The fact is that a successful man, only needs to see escort gals. And in 10 to 15 years, they'll be sex robots.
Rin, I get your schtick, and we can agree that the icon of the modern American woman is quite a fucked up thing to comprehend (as is that of the modern American "man"). But don't we make life even more meaningless when we have no continuity with other human beings? Just fucking a new escort/sexbot every different day for the remaining 40-60 years of our lives doesn't really add much to our human experience other than satisfying animal needs (like eating, shitting, and sleeping).
Or do you propose that men and women can't have meaningful, continuous relationships based on anything beyond sex? If so, where shall humanity be found--or this is just a construct and not even necessary, a la Neil Stephenson or Phillip Dick?
shlonged with Steely Dan
Thank you for the 'Naked Lunch' allusion.
I highly recommend these average homes.
What's crazy are the comp rentals are barely paying the 1.15% property taxes. I guess if there's no maintenance for the year, you might make a negative 1-2% on your Chinese cash. Spicy!
could be for best post of the year!
I delight in sarcasm, but I would seriously point out that this particular observation of CEO:Corporation::President:Nation is neither an epiphany nor extreme enough to warrant the qualifier of "best" or "worst" post. I view gov't as operating with a different agenda than a corporation (ideally, anyway). Would you want a president to run a country strictly for the profit of executive management (congress) and the investors (lobbyists)? Sounds like we already have that, albeit incompetently.
Doesn't matter. Prices are going up.
I work in supply chain and can tell you this is actually a pretty big deal. There are retailers that rely on seasonal goods that are now stranded with old fall/winter merchandise and not enough spring merchandise to stay in business. And just generally being starved of inventory and needing replenishment--once you screw up a retailer's receipt flow, the sales effect dominoes quickly. This actually started back in November, seemed to be improving, and got immediately worse in January. This is also trickling down to the freighters that come to pick up goods, that can't get paid unladen. Vessels are to the point of dumping containers just to get out of the port, so there is no tracking and people can't find their containers. I was told Wal Mart actually sent agents down to the port to "negotiate" for their containers. The last two weeks, the management types I know in the retail world are starting to see YoY decreases in sales--but it's not definitive if this is just a depressed consumer that wasn't going to be spending, anyway, or if it's a direct result of the shortage of inventory.
I can still find a 3/2 railroad apt on a third floor walk up in the Bronx or on Steinway St for $1150. Steps away from coke den, inner city garbage processing facility, and crotchless hookers.
The attraction of LA is indeed mystifying.
The weather, man, THE WEATHER!!!
Seriously. There's a moment in every conversation with people you meet in LA where the ranting begins, but always concluded by the atoning Amen of, "But the Weather." Technically we also have lots of diverse terrain in an easily reachable geographic radius, for the beachy/outdoorsy types.
The numbers may be somewhat skewed because of income disparity within LA. There are two groups of people one on the coast (west side) and one inland.
This is true and a very good point; however, keep in mind that the rents (and real estate) in the Inland Empire are much lower than coastal LA, so it's essentially a wash. I would get paid more to do my same job in NYC, and the rents out there are equivalent to the shee-shee parts of LA, plus no need for a car (+expenses), so I would still agree that rents are out of whack with income in LA.
Also, it's very easy to be homeless/live on welfare in LA because of the great weather and gov't teet programs a'plenty.
liberals in California, since Disney
True. But Orange County is ironically the mostly heavily Republican in California.
Fair enough maybe a windfall for the used car market. O's Cash for clunker killed it because of O's infinite wisdom in destroying the used cars.
Gawd what a stupid fuck.
Cash for clunkers was a dopey scam, but it didn't really take a lot of actual reliable transportation out of circulation unless you consider SUVs, pick ups, Jeeps, and Ford/Dodge minivans as great transportation vehicles. Here's what was the bulk of clunkered cars:
1. Ford Explorer 4WD
2. Ford F150 Pickup 2WD
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD
4. Jeep Cherokee 4WD
5. Ford Explorer 2WD
6. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan
7. Chevrolet Blazer 4WD
8. Ford F-150 Pickup 4WD
9. Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD
10. Ford Windstar
This list is a lot of Woof! Woof!
Only 690,000 cars were taken out of circulation. Compare that to how many used cars are sold on a yearly basis--it's less than 2% of inventory taken out of the market for any given year:
So the program had little effect in taking good, reliable, entry-level transportation out of the market place. 2% is horse puckey, and a bunch of '90s SUVs are not going to be missed.
The program had little effect, period. What was really awful is these cars got shredded instead of recycled, and so was probably a net loss to environmental objectives.
As a Army retiree I assure you they are not all that generous
I wonder the differences. My grandfather retired from Eglin as an Air Force mechanic of 42 years and nets about $4000/mo. Mind you, he paid of his house years ago and lives in a rural enclave with cheap cost of living, so that is a ballin' pension for dear old granddad.
LOL, we still use a bastardized AS400 emulator. *Not* recommended.
They make up bullshit for the latter, saying it's a Med Diet. Yeah, it's the true traditional Med Diet
My blood pressure was (hereditarily) out of control and I went on a BP/heart-disease-centric diet, doing a lot of my own research over time and talking to a nutrition doctor, since common knowledge and the media are 83% bad information concerning what is truly healthy to eat.
In order to get my daily levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and omega 3 (important to get omega 3 from fish instead of plants), I eventually found my daily regimen consisting of legumes, oils, fish, TONS of tomatoes, and moderate amounts of dairy and bread. It was an accidental Mediterranean diet--sorta. My triglycerides dropped dramatically despite all the gin guzzling, and BP went from 130/80 to 105/70. No medications.
I can't believe this is what we pay cops to do
I know. Can you believe we pay cops to enforce the law? If you don't like the law, vote out your government instead of dumping on the police.
Here is my proposal:
Tax 1. - 8. like hell.
Enjoy the good life that will follow.
You realize you are taxing The Good Life like hell, right?
The have nots will be easy to sort from the haves based on their tendency to drool on themselves.
This is such a dissonant experience. I frequently take the bus and train to work as a means to avoid sitting in traffic, and it happens the best route (i.e., highest frequency of buses and trains) takes me down and over through the deepest, darkest ghetto. I could take over and down, instead, through the nice parts of town, but that bus and train run almost never (draw your own conclusions on that one).
I see the *pauvres gens* riding, and getting on and off, and I feel for them. But I know most are where they are for a reason. Not all; but most.
"Oh, hurney, Burrrhell iz'out and he comin' home. You juss welcome him with open arms--"
"--hellerho? you thurh?--Yes, hunn, he comin' home."
"Ooh, derlin', just have open awrms. He said he cane do it a'nmore. No moar."
"Ooowah, yeah. Smoked it; innervenous. Cane do it a'nmore. Just dohhn judge 'im."
"Oooohw yey-uss, craggck, cogkaine--mostly cragk--"
This kind of thing is too much. I have no issue being of and with the people, but their plights are not my plights. I have no idea what to do about it.
I just know that, sadly, when I see what is really out there, most people really are not equipped to handle the cruel reality, weighing too heavy upon our tiny heads.
Again, look to the West. California is shrinking their prison population after last weeks elections:
A new era in California criminal justice dawned this week, as hundreds of inmates walked out of county jails and more than 4,000 held in state prison readied for possible release with reduced sentences for theft or drug crimes, following voter approval of Proposition 47.
Great! More unemployable bums that will go on the dole in CA.
So, why did the voters in two BIG Blue states stay home?
Red-herring (pardon the pun).
I'd really like to know if we are all just here to bitch and moan about partisan nonsense, or if somebody actually has more than just armchair ideology to bring? That comes in all flavors--if not quite 31. I voted, so I opted into The Matrix as a pragmatist, but am happy to be proven gullible if it's more than just the usual cliches.
One possible reason: Disillusionment with the White House. According to the exit polls, 54 percent of voters disapprove of President Barack Obama's performance as president, while 65 percent said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Obama sucks. We get it. Midterms is about House and Senate, not the Presidency.
Not voting has consequences. What are disillusioned non-voters doing about the Two-Party system that "All Tastes the Same"? Oh, yeah, that's right: nothing.
Do you know why schools have long summer breaks? So the children could go work on the farms during harvest time
Actually not true. Families in cities left town for summer vacations to get away from the heat. Schools closed during summer to accommodate this. The people that were on "farm schedules" took shorter breaks during spring and fall, not summer. If children were going to be out of school for the harvest, they would actually be getting September to October off, not the summer.
During the end of the 19th century, regionalized breaks were standardized and the city schedule of summers off prevailed over the farm schedule of short spring/fall breaks. So what we have today is actually the opposite.
Still why buy that when you can have one of these babies!
The so-called "wedge" cars of the '80s are supposedly the next hot thing as younger age collectors are getting just old enough to get nostalgiac and don't have the same boomer hang-ups on '60s muscle cars. I casually chased 1985 Subaru XT coupes for a couple years but all of these '80s wedge cars were such POSes that you will be hard pressed to find a decent one today, and they are not worth anything to spend the $$$ to restore--if you can even find parts and proper materials.
I never new Renaissance Men entertained silly hypotheticals
Sometimes you've got to be mean spirited, 'Cruel To Be Kind', as Nick Lowe mentioned.
Cruel to be kind is actually Shakespeare's phrase, which Lowe copped.
You should know that, as a supposed "Renaissance man".
The decline is only in the CS seasonally adjusted numbers
Isn't the point of seasonally adjusting numbers to remove the expected seasonal swings that occur every year, in order to reveal the underlying trend (e.g., in this case, a decline)?
or we happen to have too many bad people?
As humans we are neither bad nor good, yet we are all capable of bad actions. It's not a morality play (double meaning intended). In the '90s we went on an arrest spree to Get Tough on Crime. I wonder how many of those people--wrong or right--are now barred from all kinds of gainful employment because of an isolated arrest in 1996 that now shows up all over the internet? I wouldn't blame them for becoming deadbeats and ne'er-do-wells.
The administration had a thing
Digging the franked Eisenhower stamp. A kind of irony there I can't quite put together.