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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

Air quality declines, because you increase the number of cars capable of being on the road at the same time. Same with lowering gasoline prices. Make car riding easy, gas-burning increases.

As for a "better" lfe - first, dump the car. It makes you fat, makes your country go to war repeatedly to protect the oil, pollutes us into a super-hot future, and kills and maims more civilians in total than our wars killed soldiers. You just grew up with the carnage, so it's normal and acceptable to you. And it costs us trillions and trillions of dollars (add it up, adjust for inflation since we started building) of tax dollars that could have build a kick-ass mass transit system that connects everywhere in the country. And the costs are snowballing every year becaue we have to maintain all the old as we build the new - but we don't, of course. That's what the "infrastructure" talked about since 1979 mostly is - roads and bridges for cars. We aren't fixing those because we don't want to be taxed enough to do so - so we fall into hell. Except for the wealthy new places, the system is falling apart.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller The problem is human overpopulation (593 comments)

Too many people trying to use too little land in a very stupid fashion.

Mathematically, if you keep increasing the numbers of people, you have gridlock and war over territory (that's what this is). Happens with deer, wolves, oak trees, bacteria, and hydrogen floating in interstellar space trying to form stars.

You control your numbers, or nature steps in and does it the only other way - the four horsemen, singly or in combinations. This will be solved with War - by another name. Laws, road blockages, software mandates, gates, lasers, STD spikes, moats, drawbridges, car-GPS tracking... they'll go to war, save their patches of land, and make the problem worse somewhere else, which will in turn push back.

In this case, the problem is racism, conservatism (cars uber alles), and a terrible transportation system that insists on moving people around in the own private houses on wheels because reasons. There is a numerical limit on the number of boxes moving around on ribbons at the same time and LA exceeded that limit long ago.

PS You don't own your neighborhood streets. That what "street" means. Not that it will stop them from "owning" them anyway.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (593 comments)

"Zoning laws are just one way to codify those agreements."

And keep out the poors and negroes. You all're not fooling anyone.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (593 comments)

Thing that happens in Europe (Paris, for instance) is that the rich move into the cities, passive-aggressively remove the poor, then make a nice pedestrian friendly enclave for people like them, and no one else. They call it a donut city - rich middle, surrounded by the now-poverty-striken suburbs. Nothing changes except where the rich people get to live - better locations, choice views, nice rapid trans.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:this is something Google does a bit better (593 comments)

Sorry, not 920. More like 100-200 sq ft. (ever *look* at a jam, and count the actual number of people involved? Doesn't fill up a doctor's waiting room).

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:this is something Google does a bit better (593 comments)

OR, we could build rapid transit down the centers of the expressway and siphon off all the people trying to occupy 960 square feet at x mph all by their lonesome. And like the roadways themselves, free rides. Open, non-restricted boarding stations that don't look like a prison intake chute - no choke points, no railings, and walls to prevent people from falling on the the tracks (Elevators shaft opeinings have doors. Why don't trains tracks?)
The problem with roadways is cars. Too many cars. The system barely works, and will never be "fixed".
But that would involve rich/richer white middle/upper class people riding with the Morlocks. Enter the Musk's Hyertube for them, I suppose. Train-cars on their own tracks flitting above the poors. Solving nothing for no one except the non-poors.
Sorry, this subject cranks me off. The solutions are simple, but classism and racism and bull headed stupidity and conservatism crush every solution but build-a-bigger-road.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

They absolutely can't. That defines racial discrimination. Can't redline either, or stop all black-driven cars to "find" marijuana enough times until Austin dwellers (that's the neighborhood Oak Park walled off) stops entering. But it happens anyway. Because this is America, and we had slaves, and we'll not break the habits that gave us.

Of course, this created the very poverty and hellishness that pervads Austin in the first place. Walling the very poorest in, where they, being poor, tend to have lots and lots of kids, which of course creates a crowded, overpopulated violent mess. But that's where the prison industry comes in...

I spent my teenaged years in North Austin. I watched the mess be created. Apparently the racist moats have been duplicated all over the country in the civil-rights-repudiating last thirty-four years. Gee, I wonder what will happen next.

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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

I watched it happen, at least at the endgame. The process also creates a ferocious overclass of white racists, who beget new generations of even more vicious white bigots, only using fancier language and more circumspect actions. Hence the pro-police suburbs who love cops and won't let them be convicted of killing black people, because they OWN those cops, and the city dwellers (excluding the in-city versions of the suburbs) who are regarded by the overclass as worthless and, let's put it bluntly, shootable at will because blacks-are-criminals. It is the story of America post the civil rights movement. This dichotomy fuels the non-Confederate Republican base, though no one will ever, ever talk about that on the news. The newspeople live in those enclaves.... those are their people.

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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Catbeller Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

It's to keep poor people out. The city grid is crippled -- at taxpayer's direct expense, and the indirect expense of maintaining a ghetto of rich white people who don't participate in their part of the city -- to keep white people safe-in-mind in their fake suburbs. Should never have been permitted; it guarantees that poverty will be walled away from the overclass. It CREATES the poverty, in part, by passive-agressive apartheid.

4 days ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

Catbeller Speaking of searching old posts... (33 comments)

Does Slashdot offer the ability to search out and read a user's posts going back to this site's inception?

5 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller Re: Better story at Tech-dirt (176 comments)

Oh yeah: create a publically funded news media BBC style, and train up a new generation of journalists biased towards the truth instead of bowing to the both sides are equally wrong god.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller Re: Better story at Tech-dirt (176 comments)

You want responsive elected officials, then eliminate private election financing and fund it all publically. Forbid any revolving doors between govt and business. Create a true civil service - you choose one track, no switching. Shut down corporate voting systems and go paper and pencil.
Thirty years too damned late now. We've lost.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller Re: Shocking! (176 comments)

Corporations invented fascism. The marriage of government and corporate businesses. Per Mussolini, who invented it.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller Re: Shocking! (176 comments)

There is no government that does not influence industry. If there was no government influence of business, business would BE our government.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller 24 is fascist.. (176 comments)

24: torture works because reasons and Cheney said so. Producers were neocons.

I'm trying to have a conversation with the Arrow writers about their support of torture as a valid tool to extract truth. No response so far.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Catbeller Tax the "value" they claim (176 comments)

If the tiny industries of Hollywood and the four record companies sue for trillions, then start taxing that value. An IP tax. Pay up or lower the damage claims. Quid pro quo.

about a week ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

Catbeller Re: Technically... (182 comments)

I'd bet large sums that VPN companies are being quietly tamed by the NSA. Do not trust them.

about a month and a half ago

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Tesla car log: NYT writer Broder lied

Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  about 2 years ago

Catbeller writes "Tesla has posted the driving log of the Tesla driven by NYT writer John Broder: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/most-peculiar-test-drive, and it is a hell of a tale. He sped. He turned up the heat. He undercharged. He passed a charging station. He CIRCLED a charging station, apparently to drain the battery. He detached from the chargers when he was woefully undercharged, against advice. He never ran out of power. He seems to have intentionally, maliciously tried to make that car run out of power — and he failed. The car overperformed and gave him more range than the specs indicate, despite the abuse. Let's get this liar fired, kids."
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Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Catbeller (118204) writes "From the "There's Your Smoking Gun Department": The AP is reporting that one Randy Wooten, mayoral candidate for Waldenburg Arkansas — a town of eighty people — discovered that the electronic voting system hadn't registered the one vote he knew had been cast for him, because he cast it himself. The Machine gave him zero votes. That would be an error rate of 3%, counting the actual votes cast — 18 and 18 for a total of 36. For those who haven't quite gotten the concept of e-voting, we have this quote:
Poinsett County Election Commissioner Junaway Payne said the issue had been discussed but no action taken yet. "It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."
Yep. Get the screwdrivers out, time to find that missing vote!"

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