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Comment Re:Business as usual (Score 1) 168

Observe as attack lap dogs regurgitate distraction memes about safety or regulation.

Most of those meme fail once you actually test them. The "Safety" regulations aren't just the obvious (Fire alarms), but go all the way down to "bedbugs". The problem is, that no amount of regulation actually solves any problem and the regulations aren't actually enforced when there is a failure. Yes, Hilton has fire detectors in every room because of regulation, but my view is that they would have them (eventually) anyways. It is kind of like "free wifi" is, it is a "selling point". Eventually everyone has "Free Internet" anyways, because those that do not have it will eventually lose business.

Hilton will take extra steps to get rid of "bedbugs" in because they rely upon their reputation. An AirBNB member probably cannot provide that level of service. Eventually, the marketplace will sort it out, it always does.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 169

Actually, under True Capitalism, the rich cannot enslave anyone, especially in a republic of laws that prohibit it. So instead of Capitalism and Republic, we are going down the tubes to Socialism and Democracy based on convenience and emotion.

They(Liberal socialists) never realize that markets want to be free, and the only way to keep them from being free is totalitarianism (rules, regulations, taxes and government guns)

Comment Re:Hotel CEO Openly Does His Job (Score 1) 169

Monopolies are only temporary. They eventually die under their own weight. We (people in general) tend to look for quick and easy solutions so they aren't tolerated very well, when you can vote them out of business. But once you can vote a Monopoly out of business, you can vote any business out of business.

I call this the rule of unintended consequences. My best example is the rise of Linux in the era of Microsoft Monopoly. The Microsoft Monopoly created the need for an alternative (Linux) and Linus found a way (GPL) that would protect his new creation against being taken over by the monopoly. The combination (GPL, Linux Code) has proven to be Microsoft's biggest competitor, and they really have no ability to counter it. I personally doubt Linux would have had that success it has, without Microsoft Monopoly. We are in the age of "Linux on the desktop" except the "desktop" has moved to the pocket (Android), to embedded devices, to all sorts of places Windows can't, and Microsoft can't compete. End of Monopoly. Windows is slowing diminishing in marketplace. Pretty soon, you won't need Windows to run "that one app" that isn't available anywhere else. Someone is building an appliance that does the same thing as "windows / that one app" does.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 169

Actually, the rents tend to be higher and availability is lower, since Landlords can now rent AirBNB and earn more money than they can doing whole month leases.

The problem isn't for the Landlords it is for the big Hotels that are losing lots of customers due to increased supply. These new rules are designed to realign the supply for the benefit of the entrenched industries (hotels)

Comment Re:Good news! (Score 1) 169

Sounds good to me. And then, when your own property values dive, and you can't afford to live there, because you now live in a ghost town, and you don't have any workers for your cymbal factory, I'll be happy.

In other words, we all can play "what if" in such a way that it looks stupid.

And yes, I do love the Free Market. It allows for the most efficient use of capital and resources.

Comment Re:Not Anti-AirBNB (Score 1) 169

The law doesn't protect anyone, except the special interests that are having their industries threatened. There is absolutely no reason other than to stripmine taxes and protect the status quo for these rules. The ONLY ones complaining are those that have something to lose. That is the way of Capitalism, compete or die. The protected industries can't compete, so they will either die, or change the rules (like this) in order so they don't have to compete.

Comment Re:taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 169

they can *AVOID* all the rules and fees that everyone else has to pay.

And yet, liberals fail to see the actual problem. So, instead of recognizing the problem (too many fees and rules), they create more fees and rules designed to prevent people from avoiding all the previous fees and rules. And when someone figures a way around that, they add more fees and rules.

The real problem is, that nobody is stopping long enough to ask do we need more fees and rules to protect the people who have set the barriers to entry protecting their industries?

The biggest gripe I've seen is that the "Tourists" aren't "paying their fair share", as if the city has a right to highway robbery under the guise of being the Lord of the land, and claiming it is to protect the serfs that serve the Lord.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 2) 168


The Obamacare "Chickens have come home to roost". Everything predicted is coming to fruition, and the people who created the mess, are all running around saying that they are the only ones able to fix the mess they created.

How does that work?

It doesn't. It can't. It was never supposed to work. It was simply the path to single payer that liberals want. They just lied to get the whole thing going.

Next up the anecdotal evidence "I have insurance now, even though I have cancer" stories.

Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 0) 169

Chicago's Violence Rate is also worse than most 3rd World countries. Not sure that you want to start comparing Chicago with anything.

California is living off previous "booms", and is quickly going down the tubes. Unless there is a new one soon, its economy is going to tank, as the wealthy continue to flee to other states (like Texas). Not to mention the upper 1/3 of the state wants to form a new one (Jefferson). But the powers that be would NEVER allow it.

And NYC has more colleges and universities than Denmark, so what?

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