Posted by: Timothy Ellis (The Tim)

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

60 responses to “Weekly Open Thread (2014-05-05)”

  1. Kary L. Krismer

    I’m not familiar with this source (or the underlying source), so I don’t know their built in bias, but it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the Democrats.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/might-just-worst-poll-yet-124500258.html

    At the Correspondents’ Dinner Obama joked that the 47% called an apologized to Mitt Romney. He also had some pretty good jokes about MSNBC and CNN.

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  2. Blurtman

    Obama has a ways to go to top George W. Bush’s No WMD knee-slapper at the White House correspondent’s dinner. Yes, hilarious.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_tFKa2_YBQ

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  3. Kary L. Krismer

    By pfft @ 59:

    you obviously don’t understand obamcare. in order to have everyone covered you have to expand medicare because many people won’t be able to purchase insurance on their own. you can’t do pre-existing conditions without the insurance mandate only some can’t pay so you need to expand medicaid too!

    You have that completely backward. They could have covered additional people under Medicaid at any point in time. The fact that requiring insurance cover pre-existing conditions means you have to mandate coverage does mean that you cannot provide coverage for those who cannot afford it without mandating coverage for those who can afford it. If your argument were correct then any form of Medicaid coverage would have been impossible before Obamacare.

    How can your understanding of every issue possibly be so bass-ackwards?

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  4. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 2 – My favorite is probably Seth Meyers saying: “Donald Trump announced he was running as a Republican, which is surprising because I thought he was running as a joke.”

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  5. softwarengineer

    When I Go to the Polling Booth

    I plug my nose and pick the least ugliest of the two party sisters to cast my vote. Ahhhh….that one’s wart on her face is big, but it isn’t so dark….

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  6. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 3:

    By pfft @ 59:
    you obviously don’t understand obamcare. in order to have everyone covered you have to expand medicare because many people won’t be able to purchase insurance on their own. you can’t do pre-existing conditions without the insurance mandate only some can’t pay so you need to expand medicaid too!

    You have that completely backward. They could have covered additional people under Medicaid at any point in time. The fact that requiring insurance cover pre-existing conditions means you have to mandate coverage does mean that you cannot provide coverage for those who cannot afford it without mandating coverage for those who can afford it. If your argument were correct then any form of Medicaid coverage would have been impossible before Obamacare.

    How can your understanding of every issue possibly be so bass-ackwards?

    “You have that completely backward. They could have covered additional people under Medicaid at any point in time.”

    right. the should have skipped that part when writing a historic health insurance bill where they are trying to get everyone covered? why? benghazi maybe?

    “How can your understanding of every issue possibly be so bass-ackwards?”

    that’s what I think every time I read what you write! works both ways…

    I don’t get what your medicare point is? you are mad they passed it at the same time? should they have passed it a month earlier or sooner? this theory of obamacare explains it very well.

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/report/2010/08/05/8226/health-care-reform-is-a-three-legged-stool/

    the goal is to provide health insurance. they did it all at the same time in one bill. whoopee!

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  7. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: pfft @ 6 – I don’t care how they passed it–that is obvious. The discussion is how they could have done it.

    Let’s go about this a different way. How is the funding of the increased Medicaid coverage in any way dependent on forcing people to buy insurance of a certain type? If you can’t answer that question you are totally full of it.

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  8. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 7:

    RE: pfft @ 6 – I don’t care how they passed it–that is obvious. The discussion is how they could have done it.

    Let’s go about this a different way. How is the funding of the increased Medicaid coverage in any way dependent on forcing people to buy insurance of a certain type?

    because there wasn’t enough money in the budget for the new people who would have to go on medicaid because of the mandate. simple really.

    I ask this question again. did you want the medicaid expansion passed a month before or after and why? seems like a really strange thing to obsess about. millions more people are covered kary. relax!

    Gallup: Uninsured rate lowest since 2008
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/05/1296975/-Gallup-Uninsured-rate-lowest-since-nbsp-2008

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  9. Kary L. Krismer

    By pfft @ 8:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 7:
    RE: pfft @ 6 – I don’t care how they passed it–that is obvious. The discussion is how they could have done it.

    Let’s go about this a different way. How is the funding of the increased Medicaid coverage in any way dependent on forcing people to buy insurance of a certain type?

    because there wasn’t enough money in the budget for the new people who would have to go on medicaid because of the mandate. simple really.

    Where did the money come from? It’s simple, answer the question.

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  10. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 9:

    By pfft @ 8:
    By Kary L. Krismer @ 7:
    RE: pfft @ 6 – I don’t care how they passed it–that is obvious. The discussion is how they could have done it.

    Let’s go about this a different way. How is the funding of the increased Medicaid coverage in any way dependent on forcing people to buy insurance of a certain type?

    because there wasn’t enough money in the budget for the new people who would have to go on medicaid because of the mandate. simple really.

    Where did the money come from? It’s simple, answer the question.

    the Feds.

    6 million more people would be insured if the Republicans would expand medicaid. 3,000-17,000 will die in the next year because Republicans won’t expand medicaid.

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  11. wreckingbull

    RE: pfft @ 10 – “The Feds.” Please define this entity. Is this some sort of mythical being who wears a white robe and farts out C-notes on command? Please, I want to learn more about “The Feds” and how I can find them.

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  12. pfft

    By wreckingbull @ 11:

    RE: pfft @ 10 – “The Feds.” Please define this entity. Is this some sort of mythical being who wears a white robe and farts out C-notes on command? Please, I want to learn more about “The Feds” and how I can find them.

    oh yes I understand the confusion because they broke up years ago.

    http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2008/10/the_feds_announce_split_final.php

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  13. softwarengineer

    RE: pfft @ 10

    That’s Not True Pffft

    Anyone with a life threatening illness [no matter what the cost] can walk into an emergency room and the hospital has to give them care. Then the Medicaid paperwork is also filled out.

    ACA will pre-fill out this Medicaid administration; but it won’t stop most doctors/nurses from refusing to see just Medicaid/Medicare patients without private insurance too….to prevent bankruptcy.

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  14. Kary L. Krismer

    Well at least we now know pfft’s level of misunderstanding.

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  15. pfft

    By softwarengineer @ 13:

    RE: pfft @ 10

    That’s Not True Pffft

    Anyone with a life threatening illness [no matter what the cost] can walk into an emergency room and the hospital has to give them care. Then the Medicaid paperwork is also filled out.

    the goal is to cover people before hand not to cover them after. unless you think that walking into an emergency room is a good way to care for people? medicaid is about a lot more than going to the ER.

    universal or near universal health care coverage drops mortality substantially. In other words, it saves lives. Lots of them.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/yes-it-saves-lives

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  16. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 14:

    Well at least we now know pfft’s level of misunderstanding.

    All you had to do was just freaking google it. I literally googled why was medicaid expanded? you guys know what google is right?

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act significantly expanded both eligibility for and federal funding of Medicaid.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicaid

    Now I guess we know your level of misunderstanding.

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  17. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: pfft @ 16 – You are incredibly dense. I’m asking you where is the revenue source for the expanded Medicaid. The answer “the Fed” is nothing short of moronic. In any case, you still haven’t answered the question. I’m asking what is the increased revenue source for the federal government, not what is the revenue source for the states (the question you just answered).

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  18. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 17:

    RE: pfft @ 16 – You are incredibly dense. I’m asking you where is the revenue source for the expanded Medicaid. The answer “the Fed” is nothing short of moronic.

    The Feds, as in the Federal Government.

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  19. Kary L. Krismer

    By pfft @ 18:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 17:
    RE: pfft @ 16 – You are incredibly dense. I’m asking you where is the revenue source for the expanded Medicaid. The answer “the Fed” is nothing short of moronic.

    The Feds, as in the Federal Government.

    I know this is hard for an Obamabot to understand, but some people think that before new spending is added through a government program, that the government should have a way of paying for that spending (as opposed to just borrowing the money).

    So, with that context, I have said that the expansion of Medicaid was not dependent upon the messing up of private health insurance because the messing up of private health insurance did not fund the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid could have happened either way.

    So with that lengthy explanation, what do you think funded the expansion of Medicaid? (And I’m talking about for the period before the federal government quits funding it and leaves it to the states that were stupid enough to expand it based on a promise of temporary funding.)

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  20. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 19:

    By pfft @ 18:
    By Kary L. Krismer @ 17:
    RE: pfft @ 16 – You are incredibly dense. I’m asking you where is the revenue source for the expanded Medicaid. The answer “the Fed” is nothing short of moronic.

    The Feds, as in the Federal Government.

    I know this is hard for an Obamabot to understand, but some people think that before new spending is added through a government program, that the government should have a way of paying for that spending (as opposed to just borrowing the money).

    So, with that context, I have said that the expansion of Medicaid was not dependent upon the messing up of private health insurance because the messing up of private health insurance did not fund the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid could have happened either way.

    So with that lengthy explanation, what do you think funded the expansion of Medicaid? (And I’m talking about for the period before the federal government quits funding it and leaves it to the states that were stupid enough to expand it based on a promise of temporary funding.)

    “I know this is hard for an Obamabot to understand”

    I am not an obamabot.

    ” that the government should have a way of paying for that spending (as opposed to just borrowing the money).”

    obamacare doesn’t add to the deficit. thanks for playing! it actually subtracts from the deficit. that’s why republicans had to break their pledge not to deficit spend when they tried to repeal obamacare.

    “So, with that context, I have said that the expansion of Medicaid was not dependent upon the messing up of private health insurance because the messing up of private health insurance did not fund the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid could have happened either way.”

    you still don’t understand obamacare. it’s a total package as I’ve explained. they didn’t mess up the private system of healthcare. they made it better. much of the private system is government anyway when you consider how regulated healthcare is and when you consider the employer mandate.

    “The expansion of Medicaid could have happened either way.”

    I still just don’t understand this. the government was reforming healthcare. they did it in one big package. what is your problem with that? are you mad they didn’t expand medicaid a month earlier or a month later?

    don’t forget medicaid helps keep down total healthcare spending because it’s a single-payer type system. medicare costs are growing slower than private medical costs. I am sure the same is probably true of medicaid costs. now a new study says Romneycare, the little brother to Obamacare, is saving lives and probably a lot of money both for private insurance and the government.

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  21. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: pfft @ 20 – I give up. I try to make a simple point that Medicaid could have been expanded without the rest of Obamacare.

    You point out that it was all one package. Duh? That doesn’t mean it had to be.

    So it remains that unless the expansion of Medicaid was somehow financed by forcing people to buy expensive insurance (e.g. a tax on medical insurance), the Medicaid changes could have been done by themselves. You’ve offered nothing to the contrary, but instead just keep pointing out what was done.

    And you are an Obamabot. I don’t know anyone else on line who is more in lock-step with Obama than you are. You even were going out promoting his character assassination BS on Romney. You should be ashamed of yourself for that.

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  22. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 21:

    RE: pfft @ 20And you are an Obamabot. I don’t know anyone else on line who is more in lock-step with Obama than you are. You even were going out promoting his character assassination BS on Romney. You should be ashamed of yourself for that.

    more complete nonsense. when I disagree with Obama I don’t have any problem saying I do. Because I defend Obamacare I must love it right? NO! I wish he would have pushed harder for single-payer. I don’t think he did. Obamacare is more complicated than single-payer but that’s what we got.

    “You even were going out promoting his character assassination BS on Romney.”

    Romney is not a very good person. He maybe great to his family but not otherwise. See his 47% remarks and his business dealings that ruined lives and jobs.

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  23. Blurtman

    Must be the weather…..

    With a soft earnings report, home seller Realogy confirmed on Monday it is facing a slower housing market. Yet is it all because of higher prices?

    Realogy reported a loss of 32 cents for the first quarter, considerably more than the loss of 19 expected.The company owns multiple brands that include Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate—three of the largest real estate brokerage companies out there. They also operate a significant title business and a relocation service.

    For the most part, companies like Realogy make their money on commissions. The amount of those payments depend on two factors: 1) the amount of transactions originated, and 2) the price of the home, since the commission is a percentage of that amount.

    In the first quarter, the average sales price was up 13 percent, but transactions were down 3 percent. What happened? The company cited difficult credit standards (which hurt transactions) and low inventory levels (which led to higher prices).

    Here’s the problem: the trend is continuing into the 2nd quarter, and even getting worse. The company expects transactions to be down 5—7 percent compared to the same period last year, with sales prices up an equivalent amount. To sum it all up, the transaction volume (the combination of prices and transactions) will be in the range of negative 2 percent to up 2 percent.

    “As we have moved into our spring selling season, thus far the level of open activity we expected has not materialized, particularly as it relates to homesale transaction sides,” CEO Anthony Hull said.

    They don’t mention it, but higher rates are also likely affecting affordability.

    Here’s another factor: buyers want value. They are picky, and if the deal does not feel right they will walk. They will wait unless they have to move. In particular, after the real estate bubble burst in 2007, they have to completely believe they are not buying into a similar bubble.

    So a moderation of home prices, while not great for a Realogy, may be exactly what the market needs right now.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101642804

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  24. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 23 – I’m surprised there’s no mention of number of agents in that reporting. Oh, wait it’s CNBC, I’m not surprised.

    Part of the reason I thought the leveraged buyout of this company in about 2007 didn’t make any sense (even ignoring the peak) is that the earnings are all dependent on agents sticking around. Stated different, earnings are dependent on inertia.

    I’d like to see some stats on number of agents, average agent sales and percent of agents “capping.” Those numbers could paint an entirely different picture, and one not good for the company in a different way.

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  25. Macro Investor

    24 comments so far. All but 5 are the idiot lawyer arguing with the obvious political shill. What a waste of time. Bugger off both of you a-holes.

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  26. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Macro Investor @ 25RE: Macro Investor @ 25 – Then there’s the one post by the person who considers himself an investor, besides not knowing squat about anything, as is evidenced by some really stupid comments on business and economic matters. Do you have any idea how silly your name is? I’d be like pfft calling himself Insurance Expert.

    But your point is good. I shouldn’t waste my time feeding pfft.

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  27. Kary L. Krismer

    Wow, Obama has some balls, and apparently a low threshold for the qualifications he thinks judges must meet.

    http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/White-House-offers-senators-judge-nominee-s-drone-5458406.php

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  28. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 26:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 25RE: Macro Investor @ 25 – Then there’s the one post by the person who considers himself an investor, besides not knowing squat about anything, as is evidenced by some really stupid comments on business and economic matters. Do you have any idea how silly your name is? I’d be like pfft calling himself Insurance Expert.

    But your point is good. I shouldn’t waste my time feeding pfft.

    dude, I am proving you wrong at every turn. you said obamacare will ruin the the healthcare system in America and clearly it will not. you said premiums have double and I proved they have not. you claim yours did but I am not convinced. you said there are no junk insurance policies but I proved there are. the other day you were very insistent on asking who would pay for Obamacare. Why did you suddenly drop the subject when I pointed out Obamacare would actually subtract from the deficit?

    We know now that Obamacare will save hundreds of thousands of lives in the next ten years.

    These Obamacare programs might have helped save 15,000 lives
    http://www.vox.com/2014/5/7/5688792/these-obamacare-programs-might-have-helped-save-15000-lives

    Obamacare’s future in saving lives
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/06/1297257/-Massachusetts-study-hints-at-Obamacare-s-future-in-saving-nbsp-lives

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  29. Blake

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 27:

    Wow, Obama has some balls, and apparently a low threshold for the qualifications he thinks judges must meet.

    http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/White-House-offers-senators-judge-nominee-s-drone-5458406.php

    Simply appalling… Just shows how the corrupt institutions will constantly promote useful individuals that write findings and memos that enable the institutions to do as they wish. Look at Eric Holder… corporate lawyer/bootlicker… do nothing AG.
    In a properly functioning society this would have ended Holder’s career:
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/07/02/marc_rich_presidential_pardon_how_eric_holder_facilitated_the_most_unjust.html
    … instead it was his stepping stone towards being the nation’s top law enforcement officer!

    -snip- “But there was no real lasting damage to trust in government, or to anyone’s reputation, really. Bill Clinton retired to wealth and adulation. Eric Holder got his wish and eventually became attorney general. And Marc Rich died a wealthy man in Switzerland. He never came back to the United States—if he had returned, he would have been subject to civil suits, which would have ended up costing him money—but he was able to live out the rest of his life without having to worry about being arrested, having bought his freedom from craven politicians who were only too willing to sell.”

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  30. pfft

    By Blake @ 29:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 27:
    Wow, Obama has some balls, and apparently a low threshold for the qualifications he thinks judges must meet.

    http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/White-House-offers-senators-judge-nominee-s-drone-5458406.php

    Simply appalling… Just shows how the corrupt institutions will constantly promote useful individuals that write findings and memos that enable the institutions to do as they wish. Look at Eric Holder… corporate lawyer/bootlicker… do nothing AG.
    In a properly functioning society this would have ended Holder’s career:
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/07/02/marc_rich_presidential_pardon_how_eric_holder_facilitated_the_most_unjust.html
    … instead it was his stepping stone towards being the nation’s top law enforcement officer!

    -snip- “But there was no real lasting damage to trust in government, or to anyone’s reputation, really. Bill Clinton retired to wealth and adulation. Eric Holder got his wish and eventually became attorney general. And Marc Rich died a wealthy man in Switzerland. He never came back to the United States—if he had returned, he would have been subject to civil suits, which would have ended up costing him money—but he was able to live out the rest of his life without having to worry about being arrested, having bought his freedom from craven politicians who were only too willing to sell.”

    you cut and pasted and linked alot…I am not sure it’s clear what your point is.

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  31. Blurtman

    RE: Blake @ 29 – It’s not what you know, but who you blow.

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  32. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blake @ 29 – Even Nixon had it relatively good after being forced from office. But this judicial appointment is worse than that! It’s rewarding someone with a choice lifetime appointment.

    In light of that I would just like to say that in my opinion President Obama can legally kill anyone he wants for any reason and issue any executive order. Any legislation he signs is 100% constitutional. Now I’ll just sit back and wait for my appointment to the US Supreme Court.

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  33. Blake

    RE: pfft @ 30
    Pfft: “you cut and pasted and linked alot…I am not sure it’s clear what your point is. ”

    Ummmm.. this is my point: “corrupt institutions will constantly promote useful individuals that write findings and memos that enable the institutions to do as they wish.”

    btw pfft: “alot” is not a word… it’s two.
    … pet peeve of mine :-)

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  34. pfft

    By Blake @ 33:

    RE: pfft @ 30
    Pfft: “you cut and pasted and linked alot…I am not sure it’s clear what your point is. ”

    Ummmm.. this is my point: “corrupt institutions will constantly promote useful individuals that write findings and memos that enable the institutions to do as they wish.”

    btw pfft: “alot” is not a word… it’s two.
    … pet peeve of mine :-)

    you made plenty of errors two. what is snip?

    the president can pardon anyone he wants. all parties involved say it was a mistake. Bush made mistakes that were far worse. So far Obama’s action has not been declared unconstitutional. you guys are just on the wrong side of this one most likely. there are challenges but nothing I doubt they are going to succeed.

    Ummmm.. – you missed a . there.

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  35. Ira Sacharoff

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 32:

    RE: Blake @ 29 – Even Nixon had it relatively good after being forced from office. But this judicial appointment is worse than that! It’s rewarding someone with a choice lifetime appointment.

    In light of that I would just like to say that in my opinion President Obama can legally kill anyone he wants for any reason and issue any executive order. Any legislation he signs is 100% constitutional. Now I’ll just sit back and wait for my appointment to the US Supreme Court.

    The odds of Kary Krismer being appointed to the Supreme Court are about the same as me being named Pope.

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  36. pfft

    As long as we are talking about Eric Holder.

    No company is too big to jail, Holder says of Justice Dept. probes
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/no-company-is-too-big-to-jail-holder-says-of-justice-dept-probes/2014/05/05/e133e49c-d45f-11e3-aae8-c2d44bd79778_story.html

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  37. Blurtman

    Eric Holder Admits Some Banks Are Just Too Big To Prosecute

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/eric-holder-banks-too-big_n_2821741.html

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  38. Kary L. Krismer

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 35:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 32:
    RE: Blake @ 29 – Even Nixon had it relatively good after being forced from office. But this judicial appointment is worse than that! It’s rewarding someone with a choice lifetime appointment.

    In light of that I would just like to say that in my opinion President Obama can legally kill anyone he wants for any reason and issue any executive order. Any legislation he signs is 100% constitutional. Now I’ll just sit back and wait for my appointment to the US Supreme Court.

    The odds of Kary Krismer being appointed to the Supreme Court are about the same as me being named Pope.

    Cool. When do you want to meet at the Vatican? Will I have to kiss your ring?

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  39. softwarengineer

    RE: Blurtman @ 37

    Especially Considerring its All NWO IMF Now-a-days Anyway

    Ya can’t prosecute the big bank “mass bucks lobbyist entity” [is that like an evil entity in a haunted house?] that got the Supreme Court blessing(s) to puppet string guys like Holder?

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  40. S-Crow

    Always makes a rainy day funner: just witnessed a seasoned real estate agent absolutely take an arrogant Attorney “to the woodshed,” as they say. Royal ass kicking.

    S-Crow

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  41. softwarengineer

    Its Not Just the Millenials That Got Caught in the Debt Bear Trap

    “….In general, older consumers are carrying more debt, including mortgage, credit card, and even student loan debt, into their retirement years than in previous decades,” the report states. “Mortgage debt, the largest debt that older consumers carry, is the key driver of this trend. Today, compared to a decade ago, fewer older homeowners own their home outright. Rising mortgage debt is threatening the retirement security of millions of older Americans.”

    More than half of retired homeowners spend nearly one-third (30%) of their total income on housing related costs. Delinquencies and foreclosures among older Americans have increased five-fold since the financial crisis, according to the CFPB….”

    http://www.mainstreet.com/article/retirement/americans-nearing-retirement-face-growing-threat-their-mortgage?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

    Banksters that need a trip to the wood shed for a spanking too.

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  42. Kary L. Krismer
  43. Blurtman

    Break the Monopoly on Local TV News

    “While local TV news is influential on the whole, its journalistic standards are extremely low, and according to Pew, 40 percent of its content is sports, traffic, and weather. When it does cover news, it turns tragedy into infotainment. It dehumanizes victims and perpetrators. It shuns historical and social context and avoids seeking effective solutions.”

    In Seattle, the remaining 60% includes stories about local crime, house fires, and tragedies that have befallen Microsoft employees.

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11838

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  44. Blurtman

    Richard Sherman Attacks Militant-Held Police Station

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Richard Sherman in an armored vehicle attacked a police station here on Friday, reducing the building to smoldering rubble and killing at least seven people, according to residents who say they witnessed the assault.

    The attack signaled what appeared to be a major escalation in the interim government’s fight with pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, and came two days after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia urged that the separatists delay a referendum scheduled for Sunday and that all sides settle their differences through dialogue.

    Hours after the assault, two bodies were still lying in the street, possibly victims of gunfire leveled by Richard Sherman against a crowd that broke away from a pro-Russian Victory Day march to lend support to mutinous police officers, residents said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/10/world/europe/ukraine-forces-destroy-police-building-in-restive-east.html?_r=0

    Richard Sherman news fatigue is a serious medical issue. Know the warning signs.

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  45. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 43 – If 40% of the news is sports, weather and traffic, that means probably 35% of that is weather and over 35% of their coverage could be replaced by two smartphone apps. I record the news on my HTPC, but fast forward through a lot and seldom get through the entire thing. I don’t know how people watch all that weather coverage.

    As to their “news” coverage, it is typically rather shallow and even one-sided. King is probably the worst at that, but saying that I don’t really know much about Kiro’s coverage. The speed with which they try to put their stories together is probably their biggest problem.

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  46. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 44 – Ukraine is not a problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS2a44F5TgM

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  47. pfft

    By Blurtman @ 43:

    Break the Monopoly on Local TV News

    “While local TV news is influential on the whole, its journalistic standards are extremely low, and according to Pew, 40 percent of its content is sports, traffic, and weather. When it does cover news, it turns tragedy into infotainment. It dehumanizes victims and perpetrators. It shuns historical and social context and avoids seeking effective solutions.”

    In Seattle, the remaining 60% includes stories about local crime, house fires, and tragedies that have befallen Microsoft employees.

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11838

    good to know that sports, weaither and traffic aren’t news…

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  48. Blurtman

    RE: pfft @ 47 – Ignorance is not a crime. Google “news, sports an weather” and grow wise.

    Charleston’s best source for breaking news, weather and sports: WCIV-TV – ABC

    NewsOK is Oklahoma’s most trusted source for breaking news, sports, weather,

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  49. pfft

    By Blurtman @ 48:

    RE: pfft @ 47 – Ignorance is not a crime. Google “news, sports an weather” and grow wise.

    what’s your point?

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  50. Blurtman

    RE: pfft @ 49 – That conventionally speaking, sports, weather and traffic are considered to be separate categories than news. And also, that Obama is a bankster tool.

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  51. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 46 – The USSR sent Rooskies into their satellites and moved ethnic peoples out to godforsaken outposts. Sort of what the USA did with the natives, in a very general sense. Is it that unusual than the transplanted Rooskies want back in? Of course, if the Chechens wanted out of Roossia, I don’t think Putin would say OK.

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  52. Kary L. Krismer

    By Blurtman @ 50:

    RE: pfft @ 49 – That conventionally speaking, sports, weather and traffic are considered to be separate categories than news.

    My point was more that spending so much time on weather really needs to change, at least if they want to keep market share. Getting your weather from local TV news is sort of like getting stock quotes from watching CNBC. Ditto with traffic.

    To maintain market share while showing so much weather they have to assume their audience: (1) Doesn’t have a smartphone or even an Internet connection; or (2) Has a DVR and watches the news after it’s shown so that the weather information can be skipped past. I’m in the second group, so I do still watch some local news (but at the expense of their sponsor’s ads not being seen). By maintaining so much focus on weather they’re going to go the way of the newspaper.

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  53. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 51 – I’m addressing broader topics. Putin isn’t as warm and fuzzy as what Obama believed prior to the election. Remember the “more flexibility” comment?

    Putin is a very dangerous person. About the only thing good I can say about him is he did step in and get Obama out of a very bad position on chemical weapons in Syria. I suspect Putin’s motivation for that, as well as taking in Snowden, was to point out how weak Obama is. Obama’s foreign policy is “Speak rhetoric and not even know what a stick is.”

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  54. wreckingbull

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 52 – The irony is that those who need reliable weather reporting would never go to a bimbo newsreader to get it. Online resources are fantastic.

    For boating, this is all I need. Raw text, no B.S.

    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/marine_report.html

    Another great little tool is real-time wind, as reported from our Ferry fleet and terminals.

    http://i90.atmos.washington.edu/ferry/Ferryjs/mainframe1.htm

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  55. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 52 – It’s filler. Background noise. A vehicle for advertisements. Stations need content for ad revenue. The format sucks, but it is the standard, possibly for a reason – sheeple appeal. My fave is to see a local teleprompter reader attempting to sound credible reading copy about the why and what is happening on Wall Street. “I’m reading copy someone else wrote about which I know nothing, but I am trying to sound like I do, because I think you all are morons.” Begging for a laugh track.

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  56. pfft

    By Blurtman @ 50:

    RE: pfft @ 49 – That conventionally speaking, sports, weather and traffic are considered to be separate categories than news. And also, that Obama is a bankster tool.

    weather is news. especially severe weather. we just had a tornado outbreak down south last night. traffic is news. especially if you commute or drive around for business.

    sports is the best kind of news…

    news is pretty ubiquitous on tv now. I don’t know why were are picking on local news.

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  57. pfft

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 52:

    By Blurtman @ 50:
    RE: pfft @ 49 – That conventionally speaking, sports, weather and traffic are considered to be separate categories than news.

    By maintaining so much focus on weather they’re going to go the way of the newspaper.

    kary studies show that the weather person is the most important factor in choosing which local news channel people watch…

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  58. Erik

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 42
    He bought it for $180k and now wants to sell for $230k. Crazy! Is that even possible to sell for more than what he paid for it?

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  59. Erik

    RE: Macro Investor @ 25
    Kary likes to be called a house salesman, so you should refer to him as house salesman moving forward.

    http://seattlebubble.com/blog/2014/03/28/case-shiller-second-derivative-suggests-softer-prices/

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  60. Blurtman

    RE: pfft @ 56 – America’s Most Wanted is news. Did you see last night’s show where a drone took out a Yemeni terrorist who tried to destroy the USA’s financial system by flooding it with toxic securities. Dead eye strike! Splat went bin Dimon.

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