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  • in reply to: Has America 'Jumped the Shark'? – Primaries 2016 #1125487

    jackoh
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    “Sanders donors know that they’re funding a message as much as a candidate.”

    This is absolutely correct. And they hope, and some believe (as Bernie has been saying all along) that that message will form the basis of a movement that could bring about fundamental political change, irrespective of his personal fortunes. (The email list of Sanders’ donors will be one of the most valuable items in the political landscape going forward.)

    in reply to: Has America 'Jumped the Shark'? – Primaries 2016 #1119890

    jackoh
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    Did Fonzie jump a great white?

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    When you “pray” to get answers or enlightenment, this is precisely what you get. Diderot’s quip, written prior to the French revolution, is spot on. “The people will not be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Religion and respect for authority are the shackles that enslave humanity.

    in reply to: Has America 'Jumped the Shark'? – Primaries 2016 #1117211

    jackoh
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    Perhaps the cable news networks, in their coverage of the campaign, could include a panel of White House interns to discuss the merits and prospects of the various candidates.

    in reply to: Has America 'Jumped the Shark'? – Primaries 2016 #1117207

    jackoh
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    In today’s news, Trump defends the size of his penis.

    To be fair, the relevance of that particular topic to the performance of the President in the oval office was introduced by Bill Clinton.

    in reply to: What is Walkability? #1106151

    jackoh
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    This discussion tells us a lot about America and should, in some respects, shame us. So some say that walkability means a short distance with amenities along the way to make the traverse entertaining or enjoyable. Others say that walkability means a reasonable distance to traverse on foot without being physically overexerted and in the absence of impeding traffic. Try selling this definition of walkability to those refugees from the conflicts in the Middle East who find themselves able to walk thousands of miles in very bad conditions to get to destinations that they seek. Let’s admit that what constitutes “walkability” is a very imprecise and culturally and socially specific definition. It depends entirely on your social and economic position and needs, and no one, no government agency, no development planner, no millennial enthralled with urban density, can dictate the conditions under which it exists. I know what constitutes walkability for me, but I would be more than embarrassed or chagrined to admit that in front of any one of those refugees.

    in reply to: Economic Segregation in Central Ohio #1105894

    jackoh
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    It seems that the notion in the old days was only partially correct. In those days the understanding was that “urban renewal equals ni____ removal.” What we have learned since then is that “urban renewal” equals poor people removal. It turns out that those pushing for urban renewal were (and are) actually color blind, or, rather, that they see only one color and that color is green. And that does not mean environmental green.

    in reply to: Mass Shootings – News & Discussion #1105725

    jackoh
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    And why is there no acknowledgement of the fact that America, as a society, perpetrates mass killings in various places around the globe daily.

    in reply to: What’s Cooking? #1105627

    jackoh
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    From what I have seen in the course of this thread over a number of years, I think that I would rather eat at Snarf’s than at any restaurant in this city (or in many other cities for that matter).

    in reply to: Do roads pay for themselves? #1105597

    jackoh
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    Looked at from the perspective of the direct users, roads do not “pay for themselves.” That is, the revenue contributed by those who actually travel the roads, in the form of taxes(gas) or tolls does not cover the construction or upkeep costs of the roads. But looked at from a society wide perspective, not only do roads pay for themselves, they generate a huge profit. Because without them the entire economy would collapse. In an accounting that includes the economy as a whole which the roads serve and are necessary to, roads, in fact, do “generate(s) a self-sustaining revenue source to cover all expenses and requires no additional outside subsidy to maintain an operating budget.”

    in reply to: Creating Hipsturbia (The Hipster Suburbs) #1105474

    jackoh
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    One other addition to this New Bremen business. I have a colleague who grew up in that area, and he has told me stories about being in high school and driving Rt 66 and stopping in Minster, Fort Loramie, and New Bremen and hitting the bars in each one. Apparently in those towns if you were able to see over the bar, you could get served. He said that the area was primarily German Catholic and beer was their equivalent of water. Sounds like good times, and I would hope that it hasn’t changed!

    in reply to: Economic Segregation in Central Ohio #1105110

    jackoh
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    One thing that I find interesting about this discussion is that there seems to be some general agreement that Columbus Public Schools fail when it comes to education of the students that it is entrusted with. But no one involved in the discussions here has bothered to delineate what constitutes a successful education. It is entirely possible to assign a grade of failure to someone or something if you have a specific definition of what constitutes success in that endeavor. (It is also possible that the definition under which you labor could be erroneous.) But there seems to be myriad expectations as to what constitutes an adequate education, and those expectations tend to be socio-economic specific. (Not to mention, social and religious notions of what an educated person should understand and how they should understand it.) I am sure that there are parents here who define an adequate education to mean preparing and credentialing their children for acceptance to college. I am sure that there are other parents here who define an adequate education to mean preparing their children for a successful entry into the workforce. I am sure that there are parents who define the successful operation of the school system as keeping their kids supervised for a significant portion of the day allowing them(the parents) to go to work or whatever else that they need to do. And I am also sure that there are parents who consider the whole thing (school education) a monumental waste of time. The very idea that there is one universally agreed upon and accepted notion of what constitutes a “good” education and that every student needs to be fitted into or considered capable of being encompassed within that model or even be muscled into it by force of law, is problematic at best. Anyone demanding accountability from those who teach or administer at CCS needs to ask themselves, accountability from whom and to what. And they need to know that that “what” is not something that is so self evident as they(from their particular self interested perspective) imagine. When there are competing, and even contradictory, notions of what constitutes success in any endeavor assigning a final grade is meaningless. And the notion that if everybody could somehow get involved and work on the problem then everything would somehow come together in a grand and glorious, mutually satisfactory, solution is naïve nonsense at best, and cultural and economic imperialism at worst.

    in reply to: Recreate German Village Design? #1104910

    jackoh
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    Ah, the genius of America! We can create a fake anything, who needs authenticity. If anyone doubts this ability all that they have to do is to spend anytime in Phoenix, Arizona. There you will see midwestern and new england landscapes recreated in the desert, at horrible expense and damage to the native environment. I’ve always thought that the mantra for American enterprise should be “build it and the fools will come”.

    in reply to: House selling question #1103951

    jackoh
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    Here is what you need to keep in mind regarding real estate agents. The common notion, fostered by real estate agents themselves, is that they are skilled professionals in the markets who, using any number of sophisticated analytical tools, can determine what your house is worth on the market and what you can get for it. But the fact of the matter is that these real estate agents are simply the equivalent of used car salesmen. That is, they are are in the business of getting someone to buy a property that someone else has owned and used at the best price that they can. Any used car lot manager knows what he has put into the car and what he wants to sell it for to make a profit, and if his salesman says to him that this particular item is worth much less than what the manager wants from it and that he(the salesman) will refuse to ask any where near that, then that salesman will have to find another job. (New build real estate salesmen are, accordingly, the equivalent of new car salesmen.) Yes, carpet in a kitchen may well be a turnoff. But if a salesman cannot overcome that neither you nor I needs to employ him/her.

    in reply to: Why Urbanism Is Considered to be ‘Liberal’ #1102637

    jackoh
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    Let me offer a way to understand this. Liberalism = progressivism. Progressivism = urban development. Urban development = more money in the urban core. Therefore liberalism = more money. Anyone who misses the connection between liberalism and the making of money, in spite of the notion that liberals are seen to oppose wall street and business profits, understands nothing. Liberalism is inclusive because it understands that if you want to sell anything you cannot limit your market. Liberalism is tolerant because it understands that its proclivities depend on not making enemies of those who find its proclivities distasteful. Liberalism believes in equality as long as equality is defined on the basis of a similar level of education, a similar level of appreciation for some notion of “aesthetics”, a similar commitment to a life style that subsumes itself within an overarching legal, economic, and social definition of what constitutes a “humane” way of living. Liberalism is nothing more than another of the group ideologies, in competition with those of other groups, that seeks to further and justify the interests of a specific group of people in the society who want the interests of their group to be seen as some kind of universal notion of world redemption. Liberals are, in some ways, not much different from ISIS.

    in reply to: Columbus Dispatch – Print Publications Sold #1102154

    jackoh
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Analogue Kid wrote:</div>
    Exactly. News organizations are supposed to have a solid line between reporting and advertising, and this seems to be blurring it.

    Technically, I’d say it’s blurring the lines between reporting and public relations, not advertising.

    What is the difference between public relations and advertising?

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