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The Tip of the Iceberg

Unless you own a lot more property than your apartment or house, it might seem hard to rationalize this as sane or just.

Dig a little deeper and I'm sure you'll find more to be outraged and confused about.

The tragic part is: trying to change any of it.
 
Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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Good to remember

Easy to put into practice
 
You have enormous powers!
I wish that Keri Smith would blog more often. I love her stuff.
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"I make these myself. You want one?"

I was always a bit more Flynn than MacGyver  myself thus: my latest mic improvement.

As always, cost: $0. Creative use of existing materials: Priceless.
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Coolness. I don't know much about microphones, except when they stop working on me.

That said, I think I would have used more paper clips. And rubber bands. 

But definitely paper clips.
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Again, school officials excuse bullying  

People have said that the school "sports pride" is continuing to breed an atmosphere of abuse - an old sad story.

Voice your opinion here:
"You leave a review for the judge here: http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/listings/district-justice-maureen-mcgraw-desmet
The number to the courthouse is (412) 221-3353.

Principal Scott Milburn, who ordered the deletion of the audio and should be criminally charged with tampering with evidence, can be reached at (412) 221-4542 extension 265. Or email him at smilburn@southfayette.org.

Contact the South Fayette Township Police Department, who charged the kid with disorderly conduct, at (412) 279-6911."

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A high school sophomore in Pennsylvania who had been bullied all year by classmates with no help from his teacher decided to audio record the bullying on his iPad as evidence. But instead of disciplining the bullies, school officials called...
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Comcast Boot is active
20MB to my phone and 50MB to my PC isn't too shabby.

Now I just need more wifi range.
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Not as impressive as it seems

The pilot light is lit, but the vinatge B60 gas valve is shot so the main burner will not light.

Thankfully, the neighbor is used to going without heat for a few days - the benefits of turning 90 years old, you know how to deal with little problems.
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Video Game's version of opening Al Capone's Vault

They really should get Geraldo Rivera to host.
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Still hoping for clear skies!

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I wonder if both sides know this fight will last forever

Even better question: is there a way for both sides to benefit from an endless conflict?
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Finally! A link between science and religion +Trevor Gryffyn 

Hey, what's that red dot on the wall behind me...?
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Take notice of what you create

Some of us see what others create and discount their own creations.

Nothing is worthless, be it: artwork, music, song, a tool, a device, solution to a problem, code, a cure, hope, inspiration, trust or strength, we all can create something irreplaceable.

 
Have you seen all that you've created today?! You might find it's pretty damn good.
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