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  1. MJR
    MJR July 23, 2015 5:10 am

    11 Things to quit… Thank you for posting that. I am already doing a few of them. I wish my wife would pick up on #2 but I guess that would conflict with #5, sigh.

    About the Chrysler Jeep issue… I wonder how it will be with driverless vehicles in the future?

  2. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair July 23, 2015 5:14 am

    Things to quit. Oh, if only Arianna’s progressive audience would read and reflect. Not that the right is qualified to toss the first stone.

  3. david
    david July 23, 2015 5:39 am

    This whole idea of affordable urban housing is commie to its core. It’s really about the destruction of private property. First, they want to confiscate wealth from homeowners via doubling taxes on their property, and use it to build “affordable” (AKA cheap or income supported) housing, which will lower property values on all single-family homes nearby. So they confiscate your money via taxes and then destroy the value of your home.

    Second, if you’ve been following the newer ideas of ‘urban housing’ it’s usually described as affordable but means tiny. And tiny means no place for ‘stuff’. Micro-kitchens with micro-fridges means no food storage. “Movable walls” means really tiny spaces where you can’t store much at all – clothing, books, camping gear, guns, a year of food – NO to all of that. You’ll be forced by space constraints to live in cramped quarters or out in public venues. Your tiny fridge will mean shopping daily or eating out – another way of eliminating any wealth accumulation.

    So it’s a double strike against private property by making it worthless and making it nearly impossible to accumulate anything. Residents will be forced to spend money constantly on meals, services, etc., rolling their incomes around in the community but with little or no way to save any. Worse, an inability to store anything will make residents of these cities entirely dependent on government to make sure they have food available, or water, or anything Elsa because without some space to accumulate ‘stuff’ they will have no ability to ensure their own safety or comfort, or to effectively resist any further agendas of the governing oligarchs.

  4. Shel
    Shel July 23, 2015 7:23 am

    Great article on quitting. I’ve never, unfortunately, been much of a quitter in the good sense. I have at least 10 1/2 things work on; the bad part is I don’t know which 10 1/2.

    Some info on car hacking:

    The Seattle mess may be just the tip of the iceberg.
    As Obama nears the end of his elected period with no elections to contend with, we can reasonably expect the social policy atrocities to accelerate. I’m still hoping we even have a next election.

  5. Matt, another
    Matt, another July 23, 2015 7:56 am

    I guess legalizing marijuana and improving freedom don’t always coincide. That county administrator and judge certainly have a narrow minded view of things. They should of looked for ways to welcome the event and make money off of it. I like the attitude of the Bong-A-Thon organizer though, accept the situation and move around and beyond it.

    Affordable urban housing is not a new concept. It was a feature of the former East Germany, Soviet Union and current cities in China, Taiwan, New York etc. Gives you dull drab concrete buildings that lock people into place and drains any initiave out of them. The buildings will also be government owned and have lots of rules to suppress freedom.

    The Germans during WWII had an answer to affordable urban housing as well, they provided the opportunity for urban Jewish families in ghettos to share their dwellings with other families that the Germans had driven out of their homes and properties. It didn’t work out well for anyone in the long run.

  6. revjen45
    revjen45 July 23, 2015 8:03 am

    Our 1949 Suburban is absolutely impossible to hijack by hacking and our 1941 Indian Chief has never been hors de combat due to a fried chip.

  7. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau July 23, 2015 8:06 am

    I posted this on the affordable housing comments:
    [It would never occur to those meddlers in the ruling class to simply let the market work. Stop regulating construction in single-family neighborhoods. This would allow people to put in “granny flats” and rent them out, generating income from their property, thus solving the housing “crisis”. Oh, and stop taxing housing and property too. It’s all about the incentives out there. If you want more of something, tax it less. Granny flats should not raise a home-owner’s tax bill.]

    Somehow I doubt they will take my advice.

    When NASA started launching those Saturn 1 and Saturn 5 rockets, I was a kid living in Tampa. I remember one morning, waiting for the school bus, looking up and seeing one of those rockets going up from the other side of the Florida peninsula!

  8. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 23, 2015 9:23 am

    In 1955, I remember seeing vast stretches of Barstow desert covered with military vehicles of all kinds. Acres and acres of Jeeps, for one thing. I wonder if any of them are still there. I wonder if any could still be restored and driven. My half sister had an old Jeep in those years… it was nearly indestructible. The soft top and “windows” needed to be replaced, but hey… it hardly ever rains in Southern California. 🙂

  9. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 23, 2015 9:32 am

    Nope… Google “earth” shows that all those vehicles are gone. Wonder where they went…

  10. Laird
    Laird July 23, 2015 10:23 am

    That article about Apollo 11 was written in 2009. The landing was in 1969, so it was actually 46 years ago this month.

    Personally, I wasn’t all that impressed by the “things to quit” article. I didn’t agree with all of them, and in general it could have been a lot more nuanced. (For example, all change certainly isn’t for the good, and shouldn’t be simply accepted without challenge.)

    I can’t think of a single legitimate reason for any car to have remote access to anything other than diagnostics (and even that shouldn’t be wireless). For me, this is simply one more reason why I will never buy another GM product (which I swore off after Obama’s illegal bailout converted it into “Government Motors”).

  11. Claire
    Claire July 23, 2015 10:43 am

    DUH on 46 years. Will fix quick!

    I agree that the article on fixing things was pretty “shorthand” and a bit air-heady, too. But something to think about.

  12. LarryA
    LarryA July 23, 2015 10:52 am

    Hey, ML, I remember Barstow. We spent 1958-1960 there, while my Dad was stationed at Camp Irwin.

    There are two seasons in Barstow: The dry season and the day it rains.

    “Affordable housing” = “Lets build a project where everyone who is on welfare lives, and they never get to know anyone with a job. What could go wrong?”

    Another list: This Is What $1,500 A Month In Rent Would Get You In Cities All Around The World
    Answer: Your laundry room is in the bathroom. The comment thread from Texas was hilarious. “We buy houses for half that.”

    I already knew way too much of the stuff in the NASA list. [sigh]

    I read through the other list thinking, “Yes! Totally valid! I can think of lots of other people who need to do this! In particular, we need to bludgeon Congress with #2, and community organizers with #4 and #9!”

    But I guess it wouldn’t hurt me to work a bit more on #3 and #10. 😉

    Google “earth” shows that all those vehicles are gone. Wonder where they went…

    Artillery targets.

  13. jed
    jed July 23, 2015 11:16 am

    When the current bubble bursts, there’s going to be a lot of affordable housing available again. I only hope I’m in a position to take advantage of it.

  14. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner July 23, 2015 1:37 pm

    When the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office sells a vehicle that isn’t a regular car or truck, they’re required to “demilitarize” it, in the case of the old jeeps that meant irreparably breaking the frame. The argument for this, at least since such regulations have been in place, is that jeeps and similar vehicles don’t meet crashworthiness and other safety regulations and can’t be licensed for street driving.

  15. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner July 23, 2015 1:58 pm

    Yeah, the quitting article was of limited utility. I criticize, it’s part of my job, at work and at home. I’m preparing my children for a world that has performance standards, and that’s how they will receive feedback. I don’t want them finding the beauty in a bad weld or an improperly scoped project. Look what happened when some Thiokol supervisors took a relaxed and accepting view of some rocket motor o-rings.

  16. just waiting
    just waiting July 24, 2015 4:31 am

    We have the Council on Affordable Housing here in NJ. Basically it states that anyone can live anywhere they want, regardless of cost. Towns are forced to allow builders to build low income housing wherever they can find land to build it on.
    Last month in my town, they opened a group home for 8-10 wayward men. The week before, it was a 4 br single family home. The 5 closest houses to it, $3million minimum. Wonder what the group home did to their property values?

  17. Laird
    Laird July 24, 2015 8:59 am

    A slight correction to one of my earlier comments: the vehicle which was hacked was a Jeep, which is a Fiat Chrysler product, not GM. But they also took a bailout, so I’m not buying them, either!

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