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(Bloomberg)   Domino's Pizza fixing potholes is an ominous sign; either government is failing, inequality is worsening, or both   ( bloomberg.com) divider line
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2018-06-21 05:55:20 AM  
It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.
 
2018-06-21 06:13:29 AM  
Government spends money on corruption.
 
2018-06-21 06:18:20 AM  
In broke-ass New Orleans, we just fill them with Mardi Gras beads...
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But, I can see where this might be a problem in other red states...
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2018-06-21 09:17:25 AM  
Indeed, subby. Potholes have never happened prior to this administration.
 
2018-06-21 09:36:32 AM  

Dahnkster: In broke-ass New Orleans, we just fill them with Mardi Gras beads...
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But, I can see where this might be a problem in other red states...
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Not as much as you would think:

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/They don't give a flying hillbilly fark.
 
2018-06-21 09:43:35 AM  
And the libertarians cite this as irrefutable proof that government is unnecessary.

/Libertarians. At least that's their right-wing name.
//Their left-wing name is anarchist.
 
2018-06-21 09:58:15 AM  
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You gota make sure the roads are good..
 
2018-06-21 10:03:51 AM  
But wait a minute, isn't unauthorized construction on public roads against the law in most cities?

Are there permits involved?  We just can't have citizens going out willy-nilly and pouring concrete in the streets.
 
2018-06-21 10:10:40 AM  

alechemist: It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.


Or PornHub fixes the cable?
 
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2018-06-21 10:14:28 AM  
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2018-06-21 10:20:46 AM  

blodyholy: alechemist: It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.

Or PornHub fixes the cable?


Don't be fatuous Jeffrey.
 
2018-06-21 10:55:40 AM  
At least they finally found a use for their pizzas.
 
2018-06-21 11:05:28 AM  

Dahnkster: In broke-ass New Orleans, we just fill them with Mardi Gras beads...
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Just finished watching a show on Science Channel (Engineering Catastrophes) that featured the roads in Louisiana/New Orleans (and showed potholes fixed with beads).  Are they really that bad all over?  It seemed like the host kept driving over the same couple of roads at different speeds/view points.
 
2018-06-21 11:24:46 AM  
Can we just fill the potholes with their terrible pizza?  Seems more fitting than for human consumption

Last time i ordered from domino's, a quarter way in i just stopped and regretted my dinner choice.  It's that bad
 
2018-06-21 12:21:35 PM  
The article is actually interesting and has a point, just in case anyone is interested.

Of course, it is or at least should be obvious that government is failing to do it's job just by the rising price of necessities - housing, education, and health care - and the government's unwillingness to do anything substantial about it. Obamacare was the single big push by the best president of my lifetime and I'm in my late 30s. It didn't even have a public option. The lesser presidents, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, W, and now Trump, have all actively undermined the government's ability to provide public goods, maintain a decent social contract, and make life in America decent. How Congress has worked to create this outcome is not even a mystery; they have been owned by corporations for decades, and legislation they passed on to these worthless presidents was written for them by their donors and they were paid to pass it on. At best, this corruption passed through a layer or two of laundering as the bills were written by corporate funded "think tanks" rather than directly by the boards and CEOs, but this is as transparent a form of laundering as the banking industry in the Cayman Islands.

The inability to maintain and extend transportation infrastructure is just the obvious part, but Americans have been oblivious to how they are being screwed on that front for years (our mass transit being absolutely worthless and this forcing people to spend a chunk, often substantial, on a car and insurance).

The fact that corporations are stepping in should be unsurprising, they've been trying to gain control for a long time. It's best for them if their workers are dependent on them and gaslighted into thinking that's the best they could ever hope for. If their customers are dependent on them too, they've got a perfect position.
 
2018-06-21 12:48:33 PM  

UKCoolCat: Dahnkster: In broke-ass New Orleans, we just fill them with Mardi Gras beads...
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Just finished watching a show on Science Channel (Engineering Catastrophes) that featured the roads in Louisiana/New Orleans (and showed potholes fixed with beads).  Are they really that bad all over?  It seemed like the host kept driving over the same couple of roads at different speeds/view points.


They are horrific. Particularly in the Garden District which usually pays some of the higher property taxes. Bare in mind, the entire city is basically a bowl below sea-level and most of the land was either swamp or completely underwater and reclaimed. Add to that a notoriously corrupt and continually broke local government, an outdated sewer and pump system, continuously clogged drains and and huge delivery trucks driving over narrow road that are already undermined by oak tree roots and continual utility tear-ups and half-ass repairs, you'll find New Orleans has some of the crappiest roads ANYWHERE in the US.
 
2018-06-21 01:11:32 PM  

brainlordmesomorph: But wait a minute, isn't unauthorized construction on public roads against the law in most cities?

Are there permits involved?  We just can't have citizens going out willy-nilly and pouring concrete in the streets.


What they did is actually even worse:  They basically gave a $5000 grant to a couple towns and said "make sure your crews stencil our name on every pothole they fill."
 
2018-06-21 01:44:53 PM  
It's a sign the government is spending $ on lots of stupid, unneeded shiat.
 
2018-06-21 02:10:36 PM  
They find that under some simple assumptions, a more unequal division of wealth results in more provision of public goods by the private sector: In other words, when a few people get really rich, they start acting like a government.

This reminds me of how terrorist groups and criminal gangs will sometimes do things like mediate disputes or open soup kitchens.
 
2018-06-21 02:24:43 PM  

alechemist: coke fixes the water situation in flint


$100 says they could get it done quicker than the Mongolian clusterfark that's working on it now.
 
2018-06-21 02:27:41 PM  

The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: It's a sign the government is spending $ on lots of stupid, unneeded shiat.


Say it ain't so!
 
2018-06-21 03:09:13 PM  
You can't fix the road! only government can do that!  sure, it is true we weren't going to fix it, but that is besides the point.
 
2018-06-21 03:12:45 PM  
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2018-06-21 03:14:23 PM  

blodyholy: alechemist: It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.

Or PornHub fixes the cable?


PornHub is coming out with a free VPN.  So the government  (supposedly) cant spy on your porn habits.
 
2018-06-21 04:48:48 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: blodyholy: alechemist: It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.

Or PornHub fixes the cable?

PornHub is coming out with a free VPN.  So the government  (supposedly) cant spy on your porn habits.


If the government is spying on my porn habits, there are bigger issues then poor infrastructure.
 
2018-06-21 05:09:18 PM  

blodyholy: AmbassadorBooze: blodyholy: alechemist: It's more of a sign of practical advertising,  instead of the usual commercials they went with something that might have lasting effects on their brand. I'll be worried if a McDonald's decided to start fixing water pipes or coke fixes the water situation in flint.

Or PornHub fixes the cable?

PornHub is coming out with a free VPN.  So the government  (supposedly) cant spy on your porn habits.

If the government is spying on my porn habits, there are bigger issues then poor infrastructure.


Since they have packet inspection software and hardware at all the mega telcoms and such, there is a bigger problem than rotting infrastructure.
 
2018-06-21 08:17:14 PM  
It sounds pretty harmless until they start charging you a toll to drive on the road they just fixed.
 
2018-06-21 08:34:03 PM  
I just hope the Corporate Congress thinks of their customers more when they inevitably openly replace the government as a whole, instead of this invisible hand shiat.

/Be careful what you wish for, Corporate people.
//Governing really sucks.
 
2018-06-21 08:44:20 PM  

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Is this supposed to be a legitimate argument from libertarians, or a satire posing as libertarians dumb enough to follow that line of reasoning ala the Onion? I honestly cannot tell.
 
2018-06-21 10:02:10 PM  

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Taxpayers aren't good at dealing directly with contractors regarding the construction and maintenance of public works. Even in a small town, could you imagine a contractor going door to door, negotiating with every person on how much they're going to pay and how much of a road they're going to fund?
 
2018-06-21 10:56:07 PM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: gretzkyscores: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

Taxpayers aren't good at dealing directly with contractors regarding the construction and maintenance of public works. Even in a small town, could you imagine a contractor going door to door, negotiating with every person on how much they're going to pay and how much of a road they're going to fund?


Cant we have some middle ground between billions being wasted and nothing being done.

Is there a possible quantum reality where VS employees who hide or throw away scheduling so that they meet the requirements for bonus get fired? Or is the only 2 possible realities either we make vets fight in the thunder dome or we keep bad employees?  So we keep bad employees because the thunderdome is too much.

So the only options are no roads or bad roads.  Yay!  All because quantum states wont allow a government that spends money wisely, since the 2 possible states are total anarchy or total klepto beaurocracy.
 
2018-06-21 10:56:50 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: StatelyGreekAutomaton: gretzkyscores: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

Taxpayers aren't good at dealing directly with contractors regarding the construction and maintenance of public works. Even in a small town, could you imagine a contractor going door to door, negotiating with every person on how much they're going to pay and how much of a road they're going to fund?

Cant we have some middle ground between billions being wasted and nothing being done.

Is there a possible quantum reality where VS employees who hide or throw away scheduling so that they meet the requirements for bonus get fired? Or is the only 2 possible realities either we make vets fight in the thunder dome or we keep bad employees?  So we keep bad employees because the thunderdome is too much.

So the only options are no roads or bad roads.  Yay!  All because quantum states wont allow a government that spends money wisely, since the 2 possible states are total anarchy or total klepto beaurocracy.


That should read "VA employees".
 
2018-06-22 03:26:19 AM  
Good idea, but I wouldn't insult the pot-holes by filling them with crappy pizza.
 
2018-06-22 04:11:09 PM  

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You gota make sure the roads are good..


I already know which burbclave I'm going to live in.  Enzo's a pretty good guy, all things considered.
 
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