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  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 14, 7:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Goran_K says
I hope we can both agree that openly vicious racism is extremely hateful and the person who would use racism to hurt other people is probably a person who lacks moral character.


I agree, and I don't like openly vicious racism, but I'm not willing to delete such comments because "racism" is used in the current atmosphere as an excuse to stifle debate in the press at at universities.

At the moment, I just want to delete personal attacks on other users. A patrick.net user could be a flaming Nazi calling for the extermination of the Jews, and still I would like to debate him rather than simply shut him down.

But if the Nazi is not going to debate issues and opinions, but insists on simply insulting other users, then he's got to go.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 14, 7:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

errc says
Unless your goal is to suppress free speech, and silence any dissenting opinions and critiques. Maybe that is what Patrick is going for these days


Not at all. How many times can I say it? The rule is just don't deliberately insult the other users. Argue something other than the worthiness of the individual. That's about it.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 14, 7:08pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

I honestly wish I could have Hitler and Mohammed on here. They would probably have a lot of interesting points. I think they'd get along, too.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 14, 7:14pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

jvolstad says
As long as they don't recruit Realtor's.


BTW, this is fine with me. Not an insult to other users. And I really don't like realtors. Very corrupt industry.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 14, 7:41pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Yes, good idea. I should have "and 24 lurkers" or whatever it is.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 15, 8:42am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

I like Tay Tay more now.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 15, 7:40pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Necrophiliacs' victims need to break their silence!
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 15, 8:24pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says
Socialist countries have a lot more corruption, because the power rests in the hands of very few individuals.


True, but it's also true that we are getting more corruption of our political system here as more power is concentrated into the hands of our oligarchs.

They can simply buy our laws with campaign donations and lobbying, and use those laws to ensure that there is no challenge to their near-monopolies.

Cash flows in, cash is used to buy lawmakers, lawmakers divide us with bullshit identity politics and quietly pass laws which ensure the cash keeps flowing to the oligarchs. Rinse and repeat. Forever.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 15, 8:47pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Yes, that's another good point. Different races have widely varying susceptibility to different diseases.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 16, 9:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

That's definitely animal abuse, imho.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 16, 6:21pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Thanks for telling me! Will fix.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 16, 6:52pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

OK, fixed now.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 16, 9:14pm   ↑ like (8)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Would it be inappropriate to ask where the 16 year old's parents were when she was given the key to Stallone's hotel room?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 7:25am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

errc says
Why is it so hard for you to be civil? Discuss the topic, leave the poster alone


Yes, please. Thanks errc.

I should start a thread about the psychological mechanism that drives people to push other people's buttons. It's actually a pretty interesting phenomenon. It's probably learned on the schoolyard and carried through life.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 8:51am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Yes, the author sounds like me!

researchers in the study claim the old adage of "throwing your money away on rent," doesn't hold up. That is because it assumes that the extra money a renter saves by not owning a home and not saving for a downpayment is simply spent on goods or services and not invested.

"When you assume that those monies are reinvested at a rate of return, renting, on average, wins in terms of wealth creation,"
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 8:56am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

BTW, it's actually a fairly complex calculation dependent on many things. It's not always better to rent, nor always better to buy.

It depends on the numbers.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 8:11pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

FP says
Of course, but it won't.


I think that's true.

The MID benefits banks, by increasing the amount of interest paid to banks. It also benefits realtors, by keeping purchase prices artificially higher than they would be, thus keeping the value of that 6% commission higher than it would be.

And about half of the public (houseowners) would lose equity right away if the MID were eliminated, because new buyers would have to pay all the interest with after tax income, meaning they could not pay quite as much interest. This means lower prices = lower equity.

So it's banks, realtors, and houseowners against young new buyers. Who is going to win that one? It's a hole we've dug ourselves into which seems impossible to escape, politically speaking.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 8:59pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Right, anyone could mark something as uncivil. I need to be better about liberating unfairly jailed comments.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 17, 10:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Sniper says
aren't renters paying all that interest now, but to the landlord, and not getting any tax deduction for it? That hasn't effected home prices, the rents keep going UP!


Renters don't pay interest. They pay rent.

Rents cannot go up more than salaries do. No one will lend you money to pay rent.

In the end, it just comes down to a question of numbers. You can run the numbers yourself for any property:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html
Just don't overestimate the appreciation.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 18, 10:00am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Working on all that today!
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 18, 10:42am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

errc says
Patrick says
Working on all that today!


Your “moderator “ goron is lying again. He said everyone has a “mark as uncivil “ button. I don’t have one @Patrick


Goran did not lie. He was just unaware that I temporarily removed the uncivil link from some users because they were deliberately using it on perfectly valid comments.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 19, 3:46pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

mell says
Time for Patrick to disable anons ;)


I did for a while, but brought it back, because it does seem to bring in a few new users.

Soon will have anon comments going through approval by moderators first. I took some time to make most of the site's functions pure, which should help me move faster in the future.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 19, 3:52pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Lol, had to look up GEOTUS. God Emperor.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 19, 9:28pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
Hawaii - 0.28 percent


Wow, that's quite surprising. I wonder why it's so low there.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 19, 9:46pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

That is, any gains from property appreciation have been historically offset by greater gains in the stock and bond markets.
"When considering buying and building wealth through equity appreciation versus renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds, property appreciation does not change the results," said study co-author Ken Johnson, Ph.D., real estate economist at FAU's College of Business and co-developer of the Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index. "On average, renting and reinvesting wins in terms of wealth creation regardless of property appreciation, because property appreciation is highly correlated with gains in the traditional financial asset classes of stocks and bonds."


Interesting that this article is in a physics journal.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 8:10am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Sorry all, site was down most of last night. My fault for trying to fix things that were not broken!
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 9:46am   ↑ like (7)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Not suppressing any political incorrectness whatsoever.

It's only about being polite to the other users. Nothing else.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 12:29pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

justme says
Patrick, how do you think it would work if college campuses had an anonymous "uncivil" button and it took only one anonymous student to be "offended: to hide and then 30 days later erase from history any speech deemed offensive?


It's not just any speech, only personal attacks on individual other users.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 9:22pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Sniper says
Patrick says
My fault for trying to fix things that were not broken!


@patrick, speaking of broken. The ability to Edit a post is broken again. This is the error that comes up.

node server says: Cannot read property 'post_title' of undefined


Fixed now. Thanks for telling me.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 9:40pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

mell says
other visitors don't have the impression that Goran dominated any threads by any means due to ego issues.


Exactly. Goran seems to me to be one of the most polite and helpful people on the site. I don't get any impression of mean-spiritedness from his comments.

I'm glad he's here and hope he continues to moderate politics.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 9:42pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

errc says
Why is this all of a sudden important to you?

It didn’t seem to bother you when it was Sniper/Ironman CiC on here disrupting the forum 15+ hours a day


It's not all of a sudden. It was just a growing realization that it's not possible to run a forum without moderators.

CIC did bother me, but I was trying to let anyone say anything. It was a failed experiment.

Now the only rule is to just be civil. It's not that hard.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 20, 9:47pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Pence is correct that the traditional standard is the best standard. We should bring it back as a cultural norm.

If a man and woman are voluntarily alone together, it should be assumed that they are having a voluntary sexual relationship.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 21, 7:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

I like Asia Times too, but would say US reporting was killed more by the lack of advertising revenue than anything else. Not sure how Asia Times gets their revenue.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 21, 11:16am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

Going to make anon comments go through the moderator for that topic. So you won't see them until the moderator approves anon comments.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 21, 12:36pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

How can this end?
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 21, 7:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

The moderator of the topic will be able to free comments from jail, or I can do it.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 21, 9:14pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

HowdyThere says
Way off topic, but I tried to do a 'new post' and couldn't. Is there a primer on how to post?


@HowdyThere what happens when you try to post? Should just work.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 22, 7:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Anonymous comments now have to be approved by me. Soon a moderator can approve them as well.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 22, 7:36am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

Anonymous comments are delayed until I or a moderator can see them.
  Patrick   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 22, 6:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

That's true.

A landlord cannot simply pass any and all costs on to renters. Rents are set by ability to pay it, not by what the landlord thinks he needs.