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Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:54:17 PM »
Oh totally. We never had pan handlers on the scale of today until Reagan was in office. Of course there was Proposition 13 (was that it?) the tax revolt thing that lowered housing taxes and gutted the counties without a plan for how police, fire, schools and public hospitals would be funded, leading ultimately to the state debt that went out of control from constant borrowing.

I don't blame liberals for the homeless problem. But they did fail to properly address it. Mayors Art Agnos and Frank Jordan were the worst, they basically ignored the problem. Remember the homeless camp in front of City Hall in SF? OMG, what a sh## show that was.

Economics & Investing / Re: States people are fleeing - guess #1
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:41:24 AM »
People fleeing California are changing the political landscape of the American Southwest.

From NYTimes

"In Nevada...Democrats won the governorís mansion and a second U.S. Senate seat in 2018."

"Colorado... is now reliably blue. Democrats won majorities there by more than 100,000 votes in the last two presidential elections. "

"Arizona could be the next to fall to Democrats.

Trump won Arizona by 91,000 votes. But in 2018, the quirky Kyrsten Sinema became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat since 1988, with a victory margin of about 56,000 votes.

Looking at this yearís electoral map, Arizona is a wild card.

Texas, the top state for California exiles, will probably come up short for Democrats this year, though itís in play. Democrats have a growing advantage in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, all seeing heavy U-Haul traffic from California."

Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 18, 2020, 04:25:14 AM »
>>>olitically , California's s foundering because of the wretched political correctness and self-proclaimed Wokeness

That is spot on.  I read a research study the other day about homelessness in San Francisco. The author's politically correct unwillingness to "blame the victim" led her to blame society and the economy. She ignored the obvious twin issues of  drug and mental health problem that is at root of probably the majority of homelessness in San Francisco (at least from the sixties to the mid-2000's when I lived there).

Consequently, the solutions she prescribed (more affordable housing) ignored things like more drug abuse counselling, more mental health facilities and the like.

Hell, a kid who grew up in the house next door (and is now in is late 50's) was arrested in December for panhandling on CalTrain and attacking a train worker. He's homeless because he's mentally ill. He inherited a million dollar home and let it go to sh## and was thrown out. 

In the 1990's I walked past a homeless beggar that looked like a human cockroach, smelly, filthy and wretched. Turns out I went to grade school with him. His demise was crack.

When I lived in the Mission in the 1980's through the early 2000's, there was a fat old hag that used to ply her body on two blocks away. When I saw her boyfriend, a thin ratty man who looked to be twenty years older I recognized them. The woman was younger than I and he was about my age. He was dating her since high school. He used to be handsome mixed race boy, part black and white. The teenaged girl went to a Catholic high school where my own girlfriend attended as well. They were both hooked on heroin.

Seriously, how can one address a homelessness without acknowledging the root problems of mental illness and drugs?

As far as the base price of a home in 2000 as $420,000 that's incorrect.  As I recall the base price of a home was closer to $700,000. By 2004, when I was in the market, you couldn't buy a condo in Berkeley for less than $500,000 and homes were already selling for around $700k.

That Millenium Tower is going to collapse during the next major earthquake. Remember what happened to the landfill specials in the Marina in 1989? They all sunk. If that building is sinking now, in an earthquake the water is going to rush in and shift the sand beneath it. Large portions of south of market were destroyed in 1989.

This is happening to dental practices and government entities. I have a whole file of notes about this because I'm planning an article about it.

The news reports aren't saying what the crooks are exploiting but one article I found said it had to do with password access to remote access ports that are there so that the customer or IT contractor can gain remote access. The contractors use weak passwords in order to coddle the customer.

However, there are huge attacks against all websites and servers right now although it gets intense between October and X-Mas.

Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:50:12 AM »
Never before in human history have slaves been so well fed, thoroughly medicated, lavishly entertained ó but we are slaves nonetheless.

Nice! Going to tweet it or something.  :D

Water Cooler / Re: Blu-ray players?
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:45:41 AM »
I had a Sony BDP something that lasted around eight or nine years. It cost around a hundred bucks when I bought it. Finally this year stopped playing Blu Rays...

Traffic / Re: How to get a featured snippet on Google
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:03:48 PM »
Step 1. Rank on Page One

Good article! Nice link!
Might be a lesson in the value of outreaching to writers and editors with a research paper.

Traffic / Re: New EU based Search Engine -
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:39:16 PM »
Thanks for keeping up with this!

Teens and middle aged users, clicking and swiping on their phones while the world turns around them.

What is the deal with watching TV AND social media-ing?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Need new hosting. Recommendations?
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:45:02 AM »
Last year I was spammed by many bots from Linode IP addys.
Hasn't happened lately.

Marketing / Re: Gun Lobby Makes Biggest Ad Buy in Years
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:37:00 AM »
1. Ad buy is only $250k.
I get that it's focused on Wash D.C. but still, that's not a lot of money.
You can't buy a house for that amount in many communities.

2.  Liberals selling ads to gun lobby
The ads "will appear in publications like Roll Call, The Washington Post, WTOP, and Politico..."

The real story is who is selling ads to the gun lobbyists and who is not.

Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post are supposedly liberal but they're still selling gun related advertising.  Google does not.

Money. Where mouth is.

Web Development / Re: Use links in subheadings?
« on: March 08, 2019, 03:41:35 AM »
>>>The h tag is deemed more important so could it be more valuable?

I doubt it. Most CMS's abuse heading tags out of the box. Giving H more importance would screw Google's relevance. At some point in time, probably many years ago, I'm certain Google stopped giving them extra importance.

I still use them in the appropriate manner to give a document structure. And if properly used, in my experience, it still gives value.

But dropping keywords in there on a page of content that has the wrong user intent focus is going to die on page three of the SERPs. The supporting content is VERY important.

Web Development / Re: Discourse forum software
« on: March 08, 2019, 03:36:36 AM »
I've been wanting to switch to Xenforo for some time. But I keep hanging on to phpBB because I know it so well. 

The phpBB community suffers from poor moderation and casual rudeness. I saw a thread there a few years that was a little old but had the wrong answer for how to do something. So I popped in and contributed a better way to accomplish it.  A mod came by and removed my detailed post, saying that the thread was too old. That made zero sense. If the discussion's too old then effing lock it. 

McDonalds probably has seen the high cost of labor as a future issue, has done the math, and concluded that kiosks for ordering meals are more cost effective than employees because they did the math and concluded that not having to pay FICA, health insurance and other employee related costs made automation cost effective.

Water Cooler / Re: Grammy greatness
« on: February 15, 2019, 05:42:23 AM »
How fortunate you were to have witnessed his playing when he was a boy.

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