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Brian Schwartz
Re: Politics: Jeb Bush announces (on Facebook, of course) that he's probably running for president - http://www.caintv.com/jeb-bus...
"This country got rid of monarchies and we the people should stop the oligarchy of Bush / Clinton era by not voting for either Jeb or Hillary. If you were born in 1964 or later you have had only one presidential election without a Bush or Clinton on at least the primary ballot (2012) and Hillary was Secretary of State at that time." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: WIRED’s Best Black Friday Buying Guide - http://www.wired.com?p=1662023...
"Wow. You are a complete jerk. I was pointing out one of the "best deals" isn't that good ($31 more expensive than the regular price on Amazon). For some reason has the best price on Garmin's for some reason. Maybe they intentionally lose $ on them. No idea. But it's a good deal on those vs other retailers. Pretty sure the author or readers would not want to waste $30 or in mine case $195 cheaper than cheapest I could find elsewhere." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: WIRED’s Best Black Friday Buying Guide - http://www.wired.com?p=1662023...
"That Garmin 910XT deal isn't a good deal. Amazon has it at $239.00 (not a Black Friday price): http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ... FYI when stores were selling the 310XT for $400, I got mine for ~180 on Amazon." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"is all of the money you mentioned invested since August 9, 2014 and now? Deals take a while to put together. My prediction of people fleeing the county is based upon the outcomes of other cities' riots. Notably Detroit, Newark and LA. I sincerely hope riots don't happen. I hope people don't flee the county, but I wouldn't be shocked if they happen. North County could see a mass exodus if riots are as bad as the riots following Rodney King verdict." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"I cited ACTUAL data of the city losing people (small amount) mind you, not just anecdotes. Driving around seeing young people doesn't mean outweigh actual data. If the city population is on an uptick, awesome. Regarding this: "I'm still completely confused as to why "the sentiment that be" in metro St. Louis is STILL "the suburbs are better and safer"" you might not like the sentiment, but the suburbs are much safer. Actual crime numbers prove this out. Here is current crime numbers for the city. Compare the city and county numbers and they aren't that close: http://www.slmpd.org/crimestat... http://maps.stlouisco.com/poli... If you use their interactive map by STLCo you only see 7 murders for the year to date. Vs 130 (YTD) in the city. People really want to blame the crime stats on the city's population. But this mentality drives me nuts because it seems to act like the crime doesn't exist, when it really does. Yes the numbers would look much better skewed against the whole metro..." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"This sounds hopeful and I hope it's right. In reality, it's a distraction from the larger issue (mentioned in post above) that we wouldn't care who was moving from the county to city and back again if it was one city. We'd have less people getting fined by kangaroo courts and we wouldn't have small munis trying to make up for shrinking tax bases by over ticketing their population." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"I really hope you are correct. Based on the vitriol I've seen, I'm doubtful." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"Missed that. Good call. I hope both (wealth and population) improve in the city and county. I'm cynical about current leadership, but happy to be wrong." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"I'd wager you're wrong. The census estimates indicates a slight downturn in population between 2010 and 2013 and a slight downturn in number of workers. Anecdotally, a lot of my friends who moved to the city in their twenties in the early aughts, moved back to the county in the late aughts once they started having kids and realized that safety and schools were requirements. The exceptions are friends who live in South city who send their kids to private schools. http://quickfacts.census.gov/q..." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: As Wealth and Residents Flee, St. Louis County Munis Turn to Fines and Fees - http://nextstl.com/2014...
"If upcoming riots happen (as expected) more and more people will flee St. Louis County towards the exurbs. The St. Louis municipal model is fundamentally flawed and the people in power have no real reason to push for the change; because changing it would force them to lose their little fiefdom. If any positive comes out of of the horrible Michael Brown situation, perhaps it pushes people to realize how flawed it is to have a police force, judge, and city leadership for a small area that would be much better served by a central city government. Alex, you mentioned St. Ann losing NW Plaza, but you didn't mention the worsening of the situation by Bridgeton giving Walmart TIFs to move two miles down St. Charles Rock Road into Bridgeton causing St Ann to lose one of their remaining tax providing large businesses. Municipalities cannot continue to compete against their neighbors in this way." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: The Cardinals have a storied postseason history. - http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...
"they are all busy complaining on deadspin" - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Sheehan: Mike Matheny’s Terrible Choices - http://www.gammonsdaily.com/sheehan...
"Did you actually read what Joe wrote regarding Wong's stats prior to get sporadic playing time? "It’s actually worse than that. Wong started 12 of the first 13 games of the season, batting second against righties and eighth against lefties. At this point, about two weeks in, Wong was batting .255/.327/.319 with five strikeouts in 52 PA, a 5/4 K/UIBB and three steals without being caught. His slash line wasn’t much to look at, but both his BA and OBP were above the NL average for all hitters, much less all second basemen, and his management of the strike zone was just fine. There’s no question that Wong was at least an average player in the NL at this point, and I’d argue he was above average." Here is a highly touted rookie and a highly touted defensive CF who got benched over less than 100 ABs and they were playing better before they got sporadic use. In Wong's case, he stopped starting after 52PAs (of which he was doing average for 2b in this league). Joe's point is a valid one, you..." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: A year after the marathon bombings, Boston perseveres - http://www.cnn.com/2014...
"what the heck are you talking about? what does this have to do to someone creating a pressure cooker bomb at the boston marathon?" - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: There Nothing Keeping Apple From Making an Android Phone, Except Common Sense - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"wow, such vitriol. are you one of the win 8 developers?" - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: There Nothing Keeping Apple From Making an Android Phone, Except Common Sense - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"what is apple's incentive to create an android device if not profits? What is any companies motivation? (hint: the answer is profit). They don't create products to lose money. If Apple makes plenty of money selling their own products running their own OSes there is absolutely no reason for Apple to create an android device (or a windows device, or a linux device) and dilute their brand and experience. Most users don't care if something is open or closed. They care if it works, what it costs and what benefits it gives them. My brother, wife or mother couldn't tell you which of these systems are opened or closed source. Some use windows, some use macs. Some use Android some use iOS." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: There Nothing Keeping Apple From Making an Android Phone, Except Common Sense - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"Why should Apple care if they are losing market share if they are making profits with the market share they have? HTC and Moto have had large quantities of sales of Android devices, how are they doing financially with those? How are all the PC manufacturers who sell Window's based machines doing right now? - Dell - went private after losing a ton of money - Sony - just closed Vaio division due to losses Your anecdote about switching to PCs and potentially switching to Android is fine and dandy, but most people don't care and many stayed on Mac's and plenty more have switched to PCs or Android and switched back. The important thing for Apple is to make great products that people buy, not worry about being either open or worry about total market share." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Is Gay Marriage An Issue Of Equality? - http://www.pocketfullofliberty.com/gay-mar...
"Of course not. But an individual (sole proprietor) should have protections of his or her liberties against being forced to do something against their beliefs. This isn't an accommodation, it's a service provided by a person. Would you force a lawyer who is an activist for PETA to represent Tyson chicken? A baker to bake a cake in the a pornographic pose? A Muslim or Jewish butcher to provide non kosher or halal food? At what point does one person's liberty require another to give up theirs?" - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Is Gay Marriage An Issue Of Equality? - http://www.pocketfullofliberty.com/gay-mar...
"I personally am so tired of this issue because of vitriol. Because marriage is defined and sanctioned by the state (the "collective" state, either the state or Federal government), the state can change it, regardless of what I or other Christians think. Personally I think homosexual couples should legally be allowed to be married as long as churches or pastors can't be sued for not choosing to perform or host those ceremonies. I would prefer protections would be provided to vendors from getting sued for not "choosing" to photograph, deliver flowers, etc. to a gay wedding. It seems like freedom of choice for those vendors (to abide by their beliefs, regardless of what you think of them) is less important than others' choice of vendor. Also this issue keeps getting compared to racism, which is odd, because homosexuality is not a race." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Simple and complex reasons for Ray Lankford - http://www.em-dash.es/med...
Brian Schwartz
Re: Cardinals sign Rafael Ortega, refuse to confirm or deny your favorite sleeper prospect’s brilliant future - http://www.em-dash.es/med...
"That's really weird. Disqus has some good features, but it gets flaky. Part of it is probably sheer volume. It's the commenting system on CNN and other huge sites. I think an alternative commenting system would be fun to write / build. For it to scale to the amount of comments volume VEB was handling is a different problem. They used backbone.js on top of a Ruby on Rails backend. That's a little harder of a project to just open source (unfortunately) because you would need knowledge of both backbone + ruby to help improve it. Not a huge burden, but a burden nonetheless. A bigger issue is to use it, you would have to know how to install it on your own web server (because you would need the comment server / storage local to each site, as opposed to Disqus where you just install it and they have the comments on their server). And something self-hosted wouldn't work out of the box with something like squarespace (Dan's platform here). A wordpress plugin could work (but would be much less..." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Cardinals sign Rafael Ortega, refuse to confirm or deny your favorite sleeper prospect’s brilliant future - http://www.em-dash.es/med...
"Hmm. I'm wondering if this should just be an open source project since it would be nice to have other commenting system options for a site besides disqus and livefyre. I'm pitching that idea to another developer. I guess another option is to build up an awesome network of blogs, raise a bunch of capital, not pay any authors, then a few years later fire the people who do the work for less than minimum wage or free because they only produce deeply engaging community content instead of listicles." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Cardinals sign Rafael Ortega, refuse to confirm or deny your favorite sleeper prospect’s brilliant future - http://www.em-dash.es/med...
"Thinking out loud, but it wouldn't be very hard to create all the advantages of the sbnation commenting / CMS platform: - member profiles - z (or another key to next comment) - threaded comments - inline comment loading w/o refresh - recs and make it green - spoilers - fan posts or fan shots w/ appropriate rules on what is what (and mods laying the hammer down when they are wrong discouraging anyone from actually making either) - mods ability Anyone up for a code weekend or kickstarter campaign to get the gang back together? Sorry to DanUp to post this on your new site. Love the content and discussion on early posts & I like disqus, but do miss some of the other features." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Cardinals sign Rafael Ortega, refuse to confirm or deny your favorite sleeper prospect’s brilliant future - http://www.em-dash.es/med...
"Dan - How do we fan post here? Just post to our own blog and submit in the comments? What is this the 90's? Do we have new rules on what is a fanshot allowed on my blog vs what is a fanpost allowed on my blog? /sarcasm font also: edit since the reply was regarding fan posts, not necessarily to Ben. Sorry - Ben, I know your name isn't Dan." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: In taking Texans' job, Bill O'Brien is Paterno's opposite. - http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...
"I've seen a lot of comments elsewhere from folks saying O'Brien would never be as good as Paterno. I'm sure he heard / saw a lot more than I did. Especially with boosters, staff, alumni, etc. I would think that trying to live up to the legacy of someone who won consistently over a 50 year period would be hard, add to that dealing with the recruiting / bans as a result of Paterno's & PSU horrible (non)-decisions with Sandusky and it sounds like he was fed up. A lot of people still idolize JoePa even after the Sandusky revelations." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: These are the top 25 college football jobs. - http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...
"I'll plug Mizzou (my alma mater) as deserving better than an honorable mention. It took a good coach to finally prove what Missouri's strengths are, notably being the only D1 / FBS program in a state with a good amount of talent. Now that Mizzou has a consistently good program, the talent is finally staying in-state (Jeremy Maclin, Dorial Green-Beckham, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, William Moore, and Sheldon Richardson were all local kids). Mizzou has good facilities that are rapidly becoming great. Missouri has strong recruiting in TX and OK and is now making in-roads into traditional SEC country. Missouri borders eight states which helps for kids looking to stay "close to home". Not looking forward to Gary Pinkel retiring, but when he does, this job should be a good one." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Atheists Start Billboard Campaign Christmas Season Begins - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Gov...
"How will you know someone is an atheist? Don't worry - they will tell you. For not being a religion atheism sure does have a lot of evangelism." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Colorado Obamacare enrollment about half of worst-case estimates - http://dailycaller.com/2013...
"I'm sure that conservative website CNN's article about the problems with the site is not true and your one claim of success is: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/27/... Wait that wasn't on Fox News? Also on the Christian Science Monitor - http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/D... Or that horribly right wing Daily Kos - http://www.dailykos.com/story/... Keep astroturfing for the DNC. Does OFA pay well?" - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Colorado Obamacare enrollment about half of worst-case estimates - http://dailycaller.com/2013...
"Sounds like you got lucky. I'm sure your anecdote is the rule and all the complaining from Dems and Republicans on Capitol Hill (including a presser and from Obama apologizing about the site not working, and the examples I cited that are confirmed facts from several news sources) are the exception." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Colorado Obamacare enrollment about half of worst-case estimates - http://dailycaller.com/2013...
""It's interesting that Liberals go to the site, type a few numbers, and are happily surprised at the rates and coverage." You mean liberals just enter a few numbers and it works for them? Must be liberal magic, because the site isn't working consistently for the press or anyone else. - Kathleen Sebelius was at a press conference showing off the site and it crashed. - Kathleen Sebelius was at Congress testifying and the site went down after she said the site wasn't down. - The HHS has admitted in Congress that the site is only 40% complete and just today they said the Small Business part of the exchange won't be available until next November. - People are getting the wrong information shown to them, mailed to them and more. As a technology guy, I sure am not going to provide my information to a site with suspected leaks and known bugs. Apparently I'm not alone. This is the same type of information (private health information) that if a receptionist talks about too loudly she gets..." - Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz
Re: Obama is 'mad, frustrated and angry' - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"This commentary comes off as a mild scolding for a major disaster. His press conference came off as "feel sorry for me that this site isn't working" when the biggest questions about accountability loom from the consistent lies about telling us we can keep our existing coverages and doctors. The President isn't actually allowed to retroactively choose which parts of a law are enforced. His solution to allow insurance companies to keep offering existing plans needs to be passed through congress then we will see if it's even possible. Why would insurance companies suddenly offer plans after canceling them that have to expire again next year? My doctor of twenty years just gave up and became a "boutique" doctor with a yearly membership fee I cannot afford. 1000's of doctors are doing this. 10s of millions are losing their insurance (not anywhere close to 5 million, this is just the beginning). This disaster is only going to get worse." - Brian Schwartz
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