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As I may have pointed out once or twice, it’s considered despicable to suggest that the U.S. would be better off without quite so many huddled masses and wretched refuse. On the other hand, lots of liberal institutions like Ivy League colleges and liberal whitopias like Malibu aren’t in any hurry to expand their numbers. It’s almost as if their hatred of inequality and discrimination doesn’t quite extend to reducing inequality by letting in a few more folks.

The single most obvious example of an institution that can and should expand is Stanford.

Stanford University has a 12.8 square mile campus (much of it empty) in the middle of Silicon Valley, a $28 billion endowment, and one of the world’s great brand names. So, after decades of delay, it recently got around to finally thinking seriously about, you know, letting in more students. But …

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Stanford withdraws giant campus expansion after backlash over growth

Roland Li
Nov. 1, 2019 Updated: Nov. 1, 2019 8:06 p.m.

Stanford University on Friday withdrew its massive expansion plan that would have put nearly 10,000 more people on its campus every day, amid backlash over housing and traffic congestion.

The school sought 2.3 million square feet in new academic space, along with 2,172 new housing units and a $1.1 billion transit program to help mitigate the effects of growth over the next couple of decades. But Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors, whose approval the university needed, was unconvinced.

“It doesn’t address the underlying concerns around traffic, housing and open space,” Joe Simitian, board president, had previously told The Chronicle.

The school scrapped the plans despite a three-year process and said in its statement that the county’s board “refused to engage in substantive discussions.”

As part of the plan, Stanford had also committed to pay the Palo Alto Unified School District $122 million over 40 years for increased student enrollment and provide $16 million in other benefits.

Stanford should have told the Bay Area politicians that some of the incremental 10,000 would be sacred illegal aliens, so any opposition is racist.

 
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  1. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    The farm must be preserved for the crops.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  2. Stanford should have told the Bay Area politicians that some of the incremental 10,000 would be sacred illegal aliens, so any opposition is racist.

    Sad but true: this is a tactic that’ll come in handy for many purposes now.

    • Replies: @bigdicknick
  3. syonredux says:

    Stanford professor who changed America with just one study was also a liar

    His research work was also groundbreaking. In 1973, Rosenhan published the paper “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in the prestigious journal Science, and it was a sensation. The study, in which eight healthy volunteers went undercover as “pseudopatients” in 12 psychiatric hospitals across the country, discovered harrowing conditions that led to national outrage. His findings helped expedite the widespread closure of psychiatric institutions across the country, changing mental-health care in the US forever.

    Fifty years later, I tried to find out how Rosenhan had convinced his subjects to go undercover as psychiatric patients and discovered a whole lot more. Yes, Rosenhan had charm. He had charisma. He had chutzpah to spare. And, as I eventually uncovered, he was also not what he appeared to be.

    https://nypost.com/2019/11/02/stanford-professor-who-changed-america-with-just-one-study-was-also-a-liar/

  4. “It doesn’t address the underlying concerns around traffic, housing and open space,” Joe Simitian, board president, had previously told The Chronicle.

    This is actually a legitimate concern. Even during the summer, on-campus traffic is already really bad. I can only image what an additional 10,000 students + constant construction would do.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  5. Altai_2 says:

    It’s the same reason there are so few doctors being trained. Despite doctors and lawyers being the first kind of people to bitch about ‘unions’ they are quite steadfast in their support for their own unions, sorry ‘Associations’, unions are for proles. They keep the numbers low in order to keep their own pay higher. If you’ve ever looked at the SAT and other scores at rejected applicants, you can expand quite a lot before you notice any dropoff.

    They limit numbers at certain universities that are key funnels into the financial sector and other rackets. Harvard portrays it’s students as the best and brightest, but if what most of them become is bankers, what does that say about what Harvard is really doing vis-a-vis the rest of society?

    • Agree: Triumph104
    • Replies: @Houston 1992
    , @GU
  6. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Interesting. Speaking of institutionalization:

    “Philip Zimbardo, the architect of the famous prison study, which took place in Stanford’s basement in 1971, has also come under fire. Zimbardo and his researchers recruited students and assigned them roles as “inmates” or “guards.” Guards abused inmates; inmates reacted as real prisoners. A 2018 Medium piece tracked down the original participants in that study and exposed serious issues — including the fact that Zimbardo had coached the guards into behaving aggressively.”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  7. @anonymous

    History suggests that charismatic leaders can induce young men to do all sorts of stuff.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  8. Even by the standards of elite academia, Stanford has a lot of undeveloped land. I walked along the rolling hills behind the University once with a friend from Palo Alto and I casually asked if this land would eventually be filled in by the University (there are a handful of scattered University structures in the Open Space) and I got quite the dirty look. The same dirty look I got when I suggested perhaps infill on the Bay around Palo Alto to allow for more development.

    My other suggestion for regional development is turning Moffett Field into high density housing and corporate offices. For some strange reason, no one seems to notice this massive tract of undeveloped land in the most expensive real estate market in the United States. There are a few companies that have moved in, namely the Google space blimp operation plans to take over a massive hangar, but for the most part, the old base is left largely abandoned.

  9. @Monsieur Psychosis

    I can only image what an additional 10,000 students + constant construction would do.

    Imagine what tens of millions of third-world migrants might do to your entire country.

    • Agree: bomag, HammerJack
    • LOL: Laurence Whelk
  10. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:

    My dad once owned a house while teaching at Palo Alto High which backed up to the Stanford University golf course. After work he’d jump over the fence to hit golf balls on the greens. He bought the house for $7500 in 1952 and sold it for $25,000 in 1960.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  11. @Anonymous

    Somebody should put together an anthology of people’s anecdotes about bad real estate decisions their parents and grandparents made.

    Raj Chetty could put out a giant study about how all we have to do to end wealth inequality is be descended from people who didn’t sell their ranch-style house in Palo Alto in 1960.

  12. @Clifford Brown

    Blimp storage is the highest priority use of land in Silicon Valley.

  13. @syonredux

    I’m not sure why the idea that some people can intentionally fake their way into a mental hospital is all that jaw-dropping.

  14. @Mr McKenna

    Yes, but that has nothing to do with Stanford expanding.

  15. Ano says:

    Sad news (for the Chinese),
    but what about Stanford’s plans to open a Malibu campus with The Rob Reiner School of Diversity Studies (La Escuela de Estudias de Diversidad de Beto Reiner)?
    Is that still going ahead?

  16. They were all set to approve the expansion and then someone put this up on the projector:

  17. donut says:

    I don’t care much anymore , sorry .

    I guess I’ll decide if they come to my door .

  18. “It doesn’t address the underlying concerns around traffic, housing and open space,” Joe Simitian, board president, had previously told The Chronicle.

    Hey, Joe! Where ya goin’ with that plan in your hand?

    Stanford learned the hard way that too many people in too small an area can lead to disaster. Penalty declined:

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Pericles
    , @Jimbo
  19. @syonredux

    [Fill in the blank] professor who changed America with just one study was also a liar

    Headline writers could save time with this macro template

    • LOL: Hail
    • Replies: @Wilkey
  20. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Google should be paying billions, not a million-plus, to use Moffett Field or it should be sold to the highest bidder and the funds used to pay down the federal debt.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  21. @Anonymous

    America’s strategic blimp storage needs are second only to our strategic helium reserve needs.

  22. didn’t Steve just argue that there will be less people in college in 2030? maybe Stanford is simply listening.

    why expand if

    1) the college population will keep going down every year from now on
    2) you already have 28 billion, and tuition brings in a mere 200 million a year or so

    wouldn’t it be smarter to just put that money into the stock market?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  23. Wilkey says:

    Stanford has an endowment of $26.5 billion and only 16,500 students. That’s about $1.6 million in endowment per student. In flyover country that would buy each student four or five or six nice-sized homes.

    Private foundations are required to spend 5% of their assets each year. If those rules applied to schools like Stanford that would be $80,000 per student, annually.

    If Stanford’s home county won’t let it expand it could always build a satellite campus in, say, Idaho or Nebraska. If they choose not to then every dime less than 5% of assets they don’t spend on education should be taxed at the maximum earned income rate.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  24. @syonredux

    “Harrowing conditions” led to “closure” (of psychiatric hospitals).

    Closure??

    I guess it never dawned upon the Powers That Be that it would have been better for all concerned–including the, uh, patients– to change the system rather than send these psychotics out into the street to fend for themselves.

    • Replies: @Jesse
  25. Wilkey says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    [Fill in the blank] professor who changed America with just one study was also a liar.

    The last I read, those professors who showed that black children preferred white dolls – a study used to justify Brown v. Board of Education – was not shown to be a lie.

    However…it was also shown to still be true over 50 years later, after decades of forced integration.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  26. @Reg Cæsar

    Still the most bizarre play in the history of football, college or pro.

  27. @Altai_2

    What about nurse practitioners ?

    2) Don’t HMOs posses enough power to joint venture with some university and establish a medical school with guaranteed residencies to turn MDs into licensed doctors ?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Triumph104
  28. “It doesn’t address the underlying concerns around traffic, housing and open space,” Joe Simitian, board president, had previously told The Chronicle.

    I can’t believe Joe Simitian is still helping to wreck the greater “Silicon Valley” area. What a freakin’ tool that guy is. It seems that after being term-limited out of the state Senate, he went to the Board of Stupidvisors, where he was apparently granted the chairmanship, because of course he was. He represents Palo Alto & Mountain View. They’re not going to give it to the guy who represents Gilroy and Morgan Hill, LOL.

  29. @prime noticer

    Because Stanford can take market share away from almost every other college. It’s Stanford. The weather is great, the scenery is beautiful, and the college is totally tied into Silicon Valley.

  30. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    OT-but not-

    https://www.wired.com/story/super-optimized-dirt-that-helps-keep-racehorses-safe/

    The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe

    Dozens of horses died at Santa Anita Park last year. So engineer Mick Peterson is deploying everything from sensors to satellites to keep accidents down as the Breeders’ Cup approaches.
    Jockeys and horses racing
    What you need to understand, if you’re investigating why a horse could suddenly crumple to the ground, is the ground itself. The material that racehorses churn into is far more than mere soil, but a precise blend of materials. And the better these surfaces get, the better things go for the horses. At least in theory.Photograph: Ryan Young

    It began with Psychedelicat, a horse that would have remained unremarkable for the rest of his life, were it not for the precise timing of his death. Of the 17 races the four-year-old had run, he’d won two—which is probably why, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, he was entered in a claiming race: Anyone could purchase him for $16,000 before the competition began. In an industry where a few elite racehorses go for tens of millions, mediocre thoroughbreds like Psychedelicat cost less than some children’s lesson horses.

    Not even halfway into the race, his Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, Mario Gutierrez, felt something wrong in the horse’s gait and pulled Psychedelicat to a halt. The equine ambulance zipped onto the track, loaded the limping horse, and drove off. As it turned out, Psychedelicat had broken his sesamoid, a small, difficult-to-treat bone. He was euthanized.

    A breakdown can be the result of a single bad step, but it’s most often a result of cumulative stress. The athlete—equine or human—overexerts themselves over time until, mid-game, a tendon snaps, a bone cracks. Slowly, and then all at once.

    While injuries requiring that a horse be put down are not unusual among racehorses—most tracks can expect to see a few dozen a year—no one foresaw that Psychedelicat’s accident on December 30, 2018, would kick off a slew of deaths: In all, 30 horses would die at Santa Anita in a six-month span. Whether injured during workouts or mid-race, most met their end the same way: A broken bone, an emergency crew rushing to their side, a shot of a heavy sedative followed by a lethal injection.

    The numbers at Santa Anita weren’t actually that different from previous years. In 2018, 37 horses died there. In 2017 and 2016? Fifty-four and 57, respectively. And, among tracks nationwide, Santa Anita wasn’t even the worst offender. Kentucky’s Churchill Downs and the Chicago-area Hawthorne tracks both had higher fatality rates than Santa Anita in 2018.

    Over the decades, spates of racehorse deaths have shaken the industry. Sometimes the spikes are caused by track mismanagement or shoddy horsemanship, other times by bad luck. Few racing fans can forget the horror of some of the sport’s highest-profile breakdowns, such as when Barbaro, the beloved 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, shattered his hind leg in three places during the Preakness Stakes.

    This time, though, people started paying attention in a different way. Media swarmed to the story and protestors called for the track to be closed or for racing to even be banned in California altogether. One particularly damning Deadspin headline in early April: “They Killed Yet Another Horse at Santa Anita.”

    “I think this is a crisis that’s been brewing for some time, and we really didn’t acknowledge it,” says Eoin Harty, a longtime horse trainer and head of the California Thoroughbred Trainers association. Now, ignoring it became impossible.

    What was going wrong? More importantly, was there any way to put a stop it?

    Talk to a dozen different horse people and you’ll get a dozen different opinions about why horses break down. Racehorses are bred for careers that burn fast and bright, rather than for longevity. The unknown side effects of increasingly popular medicines (such as bisphosphonates, which prevent bone loss when used correctly but are overprescribed and may interfere with the normal reknitting of bones) or medical procedures (such as shock-wave therapy, which is supposed to reduce inflammation and trigger healing in tissue but also causes numbing). Trainers who may not give their horses the right balance of rest to work. Whips, which encourage horses to run faster and faster, even when they may be in pain. The construction of modern thoroughbreds, thousand-pound athletes on toothpick legs. The format of races in which purse money may be more valuable than the horses running. When it comes to the last year at Santa Anita in particular, they may blame a perfect storm of events—or the literal winter storms—that befell the track.

    The dirt has been mostly the same for a hundred years. What has changed is that the horses are now more fragile. Too inbred.

    “Either they open up the stud book or lose the ridiculous tax deductions horse farms face” would be the answer from an uncucked Congress.

  31. Anon[370] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    From the title I thought this was about the stereotype threat guy from Stanford. There have been replication problems.

  32. ‘Stanford should have told the Bay Area politicians that some of the incremental 10,000 would be sacred illegal aliens, so any opposition is racist.’

    …but then they would have had to admit said illegal aliens — not something they have any interest in doing.

    I’m sure Stanford admits plenty of blacks and Hispanics, but ‘blacks’ and ‘Hispanics,’ not blacks and Hispanics.

    It goes without saying that you have to do a passable imitation of whiteness if you want in. In fact, probably you’ll be on average about 75% white genetically in the first place.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  33. @Wilkey

    The last I read, those professors who showed that black children preferred white dolls – a study used to justify Brown v. Board of Education – was not shown to be a lie.

    However…it was also shown to still be true over 50 years later, after decades of forced integration.

    That’s because all the fun black dolls have been pulled from the shelves.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  34. Thomm says:

    I always felt that Stanford should just acquire Cal-Tech (to the extent some third-party cannot block such an acquisition) and expand that into a SoCal branch of Stanford.

  35. @Mr McKenna

    Agree; LOL.

    I wish Santa Clara County agreed with you, too.

  36. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Houston 1992

    The AMA would not accredit them.

    Technically, as that horsevulva Amy Tuteur says, the AMA does not accredit medical schools but the entity that does is entirely controlled by them. States could, as Sowell (or was it Williams?) mentioned, establish and accredit their own schools, as Cucksas finally did with the President’s College School of Law in Wichita, but then the grads could never be licensed anywhere else. In law they could theoretically go to Hitlerfornia which still allows nonaccredited school grads to take the bar or “read the law’, but in medicine no state allows that.

  37. @Prester John

    Maybe in all of sports. I honestly can’t think of any serious contenders.

    While we’re on the subject, strangest baseball play might be this one (skip to 58:45):

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  38. @Steve Sailer

    Also, the extra alumni will presumably donate money, increasing their endowment

  39. @Colin Wright

    This past summer my brother and I took our kids college hunting.

    At one elite college the tour guide proudly pointed out that she was a DACA recipient.

    The colleges do admit some illegal aliens, and brag about it.

    • Replies: @bigdicknick
  40. bjondo says:

    Shrinkage.

    Shut all elite schools for two generations.

    Give the earth time to cleanse itself
    of life sucking, life degrading, brilliant minds.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  41. @Steve Sailer

    I grew up in the South Bay Area and we used to drive past Moffet Field all the time. Those airship hangars date back to 1931 and 1941 and according to Wikipedia are among the largest freestanding structures in the world.

    According to Wikipedia:

    These hangars have a monumental presence, and the Moffett Field pair, set within a paved expanse of the airfield, are a familiar landmark in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    It’s nice to know they are still there, lovely anachronisms that they are.

    • Agree: Old Palo Altan
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  42. @Monsieur Psychosis

    This play that could have ended the 1960 World Series was much discussed but no known film existed of it until a few years ago when an early videotape was discovered in Bing Crosby’s old wine cellar.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Desiderius
  43. Ben Rush says:
    @Clifford Brown

    The problem is the transportation infrastructure. You can’t keep putting more people in the Valley without some major upgrades to the highway and rail systems. Google would love to build out their campus but they are stuck with the same problem. All of them are, not just Stanford.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    , @Anonymous
  44. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve in Greensboro

    Airships would be a lovely way to travel, like a cruise ship, as long as bad weather could be avoided. They’ll have to use hydrogen again, but that’s okay now that fire control technology is so much better than in the Hindenburg days. I’d love to ride on one.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  45. @Steve Sailer

    That was the very last game of the sixty-year stretch of two eight-team leagues. The Angels and infill Senators took the field the next spring. (Well, okay, there was that Federal League…)

  46. @Steve Sailer

    “Because Stanford can take market share away from almost every other college.”

    you still didn’t explain how taking in a few thousand more freshman every year, which MIGHT bring in 50 million extra dollars in tuition revenue per year, is more money than they could make, simply by investing 28 billion in a hedge fund, and getting 10% returns, which is 2 billion, and skipping the billion dollar campus buildouts.

    it’s just math. tuition doesn’t make money for these colleges. Ron Unz actually ran an entire series of articles on this. how Harvard is a financial fund, with a small college attached to it. Stanford is in the same category, and has the same math model for finance.

  47. @Prester John

    Still the most bizarre play in the history of football, college or pro.

    If one team is called for having an extra player on the field, is that a ménage-à-vingt-trois?

  48. @Steve Sailer

    Part of the problem the Navy is having ship maintenance comes from selling off “unneeded” bases during the early BRAC sell-offs in the 90s.

  49. Pericles says:
    @Clifford Brown

    It’s something of a cultural void, isn’t it? And in such a vibrant, diverse state too.

  50. Pericles says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Looks like a rugby play to me.

  51. Someone should get Bernie Sanders’ wife on it: She worked wonders at Burlinton College.

  52. @Steve Sailer

    There are all kind of things going on in these situations that are interesting for looking at heritable traits. I bet many of the white people who did not leave as their city neighborhoods decayed, because of inertia, stubbornness, or who knows what, later left their valuable homes in gentrified neighborhoods to their kids and grandkids. I had a conversation with a woman who was complaining about how her mother left Brooklyn while her aunt held out, and now the woman’s cousins cashed in and were millionaires. My guess is there are a lot of similar stories. Of course, those that fled would explain that their decision was justifiable.

  53. anonymous[760] • Disclaimer says:

    This story misses the mark.

    Stanford is, architecture aside, more like a central business district full of workers than it is like a campus. They have only 6,000 undergrdaduates, but probably 100,000 employees of various sorts, including enough to staff their whole cluster of hospitals. Rush hour there is a mad house of endless traffic jams and crushing lines for the few commuter buses which attempt to make the trip to San Fran or the East Bay.

    If Stanford was proposing to add 10,000 “people” it is doubtful that many of those, or even any of those, would be additional undergraduates. This story has little if anything to do with the elite college bottleneck.

    On the other hand, the real story is about Santa Clara county. As one of the most traffic-choked, overcrowded places in the country they were right to stop this additional development in one of their already choked areas. However as we all know, as coastal Californians, while they insist on their own prerogative to keep people out in order to preserve their open spaces and what remains of their quality of life, they do not believe that same right should apply to deplorables in other parts of their state or nation.

    • Replies: @notsaying
  54. @syonredux

    Academic studies are received or rejected depending on opinion, not fact. If documentation and enough data to replicate the experiment is presented, it is ignored. Quite often the rest of the field lacks the expertise (and quite likely the funding) to perform these checks.

    Fact of life. That’s why single studies can be so influential and why so many reported results are not replicable, and also why nothing has been done about this (other than ritual breast beating). Essentially, government funding has made science (hard and soft) a civil service job — make no waves, look like you’re working, and it’s all golden.

    And so it goes, as Vonnegut wrote after every death in his fiction.

    Counterinsurgency

    • Replies: @JMcG
  55. @Anonymous

    There is no more magic dirt in all of North America than the Stanford campus.

    Millions of illegal aliens need to be relocated there immediately–after several years they will become hard-working and brilliant Americans!

  56. @Mr McKenna

    A republican needs to propose a bill where all refugees have the red carpet rolled out for them and they are settled in the nicest areas of the country i.e. Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills etc. Why should refugees be relegated to dumps? They should be living right next to the Rob Reiners of the world and of course that shouldn’t be an issue since only racist hicks have a problem with the diverse.

  57. @Paleo Liberal

    holy shit. A proud gimmiegrant.

  58. The biggest hypocrisy on the open border issue, is regarding universities.

    Read Tyler Cowen’s defense of elite school admissions and notice that he says:
    – The exclusive identity and culture of schools is sacred to universities.
    – The universities don’t want an open warehouse feel, they want a members-only community feel, which is by nature, exclusive.
    – Cultural continuity connecting the present to the past and the future is sacred. This is achieved by selective admissions where the current generation of academics was selected by the past and selects the next.
    – The admission process is inherently non-merit-based, and it’s inherently secret, and this is critical to preserving the social elite culture.

    link where Cowen explains all of this (behind paywall): https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-01/let-harvard-be-harvard-only-bigger

    Using libertarian logic:
    – universities are selling education by the class, they should have no right to discriminate and refuse service to anyone. If someone wants to purchase enrollment in a calculus class, for example, the university shouldn’t be able to turn them away. They don’t owe students good grades. But the right to take the class and take the test, yes, in general, if someone can pay and wants to do the class, they have the natural right to do so on an open market. They shouldn’t be able to use e-verify systems to stop campus immigrants who have physically entered the campus to purchase education.
    – universities and the “social elite” that cowen speaks of don’t have a right to their exclusive culture over the culture of outsiders, particularly not on the public taxpayer’s dime. And even nominally private schools receive huge amounts of government support, privileged tax exemptions on endowments, reduced cost land use, and they are baked into our culture in a government backed fashion.

  59. @Ben Rush

    Google is building out its campus. It is constructing a giant white tent like headquarters next to the Googleplex.

    Google, Apple and Facebook are financing higher density housing developments to address the housing crunch in the Bay Area. I respect the low rise suburban nature of Palo Alto and environs generally, which is why high density development at Moffett Field makes so much sense. It is basically a tabla rasa in the heart of The Valley. Google should be encouraged to build its “Smart City” that it is working on in Toronto right there, next to its headquarters. Moffett Field allows for workers to commute to their jobs without even getting on the highway which is the main congestion bottleneck.

    The only other alternative is continued development in in San Jose. San Jose is willing to build and there are still plenty of development opportunities there.

  60. @Steve Sailer

    First I’ve ever heard of it. Unbelievable play on the part of the runner. What a shocking ending that would have been. What a game – Kubek’s adam’s apple, Maz’s homer, and that play too.

  61. Stanford should have told the Bay Area politicians that some of the incremental 10,000 would be sacred illegal aliens, so any opposition is racist.

    If they wanted to expand instead of merely looking like they wanted to expand, they would have.

    QED.

  62. Anon[413] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prester John

    I can’t provide a link right now but google “AFL Boston Dallas 1961”.

    Some random dude in a trench coat ran into the end zone and swatted down a potentially game winning pass. And the play stood. There is film.

  63. Anonymous[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ben Rush

    The problem with the Bay Area is the same thing causing the DNC Primary farce. It’s Boomers, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious to younger people on both sides of the aisle.

    Case in point: who sued to block the electrification of CalTrain, the primary transport in the region? The residents of Atherton, the oldest and most affluent in the area. Why did they sue? They didn’t like the proposed power poles. The same issue plays out in towns across the Bay Area. Older residents are hyper active on local councils to block new housing construction and upgrades to infrastructure.

    The combination of H1B’s and high housing prices makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy, where younger people do not establish roots, so they do not become involved in local politics.

    California Boomers are a special kind of odious. They are indifferent to both the achievements of earlier generations and to the fact that younger generations will have to live in their wake.

  64. Jesse says:
    @Prester John

    TPTB wanted the hospitals closed, because money, and the patients out of the locality because duh. What was best for the patients and society at large is, at most, irrelevant.

    It’s hard to blame the lying professors all that much. If a study, and the idea underlying it, takes off it’s only because someone in power wants it. It’s the Malcolm Tucker approach: you find an expert to support what you’re doing, and you always know what he’s going to say before you ask, let alone give him airtime.

  65. El Dato says:
    @bjondo

    Errrr bad idea.

    It looks like we need some really miraculous solutions in sourcing energy, food, materials and liveable spaces in the next few decades. Or else someone needs to place an order for a large fleet of D-7 to shovel masses of “people shrinkage” into ditches.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  66. notsaying says:
    @anonymous

    However as we all know, as coastal Californians, while they insist on their own prerogative to keep people out in order to preserve their open spaces and what remains of their quality of life, they do not believe that same right should apply to deplorables in other parts of their state or nation.

    I am not familiar with the area but it seems to me that they were right to say no to this development, for the reasons they gave (assuming they’re true). We should be looking at maintaining lots of green spaces and keep traffic flowing everywhere in the US. We cannot promise everybody they can afford to live everywhere in the US but most places should have housing available that is affordable by all somewhere within reasonable driving distance.

    In other words, additional development is not always desirable. We need to get over our thinking that more is always better and act accordingly. One way we should be doing that is by revising our immigration laws and taking fewer new people in.

    When are the people in California who don’t want local growth going to start demanding no growth for places where they do not live themselves?

  67. GU says:
    @Altai_2

    While the doctors’ union has been extremely successful, the lawyers’ union has utterly failed at erecting any meaningful barriers to entering the legal profession, and the proliferation of lawyers in the last 30 years is proof.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  68. @GU

    The biggest reason behind the proliferation of lawyers was the proliferation of law schools.

    Law schools are a cash cow. They charge exorbitant tuition but cost little to run. No labs, no grad students to support, etc. Just the professors, a few secretaries, librarians and janitors.

    I grew up in Arkansas which, for many decades, had one law school. The students could get jobs after graduation.

    Now there are two law schools. Not only that, but the first law school greatly expanded. It is about double the size.

    So now the law school grads have trouble finding jobs.

    Multiply the same scenario over all 50 states—-

    And don’t get me started on science grad schools.

  69. bjondo says:
    @El Dato

    Naw. Good idea.

    We are where we are because of
    “miraculous solutions” by geniuses.

    GMOs, more cancers, factory foods,
    whizbang gadgets that spy,
    probe, collect, zombify.

    I love the Amish way. Good, purposeful life.
    No efficiency experts. No time savers. No memo writers.
    No personality readers, modifiers. No pointless searching for meaning
    as if meaning is hidden.

    Not one (I think) ever went to an Ivy.

    a large fleet of D-7 to shovel masses of “people shrinkage” into ditches

    Careful! ADL will be calling via SWAT phone.

  70. @Houston 1992

    Medical school isn’t the barrier to entry. Residencies, which you mentioned, are the barrier. There are over 8,000 American and foreign-born medical school graduates in the US who cannot get a residency.

    https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/28/residency-failed-to-match/

    Cuba’s Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) provides free medical school to about 100 Americans at any given time. Some graduates have waited as long as six years for a residency in the US, despite all of them going into either family or internal medicine. I wouldn’t be surprised if some gradutes never received a residency.

    College football related: Pasha Jackson, an ELAM graduate, grew up in Oakland, California and played linebacker for the University of Oklahoma. He practices medicine in Richmond, CA.

  71. Jimbo says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That reminds me of something I was talking to my sister and BiL about last weekend (as someone who lived out in Norcal for a few years 20 years ago, I am their go-to expert on any west coast things): why is it called “Berkeley” when referring to the college, but the football team is called “Cal”? I remember being confused when I lived there, trying to figure out where this “Cal” team came from…

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  72. @Clifford Brown

    Go away, we like it the way it is.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  73. @Steve Sailer

    During the last decade of his life my father used to lament with a chuckle that he ought to have bought each of us a lot somewhere in Pebble Beach when they were only around $50,000 each – what a pity, now that they were going for a million each, that he hadn’t done so, he would continue, his chuckle getting louder.

    Somehow we never managed to chuckle along with him.

  74. JMcG says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    You’re back on your game sir.

  75. @Old Palo Altan

    If only you Mexinchifornian assholes would follow your own advice and stop your campaign to colonise and terraform the rest of the F.U.S.A. into a simulacrum of the Hell you created here….

  76. @Jimbo

    For a half century “Cal” meant Berkeley – there was no other campus. Once that changed, people began to differentiate the campuses, but “Cal” was too ingrained in the minds and hearts of sports fans for a change to be sensible.

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