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From the Washington Post today:

Metro threatened with shutdown unless ‘urgent action’ is taken

Citing a botched response to a fire on Thursday, the Federal Transit Administration issued a series of emergency directives and threatened to shut down all or parts of the nation’s second-busiest subway.

By Robert McCartney 2 hours ago

From the Washington Times in March 2012:

Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity
‘Inept get promoted, … capable get buried’

By Luke Rosiak – The Washington Times – Monday, March 26, 2012
First of three parts

Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits.

The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell. In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.

With Metro’s budget chronically strained and reports of mismanagement coming more regularly than trains, interviews and internal records depict a likely root: an environment in which hardworking employees are actively excluded and those who rise are those willing to do the bare minimum — never causing a stir by flagging rampant safety violations, reporting malfeasance or proposing improvements.

“When the accident happened in 2009, I called a supervisor and said, ‘Is this the one we all dreaded?’ The way workers do their jobs, we all knew it was a matter of time. … The inept get promoted, and the capable get buried. Smart people were put in the corner, ostracized and given nothing to do,” said Christine Townsend, who sued Metro for discrimination and won.

It is a culture in which a white male engineer near completion of a Ph.D. was passed over for a management position in favor of a black man who was barely literate, multiple staffers said.

“The average rider wouldn’t believe the things that go on. There are so many easy things we could do to make the system better,” a station manager said. “But they’d never put me in charge because they know I’d make sure others actually did their jobs. They don’t want change. It’s go along to get along.”

Metro is a quasi-public agency that receives funding from the federal government, Maryland, Virginia and local jurisdictions to operate a regional bus and rail transportation system in the national capital area, but is not beholden to rules that apply to fully governmental entities. With a $2.5 billion operating and capital budget for fiscal 2012, Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track, while Metrobus serves the nation’s capital with 1,500 buses.

Metro’s affirmative-action plan notes that the 1.4 percent of its bus and train operators who are Hispanic and the 25 percent who are female of any race are “less than reasonably expected.” It does not make note of the 1.5 percent who are white.

 
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  1. Anti-White discrimination is going to make Washington DC completely clogged? Feature not bug.

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  2. SFG says:

    Yeah, this is the reason why NYC government always sucked so bad.

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  3. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    “Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.

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    • Replies: @Dew
    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren't winning many awards in math.

    Honestly, I thought that the story would be about a Muslim man being suspected of terrorism when he was actually doing math equations. Turns out it was not an Arab at all, rather a smart Italian guy with an really unfortunate first name.

    , @5371
    Ah, an economist. So he was pretending to do the most sophisticated mathematics he had heard of.
    , @Big Bill

    That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days
     
    When I read WaPo articles these days, the image of a sneering, 20-something white boy with a lip curl pops into my head.

    Missing: the obligatory Trump snark. Surely this lady wasn't just a generic giddy goose on her first plane flight. Was she wearing a Trump pin, or something? How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?
    , @Dr. X

    His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over... but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

     

    Well, there you have the problem, right there. Can you say "Liberal bimbo?"
    , @BB753
    In the picture, he has wavy not curly hair and doesn't seem to have olive skin. The story sounds fishy to me.
    , @AnotherDad
    "Muslims Drive"

    This is just an outgrowth of our failure to react intelligently to 911. The reaction should have been to keep muslims out of the US. (And Europeans nations should have extended that to "out of the West".) And to have made *muslims* bear the cost of their community's terrorism, rather than everyone else.

    We should have just banned muslims from flying--my "muslims drive" plan. To be gradually lifted--women, non-practicing, non-salafist, etc.--when terrorism in their community doesn't seem to be a problem. Re-imposed whenever there is a terrorist incident. That would have been hugely inconvenient--for *them*--but not for us. It would have been treating law abiding muslims like adults, saying essentially--"you've got a problem, you fix it". It would have been an incentive for muslims to clean up the mess in their community--police it themselves.

    But the left just hates accountability and incentives. (They seem to design their public policy to get the incentives on people precisely backwards.)

    So we're stuck with this system where we all bear the costs of muslim terrorism and the profiling is half-assed, ad-hoc and sometimes comically wrong.
  4. WMATA has been known to be a black jobs program for years, but the SWPLs ignored it, and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

    More money will thrown at the problem but nothing will change because that would require black accountability and we all know that is Raaaaacist. I am glad I work from home.

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    • Replies: @Brutusale
    One of the things that's kept Boston functioning fairly well in comparison with a lot of US cities is the fact that the Euro ethnics have fought tooth and nail to retain their hold on the public unions.
  5. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don’t correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn’t so bad since it wasn’t used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

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    • Replies: @vinny
    Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.
    , @anonymous
    I'm not sure how widespread it is (I expect it is all of them) but at least some DC area Federal employees get travel fare coupons for using public transport. Subsidies of subsidies ... I hope I live to see the day it all f**king crashes.
    , @Lot
    That was not my impression of the DC subway, which functioned smoothly and was much cleaner and less graffiti'd than NYC and Boston's.
    , @IA

    The DC Metro has always been terrible.
     
    Not true at all.
    , @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "...despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding."

    Q.: Which state? The ways of the Capitol are strange to me.
  6. e says:

    In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.

    I see the writer of the piece is already following recent DOJ orders from Barry not to call the “man who spent either years in prison” a felon.

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  7. Clyde says:

    I hear that Caribbean blacks have a lock on the NYC Transit system. Forty years ago the Irish did along with other Catholics.

    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents.

    How can any racial group get away with such blatant discrimination? Where are the lawsuits? I can only imagine the partly Federally funded pensions. The wikipedia entry says the Feds pay 65% of the capital costs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Metropolitan_Area_Transit_Authority#Funding

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Who runs Riker's Island, the NYC jail that's a disgrace?
  8. @Clyde
    I hear that Caribbean blacks have a lock on the NYC Transit system. Forty years ago the Irish did along with other Catholics.

    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents.
     
    How can any racial group get away with such blatant discrimination? Where are the lawsuits? I can only imagine the partly Federally funded pensions. The wikipedia entry says the Feds pay 65% of the capital costs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Metropolitan_Area_Transit_Authority#Funding

    Who runs Riker’s Island, the NYC jail that’s a disgrace?

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    • Replies: @Clyde

    Who runs Riker’s Island, the NYC jail that’s a disgrace?
     
    The guards resemble the inmate population? At Riker's those are really tough, rotten jobs. In contrast, the jobs in the NYC and DC region transit systems are desirable, especially in the Obama era's lousy economy. Did the Federal Government ever reinstate civil service tests? They were threatening to. I doubt this ever happened.
    If Trump wins he should tell all EPA workers to tel-commute from home, give them all free high speed internet and free accounts at the major porn sites. With the dead wood pushed aside, Trump appoints twenty of his own guys to run the EPA.
    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/union-big-norman-seabrook-controversial-comment-article-1.2511957
    , @Tim
    "Who runs Riker’s Island, the NYC jail that’s a disgrace?"

    You should see the Baltimore City Jail! I had so get a client out once, and right away I thought, 'these guards (all black females) are all WAY to familiar with the inmates. Two months later, the story about the guards babies came out.
  9. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Sorry: a story tip?
    I saw turbulence story Friday in daily mail
    Plane from Dominican Republic to Pittsburgh was full of Muslims?
    Is was Allegiant Air not WTF Air.
    Any idea why?

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  10. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Who runs Riker's Island, the NYC jail that's a disgrace?

    Who runs Riker’s Island, the NYC jail that’s a disgrace?

    The guards resemble the inmate population? At Riker’s those are really tough, rotten jobs. In contrast, the jobs in the NYC and DC region transit systems are desirable, especially in the Obama era’s lousy economy. Did the Federal Government ever reinstate civil service tests? They were threatening to. I doubt this ever happened.
    If Trump wins he should tell all EPA workers to tel-commute from home, give them all free high speed internet and free accounts at the major porn sites. With the dead wood pushed aside, Trump appoints twenty of his own guys to run the EPA.

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  11. vinny says:
    @Anonymous
    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don't correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn't so bad since it wasn't used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

    Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    You're joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren't subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.
    , @scoops
    show us the facts
  12. Joe Mack says:

    It is a terrible crisis for our bureaucrats.
    Mitt Romney could fix it in six months, so I propose Joe Biden to fix it.
    Will help with jobs for years and might never actually get fixed.
    Poor government workers, unable to get to work.

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  13. anon says: • Disclaimer

    This is increasingly the reality in all the big western cities as the native blue collar population are erased – the new people hire their relatives and the average competence goes down and everything starts to slowly crumble.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The Irish and others famously practiced graft and nepotistic hiring in Tammany Hall NYC and other major cities like Boston. Chicago was basically run by the Chicago Outfit until Pat Marcy died in the early 90s. It's just that blacks are much less intelligent and more incompetent and thus can't get the trains to run on time.
    , @helena
    I did some recruiting tele-interviews for customer service in a very sought-after transport sector - one of the objectives of interviews was to establish through questioning if the person sounded as if they would 'go the extra mile' to help someone. Lots of interviewees on the other end of the phone repeatedly and spontaneously told me, 'I-go-the-ex-tra-mile'. Curious.
  14. JerseyGuy says:

    Although I am NOT a libertarian, Randal O’Toole (the Antiplanner) has a lot of good posts about the huge capital cost and maintenance cost backlogs in our transit systems. They are HUGE. Boston is actually pretty bad too.

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  15. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    It is such a shame that, when operational budgets for public works are cut, that maintenance is the first thing to be diminished. And it is further a shame that so many legislators are so much more interested in lowering taxes than in providing adequate funding for public services.

    I blame Republicans for this and for many others of society’s ills that arise as a result of putting their ideology into action.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Lonnie, did you write that all by yourself or did your Mom help you with the big words?
    , @bomag
    Republicans are to blame for everything.

    Democrat run areas are much much better.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Yes, anti-white hatred, as well as sheltering incompetent, lazy and malicious Africans at the expense of more qualified, pleasant, and hard-working white and Asian applicants and employees -- that's OUR ideology in action. Yeahhhhhh.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Lonnie, I absolutely agree with you, for instance, look at the success of the American Public Education system, controlled almost totally by liberal ideologues. Well, maybe that's not so great an example, but you know what I mean.
  16. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    Why you no good ‘racists’!!!

    Don’t you know that one of those dark-skinned bus-drivers could be the messiah hisself who will take us on a bus-ride to heaven?

    Listen to brother Russell Moore!!

    Heaven is at hand.

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  17. I was on a crowded metro train last week and was stunned when I heard the train operator’s voice over the PA system. It sounded like a white woman! I immediately dismissed the possibility, but I guess I was wrong to.

    Whenever I leave DC, it’s always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders.

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    • Replies: @27 year old
    I moved out of the DC area and now when I buy groceries, there's a white person working the register. White people are working at basically all retail and service positions. The experience is so much better. I highly recommend it.
    , @Jefferson
    "Whenever I leave DC, it’s always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders."

    Even when you leave the city limits of DC and head to to the DC suburbs, most of the people there taking fast food orders are not White either unless it's Chick-Fil-A.
  18. V Vega says:

    Haiti now has only 2% forest cover, and has lost virtually all of its topsoil, making it impossible to grow food, and causing widespread drought. As such, a staple of Haitian culture has become its dependence on imports for 93% of its food, and Haiti’s resultant poverty.

    Meanwhile, it’s neighbor, the dominican republic, enjoys lush vegetation, and a functioning agricultural model. This is why dominicans purge blacks from their country from time to time, as well as resist any meaningful immigration by blacks into their country.

    The Bell Curve of African intelligence generally precludes them from being functional amongst themselves in a modern society. Although there are successful Africans in America, they most often occupy the right side of the Bell Curve, or are assisted by others to be functional. Africans on the right side of the curve will always be undermined by the majority low IQ of their race in the middle and left side of the curve. Any social plans that don’t recognize this is doomed to fail each and every time.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don’t have the ability to make a choice.

    This is why either allowing blacks to try to run a complicated subway system, or Obama importing blacks by the score, is madness. We should severely limit black immigration, and qualify those we allow in, and just work with what we have for the next few generations. Offering government grants for having submitting to sterilization would be a great start, as well as giving tax breaks to interracial couples.

    Black bodies continue to pile up. Blacks who still have a breath in them are too often leading pointless lives, and are very unhappy. The grand experiment has failed. It’s time to clean up the horrible mess.

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    • Replies: @anon
    Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.
    , @Bert
    Can you spergs ever stay on topic?
    , @Lurker

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don’t have the ability to make a choice.
     
    Though sometimes it seems collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs and become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don’t have the ability to make a choice.
    , @AndrewR
    Miscegenation improves gene pool quality for blacks.

    I don't really think it's good for everyone.
  19. @slippery_people
    I was on a crowded metro train last week and was stunned when I heard the train operator's voice over the PA system. It sounded like a white woman! I immediately dismissed the possibility, but I guess I was wrong to.

    Whenever I leave DC, it's always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders.

    I moved out of the DC area and now when I buy groceries, there’s a white person working the register. White people are working at basically all retail and service positions. The experience is so much better. I highly recommend it.

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  20. Note, though, that the guy they brought in to fix Metro is severely melanin-challenged:

    http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/general_manager/index2.cfm

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    • Replies: @Brutusale
    And just think, this village idiot, DOCTOR Beverly Scott, was available:

    https://howiecarrshow.com/great-scott-its-a-soft-landing-again/
  21. Michelle says:

    We have almost no Blacks left in the department I work in, it is now about 85% Asian. We have 1 Black person left in the entire department. The mistakes, however, are legion. The Asians will argue with you about the mistakes they make and steadfastly continue to make them. Don’t confuse them with the facts, they are not interested in facts. We used to have a Black woman who was underemployed for her intellect and knew everything about everything and could run rings around the supervisors. She had a drinking problem and was an evil bitch at times, but she was a trouble shooting extraordinaire! When she retired things went straight to hell. Now we have a lot of dull Asian drones who don’t care to step out of their comfort zones and don’t show an ounce of personality between them, not to mention the constant smell of cabbage emanating from the microwave!

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    What type of department do you work?
    , @Blinky Bill
    Speak the truf sista! I have had similar experiences on Shinkansen in Japan and the MRT in Singapore, crowded, dirty, rude people. The Asiatics have no idea how to run a transport system. For God's sake they are still using the same train system the British left them in 1947 and they sit on top of the trains !!!!
  22. jtgw says: • Website
    @vinny
    Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.

    You’re joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren’t subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    No. You're wrong. Practically every American owns and drives an automobile on our extensive network of roads. Therefore, every American pays for the roads they use. There is no mystery to this. No other people are more identified with the automobile and its freedoms than Americans. The world knows this.

    "Heavily subsidized"? That means we pay with our taxes. Guess what, genius: we all drive cars. So big deal. We ALL pay for what we ALL use. Wow. Imagine that. If this doesn't conform to your Marxist utopian idea of how humans should transport themselves...to bad.
    , @granesperanzablanco
    All transportation and related infrastructure is highly subsidized and need be. Think highways, airports, rail, ports etc. In other countries the systems are run by technocrats. In the US all to often systems are run to enrich workers and are planned by political appointees and not engineers.

    Go to Switzerland or Japan and you will see what is possible.
    , @AnotherDad

    Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US.
     
    They are also taxed. Roads are paid for by the gas taxes you pay. In some states there are constitutional or legislative barriers that separate gas taxes\tolls and\or highway spending off into its own self-financing bucket. This system may break down with electric cars or huge other fuels (methanol economy) difficult to separate from other energy uses. But in general it's worked pretty well.

    Highways and cars are no subsidized anything like transit systems, which would be infeasible almost anywhere outside of NYC without huge general tax revenue infusions.

    ~
    The reason cars are wildly popular is not subsidy but utility. They are incredibly *convenient*. You go point-to-point *where* you want to go, *when* you want to go and with *whom* you want to go there. It's a faster less arduous version of how people (and animals) have travelled for ... ever. It's transit systems--and I support them in cities where they make sense--that are un-natural, being on someone's timetable, going not quite where you're going with a bunch of random strangers.

    BTW, that *whom* you want to go with looms larger and larger in a "diverse" society.

    It's the same old story we see time and time again. Liberals\lefties don't want to admit that most of the socially organized bennies they want--welfare, public-transit, public-schools, heck free society itself!--only works decently in a mono-cultural high-trust environment ... but they insist on jamming "diversity" down our throats ... turning it all to shit.

    Cars and highways have a great future in our coming divesitopia. Everyone--properly "encouraged"--will swear allegiance to how wonderful it all is ... provided they don't have to ride the bus.
  23. Jefferson says:
    @slippery_people
    I was on a crowded metro train last week and was stunned when I heard the train operator's voice over the PA system. It sounded like a white woman! I immediately dismissed the possibility, but I guess I was wrong to.

    Whenever I leave DC, it's always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders.

    “Whenever I leave DC, it’s always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders.”

    Even when you leave the city limits of DC and head to to the DC suburbs, most of the people there taking fast food orders are not White either unless it’s Chick-Fil-A.

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    • Replies: @Skinnyhoops
    I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald's stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson.
  24. What Orwellian mindf*ck these articles from the MSM are. Someone just reading the title and skimming (which is what most people in Zombieland are doing) gets a twisted version where it is a lack of black people that’s creating the problem, instead of an excess of blacks causing it. Most people will assume what they’ve been programmed to for the last few decades, that a ‘lack of diversity’ means lack of brown people instead of “no white people”.

    They take sheer madness of a system where affirmative action has been carried out to its (il)logical conclusion, and they turn the very ideology that created the problem into the solution for the problem.

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    • Replies: @Skinnyhoops
    More research is needed to evaluate the minimum ratio of white workers to black workers required to avoid the "tipping point" where an enterprise or essential government service collapses, fails or otherwise implodes.
  25. @jtgw
    You're joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren't subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.

    No. You’re wrong. Practically every American owns and drives an automobile on our extensive network of roads. Therefore, every American pays for the roads they use. There is no mystery to this. No other people are more identified with the automobile and its freedoms than Americans. The world knows this.

    “Heavily subsidized”? That means we pay with our taxes. Guess what, genius: we all drive cars. So big deal. We ALL pay for what we ALL use. Wow. Imagine that. If this doesn’t conform to your Marxist utopian idea of how humans should transport themselves…to bad.

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    • Replies: @vinny
    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don't conform to the state's rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.

    That's real freedom.
    , @granesperanzablanco
    I think gas taxes pay for something like a 1/3 of the cost to maintain and build roads. having so much of roads and highways paid for with general fund taxes means we do not pay for the roads we use (and at least 10% do not drive and surely s0me don't drive a lot). We should use more toll roads and with increasing fuel efficient cars look at taxing miles traveled rather than gas usage.

    Not to rile the crowd too much but cars do have a lot of negative externalities like accidents and pollution and do sort of crowd out other options like the walking which is pretty basic
  26. @anony-mouse
    Anti-White discrimination is going to make Washington DC completely clogged? Feature not bug.

    Problem is, the senators, the lobbists, etc., aren’t the ones taking the Metro. They could give two sh*ts about the problems of the peons based on the way they behave towards the rest of the country.

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    • Replies: @anony-mouse
    True, but when the peons can't use the Metro they'll overload the roads-for everybody.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Several WMATA board members are politicians from surrounding counties. They all have reserved parking spaces at WMATA HQ.

    2) The subsidy for Feds taking Metro was recently increased in the budget passed by those mean-spirited Republicans to $300 a month. Used to be $60. Because you know the average Fed is a GS-13 making about $100k.
  27. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @anon
    This is increasingly the reality in all the big western cities as the native blue collar population are erased - the new people hire their relatives and the average competence goes down and everything starts to slowly crumble.

    The Irish and others famously practiced graft and nepotistic hiring in Tammany Hall NYC and other major cities like Boston. Chicago was basically run by the Chicago Outfit until Pat Marcy died in the early 90s. It’s just that blacks are much less intelligent and more incompetent and thus can’t get the trains to run on time.

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  28. Jefferson says:

    “Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits.”

    How can there be a lack of diversity when 97 percent of the bus and train operators in the DC transit authority are Black. Liberals define diversity by how Black something is. The only way the DC transit authority could be even more diverse is if 100 percent of it’s bus and train operators are Black.

    They are more diverse than the NBA.

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  29. vinny says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    No. You're wrong. Practically every American owns and drives an automobile on our extensive network of roads. Therefore, every American pays for the roads they use. There is no mystery to this. No other people are more identified with the automobile and its freedoms than Americans. The world knows this.

    "Heavily subsidized"? That means we pay with our taxes. Guess what, genius: we all drive cars. So big deal. We ALL pay for what we ALL use. Wow. Imagine that. If this doesn't conform to your Marxist utopian idea of how humans should transport themselves...to bad.

    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don’t conform to the state’s rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.

    That’s real freedom.

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    You are welcome to go live and transport yourself in any other country you like. I've been to several, and I have dear inlaws in one that is still struggling to imitate what we have enjoyed for a century.

    You may not realize how good you have it. So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.

    And you complain and make it sound like some attack on your freedom.

    Please.

    This system works, and it gives you more freedom -- and prosperity -- than you realize.

    , @SteveO

    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don’t conform to the state’s rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.
     
    In other words, the government collects taxes and provides services; it enacts and enforces traffic laws to protect the public safety. This is called civilization. If you want to live in a frontier, every-man-for-himself version of America, I'm afraid you were born 100 years or so too late.
  30. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @V Vega
    Haiti now has only 2% forest cover, and has lost virtually all of its topsoil, making it impossible to grow food, and causing widespread drought. As such, a staple of Haitian culture has become its dependence on imports for 93% of its food, and Haiti’s resultant poverty.

    Meanwhile, it's neighbor, the dominican republic, enjoys lush vegetation, and a functioning agricultural model. This is why dominicans purge blacks from their country from time to time, as well as resist any meaningful immigration by blacks into their country.

    The Bell Curve of African intelligence generally precludes them from being functional amongst themselves in a modern society. Although there are successful Africans in America, they most often occupy the right side of the Bell Curve, or are assisted by others to be functional. Africans on the right side of the curve will always be undermined by the majority low IQ of their race in the middle and left side of the curve. Any social plans that don't recognize this is doomed to fail each and every time.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don't have the ability to make a choice.

    This is why either allowing blacks to try to run a complicated subway system, or Obama importing blacks by the score, is madness. We should severely limit black immigration, and qualify those we allow in, and just work with what we have for the next few generations. Offering government grants for having submitting to sterilization would be a great start, as well as giving tax breaks to interracial couples.

    Black bodies continue to pile up. Blacks who still have a breath in them are too often leading pointless lives, and are very unhappy. The grand experiment has failed. It's time to clean up the horrible mess.

    Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.

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    • Replies: @SWVirginian
    'Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.'

    A given.

    I left the DC area in 2002 and rode the Metro routinely for years. With some usual problems - delays in trains, overcrowding at rush hour, etc - I found it serviceable. I have been following its demise through friends still in the area for years.

    I have to say though that this sounds very much like a vicious circle. I suspect that long before the 97% was reached, white people stopped applying for such jobs and many that were not near retirement left the system. Why stay in a system where promotions and pay are stacked against you and where your likely co-workers and especially your boss were incompetent and hostile? So what happens? More incompetent blacks get hired and more whites leave or don't apply in the first place. 97% is just around the corner, just a matter of time.

    Two quick parallels:

    The DC school system where it entails the highest per capita cost and the lowest returns. I read somewhere that 40% was the tipping point for school systems. After that white flight took over.

    Neighborhoods and apartment complexes, about which Steve has written over the years.

    Before I left the DC suburbs in 2002, I lived in a great apt complex in Alexandria. Sometime in the 90’s there was a gradual population shift, which became a major shift as time went by. We began seeing often non-family groups of 3-4 people or families w/several children – mainly from El Salvador and Ethiopia - where singles or couples had lived before.

    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.

    The owners, realizing that they had lost control of the complex, decided to gentrify. The complex was emptied and the units up-scaled, including rent, to where the old renters couldn't afford to live there. The result was that close to 250 affordable units were removed from the market.

  31. @vinny
    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don't conform to the state's rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.

    That's real freedom.

    You are welcome to go live and transport yourself in any other country you like. I’ve been to several, and I have dear inlaws in one that is still struggling to imitate what we have enjoyed for a century.

    You may not realize how good you have it. So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.

    And you complain and make it sound like some attack on your freedom.

    Please.

    This system works, and it gives you more freedom — and prosperity — than you realize.

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    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.
     
    And you buy your 20-year-old US Marine friend a beer to commemorate his defense of your freedom, and you both get arrested, along with the proprietor. What's wrong with this picture?

    And, no, I didn't change the subject.
    , @vinny
    Registering with the DMV and having the state police arbitrarily deciding whether to condemn your car is not freedom from government interference.

    The highway patrol is, for now, relatively free from diversity mandates. Do you trust they will be in 10 years? 5 years?
  32. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don't correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn't so bad since it wasn't used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

    I’m not sure how widespread it is (I expect it is all of them) but at least some DC area Federal employees get travel fare coupons for using public transport. Subsidies of subsidies … I hope I live to see the day it all f**king crashes.

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  33. Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.

    Where the hell do you live, that the highways are private? Spain?

    Actually, the rail transit systems in New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo, and quite a few other places were private in origin. Don’t confuse them with BART, MARTA, and the DC Metro, 1970s dinosaurs all.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Where the hell do you live, that the highways are private? Spain?"

    Actually, you can drive on spanish owned highways in America. The Indiana toll-road, for example. Then-governor Mitch Daniels pushed the deal,.........I suppose because the Indiana state government doesn't have any jewelry to hock.
  34. @Buzz Mohawk
    You are welcome to go live and transport yourself in any other country you like. I've been to several, and I have dear inlaws in one that is still struggling to imitate what we have enjoyed for a century.

    You may not realize how good you have it. So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.

    And you complain and make it sound like some attack on your freedom.

    Please.

    This system works, and it gives you more freedom -- and prosperity -- than you realize.

    So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.

    And you buy your 20-year-old US Marine friend a beer to commemorate his defense of your freedom, and you both get arrested, along with the proprietor. What’s wrong with this picture?

    And, no, I didn’t change the subject.

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  35. OLD JEW says:

    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.

    They do their job conscientiously.

    The problem appears, to be:

    The cars are old;
    pieces fall off cause arcing (fire and smoke);
    water seeps from the street level into the tunnels.
    water does not help with electricity.
    trains break down, need to be removed of the tracks,
    passengers squeeze into the next crowded train;
    etc.,

    It is hardware/construction at the end of its life.

    Like me getting older and accumulating ailments.

    Who will trace and hold accountable all former managers (at many levels)
    that misspent wasted whatever maintenance funds they had ?

    The claim “it wasn’t enough” is no justification for misusing whatever little they got.

    I’ll just “bear and grin” and use the overcrowded metro.

    Driving to work to downtown DC is more than challenging.

    The city is way safer with me not driving.

    sf

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    • Replies: @27 year old
    The main safety hazard of the metro is the overcrowding, which is made even worse metros refusal to update the cars floor plan to accommodate the reality of today's increased ridership. They proudly bought a whole bunch of new cars, but the new cars are set up the same stupid way. They should have bench seats along the walls of the cars to maximize standing room.
    , @Lurker
    Arcing is likely a result of accumulated dirt rather than bits dropping off.
    , @SteveO

    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.
     

    Do the announcers still pronounce it "Judishuary Square"?

    Otherwise, I agree. The operators were all black back in the '80s, too*, but the system worked. The Metro was held in high esteem back then, or at least in as high esteem as any public transportation system ever is by the people who use it.

    As you say, the problem is aged equipment and lack of maintenance. Last year, I had occasion to ride the Metro again - same ride I used to make, from Silver Spring to Dupont Circle on the Red Line. I was shocked to see the exact same cars, exact design as that used when the line first opened in 1976. The appearance of the cars is now so dated it's like riding a "SeventiesWorld" ride at Disneyland.

    It's disgraceful that such a good system, truly a credit to the DC area and to the kind of big infrastructure projects we, sadly, seldom undertake anymore, was allowed to deteriorate. However incompetent Metro management may have been, this level of decay is only possible with the connivance of government leadership compounded by public unwillingness to pay for proper upkeep through fares or taxes.

    *Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s. In my young mind, bus driving, like trash collection, was one of those jobs white people never did. I had never seen a white garbageman until I moved to New Jersey in the late 80s; I was genuinely shocked. Washington was still very Southern in some ways when I grew up there.

  36. vinny says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    You are welcome to go live and transport yourself in any other country you like. I've been to several, and I have dear inlaws in one that is still struggling to imitate what we have enjoyed for a century.

    You may not realize how good you have it. So, you pay your taxes and you drive your car on your roads. Big deal.

    And you complain and make it sound like some attack on your freedom.

    Please.

    This system works, and it gives you more freedom -- and prosperity -- than you realize.

    Registering with the DMV and having the state police arbitrarily deciding whether to condemn your car is not freedom from government interference.

    The highway patrol is, for now, relatively free from diversity mandates. Do you trust they will be in 10 years? 5 years?

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  37. The 2012 Washington Times article is mouth dropping. 97% black, wildly blatant evidence of mass black racism and corruption in a federal government funded organization. I’m angry (I almost said I was surprised, but not really surprised) that this story hasn’t generated more attention. Has there been any follow up?

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    • Replies: @Desiderius

    I’m angry (I almost said I was surprised, but not really surprised) that this story hasn’t generated more attention. Has there been any follow up?
     
    That would be like a Hindu getting mad about all the cowshit in the street. Blacks are the national mascot - it's bad taste to complain about their shortcomings.
  38. Lot says:
    @Anonymous
    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don't correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn't so bad since it wasn't used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

    That was not my impression of the DC subway, which functioned smoothly and was much cleaner and less graffiti’d than NYC and Boston’s.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    It was nice in the 80s. That was a long time ago.
    , @Anonymous
    Yes, the NYC subway is more crowded and dirtier. But that's because it's a very good and practical and economical public transit system. It's the best and most practical way to get around NYC. Part of the reason the DC subway functions relatively smoothly and is clean is that it's not as practical or effective for getting around DC and the DC area as the NYC subway is for getting around NYC, and it's expensive.
    , @Das
    I was in DC when the system first started having problems. There was a crash in 2009 that made national headlines.

    Before then, there weren't really any visible problems with the operation of system.

    Again, the number of black drivers doesn't matter too much, because they don't actually do much. Completely driverless metro systems only got regulatory approval relatively recently, but systems built before that still automate most of the actual operation of the trains.

    If you turn maintenance into a graft machine for blacks, that's another story.
  39. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Michelle
    We have almost no Blacks left in the department I work in, it is now about 85% Asian. We have 1 Black person left in the entire department. The mistakes, however, are legion. The Asians will argue with you about the mistakes they make and steadfastly continue to make them. Don't confuse them with the facts, they are not interested in facts. We used to have a Black woman who was underemployed for her intellect and knew everything about everything and could run rings around the supervisors. She had a drinking problem and was an evil bitch at times, but she was a trouble shooting extraordinaire! When she retired things went straight to hell. Now we have a lot of dull Asian drones who don't care to step out of their comfort zones and don't show an ounce of personality between them, not to mention the constant smell of cabbage emanating from the microwave!

    What type of department do you work?

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  40. To be fair, a white busdriver’s life would be in danger driving DC buses on most routes. So I’m surprised even 3% of those drivers are white.

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  41. @Grandpa Jack
    Problem is, the senators, the lobbists, etc., aren't the ones taking the Metro. They could give two sh*ts about the problems of the peons based on the way they behave towards the rest of the country.

    True, but when the peons can’t use the Metro they’ll overload the roads-for everybody.

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  42. @Michelle
    We have almost no Blacks left in the department I work in, it is now about 85% Asian. We have 1 Black person left in the entire department. The mistakes, however, are legion. The Asians will argue with you about the mistakes they make and steadfastly continue to make them. Don't confuse them with the facts, they are not interested in facts. We used to have a Black woman who was underemployed for her intellect and knew everything about everything and could run rings around the supervisors. She had a drinking problem and was an evil bitch at times, but she was a trouble shooting extraordinaire! When she retired things went straight to hell. Now we have a lot of dull Asian drones who don't care to step out of their comfort zones and don't show an ounce of personality between them, not to mention the constant smell of cabbage emanating from the microwave!

    Speak the truf sista! I have had similar experiences on Shinkansen in Japan and the MRT in Singapore, crowded, dirty, rude people. The Asiatics have no idea how to run a transport system. For God’s sake they are still using the same train system the British left them in 1947 and they sit on top of the trains !!!!

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    • Replies: @Yak-15
    This is perhaps the dumbest comment I have seen in a while. The Singapore subway is a model of efficiency and cleanliness. I live in Chicago and take the red line and the conparison is stark. In Signapore the trains are always on time and there are no homeless people melting into the seats. Every aspect of the train cars is cleaner and the system moves you from one place to another much more quickly - even during rush hour.

    People may be riding on top of trains in India and Pakistan but Signapore is a model we should copy.
  43. @Massimo Heitor
    The 2012 Washington Times article is mouth dropping. 97% black, wildly blatant evidence of mass black racism and corruption in a federal government funded organization. I'm angry (I almost said I was surprised, but not really surprised) that this story hasn't generated more attention. Has there been any follow up?

    I’m angry (I almost said I was surprised, but not really surprised) that this story hasn’t generated more attention. Has there been any follow up?

    That would be like a Hindu getting mad about all the cowshit in the street. Blacks are the national mascot – it’s bad taste to complain about their shortcomings.

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  44. @Lot
    That was not my impression of the DC subway, which functioned smoothly and was much cleaner and less graffiti'd than NYC and Boston's.

    It was nice in the 80s. That was a long time ago.

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  45. @Anonymous
    Sorry: a story tip?
    I saw turbulence story Friday in daily mail
    Plane from Dominican Republic to Pittsburgh was full of Muslims?
    Is was Allegiant Air not WTF Air.
    Any idea why?

    That’s the longest haiku I’ve ever read.

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  46. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This story sounds like it could be about the US Civil Service.

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  47. Mr. Anon says:

    The impression I get is that a lot of white government managers are hiring hispanics, when they can, in order to fill any brown-people quotas they may have been given. They have a real work ethic, and are less likely to file a grievance than are black people.

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    • Replies: @Camlost
    The impression I get is that a lot of white government managers are hiring hispanics, when they can, in order to fill any brown-people quotas they may have been given. They have a real work ethic, and are less likely to file a grievance than are black people.

    Exhibit A for your theory is Major League Baseball, down to 8% American black from a high of nearly 30% in the 70's. All utility/marginal players are now White or Latin/Black Carribean, the only American blacks are stars or those with unique talent.
    , @Sailer has an interesting life
    The impression I get is that your thought process is like that of a child. Easily taken to flights of fancy about how great you are, and easy to cry like a little baby.
  48. Dew says:
    @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren’t winning many awards in math.

    Honestly, I thought that the story would be about a Muslim man being suspected of terrorism when he was actually doing math equations. Turns out it was not an Arab at all, rather a smart Italian guy with an really unfortunate first name.

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    • Replies: @PiltdownMan

    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren’t winning many awards in math.
     
    Not many, you're right.

    Speaking as a math major, this single instance does carry mucho bragging rights.

    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html
  49. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Lot
    That was not my impression of the DC subway, which functioned smoothly and was much cleaner and less graffiti'd than NYC and Boston's.

    Yes, the NYC subway is more crowded and dirtier. But that’s because it’s a very good and practical and economical public transit system. It’s the best and most practical way to get around NYC. Part of the reason the DC subway functions relatively smoothly and is clean is that it’s not as practical or effective for getting around DC and the DC area as the NYC subway is for getting around NYC, and it’s expensive.

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    • Replies: @dcite
    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it's grown filthier every year. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau -- the no food rule used to be enforced -- every day. My east African colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands -- she's a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn't expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it's grotesque. You can't hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people -- the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, getting on and off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don't know how to deal with -- a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it. Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese, so we don't get some "minority" company nightmare. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That's only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful -- although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.
    , @dcite
    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it's been filthier every years. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau -- the no food rule used to be enforced -- every day. My Kenyan colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars, especially the Green Line that goes to heavily black stops.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands -- she's a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn't expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it's grotesque. You can't hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people -- the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, get on an off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don't know how to deal with -- a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That's only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful -- although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.
  50. SteveO says:
    @vinny
    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don't conform to the state's rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.

    That's real freedom.

    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don’t conform to the state’s rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.

    In other words, the government collects taxes and provides services; it enacts and enforces traffic laws to protect the public safety. This is called civilization. If you want to live in a frontier, every-man-for-himself version of America, I’m afraid you were born 100 years or so too late.

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    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
    And building a civilization out of a frontier is particularly difficult. I thought this recent Victor Davis Hanson piece on that very subject was particularly good:

    http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=9269#more-9269
  51. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Worked for 6 months in DC @ George Washington Hospital as contract nurse in the ER. Lived 2 stops on the metro from work did not bring a car with me from TX. If the trains had running on time and the passengers not been so rude and disruptive this would have been great. I came to the conclusion after one month of using the metro theft it was a Jobs Program for Retarded Criminal African Americans and I was right.

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  52. 5371 says:
    @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    Ah, an economist. So he was pretending to do the most sophisticated mathematics he had heard of.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Ah, an economist. So he was pretending to do the most sophisticated mathematics he had heard of."

    It's so cute when they try to act like real scientists.
  53. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    No, surely, Steve, a 90% + all black workforce is *exactly* what the lefty neo-Orwellians mean by the term ‘diversity’. By certain this word when bandiec about means nothing else – apart from the purging, to the fullest extent possible – of any vestige of white males.

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    • Replies: @AnAnon
    "No, surely, Steve, a 90% + all black workforce is *exactly* what the lefty neo-Orwellians mean by the term ‘diversity’." - only when the news is positive. if the news is negative, it is a lack of diversity that is the problem.
  54. Das says:

    Operating a train on a grade-separated metro system like the one in Washington is the definition of a cushy job. The computers basically drive the trains on their own, and the operator is really only there as a backup.

    It’s pretty corrupt to direct all those jobs to blacks, but ultimately doesn’t have much an effect on the operation of the system.

    Does anyone have numbers on the percentage of the mechanics and maintenance crew that are black? If the difficult work of maintaining the railcars, the tracks, the signaling and electrical equipment has been turned into a black patronage machine, then it’s surprising the system runs at all.

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    • Replies: @27 year old
    From what I have seen the maintenece crews are White. But blacks are in charge of assigning maintenance, deciding how many maintenance guys to hire, etc etc.

    I would not be surprised if there is still significant graft on that front, for example, if you contract out repair work it has to be to a black owned company, or something
    , @IA

    Does anyone have numbers on the percentage of the mechanics and maintenance crew that are black?
     
    As 27 says, they may be white but work for blacks. I'd say PEPCO is more important to the elites (power outages get their attention but mass transit doesn't affect them much) and therefore key managers are numerically white-dominant if not all white.

    Speaking of PEPCO and blacks, there was a woman named Kelly-Dixon who made it to VP at PEPCO and then mayor around 1990. Maybe the worst mayor in US history. There have been a lot of blacks at PEPCO but they know they can only go so far to crash the system. Too far and the big boys in Congress will come down on 'em.
  55. Das says:
    @Lot
    That was not my impression of the DC subway, which functioned smoothly and was much cleaner and less graffiti'd than NYC and Boston's.

    I was in DC when the system first started having problems. There was a crash in 2009 that made national headlines.

    Before then, there weren’t really any visible problems with the operation of system.

    Again, the number of black drivers doesn’t matter too much, because they don’t actually do much. Completely driverless metro systems only got regulatory approval relatively recently, but systems built before that still automate most of the actual operation of the trains.

    If you turn maintenance into a graft machine for blacks, that’s another story.

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    • Replies: @midtown
    The Metro did have problems before then, but they became more pronounced around the time you mention. For example, nearly every station had escalators that were out of service for a year or more at a time. This was a big deal at some stations that were deeply underground. One year I had a badly hurt ankle and always cursed the broken escalators that I had to walk up.
  56. Bert says:
    @V Vega
    Haiti now has only 2% forest cover, and has lost virtually all of its topsoil, making it impossible to grow food, and causing widespread drought. As such, a staple of Haitian culture has become its dependence on imports for 93% of its food, and Haiti’s resultant poverty.

    Meanwhile, it's neighbor, the dominican republic, enjoys lush vegetation, and a functioning agricultural model. This is why dominicans purge blacks from their country from time to time, as well as resist any meaningful immigration by blacks into their country.

    The Bell Curve of African intelligence generally precludes them from being functional amongst themselves in a modern society. Although there are successful Africans in America, they most often occupy the right side of the Bell Curve, or are assisted by others to be functional. Africans on the right side of the curve will always be undermined by the majority low IQ of their race in the middle and left side of the curve. Any social plans that don't recognize this is doomed to fail each and every time.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don't have the ability to make a choice.

    This is why either allowing blacks to try to run a complicated subway system, or Obama importing blacks by the score, is madness. We should severely limit black immigration, and qualify those we allow in, and just work with what we have for the next few generations. Offering government grants for having submitting to sterilization would be a great start, as well as giving tax breaks to interracial couples.

    Black bodies continue to pile up. Blacks who still have a breath in them are too often leading pointless lives, and are very unhappy. The grand experiment has failed. It's time to clean up the horrible mess.

    Can you spergs ever stay on topic?

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  57. TheJester says:

    Nothing works in DC, including the Metro, because it is essentially a Black-run city. For those old enough to remember him, Marion Barry exemplifies the model for competence, leadership, and management in DC … a welfare culture that is corrupt to the core. As the Washington Post once stated, “To understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry.”

    The Metro is just one more tick mark on the long list of public-funded programs in DC run into the ground (three other examples are the educational system, public works programs, and summer jobs program for youth). I can’t see a meaningful recovery scenario for the Metro or anything else in DC. Throwing money at the problem doesn’t work due to the culture. It is throwing money down a rathole.

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  58. @OLD JEW
    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.

    They do their job conscientiously.

    The problem appears, to be:

    The cars are old;
    pieces fall off cause arcing (fire and smoke);
    water seeps from the street level into the tunnels.
    water does not help with electricity.
    trains break down, need to be removed of the tracks,
    passengers squeeze into the next crowded train;
    etc.,

    It is hardware/construction at the end of its life.

    Like me getting older and accumulating ailments.


    Who will trace and hold accountable all former managers (at many levels)
    that misspent wasted whatever maintenance funds they had ?

    The claim "it wasn't enough" is no justification for misusing whatever little they got.

    I'll just "bear and grin" and use the overcrowded metro.

    Driving to work to downtown DC is more than challenging.

    The city is way safer with me not driving.

    sf

    The main safety hazard of the metro is the overcrowding, which is made even worse metros refusal to update the cars floor plan to accommodate the reality of today’s increased ridership. They proudly bought a whole bunch of new cars, but the new cars are set up the same stupid way. They should have bench seats along the walls of the cars to maximize standing room.

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  59. Ed says:

    This is the type of expose the Washington Post would normally be all over but I’ve never seen even a hint that affirmative action or culture have anything to do with it.

    I know people that work in Metro’s finance department & it’s also black run. Consequently it’s a mess. I know of a white colleague that applied for a job there. He didn’t get an interview He doesn’t however know the reason he didn’t get it is because the Caribbean manager was racist. When he received his resume from a mutual ex-colleague the manager asked if he was black or white. When informed he said he didn’t want a white guy thinking they knew everything to tell him his job. So resume was trashed.

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  60. @Das
    Operating a train on a grade-separated metro system like the one in Washington is the definition of a cushy job. The computers basically drive the trains on their own, and the operator is really only there as a backup.

    It's pretty corrupt to direct all those jobs to blacks, but ultimately doesn't have much an effect on the operation of the system.

    Does anyone have numbers on the percentage of the mechanics and maintenance crew that are black? If the difficult work of maintaining the railcars, the tracks, the signaling and electrical equipment has been turned into a black patronage machine, then it's surprising the system runs at all.

    From what I have seen the maintenece crews are White. But blacks are in charge of assigning maintenance, deciding how many maintenance guys to hire, etc etc.

    I would not be surprised if there is still significant graft on that front, for example, if you contract out repair work it has to be to a black owned company, or something

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    • Replies: @Dwright
    From what I have seen the maintenece crews are White. But blacks are in charge of assigning maintenance, deciding how many maintenance guys to hire, etc etc.

    I would not be surprised if there is still significant graft on that front, for example, if you contract out repair work it has to be to a black owned company, or something


    That is how the post office works.
  61. @SteveO

    We all have to register our capital and our selves with the state to gain access to our state provided highways (provided at massive taxpayer expense) and then, when driving upon them, if we don’t conform to the state’s rules, armed agents can arrest us and subject our capital to civil forfeiture.
     
    In other words, the government collects taxes and provides services; it enacts and enforces traffic laws to protect the public safety. This is called civilization. If you want to live in a frontier, every-man-for-himself version of America, I'm afraid you were born 100 years or so too late.

    And building a civilization out of a frontier is particularly difficult. I thought this recent Victor Davis Hanson piece on that very subject was particularly good:

    http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=9269#more-9269

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  62. midtown says:
    @Das
    I was in DC when the system first started having problems. There was a crash in 2009 that made national headlines.

    Before then, there weren't really any visible problems with the operation of system.

    Again, the number of black drivers doesn't matter too much, because they don't actually do much. Completely driverless metro systems only got regulatory approval relatively recently, but systems built before that still automate most of the actual operation of the trains.

    If you turn maintenance into a graft machine for blacks, that's another story.

    The Metro did have problems before then, but they became more pronounced around the time you mention. For example, nearly every station had escalators that were out of service for a year or more at a time. This was a big deal at some stations that were deeply underground. One year I had a badly hurt ankle and always cursed the broken escalators that I had to walk up.

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  63. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2016/03/30/stadia-khan-there-are-too-many-white-men-on-transport-for-lon

    Sadiq Khan: There are too many white men on Transport for London

    Wednesday, 30 March 2016 | Adam Bienkov

    London’s transport authority is far too dominated by white men, Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said today.

    There are currently 13 white men on the Transport for London board and just three women. Khan said he would ensure the board better reflected the “diversity” of Londoners if he becomes mayor.

    “I will reshape TfL’s board,” he said during a speech in Brixton this morning.

    “It needs to better reflect London’s diversity in the interest of Londoners

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  64. Big Bill says:
    @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days

    When I read WaPo articles these days, the image of a sneering, 20-something white boy with a lip curl pops into my head.

    Missing: the obligatory Trump snark. Surely this lady wasn’t just a generic giddy goose on her first plane flight. Was she wearing a Trump pin, or something? How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?

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    • Replies: @5371
    The economist himself took a shot at Trump in his Farcebook post.
    , @Lurker

    How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?
     
    Ah yes, because of course the average white person is useless at that compared to black/brown folks.

    Btw what is that 'racists' are supposedly 'ignorant' of? Black crime rates, Islamic terrorism and honor killing, relative IQ, what?
  65. Camlost says:

    Here at MARTA the work force is something like 88% black.

    On any given day the word is that 30-35% of the workforce calls in sick, so they have to overschedule for virtually every operational position.

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  66. Camlost says:
    @Mr. Anon
    The impression I get is that a lot of white government managers are hiring hispanics, when they can, in order to fill any brown-people quotas they may have been given. They have a real work ethic, and are less likely to file a grievance than are black people.

    The impression I get is that a lot of white government managers are hiring hispanics, when they can, in order to fill any brown-people quotas they may have been given. They have a real work ethic, and are less likely to file a grievance than are black people.

    Exhibit A for your theory is Major League Baseball, down to 8% American black from a high of nearly 30% in the 70′s. All utility/marginal players are now White or Latin/Black Carribean, the only American blacks are stars or those with unique talent.

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  67. @Dew
    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren't winning many awards in math.

    Honestly, I thought that the story would be about a Muslim man being suspected of terrorism when he was actually doing math equations. Turns out it was not an Arab at all, rather a smart Italian guy with an really unfortunate first name.

    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren’t winning many awards in math.

    Not many, you’re right.

    Speaking as a math major, this single instance does carry mucho bragging rights.

    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html

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    • Replies: @Nico
    Iran isn't really the same as the rest of the Middle East. Persia was a completely different world before the Arabs imposed a peculiar variety of their religion.
  68. @Anonymous
    It is such a shame that, when operational budgets for public works are cut, that maintenance is the first thing to be diminished. And it is further a shame that so many legislators are so much more interested in lowering taxes than in providing adequate funding for public services.

    I blame Republicans for this and for many others of society's ills that arise as a result of putting their ideology into action.

    Lonnie, did you write that all by yourself or did your Mom help you with the big words?

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  69. 5371 says:
    @Big Bill

    That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days
     
    When I read WaPo articles these days, the image of a sneering, 20-something white boy with a lip curl pops into my head.

    Missing: the obligatory Trump snark. Surely this lady wasn't just a generic giddy goose on her first plane flight. Was she wearing a Trump pin, or something? How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?

    The economist himself took a shot at Trump in his Farcebook post.

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  70. @Grandpa Jack
    Problem is, the senators, the lobbists, etc., aren't the ones taking the Metro. They could give two sh*ts about the problems of the peons based on the way they behave towards the rest of the country.

    Several WMATA board members are politicians from surrounding counties. They all have reserved parking spaces at WMATA HQ.

    2) The subsidy for Feds taking Metro was recently increased in the budget passed by those mean-spirited Republicans to $300 a month. Used to be $60. Because you know the average Fed is a GS-13 making about $100k.

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    • Replies: @IA
    All public school kids get 24/7 free Metro passes. After-school gangs then use the subway to beat the daylights out of tax-paying Eloi who leave the sun.
    , @RadicalCenter
    I think that the fed gov is way too big, costly, and intrusive, and I know from direct personal experience that fed agency employees in DC are often of limited competence, work ethic, and character. And many of the black employees are racist white/Asian-hating pricks, at that.

    But the average or typical fed gov employee is definitely NOT a grade 13 and does NOT have a salary of $100,000, even in DC. We will lose credibility if we make things up like this that are clearly an exaggeration.
  71. Yak-15 says:
    @Blinky Bill
    Speak the truf sista! I have had similar experiences on Shinkansen in Japan and the MRT in Singapore, crowded, dirty, rude people. The Asiatics have no idea how to run a transport system. For God's sake they are still using the same train system the British left them in 1947 and they sit on top of the trains !!!!

    This is perhaps the dumbest comment I have seen in a while. The Singapore subway is a model of efficiency and cleanliness. I live in Chicago and take the red line and the conparison is stark. In Signapore the trains are always on time and there are no homeless people melting into the seats. Every aspect of the train cars is cleaner and the system moves you from one place to another much more quickly – even during rush hour.

    People may be riding on top of trains in India and Pakistan but Signapore is a model we should copy.

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    • Replies: @res
    You might want to take your sarcasm detector in for a tuneup.
  72. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Around a year ago wannabe DC Democrat staffer Kevin Sutherland was killed by one Jasper Spires whilst riding the Metro.
    A packed subway car of passengers watched the real-time gore-fest while refusing to intervene.
    Witnesses recall that Spires, after knifing Sutherland so hard that his liver literally ‘fell out’, then proceeded to take ‘running drop-kicks’, football-style, on Sutherland’s head. Apparently, the kicks were performed with tremendous force.

    Not only incompetently run, but murderous.

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    • Replies: @Lurker
    Let us pray that no witness voiced a naughty N-word. A murder is is one thing but a hate crime . . oh no!
  73. The problem is that the management decided to lubricate the system with Brawndo. Apparently, the sister of the head honcho in Maintenance and Repairs is Chief Diversity Officer at Brawndo, Inc. and owns some shares.

    They had a pretty good argument: the trains run on electricity, and Brawndo is full of electrolytes.

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  74. When I was in high school history class, I was told what an embarrassment it was back in the 1800s that slaves were being auctioned off in DC. Now the embarrassment seems to be that the world’s super power can’t run a subway system in its capital because of black incompetence.

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  75. dcite says:
    @Anonymous
    Yes, the NYC subway is more crowded and dirtier. But that's because it's a very good and practical and economical public transit system. It's the best and most practical way to get around NYC. Part of the reason the DC subway functions relatively smoothly and is clean is that it's not as practical or effective for getting around DC and the DC area as the NYC subway is for getting around NYC, and it's expensive.

    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it’s grown filthier every year. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau — the no food rule used to be enforced — every day. My east African colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands — she’s a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn’t expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it’s grotesque. You can’t hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people — the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, getting on and off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don’t know how to deal with — a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it. Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese, so we don’t get some “minority” company nightmare. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That’s only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful — although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    The no food rule on Metro was enforced until one day in the 90s a white transit cop arrested a corn-rowed teen for eating french fries on the train. She screamed Raaaaacism, the MSM had the vapors, and the cops said screw this.
  76. Big Bill says:
    @International Jew
    To be fair, a white busdriver's life would be in danger driving DC buses on most routes. So I'm surprised even 3% of those drivers are white.

    You have to be tough to drive an urban bus.

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  77. @anon
    Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.

    ‘Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.’

    A given.

    I left the DC area in 2002 and rode the Metro routinely for years. With some usual problems – delays in trains, overcrowding at rush hour, etc – I found it serviceable. I have been following its demise through friends still in the area for years.

    I have to say though that this sounds very much like a vicious circle. I suspect that long before the 97% was reached, white people stopped applying for such jobs and many that were not near retirement left the system. Why stay in a system where promotions and pay are stacked against you and where your likely co-workers and especially your boss were incompetent and hostile? So what happens? More incompetent blacks get hired and more whites leave or don’t apply in the first place. 97% is just around the corner, just a matter of time.

    Two quick parallels:

    The DC school system where it entails the highest per capita cost and the lowest returns. I read somewhere that 40% was the tipping point for school systems. After that white flight took over.

    Neighborhoods and apartment complexes, about which Steve has written over the years.

    Before I left the DC suburbs in 2002, I lived in a great apt complex in Alexandria. Sometime in the 90’s there was a gradual population shift, which became a major shift as time went by. We began seeing often non-family groups of 3-4 people or families w/several children – mainly from El Salvador and Ethiopia – where singles or couples had lived before.

    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.

    The owners, realizing that they had lost control of the complex, decided to gentrify. The complex was emptied and the units up-scaled, including rent, to where the old renters couldn’t afford to live there. The result was that close to 250 affordable units were removed from the market.

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    • Replies: @E. Rekshun
    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.


    Death spiral.

  78. dcite says:
    @Anonymous
    Yes, the NYC subway is more crowded and dirtier. But that's because it's a very good and practical and economical public transit system. It's the best and most practical way to get around NYC. Part of the reason the DC subway functions relatively smoothly and is clean is that it's not as practical or effective for getting around DC and the DC area as the NYC subway is for getting around NYC, and it's expensive.

    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it’s been filthier every years. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau — the no food rule used to be enforced — every day. My Kenyan colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars, especially the Green Line that goes to heavily black stops.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands — she’s a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn’t expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it’s grotesque. You can’t hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people — the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, get on an off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don’t know how to deal with — a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That’s only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful — although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.

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    • Replies: @Ed
    The food rule isn't enforced that much because it was deemed racist a few years ago. A black girl was severely reprimanded & arrested for eating French fries on the train & to the people at the Washington Post this was akin to a crime against humanity. Metro instead of arrests & fines issues warnings now. You are witnessing the effects for yourself. Blacks don't like rules being enforced. That's one major difference between blacks & whites thus any political movement that panders to them is advocating for chaos.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/07/AR2006010701003.html
  79. Dr. X says:
    @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over… but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    Well, there you have the problem, right there. Can you say “Liberal bimbo?”

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Stupidity knows no bounds or political leaning. My guess is that the stupid woman thought that the guy was a Muslim and that the scribbles were Arabic . A liberal might make the same mistake but would be happy to see it. Also apparently the woman wanted to flirt with the guy and he was not interested so her little hamster brain interpreted this as "terrorist on a mission" because any normal red blooded male would want to try to get into her pants.
    , @Ivy
    False positives are features, not bugs, among Cathedral folk. After all, feelz trump thinkz.
  80. @jtgw
    You're joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren't subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.

    All transportation and related infrastructure is highly subsidized and need be. Think highways, airports, rail, ports etc. In other countries the systems are run by technocrats. In the US all to often systems are run to enrich workers and are planned by political appointees and not engineers.

    Go to Switzerland or Japan and you will see what is possible.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC - I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I'm just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies - they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

  81. Jack D says:

    I just can’t wait until the rest of America is no longer run by evil white men, so it can be just as filled with racial justice and equality, as well as efficiency, as the DC Metro.

    f you want a picture of the future, imagine waiting on the platform for the next Metro train to come — forever.

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    • Replies: @David
    Being a shade in Hades is like that. Like waiting forever for a subway that never comes.
    , @BB753
    Welcome to the Third World!
    , @RadicalCenter
    And getting mugged, beaten, robbed or raped, spit on, and mocked while you're waiting.
  82. Jack D says:
    @granesperanzablanco
    All transportation and related infrastructure is highly subsidized and need be. Think highways, airports, rail, ports etc. In other countries the systems are run by technocrats. In the US all to often systems are run to enrich workers and are planned by political appointees and not engineers.

    Go to Switzerland or Japan and you will see what is possible.

    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC – I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I’m just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies – they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

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    • Replies: @Lurker
    Tokyo doesnt have troublesome ethnic minorities to pander to in the same way either.
    , @granesperanzablanco
    Many in Japan are public private as I understand the government to be heavily linked to corporations in Japan

    Also consider these are often also real estate development companies like our private rail systems used to be. Rail there supports the development as car ownership is expensive
  83. @Jefferson
    "Whenever I leave DC, it’s always a big shock to encounter a white person driving a car or taking fast food orders."

    Even when you leave the city limits of DC and head to to the DC suburbs, most of the people there taking fast food orders are not White either unless it's Chick-Fil-A.

    I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald’s stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald’s stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson."

    I wonder if the real reason Liberals hate Chick-Fil-A is because they hire too many Whites at most of their locations. Chick-Fil-A is the only fast food chain that racially resembles the current America, which is still majority White for now. All of the other fast food chains racially look like Cinco De Mayo 365 days a year.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a. "

    White or black, Chick-fil-A employees are always neat, clean, conscientious, and polite. That's really one of their selling points.

  84. David says:
    @Jack D
    I just can't wait until the rest of America is no longer run by evil white men, so it can be just as filled with racial justice and equality, as well as efficiency, as the DC Metro.

    f you want a picture of the future, imagine waiting on the platform for the next Metro train to come — forever.

    Being a shade in Hades is like that. Like waiting forever for a subway that never comes.

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  85. Jack D says:
    @Dr. X

    His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over... but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

     

    Well, there you have the problem, right there. Can you say "Liberal bimbo?"

    Stupidity knows no bounds or political leaning. My guess is that the stupid woman thought that the guy was a Muslim and that the scribbles were Arabic . A liberal might make the same mistake but would be happy to see it. Also apparently the woman wanted to flirt with the guy and he was not interested so her little hamster brain interpreted this as “terrorist on a mission” because any normal red blooded male would want to try to get into her pants.

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  86. @dcite
    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it's grown filthier every year. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau -- the no food rule used to be enforced -- every day. My east African colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands -- she's a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn't expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it's grotesque. You can't hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people -- the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, getting on and off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don't know how to deal with -- a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it. Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese, so we don't get some "minority" company nightmare. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That's only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful -- although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.

    The no food rule on Metro was enforced until one day in the 90s a white transit cop arrested a corn-rowed teen for eating french fries on the train. She screamed Raaaaacism, the MSM had the vapors, and the cops said screw this.

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  87. @Grandpa Jack
    What Orwellian mindf*ck these articles from the MSM are. Someone just reading the title and skimming (which is what most people in Zombieland are doing) gets a twisted version where it is a lack of black people that's creating the problem, instead of an excess of blacks causing it. Most people will assume what they've been programmed to for the last few decades, that a 'lack of diversity' means lack of brown people instead of "no white people".

    They take sheer madness of a system where affirmative action has been carried out to its (il)logical conclusion, and they turn the very ideology that created the problem into the solution for the problem.

    More research is needed to evaluate the minimum ratio of white workers to black workers required to avoid the “tipping point” where an enterprise or essential government service collapses, fails or otherwise implodes.

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  88. Ivy says:
    @Dr. X

    His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over... but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

     

    Well, there you have the problem, right there. Can you say "Liberal bimbo?"

    False positives are features, not bugs, among Cathedral folk. After all, feelz trump thinkz.

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  89. res says:
    @Yak-15
    This is perhaps the dumbest comment I have seen in a while. The Singapore subway is a model of efficiency and cleanliness. I live in Chicago and take the red line and the conparison is stark. In Signapore the trains are always on time and there are no homeless people melting into the seats. Every aspect of the train cars is cleaner and the system moves you from one place to another much more quickly - even during rush hour.

    People may be riding on top of trains in India and Pakistan but Signapore is a model we should copy.

    You might want to take your sarcasm detector in for a tuneup.

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    • Replies: @Michelle
    True dat, however, the Singaporean subway system can hire and fire whomever it likes, not so with my work place. We are stuck with substandard workers of every stripe.
  90. Jefferson says:

    If you are a Black person who wants to leave the underclass and join the middle class, your best chance to achieve the American dream is to move to either the Atlanta, Los Angeles, or Washington DC metropolitan area.

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  91. @Mr. Anon
    The impression I get is that a lot of white government managers are hiring hispanics, when they can, in order to fill any brown-people quotas they may have been given. They have a real work ethic, and are less likely to file a grievance than are black people.

    The impression I get is that your thought process is like that of a child. Easily taken to flights of fancy about how great you are, and easy to cry like a little baby.

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  92. Jefferson says:
    @Skinnyhoops
    I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald's stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson.

    “I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald’s stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson.”

    I wonder if the real reason Liberals hate Chick-Fil-A is because they hire too many Whites at most of their locations. Chick-Fil-A is the only fast food chain that racially resembles the current America, which is still majority White for now. All of the other fast food chains racially look like Cinco De Mayo 365 days a year.

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    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff, as well. Burger joints (excepting In N Out) and (of course) Mexican restaurants have all gone over to the dark side. Every last damn Panda Express seems to have a Chinese manager, which makes them a great target for a discrimination suit.
  93. Mr. Anon says:
    @5371
    Ah, an economist. So he was pretending to do the most sophisticated mathematics he had heard of.

    “Ah, an economist. So he was pretending to do the most sophisticated mathematics he had heard of.”

    It’s so cute when they try to act like real scientists.

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  94. Mr. Anon says:
    @Skinnyhoops
    I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald's stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson.

    “I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a. ”

    White or black, Chick-fil-A employees are always neat, clean, conscientious, and polite. That’s really one of their selling points.

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  95. There was an article recently at newgeography.com which made the point that subway systems basically have to be rebuilt every 40 years.

    Here’s the link to the french fry victim; no mention of the cop’s race so he must have been black. My bad.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/07/AR2006010701003.html

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  96. BB753 says:
    @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    In the picture, he has wavy not curly hair and doesn’t seem to have olive skin. The story sounds fishy to me.

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    • Replies: @Penny Red
    Being Italian had he used Roman numerals instead of Arabic ones he would not have raised suspicion.
  97. BB753 says:
    @Jack D
    I just can't wait until the rest of America is no longer run by evil white men, so it can be just as filled with racial justice and equality, as well as efficiency, as the DC Metro.

    f you want a picture of the future, imagine waiting on the platform for the next Metro train to come — forever.

    Welcome to the Third World!

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  98. V Vega says:

    I think, though it’s not been widely acknowledged much, there’s been a cultural devolution gaining momentum in the former black working class and below that’s been slowly occurring since blacks left the republican party, that black elites, and especially white democrats willfully ignore, and the “black lives matter” constituency are too feeble-minded to be aware of.

    Black Republicans:

    Black Democrats:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=75b_1462666930

    The most important lesson black folks must learn is, when American white culture devolves, American black culture devolve even lower.

    Trying to lower white people’s status is an exercise in cultural self-annihilation.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.
  99. Mr. Anon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.
     
    Where the hell do you live, that the highways are private? Spain?

    Actually, the rail transit systems in New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo, and quite a few other places were private in origin. Don't confuse them with BART, MARTA, and the DC Metro, 1970s dinosaurs all.

    “Where the hell do you live, that the highways are private? Spain?”

    Actually, you can drive on spanish owned highways in America. The Indiana toll-road, for example. Then-governor Mitch Daniels pushed the deal,………I suppose because the Indiana state government doesn’t have any jewelry to hock.

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    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    Actually he took the Spaniards for a ride. They will never make a profit.
  100. Nico says:
    @PiltdownMan

    So basically Middle Eastern folk aren’t winning many awards in math.
     
    Not many, you're right.

    Speaking as a math major, this single instance does carry mucho bragging rights.

    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html

    Iran isn’t really the same as the rest of the Middle East. Persia was a completely different world before the Arabs imposed a peculiar variety of their religion.

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  101. Lurker says:
    @V Vega
    Haiti now has only 2% forest cover, and has lost virtually all of its topsoil, making it impossible to grow food, and causing widespread drought. As such, a staple of Haitian culture has become its dependence on imports for 93% of its food, and Haiti’s resultant poverty.

    Meanwhile, it's neighbor, the dominican republic, enjoys lush vegetation, and a functioning agricultural model. This is why dominicans purge blacks from their country from time to time, as well as resist any meaningful immigration by blacks into their country.

    The Bell Curve of African intelligence generally precludes them from being functional amongst themselves in a modern society. Although there are successful Africans in America, they most often occupy the right side of the Bell Curve, or are assisted by others to be functional. Africans on the right side of the curve will always be undermined by the majority low IQ of their race in the middle and left side of the curve. Any social plans that don't recognize this is doomed to fail each and every time.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don't have the ability to make a choice.

    This is why either allowing blacks to try to run a complicated subway system, or Obama importing blacks by the score, is madness. We should severely limit black immigration, and qualify those we allow in, and just work with what we have for the next few generations. Offering government grants for having submitting to sterilization would be a great start, as well as giving tax breaks to interracial couples.

    Black bodies continue to pile up. Blacks who still have a breath in them are too often leading pointless lives, and are very unhappy. The grand experiment has failed. It's time to clean up the horrible mess.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don’t have the ability to make a choice.

    Though sometimes it seems collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs and become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don’t have the ability to make a choice.

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  102. Lurker says:
    @Jack D
    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC - I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I'm just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies - they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

    Tokyo doesnt have troublesome ethnic minorities to pander to in the same way either.

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  103. Lurker says:
    @Anonymous
    Around a year ago wannabe DC Democrat staffer Kevin Sutherland was killed by one Jasper Spires whilst riding the Metro.
    A packed subway car of passengers watched the real-time gore-fest while refusing to intervene.
    Witnesses recall that Spires, after knifing Sutherland so hard that his liver literally 'fell out', then proceeded to take 'running drop-kicks', football-style, on Sutherland's head. Apparently, the kicks were performed with tremendous force.

    Not only incompetently run, but murderous.

    Let us pray that no witness voiced a naughty N-word. A murder is is one thing but a hate crime . . oh no!

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  104. Lurker says:
    @Big Bill

    That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days
     
    When I read WaPo articles these days, the image of a sneering, 20-something white boy with a lip curl pops into my head.

    Missing: the obligatory Trump snark. Surely this lady wasn't just a generic giddy goose on her first plane flight. Was she wearing a Trump pin, or something? How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?

    How did he tie it in to Trump or ignorant, racist white people (other than the fact that math squiggles look like a foreign language)?

    Ah yes, because of course the average white person is useless at that compared to black/brown folks.

    Btw what is that ‘racists’ are supposedly ‘ignorant’ of? Black crime rates, Islamic terrorism and honor killing, relative IQ, what?

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  105. @jtgw
    You're joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren't subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.

    Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US.

    They are also taxed. Roads are paid for by the gas taxes you pay. In some states there are constitutional or legislative barriers that separate gas taxes\tolls and\or highway spending off into its own self-financing bucket. This system may break down with electric cars or huge other fuels (methanol economy) difficult to separate from other energy uses. But in general it’s worked pretty well.

    Highways and cars are no subsidized anything like transit systems, which would be infeasible almost anywhere outside of NYC without huge general tax revenue infusions.

    ~
    The reason cars are wildly popular is not subsidy but utility. They are incredibly *convenient*. You go point-to-point *where* you want to go, *when* you want to go and with *whom* you want to go there. It’s a faster less arduous version of how people (and animals) have travelled for … ever. It’s transit systems–and I support them in cities where they make sense–that are un-natural, being on someone’s timetable, going not quite where you’re going with a bunch of random strangers.

    BTW, that *whom* you want to go with looms larger and larger in a “diverse” society.

    It’s the same old story we see time and time again. Liberals\lefties don’t want to admit that most of the socially organized bennies they want–welfare, public-transit, public-schools, heck free society itself!–only works decently in a mono-cultural high-trust environment … but they insist on jamming “diversity” down our throats … turning it all to shit.

    Cars and highways have a great future in our coming divesitopia. Everyone–properly “encouraged”–will swear allegiance to how wonderful it all is … provided they don’t have to ride the bus.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Right. What is the second thing a poor person gets? A vehicle.

    The first is an $800 smart phone.
    , @granesperanzablanco
    I'm reading 1/3 of state and local roads

    http://taxfoundation.org/article/gasoline-taxes-and-tolls-pay-only-third-state-local-road-spending
  106. Lurker says:
    @OLD JEW
    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.

    They do their job conscientiously.

    The problem appears, to be:

    The cars are old;
    pieces fall off cause arcing (fire and smoke);
    water seeps from the street level into the tunnels.
    water does not help with electricity.
    trains break down, need to be removed of the tracks,
    passengers squeeze into the next crowded train;
    etc.,

    It is hardware/construction at the end of its life.

    Like me getting older and accumulating ailments.


    Who will trace and hold accountable all former managers (at many levels)
    that misspent wasted whatever maintenance funds they had ?

    The claim "it wasn't enough" is no justification for misusing whatever little they got.

    I'll just "bear and grin" and use the overcrowded metro.

    Driving to work to downtown DC is more than challenging.

    The city is way safer with me not driving.

    sf

    Arcing is likely a result of accumulated dirt rather than bits dropping off.

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  107. @AnotherDad

    Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US.
     
    They are also taxed. Roads are paid for by the gas taxes you pay. In some states there are constitutional or legislative barriers that separate gas taxes\tolls and\or highway spending off into its own self-financing bucket. This system may break down with electric cars or huge other fuels (methanol economy) difficult to separate from other energy uses. But in general it's worked pretty well.

    Highways and cars are no subsidized anything like transit systems, which would be infeasible almost anywhere outside of NYC without huge general tax revenue infusions.

    ~
    The reason cars are wildly popular is not subsidy but utility. They are incredibly *convenient*. You go point-to-point *where* you want to go, *when* you want to go and with *whom* you want to go there. It's a faster less arduous version of how people (and animals) have travelled for ... ever. It's transit systems--and I support them in cities where they make sense--that are un-natural, being on someone's timetable, going not quite where you're going with a bunch of random strangers.

    BTW, that *whom* you want to go with looms larger and larger in a "diverse" society.

    It's the same old story we see time and time again. Liberals\lefties don't want to admit that most of the socially organized bennies they want--welfare, public-transit, public-schools, heck free society itself!--only works decently in a mono-cultural high-trust environment ... but they insist on jamming "diversity" down our throats ... turning it all to shit.

    Cars and highways have a great future in our coming divesitopia. Everyone--properly "encouraged"--will swear allegiance to how wonderful it all is ... provided they don't have to ride the bus.

    Right. What is the second thing a poor person gets? A vehicle.

    The first is an $800 smart phone.

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  108. @Anonymous
    An Italian professor was discriminated against on a recent American Airlines flight:

    "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight"

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2016/05/07/ivy-league-economist-interrogated-for-doing-math-on-american-airlines-flight/

    On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

    Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.

    The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

    ...

    She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.

    The curly-haired man laughed.

    He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.

    Yes, math. A differential equation, to be exact.

    Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he — Guido Menzio — is a young but decorated Ivy League economist. And that he’s best known for his relatively technical work on search theory, which helped earn him a tenured associate professorship at the University of Pennsylvania as well as stints at Princeton and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    They might even have discovered that last year he was awarded the prestigious Carlo Alberto Medal, given to the best Italian economist under 40. That’s right: He’s Italian, not Middle Eastern, or whatever heritage usually gets ethnically profiled on flights these days.
     

    “Muslims Drive”

    This is just an outgrowth of our failure to react intelligently to 911. The reaction should have been to keep muslims out of the US. (And Europeans nations should have extended that to “out of the West”.) And to have made *muslims* bear the cost of their community’s terrorism, rather than everyone else.

    We should have just banned muslims from flying–my “muslims drive” plan. To be gradually lifted–women, non-practicing, non-salafist, etc.–when terrorism in their community doesn’t seem to be a problem. Re-imposed whenever there is a terrorist incident. That would have been hugely inconvenient–for *them*–but not for us. It would have been treating law abiding muslims like adults, saying essentially–”you’ve got a problem, you fix it”. It would have been an incentive for muslims to clean up the mess in their community–police it themselves.

    But the left just hates accountability and incentives. (They seem to design their public policy to get the incentives on people precisely backwards.)

    So we’re stuck with this system where we all bear the costs of muslim terrorism and the profiling is half-assed, ad-hoc and sometimes comically wrong.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Remember: collective punishment is only ok for people of Christian European descent.
  109. The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades – over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black. I was familiar with one reasonably competent black female that got a job there as an entry level secretary right out of high school twenty years ago. She’s now a senior-level secretary (which the agency titles as “Administrative Officer”) making $80K year plus plenty of “overtime.”

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades – over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black."

    I wonder how many are African Americans and how many are Black Hispanics & Haitians.

    A lot of Blacks in Miami have Spanish and French last names.
    , @RadicalCenter
    White people may be pussy enough to put up with this, but Mexicans will not. Watch for incompetent, lazy, rude Africans to be increasingly disciplined, non-promoted, and even fired as Mexicans outnumber Africans in almost every city in the country soon.
  110. Brutusale says:
    @Jim Don Bob
    WMATA has been known to be a black jobs program for years, but the SWPLs ignored it, and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

    More money will thrown at the problem but nothing will change because that would require black accountability and we all know that is Raaaaacist. I am glad I work from home.

    One of the things that’s kept Boston functioning fairly well in comparison with a lot of US cities is the fact that the Euro ethnics have fought tooth and nail to retain their hold on the public unions.

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  111. Brutusale says:
    @Percy Gryce
    Note, though, that the guy they brought in to fix Metro is severely melanin-challenged:

    http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/general_manager/index2.cfm

    And just think, this village idiot, DOCTOR Beverly Scott, was available:

    https://howiecarrshow.com/great-scott-its-a-soft-landing-again/

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  112. @SWVirginian
    'Anything that is 97% black is going to be dysfunctional.'

    A given.

    I left the DC area in 2002 and rode the Metro routinely for years. With some usual problems - delays in trains, overcrowding at rush hour, etc - I found it serviceable. I have been following its demise through friends still in the area for years.

    I have to say though that this sounds very much like a vicious circle. I suspect that long before the 97% was reached, white people stopped applying for such jobs and many that were not near retirement left the system. Why stay in a system where promotions and pay are stacked against you and where your likely co-workers and especially your boss were incompetent and hostile? So what happens? More incompetent blacks get hired and more whites leave or don't apply in the first place. 97% is just around the corner, just a matter of time.

    Two quick parallels:

    The DC school system where it entails the highest per capita cost and the lowest returns. I read somewhere that 40% was the tipping point for school systems. After that white flight took over.

    Neighborhoods and apartment complexes, about which Steve has written over the years.

    Before I left the DC suburbs in 2002, I lived in a great apt complex in Alexandria. Sometime in the 90’s there was a gradual population shift, which became a major shift as time went by. We began seeing often non-family groups of 3-4 people or families w/several children – mainly from El Salvador and Ethiopia - where singles or couples had lived before.

    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.

    The owners, realizing that they had lost control of the complex, decided to gentrify. The complex was emptied and the units up-scaled, including rent, to where the old renters couldn't afford to live there. The result was that close to 250 affordable units were removed from the market.

    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.

    Death spiral.

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    • Replies: @SWVirginian
    "Death spiral."

    My point exactly. The only reason I remained as long as I did was that I had already made plans to move out of the area and didn't want - or have time for - 2 moves so close together.
  113. SteveO says:
    @OLD JEW
    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.

    They do their job conscientiously.

    The problem appears, to be:

    The cars are old;
    pieces fall off cause arcing (fire and smoke);
    water seeps from the street level into the tunnels.
    water does not help with electricity.
    trains break down, need to be removed of the tracks,
    passengers squeeze into the next crowded train;
    etc.,

    It is hardware/construction at the end of its life.

    Like me getting older and accumulating ailments.


    Who will trace and hold accountable all former managers (at many levels)
    that misspent wasted whatever maintenance funds they had ?

    The claim "it wasn't enough" is no justification for misusing whatever little they got.

    I'll just "bear and grin" and use the overcrowded metro.

    Driving to work to downtown DC is more than challenging.

    The city is way safer with me not driving.

    sf

    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.

    Do the announcers still pronounce it “Judishuary Square”?

    Otherwise, I agree. The operators were all black back in the ’80s, too*, but the system worked. The Metro was held in high esteem back then, or at least in as high esteem as any public transportation system ever is by the people who use it.

    As you say, the problem is aged equipment and lack of maintenance. Last year, I had occasion to ride the Metro again – same ride I used to make, from Silver Spring to Dupont Circle on the Red Line. I was shocked to see the exact same cars, exact design as that used when the line first opened in 1976. The appearance of the cars is now so dated it’s like riding a “SeventiesWorld” ride at Disneyland.

    It’s disgraceful that such a good system, truly a credit to the DC area and to the kind of big infrastructure projects we, sadly, seldom undertake anymore, was allowed to deteriorate. However incompetent Metro management may have been, this level of decay is only possible with the connivance of government leadership compounded by public unwillingness to pay for proper upkeep through fares or taxes.

    *Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s. In my young mind, bus driving, like trash collection, was one of those jobs white people never did. I had never seen a white garbageman until I moved to New Jersey in the late 80s; I was genuinely shocked. Washington was still very Southern in some ways when I grew up there.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s."

    Public bus driver has to be the Blackest job in America. Even in San Francisco the bus drivers are disproportionately Black, even though this city is only 6 percent Black.

    I have been on public buses where most of the passengers are Asian, but the bus driver is still Black.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Metro fare increases have out paced inflation. Metro does not want for money.
  114. @Mr. Anon
    "Where the hell do you live, that the highways are private? Spain?"

    Actually, you can drive on spanish owned highways in America. The Indiana toll-road, for example. Then-governor Mitch Daniels pushed the deal,.........I suppose because the Indiana state government doesn't have any jewelry to hock.

    Actually he took the Spaniards for a ride. They will never make a profit.

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  115. Jefferson says:
    @V Vega
    I think, though it's not been widely acknowledged much, there's been a cultural devolution gaining momentum in the former black working class and below that's been slowly occurring since blacks left the republican party, that black elites, and especially white democrats willfully ignore, and the "black lives matter" constituency are too feeble-minded to be aware of.

    Black Republicans:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsRoPvYF9g

    Black Democrats:
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=75b_1462666930

    The most important lesson black folks must learn is, when American white culture devolves, American black culture devolve even lower.

    Trying to lower white people's status is an exercise in cultural self-annihilation.

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.

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    • Replies: @V Vega

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.
     
    Same here, and I take it to be a move of desperation to escape the pathology of black culture, while still providing commentary for it from a safe distance.

    Call it "black fatigue." It's the strategy of avoiding adding more heads to your dysfunctional black family by marrying white, asian, or even hispanic.

    Anything to eliminate the adding of more Cousin Jabari's calling you on from their Obama phone asking if they can sleep in your living room because they doesn't know where their dad is, and their mom just got arrested for dealing prescription drugs, or having heirlooms lifted when the family gets together at your home for Easter.

    If you think it's hard being around a lot of black people when you're white, try being black. At least white people can walk away from black folks. Black people have black relatives, around half are dysfunctional, just plain stupid, or both, and one of the only ways out is to marry white.

  116. Jefferson says:
    @E. Rekshun
    The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades - over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black. I was familiar with one reasonably competent black female that got a job there as an entry level secretary right out of high school twenty years ago. She's now a senior-level secretary (which the agency titles as "Administrative Officer") making $80K year plus plenty of "overtime."

    “The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades – over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black.”

    I wonder how many are African Americans and how many are Black Hispanics & Haitians.

    A lot of Blacks in Miami have Spanish and French last names.

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    • Replies: @E. Rekshun
    Yes, true, but the black Hispanics, Haitians and Jamaicans getting Miami-Dade Transit jobs are now third generation Miamians.
    , @Nico
    If you exclude black Hispanics and Caribbean-derived blacks, the share of African-Americans in MDC is about 10%, and my impression of the transit system was that it was mostly African-Americans. Second- and third-generation Haitians can be difficult to tell apart if you don't pay attention to their surnames (they seem to want to pass for ordinary run-of-the-mill black Americans) but the various subgroups do harbor a notable extent of mutual animosity and mistrust.

    I lived in MDC for a while and I note that Bahamians seem to have a lot in common with black Americans. I am generalizing a lot here, but Jamaican and Barbadian blacks have always struck me as the most agreeable and dependable in the U.S. or at least in Florida.

  117. Jefferson says:
    @SteveO

    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.
     

    Do the announcers still pronounce it "Judishuary Square"?

    Otherwise, I agree. The operators were all black back in the '80s, too*, but the system worked. The Metro was held in high esteem back then, or at least in as high esteem as any public transportation system ever is by the people who use it.

    As you say, the problem is aged equipment and lack of maintenance. Last year, I had occasion to ride the Metro again - same ride I used to make, from Silver Spring to Dupont Circle on the Red Line. I was shocked to see the exact same cars, exact design as that used when the line first opened in 1976. The appearance of the cars is now so dated it's like riding a "SeventiesWorld" ride at Disneyland.

    It's disgraceful that such a good system, truly a credit to the DC area and to the kind of big infrastructure projects we, sadly, seldom undertake anymore, was allowed to deteriorate. However incompetent Metro management may have been, this level of decay is only possible with the connivance of government leadership compounded by public unwillingness to pay for proper upkeep through fares or taxes.

    *Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s. In my young mind, bus driving, like trash collection, was one of those jobs white people never did. I had never seen a white garbageman until I moved to New Jersey in the late 80s; I was genuinely shocked. Washington was still very Southern in some ways when I grew up there.

    “Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s.”

    Public bus driver has to be the Blackest job in America. Even in San Francisco the bus drivers are disproportionately Black, even though this city is only 6 percent Black.

    I have been on public buses where most of the passengers are Asian, but the bus driver is still Black.

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  118. @Buzz Mohawk
    No. You're wrong. Practically every American owns and drives an automobile on our extensive network of roads. Therefore, every American pays for the roads they use. There is no mystery to this. No other people are more identified with the automobile and its freedoms than Americans. The world knows this.

    "Heavily subsidized"? That means we pay with our taxes. Guess what, genius: we all drive cars. So big deal. We ALL pay for what we ALL use. Wow. Imagine that. If this doesn't conform to your Marxist utopian idea of how humans should transport themselves...to bad.

    I think gas taxes pay for something like a 1/3 of the cost to maintain and build roads. having so much of roads and highways paid for with general fund taxes means we do not pay for the roads we use (and at least 10% do not drive and surely s0me don’t drive a lot). We should use more toll roads and with increasing fuel efficient cars look at taxing miles traveled rather than gas usage.

    Not to rile the crowd too much but cars do have a lot of negative externalities like accidents and pollution and do sort of crowd out other options like the walking which is pretty basic

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    AGREED. The gov arguably taxes us more to subsidize automobiles than to subsidize mass transit, and that is not sustainable if we want to have such a large population and not choke on the air.
  119. @Jack D
    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC - I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I'm just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies - they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

    Many in Japan are public private as I understand the government to be heavily linked to corporations in Japan

    Also consider these are often also real estate development companies like our private rail systems used to be. Rail there supports the development as car ownership is expensive

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  120. @AnotherDad

    Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US.
     
    They are also taxed. Roads are paid for by the gas taxes you pay. In some states there are constitutional or legislative barriers that separate gas taxes\tolls and\or highway spending off into its own self-financing bucket. This system may break down with electric cars or huge other fuels (methanol economy) difficult to separate from other energy uses. But in general it's worked pretty well.

    Highways and cars are no subsidized anything like transit systems, which would be infeasible almost anywhere outside of NYC without huge general tax revenue infusions.

    ~
    The reason cars are wildly popular is not subsidy but utility. They are incredibly *convenient*. You go point-to-point *where* you want to go, *when* you want to go and with *whom* you want to go there. It's a faster less arduous version of how people (and animals) have travelled for ... ever. It's transit systems--and I support them in cities where they make sense--that are un-natural, being on someone's timetable, going not quite where you're going with a bunch of random strangers.

    BTW, that *whom* you want to go with looms larger and larger in a "diverse" society.

    It's the same old story we see time and time again. Liberals\lefties don't want to admit that most of the socially organized bennies they want--welfare, public-transit, public-schools, heck free society itself!--only works decently in a mono-cultural high-trust environment ... but they insist on jamming "diversity" down our throats ... turning it all to shit.

    Cars and highways have a great future in our coming divesitopia. Everyone--properly "encouraged"--will swear allegiance to how wonderful it all is ... provided they don't have to ride the bus.
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  121. @SteveO

    I take the red line to work (Judiciary Square) every week day.

    I have no problem with those black train operators.
     

    Do the announcers still pronounce it "Judishuary Square"?

    Otherwise, I agree. The operators were all black back in the '80s, too*, but the system worked. The Metro was held in high esteem back then, or at least in as high esteem as any public transportation system ever is by the people who use it.

    As you say, the problem is aged equipment and lack of maintenance. Last year, I had occasion to ride the Metro again - same ride I used to make, from Silver Spring to Dupont Circle on the Red Line. I was shocked to see the exact same cars, exact design as that used when the line first opened in 1976. The appearance of the cars is now so dated it's like riding a "SeventiesWorld" ride at Disneyland.

    It's disgraceful that such a good system, truly a credit to the DC area and to the kind of big infrastructure projects we, sadly, seldom undertake anymore, was allowed to deteriorate. However incompetent Metro management may have been, this level of decay is only possible with the connivance of government leadership compounded by public unwillingness to pay for proper upkeep through fares or taxes.

    *Almost all the bus drivers were black, too, and had been at least since the early 70s. In my young mind, bus driving, like trash collection, was one of those jobs white people never did. I had never seen a white garbageman until I moved to New Jersey in the late 80s; I was genuinely shocked. Washington was still very Southern in some ways when I grew up there.

    Metro fare increases have out paced inflation. Metro does not want for money.

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  122. V Vega says:
    @Jefferson
    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.

    Same here, and I take it to be a move of desperation to escape the pathology of black culture, while still providing commentary for it from a safe distance.

    Call it “black fatigue.” It’s the strategy of avoiding adding more heads to your dysfunctional black family by marrying white, asian, or even hispanic.

    Anything to eliminate the adding of more Cousin Jabari’s calling you on from their Obama phone asking if they can sleep in your living room because they doesn’t know where their dad is, and their mom just got arrested for dealing prescription drugs, or having heirlooms lifted when the family gets together at your home for Easter.

    If you think it’s hard being around a lot of black people when you’re white, try being black. At least white people can walk away from black folks. Black people have black relatives, around half are dysfunctional, just plain stupid, or both, and one of the only ways out is to marry white.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    If only there were a short way to refer to all people who aren't black instead of listing out each crudely defined American pseudoethnic group...
    , @Nico
    Indeed, my experience is that functional black people and families are terrified of most American blacks, whether they will admit it or not.
    , @Triumph104
    There was a disturbing real-life example earlier this year. Gloria Short 54, her son, 17, and granddaughter, 10 were beaten and stabbed to death in her home. The bodies were found by Short's husband after he came home from working the night shift.

    One of the teens arrested for the crime is Jervarceay Tapley, 17. Jervarceay lived with his grandmother and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was Gloria Short's 68 y.o. brother. The brother died of a heart attack when he heard of the murders.

    Although the teens stole the Short family vehicles as get away cars, they mainly stole clothing and jewelry which were found in Jervarceay's bedroom and tossed in the neighbor's backyard.


    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/crime/article54891465.html
  123. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Don’t give the drivers too much credit. One of the reasons the 6 car trains have to pull all the way to the front of the stations instead of stopping in the middle of the platform is because too many of the drivers couldn’t remember that they were driving 6 or 8 car trains. This was true even when they had post-it notes on their dashboards telling them how many cars their train had.

    Another issue is that the drivers are told they have to stop and count to 5 at every station stop before opening the doors just so they have time to remember which side of the train the doors open on. This was because the drivers kept opening the doors on the wrong side of the tracks.

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    Great example (the above comment) of political incorrectness makes you stupid.
    , @Tim
    "Don’t give the drivers too much credit. One of the reasons the 6 car trains have to pull all the way to the front of the stations instead of stopping in the middle of the platform is because too many of the drivers couldn’t remember that they were driving 6 or 8 car trains. This was true even when they had post-it notes on their dashboards telling them how many cars their train had.

    Another issue is that the drivers are told they have to stop and count to 5 at every station stop before opening the doors just so they have time to remember which side of the train the doors open on. This was because the drivers kept opening the doors on the wrong side of the tracks."

    I don't think this is true. It was my understanding that the trains pretty much drive themselves, and the drivers just kind of sit there.

    That was the big concern a few years ago, when people kept taking pictures of the drivers on their cell phones.
  124. AndrewR says:
    @V Vega

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.
     
    Same here, and I take it to be a move of desperation to escape the pathology of black culture, while still providing commentary for it from a safe distance.

    Call it "black fatigue." It's the strategy of avoiding adding more heads to your dysfunctional black family by marrying white, asian, or even hispanic.

    Anything to eliminate the adding of more Cousin Jabari's calling you on from their Obama phone asking if they can sleep in your living room because they doesn't know where their dad is, and their mom just got arrested for dealing prescription drugs, or having heirlooms lifted when the family gets together at your home for Easter.

    If you think it's hard being around a lot of black people when you're white, try being black. At least white people can walk away from black folks. Black people have black relatives, around half are dysfunctional, just plain stupid, or both, and one of the only ways out is to marry white.

    If only there were a short way to refer to all people who aren’t black instead of listing out each crudely defined American pseudoethnic group…

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  125. AndrewR says:
    @AnotherDad
    "Muslims Drive"

    This is just an outgrowth of our failure to react intelligently to 911. The reaction should have been to keep muslims out of the US. (And Europeans nations should have extended that to "out of the West".) And to have made *muslims* bear the cost of their community's terrorism, rather than everyone else.

    We should have just banned muslims from flying--my "muslims drive" plan. To be gradually lifted--women, non-practicing, non-salafist, etc.--when terrorism in their community doesn't seem to be a problem. Re-imposed whenever there is a terrorist incident. That would have been hugely inconvenient--for *them*--but not for us. It would have been treating law abiding muslims like adults, saying essentially--"you've got a problem, you fix it". It would have been an incentive for muslims to clean up the mess in their community--police it themselves.

    But the left just hates accountability and incentives. (They seem to design their public policy to get the incentives on people precisely backwards.)

    So we're stuck with this system where we all bear the costs of muslim terrorism and the profiling is half-assed, ad-hoc and sometimes comically wrong.

    Remember: collective punishment is only ok for people of Christian European descent.

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  126. AndrewR says:
    @V Vega
    Haiti now has only 2% forest cover, and has lost virtually all of its topsoil, making it impossible to grow food, and causing widespread drought. As such, a staple of Haitian culture has become its dependence on imports for 93% of its food, and Haiti’s resultant poverty.

    Meanwhile, it's neighbor, the dominican republic, enjoys lush vegetation, and a functioning agricultural model. This is why dominicans purge blacks from their country from time to time, as well as resist any meaningful immigration by blacks into their country.

    The Bell Curve of African intelligence generally precludes them from being functional amongst themselves in a modern society. Although there are successful Africans in America, they most often occupy the right side of the Bell Curve, or are assisted by others to be functional. Africans on the right side of the curve will always be undermined by the majority low IQ of their race in the middle and left side of the curve. Any social plans that don't recognize this is doomed to fail each and every time.

    Collectively, Blacks must generally work at menial jobs, or become angry, frustrated parasites on advanced nations. They don't have the ability to make a choice.

    This is why either allowing blacks to try to run a complicated subway system, or Obama importing blacks by the score, is madness. We should severely limit black immigration, and qualify those we allow in, and just work with what we have for the next few generations. Offering government grants for having submitting to sterilization would be a great start, as well as giving tax breaks to interracial couples.

    Black bodies continue to pile up. Blacks who still have a breath in them are too often leading pointless lives, and are very unhappy. The grand experiment has failed. It's time to clean up the horrible mess.

    Miscegenation improves gene pool quality for blacks.

    I don’t really think it’s good for everyone.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    The NY Times yesterday had a (rather boring) article about the descendants of Confederates who fled to Brazil after the Civil War, where they kept alive some vestiges of Old South culture. As an illustration, they had a photo of a woman visiting her Confederate ancestor's grave, while wearing a hoop skirt. The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/a-slice-of-the-confederacy-in-the-interior-of-brazil.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
  127. @Jefferson
    "The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades – over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black."

    I wonder how many are African Americans and how many are Black Hispanics & Haitians.

    A lot of Blacks in Miami have Spanish and French last names.

    Yes, true, but the black Hispanics, Haitians and Jamaicans getting Miami-Dade Transit jobs are now third generation Miamians.

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  128. Nico says:
    @V Vega

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.
     
    Same here, and I take it to be a move of desperation to escape the pathology of black culture, while still providing commentary for it from a safe distance.

    Call it "black fatigue." It's the strategy of avoiding adding more heads to your dysfunctional black family by marrying white, asian, or even hispanic.

    Anything to eliminate the adding of more Cousin Jabari's calling you on from their Obama phone asking if they can sleep in your living room because they doesn't know where their dad is, and their mom just got arrested for dealing prescription drugs, or having heirlooms lifted when the family gets together at your home for Easter.

    If you think it's hard being around a lot of black people when you're white, try being black. At least white people can walk away from black folks. Black people have black relatives, around half are dysfunctional, just plain stupid, or both, and one of the only ways out is to marry white.

    Indeed, my experience is that functional black people and families are terrified of most American blacks, whether they will admit it or not.

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  129. Nico says:
    @Jefferson
    "The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades – over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black."

    I wonder how many are African Americans and how many are Black Hispanics & Haitians.

    A lot of Blacks in Miami have Spanish and French last names.

    If you exclude black Hispanics and Caribbean-derived blacks, the share of African-Americans in MDC is about 10%, and my impression of the transit system was that it was mostly African-Americans. Second- and third-generation Haitians can be difficult to tell apart if you don’t pay attention to their surnames (they seem to want to pass for ordinary run-of-the-mill black Americans) but the various subgroups do harbor a notable extent of mutual animosity and mistrust.

    I lived in MDC for a while and I note that Bahamians seem to have a lot in common with black Americans. I am generalizing a lot here, but Jamaican and Barbadian blacks have always struck me as the most agreeable and dependable in the U.S. or at least in Florida.

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    Generally speaking Caribbean blacks become indistinguishable from Black Americans after the 2nd generation. When I lived in NYC many of the blacks I befriended would mention having a Caribbean grandparent. You'd never know unless they told you.

    Africans maybe able to keep somewhat more separate especially those from stronger cultures like Ghana, Nigeria or Ethoipia where even if they marry black Americans the Anerican spouse tends to gravitate to the respective African norms.
  130. Ed says:
    @dcite
    Clean? During the 80s and 90s it was, but since then it's been filthier every years. The stop at Gallery Place has trash all over the floor every morning. There is a black couple that eats a messy breakfast on the green train and gets off near the Census Bureau -- the no food rule used to be enforced -- every day. My Kenyan colleague is disgusted by them. There are food wrappers and debris even inside the cars, especially the Green Line that goes to heavily black stops.
    One time a friend had a laptop stolen out of her hands -- she's a big wig at NASA, with guts of steel. She chased after him yelling. He was surprised she chased him because he thought the door closed; he didn't expect her quick reaction. The metro police (whom I am assuming were black) did catch the thief, who was of course, a young black. So sometimes the system works.
    But for the most part, it's grotesque. You can't hear the intercoms so messages are often useless, gangs of blacks have been known to attack people -- the whites mostly; most often you just see black individuals, young males mostly, walk through the exits without sliding a card, get on an off for free; the trains stall constantly, and sometimes there are fires and toxic smoke that the dolts don't know how to deal with -- a woman died in such a situation in January. On top of all this it is the most expensive in the world, or nearly. I hate it so much I wish that they would just clear out the poor customers, send the employees packing, and demolish it Then (and this is one of the few times it would be worth it) OUTSOURCE it to, oh, Germans or Japanese. Then make sure that the staff, from management down to the conductors, are at least as white, yellow, and brown, as they are black. That's only just.
    I remember this system when it first began in the late 70s, and for a time it was beautiful -- although even in the early 80s the trains did stall a lot.

    The food rule isn’t enforced that much because it was deemed racist a few years ago. A black girl was severely reprimanded & arrested for eating French fries on the train & to the people at the Washington Post this was akin to a crime against humanity. Metro instead of arrests & fines issues warnings now. You are witnessing the effects for yourself. Blacks don’t like rules being enforced. That’s one major difference between blacks & whites thus any political movement that panders to them is advocating for chaos.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/07/AR2006010701003.html

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  131. Jack D says:
    @AndrewR
    Miscegenation improves gene pool quality for blacks.

    I don't really think it's good for everyone.

    The NY Times yesterday had a (rather boring) article about the descendants of Confederates who fled to Brazil after the Civil War, where they kept alive some vestiges of Old South culture. As an illustration, they had a photo of a woman visiting her Confederate ancestor’s grave, while wearing a hoop skirt. The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/a-slice-of-the-confederacy-in-the-interior-of-brazil.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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    Brazil has a large collection of cultural relics from faraway places. The countryside in central Parana state is a priest-run 19th century western Ukraine:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Brazilians
    , @Jefferson
    "The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon."

    She looks White from the tiny small not so clear pictures. I would need to see a picture which clearly shows her face to see if any obvious Negro facial traits are detectable because it definitely does not show up in her skin color.

  132. Anonymous says: • Website • Disclaimer

    Well, as Mencken poignantly quipped, “democracy is the theory the people deserve to get exactly what they ask for. And GOOD AND HARD!”

    D.C. metro, you say? It couldn’t happen to a nice bunch, frankly.

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  133. @V Vega

    What I notice about Black Conservatives/Black Republicans is that most of them date & marry White people and that includes Black female Conservatives as well, most of them get romantically involved with White men.
     
    Same here, and I take it to be a move of desperation to escape the pathology of black culture, while still providing commentary for it from a safe distance.

    Call it "black fatigue." It's the strategy of avoiding adding more heads to your dysfunctional black family by marrying white, asian, or even hispanic.

    Anything to eliminate the adding of more Cousin Jabari's calling you on from their Obama phone asking if they can sleep in your living room because they doesn't know where their dad is, and their mom just got arrested for dealing prescription drugs, or having heirlooms lifted when the family gets together at your home for Easter.

    If you think it's hard being around a lot of black people when you're white, try being black. At least white people can walk away from black folks. Black people have black relatives, around half are dysfunctional, just plain stupid, or both, and one of the only ways out is to marry white.

    There was a disturbing real-life example earlier this year. Gloria Short 54, her son, 17, and granddaughter, 10 were beaten and stabbed to death in her home. The bodies were found by Short’s husband after he came home from working the night shift.

    One of the teens arrested for the crime is Jervarceay Tapley, 17. Jervarceay lived with his grandmother and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was Gloria Short’s 68 y.o. brother. The brother died of a heart attack when he heard of the murders.

    Although the teens stole the Short family vehicles as get away cars, they mainly stole clothing and jewelry which were found in Jervarceay’s bedroom and tossed in the neighbor’s backyard.

    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/crime/article54891465.html

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  134. Ed says:
    @Nico
    If you exclude black Hispanics and Caribbean-derived blacks, the share of African-Americans in MDC is about 10%, and my impression of the transit system was that it was mostly African-Americans. Second- and third-generation Haitians can be difficult to tell apart if you don't pay attention to their surnames (they seem to want to pass for ordinary run-of-the-mill black Americans) but the various subgroups do harbor a notable extent of mutual animosity and mistrust.

    I lived in MDC for a while and I note that Bahamians seem to have a lot in common with black Americans. I am generalizing a lot here, but Jamaican and Barbadian blacks have always struck me as the most agreeable and dependable in the U.S. or at least in Florida.

    Generally speaking Caribbean blacks become indistinguishable from Black Americans after the 2nd generation. When I lived in NYC many of the blacks I befriended would mention having a Caribbean grandparent. You’d never know unless they told you.

    Africans maybe able to keep somewhat more separate especially those from stronger cultures like Ghana, Nigeria or Ethoipia where even if they marry black Americans the Anerican spouse tends to gravitate to the respective African norms.

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  135. Dwright says:
    @27 year old
    From what I have seen the maintenece crews are White. But blacks are in charge of assigning maintenance, deciding how many maintenance guys to hire, etc etc.

    I would not be surprised if there is still significant graft on that front, for example, if you contract out repair work it has to be to a black owned company, or something

    From what I have seen the maintenece crews are White. But blacks are in charge of assigning maintenance, deciding how many maintenance guys to hire, etc etc.

    I would not be surprised if there is still significant graft on that front, for example, if you contract out repair work it has to be to a black owned company, or something

    That is how the post office works.

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  136. IA says:
    @Anonymous
    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don't correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn't so bad since it wasn't used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

    The DC Metro has always been terrible.

    Not true at all.

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  137. @Anonymous
    The DC Metro has always been terrible. Like most government planned and built things, it was poorly planned and built from its inception, with the stations in bad locations that don't correspond to market demand, badly designed for accommodating passenger traffic, etc. The fares are also very expensive, despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding. And like most government programs, it became a quasi jobs program for blacks and incompetents. It wasn't so bad since it wasn't used that much until The War on Terror and the Obama years increased government spending and employment and ridership, as well as the Dems trying to get more people to use public transit.

    “…despite it being a government/quasi-government concern with federal and state funding.”

    Q.: Which state? The ways of the Capitol are strange to me.

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  138. IA says:
    @Das
    Operating a train on a grade-separated metro system like the one in Washington is the definition of a cushy job. The computers basically drive the trains on their own, and the operator is really only there as a backup.

    It's pretty corrupt to direct all those jobs to blacks, but ultimately doesn't have much an effect on the operation of the system.

    Does anyone have numbers on the percentage of the mechanics and maintenance crew that are black? If the difficult work of maintaining the railcars, the tracks, the signaling and electrical equipment has been turned into a black patronage machine, then it's surprising the system runs at all.

    Does anyone have numbers on the percentage of the mechanics and maintenance crew that are black?

    As 27 says, they may be white but work for blacks. I’d say PEPCO is more important to the elites (power outages get their attention but mass transit doesn’t affect them much) and therefore key managers are numerically white-dominant if not all white.

    Speaking of PEPCO and blacks, there was a woman named Kelly-Dixon who made it to VP at PEPCO and then mayor around 1990. Maybe the worst mayor in US history. There have been a lot of blacks at PEPCO but they know they can only go so far to crash the system. Too far and the big boys in Congress will come down on ‘em.

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  139. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Steve O:

    “However incompetent Metro management may have been, this level of decay is only possible with the connivance of government leadership compounded by public unwillingness to pay for proper upkeep through fares or taxes.”

    Worth pointing out that Metro has actually been spending plenty of money. Operating expenses for the year ending 6/30/15 were about $2.5 billion. This may be apples and oranges, but the budget for operating expenses for FY 2015 was $1.75 billion of which 58% was for Metrorail. If we scale everything up, that would imply we spent ~$1.45 billion operating Metrorail in FY 2015. That supported average daily ridership of about 712,000 across 91 stations.

    Meanwhile, the Tokyo Metro — a private subway, and one of the two major subway networks in Tokyo (alongside the Toei subway) — had operating expenses of approximately 260 billion JPY (with SG&A, 302 billion JPY). Using 120 JPY/USD as the historical exchange rate, those operating expenses total approximately $2.16 billion. That supported average daily ridership of approximately 6.84 million, across 179 stations. In other words, they paid about 50% more than WMATA, to get 960% more service.

    And better service. Some of the difference is just because the population of the greater Tokyo area is something like 10 times the population of DC. Even if the rail network could support it (which it can’t), DC’s population is so small that running subways every 3 minutes wouldn’t make sense. The fact that Tokyo Metro turns a nice profit and WMATA depends on subsidies is also mostly due to DC’s tiny population, rather than American sloth and incompetence. But other aspects — punctual service, helpful staff, clean stations, well-maintained track and trains — aren’t things that necessarily scale. We pay a lot! We just don’t get our money’s worth.

    “We need more money” is the eternal complaint of our incompetent public services. That doesn’t make it true. And the classically American solution — throw more money at a problem until it goes away — isn’t necessarily the best.

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  140. IA says:
    @Jim Don Bob
    Several WMATA board members are politicians from surrounding counties. They all have reserved parking spaces at WMATA HQ.

    2) The subsidy for Feds taking Metro was recently increased in the budget passed by those mean-spirited Republicans to $300 a month. Used to be $60. Because you know the average Fed is a GS-13 making about $100k.

    All public school kids get 24/7 free Metro passes. After-school gangs then use the subway to beat the daylights out of tax-paying Eloi who leave the sun.

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  141. SomeOne says:

    To run a complicated technological structure requires a workforce with an IQ of about 100, thus the present decline of Metro and it’s eventual demise is as foreseeable as that of Detroit or Selma or Haiti. Even more, a free functioning democratic society requires a population with an IQ of at least 100. If the average IQ is around 90, then it takes a village or a “big-boss” society. If the IQ is in the 80 range it requires the institutionalized rule of society. Institutions such as prison, the military, schools, churches, serfdom or other peculiar institutions. With an average IQ of 70, you are in the heart of darkness. It’s not hard to see.

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  142. Dee says:

    I really enjoyed the bit of the white Phd. Engineer getting passed over to hire the first grade equivalent black. Bet Obama pointed out at Howard University how the graduates will ‘have to work and be 3 times better than the whites to advance’, and to ‘take pride in your blackness’; I sprayed my adult beverage thru my nose when I heard those….

    In ’86 we touristed from Lanham, Maryland down into DC. We got on the Metro a little after 9am, paid the off peak fare of $2, instead of the peak fare of $6. Trains were the same as the BART system, 45 minutes and we were getting to the Mall and a short walk to the museums that opened at 10am. Had no idea who was running it, but it worked, was clean, no issues. Museums closed at 5pm, so we headed to a hotel behind the Air and Space that had a $3 happy hour buffet; all you can eat. Filled up there and then on the metro after 6pm and the off peak fare. We did 10 days there and spent only about $1100 for 2 including airfare from the left coast.

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    And $1,100 adjusted for the past thirty years of inflation would have you spending how much in today's dollars? Hardly sounds like a great deal to me.

    Also, I lived and worked in the District for nearly five years and did not have such a joyous experience with Metro trains. Not terrible, but not reliable / timely enough, and definitely the trains and stations alike have an atmosphere that has become more intimidating over time.
  143. bomag says:
    @Anonymous
    It is such a shame that, when operational budgets for public works are cut, that maintenance is the first thing to be diminished. And it is further a shame that so many legislators are so much more interested in lowering taxes than in providing adequate funding for public services.

    I blame Republicans for this and for many others of society's ills that arise as a result of putting their ideology into action.

    Republicans are to blame for everything.

    Democrat run areas are much much better.

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  144. @Anonymous
    It is such a shame that, when operational budgets for public works are cut, that maintenance is the first thing to be diminished. And it is further a shame that so many legislators are so much more interested in lowering taxes than in providing adequate funding for public services.

    I blame Republicans for this and for many others of society's ills that arise as a result of putting their ideology into action.

    Yes, anti-white hatred, as well as sheltering incompetent, lazy and malicious Africans at the expense of more qualified, pleasant, and hard-working white and Asian applicants and employees — that’s OUR ideology in action. Yeahhhhhh.

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  145. @Jim Don Bob
    Several WMATA board members are politicians from surrounding counties. They all have reserved parking spaces at WMATA HQ.

    2) The subsidy for Feds taking Metro was recently increased in the budget passed by those mean-spirited Republicans to $300 a month. Used to be $60. Because you know the average Fed is a GS-13 making about $100k.

    I think that the fed gov is way too big, costly, and intrusive, and I know from direct personal experience that fed agency employees in DC are often of limited competence, work ethic, and character. And many of the black employees are racist white/Asian-hating pricks, at that.

    But the average or typical fed gov employee is definitely NOT a grade 13 and does NOT have a salary of $100,000, even in DC. We will lose credibility if we make things up like this that are clearly an exaggeration.

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    A little Googling finds this from 2013: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/reports-publications/profile-of-federal-civilian-non-postal-employees/.

    Average federal grade in DC is 12.37 in 2013. GS 12 Step 4 for DC is $85k. (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2016/DCB.pdf).

    The average American make nowhere near $85k. This from 2014 shows the numbers in the upper grades (12 - 15) has skyrocketed since 2000. https://chiefhro.com/2014/02/10/replacing-the-general-schedule-some-facts/
  146. @Jack D
    I just can't wait until the rest of America is no longer run by evil white men, so it can be just as filled with racial justice and equality, as well as efficiency, as the DC Metro.

    f you want a picture of the future, imagine waiting on the platform for the next Metro train to come — forever.

    And getting mugged, beaten, robbed or raped, spit on, and mocked while you’re waiting.

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  147. @E. Rekshun
    The Miami-Dade County Transit system has been a hideout for overpaid blacks for decades - over 90% black workers and managers, while the county is only 19% black. I was familiar with one reasonably competent black female that got a job there as an entry level secretary right out of high school twenty years ago. She's now a senior-level secretary (which the agency titles as "Administrative Officer") making $80K year plus plenty of "overtime."

    White people may be pussy enough to put up with this, but Mexicans will not. Watch for incompetent, lazy, rude Africans to be increasingly disciplined, non-promoted, and even fired as Mexicans outnumber Africans in almost every city in the country soon.

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    that will only happen if mexicans can take power from whites.
  148. @granesperanzablanco
    I think gas taxes pay for something like a 1/3 of the cost to maintain and build roads. having so much of roads and highways paid for with general fund taxes means we do not pay for the roads we use (and at least 10% do not drive and surely s0me don't drive a lot). We should use more toll roads and with increasing fuel efficient cars look at taxing miles traveled rather than gas usage.

    Not to rile the crowd too much but cars do have a lot of negative externalities like accidents and pollution and do sort of crowd out other options like the walking which is pretty basic

    AGREED. The gov arguably taxes us more to subsidize automobiles than to subsidize mass transit, and that is not sustainable if we want to have such a large population and not choke on the air.

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  149. @Dee
    I really enjoyed the bit of the white Phd. Engineer getting passed over to hire the first grade equivalent black. Bet Obama pointed out at Howard University how the graduates will 'have to work and be 3 times better than the whites to advance', and to 'take pride in your blackness'; I sprayed my adult beverage thru my nose when I heard those....

    In '86 we touristed from Lanham, Maryland down into DC. We got on the Metro a little after 9am, paid the off peak fare of $2, instead of the peak fare of $6. Trains were the same as the BART system, 45 minutes and we were getting to the Mall and a short walk to the museums that opened at 10am. Had no idea who was running it, but it worked, was clean, no issues. Museums closed at 5pm, so we headed to a hotel behind the Air and Space that had a $3 happy hour buffet; all you can eat. Filled up there and then on the metro after 6pm and the off peak fare. We did 10 days there and spent only about $1100 for 2 including airfare from the left coast.

    And $1,100 adjusted for the past thirty years of inflation would have you spending how much in today’s dollars? Hardly sounds like a great deal to me.

    Also, I lived and worked in the District for nearly five years and did not have such a joyous experience with Metro trains. Not terrible, but not reliable / timely enough, and definitely the trains and stations alike have an atmosphere that has become more intimidating over time.

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  150. scoops says:
    @vinny
    Better stick to the highways. Better examples of private enterprise the world has never known.

    show us the facts

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  151. @Anonymous
    It is such a shame that, when operational budgets for public works are cut, that maintenance is the first thing to be diminished. And it is further a shame that so many legislators are so much more interested in lowering taxes than in providing adequate funding for public services.

    I blame Republicans for this and for many others of society's ills that arise as a result of putting their ideology into action.

    Lonnie, I absolutely agree with you, for instance, look at the success of the American Public Education system, controlled almost totally by liberal ideologues. Well, maybe that’s not so great an example, but you know what I mean.

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  152. Wilkey says:
    @Jefferson
    "I love the fabulous food workers at my local Chick-fil-A-a.

    Uncanny the remarkably rapid recovery in McDonald’s stock price that began the day the board fired dindu CEO Don Thompson."

    I wonder if the real reason Liberals hate Chick-Fil-A is because they hire too many Whites at most of their locations. Chick-Fil-A is the only fast food chain that racially resembles the current America, which is still majority White for now. All of the other fast food chains racially look like Cinco De Mayo 365 days a year.

    Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff, as well. Burger joints (excepting In N Out) and (of course) Mexican restaurants have all gone over to the dark side. Every last damn Panda Express seems to have a Chinese manager, which makes them a great target for a discrimination suit.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff,"

    Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics. I can't even remember the last time I had my Subway sandwich made by a guy who racially looks like Jake Gyllenhaal.

  153. AP says:
    @Jack D
    The NY Times yesterday had a (rather boring) article about the descendants of Confederates who fled to Brazil after the Civil War, where they kept alive some vestiges of Old South culture. As an illustration, they had a photo of a woman visiting her Confederate ancestor's grave, while wearing a hoop skirt. The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/a-slice-of-the-confederacy-in-the-interior-of-brazil.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

    Brazil has a large collection of cultural relics from faraway places. The countryside in central Parana state is a priest-run 19th century western Ukraine:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Brazilians

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  154. Jefferson says:
    @Jack D
    The NY Times yesterday had a (rather boring) article about the descendants of Confederates who fled to Brazil after the Civil War, where they kept alive some vestiges of Old South culture. As an illustration, they had a photo of a woman visiting her Confederate ancestor's grave, while wearing a hoop skirt. The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/a-slice-of-the-confederacy-in-the-interior-of-brazil.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

    “The woman is sort of a typical looking Brazilian octoroon.”

    She looks White from the tiny small not so clear pictures. I would need to see a picture which clearly shows her face to see if any obvious Negro facial traits are detectable because it definitely does not show up in her skin color.

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  155. Jefferson says:
    @Wilkey
    Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff, as well. Burger joints (excepting In N Out) and (of course) Mexican restaurants have all gone over to the dark side. Every last damn Panda Express seems to have a Chinese manager, which makes them a great target for a discrimination suit.

    “Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff,”

    Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics. I can’t even remember the last time I had my Subway sandwich made by a guy who racially looks like Jake Gyllenhaal.

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    "Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics."

    I don't doubt it, but my experience in flyover country is that, save for resort communities like Aspen, Park City, etc., sandwich and pizza joints are pretty reliably staffed by English speakers, mostly white - often even in heavily Hispanic parts of town.

    I remember being struck by the enormous irony of visiting a resort town (Sun Valley, iirc) during the nadir of the Great Recession and seeing that even then the jobs were being filled with H-2B guest workers . We'd go to the grocery store at night and see the same Russian H-2B guest worker who had served us our fast food breakfast in the morning. At another grocery store in the same resort town one checkout girl was an H-2B from China. Meanwhile the taxpayers were sending Americans unemployment checks to sit on their asses and *not* take these jobs while employers filled them with foreigners.

  156. Wilkey says:
    @Jefferson
    "Pizza and sandwich joints (Subway, Jimmy Johns, etc.) seem to have disproportionately white staff,"

    Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics. I can't even remember the last time I had my Subway sandwich made by a guy who racially looks like Jake Gyllenhaal.

    “Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics.”

    I don’t doubt it, but my experience in flyover country is that, save for resort communities like Aspen, Park City, etc., sandwich and pizza joints are pretty reliably staffed by English speakers, mostly white – often even in heavily Hispanic parts of town.

    I remember being struck by the enormous irony of visiting a resort town (Sun Valley, iirc) during the nadir of the Great Recession and seeing that even then the jobs were being filled with H-2B guest workers . We’d go to the grocery store at night and see the same Russian H-2B guest worker who had served us our fast food breakfast in the morning. At another grocery store in the same resort town one checkout girl was an H-2B from China. Meanwhile the taxpayers were sending Americans unemployment checks to sit on their asses and *not* take these jobs while employers filled them with foreigners.

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    "I don’t doubt it, but my experience in flyover country is that, save for resort communities like Aspen, Park City, etc., sandwich and pizza joints are pretty reliably staffed by English speakers, mostly white – often even in heavily Hispanic parts of town."

    Texas is part of flyover country and their fast food employee demographics resemble California's.
  157. Jefferson says:
    @Wilkey
    "Out here in California Subway restaurants are staffed by either Filipinos or Hispanics."

    I don't doubt it, but my experience in flyover country is that, save for resort communities like Aspen, Park City, etc., sandwich and pizza joints are pretty reliably staffed by English speakers, mostly white - often even in heavily Hispanic parts of town.

    I remember being struck by the enormous irony of visiting a resort town (Sun Valley, iirc) during the nadir of the Great Recession and seeing that even then the jobs were being filled with H-2B guest workers . We'd go to the grocery store at night and see the same Russian H-2B guest worker who had served us our fast food breakfast in the morning. At another grocery store in the same resort town one checkout girl was an H-2B from China. Meanwhile the taxpayers were sending Americans unemployment checks to sit on their asses and *not* take these jobs while employers filled them with foreigners.

    “I don’t doubt it, but my experience in flyover country is that, save for resort communities like Aspen, Park City, etc., sandwich and pizza joints are pretty reliably staffed by English speakers, mostly white – often even in heavily Hispanic parts of town.”

    Texas is part of flyover country and their fast food employee demographics resemble California’s.

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  158. @E. Rekshun
    As living conditions declined as a result of overcrowding, litter, garbage-overflow, and crime, more of the long-timers left, to be replaced by MORE 3-4 groups or families. The new groups living there simply brought in more unvetted renters to share the rent and the conditions reflected the changes. Turnover increased, as you’d expect. Fewer singles and couples wanted to live there so the newest renters were more of the same that drove the old renters out. When I left, I was 1 of 2 whites living in a 14 unit bldg.


    Death spiral.

    “Death spiral.”

    My point exactly. The only reason I remained as long as I did was that I had already made plans to move out of the area and didn’t want – or have time for – 2 moves so close together.

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  159. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    Don't give the drivers too much credit. One of the reasons the 6 car trains have to pull all the way to the front of the stations instead of stopping in the middle of the platform is because too many of the drivers couldn't remember that they were driving 6 or 8 car trains. This was true even when they had post-it notes on their dashboards telling them how many cars their train had.

    Another issue is that the drivers are told they have to stop and count to 5 at every station stop before opening the doors just so they have time to remember which side of the train the doors open on. This was because the drivers kept opening the doors on the wrong side of the tracks.

    Great example (the above comment) of political incorrectness makes you stupid.

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  160. @RadicalCenter
    I think that the fed gov is way too big, costly, and intrusive, and I know from direct personal experience that fed agency employees in DC are often of limited competence, work ethic, and character. And many of the black employees are racist white/Asian-hating pricks, at that.

    But the average or typical fed gov employee is definitely NOT a grade 13 and does NOT have a salary of $100,000, even in DC. We will lose credibility if we make things up like this that are clearly an exaggeration.

    A little Googling finds this from 2013: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/reports-publications/profile-of-federal-civilian-non-postal-employees/.

    Average federal grade in DC is 12.37 in 2013. GS 12 Step 4 for DC is $85k. (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2016/DCB.pdf).

    The average American make nowhere near $85k. This from 2014 shows the numbers in the upper grades (12 – 15) has skyrocketed since 2000. https://chiefhro.com/2014/02/10/replacing-the-general-schedule-some-facts/

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    Your point basically is of course valid. But you proved my point that the salary isn't close to he number you originally gave. And given that fed civilian active-employee COLAs for 2014, 2015, and 2016 were 1.0% and 1.3% and 1.3% if memory serves, that $85,000 average from 2013 would now be about $88,000. We already have numbers and facts on our side, no need for us to exaggerate.

    The competent, industrious employees in the fed gov -- and yes I personally know some in the courts and one agency in particular -- should be well-paid.

    But the dead weight Africans and other morons and slackers, who are likely more numerous than the good employees, need a RIF followed by a pay freeze for the remainder.

  161. Penny Red says:
    @BB753
    In the picture, he has wavy not curly hair and doesn't seem to have olive skin. The story sounds fishy to me.

    Being Italian had he used Roman numerals instead of Arabic ones he would not have raised suspicion.

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  162. AnAnon says:
    @Anonymous
    No, surely, Steve, a 90% + all black workforce is *exactly* what the lefty neo-Orwellians mean by the term 'diversity'. By certain this word when bandiec about means nothing else - apart from the purging, to the fullest extent possible - of any vestige of white males.

    “No, surely, Steve, a 90% + all black workforce is *exactly* what the lefty neo-Orwellians mean by the term ‘diversity’.” – only when the news is positive. if the news is negative, it is a lack of diversity that is the problem.

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  163. AnAnon says:
    @RadicalCenter
    White people may be pussy enough to put up with this, but Mexicans will not. Watch for incompetent, lazy, rude Africans to be increasingly disciplined, non-promoted, and even fired as Mexicans outnumber Africans in almost every city in the country soon.

    that will only happen if mexicans can take power from whites.

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    Mexicans taking political, economic, and physical power from whites seems like a very likely outcome in much of California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and other parts of the USA. I wish that weren't so, and correct me if I'm wrong.

    Whites' higher average intelligence can't forever compensate for a much larger number of Mexicans than whites, especially when there will be more young Mexican men than young white men -- i.e., of prime fighting age in riots and civil unrest.
  164. Tim says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Who runs Riker's Island, the NYC jail that's a disgrace?

    “Who runs Riker’s Island, the NYC jail that’s a disgrace?”

    You should see the Baltimore City Jail! I had so get a client out once, and right away I thought, ‘these guards (all black females) are all WAY to familiar with the inmates. Two months later, the story about the guards babies came out.

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  165. Tim says:
    @Anonymous
    Don't give the drivers too much credit. One of the reasons the 6 car trains have to pull all the way to the front of the stations instead of stopping in the middle of the platform is because too many of the drivers couldn't remember that they were driving 6 or 8 car trains. This was true even when they had post-it notes on their dashboards telling them how many cars their train had.

    Another issue is that the drivers are told they have to stop and count to 5 at every station stop before opening the doors just so they have time to remember which side of the train the doors open on. This was because the drivers kept opening the doors on the wrong side of the tracks.

    “Don’t give the drivers too much credit. One of the reasons the 6 car trains have to pull all the way to the front of the stations instead of stopping in the middle of the platform is because too many of the drivers couldn’t remember that they were driving 6 or 8 car trains. This was true even when they had post-it notes on their dashboards telling them how many cars their train had.

    Another issue is that the drivers are told they have to stop and count to 5 at every station stop before opening the doors just so they have time to remember which side of the train the doors open on. This was because the drivers kept opening the doors on the wrong side of the tracks.”

    I don’t think this is true. It was my understanding that the trains pretty much drive themselves, and the drivers just kind of sit there.

    That was the big concern a few years ago, when people kept taking pictures of the drivers on their cell phones.

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  166. @AnAnon
    that will only happen if mexicans can take power from whites.

    Mexicans taking political, economic, and physical power from whites seems like a very likely outcome in much of California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and other parts of the USA. I wish that weren’t so, and correct me if I’m wrong.

    Whites’ higher average intelligence can’t forever compensate for a much larger number of Mexicans than whites, especially when there will be more young Mexican men than young white men — i.e., of prime fighting age in riots and civil unrest.

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    "Mexicans taking political, economic, and physical power from whites seems like a very likely outcome in much of California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and other parts of the USA. I wish that weren’t so, and correct me if I’m wrong."

    A White Minority will rule over a Mexican majority in a future United States. You will be surprised at how White the upper ranking officials in The California Democratic Party is.
  167. Jefferson says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Mexicans taking political, economic, and physical power from whites seems like a very likely outcome in much of California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and other parts of the USA. I wish that weren't so, and correct me if I'm wrong.

    Whites' higher average intelligence can't forever compensate for a much larger number of Mexicans than whites, especially when there will be more young Mexican men than young white men -- i.e., of prime fighting age in riots and civil unrest.

    “Mexicans taking political, economic, and physical power from whites seems like a very likely outcome in much of California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and other parts of the USA. I wish that weren’t so, and correct me if I’m wrong.”

    A White Minority will rule over a Mexican majority in a future United States. You will be surprised at how White the upper ranking officials in The California Democratic Party is.

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  168. @Jim Don Bob
    A little Googling finds this from 2013: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/reports-publications/profile-of-federal-civilian-non-postal-employees/.

    Average federal grade in DC is 12.37 in 2013. GS 12 Step 4 for DC is $85k. (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2016/DCB.pdf).

    The average American make nowhere near $85k. This from 2014 shows the numbers in the upper grades (12 - 15) has skyrocketed since 2000. https://chiefhro.com/2014/02/10/replacing-the-general-schedule-some-facts/

    Your point basically is of course valid. But you proved my point that the salary isn’t close to he number you originally gave. And given that fed civilian active-employee COLAs for 2014, 2015, and 2016 were 1.0% and 1.3% and 1.3% if memory serves, that $85,000 average from 2013 would now be about $88,000. We already have numbers and facts on our side, no need for us to exaggerate.

    The competent, industrious employees in the fed gov — and yes I personally know some in the courts and one agency in particular — should be well-paid.

    But the dead weight Africans and other morons and slackers, who are likely more numerous than the good employees, need a RIF followed by a pay freeze for the remainder.

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  169. helena says:
    @anon
    This is increasingly the reality in all the big western cities as the native blue collar population are erased - the new people hire their relatives and the average competence goes down and everything starts to slowly crumble.

    I did some recruiting tele-interviews for customer service in a very sought-after transport sector – one of the objectives of interviews was to establish through questioning if the person sounded as if they would ‘go the extra mile’ to help someone. Lots of interviewees on the other end of the phone repeatedly and spontaneously told me, ‘I-go-the-ex-tra-mile’. Curious.

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  170. Michelle says:
    @res
    You might want to take your sarcasm detector in for a tuneup.

    True dat, however, the Singaporean subway system can hire and fire whomever it likes, not so with my work place. We are stuck with substandard workers of every stripe.

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