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If you hate people, you'll love America
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His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-05-31 17:42:04 UTC
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And that's because the ultimate goal in America --if you ever make
it-- is to live in a Gated Community, where you don't see people --at
least not the friendly type. It's people who mostly live inward and
come out in the SUVs with tinted windows. Maybe they are too busy to
enjoy anything. Then outside you don't find many people either because
they are afraid to come out and find the wrong type of people.

You don't see people walking or riding bicycles and that's because the
urban landscape is scary and depressing. Many American cities were
rated "sad" recently for their poverty and lack of green to which I
add the fact that you don't see people. The sidewalks lie in disrepair
forever without proper maintenance. Nobody reports them, and if you do
they come and put a safety cone over it. Often you find cars blocking
the path or some major repair is going without proper alternatives.

But that's the American way, though some say that's the model
pioneered by Los Angeles. New York is not like that. But even in the
southern sprawls there's hope: the MIGHTY BIKE. It may just be the
vehicle of liberation, I mean liberation from the cage.

But that's only my humble opinion.


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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-01 02:51:32 UTC
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Living in a gated community absolutely sucks.  I'm sorry, but the thinking behind them is suspect. Either you have a guard, and must present your papers to the Gestapo, and visitors have to endure the requisite bullshit...or you have an automated gate that any thief simply waits for a car to pass, giving entry. Brilliant.
Getting the people outside, actually in contact with each other, and on bicycles is wonderful. The car is fine for lugging groceries about, I guess. Sitting inside a climate-controlled "box" isolates you from too much.
Absolutely right. You can lug a lot of groceries on a bike with
panniers though. And then you can add a trailer.

The car still has its place outside the community, but I look forward
to having long rides in an urban landscape looking to meet people and
hunt for bargains. Not unlike our ancestors the hunter gatherers.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-02 19:26:13 UTC
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I'll like to make this analysis given by TRANSPORTATION CHOICES. To
your surprise we cyclists may not be the friendliest people out there.
We are second best, but that's only my humble opinion. Here it goes:

1- PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES are the friendliest people out
there. They love people, even some of the trashy people who populate
our decadent transportation system. Picture people who love Greyhound
buses.

2- CYCLISTS --which include all two wheeled vehicles, "out of the
cage": We like people but just to a point. We pick and choose who to
talk to. We hate people who stink. Notice we don't need much
infrastructure. We are the freest people by far.

3- DRIVERS: They hate people. Some are willing to consider other
transportation choices and thus could be part of the solution. They
are not as much "drivers" as "driven" by the system, if you know what
I mean.

4- SUV DRIVERS: They hate people with a passion. They are a threat
even to common drivers. Tinted windows mean "don't mess with me." On
top of that, they oppose every effort toward modern transportation
systems. Funny thing is they deny Climate Change to avoid
responsibility and supported the war in Iraq based on trumped up
charges. Why would they even care the Iraqis lacked "democracy"?
Predictably they came up with a Gated Community around Baghdad.

5- PEDESTRIANS: They are not very clever by refusing to take advantage
of the wheel. A cyclist is much cooler and has a "beast of burden" at
his disposal. Often they are public transportation users. Elderly are
OK though --except when they vote and ignore the issues.

I think I said enough. The Wise Man leaves something to the
imagination.
ala
2012-06-03 14:35:42 UTC
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Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
I'll like to make this analysis given by TRANSPORTATION CHOICES. To
your surprise we cyclists may not be the friendliest people out there.
1- PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES are the friendliest people out
there. They love people, even some of the trashy people who populate
our decadent transportation system. Picture people who love Greyhound
buses.
You can probably smell it better than I can from 6 inches distance from this
screen.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-03 18:20:22 UTC
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Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
I'll like to make this analysis given by TRANSPORTATION CHOICES. To
your surprise we cyclists may not be the friendliest people out there.
1- PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES are the friendliest people out
there. They love people, even some of the trashy people who populate
our decadent transportation system. Picture people who love Greyhound
buses.
You can probably smell it better than I can from 6 inches distance from this
screen.
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It's almost like a perfect metaphor: OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM STINKS!
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-05 17:15:54 UTC
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On Jun 2, 3:26 pm, "TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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5- PEDESTRIANS: They are not very clever by refusing to take advantage
of the wheel. A cyclist is much cooler and has a "beast of burden" at
his disposal. Often they are public transportation users. Elderly are
OK though --except when they vote and ignore the issues.
I want to talk today about the saddest people in the transportation
scheme. It's the PEDESTRIAN/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOLKS. I thought
about it when my bike had a flat and waited for a bus for almost an
hour. Luckily I met a lady from Paris (originally from Ivory Coast)
and we had the most interesting conversation. She told me the French
as standoffish but not be because they are arrogant, just because they
are shy. She may be wrong but I spoke to her about the revolution and
gave her a flier (Welcome to the Jungle) which she may find useful
while visiting America. Anyway the bike didn't fit in the rack of the
bus and I was forced to walk for an hour in extreme heat! I thought of
jumping off one of the bridges (just to cool off) but I remembered
that's illegal.

Yes, being a pedestrian/public transportation user has its share of
reward and punishment. But that's only my humble opinion.
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-05 19:55:18 UTC
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On Jun 2, 3:26 pm, "TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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5- PEDESTRIANS: They are not very clever by refusing to take advantage
of the wheel. A cyclist is much cooler and has a "beast of burden" at
his disposal. Often they are public transportation users. Elderly are
OK though --except when they vote and ignore the issues.
I want to talk today about the saddest people in the transportation
scheme. It's the PEDESTRIAN/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOLKS. I thought
about it when my bike had a flat and waited for a bus for almost an
hour. Luckily I met a lady from Paris (originally from Ivory Coast)
and we had the most interesting conversation. She told me the  French
as standoffish but not be because they are arrogant, just because they
are shy.
I don't know why I feel in the mood to talk about the French. They
have a lot to be proud of, but I don't think they are arrogant.
ARROGANCE COMES WITH POWER, but that's only my humble opinion.

The French must be proud of their HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, their 35 hour
workweek (they don't drive SUVs so they don't need to work overtime)
and the Velib. The Velib is a bike sharing program pioneered by Paris.
They have made more progress in 5 years than the Americans will make
in 50, judging by the lousy bike facilities we've got in the last few
years.

If the French are standoffish they would still like the bike because
on a bike you have your own space. In America we got none other than a
vague appeal to "sharing the road." Today I was honked for taking my
space on the road. When you hate people, you do all kinds of things to
them including denying them healthcare. BICYCLING AND HEALTHCARE go
together because prevention is the best medicine. And if you fall, you
need that medical care without hassles. Maybe that's why people don't
take a chance riding a bike in America.

These are the essentials things that guarantee civilization.
ala
2012-06-06 01:41:44 UTC
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"His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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She told me the French
as standoffish but not be because they are arrogant, just because they
are shy.
it's not the first time I have heard someone confuse aloof with social
inhibition
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-06 17:50:52 UTC
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She told me the  French
as standoffish but not be because they are arrogant, just because they
are shy.
it's not the first time I have heard someone confuse aloof with social
inhibition
If they were unfriendly they would have adapted the American way. And
there's no evidence of big fat SUVs with tinted windows and gated
communities. Guns have not made their way either into the French
psyche. They have produced a madman of international recognition
(comparable to the Republican leaders), but that's way behind...

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Everybody has come to their senses in Europe and are trying to make
life nice for people. Public transportation and bikes are just obvious
examples.
ala
2012-06-07 00:32:52 UTC
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If they were unfriendly they would have adapted the American way. And
there's no evidence of big fat SUVs with tinted windows and gated
communities. Guns have not made their way either into the French
psyche. They have produced a madman of international recognition
(comparable to the Republican leaders), but that's way behind...
http://scholarscopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/napoleon-bonaparte.jpg
Everybody has come to their senses in Europe and are trying to make
life nice for people. Public transportation and bikes are just obvious
.examples.

United States: EPA Enforcement Priorities for Fiscal Year 2013 May Impact
Compliance Strategies

Article by Arthur Harrington and Matthew T. Kemp of Godfrey Kahn SC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Enforcement and
Compliance Assurance (OECA) recently released draft guidance for its
enforcement priorities for FY 2013 1. The EPA will be focusing on the
following national enforcement priorities impacting a wide range of industry
and state and local governments:

Cleaning up communities
- increase use of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
corrective action to force polluters to clean up contamination in urban
areas that impact minority communities
- increase focus on environmental justice concerns
Reducing water pollution from raw sewage and contaminated stormwater
- reduce overflows from combined and sanitary sewers (CSOs and SSOs)
- incorporate green infrastructure activities into permitting and
enforcement actions
Cutting animal waste to protect surface and ground waters
- focus on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
Reducing widespread air pollution (including greenhouse gases) from the
largest sources, especially the coal-fired utility, cement, glass, and acid
sectors
- focus on compliance with Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
- encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions through settlements
Cutting toxic air pollution that affects communities' health, focusing:
- leak detection and repair
- waste gas flares (particularly at petroleum refineries and chemical,
petrochemical, and polymer manufacturers)
- excess emissions (e.g., associated with startup, shutdown, malfunction)
Assuring energy extraction sector compliance with environmental laws
- focus on natural gas drilling and fracking
Reducing pollution from mineral processing operations
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-07 18:43:36 UTC
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Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
If they were unfriendly they would have adapted the American way. And
there's no evidence of big fat SUVs with tinted windows and gated
communities. Guns have not made their way either into the French
psyche. They have produced a madman of international recognition
(comparable to the Republican leaders), but that's way behind...
http://scholarscopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/napoleon-bonapart...
Everybody has come to their senses in Europe and are trying to make
life nice for people. Public transportation and bikes are just obvious
.examples.
United States: EPA Enforcement Priorities for Fiscal Year 2013 May Impact
Compliance Strategies
Article by Arthur Harrington  and Matthew T. Kemp of Godfrey Kahn SC
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Enforcement and
Compliance Assurance (OECA) recently released draft guidance for its
enforcement priorities for FY 2013 1. The EPA will be focusing on the
following national enforcement priorities impacting a wide range of industry
Cleaning up communities
- increase use of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
corrective action to force polluters to clean up contamination in urban
areas that impact minority communities
- increase focus on environmental justice concerns
Reducing water pollution from raw sewage and contaminated stormwater
- reduce overflows from combined and sanitary sewers (CSOs and SSOs)
- incorporate green infrastructure activities into permitting and
enforcement actions
Cutting animal waste to protect surface and ground waters
- focus on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
Reducing widespread air pollution (including greenhouse gases) from the
largest sources, especially the coal-fired utility, cement, glass, and acid
sectors
- focus on compliance with Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
- encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions through settlements
- leak detection and repair
- waste gas flares (particularly at petroleum refineries and chemical,
petrochemical, and polymer manufacturers)
- excess emissions (e.g., associated with startup, shutdown, malfunction)
Assuring energy extraction sector compliance with environmental laws
- focus on natural gas drilling and fracking
Reducing pollution from mineral processing operations
It does not make any easier to cut down my own contribution to
pollution in the most important ways:

1- It makes my riding a bike an act of heroism. I come under attack
for lack of proper facilities and enforcement.

2- Recycling is absent where I live. Wastefulness is a way of life,
including a beach path that is excessively lit all night.

3- Animal waste is everywhere in my community. I say, "My community is
full of shit."
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-10 03:04:17 UTC
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I want to clarify that in no way I imply the French character is
better than the American character. The problem is the system that I
charactize as "fuck or be fucked." Case in point is that cars won't
yield to pedestrians and when one does the other comes behind and
blasts the horn! It happened to me two days in a row. The situation is
so dire that I find "throwing myself" at cars that won't give me the
right of way. I was screaming today "go" at my girlfriend who
hesitatated to practice this suicidal strategy. It's like you are an
insect or a monkey which proves my case that this is a jungle.

But that's only my humble opinion.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-10 19:56:45 UTC
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"TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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I want to clarify that in no way I imply the French character is
better than the American character. The problem is the system that I
charactize as "fuck or be fucked." Case in point is that cars won't
yield to pedestrians and when one does the other comes behind and
blasts the horn! It happened to me two days in a row. The situation is
so dire that I find "throwing myself" at cars that won't give me the
right of way. I was screaming today "go" at my girlfriend who
hesitatated to practice this suicidal strategy. It's like you are an
insect or a monkey which proves my case that this is a jungle.
But that's only my humble opinion.
Your humble socialist opinion.
Sorry, coexisting with traffic is not a socialist enterprise, just a
social enterprise. Only in a "dog eat dog" system this is impossible
or difficult.
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-14 15:01:29 UTC
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(This may respond to some who are trying to question my wisdom. You
can not do that without looking bad. But that may actually make me
look good. So keep it up)
Funny thing is nobody has noticed these things other than the Wise
Man. That's me but my humility doesn't allow me to brag myself. Let's
If you're the only person that sees something, maybe it isn't there.
Well, I can prove my point using your own argument:

The masses riding bikes on the road aren't there. Nobody can question
that. Maybe it's because 99% of them ride on sidewalks* creating
another conflict with pedestrians and facing all kinds of dangers.

Good thing the Danish have installed BICYCLE COUNTERS, so the total
number of cyclists that pass a certain point is reflected for all to
see. Either you see it or you don't. And that proves my point --and my
wisdom as well. But I'm still trying to be humble. The jungle is a
dangerous place for the monkeys. The few "bike facilities" that show
up here and there are unconnected and may be thought of as "traps."
Who wants to fall into a trap? How about if the engineers never gave a
thought to safety? How about if they paint a bike (sharrow) on a
traffic lane on a blind curve where speeding vehicles are commonplace?
I've never ever seen a cyclist there, not would I do it myself. The
Wise Monkey waits until the beasts are calmed (calming traffic) before
leaving the cage.

* I'm talking about mainstreets. I ride backstreets to the market but
then it becomes winding.
ala
2012-06-14 23:50:18 UTC
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"His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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The masses riding bikes on the road aren't there. Nobody can question
that. Maybe it's because 99% of them ride on sidewalks* creating
another conflict with pedestrians and facing all kinds of dangers.
Good thing the Danish have installed BICYCLE COUNTERS, so the total
number of cyclists that pass a certain point is reflected for all to
see. Either you see it or you don't. And that proves my point --and my
wisdom as well. But I'm still trying to be humble. The jungle is a
dangerous place for the monkeys. The few "bike facilities" that show
up here and there are unconnected and may be thought of as "traps."
Who wants to fall into a trap? How about if the engineers never gave a
thought to safety? How about if they paint a bike (sharrow) on a
traffic lane on a blind curve where speeding vehicles are commonplace?
I've never ever seen a cyclist there, not would I do it myself. The
Wise Monkey waits until the beasts are calmed (calming traffic) before
leaving the cage.
* I'm talking about mainstreets. I ride backstreets to the market but
then it becomes winding.
does Kasparov have an op/ed column about this..
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-15 12:36:43 UTC
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Funny thing is nobody has noticed these things other than the Wise
Man. That's me but my humility doesn't allow me to brag myself. Let's
If you're the only person that sees something, maybe it isn't there.
The masses riding bikes on the road aren't there. Nobody can question
that. Maybe it's because 99% of them ride on sidewalks* creating
another conflict with pedestrians and facing all kinds of dangers.
Everywhere I've been, there are no "masses" riding bikes.  But of the
dozens we do have, only a few ride on the sidewalk. The rest of us ride
where we're supposed to.
I'm talking about practical cyclists going around with baskets and
panniers. They are a tiny minority, at least around here.

You are different. You are not part of the masses. You are the heroes.
Actually we plan to give medals to guys like you --and myself-- even
before it is safe to do so. We are just waiting for the revolution.
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-15 13:38:06 UTC
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Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
But that's the American way, though some say that's the model
pioneered by Los Angeles. New York is not like that. But even in the
southern sprawls there's hope: the MIGHTY BIKE. It may just be the
vehicle of liberation, I mean liberation from the cage.
But that's only my humble opinion.
I don't want to brag about my humbleness, but everytime I get it
right. Well, it's perhaps the Wisdom of the Jungle gives me this sense
of sharp awareness of the world that facts follow my humble opinions.
Case in point is New York (City) above.

Now it has been proven that living in New York makes you live longer.
Perhaps it's because the monkey is out of the cage, perhaps it's
because they are rewarding positive behavior ("positive conditioning"
I think it's called) that people are eating better, banning smoking
and thus living longer. The saying "I love NY" now has a deeper
meaning. We may have to add "but I hate America" --at least the
America that hates people.

(I QUOTE)

Want to Live Longer? Move to NYC

While life expectancy in many parts of the United States is dropping,
it has increased by 10 years in Manhattan since 1987. Researchers
largely attribute that rise — the fastest in the nation — to a
crackdown by the New York City health department on unhealthy
behaviors.

Manhattanites can now expect to live to the ripe old age of 82, and
the average life expectancy across all five New York City boroughs is
80.6 years. That's three years beyond the national average, and a
striking turnaround since the city's low point in 1990, when life
expectancy there trailed the U.S. average by three years.

The numbers come from researchers at the University of Washington's
Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation, who recently estimated the
life expectancies in all 3,147 independent American cities and
counties each year from 1987 through 2009. Even with New York's
success, the IHME team found life expectancy in the country as a whole
lengthened just 1.7 years per decade, a slower pace of progress than
in the world's most long-lived countries. (The United States ranks
50th in that regard, according to the CIA World Fact Book.)

So, why is New York doing so well, and how can other U.S. cities get
their residents' longevities up to speed? [Infographic: A Day in the
Life of the Average American]

According to the British medical journal The Lancet, most gains made
during the 1990s aren't replicable elsewhere. The city ramped up its
life expectancy by reining in homicide rates and HIV/AIDS-related
mortality, both of which had weighed down the average at the beginning
of the decade.

However, gains made after 2000 reflect true improvements in individual
health. Mirroring the national average, some 87 percent of deaths in
the Big Apple result from noncommunicable diseases — preventable
ailments such as heart disease and lung cancer — but the number of
yearly deaths from those causes is steadily falling. The IHME
researchers determined that more than 60 percent of the increase in
New Yorkers' life expectancy since 2000 can be attributed to
reductions in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Lead researcher Ali Mokdad said the reduction is largely thanks to
aggressive efforts by city health officials to simply take away
unhealthy choices from residents. The health department has, for
example, banned trans fats, prohibited smoking in public spaces and
hiked taxes on cigarettes. It has also rolled out hundreds of miles of
new bicycle lanes, mandated the use of calorie labels on menus in
chain restaurants and plastered posters up in subways with information
about the risks of obesity and the benefits of preventive health
services. [What Are the Leading Causes of Death?]

At the moment the city is considering a partial ban on large servings
of sugar-sweetened drinks, which would go into effect next year.

“For way too long, public health departments have defined their
responsibilities as essentially infectious- disease control rather
than improvement of health of the population," New York City Health
Commissioner Thomas Farley told The Lancet. In 21st-century New York,
the real concerns are tobacco, poor nutrition and inactivity, so the
health department has made them their new focus, he said. "It's not a
given that we're going to continue to have high rates of smoking and
high rates of [noncommunicable] diseases; those are as preventable as
infectious diseases were 150 years ago."

http://www.livescience.com/20964-life-expectancy-nyc.html

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WORD FROM THE WISE: WE NEED TO BE OUT OF THE CAGE AND SOCIALIZE.
REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR, PUNISH BAD BEHAVIOR. RIDE BIKE!!! Notice how the
rest of America sucks while those who can afford it move to Gated
Communities, thus leaving communities --which they consider the
jungle-- fall apart. I'm telling you, "MY COMMUNITY IS FULL OF
SHIT" (that's dog shit and cat shit and people give a shit) and that's
very bad. And it could be worse. While my community has people going
around, most communities have no people in sight. It's like a disease
has hit town and everybody is dead. And that disease --my dear
friends-- is FEAR. Maybe the political system is falling apart too.
Are these ghostowns governed by anyone? I can only think of a cure:
MAKE PEOPLE RIDE BIKES AND ENJOY LIFE.

But that's only my humble opinion.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-16 15:17:25 UTC
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Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
On May 30, 2:20 pm, "TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
But that's the American way, though some say that's the model
pioneered by Los Angeles. New York is not like that. But even in the
southern sprawls there's hope: the MIGHTY BIKE. It may just be the
vehicle of liberation, I mean liberation from the cage.
But that's only my humble opinion.
I don't want to brag about my humbleness, but everytime I get it
right. Well, it's perhaps the Wisdom of the Jungle gives me this sense
of sharp awareness of the world that facts follow my humble opinions.
Case in point is New York (City) above.
Now it has been proven that living in New York makes you live longer.
Statistics can prove most anything one desires.
Well, you may claim the opposite too. Statistics confirm or deny the
claims of many. For example, they claim we have a bike sharing program
--similar to Paris and London-- but the statistics would show that no
more of a handful of people would take advantage of it from one end to
the other. Why? Because there are no bike facilities at all and you
are forced to ride on sidewalk. Again, that's why I propose bicycle
counters. Then we can have real statistics.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Perhaps it's because the monkey is out of the cage, perhaps it's
because they are rewarding positive behavior ("positive conditioning"
I think it's called) that people are eating better, banning smoking
and thus living longer.
Perhaps it's a projection.
True, perhaps it's common sense too. I was hardly aware that NYC was
also trying to improve people's behavior, so everything came together
to prove me right. And this is proof of my humbleness. I don't need to
brag that I'm a prophet of something of the sort.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
The saying "I love NY" now has a deeper
meaning. We may have to add "but I hate America" --at least the
America that hates people.
Or the America you love to hate.
Are we OK with saying that "I hate people who hate people?" I think we
should. They try to make your life miserable in every possible way, so
they get my hate. I don't believe the claim that Christians love their
enemies either. Maybe some Buddhists can, but I'd not accept it at
face value.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
(I QUOTE)
Want to Live Longer? Move to NYC
While life expectancy in many parts of the United States is dropping,
it has increased by 10 years in Manhattan since 1987.
Ever wonder how they arrived at that figure?
They are not trying to lie to you. The statistics don't lie unless
they are manipulated or wrong and we have to prove it.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Researchers
largely attribute that rise — the fastest in the nation — to a
crackdown by the New York City health department on unhealthy
behaviors.
Manhattanites can now expect to live to the ripe old age of 82, and
the average life expectancy across all five New York City boroughs is
80.6 years. That's three years beyond the national average, and a
striking turnaround since the city's low point in 1990, when life
expectancy there trailed the U.S. average by three years.
"Babies born in New York City in 2009 can expect to live a record 80.6
years, nearly three years longer than in 2000 and more than two years
longer than the current national average of 78.2 years.
Life expectancy for 40-year-old New Yorkers rose to 82 in 2009, a
2.5-year increase from 2000 — slightly more than double the increase
for middle-aged Americans on the whole. Life expectancy for
70-year-olds in New York also increased by 1.5 years, compared with
0.7 years for the country on average. Go figure."
That suggests that if you are 40 years old now, in New York City,
you can expect to live to be 82 (if you're in Queens or Manhatten,
whereas the Bronx is not your best choice of boroughs) as of 2009,
however if you were born in 2009, you can expect to live to be 80.6
which seems a bit odd. [cf Institute's table for comparison.]
So things are getting better according to this other statistic. Gee,
there's no doubt about it now.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
The numbers come from researchers at the University of Washington's
Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation, who recently estimated the
life expectancies in all 3,147 independent American cities and
counties each year from 1987 through 2009.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/26/third-babies-2012-live-100
If you want to live past 100,
you might want to be born this year
and move to the United Kingdom.
I wonder why we became independent. We would be now a great United
Kingdom of America.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
WORD FROM THE WISE: WE NEED TO BE OUT OF THE CAGE AND SOCIALIZE.
REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR, PUNISH BAD BEHAVIOR. RIDE BIKE!!!
http://www.aneki.com/safest_cities_america.html
And move to someplace else.
True. As a matter of fact, I will be visiting New York, so I'll get to
experience friendly people. But it won't be NYC so perhaps they have
incorporated the SUV/Gated Community culture.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Notice how the
rest of America sucks while those who can afford it move to Gated
Communities, thus leaving communities --which they consider the
jungle-- fall apart.
Have you looked at google's bike path maps?
They list bike friendly roads.
Oh wait, here they lie of the time. That path that it shows may be
leading into a trap. That's why the knowledge of the asphalt jungle is
valuable. Never trust "their bike facilities." Never trust the jungle
for that matter.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
I'm telling you, "MY COMMUNITY IS FULL OF
SHIT" (that's dog shit and cat shit and people give a shit) and that's
very bad. And it could be worse. While my community has people going
around, most communities have no people in sight. It's like a disease
has hit town and everybody is dead. And that disease --my dear
friends-- is FEAR.
Is it communicable?
Yes it is. You must be placed in quarantine until it goes away.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Maybe the political system is falling apart too.
Are these ghostowns governed by anyone?
People would be my guess.
Yeah, but the people in power are different animals though. It got
nothing to do with people riding bikes or walkable communities. They
do a job and get paid handsomely.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
MAKE PEOPLE RIDE BIKES
Force them, eh.
Lead them. London implemented a policy to restrict car access AND
create a bicycle program. Once you restrict parking or access to an
area, people would get the message that the bike is the way to go.
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
AND ENJOY LIFE.
Reminds me of something a friend's father once said
when one of the kids didn't want to go somewhere.
"You will go
and you will have a good time."
I'd say, "You go and find out."
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
But that's only my humble opinion.
How do you define humble?
Humbleness is a nonprofit attribute that special people posses. Gandhi
had it. Reagan didn't.

So now we know what the problem is, and what the solution is. What are
we waiting for?
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-17 20:46:16 UTC
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So now we know what the problem is, and what the solution is. What are
we waiting for?
You might be in fear.
And you might hate.
Aside from those emotions,
I'm not sure what else you are waiting for.
I'm not waiting nor expecting
nor trying to change anything in particular
at the moment.
The Wise Man removes the obstacles on his path so he can continue to
meet his destiny. Sometimes the destiny is just roaming free and
that's OK too. The Wise Man always has a Plan B. There are no
sidewalks and distances are too long, then he rides a bike. Maybe not
necessary in New York City, but very important in the urban sprawl.

Let's talk in practical terms:

THEY BUILT THE SYSTEM TO DEFEAT THE PEDESTRIAN, BUT THE BIKE CAN
DEFEAT THE SYSTEM.

But that's only my humble opinion.

(I have deleted much of what you say because the Wise Man talk little
but delivers a punch. I may get back to it later when I got some more
time)
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-06-17 20:39:49 UTC
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So now we know what the problem is, and what the solution is. What are
we waiting for?
You might be in fear.
And you might hate.
Aside from those emotions,
I'm not sure what else you are waiting for.
I'm not waiting nor expecting
nor trying to change anything in particular
at the moment.
The Wise Man removes the obstacles on his path so he can continue to
meet his destiny. Sometimes the destiny is just roaming free and
that's OK too. The Wise Man always has a Plan B. There are no
sidewalks and distances are too long, then he rides a bike. Maybe not
necessary in New York City, but very important in the urban sprawl.

Let's talk in practical terms:

THEY BUILT THE SYSTEM TO DEFEAT THE PEDESTRIAN, BUT THE BIKE CAN
DEFEAT THE SYSTEM.

But that's only my humble opinion.

(I have deleted much of what you say because the Wise Man talk little
but delivers a punch. I may get back to it later when I got some more
time)
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Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Are we OK with saying that "I hate people who hate people?" I think we
should. They try to make your life miserable in every possible way, so
they get my hate.
If you hate people that hate people
then you hate yourself. You are they
who are making your life miserable
in every possible way, you
get your own hate.
It's a mirror.
It won't matter to the system what a Wise Monkey thinks. But FUTURE
GENERATIONS will be harsh passing judgement on this blind, selfish,
greedy generation which readily trashes the planet. But this
generation will be gone by then, so may it not matter either. Nothing
matters in this world.

There's no right and wrong. Riding a bike or driving an SUV is the
same. Terrorists and victims are all the same. This is a post-
ideological era. There's only two types of people under Globalization:
Those with the money and those without it, which is to say winners and
losers. Buddha, Gandhi and Capone are on the same level. Actually more
people may be trying to imitate Capone than Buddha and Gandhi.
Sometimes I think of our masters --assuming we have masters-- as a
mafia.

But that's only my humble opinion.

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