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Posts from November 2009

Newspaper corrections (personal pronouns edition)

Here’s the opening of a story published earlier today by Dan Ball at KVBC News 3 Las Vegas, entitled Few new City Hall obstacles remain

It looks like the city of Las Vegas may soon get a new City Hall.

No, we won’t.

Last I checked, the city government in Las Vegas will soon get a new City Hall.

The rest of us in the city of Las Vegas aren’t getting anything, except the $185,000,000 bill for Oscar Goodman’s new office.

For six years, chef John Simons has operated Firefly restaurant on Paradise and Flamingo. Four months ago he opened a second location inside the Plaza hotel downtown. Simmons says he supports a new City Hall.

I’m hoping that we can develop kind of a really cool, vital downtown scene, ya know?

Because nothing says really cool and vital in a downtown scene like municipal government office buildings.

Betsy Fretwell is the city manager for the city of Las Vegas.

If we can move the City Hall from its current location we will be able to create about $4 billion in private investment in the downtown area and create over 13,000 jobs over the period of time and over four projects.

Well, hell, why don’t we just move the City Hall every year? Why not build a new one every month? Just imagine how much private investment and how many jobs all that new construction could create.

The project is estimated at about $185 million. Fretwell says the city can afford to pay for it.

You do have to evaluate what you can afford. We’ve done that, we’ve done a full feasibility report for the City Council. …

Actually, what’s happening here is that she does the evaluating. We do the affording. Whether we want to or not.

Betsy Fretwell doesn’t have to afford a damned thing; she evaluates, and we’re forced to pay up whether we reckon we can afford it or not.

Hence, this massive screwjob against Las Vegas workers, in order to fund a ridiculous and obviously self-serving local government boondoggle.

See also:

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><a href="http://drunkenatheist.com/2009/11/26/sucky-proposed-nj-adoption-law/">Sucky proposed NJ adoption law. drunkenatheist, <cite>Drunkenatheist</cite> (2009-11-26)</a>. <q>I bet that Matthew Roberts, birthson of Charles Manson, is so thrilled that he looked into his family tree! So, apparently the State of NJ is looking to open up sealed adoption records. I love shit like this.  You entered a contract that stipulates you will have no contact with...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-27.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/25/the-bullets-of-egypt-maine">The Bullets of Egypt, Maine. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-25)</a>. <q>Amidst all the hype about the return of the militias, Christopher Ketcham reports in Time that one of the most interesting offshoots of the &#39;90s militia scene, the 2nd Maine Militia, is still going strong. Founded by the novelist Carolyn Chute and her husband Michael, the Maine group mixes anti-corporate...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-27.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/25/franklin-franklins-thanksgivin">Franklin &amp; Franklin&#39;s Thanksgiving Special. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-25)</a>. <q>In honor of tomorrow&#39;s holiday, here is Benjamin Franklin&#39;s famous argument that the turkey should be our national bird: For my own part I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-27.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2009/11/of-late-ive-been-paddling-in-quite-the-lovely-little-philosophical-backwater-which-i-might-term-post-idealist-british-metap.html">(title unknown) <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2009-11-27)</a>. Sartwell is wrong to claim that Analytic "sense data" theories are wrong because based in "our own mental images." (They are of course wrong, but for other reasons. Russell for one argues explicitly that sense-data are not mental entities of any kind.) But, otherwise, lovely. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-27.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/29/dept-of-animated-economics">Dept. of Animated Economics. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-29)</a>. <q>An interesting animated infographic: &quot;The Geography of a Recession.&quot; (Hat tip: Shawn Wilbur.)</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-11-29.)</em></li>

Shameless Self-promotion Sunday

So, it’s Sunday. The news from northwest Aztlan is that, unlike many a Sunday, I’m not in Vegas — we’ve been in Texas most of the week, and were planning to be back in Vegas last night. Instead, we got stopped in Flagstaff, Arizona by snow in the mountains. We’re hoping to make it through the mountains and back to Vegas in time for a late lunch.

But in the meantime, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snowed-over mountain passes will stop the Shamelessness.

And you? What have you been up to this week? Write anything? Leave a link and a short description for your post in the comments. Or fire away about anything else you might want to talk about.

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><a href="http://labs.timesonline.co.uk/blog/2009/11/12/do-music-artists-do-better-in-a-world-with-illegal-file-sharing/">Do Music Artists Fare Better in a World With Illegal File-Sharing? John Gruber, <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2009-11-13)</a>. <q>Fascinating data assembled by The Times Online, indicating that music artists are making more money in the post-file-sharing era than before, because of a big jump in live performance revenue. The only group that is making less revenue is the record labels. (Terrible choices on the chart colors, though. Almost...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-20.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://toucharcade.com/2009/11/11/indie-developers-band-against-edge-trademark-claims/">Indie iPhone Developers Band Against Jackass Tim Langdell’s ‘Edge’ Trademark Claims. <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2009-11-20)</a>. One, two, many EDGEs. Of course, if the developers wanted to be "pragmatic," they could drop a few million on lobbying for trademark reform, hire an IP lawyer at $900/hr and spend the next several years of their lives meeting with legislators and filing motions in court.<br><br>Direct action gets the goods. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-20.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://daringfireball.net/2009/11/the_os_opportunity">★ The OS Opportunity. John Gruber, <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2009-11-18)</a>. <q>A few weeks ago, in a piece here titled “Herd Mentality”, I argued that PC makers who want to succeed should create their own OSes: It’s not just that Apple is different among computer makers. It’s that Apple is the only one that even can be different, because it’s the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-20.)</em></li>

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Hey all,

It’s Sunday. A day of reflection. A day of reckoning. A day of Shamelessness.

Here in Vegas, we’re getting ready to leave Vegas. Temporarily; L. and I are off to Tejas in a couple days to visit with the kinfolks.

And you? What have you been up to this week? Write anything? Leave a link and a short description for your post in the comments. Or fire away about anything else you might want to talk about.

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