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Indeed!
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and here I thought I was going to hear a Jim Croce cover :P
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+Keyan Mobli or anybody else with doctor/pre-med creds:

Why can't one just walk into a lab somewhere and request their own STI testing? Why does this testing need to be ordered by a doctor?
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+Gus Hartmann I should add that I am in Australia if that helps. I just felt it fit the discussion whether or not it applies to everyone else.
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This is a really excellent read on the Bay Area's Housing issues.

It's long but I'm not giving a tl;dr. Read the whole thing.
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..
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Made it all the way through.  Some good points but if you've been paying attention, nothing new.  One thing not mentioned is that everything is cyclical, boom and bust.  People react in the bust and forget during the boom.  I've lived in the Bay Area since 1966 and it has been ever thus.  I laugh at the kids that claim this time is different, though I admire their optimism.  :-)
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Hahaha, Henry just officially made today worth it.
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+Veena Khan yes, that's his silly smile
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Everything is wrong about this. Everything.
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I'm going with owl vomit, too.
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I need a Glass VNC client. Life would be so much better if I didn't have to look down at my laptop all the time. 
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+Nils Janson You'rs birthdays' is the best. Congratulation,s.
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Well shit, TIL.
 
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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It would seem to me that there's then some danger to the property owner if a piece of property becomes so delapidated that a small fire followed by what work can easily be done in one night is an improvement.
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Delicious cupcakes, friendly staff. It is situated right next to an Apple store so be sure to go during off hours to avoid the parking nightmare.
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Hareg is the best at sew-ins. She is super fast and efficient and doesn't charge an arm and a leg. So glad I discovered her in the South Bay since it saves me from having to drive all the way to Oakland to get my hair done.
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Somehow in the last 6 months this Safeway has become completely infested with fruit flies. _Anything_ fresh in there has fruit flies in, on, or around it. I wish I'd thought to take a picture of the fruit flies I saw in the packaged on site pastries. This Safeway is awesome for anything prepackaged and also 24 hour alcohol runs but leave the "fresh" stuff (donuts, pastries, fruits, veggies, butcher meats) alone.
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Most of the threaders are pretty good but there is one who is very young and soft spoken who does not know how to make eyebrows even. Avoid her if you can.
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