PATH Train weekend service chaos – Hudson Reporter by Reader Submitted (Hudson Reporter)

As a regular rider on the PATH system for the past 18 years I am continuously amazed at the ineptitude and the total lack of consideration toward PATH riders by those who run the system.

Case in point, yesterday (Sunday, 3/24/2019) I wanted to take my usual trip into Manhattan and was greeted by a message at the Journal Square PATH station stating there was no direct service to 33rd Street between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, there was no direct service all weekend to the World Trade Center — a double whammy. We were forced to take an Exchange Place bound train and change at Grove Street for a 33rd Street train which included the still ridiculous and time wasting stop in Hoboken. When we arrived at the Grove Street station it was a chaotic mess! The Grove Street station is just no good as a transfer point.

I opted for the train to Exchange Place to try PATH’s replacement ferry service to Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. Passengers are forced to walk to an open-air dock and wait in line over a block away from the ferry itself! This must be a real joy when it’s pouring rain or bitterly cold. Then if the ferry is full before a passenger boards, they must wait another 15 minutes for the next one.

When departing the ferry, passengers must walk over a quarter of a mile to the World Trade Center and subways. I pity the poor riders with mobility issues or are physically handicapped.

I left Journal Square at 3:58 pm and arrived at World Trade Center at 5:02 pm. This trip normally takes 15-20 minutes.

Bhavna and I are considering attending the kite festival in Brooklyn this weekend but after reading this I’m hesitant to try. We would prefer to drive but it can be stressful and challenging to find parking in Brooklyn. But the trip via public transportation would take nearly 90 minutes one way. That doesn’t include the 20 minute drive to the Princeton Junction train station. The event is just three hours long. Ugh!

How far (measured in time) would you travel for a short duration event?

New York Suburb Declares Measles Emergency, Barring Unvaccinated Children From Public (nytimes.com)

An executive order pulled close to 6,000 unvaccinated children out of schools. Nearly 17,000 doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine were given in 26 weeks. There was a public health campaign in which community officials, doctors and rabbis testified to the importance of immunizations.

Anti-vaccination adherents are fucking morons. I want the government to immunize every person forcefully. You can’t yell “fire” in a public space. You shouldn’t be able to enter any public area without being vaccinated. If visitors to the USA are required to be vaccinated, then I see no reason why US citizens are excluded from the requirement. Require proof of vaccination for the issuance of a drivers license and passport.

Lawrence O. Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, said he found Rockland County’s emergency order deeply problematic.

He said he is a longtime proponent of making vaccines compulsory for children to attend schools, but questioned whether the order is constitutional.

“This is virtually imprisonment of a child, and certainly significantly restricting the child’s liberty,” Mr. Gostin said.

And if it was an outbreak of Ebola what would this fucking moron say?

The Real Problem with the Blue-State Model by Steven Malanga (City Journal)

In general, the blue-state model makes life more difficult for lower-income residents. The Census Department’s Supplemental Poverty Measure adjusts state poverty levels by the local cost of living, essentially measuring how many more people wind up in poverty based on state costs. Under that measure, California has the nation’s highest poverty level, at more than 20 percent of the population. More pointedly, of the 12 states where the poverty level has worsened based on local costs, seven are solidly blue, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York; the rest are politically neutral.

The blue-model states leave not just their poorer residents behind, but also whole regions. Areas that specialize in highly productive industries like finance or technology can absorb the impact of high taxes and intrusive regulations easier than cost-sensitive manufacturing or agricultural sections. While the greater San Francisco–Silicon Valley area has prospered in the latest economic expansion, five of the nation’s ten metros with the worst unemployment rates are in California. New York’s economic rebound from the last recession was powered almost entirely by New York City. The state has added about a million jobs since the recovery began, but about 730,000 have been in Gotham. Four large upstate areas have actually lost jobs.

Higher state spending can bring some apparent advantages. Blue-model states spend gigantic sums on their public schools, from 50 percent to nearly 100 percent above the national average per student in places like New York and New Jersey. That’s paid off in terms of quality, according to a study by the financial website 24/7 Wall St. The list of top public schools by state includes Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. Government spending and quality may be more closely correlated in public education because school systems aren’t controlled by state bureaucracies but by local school boards—where parents, especially in smaller suburban towns, can demand accountability.

Still, fast as some of these states educate young people, they’re losing them as residents. From 2011 through 2015, the three top states exited by millennials (people aged 23 to 38) were heavily Democratic: New York, Illinois, and New Jersey, according to one study based on census data. (Fourth on the list was politically neutral Pennsylvania, whose taxes and overall costs are relatively modest, except for property taxes, which have been rising to pay for schools.) That study also found that the five states attracting the most millennials were less costly, Texas and Colorado among them. A report drawing on more recent data by a New Jersey group found that young people, not retirees, were the biggest demographic group fleeing that state. The data belie the explanation of some politicians, like New York governor Andrew Cuomo, that blue-state out-migration is largely about retirees leaving for warmer climes.