Today’s Headlines

  • Primaries: De Blasio Cruises; Council Incumbents Mostly Unscathed (GG; NYT 1, 2; Politico 1, 2)
  • Gonzalez Wins Full Term as Brooklyn DA (NYT)
  • Turnout Was Pathetic — Here Are Some Reasons Why (DNA; WNYC 1, 2NY1; Gothamist)
  • Penn Station Track Work Is Not Finished (Politico)
  • Gale Brewer Wants DOT to Get Moving on Crosstown Manhattan Bikeways (Our Town)
  • Hit-and-Run Cabbie Kills Woman in 19th Precinct; NYPD Blames Victim (News, NY1, AMNY, DNA)
  • Box Truck Driver Kills Man on Webster Avenue — No Charges (DNANewsPost)
  • Unlicensed Driver Who Put Century Rider in Coma Had .266 BAC (News, Post)
  • Trial for Driver Who Killed Victoria Nicodemus on Brooklyn Sidewalk Starts This Week (Gothamist)
  • What Happens When Your College Campus Has Seven Parking Lots and One Bus Stop (Advance)
  • Doctors Prescribe Citi Bike Memberships (WNYC); Brooklyn Paper Needs a House Call

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Simon

    Words of the prophets, man.

  • bolwerk

    You have to consider that in many cases the ownership of a car is adding to a massive personal debt burden, in addition to the one that is created by the act of going to even a public state school.

  • Joe R.

    I’ve little doubt this is true. What’s puzzling though is how college students can even get a car loan. I’m assuming their parents have to cosign for them. Back when I was a student, I highly doubt most college students could have gotten a car loan, period. They actually used to check your income and resources in those days.

  • bolwerk

    I don’t think it’s that difficult to get a high-interest car loan, even for someone with no, or rather shitty, credit.

    Out in flyover country a “service” of many check cashing and pawning places also seems to be title loans. What this tells me is that flipping a repo’d car is a profitable enterprise.

  • bolwerk

    Though they do at least manage to be somewhat multiparty, turnout in Britain is often quite shitty too. Even when it’s not shitty, complacency drives much of its outcomes. Brexit likely wouldn’t have happened if Remainers weren’t confident they were going to be rubber stamped.

    Their first past the post system is more odious than ours in many ways. Continental parliamentary systems with proportional representation are considerably more ideologically diverse.

  • bolwerk

    Sanders seems like the ultimate reformist to me. Not revolutionary at all, not remotely willing to discard the system. His policy prescriptions aren’t new or original. In fact, they’re atavistic. Most have been shown to work well in the rest of the world, and American right-wingers have to hurr-derrrp reasons why they can’t apply here.

    Not saying that as if it’s a bad thing, or a good thing, but it is what it is.

  • bolwerk

    Tankies!

  • bolwerk

    I got a mailing for jury duty conspicuously soon after updating my driver license for the first time in 6 years. I did voter registration at the same time, so one of those two things drew the city’s attention. The only other official record of my existence during that time would have been tax filings, but those would go to the state I guess (NYS handles NYC tax collection).

    (I kept the license at an old address and never drove, so I didn’t bother to change it until well after it expired. You get one year after it expires. Losing it would have meant re-taking driving tests. Got a lecture for not updating it within 30 days of moving too.)

  • Right. Sanders is the definition of a reformer. A radical reformer, perhaps, by the standards of the ridiculously narrow spectrum of respectable opinion that exists in the U.S.; but an advocate of what would be standard left-of-centre policies anywhere else.

    I try not to get too annoyed by his use of the word “revolution”, because I think that he really is sincere. His exaggeration comes from a place of genuine anger.

  • bolwerk

    They are not even left-of-center per se. The only coherent group that consistently opposes the growth of, or maybe the existence of, the social safety net on either side of the Atlantic is the neoliberal right. Granted, that’s a broad brush, sweeping across Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and many others.

  • Joe R.

    They probably charge a usurious rate of interest on those loans, which makes using one to buy a car you really can’t afford an even worse decision than it already is.

  • bolwerk

    Probably. Like how Bill de Blasio probably won the primary? :-p