Weekly Open Thread (2015-02-16)

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Here is your open thread for the week of February 16th, 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.

14 comments:

  1. 1

    What do you do when you have a poorly run program selling a product no one likes? Change the rules!

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025711817_insurancedeadlineextendedxml.html

  2. 2

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @

    Yes Kary

    Its like buying a used car with saw dust in the transmission, it appears to run OK when you buy it. But if you use the car any length of time, you quickly find out its a piece of junk.

  3. 3
    pfft says:

    must have been a terrible site. Overall Obamacare more than met it’s goals(again)!

    White House: Obamacare enrollments reach 11.4 million
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365158/-White-House-Obamacare-enrollments-reach-11-4-nbsp-million

    Lemme goes though, even a success is a failure?

  4. 4

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @

    Kary, I wonder if Pfft bought his healthcare on the ACA exchange or delegates that to others to gamble in?

  5. 5

    We Can All Breath a Sigh of Relief in Seattle

    Wal-Mart is raising 500,000 employees’ wages. Snippet:
    “…McMillon spoke on CNBC after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that hourly workers will earn at least $1.75 above the the current federal minimum wage, or $9 per hour starting in April….”

    $400K+ homes should be selling like hotcakes now.

  6. 6
    pfft says:

    By softwarengineer @ :

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @

    Kary, I wonder if Pfft bought his healthcare on the ACA exchange or delegates that to others to gamble in?

    gambling was our old system.

  7. 7
    Blurtman says:

    Anybody but Hillary, please. This warmonger sounds insane.

    “Hillary Clinton joked with a TV news reporter moments after she learned that Muammar Gaddafi had been killed in Libya.

    She told the reporter: ‘We came, we saw, he died’ as she learned of the dictator’s grisly end.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051826/We-came-saw-died-What-Hillary-Clinton-told-news-reporter-moments-hearing-Gaddafis-death.html

  8. 8
    pfft says:

    By Blurtman @ :

    Anybody but Hillary, please. This warmonger sounds insane.

    we saved tens of thousands of lives. ending a war is not being a warmonger. hillary didn’t start the war. she helped stopped a person who was murdering, torturing and raping his own people.

    what is really sad is that Libya shot at peaceful protestors and waged war on it’s own people who only wanted freedom and you can only manage to criticize hillary. that’s sad.

  9. 9

    US foreign policy has been a mess pretty much all of my life, if not longer than that. So it’s not just an Obama/Clinton/Bush problem, or a Democrat vs. Republican problem. But whatever the cause of the problem, it’s clearly gotten worse the past 4 years.

    The results in Iraq, Syria and Libya the past four years or so could not even be described as being even to the level of poor. Basically we now have three failed states that are breeding grounds for terrorists, and Afghanistan has not really improved despite an emphasis in that country that was above the other countries. And don’t even get me started on Putin. Judging by conditions in the countries mentioned, we’re literally witnessing the world going to hell. Let’s hope things don’t get too much worse the next two years, but I’m not optimistic.

    But hey, why am I not surprised pfft thinks everything is fine?

  10. 10
    Blurtman says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ – Stop making sense.

  11. 11

    RE: Blurtman @ – Burning Down the House.

  12. 12
    pfft says:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ :

    US foreign policy has been a mess pretty much all of my life, if not longer than that. So it’s not just an Obama/Clinton/Bush problem, or a Democrat vs. Republican problem. But whatever the cause of the problem, it’s clearly gotten worse the past 4 years.

    The results in Iraq, Syria and Libya the past four years or so could not even be described as being even to the level of poor. Basically we now have three failed states that are breeding grounds for terrorists, and Afghanistan has not really improved despite an emphasis in that country that was above the other countries. And don’t even get me started on Putin. Judging by conditions in the countries mentioned, we’re literally witnessing the world going to hell. Let’s hope things don’t get too much worse the next two years, but I’m not optimistic.

    But hey, why am I not surprised pfft thinks everything is fine?

    there are less wars than ever before. there are less people killed worldwide than in decades.

    “The results in Iraq, Syria and Libya the past four years or so”

    Iraq has been a mess for more than 10 years and Libya is doing better than it was when Ghadaffi was waging war.

  13. 13
    pfft says:

    By Blurtman @ :

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ – Stop making sense.

    defend yourself blurtman. with all that went down in Libya your hardest criticism is for hillary clinton?

  14. 14
    Blurtman says:

    RE: pfft @ – Well, Gaddafi and Saddam did create ISIS right around when they attacked us on 9-11.

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