Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's In A Name

I admit to being a bit confused about just why the owner of that football team from Washington think it's so important to keep their current name. I'd think a big splashy name change would be a business win. Sell lots of merchandise, etc.

The Old Pipes Problem

I'm no expert on this stuff, but as the years go by the "bad infrastructure" problems are increasingly going to hit the post-war and later suburbs. It's going to cost a lot more, per capita, to replace old pipes in low density developments.


Old pipes everywhere.
The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said.

What Could Go Wrong

Nothing, obviously.
The Pentagon signaled Tuesday that it is mulling its largest ever shipment of Hellfire missiles to Iraq as the government in Baghdad digs itself in for a prolonged fight against militants who have taken over hundreds of square miles of territory across western and northern parts of the country.

The State Department has approved the possible sale of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R missiles and related parts and training, Pentagon officials said. The estimated cost of the deal would be about $700 million, and dwarf previous shipments of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.


Maybe we shouldn't open that box...
Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.

The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

Morning, Morning

If Only There Were Shovel Ready Projects

Yes water main breaks are just going to happen randomly no matter how much maintenance is done, but we know that plenty of cities have really really old water systems.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Night

Quizzo fail.

Happy Hour


What Matters Is What I Think

There are several reasons I tend to not comment on Israel-related program activities, but a big one is that the opinionating reaches meta at light speed, that so much commentary is more of a pose than an attempt to actually influence events. It's punditry-as-narcissism at its worst. What matters isn't the dead or the security issues, it's how I, personally, feel about that! (chait, not loomis)

The Worst Intersection

Much of central/south Philly (and much of the rest) is a simple North-South/East-West street grid, but there are some exceptions, and this intersection is where it all goes to hell spectacularly. Hopefully the improvements improve...

The Worst Person In The World

Rush Limbaugh

Afternoon Thread


Motherfucker, I Want More Iced Tea

The ghetto is a place of the imagination.

Really Dumb Ideas

There are a lot of things wrong with implementing a VMT tax. And, frankly, part of the problem is this stupid obsession with technology. The only cheap/efficient way to do it is to have it be recorded off your odometer at your annual car inspection (assuming your state has such a thing), with the fee being collected by your licensed mechanic and then passed onto the state as a part of your inspection fee. There's no need for GPS monitoring. That's both stupid and weird. But that's potentially a big annual bill for people. Much better to collect it bit by bit in the largely invisible way it is done now.

Currently gas stations collect/remit gas taxes. There are a relatively small number of them. Collections and enforcement is a pretty simple process. Adding an entirely new taxation/monitoring/collections/enforcement authority for the entire population is madness. Going to send out the car boots for nonpayment? File civil suits and liens? Revoke licenses? What?

The idea that you can't increase the gas tax but you can add an exciting new and complicated and invasive fee is madness. Just increase the damn gas tax. Yes in our electric car future that might be a problem, but it's a problem that's a long way away.

(ht reader a)

But We're Having A Pretty Cool Summer Here

Climate change isn't really one of my issues. Not that I don't think it's an issue, it's just that it's one of those things I don't pay enough attention to in order to have even pundit level of knowledge about. Can't be a fake expert about everything! Still it's an issue.

Morning Thread

Read The Halifax Examiner with your first cuppa. Some good stuff there for everyone.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.