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Until prices come down to reflect the loss in wages caused by outsourcing, goods and services will simply sit on the shelves. Prepare yourself for long-term, sustained deflation.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Pessimism at Half Sigma
How much did those ads even pay? Fifty cents a day or something? And like an above poster, I am curious how they get you the money.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2010 on Google AdSense purge at Half Sigma
Just found this link, in a WSJ article of all places. Looks topical. Stuff Unemployed People Like http://stuffunemployedpeoplelike.com/
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2010 on A NY Times reader who gets it at Half Sigma
For that kind of money, you could send them to a school where they can roll the dice and see if they can become a professional athlete. And even if they don't succeed at that, they still get a private-school education. The below school is best known for its tennis, but has branched out recently into other areas. http://www.imgacademies.com/
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on The cost of being elite at Half Sigma
I still haven't seen the f@cking thing, and I'm not about to. I recognized it as garbage from the trailers. subnuke: Good point about "Dune."
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2010 on Avatar: insidious Gaian propaganda at Half Sigma
"Havoc" is the movie where Anne is topless. Even without that though, I enjoyed "Havoc" better than "Rachel Getting Married." I heartily recommend it.
Interestingly enough, "Anne Hatheway" was also the name of Shakespeare's wife. Also, Anne appears topless in a movie other than this one. (Yes, it's worth renting. No, I can't remember the name of it.) "Rachel Getting Married" wasn't a terrible flick; there's some dark, interesting stuff there. However the wealth of the parents alienated me. I took their wealth to be pretty typical of such movies. Look at "Knocked Up," or "I Love You, Man," to see how everything the characters in those moves have is *way* out of the reach of most folk. Making characters wealthy is almost a disease in Hollywood now. Even the characters in "Old School" are loaded, and one of them (Will Ferris) didn't even seem to have a job.
Why would any business remain in NYC if it had to raise salaries to attract workers? Wouldn't it be easier to just move a bit west? And really, with the entire world living with a recession generated by Wall Street, just how much respect does a NYC address get a business anymore?
Actually, it was probably lack of speaking skills that did in the Neanderthal. Though they had almost the exact same sized brain as us, the bottom of their skulls were flat, suggesting the larnyx was much higher. This would have made it very difficult for them to make the vowel sounds we make today. Lack of speech equalled the inability to cooperate as a people. This meant they couldn't compete against those that could cooperate (us), which meant we got the woolly mammoths and they didn't. The interbreeding was probably due to the fact that, as one documentarian put it, "Everyone was dirty back then, no one was attractive, and no one knew there were two different species of human. They would have just known that the others were different." And prehistoric cannibalism does not equal prehistoric war. Cannibalism existed in the USSR all the way through the '30's. People will eat anything if they have to.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2010 on Genocidal race war at Half Sigma
What the hell is HLS? [HS: Try typing into Google and seeing what comes up.]
From Amazon, one of the comments on the book "The Housing Boom." This is one from 2005, many of which are glowing. The real estate market still remains extremely hot in Florida and David Lereah's book is an invaluable tool for anyone yearning to become a savvy investor. His book makes perfect sense for middle America to build wealth in real estate and gives you the tools to do so. Here are some examples of proof that the market remains extremely strong: Investors in certain pre-construction single family communities have incurred substantial gains from their original deposits in October 2004 with closings scheduled for Dec. 2005--by then gains may be much more. Other investors that have recently sent in down payments for pre-construction carriage homes have also incurred very promising gains. I recently encouraged a family member to take advantage of a condo conversion and now has been her first chance to build wealth in real estate. David Lereah is 100% correct and extremely helpful. If you still don't believe how strong the real estate market is, let me fill you in....There are at least 4-5 buyers for each home that is to be released pre-construction in this area and not everyone gets lucky enough to get in on the release. Do we think this will come to a horrible crash? No. Why not? Because of many reasons, especially for Florida. Millions of current working age Americans are now investing in their future and into secondary and retirement homes. Within the next several years to come they will be purchasing and/or moving into these homes. The interest rates are also not increasing drastically and are at a historical low. Even as they increase in small increments, they remain at a historical low. If you are truly serious about learning how you can profit from real estate in a variety of logical and proven ways then David Lereah's book is a must for you! Sincerely, Dawn Johnson-Cox Realtor Naples, Florida
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2010 on Half Sigma was right at Half Sigma
Amazon's still selling the book, "Why the Real Estate Boom Will Not Bust." Amazingly it still has 2.5 our of five stars. Read some of the comments, many made before the boom went bust. http://www.amazon.com/Real-Estate-Boom-Will-Bust/dp/0385514352/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268558113&sr=1-2
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2010 on Half Sigma was right at Half Sigma
"Oh I know about the ideological movements of WWII Japan, Communist China, and the Khmer Rogue. Interesting, but not really pertinent to the question of individual ownership of firearms." Sure it's pertinent. Millions of individuals would have been able to defend themselves against the atrocities mentioned.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Guns and race at Half Sigma
"Jews with guns in Nazi Germany would still be dead Jews." Do you really think that 6 million people, all armed and acting against their assailants in an organized fashion, still would have been helpless against a few thousand prison guards? We're talking about a mass of people three times the current size of the entire U.S. military. "If the US government wants to put your kid in a cattle car, they probably will, no matter how well armed you are." Well, sure, if you're the only one who is objecting to this kind of treatment. But 200 million armed people, all pissed off at the same time? "And of course the people in charge won't pay a price at all, at best you'll manage to take out some poor enlisted slobs and maybe a low level functionary." Or, one could take out the president. It's been done before.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2010 on Guns and race at Half Sigma
"I don't think anyone should be allowed to own a gun. Is it really necessary? Asian societies function well without guns." The Khmer Rouge, The Japanese "Co-Prosperity Sphere", and Chairman Mao's "Great Leap Forward" are pretty much all lost on you, eh?
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2010 on Guns and race at Half Sigma
""i believe in female hysteria. Thank god they invented those little machines that cure it"" "well done, though I bet few here know what you meant. I wonder, how did the effectiveness of such devices change after the change in diagnosis/purpose?" I'll admit to not knowing what either of you are talking about. Nanotech, perhaps? People in tiny submersibles going up your lady parts?
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2010 on There are no "toxins" in your body at Half Sigma
I'm betting that trepanation will make a comeback.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2010 on There are no "toxins" in your body at Half Sigma
Nothing wrong with closing the door on her. However, "laying flat" or hiding doesn't work in these situations.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on How the shooting went down at Half Sigma
One of the hallmarks of a great country is a vibrant manned space program. The only reason Obama is shutting it down is so he can conserve taxpayer funds for vote-buying programs. I mean, really, the prescription-drug benefit for medicare alone costs $130 billion a year. The Constellation program would have been nothing compared to that. Countries become moribund when they fail to orient themselves towards the future. And tending to the elderly at the expense of everything else is a shining example of it.
What the hell is "Ruby On Rails"?
I'm trying to figure out why these people's pipes aren't freezing. None of these people mentioned it as a problem, which makes me suspect they're frauds.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2010 on People who live without heat at Half Sigma
Cool "male" jobs. Diesel Mechanic High-voltage line worker Truck driver Dock worker
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2009 on Nursing will become a male profession at Half Sigma
I fear that we will no longer be a nation that builds much, or accomplishes much. Space programs, a military, and non-medical research will all dwindle. We will, instead, continue to gravitate towards being a nation that tends to the elderly. This will kill younger generations--untold billions of dollars for medicare will never be enough, not when the elderly just insist on more. Can't afford a baby? Tough shit. And as this nation focuses more and more on the elderly, it will become elderly. Like in Western Europe, depopulation will wreak havoc. And please don't tell me about how the Mexicans will rescue us from this. Italy is predominantly Catholic, yet in some places there, for every child under the age of five, there are 25 people over the age of fifty.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on China at Half Sigma
Before employment improves, the people who worked in construction are going to have to find jobs in other fields. And these people number in the millions. I'm unaware of any other downturn where this happened. Even during the Great Depression, this didn't happen. Jobs were scarce all around, but you didn't have the gigantic, nation-wide overbuild that you have today. When the economy recovered, so did construction. My county is home to about 300k people. Along with 500+ foreclosures every month, it has over 12 million square feet of empty commercial space. Much of it is factories that have been vacated. The factory I work in has approx. 25,000 square feet of empty space in it. (We used to have 560 people working here. It's down to 220, leaving lots of empty space.) The factory next door has been vacant for over five years, going back to before the downturn. So please don't tell me about "capital expeditures," and how "factories are replaced as they're worn out." They're not. Most of the construction industry will have to find work in other fields. And that's going to take a long time.
I read about one guy who got busted for having child porn at his computer at work. After months, and a lot of money spent to defend himself, he was able to prove it was a virus that caused it. Computers will be the death of us all.