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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Read the whole article here: http://www.lamag.com/features/Story.aspx?ID=1568281
"Shoup can often be found dallying around parking meters and brings a camera to photograph illegally parked cars. Not long ago you could have spotted Shoup clicking on the corner of Pico and Fairfax, where the city had quadrupled its meter rates. (“Rates had gone too high there—sometimes there wasn’t a car on the street.”) In Westwood Village Shoup once rode the Raleigh back and forth for weeks tailing cars. He discovered that the average driver had to circle the block two and a half times before locating an open metered space. Westwood became a model for Shoup; the “cruising” he observed there occurs wherever drivers seek out inexpensive metered space to avoid pricier garages and lots. (A similar study in Manhattan in 1995 revealed that New Yorkers spent 11 minutes on average searching for a space.) In a year’s time in Westwood, space hunting by drivers consumed an extra 47,000 gallons of gas. It stalled traffic, increased accidents, and required 950,000 extra vehicle miles, about four trips to the moon and back.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
"The state of Nebraska should take back responsibility for managing child welfare cases from private contractors. And it should create a new department to handle children's services, a legislative committee has recommended."
Get the story from Nebraska Public Radio.
Capitalism only works when consumers can take their dollar elsewhere the instant they believe they're being wronged, short-changed or otherwise mistreated.
In the case of private contractors handling child welfare, neither the state or the for-profit companies "win" if they spend more money to take better care of these kids. The state is interested in low cost, which is why the services were outsourced, the companies must make a profit or go under and the clientele is powerless and captive. The fact we're even having this discussion is ridiculous. DUH! The question of taking care of those who can't care for themselves is a moral and societal issue, not so much an economic one.
Don't buy it? Well, I challenge you to take on a foster child. The people who do the best job of caring for these children, providing them with the love and stability their homes lacked, aren't motivated by the money, I assure you. What does motivate them can't be bought.
It's better to have a large, stable slow-moving bureaucracy balanced by varied public interests than precarious private set-ups with profit motives. I mean seriously, who wakes up and says, "Hey, I can make millions off the disenfranchised."
Oh, that's right. Human traffickers.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Erik drew a pic and I deleted and typed till I added about 800 words. Obviously word count doesn't reflect quality any more than mileage reflects race readiness, but it does lay groundwork for a practice.
Also today...a friend lost her brother and a young texas road racer, Megan Baab, died after being hit by a car on a training ride. Can't say I knew her beyond name, face and especially smile, but it's sad. She was just a freshman a Lees-McRae College.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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In other news, son Erik launched a 30-day challenge for himself as well. He's drawing a picture each day. I will try and get a pic of each one.