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Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

Republicans are idiots..what more can you say about these assholes.

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Posted by Tony D on 10/05/2016 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Did House Speaker Tim Moore Even Read the Body-Cam Bill He Passed?

Just adds to the facts that republicans are incompetent when it comes to making laws...They rush them thru without debate. I doubt any of them read it ...they just follow suit if one republican says vote yes they all do ..they are mindless drones incapable of common sense and reasoning and self thoughts. They look to each other for facts...and when none appear (none do)they make them up.

Their level of stupidity knows no bounds and is dragging this state down the toilet.
Anyone voting for these incompetent jerks are stupid themselves.

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Posted by Tony D on 10/05/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

I really want to support this, but I'm not OK with yet another hike in vehicle registration fees. I already pay $130 more than most everyone else because my car is zero-emission.

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Posted by ecodweeb on 10/05/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

As a strong supporter of the new Wake plan, I'm disappointed that Paul blames the republicans for the decision to not pursue LRT. If I remember correctly, the independent consultants, hired by the democrats, recommended bus rapid transit as a more flexible and cost effective alternative.

If voters say "yes", Wake will have countywide transportation before Durham and Orange residents get to ride on a LRT that connects UNC with Durham, and leaves commuters in the dust.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 10/05/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Thanks Paul. While you focused on the utility of the current (broken) bus system, I wish you would have done more investigation of actual utilization. Placing more capacity for a service that has low utilization is not going to fix anything, and may actually contribute more pollution and traffic congestion by increasing the number of empty buses on the road. If you look at the actual statistics filed with Federal government, specifically:

Passenger (UPT = Unlinked Passenger Trips) per bus travel mile (VRM = Vehicle Revenue Mile).

2.3 Raleigh
0.6 Cary
4.4 NCSU

So a bus with 30+ seat capacity, on average has less than 3 passengers per travel mile or less than 10% capacity utilization with the exception of NCSU (or in Cary ~2% utilization). So in Cary, for every crowded bus with 30 passengers, there are 50 empty buses driving around looking for passengers. Typical diesel bus fuel efficiency ~5 mpg, so with an average of 3 passengers, roughly 15 mpg effective fuel efficiency.

Low capacity utilization is not environmentally or economically sound.


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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 10/05/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

One can't help but escape the feeling that rightwing-extremist organizations like John Locke or Wake County Taxpayers Association (or community activists like Octavia Rainey) may not have the average person's best interests at heart.

I may not ever ride the bus, but as someone who spends 90-150 minutes of my day staring at the vegetation off of I-40, I am pragmatic to know that pulling a few cars off the road is in my interest. I also care to see folks who can't afford a car aren't condemned to a life of isolation. We should be empowering our neighbors, and if it costs a little more, so be it.

Besides, John Locke foundation can bitch all they want, but they're welcome to point out how much revenue the 'Fortify' project is bringing into the region. Last I checked, the DOT is burying the hell out of that pricetag.

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Posted by Sogno on 10/05/2016 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

Hey ZZ, stop trolling. Allie wasn't commissioned for this pic -- she was eating lunch at this restaurant & took a picture of her lunch. She posted it on Instagram, and the Indy thought it looked cool.

BTW, you can check out her portfolio at, she's the real deal.

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Posted by Charlie Reece on 10/05/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

I know I always go to Bojangles to get the public's opinion on issues in our society.

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Posted by Joseph C. Luthman II on 10/05/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Did House Speaker Tim Moore Even Read the Body-Cam Bill He Passed?

What is the point of a body cam if police can hide away the footage?

I'll wager that when the footage supports an officer's actions, the police will be quick to release the footage, but if there is any question about the actions of the officers, that footage will never see the light of day.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 10/05/2016 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

I own one of these mobile homes that want to get rid of.
If you will move it you can have it. My parents are living in it now and are going to put a double wide back in it's place.
I live in Person county nc near Roxboro. Let me know if you are interested because I am going to scrap it if I can not find anyone to take it.


Posted by Deasteregg on 10/05/2016 at 5:09 AM

Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

Yes, I would be thrilled to vote for a criminal who has sold her country out for cash.

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Posted by Dennis Smith on 10/04/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Thank you all for your suggestions! I've updated the list.

Pickles 1 -- Walt's appears to be closed.
Sam M-B -- Joe's Diner has been closed for quite some time.
kpridge and Karl Lawson -- I received those restaurant names from a source and verified them through a national database of black-owned businesses. (My source must have gotten them from there as well.) You both are correct in that those restaurants are actually not black-owned. I've removed them from our list.

Posted by victoria_foodeditor on 10/04/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

Sounds great....but the picture here by Allie Mullin, WTH?!?!!?
Why is the empty spot on the plate facing forward? It makes the plate look empty!
Why is the ketchup on the plate in the front, are they known for their ketchup in a ramkin or are we featuring the sandwich and side??
Why do you have the bun with the thumb print facing forward?? You could have simply rotated the bun so the hole doesn't show!
What a sloppy picture, take some pride in your work Allie because the one your provided here makes the plate look terrible!

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Posted by ZZ on 10/04/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Marc M, Stay in school. Work on reading comprehension.

No one said students were wealthy (although some are subsidized better than others).

Mr Cabanas has already reexplained the Green Myth" for LRT, so I won't rehash.

Just read and understand what 1.8 *billion* dollars could actually do for public transit in this area providing flexible transit to places people actually go.

Read and understand that DOLRT *is not* a transit plan, it is an economic development plant effectively stealing scarce transit dollars for other purposes.

Read and understand that emerging and disruptive technologies are targeting the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in transportation and that the pace of change will make DOLRT a very poor investment.

Read and understand that there are limits to public transit dollars and taxpayer patience with boondoggles like DOLRT and the un-elected mismanagement of GoTriangle who are spending millions every year on "studies" of things already studied and documented.

Read and understand that Chapel Hill and Durham *are not* Charlotte.

Read and understand that UNC and Duke hospitals are diversifying their locations with new satellite locations in Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

I suspect if you do you might rethink your "ignorant" comment.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 10/03/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Marc M. I appreciate that many (want to) believe the 'DOLRT is green' myth ... however, if you do the math, it just doesn't add up.

For example, using the overly optimistic 23,000 daily boardings projection (in 2040) running 150 train trips per day across the end-to-end 17 mile line will result in an average ‘load factor’ of 9 passengers per vehicle mile traveled; or utilize less than 2% of the 500 passenger capacity heralded by GoTriangle. So for every one train that travels at the cited 500 passenger (full) capacity, there will be ~50 trains running empty. Low capacity utilization is not environmentally or economically sound.

From an energy intensity perspective, this low utilization has a devastating impact on DOLRT energy efficiency. With an average of 9 passengers per mile results in 7029 BTU per DOLRT passenger mile (63265 BTU per vehicle mile / 9 passengers per mile) compared to 3144 BTU for car travel or 4071 BTU for bus transit. So per passenger mile, DOLRT uses over twice the amount of energy of an average car!

The inconvenient truth is that not a single light rail in the US carries as many passengers as a single highway lane. The myriad of alternatives, like walking, bicycling, carpooling, van-pooling, congestion pricing, telecommuting, flexible working hours, parking reform, pricing strategies to improve bus utilization, etc — largely ignored while the money and attention is consumed by light rail.

Lastly, the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail train has NO renewable energy requirements and the electricity is sourced from Duke Energy which has been repeatedly cited for environmental transgressions. Duke Energy generates electricity primarily with nuclear, gas (sourced from ‘fracking’) and coal power plants. The Political Economy Research Institute ranks Duke Energy 13th among corporations emitting airborne pollutants in the United States. The ranking is based on the quantity (80 million pounds in 2005) and toxicity of the emissions. When the high energy costs and carbon emissions during construction are counted, the light-rail line is far “browner” than autos and highways.

A few recent Duke Energy headlines:
Duke Energy Sweetheart Deal on Coal Ash Cleanup Heads to McCrory
NC toxicologist: Water near Duke’s dumps not safe to drink
Duke Energy backs out of massive N.C. solar project with SunEnergy

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 10/03/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Manuel Rosa

5.0 out of 5 stars A real game changer in our understanding of the dynamics associated with the Age of Discovery, October 1, 2016
By Peter J. Piaseckyj
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Many reviewers call Mr. Rosa’s history of Christopher Columbus “an alternative portrait … and... historical revisionism”.
Manuel Rosa has written a real game changer in our understanding of the dynamics associated with the Age of Discovery. It is a paradigm shifting history book on Columbus and his discoveries. The book is definitive and based on too many primary sources to have reviewers call his work historical revisionism, more precisely, it is a serious correction to the misinformation propagated by respected and serious historians.

As a Master Mariner, Captain and navigator, as well an avid student of the “Age of Discovery”, I was just mesmerized by the detailed and fascinating information based on primary sources, not looked at by previous historians/biographers.

Mr. Rosa finally gives us a true picture of the “Age of Discovery”, loosely defined as the European historical period from the 15th century to the 18th century, marking the time in which extensive overseas exploration emerged as a powerful factor in European culture and globalization.

Capt. Peter J. Piaseckyj
Master Mariner of Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons, United States Merchant Marine, Document No. USA000110542

Posted by Manuel Rosa on 10/01/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

I cannot speak specifically for the Durham area, as I lived closer to Raleigh until recently moving, but as I still call the Triangle home and try to stay up to date on everything that happens, I want to address many of the points stated in the anti-light-rail comments here.

In response to the most recent comment, I don't understand how making transit viable enough that poor people and rich people alike benefit and use it is a BAD thing. That's a step forward to end the residue of defacto segregation and the ramifications of gentrification and other forms of class separation.

Next, the thing that makes a light rail green has almost nothing to do with how full it is. Modern light rail (if it's done right) runs entirely on electricity. The thing that makes it "green" is the fact that there are less emissions than even hybrid buses in most situations. I understand the point about capacity, but if you've never ridden an overcrowded public bus you may not understand that while a good amount of people need to be on the train in order for a project to be a success, the train being slightly under capacity actually means you have room to ride comfortably and aren't having to stand up or be crushed against a bunch of strangers.

The idea of a light rail is not that it serves everywhere, but that it serves the areas that need it the most and provide a way to reach more people by allowing buses serving other areas to feed into it. It seems like a lot of you are thinking of light rail or transit as an infinite web. The idea is it acts as more of a tree. The light rail serves as the trunk, which allows for more "branches" of feeder buses to serve the areas too far to reach by the trunk.

And to address other comments, Wealthy students? Ha. Ever heard of student debt? College is not cheap. Just because someone attends an expensive university does not make them "wealthy". I know, I'm a full time student myself. Me and 90% or so of my peers are broke, if not in extreme debt. It's not that simple. Incomes vary.

From a student perspective, I live in Charlotte now attending UNC-Charlotte, a campus that will in one year's time be connected to Uptown (for those who don't know, Charlotte's downtown is called Uptown) for the first time by light rail. This is huge for me and my peers on campus. Currently we have to use a super overcrowded bus that takes about 50 minutes to get Uptown. The light rail will nearly cut that time in half. This also means that we'll be able to reach Uptown much easier for educational opportunities, events, etc. Almost everyone on my campus I've spoken to plans to utilize it at least occasionally. I don't know definitively if students at Duke, UNC, and NCCU will have the same positive response. But at least ASK THEM. See what their thoughts are. I have a feeling that sentiments would be similar, especially considering that these schools seem to be walking campuses as far as I know.

And as for the hospitals at Duke and UNC, the point isn't to get the doctors there and back, although that's part of it, the primary point is to make it easier for the PATIENTS to get there. There are low income families that need better access to specialists and such that they struggle to reach in many circumstances. This is trying to help fix it.

I'm not saying that light rail is absolutely the best fit for Durham. You may be right, maybe there is a better option. I honestly was a little surprised to see light rail embraced so quickly, and I do agree that perhaps more studies should have been done, more voices heard and more things taken into consideration. But these ignorant comments seem to completely miss the point of the light rail to begin with and show an obvious lack of consideration of the people who actually would use it.

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Posted by Marc M. on 10/01/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

311 Holland St, Durham, NC 27701

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Posted by w3bshark on 09/30/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Transgender students who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria deserve to have their medical privacy intact.

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Posted by Dee Omally on 09/30/2016 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Donnie Harrison does not respond kindly. It's because he is not a kind man. Many people know this.He knows it has to do with HB2. He prefers not to tell the truth.

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Posted by Chris Weedy on 09/29/2016 at 8:45 PM

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