CBS article talks about L.A. having the worst drivers but never mentions Armo Road Warriors by name.

June 25th, 2016 by Socially Extinct


This CBS piece highlights a survey which taunts that, of 200 American cities, Los Angeles-area drivers cluster around the bottom of the barrel, nationally, when it comes to driving skills.



A new survey of “Best Drivers” ranks Los Angeles and Glendale among the absolute worst. And the survey includes more than 200 cities.


KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reported from Glendale, in fact, that city ranked 195 out of 200.


“LA’s a crazy town to live in in general with the driving, but there’s something about Glendale where they just like to drive like nuts,” said Michael Laferla, a Glendale resident.



Uh-hmm, I nodded wisely, reading on. Waiting for the implied truth which, this being a mainstream news article, would obviously never be stated in words. We live in a hypocritical world of repressed public expression. Why is it that in a public forum we are reluctant to state that which most speak of comfortably and effusively in private? Why can we speak of things in our living room without inhibition but we turn mute in a public venue and the ensuing restraint makes us awkwardly beat around the bush?


The article continues circumventing the “horrible” truth about the epic bad driving to be spied in Glendale, a hilly suburb northeast of downtown.



The awful ranking is not something to be proud of, but it’s something that doesn’t surprise people in Glendale.



“I agree with it,” said Glendale resident Rebekah Hong.


“I can believe it,” said another.



Kim asked the people who live and work there why they thought the Jewel City wasn’t shining on this list.


“A lot of speeding, I would say, some reckless driving,” said Araceli Smith of Burbank.


“They don’t really follow signs. Yeah, like there will be no-left-turn signs but they’ll still make a left turn,” said Hong. “They cut off people.”


“We’ve had two accidents directly in front of our house where somebody’s just crashed into a parked car and there’s nothing else around,” said Laferla.


“Oh, it’s pretty bad. I know out of all my friends, I’m paying the most in insurance, and I’m thinking of moving out of here because it’s so expensive,” said Glendale’s Frank Kim.


Off-camera, a Glendale police officer also told our reporter that he wasn’t surprised that Glendale made the list.





There’s a big white (hairy) elephant on the road, and this article plowed through almost 350 words and never explicitly told us what we (those of us who live in Los Angeles) know very well: it’s the Armenian drivers!



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Their vehicular reputations are the stuff of local legend. Not so sure that their driving skills are “bad,” per se, but they are horribly aggressive, incautious, rude and inconsiderate, when given the car keys. Most L.A. drivers have experienced this crazed Armo Road Warrior thing at lest once in their driver’s licensed SoCal existence, and those who live in Glendale have the best tales.


There are many vehicular-ethnic stereotypes and in general, they happen for a reason. Because they are accurate summations of groups…it’s as if collective mentalities pool to typify a common driving behavior which we witness as we spend hours on the road here, even for trip as simple as running down the street to buy groceries.


Asian drivers truly are bad, especially of the Chinese variety. Black drivers are very aggressive and impatient. Prius drivers are obliviously rude and for all intents and purposes, Toyota should stop installing the turn-signal stalk on that car line because it is never used. Hispanic drivers are slow and lackadaisical (including yours truly).  White upper class drivers tail gate (I’m the only who has noticed this).


And Armenian drivers are just psycho.



The Complacency of the Elites shattered and currency shows its true colors.

June 23rd, 2016 by Socially Extinct


The vigor and health of financial markets is based in large part on the complacency of the elites who presuppose that the wool is thoroughly and snugly pulled over our eyes (us being the commoners).


And with Brexit’s likely win, the wool is lifting and with it, the Complacency of the Elites.



Britain entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted to leave the European Union, according to a projection by all main U.K. broadcasters. The decision shatters the stability of the project in continental unity forged after World War II in hopes of making future conflicts impossible.



The decision raises the likelihood of years of negotiations over trade, business and political links with what will become a 27-nation bloc. In essence the vote marks the start — rather than the end — of a process that could take decades to unwind.


The “leave” side was ahead by 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent with more than three-quarters of votes tally, making a “remain” win a statistical near-impossibility.


The pound suffered one of its biggest one-day falls in history, plummeting more than 10 percent in six hours, from about $1.50 to below $1.35, on concern that severing ties with the single market will hurt the U.K. economy and undermine London’s position as a global financial center.




BeLeave it or not!

June 23rd, 2016 by Socially Extinct


Oh wait, I like the NYT’s approach a little better.



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Will a Brexit “leave” victory be nullified if the margin is too narrow? There will be blood…

June 23rd, 2016 by Socially Extinct


ABC is full of nebulous, juicy, alluring Brexit snippets that are making me salivate.


I do love the prospect of June 23, 2016 as Britain’s “Independence Day.”



The Pound tumbles!





June 23…the new British Independence Day!






I’ll say this: the referendum is fluctuating wildly between Leave and Stay on an almost continuous topsy-turvy roller coaster quasi-Wall Street ride of ricocheting news and results.


If Leave scrapes by with a narrow victory, and such hairline triumph results in a renunciation of said electoral victory by British authorities, look for blood in the streets.


If not in Britain, somewhere.


Burn it down!



California has found a way to house those minimum wage, $15/hr fast food workers.

June 23rd, 2016 by Socially Extinct


To cap off the latest move in a long series of genius legislative moves here is California, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to place the Build Better LA Initiative on the November ballot.


In the spirit of reverse, control-supply-and-demand-from-the-back-end idiocy on the part of do-gooders in the Golden State, they’ve volunteered a bureaucratic bit of convoluted legislation that will provide housing to none who can’t afford it and shouldn’t be able to.



If approved, the measure would require developers to include affordable housing units in large projects for which they seek special permission to skirt zoning codes or to build beyond density and height restrictions. It would also require that 30 percent of construction workers on these projects be hired locally, and that 10 percent be from areas where the median income is under $40,000. Or, developers could avoid the affordable housing rule altogether by electing to pay a fee instead.



What’s the point of this dizzying foray into mandated illusions of governmental benevolence?  All such gestures of legislated equalization of opportunities reek of underground money-making cashcows, especially within the greedy context of civic California.


And dizzying it is. The conditions and divergences and intersections reads like a crowded mass of Venn circles overlapping and then not, and ultimately, nothing is really covered or solved.

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Who’s going to move into all these artificially affordable living units? Maybe all those $15/hr fast food workers that California was also fond of socially engineering. California:  where there is always a madness to our method….