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  • in reply to: Dispatch Buying The Other Paper, Columbus Monthly, SNP #462522

    sirlancelot
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    The consolidation and merger of print media has been ongoing for years now. Columbus is no exception. If you people wanted a print alternative to the Dispatch, you should have supported it and the advertisers. We call this profit. A majority of people today get the news from either broadcast or on-line media. The specialised and tailored nature of on-line news media today makes their objectivity suspect. The people who are hurt the most are those without home internet access.

    in reply to: The United States of Income Inequality #402273

    sirlancelot
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    Inequality breeds discontent and discontent often leads to violence. I find it interesting the GOP and the Tea Party people are unable to see the social factors behind events such as the French and Russian Revolutions, and naive to think it a similar event could not happen here.

    in reply to: Cats in Victorian Village, out of control #457233

    sirlancelot
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    First, I like cats and want them cared for properly. My neighborhood (Discovery District) has a stray/feral cat problem. As others have noted, irresponsible cat owners are the problem. This IS a city and health problem for reasons others have noted. Obviously, if Columbus is cutting back on curbing rats, it’s even less likley to deal with cats.

    One thing I notice is many cat owners are young college students. They need to be educated on cat care. Young people should know that if they can’t care for their pets, agencies exist to accept and not euthanise them. Do the colleges promote responsible pet ownership? There are four colleges within one mile of my residence that could help. College could help fund a spay or neuter program since many of their students own pets.

    Now that the “Cat Lady” is gone from the neighborhood, nothing is being done to curb the cat population.

    in reply to: Peak Oil #343633

    sirlancelot
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    I’m not sure why people went off on a tangent, but the peak oil issue is a reality. As I have a relative (an engineer currently in S.E. Asia) who works in the oil industry and is familiar with oil exploration technology, his opinion is worth far more than mine. His view is world oil production was exceeded by global demand some time ago. Whatever undiscovered oil reserves exist, any recovery faces high costs, enviromental issues and complicated technology. For example, there are probably oil reserves in Antarctica but under ice sheets. Is it worth exploiting? Probably not worth the costs and enviromental damage.

    We have yet to find a cheap energy source that compares to oil, and, does not create serious enviromental hazards.

    In the 19th century, civilisation exploited whales for their oil, and demand nearly wiped out the species. We then switched to petroleum (coal, oil and natural gas). We cannot maintain our current standard of living and also 7+ billion people even with adequate oil supplies. I would not count on a scientific breakthrough to save us. As was Rome went, so do we.

    in reply to: Unicameral legislature for Ohio #454558

    sirlancelot
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    As disfunctional as Ohio has become, a one-house or two-house legislature is, perhaps, irrelevent. Ditto Washington. Our choices seem to be devolving into socialism or religious mania.

    in reply to: Parking Tickets #162148

    sirlancelot
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    Persons who park on Franklin Avenue (east of Deaf School Park and the main library) please be advised. Be careful not to park beyond the Do Not Park signs (with arrows). Police will ticket your car. Also, do NOT park in front of the brick driveway, by the Junior League house/Kelton House garden, or risk a ticket. Also, unfortunately, the manager of the Belmont Apartments planted many of the shrubs that obscures street signs. Watch out for the bamboo-shrouded stop signs! One wonders why the city hasn’t acted to remove obvious hazards.

    in reply to: Millennials, Gen Y, The Suburbs and The National Housing Crisis #453347

    sirlancelot
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    Many of my neighbors (Discovery District) are college age or millenial. They live here because it is cheap for them and close to classes. The suburbs are for those who can afford it, but now for many people, it’s no longer affordable. Jobs and transportation issues will always be a factor in housing choices but it’s not the only factor.

    There would be less of a housing crisis if all of the vacant structures were rehabbed and affordable to buyers and profitable to owners.

    in reply to: Large dogs in small apartments #452469

    sirlancelot
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    Is not the real question what dogs are compatible for which size apartments? Will a pet impact the neighbors? I love dogs but, in my current situation, I would not keep one in my apartment.

    What really bothers me are the college kids who keep cats (I love cats too) but let them roam outside. They fail to get their cats fixed and declawed. The kids later move away and leave their pets behind. House cats are domesticated to live indoors and it is dangerous for both them and us if they are left to fend for themselves. It seems the dog owners are usually more responsible.

    Now if I could find my pet rock.

    in reply to: Ohio Abortion Bill #431783

    sirlancelot
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    Assuming these bills are constitutional, one possible result could be women initiating self-induced, at-home abortions, then visit a hospital. I have read about do-it-yourself abortion seminars, held by feminist groups, in states with few abortion facilities or with severe abortion restrictions. I suppose Ohio will try to ban such seminars.

    One must ask why women who have illegal abortions are not charged with murder? Obviously, these laws adversely impact poor women; rich women who seek an abortion will leave Ohio. As usual, there is a double standard here. I’d be willing to bet there are some wives (or girlfriends) of some rich, conservative pastors that left Ohio for an abortion. Scandal means no money.

    in reply to: Ohio Abortion Bill #431689

    sirlancelot
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    If the “Heartbeat” bill isn’t state-sponsored enforced religious doctrine, I don’t know what is. Morally and legally, almost everyone agrees that human life begins at or near birth. We do not all agree it begins at conception, anymore than we agree about a soul or when one gets it. Why not have the legislature pass a law that, in order to keep people from Hell, they must be “saved.”

    This leads to another point. Given that Ohio has a strong state interest in moral/religious issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, we will have to decide whether to punish non-conformist religious groups by denying them tax exemptions or incorporation as non-profits. In the 1970’s, Ohio refused to recognise gay rights organisations because they went against state policy. How long will it be till Ohio conservatives try to revoke the tax exemptions of the Episcopal Church, liberal clergy or Reform Jewish congregations?

    Un-constitutional? You bet, but this is a “Christian” country and God inspired the Constitution. Given the numerous historical gaffes and historical revisions by Republican presidental candidates, even Jesus isn’t safe.

    in reply to: Hustler Hollywood – Clintonville Store – CLOSING #444420

    sirlancelot
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    If the Hustler store in Cincy is making money, then it’s even more likely to make money here. Flynt is a businessman, and if his Columbus store is unprofitable, he will close it. As others have mentioned, similar stores in the Short North have operated for years, with few problems or controversy. If it’s controversy you want, try opening a homeless shelter nearby.

    in reply to: Seeds of Change: Revelations of a Ohio-2012 Conspiracy Theory #449280

    sirlancelot
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    Well, this confirms what I have long thought about Ohio: everything that’s loose in America rolls here. Those indian mounds must must have some weird effect. Ohio also seems to produce alot of serial killers. Beware Count Chocula!

    in reply to: WSJ Critic Slams Contemporary Young Adult Fiction #447883

    sirlancelot
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    Didn’t read the WSJ review or the book. I recently read a library teen novel, “X Isle” (forgot author’s name) that was intense and I usually don’t read teen novels. Some of themes were survivalism in a post-disaster world, religious mania and violence toward children. 30 years ago, the novel would have been targeted toward adults. If WSJ was making a comparison between what teens already view today, versus an even more extreme teen novel, maybe they have point.

    Teenagers today are facing a more difficult world than my generation, and therefore, must grow up faster. When parents “sex up” a four year old girl to qualify for a beauty contest, graphic teen novels don’t seem so important.

    in reply to: Columbus Pride 2011 and Events #443497

    sirlancelot
    Participant

    A couple of thoughts. First, the event appears to be approaching the “Red, White & Boom” parade in size. 250,000+ people? Second, no Ohio politician worthy of the name can ignore the gay community anymore. Conservatives will have to work with the gay community to help operate Ohio or lose influence. Third, that so many younger het couples (often with children) were part of the crowds gives me hope. Fourth, the wide range and extent of businesses involved in the event also gives me hope. Again, no politician can ignore this and conservatives cannot count on hissy fits or boycotts (like the one for Home Depot) to shape public policy. Perhaps now is the time to begin a repeal the Marriage Amendment.

    Ohio now can enter the 21st century.

    in reply to: Is This The Best Time To Be Alive? #448363

    sirlancelot
    Participant

    For the haves, yes, this is the best time to be alive. For the poor, maybe less so. I’m not optimistic about what the grandkids will inherit. Time is short people so enjoy it while you got it. The Golden Age is ending.

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