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Spring has returned to the hellhole with kids playing classical music, hipsters playing charlie brown piano, hula hoop people out, and puppies and babies reappearing in large numbers.  And I'm going to continue with my theme of topic free diaries.

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Geography

In his diary today aaraujo wonders what happened to infrastructure.  The brief answer is that we've moved to a totally disposable model.

From bucolic bliss to 'gated ghetto':

When the development opened in 2006, buyers were drawn to the area by advertising describing it as a "gated lakeshore community." Now, many in Hemet call Willowalk the "gated ghetto," said John Occhi, a local real estate agent.

Aside from its many environmental problems and cultural vapidity, car-suburbia is simply not robust.  The buildings are crap and there's not much social infrastructure either.  My beloved hellhole has gone from one of the great cities, to a crack infested free fire zone, to a nice place to live again.  This Willowalk place won't.

Unlike Willowalk, LA is looking to take a leadership role in bringing America into the 20th century.

How Feasible is Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 Gambit for Los Angeles Transit?:

Forget that old cliché about Los Angeles. It’s not the old highway-obsessed metropolis it used to be. In fact, as L.A. matures, it’s densifying, shedding its abhorrence towards public transportation.

I recently took the Metro from LAX to K-Town, and it was cheap, but the circuitous route made it a little slow.  On the other hand, it traverses lots of places in the ouvre of Tupac, so it's good to see that not only Westwood professors and Sliver Lake hipsters get cool transit.

LA may turn into a city yet.

Meta

In which I prove myself unable to break the cycle of Jane Hamsher.  There's been a lot of back and forth about FDL's various PAC.  A few comments on the topic:

(A) FDL seems to be fully complying with every law.  There's nothing financially sketchy.

(B) The FDL business model is to collect money to generate more FDL to collect more money.  An analogy, if you'll allow one: the PAC's and think tanks, including FDL, are like the derivatives markets of politics: lots of money changes hands, but nothing is actually done.  On the other hand, all this action casts a shadow on the world of people who are doing stuff: candidates need an outraged/agitated public and issues to grab on to.

(C) My general opinion is that, continuing my analogy, giving to PACs is for deeply bankrolled experts.  As a small donor and outsider I give to candidates or local organizations that do things directly.  Your mileage may vary.

Food

Do some people eat large rocks?  In citisven's diary, retrograde commented:

When someone finds out that I, my wife and our two children have managed just fine without a car (in fact I'd say it's a significantly better overall quality of life) since 2008, the almost automatic response is: "How do you guys get around now?"

I give the obvious reply: "Walking, cycling, bus."

About seven times out of ten there's a pause for a few seconds, then a followup question - asked almost with a tone that implies it cannot possibly have the same answer: "So, how do you get groceries home?"

I often get the same thing.  Jamie Oliver is so hosed.

Religion

Happy Passover to my fellow members of the Tribe!

Originally posted to theran on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:11 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    If Healthcare Reform will be so unpopular, why is tangerine man so upset about it passing?

    by theran on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:11:30 PM PDT

  •  too scattered (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cedwyn, IM, jrooth, nippersdad

    I thought the point about the fact the car-burbia is not survivable is interesting. The discussion about the emerging suburban slums is interesting.

    But why slam FDL  in the same diary? At least she is still fighting the good fight, and refuses to stay in the veal pen. Drill baby drill.

    •  I'm not slamming FDL (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      I'm actually defending it.

      If Healthcare Reform will be so unpopular, why is tangerine man so upset about it passing?

      by theran on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:54:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Huh?? (4+ / 0-)
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        eugene, IM, wsexson, nippersdad

        "The FDL business model is to collect money to generate more FDL to collect more money." and  "think tanks, including FDL, are like the derivatives markets of politics: lots of money changes hands, but nothing is actually done." is defending them?

        Remind me never to hire you to by my advocate.

        He took a duck in the face at two hundred and fifty knots.

        by jrooth on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:06:38 PM PDT

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        •  That is what they do with the money they take in (1+ / 0-)
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          yella dawg

          Wind people up by generating more FDL product.  It's not contested.

          I don't really see why this should be surprising or a problem.  The entire "controversy" seems to be generated by people who don't get the point and thinks PACs are bundling donations for candidates.

          If Healthcare Reform will be so unpopular, why is tangerine man so upset about it passing?

          by theran on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:17:20 PM PDT

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          •  Not much of a defense (0+ / 0-)

            FDL is using online organizing to motivate action. It's no different than clicking on an ad here at Daily Kos or buying a subscription.

            I'm frankly stunned that people who have been around the Netroots a long, long time are having such a difficult time understanding what FDL is up to. It's no different than the other online infrastructure projects we've been working on over the last 6 or 7 years.

            Whether they're having the desired impact is a question worth asking, not just of FDL but of all of us.

            Ultimately the whole "debate" has been instructive to show just how few people have actually understood, not to mention embraced, the new views of politics that the netroots movement stands for.

            I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

            by eugene on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:57:21 PM PDT

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            •  Aren't we saying the same thing? (1+ / 0-)
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              eugene

              I've always had this understanding of things.  The point of blogs is that they are cheaper and allow a wider range of views, and in particular liberal views, to get out into the mainstream discourse.  

              Over the years I've given on a small scale to Steve Gilliard, Jill Richardson, and a few others.  I didn't do it because I thought they would run candidates or even host actual events or protest actions.  I just thought their output was high-quality and should continue to reach people.  

              Presumably FDL donors think the same thing.  The whole discussion is mainly because FDL has a history of inside-baseball battling and doesn't---at least I don't think---produce particularly analytic work a lot of the time.

              However, I'll generally stick to my recommendations, which are that if you have $50 to give and want to see something immediate, Planned Parenthood or a candidate is the way to go.

              If Healthcare Reform will be so unpopular, why is tangerine man so upset about it passing?

              by theran on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 05:49:28 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  Also, seeing as your own output (0+ / 0-)

              is uniformly high-quality, and pretty far removed for "Rec this up!!!!" and various other FDL stunts, I'm a little surprised that you can't see why FDL is generating the froth it is.

              If Healthcare Reform will be so unpopular, why is tangerine man so upset about it passing?

              by theran on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 05:54:14 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  But Eugene, FDL's evil! (0+ / 0-)

              Don't you get it?  EVVVVIL!

              Visit http://theuptake.org/ for Minnesota news as it happens.

              by Phoenix Woman on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 08:32:06 AM PDT

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  •  I'm a shrimp blogger (3+ / 0-)
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    theran, yella dawg, cany

    Just kidding, but I enjoyed the scattershot diary!  Keeps me on my toes.    

    "Obama, Obama, I love ya, Obama; you're only November away" -- cute ginger kid

    by Tortmaster on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:10:01 PM PDT

  •  How DO You Get Groceries Home? (1+ / 0-)
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    theran

    I walk over to the grocery store an hour before dinner and get whatever looks good.  How do other people do it?

    Adam and Eve had Iraqi birth certificates.

    by bink on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 07:48:47 PM PDT

    •  I stand in my son's doorway, (0+ / 0-)

      looking hungry and pathetic.  How do other people do it?

      "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - JH

      by WisePiper on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 08:07:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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