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The Truth About Solar Storms

Austrian Anarchy Already ahead of you brother (89 comments)

I saw a great documentary on this by Lucasfilms called "Howard the Duck" and I am prepared. Sure, they phonied it up a little bit, but the basics work for solar storms too. My Quackfu is second to no man!

2 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Austrian Anarchy Re:Controlling prices? (192 comments)

Self-published books are looked down on for a reason. I've "bought" some self-published stuff for $0 on amazon. It's pretty bad. It's basically as if the author had an idea for a story, put it down on paper, and submitted the pdf. The stories have potential sometimes, but the writing is just bad. A mix of short 4 word sentences and half a page run on sentences. Descriptions that are just repeated every several pages. Whole books written in the format of: I walked through the door. I looked at the guy. I said this. He said that. I walked back to the other place. I shot the alien. I picked him up. The alien was gross and ugly. I carried him back to the first place.

Just because you self-publish doesn't mean you don't need an editor.

Be that as it may, those are not the people we are talking about here. The topic is published authors at particular publishing houses whining about the retail price placed on their books. Books which they could have easily published, using exactly the same words, without a "publisher."

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Austrian Anarchy Controlling prices? (192 comments)

Any author can publish nearly anything he wants through Kindle electronically, or CreateSpace in paper and he has control of the price at either one. Both have competitors too, like LightningSource, that have better access to dirt-world bookstores and provide electronic publishing services. If these authors want to be paid more per book, there is not a blessed thing stopping them from doing it right now.

about a week ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

Austrian Anarchy Re: Not counterfeit (170 comments)

OK. I'll be in front of the Oyster House in a Marine uniform with 6 of my buddies.

This is a version of cosplay that they could have done better with you as a consultant in the film Philadelphia.

about a month ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Austrian Anarchy Re:FUCK BETA (61 comments)

FUCK BETA

Is she hot?

In a mechanical sort of way, yea I'd say so.

about 1 month ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Austrian Anarchy So that is why they are slow (61 comments)

So that is why they are slow, or completely worthless on my FOIA requests. They are busy sending NSLs to everybody under the sun instead of opening up a filing cabinet and hitting the scanner.

about 1 month ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

Austrian Anarchy Re:Helicopters (133 comments)

Well, having been in an (German) Army Helicopter unit the "tight interaction" between ground troops and flying units requires stuff that fixed-wing aircrafts are not really good at. They can't stand still in the air, the cant land vertically in tight spaces (without burning people with jet exhaust like a VTOL jet would) , etc...

Basically anything fast/long-range/big is usually handled by the air force planes (or helicopters), while slow/agile/close coordination with ground troops is handled by the army air corps. Usually with helicopters, although some planes are used by armies, like the Britten-Norman Defender by the British army.

Very true, and try getting the Air Force to support a JAAT (speaking late coldwar here) without 30 days notice or some BS. If you needed close air support, the Navy and the Marines needed to be nearby.

about a month ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

Austrian Anarchy Re:Helicopters (133 comments)

I heard that the army uses helicopters not because they want to but because they have to (Air Force having jurisdiction over planes existing since late 40s as a seperate branch) and that in many missions they use helicopters planes would actually be superior.

Is this true?

The Key West Agreement that formed the Air Force had a stipulation that the Army would not have any armed aircraft. Lather that was re-interpreted as no armed FIXED-WING aircraft.

Side note on the Cheyenne, the helicopter that was to be the scout helicopter for the Cheyenne attack aircraft evolved into the AH-1 Cobra. IIRC, the original scout helicopter for the Cobra was the OH-6, later replaced by the OH-58.

about a month ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Austrian Anarchy Better Career Path (74 comments)

If those servers would have studied engineering instead of history, they probably would not be servers and not be suffering from broken hearts.

about a month ago
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Bye, Cantor

Austrian Anarchy Cheering (13 comments)

And not the Bronx kind either. Prediction: Establishment R's will pretend to be Tea Party friendly again while ramping up big party support for the likes of Alexander (TN) and others. Wow, it is almost as if this happened before.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

Austrian Anarchy Graveyards full of evidence (94 comments)

Centuries of mob rats can attest to this. Interesting that it can jump species in this manner.

about a month and a half ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Austrian Anarchy Re:Non News (78 comments)

Yes, if only government had been more involved in that debacle, it would clearly have been much better.

Indeed, if only they had. Such as by preventing dumping waste in an inappropriate fashion for decades. But instead they were just doing what they were told, rather than thoroughly investigating the situation.

That would be the local government that had a map of all of the waste, that was stored in a manner well above existing standards, in the same area that the US Army and other government agencies were using substandard procedures and questionable accounting/maps, right? Also, the same local government that caused the first breech of the material by digging through the area to build a drainage system fo a new road.

about a month and a half ago
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Lyme Bacterium's Possible Ancestor Found In Ancient Tick

Austrian Anarchy Nah (30 comments)

This is not movie material. Bring me back something bigger.

about a month and a half ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Austrian Anarchy Re:Shades of the Massachusetts' State Fire Marshal (78 comments)

the Massachusetts' State Fire Marshall, an early form of busybody bureaucrat, forced Goddard to move and this is merely a continuance of that grand governmet tradition.

Correction: my bad. The fire marshall only forced Goddard to move onto a military base, before he moved a few years later to New Mexico.

about a month and a half ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Austrian Anarchy Re:of course the environmentalists are against it (78 comments)

I wonder if these environmentalists have ever been to Florida. Where they launch lots of rockets. Where they launch rockets right next to a wildlife preserve.

Pretty sure quite a few of them go there to watch and cheer, then go home and say "not here!"

about a month and a half ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Austrian Anarchy Shades of the Massachusetts' State Fire Marshall (78 comments)

the Massachusetts' State Fire Marshall, an early form of busybody bureaucrat, forced Goddard to move and this is merely a continuance of that grand governmet tradition.

about a month and a half ago
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Head Explode

Austrian Anarchy Re:$2 million is nothing (3 comments)

Anyhow, you miss the point. Obviously anybody determined to make nutritious meals can do so. We don't live in Somalia. But like _anything_ the question is what the barriers (costs) to making good choices are. If you have the choice to either schedule and hop a bus to go several miles to a grocery store, or just walk across the street to the liquor store for a bag of potato chips, _most_ people (black, white, rich or poor) will choose the chips, unless they have very strong , healthy habits (unlikely if you grew up in the neighborhood).

Did you miss the point that we have TWO government funded services that will pick you up at your door and take you to any supermarket that you like? Nobody here has to rely on the several bus hops (you should really credit Mrs. Obama when you quote her like that too). Maybe you missed the point because I used too many words and was pissed off as I wrote.

The map is worthless, it does not tell you anything worthwhile.

On another level of point missing, it is the USDA and Mrs. Obama who are proposing the government subsidised supermarket on every block solution, not me.

The map conveniently deleted places that are desperately poor, and remain that way. They also do not have any more stores showing up either. According to you there is no longer a distinction between a convenience store and a supermarket. I don't believe you, neither does the industry you allege to be considering investing in.

The map conveniently added areas that are far from without choice and far from poor. Interestingly enough, one of those areas got a Trader Joe's right after being declared a food desert. Well after being declared a food desert, and after the White House announced Target is one of the stores "teaming" with them to "expand" stores in food deserts, they just happened to expand one in the Trader Joe's food desert.

As for your jackbooted attempts to force people to eat what you dictate, count me out thanks. If you need a jackboot on your neck for that, so be it. Go find someone to engage in that voluntarily with you.

The whole food desert thing is a load of bullshit as the USDA has mapped it. If they gave a damn about the actual problem, they would have an informative map and they would not be rewarding Target for showing up where they would already be putting a store anyway. Same with that Knoxville city council giving $1.5 million to a developer for wooing a Publix into their new development at Sorority Village, in another "food desert." If your idea of "changing attitudes" is putting out a load of obvious falsehoods and expecting everybody to blindly accept the garbage, as you apparently have, then you need a new dictionary.

about 2 months ago
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Knox MPC brings Walmart to Sorority Village Food Desert

Austrian Anarchy Correction (3 comments)

Correction (and corrected in article), there were people living in this census tract before the sorority houses were built. It is home to the long standing fraternity houses, as well as several university owned dormitories.

about 2 months ago
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Knoxville has the most humble bureaucrats anywhere?

Austrian Anarchy Re:They really dropped a quarter in you (3 comments)

Didn't they?

According to their map they did! Full coverage at the link, including video of a new food desert that cropped up in 2013. It features 5 grocers, but they apparently need more.

about 2 months ago

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Instapundit Glenn Reynolds with the scoop on Food Deserts

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "Glenn Reynolds has the story on the current state of food desert affairs: "VIDEO: A Driving Tour of a West Knoxville “Food Desert.”
UPDATE: You know, this kind of verification (or de-verification) of what the government tells us — what the spy satellite guys call “ground truthing” — could be interesting in all sorts of fields." The video he mentions shows the USDA food desert map, with a zoom to a Google map of the same spots, followed by in-car drive-by video of numerous grocers (including Trader Joe's and Target) throughout a "food desert" in a prosperous area of town."
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Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 7 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "The US government has been enforcing an RF "Quiet Zone" in West Virginia for over 50 years.
From NPR:
There are no physical signs you've entered the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. But the silence gives you a signal. Somewhere around the Virginia-West Virginia state line, the periodic buzzes and pings of our smartphones stopped."
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Maker of Physical Bitcoin Tokens Suspends Operation After Hearing from Federal G

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 7 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "Via Reason and Wired: Mike Caldwell ran a business called Casascius that printed physical tokens with a bitcoin digital key on it, key hidden behind a tamper proof strip. He's charge you $50 worth of bitcoin to print a key of a bitcoin you sent him via computer on this token. Cool stuff--a good friend of mine found one sitting unnoticed in her tip jar from an event at which she sold her artisan lamps from 2011 and was naturally delighted given the nearly 1000x increase in value of a bitcoin since then. So, you're making something fun, useful, interesting, harmless---naturally the federal government is very concerned and wants to hobble you. Just before Thanksgiving, [Caldwell] received a letter from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN, the arm of the Treasury Department that dictates how the nation’s anti-money-laundering and financial crime regulations are interpreted. According to FINCEN, Caldwell needs to rethink his business. “They considered my activity to be money transmitting,” Caldwell says. And if you want to transmit money, you must first jump through a lot of state and federal regulatory hoops Caldwell hasn’t jumped through."
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A Font to Discourage NSA Snooping

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 10 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "The October, 2013 edition of Reason Magazine reports:"The ZXX font is designed to be difficult for machines to read. Former National Security Agency contractor Sang Mun created the font as a response to increasing government incursions on privacy. “I have become dedicated to researching ways to ‘articulate our unfreedom’ and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society,” he explained after releasing the font online in June." The article is missing a link to the project page."
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Was Michael Crichton's "Andromeda Strain" a documentary?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 10 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "NBC Reports that "For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere — but no longer. A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned. The satellites' main objectives include detecting nuclear bomb tests, and their characterizations of asteroids and lesser meteoroids as they crash through the atmosphere has been a byproduct data bonanza for scientists. The upshot: Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified."
Not exactly "Scoop," at least not that they are admitting yet."

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That's Not Politic?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month ago On this week's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee , Sarah Jessica Parker uses the phrase "that's not politic." I guess I don't get out enough in wealthy leftoid circles to know that "politically correct" has been reduced to one word, and that is the context that she used it.

It was on the tail of her gem that there used to be signs in NYC that said "No Irish, No Entertainers, No Jews, No ..." Which is another new one on me. Her rendition of the "No Irish, No Negroes, Need Apply/Served Here/etc." now includes "entertainers."

While looking for a reference to, well anything that could be called research, related to this "No" sign, I found this interesting paper by Richard J. Jensen from 12/12/2004:

"No Irish Need Apply":
A Myth of Victimization
Abstract
(the whole article at the link)

Irish Catholics in America have a vibrant memory of humiliating job discrimination, which featured omnipresent signs proclaiming "Help Wanted--No Irish Need Apply!" No one has ever seen one of these NINA signs because they were extremely rare or nonexistent. The market for female household workers occasionally specified religion or nationality. Newspaper ads for women sometimes did include NINA, but Irish women nevertheless dominated the market for domestics because they provided a reliable supply of an essential service. Newspaper ads for men with NINA were exceedingly rare. The slogan was commonplace in upper class London by 1820; in 1862 in London there was a song, "No Irish Need Apply," purportedly by a maid looking for work. The song reached America and was modified to depict a man recently arrived in America who sees a NINA ad and confronts and beats up the culprit. The song was an immediate hit, and is the source of the myth. Evidence from the job market shows no significant discrimination against the Irish--on the contrary, employers eagerly sought them out. Some Americans feared the Irish because of their religion, their use of violence, and their threat to democratic elections. By the Civil War these fears had subsided and there were no efforts to exclude Irish immigrants. The Irish worked in gangs in job sites they could control by force. The NINA slogan told them they had to stick together against the Protestant Enemy, in terms of jobs and politics. The NINA myth justified physical assaults, and persisted because it aided ethnic solidarity. After 1940 the solidarity faded away, yet NINA remained as a powerful memory.

As mentioned in the paper, certainly the occasional mention was made. One could read the NYT classifieds every day for 20 years in the 19th century and find the reference perhaps twice. The NINA signs appeared in England, but did not seem to make it across the pond in any numbers that could be called prolific.

And now, an actress wishes to add entertainers to the myth.

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Head Explode

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago OKAY, this ain't new to me, but sometimes it drives me to a new level of nuts. This "food desert" crap is pretty much peak bureaucrat bullshit. Back in 2009, the USDA came up with a map that was allegedly going to show where poor people had trouble finding "good" food. If they would have bothered to use factors that are easily available to the federal government, they might have come up with a useful product.

Instead, for the "good" food part they used, exclusively, supermarket locations. The industry definition, and the definition the USDA used is grocers that have all of the general grocery departments that do $2 million or more in annual sales within one mile of the "low income" folks described below. So if you have a neighborhood with Asian, Hispanic, and Indian markets (like the first food desert I examined) they are still deemed as "low access" to food. The added some other levels, like 1/2 mile from a supermarket, since 2009.

Another factor they used was "vehicle access" and it comes from census data. The running lie is that it is 500 people OR 1/3 of a census tract reporting no vehicle access. It ignores free services, like the TWO we have in Knoxville, that will pick up the poor and take them to the grocery store (or dialysis, or many other things). In this county, even the poorest of the poor has vehicle access for the necessities and they do not need to wait for the regular city bus either.

Yet another factor is the poverty measure. If a census tract has >20% households at the poverty level OR the average household income is
When you stick to the 1 mile map of 2009 the neighborhoods you expect were on the map. Areas with government housing complexes, poverty, and few grocers. But all sorts of other places showed up too, like the entire campus of the University of Tennessee, all the dorms, all the frat houses, the Agricultural campus, everything. Which pretty much makes the map cast too big a net and become nearly useless.

Then comes along the first lady in 2010 who decided the way to fix this issue was to "partner" with large grocers (supermarket owners) to bring more supermarkets to the poor. The White House announced that it was directing $400 million per year at the president's wife's project.

Here in Knoxville, the local equivalent of the Daily Worker, known as Metro Pulse, reported the 2011 version of the map. It showed what I described above, college campus census tracts appeared as destitute as the projects.

Something happened between 2011 and 2013. The map changed here and a good chunk of the tracts with public housing projects dropped off. The tracts still numbered 20, but new ones popped up. One was a bit west of where I live. in 2012 a Trader Joe's opened there, and by 2013 it was a food desert. Even more odd, one of Michelle Obama's food desert partners converted part of their store to a grocery.

Also in 2012, the city of Knoxville decided to throw $1.5 million dollars at a developer for the "University Commons" project. Developers are supposed to be developing all on their own and the good ones know how to buy land with their own money, and build stuff that will turn a profit. The ones that build crap that becomes and empty hulk in a few years get $1.5 million dollars from the city.

Their project includes a Publix, in the food desert, pretty close to the new sorority mansion compound.

What about all of this compassionate government crap and the housing projects? No new stores there, and I am pretty sure the residents didn't get any wealthier either. However, they are not in a food desert anymore, so no new Publix for them. No, the city had to raise our property tax to bribe a developer into building a Publix for sorority girls.

It gets even better than that! A charter school wants to open and locate in the low income area I was talking about (Western Heights), but the teacher's union wants to block it. The charter school does not get any more money per student than a regular government school, they just don't have the bureaucrat overhead of the local government schools, plus the local school board still sticks their collective nose into every crack in the place anyway. The teacher demonstration I recorded yesterday on Market Square Mall was indeed the whitest gathering of people I've ever seen in this town. Whiter than #FFFFFF. By the way, that demonstration was in another food desert, surrounded by fancy pants eateries and expensive condos.

Pissed me off so much I have not been able to narrate the latest video hardly anybody is going to see anyway.

In other news, I start a new job tomorrow.

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Knoxville's Yuppieville is still a Food Desert?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

Another week, another ground truth video of what the local Food Policy Council and the USDA call "food deserts" these days. Most of the video shows the conditions in two census tracts with high concentrations of public housing that have been de-listed from the basic food desert map by the USDA. The Knoxville Knox-County Food Policy Council joined with them and call the map "the 20 food deserts of Knox County." The last several minutes of the video shows me leaving the safety of recovered food deserts and entering the downtown area, populated by condo dwellers and all sorts of government sponsored urban renewal, which is still listed as a "food desert." One of the council members works in the midst of 'recovered' food desert territory, so you would think these people would know there was something a bit off with their map.

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Knox MPC brings Walmart to Sorority Village Food Desert

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

In my ongoing examination of what KnoxFood.Org (part of our Metropolitan Planning Commission) is calling "food deserts" (basically, whatever the USDA says they are), I discovered a new one. The new sorority village at the University of Tennessee is labeled on of Knox County's 20 food deserts, and they just got Walmart and Publix stores to relieve the suffering. Before they built the sorority dorms, this tract was home to student dorms and fraternity houses.

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Knoxville has the most humble bureaucrats anywhere?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

It looks like on these evolving food desert maps, that the local Knoxville bureaucracy has performed a miracle. Two miracles if you count not announcing it as one. They have apparently gotten a few of our 20 food deserts moved away from the low income neighborhoods and moved into yuppieveille. It is just in time too, because First Lady Michelle Obama wants to help large supermarkets move into the food deserts, and if the public housing projects don't need them anymore what better place to locate a Whole Foods than next to a Trader Joe's?

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My Metro Planning Commission is nothing but a propaganda machine

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

I've been finding some odd info in the "food desert" maps of my community. Like a wide variety of grocery stores within the borders of the so-called food deserts. Now I discovered the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission is on board with the corporate propaganda (I was not surprised). The started a website KnoxFood.Org and ask the usual propagandist open ended questions, in this case implying the only way for some to get to the grocery store is by city bus, walk, or starve. The problem is there has been a bus service in place for years and years that is there specifically for driving the elderly, disabled, and anybody without vehicle access to the store (or pharmacy, or dialysis, etc.). Food Desert Fabrications gives the info on how to contact Knox CAC for a ride to the store, while KnoxFood.Org never mentions it. How is this a big business scheme? KnoxFood.Org and the USDA want you to think that 1. food deserts exist all over the place, and 2. that the ONLY way to relieve them is by building Supermarkets every mile or two. BTW, a grocery store sells less than $2 million per year, and a supermarket sells $2m or more per year.

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Food Desert Solutions

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

The way the USDA has developed their food desert map leaves few options for solving this problem, at least it leaves few options for getting an area off of their food desert maps. For one thing, if you have an expensive subdivision within the city limits zoned residential, by definition a grocer cannot locate his storefront there and it becomes a food desert because the residents do not have "access" within 1 or even .5 mile of a grocery. If only 500 people within that census tract do not own their own vehicle, the whole tract counts as "limited vehicle access." Some food deserts use the .5 mile rule, so if a poor person is not within .5 miles of the store, it is a food desert. Now imagine how to eliminate this problem to the satisfaction of the USDA. You have to get all of the poor people within .5 miles of a grocery store, or give away a pile of vehicles. I'm not sure who is up for corralling poor people into grocery store parking lot dorms, nor am I sure who is for bulldozing homes every mile for a Kroger's. Don't even suggest bus service, because that has no effect on the map at all. More here.

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Food Co-Op in middle of Food Desert

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

Knoxville, Tennessee's oldest food co-op, and the only community owned food co-op in the State is in the middle of a food desert. As it turns out, nearly the whole city of Knoxville, and not much of the surrounding county, is a USDA food desert of one level of another. The co-op responded: "Our co-op is considered a small grocery store (not a large grocery store or supermarket), so the USDA, Treasury and HHS do not view us as having an impact on this designation." Interestingly enough, Super Target, Trader Joe's, Super Walmarts, ethnic groceries, and Sam's Clubs are not enough to make an impact either, even in fairly wealthy areas.

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Glenn Reynolds goes grocery shopping in a food desert

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago Via Instapundit - "I BOUGHT LAST NIGHTâ(TM)S DINNER AT THE FOOD-DESERT TRADER JOEâ(TM)S: Knoxvilleâ(TM)s Federally-Designated âoeFood Desertsâ Include Super Walmart, Samâ(TM)s Club, Kroger. Plus a couple of tasty oriental supermarkets. âoeIf the federal government wants to be taken seriously, they really need to try harder.â" That food desert also contains a Super Mercado and an Indian Market
Hidden in this story is a big lesson in data analysis. Looking at the USDA food desert atlas, the definitions of the desert do not appear to be followed very well by the cartographers. In the area central to the story (Downtown West/West Town Mall area of West Knoxville, TN) is almost completely commercial property and very few residences. The only residential area in the desert is quite well to do too. Right across the south boundary of the desert are square miles and miles of apartments and single family homes, but no grocery stores of any kind. Also, it appears that independent or small chain stores are ignored when one looks to the downtown area. The corner of Baxter Ave. and N. Central has a discount supermarket, and it sits in the middle of another food desert. I did find one food desert without a grocery store contained within: my own subdivision and immediate area. It is not low income at all and is pretty darn close to Kroger's, Food City, and many other food stores that can be visited easily by private and public transportation.

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Glenn Reynolds buys dinner in a food desert

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

I would like to make a new post, and all I got was an editing screen for a post I wanted to delete a couple of days ago

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The Food Deserts of West Knoxville, TN

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 2 months ago

I just heard about the Department of Agriculture's "food desert" map, so I decided to take a peek at the most prosperous part of Knox County, TN. The first two "deserts" I noticed were the homes of large grocery stores, or right next to large grocery stores. By "right next to" I mean literally across the street. One of the "deserts" has both a Super Walmart and a Sams Club anchoring its corner, INSIDE the "desert." The second of the "deserts" is the home to West Town Mall, established in the 1970s, with a large food court and several stores that sell "artisan" food, and it is directly across the street from a large grocery store. When I looked deeper into the city, I found my own subdivision in a large "desert" and homes here ain't cheap. Even deeper into the city, I found food deserts with discount grocery smack in the middle. Now I wonder just what the heck they mean by a "food desert" since a lack of produce, raw or prepared, does not seem to matter. Places that are not considered "deserts"? The more expensive subdivisions with no grocery stores or eateries of any kind at all.

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Was Slashdot down yesterday?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 3 months ago

A bit of a strange day yesterday. I could not get any slashdot or sourceforge pages to load on my machine for most of the day. Everything seems fine now. Scrolled through the stories from yesterday and did not see any note of an outage and when I tweeted about it, one other person retweeted it. Did not have any trouble with any other sites at all. Strange.

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Dang Wind

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 4 months ago

Was going to do a video walk around of the '72 Charger project car today, but the wind is a bit much, even though I am laying on the narration track later. I did find a bunch of soaked paper and cardboard in the trunk, probably due to leaf debris in the gutter around the trunk opening. Side marker in the quarter panel there is open too, so that might be part of it. Found a phosphoric acid based product for rust removal too, next video will be on how to select and use that stuff, along with what not to use.

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Another Week, Another Blog

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 4 months ago

Decided to break out the details on my engine rebuild into its own blog: 318 Six-Pack. Yes, part of the project is building up a small block Dodge engine the way it should have come from the factory. The other part is the whole "sleeper" tradition :) Instead of an innocent gas-sipping 318 2 barrel under the hood, there will be a killer bunny rabbit. Original 318 block with the original markings stamped and cast for anybody to peek at, all in Chrysler Blue, but the parts that make it go will be all different. Only outward visible differences will be the big orange breather, six pack stuff, and ceramic coated headers. Even there, she will look like a 318 that gets to eat and breathe a little better due to a better carb setup, but the changes only start there.

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