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Of all the political groups in the US, "steadfast conservatives" are the least willing to compromise. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5847190/one-graph-that-explains-the-republican-schism

GPS electronic monitoring could help house arrest replace or greatly reduce prisons. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5845484/prisons-are-terrible-and-there-is-finally-a-way-to-get-rid-of-them

Vox.com picks up Shoup's parking story, summarizes the arguments http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5849280/why-free-parking-is-bad-for-everyone

2009 article on New England's triple-deckers being under threat. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/us/20triple.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
'Modern zoning laws, Ms. Friedman said, would never allow three units on such small lots. "So it's very important to us to sustain them."' Maybe you should fix the zoning, then? See above about parking, too...

'Zillionaire' Nick Hanauer warns his fellow plutocrats about inequality and pitchforks, backs things like a higher minimum wage and investing in the middle-class, attributes his success to luck and says rich people aren't job creators. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#.U61_BBDO98E

Some people are assholes: http://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/dicks-pick-trucks-meme-rollin-coal/

If this article is accurate, San Francisco has horribly inept if not corrupt government: http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-12-16/news/the-worst-run-big-city-in-the-u-s/full/ OTOH the city is trying smart parking.

give the poor money: Mexico finds it works well, is cheaper than giving food. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/26/5845258/mexico-tried-giving-poor-people-cash-instead-of-food-it-worked
2.4% overhead for cash, 20% for food.
San Francisco went the other way with "Care Not Cash", providing shelters in return for an 80% reduction in general assistance. Disaster.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Proposition_N_%282002%29
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/06/23/fixing-care-not-cash

Boston Globe weighs in on Uber vs. obsolete taxi regulations http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/06/22/uber-isn-problem-taxi-regulations-are/5tBvAe8rcnGFcDYDT0jx3N/story.html

Dire warnings about Obamacare: 0 for 6 http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/zero-for-six/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

If Congress doesn't legislate, bureaucrats and judges will. If you run into anyone praising gridlock while denouncing judicial activism, remind him of that. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/26/5842960/the-broken-congress-has-given-us-a-hyper-empowered-judiciary

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notthebuddha
Jun. 28th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
you may find it amusing and informative to follow SF's "War on Fun" and other follies at www dot jwz dot org/blog/tag/sf/ bikes and parking are also prominent
notthebuddha
Jun. 29th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
in another vox story, Florida seems to be doing better than SF with housing: www dot vox dot com/2014/5/30/5764096/its-three-times-cheaper-to-give-housing-to-the-homeless-than-to-keep
mindstalk
Jun. 29th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Interesting link, but it doesn't say Florida is actually providing housing, just they found it costs them a lot to not do so.
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