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by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Which Republican are you supporting in the primaries?
Replies: 83
Views: 12924

Which Republican are you supporting in the primaries?

For the Republicans on the forum, who are you supporting and why?
by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Which Democrat are you supporting in the primaries?
Replies: 180
Views: 23927

Which Democrat are you supporting in the primaries?

So, let's have some fun. For the Democrats in here, who are you supporting and why?
by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

1. A poll does not make a fact. Many people used to believe in slavery, but many would argue they were in fact wrong. 2. Nice poll, 22,000 people in 21 countries. That means they polled 1,000 people roughly in each country. That is supposed to be proof of anything? The did not say what their methodo...
by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

Avak, I don't understand the Pavlov dog reference. I am simply continuing my effort to educate folks that this is not proven science. Global warming is a theory on our climate system that has no proof. To demand spending billions and trillions on something that may not be correct is a waste. Yes, it...
by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

Uh, what exactly did you actually prove about the ozone hole? I would like to see that. Feel free to quote yourself to show it.
by Lathander
Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

Well, wasn't much of a thought really. In terms of legitimacy, the Nobel prize doesn't give you that. For pete's sake, Arafat won it. It really just means some Norwegians agree with you. I like the fact that a court in Britain, which is not known for being conservative, decided that Gore's movie was...
by Lathander
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Go Go Gadget U.S. Dollar!
Replies: 29
Views: 4179

Interesting story about the dollar, gold and taxes.

http://www.rense.com/general78/defeat.htm
by Lathander
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Um, or you could just look at their production. In my industry, it is fairly easy to see what folks are doing. If they have a tough month and they are experienced, I give them a nice pep talk about doing the right actions to lead to production and offer ideas on getting back to pace. Newer folks, I ...
by Lathander
Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Now your misrepresenting what I said, but that tends to happen when you hack apart posts. I did not say being lazy is good. I said you need to promote what you do. Lazy folks in my office have it the worst. I metaphorically beat them up pretty good. Stop being lazy and read harder.
by Lathander
Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

As someone that actually does hire folks, the hardest part of the job is sourcing people. We have a department that scours Hotjobs and other sites that people post their resumes on. We have another department that does nothing but try to recruit producers. Finally, we work with outside recruiters th...
by Lathander
Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Avak, In regard to your post about indicies on quality of life, they are simply formulas created to give the result that is desired. If you underweight advanced medical procedures and overweight "affordability", you get something that is biased toward people not having to pay for their hea...
by Lathander
Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

A business is not about only profit since many things contribute to making a profit. One of those is retaining your best people. To do that, you pay them very well and pay them in ways that make them more sticky to the firm. If your firm has alot of turnover then they are constantly training new peo...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Sarvis just saw another chance to slice up another coherent post.
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

I appreciate you response Sarvis, but if you notice, I was talking to Ambar. Thanks for participating though.
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Sarvis, the problem with you is you hack posts apart sentence by sentence. You seem incapable of actually writing rebuttals as proper paragraphs. Your hacked up posts are annoying to read because you don't put any thought into actually writing something compelling.
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Government simply issues more debt which is backed by issuing bonds. That is why we get things like Continuing Resolutions instead of an actual budget. Governemnent budgets work completely different than anyone elses. How exactly is the deficit "putting a stranglehold on our economy right now&q...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Kifle, I'll start at the end. It is tough for a 58yr old man with 2 bachelors degress and 30 yrs experience to get back into the workforce assuming they have gotten laid off or something. First, if one is in that situation, you would expect they would be bright enough to keep up their network and no...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Ambar, Would you agree that it is a bad idea to have a family when one is making minimum wage? I can only imagine the diminished mental capacity required to think that is a good idea. I will agree with Lilira though that it is alot smarter to have lots of kids if the person profits from it as a welf...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Well, alot of this shows a lack of business experience. In my earlier example of the extra $24 an hour to spend, I would only spend it if it was needed. It is desperately needed. See in my office, I have folks that make $50 to $100 per hour if you take their income and divide by 52 and 40. I am tryi...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

Right, if I have an extra 24 bucks an hour in my budget, then you have to look at what I can hire. My company's minimum wage is 12.69, alot higher than most states. At 24 bucks an hour budget, I can only bring in two people instead of three if we could pay eight dollars an hour. That third person do...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:24 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Good lord, you really believe that nonsense? You might as well kill yourself now and get over the depression. Seriously though, the median income is about 42K. That's 20 bucks an hour so your 12 does not make sense. I don't know where you live so I can't research the demographics, but I'll use the M...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:15 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Ah, Kifle likes to remove responsibility from people. I completely disagree with the job argument. Maybe I'm just special or something, but when I talk to people about joining us, the conversation always gets to what the salary, benefits and other positives of the job our. That candidate then compar...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:01 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Go Go Gadget U.S. Dollar!
Replies: 29
Views: 4179

Unions are good when they actually protect workers. They are bad when they are bad for workers by driving their employers out of business or overseas. Eighty years ago, unions were alot more relevant than now. Actuall Kifle, it is alot more involved than what you said. See, by your logic, everyone s...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: The USSR
Replies: 253
Views: 44304

You're right Kiryan. Some folks want to extend the welfare state to make more people completely dependent on the government. While we need some services, should we really be crowding out parents giving their kids health insurance now by encouraging them to put their kids on the S-CHIP program? Kirya...
by Lathander
Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Who/Where do you trust to get your news from?
Replies: 32
Views: 3632

Right, if they drown, then they were innocent?
by Lathander
Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Menzoberranzan Quests
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Birile,

If you are on, send up a peti to go over specific ones.
by Lathander
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Who/Where do you trust to get your news from?
Replies: 32
Views: 3632

They can't?
by Lathander
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Rules for police to enter your home?
Replies: 31
Views: 4509

Another idea might be to call Internal Affairs or whatever compliance department those cops have. Did you get business cards from them or anything else to show who it was?
by Lathander
Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Who/Where do you trust to get your news from?
Replies: 32
Views: 3632

Iwon.com, CNBC, FOXNews, MSNBC, Realmoney.com and WSJ
by Lathander
Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:03 pm
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Homeland was a pretty big mud
Replies: 60
Views: 8405

I didn't realize there was so much public information on this project. Ambar is correct; this is a big, BIG project with the first phase containing nine zones that will add around 2,700 rooms to the mud. In addition, it will provide a more realistic geographic representation of that area of Toril pr...
by Lathander
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Income replacement and estate planning. That is why you buy life insurance.

No one commented on the PMI proposal by the Democrats to raise it for everyone instead of on those with the worst credit which represents a risk.
by Lathander
Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Finally for those of you for socialized medicine, we are already getting a preview of this from what some health insurance plans are doing. Many are getting ready to start deducting from employees' pay if their Body Mass Index is too high (Fat) or if their cholesterol, blood pressure, or sugar are t...
by Lathander
Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Let me give you an example of how treating everyone equally is unfair. With the housing mess, Congress and the President are talking about making changes. One of those changes would be allowing lower credit quality people to get GSE loans from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The Republicans are proposin...
by Lathander
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Is it moral to penalize those that are successful? Do those that are lazy deserve money from those that have actually earned it? Is it possible to figure out who are lazy and who are "unable to sustain themselves"? Is it moral for those that don't produce and have not saved to expect as mu...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Relations
Replies: 67
Views: 11216

I don't know Rags. Dems have their own troubles. Assuming Hillary is the Dem candidate, she has a huge negative rating in the country and is likely to be the biggest reason the Conservative vote turns out in big numbers. Also, the Dems won a number of traditionally conservative seats in the House tw...
by Lathander
Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Relations
Replies: 67
Views: 11216

Sarvis, if the Dems can't defend their withholding funding for the war and thereby ending it, then how can it be the right thing? I guess you're right, their careers are more important than doing what they think is right.
by Lathander
Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Well, to benefit from the deduction anyway, you need to be in a higher tax bracket (25% and up) anyway. Someone in that range is likely to have at least a 200K mortgage. AMT does not affect the mortgage interest deduction. It does effect equity lines or second mortgages, but it has no effect on your...
by Lathander
Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

Yea, I'd like an explaination on the Whole Life myself.
by Lathander
Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Relations
Replies: 67
Views: 11216

Sarvis, the Congress can simply not do anything. Yes, the President can veto, but the Congress can also not send up bills to continue funding the war. No funding equals the end of the war.
by Lathander
Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

The big advantage to buying a house is the cheaper carrying cost. The mortgage interest in most cases is going to be tax deductible. That means in higher tax brackets, you are getting back a third or more of the interest you pay as a deduction on your tax return. In numbers, if you are paying 6.25 p...
by Lathander
Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Help no longer needed, thanks :)
Replies: 89
Views: 16667

Just keep it wrapped! You can get out of a divorce as long as you don't have assets, but if there is a kid, you're finished.
by Lathander
Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

For every buyer there is a seller. Just look at the smart guys like Sam Zell. The interesting thing is that real estate is not just having trouble in the hot areas like CA, NV, and FL. Areas where real estate did not really take off like Detriot and Cleveland are some of the worst areas as well. Ult...
by Lathander
Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: the housing market
Replies: 207
Views: 35905

A site I visit at least every couple of days.

http://ml-implode.com/
by Lathander
Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Help no longer needed, thanks :)
Replies: 89
Views: 16667

Just make sure to get a pre-nup and don't put her name on your accounts!
by Lathander
Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Sicko?
Replies: 41
Views: 4873

Is ArgueMud down? I can't seem to connect.







BTW, HAHHAHAHAH, that was great.
by Lathander
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:17 am
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: Sicko?
Replies: 41
Views: 4873

Bhahahahaha, Sarvis, do you bother to think and consider why one buys an SUV? It is four wheel drive with 18 inch tires. It is fantastic in the snow. My wife and I have occupations where we need to get to work sometimes in the snow. Either we drive or someone in an SUV has to come pick us up. You re...
by Lathander
Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

6. Expand Renewable Energy Development: Diversify energy sources by promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind while setting ambitious but achievable goals for increasing renewable generation, and promoting state and local policy innovations that link clean energy and jobs. First, a...
by Lathander
Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Archive
Topic: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 287
Views: 47172

Here are just some articles on the relationship between poverty and pollution. Maybe I'll even take a page out of the global warming book and change "cause" to "contributes", hahahah. http://www.ring-alliance.org/ring_pdf/bp_povrtyenv_ftxt.pdf http://jech.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/58/1...

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