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  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 20, 8:33pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

lostand confused says
Is gold digging included in this-marry somebody who makes money and divorce him after the long term marriage clause is over and then get lifetime alimony and half of all assets.

I would include that in the category of scams, ripoffs, and fraud.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 20, 8:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

OK. No one is shocked by this scumbag who destroyed a country.
Dear Trump, all you have to do is pay $5 million to the Columbian Mafia to assassinate Maduro.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 8:54am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
Show where the Bloomberg (and many other peoples) numbers are wrong. Simple enough. Start with how much of GDP is exportable products. As usual lots of dancing around but no numbers from the trump/tea party/libertarian/faith based crowd. It's true because I believe it should be true.

The Bloomberg numbers represent a short term scenario only. Every economist knows everything is variable in the long run. We will never reduce the trade deficit to zero with China overnight, neither do we need to reduce it to zero over time. Lets start by Reducing the deficit in stages.
1. We make a product that no one even comes close to competing with us. Technology and Intellectual property. It's priceless.So priceless, the Chinese have to steal it. We deserve to get billions from what is already stolen.
2. The Chinese cheat by lowering the value of their currency, the Yuan, which encourages their exports. Lets fix that.
3. Automation. We can't compete with Chinese manufactured goods due to their cheap labor, but we can compete by introducing more automation.
The combination of above in a capitalistic society where millions of small decisions are made daily by businesses will steadily chip away at the excessive trade deficit. Any trade deficit that lingers is not a big deal, as it's the chronic huge deficits that are the real problem.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 9:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
Patrick says
It's almost all stock instead.

You should read the report instead of the summary Public holdings 42%, private holdings 32%, cash 22%. RE is third largest business but only 3% of wealth. Sounds just a little off some how. How much RE is held through corperations/llc's instead of directly? Almost anyone with any net worth holds their RE though a corporation of some kind. How much RE do you think trump owns in his own name? I sure use a corporate structure and I'm not anywhere close to billionaire. Sounds like the 3% is their homes and vacation homes to me.

Wow, I actually agree with Bob.
Billionaire owns company stock.
Company owns real estate.
Therefore Billionaire owns real estate.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 9:17am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

everything says
I'm seeing more baby boomers putting the down payments into the millennials starter homes, sometimes even buying them outright. With the runup in equities most of the baby boomers are loaded. Still, some of that equity is due to higher prices! My condo value went from 100k to 130k in less than 4 years and it's junk, with a 2.625% loan I don't even think about paying the loan down anymore even though I could pay it off right now.

In some regions home prices are so high, a millennial will not be able to buy a home without their parents help. It's OK as long as the kid is responsible.
I made sure my daughter got her own OC condo 3 years ago when she was 23. She rents out 2 of the bedrooms to roommates which covers most of her payments. I'm making the same offer to my 22 year old son, but he is more interested in starting his own business.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 5:10pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Heraclitusstudent says

How much do illegal immigrants make for picking up strawberries? Why can't our homeless do the same?

It's beneath them to pick strawberries.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 6:42pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Just realized I have 13 ignores.

I'm so jealous.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 6:53pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Need advise:

We are on a horse property with lots of space and panoramic views. Does anyone know:
1. How big can the ADU be?
2. If they allow 1200 sq ft, can I have 4 small units or 2 units?
3. Would tiny homes be most economical?
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 8:50pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The only way of protecting nature and life on earth is to eliminate all humans from this planet. I'm all for it.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 8:55pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

NuttBoxer says
I've had a strong interest in moving to New Zealand for some time. One thing that has held me back though is that the cost of living seems disproportionate to average wage. Why is such an under-populated island, with a huge farming economy(think local food), so expensive? One thought is data may be skewed towards cities, which always have more problems.

In the Western world, no country will beat the USA when it comes to the cost of living vs incomes.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 9:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

NuttBoxer says
I've had a strong interest in moving to New Zealand for some time. One thing that has held me back though is that the cost of living seems disproportionate to average wage. Why is such an under-populated island, with a huge farming economy(think local food), so expensive? One thought is data may be skewed towards cities, which always have more problems.

Farming is not a high value added product. Technology is a high value added product. One little chip could be worth tons of food.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 21, 9:22pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says

How the fuck could no one have a gun to shoot back in santa fe texas?

Maybe security did have a gun, but was on the other side of the campus.
A crazy brat with a gun walks into a classroom, closes the door, shoots the teacher who may have a gun, and starts shooting every kid in the room.
Guns are not aimed by trained marksmen on every room and corner of a school. Guns in the hands of trained teachers cannot always prevent school shootings. They are busy teaching.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 7:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
What to do when your boss is stealing your ideas

Tell him it's time for a pay raise.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 7:22pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says

Something is clearly wrong here:
1. The chart in the same article shows the ratio of home prices to income has increased by 50% since 1964. The above chart from the same article shows a completely different picture. Do the ratios manually, and you will see.
2. The above chart shows an increase of roughly 4 fold from 1986 to 2016. I purchased my first house in 1986 in OC, and it had increased 4 fold in line with OC median home prices by 2016. We all know California and OC median home prices have outperformed the national median home prices.

Conclusion: The article a a fake.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 7:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Here's How Saudi Arabia Took Donald Trump for a Ride. "Think of the Saudi-Trump relationship as the love affair from hell."

Saudi Arabia’s influence over Donald Trump hit an initial peak in his first presidential visit abroad, which began in Riyadh in May 2017. The Saudi royals, who had clearly grasped the nature of The Donald, offered him the one thing he seems to love most: flattery, flattery, and more flattery. The kingdom rolled out the red carpet big time. The fanfare included posting banners with photos of President Trump and Saudi King Salman along the roadside from the airport to Riyadh, projecting a five-story-high image of Trump onto the side of the hotel where he would stay, and hosting a male-invitees-only concert by country singer Toby Keith.

According to the Washington Post, “The Saudis hosted the Trumps and the Kushners at the family’s royal palace, ferried them around in golf carts, and celebrated Trump with a multimillion-dollar gala in his honor, comple...

Trump clearly loves to brag and loves being told how great he is. Everyone knows that, including the Chinese who told Trump how awesome he was, and treated him like a King just like the Saudis. They all do that. It's just diplomacy, and Trump knows it. He was not suckered by the Saudis, nor was he suckered by the Chinese. Trump may be an asshole at times, but he is not stupid. Washington Post and most of the media are simply biased and their comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
If anything, it seems Trump and Israel are taking advantage of Saudi/Iranian conflicts to divide and conquer. Why do you think Iran's Mullahs keep calling for Muslim unity?
One does not have to like Trump or any politician to give credit where credit is due. You just have to remove the bias or be an Independent like me.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 7:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
From the you can't make this shit up corner....

A nuclear deal with the Saudis is a good thing, says former GOP leader Eric Cantor

•Saudi Arabia has been in negotiations with the U.S. and other countries for several years in pursuit of a nuclear energy partnership, with the stated aim of diversifying its energy base.

•Riyadh has found a willing partner in the Trump administration, which has signaled far greater support for a deal than its predecessors.

•Months of escalating tensions between the kingdom and its regional arch-rival Iran have raised the stakes for any future nuclear plans.

They are not gonna go nuclear. Saudi Arabia is a desert. They can get cheaper electricity from solar. It's just bullshit to make the case against Iran's nukes more digestible.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 7:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

socal2 says
Obama spent the last 8 years abandoning our traditional allies, vilifying Israel and sucking up to Iran and Russia - only to watch the entire Middle East explode into violence, genocide and frequent use of chemical weapons along with one of the biggest refugee crisis we've seen since WWII.

Can anyone point to a single foreign policy achievement of the Obama years?

I can point to three:
1. He was Black.
2. He was a nice guy.
3. He won the Nobel peace prize.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 8:02pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Hassan_Rouhani says
tovarichpeter says
The value (cost) of the ADU will be added to the value of the property when it was first purchased (+ 2% a year).

Short version: yes, it will fuck up your property taxes.

tovarichpeter says
Short version it will have virtually no effect on your property taxes.

Seems like it will have a worse affect.
If grandma purchased a home in Huntington Beach in 1958 for 50K, and the cost of the ADU is 50K today, you would be paying taxes based on 50K + 2% compounded over 60 years? Does not make sense.
All they will do is add $50K to value of the home, and that's it.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 8:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Tenpoundbass says
Feux Follets says
What to do when your boss is stealing your ideas

Step up and say the truth, some things that snowflakes wont think is very nice. Trump became a great President just by following that simple rule and not letting incompetence drown him out.

Yeah, but Trump was always the boss, not the employee. As an employee you are limited in what you can do and say, wether you like it or not.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 8:21pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
NuttBoxer says
I've had a strong interest in moving to New Zealand for some time

If you are over 55 you are toast. They don't do residence visa's over 55 unless you plan on writing a 7 figure plus check.

Since I lived there for many years and only recently moved back to the US (temporarilly thank god). I can give some answers.

First, don't believe any press coming out on NZ. It's a country of 4 million where 1/3 lives in Auckland and the rest are scattered along 1200 miles. There is almost no news. Cows getting hit in the road will make all 3 national papers. If some kid drowns you will learn what his favorite toy was, what he had for breakfast, how he kissed and said I love you to gran before going to the beach, etc., etc., etc.. They also recycle stories all the time. You will read a huge long story about a horrendious murder than get to the end to find out it happened 20 years ago and there is a parole h...

Wonderful post, Bob. Thanks for posting. (Don't let it go to your head)
If anything, it tells me America is the best place to live in, simply because you can choose the lifestyle you want as long as you are able and willing to move.
The New Zealand lifestyle seems to resemble Hawaii, only better.

You did not mention safety, health care, social programs, and taxes. Would like your input.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 8:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
Just days later, the company announced a dividend increase and a stock buyback plan to repurchase 15 million of its shares, valued at about $696 million.

It’s a pattern that’s played out over and over since the tax cuts passed — companies profit, shareholders reap the benefits, and workers get left out. Corporate stock buybacks hit a record $178 billion in the first three months of 2018; average hourly earnings for American workers are up 67 cents over the past year. Harley-Davidson is an American symbol, and President Trump has trotted it out as an example of business success. But as it’s getting its tax cut, it’s outsourcing jobs and paying shareholders.

The tax cuts aren’t saving jobs at Harley-Davidson
It wasn’t just Ryan who made promises to Harley-Davidson. Trump in February 2017 met with Harley-Davidson executives and union representatives at the White House. He thanked the company for building in America and predicted its operations would grow.

“I think ...

That's pretty hilarious, but here are the facts.
If it was not for the tax cuts, even more workers could have been laid off. Laying off workers you don't need is a good thing, because it cuts costs, giving a company a chance to survive and hire more workers in the future. After all, a company that is out of business hires no one.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 9:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Sniper says
Patrick says
Owning a rental house is not as lucrative as buying stock

Every time I get an itch to buy a rental property and think about becoming a slumlord, I look at my brokerage statement, and it snaps me back to reality!

He he he. Glad you are still alive and kicking.
I Would take half of your brokerage account and diversify into some good old California real estate. The roads are still paved with gold.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 22, 9:16pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Sniper says
..."The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules – even their vacation plans – can revolve around the needs of their pets.

According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet owners will even mistakenly interpret ambiguous sights and sounds as the movements, pants and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owners who had very high levels of attachment to their pets."

This is what I experienced when I had to put my pup down. I didn't realize how much she was intertwined in my daily routine until she wasn't there. For months afterwards, when ever I was doing a project, going outside, etc. I was instinctively looking over my shoulder, waiting for her to follow...... but she wasn't there....

Then, I would hear a strange sound at night and think it was her collar or nails cli...

A dog is more loyal than most humans. Loyalty, love, and true friendship can never be substituted.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 7:42pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

So sad. Damn Americans........why did they develop fracturing?
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 7:56pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
You know who also needs to thank America? Native Hawaiians. 200 years ago they were Stone Age barbarians without the wheel, getting thrown into a volcano for pissing off Queen Inouwanalaime or touching some taboo totem, while the 2% of the Noble caste ruled over them all and demanded they slave away on sugar plantations while licking the bones of Captain Cook for Mana Power.

Today they are fat and happy with ObamaPhones, TVs, and living in Scandalously Subsidized paradise with clean water, electric, etc. And all they do is curse tourists and Hoale in general. I say eject Hawaii and then renegotiate Schofield and Pearl Harbor for a fraction of what it costs to keep kānakas on the dole for Beer, Meth, and Smokes today.

We should dynamite the highways, bridges, and electric stations on the way out to help the Kanakas restore their pristine environment the Hoale allegedly wrecked, too.

Only 2% of Hawaiians are pure blooded Hawaiians. Even those who have a little bit of Hawaiian genes are resentful of Whites.
If Hawaii was not part of America, it would have been another shit hole Haiti. They would get up each morning dreaming about getting a Green Card. Many would risk their lives getting on a raft hoping to reach California, the land that welcomes illegals.
Sadly, the native Hawaiians are in denial about this.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 8:04pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Goran_K says
I'm going to Waikiki in August. Can we delay the rebellion until after? I like their beaches and food.

No worries Goran, the overall crime rate is very low in Hawaii. It's safer than LA. Just enjoy your visit and try visiting another island too. You will find the volcano fascinating on the big island.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 8:08pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Strategist says
If Hawaii was not part of America, it would have been another shit hole Haiti. They would get up each morning dreaming about getting a Green Card. Many would risk their lives getting on a raft hoping to reach California, the land that welcomes illegals.

It would have either done the same bitching about the UK, or the population would have been genocided by the Japanese.

Hawaiians are lucky.

LOL. I did not think of the Japanese imperialism in that time period. They would have taken over Hawaii and practically enslaved the natives.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 8:11pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Strategist says
No worries Goran, the overall crime rate is very low in Hawaii.

It isn't as low as the numbers say. Police put immense pressure on tourists and military members not to press charges when they get assailed by natives. The opposite of what happens in most places.

I'm sure you are right, but violent crimes like rape and murder have to be pursued by law enforcement, and those are low too.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 23, 9:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

anotheraccount says
Yes, this all makes sense. Gazprom is only worth 51B while doing 100B of revenue and paying 6% dividend. Chevron is worth 245B while doing 134B in revenue and paying 4% dividend. How are those companies different again besides being located in different countries?

The investors obviously think it matters. If you don't think it matters, the stock price must be undervalued. You should buy some stock.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 10:26am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Tenpoundbass says
Why can't those that claim the Science is settled ever do anything right?

Science is never settled. Scientific research will go on for ever. Knowing what does not work is just as important as knowing what does work.
Ultra conservatives tend to be anti science. They don't like change. I have never understood why change for the better is opposed so much. eg Solar energy. It's cheaper, cleaner and easier to harness than fossil fuels, yet the ultra conservatives continue to oppose it. Weird.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 10:39am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

bob2356 says
Hassan_Rouhani says
PS. I know for a fact that my last landlord was losing money every month on the semi-attached house I rented from him. And then HOA fee jumped from $350 to $700 ....What would be the equivalent of this kind of shit with stocks? Can't think of any.

Anyone losing money every month isn't an investor. How would that happen if you did your homework and made an investment instead of a gamble? Did rents go into the toilet some how?

OMG no one has ever lost money in stocks Certainly no one had any highly recommended worldcom of enron stocks in their portfolio in 2000. or blue chip lehman bros stock in 2008. Not a soul. Then there is just plain old shitty management that runs the company into the ground sinking the share prices. Nah, that never happened.

It's best to hold both stocks and real estate.
Stocks: Diversified portfolio 80% in ETF.
Real Estate: Diversified portfolio of Real Estate, rentals and vacant lots.
Small family businesses. My returns in a small business run by a family has been 80% since the last few years.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 10:46am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Tenpoundbass says
All's I ask is they under basic engineering if they are going to create instruments that generates heat, then have a good cooling system and a heat-sink to keep it from over heating other sensitive instruments. There's not an iota of reflective Kevlar to insulate it from radiant heat.

I'm sure the engineers understand their stuff. Some will be better than others, and mistakes will always be made. It all adds to the constantly expanding pool of knowledge.
The best inventions and discoveries that will help mankind will come from science books, not religious books.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 12:51pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

jvolstad says
Get a haircut, shave, and join the Army. Free room and board.

What? And get up at 5.00am? The bum was fired from Best Buy in 2015 for refusing to work on weekends.

Sniper says
That's what I did a few times when the kiddies "forgot" who makes the rules in the house.

It does wonders for an attitude adjustment!

At times locking them out is the biggest favor you can do to the kids. Everyone needs a kick in the pants every now and then. Especially children who have not yet matured.
The parents of the 30 year old should have kicked him out a long time ago.Better late than never.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 1:02pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Tenpoundbass says
Elon Musk has the most brilliant minds in the world working with him. Look at all of his failures time and time again. Science is worthless if you don't know how to use the spice of common sense.

You are not getting the message.
How many times did the Wright brothers fail before they succeeded?
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 3:12pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Clinton lied under oath, and was was disbarred.
Trump probably lies a lot, but has never lied under oath.

I like both of them. Pussy loving lying scumbags. Hey, most men are like that.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 7:50pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I would think it's very difficult for an ugly woman to rape a man because it would be hard for the guy to get a hard on. It would be possible for her to make him eat her pussy.
I would throw up.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 8:06pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Then a beefy female SJW, ironically named Lettuce, ambles to her rescue.

RC2006 says
When anchor babies grow up, the future of LA.

Hassan_Rouhani says
Deport her ass.

RC2006 says
And the mta wonders why ridership keeps dropping.

Ceffer says
She's claiming the Metro owes her child support, because that's where she got pregnant while standing on a crowded train.

Everyone involved seemed to be overreacting on this, including the cop. They all got carried away over nothing.
What bothered me was that fat girl, lettuce? said...."I'm standing up for my people" or something to that effect. If you don't consider yourself to be American and equal to all Americans, why the fuck are you here? If you don't consider yourself American, why should Americans consider you as an American?
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 8:10pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

BradK says
So how's that impeachment thing coming along, Maxine?

Maxine "It's going great. In only 6.5 years we will have him out"
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 8:38pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Whatever Trump is doing vis a vis NK, is obviously working. NK just said they still want to keep the hot date with Trump.
Nothing worked when Obama was negotiating. Nothing at all. Everyone knew he was a very nice guy, without the balls.
  Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 May 24, 8:45pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I don't know if this kind of research is good or bad. It clearly raises a lot of questions. It can't be controlled, because different countries have different laws.
I just hope all scientific research is used for the good of humans and all living things on the planet. We don't want to create our own destruction.

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