Whoah!! Astrid, OO (!!!), Different Sean, Randy H--I feel like a kid again!
That is not very likely. People love going to Las Vegas. Not just the gambling, but a whole host of entertainment .
Yeah, Vegas has so much more going on than gambling, which is increasingly a smaller percentage of their economy. Remember in the '80s when hotel rooms were free and the buffet was $12.99??? Yeah, not what it's like to go to Vegas today. Native American gambling establishments have brought gambling to a zipcode near you for the real hardcore types. Nobody *needs* to go to Vegas just for that (or the Strip's lousy odds).
Even an airplane would be better than that. And high-speed rail from LA to Las Vegas
Not sure. I go between LA and LV on a monthly basis for business. It's always been a toss-up if LAX or I-15 is better. By air, it's basically 4 hours with all the LAX and LAS nonsense--yeah, the flight is 50 minutes, but everything else is a drag. Driving can be 4 hours, or 6 hours, depending what day of the week and traffic. Yes. There is such a thing as a 2-hour traffic jam in the middle of nowhere in a desert.
High speed rail could make more sense under ideal conditions, but the bureaucrats, politicians, private contractors, and special interests would (they did already?) find all sorts of ways to fuck it up.
go to a doll brothel? I guess you won't get any diseases
Okay, I have to know. If different people are screwing the same doll, what are the logistics of cleaning and sterilizing all of the splooge receptacles? Or do you just put the rubber tweetie in the dishwasher on hot cycle? Do you really want to put your dip stick in somebody else's cum dumpster?
33% more than the rest. What are we doing wrong? :(
From the below link, here's a block quote that sheds some light:
"Gasoline in California costs $2.465, and the state sports the third-highest gas price in the country. State taxes add 45.39 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas, the nation’s third-highest state tax level. California is essentially its own country when it comes to oil and gasoline. There is limited pipeline transportation from the oilfields in Texas and none from North Dakota. Alaska’s North Slope provides much of the crude for the state’s refineries but as those volumes decline crude gets to the state by rail (from Canada and North Dakota primarily) and tankers from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Iraq."
I avoid retailers that insist on these data-grabs to get their "discounts". Quite frequently they are marking prices up to put them "on sale" in exchange for your info and purchasing habits--or, worse, the ignis fatuus of points and coupons that are impossible to track or implement to any realizable advantage.
At most, I give out fake names, numbers, zip codes, and addresses (or leave as much blank as they will accept). Suzie Part-Timer at the register is not paid enough to care. Soon they will just go straight to our credit cards to track purchasing behavior and personal data--as if they aren't already.
On the other hand, the drought years of 2012-2014 are producing some of the tastiest cabernets and pinots out of Napa valley in years. Us Cal-liberfucks love to complain about everybody else's water usage while we drink our wine and watch the driveway get watered for the third time of the day.
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Hillary may by a Democrat, but she is no liberal. No more than Obama is a liberal. She might qualify better as a Fascist, or at least a big govt plutocrat. I'd call her a femi-Nazi, but she's not all that feminine. Actions speak louder than emails.
California is not alone, Democrat run states tend to have the greatest inequality nationwide.
From your article: "In other words, the most economically equal communities are often the ones struggling the most to recover from the recession"
So what's your point? Urban settings have higher crime than sleepy milquetoast neighborhoods in the outlying areas?
Could be worse. Stanford gave a job to war criminal Condi Rice.
B-b-but I was told academe was the cushy enclave of liberal mooches ????
California or anywhere else unless there are two of them and they have very decent paying jobs.
Yeah, this is interesting to me. The two of us get paid twice the median of LA county (for whatever that statistic is worth), and every year we get close to a 20% DP, the house prices rise another 7-10%. We've been here 8 years now and have built up so much cash that we don't even want to dump it in a house at this point--or just buy outright when we are ready to leave CA. Of course, then there is the issue that you really need 30%, 50%, or all cash to compete on anything within reach in LA, and that's likely true for a lot of job-hub cities given the inventory shortage.
So what's their goal?
To make everyone use less water, even people in places where it rains ever other day.
They won't be happy until the populace is reduced to taking whore baths, scrubbing their flaccid nether regions with a damp wash cloth (preferably in a dark color).
John and Jone Doe shortening the shower to 7 minutes from 10 ain't gonna do jack and shit.
Your points are far more valid than anything residential customers can control; however, I notice an intriguing practice in the neighborhoods all across the Southland of watering the sidewalks, parked cars, driveways, retaining walls, and streets on a twice-a-day basis. Even in the rain. We also need a freshly washed car at all times. Curbing these things would maybe have a 3-5% impact, but it clearly demonstrates the typical Cal-liberal mindset of words speaking louder than actions.
FFS - so dumb. Who were the "Religious Fundamentalists" in 2012? Mitt Romney? Paul Ryan?
What Curious said was that fundamentalists "nominated unacceptable candidates", not that fundamentalist candidates were being nominated (*per se*). This to me is a stricter critique of the party base than the candidates themselves. It's not a secret that Mormons and evangelical protestants are a large majority Republican or Republican-leaning and -voting.
Once again economic illiteracy...
why exactly is the state involved in marriages at all?
Inasmuch as there are tax benefits/penalties, spousal rights, and estates/trusts tied up in this stuff, the state gets itself involved.
The fact is that a successful man, only needs to see escort gals. And in 10 to 15 years, they'll be sex robots.
Rin, I get your schtick, and we can agree that the icon of the modern American woman is quite a fucked up thing to comprehend (as is that of the modern American "man"). But don't we make life even more meaningless when we have no continuity with other human beings? Just fucking a new escort/sexbot every different day for the remaining 40-60 years of our lives doesn't really add much to our human experience other than satisfying animal needs (like eating, shitting, and sleeping).
Or do you propose that men and women can't have meaningful, continuous relationships based on anything beyond sex? If so, where shall humanity be found--or this is just a construct and not even necessary, a la Neil Stephenson or Phillip Dick?
shlonged with Steely Dan
Thank you for the 'Naked Lunch' allusion.
I highly recommend these average homes.
What's crazy are the comp rentals are barely paying the 1.15% property taxes. I guess if there's no maintenance for the year, you might make a negative 1-2% on your Chinese cash. Spicy!
could be for best post of the year!
I delight in sarcasm, but I would seriously point out that this particular observation of CEO:Corporation::President:Nation is neither an epiphany nor extreme enough to warrant the qualifier of "best" or "worst" post. I view gov't as operating with a different agenda than a corporation (ideally, anyway). Would you want a president to run a country strictly for the profit of executive management (congress) and the investors (lobbyists)? Sounds like we already have that, albeit incompetently.
Doesn't matter. Prices are going up.
I work in supply chain and can tell you this is actually a pretty big deal. There are retailers that rely on seasonal goods that are now stranded with old fall/winter merchandise and not enough spring merchandise to stay in business. And just generally being starved of inventory and needing replenishment--once you screw up a retailer's receipt flow, the sales effect dominoes quickly. This actually started back in November, seemed to be improving, and got immediately worse in January. This is also trickling down to the freighters that come to pick up goods, that can't get paid unladen. Vessels are to the point of dumping containers just to get out of the port, so there is no tracking and people can't find their containers. I was told Wal Mart actually sent agents down to the port to "negotiate" for their containers. The last two weeks, the management types I know in the retail world are starting to see YoY decreases in sales--but it's not definitive if this is just a depressed consumer that wasn't going to be spending, anyway, or if it's a direct result of the shortage of inventory.
I can still find a 3/2 railroad apt on a third floor walk up in the Bronx or on Steinway St for $1150. Steps away from coke den, inner city garbage processing facility, and crotchless hookers.
The attraction of LA is indeed mystifying.
The weather, man, THE WEATHER!!!
Seriously. There's a moment in every conversation with people you meet in LA where the ranting begins, but always concluded by the atoning Amen of, "But the Weather." Technically we also have lots of diverse terrain in an easily reachable geographic radius, for the beachy/outdoorsy types.
The numbers may be somewhat skewed because of income disparity within LA. There are two groups of people one on the coast (west side) and one inland.
This is true and a very good point; however, keep in mind that the rents (and real estate) in the Inland Empire are much lower than coastal LA, so it's essentially a wash. I would get paid more to do my same job in NYC, and the rents out there are equivalent to the shee-shee parts of LA, plus no need for a car (+expenses), so I would still agree that rents are out of whack with income in LA.
Also, it's very easy to be homeless/live on welfare in LA because of the great weather and gov't teet programs a'plenty.
liberals in California, since Disney
True. But Orange County is ironically the mostly heavily Republican in California.