Posts Tagged ‘NIMBY’

Real Estate Rip-Off, Or Why California Is Full Of Little Trumps In Denial

July 11, 2020

There is excess in California real estate right now. It is driving the California inequality crisis. A cleansing collapse is needed. Extravagant real estate prices have driven enormous inequality… And that has nothing to do with Trump… Just the opposite.

Although the state is nominally, and stridently “democratic”, the average “democratic” voter behaves like a mini-Trump (that’s why they hate Trump so loudly: they are in denial of their true inner nature… they want to scream to themselves that they are not as they truly are… also Trump took away their tax rebates, and redistributed them to low lives).

The reality is this: by refusing the construction of low and middle income housing, a boom of real estate prices was created. Yesterday’s dumps, bought cheaply, became money making machines. The California middle-class strangled low income housing supply in a mix of greed and NIMBYism. This selfish enterprise started as an esthetic claim. A few decades ago, San Francisco congratulated itself for physically demolishing thousands of units of “ugly” low income housing (those thousands of apartments were replaced by a few multi millionaire houses). In other Californian cities, anything not multimillionaire houses is basically illegal to build.

1775 Broadway apartment #8 San Francisco, CA 94109 Pacific Heights 1 Bed 1 Bath
728 square feet 
$994,500… Est. Mortgage $4,759/mo

In San Francisco, a less than 1,000 square feet, one bath apartment, can be more than 1.5 million dollars. Below this, tents in the street, living in filth, is the official city policy. College professors have been known to live inside their cars. I know someone who has lived in his car for twenty years. In another Bay Area city I know all too well, some “democratic” (of course) officials are paid to do nothing, while California governor Newsom put at disposition of the city a small land surrounded by a freeway exchanger, all around, and the busiest railroad in the USA… to be used by the homeless (won’t they be happy surrounded by howling, belching machines?)

To turn this nightmare into a better reality, a good collapse in the existing real estate is what is needed. So as to replace it by something more progressive. Augmenting the taxes on billionaires some more, would help, as the diversity of thinking and initiative in California guarantees they are going nowhere…

The remedy is to build massively, cheap, earthquake-proof, modern, ecological apartments (single family mansions, as presently found in California, would be too ecologically devastating, and should be reserved to millionaires). Developers should be fiscally encouraged to do so.

The manipulated and manipulating have been going around, decrying the US as a systematically racist place full of white racists who have to destroy their inner Hitler.

Last month, the City of Seattle’s “Office of Civil Rights” sent an email inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” a program designed to help white workers examine their “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

Seattle has also expensive real estate… And this is what low lives worry about… not whether all these “whites” who suddenly “care” are busy calling others racist.

The problem in the San Francisco Bay Area is that the minorities are a majority. Many, if not most, of these minorities are highly skeptical of the indignant “systemic racism” discourse. They feel something is wrong, and rightly so: the leader of the “anti-racist” movement is Nancy Pelosi, a thoroughly white woman of extreme privilege, whose Pacific Height house is probably worth around twenty-five million dollars. Her main residence is a gigantic Napa valley estate, complete with tennis court and twisty access road, where she throws lavish parties for her rightly thinking expensive friends. She also owns a vineyard, beside ownership of the Squaw Valley olympic ski resort. Now that she is done making money from scalps, Nancy will push to change the name… But I digress…

Nancy Pelosi is a plutocrat of the most nefarious type (the war criminal type). Like her California colleague Feinstein, she leveraged politics to build a fortune. Such people are systemic oligarch. To deflect criticism from their systemic colonialism those evil oligarchs are addicted to, they invented the notion of “systemic racism”, which accuses those that they exploit… to exploit them even better, by confusing them further by making them feel bad about themselves, and building a fake explanation of what is wrong in the US.

Although I have been victim myself of some form of racism, more than once, and sometimes dangerously so, and always a heartbreak… I must admit that I am significantly different and somewhat obnoxious, and the white US person in her, or his, purity, can’t tolerate by black heart. The worst racism and abuse that I have seen, though, was from… US intellectuals. “intellectuals” are curiously unappreciative in the US for anybody who comes out of the box of established thinking.

That incapacity to think what’s not supposed to be thought may explain why the fact of systemic real estate abuse being really a machine to make the wealthy wealthier has not been denounced. Chomsky speaks about US imperialism… What about banks, and real estate, and how they augment inequality? Above his pay grade at MIT?

From, say, European eyes, the preceding critique may seem strange: in Europe one cannot use real estate for considerable leverage, by having a bank buy for oneself something one cannot afford… lest it considerably augments in value. Trump cut down the amusement by reducing the interest deductibility down from 1.1 million dollars to $750,000. This is one of the reason why he is so hated by the upper middle class in expensive “Blue” states such as New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts…

Do not expect this sort of introspection to strike those opinion makers as particularly smart. But this also explains why the angry demonstrations attacked even CNN (fanatically anti-Trump), and Ulysses Grant (US president who won the Secession War when he commanded the US Army), Lincoln (anti-slavery president whose election launch the Secession), or even Supreme Court Justice Douglas, a strong anti-segregationist… What the low lives are saying is that they are left out by the plutocracy, whose modus operandi is to present drastic inequality as a fact of life one can’t escape, and one should tolerate with benign neglect… hence the tent cities and squalor a few minutes from Nancy Pelosi 25 million dollar mansions in San Francisco (she has another eight properties…) This is what Nancy teaches; she is so incredibly concerned by the homeless, and it is the fault of that man in the White House… But one can’t do anything about it, although we try everyday.

Actually, nine years ago, a small peninsula within the San Francisco was occupied by hundreds of homeless, their tents, their dogs and their drugs. I called it then “Obamaville”. So, yes inequality reached a new squalor under Obama. And, no, inequality is not all Trump (inequality indices seem to have reached a peak at the end of Obama’s reign, and have stagnated since). Actually, rather the opposite: Trump loves to build housing… especially given subsidies to do so. In truth, it’s because the “democratic” upper middle class became incredibly wealthier by restricting the housing supply that it hates Trump so much: it recognizes in him the builder, the supplier of housing, its natural enemy…

Patrice Ayme

Trump Hatred, A Fig Leaf For Racist Hypocrites Right-Wingers In Disguise

December 27, 2019

Supposedly educated people have established a new religion fostering the pleasure of expressing dark feelings while professing goodness. It’s no different from Salem Witch Hunting, really. So they learn to judge, not just books by their covers, but to judge the means (of inquiry) from the ends they want to see, hear and hate with

In recent decades, an entire industry of NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) has arisen. That was well before Trump, Obama, Bush and even Clinton. They boosted this with fake progressivism or leftism in many dimensions; so they were enthusiastic for Clinton and his games with interns… while ignoring the dismantlement, by the same Clinton, of the banking work of plutocrat president Franklin Roosevelt… who was himself viewed as too much left by the financial plutocrats pulling Clinton’s strings. 

Truth is that the US Congress, even the Democratic Controlled Congress, has been extremely right-wing, and anti-progressive, for decades. Or why Obama did nothing much, but deplorable results (fracking, lowering life expectancy). Obama wanted to do the right (that is, left) thing but Pelosi and company opposed him. Now Pelosi may have started to realize she better promotes progressive legislation. Probably a deal with the deal maker… including the impeachment hoax, a bright and shiny objects for simpletons to look at.

I am very familiar with Berkeley, California (one could say I incarnate what its true spirit should be). It’s full of Politically Correct “Democratic”, loudly Trump hating and Wahhabist loving (women with headscarves are the feminine ideal) voters. Protests against Trump and his camps are plastered in front of multi-million dollars homes. There are no protests, and no constructive action, against the hundreds of camps in the area were US refugees live in the most total squalor: efficient police action keep the US homeless refugees next, or below, freeways.   

For example, I would be curious to see how many of the loudly Fox News hating crowd has really watched Fox News extensively (and I just don’t mean Hannity and Tucker Carlson). Probably not too many and not too much, because they would not be as strident. I watch plenty of the Trump-hating channels, just to study propaganda, and I am astounded that supposedly intelligent individuals do not see such channels brimming with at least as much bias as Fox News (which has several permanent Democratically leaning stars).

Several of my anti-Trump friends rage against the president’s (lack of) ecology. They own several hyper costly electric cars, and large fossil fuel SUVs (to go the distance in winter to ski). Such hypocrisy is thick on the ground in Silicon Valley, is why California has a homeless squalor crisis. When I tell them it’s Obama who made it so that the US became the world’s top fossil fuel producer, and that under Obama life expectancy in the US started to go down, they reply it’s because of Trump that Iran and North Korea are building nukes.

In truth, huge horrors are ignored by Trump hating simpletons, such as “Launch On Warning”. Bet is that most self-described “anti-fascists” don’t even know what it is. Hating Trump is just a fig leaf for people often way right of him. 

Right of him? Well Trump used subsidies for housing in New York, while Manhattan NIMBYs screamed they hated him to hell. Towers, in New York and San Francisco, are the profitable part of Trump empire. However, San Francisco Bay NIMBYs were proud to demolish affordable housing towers, in San Francisco, decades ago. The towers for low lives were replaced by a few multimillion dollar mansions. I am sure Trump would deplore that. But SF Bay Area “liberals” love they mansions… And hate low lives (they will never say this, that they hate low lives, of course; instead they order Law Enforcement to chase low lives off from their cities, the cities with the best schools; low lives haters are now in violation of California law, doing so… Their refuge is be epistemologically ignorant of what they are doing, and accusing those who doubt them of being Trumpists…) 

New York Times reader TDD from Florida replied to me: “I try to consume news from varying sources including Fox News and Fox News online… The fact you refer to basically every other source as “Trump-hating” shows your own bias and exposes the cult of personality that is Trump. I often roll my eyes at the more liberal news sources opinions, but I have yet to see one of them proffer opinions and conjecture as ‘fact’ the way Fox often does.”

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@TDD I did NOT “refer to basically every other source as “Trump hating””. You made that up It doesn’t expose “the cult of personality that is Trump”… I have been harshly critical of Trump and especially the banking industry behind Trump long before he became famous.

I exposed my own bias, you pontificate, knowing absolutely nothing about me, except what you made up in your mind. Actually I am extremely progressive and I have criticized my good friend Obama from the left, long ago. My spouse knew Obama when they were ten years old, and Obama spoke like I wrote… But acted the opposite. His presidency was a gift to the same financial plutocracy as Clinton’s was. 

Reagan, Obama, Clinton, Bush make a cortege of the truly deplorable. 

From the extremely progressive bias (my only bias), Trump is a gift, because he is dismantling the global plutocracy, or, at least, hitting it hard. I have written an essay where I explained that he may well be conspiring with Nancy Pelosi at this point, to pass the most progressive legislation this side of Nixon.

Some clueless New York Times readers replied with insults, because subtlety is not their abode. Instead their true abode is the sort of lynch mentality characteristic of the “Pure” who founded the English colony (their cities bought Indian scalps, and they reintroduced slavery, unlawful in Europe, and used the slaves to grow tobacco extremely profitably). 

Behind Trump Derangement Syndrome is a particular type of Moral Derangement Syndrome, where hatred displaces self-examination.

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/moral-displacement-syndrome/

The criminal patterns of those having TDS have to do with their habits (living in mansions, gigantic fossil fuel spending, fleets of electric cars, flying around the globe and all over syndrome, etc.), or their work (working for The Man, Pluto, namely the tech monopolies or the plutocratically owned media, or the financial world plutocracy, etc.) Or the cognition of the TDS lynch mob is deeply awry: knowing only what pleases The Man, Pluto His Name… for example when they think there is just one problem in the world, Trump, when actually the main problem in the world is themselves… They hide all of this, especially to themselves.

…When they interact with me, they explode all over: is it satanic to out-Pluto Plutos?

Evil in the name of goodness, is evil.

Evil, for the good of goodness, is good, even indispensable.

Such is the fundamental human quandary: when to go evil, for the sake of goodness.

A hint is that one should think twice, when going evil means to violate the truth. That’s where the TDS crowd goes wrong.

Progress was not served by law and tax eschewing globalization, an abyss. Plutocratic globalization is the real mechanism which destroyed the Roman Republic, and transformed it into this democracy devouring monster which subjugated the Greek democracies, before weakening them, and their progressive spirit, fatally.

Patrice Ayme


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