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Equal post-conception rights for men
by Patrick in #politics   ↑ like (15)   ↓ dislike (2)   546 comments, latest 1 month ago
Unmarried men should have equal post-conception rights including ability to refuse financial obligation for a child where the woman unilaterally decides to continue the pregnancy. Let's call it the affirmative...
Why are there medical care reform links on
by Patrick in #politics   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   423 comments, latest 8 years ago
My reply to a reader who called me an "Obama zombie" for supporting medical care reform that would save her ass along with the rest of us. Hi Kerri, it...
Protecting Your Savings
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   390 comments, latest 9 years ago
With the government now mounting a full-scale assault against savers by cutting interest rates, attempting to keep housing prices unreasonably high, and even handing out raw cash (do I...
Refi Interest Trap?
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   354 comments, latest 9 years ago
A reader writes: Word from the IRS is that they are auditing people based on refiances on their house. If you refied and pulled money out of the house...
Blue Shield Raised Our Rates 73% In One Year
by Patrick in #insurance   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   352 comments, latest 4 years ago
Blue Shield has raised our rates so many times recently that I decided to graph it. We have a very high deductible plan because I'm trying to be self-employed and...
Invitation to Financial Suicide
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   341 comments, latest 10 years ago
Found by reader Larry, when cleaning out the garage of his rental place: #housing
Ten Reasons It's A Terrible Time To Buy An Expensive House
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like (17)   ↓ dislike (2)   331 comments, latest 22 hours ago
Because house prices in expensive areas still dangerously high compared to incomes and rents. Banks say a safe mortgage is a maximum of 3 times the buyer's annual income...
Stock Market Hates Bailout
by Patrick in #politics   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   327 comments, latest 9 years ago
Great, after the stock market spasm last Monday when it looked like the bailout would not pass, we get the same thing this Monday when it does pass. So...
A Modest Proposal
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   323 comments, latest 9 years ago
How about some legislation with the express intent to LOWER house prices, unlike the crap legislation we're getting from Pelosi and Barney Frank designed to make housing less affordable?...
how American society unravelled
by Patrick   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   323 comments, latest 4 years ago
Youngstown, Ohio, was once a thriving steel centre. Now, the industry has all gone and the city is full of abandoned homes and businesses. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters In or...
Banks pay no property tax on foreclosures?
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   320 comments, latest 9 years ago
On Jun 23, 2008, at 11:49 AM, A Guy wrote: Long time reader...and, luckily, a renter here. I would like to bounce an idea off of you. I hear that...
Lower Rents
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   318 comments, latest 9 years ago
Given the record level of empty housing, rents seem to be falling in most parts of the country. But my own rent went up for the first time in...
Equity gains more than wiped out by equity loans
by Patrick   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   318 comments, latest 4 years ago
From a reader: Americans now own less than 50% of their home for the first time in many years. What I did not hear in the press is that...
More Missing Listings
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   315 comments, latest 9 years ago
From reader M.K. Last time I visited Stockton (4415 Abruzzi Circle, Stockton, CA), I saw an entire row of houses for sale. But only one home was listed...
Owner Identity
by Patrick   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   308 comments, latest 10 years ago
How can the public easily get the identity of the owner of any given address? I know Property Shark gives away this information if you sign up for a...
Government deaf to simple plea: less debt!
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   307 comments, latest 9 years ago
Saver: I'd really like lower house prices instead of "affordability" programs that just tell me to get deeply into debt. Government: How about the nice mortgage debt interest deduction?...
Prices Shaved 33% In Modesto, CA
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   306 comments, latest 10 years ago
I was just talking to a realtor this morning, and he said that typical prices in his area (Modesto) are down from $450K last year to $300K this year....
Prices and Days On Market
by Patrick in #housing   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   305 comments, latest 9 years ago
Sale prices are always given as an absolute number, without context. The reality is that falling prices can be masked to some extent by a longer number of days...
Bear Stearns Bailout To Pay Bonuses?
by Patrick   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   300 comments, latest 9 years ago
From a reader: Did everyone forget that Wall St. bonuses get paid in march? The Fed just guaranteed all of Bear's bonus checks will clear, $3+ billion! The company...
Funny how the Obama haters can't say exactly why they hate him
by Patrick in #politics   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   295 comments, latest 1 month ago
Is it the 15 cent Christmas tree tax? I don't think so. Hate for Obama is something they can't explain by anything Obama has done or not done. Just they...

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