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From the New York Times:

‘I’ve Seen Too Many Accidents’: The Perils of Deliverymen

“Delivereros,” many undocumented, put themselves in danger every day, for little reward. After the death of a 14-year-old last November, others in the field take stock.

By Fabrice Robinet
Aug. 17, 2018

It would be difficult to find a bicycle deliveryman in New York who doesn’t know the story of Edwin Vicente Ajacalon. He was a 14-year-old boy who lived in the city for about a year, having come to the United States illegally and unaccompanied from rural Guatemala, where he’d finished sixth grade and helped his parents work the fields.

Pay careful attention: this is the good kind of family separation, not the bad kind. A 14-year-old leaving his family behind and getting killed delivering for a Brooklyn restaurant is what is finally making America great. Just ask Gov. Cuomo. He’ll tell you.

He did not continue his schooling in New York, however. Instead, he worked as a deliveryman for various Brooklyn restaurants, living with five roommates whom he’d met on the job, in a small apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. …

Then, on Nov. 25, right before 6 p.m., while riding his bike along 23rd Street in South Slope, he was hit by a southbound BMW sedan at Fifth Avenue. Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed.

… Local news broadcasts showed the car had knocked Edwin right out of his Nikes.

The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, 24 cyclists died and 4,397 were injured last year in motor vehicle crashes.

Clearly, we need more immigration so New York can have more child laborers getting run over on their environmentally sensitive bicycles while delivering diverse cuisine.

In London, little boy chimney sweeps used to get stuck and die in chimneys or suffer life-scarring lung and skin diseases. It only took Lord Shaftesbury from 1840 to 1875 to get Parliament to pass a law setting a minimum age of 12 for climbing boys.

Economists would patiently explain to Shaftesbury that without 7-year-old chimney sweeps, we’d all freeze in the winter when our chimneys clogged. The magic of the market meant that it was impossible for master chimney sweeps to find some alternative to climbing boys, such as, I don’t know, brushes with longer handles. As commenter Johnny Geo observes, in Ricardo’s classic formulation:

Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney.

Ironically but predictably, Lord Shaftesbury froze to death on January 5, 1876.

Today, New Yorkers know better than did Lord Shaftesbury, 19th Century crusader against child labor: food just is better when delivered by a 14-year-old undocumented worker who ran every red light to get it to you 120 seconds faster. You can taste the danger and cruelty in every bite. It’s vibrant.

As the late Anthony Bourdain explained:

You can’t deliver an omelette without smashing a few undocumented child laborers’ skulls.

New York Times restaurant writer Robert Draper pointed out:

Without a few kids dead on the pavement, we’d all be eating porridge and boiled mutton, so whaddaya whaddaya?

 
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  1. JohnnyGeo says:

    Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney

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    Thanks.
    , @AnotherDad

    Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney
     
    LOL--well done.

    Steve is indeed dead on with this:

    The magic of the market meant that it was impossible for master chimney sweeps to find some alternative to climbing boys, such as, I don’t know, brushes with longer handles.
     
    Looking back it's shocking just how lazy capitalists were in doing the *easy* stuff to make life better. Like say cotton masks in the cotton mills--the workers were wearing clothes after all, hardly cost prohibitive. Or--most costly but still no big deal--runs some fans off those ubiquitous steam driven belts and ventilate the place. Or … super long extension handles for chimney sweeps.

    I get that for the individual capitalist there's a strong incentive toward cheap labor if your competitor is doing it. But organized capital should get its head out of it's ass. It doesn't benefit anyone altogether. You want to live--and sell product--into a rich prosperous nation.

    For 200 years our elites--however greedy--had a pretty solid understanding that America would get rich as we settled the continent and pursued whatever "mechanical improvements" our genius came up with. That's how you get richer--more capital applied to better ideas. (The only other way to be rich is someone else laboring but staying poor--slavery.)

    Now after 200 years of doing it right, we're saddled with a thoroughly parasitic "elite" that wants to get rich the old fashioned way--cheap labor.
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  2. It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.

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    it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country
     
    Mostly false, from my experience.

    This is just said by people who get a thrill from giving things away, like their country.

    It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    New York becoming more like Guatemala is not a win.

    At any time and place, there is only so much "city" to go around. Do you want to fill the current urban ecosystem with traditional residents, or bring in Central Americans, who will turn the place into a version of their home?
    , @Lurker
    Is it possible that diminishing marginal returns could set in? Obviously, right now, it's the greatest boon to humanity possible. But, Devil's advocate - is just possible that one day there might be one or two too many vibrant incomers to keep the equation working?
    , @Anonymous

    It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    It's not a win for New Yorkers, who would otherwise have the opportunity to do delivery jobs at higher pay and under better conditions.

    In any case, it's not clear that food delivery services better the quality of life in cities.
    , @Mr. Anon

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    Yeah. The New Yorkers get DVT and diabetes because they can' be bothered to walk ten blocks to get their lunch, and the delivery boy gets a one-way ticket to delivery-boy Guatehalla.

    Win. Win.
    , @AnotherDad

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    "A win"?

    It's a complete bullshit job, in a bullshit city, for bullshit people.

    Illegals dragging around food cooked by other illegals so that these oh-so-busy world-critical parasites glommed onto the American economy can grab a bite before their oh-so-critical meeting?

    Or for someone's dinner, because the fridge is empty and no dinner was cooked because the should-have-been wife was at her bullshit job, perhaps in "media"--propagandizing for POC illegals--or in an NGO--advocating for and harassing the government's feeble attempts to deport illegals--instead of being home having and raising her own children … the absence of which is why … we need immigrants!

    Yeah, a huge win for everyone.
    , @Colin Wright
    '...It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.'

    It's a win -- assuming your ideal is a racially and economically stratified society in which an endlessly-replenished proletariat is willing -- nay, eager -- to do even the most demeaning and dangerous work for wages that will barely allow them to sleep five to a room.

    Nice at the top, though. Fresh, delicious food delivered right to your table for a pittance. And the 'boy' is so grateful for the opportunity to do it.

    You can feel real good.
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  3. Jack D says:

    At a vigil last night, elected officials and street safety advocates paid tribute to Edwin Ajacalon, the 14-year-old from Guatemala who was killed by a teenage driver in Brooklyn Saturday night. Calling Ajacalon an “all-American boy” and “a vital thread in the beautiful tapestry that is New York City,” they pressed for street safety improvements and a culture change among drivers after yet another death of a cyclist, the 20th in 2017.

    Is there any waiting period for “all-American boy” status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don’t speak a word of English?

    Borough President Eric Adams called Ajacalon’s death “a truly tragic moment.” Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”

    I guess besides not knowing much English, he was probably not totally down on the nuances of
    American traffic rules – what does that red light mean again? We don’t have those in our village. Probably he was counting on the helpful gringos slamming on their brakes as they usually did. Perhaps mistakes should not end in death, but when you run a red light, they often do. Thank God Edwin was only driving a bike and not a broken down pickup which is the usual Latino vehicle in the rest of the country or who knows how many innocents would have died.

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/11/28/brooklyn-electeds-pay-tribute-to-edwin-ajacalon-and-call-on-albany-to-prevent-deadly-speeding/

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    Is there any waiting period for “all-American boy” status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border?
     
    It is instant thanks to the triple modern miracles of magic borders, magic dirt, and magic passports.
    , @MarkinLA
    Is there any waiting period for “all-American boy” status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don’t speak a word of English?

    NYU can confir an honorary degree on him like Trayvon got.
    , @ThirdWorldSteveReader

    Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”
     
    Amazing. When the mistake involves getting in the way of 2-ton moving machinery, it very often ends in death. There is no ought that can counter this simple is.
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  4. “You can taste the danger and cruelty in every bite. It’s vibrant.”

    It’s more then that. It tastes like who we are. Here, have another helping!

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  5. Jack D says:

    Note that Edwin was not just driving a bike but an electric bike (currently the favorite vehicle of NY delivery drivers). Another name for electric bike is “illegal and unlicensed motorcycle”. But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.

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    • Replies: @Forbes
    Worse yet, as much as e-bikes have taken over delivery--and all the bike lanes--they are becoming popular form of transportation, yet traveling at vehicle traffic speeds in the bike lanes. The whole point of the bike lanes is to separate the slower moving bicycles from vehicular traffic, and vice versa.

    I frequently cycle over the 59th St bridge and e-bikes are sometimes close to 50% of the traffic in the bike lane. No need for a moped--just get an e-bike, travel in the bike lanes, and ignore traffic regulations.
    , @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Another name for electric bike is “illegal and unlicensed motorcycle”. But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.
     
    Wasn't Stonewall an undocumented bar? With health department issues, and serving teenagers in the to boot?
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  6. @JohnnyGeo
    Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney

    Thanks.

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    The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon goo that builds up in chimneys requires a lot of elbow grease to clean. Emissions from Victorian chimneys weren’t just particulates and cinders from oak logs, it included fairly heavy grease from cooking fires. Cleaning a Victorian chimney was like cleaning a barbecue grill. A long brush just wouldn’t give you adequate scrubbing action. Before gas compressors and sandblasters, cleaning chimneys in situ was necessary to avoid half of London burning down.
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  7. OT, Trump isn’t forgetting about Sarah Jeong:

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    God bless him, I'm loving it.
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  8. Forbes says:

    Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed. … The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him.

    “Even though”? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    Further down the NYT article is the story of Fabian (age 21) who, apparently, borrowed $8,000 from his father to be smuggled into the US when he was 16. Then the story gets curious: “Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”

    Something is seriously off in that explanation.

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day,” he said in July. “Even if Trump wasn’t president, the risk would still exist, unless I become legal.”

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    "when he was 16 ... Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”

    Family values!
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day...”
     
    Fabian is not a job Americans won't do:

    http://www.fabianforte.net/



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdaZ7N-W9vw
    , @Johann Ricke

    “Even though”? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

     

    The NYC speed limit is 25 mph. If he was going 50, then he could be up on involuntary manslaughter charges. That's 3-15 years upon conviction, if this website is to be believed.
    https://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-york-law/new-york-involuntary-manslaughter-laws.html

    From an motorist pedestrian accident data website:


    This figure shows that the risk of a pedestrian fatality at an impact speed of 30 mph is approximately 7%, and the risk of fatality at 40 mph is approximately 25%.
     
    https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship_between_speed_risk_fatal_injury_pedestrians_and_car_occupants_richards.pdf
    , @AnotherDad
    Something is missing from this story.

    A BMW--a German car, like made by Bavarians, as in where Hitler liked to hang out--speeds through an intersection and heartless mows down an undocumented future rocket scientist on a skittles run with his hands up … and the driver is not dragged from the car and paraded through the streets, before being drawn and quartered?

    Can't have been a white guy. Certainly not a white gentile guy or his mug would be in the NYT. Smells like POC on POC.
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  9. “a mistake should not end in death.”

    Says the Progressive, continuing, “and when we take over, it never will again.”

    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That’s the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it “should not” come from, other than liberal idiocy?

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    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That’s the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it “should not” come from, other than liberal idiocy?
     
    David Hume asked the same question.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is%E2%80%93ought_problem
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  10. @candid_observer
    OT, Trump isn't forgetting about Sarah Jeong:

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1031152483949838336

    God bless him, I’m loving it.

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    These days, I find myself chortling more over Trump's tweets.

    They drive people crazy, and he's loving it.

    The man knows how to troll. It's Modern Presidential.
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  11. M_Young says:
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    There's a famous (or formerly famous) Shaftesbury memorial in Piccadilly Circus in London.
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  12. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT Left eating own, portends well for November. Setting aside the Twitterer whose handle is a wonderfully obscene reference to homosexual acts (or their aftermath), Guy A says don’t drive away potential support (because he is secretly a Nazi), and … let’s call him Guy B picks up on the crypto-Hitlerism and chastises A’s extremist calls for unrestrained reasonableness.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/08/19/queen-eye-jonathan-van-ness-not-all-republicans-racist/

    Guy B’s argument (not linking twitter because of obscene name, which is apparently a-okay with twitter’s censors):

    This is the worst political advice ever. Progressive candidates that actually stand for something are how we win. Running towards the center with [Hillary] Clinton just gave us four years of Trump – let’s not be silly again. People want universal health care, period.

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    Guy B’s argument (not linking twitter because of obscene name, which is apparently a-okay with twitter’s censors):
     
    Jizzywinks? That’s too much for you? What about pozzing and the Poz Cafe photo from Brussels someone posted here yesterday? Obscene? What does that word even mean today? Does this come from your Good Book where it’s moral to murder children?

    What’s wrong with exposing the reality of queers and their lifestyle? The MSM does all it can to hide the truth from us and make homos seem like cute, hygienic, and cuddly fun loving boys. The more Jizzywinks gets his name out there, the more rational people will understand the biomechanics and public health nightmare he represents.

    And how is it that straight men are terrified of being called “racist” when backdoor bandits are proud of getting pozzed?
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  13. … hit by a southbound BMW sedan…

    As soon as I read this line, I figured NY city had found another great white defendant. I immediately had an image in my head of the car scene from Bonfire of the Vanities, which I know is right in your wheelhouse, Steve.

    Anyway, I don’t want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling, so I’ll just say this: When on a bike, it’s your ass, no matter whose fault the accident is. That boy, or any, at 14 y/o was much too young to understand how vulnerable he was after having ridden like mad for a couple years without getting hurt. Some moderate trauma is enough to really teach one a lesson.

    The kid did not look through the intersection. Just today, and twice last week, I’ve had people make moves in a car that would have caused me to plow into them, had I not been looking out the window continuously (i.e., the phone was in my pocket, and I never use that smart phone while driving.) On a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you. You must make s special effort to prevent that.

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    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.

    The BMW driver was 19 and after the accident 3 of his "friends" disappeared from the back seat and did not stick around to talk to the po-po. Nevertheless, he appeared to be devastated that he had killed someone. I'm guessing from the neighborhood demographics that he was Asian. He was apparently speeding a little, maybe gunning it to make it thru the green light before it turned red. I confess that I do the same when I am driving. I really don't expect bikers to suddenly cross in front of me when I have the right of way. The driver was not cited for the accident, only for speeding so in the judgment of the cops even if he had been going the speed limit he would have still hit him because Edwin appeared suddenly in the intersection right in front of him with no time to brake. However I do note that the severity of injuries does go up exponentially with speed - maybe if the driver had been going 10 mph slower he would have just injured Edwin instead of killing him and Edwin would have learned a valuable lesson the hard way. But Edwin was not very good at lessons - 14 years old and already out of school.
    , @anonymous

    I don’t want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling …

    [but] on a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you.
     
    Unless the car is being driven by a pitbull.
    , @U-Bahn
    Cyclists should askd each other that vital question: Is pursuing your right-of-way worth your life?
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  14. IHTG says:

    This is a good post. At every opportunity, nationalists should emphasize the tragic and traumatizing nature of immigration.

    Leaving your home, the place that created you, isn’t a good thing. It’s a thing we should want to minimize.

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  15. @Harry Baldwin
    God bless him, I'm loving it.

    These days, I find myself chortling more over Trump’s tweets.

    They drive people crazy, and he’s loving it.

    The man knows how to troll. It’s Modern Presidential.

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    Trump's ability to live rent-free in these peoples' heads and drive them batshit insane is incredible.

    It may be his single strongest skill, and one of the most positive aspects of his Presidency.

    , @Anon
    I caught this in the replies

    https://twitter.com/JacobAWohl/status/1031152763839893504

    He should look in the mirror and across the room at the synagogue. Perhaps confront his own people rather than enrich himself via financial skullduggery.
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  16. Forbes says:
    @Jack D
    Note that Edwin was not just driving a bike but an electric bike (currently the favorite vehicle of NY delivery drivers). Another name for electric bike is "illegal and unlicensed motorcycle". But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.

    Worse yet, as much as e-bikes have taken over delivery–and all the bike lanes–they are becoming popular form of transportation, yet traveling at vehicle traffic speeds in the bike lanes. The whole point of the bike lanes is to separate the slower moving bicycles from vehicular traffic, and vice versa.

    I frequently cycle over the 59th St bridge and e-bikes are sometimes close to 50% of the traffic in the bike lane. No need for a moped–just get an e-bike, travel in the bike lanes, and ignore traffic regulations.

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    OT Buy a lottery ticket because the US Justice Priesthood has somehow found it within themselves to actually stop a leftist terrorist.
    Of course, the guy was already on the radar, considering they let him out of prison as soon as they could after he was found attempting to make chemical weapons in his kitchen. But it’s not like he bashes people in the head with a heavy metal object.

    https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/08/19/texas-man-gets-6-years-for-attempting-to-bomb-confederate-statue/

    This was Schneck’s second encounter with law enforcement regarding explosive devices. In 2013, federal agents raided a property connected to the young man and searched for chemicals that could be used to make “tear gas or nerve gas.” Agents later determined that the material was a military-grade explosive. Following the raid, then-22-year-old Andrew Cecil Earhart Schneck pleaded guilty to one count of storing an explosive in a manner not in conformity with regulations.

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  18. Altai says:

    They have this company in Dublin. When they started out they were a mix of various backpacker-esque unskilled flotsam from Europe and South America. Then they suddenly became almost entirely Sub-Continental. Which I found interesting since they must have been Indian students and I’m not sure their visas would allow them to work in such a job. The authorities must have noticed too, because as of a few months ago they’re now all white again.

    I’m not saying a multi-national bicycle package delivery company has anything but the highest of employment standards, of course.

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    • Replies: @Lurker
    We have them round here too - well outside London. But they are generally they kind of white boys you might expect to see. For now anyway.
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  19. Unsurprisingly, Lord Shaftesbury froze to death on January 5, 1876.

    No wonder he missed having an epiphany!

    Actually, he died almost ten years later, of lung disease, which many of his many children suffered from as well.

    But the good Lord will have few friends at this site, when the locals hear the following. He was pushing Zionism quite actively before Theodor Herzl was even born. Yet he also headed up The
    London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews.

    He also fought the opium trade. He just liked to start fights, I guess.

    Opium was to the 19th-century Chinaman what dollar stores are to 21st-century Americans. An addictive foreign drug.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    "Yet he also headed up The London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews."

    Still operating today, and running the oldest Protestant church in Israel, which mixes veneration of Christ with Jewish cultural traditions.
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  20. Forbes says:

    One additional note from the NYT article…

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room. Open borders results in the third world inside the border.

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    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room.
     
    Aha! Now we come to the truth of the fine lad’s service to America. His five roommates were all power top middle-aged NYT reporters. Importing twinks is Who We Are. He was doing the twinkery American boys refuse to do..
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Forbes, Six to a room is the new apartment model for Silicon Valley. Get up, brush your teeth and downstairs to your work station.
    , @Anon
    Compared to California Asian housing it’s very spacious.
    , @Brutusale
    But their "household income" was over $100K!
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  21. @M_Young
    Shaftesbury avenue is a quiet prominent thoroughfare in central London (UK), just north of Soho and West End
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shaftesbury+Ave,+London,+UK/@51.5133611,-0.131854,16.86z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487604d2961168a9:0x671a8b00adb38182!8m2!3d51.5131954!4d-0.129287

    There’s a famous (or formerly famous) Shaftesbury memorial in Piccadilly Circus in London.

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  22. @Jack D

    At a vigil last night, elected officials and street safety advocates paid tribute to Edwin Ajacalon, the 14-year-old from Guatemala who was killed by a teenage driver in Brooklyn Saturday night. Calling Ajacalon an “all-American boy” and “a vital thread in the beautiful tapestry that is New York City,” they pressed for street safety improvements and a culture change among drivers after yet another death of a cyclist, the 20th in 2017.
     
    Is there any waiting period for "all-American boy" status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don't speak a word of English?

    Borough President Eric Adams called Ajacalon’s death “a truly tragic moment.” Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”
     
    I guess besides not knowing much English, he was probably not totally down on the nuances of
    American traffic rules - what does that red light mean again? We don't have those in our village. Probably he was counting on the helpful gringos slamming on their brakes as they usually did. Perhaps mistakes should not end in death, but when you run a red light, they often do. Thank God Edwin was only driving a bike and not a broken down pickup which is the usual Latino vehicle in the rest of the country or who knows how many innocents would have died.


    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/11/28/brooklyn-electeds-pay-tribute-to-edwin-ajacalon-and-call-on-albany-to-prevent-deadly-speeding/

    Is there any waiting period for “all-American boy” status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border?

    It is instant thanks to the triple modern miracles of magic borders, magic dirt, and magic passports.

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  23. Let me add this – I wonder if the kid was wearing headphones. Wearing them while riding on streets and roads is semi-suicidal. You need to hear all the noises.

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating …. until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who’s the President, an IV in your left arm, your blood-soaked T-shirt balled-up with your jeans on the floor and dull pains in muscles and organs that you didn’t know you even had (that’s if you’re lucky!):

    (CAUTION – Lots of bikini shots.. and for the females, skating babies near the end.)

    “Toro, toro, taxi, see you tomorrow my son.”
    Then she let a big truck grease her hip.

    One of Knopfler’s very best with his chicken-peckin’ lead guitar, a super guitar fade-away that I wish went on for 10 minutes, and great lyrics including one line that names the album Making Movies

    Haha, check out some of the socks – they haven’t made those striped ones since the 1980′s!

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    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating …. until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who’s the President
     
    My bro hit his head falling off a skateboard and croaked two years later age 44. Shit end of the stick, right? You'd think so. Yet, while in recovery from his brain surgery the first day of his injury, they brought in a 22 year old chick in her wedding dress who in her high heels had slipped on the wooden steps leading down from the podium of the church 5 minutes after her marriage ceremony. In front of everyone, she hit the back of her head, conked out and she died that night, she didn't make it through her surgery (or maybe they pulled the plug, doesn't take long to starve the brain of O2 once the swelling begins). In retrospect, her passing was more merciful than my brother's. Bad things happen to good people. If my bro had a helmet and the chick had worn flats..
    , @Anonymous

    One of Knopfler’s very best with his chicken-peckin’ lead guitar
     
    What is a chicken-peckin' lead guitar?
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    Ach,

    That is a great video and you're right about Mark Knopfler's skills, but his legendary riffs with his Fender Stratocaster on "Sultans of Swing" (I know, it's cliche, but still) are incredible, even after all these years of hearing them.

    Mark Knopfler truly is one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

    "Well now sweet sixteens turned thirty-one
    Feel a little tired feeling under the gun
    Well all Mark's* children are out there playing his licks
    Get into your kicks
    Come back baby
    Rock 'n Roll never forgets"

    (*Apologies to Bob Seger)

    https://youtu.be/w5SC1uIxXhk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=capnRe9RICQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RV0kgdqJU
    , @Forbes
    Good lord, do fit women like that still exist somewhere? California? Most of 'em today, sad to say, are fatties. All a woman has to do today to be above average in looks is not be fat.
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  24. Lot says:
    @Forbes

    Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed. ... The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him.
     
    "Even though"? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    Further down the NYT article is the story of Fabian (age 21) who, apparently, borrowed $8,000 from his father to be smuggled into the US when he was 16. Then the story gets curious: "Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home."

    Something is seriously off in that explanation.

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day,” he said in July. “Even if Trump wasn’t president, the risk would still exist, unless I become legal.”

    “when he was 16 … Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”

    Family values!

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    “when he was 16 … Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”
     
    Family values!
     
    Our native Fabians can do better:

    ...at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps in Philadelphia. Fabian had just watched his father being taken away in an ambulance when he was approached him about becoming a singer. His father couldn't work any longer[. A]s the oldest of three brothers, Fabian took a chance at "making some money" to help his family out and never thought of it as a career. Soon thousands were to throng to his concerts and the rest is a music business success story.
     
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  25. @Forbes

    Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed. ... The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him.
     
    "Even though"? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    Further down the NYT article is the story of Fabian (age 21) who, apparently, borrowed $8,000 from his father to be smuggled into the US when he was 16. Then the story gets curious: "Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home."

    Something is seriously off in that explanation.

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day,” he said in July. “Even if Trump wasn’t president, the risk would still exist, unless I become legal.”

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day…”

    Fabian is not a job Americans won’t do:

    http://www.fabianforte.net/

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  26. @candid_observer
    These days, I find myself chortling more over Trump's tweets.

    They drive people crazy, and he's loving it.

    The man knows how to troll. It's Modern Presidential.

    Trump’s ability to live rent-free in these peoples’ heads and drive them batshit insane is incredible.

    It may be his single strongest skill, and one of the most positive aspects of his Presidency.

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  27. Cortes says:

    Great investigative journalism that doesn’t name the restaurant employing 14 year old kids.

    Pulitzer material. On how to avoid a clash between the acceptable narrative and the seedy reality.

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  28. @Lot
    "when he was 16 ... Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”

    Family values!

    “when he was 16 … Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”

    Family values!

    Our native Fabians can do better:

    …at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps in Philadelphia. Fabian had just watched his father being taken away in an ambulance when he was approached him about becoming a singer. His father couldn’t work any longer[. A]s the oldest of three brothers, Fabian took a chance at “making some money” to help his family out and never thought of it as a career. Soon thousands were to throng to his concerts and the rest is a music business success story.

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    Fabian was not much of a singer. Promoters saw decent looking young dude and just went with it. It worked for them.
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  29. Lot says:
    @Jack D
    Note that Edwin was not just driving a bike but an electric bike (currently the favorite vehicle of NY delivery drivers). Another name for electric bike is "illegal and unlicensed motorcycle". But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.

    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here’s Kate Middleton, Lytr’s official UK brand ambassador.

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    "Yes, the city needs more slow-moving wicker vehicles."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBSgpHQO-J4
    , @Reg Cæsar
    This is America. We'll never use Lytr.

    Well keep our Quyrts!
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Also, LOL!

    Great one, Lot!
    , @Jack D
    Don't laugh. They have pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) in NY now. I used to think that pedicabs were something found only in places like Bombay and Ho Chi Minh City.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    http://d279m997dpfwgl.cloudfront.net/wp/2016/02/2016_scalia-rbg-1000x695.jpg
    , @Mr. Anon

    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.
     
    'Lytr' Hah! That's good.
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  30. I tend to get off on tangents sometimes, in this case, why the kid got smashed to begin with. As to the subject, in particular, the last part, yes, I think lots of immigration boosterism in the big cities is due to The Stupidity of the Foodies*. They really care more about trying new types of authentic cuisine than they care about the lives of any possible children or grandchildren.

    I agree with a commenter above who likes the post as a good step in combining compassion for the poor downtrodden kids separated from their families and plain old get-the-fuck-out-ism. “It’s just not SAFE for these people in our country. We must deport them for their own safety. If one more undocumented hot meal gets spread out over the pavement, that’s too many! What do we want? Preventative Deporation! When do we want it? We want it NOW!

    .

    * No, not “The Bonfires of the Vanities”, but “The Stupidity of the Foodies” – shades of Tom Wolfe?

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  31. Jack D says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    ... hit by a southbound BMW sedan...
     
    As soon as I read this line, I figured NY city had found another great white defendant. I immediately had an image in my head of the car scene from Bonfire of the Vanities, which I know is right in your wheelhouse, Steve.

    Anyway, I don't want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling, so I'll just say this: When on a bike, it's your ass, no matter whose fault the accident is. That boy, or any, at 14 y/o was much too young to understand how vulnerable he was after having ridden like mad for a couple years without getting hurt. Some moderate trauma is enough to really teach one a lesson.

    The kid did not look through the intersection. Just today, and twice last week, I've had people make moves in a car that would have caused me to plow into them, had I not been looking out the window continuously (i.e., the phone was in my pocket, and I never use that smart phone while driving.) On a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you. You must make s special effort to prevent that.

    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.

    The BMW driver was 19 and after the accident 3 of his “friends” disappeared from the back seat and did not stick around to talk to the po-po. Nevertheless, he appeared to be devastated that he had killed someone. I’m guessing from the neighborhood demographics that he was Asian. He was apparently speeding a little, maybe gunning it to make it thru the green light before it turned red. I confess that I do the same when I am driving. I really don’t expect bikers to suddenly cross in front of me when I have the right of way. The driver was not cited for the accident, only for speeding so in the judgment of the cops even if he had been going the speed limit he would have still hit him because Edwin appeared suddenly in the intersection right in front of him with no time to brake. However I do note that the severity of injuries does go up exponentially with speed – maybe if the driver had been going 10 mph slower he would have just injured Edwin instead of killing him and Edwin would have learned a valuable lesson the hard way. But Edwin was not very good at lessons – 14 years old and already out of school.

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    Agreed, Jack, except with your 1st line:

    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.
     
    It's very dependent on conditions, most importantly the view. If I have a good enough view to where I can see both ways far enough for any car to not possibly get to the intersection to hit me, I goin', and I'll usually speed up just out of habit.

    There's a no-stop point for every intersection, and the color of the traffic light doesn't have a whole lot to do with whether I'm stopping or not. The no stop point is set back farther for my higher speed but must be close enough for a view in all directions of traffic flow. If this is impossible, then I've got to stop. This kind of sense comes from riding a lot, but again, having your ears open too is very important.

    I asked my kid who was riding in the truck with me just today, when a guy went through a red light 6-8 seconds after his-side light was red (and remarkably, not at high speed but just cruising through below the speed limit - no acceleration or deceleration!) "Do you know what would have happened if I just looked for the green light and went right across, because I have the right-of-way? He'd have smashed this side of the truck. Which is more important, being in the right by the law, or being in the hospital or not?"
    , @Anonymous
    You need mo' POC in yo 'hood. Black people in our major cities aim their cars at white people. When they're on foot, they walk right in front of your car, mid-block, anywhere. Ghetto Lottery in play. Not to mention, if they kill or maim a white boy they know full well it'll never get into the news. Plus, they don't care.
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  32. Dr. X says:

    He did not continue his schooling in New York, however. Instead, he worked as a deliveryman for various Brooklyn restaurants, living with five roommates whom he’d met on the job, in a small apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. …

    Aaaaand…. where are all the unions in New York City? Why no organized labor marches demanding a crackdown on illegal alien child labor performing work in unsafe conditions on illegal motorcycles undercutting the wages of American workers?? What is this… New York City in 1904?

    Could it be that the unions don’t give a damn about actual labor issues, and are merely extortion rackets for the DNC???

    Samuel Gompers, call your office…

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  33. @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

    “Yes, the city needs more slow-moving wicker vehicles.”

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  34. @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

    This is America. We’ll never use Lytr.

    Well keep our Quyrts!

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  35. @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

    Also, LOL!

    Great one, Lot!

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  36. @Jack D
    Note that Edwin was not just driving a bike but an electric bike (currently the favorite vehicle of NY delivery drivers). Another name for electric bike is "illegal and unlicensed motorcycle". But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.

    Another name for electric bike is “illegal and unlicensed motorcycle”. But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.

    Wasn’t Stonewall an undocumented bar? With health department issues, and serving teenagers in the to boot?

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    The NYPD SEC and FBI were all investigating Stonewall because it was a mafia bar that had cute toy boys blackmailing and extorting stock brokers clerks and others to commit all sorts of financial fraud. In the days before computers a lot of stock certificates just disappeared.

    The gay bars in NYC and some other cities were all mafia operations.
    , @Dr. X
    Well, now it's a National Monument run by the National Parks Service.

    Seriously.
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  37. Jack D says:
    @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

    Don’t laugh. They have pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) in NY now. I used to think that pedicabs were something found only in places like Bombay and Ho Chi Minh City.

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    Their vibrant drivers scam unwitting tourists because they charge an exorbitant price per minute and then don’t disclose that a seemingly quick trip will cost over $100 until after it’s over.

    https://abc7ny.com/society/pedicab-riders-shocked-by-bills-topping-$200-$400-even-$600/2968749/

    , @Joe Joe
    We have pedicabs in D.C. too. I've never used one and have no idea what they charge. We also have guided Segway tours!
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Another 3rd world thing New York has now:

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1030172770536247296?s=21
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  38. @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

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    Is that Scalia and Ginsberg on top?
    , @Pericles
    Anonymous driver, Scalia, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.
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  39. Speaking of illegal immigrants, this news report will never be duplicated in America. 50 Million tons of produce rotting on the shelves..

    http://www.itv.com/news/2018-08-19/shocking-amount-of-fruit-and-veg-wasted-researchers-say/

    Or, if I’m wrong and it is reported, it will be accompanied by a demand for more illegals to come and eat the food Americans refuse to eat.

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  40. @Forbes

    Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed. ... The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him.
     
    "Even though"? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    Further down the NYT article is the story of Fabian (age 21) who, apparently, borrowed $8,000 from his father to be smuggled into the US when he was 16. Then the story gets curious: "Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home."

    Something is seriously off in that explanation.

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day,” he said in July. “Even if Trump wasn’t president, the risk would still exist, unless I become legal.”

    “Even though”? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    The NYC speed limit is 25 mph. If he was going 50, then he could be up on involuntary manslaughter charges. That’s 3-15 years upon conviction, if this website is to be believed.

    https://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-york-law/new-york-involuntary-manslaughter-laws.html

    From an motorist pedestrian accident data website:

    This figure shows that the risk of a pedestrian fatality at an impact speed of 30 mph is approximately 7%, and the risk of fatality at 40 mph is approximately 25%.

    https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship_between_speed_risk_fatal_injury_pedestrians_and_car_occupants_richards.pdf

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    The kid was driving an electric bike: an unlicensed, unregistered, illegal motor vehicle. He had neither a drivers license nor insurance.

    The kid ran a red light in an intersection and hit a car traveling through the intersection on a green light.

    The driver of the car is not going to be charged with anything.
    , @Forbes
    JR--I take your point. The law on the books is vehicular manslaughter. The culpability for the unintentional death of another (manslaughter) generally requires criminal (non-felony) recklessness, and as speeding is a violation, not a misdemeanor, a manslaughter charge is not indicated. It usually takes excessive speed (more than 20 mph over the limit) before considering VM. Your supposition regarding driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone is germane, inasmuch as no such fact is evident. It remains that the 14-year old ran a red light, and such act is the proximate cause of his own death.

    My intended rhetorical question was directed at the article's embedded assumption that a miscarriage of justice occurred when criminal charges were not brought against the driver.

    PS: Since it was never noted whether the boy was wearing a helmet, I'll assumed he wasn't. Head injury being the principal cause of death for pedestrians or cyclists colliding with vehicles.
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  41. @Jack D
    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.

    The BMW driver was 19 and after the accident 3 of his "friends" disappeared from the back seat and did not stick around to talk to the po-po. Nevertheless, he appeared to be devastated that he had killed someone. I'm guessing from the neighborhood demographics that he was Asian. He was apparently speeding a little, maybe gunning it to make it thru the green light before it turned red. I confess that I do the same when I am driving. I really don't expect bikers to suddenly cross in front of me when I have the right of way. The driver was not cited for the accident, only for speeding so in the judgment of the cops even if he had been going the speed limit he would have still hit him because Edwin appeared suddenly in the intersection right in front of him with no time to brake. However I do note that the severity of injuries does go up exponentially with speed - maybe if the driver had been going 10 mph slower he would have just injured Edwin instead of killing him and Edwin would have learned a valuable lesson the hard way. But Edwin was not very good at lessons - 14 years old and already out of school.

    Agreed, Jack, except with your 1st line:

    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.

    It’s very dependent on conditions, most importantly the view. If I have a good enough view to where I can see both ways far enough for any car to not possibly get to the intersection to hit me, I goin’, and I’ll usually speed up just out of habit.

    There’s a no-stop point for every intersection, and the color of the traffic light doesn’t have a whole lot to do with whether I’m stopping or not. The no stop point is set back farther for my higher speed but must be close enough for a view in all directions of traffic flow. If this is impossible, then I’ve got to stop. This kind of sense comes from riding a lot, but again, having your ears open too is very important.

    I asked my kid who was riding in the truck with me just today, when a guy went through a red light 6-8 seconds after his-side light was red (and remarkably, not at high speed but just cruising through below the speed limit – no acceleration or deceleration!) “Do you know what would have happened if I just looked for the green light and went right across, because I have the right-of-way? He’d have smashed this side of the truck. Which is more important, being in the right by the law, or being in the hospital or not?”

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  42. Lot says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Unsurprisingly, Lord Shaftesbury froze to death on January 5, 1876.
     
    No wonder he missed having an epiphany!

    Actually, he died almost ten years later, of lung disease, which many of his many children suffered from as well.

    But the good Lord will have few friends at this site, when the locals hear the following. He was pushing Zionism quite actively before Theodor Herzl was even born. Yet he also headed up The
    London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews.

    He also fought the opium trade. He just liked to start fights, I guess.

    Opium was to the 19th-century Chinaman what dollar stores are to 21st-century Americans. An addictive foreign drug.

    “Yet he also headed up The London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews.”

    Still operating today, and running the oldest Protestant church in Israel, which mixes veneration of Christ with Jewish cultural traditions.

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  43. donut says:

    OT : another reason for Negro Felon League to take a knee or two :

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    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.

    Meaning they don’t show much skin on cold game days.
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    Totally straight.

    Totally.
    , @Pericles
    The NFL will obviously do anything to recover their former popularity.
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  44. countenance says: • Website

    He was a 14-year-old boy who lived in the city for about a year, having come to the United States illegally and unaccompanied from rural Guatemala, where he’d finished sixth grade and helped his parents work the fields

    But if he’s not back in Guatemala helping to work the fields, then Guatemalan crops are rotting in the fields.

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  45. bomag says:
    @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country

    Mostly false, from my experience.

    This is just said by people who get a thrill from giving things away, like their country.

    It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.

    New York becoming more like Guatemala is not a win.

    At any time and place, there is only so much “city” to go around. Do you want to fill the current urban ecosystem with traditional residents, or bring in Central Americans, who will turn the place into a version of their home?

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  46. @J.Ross
    OT Left eating own, portends well for November. Setting aside the Twitterer whose handle is a wonderfully obscene reference to homosexual acts (or their aftermath), Guy A says don't drive away potential support (because he is secretly a Nazi), and ... let's call him Guy B picks up on the crypto-Hitlerism and chastises A's extremist calls for unrestrained reasonableness.
    https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/08/19/queen-eye-jonathan-van-ness-not-all-republicans-racist/
    Guy B's argument (not linking twitter because of obscene name, which is apparently a-okay with twitter's censors):

    This is the worst political advice ever. Progressive candidates that actually stand for something are how we win. Running towards the center with [Hillary] Clinton just gave us four years of Trump - let's not be silly again. People want universal health care, period.
     

    Guy B’s argument (not linking twitter because of obscene name, which is apparently a-okay with twitter’s censors):

    Jizzywinks? That’s too much for you? What about pozzing and the Poz Cafe photo from Brussels someone posted here yesterday? Obscene? What does that word even mean today? Does this come from your Good Book where it’s moral to murder children?

    What’s wrong with exposing the reality of queers and their lifestyle? The MSM does all it can to hide the truth from us and make homos seem like cute, hygienic, and cuddly fun loving boys. The more Jizzywinks gets his name out there, the more rational people will understand the biomechanics and public health nightmare he represents.

    And how is it that straight men are terrified of being called “racist” when backdoor bandits are proud of getting pozzed?

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    I'm just trying not to get whimmed.
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  47. Anon[187] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Make a new movie. BREAKING IN.

    BREAKING AWAY was one of the last notable white working class movies.

    BREAKING IN can about the globo peon class that comes to the US and braves the traffic.

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  48. Steve, you’re getting more acerbic, penetrating and entertaining. The trifecta!

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  49. 14 years old eh?

    Ahh, but, well…you know, they do the jobs no one else in White America will do and etc.

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  50. Illegal Alien van drivers, from Jamaica and Haiti, mow down American citizens and deal illicit drugs in Brooklyn and Queens every day. Full scale tong wars, with machetes, are a long-time activity of Chinese coach drivers, doing business in Flushing. When you let in the Third-World, you become the Third-World.

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    "When you let in the Third-World, you become the Third-World."

    That should be a bumper sticker, although certain people might trash your car when you aren't attending to it.
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  51. @donut
    OT : another reason for Negro Felon League to take a knee or two :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=139&v=M-95Yxs7FZI

    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.

    Meaning they don’t show much skin on cold game days.

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    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.
     
    Do they use both sexes, as colleges do?

    Funny, I married into a Packer clan 11 years ago, and I don't know the answer to this question. I'm proud of the fact that my own Giants have never stooped to using any cheerleaders.

    On the other hand, the owner's niece did star in that remake of the Swedish tattoo flick...
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  52. @Forbes
    One additional note from the NYT article...

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room. Open borders results in the third world inside the border.

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room.

    Aha! Now we come to the truth of the fine lad’s service to America. His five roommates were all power top middle-aged NYT reporters. Importing twinks is Who We Are. He was doing the twinkery American boys refuse to do..

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  53. @donut
    OT : another reason for Negro Felon League to take a knee or two :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=139&v=M-95Yxs7FZI

    Totally straight.

    Totally.

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  54. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:
    @candid_observer
    These days, I find myself chortling more over Trump's tweets.

    They drive people crazy, and he's loving it.

    The man knows how to troll. It's Modern Presidential.

    I caught this in the replies

    He should look in the mirror and across the room at the synagogue. Perhaps confront his own people rather than enrich himself via financial skullduggery.

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  55. Clyde says:

    The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, 24 cyclists died and 4,397 were injured last year in motor vehicle crashes.

    Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too. Legal or illegal. The kid who was hit was most likely 80-100% Indian from Guatemala and maybe its highlands. We are getting so many of them from Central America that I can see them agitating to get casinos 20 years from now.

    Never ride a bike in NYC or most urban areas. You can get hit by a spaced out driver (likely an immigrant) who will kill or cripple you.

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    Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too. Legal or illegal.
     
    Only up until the point the story is used in an episode of Law and Order.
    , @George
    "Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too."

    "Edwin Ajacalon was biking across 23rd St. when the driver of a gray
    2017 BMW sedan flew southbound through a green light at Fifth Ave. in
    Sunset Park — hitting and killing the immigrant teenager about 5:45 p.m.
    Saturday, cops said."

    Sunset on Saturday, Nov 25 2017 was 4:30 so the accident did not occur during Sabbath. So it could have been an observant Jew. There are lots of young Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn who drive expensive cars. So based purely on Brooklyn demographics Orthodox Jew is most likely.

    Sunset Park is now heavily Chinese, aka Brooklyn Chinatown. Bad driving, expensive car, Chinese neighborhood.... Based on Sunset Park demographics and the make of the car the driver was a Chinese National / university student or the child of a Chinese immigrant. But I think a US born Chinese would drive better. Said immigrant would have likely have had a well paid lawyer fixer on retainer. Possibly why the individual's name, and the delivery boy's restaurant are not mentioned in the news.
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  56. Ibound1 says:

    If not for 14 year old illegal Guatemalan delivery boys with 6th grade educations, think of all the Chinese food rotting in its white boxes.

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  57. Bill de Blasio’s plan to make more drivers more conscientious and aware is called ‘Vision Zero.’

    Now, you might think that ‘Vision Zero’ is a stupid name for a program meant to get drivers to pay more attention to traffic rules, and that someone along the line might have pointed out to the Mayor that Zero Vision is not the best expression of this idea, but that’s not how the progs work.

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/visionzero/index.page

    Also, delivery bikes are a menace, especially e-bikes. This has been a problem for awhile. They are silent, go up to 30 mph, and the drivers work for tips based on speed of delivery. They hurt people:

    https://www.bicyclelaw.com/bikes-hit-more-pedestrians-than-previously-thought/

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    Lol, Sweden should sue these sorry NYC plagiarists for IP violation because we've had precisely the same Vision Zero ("Nollvisionen") for years and years. It sounds stupid in Swedish too.
    , @Yngvar
    We have that Vision Zero program in Norway too. The vision being of course zero fatalities in traffic. And it's working – more and more patients are dying waiting for an organ donor.
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  58. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Stan d Mute

    Guy B’s argument (not linking twitter because of obscene name, which is apparently a-okay with twitter’s censors):
     
    Jizzywinks? That’s too much for you? What about pozzing and the Poz Cafe photo from Brussels someone posted here yesterday? Obscene? What does that word even mean today? Does this come from your Good Book where it’s moral to murder children?

    What’s wrong with exposing the reality of queers and their lifestyle? The MSM does all it can to hide the truth from us and make homos seem like cute, hygienic, and cuddly fun loving boys. The more Jizzywinks gets his name out there, the more rational people will understand the biomechanics and public health nightmare he represents.

    And how is it that straight men are terrified of being called “racist” when backdoor bandits are proud of getting pozzed?

    I’m just trying not to get whimmed.

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  59. J.Ross says: • Website

    I happened to overhear parts of a happy conversation in a restaurant several years ago. Two guys in Richmond, Virginia started a simple local delivery business with their own cars and, in a few years (and the inability of Bezos to get his drones to work), they had grown to a fleet of about twenty liveried fuel-efficient compact cars (not bikes) with staff. Cars can go further, drive through more weather, hold more cargo, and are safer in every respect that does not invoke Gaia.
    Are New York and Washington, DC the only places in the US where bicycle messengers are necessary? I’m sure they’re possible in all cities, but NYC and WDC have uniquely horrible driving arrangements that make bikes preferable.

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    In crowded stop and go traffic bikes go a lot faster than cars in some areas. I’ve seen bikes go 3 blocks while I just sit there.
    , @Forbes
    Easier to park a bike when necessary or not in use. Parking in Manhattan is generally described as a nightmare--Brooklyn, Queens barely less so. Also, density of delivery territory makes bikes more functional/productive.
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  60. Lot says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    http://d279m997dpfwgl.cloudfront.net/wp/2016/02/2016_scalia-rbg-1000x695.jpg

    Is that Scalia and Ginsberg on top?

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    Yes it is. There's another one of them atop a camel, with her in the rear in a far lower position.

    Scalia ribbed her about her feminist friends' complaint about the apparent subservience. RGB replied that it was the camel driver's decision, and based on "the distribution of weight".
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  61. @Forbes
    One additional note from the NYT article...

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room. Open borders results in the third world inside the border.

    Forbes, Six to a room is the new apartment model for Silicon Valley. Get up, brush your teeth and downstairs to your work station.

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    Hot bunks like the submarine service...
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  62. Western says:
    @Detective Club
    Illegal Alien van drivers, from Jamaica and Haiti, mow down American citizens and deal illicit drugs in Brooklyn and Queens every day. Full scale tong wars, with machetes, are a long-time activity of Chinese coach drivers, doing business in Flushing. When you let in the Third-World, you become the Third-World.

    “When you let in the Third-World, you become the Third-World.”

    That should be a bumper sticker, although certain people might trash your car when you aren’t attending to it.

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    I caught a few minutes of an old hokey Matt Helm movie on TV somewhere and Dino was driving a large American car in France and it had a LED sign in the one piece taillight strip that scrolled messages in lights across it. Then a flight of fancy, it'd be very practicable now. An electronic bumper sticker, essentially, you could display time and place appropriate messages on, meaning you could scroll stuff on it on the highway and turn it off or put on something innocuous when parked or in unsuitable areas. Also you could turn it off when cops or busybodies/antifa/whatever were behind you.
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  63. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    I always make a special effort not to run red lights when on my bike.

    The BMW driver was 19 and after the accident 3 of his "friends" disappeared from the back seat and did not stick around to talk to the po-po. Nevertheless, he appeared to be devastated that he had killed someone. I'm guessing from the neighborhood demographics that he was Asian. He was apparently speeding a little, maybe gunning it to make it thru the green light before it turned red. I confess that I do the same when I am driving. I really don't expect bikers to suddenly cross in front of me when I have the right of way. The driver was not cited for the accident, only for speeding so in the judgment of the cops even if he had been going the speed limit he would have still hit him because Edwin appeared suddenly in the intersection right in front of him with no time to brake. However I do note that the severity of injuries does go up exponentially with speed - maybe if the driver had been going 10 mph slower he would have just injured Edwin instead of killing him and Edwin would have learned a valuable lesson the hard way. But Edwin was not very good at lessons - 14 years old and already out of school.

    You need mo’ POC in yo ‘hood. Black people in our major cities aim their cars at white people. When they’re on foot, they walk right in front of your car, mid-block, anywhere. Ghetto Lottery in play. Not to mention, if they kill or maim a white boy they know full well it’ll never get into the news. Plus, they don’t care.

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    Black people in our major cities aim their cars at white people.
     
    Is this true?
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  64. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Forbes
    One additional note from the NYT article...

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room. Open borders results in the third world inside the border.

    Compared to California Asian housing it’s very spacious.

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  65. From that New York Times article.

    Correction: August 15, 2018

    An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a London neighborhood. It is Mayfair, not Mayfield.

    Tells you all you need to know about the quality of the article.

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    Mayfair is white af and needs to be renamed after Curtis Mayfield.
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  66. anonymous[359] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    ... hit by a southbound BMW sedan...
     
    As soon as I read this line, I figured NY city had found another great white defendant. I immediately had an image in my head of the car scene from Bonfire of the Vanities, which I know is right in your wheelhouse, Steve.

    Anyway, I don't want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling, so I'll just say this: When on a bike, it's your ass, no matter whose fault the accident is. That boy, or any, at 14 y/o was much too young to understand how vulnerable he was after having ridden like mad for a couple years without getting hurt. Some moderate trauma is enough to really teach one a lesson.

    The kid did not look through the intersection. Just today, and twice last week, I've had people make moves in a car that would have caused me to plow into them, had I not been looking out the window continuously (i.e., the phone was in my pocket, and I never use that smart phone while driving.) On a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you. You must make s special effort to prevent that.

    I don’t want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling …

    [but] on a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you.

    Unless the car is being driven by a pitbull.

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    I need a headline for a post that would get 1000 comments. Maybe ...

    "Who Would Win In a Fight: You or a Pitbull Riding a Bicycle?"

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Heh! I stayed out of those ones.
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  67. Big Bill says:
    @Johann Ricke

    “Even though”? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

     

    The NYC speed limit is 25 mph. If he was going 50, then he could be up on involuntary manslaughter charges. That's 3-15 years upon conviction, if this website is to be believed.
    https://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-york-law/new-york-involuntary-manslaughter-laws.html

    From an motorist pedestrian accident data website:


    This figure shows that the risk of a pedestrian fatality at an impact speed of 30 mph is approximately 7%, and the risk of fatality at 40 mph is approximately 25%.
     
    https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship_between_speed_risk_fatal_injury_pedestrians_and_car_occupants_richards.pdf

    The kid was driving an electric bike: an unlicensed, unregistered, illegal motor vehicle. He had neither a drivers license nor insurance.

    The kid ran a red light in an intersection and hit a car traveling through the intersection on a green light.

    The driver of the car is not going to be charged with anything.

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    Not all electric bikes are illegal

    There are basically two types of electric bike, Pedelecs are 100% legal in NY and almost all states and countries, with a pedelec unless the rider uses the peddles the motor doesn't work, the bikes that are illegal on city streets are bikes with a throttle which allows the rider to use the motor without turning the peddles
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  68. Lurker says:
    @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    Is it possible that diminishing marginal returns could set in? Obviously, right now, it’s the greatest boon to humanity possible. But, Devil’s advocate – is just possible that one day there might be one or two too many vibrant incomers to keep the equation working?

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    Well, he did refer to himself as a beggar.
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  69. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Another name for electric bike is “illegal and unlicensed motorcycle”. But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.
     
    Wasn't Stonewall an undocumented bar? With health department issues, and serving teenagers in the to boot?

    The NYPD SEC and FBI were all investigating Stonewall because it was a mafia bar that had cute toy boys blackmailing and extorting stock brokers clerks and others to commit all sorts of financial fraud. In the days before computers a lot of stock certificates just disappeared.

    The gay bars in NYC and some other cities were all mafia operations.

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    The gay bars in NYC and some other cities were all mafia operations.
     
    Well, well. I keep learning things here, sort of.
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  70. @anonymous

    I don’t want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling …

    [but] on a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you.
     
    Unless the car is being driven by a pitbull.

    I need a headline for a post that would get 1000 comments. Maybe …

    “Who Would Win In a Fight: You or a Pitbull Riding a Bicycle?”

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    “Who’d win the fight between Caitlin Jenner and They to dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?”

    Five points pro and contra the contenders.

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  71. Lurker says:
    @Clyde

    The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, 24 cyclists died and 4,397 were injured last year in motor vehicle crashes.
     
    Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too. Legal or illegal. The kid who was hit was most likely 80-100% Indian from Guatemala and maybe its highlands. We are getting so many of them from Central America that I can see them agitating to get casinos 20 years from now.

    Never ride a bike in NYC or most urban areas. You can get hit by a spaced out driver (likely an immigrant) who will kill or cripple you.

    Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too. Legal or illegal.

    Only up until the point the story is used in an episode of Law and Order.

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  72. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan
    From that New York Times article.

    Correction: August 15, 2018

    An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a London neighborhood. It is Mayfair, not Mayfield.
     
    Tells you all you need to know about the quality of the article.

    Mayfair is white af and needs to be renamed after Curtis Mayfield.

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    But not Baker Mayfield.
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  73. @Anonymous
    Mayfair is white af and needs to be renamed after Curtis Mayfield.

    But not Baker Mayfield.

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  74. Lurker says:
    @Altai
    They have this company in Dublin. When they started out they were a mix of various backpacker-esque unskilled flotsam from Europe and South America. Then they suddenly became almost entirely Sub-Continental. Which I found interesting since they must have been Indian students and I'm not sure their visas would allow them to work in such a job. The authorities must have noticed too, because as of a few months ago they're now all white again.

    I'm not saying a multi-national bicycle package delivery company has anything but the highest of employment standards, of course.

    We have them round here too – well outside London. But they are generally they kind of white boys you might expect to see. For now anyway.

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  75. @anonymous

    I don’t want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling …

    [but] on a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you.
     
    Unless the car is being driven by a pitbull.

    Heh! I stayed out of those ones.

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  76. @Harry Baldwin
    “a mistake should not end in death.”

    Says the Progressive, continuing, "and when we take over, it never will again."

    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That's the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it "should not" come from, other than liberal idiocy?

    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That’s the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it “should not” come from, other than liberal idiocy?

    David Hume asked the same question.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is%E2%80%93ought_problem

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    Yeah, like Hume said; if all you know is what is what, you shouldn't oughta say ought. Lest all your thinking come to naught, what you ought to say is aught.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Thank you, I learned something. "Hume's Guillotine," indeed!
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  77. @Achmed E. Newman
    Let me add this - I wonder if the kid was wearing headphones. Wearing them while riding on streets and roads is semi-suicidal. You need to hear all the noises.

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating .... until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who's the President, an IV in your left arm, your blood-soaked T-shirt balled-up with your jeans on the floor and dull pains in muscles and organs that you didn't know you even had (that's if you're lucky!):

    (CAUTION - Lots of bikini shots.. and for the females, skating babies near the end.)

    "Toro, toro, taxi, see you tomorrow my son."
    Then she let a big truck grease her hip.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7OpJAzQJyo

    One of Knopfler's very best with his chicken-peckin' lead guitar, a super guitar fade-away that I wish went on for 10 minutes, and great lyrics including one line that names the album Making Movies

    Haha, check out some of the socks - they haven't made those striped ones since the 1980's!

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating …. until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who’s the President

    My bro hit his head falling off a skateboard and croaked two years later age 44. Shit end of the stick, right? You’d think so. Yet, while in recovery from his brain surgery the first day of his injury, they brought in a 22 year old chick in her wedding dress who in her high heels had slipped on the wooden steps leading down from the podium of the church 5 minutes after her marriage ceremony. In front of everyone, she hit the back of her head, conked out and she died that night, she didn’t make it through her surgery (or maybe they pulled the plug, doesn’t take long to starve the brain of O2 once the swelling begins). In retrospect, her passing was more merciful than my brother’s. Bad things happen to good people. If my bro had a helmet and the chick had worn flats..

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    I'm sorry to read about your brother, Jim. I've had 2 accidents in different conveyances and did hit my head both times, but in the front and not hard enough to do anything but bleed a lot from the flesh wound. One of them was when I was uninsured, and I refused a $1200 cat-scan to "check out my sinuses". It's not that I thought for sure he was just trying to make use of the machines, but I wasn't sure - he seemed kinda' pissed that I said something toward that effect (it was maybe $2,500 in today's money, but I didn't make much then) .

    BTW, neither one was my fault, and defensive driving wouldn't have helped in either case - sounds weird, but I don't want to get into too much detail.
    , @Hallie Scott Kline
    Jim Christian, sorry to hear that about your brother. How long ago? I’m not a skateboarder; are they likelier nowadays to wear helmets? I’ve never worn one for sports such as skiing but I notice my daughter’s generation doing so more and more. This can only be a good thing.

    As for the bride who should have worn flats... I agree. I would only wear high heels if they’re wedges, which provide stability.
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  78. @Big Bill
    The kid was driving an electric bike: an unlicensed, unregistered, illegal motor vehicle. He had neither a drivers license nor insurance.

    The kid ran a red light in an intersection and hit a car traveling through the intersection on a green light.

    The driver of the car is not going to be charged with anything.

    Not all electric bikes are illegal

    There are basically two types of electric bike, Pedelecs are 100% legal in NY and almost all states and countries, with a pedelec unless the rider uses the peddles the motor doesn’t work, the bikes that are illegal on city streets are bikes with a throttle which allows the rider to use the motor without turning the peddles

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  79. Dr. X says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Another name for electric bike is “illegal and unlicensed motorcycle”. But I guess since no human is illegal, then no motorcycle is illegal either. It was an undocumented motorcycle.
     
    Wasn't Stonewall an undocumented bar? With health department issues, and serving teenagers in the to boot?

    Well, now it’s a National Monument run by the National Parks Service.

    Seriously.

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    Well, now [Stonewall is] a National Monument run by the National Parks Service.

    Seriously.
     
    Let's get the French to build us a Statue of License.
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  80. @Joe Schmoe


    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That’s the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it “should not” come from, other than liberal idiocy?
     
    David Hume asked the same question.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is%E2%80%93ought_problem

    Yeah, like Hume said; if all you know is what is what, you shouldn’t oughta say ought. Lest all your thinking come to naught, what you ought to say is aught.

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  81. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Western
    "When you let in the Third-World, you become the Third-World."

    That should be a bumper sticker, although certain people might trash your car when you aren't attending to it.

    I caught a few minutes of an old hokey Matt Helm movie on TV somewhere and Dino was driving a large American car in France and it had a LED sign in the one piece taillight strip that scrolled messages in lights across it. Then a flight of fancy, it’d be very practicable now. An electronic bumper sticker, essentially, you could display time and place appropriate messages on, meaning you could scroll stuff on it on the highway and turn it off or put on something innocuous when parked or in unsuitable areas. Also you could turn it off when cops or busybodies/antifa/whatever were behind you.

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    Be careful what you wish for :-)

    https://gizmodo.com/californias-new-digital-license-plates-give-you-the-cha-1826372642

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/would-you-pay-700-plus-a-monthly-fee-for-a-digital-license-plate
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I read all the Matt Helm books and they were pretty good. I like Dean Martin, but the Matt Helm movies were dreadful.
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  82. @Jack D
    Don't laugh. They have pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) in NY now. I used to think that pedicabs were something found only in places like Bombay and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Their vibrant drivers scam unwitting tourists because they charge an exorbitant price per minute and then don’t disclose that a seemingly quick trip will cost over $100 until after it’s over.

    https://abc7ny.com/society/pedicab-riders-shocked-by-bills-topping-$200-$400-even-$600/2968749/

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    From my experience (observation, not expenditure), the pedicabs have posted fares on each side of the cab. It shouldn't be a mystery--but the posted rates are from $1.99-to-$5.00 per minute, presumably per person. It strikes me as a complete ripoff, but tourists ride them, especially in CP.
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  83. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.

    It’s not a win for New Yorkers, who would otherwise have the opportunity to do delivery jobs at higher pay and under better conditions.

    In any case, it’s not clear that food delivery services better the quality of life in cities.

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  84. @Lot
    Is that Scalia and Ginsberg on top?

    Yes it is. There’s another one of them atop a camel, with her in the rear in a far lower position.

    Scalia ribbed her about her feminist friends’ complaint about the apparent subservience. RGB replied that it was the camel driver’s decision, and based on “the distribution of weight”.

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  85. @Joe Schmoe


    We all know that a stupid mistake can result in our death. That’s the chance we take every time we get out of bed. Where does this idea that it “should not” come from, other than liberal idiocy?
     
    David Hume asked the same question.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is%E2%80%93ought_problem

    Thank you, I learned something. “Hume’s Guillotine,” indeed!

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  86. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Let me add this - I wonder if the kid was wearing headphones. Wearing them while riding on streets and roads is semi-suicidal. You need to hear all the noises.

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating .... until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who's the President, an IV in your left arm, your blood-soaked T-shirt balled-up with your jeans on the floor and dull pains in muscles and organs that you didn't know you even had (that's if you're lucky!):

    (CAUTION - Lots of bikini shots.. and for the females, skating babies near the end.)

    "Toro, toro, taxi, see you tomorrow my son."
    Then she let a big truck grease her hip.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7OpJAzQJyo

    One of Knopfler's very best with his chicken-peckin' lead guitar, a super guitar fade-away that I wish went on for 10 minutes, and great lyrics including one line that names the album Making Movies

    Haha, check out some of the socks - they haven't made those striped ones since the 1980's!

    One of Knopfler’s very best with his chicken-peckin’ lead guitar

    What is a chicken-peckin’ lead guitar?

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    What is a chicken-peckin’ lead guitar?
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4oDF_quqm8
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  87. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    The NYPD SEC and FBI were all investigating Stonewall because it was a mafia bar that had cute toy boys blackmailing and extorting stock brokers clerks and others to commit all sorts of financial fraud. In the days before computers a lot of stock certificates just disappeared.

    The gay bars in NYC and some other cities were all mafia operations.

    The gay bars in NYC and some other cities were all mafia operations.

    Well, well. I keep learning things here, sort of.

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  88. MarkinLA says:
    @Jack D

    At a vigil last night, elected officials and street safety advocates paid tribute to Edwin Ajacalon, the 14-year-old from Guatemala who was killed by a teenage driver in Brooklyn Saturday night. Calling Ajacalon an “all-American boy” and “a vital thread in the beautiful tapestry that is New York City,” they pressed for street safety improvements and a culture change among drivers after yet another death of a cyclist, the 20th in 2017.
     
    Is there any waiting period for "all-American boy" status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don't speak a word of English?

    Borough President Eric Adams called Ajacalon’s death “a truly tragic moment.” Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”
     
    I guess besides not knowing much English, he was probably not totally down on the nuances of
    American traffic rules - what does that red light mean again? We don't have those in our village. Probably he was counting on the helpful gringos slamming on their brakes as they usually did. Perhaps mistakes should not end in death, but when you run a red light, they often do. Thank God Edwin was only driving a bike and not a broken down pickup which is the usual Latino vehicle in the rest of the country or who knows how many innocents would have died.


    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/11/28/brooklyn-electeds-pay-tribute-to-edwin-ajacalon-and-call-on-albany-to-prevent-deadly-speeding/

    Is there any waiting period for “all-American boy” status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don’t speak a word of English?

    NYU can confir an honorary degree on him like Trayvon got.

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  89. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Some years ago the California labor relations agency did a major crackdown on all the sewing factories in Los Angeles. They even managed to obtain addresses of the unlicensed ones operating in garages and houses. The Asian operators just moved to Orange County.

    Anyway the inspectors found lots of kids as young as 10 working with their illegal alien Hispanic and Asian parents.

    The news paper article was entertaining. The writers couldn’t decide what was worse, evil labor board inspectors enforcing the law against hard working immigrant entrepreneurs and their illegal workforce or gasp, keeping kids away from their important education.

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    Some years ago the California labor relations agency did a major crackdown on all the sewing factories in Los Angeles.
     
    What kind of items are sold in such factories? Who are the customers?
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  90. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    You need mo' POC in yo 'hood. Black people in our major cities aim their cars at white people. When they're on foot, they walk right in front of your car, mid-block, anywhere. Ghetto Lottery in play. Not to mention, if they kill or maim a white boy they know full well it'll never get into the news. Plus, they don't care.

    Black people in our major cities aim their cars at white people.

    Is this true?

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  91. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    I happened to overhear parts of a happy conversation in a restaurant several years ago. Two guys in Richmond, Virginia started a simple local delivery business with their own cars and, in a few years (and the inability of Bezos to get his drones to work), they had grown to a fleet of about twenty liveried fuel-efficient compact cars (not bikes) with staff. Cars can go further, drive through more weather, hold more cargo, and are safer in every respect that does not invoke Gaia.
    Are New York and Washington, DC the only places in the US where bicycle messengers are necessary? I'm sure they're possible in all cities, but NYC and WDC have uniquely horrible driving arrangements that make bikes preferable.

    In crowded stop and go traffic bikes go a lot faster than cars in some areas. I’ve seen bikes go 3 blocks while I just sit there.

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  92. Pericles says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    http://d279m997dpfwgl.cloudfront.net/wp/2016/02/2016_scalia-rbg-1000x695.jpg

    Anonymous driver, Scalia, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.

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  93. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I need a headline for a post that would get 1000 comments. Maybe ...

    "Who Would Win In a Fight: You or a Pitbull Riding a Bicycle?"

    “Who’d win the fight between Caitlin Jenner and They to dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?”

    Five points pro and contra the contenders.

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  94. Pericles says:
    @donut
    OT : another reason for Negro Felon League to take a knee or two :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=139&v=M-95Yxs7FZI

    The NFL will obviously do anything to recover their former popularity.

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    The NFL will obviously do anything
     
    FIFY
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    The idea of having grown men wear pink paraphernalia for an entire month was from one of the owner's wives. I wonder if this was some owner's wife who got hold of the idea from her or her daughter's fabulous dance instructor.
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  95. Anonymous[147] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    Some years ago the California labor relations agency did a major crackdown on all the sewing factories in Los Angeles. They even managed to obtain addresses of the unlicensed ones operating in garages and houses. The Asian operators just moved to Orange County.

    Anyway the inspectors found lots of kids as young as 10 working with their illegal alien Hispanic and Asian parents.

    The news paper article was entertaining. The writers couldn’t decide what was worse, evil labor board inspectors enforcing the law against hard working immigrant entrepreneurs and their illegal workforce or gasp, keeping kids away from their important education.

    Some years ago the California labor relations agency did a major crackdown on all the sewing factories in Los Angeles.

    What kind of items are sold in such factories? Who are the customers?

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    A lot of designer brands were subcontracting those clothes. The fast turn around time gave them an advantage over sweatshops in Latin America and Asia.
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  96. Pericles says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Bill de Blasio's plan to make more drivers more conscientious and aware is called 'Vision Zero.'

    Now, you might think that 'Vision Zero' is a stupid name for a program meant to get drivers to pay more attention to traffic rules, and that someone along the line might have pointed out to the Mayor that Zero Vision is not the best expression of this idea, but that's not how the progs work.

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/visionzero/index.page

    Also, delivery bikes are a menace, especially e-bikes. This has been a problem for awhile. They are silent, go up to 30 mph, and the drivers work for tips based on speed of delivery. They hurt people:

    https://www.bicyclelaw.com/bikes-hit-more-pedestrians-than-previously-thought/

    Lol, Sweden should sue these sorry NYC plagiarists for IP violation because we’ve had precisely the same Vision Zero (“Nollvisionen”) for years and years. It sounds stupid in Swedish too.

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  97. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    One of Knopfler’s very best with his chicken-peckin’ lead guitar
     
    What is a chicken-peckin' lead guitar?

    What is a chicken-peckin’ lead guitar?

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    Thanks, #427. I just made up the term as my description of Knopfler's sound. I like your vid though.
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  98. @Anonymous
    I caught a few minutes of an old hokey Matt Helm movie on TV somewhere and Dino was driving a large American car in France and it had a LED sign in the one piece taillight strip that scrolled messages in lights across it. Then a flight of fancy, it'd be very practicable now. An electronic bumper sticker, essentially, you could display time and place appropriate messages on, meaning you could scroll stuff on it on the highway and turn it off or put on something innocuous when parked or in unsuitable areas. Also you could turn it off when cops or busybodies/antifa/whatever were behind you.
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  99. Joe Joe says:
    @Jack D
    Don't laugh. They have pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) in NY now. I used to think that pedicabs were something found only in places like Bombay and Ho Chi Minh City.

    We have pedicabs in D.C. too. I’ve never used one and have no idea what they charge. We also have guided Segway tours!

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  100. “… 24 cyclists died …. “

    Only 24? Oh well, it’s a good start.

    These a$$hole delivery bikers ride anywhere they want, including on sidewalks, which is one reason I learned to carry a very sturdy golf umbrella in NYC, to joust them off their bikes in my own self-defence.

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  101. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Jack D
    Don't laugh. They have pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) in NY now. I used to think that pedicabs were something found only in places like Bombay and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Another 3rd world thing New York has now:

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    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the '70s who would run up and "clean" your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn't tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.
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  102. U-Bahn says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    ... hit by a southbound BMW sedan...
     
    As soon as I read this line, I figured NY city had found another great white defendant. I immediately had an image in my head of the car scene from Bonfire of the Vanities, which I know is right in your wheelhouse, Steve.

    Anyway, I don't want to get into another 200-comment argument about cycling, so I'll just say this: When on a bike, it's your ass, no matter whose fault the accident is. That boy, or any, at 14 y/o was much too young to understand how vulnerable he was after having ridden like mad for a couple years without getting hurt. Some moderate trauma is enough to really teach one a lesson.

    The kid did not look through the intersection. Just today, and twice last week, I've had people make moves in a car that would have caused me to plow into them, had I not been looking out the window continuously (i.e., the phone was in my pocket, and I never use that smart phone while driving.) On a bicycle or motorcycle, you have to get it into your head that the cars are out to kill you. You must make s special effort to prevent that.

    Cyclists should askd each other that vital question: Is pursuing your right-of-way worth your life?

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    That's one way to put it U-Bahn, but per my post #41, I'd put it this way: right-of-way means absolutely nothing - your job is to stay away from the cars, period!

    (If you're wondering "what's the diff?", I mean that I'll go plenty of times where I DON'T have the right-of-way, for safety's sake. On a bicycle, especially, you can't be in the mindset that the traffic laws mean anything, unless there's a traffic cop close by and you are in Los Angeles.)
    , @stillCARealist
    I'm always shocked when I see bikes running red lights or stop signs at busy intersections. Do they think they're superman? Recently I've seen two near misses that could have been fatal, and the bikes were all at fault. Just nuts.
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  103. Jack D says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Another 3rd world thing New York has now:

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1030172770536247296?s=21

    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the ’70s who would run up and “clean” your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn’t tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.

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    Isn't that so.

    FWIW, Michael Bloomberg's "American Cities Initiative" pays cities to be Bloomberg-brand SJW cities by adopting various ideas for renewal and such. Baltimore got the idea of paying squeegee "kids" as part of it all.

    http://therealnews.com/stories/ejackson0828squeegee

    Which may look good on the surface but doesn't answer a whole lot of questions about the actual capacities of blacks to participate or even exist in a "modern high tech city of the future" etc.

    Anyway these days "urban renewal" and "racial diversity" means chocks-out-full-throttle FIRE economy. Including in Baltimore.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2018/08/09/stop-apologizing-baltimore-what-could-baltimore-do.html

    "Baltimore's greatest enemies live inside its borders," said Mark Levy, managing director at JLL, who checks Baltimore's business pulse daily.

    Levy's office is located on the successful Pratt Street corridor with views of the waterfront on one side and the city's core neighborhoods on the other.
     
    , @AnotherDad

    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the ’70s who would run up and “clean” your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn’t tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.
     
    Got that right!

    I was fortunately enscounced in flyover country back then, but visited my brother a time or two and pitched in as labor in his contracting business. I saw this squeege nonsense and thought/said "This is America?--these guys are running a protection racket on use of public intersections in broad daylight." And New Yorkers like to crow about their city. LOL. Little did i know it was just the tip of the iceberg of anarcho-tyranny to come.

    But the truth is once you buy this "nation of immigrants" bullshit, this stuff is pretty much per spec. The typical Unz commenter has enough going on to carve out some half decent gig even in the world labor market. But for the a lot of folks--native or immigrant--at the bottom, you do whatever.

    When i was a kid, i almost never saw a human sign--truly some special event or occasion. Then once the deluge--there they were! Pretty much the most demeaning "employment possible". A job where you basically advertise your absolute economic uselessness, to grab the attention of random passerbys. Even the humble prostitute is at least doing real intimate human labor servicing real human needs.
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  104. Yngvar says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Bill de Blasio's plan to make more drivers more conscientious and aware is called 'Vision Zero.'

    Now, you might think that 'Vision Zero' is a stupid name for a program meant to get drivers to pay more attention to traffic rules, and that someone along the line might have pointed out to the Mayor that Zero Vision is not the best expression of this idea, but that's not how the progs work.

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/visionzero/index.page

    Also, delivery bikes are a menace, especially e-bikes. This has been a problem for awhile. They are silent, go up to 30 mph, and the drivers work for tips based on speed of delivery. They hurt people:

    https://www.bicyclelaw.com/bikes-hit-more-pedestrians-than-previously-thought/

    We have that Vision Zero program in Norway too. The vision being of course zero fatalities in traffic. And it’s working – more and more patients are dying waiting for an organ donor.

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  105. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.

    Yeah. The New Yorkers get DVT and diabetes because they can’ be bothered to walk ten blocks to get their lunch, and the delivery boy gets a one-way ticket to delivery-boy Guatehalla.

    Win. Win.

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    It what city is one required to walk 10 blocks to find lunch?
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  106. Mr. Anon says:
    @Lot
    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    Here's Kate Middleton, Lytr's official UK brand ambassador.


    http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/middleton-jetsetters/prince-william-duchess-kate-guadalcanal-island-jetsetters-04.jpg

    On a budget? Share your litter using Lytr Pool!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsG9KebmaQc/WYfcct5OW8I/AAAAAAAAkds/BJh6IRR9vD4tEUfP0QzpY3mLeBLF2hb9gCLcBGAs/s1600/sodom_litter.png

    Soon the elites of NYC will avoid street traffic by zipping down sidewalks using Lytr, the hottest new iPhone app.

    ‘Lytr’ Hah! That’s good.

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  107. @Anonymous
    I caught a few minutes of an old hokey Matt Helm movie on TV somewhere and Dino was driving a large American car in France and it had a LED sign in the one piece taillight strip that scrolled messages in lights across it. Then a flight of fancy, it'd be very practicable now. An electronic bumper sticker, essentially, you could display time and place appropriate messages on, meaning you could scroll stuff on it on the highway and turn it off or put on something innocuous when parked or in unsuitable areas. Also you could turn it off when cops or busybodies/antifa/whatever were behind you.

    I read all the Matt Helm books and they were pretty good. I like Dean Martin, but the Matt Helm movies were dreadful.

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  108. @Achmed E. Newman
    Let me add this - I wonder if the kid was wearing headphones. Wearing them while riding on streets and roads is semi-suicidal. You need to hear all the noises.

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating .... until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who's the President, an IV in your left arm, your blood-soaked T-shirt balled-up with your jeans on the floor and dull pains in muscles and organs that you didn't know you even had (that's if you're lucky!):

    (CAUTION - Lots of bikini shots.. and for the females, skating babies near the end.)

    "Toro, toro, taxi, see you tomorrow my son."
    Then she let a big truck grease her hip.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7OpJAzQJyo

    One of Knopfler's very best with his chicken-peckin' lead guitar, a super guitar fade-away that I wish went on for 10 minutes, and great lyrics including one line that names the album Making Movies

    Haha, check out some of the socks - they haven't made those striped ones since the 1980's!

    Ach,

    That is a great video and you’re right about Mark Knopfler’s skills, but his legendary riffs with his Fender Stratocaster on “Sultans of Swing” (I know, it’s cliche, but still) are incredible, even after all these years of hearing them.

    Mark Knopfler truly is one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

    “Well now sweet sixteens turned thirty-one
    Feel a little tired feeling under the gun
    Well all Mark’s* children are out there playing his licks
    Get into your kicks
    Come back baby
    Rock ‘n Roll never forgets”

    (*Apologies to Bob Seger)

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  109. MarkinLA says:
    @Anonymous

    Some years ago the California labor relations agency did a major crackdown on all the sewing factories in Los Angeles.
     
    What kind of items are sold in such factories? Who are the customers?

    A lot of designer brands were subcontracting those clothes. The fast turn around time gave them an advantage over sweatshops in Latin America and Asia.

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    Why move the factories to the Third World when they can have the Third World in the United States?
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  110. Client 9 says:

    Why is it so hard to for people to realize that their is an obvious hierarchy at play? These boring, monotonous, meaningless jobs that third world people seem to occupy should be performed by robots! How can any self respecting human being not self reflect and realize the existence of these third world populations are meaningless!

    They live, work, eat, excrete and procreate (I would like to call them Earth Bound peoples) never ever producing a Beethoven, a Darwin, or a Socrates but always another Che’ or Idi Amin, this is a hopeless contest thinking they will ever achieve that level of civility ancient societies once had. Come to think of it there was more order and civility in Ancient Mesopotamia than there is in today’s Mexico or South Africa and even NYC!!

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  111. George says:

    Reading the news coverage, Ajacalon was probably working as a delivery boy at the time of the accident, but it is not formally stated anywhere I see online. The name of the restaurant and the BMW driver are not mentioned, which I think is unusual and probably public information. The driver might have been ‘connected’ so the police kept xer name out of the news and the press did not push to release it. There are conflicting reports of whether or not it was a hit and run. Seems to me the damaged windshield means it was not hit an run.

    Ajacalon earns his Ghost Bike:

    Brooklyn Electeds Pay Tribute to Edwin Ajacalon and Call on Albany to Prevent Deadly Speeding

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/11/28/brooklyn-electeds-pay-tribute-to-edwin-ajacalon-and-call-on-albany-to-prevent-deadly-speeding/

    Possible discrepancy:

    From the Ghost Bike website:

    http://ghostbikes.org/new-york-city/edwin-ajacalon

    Cops on Sunday said it was likely the 19-year-old driver of the BMW
    would face charges. According to witness Rafeal Eustuiqio, 51, the
    panic-stricken motorist attempted to speed away from the tragic scene,
    but was stopped by an off-duty police officer who lived in the area and
    maneuvered his vehicle to block the BMW.

    From main street media:

    After the boy was fatally struck, the driver stayed on the scene and was not charged with any crime.

    https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/11/26/boy-on-bike-killed-park-slope/

    My guess is the family of the driver cut a quick deal with the family of the deceased, and were able to convince NYC gov to go along with it. Vaguely like the opening of ‘A tail of two cities’ when the carriage of a French aristocrat kills a boy and tosses a few coins out the window.

    When bicycle delivery people started hitting upstanding citizens and riding off to complete their deliveries it was decided that the delivery people should wear helmets and vests with the name of the establishment on the vest.

    Edwin Ajacalon shared an apartment (possibly a studio) with 5 other dudes. Seems a bit creepy that 14 y o Ajacalon was sharing an apartment with a random unattached 41 year old.

    “Mareo Chamil, 41, one of Edwin’s roommates, said the teen was feeling
    down lately because his temporary delivery job ended and he was having
    trouble finding another gig.”

    Daily News has a bit more coverage, but the pick of the car seems to be chosen not to show the license plate.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/video-shows-teen-cyclist-fatally-hit-dragged-bmw-nyc-article-1.3657111#

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  112. Forbes says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Let me add this - I wonder if the kid was wearing headphones. Wearing them while riding on streets and roads is semi-suicidal. You need to hear all the noises.

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating .... until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who's the President, an IV in your left arm, your blood-soaked T-shirt balled-up with your jeans on the floor and dull pains in muscles and organs that you didn't know you even had (that's if you're lucky!):

    (CAUTION - Lots of bikini shots.. and for the females, skating babies near the end.)

    "Toro, toro, taxi, see you tomorrow my son."
    Then she let a big truck grease her hip.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7OpJAzQJyo

    One of Knopfler's very best with his chicken-peckin' lead guitar, a super guitar fade-away that I wish went on for 10 minutes, and great lyrics including one line that names the album Making Movies

    Haha, check out some of the socks - they haven't made those striped ones since the 1980's!

    Good lord, do fit women like that still exist somewhere? California? Most of ‘em today, sad to say, are fatties. All a woman has to do today to be above average in looks is not be fat.

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  113. Forbes says:
    @415 reasons
    Their vibrant drivers scam unwitting tourists because they charge an exorbitant price per minute and then don’t disclose that a seemingly quick trip will cost over $100 until after it’s over.

    https://abc7ny.com/society/pedicab-riders-shocked-by-bills-topping-$200-$400-even-$600/2968749/

    From my experience (observation, not expenditure), the pedicabs have posted fares on each side of the cab. It shouldn’t be a mystery–but the posted rates are from $1.99-to-$5.00 per minute, presumably per person. It strikes me as a complete ripoff, but tourists ride them, especially in CP.

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  114. Forbes says:
    @Johann Ricke

    “Even though”? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

     

    The NYC speed limit is 25 mph. If he was going 50, then he could be up on involuntary manslaughter charges. That's 3-15 years upon conviction, if this website is to be believed.
    https://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-york-law/new-york-involuntary-manslaughter-laws.html

    From an motorist pedestrian accident data website:


    This figure shows that the risk of a pedestrian fatality at an impact speed of 30 mph is approximately 7%, and the risk of fatality at 40 mph is approximately 25%.
     
    https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship_between_speed_risk_fatal_injury_pedestrians_and_car_occupants_richards.pdf

    JR–I take your point. The law on the books is vehicular manslaughter. The culpability for the unintentional death of another (manslaughter) generally requires criminal (non-felony) recklessness, and as speeding is a violation, not a misdemeanor, a manslaughter charge is not indicated. It usually takes excessive speed (more than 20 mph over the limit) before considering VM. Your supposition regarding driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone is germane, inasmuch as no such fact is evident. It remains that the 14-year old ran a red light, and such act is the proximate cause of his own death.

    My intended rhetorical question was directed at the article’s embedded assumption that a miscarriage of justice occurred when criminal charges were not brought against the driver.

    PS: Since it was never noted whether the boy was wearing a helmet, I’ll assumed he wasn’t. Head injury being the principal cause of death for pedestrians or cyclists colliding with vehicles.

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  115. Forbes says:
    @Pericles
    The NFL will obviously do anything to recover their former popularity.

    The NFL will obviously do anything

    FIFY

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  116. @Reg Cæsar


    “when he was 16 … Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home.”
     
    Family values!
     
    Our native Fabians can do better:

    ...at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps in Philadelphia. Fabian had just watched his father being taken away in an ambulance when he was approached him about becoming a singer. His father couldn't work any longer[. A]s the oldest of three brothers, Fabian took a chance at "making some money" to help his family out and never thought of it as a career. Soon thousands were to throng to his concerts and the rest is a music business success story.
     

    Fabian was not much of a singer. Promoters saw decent looking young dude and just went with it. It worked for them.

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  117. Forbes says:
    @J.Ross
    I happened to overhear parts of a happy conversation in a restaurant several years ago. Two guys in Richmond, Virginia started a simple local delivery business with their own cars and, in a few years (and the inability of Bezos to get his drones to work), they had grown to a fleet of about twenty liveried fuel-efficient compact cars (not bikes) with staff. Cars can go further, drive through more weather, hold more cargo, and are safer in every respect that does not invoke Gaia.
    Are New York and Washington, DC the only places in the US where bicycle messengers are necessary? I'm sure they're possible in all cities, but NYC and WDC have uniquely horrible driving arrangements that make bikes preferable.

    Easier to park a bike when necessary or not in use. Parking in Manhattan is generally described as a nightmare–Brooklyn, Queens barely less so. Also, density of delivery territory makes bikes more functional/productive.

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  118. Mike4you says:

    “a mistake should not end in death.”

    Says the Progressive, continuing, “…unless we are talking about a woman’s right to choose.”

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  119. Forbes says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Forbes, Six to a room is the new apartment model for Silicon Valley. Get up, brush your teeth and downstairs to your work station.

    Hot bunks like the submarine service…

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    Forbes when I was in Hong Kong I saw apartments, basically a bare room, shared by as many as 12 men. Four would be at work, four would be out of the room and the last four would be sleeping. It required the 12 men to work different shifts.
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  120. Olorin says:

    He did not continue his schooling in New York, however. Instead, he worked as a deliveryman for various Brooklyn restaurants,

    I’ll just let that swim around in that there block. Adding only that I’m betting he didn’t continue his schooling anywhere else either.

    Question: if he’d been delivering food to IT companies, would he have counted as a STEM worker?

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  121. @Forbes

    Even though the driver had the green light, surveillance video shows his car entering the intersection at high speed. ... The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him.
     
    "Even though"? What criminal charges would be brought when the accident victim was at fault?

    Further down the NYT article is the story of Fabian (age 21) who, apparently, borrowed $8,000 from his father to be smuggled into the US when he was 16. Then the story gets curious: "Fabián arrived in New York, only to discover that his father had a new family here and that he was not welcome in their home."

    Something is seriously off in that explanation.

    Still, a fascinating Fabian quote made it to print: “I know I’m in this country illegally and there’s a risk to be deported any day,” he said in July. “Even if Trump wasn’t president, the risk would still exist, unless I become legal.”

    Something is missing from this story.

    A BMW–a German car, like made by Bavarians, as in where Hitler liked to hang out–speeds through an intersection and heartless mows down an undocumented future rocket scientist on a skittles run with his hands up … and the driver is not dragged from the car and paraded through the streets, before being drawn and quartered?

    Can’t have been a white guy. Certainly not a white gentile guy or his mug would be in the NYT. Smells like POC on POC.

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    Might have been a young Korean lady, running late for her first of work at a newspaper.
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  122. JimB says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.

    The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon goo that builds up in chimneys requires a lot of elbow grease to clean. Emissions from Victorian chimneys weren’t just particulates and cinders from oak logs, it included fairly heavy grease from cooking fires. Cleaning a Victorian chimney was like cleaning a barbecue grill. A long brush just wouldn’t give you adequate scrubbing action. Before gas compressors and sandblasters, cleaning chimneys in situ was necessary to avoid half of London burning down.

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  123. @Dr. X
    Well, now it's a National Monument run by the National Parks Service.

    Seriously.

    Well, now [Stonewall is] a National Monument run by the National Parks Service.

    Seriously.

    Let’s get the French to build us a Statue of License.

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  124. @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.

    “A win”?

    It’s a complete bullshit job, in a bullshit city, for bullshit people.

    Illegals dragging around food cooked by other illegals so that these oh-so-busy world-critical parasites glommed onto the American economy can grab a bite before their oh-so-critical meeting?

    Or for someone’s dinner, because the fridge is empty and no dinner was cooked because the should-have-been wife was at her bullshit job, perhaps in “media”–propagandizing for POC illegals–or in an NGO–advocating for and harassing the government’s feeble attempts to deport illegals–instead of being home having and raising her own children … the absence of which is why … we need immigrants!

    Yeah, a huge win for everyone.

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    Doesn't Schwan's deliver to these zones? They come out to our two-horse town.
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  125. @Paleo Liberal
    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.

    Meaning they don’t show much skin on cold game days.

    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.

    Do they use both sexes, as colleges do?

    Funny, I married into a Packer clan 11 years ago, and I don’t know the answer to this question. I’m proud of the fact that my own Giants have never stooped to using any cheerleaders.

    On the other hand, the owner’s niece did star in that remake of the Swedish tattoo flick…

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    I believe she was related to the founder of the Steelers as well. Ain't nepotism great?
    , @Brutusale
    The Patriots have cheerleaders, but they also have the cool guys with guns in the end zone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBWPo9Ccze0

    Shockingly, I can't recall anyone complaining about them or their guns.
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  126. @AnotherDad
    Something is missing from this story.

    A BMW--a German car, like made by Bavarians, as in where Hitler liked to hang out--speeds through an intersection and heartless mows down an undocumented future rocket scientist on a skittles run with his hands up … and the driver is not dragged from the car and paraded through the streets, before being drawn and quartered?

    Can't have been a white guy. Certainly not a white gentile guy or his mug would be in the NYT. Smells like POC on POC.

    Might have been a young Korean lady, running late for her first of work at a newspaper.

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  127. @AnotherDad

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    "A win"?

    It's a complete bullshit job, in a bullshit city, for bullshit people.

    Illegals dragging around food cooked by other illegals so that these oh-so-busy world-critical parasites glommed onto the American economy can grab a bite before their oh-so-critical meeting?

    Or for someone's dinner, because the fridge is empty and no dinner was cooked because the should-have-been wife was at her bullshit job, perhaps in "media"--propagandizing for POC illegals--or in an NGO--advocating for and harassing the government's feeble attempts to deport illegals--instead of being home having and raising her own children … the absence of which is why … we need immigrants!

    Yeah, a huge win for everyone.

    Doesn’t Schwan’s deliver to these zones? They come out to our two-horse town.

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  128. @Lurker
    Is it possible that diminishing marginal returns could set in? Obviously, right now, it's the greatest boon to humanity possible. But, Devil's advocate - is just possible that one day there might be one or two too many vibrant incomers to keep the equation working?

    Well, he did refer to himself as a beggar.

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  129. @Reg Cæsar

    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.
     
    Do they use both sexes, as colleges do?

    Funny, I married into a Packer clan 11 years ago, and I don't know the answer to this question. I'm proud of the fact that my own Giants have never stooped to using any cheerleaders.

    On the other hand, the owner's niece did star in that remake of the Swedish tattoo flick...

    I believe she was related to the founder of the Steelers as well. Ain’t nepotism great?

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  130. Jimi says:

    A 14 year old boy died doing a job that he should not have been doing. The person responsible for his death is his employer who decided to violate employment and child labor laws. Yet the NYT refuses to even address that question.

    In recent years restaurateurs have bragged about “sanctuary restaurants” where they will ignore employment laws to hire illegal immigrants who they will underpay and exploit for profit.

    The media have portrayed these people favorably.

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  131. Olorin says:
    @Jack D
    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the '70s who would run up and "clean" your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn't tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.

    Isn’t that so.

    FWIW, Michael Bloomberg’s “American Cities Initiative” pays cities to be Bloomberg-brand SJW cities by adopting various ideas for renewal and such. Baltimore got the idea of paying squeegee “kids” as part of it all.

    http://therealnews.com/stories/ejackson0828squeegee

    Which may look good on the surface but doesn’t answer a whole lot of questions about the actual capacities of blacks to participate or even exist in a “modern high tech city of the future” etc.

    Anyway these days “urban renewal” and “racial diversity” means chocks-out-full-throttle FIRE economy. Including in Baltimore.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2018/08/09/stop-apologizing-baltimore-what-could-baltimore-do.html

    “Baltimore’s greatest enemies live inside its borders,” said Mark Levy, managing director at JLL, who checks Baltimore’s business pulse daily.

    Levy’s office is located on the successful Pratt Street corridor with views of the waterfront on one side and the city’s core neighborhoods on the other.

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  132. @JohnnyGeo
    Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney

    Show me a 30-foot brush handle and I’ll show you a 31-foot chimney

    LOL–well done.

    Steve is indeed dead on with this:

    The magic of the market meant that it was impossible for master chimney sweeps to find some alternative to climbing boys, such as, I don’t know, brushes with longer handles.

    Looking back it’s shocking just how lazy capitalists were in doing the *easy* stuff to make life better. Like say cotton masks in the cotton mills–the workers were wearing clothes after all, hardly cost prohibitive. Or–most costly but still no big deal–runs some fans off those ubiquitous steam driven belts and ventilate the place. Or … super long extension handles for chimney sweeps.

    I get that for the individual capitalist there’s a strong incentive toward cheap labor if your competitor is doing it. But organized capital should get its head out of it’s ass. It doesn’t benefit anyone altogether. You want to live–and sell product–into a rich prosperous nation.

    For 200 years our elites–however greedy–had a pretty solid understanding that America would get rich as we settled the continent and pursued whatever “mechanical improvements” our genius came up with. That’s how you get richer–more capital applied to better ideas. (The only other way to be rich is someone else laboring but staying poor–slavery.)

    Now after 200 years of doing it right, we’re saddled with a thoroughly parasitic “elite” that wants to get rich the old fashioned way–cheap labor.

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  133. @Jack D
    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the '70s who would run up and "clean" your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn't tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.

    This is an improvement on the squeegee men in the ’70s who would run up and “clean” your windshield with a dirty rag (and then break your wipers if you didn’t tip them). Giuliani got rid of them.

    Got that right!

    I was fortunately enscounced in flyover country back then, but visited my brother a time or two and pitched in as labor in his contracting business. I saw this squeege nonsense and thought/said “This is America?–these guys are running a protection racket on use of public intersections in broad daylight.” And New Yorkers like to crow about their city. LOL. Little did i know it was just the tip of the iceberg of anarcho-tyranny to come.

    But the truth is once you buy this “nation of immigrants” bullshit, this stuff is pretty much per spec. The typical Unz commenter has enough going on to carve out some half decent gig even in the world labor market. But for the a lot of folks–native or immigrant–at the bottom, you do whatever.

    When i was a kid, i almost never saw a human sign–truly some special event or occasion. Then once the deluge–there they were! Pretty much the most demeaning “employment possible”. A job where you basically advertise your absolute economic uselessness, to grab the attention of random passerbys. Even the humble prostitute is at least doing real intimate human labor servicing real human needs.

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  134. Brutusale says:
    @Forbes
    One additional note from the NYT article...

    Our 14 year old hero, Edwin Ajacalon was living in a one-room apartment shared with five others. Six people sharing one room. Open borders results in the third world inside the border.

    But their “household income” was over $100K!

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  135. There’s no point in blaming the restaurants, the foodies, or even the immigrants.

    Ultimately, it’s a function of letting them come — and of letting the restaurants hire illegals without risk.

    Allow it, and you’ll have fourteen year old kids no one cares about desperate enough to do something dangerous for low wages. Prohibit it, and either the food won’t get delivered, or you’ll pay through the nose to have an adult do it with a car.

    I can’t resist pointing out that people only hire illegals because it’s safe to do so. When I ran my moving business, I eventually gave up and just started hiring people I would guess were illegal.

    Now, had you told me it was quite likely I’d get busted and have to spend a month in the pokey as a result, I wouldn’t have done it. But as it was…

    We need to have worker I.D.’s. And if you employ anyone, you need to show you made a copy of that I.D. — or spend some actual time in an actual jail.

    …which very few people want to do. We can stop illegal immigration any time we want to. No one’s going to come if there’s no work.

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    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker's id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

    The one thing I want the govt to do is to control the borders and they have failed at that unless they are succeeding on their terms because they want massive immigration.

    I've had to give a passport or birth certificate at jobs and those forms of ID are given out by the govt, so what is the difference? I guess if we forced every employer to use e-verify that would take care of it.

    I don't know if e-verify if 100 percent reliable or could be compromised by fake documents.
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  136. @Steve the Beggar
    It's a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it's still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It's a win for New Yorkers and it's a win for them.

    ‘…It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.’

    It’s a win — assuming your ideal is a racially and economically stratified society in which an endlessly-replenished proletariat is willing — nay, eager — to do even the most demeaning and dangerous work for wages that will barely allow them to sleep five to a room.

    Nice at the top, though. Fresh, delicious food delivered right to your table for a pittance. And the ‘boy’ is so grateful for the opportunity to do it.

    You can feel real good.

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  137. Brutusale says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Makes me appreciate the Packers, who use cheerleaders from local colleges dressed appropriately for the weather.
     
    Do they use both sexes, as colleges do?

    Funny, I married into a Packer clan 11 years ago, and I don't know the answer to this question. I'm proud of the fact that my own Giants have never stooped to using any cheerleaders.

    On the other hand, the owner's niece did star in that remake of the Swedish tattoo flick...

    The Patriots have cheerleaders, but they also have the cool guys with guns in the end zone.

    Shockingly, I can’t recall anyone complaining about them or their guns.

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    Look at their quarters.

    Tennessee has strings. Massachusetts has a different instrument.

    http://www.coinhunts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/2002_TN_Proof-300x295.png

    http://www.coinhunts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/massachusetts.jpg

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  138. @Forbes
    Hot bunks like the submarine service...

    Forbes when I was in Hong Kong I saw apartments, basically a bare room, shared by as many as 12 men. Four would be at work, four would be out of the room and the last four would be sleeping. It required the 12 men to work different shifts.

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  139. @Jim Christian

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating …. until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who’s the President
     
    My bro hit his head falling off a skateboard and croaked two years later age 44. Shit end of the stick, right? You'd think so. Yet, while in recovery from his brain surgery the first day of his injury, they brought in a 22 year old chick in her wedding dress who in her high heels had slipped on the wooden steps leading down from the podium of the church 5 minutes after her marriage ceremony. In front of everyone, she hit the back of her head, conked out and she died that night, she didn't make it through her surgery (or maybe they pulled the plug, doesn't take long to starve the brain of O2 once the swelling begins). In retrospect, her passing was more merciful than my brother's. Bad things happen to good people. If my bro had a helmet and the chick had worn flats..

    I’m sorry to read about your brother, Jim. I’ve had 2 accidents in different conveyances and did hit my head both times, but in the front and not hard enough to do anything but bleed a lot from the flesh wound. One of them was when I was uninsured, and I refused a $1200 cat-scan to “check out my sinuses”. It’s not that I thought for sure he was just trying to make use of the machines, but I wasn’t sure – he seemed kinda’ pissed that I said something toward that effect (it was maybe $2,500 in today’s money, but I didn’t make much then) .

    BTW, neither one was my fault, and defensive driving wouldn’t have helped in either case – sounds weird, but I don’t want to get into too much detail.

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  140. @U-Bahn
    Cyclists should askd each other that vital question: Is pursuing your right-of-way worth your life?

    That’s one way to put it U-Bahn, but per my post #41, I’d put it this way: right-of-way means absolutely nothing – your job is to stay away from the cars, period!

    (If you’re wondering “what’s the diff?”, I mean that I’ll go plenty of times where I DON’T have the right-of-way, for safety’s sake. On a bicycle, especially, you can’t be in the mindset that the traffic laws mean anything, unless there’s a traffic cop close by and you are in Los Angeles.)

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  141. Western says:
    @Colin Wright
    There's no point in blaming the restaurants, the foodies, or even the immigrants.

    Ultimately, it's a function of letting them come -- and of letting the restaurants hire illegals without risk.

    Allow it, and you'll have fourteen year old kids no one cares about desperate enough to do something dangerous for low wages. Prohibit it, and either the food won't get delivered, or you'll pay through the nose to have an adult do it with a car.

    I can't resist pointing out that people only hire illegals because it's safe to do so. When I ran my moving business, I eventually gave up and just started hiring people I would guess were illegal.

    Now, had you told me it was quite likely I'd get busted and have to spend a month in the pokey as a result, I wouldn't have done it. But as it was...

    We need to have worker I.D.'s. And if you employ anyone, you need to show you made a copy of that I.D. -- or spend some actual time in an actual jail.

    ...which very few people want to do. We can stop illegal immigration any time we want to. No one's going to come if there's no work.

    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker’s id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

    The one thing I want the govt to do is to control the borders and they have failed at that unless they are succeeding on their terms because they want massive immigration.

    I’ve had to give a passport or birth certificate at jobs and those forms of ID are given out by the govt, so what is the difference? I guess if we forced every employer to use e-verify that would take care of it.

    I don’t know if e-verify if 100 percent reliable or could be compromised by fake documents.

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    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker’s id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

     

    Hong Kong has an official ID card, and it's the key to managing the borders/immigration. It also makes it possible for ID card holders to get through immigration at HK border crossings by just going through a wholly-automated gate system that takes about 45 seconds to negotiate.

    I used to believe the traditional conservative line that having a national ID gave the government too much power over individuals. But these days the IRS or Homeland Security or whichever agency can track you all they want based on personal data lovingly supplied to them by Google and Facebook and your ISP and your phone provider. Plus, as you've mentioned, law-abiding citizens now have so many trackable forms of 'hard' ID -- driver's license, passport, credit cards, SSN -- that an ID card is not really changing much for them. It's illegals who lack all of the above who would be smoked out when seeking employment.

    Controlling immigration is pretty much impossible without definitive ID. I think its benefits now far outweigh the potential 1984 scenarios.

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  142. @Jack D

    At a vigil last night, elected officials and street safety advocates paid tribute to Edwin Ajacalon, the 14-year-old from Guatemala who was killed by a teenage driver in Brooklyn Saturday night. Calling Ajacalon an “all-American boy” and “a vital thread in the beautiful tapestry that is New York City,” they pressed for street safety improvements and a culture change among drivers after yet another death of a cyclist, the 20th in 2017.
     
    Is there any waiting period for "all-American boy" status or is it conferred the instant you cross the border? Can you be an all American boy even if you don't speak a word of English?

    Borough President Eric Adams called Ajacalon’s death “a truly tragic moment.” Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”
     
    I guess besides not knowing much English, he was probably not totally down on the nuances of
    American traffic rules - what does that red light mean again? We don't have those in our village. Probably he was counting on the helpful gringos slamming on their brakes as they usually did. Perhaps mistakes should not end in death, but when you run a red light, they often do. Thank God Edwin was only driving a bike and not a broken down pickup which is the usual Latino vehicle in the rest of the country or who knows how many innocents would have died.


    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/11/28/brooklyn-electeds-pay-tribute-to-edwin-ajacalon-and-call-on-albany-to-prevent-deadly-speeding/

    Even if Ajacalon appeared to be crossing the avenue when the driver had the green light, he said, “a mistake should not end in death.”

    Amazing. When the mistake involves getting in the way of 2-ton moving machinery, it very often ends in death. There is no ought that can counter this simple is.

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  143. @MarkinLA
    A lot of designer brands were subcontracting those clothes. The fast turn around time gave them an advantage over sweatshops in Latin America and Asia.

    Why move the factories to the Third World when they can have the Third World in the United States?

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  144. @Jim Christian

    The video below is how great if feels, biking or skating …. until you wake up in a hospital room with a neurologist asking you who’s the President
     
    My bro hit his head falling off a skateboard and croaked two years later age 44. Shit end of the stick, right? You'd think so. Yet, while in recovery from his brain surgery the first day of his injury, they brought in a 22 year old chick in her wedding dress who in her high heels had slipped on the wooden steps leading down from the podium of the church 5 minutes after her marriage ceremony. In front of everyone, she hit the back of her head, conked out and she died that night, she didn't make it through her surgery (or maybe they pulled the plug, doesn't take long to starve the brain of O2 once the swelling begins). In retrospect, her passing was more merciful than my brother's. Bad things happen to good people. If my bro had a helmet and the chick had worn flats..

    Jim Christian, sorry to hear that about your brother. How long ago? I’m not a skateboarder; are they likelier nowadays to wear helmets? I’ve never worn one for sports such as skiing but I notice my daughter’s generation doing so more and more. This can only be a good thing.

    As for the bride who should have worn flats… I agree. I would only wear high heels if they’re wedges, which provide stability.

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    By bro hit his noggin in 1997, he passed two years later in May 97 in an $8000/month nursing home that was lousy with MIRSA. He passed between vegetative and semi-vegetative states pretty much the whole time, depending on his state of infections, fevers and so on. His passing was merciful. I see lots of kids on skateboards and bicycles without helmets even here where there are regs mandating them for all. Cops don't enforce any of them, looks to me. If it was epidemic, if it was THEIR kids turning into celery-stalks the enforcement would become serious. I've done more than 150,000 miles on motorcycles, all with a race-rated full face helmet on my head, yet worn from a comfort standpoint, let alone a crash. I never wanted the wind in my face, the bugs in my teeth. But we never had helmets as kids. Thankfully, I don't crash so far. Motorcycles are weird. You're good enough or you aren't any good at all for a mere 1/10th of one second, and then you're dead. This is a freaky mindset and is owned by skydivers and carrier pilots, too.

    Tx for the greeting. Shit. Writing about that took me BACK to that in a weird way. And I thought I was an insensitive son of a bitch.
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  145. @Anonymous

    What is a chicken-peckin’ lead guitar?
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4oDF_quqm8

    Thanks, #427. I just made up the term as my description of Knopfler’s sound. I like your vid though.

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  146. @Western
    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker's id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

    The one thing I want the govt to do is to control the borders and they have failed at that unless they are succeeding on their terms because they want massive immigration.

    I've had to give a passport or birth certificate at jobs and those forms of ID are given out by the govt, so what is the difference? I guess if we forced every employer to use e-verify that would take care of it.

    I don't know if e-verify if 100 percent reliable or could be compromised by fake documents.

    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker’s id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

    Hong Kong has an official ID card, and it’s the key to managing the borders/immigration. It also makes it possible for ID card holders to get through immigration at HK border crossings by just going through a wholly-automated gate system that takes about 45 seconds to negotiate.

    I used to believe the traditional conservative line that having a national ID gave the government too much power over individuals. But these days the IRS or Homeland Security or whichever agency can track you all they want based on personal data lovingly supplied to them by Google and Facebook and your ISP and your phone provider. Plus, as you’ve mentioned, law-abiding citizens now have so many trackable forms of ‘hard’ ID — driver’s license, passport, credit cards, SSN — that an ID card is not really changing much for them. It’s illegals who lack all of the above who would be smoked out when seeking employment.

    Controlling immigration is pretty much impossible without definitive ID. I think its benefits now far outweigh the potential 1984 scenarios.

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    It would be interesting to see a poll on how many support a national ID now.

    Back in 2002 more Hispanics supported it than whites.

    From the link

    "Minorities, especially Hispanics, are also more likely to support national ID cards. Sixty-five percent of Hispanics would support the law, compared to 57% of blacks and 53% of whites."

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/6364/americans-want-national-cards.aspx
    , @stillCARealist
    If Drivers licenses, SS cards, birth certificates, death certificates, student ID, green cards, library cards, state ID, fishing licenses, gun licenses, voter registration, passports, security clearances, background checks, constant finger-printing, job ID, welfare cards, medical ID, insurance and legal documents, prison ID, TSA screening, marriage licenses, business licenses, ad infinitum don't establish someone's definitive identity, then what the heck good will a national ID do? Just one more piece of data to fake or ignore.
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  147. Western says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker’s id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

     

    Hong Kong has an official ID card, and it's the key to managing the borders/immigration. It also makes it possible for ID card holders to get through immigration at HK border crossings by just going through a wholly-automated gate system that takes about 45 seconds to negotiate.

    I used to believe the traditional conservative line that having a national ID gave the government too much power over individuals. But these days the IRS or Homeland Security or whichever agency can track you all they want based on personal data lovingly supplied to them by Google and Facebook and your ISP and your phone provider. Plus, as you've mentioned, law-abiding citizens now have so many trackable forms of 'hard' ID -- driver's license, passport, credit cards, SSN -- that an ID card is not really changing much for them. It's illegals who lack all of the above who would be smoked out when seeking employment.

    Controlling immigration is pretty much impossible without definitive ID. I think its benefits now far outweigh the potential 1984 scenarios.

    It would be interesting to see a poll on how many support a national ID now.

    Back in 2002 more Hispanics supported it than whites.

    From the link

    “Minorities, especially Hispanics, are also more likely to support national ID cards. Sixty-five percent of Hispanics would support the law, compared to 57% of blacks and 53% of whites.”

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/6364/americans-want-national-cards.aspx

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  148. @Pericles
    The NFL will obviously do anything to recover their former popularity.

    The idea of having grown men wear pink paraphernalia for an entire month was from one of the owner’s wives. I wonder if this was some owner’s wife who got hold of the idea from her or her daughter’s fabulous dance instructor.

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  149. George says:
    @Clyde

    The driver was issued a summons for speeding, but no criminal charges were brought against him. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, 24 cyclists died and 4,397 were injured last year in motor vehicle crashes.
     
    Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too. Legal or illegal. The kid who was hit was most likely 80-100% Indian from Guatemala and maybe its highlands. We are getting so many of them from Central America that I can see them agitating to get casinos 20 years from now.

    Never ride a bike in NYC or most urban areas. You can get hit by a spaced out driver (likely an immigrant) who will kill or cripple you.

    “Odds are that in NYC the driver was an immigrant too.”

    “Edwin Ajacalon was biking across 23rd St. when the driver of a gray
    2017 BMW sedan flew southbound through a green light at Fifth Ave. in
    Sunset Park — hitting and killing the immigrant teenager about 5:45 p.m.
    Saturday, cops said.”

    Sunset on Saturday, Nov 25 2017 was 4:30 so the accident did not occur during Sabbath. So it could have been an observant Jew. There are lots of young Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn who drive expensive cars. So based purely on Brooklyn demographics Orthodox Jew is most likely.

    Sunset Park is now heavily Chinese, aka Brooklyn Chinatown. Bad driving, expensive car, Chinese neighborhood…. Based on Sunset Park demographics and the make of the car the driver was a Chinese National / university student or the child of a Chinese immigrant. But I think a US born Chinese would drive better. Said immigrant would have likely have had a well paid lawyer fixer on retainer. Possibly why the individual’s name, and the delivery boy’s restaurant are not mentioned in the news.

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  150. @Brutusale
    The Patriots have cheerleaders, but they also have the cool guys with guns in the end zone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBWPo9Ccze0

    Shockingly, I can't recall anyone complaining about them or their guns.

    Look at their quarters.

    Tennessee has strings. Massachusetts has a different instrument.

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  151. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Anon

    It’s a dangerous job Beggar-Steve but it’s still an improvement to live here than it is in their home country. It’s a win for New Yorkers and it’s a win for them.
     
    Yeah. The New Yorkers get DVT and diabetes because they can' be bothered to walk ten blocks to get their lunch, and the delivery boy gets a one-way ticket to delivery-boy Guatehalla.

    Win. Win.

    It what city is one required to walk 10 blocks to find lunch?

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  152. The two fellows could not afford much in the way of transportation so a car salesman offered them a deal on a camel that could understand traffic lights. Red for stop, green for go. All went fine until they were stopped at a red light, a car pulls up beside them, the driver yells “look at the two arseholes on the camel”, where upon the two fellows get off to see, the light turns green….the camel takes off…leaving the two guys standing in the middle of the intersection.

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  153. @U-Bahn
    Cyclists should askd each other that vital question: Is pursuing your right-of-way worth your life?

    I’m always shocked when I see bikes running red lights or stop signs at busy intersections. Do they think they’re superman? Recently I’ve seen two near misses that could have been fatal, and the bikes were all at fault. Just nuts.

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  154. @The Last Real Calvinist

    What about a national ID? Would that be different than a worker’s id? I have no problem with a national ID, but some people think that would give the govt even more power.

     

    Hong Kong has an official ID card, and it's the key to managing the borders/immigration. It also makes it possible for ID card holders to get through immigration at HK border crossings by just going through a wholly-automated gate system that takes about 45 seconds to negotiate.

    I used to believe the traditional conservative line that having a national ID gave the government too much power over individuals. But these days the IRS or Homeland Security or whichever agency can track you all they want based on personal data lovingly supplied to them by Google and Facebook and your ISP and your phone provider. Plus, as you've mentioned, law-abiding citizens now have so many trackable forms of 'hard' ID -- driver's license, passport, credit cards, SSN -- that an ID card is not really changing much for them. It's illegals who lack all of the above who would be smoked out when seeking employment.

    Controlling immigration is pretty much impossible without definitive ID. I think its benefits now far outweigh the potential 1984 scenarios.

    If Drivers licenses, SS cards, birth certificates, death certificates, student ID, green cards, library cards, state ID, fishing licenses, gun licenses, voter registration, passports, security clearances, background checks, constant finger-printing, job ID, welfare cards, medical ID, insurance and legal documents, prison ID, TSA screening, marriage licenses, business licenses, ad infinitum don’t establish someone’s definitive identity, then what the heck good will a national ID do? Just one more piece of data to fake or ignore.

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    Yes -- and no.

    You're right that at present no form of ID makes much difference in keeping out the illegals.

    But that's because in the USA, ID is Boolean, i.e. the 'OR' operator rules. If asked for ID, you can produce a passport OR a driver's license OR a SS card OR -- you name it, just as you've said.

    But enforcing (key word, that) a single national ID is different because it's binary. In Hong Kong, for instance, if you're in a traffic accident or signing up for a bank account or filling in a job application or claiming your welfare benefits, the question is simple: do you have your ID card?

    Answer: Yes/No -- 1/0.

    If you can't produce an ID card, you're done. You either show a passport showing that you're a current visitor with a valid visa, or you're arrested and deported (and at this stage, of course, enforcement has to be real; it certainly is in HK).

    As to faking ID cards: the HK ID has an embedded chip with biometric data, plus loads of security features. It's of course possible to fake their general appearance, given enough money and effort, but it can't be easy to fake the chip/biometric stuff. A fake card might be good enough to get you past a dopey border officer, but it won't help you much thereafter when you need to use it for all of the other day-to-day functions that require it, since many of them require the chip to be scanned.

    , @Jim Don Bob
    True. And you can count on the guvmint to spend $5 billion, take 10 years, and still screw it up.
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  155. @stillCARealist
    If Drivers licenses, SS cards, birth certificates, death certificates, student ID, green cards, library cards, state ID, fishing licenses, gun licenses, voter registration, passports, security clearances, background checks, constant finger-printing, job ID, welfare cards, medical ID, insurance and legal documents, prison ID, TSA screening, marriage licenses, business licenses, ad infinitum don't establish someone's definitive identity, then what the heck good will a national ID do? Just one more piece of data to fake or ignore.

    Yes — and no.

    You’re right that at present no form of ID makes much difference in keeping out the illegals.

    But that’s because in the USA, ID is Boolean, i.e. the ‘OR’ operator rules. If asked for ID, you can produce a passport OR a driver’s license OR a SS card OR — you name it, just as you’ve said.

    But enforcing (key word, that) a single national ID is different because it’s binary. In Hong Kong, for instance, if you’re in a traffic accident or signing up for a bank account or filling in a job application or claiming your welfare benefits, the question is simple: do you have your ID card?

    Answer: Yes/No — 1/0.

    If you can’t produce an ID card, you’re done. You either show a passport showing that you’re a current visitor with a valid visa, or you’re arrested and deported (and at this stage, of course, enforcement has to be real; it certainly is in HK).

    As to faking ID cards: the HK ID has an embedded chip with biometric data, plus loads of security features. It’s of course possible to fake their general appearance, given enough money and effort, but it can’t be easy to fake the chip/biometric stuff. A fake card might be good enough to get you past a dopey border officer, but it won’t help you much thereafter when you need to use it for all of the other day-to-day functions that require it, since many of them require the chip to be scanned.

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  156. @stillCARealist
    If Drivers licenses, SS cards, birth certificates, death certificates, student ID, green cards, library cards, state ID, fishing licenses, gun licenses, voter registration, passports, security clearances, background checks, constant finger-printing, job ID, welfare cards, medical ID, insurance and legal documents, prison ID, TSA screening, marriage licenses, business licenses, ad infinitum don't establish someone's definitive identity, then what the heck good will a national ID do? Just one more piece of data to fake or ignore.

    True. And you can count on the guvmint to spend $5 billion, take 10 years, and still screw it up.

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  157. @Hallie Scott Kline
    Jim Christian, sorry to hear that about your brother. How long ago? I’m not a skateboarder; are they likelier nowadays to wear helmets? I’ve never worn one for sports such as skiing but I notice my daughter’s generation doing so more and more. This can only be a good thing.

    As for the bride who should have worn flats... I agree. I would only wear high heels if they’re wedges, which provide stability.

    By bro hit his noggin in 1997, he passed two years later in May 97 in an $8000/month nursing home that was lousy with MIRSA. He passed between vegetative and semi-vegetative states pretty much the whole time, depending on his state of infections, fevers and so on. His passing was merciful. I see lots of kids on skateboards and bicycles without helmets even here where there are regs mandating them for all. Cops don’t enforce any of them, looks to me. If it was epidemic, if it was THEIR kids turning into celery-stalks the enforcement would become serious. I’ve done more than 150,000 miles on motorcycles, all with a race-rated full face helmet on my head, yet worn from a comfort standpoint, let alone a crash. I never wanted the wind in my face, the bugs in my teeth. But we never had helmets as kids. Thankfully, I don’t crash so far. Motorcycles are weird. You’re good enough or you aren’t any good at all for a mere 1/10th of one second, and then you’re dead. This is a freaky mindset and is owned by skydivers and carrier pilots, too.

    Tx for the greeting. Shit. Writing about that took me BACK to that in a weird way. And I thought I was an insensitive son of a bitch.

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