Weekly Open Thread (2015-02-02)

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Here is your open thread for the week of February 2nd, 2015. You may post random links and off-topic discussions here. Also, if you have an idea or a topic you’d like to see covered in an article, please make it known.

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About 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. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.

18 comments:

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    pfft says:

    Seattle learned just how hard it is to win a Super Bowl. Just ask the Pats, they’ll tell you. they almost lost number 3.

    Go Giants. We are now 0-0.

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    pfft says:

    Think about this. Wilson completed 12 passes and almost won…

  4. 4

    RE: pfft @

    The Seattle Seahawks Isn’t Near the Team They Were Last Year

    Last year’s Superbowl team had a benched backup defense, almost as good as the 1st string. That advantage disappeared this year with salary caps and new player contracts, and the bench of good defensive backups got basically vacated. It gets worse from here on end with Seattle getting the lowest draft picks…..just like the Saints went down the toilet after one Superbowl….Seattle is following suit.

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    RE: softwarengineer @ – Sure the guy who filled in for Lane got targeted a couple of times, but those are tough plays to defend. What I said in last week’s thread was having three members of the LOB who were beat up affected the game. Seattle just wasn’t tackling as hard, and that was largely due to three injured limbs, IMHO. Apparently all three are considering surgery in the off season.

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    pfft says:

    By softwarengineer @ :

    RE: pfft @

    The Seattle Seahawks Isn’t Near the Team They Were Last Year

    Last year’s Superbowl team had a benched backup defense, almost as good as the 1st string. That advantage disappeared this year with salary caps and new player contracts, and the bench of good defensive backups got basically vacated. It gets worse from here on end with Seattle getting the lowest draft picks…..just like the Saints went down the toilet after one Superbowl….Seattle is following suit.

    almost none of your good players were drafted early in the first round. there is also free agency. the game was really close.

    http://www.advancedfootballanalytics.com/index.php/home/tools/live-wp-graph/index.php?gameid1=2015020100

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    RE: pfft @

    But Not Even Close to Last Year’s Blowout of the Broncos.

    I think Green Bay is a bit better than New England and if the Seahawks could trade QBs with Green Bay….the team would improve. We beat Green Bay with 4 lucky devil plays in a row and five ugly turnovers [which our healthy defense kept scores from], mostly QB mistakes too….we ran out of luck with the Pats.

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    There was a house like this on First Hill too, but it fronted only on an alley. It was at one time painted black with black trim. I wonder if it’s still there?

    http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Edith-Macefield-house-set-for-foreclosure-auction-6059520.php#photo-4404370

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    pfft says:

    The idiocracy has arrived.

    Nativist Idiots Mistake Latin for Spanish, Totally Lose Their Stuff
    http://gawker.com/nativist-idiots-mistake-latin-for-spanish-totally-lose-1684021434

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    Blurtman says:

    RE: pfft @ – Latine America is such an imprecise and contradictory term.

    “In a more literal definition, which remains faithful to the semantic origin, Latin America designates countries in the Americas where a Romance language (languages derived from Latin) predominates: Spanish, Portuguese, and French and the creole languages based upon these. Cf. Languages of South America and Languages of North America.”

    “n a more literal definition, which remains faithful to the semantic origin, Latin America designates countries in the Americas where a Romance language (languages derived from Latin) predominates: Spanish, Portuguese, and French and the creole languages based upon these. Cf. Languages of South America and Languages of North America.

    “If entities at the sub-national level are included, Francophone Canada would also be considered part of Latin America, while conversely Anglophone Colombia would be excluded, as would the many regions where Amerindian languages predominate.”

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

    In Europe, Italians, French and Spaniards are all Latins.

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    Kiss Radio Shack, Office Depot and Office Max Good-bye

    Kiss Seattle retail jobs good-bye too. The employment landscape that helped prop Seattle up, the service sector, is apparently going down the toilet….

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/where-did-retail-jobs-131000931.html

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    RE: Blurtman @

    The CIA Website Does Not Consider Latinos an Ethnic Group

    They were Europeans (i.e., Spanish) that mixed into the native American Indians living there through breeding. That legally makes them a melting pot, not a single ethnic group. African Americans are an ethnic group.

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    pfft says:

    Booming jobs and falling gas prices make this the best economy in 15 years
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/06/booming-jobs-and-falling-gas-prices-make-this-the-best-economy-in-15-years/

    a record number of people went from not even looking for a job to having one, it looks like the recovery might finally be starting to reach the people who need it the most.

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    RE: pfft @

    Pfft, the Rest of the Story:

    “…What’s happening is a playing out of trends that could be seen early last year. An older America is retiring in greater frequency, driving up competition for workers. Even as the labor-force participation rate rose last month, it’s held to roughly the same level for the past year and a half….”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-strong-jobs-report-masks-real-worries-about-the-economy-2015-02-06?siteid=rss&rss=1

    Like I’ve always said, the stagnant total civilian labor market the last 7 years [Seattle area too] is the real economic measure. I bet even the replacements for Baby Boomer retirees make significantly less money than experienced workers retiring too.

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    I love the press. They were largely not reporting the name of the female American ISIS hostage, but as soon as a terrorist group announces she’s been killed, they widely report her name.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/06/middleeast/isis-hostage-kayla-mueller/

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    pfft says:

    By softwarengineer @ :

    RE: pfft @

    Pfft, the Rest of the Story:

    “…What’s happening is a playing out of trends that could be seen early last year. An older America is retiring in greater frequency, driving up competition for workers. Even as the labor-force participation rate rose last month, it’s held to roughly the same level for the past year and a half….”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-strong-jobs-report-masks-real-worries-about-the-economy-2015-02-06?siteid=rss&rss=1

    Like I’ve always said, the stagnant total civilian labor market the last 7 years [Seattle area too] is the real economic measure. I bet even the replacements for Baby Boomer retirees make significantly less money than experienced workers retiring too.

    so basically no news can satisfy you, I get it.

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    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ – Apparently it was the parents requesting the change in behavior by the press. I don’t think it makes a lot of sense, but they’re undoubtedly not in an emotionally stable place after the announcement by ISIS.

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    Blurtman says:

    The Chinese are either the largest or second largest group of foreign property buyers in 46 of the 50 states, according to the National Association of Realtors and Juwai.com, an online real estate marketplace for Chinese buyers, with offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In the 12 months ending in March 2014, Chinese investors spent $22 billion on real estate in the United States, or nearly one quarter of all international sales, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/realestate/wealthy-chinese-buyers-head-to-new-yorks-suburbs.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&_r=0

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