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  • On 19 Apr 2014 in Developing Tiny house communities, Vicente said:

    P N Dr Lo R says

    Still some of the cabins are very nice looking and really just the right size for one person--they would be more appropriate as a lake or woods cabin,

    Vast majority of the designs I've seen are for healthy hipsters aged 20-30.

    Mrs. Vicente with developing bursitis would not welcome the idea of climbing up to a loft bed every night. IMO planning for aging in place, should include a comfortable cottage all at ground level. My parents after age 70 were definitely not a good fit in the 2-story house with basement garage that they had DUG INTO after 25 years and wouldn't leave.

  • On 19 Apr 2014 in Money has corrupted us. We no longer understand what it's worth, Vicente said:

    Bellingham Bill says

    yup, central to my thesis of "wealth" is being "well", of having no unmet needs and wants. If you can control what you feel you want, you can be wealthier. Pretty zen, eh.

    This sort of commie hippy claptrap will not get you anywhere.

    This is America! We idolize Wall Streeters and celebrities. We watch reality shows about Home Makeovers. We screech at each other over taxes and budgets incessantly. It is not a country where we rationally judge quality of life instead of tokens of visible wealth, anyone who values that is judged a lazy layabout and suspect.

    Your ideas hearken me to the Zeitgeist Addendum closing scene:

    http://youtu.be/HbvCxMfcKv4?t=1h58m24s

  • On 19 Apr 2014 in Developing Tiny house communities, Vicente said:

    Communities do not welcome these things, they look on them like trailer parks. So expect to be about as welcome as that, and placed in the usual south of the tracks locations. So far most people hide theirs out back of someone else's McMansion and skirt official notice.

  • On 19 Apr 2014 in Washington Times is batshit-GlennBeck-crazy, Vicente said:

    Reagan used to read it daily! I sporadically did back in my GOP days.

    I do try to stay plugged into conservative thinking, don't like an echo chamber.

  • On 19 Apr 2014 in #1 Cause of Death,, Vicente said:

    Single greatest cause of death? Birth!

    As a former RKBA advocate, and familiar with firearms, I have mixed opinions on this matter. However I do think the socio-political climate is the prime factor to do with the number of massacres. If I had to pick one "government" factor, it would be the gutting of mental health system post-Reagan.

    When I grew up in Georgia in the 1970's, there was a huge "loony bin" in Milledgeville. Huge facility, and they weren't shy to lock people up there. Small town, and the name Milledgeville was synonymous with looney-bin for Georgians. It wasn't closed for lack of nutters, but because the funding was eliminated. I know there were "Cuckoo" abuses and terrible things, and maybe the lockup wasn't the best solution. But instead of being fixed, it was replaced with turning them out on the streets and hoping for the best.

    At one point, we had to find a psych facility for a relative and couldn't find one with an open bed in the entire state. Lest you think this is just GOP-bashing on another front, I had the same opinion for the 30+ years I was a Republican/Glibertopian. It seemed shameful to me even then we decided to stop caring for our crazy people. Pressure is intense on the few beds there are now. We did get this relative into a psych ward, they were evaluated, had meds issued and adjusted and were dumped back out after 2 weeks only marginally better, because they needed to free up the bed.

  • On 18 Apr 2014 in It's not the fed, Vicente said:

    iwog says

    What have we learned so far?

    That TPTB are skilled beyond our WILDEST DREAMS at "kicking the can down the road"?

    I was upbraided in another thread that the Obamapocalypse is STILL COMING, it's just they are so darn clever about doing a long setup..... we will be lulled into complacency..... then BAM!

  • On 18 Apr 2014 in Greece Industrial Production Declines 5th Consecutive Month, Unemployment New Hi, Vicente said:

    Olivia Newton John, John Travolta before he got all Scientologist.....

    Grease is the word!

  • On 18 Apr 2014 in Tell me anything that you hate about Republicans the most., Vicente said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    Tell me anything that you hate about Republicans the most.

    No sense of humor about themselves, or anything else.

  • On 18 Apr 2014 in Majority of workers feel they are overweight, Vicente said:

    clambo says

    I saw Japanese smoking and drinking but their diet was low fat. I think to have heart disease, you need to eat fatty things for the plaque to build up.

    I'm not convinced about fats inevitably leading to heart disease.

    My parent used margarine, I use butter and I eat probably 5-6 eggs a week.

    It's a really cheesy infomercial, but perhaps they have a point about fats being falsely blamed for our sugar problem.

    http://theamericanparasite.com/

  • On 17 Apr 2014 in Tell me anything that you hate about Republicans the most., Vicente said:

    Quigley says

    We have completely lost control of our government.

    Yes because clearly we are standing in lines for bread, being herded up for concentration camps, and beaten with hoses for say Obama is not our Exalted Leader. Truly this is just like Soviet Russia!

    Claiming both sides are corrupted and all government is bad, is just a page the GOTP fringes ripped from Glibertopainism.

  • On 17 Apr 2014 in Majority of workers feel they are overweight, Vicente said:

    This resembles many people in my profession:

  • On 15 Apr 2014 in Japans Population Shrinks for Third Year, Vicente said:

    I'd like to retire to Japan and open a little hotel.

    I'll call it Samurai Hotel.

  • On 15 Apr 2014 in Hookers turning Airbnb apartments into brothels, Vicente said:

    Airbnb worth $10 billion? That's Hilton territory, for something that didn't exist a decade ago. I guess we see now where some of their money comes from....

  • On 15 Apr 2014 in Hookers turning Airbnb apartments into brothels, Vicente said:

    Gross!

    I can only conceive running Airbnb if I were a student. You know, a studio apartment with a futon and some lawn chairs and no property of worth. Otherwise forget it.

    Plus zzyzzx, you shouldn't take your "dates" there, as there are probably hidden cameras. Unless you're into that.

  • On 14 Apr 2014 in 52% Say Taxes Too High, 54% Say Taxes Fair; Too High But Fair?, Vicente said:

    Remind me what percentage of GOP wants to drastically cut the "low hanging fruit" of the budget to balance the less taxes they'd rather pay. You know the biggest bang for the buck elements where say 10% effective immediately would make a big difference.

    What would they be? Hmmm.,.....

  • On 10 Apr 2014 in Student goes on knife rampage; nobody killed, Vicente said:

    To be fair, the knife is about equally lethal as a 9mm pistol. Most victims unless they are hit in brain or heart, are highly likely to live unless they bleed out after not getting timely medical attention.

    However seems like the high-profile massacres opt for rifles, e.g. Sandy Hook. So it is a valid point on a different level.

  • On 8 Apr 2014 in Need tourist advice for SF, Vicente said:

  • On 7 Apr 2014 in Need tourist advice for SF, Vicente said:

    I like Angel Island. The Golden Gate is special too. Fisherman's Wharf? You can see a wharf and eat seafood in many coastal cities.

  • On 6 Apr 2014 in Fort Hood shooter, Vicente said:

    Whoops mistaken identity,

    http://www.azfamily.com/home/Arizona-veteran-confused-with-Ft-Hood-gunman-253992581.html

  • On 6 Apr 2014 in What Will You Do If/When The Stock Market Crashes? -POLL, Vicente said:

    smaulgld says

    Yet when it comes to the Fed Democrats support Fed policies and Republicans oppose them.

    Remind me how Republicans voted as a block against bailout? Oh right, they didn't. Because when the SHTF, they are country club socialists with a bunch of empty rhetoric and hot air to try and convince their moronic followers otherwise. GOP takes trickle down as axiomatic despite facts, it is just INCONVENIENT for them that this instance of trickle down is implemented via Fed instead of their usual special favors to Richie Rich. Perhaps a little bit of it is territorial jealousy, oh it's OUR job to make FIRE wealthier, if we aren't doing the handouts directly we don't get enough credit.

  • On 5 Apr 2014 in California teacher pensions: Brown vows to start debate, Vicente said:

    indigenous says

    Vicente says

    Conjecture all you want, just don't mistake it for fact.

    Back at ya

    Vicente says

    Last kid that left jumped 66%, have to disagree how public employ is so renumerative nobody leaves.

    I did not say that, only the ones who have no skill...

    Vicente says

    Some of us want to do something other than brown-nose executives and collect a paycheck. I did that for a while and it sucked.

    Is it better being a part of the Borg?

    I channel the protagonist of Office Space. I say what I'm thinking and do what needs to be done. Borg off!

  • On 5 Apr 2014 in What Will You Do If/When The Stock Market Crashes? -POLL, Vicente said:

    smaulgld says

    Good points all which highlight that the Fed helped orchestrate an environment to boost stock prices not the economy

    Well it's just trickle down. It only stands to reason if you make rich people richer, that they will hire and pay their people better, that the money will flow into the economy and help everyone. Bottomless tax cuts, subsidies to corporations, or ZIRP from the Fed are all pretty much resulting in the same thing. If you don't like trickle down you must be a Socialist.

  • On 5 Apr 2014 in California teacher pensions: Brown vows to start debate, Vicente said:

    indigenous says

    My conjecture leans toward the government being the employer of last resort, consequently hiring people who are unemployable in the free market.

    Conjecture all you want, just don't mistake it for fact.

    Some of us want to do something other than brown-nose executives and collect a paycheck. I did that for a while and it sucked. When I walked away from it, a few years later the company didn't exist so it was like nothing I did there mattered. Glibertopian idyll is everyone is John Galt, my work environment more resembled Office Space.

    In my current arena lots of young kids come in spend a few years getting up to speed, then get hired for a huge raise out in industry. Because they now have proven skills that their resume didn't evidence before. Last kid that left jumped 66%, have to disagree how public employ is so renumerative nobody leaves.

  • On 5 Apr 2014 in What Will You Do If/When The Stock Market Crashes? -POLL, Vicente said:

    smaulgld says

    What will you do if the stock market crashes?

    I'm prepared.

  • On 5 Apr 2014 in California teacher pensions: Brown vows to start debate, Vicente said:

    indigenous says

    The public sector gets 36% more average salary and 70% greater on benefits.

    I call this type of comparison apples and oranges.

    Let's compare 2 things:

    The shoe size of NBA basketball players vs. general population.
    The compensation paid to Bay Areans vs. American average.

    Public sector positions are tilted towards clerical and skilled, with degree requirements predominating.

    When you compare the salary of for example public sector teachers vs. private, how does that turn out? Dr. at a University teaching hospital, or one in private practice? Or say public sector programmer/analysts vs. private. You need to compare apples to apples.

    Yeah. You might find it's not so rosy a picture as you wanted to paint.

    Relevant:

    http://www.epi.org/publication/pm173/

    Just once I'd like people to read one of my posts, and say "I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT, THANKS!"

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