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Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 0) 593

by Catbeller (#48605711) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: The problem is human overpopulation (Score 1) 593

by Catbeller (#48605641) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 593

by Catbeller (#48605555) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re:this is something Google does a bit better (Score 1) 593

by Catbeller (#48605519) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 0) 593

by Catbeller (#48605465) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 593

by Catbeller (#48605393) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 0) 593

by Catbeller (#48605341) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

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.

Comment: Re: Better story at Tech-dirt (Score 1) 176

by Catbeller (#48588069) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

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.

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