GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The next progressive threat from Albany: Universal rent control

This new legislation is guaranteed to prompt rapid deterioration in buildings that are now high-quality, by forcing landlords to cut their spending on maintenance and repairs.

Source: The next progressive threat from Albany: Universal rent control

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“In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.” — Assar Lindbeck

It’s hard to underestimate the arrogance and stupidity of politicians and bureaucrats.  BUT, then they go and “exceed expectations” to the downside.

I can’t image the logic that ignores the history of “rent control” and it’s impact on the housing market.

Maybe it’s time for a NY-Exit, like BREXIT, but for the states that are unsalvageable.

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Colorado boy dies of flu after mom took Facebook anti-vax group tips

Najee’s mother, meanwhile, told the station she feels as if she “failed” her son.“I’m hurting so bad right now and so is his dad and brothers,” she told KKTV. “Our whole family is hurting and it feels like we failed him because we did what we had to do.”

Source: Colorado boy dies of flu after mom took Facebook anti-vax group tips

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I think it’s reasonable to be afraid and concerned about the safety of vaccines. If they were “perfectly safe”, then there would be no need for a Federal Gooferment program — National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program!

That being said, I think it’s unreasonable to rely on a facebook group for medical advice. Argh! At least, “Doctor Google” provides lots of dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) that you can study and form your “own” opinions.

Personally, I rely on doctors to give me their “best guess” on health issues. It’s still an art; not a science. And, their “best guess” is much better than mine.

I think I have to be an “intelligent consumer” of medical services. That means, don’t follow blindly. But ask questions and observe results and evidence. That’s why I try you follow the advice of Michael Greger at He features evidence for his advice.

As with all my ravings and rantings in life and this blog, YMMV!

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Ohio man lives in underground house he built 40 years ago

The underground home is also naturally protected from extreme weather and temperature variations — and it cost less to insure. Residences like this can, however, be more expensive to build and more difficult to get a mortgage for. That’s why Scherbauer opted to design and build the home himself: to keep construction costs low.

Source: Ohio man lives in underground house he built 40 years ago

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It would seem that “hobbit houses” like this would be a “green trend”?

Like the tiny house movement, plastic bottle houses, and straw bale houses, humanity needs to reimagine “housing”.  The need for suburban “ticky tacky (stick) houses all in a row” is waning with the graying of the population.  McMansions, in my area, are for multigenerational immigrant families who have grandparents, parents, and children under one roof, just like their “old country”.

The current “home inventory” looks like a massive malinvestment now!

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Bad Law – The Burning Platform

Guest Post by John Stossel

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A law in South Carolina bans playing pinball if you’re under 18. That’s just one of America’s many ridiculous laws restricting freedom.

“There is a role for the government in keeping people safe from actual criminals, people who commit murder, robbery,” says Rafael Mangual, a “tough-on-crime” guy at the Manhattan Institute.

“But a lot of laws don’t keep people safe,” he says. “There’s a federal prohibition on walking a dog on a leash longer than six feet on federal property. It is a jailable offense.”

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Source: Bad Law – The Burning Platform

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The stupidity of the Gooferment always amazes me.

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Winter Storm Kade dumps up to four inches of snow in Texas and Oklahoma as it heads to East Coast | Daily Mail Online

By Friday Charleston to Bangor and as far west as Detroit could see snow, while Boston could still have snow or rain. New York and Washington are forecast for rain

Source: Winter Storm Kade dumps up to four inches of snow in Texas and Oklahoma as it heads to East Coast | Daily Mail Online

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Prepare for the “bread, milk, and eggs” run at the supermarkets.

Save the children from another day in the prisons labeled “Gooferment Skrules”!

Us retirees will just roll over and go back to sleep.


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Kenya is a hotbed in the $1 billion global contract cheating industry

Lancaster began studying contract cheating more than a decade ago when he noticed one of his own students posting assignments online. “I found one of my students who was putting up my assignment up for tender on an internet site. So, people were bidding different amounts of money to complete that computer programming assignment,” he said.

Source: Kenya is a hotbed in the $1 billion global contract cheating industry

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I wish this was available when I went to injineering skrule.  I hated “wasting time” on theology papers and listening to my sainted future wife gripe about my spelling in the drafts.  Laugh!

I guess it made me a better person since I still remember “Danny Lou” and “The Ways to love God”.  It didn’t take, but then I’m not sure it didn’t make me the cynic I am today.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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Billionaire Steve Cohen’s bid to buy Mets is on life support

While the deal with Cohen seems perilously close to being dead, one source familiar with Cohen from the hedge fund world cautioned, “This is Steve Cohen, so this might be a negotiation. The Wilpons need this more than he does and no one is going to pay more.”

Source: Billionaire Steve Cohen’s bid to buy Mets is on life support

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The main reason I don’t become enamored with MP4B (MP4B = “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”) is I just care more about things that matter.

Bread and Circuses that distract “We, The Sheeple” from how they are being screwed.


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