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Costco apology

Costco has to apologize because they correctly labeled the Bible.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 21, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Posted in Religion

Gunfire rules the night in St. Louis

That’s the title of an article in the NY Times, an engaging portrait of a ghetto neighborhood in St. Louis which has an entirely non-judgmental vibe regarding the protagonist’s drug dealing. “Mr. Wayne says he himself has put the brakes on his high-risk life. He no longer smokes marijuana, he said, and sells drugs only occasionally when he needs a couple of extra dollars.” In my opinion, even selling drugs “only occasionally” is not very smart if you want to avoid going to prison again. But bobos strongly adhere to the philosophy of non-judgmentalism with respect to the lower classes and minorities.

The article also demonstrates other sociological trends. The article mentions that the neighborhood used to be racially mixed in the fifties, but then whites fled to the suburbs. The post-WWII availability of automobiles as a gating mechanism allowed middle-class people to live in non-walkable suburbs and remove themselves from people too poor to afford a car. That was heavily taken advantage of. One of the key trends of modern society is that people of one social class don’t want to live close to members of lower social classes.

The article also demonstrates how high-tech surveillance makes it a lot easier to catch criminals, and may be an explanation for why crime is down. It’s not because criminal propensity is down, but because criminals get caught so quickly and are then locked up. With the criminal element behind bars, the streets are safer. And maybe some would-be criminals learn that crime doesn’t pay, or maybe they don’t because they have such low future-time orientation. The protagonist of the article still sells drugs even though he has had “multiple arrests.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Posted in Underclass

Why is turkey less expensive right before Thanksgiving?

Catherine Rampell asks why turkey is less expensive right before Thanksgiving.

I say it’s because there’s more competition among retailers for that item before Thanksgiving. The rest of the year, no one is paying attention, so supermarkets can sell it for a higher price.

My explanation is a variant of the “loss leader” explanation, except that it’s not necessarily a conscious decision to make turkey a loss leader.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 20, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Posted in Economics

Hell’s Kitchen in the NY Times

Real estate article about Hell’s Kitchen.

The key point is that the name remains Hell’s Kitchen. And I’ve never called the neighborhood anything else in this blog.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Posted in New York City

The Renisha McBride story

There’s a New York Times story that has a surprisingly large amount of factual information.

Renisha McBride was 5’4” and weighed 184 pounds. Her blood-alcohol measurement was 0.218% at 3:40 AM when she was killed, which is extremely drunk. I can really appreciate how drunk that is because back when I was in the “prosecutor clinic” in law school, the adjunct professor had us go out drinking to try to get as drunk as possible, and then walk over to the DUI van which was parked across the street at the parking lots for the Tempe courts, to get a feel for what these measurements really mean. All I was able to blow was 0.14 (I won the contest!) and I was totally wasted, barely in any state to walk home let alone drive a car. In order to get that drunk, I was drinking vodka on the rocks mixed in with Jaeger shots. Yet Renisha had BAC of approximately 0.26 at the time of the accident at 1:00 AM (given that alcohol burns off at 0.015/hour).

Thus the mystery of what she was doing for two hours and forty minutes is pretty obvious, she probably passed out, and when she woke up she probably didn’t even remember being in an accident. Although maybe she was aware enough at the time of the accident that she should get away from the scene of the crime to avoid getting arrested for drunk driving. Of course, with Detroit police taking forty minutes to respond to 911 calls, she probably didn’t have to worry about that.

The homeowner who shot her is described as “white,” but given that this is Dearborn Michigan, there is a very good chance that he was a dark-complected Arab Muslim and not a pale-white European Christian.

This is a lesson to people who think it’s a great idea to own a gun for home defense. Without a gun, he would have just called the police (and this is in Dearborn MI, not bordering Detroit MI where Renisha crashed her dar, so the police would have actually responded to the call), and suffered little more harm than some property damage from the crazy drunk fat black woman. But because he had a gun, he felt emboldened to take matters into his own hands. When he goes to prison, the black inmates will probably kill him. Remember what happened to Jeffrey Dahmer?

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I was wrong about the homeowner being an Arab. Theodore Wafer looks like a prole white, and his name isn’t Arabic.

Unless there are some new facts I don’t know about, I find it highly likely he will be convicted.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Posted in Crime

Photo of Pittsburgh shooter

There’s a picture of the teenager who shot three people near a high school in Pittsburgh.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Posted in Crime

$142 million for Bacon?

Most expensive painting ever. But who is Francis Bacon? When I think of paintings selling for crazy amounts of money, I think of artists like Van Gogh and Monet.

A “bubble” in paintings is a predicted result of the rich getting richer. What do the super-rich do with their money when they have more than they could ever spend anything that could be said to have tangible value? What happens is that the bid up the price of one-of-a-kind items which includes famous artworks. The price for these types of items should continue to go higher for the next two or three decades as the super-rich become even richer as a result of winner-take-all value transference and automation that devalues labor.

But how does one profit from this? A regular person certainly doesn’t have enough money to invest in the type of artworks that will benefit from trend, although if one can predict future art trends, perhaps there is money to be made by buying works from artists who are not yet appreciated but will be in the future.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Posted in Wealth

No more new skyscrapers for NYC

Article in the NY Times how about how the newly ascendant “liberal bloc” has blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to rezone the east side of Manhattan to allow taller buildings.

So the future of New York is a return to high crime, and businesses are forced to live with old office buildings that were never designed to have internet connectivity and other modern conveniences. Will some other city, offering lower crime and more modern office buildings, supplant New York?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Posted in New York City

Marmot Biggie no longer sold

It’s interesting that Marmot has stopped selling the Biggie because the type of people (ghetto blacks) who were buying the coat were tarnishing their reputation as a company selling stuff for outdoorsy bobos.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Posted in Bobos, Underclass

Shootout in Bryant Park

There was a shooting in Bryant Park.

The victim was from the bad part of Manhattan in the north and was shot because he refused to give his $600 “Marmot Biggie” jacket to a mugger. I never heard of a “Marmot Biggie” but apparently it’s really popular in the ghetto.

Bryant Park is normally a safe place in Manhattan full of bobos. I can’t help but feel that this shooting has something to do with the judge’s order to halt stop-and-frisk. The criminal element from the ghettos now feel they can walk around with guns. The cops should be stopping and frisking anyone wearing ghetto attire in a good neighborhood.

How can people from the ghetto afford such expensive clothing anyway? I own a more-than-$600 leather coat, but I make a six-figure salary and don’t have any kids I need to pay for, and I bought it on deep sale for quite a bit less than $600. And it’s a very non-ghetto upscale-looking coat that never attracts any attention from the ghetto element (but unfortunately does attract attention from gay men).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Posted in Crime

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