Re: Good news!

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You're right, it is old news. But you're wrong about that which followed. I, for one, noted the comparative relation between those two "numbers" but have no clever proposals, or even proposal, what-so-ever.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 9:59 PM
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I know what kids! Let's build a sustainable and livable country!


Posted by: THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF MICKEY ROONEY | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:01 PM
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Yeah, but Michael, you aren't a clever person.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:05 PM
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True. What I am is an exceptionally clever person.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:06 PM
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Hey, we could build bridges to everywhere. That'd be a turnaround!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:09 PM
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Just not right at this moment. I'm tired.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:10 PM
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Does everywhere include nowhere? I shouldn't think so, but one has a hard time being certain.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:11 PM
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I would support building a bridge from Gravina Island to your mom's bed. Those eskimos need some relief.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:11 PM
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I would support building a bridge from your mom's bed to Gravina Island. Those eskimos need some relief.

fixed.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 09-24-08 10:13 PM
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Guillotines


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:01 AM
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I'm way ahead of you, ben.

2 is hilarious.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:16 AM
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Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:21 AM
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Working on your knitting , bob?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:22 AM
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No guillotines, they're French! Whatever happened to good ol' American scaffolds?

The re-education camps may get pricey by the time they're all built and staffed. But perhaps the "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass" forehead tattoos can perhaps be mechanized.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:41 AM
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Perhaps.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:42 AM
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The US infrastructure situation is an interesting one. There's a lot of territory to stitch together, and the weather extremes only raise the maintenance burden. And there's earthquakes, of course.

There's some odd corners of the mid-west which have some very big bridges serving some very small communities. Over obscure, mile wide rivers. The East Fork White River, say.

The answer, obviously, is for private industrialists to up their research budgets so that Rearden metal gets discovered quickly.


Posted by: Charlie | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 7:34 AM
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I think we should build massive public transit systems with Stalinist era-quality stations. Why isn't there more gold leaf on the CTA, for instance?


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 8:25 AM
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AK, if we want to do that we have to commit to sending anyone who steals the gold to work camps in North Dakota, or shooting them on sight.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 8:26 AM
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Who needs that stuff when you can use unobtainium?


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 8:27 AM
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Without knowing the facts (in other words, SOP*), I found this convincing:

To the Editor:
"First a Bridge, Now a Road" (editorial, Sept. 18) is insulting.
The Izembek road is essential for medical, safety and quality of life reasons. Small planes and the hovercraft cannot travel from King Cove to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay, Alaska, during severe weather (gale-force winds, high seas and so on). The hovercraft is also too costly to maintain.
The Senate bill that would start the process toward a road does not ask for money. The state would pay for the road construction through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
In exchange for permission to build a 206-acre single-lane gravel road, the State of Alaska and the King Cove (Native) Corporation are offering 61,000 acres of land to the federal government. Forty-five thousand acres would go into wilderness status.
This project is not a road to nowhere. That's a slap in the face to the indigenous Aleut people. This is a lifesaving piece of legislation.
Ernest Weiss
Mayor
King Cove, Alaska, Sept. 19, 2008

*Or should that be "in other letters"?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 8:28 AM
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I have always been onboard with the idea of using North Dakota in that way. You can search the archives.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 8:55 AM
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Despite being on my second cup of coffee, I spent several seconds trying to figure out how SOP could be taken to mean "in other letters".


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:02 AM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:16 AM
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22: Don't blame yourself, Walt. It's my fault for misplacing the asterisk.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:25 AM
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I suppose the last sentence of 23 is meant as a joke, but it's a repugnant one.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:28 AM
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ToS, Kraab. Ignore for pleasure!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:29 AM
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I didn't think it was ToS on account of the full sentences. Consider it ignored.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:31 AM
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What a coincidence, I was just reading the paper version of this article this morning.

It seemed like both an obviously good idea and one that is likely impossible politically.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:41 AM
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Someone who's talking about his GRE or SAT score more than about three years after having taken the test is normally a big loser.

Mine was 1483 in 1964, and I'm a well-recognized loser who's won many important loser awards. I've turned down offers from the Losers Hall of Fame because they wanted too much paperwork.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:41 AM
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The next WPA won't even have to rely on make-work

But Ben, a Federal Bloggers' Project wouldn't be make-work.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 9:45 AM
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I took the SATs. Twice, even. Is that an accomplishment?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 10:06 AM
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The next WPA won't even have to rely on make-work:

As long as we get heroic murals, I'm for it. Probably the best thing about socialism is the public art.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 10:14 AM
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Probably the best thing about socialism is the public art.

And all the mordant jokes told about that public art.

Like this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/Letna_stalin_sousosi.jpg/800px-Letna_stalin_sousosi.jpg

"Queue for bananas" or "meat queue"


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 10:33 AM
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The next WPA

BUT THE NEW DEAL CAUSED THE GREAT DEPRESSION! PUBLIC WORKS MAKE BABY COOLIDGE CRY!


Posted by: OPINIONATED REASON MAGAZINE | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 10:48 AM
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Exactly. Who doesn't love "Great leader hails a cab"?
http://aim.search.aol.com/search/redir?src=image&clickedItemURN=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Finnabar%2F299964267%2F&moduleId=image_details.jsp.M&clickedItemDescription=Image%20Host%20URL


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 10:49 AM
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To original post: Wow, Felix Rohatyn is still alive!


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:02 AM
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I would love a return of the WPA, and consider it absolutely crucial that they stick with the original fonts. I have some ideas for projects...

There's some odd corners of the mid-west which have some very big bridges serving some very small communities. Over obscure, mile wide rivers. The East Fork White River, say.

Don't know a thing about the East Fork White River, but a lot of far western rivers have really flashy flood flows. You have to let ten or twenty times the normal flow pass under your bridge in the rare floods, so they don't become a bottleneck. The rest of the time, your bridge looks silly and out of proportion.

I am also happy to believe that the WPA built big huge bridges just to stay busy.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:26 AM
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BUT THE NEW DEAL CAUSED THE GREAT DEPRESSION!

Just ask Mark Steyn.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:26 AM
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OT: I ♥ Megan.

For a while last month, I was going to the state's Water Plan meetings. I went to thirty short meetings in a few weeks, with very literally the top experts in thirty different aspects of managing water. ... I could not believe how few of them could imagine and make plans for the future. I was appalled, and by the third or fourth meeting, started openly scolding them. This was great, because we run in small professional circles in a pretty small city, and I just know they're hoping to work with me again.

The rest of the post is good as well.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:27 AM
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heh, at the point that I began that comment Megan had not yet posted in this thread.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:28 AM
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Thanks, sugar.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:35 AM
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Thanks, sugar.

I am quirky in different ways than you, but I always empathize with your posts that have a perspective of, "having been told over and over again that I am not conventional; I am surprised to realize that the conventional methods function this poorly."

I also sympathize with your comments at the end of that post about being aware of the problems caused by a lack of imagination and still not knowing how to do better at imagining one's own life.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 11:59 AM
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I took the SATs. Twice, even.

I was so tempted to take them a second time to get a (slightly higher) round number. If they weren't on Saturday mornings that would have been more of a possibility.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 1:04 PM
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If they weren't on Saturday mornings that would have been more of a possibility.

This is such crap. I wonder if they're planning on ever moving the SATs to a computer-adaptive test like the GREs or GMATs. Go in nearly anytime you want! Scores straight away! Mmmmm...


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 1:15 PM
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Attnetion Washingtonians! I have an extra ticket to the Nationals game tonight. Anyone who wants to come along should send me an email, right now, at the enabled address.

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Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 4:12 PM
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No one, huh? I won't take it personally, given the late hour, the weather, the fact that the Nationals suck. It is the last one, though.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 4:29 PM
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Wrong thread?


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 4:29 PM
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How to sell hamburgers in Hamburg. Apparently it involves pickles giving rectal exams to onions.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 5:18 PM
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Okay, this is awesome:

Trailer for Sarah Palin Disney movie (based on Matt Damon's criticism of her).


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 09-25-08 6:28 PM
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