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10:58 AM Brooklyn Reader commented on The Morning News: More Jobs for America, Gaza Truce Dead in 2 hours, Uganda Voids Dumb Anti-Gay Law.
As @10 asks, how do you lay the Ebola epidemic off on European colonization? Connect the dots for us. This ought to be interesting...
Jul 30 Brooklyn Reader commented on Swill Recalled.
@6 I'm still looking for an everyday, well-balanced IPA. Since Miller, then InBev, then AB InBev royally fucked up my old go-to, Bass (it picked up some weird flavor after the bottling left Burton-on-Trent for Luton, and now it's just a licensed brand made by some contract brewer here with zero resemblance to the original), I've tried a couple dozen American attempts, always finding them faulty, either oversaturated with hops, or screwed up on the barley/sugar/alcohol end, and often not even the right type of hops. Fuller's makes an excellent IPA, but it's a small English brewer who doesn't make any great effort to export. Half the time, when I can find it, it's past date, and it's always expensive.

Lately, I find myself mostly drinking a Polish pilsner. It may not be my favorite type of beer, but at least it's an authentic example of what it's supposed to be.
Jul 30 Brooklyn Reader commented on New Manhattan High-Rise Will Have a Separate Entrance for Poor People.
While this sounds absolutely terrible when presented as a "separate entrance," if you look at it as an entirely separate building, at least in the context of NYC housing, it's fairly tolerable.

I not only live in a coop building that abuts a non-luxury rental complex, but our building is internally two buildings, siamese twinned around a common courtyard, with two separate entrances. This is not some new-fangled idea, either. Ours was built in 1916. Of course, neither of our attached-twin buildings is luxury housing, quite the opposite, just 4-story walkups built for working folks way back when which have grown immensely in value.

On many blocks in New York City, you'll find a mix of housing, old and new, low-rise and high-rise. And so many buildings abut other buildings with no daylight in between. So, to have two buildings in one... on the face of it is not so unusual when taken in context.

And, as almost no one is building affordable housing, an opportunity to get apartments that rent for $15 per square foot PER YEAR, in our most expensive Borough, is nothing to get terribly nit-picky over.

Of course, a better approach might be for the City to get back into building housing developments for working people again, but maybe use what we've learned over the decades to make them more successful.
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Jul 29 Brooklyn Reader commented on A Leading Jewish Intellectual of the 20th Century Saw the Fate of the Israeli State at a Time When Jews Were Still in Nazi Death Camps.
Fine. So Hannah Arendt was right. She wasn't alone, either. Later, others worried that putting so many Jews in one place would just offer someone another opportunity to exterminate them, maybe with one nuclear bomb.

But, seven decades later, we are where we are and millions are living in the result of all that war, dispossession, more war, terrorism, poverty, international threat of annihilation, more war, and war crimes.

How do we find/make/broker peace? How do we get rid of Bibi and the hawks, deliver social justice and reparations to the Palestinians, get the Arab nations to dial back their conquest/destruction rhetoric, and defang Hamas? It's a Gordian Knot of interwoven problems with no easy solution. It doesn't mean we shouldn't look for one, but how the fuck does this end peacefully?
Jul 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Oil Train Derails Under Magnolia Bridge.
"a buffer car loaded with sand"

What the fucking fuck what?!?

If you were looking for a public declaration that the concept of an oil train is inherently dangerous, there it is. The crew needs to be protected from the potential of a crash and fire by having an entire boxcar full of sand between them and the cargo!
Jul 21 Brooklyn Reader commented on The Sunday Morning News.


Trying my html-foo to close these italics... (apologies if it doesn't work.)
Jul 17 Brooklyn Reader commented on Florida Judge Rules for Same-Sex Marriage in the Florida Keys.
@1 I'm no legal expert, and I'm not even sure I trust my logic, but how can it not spread? This is a ruling by a state judge who only has authority in one county. The state has a non-recognition law. Are those couples to be married only married in that one county of the state?

This decision is the "camel's nose under the tent" of Florida, unless that nose is going to get chopped off.

I have no idea how things work in Florida. Are records of all marriage certificates sent by the counties to the State for some sort of central registration? Or are all 67 counties completely separate and independent authorities? If the former, there will be legal fireworks when those marriages are registered. At that point, there will be another case, which will end up in a higher Florida court, and then it will be determined whether all of Florida is a marriage equality state or none of it is.

Keep your fingers crossed. Meanwhile, there are cases working their way through Federal District Courts of the Third Circuit which could conceivably reach the same goal.
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Jul 16 Brooklyn Reader commented on Child Rape, Inc.—Still Open For Business!.
The Anglican Church functions just fine with married priests. It's hard to fathom how the Catholic Church wouldn't. The oddest thing is, the Catholic Church considers the Church of England some merely disobedient child of theirs, and will readily accept Anglican priests "back" into their own priesthood. The relationship is something like China and Taiwan ("just a breakaway province"), I guess.

Dan is right. No one should trust their kids around a man who voluntarily took a vow of celibacy and cloistered himself in the Church at an early age. The presumption must be that there was a high probability he thought he would be unable to live in society on his own because of whatever demons he thought he harbored.
Jul 15 Brooklyn Reader commented on If There Can Be Six Californias, There Could Be Two Washingtons.
While you're busy plotting the breakup of some more populous states, I can think of a few that might be prime for a reverse-split. Montana, Wyoming and the two Dakotas, for example. They would make one big state with 3 million people and not even break into the top 30.
Jul 15 Brooklyn Reader commented on Let's Make Airplane Seats Even More Uncomfortable!.
So... Airbus is building the world's biggest riding lawnmower? Hmmm... A fanjet engine is just a bunch of rotary lawnmower blades turned to the vertical, right?

It's not clear to me how a collapsible seat is going to meet air safety regulations, let alone work with any kind of functional seat belt. That current "bulky" seat back in front of you may not save your life in a crash, but if you're not belted in, it may save someone else from having their neck broken by your hurtling body. These things wouldn't meet 1967 automobile safety standards, and I'm not sure there even were any.
 
 

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