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by JBJ
Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6098
Views: 849877

Re: Police misbehavior thread

eSOANEM wrote:It's worth pointing out as well that the dash-cam footage has yet to be released by the police. If it supported there case, I suspect they'd have been quicker to do so.

There is no dash-cam video. link
by JBJ
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: what's the name of this tropical fruit?
Replies: 6
Views: 4620

Re: what's the name of this tropical fruit?

Sounds like a Sugar Apple except for the size. If that's not it, it's probably in the same family. Following some of the Wikipedia links will probably lead you to the right one.
by JBJ
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28368
Views: 2871165

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Current hurts the organs, voltage hurts the skin.
by JBJ
Fri May 16, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49166

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Well, yeah. The interest being paid on the loan is essentially rent to the homeowner. That and taxes and insurance. Basically, any money paid to live there that you don't get back in equity or value. I already said that. Depending on the rate and term, the ratio of "rent" to "capital&...
by JBJ
Fri May 16, 2014 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49166

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Huh? If the landlord holds a mortgage on a rental house, they are going to have the same expenses as someone who is mortgaging their own house. And unless the landlord is willing to rent "at cost", they're going to tack on a few extra dollars to the rent. That may hold true for a landlord ...
by JBJ
Fri May 16, 2014 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49166

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Right, having a home doesn't exclude having other investments. The nice thing about a home, even with a mortgage, is that you are building equity with every payment. With rent, not so. Rent only goes to cover living expenses for the period in which it is paid. Pay one month's rent, get one month's s...
by JBJ
Fri May 16, 2014 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2160168

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

What happens when you get a straight talking biker, a bible thumping curmudgeon, a governor, and state senator talking current issues? Why, it's the 2014 Idaho GOP Governor's debate!!! It's about an hour long, but worth it. If you don't have an hour, there are some highlights here: Washington Post l...
by JBJ
Thu May 15, 2014 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49166

Re: What is your current housing situation?

I don't agree that owning a home is a good safety net. Even if you own a place, you have to pay taxes, you have to pay insurance, and you have to keep paying upkeep. My mom bought a house. And then a hurricane came through and put a tree on her roof. Yes, she had insurance, but homeowner's insuranc...
by JBJ
Thu May 15, 2014 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49166

Re: What is your current housing situation?

I checked own, free and clear. Although we do still have a mortgage, it'll be paid off in less than 3 years. We technically have enough savings/investments to pay it off now, but the return interest on the savings is higher than the interest on the mortgage, so why bother? Location: Florida, east co...
by JBJ
Wed May 07, 2014 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6098
Views: 849877

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Tyndmyr wrote:Cliffs: Police shoot at least 377 times ... in which 23 officers took part.

At least 377 bullets fired by 23 officers, which comes out to... slightly over 16 bullets per officer!
How many had to reload?
by JBJ
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89883
Views: 7388960

Re: Fluff

It's actors who never learned from Michael Caine (Tip #1)
I think it's mostly involuntary.
by JBJ
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2203
Views: 388714

Re: Questions For The World

Here in Australia, we have a Designated Driver thing that's pretty commonplace. If you're the Designated Driver for a night out, you get a wristband which means you can't purchase alcohol but you get free soft drinks. Apparently that's a rarity in the US - is that true? What about other countries? ...
by JBJ
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 25599

Re: Definition of Marriage

Prioritisation of kin is easily handled via far simpler legal means I would suggest Marriage establishes the spouse as first in line for all existing and future assets/obligations. In one act. One could certainly designate a non-married partner as the primary for everything, but each item would hav...
by JBJ
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 25599

Re: Definition of Marriage

Out of curiousity if people don't agree that marriage is a formal contract essentially providing a legal framework for the sharing of resources such that the economic impact of children is mitigated - then what is its point? It's a formal contract that declares the other person in the marriage to b...
by JBJ
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 25599

Re: Definition of Marriage

A permanent union of 2 or more* people with strong emotional attachments for the purpose of sustaining and reinforcing those emotional bonds. The result being that members of such a union are recognized as being family. Gender, doesn't matter. Combination doesn't matter. Relatives, no closer than 2n...
by JBJ
Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3715
Views: 463440

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I missed the background for this, can someone fill me in with the basics? Nevada rancher (Bundy) doesn't recognize that the Federal government owns the land he lets his cattle graze on and hasn't payed grazing fees in since 1993. Lost a court battle in 1998, owes something like 1.2 million in back ...
by JBJ
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic When Using Steam
Replies: 2
Views: 2375

Re: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic When Using Steam

I think corrosion is a secondary concern to the intended application. You can always be selective of corrosion resistant materials. Of the two, pneumatic is the more appropriate term if using steam, but most pneumatic applications aren't designed for the high heat and humidity that comes from using ...
by JBJ
Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13380
Views: 1397510

Re: Today I Learned

you are right though, with deductions, I got "most" of it back. but why bother? why take the cash anyways, if they know almost noone under the poverty line is actually going to let you keep that money anyways? for that matter, even if they somehow manage to hold onto some of the taxes I p...
by JBJ
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6098
Views: 849877

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Another site that agrees with the above, but also includes ranges for higher ranks (detective, sergeant, etc...)
by JBJ
Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6098
Views: 849877

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Filters...
USA gets filtered to EEUU. Can't seem to trick the BBCode into allowing it to link, so copy and paste from below:
http://rt.com/usa/james-boyd-killed-apd-965/
by JBJ
Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2160168

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

A funeral protest only seems fitting.

Nah... I don't want to stoop to their level. Besides, if I stooped that low I'm sure I'd hurt something.
by JBJ
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2160168

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Well, they kind of already do. They have about 70 or so showrooms and service centers across North America. But they are all owned and operated exclusively by Tesla. The dealership associations behind the law are whining because Tesla won't let them sell or service their cars. It'd be kind of like A...
by JBJ
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Database Design
Replies: 5
Views: 3055

Re: Database Design

If you want to have only one unique booking_id, you'll want to make the booking_id the foreign key in the related tables, rather than having the primary keys of each related table the foreign key in the bookings table. Because if a single booking can have multiple transactions, passengers, etc... th...
by JBJ
Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: IT Jobs in the USA
Replies: 5
Views: 4261

Re: IT Jobs in the USA

Getting a job offer doesn't necessarily require permanent residence. The chances of permanent residence are more likely with a high-level, advanced career position, but if you're just finishing your CS degree and only have a couple of years experience, it's not very likely. Many companies do sponsor...
by JBJ
Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: IT Jobs in the USA
Replies: 5
Views: 4261

Re: IT Jobs in the USA

Looking at the job market without establishing eligibility to work in the US first is a bit premature. Do you have a plan to obtain residence and legal status already? If you can establish permanent residence in the US before looking for a job you're in good shape. Well, good shape depending on your...
by JBJ
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Changing password after password reset
Replies: 1
Views: 2133

Re: Changing password after password reset

User Control Panel -> Profile tab -> Edit Account Settings
ucp.php?i=profile&mode=reg_details
by JBJ
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1766
Views: 261492

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

That would have been an Optician.
(If you're talking about someone who was just checking your vision, and/or fitting you for glasses or contacts)
by JBJ
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Transplantation
Replies: 90
Views: 19101

Re: Organ Transplantation

I agree with EMTP on this respect that an opt-out system is better than an opt-in, but I don't think financial incentive's are the way to go. Education is. I don't know what the numbers are, but I wager if everyone was a donor, we'd save a lot of lives. There have also been developments in the last...
by JBJ
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 10499

Re: Tax percentage calculations

I was saying two different things. Specifically to contrast why we don't tax sales as income but rather on profit. That was at a point in the conversation where I was still trying to clarify what the purpose of the thread was. One possible interpretation was changing income tax to a transaction base...
by JBJ
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2203
Views: 388714

Re: Questions For The World

It has more to do with the term park as a noun, describing a public green area with trees and other natural features, than the verb park meaning to stop one's car. It was originally intended for roads that cut through a wooded rural area while trying to preserve the natural aspect of it instead of c...
by JBJ
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 10499

Re: Tax percentage calculations

I am not saying anything about the similarities and differences between different types of taxes, beyond pointing out how their rates are listed. I am saying that when a consistent metric is applied, the effective tax rates may be not at all what they seem. That's a fairly well known fact, that if ...
by JBJ
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Replies: 276
Views: 66977

Re: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yeah, I'm still not seeing why that is such a huge secret. We fixed you, but it was painful? Seriously, surgery without anesthesia happens. It sucks a lot, no doubt, but that doesn't qualify it as a shield super-secret, and as a reveal, it was kind of a let-down. The tech is getting sketchi...
by JBJ
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28368
Views: 2871165

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Generally it's either a sign of dehydration (brownish yellow), or extra riboflavin intake (neon yellow).
by JBJ
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 10499

Re: Tax percentage calculations

Does that make sense now? I am talking only and specifically about the two possible methods of denoting a particular tax as a tax rate. As long as we're not talking about methods for calculation, sure. But it's honestly overly complicating the issue. Say you send me an invoice, broken down like so:...
by JBJ
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 10499

Re: Tax percentage calculations

I hope this has helped clarify my point, which is: there are two different methods of calculating tax rates, and they give different results for identical transactions. Okay, there are two different types of taxes in income and sales taxes, yes. What I think was causing confusion was your stating t...
by JBJ
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 10499

Re: Tax percentage calculations

There are two ways to list the numerical value of a tax: as a percent of the amount received, or a percent of the amount paid. In both cases the result is that when one person pays another, some of the money gets diverted to the government. The difference is whether the government's share is counte...
by JBJ
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2160168

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Isn't capital gains taxes 15%? I know these guys are smart enough to convert it away from normal investment income at the very least. It was until last year. The top tier is now technically 20%, but the Affordable Care Act adds on a 3.8% surtax to net investment income for a total of 23.8% in the h...
by JBJ
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2160168

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It's not tax free, the kids will still have to pay capital gains taxes. They're just avoiding the estate tax. So a 25% tax rather than 40%.
by JBJ
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 10073

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

If I have a position opening that's worth about $9 an hour to me(which I likely will in march), it's very easy for me to currently find someone for that. How on earth am I going to hire someone I might have to pay $7.50, or might have to pay $14.50? In the latter case, I'm bleeding cash. Obviously,...
by JBJ
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 10073

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

It doesn't have to be outright replacement; it can just mean fewer hours on the weekly schedule. Managers get bonuses for making payroll as small as possible. All they need to do is cut the 20-21-year-olds down to 15-20 hours a week and bump the 16-19-year-olds up to near-full-time status. As I've ...

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