed at rents north of that - two were above $12,000/month.

Posted on: 2016/6/9 13:04
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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jcneighbor wrote:
But that is one Butt-Ugly house IMO and the Realtor-Speak description as:
"Beautiful rare 1 Family house in Jersey City Downtown! Updates needed" is just ridiculous.


No kidding! $1 million for that place - mind bending!

Posted on: 2016/6/7 20:21
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Re: Debating Sprint vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile
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AT&T you can totally work for a huge data plan BUT if you spend time in Manhattan the service is totally suck ass.


Depends on where in Manhattan you are. Likely, if you are reading this, you live in JC and your Manhattan experience is primarily work-related. I discovered, after switching from AT&T to T-Mobile about six months ago, that AT&T and Verizon put signals into high-rise office buildings (they try to sell it to buildings - up to the bldg whether or not they want it.) I used to get reception most places in my office bldg with AT&T. Nothing now with T-Mobile. It's like I travel to 1984 for ten hours every day.

Posted on: 2016/6/6 14:02
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Re: Tommy 2 scoops
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Closed for good last fall.

Posted on: 2016/6/1 19:19
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Re: Jersey City teams up with Waze to share data aimed at easing traffic
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El Toure, 18, who attends Dickinson High School, said it takes 30 minutes in the morning rush to drive the half-mile from Newark Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard to the school.

"It's bad," Toure said.

Maybe walk?

Posted on: 2016/5/10 16:25
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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Believe it when you see it - four years is a looooong time and a lot of things need to happen before we get to the 9? 12? months where they are actually building the store.

But hey - it fulfills this week's quota of "accomplishment tweets/emails"....

Posted on: 2016/5/5 1:12
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Re: What's going there? 280 newark.
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280 newark. finally some imagination.

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That isn't Jersey City. The bike isn't on the sidewalk.

(I love the look of the building - if it ends up looking anything like that, it will be a win. With very few exceptions, the "architecture" of Jersey City lacks style and imagination. More of this, please!)

Posted on: 2016/5/3 17:51
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Now tell us where you believe this process will go sideways.


The city hires an appraiser who will underappraise. Seems pretty straightforward. And, I must say, politically its a brilliant way out of a pretty big mess of his own making for Fulop. (It also could be the beginning of the end if malfeasance is proven.) This issue - not righting an economic disparity that disproportionately affects the poor when he had the power to do so, made doubly worse by the fact that it was by and large the poor subsidizing much wealthier people - was/is probably going to be the issue he'll be attacked most on during the gubernatorial campaign. That's a tough sell to democratic voters in NJ.

Now, he'll package his big box of turd with a wrapping paper of "I was fighting for a just solution and was the victim of politics" and a ribbon of "I cut taxes!"

Posted on: 2016/4/27 19:47
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Re: Taxes cuts not spurring growth in Kansas
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Even if that's true it's still more money in the pockets for those that earned it which is always a good thing.


Not when you are unable to provide basic services. That is not a good thing. Drive the streets of Kansas City, MO and then cross the river to Kansas City, KS. Not a good thing.

Posted on: 2016/4/19 17:38
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Re: NJTV News on JC gentrification
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Gentrification is inevitable as we become an increasingly urbanized country with people leaving the suburbs and flocking to cities.


Maybe, maybe not. These things have historically been cyclical and there is a school of thought that we are in another cycle. I do think there are factors that likely give this cycle more legs but the same evolutionary pull that drives young people to cities also leads them out once they breed. Unless and until the JC public schools can credibly compete with suburban schools, that isn't likely to change in a meaningful way...


Have U.S. Cities Reached 'Peak Millennial'?
The demographic case for preparing now for the next urban population decline, even in growing cities.

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For all the talk of city-loving Millennials, some surveys show that plenty of them actually prefer the suburbs overall, and still plan to move there eventually. Census data released last year suggests that the suburban shift may merely be being delayed, not foregone: while Americans aged 25 to 29 are moving to the suburbs today at a slower rate than they did in the mid-1990s, those aged 30 to 44 are moving there at a faster one.

USC urban planning professor Dowell Myers is among the doubters. At the University of Texas City Forum last month, he ventured that cities have reached ?peak Millennial,? or the highest influx and presence of Millennials living in urban areas?and, he argues, it?s only going down from here.

What is ?peak Millennial??

In 2015, those Millennials born in 1990?the largest cohort born in any one year?turned 25. Myers argues this is an important milestone, marking the year that Millennials begin to take their housing and work situations more seriously. Many of them have already made the jump from their parents? homes or college into a city-center, where they?re living independently and focusing on their careers. ?At this age, you?re likely a single adult who?s been out of college for a little while,? Myers says. ?And you?re starting to get more serious about establishing your independent adult life.?

This group of Millennials, along with all the ones that came before, Myers says, have been flowing into cities and causing a spike in the urban population. But from now on, there will be fewer young people moving into cities, because there will simply be fewer of them period. If you imagine the inflow of young people to cities as a faucet in a bathtub, Myers says, that faucet has been turned up higher and higher for the last decade or so. But now, it?s finally being slightly turned down by the dip in total youth population numbers. Additionally, as the largest group of Millennials grows older, many of them will begin to make the shift into suburban family life.

See rest of story: http://www.citylab.com/housing/2016/0 ... ties-dowell-myers/473061/

Posted on: 2016/3/23 14:11
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Re: NYT "The Hunt" Land a job in JC? Move to LIC!
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About ten years ago, I was trying to coax my girlfriend (now wife) to move over to JC from Tribeca. We were out one spring afternoon, walking through Van Vorst park and for the first time she saw Jersey Ave. In mock horror, she said "Can you imagine having to write JERSEY avenue, JERSEY city, New JERSEY as your return address?"

Needless to say, she's gotten over it and enjoys the better things JC has to offer while learning to ignore the not-so-great. Of course - there are always things like the Easter Bunny brawl at Newport Mall to remind you where you are...

Posted on: 2016/3/21 14:28
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Many American soldiers died in JC during World Wars 1 & 2.


Huh. I wasn't aware of the great battles of WWs 1 and 2 that took place in Jersey City. You really do learn something new every day.

Posted on: 2016/3/18 15:00
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Ice cream is not on the agenda, what was on the agenda was permit parking to 11:00 PM.


Don't change the subject, Yvonne - show me the ordinance that says we can't have free ice cream? Your free parking jihad will just have to wait.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 21:21
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