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>27 August 2003
I respect life sooooo much that i'd kill for it
Okay.. let me get this straight. Someone who killed an abortion doctor and his escort, and injured the doctor's wife wants to be put to death. So, some of his so called supporters evidently mail death threats to Gov. Bush and AG Crist (this is in FLA) threatening to kill them for this transgression.
So.... the thing that I wonder is..
Where exactly is the logic that connects the dots in these lamebrains heads where it is not okay to end any unborn baby's life.. but it is quite okay to kill a doctor, his escort, try to kill his wife, kill the governor, the attorney general.. etc etc etc.
Anyone else see anything wrong with that?
Big box = big bad?
Here's a story about how a Home Depot opened up in Hartford, CT and actually spurred a home improvement business district/agglomeration. Many other home improvement businesses have been opening up right by the big box and are thriving. Now, the whole street that the Home Depot sits on has been privately revitalized without need for expensive governmental 'redevelopment' subsidies.
The most telling results were some of the quotes from those who strongly protested the zoning changes required to allow the Home Depot -
"We were wrong."
"In general, they've been a good neighbor ... It turned out all right."
And finally, the story details how these other small businesses have been competing - not on price but on service, quality, selection, specialization and etc. This is how we as consumers will benefit. Small stores that give us high prices and bad service will simply not survive.
And this is not a bad thing..
>26 August 2003
Gettin some learn on
If for some reason, you're here.. go ahead and click here. As it turns out, MIT has many of their classes offered up online, complete with readings, syllabi, assignements, class notes and such. Sounds like a fun self-supplemental learning exercise.
>25 August 2003
Get your kicks.. on Route 66
Got yet another pair of cool lil KenCole shoes.. I might actually have a problem. Oh well, I figure that you need good kicks in NYC cause they're like the replacement for your car.
>21 August 2003
Well.. I Think i'm worth it
Today I gave in and bought the amp thati've been lusting after for a while - a Vox AC30. She sure is a beaut. It's kind bulky and heavy, but it sounds fantastic.. Now I have all the impetus to play more often cause I can actually hear it. Although, I suppose I didn't need to blow through that much cash to do it. But then again, you're never supposed to half-ass something anyways.
>18 August 2003
Thoughts on a yard
A story about some good intentions and a few patches of grass - as relayed by the folks at Hit & Run. The moral of the story is that sometimes institutions and rules become more immportant than those who the institutions and rules were set out to benefit. Since when is a patch of grass more important than the happiness of a kid? I'd imagine it happens like in the story more often than you'd think..
And just think about how it translates into public education, policy, healthcare, etc. etc. etc...
Lucy, you gots lot of 'splainin to do!
Whew.. lots and lots to catch up on.
Roommate: He moved out and moved out all of his stuff, including the AC unit.. I mean, I can't get upset really because it was all his stuff to begin with, but now my apartment is pretty bare.
Modern Technology: Thursday after I got home from work, the power went out - for almost 2 whole days! I slept on a cot at the library at NYU because they had AC. I learned that New Yorkers don't get enough credit for being generally pretty nice and helpful when times are tough. I discovered that as a general rule, you should stick together with people in emergency situations because lets face it - being alone really sucks!
PS1: I had a great time at PS1, and I have to go at least once again before summer is done. What a cool idea - to have a daytime open air dance/music party. It was really nice to be able to dance in this fairly non-pretentious crowd. Just music and cheering and dancing and good times. And it's over by 9, so that there's time ot party later (if you somehow have the time and/or energy.. I know I sure didn't)
Stuff I feel like saying about a few friends:
Mer - I'm really happy you're back in town and staying for the fall
Elan - As always, i'm impressed by your dancin style - I love when people aren't afraid to be themselves, esp. on a dancefloor..
>11 August 2003
The Price is Wrong
Thanks to the folks over at Volokh for a link to a NY Times series on what the effects of our domestic protectionism/trade policy has in the global market.
The next time you hear some yahoo screaming about protecting his farm job because he is an American, you go ahead and tell him about the families starving in places like Burkina Faso, Vietnam and the Phillipines because domestic overproduction due to massive farm subsidies has pushed world commodity prices so low that struggling families can't compete in their countries.
>07 August 2003
Yet the latest scribbled musings..
We're camped out under stars, Maria.. we won't go very far.
I'm under this deadline of sorts, upon which you would see the signs all pointing to me
We're scratched away, we're always gone.. sleepin off the things you could ignore..
And I forget all the reasons again.. we're under this faultline, forgiveness intends..
But would you, come?
And would you, Stay?
And you're always the one who remembers your part
But I forget all the little things and words that you don't hear
>06 August 2003
Damn, thats some funny shizzle..
Snoop Dogg is out to doggy fizzle your website.. It's pretty f*ckin funny..
>05 August 2003
Stars, guitars and noted Harvard Economists
Harvard's own Taubman Center published a report detailing, among many things, what price zoning controls and environmental regulations have on development. His findings are that the more regulations and restrictive zoning that a locality chooses to adopt is directly proportional to the cost of it's housing. This is something that i've suspected true for quite a while. Maybe it's high time someone does something about it.
>04 August 2003
The Intelligence of Stupidity
As I get older, I realize more that I don't know very much, and that is okay with me. I have spent over 75 thousand dollars on pursuing an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, but I am supposed to be okay with the fact that I don't know very much? And the answer is yes.
I personally know a very limited scope of knowledge on computers and urban planning, but the rest of it is what I glean from my human experiences and what I choose to take in from the sources of media that I choose to intake. I don't even pretend to know the answers to things, I can just know what I think may or may not be right.
To realize that you can't even begin to know the subtle effects and aftereffects of the decisions that you make is a very important thing. That's why I find it particularly galling when 'experts' and policymakers can be so smug about discussing societal probelms and the surefire soltuions to those problems. I think that nature has taught over many millions of years that successful things will thrive on their own and unsuccessful things will not. Things may change, of course, as the environment changes - things that were successful in a previous environment are now ill-suited to compete in a radically different one. They then too will adapt or die off.
So to view a societal or a worldly problem and decide that there is one certain way to amend or fix that problem is a bit childish. Is it wrong to say that left alone, and given a long enough timeframe that a problem will fix itself? In today's (and perhaps in any day's) politics, it is definitely wrong. But it shouldn't be.
Which gets me to the point of why I say all this...
A lot of people see real or percieved rights and wrongs, and decide that some top-down program is the solution to this. There's poverty? Well then lets create a welfare state. There's racial inequity? Let's use affirmative action. The elderly can't afford healthcare? Let's expand social security and medicare until they are the one of if not the largest portion of money spent in our government today.
Then - through the result of the policies of the well meaning, we create things like dependence and antipathy towards the very own entitlement programs that are supposed to help people. We create an opportunity for racists to say things like - 'Oh well that person only got in because they're such and such..'
Instead of letting the problem fix itself, we just want to create some sort of illusory context where we can believe that we've done something about a problem in order to fix (hide) it.
Well bullshit, I say.
Lets think about why things are happening, and to what degree things should fix themselves, and what limited way we should undertake actions to correct problems. It is REALLY easy to say that the 'government' should throw money at some problem. It is MUCH harder to admit that a program isn't going to fix what's wrong, and to look beyond to see what we can really do.