Warriors

22 May 19
BigSmallWorlds

The Necropolis Valley of Norochia, west of Ebino, Early Autumn, IC 2403 Captain General Lord Alessio Falconi, despite everyone else’s surprise that the enemy had left the protection of the city walls to assemble in the nearby valley of Norochia, did not hesitate in issuing new battle orders. He knew that with a force as […]

22 May 19
Newsy Today

O.J. Simpson scores for the Bills against the Lions in 1976. (AP Photo / File)

22 May 19
downthetubes.net

With Rebellion‘s welcome announcement of mass-market Trigan Empire collections, launching next year, it’s perhaps no surprise that some fans of artist Don Lawrence are also wondering if this might also pave the way for a similar release for the science fantasy Storm, a strip the British artist worked on for 22 years. Following his departure […]

22 May 19
OEN

Two Thrones is a return to form for the franchise and rights many wrong presented by Warrior Within.

22 May 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
There may be some doubt about where it originated, but the “Beat LA” chant was prominent and quite a bit more vulgar in San Francisco during a Dodgers-Giants series in September 1982, when a playoff berth was at stake. While Los Angeles and the Bay Area usually agree politically, new rivalries have arisen in recent years, as the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers twice a year in professional football and the Golden State Warriors have replaced the Los Angeles Lakers as the world’s premier professional basketball team. Now the longtime north-south animosity shows signs of bleeding over into politics. Northern California politicians are avidly pushing supposed solutions to the state’s acknowledged housing crisis against the wishes of many Southern California cities. A Democratic San Francisco state senator, Scott Wiener, is behind SB 50, a legislative proposal aiming to radically change the face of much of Southern California by forcing cities and counties to allow unlimited dense high-rise buildings within a quarter-mile of major transit routes and even farther away from light rail stations. It was likely no coincidence that a Southern California state senator, Democrat Anthony Portantino of La Canada-Flintridge, using his authority as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stalled the bill at least until next year. Meanwhile, a Berkeley state senator sponsors legislation that would block regions with high real estate prices from imposing new limits on housing construction or decreasing the number of homes allowed in many places where zoning now permits new building. That bill, by Democrat Nancy Skinner, is known as SB 330 and would be effective for 10 years. These potential laws could change the face and lifestyle of Southern California far more than points north because cities like San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland are already far denser than most of the south state. Plus, the vast majority of sub-600,000 population counties – exempt from SB 50 – are in Northern California. The Bay Area also features a more comprehensive mass rail transit system than Southern California, whose Red Line streetcar network of the early 20th Century was bought up and dismantled by a combination of auto, gasoline and tire companies during the late 1940s and 1950s. Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California are now staging a multi-billion-dollar mass transit comeback, adding one light rail line after another, but these still fall far short of a comprehensive network. That leaves Southern California more dependent on cars than the Bay Area. Wiener’s bill assumes that dense building near transit lines will see new residents abandon their cars for public transit. But the transit system in Los Angeles and environs is not nearly wide-ranging enough to allow this. It’s nothing like New York, London, Moscow or Paris, where subways and elevated lines reach within a few blocks of almost anywhere. Similarly, the Skinner plan would force local governments in high-priced cities to allow new construction without much new parking, another anti-automobile tactic. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s simultaneous push for cities to allow large numbers of new “affordable” housing units has similar flaws. The assumption that residents of smallish new apartments would gladly abandon their individual, independent transportation does not jibe with reality. Statistics show new light rail routes take few cars off Southern California streets and highways. The less sprawling nature of current development in Northern California guarantees the biggest impacts of all these housing initiatives would come in the south, where neither Wiener nor Skinner has spent much time. Essentially, Northern California politicians are saying their untested ideas should trump what elected officials in the south state know about their cities and counties. They want to nullify zoning laws shaping growth and development in places they don’t know very well. If they prevail – and they eventually might, given massive majorities of ultra-liberal Democrats in both houses of the Legislature – two likely results would be even more gridlock and more competition for parking in the most congested parts of California. Meanwhile, because “affordable” housing still costs far more in rent or mortgage payments than almost any homeless person can pay, these plans would likely not take more than a few people off the streets. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit http://www.californiafocus.net
22 May 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
There may be some doubt about where it originated, but the “Beat LA” chant was prominent and quite a bit more vulgar in San Francisco during a Dodgers-Giants series in September 1982, when a playoff berth was at stake. While Los Angeles and the Bay Area usually agree politically, new rivalries have arisen in recent years, as the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers twice a year in professional football and the Golden State Warriors have replaced the Los Angeles Lakers as the world’s premier professional basketball team. Now the longtime north-south animosity shows signs of bleeding over into politics. Northern California politicians are avidly pushing supposed solutions to the state’s acknowledged housing crisis against the wishes of many Southern California cities. A Democratic San Francisco state senator, Scott Wiener, is behind SB 50, a legislative proposal aiming to radically change the face of much of Southern California by forcing cities and counties to allow unlimited dense high-rise buildings within a quarter-mile of major transit routes and even farther away from light rail stations. It was likely no coincidence that a Southern California state senator, Democrat Anthony Portantino of La Canada-Flintridge, using his authority as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stalled the bill at least until next year. Meanwhile, a Berkeley state senator sponsors legislation that would block regions with high real estate prices from imposing new limits on housing construction or decreasing the number of homes allowed in many places where zoning now permits new building. That bill, by Democrat Nancy Skinner, is known as SB 330 and would be effective for 10 years. These potential laws could change the face and lifestyle of Southern California far more than points north because cities like San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland are already far denser than most of the south state. Plus, the vast majority of sub-600,000 population counties – exempt from SB 50 – are in Northern California. The Bay Area also features a more comprehensive mass rail transit system than Southern California, whose Red Line streetcar network of the early 20th Century was bought up and dismantled by a combination of auto, gasoline and tire companies during the late 1940s and 1950s. Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California are now staging a multi-billion-dollar mass transit comeback, adding one light rail line after another, but these still fall far short of a comprehensive network. That leaves Southern California more dependent on cars than the Bay Area. Wiener’s bill assumes that dense building near transit lines will see new residents abandon their cars for public transit. But the transit system in Los Angeles and environs is not nearly wide-ranging enough to allow this. It’s nothing like New York, London, Moscow or Paris, where subways and elevated lines reach within a few blocks of almost anywhere. Similarly, the Skinner plan would force local governments in high-priced cities to allow new construction without much new parking, another anti-automobile tactic. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s simultaneous push for cities to allow large numbers of new “affordable” housing units has similar flaws. The assumption that residents of smallish new apartments would gladly abandon their individual, independent transportation does not jibe with reality. Statistics show new light rail routes take few cars off Southern California streets and highways. The less sprawling nature of current development in Northern California guarantees the biggest impacts of all these housing initiatives would come in the south, where neither Wiener nor Skinner has spent much time. Essentially, Northern California politicians are saying their untested ideas should trump what elected officials in the south state know about their cities and counties. They want to nullify zoning laws shaping growth and development in places they don’t know very well. If they prevail – and they eventually might, given massive majorities of ultra-liberal Democrats in both houses of the Legislature – two likely results would be even more gridlock and more competition for parking in the most congested parts of California. Meanwhile, because “affordable” housing still costs far more in rent or mortgage payments than almost any homeless person can pay, these plans would likely not take more than a few people off the streets. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit http://www.californiafocus.net
22 May 19
Gaming Hardware

Sniper games are all about perching on top of a building and punching holes through bad guys from a mile away with the help of a high-calibre rifle. Whether it’s the challenge of compensating for bullet drop, or the simple pleasure of watching a group of enemies descend into panic as you pick the hapless […]

22 May 19
New York City Ticketron

Our NBA experts predict the winner of every playoff round, all the way through the FinalsOur NBA experts predict the winner of every playoff round, all the way through the Finals […]

22 May 19
New York City Ticketron

Meanwhile, Durant’s business partner, Rich Kleiman, says Durant is ‘100 percent undecided’Meanwhile, Durant’s business partner, Rich Kleiman, says Durant is ‘100 percent undecided’ […]

22 May 19
Sunsets Sunrise

Waking up this morning Your touch tender and light But in the dark it’s tinder for the fire in the night Gazing in your eyes the heat of love ignites a flame I linger there and I would dare to say no one’s to blame For seeing ancient wars play out, and on a flowery […]

22 May 19
Infotainment Factory

// Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has reportedly asked Penrith for a release in another bitter blow for the struggling NRL club. The New Zealand skipper told Panthers officials he wanted an immediate release despite being contracted until 2020, News Corp reported on Wednesday. Watene-Zelezniak was earlier this month linked with a move to Parramatta and his future […]

22 May 19
Email Devotionals

05.22.2019 – Old Testament: 1Ch 7.13 To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 6–7 on May 22, In the year of our Lord 2019 By Don Ruhl First Chronicles begins with a lengthy list of various genealogies of the families of Israel. Of Israel’s son Naphtali, the Bible says, The sons of […]

22 May 19
A_bena

…..“Humankind lives in darkness and depressing gloom trapped under the guise of civilized societies.” She replied to my unspoken thoughts, “The truth is they can neither hear nor see nor feel. They only grope about pretending to hear and see and feel. This world is fraught with frailty, cycles and established paradigms of what a […]

22 May 19
Camillea Reads

Books are falling like raindrops these days, you guys! With so many releases, I’ve been needing a way to highlight upcoming releases on my blog but I also didn’t want to get caught up on the hype and talk about books I may not get to read. Still, talking about books and promoting them is […]

22 May 19
The Giant Brain

It’s getting close now folks. The emails are coming thick and fast into Giant Brain HQ, telling us about all sorts of shiny things to see at the convention. I’m going to try and use this one to highlight some of the smaller companies that I intend to visit. I’ve done this a bit in […]