Thursday OT
December 11, 2014 7:30 AM - rf

294 comments
December 11, 2014 7:50 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

How hungover is DIBS today, guesses?

Choose one: Not really, Minorly, Average, Fairly-pass-the-Aspirin, Full-blown-break-out-the-Pedialyte, or Kill-me-now? : P
Edited at December 11, 2014 7:51 AM
#1
December 11, 2014 7:57 AM - dibs
Not at all.
#2
December 11, 2014 7:59 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm surprised. Pepper said you were drunk last night.
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:02 AM
#3
December 11, 2014 8:02 AM - dibs
Pepper just wanted tongue.
#4
December 11, 2014 8:02 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
You just wanted it in the cheeks.
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:02 AM
#5
December 11, 2014 8:04 AM - dibs
None of the cute busboys were on last night.
#6
December 11, 2014 8:13 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
You were supposed to be paying attention to your date and your partner!
#7
December 11, 2014 8:14 AM - dibs
Variety is the spice of life
#8
December 11, 2014 8:16 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yeah, we get that about you. : P
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:16 AM
#9
December 11, 2014 8:18 AM - petebklyn
GM.
lets see if What sees this article:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-11/fed-bubble-bursts-in-550-billion-of-energy-debt-credit-markets.html
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:18 AM
#10
December 11, 2014 8:31 AM - BirdnestHead
Weird. I think the "lap-band" TV commercial for the weight-loss device needs to get a new voice-over guy. I kept hearing it as "lap-dance". The list of side effects sounded hilarious. "Don't use lap-dance if you..."
#11
December 11, 2014 8:35 AM - Deleted
Apparently, the "sky's the limit" in NJ too. Haven't they heard that these buildings have no soul?

http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/12/99-hudson-street-gets-height-bump-to-950-feet-will-become-new-jerseys-tallest-building.html


Edited at December 11, 2014 8:35 AM
#12
December 11, 2014 8:36 AM - BirdnestHead
Nice article, Pete. I guess the allure of riskier debt is just too high when money is so cheap. Fed rate really should be a tad higher, although everybody gets their panties in a bunch whenever that gets mentioned.
#13
December 11, 2014 8:40 AM - Deleted
Doing the sound mix for the Scientology movie this week. Great view from the studios here...


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#14
December 11, 2014 8:41 AM - Deleted
Gm. EDIT
#15
December 11, 2014 8:42 AM - BoerumHillScott
The area around Exchange Place in Jersey City is full of residential construction, with close to ten 40+ story projects going on in a relatively small area.

I can't think of any place in NYC with so many units going up so close at the same time.
#16
December 11, 2014 8:44 AM - BoerumHillScott
The good thing about all the Jersey residential construction is that it will take some small pressure off of NYC prices, especially for 1-2 bedroom rentals.
#17
December 11, 2014 8:44 AM - DeadCatBounce
What's the name of the sound mix facility?
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:44 AM
#18
December 11, 2014 8:45 AM - Deleted
R'andi;

Regarding the CIA report: you might want to read this article from Bob Kerrey, former Democratic Senator, Medal of Honor winner and former member of the Senate Intelligence Oversight committee. He points out that they did not interview a single person as part of this investigation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/12/09/torture-cia-senate-intelligence-report-911-column/20088647/

Edited at December 11, 2014 8:45 AM
#19
December 11, 2014 8:46 AM - pepper
Gm. As I recall, I refused the tongue, but ate the cheeks.
#20
December 11, 2014 8:48 AM - Deleted
Benson- I'm not interested in any debate about justifying the use of torture.
#21
December 11, 2014 8:48 AM - Deleted
It is a very healthy thing to have development on both sides of the Hudson. Keeps the municipalities on their toes.

One thing that needs to happen in Jersey is some consolidation of the townships. Christie had mentioned this at some point, I'm not sure what happened to it. Too many small fiefdoms there.
#22
December 11, 2014 8:50 AM - Deleted
"Benson- I'm not interested in any debate about justifying the use of torture."

Fine. Sorry that I suggested that you read a different point of view.
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:50 AM
#23
December 11, 2014 8:50 AM - Deleted
From benson's article "I do not need to read the report in full to know this: We have not been attacked since and for that I am very grateful."

Dude didn't even read it but he's denouncing it? Coolstorybro.
#24
December 11, 2014 8:51 AM - dibs
Benson…saw an interview with Michael Hayden, former CIA Director and he tore the report to shreds and said no one was ever interviewed and they culled excerpts from some emails/docs to fit their predetermined purpose. He said there was ample evidence of good intellifgence coming from what they did and the actual "tortuous activities" were but a handful. Multople DOJ lawyers clearewd all their actib=vity at the time. It was his job, beginning in 2006, to clean it all up so he would know.
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#25
December 11, 2014 8:52 AM - dibs
Here's the interview from the BBC..

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30423280

If you don't listen to him, you are as bad as the report that never interviewed anyone at the CIA
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:54 AM
#26
December 11, 2014 8:52 AM - Deleted
I believe torture is wrong on every level and I also believe it doesn't achieve the intended goal. People will say anything to make the pain stop.
#27
December 11, 2014 8:52 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Very risque of you, pep. ; )

What do you think it would cost to rewire an entire 4 story brownstone?
#28
December 11, 2014 8:53 AM - Deleted
Michael Hayden is a fucking opportunistic hack. We made an ass out of that douchebag in the Wikileaks movie I edited. He will take an interview with anyone and say what he thinks they want to hear.
#29
December 11, 2014 8:53 AM - Deleted
"Dude didn't even read it but he's denouncing it."

R'andi. he read the report. I know you're eager to dismiss his POV, but it would be good thing if you comprehend what he is saying in that statement.
#30
December 11, 2014 8:53 AM - BoerumHillScott
"I believe torture is wrong on every level"

But you still read this site?
#31
December 11, 2014 8:54 AM - Deleted
I can't believe anyone, especially those the right who hold the constitution so dear, will defend the use of torture.

(what's hypocrite meme)
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#32
December 11, 2014 8:55 AM - Deleted
Lol Scott!!!!
#33
December 11, 2014 8:55 AM - dibs
"the Wikileaks movie"

A true unbiased documentary.


#34
December 11, 2014 8:56 AM - BoerumHillScott
"What do you think it would cost to rewire an entire 4 story brownstone?"

I got a quote for $71K for the place we want to buy, which does not repairing the walls.
#35
December 11, 2014 8:56 AM - dibs
Given what just happened on 9-11, it was warranted.
#36
December 11, 2014 8:57 AM - Deleted
No it wasn't dibs!

Benson: "I will wait until I have fully read and considered Tuesday's report to enter the debate over whether the CIA handled interrogation of detainees in an appropriate manner."

I stand corrected, he read some of it.
#37
December 11, 2014 8:58 AM - Deleted
Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:55am — dibs
"the Wikileaks movie"

A true unbiased documentary.



Have you seen it?
#38
December 11, 2014 8:58 AM - Deleted
R'andi;

The constitution says nothing about the treatment of foreign prisoners of war. That area is covered by the Geneva convention, which only applies to uniformed soldiers of a foreign government.

I don't pretend to have an easy answer to where to draw the line in a war with a terrorist movement.
#39
December 11, 2014 8:58 AM - dibs
It was warranted
#40
December 11, 2014 9:00 AM - dibs
benson is right on both points re: terrorism, the constitution and the geneva convention
#41
December 11, 2014 9:00 AM - Deleted
There is no debate to be had here. We have very different core values. End of story.
#42
December 11, 2014 9:02 AM - BoerumHillScott
Can't someone post a cat picture?
#43
December 11, 2014 9:02 AM - Deleted
Fine Benson then we broke the rules Geneva convention and bush Cheney etc are guilty of war crimes. This

"which only applies to uniformed soldiers of a foreign government."

Is just nonsense and a sick legal justification. They were prisoners of war.
#44
December 11, 2014 9:03 AM - Deleted
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#45
December 11, 2014 9:04 AM - Deleted
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#46
December 11, 2014 9:04 AM - Deleted
R'andi;

One thing to consider, and you don't have to respond to it. If the US had found that Pakistan had sent some nuclear dirty bombs to jihadist organizations, how far should our intelligence organizations go to prevent its deployment in Times Square?
#47
December 11, 2014 9:07 AM - dibs
We had cauliflower last night.
#48
December 11, 2014 9:08 AM - Deleted
I'm not entertaining your hypotheticals benson. Sorry.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:08 AM
#49
December 11, 2014 9:09 AM - rf
I agree with Randi--no surprise there. Torture is a solution in search of a problem and aside from being morally wrong, it's much more trouble than it could ever be worth.
#50
December 11, 2014 9:11 AM - Deleted
How about this one- what if our intelligence services began to torture people in order to gain actionable intelligence and then we found out years later that it did not achieve it's goals. Should we denounce the practice and vow to never do it again?

Oh wait, that's real. Derp.
#51
December 11, 2014 9:11 AM - dibs
rf and randi seem to have the inside information from the CIA.
#52
December 11, 2014 9:14 AM - Deleted
No more or less than you do, jackass.
#53
December 11, 2014 9:20 AM - dibs
Bharara and the convicting judge were apparently way over the bounds….

http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-outside-the-law-prosecutor-1418260680
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:20 AM
#54
December 11, 2014 9:22 AM - More4Less
Wow!!!! 71k to wire a 4-story house???!!! Not that I have actual experience but that sounds mad high
#55
December 11, 2014 9:24 AM - More4Less
Any bracing of anus needed for today??
#56
December 11, 2014 9:25 AM - Deleted
Always m4l. Always.
#57
December 11, 2014 9:26 AM - dibs
I was going to say $60k for a full, new 200 amp service. If the place is gutted, much less.
#58
December 11, 2014 9:26 AM - BoerumHillScott
All of the renovation quotes we have gotten back have been mad high.
Re-thinking how to do things, perhaps breaking it up into smaller projects.

The house still has violation issues and they flunked the first inspection on administrative grounds, so not a huge rush to get it all figured out.
#59
December 11, 2014 9:27 AM - BirdnestHead
Home today, channel surfing, found best show ever, "TruTV's World's Dumbest Brawlers". I'm entranced...
#60
December 11, 2014 9:28 AM - dibs
Pepper should be aware that having a new client meeting is no excuse for scanty posting.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:29 AM
#61
December 11, 2014 9:28 AM - dibs
DOW futures +56. Probably a boring day
#62
December 11, 2014 9:29 AM - Deleted
To me smoking starting to feel like government torture. In many ways the whole garner case just proves to me how backwards our local nanny state is. Choked to death providing addicts their legal fix. This is why I'm not sold on the government interfering with weed. It should be legal, but not taxed and regulated. All of you who vote for these nanny state bitch politicians, shame on you.
#63
December 11, 2014 9:29 AM - Deleted
To me smoking starting to feel like government torture. In many ways the whole garner case just proves to me how backwards our local nanny state is. Choked to death providing addicts their legal fix. This is why I'm not sold on the government interfering with weed. It should be legal, but not taxed and regulated. All of you who vote for these nanny state bitch politicians, shame on you.
#64
December 11, 2014 9:30 AM - Deleted
To me smoking starting to feel like government torture. In many ways the whole garner case just proves to me how backwards our local nanny state is. Choked to death providing addicts their legal fix. This is why I'm not sold on the government interfering with weed. It should be legal, but not taxed and regulated. All of you who vote for these nanny state bitch politicians, shame on you.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:30 AM
#65
December 11, 2014 9:31 AM - dibs
WTF is it with your posting?????
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:31 AM
#66
December 11, 2014 9:33 AM - BirdnestHead
Must be the "triple rob php exploit" in Drupal.
#67
December 11, 2014 9:34 AM - Deleted
MM- if you still lurk here, I have a question that is probably stupid and or unanswerable.....why is there no big park like fg park, sunset park, or even mccarren park in bed stuy? For such a massive neighborhood it surprises me that there isn't something (Herbert Von king park doesn't count, too small and not green enough).
#68
December 11, 2014 9:37 AM - Deleted
cuz parks suck.
#69
December 11, 2014 9:38 AM - dibs
Fulton Park. How big do you need????
#70
December 11, 2014 9:44 AM - More4Less
Bronx probably has the most park green space of all the 5 boroughs. Pelham park probably is bigger than central park.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:44 AM
#71
December 11, 2014 9:44 AM - BoerumHillScott
Short answer is because the developers did not want one.

Alternate answer is because there are no big hills like in Prospect, Ft Greene, or Sunset that made building more difficult on those pieces of land.
#72
December 11, 2014 9:47 AM - BoerumHillScott
Central Park is the 5th largest park in NYC, and that does not include the full build out of Fresh Kills in Staten Island.
I think Staten Island has the most park land as a percentage of total land and acres per person, but Bronx is also very high.
#73
December 11, 2014 9:48 AM - BoerumHillScott
I posted another renovation estimate in the forums.

#74
December 11, 2014 9:51 AM - rf
Randi, there are 3 smallish-to-medium parks in Bed Stuy--Von King, Saratoga and Fulton. In a way it's better that way because it's such a big neighborhood that one would be inaccessible to many.

Plus at least near me, lots of half-block parks with a playground and basketball courts but not really green like a park should be.
#75
December 11, 2014 9:53 AM - rf
Lots of big, rambling parks in Queens too.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:53 AM
#76
December 11, 2014 9:55 AM - Deleted
Fulton park doesn't count either. Haven't been to Saratoga park. It gets sketchy over that way.
#77
December 11, 2014 9:56 AM - dibs
Define "sketchy"
#78
December 11, 2014 9:56 AM - Deleted
I'm talking green parks that feel like parks. Scott's answer makes sense- no desire to build one and no hills.
#79
December 11, 2014 9:57 AM - rf
It's not bigger than Von King.
#80
December 11, 2014 9:57 AM - Deleted
Sketchy like your mom trolls for cock over there.
#81
December 11, 2014 9:57 AM - Deleted
"To me smoking starting to feel like government torture. In many ways the whole garner case just proves to me how backwards our local nanny state is. Choked to death providing addicts their legal fix. This is why I'm not sold on the government interfering with weed. It should be legal, but not taxed and regulated. All of you who vote for these nanny state bitch politicians, shame on you."

Excellent point, Dudley. Putting aside the issue of the tactics used, the other big issue that emerges from the Garner case is the prudent use of police resources. A team of 4-5 policemen to go after a guy selling loosies? Really? What you saw there was the dark side of the Bloomberg nanny-state laws.
#82
December 11, 2014 10:03 AM - Deleted
Yep. First they came for your Newports..
#83
December 11, 2014 10:05 AM - Deleted
Am I gonna have to worry about picking up my dogs shit when the plastic bag tax and ban come into effect? This city is increasingly only becoming liveable to perpetual kiss Ass suck ups. You all know the type
#84
December 11, 2014 10:06 AM - Deleted
" the other big issue that emerges from the Garner case is the prudent use of police resources. A team of 4-5 policemen to go after a guy selling loosies? "

isn't that the embodiment of the broken windows policing strategy though?
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:06 AM
#85
December 11, 2014 10:06 AM - dibs
Lloyd Blankfein on CNBC now. I think what he has to say about lowere energy prices being a tax cut are more spot on that what theWhat has to say.
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:06 AM
#86
December 11, 2014 10:08 AM - rf
The plastic bag fee doesn't include the little clear ones in the fruit-vegetable section. You could use those for dogshit.
#87
December 11, 2014 10:09 AM - rf
I don't think it's going to pass anyway.
#88
December 11, 2014 10:12 AM - Deleted
Good to know, thanks rf. Associated better lock those bags down I guess.
#89
December 11, 2014 10:13 AM - dibs
It passed in Provincetown. The supermarket will go back to paper bags. We use the plastic ones for out small trash bin in the kitchen. Will have to buy them now.

Just another form of taxation.
#90
December 11, 2014 10:17 AM - Deleted
Why are you so against any environmental effort and does a 10 cent tax really effect people especially when you can just use a paper bag for free? Do people need plastic bags?!

Dibs, do you have to bitch about every fucking thing???
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:17 AM
#91
December 11, 2014 10:19 AM - BoerumHillScott
In most implementations, it's not actually a tax since all the money goes to the store.
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:19 AM
#92
December 11, 2014 10:19 AM - dibs
You seem to be doing more actual bitching today, randi. I just pointed out a situation.
#93
December 11, 2014 10:20 AM - Deleted
"isn't that the embodiment of the broken windows policing strategy though?"

I don't think so. There is a distinction (at least to me) between a guy doing things like jumping a subway turnstile, providing a "doorman" service to an ATM booth (for a "suggested" fee of course), washing your car windows without your asking, and a guy selling loosies for an addictive habit that is taxed up the ying-yang.
#94
December 11, 2014 10:20 AM - dibs
A tax in the general sense of the word, like the lower price of gasoline is a "tax" cut
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:20 AM
#95
December 11, 2014 10:23 AM - BirdnestHead
Blankfein a total scumbag, IMHO.

Not that it matters.
#96
December 11, 2014 10:27 AM - More4Less
Bnh, he does "god's work"
#97
December 11, 2014 10:29 AM - Deleted
Wtf are you taking about benson?
#98
December 11, 2014 10:30 AM - Deleted
I don't know nor care about who blankderp is.
#99
December 11, 2014 10:34 AM - More4Less
Blankfein's secretaries say he is pretty easy going guy to support - much much easier than predecessor.
December 11, 2014 10:35 AM - More4Less
Knicks tax "up to 40% off" on travelzoo spam mail.

Haha, how embarrassing.
December 11, 2014 10:36 AM - dibs
Where is the What when the DOW is up 214 points????
December 11, 2014 10:37 AM - Deleted
He's with your mom in Saratoga park.
December 11, 2014 10:39 AM - dibs
I imagine then you might more want to hear what Jack Lew, the Treasury Secretary has to say about energy prices given that he has never worked in the private sector

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/lew-lower-energy-prices-huge-134542402.html
December 11, 2014 10:46 AM - Deleted
"Where is the What when the DOW is up 214 points????"

***INCOMING*****

USD/JPY Melt Up.....

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...

December 11, 2014 10:49 AM - Deleted
Don't lecture me about the environment randi. You had a kid... the most ungreen and environmentally selfish thing one can do. Don't even get me started on the disposable shit and piss catchers. I'm not judging u btw, don't give a shit about Earth. But know your hypocrisy, ok?
December 11, 2014 10:51 AM - dibs
Learn how to make money, What
December 11, 2014 10:53 AM - Deleted
I was talking to dibs, rob. And fwiw I use biodegradable diapers.
December 11, 2014 10:54 AM - dibs
When did you start wearing a diaper????? Same brand your mom uses?????
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:54 AM
December 11, 2014 10:58 AM - Deleted
Lolzzz pwnd
December 11, 2014 11:05 AM - Deleted
Has anyone checked Randi's diapers this morning? He seems cranky.
December 11, 2014 11:08 AM - Deleted
derp
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December 11, 2014 11:20 AM - dibs
Snowing here.
December 11, 2014 11:28 AM - Deleted
Snowballing?
December 11, 2014 11:37 AM - MontroseMorris
GM, Randi, I think Scott is right. Especially in Bedford, where they were throwing up buildings as fast as they could, between 1875 and 1900. There was actually community protest when the city decided to put in Fulton Park in 1902, mostly because they were going to charge the homeowners on Chauncey, Fulton and Stuyvesant higher taxes to pay for it. It obviously was built, anyway. RF is right, there are only three parks in all of Bed Stuy, which really makes no sense, city planning-wise. You should check out Saratoga Park, though. The gentrifiers have long ago re-claimed it. Not sketchy at all.


December 11, 2014 11:40 AM - dibs
The east side of Fulton Park is full of wild chives growing in the lawns
Edited at December 11, 2014 11:42 AM
December 11, 2014 11:40 AM - MontroseMorris
What, I saw your message last night. I hope that they didn't tear down those buildings, but I wouldn't be surprised. I'm going to drive by there on Saturday, when I'm down in the city for my Crown Heights tour.
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December 11, 2014 11:41 AM - Deleted
Thanks mm.
December 11, 2014 11:46 AM - BoerumHillScott
What do you consider to be the three parks in Bed Stuy?
Von King, Fulton, Saratoga?

There are many more smaller parks, and a couple are of similar size as Fulton, although most are associated with Schools or Projects.
December 11, 2014 11:48 AM - dibs
Most people have yards. They don't need parks.
December 11, 2014 11:48 AM - MontroseMorris
Crown Heights only has Brower Park. There are huge playing fields out east, around Troy and Schenectady Avenues behind the projects but they were built on land that was cleared of housing, and developed as part of the housing projects. Not a true park. Another case of development being more important than green spaces.
Edited at December 11, 2014 11:48 AM
December 11, 2014 11:50 AM - MontroseMorris
Von King, Fulton, Saratoga?

Yep. Central Brooklyn was blessed with flat land. Great for housing, terrible for easy parkland.
December 11, 2014 11:53 AM - MontroseMorris
Speaking of parks, there used to be a small landscaped City Hall park downtown, similar to the one near City Hall in Manhattan. It was where the Municipal Building is now.
December 11, 2014 11:56 AM - rf
As I said before, there are many half-block parks mostly next to schools, with playgrounds and basketball courts but no lawns or gardens and hardly any trees.
December 11, 2014 11:57 AM - Deleted
Mm I have also always wondered what used to be where ps20 in fg is (between Adelphi and cleremont, dekalb and willoughby) ? Was that a park or did they tear down houses or was it always a school?
Edited at December 11, 2014 11:57 AM
December 11, 2014 12:03 PM - BoerumHillScott
I don't know about PS 20, but many of the schools built in Brooklyn in the 50's - 60's had similar patterns:
Buy up houses next to an existing small school, tear them down and build the new school there, tear down the old school and use the space for a yard/playground.
Edited at December 11, 2014 12:04 PM
December 11, 2014 12:15 PM - MontroseMorris
Randi,

Today:
December 11, 2014 12:16 PM - MontroseMorris
1887: The row along DeKalb, and a few others still stand. The rest - gone.
Edited at December 11, 2014 12:17 PM
December 11, 2014 12:19 PM - Deleted
Wow look at that. Just tore them down!
Edited at December 11, 2014 12:19 PM
December 11, 2014 12:20 PM - Deleted
What does yellow vs pink mean in that map?
December 11, 2014 12:20 PM - BoerumHillScott
Here is the block in 1929. No sign of a school then.
Mix of small brick buildings, small wood buildings, one medium brick building (apartmments?), and one medium garage.

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1175/Plate+117/Brooklyn+1929+Vol+1/New+York/
December 11, 2014 12:22 PM - BoerumHillScott
Yellow = wood, pink = brick/stone.
Maps were made largely for fire insurance purposes.
Edited at December 11, 2014 12:22 PM
December 11, 2014 12:23 PM - BoerumHillScott
Many buildings in Brooklyn west of Nostrand or so are at least the second building on the lot.
December 11, 2014 12:25 PM - dibs
Yellow = Jews, Pink = Gays
December 11, 2014 12:26 PM - rf
As late as the 1990s, many NYC public schools were heated with coal.
December 11, 2014 12:27 PM - Deleted
Lol dibs

Looks like the wood frames made room for the school. Perhaps there was a fire that wiped them out.
December 11, 2014 12:42 PM - dibs
I love the wood frame homes in Brooklyn. I really wish I had explored it much earlier instead of buying my condo in Manhattan. All things would be different in my life now if I did.
December 11, 2014 12:50 PM - Deleted
Would you be nicer to me?
December 11, 2014 12:54 PM - dibs
I doubt it. What would I gain by being nicer?
December 11, 2014 12:59 PM - MontroseMorris
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/12/jaw-dropping-video-incoming-storms-nicolaus-wegner

This is incredible footage of storms. Best if made full screen.
December 11, 2014 1:00 PM - sixyearsandcounting
No snow here today. It was a chilly 81 degrees. Holiday/end of semester party was at an outdoor restaurant right by the beach.
Edited at December 11, 2014 1:00 PM
December 11, 2014 1:01 PM - Deleted
Dave and Dh, check your email. Muy importante
December 11, 2014 1:01 PM - Deleted
Dave and Dh, check your email. Muy importante
December 11, 2014 1:01 PM - Deleted
Dave and Dh, check your email. Muy importante
December 11, 2014 1:02 PM - dibs
I did. Are you doing your taxes yourself this year with that software?
December 11, 2014 1:03 PM - dibs
CIA Director Brennan going to speak in 30 minutes and contradict Obama saying that valuable information was gained.
December 11, 2014 1:13 PM - dibs
155,000 homes in SF without power.
December 11, 2014 1:16 PM - Deleted
Yeah I'm surely going to believe what he says because the CIA has such a great track record of truth telling and transparency.

How fucking gullible are you???
Edited at December 11, 2014 1:16 PM
December 11, 2014 1:17 PM - Deleted
Rob, here's how to post:

1. Write your comment.
2. Click post ONE TIME.
3. wait for the page to reload.
Edited at December 11, 2014 1:17 PM
December 11, 2014 1:20 PM - dibs
"Yeah I'm surely going to believe what he says because the CIA has such a great track record of truth telling and transparency."

Maybe you're right. Afterall, his boss is a pretty big liar and the ACA has been very transparent from the get go
December 11, 2014 1:22 PM - Deleted
ACA was transparent, the bill just happened to be like a million pages long and no one read it! Haha.
December 11, 2014 1:24 PM - dibs
Pretty snow here. I hope it sticks in Bucks. Headed there in about an hour or so
December 11, 2014 1:27 PM - Deleted
lol rob rules
December 11, 2014 1:27 PM - Deleted
lol rob rules
December 11, 2014 1:27 PM - Deleted
lol rob rules
December 11, 2014 1:27 PM - Deleted
lol rob rules
December 11, 2014 1:29 PM - dibs
You two deserve each other.
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December 11, 2014 1:34 PM - Deleted
So who is doing his taxes this year and what's the payment?
December 11, 2014 1:34 PM - Deleted
Go do your hand kagels
December 11, 2014 1:35 PM - dibs
I can't do them not being a NYS resident. He understands this.
December 11, 2014 1:35 PM - Deleted
I figured they both could and ill submit the one with the highest refund.
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December 11, 2014 1:35 PM - Deleted
I figured they both could and ill submit the one with the highest refund.
December 11, 2014 1:36 PM - Deleted
And I bake them both green icing brownies
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December 11, 2014 1:37 PM - MontroseMorris
CIA does whatever it wants, regardless of the administration. It always has.
December 11, 2014 1:38 PM - MontroseMorris
10 inches of snow here. Flurries still coming down as we speak. I have to go out and clean off the car and shovel out the part of the driveway that the snowplow blocked off.
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December 11, 2014 1:39 PM - Deleted
Why should rob get any refund? Shouldn't his job take out the appropriate taxes throughout the year? Does he claim the fish as dependents?
December 11, 2014 1:41 PM - Deleted
"Why should rob get any refund? Shouldn't his job take out the appropriate taxes throughout the year? Does he claim the fish as dependents?"

lol
December 11, 2014 1:45 PM - Deleted
Us with no crotchfruit pay the most in taxes.. my responsibility keeps me broke
December 11, 2014 1:48 PM - dibs
Brennan very smart about how he is starting his speech
December 11, 2014 1:48 PM - Deleted
people with crotchfruit get a tax break because those crotchfruit will be the ones paying for your SS and Medicare

December 11, 2014 1:50 PM - Deleted
I'm not gonna be one of them old scrub leeches. No desire at all to live to that depressing age. I'm already white fucking knuckling my way through the shitty thirties.
December 11, 2014 1:51 PM - dibs
Oftentimes I am not grateful enough to all of you for your ongoing contributions to SS which I will be taking in a few years but you all perhaps may never see.
December 11, 2014 1:57 PM - Deleted
cops in berkley sorta fuckin up

https://storify.com/CourtneyPFB/undercover-cops-outed-and-pull-gun-on-crowd?utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_source=t.co&awesm=sfy.co_a03k7&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign
December 11, 2014 2:05 PM - Deleted
Regarding the three wood frame houses that are being torn down, causing wailing and gnashing of teeth over there >>>>>>

The photos say it all.
December 11, 2014 2:06 PM - Deleted
The child tax credit is so minimal and it goes away after you make too much. And trust me rob I'm pretty sure I pay more in taxes than your pretax income. (Arrogant and condescenfing)
December 11, 2014 2:07 PM - Deleted
pre-come lolzzz
December 11, 2014 2:08 PM - Deleted
I grew up in the projects so I leeched my fair share early on in life.
December 11, 2014 2:17 PM - Deleted
Regarding the use of coal in NYC's schools: to me, this is a prime example of the arrogance of big government. Coal-burning boilers were banned in all private buildings around 1970 or so in NYC, and there was little provision for grandfathering. Yet, because the city couldn't afford to convert the boilers in its own schools, as of 1995 25% were still belching it out:

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/15/nyregion/time-stands-still-some-school-boiler-rooms-oil-vs-gas-heat-about-quarter-schools.html

December 11, 2014 2:18 PM - Deleted
******INCOMING************


Spending Bill to Get House Vote Amid Discord on Bank Measure
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-10/congress-deal-to-avoid-shutdown-includes-victory-for-banks-2?hootPostID=7f5ca4174c89367c2a3c727d8d19eee0

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House is set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes a banking provision opposed by many Democrats as a giveaway to large institutions.

"The provision would put “taxpayers back on the hook for Wall Street’s riskiest behavior,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said yesterday."

Yeah Nancy, Yeah...

Though Pelosi opposes the banking provision, she stopped short of urging fellow House Democrats to vote against the bill, said a leadership aide who sought anonymity.

On your Knees...

Senate opponents led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts aren’t threatening to hold the bill up. Chief negotiator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the Senate Appropriations chair, is standing by the deal.

The banking provision would let JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and other lenders keep swaps trading in units with federal backstops.

“This is about reckless behavior,” Warren said at a news conference. “It’s about a giveaway to the largest financial institutions in this country.”


I can't wait for The Crash...

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 2:18 PM - More4Less
Most projects in NYC are pretty nice when one considers the wide open lot which has green space, parking, kids playground and bldgs have windows for every room etc.
December 11, 2014 2:19 PM - dibs
“This is about reckless behavior,” Warren said at a news conference. “It’s about a giveaway to the largest financial institutions in this country.”

There are no new smaller financial institutions. Only the large ones can afford all the staff for Dodd Frank, MORON
December 11, 2014 2:28 PM - Deleted
elizabeth warren is way smarter than dibs
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December 11, 2014 2:34 PM - Deleted
Reaper 4 Request Air Ops, Uploading Location and Bombing Specs!
6 Tango, Strike Package received, Hellfire Away!

The Glass-Steagall Act Explained
http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/glass-steagall-act-explained/

The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, passed during the Great Depression, prevented commercial banks from trading securities with their clients’ deposits and created the FDIC as a guard against bank runs. Passed in 1933 as the Banking Act, Glass-Steagall was chipped away over the years and eventually repealed during the Clinton Administration with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. Some experts believe that the act’s repeal contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, and the law served as a basis for the Volcker Rule of the 2009 Dodd-Frank reform bill.

Glass-Steagall was chipped away over the years and eventually repealed during the Clinton Administration with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999.

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
Edited at December 11, 2014 2:34 PM
December 11, 2014 2:38 PM - dibs
What and his faux military crap, dressed up in his Cavalry hat.

Anyone can dress up in military garb
December 11, 2014 2:42 PM - Deleted
I know you're too dense to understand so Dave, read it slowly.

Definition: What is the Glass-Steagall Act?
The Banking Act, now known as Glass-Steagall, was sponsored by Senator Carter Glass (D-VA) and Representative Henry Steagall (D-AL) with the intent of forestalling bank runs and preventing future crises. The legislation had two main provisions:

1. Creation of the FDIC

The period from 1929 to 1933 saw a number of bank runs, which destabilized the American (and world) economy. Fearful that their banks would fail, people pulled their deposits out, which actually caused those banks to fail. To stop that self-perpetuating cycle, Glass-Steagall created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which guaranteed bank deposits up to a certain amount (initially $2,500, now $250,000).

2. Separation of Commercial and Investment Banking

As important as the FDIC’s creation was, the term Glass-Steagall usually refers to the set of rules that kept a savings-and-loan type bank from engaging in speculative, risky training with customers’ deposits. If a bank took deposits, it could not trade in anything other than government bonds; if it underwrote securities or engaged in market-making, it could not take deposits.

The motivation for this separation rested on alleged conflicts of interest. Glass and Steagall, as well as others, accused banks of partnering with affiliates which later sold securities to repay banks’ debts, or accepted loans from banks to buy securities. They also worried that banks engaged in risk-taking speculation, rather than investing in corporations to promote growth.

Five provisions of the Banking Act pertained to this separation:

Section 19: Federally chartered banks could not buy or sell securities, unless they were investment securities, government bonds or trades made on behalf of a customer.
Section 5(c): Glass-Steagall would also apply to state-chartered banks.
Section 20: Banks could not be affiliated with firms whose primary purpose was trading securities.
Section 21: If a bank did trade securities, it could not take deposits.
Section 32: Officers and directors of commercial banks (banks part of the Federal Reserve System) were barred from holding advisory positions in companies whose primary purpose was trading securities.
Other notable but less well-known provisions include:

The creation of the Federal Open Market Committee. The FOMC includes the Federal Reserve Board’s 7 members, 4 rotating members of the regional Federal Reserve Banks, and the president of the New York Fed. It establishes target interest rates to help increase employment and curb inflation.
Regulation Q. Banks could not pay interest on demand deposit (business checking) accounts. Interest rates were capped on certain other deposit products, like savings and NOW accounts. Regulation Q is now repealed, but plays a key rolein the story of Glass-Steagall.

The firewall’s gradual weakening
Over the years, legislators and regulators chipped away at Glass-Steagall, culminating in its repeal in 1999.

1935: Glass tries to repeal his own bill

Presumably, separating commercial and investment banking would prevent the conflicts of interest that led banks to make risky loans or securities affiliates to make inefficient trades. However, a 1934 study found that securities underwritten by bank affiliates fared no better and no worse than those underwritten by non-affiliates.

In 1935, Glass introduced an amendment that would permit commercial banks to trade securities again. President Roosevelt spoke out against the amendment, and though it passed the Senate, it was tossed out during the House-Senate reconciliation process.

1963: OCC on the offensive

Following World War II, banks faced increasing competition from non-bank entities not subject to Glass-Steagall. General Motors, Sears and others began offering consumer credit, thus competing with banks for loans.

James Saxon, then the Comptroller of the Currency, feared that Glass-Steagall undermined commercial banks’ competitiveness, putting them at a disadvantage to non-banks. Under his guidance, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued regulations that would have watered down Glass-Steagall, allowing banks to:

Offer commingled accounts, in which investors poll their funds to buy stocks and bonds (similar to a mutual fund)
Buy and sell muni bonds
1966: Inflation exceeds interest rate cap on Reg. Q

Regulation Q, an often-forgotten provision of Glass-Steagall, capped interest rates paid on savings and other deposit accounts. When the rate of inflation surpassed the maximum interest yield, consumers pulled out their deposits in favor of bonds and other safe but better-paying products.

More and more, consumers turned to non-bank entities for their loans. By 1972, in fact, the nation’s three largest banks provided less credit than either the three largest retailers or the three largest manufacturers. Prime customers bypassed commercial banks, going straight to capital markets for their borrowing needs or to get a higher yield on their savings. Banks were left with the sub-prime customers that capital markets wouldn’t lend to.

1966: Interest Rate Adjustment Act passes

In the same year, the Federal Reserve allowed savings and loan associations (S&L’s, or thrifts) to pay higher savings account interest rates than commercial banks. They could also offer negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts, which function like checking accounts but are not subject to interest rate caps. S&L’s were not covered by Glass-Steagall.

1971: Investment Company Institute v. Camp

After 1963, the OCC’s relaxed rules wound their way through the justice system. Finally, in 1971, the Supreme Court ruled that the OCC had overreached. They argued that the new rules violated the spirit of Glass-Steagall, and struck them down.

1977: Merrill Lynch introduces the cash management account

Capping nearly a decade of deposit-account innovation, Merrill Lynch launched a “cash management account,” which allowed customers to write checks against funds held in a money management account. Cash management accounts were functionally similar to checking or savings accounts, but Merrill could use those deposits to trade securities, while banks couldn’t.

Increasingly, investment banks offered products typically seen in commercial banks, and at better rates. The FDIC and OCC declined to regulate these bank-like entities, however, so Glass-Steagall began to lose relevance.

1978: The birth of the mortgage backed security

Bank of America issued the first mortgage-backed security, in which it pooled mortgages and sold them to investors.

1980’s: Commercial acquires investment, and vice versa

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, commercial banks increasingly traded in over-the-counter derivatives, such as interest rate swaps. Moreover, during the Reagan and Bush administrations, the FDIC and OCC approved a number of mergers between commercial banks and securities firms:

1982: The OCC allowed Citibank to offer a collective investment trust, essentially re-issuing Saxon’s directive.
1982: The FDIC issued a policy statement allowing state-chartered, non-Federal Reserve banks to affiliate with securities firms, even if they had FDIC insurance.
1983: The Federal Reserve authorized Bank of America to buy Charles Schwab, then the nation’s largest brokerage firm.
1987: The Federal Reserve allowed Bankers Trust, Citigroup and JPMorgan to trade mortgage-backed securities, muni bonds and commercial paper.
1999: Gramm-Leach-Bliley

After numerous attempts to repeal Glass-Steagall spanning the Bush and Clinton administrations, President Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed the provisions preventing banks from affiliating with security firms. Though the line between commercial and investment banking was already blurring, the passage of Gramm-Leach-Bliley accelerated the pace.

Commercial banks traded in increasingly risky and complex securities, continuing to buy and sell mortgages, collateralized debt obligations and other derivatives. Because of the instruments’ complexity and institutions’ vulnerable positions, many banks faced stark losses during the 2008 financial crisis. Commercial institutions received emergency loans from the Federal Reserve, and investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were actually designated as bank entities so they could take advantage of those loans. The vulnerability of commercial banks, revealed by the crisis, has resurrected the debate over Glass-Steagall.

Glass-Steagall and the 2008 crisis
Some argue that Glass-Steagall’s repeal contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. Joseph Stiglitz of the Roosevelt Institute, a Nobel Prize winner, contended:

Commercial banks are not supposed to be high-risk ventures; they are supposed to manage other people’s money very conservatively…Investment banks, on the other hand, have traditionally managed rich people’s money — people who can take bigger risks in order to get bigger returns.

When repeal of Glass-Steagall brought investment and commercial banks together, the investment-bank culture came out on top. There was a demand for the kind of high returns that could be obtained only through high leverage and big risk-taking.

The What
Someday this war is gonna end..
December 11, 2014 2:43 PM - Deleted
Glass-Steagall and the 2008 crisis

Commercial banks are not supposed to be high-risk ventures; they are supposed to manage other people’s money very conservatively…Investment banks, on the other hand, have traditionally managed rich people’s money — people who can take bigger risks in order to get bigger returns.

When repeal of Glass-Steagall brought investment and commercial banks together, the investment-bank culture came out on top. There was a demand for the kind of high returns that could be obtained only through high leverage and big risk-taking.
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ) advocated the return of Glass-Steagall as well:

So much U.S. taxpayer-backed money is going into speculation in dark markets that it has diverted lending capital from our community banks and small businesses.

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
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December 11, 2014 2:47 PM - Deleted
hard for anyone to argue that the repeal of Glass-Steagall was a good thing
December 11, 2014 2:48 PM - dibs
Tl, Dr, dc

December 11, 2014 2:49 PM - Deleted
The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 3:14 PM - Legion
I propose a KickAss-Seagal Act.
It would make it a law that in the case of malfeasance on the part of commercial banks,
Steven Seagal would personally unleash his wrath on their unbraced anus.
December 11, 2014 3:30 PM - Deleted
Lol
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December 11, 2014 3:37 PM - Deleted
only thing kureig is good for is the swiss miss hot chocolate cups
December 11, 2014 4:01 PM - pepper
They have a Flavia machine here in this office. I just made myself a cup of coffee. Gross. Keurig is better.
December 11, 2014 4:05 PM - Deleted
what does instant coffee taste like?
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December 11, 2014 4:10 PM - pepper
has to be better than this shit.
December 11, 2014 4:15 PM - BoerumHillScott
We have Flavia at my office.
I am not at all a coffee snob, and will drink pretty much any generic coffee.
The Flavia stuff is nasty, and I never drink it.

I do like their green tea with jasmine. I drink 3 to 6 of those every day.

December 11, 2014 4:15 PM - Deleted
The best purchase I've made in the past 5 years is my Nespresso machine. Consistently good espresso, better than 90% of the cafes out there.
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December 11, 2014 4:19 PM - Deleted
which model benson? i've been lookin at those - there's like a zillion different ypes
December 11, 2014 4:21 PM - Legion
"what does instant coffee taste like?"

Imagine instant steak
and extrapolate from there.
December 11, 2014 4:24 PM - Deleted
wait - there's instant steak?
December 11, 2014 4:26 PM - Legion
...exactly!
December 11, 2014 4:26 PM - Deleted
lollll
December 11, 2014 4:28 PM - Legion
I enjoy a good cup of instant hot chocolate from Nestle however.
...and I also like instant lemonade from Country Time although I go into a short but satisfying diabetic coma
after consuming it.
December 11, 2014 4:44 PM - More4Less
I drink the kuerig coffee at the office. It's good enoigj for me to drink it a few times a day
December 11, 2014 4:59 PM - dibs
dh…there is a new Nespresso model for $99. not sure why it would be any lesser quality in the brewing than the expensive ones. We had one at the office and yes, great espresso. Great creme.
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December 11, 2014 5:00 PM - dibs
Nespresso Inissia

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/nespresso-inissia/?pkey=cespresso-makers&cm_src=espresso-makers||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-
December 11, 2014 5:02 PM - dibs
Ughhhhhh…..I just got this text from Fulgencio:

Where are you. I have big problems ligal (sic)

God I hope he isn't getting deported. I'll call him tomorrow
December 11, 2014 5:03 PM - Deleted
interesting - i'll need to do a little research.
December 11, 2014 5:04 PM - Deleted
Maybe he got busted at a glory hole spot and is being deported.
Edited at December 11, 2014 5:04 PM
December 11, 2014 5:04 PM - Deleted
"God I hope he isn't getting deported. I'll call him tomorrow"

if only there was a political party trying to do comprehensive immigration reform!

sorry - hope all is well
December 11, 2014 5:05 PM - Deleted
All those fancy machines are overpriced hype junk. Servings are too small. I drink two gallons, sometimes more, of coffee a day
December 11, 2014 5:09 PM - Deleted
two gallons? hope it's decaf.

once again - quantity over quality for rob
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December 11, 2014 5:31 PM - petebklyn
would account for all those bathroom breaks
Edited at December 11, 2014 5:31 PM
December 11, 2014 5:35 PM - BirdnestHead
Weird. I seem to recall Dodd-Frank was passed in an almost "empty" state, with provisions to be written in afterwards. Anybody know if any provisions ever got added, or are we still waiting for the "player to be named later"?
December 11, 2014 5:38 PM - BirdnestHead
Btw, fuck Volker, Bernanke, Steadman, Greenspan, Gietler, et. al. These fucking guys are all from the same team, they just rotate in and out like volleyball players...
December 11, 2014 5:41 PM - BirdnestHead
See the documentary "Inside Game".
December 11, 2014 5:47 PM - Deleted
Inside job
December 11, 2014 5:49 PM - dibs
A TV actor who once shared a fight scene with Chuck Norris and played a Russian gangster on “Sons of Anarchy” skinned, cooked and ate his ex-girlfriend’s pet bunny — and then threatened to do the same to her, police said.

Professional bad guy Dimitri Diatchenko was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles with felony counts of animal cruelty and making criminal threats.
December 11, 2014 5:59 PM - DeLepp
Personal Quotes:
Perfect Practice makes Perfect.
If you gonna be a BEAR, be a Grizzly!
Work Hard, Play Hard, Stay Hard.


Born in san fran, college in Florida...emperor complex
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December 11, 2014 6:02 PM - Deleted
DH

We bought the "Pixie" Nespresso:

https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/order/machines/original/pixie-electric-titan

We've had it for about 2 years, and it's great. I use it everyday, and I haven't noticed any deterioration in quality.
December 11, 2014 6:10 PM - dibs
5,000 people were killed by Jihadis in November, according to the BBC. 80% occured in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Nigeria
Edited at December 11, 2014 6:10 PM
December 11, 2014 6:33 PM - Deleted
We need more torture to stop ^^^^ from happening. Derp.
Edited at December 11, 2014 6:33 PM
December 11, 2014 6:44 PM - dibs
Well, we need some sort of a new approach.
December 11, 2014 6:47 PM - Deleted
How many people are the mexican cartels killing?
December 11, 2014 6:48 PM - Deleted
Thanks benson. Seems like a good deal if you've gotten that much use out of it. Getting a bit tired of the french press - and I think I prefer Americanos to coffee anyways. Maybe I'll ask Santa for it
December 11, 2014 7:00 PM - dibs
We have two regular espresso machines where you fill the pod with coffee. Frankly, the Nespressos I have had seem better
Edited at December 11, 2014 7:00 PM
December 11, 2014 7:19 PM - rf
I would like to thank all of you wage slaves for the past year of social security. Medicare too! Nice! Thanks for reminding me, Dave. You can thank M for me.
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December 11, 2014 7:22 PM - Deleted
I thought you had to work to get SS. I thought you've said many times before that you've never worked? Sorry if I am thinking of someone else here.


December 11, 2014 7:23 PM - dibs
$100 credit if you buy a Nespresso machine for $199…

https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/machinelistblock

I believe the pods are ONLY available from Nespresso itself. True, benson????
December 11, 2014 7:23 PM - rf
Rob, I was a wage slave for many years. Never made a lot of money each year though.
December 11, 2014 7:26 PM - rf
Dave, maybe Fulgencio wants to know if he should apply for temporary status per the Obama dictate.
December 11, 2014 7:26 PM - Deleted
What was your job?
December 11, 2014 7:27 PM - Deleted
Me neither, it sucks. My problem is that all of the jobs I NOW want to do are very low wage :( I can't believe i'm still paying off college. oof. You can't even bankruppy that shit. There are exceptions I think... Like if I were to cut off one of my legs lol.

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December 11, 2014 7:32 PM - rf
I was a reporter for a short time at a small city newspaper in Binghamton, then at various trade publications. I was a middle level hospital administrator. I had a series of jobs in various computerized typesetting programs all of whichl became obsolete as the software enabled art directors to do their own, although I still have dreams occasionally about coding. I worked for an adoption agency for a while, which I really loved, but the agency went out of business. (after I adopted my kid.) Almost started working on a masters degree in social work but when the agency died, it would have taken forever and cost a lot of money--half the time, half the price using my job as field work. I worked for a while as a freelance personal organizer. And then I retired.
December 11, 2014 7:33 PM - Deleted
fucking holiday tip time too. Super and dog walker. My roommate is giving each of them 100 bux. I don't drink anymore, so there's no more bags and bags of 40 ounce and vodka bottles put in the recycling anymore for him to take to the curb.. I feel like I should give what's fair.. 100 bux seems like a lot for the super. I think the dog walker is worth 100 bux though. I'm hoping my grandmother sends me 50 bux for xmas, but the last few years she's been just sending 20. Christmas sucks when you're old.

December 11, 2014 7:44 PM - Deleted
Damn rf knows how to hustle.
December 11, 2014 7:50 PM - dibs
Someone needs a sugar daddy^^^^^
December 11, 2014 7:55 PM - Deleted
Skimping on the tip to your super is a bad idea.
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December 11, 2014 7:59 PM - Deleted
I think i'd have better luck finding a sugar mommy to be honest. I really can't seem to get into the gay thing.
December 11, 2014 8:02 PM - Deleted
But I would never (not that I even could) do that anyway. I'm very independent and don't believe in coupling / leaning on another person to give/get support.

December 11, 2014 8:03 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The storm around SF is pretty intense. Our office there lost power and is closed...in the Financial District. My sib and partner are working from home in Potrero Hill.

GE
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December 11, 2014 8:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
A 'Sugar Mommy' wouldn't have you. You hate women.
December 11, 2014 8:05 PM - Deleted
Fuck off, bitch. I hate men too.

December 11, 2014 8:08 PM - DeadCatBounce
Why don't you two get a room already?
December 11, 2014 8:13 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Whatever, robbrat. Just stating the facts you've said yourself. Nothing new.

F*ck you, dcb. Go read Khalil Gibran or something.
December 11, 2014 8:14 PM - Partridge
My neighbors' cat, who I sit on occasion, is old and suddenly has taken a turn. A couple of very bad days led them to make a final appointment at their vet for tonight. I was going to go with him, but surprisingly, he is rallying! The kids said their goodbyes already but the plans have changed. So hard for them all to understand and know when the time is right. He's the best cat I've ever known.
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December 11, 2014 8:15 PM - dibs
Glad to hear the cat is feeling better

Cobble, you brought that on yourself.
December 11, 2014 8:26 PM - Partridge
Thanks. He is real cool cat.
December 11, 2014 8:27 PM - Partridge
Jeez! Almost 8:30. Gotta start cooking. Have the makings for chicken kebabs calling me.
December 11, 2014 8:28 PM - DeadCatBounce
Odd that the what's history of glass steagall left off the Citibank purchase of travelers Insurance. That purchase was in violation of existing law, although the law allowed for a grace period for citi to dis-invest.
During the grace period Citi mounted an intense lobbying (bribing) campaign to repeal the law, and Congress delivered.
At the time, the voting public was completely disinterested.
December 11, 2014 8:30 PM - DeadCatBounce
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

Khalil Gibran
December 11, 2014 8:37 PM - dibs
Charles Schwab was nowhere near the largest brokerage in the US when B of A acquired them in 1983.
December 11, 2014 8:38 PM - DeadCatBounce
BAC owned Schwab for a short time, and I think Schwab became a board member. The relantionship did not work out. A few years later Schwab was allowed to buy his company back.
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December 11, 2014 8:39 PM - dibs
Yes, I revised my post. I forgot that Chuck had actually bought it back from them afterr selling it to them4 years earlier
December 11, 2014 8:39 PM - rf
You mean you read that whole thing???
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:39 PM
December 11, 2014 8:40 PM - dibs
No. I didn't read ANY of it but the Schwab thing caught my eye, my ex firm having been sold to them and then sold by Schwab to B of A
December 11, 2014 8:44 PM - Deleted
" Go read Khalil Gibran or something."

lol
December 11, 2014 8:45 PM - Deleted
I vaguely remember Schwab tv commercials as a kid and thinking it seemed so foul play.
December 11, 2014 8:48 PM - Partridge
oops! Bought breasts, NOT boneless breasts. Plan B in effect.
December 11, 2014 8:49 PM - dibs
Just de-bone them
December 11, 2014 8:54 PM - Deleted
de-bone

LOLzzz
December 11, 2014 8:55 PM - Partridge
No, not good with a knife. Chopped them in half (bone in), floured and now frying. Onions, garlic, basil and tomato sauce will follow. Caccitore!
Edited at December 11, 2014 8:55 PM
December 11, 2014 8:56 PM - dibs
I sure hope Fulgencio isn't deported. I was looking forward to him boning me in January
December 11, 2014 9:01 PM - Deleted
Ill marry him so he can get a green card for u for a sum, email me.. I'm serious about making my status work for me financially.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:01 PM
December 11, 2014 9:05 PM - Deleted
:-/
December 11, 2014 9:06 PM - rf
Then he'd be a bigamist.
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:06 PM
December 11, 2014 9:06 PM - Deleted
^^republicans worst nightmare"
December 11, 2014 9:22 PM - Deleted
I'm having breakfast for dinner
Edited at December 11, 2014 9:22 PM
December 11, 2014 9:27 PM - Partridge
I'm still cooking.
December 11, 2014 9:32 PM - rf
I'm about to do the dinner dishes.
December 11, 2014 9:40 PM - Deleted
I had tea, bread, and hummus for dinner. Sounds gay as fuck, but it was a whole loaf and a family sized tub of hummus.
December 11, 2014 9:41 PM - rf
After Intense Fight, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
December 11, 2014 9:45 PM - Deleted
What are they gonna spend that on ? oh that's right...the chains and shackles of our future citizens.
December 11, 2014 9:50 PM - Deleted
I'm gonna derp myself for that one. Good night!
December 11, 2014 9:54 PM - DeLepp
Hope Pep is having much fun at Del Frisco's.
December 11, 2014 10:25 PM - Partridge
Hope she drunk posts later for interesting read in the morning.
Edited at December 11, 2014 10:25 PM
December 11, 2014 10:47 PM - Deleted
****INCOMING******

House Passes Government Spending Bill After Day of Discord
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-11/house-passes-u-s-government-spending-bill-after-day-of-discord.html
The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill after a day of disarray and just hours before U.S. government funding was set to run out.

The vote tonight was 219-206. With current government funding ending at midnight, the House then passed on a voice vote a two-day spending measure to give the Senate time to act.

Do you know in this budget the Taxpayer is on the Hook for Billions in Derivatives? Do you know the Taxpayer will Bailout the Banking Sector again!!!! They know the Meltdown is weeks away and they want to get enough distance from the collapse!

BRACE YOUR MOTHERFUCKING ANUS!!!!!
MARK MY WORDS 2015 IS GONNA BE A SHIT SHOW!!!!!!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 10:50 PM - DeLepp
maybe a collage of small hands
December 11, 2014 10:53 PM - Deleted
*****INCOMING******

Is Congress About to Cut Your Pension?
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-10/is-congress-about-to-cut-your-pension-.html

Is my pension going away?

Maybe not right now. But a provision in a $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress may pass this week could set a scary precedent. It would allow the promised pension benefits of up to 1.5 million workers and retirees to be cut. It would affect the pooled pension plans -- called multiemployer plans -- of mostly union workers across a bunch of companies, where it looks like the plans won’t be able to cover full benefits in coming decades.

Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 10:55 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well, I have to give What an A+ for unflagging enthusiasm.
December 11, 2014 10:57 PM - More4Less
I'm gonna go to bed with dreams of BK Heights or Cobble Hill houses at 65% off.
December 11, 2014 11:02 PM - Deleted
Cobble remember you told me not to upset you with The Mutant Asset Bubble?
Well.. Everyone should brace themselves right now! In this budget there's a Covert AIG Bailout 2.0 that puts every Taxpayer on the hook for Billions in Derivatives.

Why not wait until the new Congress was sworn in January, they don't have the time.

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...

December 11, 2014 11:04 PM - Deleted
"I'm gonna go to bed with dreams of BK Heights or Cobble Hill houses at 65% off."

Your gonna have nightmare of a Depression! And remember after great Depression come great Wars!

Sleep Tight...

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 11:05 PM - Deleted
******INCOMING********

Congressional leaders hammer out deal to allow pension plans to cut retiree benefits
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/congressional-leaders-hammer-out-deal-to-allow-pension-plans-to-cut-retiree-benefits/2014/12/09/4650d420-7ef6-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html

A measure that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut is set to be attached to a massive spending bill, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans.

The rule would alter 40 years of federal law and could affect millions of workers, many of them part of a shrinking corps of middle-income employees in businesses such as trucking, construction and supermarkets.

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 11:09 PM - Deleted
PREPARE YOUR TUCKUS!!
December 11, 2014 11:10 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Cobble remember you told me not to upset you with The Mutant Asset Bubble?"

Yes. And I see you are doing a very good job of ignoring that!

Honestly, I find it very upsetting. It was rough enough on me from '08-'12. I really need for what you are suggesting not to happen.
December 11, 2014 11:19 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
You're ignoring all the people that the first go around HURT badly, including me & BnH. And we were, past tense, very middle-middle class. The crash f*cked us pretty good. And we're some of the *lucky* ones! We both have jobs! We *had*, past tense, savings! I don't understand how you can wish more 'pain' on people who are still f*cked from the last go around. Surely friends or family of yours are still suffering the effects.
Edited at December 11, 2014 11:19 PM
December 11, 2014 11:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Or are you so fat, happy, safe and angry in your bunker that you just don't give a flying f*ck about anyone else now? How's your aunty? Uncle? Cousin? Sibling? All unscathed?
Edited at December 11, 2014 11:21 PM
December 11, 2014 11:36 PM - Deleted
"Or are you so fat, happy, safe and angry in your bunker that you just don't give a flying f*ck about anyone else now?"

Cobble allow me to explain myself. You and I was born and Raised here. We went thru a ton of things in the city but, New York was just New York. Then 911 happen and that event changed this city forever. Then came the plague, a bunch of Retarded Smug Asshole Motherfuckers, Overpaying Nasty Racist Motherfuckers! Then all of a sudden a Brownstone was a prize procession, that got jacked up to stupid heights! Or the Fucktard paying 2500.00 a month for the 800.00 apartment in Northern Greenwood Upper Bushwick Stuyvesant West Westbrook! Now everything is fucked fucked fucked!!!

Now here's the kicker! I can't afford my own neighborhood right now, LMMFAO!!!!!
BTW I see stores closing because greedy landlord jacking up the rent and the places stay closed for a long time.

So Cobble FUCK 'EM! Fuck In their Asshole with a Ten Foot Dick, I hope it all goes to fuckinbg shit because IT WAS ALL FAKE TO START WITH!!! A FUCKING BROWNSTONE IN BED STUY GOING FOR 3 MILLION FUCKING DOLLARDS!!!! ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID???!!!!!!! A ONE BEDROOM CONDO COST 1.5 MILLION!? ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID???!!!!!!! A HOUSE IN PARK SLOPE GOING FOR 5 MILLION??!!! ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID???!!!!!!!

So let's get this party started right...

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 11:37 PM - Deleted
"Or are you so fat, happy, safe and angry in your bunker "
I've been BRACING MY ANUS FOR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!
I SUGGEST YOU START BRACING YOURS!!!!!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 11:41 PM - Deleted
And one last thing!!!!!!
I've been yelling about this shit for fucking 8 fucking years, 8 fucking years and everyone laugh at me.
You won't be laughing any more!!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
December 11, 2014 11:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It is shocking what's happened, I agree. I can't make sense of it, and I don't enjoy it. Maybe aspects of it, but not the whole. And certainly I can't wish (more) financial pain on people already knocked down once. Not after having the sh*t scared out of me the first time. I just can't go there with you. I'm 52, with maybe 10-15 more years to work until I retire, if I don't drop dead first. And I'm tired already staring down that tunnel. Hoping I make it to the other side with a few good years for me and BnH, before cancer or some other sh*t gets one or both of us. Do you hear what I'm saying to you? It's hard f*cking enough, without hearing how BnH and I are going to be living in a refrigerator box under the BQE in 10 years, or less, because it's all going in the sh*tter day in, day out. I'm not the enemy. Neither is DIBS, frankly. Or anyone else here, really.
December 11, 2014 11:55 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
So, What, really, who is it you're talking to?
December 12, 2014 6:38 AM - Deleted
He thinks he's talking to me