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Mike D

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Mike D last won the day on September 11 2016

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  1. God also told Pat that he'll be building a wall around Trump Towers to keep the Mexican Christians out and on their side of Heaven. Pat was extremely pleased at this revelation, as was his elderly in-studio audience as they banged on their walkers, oxygen tanks or honked horns on their mobility scooters to indicate their approval. (Nurses stood by in aisles with defibrillators in case of excitement induced cardiac arrest).
  2. I am not sure the problem is "the government" per se, because someone has to govern, even if you prefer a limited government that only provides essential services and defense. I think the problem with the US government is that currently it doesn't have the best interest of the citizens in mind, it has the best interest of corporations in mind (corporations represent the rich so the two are synonymous). Here's what adds to the problem and makes it exponentially worse: corporations have a fiduciary obligation to shareholders to maximize profits - that's their primary mission. Yet at the same time, "maximum profit" doesn't even exist, there is theoretically no number that is maximum or large enough for a corporation to achieve so that it can say it finally met it's fiduciary duty and it can rest. To me that presents a huge problem because corporations have a constant incentive (if not a duty) to exploit workers and employees. Forever. Other than zero, there is absolutely no number that is small enough that a corporation could pay it's workers that wouldn't be in conflict with it's duty to maximize profits. How could it? I question how this system is even sustainable in the future as technology allows more and more workers to be terminated in the pursuit of maximizing profits....
  3. If only I did own a home in OC I would be rich. But I don't own a home in California, I am a renter. However I do own investment properties in Nevada as I do think real estate is a great investment at the right price. Since most of my life has been spent in the southwestern US I am trying to stay in the same general area which sort of limits me to Southern California, Arizona or Nevada. And as far as water goes any of those states including California have the same issue since most of their water comes from the Colorado River. So water has been a never ending battle for those three states, especially during drought periods. One option that really could change things is that if desalination technology gets to the point where California could get a majority of their water from the ocean then that would pretty much solve water problems for AZ and NV. Only time will tell.
  4. I am very interested in real estate so sometimes i'll look on zillow or redfin at what homes and property sell for in various parts of the country just to see if I would like them or if I could even live there. There are a couple areas for example Raleigh-Durham where it seems like a decent place with affordable housing and I read the job market is pretty decent there. So for someone like me in tech that would be an option. Eventually I plan to move to Nevada and live somewhere outside of Las Vegas which is about the right sized city for me and that area is still relatively affordable. But I am a bit more mobile than most people since I work in tech and I don't have a family or other dependencies. So yes there are options if people have the ability to move and start a new life but not everyone is in a position to do that especially if they have families or they are caregivers for elderly parents or they are elderly themselves. It also takes money to move and start a new life, which again many people have no savings between high cost of housing, healthcare, student loan debt, etc. more people than ever are living paycheck to paycheck with almost nothing to show for it. It's the same story. And lets be realistic, those areas that are affordable now eventually won't be affordable either unless we reach a point where wages increase faster than inflation, which hasn't been the case in decades. Our buying power has been eroding for years and years and years, the only difference is that now it's not happening so slowly as to not be noticed, it's accelerating fast enough that you can actually see it right before your very eyes over the course of months. It's scary, I hope we don't end up like Venezuela.
  5. Haha yes, divert and confuse. The more riled up we get about non-economic issues the less time and energy we have to think about what's really happening to us, or even care. Just how they want it.
  6. Agree with you there. What's sort of funny is that so many people demonize socialism, but the system we have now almost by default seems to be pushing people towards socialism because corporatism doesn't seem to be working out too well for a rapidly growing number of Americans. We're obviously never going to "free market" capitalism because then corporations especially banks would have to actually fail when they failed not be bailed out by the rest of us. That's never going to fly. So what's the alternative? Sink further and further into poverty while the ultra wealthy confiscate a bigger and bigger portion of the nation's wealth?
  7. I understand what you are saying and I personally can't assume the weight of society either - I am middle class and subject to the same out of control pricing pressures in housing and healthcare that my fellow middle class Americans are also being crushed under. I think in past times property taxes were adequate to cover the costs of social programs to help the homeless within a given community, I don't ever remember large scale tent cities and i was born and raised in LA and lived there most of my life. However, the homeless population was always at a pretty constant and manageable level because in the past the housing market was too. Housing up until about 2000 never acted like a high risk penny stock that doubled or tripled in 5 years, then crashed 60% in another 5 years, then doubled or tripled again in another 5 years, etc, nor did it require people to pay more than 10 times their annual income or 50% plus of their paycheck for a place to live. The fact is that most people can't deal with this kind of price instability in the stock market, much less in something as necessary as having a roof over their head. I don't know what the solution is either but it's rather alarming the speed at which this is unfolding before our eyes, all the while being ignored by the corporate controlled media and the corporate controlled government. I guess when you live safe and sound and protected behind the walls of a gated luxury community the plight of the little people is not your concern
  8. This seems very short sighted. If this was just a localized problem with just a small part of the population you could probably ignore the problem and get away with it. But the type of growing, mass homelessness that is occurring today is an economic problem that affects all of us, not just a personal choice of a few societal misfits. Lets be realistic, a growing homeless population isn't just going to go off and die. If anything it's going to start causing civil disruption once it reaches scale. You don't have to care about any of them as fellow humans obviously, but if you care about yourself and want to live in a community that's relatively safe and not crime ridden then it's in your best interest to at least pay attention to the fact that this isn't going away, in fact it's only growing. Unfortunately this issue is no longer just limited to a ghetto or two in NY or LA, this is spreading all over the US, even affluent conservative suburban communities like Orange County, CA which has a massive growing homeless problem. And this is while the economy is supposedly "booming". If this what happens when the economy booms, just wait and see what happens when the economy goes into the next recession especially if it is worse than the last one. Should be fun.
  9. Homelessness isn't always self chosen or a result of bad judgement or decisions (i.e. drugs, etc). This new explosion of homelessness is a result of the elimination of the middle class as the USA continues to evolve into a corporate oligarchy. That's why even though the economy is booming (the economy that Trump previously called fake until he won, now it's suddenly not fake - give me a fucking break), homeless is increasing, not decreasing. That should be a warning that something isn't right. The reality is that all along the West Coast of the US (and other major cities in the US) there is a housing crisis in process due to the fact that home prices and rents in some places are up 50%, 70% or even 100%+ in just a span of 7 or 8 years surpassing the highs of the previous bubble. While the rich certainly have seen their wealth increase by those numbers and even higher in the same time frame, I don't know too many people who make $40k or $50k or even 100k a year that got 50%, 70% or 100% raises during that time. In fact according to the government itself middle class wages have barley budged during that time frame. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that when working people who make $40k a year suddenly can no longer afford even a 1 bedroom apartment ($2,500-$3,500 per month is fairly common), they then end up moving into an RV or worse just to survive. Moving somewhere cheaper isn't necessarily and option because many people simply can't just up and quit their job and move. And even if someone did do that, trying to get a job without a current job is often considered a "red flag" by many employers and could actually make someone not eligible to be hired. Talk about adding insult to injury. Luckily for the rich, central banks have become so used to manipulating the markets over the last 15-20 years that they have become the perfect conduit to transfer wealth to the already ultra wealthy from the rest of us by steering the flow of money away from savers and towards owners of assets (i.e. real estate and stocks). When you have a tidal wave of money with very few places to go it's going to distort markets and create new bubbles, like in real estate. The Federal Reserve never met a bubble they didn't like that's for sure. Neither did the European Central Bank, or the People's Bank of China or the Bank of Japan or many other central banks around the world. This is only going to get worse and nobody can help. If you can't afford to live in an luxury guard gated community to keep the 99% out, and you live in a city I would recommend buying a pair of good grip shoe covers you can slide on over your shoes so that as you step over homeless people on the sidewalk you don't slip in human feces and end up on your ass.
  10. Social media is lowering IQ's. Like any body part, the brain needs to be utilized or it starts to atrophy. If the most our brain does is stare at a small screen hours a day to take selfies, "swipe left", and share/like meme's, we've been reduced to what a baby chimp can do with just a few minutes of training. But this is becoming the new normal for kids. I see nothing but bad things in our future.
  11. I haven't found much. I watched the above video, I guess it's some sort of hypnotherapy?
  12. Right on. I liked your post because I agree with you on many things, especially the above. In your defense, people who say shit about suicide like "it's selfish", " it's cowardly", "think about family" blah blah, really shouldn't say anything if they don't know you, or haven't walked in your shoes. To me it's like kicking someone in the gut when they are already down. How the hell is that supposed to help someone? My situation, while not as dire as yours, is similar in that I am not close to anyone, single, have no family to speak of, etc. When god was dealing out the cards for my life, I got a really shitty hand in the family department. And as for my lack of friends and close relationships, I am a loner and just don't really bond with people. I didn't have much choice in that either, I am who I am. But, those facts do make me vulnerable if/when something happens that I can't control, and I have no support system or help. That scares the shit out of me, so I completely and totally feel what you're going through. Suicide is one of those slippery slope topics for me. I don't recommend that people do it, but having been suicidal myself many times during my life (and even recently), I am not going to delude myself or anyone else that if we just think about puppies and rainbows all day that the world will magically become puppies and rainbows. That's just not how life works. As for your condition, is there disability or social services available to you where you live? I wish I had something encouraging to say, but I have no words other than you are not alone brother.
  13. Unfortunately we were pentecostals so I am quite familiar with fakery of babbling in tongues. It was sort of an unspoken rule in my church that if you couldn't speak in tongues perhaps your faith was weak, or you had sin you were holding on to so the Holy Spirit was kicking you to the curb until you got your shit together spiritually. So, it was better to fake it then look like you weren't one of the club, a bona file True Christian ™. Sakalaka fukamutha sukka fukka bitch ho cocksucka
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