District 5 Diary
Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Governor fails on the Coastal Commission fight
|Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press|
Monday, February 08, 2016
Rigged justice for corporate criminals
Downtown Novato station for SMART?
Of course SPUR supports the SMART system. It also supports California's high-speed rail project.
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Saturday, February 06, 2016
The NFL's brain damage
Friday, February 05, 2016
Remembering Peak Oil
Randal O'Toole does a nostalgia post:
Remember peak oil? Remember when oil prices were $140 a barrel and Goldman Sachs predicted they would soon reach $200? Now, the latest news is that oil prices have gone up all the way to $34 a barrel. Last fall, Goldman Sachs predicted prices would fall to $20 a barrel, which other analysts argued was “no better than its prior predictions,” but in fact they came a lot closer to that than to $200.
Low oil prices generate huge economic benefits. Low prices mean increased mobility, which means increased economic productivity. The end result, says Bank of America analyst Francisco Blanch, is “one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history” as $3 trillion remain in consumers’ pockets rather than going to the oil companies. The Antiplanner wouldn’t call this a “wealth transfer” so much as a reduction in income inequality, but either way, it is a good thing...
Terrorist attackers in the US
Labels: Islamic Fascism
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Islamophobia, Europe, and the future of terrorism
Andrew Bostom on individual jihad.
Barney Miller and the twin towers
But it's jarring to see in the opening seconds of the intro the twin towers still proudly standing in New York.
Labels: Islamic Fascism
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Annual pension shortfall: $15 billion
|U.S. Census Bureau|
San Francisco's "skyrocketing pension costs" (SF Chronicle).
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
Streetsblog strikes back at L.A. Times story
See also Thomas Matoff's 2006 critique of the Central Subway's design.
Flint: A reminder for California
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Religion and human prehistory
Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think---though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one---that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell (Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything).
Bernie Sanders demagogues the email issue
See also Michael Tomasky's Bernie Sanders Isn’t Electable, and Here’s Why
Diablo Canyon: Poor design, poor location
The stated concern is that a closed nuclear plant would make it harder to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Constructed on a cliff along the central California coast, Diablo is the last remaining commercial reactor in the state and it soon must either receive a new license or cease operation.
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami-induced Fukushima disaster, important questions were raised about the wisdom of continuing to operate a facility of this type in a coastal, earthquake-prone area. But there it stands, and if the state were to pursue a replacement nuclear plant, it would likely take a decade to get there.
Later: The case for keeping Diablo open from Mother Jones: Closing This Nuclear Plant Could Cause an Environmental Disaster
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Feminists, Islamists, and Richard Dawkins
Another cops-beating-black-man video
Friday, January 29, 2016
How angry are Americans?
Labels: Chart of the Day
Scott Wiener on double parking
Wiener should also do a more "thoughtful approach" on other issues, like high-speed rail, a project that is heading for a political defeat and/or a derailment by the courts. He should join Gavin Newsom and other Democrats by recognizing the folly of the project before it collapses completely.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Anti-car policies failing in LA
|Al Seib, LA Times|
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Defaming Mayor Lee
|Mayor Lee and Leah Shahum|
Six months and three indictments later, and there's still no evidence that Mayor Lee is implicated in anything illegal.
Monday, January 25, 2016
MH370 still missing
The Trump Tapes
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The beginning of the end of god worship
But from the time of Socrates, who was condemned to death for spreading unwholesome skepticism, it was considered ill-advised to emulate his example. And for billions of people down the ages, the question simply did not come up. The votaries of Baron Samedi in Haiti enjoyed the same monopoly, founded upon the same brute coercion, as did those of John Calvin in Geneva or Massachusetts: I select these examples because they are yesterday in terms of human time.