lysistrata

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The Lounge Hi, I'm a girl Nov 07 2014
00:20 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

That must have been terrifying nomo. I'm so glad you're ok.

Tv- so you don't listen to music or radio in your car? You've never glanced at your phone?  You've never had an allergy attack while driving or perhaps stomach woes?  You've never driven your car while thinking of a problem or conflict in your life? You've never driven after having gotten less than 7 hours of sleep?  You've never stared a little too long at something happening on the road like an accident or an idiot driver?

Bee in the car.  That's the one that'll get my eyes off the road until I can get the car off the road. 

The Lounge I need to justify why I need my husband to help me get kids to school Nov 06 2014
21:43 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Yeah, honestly, this sounds like more of a parenting skills issue than a husband one.  I'm not trying to be mean, and I don't have any kids so it's easy for me to sit here and think whatever, but after reading your description of your morning my first thought was that your kids are walking all over you.

I think it depends on their ages.  If they're 2, 3, 4 years old then I can see mornings being a battle.

Profile says 7 and 4.  I don't know if it's current.

The Lounge I need to justify why I need my husband to help me get kids to school Nov 06 2014
21:34 (UTC)
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Yeah, honestly, this sounds like more of a parenting skills issue than a husband one.  I'm not trying to be mean, and I don't have any kids so it's easy for me to sit here and think whatever, but after reading your description of your morning my first thought was that your kids are walking all over you.

The Lounge I really miss my hour of daylight in the evening Nov 06 2014
20:02 (UTC)
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I'd much rather have it lighter in the morning, personally.  I was tickled to death to change my clock and not need a headlight to run my dogs.  This time of year it's dark when work is over anyway.

Vegetarian Raw Vegan Bodybuilding for beginners Nov 06 2014
03:36 (UTC)
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Which part of all that did you need help getting started with?

The Lounge Who voted today? Nov 05 2014
21:57 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

We were offered a PPO but then we can't have an HSA account to pay for non-covered items, co-pays, etc.  I am NOT using a flex plan again.  That's a frickin' racket.

We were told that employer plans would likely be eliminated entirely in the coming years in favor of insurance companies starting private exchanges with a very limited number of plans to choose from.

Yay. 

Our HSA plans have no co-pays. It's pay 100% of negotiated bill until deductible is met. So instead of paying $35 to see a doctor, it will be $80 or more. So, I just won't go to the doctor unless I'm deathly sick. At least now I will be able to afford annual female exams that I should have been getting anyways because the preventive/annual stuff is no longer subject to deductible.

So you could see the doctor 3-7 times just on your employer's initial contribution, but you would rather pay every time you go?

The Lounge Hi, I'm a girl Nov 05 2014
20:48 (UTC)
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Original Post by februarystars:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by februarystars:

i personally hate auto park and lane assist and all the nonsense that just allows **** drivers to pay less attention vs. learning how to drive properly. 

i would however invest in a sensor that auto-signals for you, because between CA and MA no one can seem to figure out how to use a directional signal for the life of them.... 

To me, this kind of sounds like "I hate cold medicine and antibiotics and all the nonsense that just allows **** germies to keep spreading germs vs. learning how to wash their hands."  Or something.

There will always be people who are bad drivers, just like there will always be people who don't wash their hands.  It isn't a moral issue, it's a safety one - so why eliminate any options that make living in the world with ****s safer?

I don't know... it just creates a whole new breed of idiot.  Like people who no longer know how to read a paper map because their phone just does stuff for them.  

...and seriously, people should learn to wash their hands. 

I wish we had more stringent rules on driving instruction, honestly.  I took a driving clinic (pre-req to track driving) and I wish it was MANDATORY... 
I also had to re-take a paper test before being licensed in CA, but wouldn't have minded a driving test as well to be honest.  Seriously... people here need it. 

The problem in California isn't that they don't know how to drive.  It's that they don't care about anybody else's travel but their own.  My $.02 from six years there.

The Lounge Hi, I'm a girl Nov 05 2014
20:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by februarystars:

i personally hate auto park and lane assist and all the nonsense that just allows **** drivers to pay less attention vs. learning how to drive properly. 

i would however invest in a sensor that auto-signals for you, because between CA and MA no one can seem to figure out how to use a directional signal for the life of them.... 

To me, this kind of sounds like "I hate cold medicine and antibiotics and all the nonsense that just allows **** germies to keep spreading germs vs. learning how to wash their hands."  Or something.

There will always be people who are bad drivers, just like there will always be people who don't wash their hands.  It isn't a moral issue, it's a safety one - so why eliminate any options that make living in the world with ****s safer?

Fitness NOVEMBER 2014 Fitness Group All Are Welcome!!!! Nov 05 2014
15:59 (UTC)
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Woke up to rain yesterday morning, so decided to bag the run and call it a rest day.  Made up for it this morning by extending the run to 5 miles.  The dogs were thrilled!

Last night I ordered my weight set!!  I'm so excited.  I just have to finish pulling some more tack staples out of the floor and then I can build the platform and put down the rubber and my set up will be awesome.  I'm gonna learn to do Oly lifts!

Miles:  8

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections Nov 04 2014
18:41 (UTC)
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Also, I've officially decided the ticket I'd most like to see would be Condoleeza Rice - Megyn Kelly.  Just me?

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections Nov 04 2014
18:38 (UTC)
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Gary Johnson declared he'll seek the 2016 nomination for the LP.  Go Gary!

The Lounge Who voted today? Nov 04 2014
18:23 (UTC)
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I voted like two weeks ago.  The only one that really matters here is a very contested Sheriff's race.  We may or may not go to the election night party tonight.

Fitness NOVEMBER 2014 Fitness Group All Are Welcome!!!! Nov 04 2014
05:55 (UTC)
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Today was a morning run - yay, light out! - and I did Phase 2, Workout B of NROL Abs tonight.  No records tonight, just solid maintenance.  Finished with a 5 minute seated meditation and a glass of rose.  :)

Fitness NOVEMBER 2014 Fitness Group All Are Welcome!!!! Nov 01 2014
16:03 (UTC)
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Yay, it's finally time to change the clocks back!  Looking forward to the extra hour and getting a little more light for the morning run!

Goal for November will be to finish Phase 2 of NROL Abs and keep the running mileage solid - anywhere north of 50 miles for the month will be fine with me.  I'd also love to have my weight room finished by then!

Today will just be loads of walking in the city. We're about to hear to Volunteer Park and the Seattle Asian Art museum.  I should have brought better shoes.

The Lounge I find it difficult to respect people who live an unhealthy lifestyle Oct 31 2014
15:18 (UTC)
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Yes, it probably would be a good idea to work on accepting other peoples' differences.  It's good that you've recognized that your hostility toward overweight people is a reflection of your own fear and your own history, because that is the truth - your judgment has nothing to do with them and everything to do with you and the lines you want to draw between yourself and others.

You need to first develop some compassion for yourself and your own body.  What if you got sick or injured and couldn't exercise?  Would you starve yourself to maintain your worldview?  Does that seem rational or healthy to you? 

You also need to cultivate some empathy for others' struggles.  Yes, your body dysmorphia and self-criticism are a reflection of your own fears; other peoples' obesity is often, likewise, a reflection of their fears and weaknesses.  Do you have difficulty empathizing with people who are afraid of heights, or needles, or spiders? 

Has there ever been a fat person that you've looked up to at all?  Have you ever recognized any positive qualities in any fat people?

Fitness October 2014 Fitness Group All Are Welcome!!!! Oct 31 2014
14:18 (UTC)
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Pigeon pose or stacked pigeon pose.  I also foam roll the crap out of my IT band, even if I don't roll anything else.  Lots of advil and water helps too.  (((crazi)))

Got my 3 in this morning.  We leave for Seattle early this afternoon and I probably won't get much exercising done besides a lot of walking.  We're staying at a historic old mansion up on Capitol Hill, which should be a lot of fun for Halloween!

The Lounge Liberal cities, illiberal policies Oct 30 2014
19:43 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by lysistrata:

They have similar micro-dwellings in several places in Asia (hell, a good chunk of Tokyo housing would probably qualify by US standards of "micro.")  We're talking 250 square feet or so apartments.  There was a huge demand for them and waiting lists forever, and then the city started questioning whether it would really be "good" to house people so densely and put a kibosh on it, and then there was a big outcry and somebody passed a law allowing a minimum unit size of 220 square feet for like 400 new units so they could "test" it.  So now you might be able to get a 250 sq foot apartment in downtown San Francisco but you'll still pay close to $2,000 a month for it.

 House Hunters had an episode where a woman was looking at apartments in Paris under 100 sq ft for around 200K.

Oh, I believe it!  And Paris has amazing character ... for those who can afford to live there.

The Lounge Liberal cities, illiberal policies Oct 30 2014
19:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

What drives inequality anywhere?

Why would anyone think the growth of inequality is driven by building zoning rules?

Because restricted housing would favor the wealthy and push out the poor?

If all the poor are pushed out, wouldn't inequality go down?

Not if they relocate to the street, or hunker down in rent-controlled housing and HUD projects.

If they relocate within the community, they haven't been pushed out.

I would consider homelessness pushed out of the community housing stock.

The Lounge Liberal cities, illiberal policies Oct 30 2014
19:33 (UTC)
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Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

What drives inequality anywhere?

Why would anyone think the growth of inequality is driven by building zoning rules?

Because restricted housing would favor the wealthy and push out the poor?

If all the poor are pushed out, wouldn't inequality go down?

Not if they relocate to the street, or hunker down in rent-controlled housing and HUD projects.

Hm.

American economics are based upon the premise that market equilibrium is such a happy thing because it represents the meeting of the "best" sellers (i.e., those that can provide the good at the lowest price) with the best buyers (i.e., those that can pay for the good, which too often gets translated into need  for the good -- those who need it more can pay more kind of mentality).

I suppose when it comes to urban housing, the question is if applying that premise results in the city that we actually desire.  In NYC, even if you let people build willy-nilly on Manhattan, I'm betting that housing prices would still be too high to fight inequality.

When a good as vital as housing has that equilibrium price that prices the poor out of the market, I suppose because some of us want to at least have some of the working poor housed is why government intervention is attractive through subsidized or public housing.

Then again, maybe NYC should push the poor out and maybe the poor would be able to find jobs in the suburbs, leaving no one to serve the Manhattan rich their food. :D

... or the wealthy city dwellers would be suddenly incentivized to improve the transportation networks into the city for day workers.  I see teleportation technology increasing rapidly under this scenario.  ;D

I remember reading an article a couple years ago about efforts to build micro-dwellings in San Francisco out of the existing housing stock to help bring the rental prices down.  They have similar micro-dwellings in several places in Asia (hell, a good chunk of Tokyo housing would probably qualify by US standards of "micro.")  We're talking 250 square feet or so apartments.  There was a huge demand for them and waiting lists forever, and then the city started questioning whether it would really be "good" to house people so densely and put a kibosh on it, and then there was a big outcry and somebody passed a law allowing a minimum unit size of 220 square feet for like 400 new units so they could "test" it.  So now you might be able to get a 250 sq foot apartment in downtown San Francisco but you'll still pay close to $2,000 a month for it.

The Lounge Liberal cities, illiberal policies Oct 30 2014
19:22 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

What drives inequality anywhere?

Why would anyone think the growth of inequality is driven by building zoning rules?

Because restricted housing would favor the wealthy and push out the poor?

You might as well as why humans have built cities on islands and peninsulas.

And to find out why some cities thrive while others muddle along, you'd have to look at the specific history of each city in depth, what natural resources they took advantage of, what manmade resources they captured, etc.

Or are you suggesting that NYC's poor would be well served by allowing unrestricted building to occur without regard to things like adequate water, sewer and garbage services? We could ask the poor people in the slums of Mumbai if they prefer their homes or if they would trade places with poor New Yorkers.

Wait, was I asking something?

Dharavi is actually a very interesting case study on redevelopment right now.  It's interesting you should mention it because the slum inhabitants did, in fact, oppose redevelopment.  (Although not sewers; I believe there was general consensus that having sewers would be good.)  It will be interesting to see whether the project is generally successful in improving the lives of the slum inhabitants, or just pushes the slum inhabitants out.

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