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  1. It's less obvious to me than to you, I guess, how the existence of a world-wonder-facade strip center in the Woodlands testifies to the unlikelihood Texas will see a world-wonder-facade casino in the middle of a treeless parking lot so big you can see the curvature of the earth. The second sentence I can't say I follow. The Atlantic recently had a short negative piece by David Frum on casinos: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/a-good-way-to-wreck-a-local-economy-build-casinos/375691/2/#disqus_thread. It was a little surprising for 2 reasons: one, it didn't follow the A
  2. Don't worry, gambling HAIF-ers! With any luck at all you'll have your casinos within the decade; and perhaps one of them will also appeal to your love of architecture, as does this fine establishment to our north: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2550/3713553240_855a9bdcdb_z.jpg
  3. Others may judge whether slots players are a completely different (fun!) breed, but the heaviest lottery players do not appear to be playing for amusement, according to a Cornell behavioral economist: That's one very small ray of hope - more like a photon! As Rick Casey of the San Antonio Express-News points out, you have statistically pretty much the same chance of winning the Texas Lotto whether you buy a ticket or not - 26 million to one. You don't actually have to pay to "play" that one. Uness you've been persuaded otherwise by lottery agency advertising. Of course, for all we know, t
  4. Indeed, if I were a betting man, I would wager our gambling future will be a casino in every Buc-ees (billboard: "Royal Flush"? - except there won't be anything as diverting even as poker; no, it will be nothing but one-armed bandits as far as the eye can see, either because Americans don't want to work very hard at losing money, or it's simply the fastest, most efficient way to get to the final outcome). But do dream on about a "couple of" (!) tasteful downtown casinos where elegant gents may enjoy a game of baccarat after dinner.
  5. In a column a year or so ago Ross Douthat explored the tension between consistency and permissiveness. Column short: historically limiting casinos mostly to NJ and NV worked - by which he means, kept vice somewhat contained - pretty well, if "indefensibly," until the big Indian gaming expansion. Turned out the Great White Father still can't yield anything - even casino receipts - to the Indians, and hence the push by the states to cash in too. Were it not for those awful res casinos, despite their well-documented attendant crime and social ills, it is doubtful we'd be talking about legalizing
  6. Having just read a book about Detroit - called: "Detroit," but it might well have been called "America" - I am more than ever finding the fixation on who can afford to live in San Francisco, or whether it will have enough baristas per capita - to be about on par with Romans worrying, late in the Republic, about whether the Palatine Hill was getting too exclusive. It's a thing, I guess, but is it really the thing?
  7. I don't know about "statistically corrected" - the seemingly modest (in terms of the numbers it generates) practice of imputation, while not directly statistical, has a statistical component, in assigning a number to a presumed household based on local characteristics - but the Supreme Court case that I linked to earlier, held that a Census that is "statistically produced," which had evidently been proposed ahead of the 2000 census, was not consistent with the Constitution. I think Scalia argued that in order to show that sampling would yield a more accurate result than counting, you would hav
  8. No. A census is an ancient thing, unlike statistics, so I find it strange that you should all trust that the government "knows" the result in advance and assume statistical methods are used to arrive at it. I think, if you'll forgive me, there may be a generational divide at the moment, as to faith in what government "knows." This article explains the one statistical method of "imputation" employed, more and less in some decades, to try not to undercount: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/05/04/imputation-adding-people-to-the-census/ When after repeated failed attempts to count them, peo
  9. Seems to indicate Supreme Court rejected massaging the numbers, but the legalese is too lengthy for me: http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/census-methods-raise-constitutional-flags Pro and Con: http://www.scienceclarified.com/dispute/Vol-2/Should-statistical-sampling-be-used-in-the-United-States-Census.html
  10. I am confused. Are you saying the census bureau assumes a certain number of people are eluding them, deliberately or not, and hazards a guess as to their number? I was only a lowly enumerator for a couple months, but I understood the census to be, pretty simply, a head count. i think I heard them say they had a way of catching duplicate surveys, but that's all I remember. Perhaps you are referring to statistical methods and assumptions that are likely involved in census bureau reports, based on sampling, on the attributes of the population.
  11. I would have enjoyed that rant! One of the things about America's troubled future that I actually look forward to, is the lights going out, and no one replacing them.
  12. I guess Town-and-Country's previous incarnation was just a mulligan then.
  13. Exactly. To speak only of the cultural impact: it's the homogenization that dismays some few of us. It is a matter of total indifference whether you call it urbanization or suburbanization. If you are a a non-flyer, as I am, of a certain age, you will have observed over the course of a lifetime of road travel that places have all begun to look the same. If you or your family are new to this country, this can hardly be expected to necessarily disturb you in any way. Or perhaps in any case, the benefits of sprawl are so apparent to you that you in no way regard its displacing something els
  14. I tend to be comfortable when others are hot. My Houston family must be air-conditioned at all times. I have never known them to dine al fresco even once, at any time of year. Moreover, they prefer the air to be conditioned to a fairly arctic degree, because "the men are wearing suits," Mother used to say. But men aren't wearing suits all that much anymore, and my family are a collection of old fuddy-duddies, and I'm pretty sure none of them has ever been to a park anyway. As HAIFers often point out, Houston has drawn a very international crowd of newcomers, most of whom have gotten along
  15. I'm not sure if you think it would be nice, or if you are being facetious, but I wouldn't look for it to happen since corporate America has figured out that keeping American workers in a perpetual cage match with newcomers, is a good way to tamp down costs. "Savings passed on to the consumer," of course, of course. Only little hitch is the malaise that seems to come with "consumer" being one's identity, but that will pass in time, I expect.
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