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13 responses to “THE BOTTOM LINE”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    “‘Mad’ is a term we use to describe a man who is obsessed with one idea and nothing else.”

    Ugo Betti

  2. I found a video of what these functional settlement patterns without consumerism; Large, Private Vehicles; Wrong Size Houses or Mass OverConsumption(tm) looks like. See See for yourself. As is clear, they are a happy people.

    Along the new path great EMR will lead the peoples, inspiring us to labor and valorous deed. To the triumph of new urban developments he leads us on!

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    “Henderson (2002a) finds no
    econometric evidence linking the extent of urbanization to either economic or productivity growth or levels. That is if a country were to enact policies to encourage urbanization per se, typically that wouldn’t improve growth. In fact, in a more refined version of growth and urbanization links, so far we have been unable to quantify for different levels of development, the “optimal” degree of urbanization. “


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    “Stripped of the constraints of geography itself, the setup of the new economic geography (NEG) implies that de-agglomeration (or de-urbanization) is efficient. The number of cities increases while the size of each decreases on the optimal path until the economy suddenly disperses to tiny towns of stand-alone firms each specializing in a unique good. The cause of this narrow result is the NEG’s strong emphasis on intercity trade to satisfy the taste for more goods. For the same aggregate population, a system of smaller cities saves time lost in commuting, has a larger labor supply, and makes more goods than does a system of larger cities.”

    Alex Anas*
    * Department of Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo


    It may well be the development pattern, stupid, just not the one frequently epitomized.

    Anyway, isn’t it the usual goal of ANY business to have it run on Other People’s Money? I know how to run a business on my own money, and I gotta say, it’s a hard way to get ahead.


  5. Anonymous Avatar

    “Contemporary cities are unsustainable, compromising the health and well-being of coming generations. How can geographers help imagine and build cities that hold more promise for the future? I suggest that the answer lies in addressing three fundamental challenges facing society today: restoring the city’s ecological integrity, redesigning systems of production and consumption, and recasting urban citizenship to promote social and ecological justice.”

    Jennifer Wolch *
    * Department of Geography, University of Southern California


    I believe EMR’s 10X rule is the antithesis of social and ecological justice. His arguments will make cities MORE unsustainable, compromising the health and well-being of coming generations.


  6. Anonymous Avatar

    And jsut so you don;t think I’m on sided:

    “Unless environmental externalities are such a large problem that they overwhelm all other components of economic well-being, a ‘spatial welfare economic’ approach delivers totally different rankings of alternative land use configurations than the ecological footprint. “

    “Spatial welfare economics versus ecological footprint: modeling agglomeration, externalities and trade ” Grazi, Berg, and Grietveld


    But then, it is the environmentalists who claim that environmental externalities are a huge problem.


  7. Anonymous Avatar

    In a comment posted on IT IS ELEMENTARY, “Anon” stated that the leader of the Elephant Clan knew he was lying about WMD in Iraq. We do not know if he was lying then, it is very clear he did not care if he was right or not.

    I’m not expecting an answer with much substance but I’ll ask anyway. How do we know that?

  8. Anonymous Avatar

    Under tariffs the U.S. price of sugar is $0.22 cents per pound. The world market price is $0.12 cents per pound.

    Should we import sugar, or pay higher prices for our own sugar?

    What about oil, under the same conditions?


  9. Anonymous Avatar

    EMR seems to favor a massive redistribution of wealth. Not to put too fine a point on this, I’d call that stealing.

    But EMR also favors 95% of th epopulation living on 5% of the land. I would call that wealth inequity of a much higher rder than our present wealth distribution.

    In fact, it sounds a lot like the wealth distribution many PEC member landowners would like to espouse: keep the jobs out of Fauquier county and let’s educate only cows.


  10. Anonymous Avatar

    “Municipal jurisdictions planned and zoned an unsustainable mix of dwelling units – far too many Single Household Detached Dwellings, far too few Single Family Attached Dwellings and Multi-Household Dwellings.”

    And this observation is based on what? The vacancy rate and turnover? Health statistics of the occupants? Accumulated wealth over time? Disposable income after basic costs? Crime rate? Net energy costs? Total assessed property values?

    Or do you suppose it is just EMR’s naked opinion?


  11. Anonymous Avatar

    Several factors account for the relatively small influence that a price on CO2 emissions would have on passenger vehicles and driving behavior. First, a CO2 price of $28 per metric ton would raise gas prices by about 25 cents per gallon, far less of an increase than consumers have recently born with little behavioral result. (Between 2003 and 2007, gas prices increased from $1.50 to more than “$3.00 per gallon. Vehicle miles driven, driving speeds, and the purchase of larger vehicles have all responded only modestly despite the dramatic increase in prices.) An increase in gas prices of 25 cents or so per gallon is unlikely to generate massive changes in driving behavior. “

    Congressional Budget Office


  12. Anonymous Avatar

    Citizens are concerned about a lot of crap. If you are concerned about saving moey in this economy, here is one way.

    (Note to Larry – same goes for those worthless household filters.)

    “Bottled Water Is No Purer Than Tap Water, Group Says (Update1)

    By Rob Waters

    Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — Bottled water sold in markets and convenience stores may be no more free of pollutants than the water that pours from the kitchen tap at a fraction of the cost, said an environmental group that tested samples. “


  13. Anonymous Avatar

    Anon Said:

    “In a comment posted on IT IS ELEMENTARY, “Anon” stated that the leader of the Elephant Clan knew he was lying about WMD in Iraq. We do not know if he was lying then, it is very clear he did not care if he was right or not.

    “I’m not expecting an answer with much substance but I’ll ask anyway. How do we know that?”

    Good question:

    Using the metrics that Shankar Vedantam uses in his “Department of Human Behavior” column of 29 Sept, there are three views:

    The Donkey Clan partisans will say the statement is clear on its face.

    The Elephant Clan partisans will claim the statement cannot be proved.

    Those of us who have never belonged to any political party would say that there is now enough published material to document that the Elephant Clan leader knew or should have known when he made the statement that there were many who did not believe there to be a WMD or Ben Laden tie but make them anyway without any definitive proof — and none has been found to date.

    The bigger point is that the quote probably did not add to the post and will not be in the edited version that appears in Chapter 29.

    The Editor

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