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Jan 6 Doctor Memory commented on Hillary Clinton To Run For President of New York City?.
Bill Clinton running for mayor would have made a certain amount of sense in 2001 or especially 2005: he needed something useful to do, he was relatively popular in the city, and NYC had a moderate republican (and then later independent) mayor who was not particularly popular after the disaster of the RNC.

Hillary running against DeBlasio now would be (correctly) seen as nothing but a payoff to Cuomo and the rest of the NY Democratic establishment in Albany, all of whom cheerfully loathe DeBlasio and the feeling is mutual. She's only popular in NYC to the extent that Donald Trump is loathed, and I suspect DeBlasio would clean her clock.
Dec 7, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Dan Savage's Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy.
@31 yes, I am aware of the existence of the MTA. I was being sarcastic: the Cross-Bronx not only notoriously failed to eliminate gridlock, but was emblematic of the larger problem that building additional highway capacity encourages more highway use.

The whole "freeway revolt" of the 70s started because Robert Moses' various incredibly destructive highway projects in NYC and nearby not only failed to alleviate congestion as promised but actually led to even worse congestion -- the double-decker highway being proposed by @4 would be a disaster. You're quite correct that if Seattle's goal is to avoid highway congestion and enable people to live outside the urban core, what they need is trains and a lot of them.
Dec 7, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Dan Savage's Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy.
@9 Rude? C'mon. I'm not even sure I buy that for plebs like you and me, but Paul Allen runs a charitable foundation. He is literally in the business of soliciting suggestions for what to do with cash that he knows perfectly well he will die without ever spending on himself. He'll survive the fainting spell Dan's letter brings on, I'm sure.
Dec 6, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Dan Savage's Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy.
@1 even in libertopia, it's perfectly legit to _suggest_ that other people do useful things with their money.

@4 yeah! Just like the Cross-Bronx Expressway solved NYC's gridlock problems forever! It'll be great!
Dec 1, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Open Letter to Mitt Romney: Please Sell Out and Be Secretary of State.
I think @1 has it-- there is no way that Trump would ever actually appoint someone who has Said Bad (and correct) Things About Trump. "Bad instincts!" as the man himself has put it. He's going to do the same thing to Mittens that he did to Christie and appears to be doing to Newt and Rudy: dangle the prize and then snatch it away when they're no longer useful or just because it feels funny. Frankly, my hope is that Romney develops a king-sized taste for revenge, because we're gonna need it.

That said, yeah: at this point, any actual functional adult in the ranks of the Republican party needs to suck it up and, er, "lean in" -- abandoning the table to the craziest of the crazies is clearly what Trump and Bannon want them to do.

Strange days indeed.
Oct 3, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Netflix's Amanda Knox Leaves People of Color Out of the Story.
(It basically comes down to the Italian police performing something like Jedi mind tricks on her).

For shame, Charles. Did the NYPD use "Jedi mind tricks" to pull a confession out of the Central Park Five?
Oct 2, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on The Mystery of Life Revealed in B Movie The Quiet Earth.
@1 the scene Charles referenced is used in basically all of the advertising media for the film (posters, tape/dvd covers, etc) so it's not really spoiling anything. And honestly this isn't the sort of movie that you can "spoil" by revealing plot points: it's not a mystery, and much of the film goes by without a single human voice speaking.
Oct 2, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on The Mystery of Life Revealed in B Movie The Quiet Earth.
The Quiet Earth is fantastic -- the kind of movie that you used to find under a layer of dust in the back of your corner video store, rent on a whim, and then spend the next 20 years of your life forcing friends and relatives to watch.

Er, I mean "I", not "you". Because dear god did I do that.

It had a good DVD release about 5 or 6 years ago, but sadly never got a proper R1 blu-ray. If it's actually getting a theatrical re-release, you should drop everything and go see it.

Also, the novel it's based on finally hit Kindle a few years back. It's fairly different from the movie, but definitely worth the $10.
Aug 10, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Amuse-Bouche: So, What Was Malia Obama Smoking at Lollapalooza?.
Goddamnit, Stranger. @ozchrisrock / @chrisrockoz is not Chris Rock, and he/she/it is a notorious content-stealer: if you see a "funny" tweet from it, it's a 100% lock that it's lifted from someone else.

Chris Rock, the comedian, is @chrisrock on twitter.
Aug 8, 2016 Doctor Memory commented on Billionaire Narcissist Who Won't Show Us His Taxes Has the Nerve to Lecture Us All About Taxes.
So... obviously I'm the furthest thing from a Trump supporter (click my history) but... we're all aware that the 5% number is effectively a hoax, right? And that this is not even slightly a controversial statement?

"Hoax" is, of course, a deliberately inflammatory word to use. But the limitations of the top-line federal unemployment percentage numbers are well-known and have been largely unchanged for the last 30-40 years at least: the top-line number is the percentage of people in the labor force who are currently out of work. If you have stopped looking for work, you are not accounted in that number.

To a certain extent this is necessary: the obvious reason being that if a lot of people are not working because they're retired and living on savings, it doesn't tell you anything interesting about the economy to know that the unemployment rate has gone "up" because of that. Likewise if more 18 year olds are going to college than last year rather than looking for fulltime work, that doesn't necessarily mean that the economy is doing badly.

But if labor force participation has dropped dramatically because a large number of people have simply given up on the idea that they will ever get a job again, and are either on disability, welfare or living on the good will of their families... that's bad. And you can have "low unemployment" even while millions of people are out of work and consider themselves to be out of work.

And crucially, that is exactly what has happened in this country since the 2008 financial crisis: vast numbers of formally employable workers have simply vanished from the labor force. They're not visible in that 5% number, but they still exist, and a hell of a lot of them are voting for Trump. And if you turn around and try to tell them that unemployment is "low" and that there has been a "recovery" from the crisis, they are pretty justified in calling that statement a lie and a hoax.