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(Reason Magazine)   Michael Bloomberg wants to push New Yorkers up stairs   (reason.com) divider line 200
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2013-07-23 12:35:13 AM
In related news, once they get to the top of the stairs, over 70% of NYers want to push him down again!
 
2013-07-23 01:33:53 AM
"I rarely use the elevator in my townhouse."

And Prince Charles rarely has the royal servants wipe his ass.
 
2013-07-23 02:24:28 AM
Go the f*ck away, retreat to some palace somewhere, leave normal Americans the f*ck alone. You mean well, but your expectations are absurd.
 
2013-07-23 07:42:16 AM
His Lower East Side apartment doesn't have an elevator, he said.

"I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs. The hallway smells like urine", he said.
 
2013-07-23 07:44:11 AM
Ah yes. Stairs. The most insidious aspect of the Nanny State.

Not his papers please stop and frisk policies. Not his statements that black people should be stopped and frisked more. Not his continual support for the war on drugs.

But stairs.
 
2013-07-23 07:51:01 AM
I personally think what  Generalissimo Franco Mayor Bloomberg is doing will serve as a referendum for improving the country.
 
2013-07-23 08:03:46 AM
Waiting to watch someone (anyone!) go all-Hitler on Mikey.

/Allow me to fire up the oven..............
 
2013-07-23 08:03:55 AM

vernonFL: His Lower East Side apartment doesn't have an elevator, he said.

"I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs. The hallway smells like urine", he said.


It wouldn't smell that way if you stopped pissing on your constituents, Mike.
 
2013-07-23 08:05:06 AM

Make More Hinjews: In related news, once they get to the top of the stairs, over 70% of NYers want to push him down again!


Aaaaaaand we're done.
 
2013-07-23 08:06:42 AM
I guess most NYC voters like stairs. The others sound fat.
 
2013-07-23 08:11:24 AM
There is so much grime in NYC, I wouldn't want to climb the stairs because sucking wind is going to give me lung cancer.
 
2013-07-23 08:11:54 AM
"I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs."

Well, he's convinced me. From now on I'm going to be like Michael Bloomberg and also going stop using the elevator in my five-floor house.  While I'm at it, maybe I'll do the same whenever I'm on my luxury yacht too.
 
2013-07-23 08:12:47 AM
he just wants to save us from the terrible secrets of space
 
2013-07-23 08:12:49 AM
fark Michael Bloomberg
 
2013-07-23 08:12:51 AM
Mister Bloomberg is one of the primary architects of what big government should be like.

Let me make this easy for you: big government can be used as a tool for good but this isn't one of those things. This is one of those things that overreaches, micromanaging people's lives for the sole purpose of micromanaging people's lives. Banning king-sized soda cups and demanding that stairs are placed in a different spot is something that is a bit excessive for any sort of Government.
 
2013-07-23 08:13:46 AM
Legislation being submitted to Council would require building owners to provide visible access to stairs and post signs encouraging their use near elevators

Oh my god freedom is dead forever.
 
2013-07-23 08:14:36 AM
Even in suburbia, I hate that most modern office buildings hide the damn stairs... NO, I don't want to take the slow-assed elevator up one flight to my dentist, but if you can't even get to the stairs, what can you do?
 
2013-07-23 08:15:06 AM
He is the space robots and he is here to protect us.
 
2013-07-23 08:15:07 AM

cman: Mister Bloomberg is one of the primary architects of what big government should be like.

Let me make this easy for you: big government can be used as a tool for good but this isn't one of those things. This is one of those things that overreaches, micromanaging people's lives for the sole purpose of micromanaging people's lives. Banning king-sized soda cups and demanding that stairs are placed in a different spot is something that is a bit excessive for any sort of Government.


Well what he's doing is pretty much what big government is supposed to do.
 
2013-07-23 08:15:17 AM
Wouldn't this go against Americans with Disabilities Act?
 
2013-07-23 08:16:12 AM
He also has an initiative to push around the blind people and shove bread down their throats.

/I will push grandma outside into the snow.
 
2013-07-23 08:16:13 AM
I can get on board with merely encouraging NYers to exercise more. I personally think the citibike thing is going in a good direction. And providing easier access to the stairs is not a bad idea. But I won't climb the steps to my office (11th fl) after coming in from the 100 degree heat every morning after getting out of those disgusting subway stations. I'm already covered in enough sweat.
 
2013-07-23 08:16:28 AM

KyngNothing: Even in suburbia, I hate that most modern office buildings hide the damn stairs... NO, I don't want to take the slow-assed elevator up one flight to my dentist, but if you can't even get to the stairs, what can you do?


They hide the stairs because they are required to have fire doors, as those are the primary means of escape in an emergency.

If they *DIDN'T* have that, then the stairs would become chimneys in a fire.
 
2013-07-23 08:17:45 AM
So how do we solve the obesity crises? I say we just don't make any accommodations for fat bastards. If you can't fit in the ambulance, then you don't get any medicine. It's time to start holding people responsible and stop coddling them. We need to thin the herd somehow.
 
2013-07-23 08:18:32 AM

cman: Mister Bloomberg is one of the primary architects of what big government should be like.

Let me make this easy for you: big government can be used as a tool for good but this isn't one of those things. This is one of those things that overreaches, micromanaging people's lives for the sole purpose of micromanaging people's lives. Banning king-sized soda cups and demanding that stairs are placed in a different spot is something that is a bit excessive for any sort of Government.


I agree but I can see where he is coming from. the nation's biggest health problem (and I would argue any problem) is obesity. it costs us more than everything else combined. people are not being responsible for their own health.
his problem is trying to mandate it by decree.
 
2013-07-23 08:19:38 AM

dittybopper: KyngNothing: Even in suburbia, I hate that most modern office buildings hide the damn stairs... NO, I don't want to take the slow-assed elevator up one flight to my dentist, but if you can't even get to the stairs, what can you do?

They hide the stairs because they are required to have fire doors, as those are the primary means of escape in an emergency.

If they *DIDN'T* have that, then the stairs would become chimneys in a fire.


I don't care if there's a door with "Stairs" on it. I'm talking about buildings (like the one my office is in) where you can't even get to the stairs from the main lobby.
 
2013-07-23 08:19:41 AM

KyngNothing: Even in suburbia, I hate that most modern office buildings hide the damn stairs... NO, I don't want to take the slow-assed elevator up one flight to my dentist, but if you can't even get to the stairs, what can you do?


Buildings that hide the stairs to promote the elevator are annoying as hell.  Even moreso are the ones that have the stairwells in plain sight but locked/alarmed at all times and only accessible when a building emergency occurs.
 
2013-07-23 08:20:02 AM
He sure is trying hard to help people who don't want to help themselves*.

* excluding buffets or fountain drinks
 
2013-07-23 08:20:12 AM
If someone is only going up to the 2nd or 3rd, they don't need to be taking the elevator anyway.  That just slows the trip down for people on higher floors.
 
2013-07-23 08:20:39 AM
"I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs.

Interesting.  I personally go with the unconventional strategy of  not eating too much.
 
2013-07-23 08:21:49 AM

lookandsee: I can get on board with merely encouraging NYers to exercise more. I personally think the citibike thing is going in a good direction. And providing easier access to the stairs is not a bad idea. But I won't climb the steps to my office (11th fl) after coming in from the 100 degree heat every morning after getting out of those disgusting subway stations. I'm already covered in enough sweat.


And the smell of urine.  Seriously, I could deal with the heat in those ridiculously hot, unventilated stations- but the acrid smell of piss...that, that really put me over the farking edge.
 
2013-07-23 08:22:19 AM
Pushing them down the stairs is more fun.

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2013-07-23 08:23:03 AM

Merltech: Wouldn't this go against Americans with Disabilities Act?


Most of Manhattan violates the ADA.  Not so sure about the other boroughs.
 
2013-07-23 08:23:03 AM

Richard C Stanford: So how do we solve the obesity crises? I say we just don't make any accommodations for fat bastards. If you can't fit in the ambulance, then you don't get any medicine. It's time to start holding people responsible and stop coddling them. We need to thin the herd somehow.


The simple brilliance of this is awe inspiring.
 
2013-07-23 08:23:36 AM

Richard C Stanford: So how do we solve the obesity crises? I say we just don't make any accommodations for fat bastards. If you can't fit in the ambulance, then you don't get any medicine. It's time to start holding people responsible and stop coddling them. We need to thin the herd somehow.


quit subsidizing corn would be a start.
 
2013-07-23 08:24:12 AM

Alonjar: "I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs.

Interesting.  I personally go with the unconventional strategy of  not eating too much.


I started dieting and exercising recently. I have noticed that it is very easy to diet. All I have to do is not buy stuff that has a shiatton of calories. Along with that I have sworn off meat until I am down to my goal of what my weight should be.

Its so friggin easy to diet. Soup, salad, and/or fruit is perfect for ones daily needs
 
2013-07-23 08:24:39 AM
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

You are the Mayor of New York City, not its mother.  But, since you insist on being the mother then turn off all the escalators that are under the authority of the City.  That is one place to start.  Not only will you help New Yorkers take the stairs but think of all the money the city will save by not running the escalators!
 
2013-07-23 08:24:47 AM

KyngNothing: I hate that most modern office buildings hide the damn stairs...


Our building went one better and forbade use of the stairs. Really. The doors to the stairwells are now fire exit only and are alarmed. You have no choice but to take the elevator, even if it's just to go up or down a floor.

Because security.
 
2013-07-23 08:24:51 AM

rk1i: Merltech: Wouldn't this go against Americans with Disabilities Act?

Most of Manhattan violates the ADA.  Not so sure about the other boroughs.


Actually, what I should have said is that most of Manhattan feels like it's saying "Go be disabled somewhere else."
 
2013-07-23 08:25:08 AM
Simple, really.

Elevator tax kiosk in all elevators:

$0.25 per floor or $5 flat rate "Skyscraper Special".
 
2013-07-23 08:26:38 AM

Merltech: Wouldn't this go against Americans with Disabilities Act?


No.
 
2013-07-23 08:28:40 AM
I run up the stairs on the subway every day. I also wish I could run up the stairs to work, so this is a welcome change. Bloomberg is a cock for a lot of reasons, but obesity is a problem. And from judging from photos on Fark, conservatives want to drop dead of a cholesterol-soaked heart attack before their diabetic foot commits suicide first.
 
2013-07-23 08:28:45 AM

cman: Alonjar: "I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs.

Interesting.  I personally go with the unconventional strategy of  not eating too much.

I started dieting and exercising recently. I have noticed that it is very easy to diet. All I have to do is not buy stuff that has a shiatton of calories. Along with that I have sworn off meat until I am down to my goal of what my weight should be.

Its so friggin easy to diet. Soup, salad, and/or fruit is perfect for ones daily needs


One thing I did years ago to help me lose weight was to buy lots of cherry tomatoes, which I would put in a large bowl in the fridge, and that bowl was always on the top shelf, front and center.  Any time I went to the fridge because I wanted something to munch on I would grab a few tomatoes.  It helped to keep my appetite under control.
 
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2013-07-23 08:29:32 AM
If you read about it on a real news source it sounds like a good program.  It doesn't surprise me that "reason" would try to turn it into a fascist conspiracy.

Removing impediments to exercise is a good idea.  It's not like he is banning elevators.  If you are bulking up to get your free social security scooter you can still take the elevator.
 
2013-07-23 08:30:07 AM
I don't know why you thought Nanny Bloomberg would stop at smoking, or transfats, or sugary drinks, or any of the other things that adults should be able to decide for themselves.  You elected him.  You wanted someone to tell you how to live and now you've got it.  Tagging it "asinine" now is just closing the barn door after the horse has already gotten out.
 
2013-07-23 08:30:43 AM
I'm not sure what's worse. The article. Bloomberg. Or the people in this thread.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-07-23 08:30:52 AM

Alonjar: "I have five floors," Bloomberg said. "I take the stairs.

Interesting.  I personally go with the unconventional strategy of  not eating too much.


Yes, that's totally the same as excercise.
 
2013-07-23 08:31:43 AM

Hobodeluxe: he just wants to save us from the terrible secrets of space


Winner.
 
2013-07-23 08:31:48 AM
I don't know if he's noticed, but NYC is the City of Stairs. It's like friggin' Kirkwall with hipsters. I can't remember the last day that passed without climbing at least four flights.

Bloombito solves problems that don't exist; film at 11.
 
2013-07-23 08:32:00 AM

Merltech: Wouldn't this go against Americans with Disabilities Act?


What you might think he's doing: shutting down escalators and elevators and mandating new buildings don't have them.
What he's really doing: not that
 
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