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Boston “goes there” with new law designed to crush Airbnb

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After months of “investigation and study” with veiled threats coming from the office of Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston voted this week to impose strict limits and fees on people choosing to rent out a room using Airbnb to make some extra money. Everyone knew this was coming because Boston Democrats had made no secret of their agenda. Still, the limits they are putting in place to thwart the growth of the gig economy are every bit as bad as most had feared. (Boston Globe)

After months of debate, the Boston City Council on Wednesday passed rules that are designed to sharply rein in Boston’s fast-growing short-term rental business and help ease the tight housing market.

The rules, which passed on an 11-to-2 vote, are among the most stringent efforts in the nation to regulate the burgeoning industry. The rules would bar investors and tenants from renting their homes by the night through popular websites such as Airbnb, while allowing homeowners and owner-occupants of two- and three-family houses to continue to do so.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who first proposed the bill in January, said he will sign it into law.

For lower income renters, this outcome represents pretty much the worst case scenario. Some earlier proposals under discussion spoke of perhaps limiting the number of nights per year they could rent a room or perhaps even impose some sort of annual fee. But Boston has flat-out banned anyone who doesn’t own the property from earning extra money this way, regardless of what sort of arrangement they may have with their landlord. Similarly, if you are an investor who has a rental property you will not be allowed to rent it out on a nightly basis through the popular gig economy app. Only those who own and reside in a residence will be able to do so, and even then they will be charged an annual fee and have limits placed on rentals.

The city government still laughably claims this is a solution to a housing crisis problem. They say that there isn’t enough rental property available in the city because of all the Airbnb traffic. In reality, too much housing demand is a pretty good problem to have because it means that a lot of people are visiting your city and spending money there. Perhaps you could start issuing permits to build new housing? Naw… that would just be crazy, right?

The other complaint is that there are “too many strangers” staying for only a few nights and wandering around the streets. Of course, when those strangers stay in hotels they’re called “tourists” and that’s also a good thing for your city.

What’s really behind this move is the same thing we’ve discussed here in the past. It all comes down to the actions of lobbying groups like the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). They don’t like the competition from Airbnb and they’ve had a plan in place to try to thwart the gig economy for a while now. In 2017 the New York Times went inside the AHLA and exposed documents which described their long-term plan to crush Airbnb. The plan was described as “a multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level targeting key markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington and Miami.” It detailed the best way to get local government officials on their side and arguments being made by Walsh and the City Council can be found almost word for word in the AHLA documents.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that hotel and real estate lobbyist groups like the Massachusettes Association of Realtors have been very generous in terms of campaign contributions to Boston Democrats, including Mayor Walsh. And now, once the new law goes into effect next year, they will have basically succeeded in shutting down Airbnb in Boston and stifling the competition. Isn’t democracy just swell?

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FBI Director Wray Praises Mueller “I Do Not Believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a Witch Hunt” (VIDEO)

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FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on the IG report’s findings of the Clinton email investigation.

Christopher Wray told Senator Leahy (D-VT) that Robert Mueller’s investigation is ‘not a witch hunt.’

FBI Director Wray once again proves he serves the Deep State swamp rather than the interests of the American people.

FBI Director Christopher Wray held a press conference last Thursday afternoon from the FBI headquarters in DC following the release of the IG report was released.

Wray defended the swamp; he said the IG report “did not find any evidence of political bias or improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review.”

On Monday, the FBI Director praised Mueller and said the dirty cop is not on a witch hunt.

Truly disgusting.

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We shouldn’t be surprised as Wray defended the corrupt officials in the FBI brass last week in a disgraceful press conference.

Americans are disgusted after reading more anti-Trump text messages from FBI agents.

What a disgrace.
The top officials at the FBI and DOJ hated Donald Trump and his supporters.

The Deep State hacks called Trump supporters: F***ing Idiots, Sad, Pathetic, Retarded.

Chris Wray told reporters there was “no evidence of political bias.”
This is the same FBI that had spies inside the Trump campaign and continued to spy on President-elect Trump after his election and inauguration.
And the FBI spy infiltrating the Trump campaign openly advocated for Hillary Clinton during the election.

According to Wray, there’s no political bias and Mueller is not on a witch hunt despite KGB tactics of breaking down doors and raiding anyone connected to the president without even naming the crime.

Wray needs to go.

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Study: The states with the most psychopaths seem to be blue

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Why on Earth would we talk about a Social Science Research Center study like this? The real question is… how could we not?

Reported at QZ, this new study by Southern Methodist University Professor Ryan Murphy correlated a bunch of data which I can’t make heads or tails of and figured out how psychopathic the residents of every state are. He was looking at the “levels of big five personality traits” (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience) in each state. These apparently correlate with other traits which identify psychopathic tendencies. To put it mildly, the news was not good for the blue states.

Sometimes, it can feel like there are psychopaths everywhere. If you live in the United States, it’s now possible to move to less psychopathic environs, thanks to new research ranking 48 contiguous states by psychopathy.

Connecticut wins the dubious award of most psychopathic state in the US, followed by California in second, and New Jersey third. New York and Wyoming tie for joint fourth place, followed by Maine. The least psychopathic state is West Virginia, followed by Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Mexico…

Earlier research shows that psychopathy is composed of disinhibition, boldness, and meanness, and a forthcoming paper shows that these characteristics can be translated into the big five traits.

I’m still not sure how things like “meanness” and disinhibition translate over to characteristics typical of psychopaths, but then, I only lasted for a few classes in pre-med. It’s still interesting to note that while the five states with the highest psychopath rating were almost entirely blue states in the northeast (plus California), the least psychopathic ones were in red (or at least reddish purple) areas. Who would have guessed that West Virginia would be the best location, particularly if you’ve ever watched the movies based in that region?

Oh, there was one more kicker to the study results. You might have been wondering where the District of Columbia landed. The answer is that it’s not on the list because it rang up a psychopath rating that was off the charts but was disqualified due to mitigating circumstances. (Emphasis added)

Murphy also included the District of Columbia in his research, and found it had a psychopathy level far higher than any other state. But this finding is an outlier, as Murphy notes, as it’s an entirely urban area and cannot be fairly compared with larger, more geographically diverse, US states. That said, as Murphy notes, “The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”

So if you’re looking for the highest concentration of psychopaths in the country, head to Washington, D.C. Apparently they have more of them than you can shake a stick at and the majority are working “in the political sphere.”

C’mon, man. You’re not going to sit there and tell me you’re surprised.

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BREAKING: IG Horowitz Confirms Comey Under Investigation For Handling of Classified Memos

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Inspector General Horowitz confirmed Monday during a Congressional hearing Comey is under investigation for his handling of classified information.

Fired FBI Director James Comey penned 7 memos stemming from 9 conversations with President Trump.

At least 4 of 7 of the memos contained classified information.

Comey gave contents of his memos to his ‘friend’ Daniel Richman to leak to the New York Times in order to prompt a Special Counsel.

On Monday, Inspector General Horowitz was asked by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley ‘if the IG is investigating Comey’s handling of his memos about Trump.’

Horowitz replied in the affirmative.

“Yes, we’re investigating it and will produce a report on it.”

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