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Comment Re:Most of this comes from certain Net block regio (Score 1) 141

...without it being verified first.

Verified? By whom? By whose standards? Who determines the definitions used? Do citizens get to vote for these people? How far can they go, what are their powers? What kind of checks against political/ideological-weaponization will there be?

You allow anyone the power to control what you see/read/hear, you allow them the power to make you their slave. It's always the edge-cases, the socially-repugnant extremes that authoritarians use to justify removing your choices and freedoms. It's happened over and over in nearly every country that fell to authoritarianism.

Will we sit in apathy and/or join the raging throngs drunk on identity politics and allow history to repeat itself yet again at the cost of freedom stolen from both ourselves and multiple future generations, likely accompanied by obscene numbers of human lives lost? Ultimately, only we know the answer.


Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 248

According to economic theory, an older apartment complex should be charging less rent to compete with a new apartment complex. That's not happening.

Sometimes greedy investors are stupid, buy a complex for way too much, and eventually lose a lot of money. Their only way out is to find someone who has the same grand ideas, and pass the property off at cost and write the improvements off as a loss. Improvements cost them very little in the long run as they are depreciated on taxes, and can be written off as a loss at sale.

My apartment complex is down the street from but not directly on the light rail line. Old warehouses up and down the light rail lines are being torn down for mixed developments. Many of them already under construction.

That kind of mixed development has gotten really popular with city planners, so they are approved right away. We'll see more and more of this. We won't make much noise about it until they run out of warehouses and start rezoning and tearing down single family neighborhoods. But that's a long way away. Apartment complexes pay very little property tax per tenant relative to a single family home, and a commercial-industrial building pays less than any kind of residential. The city pulls in a ton more taxes with these new residential buildings.

Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 248

As a Michigander who moved to the Bay Area, I have to say it's all relative. And the Bay Area has multiple urban centers that I find way more pleasant than the ones I had access to in Michigan. And for living in the country, I would much rather have a small hillside vineyard or a forested mountain cabin here in California than most of the boggy swampland turned into farmland that I grew up with in Michigan.

That said, the fishing and hunting is way better in Michigan than California and I do miss it.

Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 2) 248

If there is an offer to purchase the complex, then perhaps they are aiming to empty it out to some threshold (50%?) in order to evict the remaining tenants and renovate or demolish the building. You might be able to make an inquiry to see if anything has passed through planning, you might be looking at yet another mixed use upscale apartment-retail center like Santana Row, Rivermark, Homewood, Meridian at Midtown, etc.
I suspect a lot are condos being snatched up by foreign investors, yet are unoccupied. Which does smell of a bubble. My hope is that it's foreign investors that get soaked this time and not Bay Area locals.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 1) 248

Half the homes in Santa Clara County are above $1m (and half are below that). If you are a single income household making around $100K, you will find it increasingly difficult to purchase an average home in Silicon Valley. The rents and home values in the rest of the Bay Area tend to follow along with the South Bay's increases.

For me, my below average home in Silicon Valley is preferable to a bigger home elsewhere. Weather is nice, lots of things I like to do nearby, and good job prospects.

Comment Re:But.... (Score 1) 79

what if it causes autism?

We had malaria on the ropes and nearly wiped out. Then the propaganda piece "Silent Spring" with a bunch of bad science, bad data, outright lies, and heartstring-plucking was published and picked up by environmental groups who screamed at the government to "do something!", and so they did. They worked to ban the use of DDT as widely as possible and gave malaria a reprieve. The DDT ban was based on lies and those lies and the ones who knowingly used those lies in their political/ideological causes anyway are responsible for all the deaths, suffering, and economic losses from malaria since then.


Submission + - How 'Settled Science' Helped Create A Massive Public Health Crisis (investors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anyone who thinks it's enough to rest an argument on "settled science" or a "scientific consensus" ought to read about John Yudkin.

Yudkin was a British professor of nutrition who, in 1972, sounded the alarm about sugar in diets, saying that if sugar were treated like any other food additive "that material would be promptly banned." He said sugar, not fat, was the more likely cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

For his efforts, Yudkin was branded a shill for the meat and dairy industries. His work was dismissed as "emotional assertions," "science fiction" and "a mountain of nonsense." Journals refused to publish his papers. He was uninvited from nutrition conferences and was ridiculed by the scientific community.

"Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered," writes Ian Leslie in a lengthy piece titled "The Sugar Conspiracy" that was published recently in The Guardian.

Nutritionists, Leslie explains, had decided that dietary fat was the enemy of good health, based in large part on a huge Seven Countries Study, published in 1970, which looked at 12,770 middle-aged men in countries ranging from the U.S. to Yugoslavia.

"The Seven Countries study had become canonical, and the fat hypothesis was enshrined in official advice," Leslie writes. By 1980, the U.S. government issued its first Dietary Guidelines telling the country to cut back on saturated fats and cholesterol, and Americans dutifully complied.

That's precisely when the nation's obesity rate started to skyrocket. While the obesity rate barely changed from 1960 to 1980 — going from 13% to 15% — over the following two decades – 1980-2000 – the rate jumped to 35%.

"At best, we can conclude that the official guidelines did not achieve their objective; at worse, they led to a decades-long health catastrophe," Leslie writes.

Comment Re:Hubris Much? (Score 0, Flamebait) 105

So your proposal is... do nothing?

Since coral polyps are one of the hardiest creatures on the planet, having survived over millions of years through both tropical and ice ages, yes. "Nothing" is the logical and scientifically-sound action to be taken.

Of course, "nothing" doesn't get scientists and universities grants, get corporations government contracts, nor gain politicians more money and power, so expect a massive government-funded program that wastes obscene amounts of people's tax money while accomplishing little, possibly even causing additional problems that the government and scientists can spend even more of your money on.


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