saltyjohnson t1_jd2ywt5 wrote

I don't believe that he's that stupid as to intentionally commit to buying Twitter for far over its share price and waiving due diligence, spend months trying to wriggle his way out of it citing things that he waived as reasons to cancel the deal, tank his personal net worth causing all of the American banks who were financing him practically for free to pull their deals off the table, and cause him to scramble for new money from Saudi Arabia and others in order to close the deal by the deadline so he wouldn't get saddled with the billion dollar penalty for pulling out.

Calling it an accident is kind. To say he did all that on purpose would be mocking him.


saltyjohnson t1_jchk926 wrote

As someone who deals with federal government contracts, I regularly see pay-when-paid provisions within. That means our time to pay a subcontractor or vendor starts once we receive payment from the prime contractor or government. Big projects whose timeline spreads across months are billed monthly based on progress, the government agrees with the schedule of values and progress on each line item, and then issues payment. The subcontractors' work would be included in that billing, so there would be enough money to cover everybody's expenses for the last month. A contractor generally doesn't bankroll the whole thing out of pocket when payments are delayed from the government.

That's federal. Municipal would have different laws and the city itself might have specific provisions in their contracts. But if the 7-day deadline starts when Metra receives payment from the City, and Metra is being kicked out for not meeting their sub payment deadlines, then that means that the city paying them late has nothing to do with their own late payments to subs.


saltyjohnson t1_jc60yy7 wrote

Take the money up front, and then tell everybody just how lovely and generous your landlord is that they would give you money in exchange for such a simple request of saying only positive things about them and the property! Don't talk about anything else, just talk about how great your landlord is! So generous! And just to say nice things about them! What an easy thing to do! Why would a landlord give me money just to tell prospective tenants about how great they are?? What a sweetheart!


saltyjohnson t1_j25te68 wrote

Ok so these articles and resources always tell you how to acquire and use naloxone, and people say they never leave the house without it. Great. I want to carry some, too. But the thing these articles always leave out is how to identify somebody who might be experiencing opioid overdose. Tap on their shoulder to see if they're responsive, sure, but if everybody can't do that to every person napping on the ground.

What can I look for, in passing, to tell the difference between somebody experiencing an overdose and a houseless person just trying to get some damn sleep?


saltyjohnson t1_j15sk3w wrote

I also find it quite amusing that you need to create an account to use the WiFi and they send your password to your email address.

You need to check your email. Before you can get internet access.

I mean, I get that most people can get their email on their phones, but still, give me a friggin break.


saltyjohnson t1_j0yuryr wrote

Fair enough!

And yeah, renter's insurance is absurdly cheap. I've even thought about getting it as a homeowner so I could cover theft or other losses without hitting my homeowner's insurance, and I was gonna look into whether I could get coverage without being a renter, and then I forgot, and then years go by 🤷 But now I'm thinking about it again.


saltyjohnson t1_j0wqmw0 wrote

No, your use of force must be reasonable. You can't shoot an unarmed person for trying to take your TV, but maybe you can smack them in the leg with a baseball bat, depending on the circumstances. To say "you cannot retaliate if they're trying to steal property" is technically true, but you can defend property using reasonable force.

But honestly, that's what homeowners' and renters' insurance is for. Keep your priceless things hidden in a safe, but let them take your TV, who cares.


saltyjohnson t1_j0hzjjd wrote

> I hate to say it because I've talked about the lack of enforcement of traffic laws and vehicle codes here for years (and I maintain that photo enforcement is not a solution), but this city's infrastructure passively encourages bad behavior.

This is exactly it. Enforcement doesn't solve the problems caused by bad design. We shouldn't need to write tickets for running a red light, because the light should only be red when there's opposing traffic preventing you from going anyway. We shouldn't need to write tickets for speeding, because the street should be designed such that you feel uncomfortable driving any faster than the posted speed limit. With well-designed infrastructure, we'd only need to rely on enforcement for the most egregious of violations.


saltyjohnson t1_j0hy6qf wrote

> it's not a question of whether or not there is cross traffic, it's that there are no consequences for breaking the rules

Poor infrastructure design leads to rulebreaking. Being forced to stop and wait at a red light while there is no cross-traffic is a failure of infrastructure design. Every ticket written for running a red light is a failure of infrastructure design. A driver wouldn't be able to run a red light if a light only turned red to permit cross-traffic.

Yes, we desperately need better enforcement of basic traffic laws in this city, but that is not what will not fix a culture of dangerous driving. Another downside is that it will increase hostile police interactions, which definitely won't help anything.


saltyjohnson t1_j0hkaia wrote

> you're assuming the goal of traffic timing is to maximize the speed of the people on the street.

I'm doing no such thing lol. We're in a thread talking about people who run red lights. One reason people run red lights is because they're waiting while there is no cross traffic. Breaking the rules a little bit leads to breaking the rules a lot which leads to the chaos we have in our roads today. The only thing that will stop that without better infrastructure design is impounding offending vehicles, because rich people don't give a shit about tickets and poor people can't afford to pay tickets.

I am 100% in favor of eliminating stupid car-centric design. I'd even support complete closure of most one-lane alleys to automobiles to provide protected pathways for bicycles and pedestrians. Making traffic signals work better for cars is not exclusive of fixing car-centric design. Better timing will benefit pedestrians and cyclists too. All the protected bike lanes in the world won't make for a safe cycling experience if cyclists have to cross intersections with bad timing and no sensors in a city where drivers are conditioned to run red lights.


saltyjohnson t1_j0h8xul wrote

Proper timing does not require synchronization. The situation could be drastically improved by a citywide overhaul to add sensors to non-priority streets. In the short-term, simply adjust timers to give those streets ten seconds every minute (or something along those lines).

The problem isn't bad synchronization, it's that you have to sit at a red light for 30 or more seconds with no opposing traffic.


saltyjohnson t1_iqsdec5 wrote

Seconding the point about carriers. If you're staying in urban/suburban areas, go with the cheapest option that meets your needs, they will all work great, including in underground Metro stations. If you're heading out to explore rural or wilderness areas, probably go with Verizon if you need coverage.

Also, shoehorning this in here as a Baltimore resident, yes the National Aquarium is fantastic. Go during work/school hours to avoid crowding. You can take the MARC train from Washington Union station to Camden Yards for $9, and it's about a 15-minute walk from there. Just know that MARC is commuter-focused and doesn't run much in the middle of the day, so make sure to factor that limited schedule into your plans.