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re: France strikes a blow for work-life balance - bigblake
[quote]PARIS — The economy of the euro zone continues to expand, with a surprisingly strong improvement in France and signs of recovery in the region’s depressed labor market, according to a private sector survey released on Monday. The euro zone is enjoying “its strongest spell of growth since the ...


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re: US citizens more hawkish on the Ukraine situation the least likely to locate it - bigblake
I imagine they did this online. So I'm sure a percentage of people just f'ed off. If they put the color "blue" in the Black Sea then I would guess that the majority of those responses would have correctly identified Ukraine (since they are close to the same size). [img]http://www.washingtonpost...


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re: US citizens more hawkish on the Ukraine situation the least likely to locate it - bigblake
I saw this too. I don't doubt that people are stupid, but not THAT stupid. I bet if you said "I'll give you $10 if you guess correctly" then all of the ones in the US and Alaska would disappear. There are a ton of responses in the Black Sea since they allowed you to select a body of water and did...


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re: Affirmative Action - bigblake
[quote]How about good old fashioned meritocracy? We're capitalists, right? Company A only hires based on race, regardless of qualifications. Company B takes the best and most qualified for the job, with no regard to race. Which company will succeed?[/quote] Do the companies compete fo...


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re: What's the Hottest steaming load of BS anyone ever told you? - bigblake
Hmm, biggest bald-face lie told to me (except Obama's of course "You can keep your insurance..."). A Realtor told me that aluminum wiring was better than copper. The inspector's report, who she had recommended, said "Copper", but in fact it was Aluminum. I was pissed and called the Realtor, w...


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re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague - bigblake
I've worked with govt and private sector unions. 8.0 hours and that govt employee is walking out the door, doesn't matter if they have to do something important. Did you know ALL (maybe only 99%) of fed gov employees are considered hourly? The $150,000 a year guy is an hourly employee. You canno...


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re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague - bigblake
[quote] Humans already have plenty of experience living in societies without any of these institutions, and concluded we are better off with them, despite their imperfections. [/quote] Private sector unionization is really really low (and once high). Therefore we lived with them and decided we...


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re: Why Don't the 1 Percent Feel Rich? - bigblake
I understand you. This seems to come up in politics a lot and so that's why I take some offense to it. "Rich" people, classified by the IRS as someone making over $250k/yr, aren't really living that different of a lifestyle from the average American. Granted they probably will once they retire si...


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re: Why Don't the 1 Percent Feel Rich? - bigblake
[quote]But living in a penthouse apartment on the UES and sending the kids to private school? You're middle class at best! Modern America must truly be a destitute society. [/quote] They live in a "larger apartment" and send their kids to private school. That's the difference between them, and...


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re: Why Don't the 1 Percent Feel Rich? - bigblake
[quote]350k for a family IS middle class, and he isnt buying lambos. [/quote] 350k isn't that great in Manhattan. 100k taxes 90k 3 kids private school 50k mortgage/rent 40k living expenses 16k retirement 401k $296k of the $350k. Their checking account is only increasing $4k or so a m...


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re: GMAT Prep: Is Magoosh worth it? - bigblake
[quote]I've looked at practice tests online, but you never know how close they are to the real thing. [/quote] You NEED to at least do a practice Math test. It's not like the SAT where there are easy, medium, hard questions. In the SAT you could fly through the easy, medium and most of the ha...


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re: GMAT Prep: Is Magoosh worth it? - bigblake
GMAT Math was tough. I took a really generic course that was taught by high school teachers and not people who were great with the test. During the 5, two hour math prep sessions, I never missed a question. I did great on the test, but I was shooting for 95th percentile in math and missed it. If ...


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re: More evidence why you should oppose the "national" minimum wage hike ... - bigblake
[quote]Because the working stiff gets a raise. Of course it gets noticed by every working man now finally making enough to live decently. It will also reduce the number of unemployed as people will now see a reason to work. A good salary, no longer a pittance. [/quote] O Lawd Gawd, pleeze g...


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re: Another one... Pit Bull Kills 3-year-old - bigblake
[quote]What kind of life are you living, man? [/quote] Betas trying to compensate for their crap life. I own a cat, and walk it around the neighborhood on a leash.... like a boss (no joke)...


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re: NYT political comic strip - bigblake
[quote]You guys will love this[/quote] I actually thought it was funny :lol:...


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re: Another one... Pit Bull Kills 3-year-old - bigblake
A few days ago I read the bios of people killed on dogsbite.org after reading an article about the LA girl who was killed by a pit. You'll find plenty of them where "they raised it since _ weeks old, never showed signs of aggression. Killed ____ " [link=(http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-stati...


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re: Pro-Obamacare LA Times Article brings the lulz - bigblake
I hate to continue to talk about the healthcare law.... BUT, the reason people are signing up is because they have to pay a fee if they don't. It's not like they really wanted the healthcare. If that were the case they would have done it months ago. WSJ reported a few days ago that the market...


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re: I find it interesting that a pro athlete can get paid $25million a year.... - bigblake
[quote]Can't speak for years prior to 2000, but since Barack has been in office, that's some bull shite. Anyone care to disagree and I will gladly swap tax obligations. Unless you're really rich, then go frick yourself and your offshore accounts and shadow companies. Or if you owe more than I do. [/qu...


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re: I find it interesting that a pro athlete can get paid $25million a year.... - bigblake
[quote]Even if you want to use effective rate, it has still dropped. In 1979 the overall tax rate was above 22 percent. In 2009 it is closer to 18 percent. Every quintile paid a lower effective tax rate in 2006 than in 1979. Since 1979, total tax rates have fallen across the spectrum, including for ...


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re: I find it interesting that a pro athlete can get paid $25million a year.... - bigblake
Well, it is obvious that you can't run a 4.4 40 and bench 225lbs 24 times. It's not as obvious that you're an idiot. Everyone thinks they can be a good CEO....


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re: Tenants just offered to buy house - bigblake
The good thing about selling to a tenant is that you avoid the ~10% in costs of selling a home. Assuming they can get a mortgage, their price is around market, and you can do something else with the money, I'd say sell it. Don't owner finance, your future self will thank you. ...


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re: Good Starter Camera - bigblake
[quote]A DSLR has a pop up flash, but it is basically for shooting in automatic (unless you are using it a trigger to fire other flashes). [/quote] Slight thread hijack. Do you know how to get rid of shadow when shooting portraits indoors in a small room? I hate them! I only have the pop-up ...


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re: Good Starter Camera - bigblake
[quote]No she just likes taking pictures of the kids for every holiday or event. It's going to be cheaper on me in the long run [/quote] Yeah, then do what I wrote above. Getting something like Adobe Lightroom is really helpful, though most people don't do it. You usually get pretty good p...


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re: Good Starter Camera - bigblake
[quote]The ole lady want to buy a camera to get into taking pictures (weddings, new born, senior, etc) Need a suggestion for a decent camera that's not going to cost and arm and a leg. Also editing software suggestions. Please and thank you [/quote] Assuming your wife won't become one of those r...


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re: Engineer removes 1 brick, whole wall falls - bigblake
This dude is my hero if he meant to do that. "You're an idiot Larry, I'll go up there and take this whole thing down in a second by pushing on that one brick."...


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re: Internal Review Finds Christie Had No Involvement in GW Bridge Closing - bigblake
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re: Worst Company in the USA Bracket - bigblake
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re: Ukraine's Got Talent vs America's Got Talent (NSFW) - bigblake
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re: Why are many of the Southern states the poorest in the nation? - bigblake
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re: Spring First Church (Spring, TX) Scandal - bigblake
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