Topic The story you wish more people had read?
28 Sep 2016 22:21
I wrote this one when I was pretty new to the site. It's not as polished as some others, but I like it. This was before the site started using the recommended read flag.
Topic The rich don't spend proportionally
25 Sep 2016 22:31
Looking back at this thread there is a lot of debate about minimum wage, and socialism. That's wasn't the intention of my post.
For the post at the beginning of the thread, I looked into some research and found that increasing the minimum wage was pretty much as wash for the general economy, although it might give the very poor a lift, and make it difficult for small business owners who use mostly minimum wage workers. (The large businesses owners who use minimum wage workers can well afford to raise prices a tiny bit. We'll still eat the hamburgers if they cost 10 cents more.)
What I was mostly debating was the relative benefits of more tax cuts which go dis-proportionally to very wealthy people, vs. infrastructure spending which directly improves employment and gives us some bridges which are not falling down. I'm still on the stimulus side of the argument rather than the tax-cutting side. We've tried the tax-cutting and all it does is increase the deficit without improving the overall economy. These Trumpian tax cut plans are a disaster IMO.
Topic Woman claims she can't get a job because she is overweight.
25 Sep 2016 22:05
Good-looking people have an advantage in employment. Tall men have a particular advantage. Being overweight is definitely a disadvantage because people are visually prejudiced and because being fat implies (to some) a lack of self-discipline.
It is not fair to say, however, that everyone who is overweight is overweight because they do not have enough self-control. There are genetic predispositions to being overweight, and some prescription medications have the side effect of increasing appetite or slowing metabolism. Also. someone can be undisciplined about healthy eating and still be very disciplined about their work.
I know a woman who was quite overweight and applied for many jobs. She would get very good feedback on her resume and phone interviews, but would not get through the in-person interview. She was unemployed for almost a year. I really do think her appearance held her back. Employers should check their reactions to appearance and consider whether a particular appearance is really necessary for a job. You don't need to be particularly attractive to be very effective in most jobs, especially when it is not a job with implicit physical requirements (like being a waitress at hooters).
Topic are human beings natural monogamist or just a social imposition?
25 Sep 2016 21:34
Monogamy is not natural, especially not for women. Read up on it. The tendency is for women to stop being sexually attracted to their partners in monogamy even before the attraction wears out on the other side. Monogamy is a choice. It requires a lot of effort to make monogamy successful.
Topic Long Hair?
12 Sep 2016 21:16
Short hair. Only the most beautiful woman can rock the short hair. Beautiful face, sexy neck. Observe women with short hair. The most confident, sexiest, fiestiest, hottest, desirable women have a cute short haircuts.
Ding ding ding!
Topic Older men or younger men?
06 Sep 2016 20:11
Psychologically mature and in just as good shape as I am physically. (That usually means younger than me but not by a great deal!)
Topic Contact after date
17 Aug 2016 19:41
It could be that he's rather busy or absentminded. If you really liked him and don't mind that he's not the assertive type it may work out fine. On the other hand, if he is really hot for you, and not playing games, he would probably have called or texted by the next day.
10 Aug 2016 21:01
I have expensive taste in jeans. Paige Premium Denim. These are still made in the USA. The company was founded by a former fit model, and you can tell. I only have 2 pairs but will save for more.
Topic Who should be the next US president?
11 Jul 2016 21:13
Bernie will be making appearances with Hillary shortly. He got a lot of his priorities a prominent place in the Democratic party platform. He is having more influence than he every thought he would when he started his run.
Topic Which Game of Thrones character would you like to have sex with?
28 Apr 2016 20:42
1. Ser Jorah (pre greyscale). There's something about his perseverance which is very sexy.
2. Daario Naharis (Kahleesi gets all the hot guys)
3. Oberyn Martell (but he's dead now :-() A guy that good with a spear probably has other talents.
I'd add Jaime Lannister, but he only has eyes for his sister.
Topic Recreational Drugs
06 Apr 2016 20:59
I tried to smoke cigarettes and threw up. So I kept passing the joint when it came to me in college because I didn't want to embarrass myself. The pot cookies put me to sleep.
That's about the extent of it. I did get a morphine drip once in the hospital. That stuff was *sooo* good.
Topic The rich don't spend proportionally
06 Apr 2016 20:36
Trickle down (continuously reducing taxes on the very rich) doesn't work. It's very simple.
If you give a very rich guy (top 0.1%) another tax break there's only a small chance he will invest in in a place which will create jobs for Americans. It's much more likely he will
a) Buy some imported luxury goods with a small percentage of his windfall
b) Buy back some stock in his own company to increase the stock price rather than buy capital equipment or hire people.
c) Put some money in a menbers-only hedge fund
c) Make some foreign investments
d) Put some money in a tax shelter in the Cayman Islands
Any of these activities only puts a small percentage of the money given to the rich person back into the economy, stimulating growth.
Conversely. if you give a poor or middle class person a wage increase, they are very likely to spend most of all of it to pay debts or else buy food, clothes or a washing machine, which pumps money directly back into the economy. A much larger percentage of the money is then stimulating growth.
Supply-side-only stimulation is bunk. Economies are consumer-driven. A small businessman or woman is not going to hire more folks or invest in more capacity in a stagnant economy when he gets a tax break. He's only going to do that if there is demand. Demand is consumer-driven. You have to get the consumers more money first.
The best thing the government can do with a tax increase on the rich is to fix the broken highways and bridges and other infrastructure. Not only does this create construction jobs for people who will go out and spend a much greater percentage of the money than the very rich (and thus stimulate the economy), it will also fix the damm things.
As for increasing the minimum wage, it's inconclusive statistically as to whether it really causes overall job growth or loss (sorry your singular case based on your particular situation doesn't count as data). The worst one can say is that it doesn't make that much difference.
As a matter of economic fairness, the minimum wage should at least keep up with the costs of living, and it has not. Having no minimum wage at all (as some libertarians propose) is a route back to the gilded age.
Topic No French kissing!
06 Feb 2016 21:20
Thanks for the advice folks, and for the history lessons.
Topic Do you remember the first explicit erotic story you ever read?
05 Jan 2016 20:01
I think I was in ( edited by moderator for content ) school when a beat up copy of "The Godfather" was passed around. We were very titillated by the sex scene between Sonny Corleone and Lucy Mancini (she was the bridesmaid at a wedding). It's more explicit in the book than in the movie.
Topic No French kissing!
05 Jan 2016 18:39
My partner has not french-kissed me in years. I do not have bad breath! I have asked him about this directly several times and his excuse is that he has trouble breathing while kissing. I'm not expecting a long slobbery session without a break but a little tongue would be nice.
Kissing turns me on and I feel like I am missing out. Any ideas? I don't want to harangue him. My guess is that he may have a germ-phobia thing going on or some sensory issue with it.
Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
28 Dec 2015 22:30
Bernie is out of serious contention. He calls himself a "democratic socialist". That's o.k. for Scandinavia, but a large portion of the American voting public thinks "socialism" means "taking all my stuff and giving it to someone who doesn't deserve it". They wouldn't vote for a Bernie.
Hilliary is a professional politician who bends the truth and is in the pocket of big money just like the Republicans. However, she is saner than either The Donald or Ted Cruz (who is a theocrat) and they are the leaders on the GOP side right now. I don't understand the visceral hatred of her. Might as well hate 90% of politicians. By they way, she was right about the Donald spouting off about Muslims. ISIS will use his words to recruit terrorists. If they aren't already using videos of him spouting off to recruit, they will soon. ISIS wants their war to be about religion.
Ted Cruz was not born in the U.S. I wonder what the Tea Party birthers will think about that btw.
Topic Are you happy with your breast size?
22 Oct 2015 18:20
I'm happy that they look about the same as they did 20 years ago!. Still perky! If they were a lot bigger I don't think they would have as much staying power.
Topic Cute or Sexy?
14 Jul 2015 21:09
This is an "ask the guys" question, but, as a woman usually described as cute, I'd prefer "pretty" or even "sexy" once in a while for variety. When I hear "cute" I think it's just an abbreviation for "attractive but short".