On the subject of forum discussion around our peaceful protest cities—especially Portland

Updated on December 4, 2021 in General Stuff
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Nothing says “mostly peaceful” like businesses deciding to spend their own money, over and above the taxes they already pay, to hire their own private security/police force.

I expect this is going to be a long term trend. And while I applaud those business owners for taking action, this is not a good thing. The City can’t turn it’s back on one of it’s basic responsibilities without consequences.

Where does this end? 

I just picked up Michael Shellenberger’s new book, “San Fransicko”. Have only read snippets here and there, but it seems apt.

https://michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/san-francisco-homeless-insider-tells

 

 

on December 2, 2021

Here’s an interesting perspective that I read this morning. The rise of old fashioned feudalism.

https://amgreatness.com/2021/12/01/third-worldizing-america/

on December 4, 2021

Nothing says “mostly peaceful” like businesses deciding to spend their own money, over and above the taxes they already pay, to hire their own private security/police force.

I expect this is going to be a long term trend. And while I applaud those business owners for taking action, this is not a good thing. The City can’t turn it’s back on one of it’s basic responsibilities without consequences.

Where does this end? 

I just picked up Michael Shellenberger’s new book, “San Fransicko”. Have only read snippets here and there, but it seems apt.

https://michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/san-francisco-homeless-insider-tells

From Fauxmaha

There are some interesting gems buried in that article, eg.:

One of the questions I tried to answer in San Fransicko was when it was that street addicts started living in tents. I concluded that it started with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in 2011, when progressive activists in San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities lived in tents in front of government buildings to protest capitalism. This person confirmed this account. “You’re right that the tents popped up after Occupy,” they said. “But it wasn’t just that the Occupy activists gave the homeless their tents. It was that the homeless saw well-heeled whites sleeping in tents. It got moralized.”

 

Interesting shit.

I trust that you gents had a good Thanksgiving?

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VDH is always reliable.

The stuff on theft, and the decadent attitude displayed by Hollywood Grandees, brings to mind something my father did with his print shop.

At the end of the day, he’d count out the receipts, then put the cash in a bank envelope (one of those vinyl zipper bags) and set it on top of the register. This was around 1980, and most of the business was done by check or on account, there was still a little cash going through every day.

It seemed foolish to me to have the cash just sitting there. When I asked him about it he said “A day’s worth of cash isn’t a big deal. If someone breaks in, I want them to find the money and leave. That we can survive. But if they get angry or frustrated and start busting up the presses, or tearing up the place, we’re dead.”

That’s what the Rogen’s of the world don’t understand. The guy supporting his family with a small business might be insured, but insurance will never make him whole if his business is destroyed. It could be something as simple as a guy with a pickup truck full of tools and having that burned or stolen. What’s he supposed to do about that? At best, it will take months to get everything settled and replaced. In the mean time, he’s lost every project he had going, and is reduced to starting over. And that’s at best. In reality, he’ll never recover enough from insurance to replace everything, and even if he has business continuation coverage, most of the time there is an exclusion for “riots or insurrection”.

It has become quite evident over the past 18 months that the real divide is between people who work at a desk and push bits around on a computer, and the people who interact with the physical world.

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Some great points to ponder, both of you. I’ll mull all this over today in between pushing fingerstyle holiday arrangements to unsuspecting students.

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I’d like to see some enterprising entrepreneur in the Bay Area set up a “Smash and Grab Travel Agency”.

Travel to California, have your way burglarizing businesses at your leisure (always careful to ensure a sub-$1k haul from any one business), and if you choose your targets carefully, your loot will more than pay for the vacation.

Tell me that’s not a great idea.

on December 2, 2021

That’s f**king awesome! Maybe I could use my truck to go into a new business. Hauling shit that I grabbed (not stole by definition) across state lines for resale. Hmm…..

on December 3, 2021

It’s disconcerting, and only a latter day Genghis Khan or an Ivan the Terrible can stop it. Maybe Charles Bronson. But Bronson only took on rapists and murderers, and only one of these “youths” has so far killed anyone, may the officer rest in peace.

My insurance agent has warned me that All-State is already considering discontinuing coverage in Texas for hail damage. It’s just too expensive to replace everyone’s roof down here every few years. Don’t think Allstate isn’t considering, right now — pulling up stakes altogether in Portland, Chicago, Oakland, and San Fran, or making the rates so high that luxury merchants will pull up stakes and move to Texas. If you were CEO of State Farm, what would you be considering?

Of course, some people leaving California and Illinois for Texas will be carrying their blue credentials and sentiments with them, and they will cheer madly for Beto O’Rourke, he of “hell yes we’re going to take away your AR-15” fame, when he runs for governor. That’s what we worry about down here. Hell, Texas is already purple. Texas! We’ll end up with San Francisco law enforcement policies and become just another San Francisco.

But …

Pundits who ask “is civil war possible in America?” should interview the people in East Texas, if they can get past the dogs, and ask them if it’s “possible.”

I’m afraid that that’s “where it ends.” I wish I could say “I’ll just move to the country,” and I could, but I lament the fact that our great cities are going to hell and that I’ll never be able to enjoy San Fran or NYC again. Even if I got out of there alive, I’d spend the whole time looking over my shoulder. What kinda vacation is that?

There is no solution other than putting heavily armed guards in every store, but that’s impractical, and they can’t legally shoot people for mass shoplifting (robbery may be different, depending on the state).

My own screwball idea is to arm privare security guards,or even robots, with paintball guns and tear gas, all not lethal and actually pretty harmless. The paint would glow in the dark for a week no matter what you scrub with, and hopefully would assist law enforcement in making arrests.

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