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  • On 6 Oct 2014 in A rising tide only lifts rich people's yachts, Philistine said:

    Strategist says

    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.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-vacation-actually-about-city-kids-not-farm-kids-180952654/?no-ist

    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/sarameads_policy_notebook/2010/07/can_we_please_put_the_agrarian_roots_of_summer_vacation_myth_to_bed.html

  • On 9 Sep 2014 in Rare muscle cars seized by government to sell in "Blood Money" auction, Philistine said:

    New Renter says

    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.

  • On 7 Sep 2014 in I demand a formal apology from TurtleDove, Philistine said:

    Rin says

    errc says

    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".

  • On 27 Aug 2014 in Case /Shiller House Price Index, Philistine said:

    iwog says

    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)?

  • On 23 Aug 2014 in Police Officer: I kill everyone equally, Philistine said:

    Strategist says

    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.

  • On 8 Aug 2014 in 40 YEARS AGO TONIGHT -- on Aug. 8, 1974, at 9:01 p.m., Philistine said:

    BayAreaObserver says

    The administration had a thing

    Digging the franked Eisenhower stamp. A kind of irony there I can't quite put together.

  • On 30 Jul 2014 in Nine Reasons to Love Your Mortgage, Philistine said:

    Strategist says

    10. It can reduce your taxes.

    11. It can give you pride of ownership you don't get with renting.

    12. You can live free for 3 years if something goes wrong.

    10: I did the math and we still pay $500/mo more after the tax deduction on same house versus what we rent
    11: Sounds like an emotional reason. My emotional reason for renting is security: I can move for jobs (very needed in my industry); ability to save and invest money that I am not being forced to put toward an 85% higher mortgage payment
    12: If something goes wrong, my savings/investments cover my cheap rent twice as long as the 85% higher mortgage payment

    Addendum to the above is this in LA. If I lived in FL or TX I would most likely not rent given how much cheaper it is to buy.

  • On 29 Jul 2014 in 2015 Real Estate Prediction, Philistine said:

    FortWayne says

    there are rules to how many tenants a house can have

    Blame the Commies and Libbbz!

  • On 15 Jul 2014 in and up it goes.., Philistine said:

    SubOink says

    If I had followed the pat.net lead I would have not bought in 2011

    Yes, take it with a grain of salt, but there were voices on here calling a bottom around 2009/2010. They were unpopular voices, but you have to be able to filter good information from bad, and sound analysis from biased hokum.

    If you dig through all the malarkey, there is insight here.

  • On 11 Jul 2014 in So half of America loves Sarah Palin, Philistine said:

    Dan8267 says

    the part that says Clinton read the definition and was fully aware of it during the questioning.

    I think the crux of this squabble is if it's too precious an assertion that "sexual relations" couldn't possibly refer to any kind of relation which is sexual outside of the ol' hot beef injection.

    Some people classify any activity with sexual reproductive areas as "sexual relations". Other people (apparently) only classify one kind of activity as such. Either way, though, his willy was slick. . . .

  • On 11 Jul 2014 in Pot legal - Sky not falling, Philistine said:

    Mark says

    better regulation of pot

    Until Phillip-Morris gets ahold of it with their preestablished distribution and means of production: then comes the nicotine, additives, fillers, price fixing, and other sad tales.

  • On 10 Jul 2014 in Employers lament: Cannot find qualified workers, Philistine said:

    New Renter says

    When you see mediocre STEM graduates getting multiple offers watch out!

    Forsooth; however, what do we do with all these average people? As Jebus said, the mediocre shall always be with us.

  • On 30 Jun 2014 in Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case, Philistine said:

    This is the free market. If you don't like it, get a different job with another company that will pay for your French ticklers.

  • On 29 Jun 2014 in Starter Homes seeing soaring demand - What recession?, Philistine said:

    In markets where a house is "only" $200k or less, absolutely. But not everybody wants to work in oil or healthcare.

    Ain't there one damn song that can make me . . . break down and cry-yy?

  • On 29 Jun 2014 in American teens dont want to work, Philistine said:

    komputodo says

    I shun the pills and self medicate with TECATE.

    Good deal, but ask your doctor about BEEFEATER for better living through booze.

  • On 26 Jun 2014 in Ann Coulter turns interest in World Cup into a multiculturalism bashing issue., Philistine said:

    corntrollio says

    Funny that she tried to equate a cable audience with broadcast. The whole thing reads like something in The Onion.

    I thought it was an open secret that she was a satire-comedy performer--the kind that shits on her own audience even as they ask for more. She is the antidote to Camille Paglia.

    marcus says

    Apparently that shtick does sell books

    It turns out the difference between Both Sides is that her audience is too gullible to get the joke and mistakes comedy as drama. Really if you view her as the absurdist harpie that she really is, it's shreds funnier than anything the libbies have going.

  • On 25 Jun 2014 in Seattle's really screwed., Philistine said:

    marcus says

    $50/week back in 1948 is like $500/week now

    Well, your inflation conceit is acceptable but compare the numbers and $15/hour is overstated at first blush:

    1974, min wage $2.00/hour = CPI $9.65 in 2014 dollars
    1984, min wage $3.35/hour = CPI $7.67 in 2014 dollars
    1994, min wage $4.25/hour = CPI $6.82 in 2014 dollars

    So, yes, $7.25 is low (if we accept nominal vs inflation adjusted), but $15/hour is 250% of purchasing power of min wage in 1994; 200% of 1984; and 150% of 1974. My point is $15 seems arbitrary and at worst too high for entry level work, unless we are going to accept that minimum wage erosion has always been with us, at least since the '70s, so why is it suddenly an issue now? I can think of a few reasons.

  • On 20 Jun 2014 in Family calls 911 - cops shoot and kill mentally ill girl, Philistine said:

    Strategist says

    Shit will happen in these situations.

    Ah, well!, yes, C'est La Vie! *scent of wine and roses*

    Oh, err, um . . . C'est Le Morte!

  • On 20 Jun 2014 in College is becoming unaffordable, like housing, Philistine said:

    Rin, is there a particular STEM degree that is better to hold as a patent agent?

  • On 17 Jun 2014 in The Poverty of Hillary Clinton, Philistine said:

    marcus says

    Hilary's okay.

    And tell me that it's not kind of cool to imagine Bill CLinton back in the Whte House, but as the first gentleman.

    The "lesser" of two evils is rapidly becoming less and less "Less".

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