That may very well be true. From the perspective of a potential buyer (not that unit), personally, I'd much prefer renovating myself rather than paying for someone else's choices and tastes. Especially if one were buying in that price range, it seems preferable to do things the way you want them. I do realize, however, that there are people who like everything "move in ready."
What do UC Irvine profs teach in lieu of communal goods and inelastic demand curves?
How would I know?
I understand the importance of communal goods but I understand human nature better. We cannot force people to become responsible when it is against their nature. They have to come to their enlightenment on their own "free will".
"We cannot force people to become responsible when it is against their nature. They have to come to their enlightenment on their own “free will”."
Yet there are national parks and police departments and free public education throughout the world...
I may think humanity is a bit slow on the uptake and may well be marching towards extinction, but I'll give it credit for teetering along this far. Not everything needs to be auctioned off like cellphone bandwidths.
To a large degree....... that is true. I just can't help sensing this daily burden to do our absolute level best. Each preceeding generation fought and struggled just to survive and, we are their children. They've brought us this far. So with every acre they cleared with primitive hand tools just to ensure there would be a next generation we can and should seek innovations to confront our issues. Even we do become extinct we should at least go down swinging! Don't we owe them at least that much?
I gently remind you that you opened this volley by scoffing at the notion of space conquest as a source of growth. What credentials do you have in that area, since you seem to think only direct participants in a field are qualified to participate in discussions.
No point in worrying about nuclear power plants and water shortages and space travel, humanity will be destroyed by superbugs and rogue nuclear warheads and polygamy cooties long before we get to that point.
"Wait a minute –astrid is Warren Buffett’s GIRLFRIEND?? When did this happen? Moving up in the world, eh, astrid?"
Alas, no. This particular online handle comes by the way of a Scottish indie pop band named after the 5th Beatle's photographer girlfriend. I will agree that there's much worse things than being a long time girlfriend to an charming, philanthropic, and exceedingly wealthy older gentleman.
So I'd guess that someone with a masters in finance would be more qualified to determine EROEI, or did they teach that along with thermodynamics? Aside, I did complete the undergrad engineering physics series through quantum, but that was a long time ago. This is why credentials pissing matches are stupid.
I'm still befuddled as to why somewhere like Israel would knowingly invest their national security and economic future in a desalinization technology that apparently everyone knows is the "wrong technology". It is possible. But you know what they say about incredible claims.
"I can guess that “charming, philanthropic, and ” was inserted afterwards. Am I right? I can guess that “charming, philanthropic, and ” was inserted afterwards. Am I right? "
No, actually, charming and philanthropic came first. I always liked Warren Buffet's apparent lack of pretensions (including lack of pretension at not having pretensions) and his ability to get along with a large and disparate group of people. I also admire how he made his money and how he and his family are spending its money. The exceedingly wealthy part is kind of an afterthought...I'm not aiming to marry him or get some money off of him, so the exact extent of his wealth isn't important for me.
Okay, I've read several times about people referrring to prices moving sideways - what the hell does that mean, how can a price move sideways, not up or down? I guess I missed that explanation/definition - could anyone enlighten me?
Nature will adapt. It isn’t likely to care whether it is ignored or not. The question of how Nature’s adaptation to human intervention will affect the human race’s survival prospects is unfortunately unanswerable in advance.
it's interesting that whenever there has been a significant shift in global climate, there has been a massive die-off of macro species, and others eventually rise up to take their place. i think man is one of the few species who will be able to persist, as man already lives in a diverse range of climates, can travel quickly over long distances, can change the environment and control technology, and is omnivorous and not dependent on a small subset of species as a food source. it appears nature has come up with the best adaptation so far in the form of bipedalism, a large brain AND opposable thumbs...
by a coincidence, I happened to be watching the head of the Australian Conservation Foundation on the National Press Club talk yesterday, who had a lot of interesting things to say. not happy about nuclear power generally vs 'alternative' energy production. he also made the point that the ACF is the voice for species that cannot speak for themselves when it comes to deforestation, climate change, etc.
a $2bn desal plant was proposed here, but it would have been supplied by coal-burning power stations, not nuclear, which would have meant the release of huge amounts of CO2. not popular, so they shelved it. was going to use some sort of membrane process rather than distillation or similar... and they let huge amounts of water run off the city to the sea as stormwater whenever it rains, which is mostly just on the coast these days - complete inability to recycle...
I just wonder how other countries' markets can defy gravity if the US market crashes -- it doesn't make sense for one major market to have a correction given the nature of the fundamentals, to not have similar corrections in the netherlands, UK, oz, spain, eire, etc... leaving out flow-on effects from one economy to another for the moment... it's possible for some OECD countries to ride out recessions other countries are having if they are strong in commodities or similar, or have good prudential arrangements, but the boom pattern is very similar across these countries, and it seems like every unsustainable credit bubble should burst...
Information comes from the media. Those in the media (especially the higher income people) own property.
Close, but not quite on the nail... the media make huge revenues from real estate advertising -- huge revenues. they don't want to upset their cash cow source by running negative stories... altho some medial moguls have property interests as well, and don't want to see their own multi-million properties going down in value -- but they really make their income from advertising, that's the true life-blood of the mass media...