pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jeg64jn wrote

You’re not winning this case.

OP admitted they went to an adjacent property, which is (while brief) a parking violation. Wells Fargo is a different lot with a different owner. The fence is there to make it clear (which is why they keep repairing it).

Rules on parking lots are they are for the property and businesses only unless explicitly posted.

That tow is the cost of trying to not park and move your car again.

Tow trucks also love to take photos or video now too, so odds are they’ll have that, and you’ll get a bill for the employee who showed up at small claims time. You agreed when getting the car out to pay all expenses related to legal actions etc.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jeeuxym wrote

That’s not really true. Hospitals extend into commercial office space all the time. NYU took over at least one or two office towers for ambulatory care several years ago. Some floors feel like being in a hospital if you didn’t know where you were. They do all sorts of procedures and stuff in them.

And there’s lots of medical labs in office buildings. You absolutely can put them there unless you’re working with something the government heavily restricts like anthrax research, but that’s not normal.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_je2s7dg wrote

China and India are government backed property investment schemes. It’s just a grift to get foreign dollars in and domestic money to stay there.

Here’s one of thousands of videos of people exploring China’s construction bubble and the cardboard (literally) towers: https://youtu.be/XopSDJq6w8E

You can find tons of videos of urban explorers going through these. Just be warned you’ll subsequently be bombarded with ads about foreign real estate after watching one or two.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_je291yl wrote

Japans housing is cheap because labor is almost free there, so a house is only worth the building material.

People forget China’s biggest export to the rest of Asia is migrant workers to Japan, who work for almost nothing (and there’s a whole lot of race relations issues with China/Japan only made more complicated by that). And it’s only slightly better than how UAE treats its migrant workers.

It’s also why Japan is always quiet when China escalates tensions in the region. Poking that bear would harm their economy more than it would give them opportunities. Japan would be crushed if it lost all that labor.

The US doesn’t have a cheap source of labor like that.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdpshin wrote

That’s not entirely correct. LinkedIn has copyright on the presentation. Data can not be copyrighted.

Scraping isn’t a right, any website can block or restrict scrapers regardless of content rights since there’s no SLA in place. Which is ultimately what it comes down to.

Users don’t really have a say in terms of the content they submit. They give LinkedIn the right to do pretty much anything with the data.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdorh9j wrote

I just put a stamp on an envelope and mail it in.

Tax processing is also a jobs program for many states. Getting rid of it from a politicians perspective is a negative since it eliminates a government jobs that serve predominantly lower income workers. There's not much skill it's basically scanning and handling processing machines, it's a basic data entry job. It also happens to be during a critical time of the year jobs wise. There's a gap between the winter surge in labor demand and the summer surge in labor demands tax season nicely fills.

I'd rather just e-file if it were free, but I absolutely wouldn't pay more than a postage stamp for the ability.

What's silly is e-filing is still not instant. There's an artificial delay injected in there, even though something like 99% of returns are processed instantly. For the vast majority of people they have all the info before you even send it in.

Which raises the point: for most people the whole process shouldn't be necessary, you should just get a statement and file if you have a disagreement/something to add.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdmc62l wrote


Most high income earners don’t even work in NJ.

And almost the entire states population is no more than an hour from an at least one other state, so sales tax can’t be much higher than an adjacent state.

People also forget our effective sales tax is actually lower than it’s listed since so many daily items like food are excluded. Not to mention UEZ’s are a short drive for many (and walk for those who live in JC).

If sales taxes were higher we’d all just cross state lines for any bigger purchases.

Property taxes are basically all NJ has to generate revenue.

That’s the economics of being a small landmass between 3 major metro areas (people forget some in south Jersey commute go Baltimore/Washington for work).

NY meanwhile can use sales tax and income tax much more heavily. Most of its population can’t easily travel to another state. Even in NYC most people aren’t capable of easily crossing over and taking goods back, lack of vehicles, or too much traffic. NJ to Queens is a trek for example, by car or transit. LI to NJ is a real terrible drive. So people won’t bother for the most part. NJ does get some Brooklyn/SI residents in our malls for things like back to school shopping and Ikea.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdidt83 wrote

Pretty much.

Let private enterprise insert itself into anyplace things were being done at cost and extract a percentage to call “profit”, ideally at taxpayers expense.

That’s what health insurance is too by the way… it’s Medicare relabeled with shareholders taking a % as profits for acting as middlemen. More they can deny more profit leftover.

If only there was an entity that didn’t actually need to turn a profit. Something that could just collect what it needs to cover the service and the administrative costs of the process. Something public, auditable and accountable to the people who use it. If only other countries with such a system would share how that works…


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdeaod9 wrote

Old building with a pretty small floor plate and limited space for modern amenities/utilities that tenants demand.

Any renovations or uses need to preserve it historically.

I think that price is kinda high. Going to be hard to recoup that money unless people pay to look at it from the street.

Even in a hot market it would be tough to find commercial tenants who want to be there. Today? Nobody would pay what would be needed just to cover day to day operations.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jdctpzk wrote

Yup. And there’s a reason so much frequency is empty on your dial. Preventing interference is one of their primary jobs.

Which is why they need to enforce illegal broadcasting. This can be effectively jamming radio in other parts of a market.

And that does have safety implications as radio is one of the most basic signals to broadcast in an emergency.


pixel_of_moral_decay t1_jcyfra0 wrote

Sounds like most European cities.

And if you do replace a building legally you need to fit the location. Which may mean (gasp) spending money on ascetics and staying within a size envelope. Tourists may not even realize what’s old or new in some places. In most cities it can be hard to tell.