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Patrick   befriend   ignore   Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 6:51pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Those places in Austin were all just 2 or 3 stories. Not enough to kill yourself unless you jump head first.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 5:32pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 2

The guy is obviously not very creative, in spite of creating a video game.

There are an infinite number of interested and connected things you could do with that kind of money, yes Elon Musk style, or whatever.

Start some new (Georgist!) political movement, or create an alternate identity and go live in France as a manual laborer, or re-create the library of Alexandria, or give every dog in the US some treat, or god knows what. Andrew Carnegie opened 2,509 public libraries.

If Markus can't come up with something great to do, no one should feel sorry for him at all.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 1:33pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

Ironman says

Are you looking to turn this back into a housing forum?

I want it to be a forum for anything anyone wants to say.

Well, anything except for these:

threats
child porn
spam
copyright violations
personally identifying information

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 12:18pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 4

Ironman says

Why are you bumping threads from YEARS ago?

why not?

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Sat, 29 Aug 2015, 11:32am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 5

EastCoastBubbleBoy says

But (mostly as an academic exercise) if things do start to really go downhill quickly. What steps should one be making now? Gold? Food? Beer? A cabin in the woods? Would it even matter at that point?

Economic disasters are fairly frequent, so you can learn from watching what people actually do in them.

I was just in Argentina, where pretty much everyone with dollars in the bank had them confiscated by the government after their economic collapse, and the previous promise that the Argentine peso would be held at 1:1 with the US dollar was also broken. Laughably so, now that there are 14 pesos to the dollar.

So what did people in Argentina do? Those are the kind of things you could do.

They put dollars in banks in Uruguay, just over the border. Perhaps illegally, but out of reach of their own thuggish government.
They owned rental property, and used AirBnB to make income from foreigners.
They moved to Spain or other places where the economy was more stable.

Food was not actually a problem there, as far as I could tell.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 8:33pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

Call it KKKrazy says

Since their government is so deeply intertwined in business, I can see them selling a lot of their US treasuries in order to fund bailouts.

ah, that would drive up interest rates here, and put downward pressure on housing.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 8:28pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

EBGuy says

I would try the AirBnb nomad thing for a while like one of Patrick's coworker's is doing. It will allow you to check out various neighborhoods before you sign a lease or buy a place.

that coworker and his girlfriend found a good rental deal in SF (a miracle?) and moved into that a week ago. good for him. the airbnb thing was apparently fun for a while, but they tired of sharing bathrooms with other people. i didn't understand at first that they were using airbnb to rent single rooms in bigger places, not an entire place to themselves all the time.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 8:09pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 8

Thanks @thunderlips11 for telling me about them.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 7:57pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

thunderlips11 says

the Supreme Court has warned of the dangers inherent in punishing public speech on public matters because of the particular words or tone of the speech

this is very encouraging!

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 5:46pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

PhiloB says

.it's not in the greatest area (Concord) but not too bad either. I currently rent it out. The rent is below market at $1200 per month and Zillow estimates the current value at $182K

There's something near the Bay Area for $182K? Sounds unlikely.

Got an address, or comparable properties?

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Thu, 27 Aug 2015, 8:02am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 11

iwog says

It can be known by examining the Y chromosome which does not change similar to how mitochondrial DNA doesn't change and can track heredity through women

to be technically correct, the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA actually do change and that's how they can be used to track heredity. they change at a pretty regular rate (like one mutation every 150 years for Y chromosomes on average) and so from the number of differences between Y chromosomes you can estimate how far back any two men have a common male line ancestor, for example.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Thu, 27 Aug 2015, 7:21am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 12

Strategist says

Hey Patrick....Lets have the "most interesting post of the month" get recognized.

I vote for this one.

that's the idea behind "liked" on the home page. it's the top liked threads from the latest two weeks.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 9:11pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 13

indigenous says

Where did you come across this?

another reader of irish origin sent it to me.

not entirely sure it's true in all details, but i'm from the same illinois/galway irish group the writer is from so it's really interesting.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 8:42pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 14

Wow, scamming the scammers is definitely the best revenge. I love it.

Laughed for days after running across this: http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 8:17pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 15

curious2 says

Without examples, without evidence, I don't see any support for his alleged "valid point."

good lord now i know you are trolling.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/video-guide-to-new-california-affirmative-consent-law/

"consent given while intoxicated" is now legally "rape" in calfornia. meaning potentially decades in prison -- but only for the man, never for the woman.

so you think drunk women who agree to sleep with men have zero responsibility for their own actions, right?

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 8:52am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 16

Otherwise everything is from the same anonymous user.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 8:41am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 17

Found out something else that fits with off-the-charts African genetic diversity. Since there is such a huge variety of traits in Africa, you'd think that some of the smartest people in the world would also be in Africa. I think I found them: the Igbo people, about 40 million people in Nigeria.

Called "the Jews of Africa", they tend to excel in commerce and academia, even in the west. When you run across stories of Nigerians doing really well in the west, they are typically Igbo people with characteristic Igbo names. In a measurement of academic performance in Britain, they outperformed the Indians and Chinese (if you just look at Igbo alone, not all Nigerians).

And it is said that they are frequently the people behind the 419 scams coming out of Nigeria. Scammy as that is, you have to kind of admire the gumption and smarts it takes to scam people from thousands of miles away.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 7:06am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (3)   Dislike (1)     Comment 18

curious2 says

The linked source shows only examples where they are, and none where they aren't. Maybe I missed something?

not talking about the examples. maybe you're being deliberately obtuse.

talking about the law applying to men, holding them responsible for their actions when drunk, and another standard applying to women, holding them innocent of their (sexual) actions when drunk, blaming only the man in all cases.

this is patently unfair.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 7:02am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 19

Dan8267 says

How many unarmed Iraqi and Afghani civilians died from being shot by drones? Our government routinely kills unarmed civilians for political reasons. It just cause those citizens terrorists. And, some of them are, but since our forces also killed ones that aren't, does that make our forces terrorists by the same standard?

No, that's not terrorism because it was not deliberately murdering civilians. We didn't know they were.

The Ludlow Massacre was more economic than political, though at a high enough level that can be the same thing.
Kent State could be called terrorism, but those were active political protestors. Perhaps we should add "random" to the definition: random unarmed civilians.
Rosenbergs were definitely not random either.
But yes, the American Indians (as they call themselves) were subject to terrorism.

Patrick   befriend   ignore   Tue, 25 Aug 2015, 10:05pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 20

I define terrorism as the deliberate murder of unarmed civilians for political reasons. So I'd say the IRA has committed terrorist acts like blowing up civilian bars in England, but on the other hand, the IRA's shooting at English soldiers in Ireland is an act of resistance.

French resistance were resistance as long as they were not killing random German civilians but instead attacking German soldiers or facilities.

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