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Boris Butterwald 
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Re: “Vermont Task Force Favors Monitoring Social Media to Prevent School Shootings

There is also an "ironclad link" between too much social media and school shootings, and moreover it seems to be a vicious cycle: more shootings mean more clickbait, which present more chances for people to post their stupid pithy reactions, which riles everyone up and divides them, which breaks down social discourse into a muck of niche-marketing engagement, which alienates more and more people from real (not virtual) communities and human interaction, which leads to more shootings...

So... why not ban both? We're comin' to take yer guns AND yer facebook! How you like them apples.

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Posted by Boris Butterwald on 09/19/2019 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Burlington to Widen Troublesome St. Paul Street Intersection

Why don't we just go all in and convert the entire place to dirt roads and tent cities? With all the savings, we can subsidize move-out costs for working people and families - then we won't need modern public infrastructure at all! Just one big, social-anarchist utopia of hippies and homebums, kicking back and sipping on malt liquor (limiting yourself to beer is a great way to deal with a polluted water source, y'know).

The university will remain, I guess, but the changes will just give them more promotional fodder to highlight campus diversity and inclusion.

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Posted by Boris Butterwald on 09/19/2019 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Burlington Library Seeks More Authority to Handle Problem Patrons

AH, I see... "library" is one of those newfangled uses of an old word. Apparently, now it means "community hostel and recreation center" instead of "a place for information resources". Hmm.

Didn't the YMCA used to serve that sort of function back in the day? Was it not immortalized as a fun place to stay? To get yourself clean? To do whatever you please? There's one right across the street... and I don't think anyone's using it at the moment.

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Posted by Boris Butterwald on 09/19/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Pit Happens: How Readers Would Fill the Hole That Is CityPlace Burlington

How about ::drumroll:: a mid-rise residential building with retail ground floor? Not luxury condos, but units priced slightly lower than the local market rate, to undercut the local slumlords until somebody with sense forces them to sell (e.g., by a cap on the number of rental properties a single entity can maintain).

Burlington cries when the city develops, cries when a lack of development turns it into a s**thole. Yet, the only real problems we have are public corruption (a function of the city & state's small population, ultimately), scant local workforce and/or places to house workers at the wages they'll be making, and unconscionably weak protections against rental price fixing.

And, yeah, it's private property... but I'm sure some clever beancounter could assess damages to the local economy enough to seize it before this is over...

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Posted by Boris Butterwald on 09/19/2019 at 12:05 PM

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