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Re: “Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway

Computer-driven vehicles? Really? We've been saying that for the last 30 years.

And even if that managed to come to fruition, in tandem with the Uber/Lyft personal transportation as a service (TaaS)...they're still vehicles. On the roads. Which are already getting overcrowded. How does the advent of autonomous vehicles alleviate traffic density?

Raleigh isn't yet dense enough to have a population that survives on public transportation and TaaS, like say New York/Philadelphia/Boston, nor does it have the public transportation infrastructure to even make that possible right now. You'd have to have local service to pretty much anywhere ITB within a mile, plus spur lines to Triangle Town Center, the Cary transportation depot, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, and probably somewhere down in the Holly Springs area, to have a system comparable to Boston, where you can live mostly within the entire metro area, and still be within 90 minutes of anywhere else within the area.

As far as DOLR instead of 540, the two are not mutually exclusive. Unless the DOLR future expansions take place, you'll only be able to get from Orange County into Durham, and maybe to RTP. Not Cary, or Raleigh, or Garner, or the southern Wake County communities, all of which are directly serviced by 540.

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Posted by Mark Neill on 02/13/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Raleigh’s in the Running for Amazon’s HQ2. But Do We Really Want the Damn Thing?

While much of this is valid concern, almost all of the analysis done on the impact of adding 50,000 above-average-salary people (and whatever families that includes) was done before A, Amazon clarified that, by Raleigh, they meant the RTP area, and B, seems to make the assumption that all 50,000 people will, for some ridiculous reason, live in Raleigh proper.

It's more likely that Amazon sites in RTP, but even if they are in Raleigh proper, a significant number of those people will choose to commute, and live in Garner, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and Wake Forest. I'd be surprised if more than 60% of the new jobs would choose to stay in Raleigh itself.

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Posted by Mark Neill on 01/25/2018 at 9:24 AM

Re: “OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent.

Spencer Spencer Spencer...

* ...a NIH/NIEHS/EPA sponsored study validated...

...In Mexico. Where intake of Fluoride is very different than in the US, and where the study was unable to control for the source or actual volume of intake.

* ...Ambassador Andrew Young wrote a letter opposing fluoridation ...

Andrew Young depends on FO sites for his reasoning and supporting documentation, and in turn FO sites use Andrew Young as evidence that "third parties" agree with them. It's a circular firing squad with neither side showing actual evidence.

* ...Lois Gibbs...

Same as Andrew Young, she and FO groups are using circular references as supporting evidence that their viewpoints are correct, with no evidence otherwise.

* ...2010, UNESCO wrote ...

That's a really broad and unsupported reading of what UNESCO wrote. Under that interpretation, things like NGO efforts to do mosquito killing for prevention of malaria would be disapproved of, too.

* ...OWASA is locked in an early to mid 20th century time warp...

Yeah, it's like the mid-20th century, arguing with all of these groups who think they know better than the informed consensus of all-but the entire scientific community that studies things like this. It's like talking to anti-vaxxers.

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Posted by Mark Neill on 10/06/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent.

How can you people be running around with dictionaries and chemical representations and all, and not understand the difference between free anions of fluorine, and the chemical compounds sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate, which are the predominant ones used for fluoride in water systems?


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Posted by Mark Neill on 10/05/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Republican Party Condemns Grand Jury Resistance in Orange County GOP Firebombing Case

"In a statement, the NCGOP says anyone defying a grand jury subpoena should be jailed until they comply."

The NCGOP should let their national party up in DC know about this stance, what with the impending Grand Jury that's coming along shortly.

Posted by Mark Neill on 08/08/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Snowflake Pat McCrory Thinks the Thought Police Are Out to Get Him

Do you all hear that? No? That's the sound of the world's smallest violin, playing "My heart bleeds for you".

"On Monday, McCrory told The News & Observer that he's been considered for part-time teaching positions, but university leaders are worried about student protests. 'That's not the way our American system should operate,' he said."

Um, that's EXACTLY how "our American system" operates. Organizations and companies make decisions, and the public either supports them in the mythical free market, or protests them. Is Pat suggesting that protesting isn't American? Or is it that protesting things that Republicans support isn't American?

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Posted by Mark Neill on 03/15/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

"...Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are..."

Based on the recent election as a national sample, and the continuing makeup of the NCGA as a local one...

Yes. Yes they are.

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Posted by Mark Neill on 02/20/2017 at 9:15 AM

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