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HAL 9000 Has A Modern Counterpart

If you thought HAL 9000 was scary, wait until you meet the robot customer service AI at SQUARE. Their mutual lack of humanity makes both of them stunning examples of badly programmed systems. HAL 9000 is a fictional artificial intelligence character … Continue reading

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Stupid in America

This week, Fox News ran a story by John Stossel called Stupid in America. This graph shows what many of you have suspected all along. that the US education system is broken. The price of education has tripled in the … Continue reading

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California Declares War on Suburbia

Look at our own New River Valley Planning District Commission plans and you will see the seeds of this california fiasco are already sprouting.

Planners want to herd millions into densely packed urban corridors. It won’t save the planet but will make traffic even worse.


It’s no secret that California’s regulatory and tax climate is driving business investment to other states. California’s high cost of living also is driving people away. Since 2000 more than 1.6 million people have fled, and my own research as well as that of others points to high housing prices as the principal factor.

The exodus is likely to accelerate. California has declared war on the most popular housing choice, the single family, detached home—all in the name of saving the planet.

Metropolitan area governments are adopting plans that would require most new housing to be built at 20 or more to the acre, which is at least five times the traditional quarter acre per house. State and regional planners also seek to radically restructure urban areas, forcing much of the new hyperdensity development into narrowly confined corridors.

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Transportation consultant Wendell Cox on why California pols want to force people into denser urban housing.

In San Francisco and San Jose, for example, the Association of Bay Area Governments has proposed that only 3% of new housing built by 2035 would be allowed on or beyond the “urban fringe”—where current housing ends and the countryside begins. Over two-thirds of the housing for the projected two million new residents in these metro areas would be multifamily—that is, apartments and condo complexes—and concentrated along major thoroughfares such as Telegraph Avenue in the East Bay and El Camino Real on the Peninsula.

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Getting strange results from your Google searches?

For the past few weeks, I have been having trouble with my Google searches. The links on the search results were being hijacked and I was being redirected to non related sites. This was a huge pain as I use … Continue reading

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