Oxford Educated, world traveler: I have lived in four different countries and worked in more. For the past ten years I have been living in Boston. I work as an expert witness in a very narrow field. Jobs are very few and far between. But the hourly rate is very high. So I make about the same working one week a month as I used to work full time. Chat room etiquette: I have been on the Web almost two decades and on the Internet longer. In the old days it was considered impolite to proposition someone in the first ten minutes. So if I don't immediately proposition you, ask to go private or suggest we get matching tattoos, please do not take that as a lack of interest ladies. I don't get offended and I know some women do not, but most seem to find it tiresome. I spend a lot of time online, but I also spend a lot of time in my workshop on arts projects. I have more tools than Norm Abrams. No seriously. I have tools that he does not, trust me. I started working in wood, but these days I am more into metal and plastic. I also do work with electronics and robotics. So if I am logged in but not responsive, I may have gone down to one of my workshops to tinker with something. Don't be offended if I don't respond.
well we are off to a slow start here. Not surprising at all. Most people have no idea what I am talking about. Like speaking Japanese sort of. I am trying to discuss real money and why you are going to lose everything you think you own. Did you know that your name spelled in ALL CAPS is not you? this is very serious. This ALL CAPS name appears on all you legal documents, bank accounts, and drivers license! WHY? When folk don't understand what you are saying you should probably ask yourself if the problem lies with them or what you are saying.Yes, I do understand the role of gold and silver currency in a modern industrial economy: none.Gold is currently $1200/oz a third off its 2012 peak of $1800 and headed downwards despite the unrest in the middle east. This is largely because Col. Ghadaffi had hoarded several tens of billions which he used to pay his mercenaries and that has now come onto the market popping the asset price bubble.If you look at the gold bug forums you will find they invariably post 30 year charts so as to avoid the embarrassing fact that the 2012 peak was actually slightly lower than the inflation adjusted 1980 price of $2100/oz. The price of gold slid steadily to $350 over the next two decades till the 9/11 attack launched the bubble that is currently deflating.If you buy shares in an S&P 500 index fund or the like, you are investing in the generative capacity of the US economy. As the economy grows, so will your investment. If you buy gold you are investing in nothing more than the belief that you can find a greater fool to buy it off you at some date in the future.And no, typing something in ALL CAPS does not mean it is not your name. Oddly enough the law is what the courts decide it is and there is no amount of nutcase theorizing going to make them think that a driving license is invalid because it is typed in ALL CAPS.
People comment on what women wear at interviews all the time. If a woman had appeared dressed like the women on the shirt it would have been thought very odd.It was very unprofessional. He apologized, that was the end of the matter as far as most folk were concerned. It is only being kept going by people making silly points against feminists.
Hi. I'd like to suggest not categorizing all private equity firms the same way. There are some (many?) who certainly do behave as you described. But many take a value creation approach by acquiring a troubled yet promising company and making it better - resulting in job growth. I've experienced this first hand - including presently. Absolutely. I don't do business that way and nor do most VC. Bain was vulture capital. Like the people who rent slums and give landlords a bad name
Hmmm. I googled it. Romney was about reorganizing failing busniness. He saved many and lost a few. I noticed that the progressive mantra always includes name calling and cursing. The whole concept that poverty is caused by others success is right out of the Carl Marx playbook. Profiteers. It is not revisionist history to see this as a land of opportunity where millions want to come. Where else could a poor boy like me with no one backing me find success. It wasn't luck or a gift from a rich benefactor. It was hard work, preparation and dogged determination. If I had failed I would have started anew, not played the blame game. Take your foul mouth and spread your hate and anger to someone that cares. No you are wrongRomney made his money by borrowing and not intending to repay. Bain would buy a company with10% cash and the rest borrowed . Then they would reorganize the balance sheet and borrow more. They then repaid their original purchase price with dividends leaving a fat profit and a bcompany headed for bankruptcyThey did not create jobs, they destroyed them on an industrial scale.
Ok people. Listen to this gal because she is smart and has most of this right, except for exclusively blaming republicans for a down turned economy. Many of these non tax paying giant corporations are pumping billions of lobby money into both parties. And the people who let a bunch of bankers take ridiculous risks on a 'heads we win', tails, the taxpayer picks up the loss basis.Right now the wall street money men who caused the crash still get taxed at 15% because they have found a loophole and the Republican party refuses to allow it to be fixed. It isn't the Democrats in the way there, it is only the GOP. I don't see why Mitt Romney and his types should pay half the taxes the rest of us do. Yes Romney did pay a lot of tax that one year he revealed his return. But I have paid more in a year and I am nowhere as rich as he is.I find the folk who claim they made it on their own without any help from anyone ever to be short sighted and greedy. Sure you put in a large part of the work. But the point is that you didn't do all the work. You got education from the state, even if you went to a private school, you employ people who are only useful to you because they got a public education. You rely on the government to stop ISIS invading and chopping your head off. You rely on the government to make sure you can ship goods without having most of them stolen by bandits.But the folk who I have the biggest contempt for are the parasites who have never got a contract that didn't come from the government who claim that they did it all without any government help. Dick Cheney's ludicrous claim that Haliburton never got any help from the government was ignorant and stupid.Reacting to carefully selected soundbites that have been taken out of context by the GOP to manipulate you is a stupid reason to get angry.
My kids are UK citizens as well as US.Why should I have them pledge allegiance to a country not my own?
Nuclear power plants are quite safe, as long as your maintenance level is above Soviet Union and you don't have a shift leader that says fuck the rulebook during tests. Fukushima is a bit of a special case, considering that it's placed in a very unstable environment. Place it somewhere where it is less likely to be hit by severe natural disasters and you'll be good. Every heard of a German Nuclear Plant going to shits? The only problem is the storage of nuclear waste, but find some nice mountains, dig in and store it there until technology finds a way to break it down. Not even close. Know where the design for that plant was stolen from? Its the UK Magnox reactor. The design issue is intrinsic to the bed design and could only be discovered using a 3d simulation of the reactor bed.That did not happen during the UK design process because the ability to perform that type of simulation was only developed after Chernobyl blew up. I did one of the first ever simulations...Unfortunately the old nuclear power industry made a lot of glib statements that were utterly untrue. Their safety record was actually not as good as the regular chemical industry. Fukushima was also due to negligent design. So was three mile island. Putting three mile island on that site was utterly negligent.There are safer nuclear designs but getting anyone to accept them is very hard because of the legacy of lies. And that is probably why we will have to wait for the old nuclear industry to die out before building new designs like pebble bed.Right now wind is far more interesting in 60% of the US. Until wind is up to 30% there is no point in going to nuclear, it is simply not economic. Wind is the place to be right now.
I remember the outcry made about the vote for independence in Crimea a few months ago because only Crimeans were allowed to vote rather than Ukranians as a whole. Where's the difference to this Scottish referendum format?I don't like Mr Salmond (any more than I like Mr Farage for that matter) however I think they are both playing a canny game as they are beginning to get concessions from the UK government (i.e greater tax raising powers ) so even if they lose they still make progress towards their aims. It can still be a lose / win scenario for him.With under a month to go I continue to think the vote will be No and I hope it is but if it should make a sudden swing to Yes then beyond September all I can see is a long period of confusion and mutually damaging uncertainty. Crimea was very different. The vote was run by Russian soldiers and anyone who campaigned against being annexed by Russia risked being beaten up or killed. Thats not a vote anyone but Putin recognizes.Graft is definitely a problem with small countries. And the Welsh assembly is run in the manner of a town council. Salmond is a pretty poor fish.
Yes....... that is basically it. The terrorists that keep opening fire on Israeli targets operate from civilian populated areas and any reprisals are always going to cause civilian casualties. It's all part of the terrorists plan to announce to the media how Israel opened fire on Palestinian civilians therefore attempting to gain sympathy and support from the rest of the world. So you can work it out. Why does Netanyahu have so much trouble doing that?If my enemy wants me to do X then on no account am I going to do it. The point of giving Israel the Iron Dome was precisely so that they could ignore the provocations. Instead dweeble-brain walks straight into the trap.In six months time it won't matter what the provocation was, all people will remember is 2000 Palestinians dead and a lot of fascist blog posts calling for a genocide of Palestinians. When I knew Ed Miliband at Oxford he was a Zionist, now he is calling for tough action against Israel. And quite likely being asked to do so by Cameron. The US evangelical right is in Israel's corner for unpleasant theological reasons. The UK right is not.
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