I think that we need Christie to do a "traffic study" to sort this out once and for all.
What's amazing to me is that he was hiding in plain sight using his own name.
It's hard to believe that in this day and age that it took so long to find him.
(I'd rather play with trains, too... but then I'm about the same age as he is.)
If your car is parked in a public place (i.e. the road), you can't cover up the license plate.
Private property (i.e. apartment block parking lot) it's ok.
I have no opinion about the "immoral or unethical" question...
I've had a few friends who always backed into parking spots... firemen, policemen, ex military, etc. who need to make a quick getaway.
However, it's much harder to back into a parking place and judge the sides and distance from the end than it is to pull in frontwise. It also takes more time. Much higher chance of hitting something. If you go in frontwise, it's much easier to back out of a space since there is much more room in the driveway to maneuver.
It's nice that you have mastered the skill but most people just won't take the time to learn to back into a space properly and will just screw it up.
I know... if you have nothing to hide...
TFA states that they drive around apartment complex parking lots and shopping centers. These are private property.
Also, I think it's illegal in some states to obscure your license plate.
Savings and Loans get their money from... you know... savings... duh! They can also tap into the Federal Reserve. They don't go to the shysters on Wall Street to buy and sell manufactured financial products which caused the crash. There are several other government financial institutions (Federal Home Loan Banks, etc.) which are part of the system. Wall Street is not! We can do without Wall Street and London. They are just parasites who destabilize the system.
My local savings and loan or credit union serves all of my needs.
I don't trust the stock market. It's primarily an insiders game and is rigged in favor of Wall Street. The rest of us are suckers when we try to play.
The Wall Street financial manipulation which led to the crash of 2008 stole billions of dollars from the all of us. Unfortunately, due to their corruption of our political process, the necessary regulation to prevent future abuses has been thwarted.
Here's an interesting article in The Guardian regarding the UK economy but it applies to the US also:
Some relevant quotes:
"Two recent papers raise further doubts. In The Growth of Modern Finance Robin Greenwood and David Scharfstein of Harvard Business School show that the share of finance in US GDP almost doubled between 1980 and 2006, just before the onset of the financial crisis, from 4.9% to 8.3%. The two main factors driving that increase were the expansion of credit and the rapid rise in resources devoted to asset management (associated, not coincidentally, with the exponential growth in financial-sector incomes).
Greenwood and Scharfstein argue that increased financialisation was a mixed blessing. There may have been more savings opportunities for households and more diverse funding sources for firms, but the added value of asset-management activity was illusory. Much of it involved costly churning of portfolios, while increased leverage implied fragility for the financial system as a whole and imposed severe social costs as over-exposed households subsequently went bankrupt.
Stephen G Cecchetti and Enisse Kharroubi of the Bank for International Settlements – the central banks' central bank – go further. They argue that rapid financial sector growth reduces productivity growth in other sectors. Using a sample of 20 developed countries, they find a negative correlation between the financial sector's share of GDP and the health of the real economy."
So... there is a "negative correlation between the financial sector's share of GDP and the health of the real economy". This is the problem and this is why Wall Street shouldn't count as a "productive activity".
You must have a terrible life if you have to drive 500 miles a day in -20C temperature... or even if you ever have to do that.
I've driven 500 miles in a day when I was young and stupid. Wouldn't do it now... I fly instead.
Wall Street financial manipulation doesn't count. It's not contributing anything of value. It's just stealing from the rest of us who actually work for a living.
They just announced a bond issue to pay for it.
It looks like a $1.6 Billion factory... not a Gigafactory.
... also Assange.
I've been seeing a lot lately about Julian Assange is such a narcissistic paranoid jerk. This is really irrelevant. One should look at the actual work he has done. It really doesn't matter if he is a jerk if the work he has done is valuable. He may or may not be a jerk. It could all just be a well orchestrated campaign against him... or, he could be a jerk... but it doesn't really matter.
"McLean reported finding radium pieces that emitted enough radiation for a person at close range to receive, in an hour, five times the maximum radiation a nuclear worker is allowed to absorb in a year."
"In addition to the dangerously radioactive radium pieces, McLean’s readings showed that soil surrounding the objects was contaminated with traces of the material."
"For 46 years before the base was selected for closure, Treasure Island was home to nuclear war academies that used a variety of radionuclides in their training—including radium, plutonium and cesium 137—an in-depth review of military and government documents shows. The Navy knew for years that those materials were not always in safe hands. But the Navy did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, cleanup crews and others preparing for redevelopment may have inadvertently spread radioactive material around the island."
It does look like they at the minimum should do a very thorough investigation of radiation on the island.
"As long as no one is ingesting or inhaling particles it shouldn't be a problem."
Easy solution. Just hold your breath and don't eat or drink anything while on the island... people are such wimps.
"Luckily, with a suitable understanding of the political process and access to a few lawyers and engineers, it is frequently possible to evade such heinous miscarriages of justice as 'being classified as high risk just because your property has a recent history of flooding' and the like."
(I assume that you are being sarcastic with this statement... it not, we have a serious problem.)
Insurance companies are "reality based" and don't subscribe to the climate denial theories. The US govt has been subsidizing flood insurance (to help the rich folks) and the congress has been trying to make the program self sustaining but those darn floods keep interfering. Rich folks can buy political influence in our corrupt system and they are attempting to roll back the insurance price increases. My guess is that the rich folks money will buy enough of congress to avoid reality.