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From the Daily Mail:

New York City condo owner is busted for converting one apartment into NINE illegal micro units by cutting it in half horizontally – with ceilings as low as 4 1/2 feet – and renting them out for $600 a month

Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634-square-foot Manhattan condo in half horizontally to rent out nine micro units …

Another landlord in the same Lower East Side building was also discovered to be running the same scheme by creating multiple units The ceilings were as low as 4 1/2 feet and tenants were being charged up to $600 a month for the illegal spaces

The scene resembled that of 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich which depicted a small 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office

By KAYLA BRANTLEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

… Condo owner Ni had placed bubble wrap in the units to prevent tenants from hitting their heads on pipes.

 
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  1. Is this really any different than NY, circa 1880’s-1924 during the height of Ellis Island? Then it tons of tenants living in rowhouses with cramped living spaces.

    Apparently some things never change.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @neir
  2. Carol says:

    Why is that clip so dark.

    Have they forgotten how to do lighting?

  3. Daniel H says:

    As Tyler Cowen would say, “Markets in everything….”

    And it’s only going to get worse.

  4. Busted? For what? The Chinese landlord is simply exercising his cultural prerogatives and Code Compliance had better Check Their Privilege before they get what’s coming to them. Good and Hard, as we like to say.

    • Replies: @Tono Bungay
  5. Altai says:

    Fujanese need to up their game, I didn’t see any Chinese names on the first 60 entries of worst slumlords landlords of New York and I didn’t check any farther.

    https://landlordwatchlist.com/landlords

    Pretty much every other name was Ashkenazi with a few Spanish and English names in there. Second place is even held by somebody with an English name, Jeffery Dunston, but a quick Google search shows us he is black.
    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130624/bed-stuy/new-health-conscious-bed-stuy-food-pantry-features-cooking-workshops/#slide-1

    Jeffery Dunston is also a board member and chair of the ‘Executive Committee, Chair Housing & Physical Development’ of the ‘Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant’. I guess improvement doesn’t start with fixing health and safety violations in your own properties.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  6. We must make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to allow more billions of people to live here.

    Our Asian tech future:

    No flying cars, but maybe the bee people of the future will just sprout wings and fly.

    • Agree: Vinteuil
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Cortes
  7. Why the racist hate for midgets, drarves, pygmies, etc.?

  8. Best comment:

    hundoblastr, Apoplectia, United States, 1 hour ago

    If we had Greenland we would have a lot more space.

  9. Genesis predicted the future! Sort of. This was a plot point in their song “Get ‘Em Out By Friday.” But in that song not only did they make the housing smaller, they started requiring height limits on humans so the property owners could profit more.

    “I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
    Properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold
    It’s said now that people will be shorter in height
    They can fit twice as many in the same building site…”

    This is from Foxtrot , which I think is their best prog-era album, stronger than Selling England and more focused than The Lamb.

    • Agree: Steve in Greensboro
    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  10. Cortes says:

    Inventive.

    The next step is to rent out sleeping space in the stairwells as in the classic

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Space_Merchants

  11. Anonymous[370] • Disclaimer says:

    Yes there should be no problem here.

    Tiny houses are legit so of course tiny apartments should be legitimized also.

    I jest. But you know damn well there are hoards of koolaid sucking millenials out there who can’t wait to do extreme downsizing to themselves in order to “save the environment”… meanwhile the plutocrats lounge around in 10,000 sqf palaces.

  12. How low can you go?

    • Replies: @Hopscotch
    , @Anon
    , @Lot
  13. Hopscotch says:

    I like this. Combine this with no-nausea VR headsets, and we’re almost at the Matrix.

    Granted, the bad guys in the Matrix, didn’t actually charge people for the privilege of being human-batteries. No monthly subscription fee, and the human-batteries didn’t have to pay for the Matrix cable / data-plan. So that was nice.

    But perhaps, with some more innovations in consumer credit, our elites can make this whole credit-financed slavery thing work out. Macro Ponzinomics, if you will.

  14. Hopscotch says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    How low can you go?

    It depends on how much of Latin America you want to invite into the country.

  15. Anon[139] • Disclaimer says:

    The ceilings were as low as 4 1/2 feet and tenants were being charged up to $600 a month for the illegal spaces

    No space is illegal, and besides, dreamers don’t need to stand. Just lie down and sleep to dream.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  16. Peterike says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the model minority!

  17. Anon[139] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Hey, Manhattan is the place to be. In prime real estate, you must go for Bentrification. Be a little bent to enjoy the best of NY.

  18. The advantage of maximum diversity is that you can always find at least one person who fits your need.

    • Replies: @Logan
    , @Jack D
  19. Neoconned says:

    There was a guy in the Bay Area renting out a closet for 800$ per month.

    If I was a coding genius and still single and wanted to save cash I’d think about staylike that so long as I had access to a restroom.

    I see the fire code issue though. The problem though with “affordable housing” is that at some point in desirable areas like NYC or LA or whatever you’ll be priced out. Either by those willing to pay higher rents like the Latinos who live ten to a 2br apartment or by investors willing to buy out your building.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @obwandiyag
  20. Daniel H says:

    Related.

    Because America’s bounty is limitless, only the cruel, racist and wicked can oppose open borders. Don’t fret at all, “Tech” will always snatch us from the fire.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2019/08/15/colorado-river-water-drought-arizona-nevada-mexico-first-ever-reductions/2021147001/

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  21. George says:

    Single Room Occupancy residences, what universities call dorms, can be built to fire/building code standards.

    • Replies: @vinny
    , @Known Fact
  22. Perfectly encapsulates “who we are”.

    This is what you get when you allow your nation to be captured by people who push minoritarianism. They really hated the idea of white gentiles enjoying the decent, uncrowded, cohesive, law-abiding nation we’d built.

    So “multiculturalism”, diversity is our strength”, “nation of immigrants” forever …

    and here we are.

    (Balkanized, low wages, sky high housing, with law-breaking Chinese landlords offering rat holes to live in.)

    • Agree: GermanReader2
    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  23. “Landlord Xue Ping Ni”

    He probably couldn’t get into Harvard, so in reality he’s actually the victim here.

    • LOL: Twinkie
  24. Whiskey says: • Website

    Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: What’s the point of being rich if ordinary people have nice things too?

  25. Xue Ping Ni, landlord = Duplex inn rain gold!

    • LOL: Lot
    • Replies: @G. Poulin
  26. Lot says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Office buildings and new condo towers seem to have much higher ceilings than needed most of the time. 8.5 foot ceilings and an average of 1.5 feet between floors seem plenty to me.

    Does the free market actually provide a choice, or do zoning limitations on finished floorspace that are stricter than height limits encourage higher ceilings?

    For the same price I’d choose a condo with 10 rather than 8 foot ceilings. But if the latter were 10% cheaper it would be an easy choice. Even 7.5 feet for a basement romper room or attic bedroom is fine, but too low for a dining room, entry room, and kitchen.

    Taipai 101 and Shanghai Financial Center’s top floors are 200 and 300 feet higher than the Empire State Building’s but have about the same number of floors.

  27. @Buzz Mohawk

    Our Asian tech future:

    Our Asian tech past:

    Kowloon Walled City was the densest place in the world, ever. By its peak in the 1990s, the 6.5 acre Kowloon Walled City was home to at least 33,000 people (with estimates of up to 50,000). That’s a population density of at least 3.2 million per square mile. For New York City to get that dense, every man, woman, and child living in Texas would have to move to Manhattan.

    To put it another way, think about living in a 1,200 square foot home. Then imagine yourself living with 9 other people. Then imagine that your building is only one unit of a twelve-story building, and every other unit is as full as yours. Then imagine hundreds those buildings crammed together in a space the size of four football fields.

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-66-kowloon-walled-city/

  28. @Reg Cæsar

    This is the utopian paradise peddled by Fred Reed and Godfree Roberts. Maybe Mr. Unz will stroll in and make the case that Kowloon is propaganda peddled by the western media.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  29. I think people were doing the same in Cuba. some the old buildings in Havana have really high ceilings, so if you divide them in half, you get two shitty apartments for the price of one nice place

    Once again the running dogs capitalism are getting ideas from the commies. SAD

    • Replies: @Cortes
  30. Sorry, last comment, but unless Mr. Ni did all the renovation himself, that means whatever sort of labor he hired to do the work knew about it and said nothing.

    Perhaps they too didn’t make it into Harvard.

  31. Anon[100] • Disclaimer says:

    The “as low as 4-1/2 feet” is fishy. Do they mean mostly 7.5 feet, with a few areas blocked by a pipe on the ceiling? If so, they’re describing a couple of the downtown Tokyo Marunouchi subway stations.

  32. SFG says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Sounds like a great setting for a video game and absolutely horrible in real life.

  33. G. Poulin says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Many laughs. Pure genius. Keep ’em coming, please.

  34. Peter G says:

    Genesis 1972:

    Get ’em out by Friday
    You don’t get paid ’til the last one’s well on his way
    Get ’em out by Friday
    It’s important that we keep to schedule, there must be no delay
    I represent a firm of gentlemen who recently purchased this
    House and all the others in the road
    In the interest of humanity we’ve found a better place for you
    To go, go-woh, go-woh
    Oh no, this I can’t believe
    Oh Mary, they’re asking us to leave
    Get ’em out by Friday
    I’ve told you before, ‘s good many gone if we let them stay
    And if it isn’t easy
    You can squeeze a little grease and our troubles will soon run away
    After all this time, they ask us to leave
    And I told them we could pay double the rent
    I don’t know why it seemed so funny
    Seeing as how they’d take more money
    The Winkler called again, he came here this morning
    With four hundred pounds and a photograph of the place he has found
    A block of flats with central heating
    I think we’re going to find it hard
    Now we’ve got them
    I’ve always said that cash cash cash can do anything well
    Work can be rewarding
    When a flash of intuition is a gift that helps you excel-sell-sell-sell
    Here we are in Harlow New Town
    Did you recognize your block across the square, over there
    Sadly since last time we spoke
    We’ve found we’ve had to raise the rent again
    Just a bit
    Oh no, this I can’t believe
    Oh Mary, and we agreed to leave
    This is an announcement from Genetic Control
    It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on
    Humanoid height
    I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
    Properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold
    It’s said now that people will be shorter in height
    They can fit twice as many in the same building site
    They say it’s alright
    Beginning with the tenants of the town of Harlow
    In the interest of humanity, they’ve been told they must go
    Told they must go-go-go-go
    I think I’ve fixed a new deal
    A dozen properties, we’ll buy at five and sell at thirty four
    Some are still inhabited
    It’s time to send the Winkler to see them
    He’ll have to work some more
    With land in your hand, you’ll be happy on earth
    Then invest in the Church for your heaven

    • Replies: @Days of Broken Arrows
  35. NYC has always been full of sh!tty tenements. I don’t think there are any wider conclusions to be drawn here.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Yackityyak
  36. DB Cooper says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    This place has been teared down years ago. Now the place is a very nice park. Officially the city block size Kowloon Walled City was not part of colonial Hong Kong but a piece of China inside Hong Kong. It was officially outside the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong government untouchable by any Hong Kong laws. Building code did not apply there. Policeman can’t went in. The place was therefore a ghetto infested with all kinds of crimes like drugs, prostitution. There is a rich history behind why Kowloon walled city came into existence.

  37. Cortes says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    No flying cars. Just drones.

    • LOL: Buzz Mohawk
  38. Anon7 says:

    Hold up, some of those apartments are nice:

  39. Jimbo says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Sounds like Matt Yglesias’ idea of heaven (for other people)…

  40. Andrew Yang and his fellow Han “American” People should go back to CHINA…

    BRING BACK THE 1882 CHINESE LEGAL IMMIGRANT EXCLUSION ACT!!!!!

  41. @Reg Cæsar

    That definitely looks Blade Runner-esque.

  42. @NJ Transit Commuter

    Asia is picking up, though. Thanks to your “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” contributions:

  43. vinny says:
    @George

    Those are illegal to build basically everywhere in the US, so the market provides a bootleg version.

  44. @Reg Cæsar

    Steve spends too much time fretting about population growth and “the world’s most important graph.” As Issac Asimov demonstrated in his Foundation series, we are just on the road to the galactic capital of Trantor.

    Its surface of 194,000,000 km2 (75,000,000 sq mi, approx. 40% of Earth’s surface area), implying a radius of around 4000 km (somewhere in between the Earth and Mars),[14] was, with the exception of the Imperial Palace,[15] entirely enclosed in artificial domes.[16] It consisted of an enormous metropolis (an ecumenopolis) that stretched deep underground, and was home to a population of 45,000,000,000 (45 billion) human inhabitants at its height (although Second Foundation mentions a figure ten times that of administrators alone), a population density of 232 per square kilometre (600 per square mile, similar to the current population density of Germany or Connecticut). Its population was devoted almost entirely to either administration of the Empire or to maintenance of the planet itself, including energy provided by “heatsinks” (geothermal core taps) and production of food via underground farming and yeasts, as described in Prelude to Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_Empire_(Isaac_Asimov)#Trantor

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  45. @PiltdownMan

    I immediately thought of that as well. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “wage cage.”

  46. @Peter G

    I made this observation earlier but my comment is still stuck in moderation.

    Maybe this is a good time to mention that this is a constant problem for me, and maybe someone at Unz can do something so the site recognizes me as a regular commenter.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  47. Kronos says:

    Or poor Will Ferrell living in his 1000 square foot multimillion dollar NYC apartment.

  48. Kyle says:

    Violating building codes in new and innovative ways is another job that lazy Americans just won’t do.

  49. This news story is wonderfully reminiscent of J. G. Ballard’s short story “Billennium.”

  50. Cortes says:
    @(((They))) Live

    My doctor brother in law used to visit his dad during summer holidays and as his family outgrew dad’s accommodation rented student flats from the University of Glasgow. The flats (originally townhouses built circa 1880) had spacious rooms with 15-16ft ceilings and had been reworked to provide mezzanines covering about half of the ground area. Elegant and decent living spaces.

    Not cubicles. Or pods.

  51. @Mr McKenna

    Yes, and space is “the final frontier.”

    Also, adding Greenland would make US look even more massive on the ubiquitous Mercator projection maps. That would be awesome.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  52. Anon[286] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Jewish pro-Immigrant Protestors from Never Again Action vs F150

  53. Lex says:

    Was bubble wrap there to protect heads or pipes?

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  54. Western says:

    Why do they keep jamming more jobs into Manhattan and now Queens? Amazon should have started a new city somewhere out west on cheap land instead of trying to build in Long Island City. They could have built it properly instead of having everybody take a subway in NY that was built over 100 years ago.

    • Replies: @SFG
  55. @NJ Transit Commuter

    NYC has always been full of sh!tty tenements. I don’t think there are any wider conclusions to be drawn here.

    If you’ve lived in nyc for a considerable amount of time, you’d know that shit isn’t allowed under any circumstance. The question is why this moron believed someone wouldn’t turn his stupid ass in sooner rather than later.

    NYC sucks, but they don’t allow some ignorant Chinaman’s crazy bullshit as of this writing.

  56. Escher says:

    He probably had them sleeping in shifts too.
    The future of American cities is Foxconn dormitories.

    • Agree: Cortes
  57. ‘New York City condo owner is busted for converting one apartment into NINE illegal micro units by cutting it in half horizontally – with ceilings as low as 4 1/2 feet – and renting them out for $600 a month…’

    Now I’ve thought of that.

    Why don’t I ever act 0n my brilliant ideas? Bear spray, Auto repair-in-a-can, this…

  58. SFG says:
    @Western

    They want access to people to write their software.

  59. this is against code in most of the US. but what i learned living in the southwest was that mexicans are literally exempt from most law enforcement of building codes, health department rules, and so on.

    in LA i’m 100% sure that the authorities allow mexicans to ignore most building codes, and the health department people deliberately don’t inspect some mexican restaurants and other immigrant owned restaurants for that matter. but if you’re an american breaking the rules, look out.

    this goes along with the police simply letting mexicans drive without licenses or insurance, admittedly at the direction of the democrat politicians. also, if you’re in a car crash with an illegal, the police will give YOU the ticket, regardless of whether you were at fault. from their perspective it’s just probability, it’s just statistics. who are the police more likely to be able to find, if you don’t pay the fine and don’t show up for court? the job holding, tax paying american with a verifiable address, or some random mexican? this happened to me personally when illegals hit me, so know many police departments are literally instructed to figure out who the american is and blame him.

    the sam francis bifurcation of society into anarcho-tyranny is complete in southern california for sure, and is creeping into nevada and arizona.

    • Agree: Herbert West
    • Replies: @HammerJack
    , @GermanReader2
  60. @Mr McKenna

    “If we had Greenland we would have a lot more space.”

    steve should do a post on Greenland. the math totally checks out, and it would be a great purchase for the US. big upside for america. not that different than the Alaska or Louisiana purchases, though on a smaller scale.

    Denmark loses $500 million per year running Greenland. they lose about 9000 dollars per person on the island per year. i’d be happy to take it off their hands for a fair price. which would be something like 50 billion US dollars. then the US could develop the mineral resources, which Denmark is not capable of doing. of course US navy could build a full size base there too, which i don’t care about, but if you’re into that, US missiles and subs in the arctic circle.

    imagine the coup if you could SELL Puerto Rico to some country, then use the money to Build The Wall or buy Greenland.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  61. I lived in an interior stairwell of a third-floor apartment for a year in engineering school. We built a loft in the stairwell for my bed, which was simply a mattress on a platform. I had a study area in the bottom landing and a closet at the top. It was not bad at all.

  62. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    I worked in a call center once that had a guy that lived in the building for two or three months straight before getting caught and fired. The bathrooms had huge back closets that had a mop sink and were used for storing Christmas decorations and such until the fire marshal saw it. They had a small gym in the basement and access to a locker room with showers from when they dispatched service trucks out of the building. He’d eat in the cafeteria, take showers in the locker room and sleep in a sleeping bag in the bathroom storage closet. Said he’d been in the building for three months straight when they busted him.

    Since there was no written rule in the handbook against sleeping in the building when off clock I told him he should sue, but he never did. After he was busted, of course, they added one. You had to be out of the building 30 minutes after end of shift.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  63. @Mr McKenna

    As Buck Sexton pointed out,” It’s time to quit pretending Canada’s a real country”.

  64. @Hypnotoad666

    I thought the most moving parts of The Foundation books were the few paragraphs about the tiny number of survivors on Trantor after the Fall of the Empire tearing up the buildings the cover the planet to expose the soil to sunlight for the first time in thousands of years and planting wheat.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  65. @prime noticer

    Good thinking. And we could always move a few million of our excess Africans to Greenland, since they love cold weather so much. If they complain, then off to Puerto Rico with them.

    imagine the coup if you could SELL Puerto Rico to some country, then use the money to Build The Wall or buy Greenland.

    It was Spain’s, right? Retrocession. Just tell them we don’t want it anymore. Getting rid of it for free would be a coup. If the Puerto Ricans complain, then they’re always welcome to become independent, which is what they always wanted until it became clear to them that they might have to support themselves.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  66. eah says:

    His advisors are probably not as dumb as Blumpf’s.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  67. @Daniel H

    In the past, part of White Privilege was enjoying as much water as you wanted. The continent only held 100 or 200 million people then, so there was more than enough for everyone. Now that we’re getting vibrantized and diversified, it’s only fair that wypipos ‘step back’ and let the POCs drink their fill.

    For the next few hundred years. Maybe ration water for Anglos? Several drops per day should be sufficient, to help atone for their historical crimes. Trying to write satire like this just makes me think of T.D. Anyway soon it won’t be satire.

  68. @Days of Broken Arrows

    Ah, but my child, you need more than that. Imprimatur, for example, and perhaps a little bit of Droit de Seigneur thrown in. No, that’s not it…how does सामंती विशेषाधिकार translate? Seriously though, indulgences are always available for a price, or so I’m told.

  69. BenKenobi says:
    @Anon

    Do illegals dream of Mexican sheep?

  70. Pericles says:
    @Neoconned

    If I was a coding genius and still single and wanted to save cash I’d think about staylike that so long as I had access to a restroom.

    I’ve seen various articles about Google coders living in their cars or vans, which is a nice contrast.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  71. Wow, that’s putting the Lower in Lower East Side.

    I lucked into a rent-controlled apartment on the UES that cost $535 a month for 850 square feet, with high (8ft) ceilings, so I didn’t have to join my colleagues in The Dorms, where people were living two to four people per unit, but with normal ceilings. The times they are a-changing

  72. Anonymous[221] • Disclaimer says:

    Knee-High apartments courtesy of Mr. Ni .

  73. Pericles says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Apparently it was quite popular not to be subject to the authorities. Note that they apparently even had a central park (or perhaps it was more of a yard) in the middle, as can be seen in the last photo.

    For reasons unknown, I always found KWS fascinating. I failed to visit during a long-ago stop in Hong Kong, which I’m sort of kicking myself for. I’m more of an open spaces guy in real life though.

  74. @prime noticer

    Exactly right in every detail, and you touch upon an entire universe of knowledge of which we dare not speak. Or, more accurately, of which we can’t find a single example in the “prestige media”.

    Latinos in particular have created a separate economy–verging on a separate society–within the U.S. complete with its own rules and regulations (read: very few of either) and especially its own divisions in local government dedicated to the care and feeding of their own.

    The only additions I’d offer are 1) it’s not just the Southwest but wherever there is a critical mass of Latinos and 2) Asians and Africans aren’t too far behind.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  75. @Mr McKenna

    There’s a memoir with a title something like An African in Greenland about an African guy who was fascinated growing up by eskimos so he moved to Greenland.

  76. eah says:

    See the thread in reaction to Yang’s original tweet (about people living in shipping containers) for the WNist reaction spearheaded by MatthewParrott –> link

  77. eah says:

  78. @Mr McKenna

    Once you tell people that they’re equal to you, that they have equal rights, that their vote counts the same as yours, why on earth should you be surprised if they prefer to do things their way?

  79. @Mr McKenna

    1. Buy Greenland. 2. Move Statue of Liberty to Nuuk. 3. Rename it Asylumland. 4. Send all “migrants” there.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  80. @MikeatMikedotMike

    The walled city has been torn down ages ago.

  81. mmack says:

    Steve,

    At least Mr. Ni’s renters will be able to insure their sub-sublet apartments. GEICO was way ahead of the curb, I mean curve on this issue:

  82. @Steve Sailer

    “about an African guy who was fascinated by Eskimos so he moved to Greenland”

    I think you meant to say it was, About an African guy who was fascinated by living someplace other than Africa and living amongst literally anybody except for other Africans, so he moved to Greenland because that would be an easier, more unexpected grift than the usual shots at Spain, Lampedusa or Greece.

    Plus, who knows? There might even be a few White women in Greenland. Worth a try, right?

  83. @prime noticer

    The same is true in Germany as well, whereever there is a leftwing government and a large percentage of NAMs. A close relative of mine works as a hairdresser in a Germany city with a lot of Kurds and Turks. He regularly gets inspected by the city for compliance with the many regulation that are on the books for hairdressers in Germany. (He once got a citation, because the waiting area for his customers was too dark and he had to install a lamp there). Across the street from him, there is a a hairsalon, that is run by a Kurdish family. Just from looking through the windows of this salon, he can see, that a lot of important regulations are violated. When he asked the inspector, when he next came around, why the hairsalon across the street from him could violate a lot of important regulations with impunity, the inspector first said, this was not his district. He later admitted, that it was a lot easier, to inspect my relative, because there were just some small violations, whereas in the other hairsalon nearly all regulations probably were violated and a common tactic of Kurdish hairdressers in such situations was to pretend to not speak German very well. A friend of him, who works in the welfare-department of the city, told him later, that a lot of the members of the family officially just work a few hours a week and get additional welfare, while he knows, they are working fulltime. Because of that, I assume they make most of their money under the table.

  84. @eah

    Speaking of racist Confederate generals, this is pretty good: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition

  85. mmack says:

    Webb Wilder sang it best:

    “Mister, meet your new landlord
    Heard you knockin’ upon my door
    Mister, meet your new landlord
    Plenty of room down on the floor”

  86. Cranmer says:

    There was a show on spike tv (formerly TNN, currently Paramount Network) called Worlds Worst Tenants. One episode involved a midget tenant who redid his bedrooms as two floor lofts to house a bunch of other midgets. Ceiling was more like 3 feet.

  87. @George

    The Bay Area-obsessed Marginal Revolution linked to a feature about young SF techues living in what is basically a dorm — you get one tiny room and access to a common kitchen/living room. Good way to meet people if you’re new to the area, I suppose — but still like a thousand-something a month, I think.

    • Replies: @mmack
  88. @Anonymous

    Dilbert just had a strip where the boss praises Asok for always being early and working late. Asok explains that’s because he’s living in the building, in one of the toilet stalls.

  89. @Buzz Mohawk

    Buy Greenland? As Jimmy Cagney would proclaim in White Heat, “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”

  90. @Altai

    Ku (number 47) is chinese. there are 4 other Chinese names on the list (2 Lees, a Chou and a Huang)

  91. Jack D says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Why don’t we see pygmies in the new diverse America? Are they extinct now? Have they grown larger? Do they not want to leave their jungle hideaways?

  92. #highnoonpatriots I demand that the Democratic candidates for President stop pussyfooting around and adopt a plank that replaces all taxes on economic activities with a single tax on liquidation value of assets. This will defeat Trump and any other Republican candidate for President since the Republican party is the party of private sector rent-seeking.

    highnoonpatriots.org

  93. Dtbb says:

    Sounds very Cosmo-politan.

  94. ATBOTL says:
    @HammerJack

    Here in NYC, Hispanics have a parallel network of small buses that operate illegally. The authorities mostly tolerate it.

    At the same time, Chinese are buying up all the residential real estate and stuffing the buildings full of Chinese immigrants.

    At some point, this is all going to explode in a bloody Yugoslavia/Syria style war.

  95. mmack says:
    @Known Fact

    Gerard Vanderleun had a post on American Digest on San Francisco “Pod Shares” for $1200/month:

    http://americandigest.org/wp/sad-soy-boys-and-semi-girls-san-francisco-where-the-woke-go-to-get-broke/

  96. @Pericles

    My cousin lived in his van while he was trying to start a business in the Bay Area years ago. I don’t know what he did for a bathroom — probably went to a Starbucks or something.

    And my mother currently lives in a very nice part of Cupertino, but her next door neighbor is basically running a boarding house. I think that’s getting pretty common as well.

    It’s only a matter of time until IT workers are camping out and pooping in the streets along with the other homeless people in SF.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    , @Pericles
  97. @Mr McKenna

    What’s the point of having the world’s biggest army if you have to “buy” new territory.

    We just need an intelligence assessment that says Denmark is stockpiling WMD above the arctic circle. Then we find an Inuit version of Ahmed Chalabi (remember him?). Then we “liberate” Greenland from Danish oppression. Then we sit back and enjoy all that sweet, icy lebensraum.

    Free Greenland!

    • LOL: bomag
  98. neir says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    except it wasn’t illegal back then to live in tiny spaces, i wonder who made it illegal

  99. @Days of Broken Arrows

    What crummy lyrics. I thought those guys were as stupid as they looked.

  100. @Neoconned

    Right. But the government shouldn’t do anything about it. Laws shouldn’t be made. People shouldn’t be helped. No. You, just like all the other lemmings, just accept things the way they are. Because you are told it is the write way, the only way, There Is No Alternative to the complete freedom of the “free market,” you bozo.

  101. J.Ross says:

    The guy is a living stereotypical cartoon of the completely unscrupulous Chinese. We are being cut off from our own old wisdom because we will be needing it in the future.

  102. @Mr McKenna

    Trump is buying us Greenland brothers. :tears:

  103. Dissident says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Sounds a little like Earth Abides

    Earth Abides is a 1949 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer George R. Stewart. It tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. The story was set in the United States in the 1940s in Berkeley, California and told by a character, Isherwood Williams, who emerges from isolation in the mountains to find almost everyone dead. […]

    In November 1950, it was adapted for the CBS radio program Escape as a two-part drama starring John Dehner.

    I have not read the book but found the radio version, which can be found here (episodes # 148 and #149) quite good.

  104. MEH 0910 says:

  105. @Hypnotoad666

    “It’s only a matter of time until IT workers are camping out and pooping in the streets along with the other homeless people in SF.”

    I’ve been considering starting a charter service in California. I’ll buy some old DC-3s and replace all the seats with toilets. Cut a hole in the fuselage under each toilet. Complementary burritos and chili on the tarmac. Then we’ll fly over various California cities. Not sure what I’ll call it though. Pelosi’s Pigeons?

  106. Pericles says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    It’s only a matter of time until IT workers are camping out and pooping in the streets along with the other homeless people in SF.

    “I still have pretty good wifi!”

  107. Yngvar says:

    Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634-square-foot Manhattan condo in half horizontally to rent out nine micro units …

    The same lay-out was true for the Texas Schoolbook Depository, causing an endless cause for grief for the endless JFK-conspiracy theorist’s. Screw You.

    Carry on.

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