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New York: From "Disneyland For Wall Street" To "Coffin-Sized" Living Spaces

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

There is no question about it, NYC feels more like “Disneyland for Wall Street” than ever before. The very rich are doing very well, everyone else, not so much. We are often told by charlatans and mainstream media propagandists that this mythical rising tide of wealth lifts all boats. If that’s the case, I find it quite perplexing that the homeless population in America’s financial center is exploding five years into the so-called recovery. Meanwhile, let’s not forget that 22% of the city is on food stamps.

How is this possible? Because we have witnessed five years of egregious corruption and crony capitalist theft, not a genuine recovery. That’s how.

The war on the homeless has been accelerating in recent years, as city officials across the nation would rather hide the problem that admit the economic recovery is bullshit. In most cases, the measures are subtle, but have the desired effect of pushing homeless people away from public view (in Columbia, South Carolina it is not so subtle and you need a $120 weekly permit to feed the homeless). NYC officials are a bit more nuanced. For example, I was shocked to see a sign posted in a park in Manhattan that said adults can’t come in without children. It looked something like this:

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No matter what spin somebody may put on this, the primary goal is to keep homeless people away.

I grew up in New York City and was a toddler in the early 1980′s, not exactly the safest period in the city. I remember playing in the parks around my parents’ apartment and there were homeless people everywhere. It was a part of my childhood for better or worse, but it was reality. I think I was better off knowing the homeless existed than if they had all been pushed away to the outskirts and everyone pretended they weren’t there.

The thing is, many of the very wealthy in New York City want to believe this bullshit story that things are generally getting better. Meanwhile, the statistics speak for themselves, and according to HUD, the homeless population in NYC increased 13% last year. That’s quite disturbing five years into raging bull market for stocks.

Moving along, we now we find that homeless people are living in coffin-sized spaces inside the frame of the Manhattan Bridge.

From the New York Post:

Crafty hobos are turning the Manhattan Bridge into a veritable shantytown, complete with elaborate plywood shacks that are truly “must see to believe.”


One of the coffin-sized living spaces — which have been built into the bridge frame near the Manhattan entrance — is secured with a flimsy bike lock and bolted to a metal beam by its inhabitant.


The pods are built into the underside of the upper deck, below car traffic but above the subway and bike lanes.


To reach his makeshift studio, the bridge dweller — a stocky, neatly dressed Chinese man in his 40s — climbs a chain-link fence to a nook above the bike lane, witnesses said.


He unlocks the red bike lock with a key, slides a plank of wood back like a door and crawls in.


The 10-by-1¹/?-foot shacks are cramped, but the rent-free homes sure beat the cost of living legit in neighborhoods nearby — like Brooklyn’s trendy DUMBO, so named for its location “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.”

Here are a couple of photos.

First, the entrance to one of these makeshift shanties:


The interior:


Really, really sad.

Full article here.


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Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:16 | 4662058 ZeroPoint
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Agenda 21 folks are tearing up with joy. That's what they want for all of us.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:25 | 4662089 Tengri Temujin
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After having lived in NY for a few years I couldn't wait the heck out.  The weather, the concrete, the people, all of it was incredibly disgusting.  Even in the nice areas of Manhattan at night I could see rats scurrying around.  One day those rats will evolve a slightly bigger brain and take over that city from the rats that are currently running and residing in it.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:34 | 4662112 ZerOhead
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"Crafty hobos are turning the Manhattan Bridge into a veritable shantytown, complete with elaborate plywood shacks that are truly “must see to believe".

Yes things have never been better for today's NYC hobo. Back in my hoboing days a simple cardboard refrigerator box full of raccoon shit outside in the exposed elements was considered to be living the sweet life...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:35 | 4662130 WillyGroper
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OT folks.

Michael C. Ruppert dead. Suicide?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4662163 Herd Redirectio...
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Jesus H Christ, that guy intro'd me to the world of CIA drug-running, way way before I ever went down the rabbit hole.  Suicide....  Yep.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:44 | 4662174 insanelysane
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The mayor is focused on the inhumane treatment of horses that pull carriages.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:30 | 4662580 SunRise
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"Jesus H . . . ", What does the "H" stand for?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:55 | 4663747 StychoKiller
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Um, Hubert?  Hebrew? Horatio?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4662283 pagan
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Ruppert dead? Holy shit!

Since I'm both a 911 thuther and a peakoil beliver I've been aware of him since 2007.

Brilliant man, but he was also borderline weird.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:04 | 4662443 svayambhu108
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2006 same for me, sad news indeed.

His last show 2 days ago, he seems pretty much upbeat about a new TV series:



Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:00 | 4662459 RafterManFMJ
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If you blow the IQ curve out on either side, you will be by DEFINITION considered weird by the vast middle whose aggregate behavior and culture defines what is normal.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:41 | 4662379 samsara
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Sad Day. 

Mike Ruppert and  was my introduction to Peak Oil and so many many other things.

Started reading his site back around 2001ish (right after 911)  My knowledge and view of the world was changed to the roots.  

His site started me on the road to knowledge about whole areas of things I didn't even know were happening.

He awoke many many people.  

Yes, he was strange.  But being that far out in the wilderness,  it goes with the territory

Rest in Peace Mike.


I would highly recommend his book "Crossing the Rubicon"  if you want to know some of the back story to 911 and more and more.....

or the PDF now.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:49 | 4662661 DaveyJones
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Same here, I forget how I tripped upon him. As a prosecutor I already began to suspect who was truly behind the drug game.The documentary Collapse is an interesting look at him. Funny that both his parents worked in intelligence. He was indeed a bit insane but most sane are driven there when they witness and live what he did.

Here's to Mike 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:45 | 4663339 tip e. canoe
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vice just released an hour-long doc with him filmed less than 6 months ago:

just watched it today.   deeply poignant, considering recent events.

see you in the spirit world, brother.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:19 | 4662517 Quus Ant
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well fuck.  That dude danced with the devil by the pale moon light for longer than I would have ever imagined.  Are we talking about a Micheal Hastings kinda suicide or an Aaron Swartz kinda suicide?

RIP Mike.  Thanks.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:03 | 4662719 DaveyJones
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they say self inflicted gunshot but I found this comment on his site kind of interesting


# Robert9554 2014-04-15 17:42
A tragic loss for all of us. What I don't understand is that up until a few days ago Michael seemed reinvigorated by his return to to California. He had also mentioned that he left his guns behind in Colorado and no longer had any use for them. He was happy that his woman was coming out to visit him, and he was excited about a mainstream media deal he had going on. He had expressed these sentiments not only on his Facebook page but also on The Lifeboat Hour.This is a very sad....(sigh)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4662782 Doubleguns
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So if his guns were in Co where did the gun shot come from. 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:22 | 4664528 kurt
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for a second I was happy thinking it was the other Ruppert

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:39 | 4662140 Herd Redirectio...
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The streets make you feel brand new,

The bright lights inspire you...


Well, Limerick King, Chumba Wumba, go to work!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:41 | 4662393 Skateboarder
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If you're looking for a place to live,

Then be most prepared to give,

Your left nut... and your right one too.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:24 | 4662559 midtowng
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"crafty" hobos. It almost sounds like a menace that needs to be stopped

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:34 | 4662120 Hippocratic Oaf
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And proportionally, the percentage of homeless is growing because families like mine getting the fuck out of this stinking city. You have to be fuckin wealthy or fuckin poor to live there. NO middle class.



Fuckin over it. 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:39 | 4662138 AchtungAffen
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Agenda 21, yeah sure. This sounds more like "Let em richies do whatever they want no matter the consequence", and the consequence here it is. Stop blaming the drought on lack of human sacrifices. Stop blaming every problem on some "Agenda 21" fit-for-all idiomatic construct.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:41 | 4662157 Herd Redirectio...
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The idea of Agenda 21 is to cram everyone into cities, Brave New World-style.  Make access to the 'outside world' restricted, and you have to get a pass to go for a walk in the forest, let alone live outside of a metropolis.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:02 | 4662237 Oh regional Indian
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Very true.

Dune is the real tell of past, present, future.

Barony is the current power set's dream world.


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:48 | 4663351 tip e. canoe
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Do They Dream of Electric Sheep?

or Fake Plastic Trees?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4662285 AchtungAffen
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What? Stop sucking Alex Jones mate. Agenda 21 was non binding and voluntary. To the point where the US opposed it with nails and fangs.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:36 | 4662613 MayIMommaDogFac...
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I'm pretty sure that the following is a good representation of Agenda 21 action, which happens to be embedded in local gov't all around where I live.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:40 | 4662630 AchtungAffen
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Well, I still fail to see where the 1984/Brave New World/Soylent Green thing there is. It just looks a lot like what many other local governments worldwide are doing to manage to generate less pollution, less trash, save green spaces and resources and all that BS. But from that to the Master Plan to Rule the World... I just don't get that leap of faith.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:21 | 4662795 Doubleguns
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You do not have to get it. We will do the thinking for you. 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:03 | 4663007 AchtungAffen
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I'd rather not. I've seen what you call "thinking" and have to pass. Thanks but no thanks. I'd rather do my own... without "Alex Jones"-like leaps of faith.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:33 | 4664561 Doubleguns
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posted twice. Must be the computer got excited. 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:32 | 4664562 Doubleguns
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Sooooo, now you understand the problem with common core.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:20 | 4664522 kurt
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Teachers are puking Agenda 21 into your kids' head. The slow grift.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:44 | 4662172 Broccoli
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Behold the wonders of the economics profession and modern GDP calculations.

Only in this magical profession can government cronies and the government itself steal wealth from the less powerful, leverage that stolen wealth through debt issuance and fiat monetization approximately 80%, and then count both the stolen wealth and the leverage as additional GDP gains! This is how you have economic growth with falling incomes and growing unemployment. The magic of modern economics.

I earn $100. The government takes $20 at the point of a gun. The government borrows $18 from the wealthy and the Fed who dilutes the monetary base, all on the good faith and credit of my 5 month-old's future earnings. It gives most of this $38 as corporate handouts, unproductive military spending, or buying votes from the permanent and intentionally promoted underclass. This equals $138 dollars in GDP from this series of transactions. Behold the wonders of the magic Keynes created.

The real question is how can GDP ever go down if you count G as a net addition. Our central planners are really imcompetent to rig the equation and still not make it come out positive.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:57 | 4662224 vulcanraven
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:34 | 4662604 NuckingFuts
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If you like saxophones.

I love living in the city... Where junk is king and the air smells shity.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:36 | 4663312 Dave Thomas
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FRESH FLESH is what comes next!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:11 | 4663614 NuckingFuts
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Nice work Dave, never figured you for a fan.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:34 | 4662336 Freddie
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New York City. Assume these **ckers had one wish from a genie on who they could have play center field for the Yankees today.

1. Mickey Mantle in his prime. He had a .298 batting average over 18 years! During his prime years about .325.


2. Fidel Castro - with a batting average of about .230 and he has trouble with a hanging curve and his fielding ain't too great.

They would pick Fidel - hands down.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:16 | 4662062 Sabibaby
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It's good to see Lulu Lemon supporting the homeless.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:25 | 4662095 Grande Tetons
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Bums need yoga pants to make their asses look nice too. 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:18 | 4662066 Kaiser Sousa
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"I wanna be a part of it...New York, New York..."

"sanctuary for everyone...."

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:21 | 4662072 i_call_you_my_base
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There are more homeless people, but there are much less functioning poor. You have to remember that the vast majority of homeless people are either crazy, drug addicted, or both. They aren't making sound economic decisions. Regular low income people, the normal working class, have all left because it's far too expensive.

If the entire city is really getting poorer, why is crime at an all time low and why did last year have the least amount of murders on record?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:28 | 4662098 Ribeye
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They arent making sound economic desisions


yeah, its the homeless in NY that are destroying the global econony, 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:30 | 4662111 ParkAveFlasher
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"Crime is at an all time low" because Safir's crew fluffs the numbers, or local precincts simply don't accept reports filed.  There are plenty of low income people living in the five boroughs stuffed into apartments.  The "flourishing" of the homeless in Manhattan is a shakedown from the upstate facilities as they release their costly populations so that they naturally gravitate to the city where there are plenty of spots (like between bridge girders) to exercise their "crazy" and plenty of garbage bags to feed from.  Guiliani was not credited for curing homelessness, which he didn't; Guiliani was credited for removing the homeless, which he did, via greasing upstate palms.  Those palms do require greasing still, evidently.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:36 | 4662131 i_call_you_my_base
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Crime is lower than it has been in the last twenty years. Murder has dropped significantly. It's not about massaging the numbers.

My point is more or less that the health of NYC has nothing to do with finance or homeless people. It's a place that people want to move, particuarly young people with money. That's what's supporting the NYC economy and RE prices. Also speculators, etc, but that's my point. I don't think there is anything to be learned from NYC, it's a bad model and indicates nothing.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:39 | 4662139 Hippocratic Oaf
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I call you my ass!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:40 | 4662149 i_call_you_my_base
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Nice rejoinder...what's your fucking problem? Argue against any of my points.

Here are murder rates in NYC:,_crimes_an...


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:46 | 4662183 Hippocratic Oaf
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Have you spent any time in NYC?

Other than maybe visiting?

Ever have to write that big check with asshole neighbors?

Clean the glass out of your back seat of car due to break-in?

Tell hipster fucks to get off your stoop cause you don't want your newborn breathing in their weed?

Who gives a fuck about murder rates? Who gives 2 fucks where NYC was? The point is WHERE ITS FUCKING HEADING!!! Dinkens was a genius compared to whats around the corner.

And lets not forget those oh so useful bike lanes!


Who gives a fuck?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:47 | 4662187 i_call_you_my_base
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I've lived in Queens for a decade you dick. Fuck off.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:53 | 4662204 Cursive
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@i_call_you_my_base and Hippocratic oaf

I've been feeling down today, so thank you both for reminding me how lucky I am to live down here in the sticks.  Poor white people, poor black people and guns to keep everyone honest.  God bless this backwater....

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:56 | 4662216 i_call_you_my_base
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Read my original comment. Nothing I said was undue. Crime in NYC has been dropping because of gentrification. Like it or not, it drives poor people out to the outskirts, like Newark, etc. That's where all the crime has moved. Again, my point is that analyzing NYC and making broader assertions about economics doesn't make sense. It's not like any other city in America, nor like most other cities in the world. It's different and doesn't reflect America.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:22 | 4662304 Cursive
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I wasn't being sarcastic. Thank you for the pick-up.  I'm feeling much better now.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:18 | 4663062 i_call_you_my_base
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Let me tell you why I live in Queens and like it: 1) very few american born people live here, 2) people mind their own business, and 3) every place looks the same so there is no competition about houses, yards, and cars. people don't know how much money you make from the outside.

I figure a ZH'er might understand something like that.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:51 | 4663363 tip e. canoe
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spoken like a true new yorker.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:50 | 4664089 Canoe Driver
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The rich in Manhattan are buying brownstones for $8M. In Brooklyn, they're $4M. The average Manhattanite is renting, and so-called "professionals" are taking out 7-figure mortgages for 2BR condos. Now, how is there no competition for status, idiot?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:57 | 4662223 thorgodofthunder
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I own rental property in NYC. Those are don't get it, don't deserve it. The rest of us are fortunate to have it.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:00 | 4662232 Hippocratic Oaf
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Pfffft, you seem to say that with pride.

Enough said there, buddy.

I should have called you i_call_you_my_punta

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:40 | 4662143 Yenbot
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You are one bike or car accident away from "crazy." Or maybe four decades, max. Could be a blood clot in 5,4,3,2,1...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:08 | 4662263 smlbizman
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ur answer is in how they keep score

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:15 | 4664515 kurt
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Perhaps we should reduce the surplus population? They have workhouses don't they? You do realize that people hit bottom all the time. Somehow you could end up there. With your attitude I doubt you'd make it.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:22 | 4662079 Agent P
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Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:23 | 4662085 max2205
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Too bad it's not 2020 _2029 so we could call this the roaring 20's


Just terrible teens now

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:27 | 4662102 The man with po...
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If this insanity lasts until 2029 I will go batshit crazy.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:24 | 4662087 Big Corked Boots
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"many of the very wealthy in New York City want to believe this bullshit story that things are generally getting better."

Correction: Most of the wealthy in NYC could give a rat's ass. A smaller portion do care, to the extent that government should raise taxes on somebody else to make certain the poor do not inconvenience them. And finally, a very small group sees where all this is going, and having made/stolen their fortunes already, have head for the hills.


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:40 | 4662154 Freddie
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The wealthy and the comfortable plus liberal in NYC often have very nice rent control apartments which they often use as vacation homes. Bianca Jagger (**cking marxist that one) tried to hold on to hers after she had it for decades. She went to court and lost.

Some may pay $500 a month for a pre-war apartments that are 2,000 sq feet. ***cking scum!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:24 | 4662088 Sophist Economicus
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Kruger went from leftist to libertarian and now he seem to be grasping at homelessness.    Keep at it Mike, one day you might be invited to join CHS and his merry band of navel gazers.    

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:25 | 4662092 astoriajoe
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those homeless people must feel very safe living under the watchful eye of DHS. wait, what?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:26 | 4662100 sodbuster
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Don't think the R-value on those beams is very high.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:32 | 4662119 Freddie
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I heard that iron beams in NYC can easily be melted down with thermite.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:39 | 4662144 ZerOhead
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Or aviation fuel apparently...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:20 | 4663069 InflammatoryResponse
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you do realize that the planes flying INTO the towers took out the central core support structure right?


as an analogy.  if you are standing up and I take a very sharp sword and cut your legs in half at the knees, ARE you going to remain standing?


simple enough to fiigure out. :)


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:38 | 4663317 dark_matter
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And building 7? let me know when you figure that one out.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:11 | 4664508 kurt
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brought to you by the Cabal Watchdog Troll Service


ps. They're getting closer. They fired Bandar... one by one...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:28 | 4662104 Freddie
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NYC is such a festering shithole teeming with corrupt Democrats.  Save me the blue team red team on this cause I loathe RINO ZioCons like McCain.

These **ckers in NYC would vote for Che before the would vote for Shea.   If they could clone Stalin and make him mayor - they would. F them!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:17 | 4662288 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I agree. Im not doing the red/blue thing either, but it never ceases to amaze me how fucking stupid these people in inner cities are. These poor blacks in most big cities elect black democrats who lie to them, steal from them, do NOTHING to help anyone but their friends, and yet the people are so hopelessly stupid they keep voting for the same things. and look what its gotten them. Look at detroit. thats whay you get

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:04 | 4662473 headhunt
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It ain't the white/black thing... it is the democrat-communist thing.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:17 | 4662776 Freddie
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Yes people are tribal. So some of the tribal stuff is racial but if they are libs and give shit away - they are part of that tribe. It could be Che de Blasio promising shit to lib blacks or whites or hispanics. If they are libs - then they are part of their tribe.

Che de Blasio aka Warren Wilhelm hedged his bets every which way. Changed his name to wife husbands last name to appeal to Italian-Americans. Married a black lesbian to get the black vote.

Just like that douchebag John Kerry Kohn who pretended to be an Irish Catholic to fool the dumb mic union libturds in MassHole that he was the second coming of the Kennedys.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:38 | 4664452 headhunt
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Kerry will have no legacy except maybe 'he had all his hair'

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:29 | 4662109 AnAnonymous
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Deadly cold in winter, deadly hot in summer, already the size of a coffin, how appropriate.

Signed: an American.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:07 | 4662257 Buckaroo Banzai
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Back when I lived in Manhattan I was too poor to leave the city on summer weekends. That's when you'd really notice the stench of bum piss everywhere.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4662779 Freddie
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I bet Paris urine smell is at least perfumed.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:55 | 4662431 BigJim
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Of course, the Chinese poor would think twice before living in a bridge, because the chances are too good the fucking thing will collapse.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:35 | 4662608 Ariadne
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you're jealous

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:30 | 4662114 Cursive
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I bet you'll never read of "Obamavilles" in the MSM and especially not on MSNBC.  Maybe Foxnews....

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4662162 AchtungAffen
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Yeah, and on Fox News you'll find about so many things which are not talked in the scientific community... because it's not science. Or you'll find about so many things nobody else is talking about, mainly, because ITS BULLSHIT.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:45 | 4662179 Cursive
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It's all bullshit, dumbass.  Now quit you're bitching and get back to worshipping your shrine to Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow....

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:17 | 4662278 AchtungAffen
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No worries mate. Don't have MSNBC where I live. Neither have the Ruppert Murdoch lie-o-cracy of media, thanks de lawd.


EDIT: Don't know how much is BS and not. But I'd rather get my news from someone else than Ruppert Murdoch.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:56 | 4662442 BigJim
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Yeah, why not get it from one of the other news networks owned by the other 5 oligarchies?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:43 | 4662635 AchtungAffen
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Well, if it's the US you can always get your news from Amy Goodman. At least she only accepts donations from individuals and with a limit. In terms of journalistic independence from big money, she's the best of em all.

Or you prefer Murdoch after all?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:33 | 4662124 The_Golden_Path
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The problem with this article is you equate food stamps and homeless people 1 to 1.  They are a small portion of the whole.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:36 | 4662132 headhunt
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Like Detroit, NY has been run by the democrats since the beginning of time.

Different spelling but the same inevitable results - Detroit=NY=corruption and bankruptcy

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:36 | 4662133 q99x2
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The NYC infrastructure is collapsing. It treats everyone pretty fair.

NYC has a quick boom bust cycle. It would be neat to know what it will look like in 30 years from now.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:09 | 4663782 StychoKiller
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"In the world I see - you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway."

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:38 | 4662135 Seasmoke
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with those views......get that gay Swede real estate agent, Frederic,  on it, he can get that homeless guy $5 million easily

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:40 | 4662150 NEOSERF
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We bus em down from Boston.  Too cold here and not enough underpasses.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4662151 Smegley Wanxalot
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Someone needs to charge them property taxes on those shanties.  Think of the armaments that can be bought to harrass the homeless if they would only pay a shanty tax. 

And if they refuse to pay, the endangered Manhattan Bridge Shanty Tortoise that also requires the space will need protection from the homeless, and the BLM thugs and goons can be brought in clear out the obstinate residents.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:11 | 4662270 Freddie
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Manhattan and the other boroughs are vile dumps that most turtles and tortoises would never live there.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:41 | 4662158 Stanley Kubrick
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HSF*'s for everyone!

Brought to you by your local Realtor




* Human Storage Facility

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:20 | 4662298 sondernauch
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Excellent, stuff HR's (human resources) into HSF's.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4662160 Dr. Engali
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What the hell does it take before people finally say enough and start holding the parasites accountable for the decimation they have caused in this country?This is not how people should live and there is no reason for it.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:44 | 4662171 AchtungAffen
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Because people are asleep. They're opiated by their guns, their Mc"Food", their cars, their crappy TV entertainment, their crappy Fox News, etc...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:48 | 4662189 Cursive
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Maybe, like the MSNBC crowd, your sleepers have all been hypnotized by the Audacity of Hope?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:14 | 4662279 Hippocratic Oaf
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I've been feeling down today, so thank you for reminding me how lucky I am to live up here in the burbs.  Poor white people, poor black people and guns to be confiscated.  God bless this over-taxed haven........

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:28 | 4662320 Cursive
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@Hippocratic Oaf





It's always good to get another perspective to stay centered.  And I presume you may be practicing medicine there?  Ay, carumba!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:33 | 4662358 AchtungAffen
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Don't think so. As I'm not only not American, I live in a place without MSNBC and Fox News.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:08 | 4662260 Freddie
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ALL of TV and ALL of Hollywood is total shit. My guess is you watch it like an idiot serf.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:47 | 4662186 ZerOhead
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There is nothing less than complete and utter economic collapse that will cause that to happen.

However, if the neoCons can start a nuclear war with China first at least we can look forward to getting some our manufacturing jobs back...

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:58 | 4662202 Freddie
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Anyone remember when Wood-Eye Allen was stupping his children, step-children, Frank Sinatra's children, anyone elese children and also fondling them  while directing real dreck movies? 

This is what NYC is about. Wood-Eye could molest the children and grandchildren of liberals on the Upper West Side and they would still think he is Ingmar Bergman.  They secretly loathe Berman because he was a Lutheran.

Wood-Eye makes movies about neurotic perverts semi-dwarfs in Manhattan who want to talk about his penis in the third person during shitty monologue's during his film and hoping he can find some young flat chested liberal goyim girlfriend. 

But sadly, our hero cannot find a woman who is filled with revulsion at the sight of him.   So our Hero Wood-Eye is stuck with having to molest children.  This is Manhattan for you.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:20 | 4662300 object_orient
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For all your fuck TV and fuck Hollywood talk, you sure are obsessed with celebrities.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4662217 Mercury
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For example, I was shocked to see a sign posted in a park in Manhattan that said adults can’t come in without children.


You mean like the playground sign in the photo you posted?

Why is it important to you that adults be allowed to play on see-saws and swings that are meant for children?

No matter what spin somebody may put on this, the primary goal is to keep homeless people away.

Uh, yeah...along with other adults selling drugs, hanging around drinking, blasting "music"  or trolling for little kids...



Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:53 | 4662684 OpenEyes
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Yes exactly!  I lived in Manhattan for 22 years, having just moved out of the city last fall, and I think those signs around children's playgrounds have been there for quite a long time.  There is no reason for adults without children to be in them anyway but I believe the targets of those restrictions go far beyond the homeless and include child molesters & abductors, drug dealers, older teens preying on smaller kids and a host of other various pervs.

Also, I can attest from first hand observation, the homeless have been building shantys and temporary shelters for ever. 

This is not to say that things aren't getting worse in the city but I think the author of this story could have found better examples than these.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:50 | 4662935 Freddie
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So "film" director Wood-Eye Allen would not be welcome?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:58 | 4662225 Hohum
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I am humbled by ZH compassion for the poor and downtrodden.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:00 | 4662231 DrData02
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Stuff Diamond and Blankfein into one of those.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:04 | 4662245 Frank N. Beans
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rat free, secure, fresh coat of paint, decent views, affordable, what's not to like? 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4662284 drinkin koolaid
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Low maintenance, save on energy bills.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:32 | 4662350 Big Corked Boots
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A bit noisy. Lousy HVAC system.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:05 | 4662247 reader2010
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"We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom."

-Slavoj Žižek

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:14 | 4662251 drinkin koolaid
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When you get evicted from your coffin, there's always the option to ------- Live in a van down by the river!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:17 | 4662286 Freddie
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4 things thrive in New York City and some of them are the same thing:

1. Banksters

2. Liberals

3. Rats

4. Roaches

And believe me, if the rats and roaches could leave - they would.


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:21 | 4662303 Hippocratic Oaf
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Throw in hipsters and you have five, but I like your top 4

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:21 | 4662301 _SILENCER
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Everything about that city makes me ill. It stuns me humans have chosen to live there.  Well, there's some humans, then there's the weird, disconnected skyscraper people. That place is a prison.


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:22 | 4662305 Clowns on Acid
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Easy Fed money, cheap labor from illegals, re-cycling of Fed inspired, BRIC $$ into real estate, and then QE has turned Manhattan into a Disney esque, shopping mall. Prices, fees, regulations, etc... going thru the roof. 

Sections of Brooklyn are getting there as well.  Best place on earth, excepting London, to hide ill gotten gains by purchasing real estate. 

Thanks - Greenspan, Rubin, Weill, Bernanke, Yellen, and of course the Vice Chair and dual passport holder, Stanley Fischer (formerly Chair of Isreali Central Bank).

So whats the problem again.. ?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:24 | 4662312 sondernauch
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90% of these poor people belong in mental institutions where they can get proper care and medicine.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:29 | 4662321 ebear
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"The very rich are doing very well, everyone else, not so much."

So, is this the new catch phrase?  

Can I still use "it's all good" or is that so last week?

You know we're close to the end when everyone starts talking like teenage girls.

Just a personal observation.  Thanks for listening... I mean, thank you so much!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:39 | 4662366 Emergency Ward
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It's like, basically hopefully spoon-gaggingly good, with a girlish figure.  This is the end, the end.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:44 | 4662405 ebear
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Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:27 | 4662323 STG5IVE
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Nice and quiet

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:32 | 4662347 Emergency Ward
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PLAYGROUND PUBLIC SPACE for your enjoyment and recreation.

PROHIBITED: anything to do with enjoyment and recreation.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:43 | 4662398 Rising Sun
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de Blasio should be shot and pissed on

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:59 | 4662451 esum
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if you pis on him first, he will pay for that

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:58 | 4662446 esum
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the hot air exhaust vent at penn station is my open air condo...dont tell anyone

those bridge steel girders absorb too much body heat....cardboard shacks and doorways are for the low class bums..

42% of NYC on food stamps... what is de blobio doing to get the remaining 48% on... slacker

what do you think you get when you are a "sanctuary" city... the cops had to get an interpreter to find out the guy lived in the bridge and wasn't a jumper... what dialect of chinese did he speak..

i was walking near penn sta and a bum talking gibberish tossed a cig butt past me. i stopped and asked him if he intentionally threw it at me.. he knocked off the gibberish and told me he was sorry. so i asked him wtf and he told me he was former wall street arbitrage expert before things went bad.. He can gross $300 on a good day and with free shit woudl ahve to find a job making over 150k to make sense to leave te street. He has a place in Brookville and weekends can be paged at the Tam O Shanter Club....

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:07 | 4662484 sheikurbootie
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New York City.  A fucking third world shit hole.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:09 | 4662491 U4 eee aaa
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When the bombs go off they will be prepackaged

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:56 | 4662690 jonjon831983
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"Where home is a metal cage: How tens of thousands of Hong Kong's poorest are forced to live in 6ft by 2ft rabbit hutches"



Always stylish: "Your Guide to Japanese Capsule Hotels"


Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:41 | 4662890 MsCreant
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I don't know about the conclusion the author came to about the sign "no adults without children."

I was at a park one day with my son, at the time he was maybe two or three. He was playing I was watching, sometimes I was playing with him. I noticed a man talking to a kid, a little kid. Odd man. Okay. No biggie. Then later I saw the same man talking to another kid. Okay. Then I saw him sitting next to and talking to a mother of a third kid, indicating the kid in his talk with gestures. Later still, I saw him in another part of the park talking to yet another kid. He touched the kid. No parent was around.

I can't explain what happened next but I will try. My eyes locked with his (he was far away from me) and all I can say is I just KNEW what he was. No plan, against my will almost, I started towards him. He saw me move towards him and he started to move in the opposite direction. I started to chase him. The problem was, I had my son on my hip and I started to worry about my son. And yet I could not stop chasing him. I KNEW what he was. The man was going at a good clip and I did something I still can't believe I did. I set my son down to chase him. That put my son in danger too, but I could not stop myself. He really booked then. We were both running full tilt and I was gaining. 

The thing that happened next was awesome. Three men from three different areas of the park started running towards us, specifically, they started to chase him. Lots of folks grabbed kids and got out of the way. He made it to the street, got behind the wheel of his car, started it and screeched out of there like a bat out of hell, very shall we say, unstable driving. We all talked, I know I sounded insane when I told them why I was chasing the guy, but one of the men said they had been watching him too and understood my reaction.

We are a herd.  

I am okay with no adults without children in the play area. 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:50 | 4663165 willwork4food
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Wow. Cool story. Gives me faith back in America.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:03 | 4664649 MsCreant
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I like hearing that, I would adjust one thing. How about faith in people? If we were in Russia, I think the same thing would have happened. 

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:57 | 4663382 tip e. canoe
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and that's exactly why that sign is there.

if Krieger ever lived in NYC, he should know this.

quit making shit up Mike, things are fucking bad enough.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:00 | 4664641 MsCreant
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He may not have kids. This is a visceral kind of thing. If you have ever freaked about your kid being missing or hurt, you don't have to think too hard about that sign. I dislike nanny state, but protecting kids from real harm is one good use of a state apparatus. Physical harm, property, I am good with police for that.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:21 | 4663072 moneybots
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New York: "Disneyland For Wall Street"


When i was a young adult, a day at Disneyland was affordable.  Now it is near $100 to get in the gate.  It feels like it takes a Wall Street salary to go to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:04 | 4663590 Bunga Bunga
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In America people pay for propaganda.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:09 | 4664391 GreekMan
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it is amazing how william Gibson is once more proven a modern day prophet.

This very thing (though a bit exagerated ala Cyberpunk style) was a main feature in his "All Tomorrow's Parties" novel.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:10 | 4664392 GreekMan
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it is amazing how william Gibson is once more proven a modern day prophet.

This very thing (though a bit exagerated ala Cyberpunk style) was a main feature in his "All Tomorrow's Parties" novel.

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