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Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« Last post by unix on June 07, 2018, 12:50:40 pm »
I've come to realize, some years ago that there is nothing good about a boom and a recession isn't all that bad. Maybe the opposite.
Consider:

 Boom times:
    * Everything gets more expensive
     * Real estate goes into the stratosphere
      * Everyone has jobs
     

Recession:

   * Sales sales sales on everything - including real estate
    * Deals everywhere on things.

Just yesterday Ebay had a 20% off on everything sale. To stimulate the economy. You know why? 'cause people ain't buying.

Anytime you see massive sales on things, you know a recession is either right here, right now or just around the corner


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Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« Last post by The Gorn on June 07, 2018, 08:55:40 am »
I've always considered the area around me here in SW Ohio near Cincinnati to be semi-depressed. BUT, we've observed home sale closings that are far higher than I'd expect.

I bought my current house (at the time a bit of a dump, and around 1000 SF) for $83K in 1994. It has a basement. Since then we've totally updated it.

A house of similar age and size, no basement, no detached garage, with a nice looking flagstone exterior, a few houses up the street recently went for $179K.

This street is middle blue collar. Kind of amazes me what people around here with the shitty wage scales here can afford.

I read a day ago or so that analysts expect VERY strong home price inflation due to rising costs of lumber and supply demand, particularly at the low level. In other words those dumpy blue collar houses will be rising the fastest in price.

I think the overvalued stock market has to do with it. I get postcard ads from investors to buy our house. Therefore rental housing investment is helping to drive lower end home prices.

Those prices nudge higher priced houses upward, too. a $179K house around here 10 years ago was in a NIIICE new development. Now it's on this older street.
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Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on June 07, 2018, 04:55:33 am »
You cant believe anything from the Federal Reserve. These are the same people that have the most bizarre inflation and unemployment calculations known to man. They literally make no sense. Realize that that the Fed has caused every recession and depression via them messing with the money supply.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/200017/state-unemployment-rate-in-the-us/

Here in the PRNJ (People's Republic of NJ) I am not seeing any recovery at least not in IT. The IT job market here has been stagnant for years. It has never stopped being stagnant. Basically everywhere you go now the entire IT department is foreigners.

Though my client has recently posted external job ads. I was told that they got 3000 resumes for 5 openings. I submitted on one and got nothing even though I work there. I know the Wall Street guys (traders and investment bankers) are doing very well. Not so the IT people though in their companies.

What I am seeing though is the real estate market is very hot. I have some friends that are realtors and as soon as a house is put on the market people are bidding them up. The market here for houses that are below 600K is crazy. A normal sized house (not a mcmansion) in a very good town will sell in literally 3-4 days. Even houses in not as good towns are selling quick. A lot of this is being driven by millennials and speculators.

Realize that the cost of houses in NJ is very high relative to most of the country except for places like CA and DC which it seems to be about the same.
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I use Imgur for everything as its free and they dont seem to delete anything.

Photobucket can pound their web site in their ass now that they started blocking image linking without paying.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Can't post an image to this board? Explanation.
« Last post by The Gorn on June 04, 2018, 04:26:09 pm »
Photobucket still has a free version, but there are so many ads, its unusable.  I'll try imgur.  I could swear I just dragged and dropped images  to this site at one time.

I've never had that here. There is an upload attachments function in the posting window but it's never been drag and drop, and if it were so seamless that anyone could post images at random stored on my host, I would have disabled it anyway.

Imgur is used mainly for quick uploads of things like topical image memes. I think it may expire images if they aren't viewed for a certain long period of time.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Manhunt on Netflix
« Last post by unix on June 04, 2018, 03:45:30 pm »
I don't know how people keep up with all the various movies, I cannot keep up with Netflix. And I have amazon prime and cable.
I never watch cable.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Can't post an image to this board? Explanation.
« Last post by unix on June 04, 2018, 03:44:35 pm »
that's what I am trying.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Can't post an image to this board? Explanation.
« Last post by JoFrance on June 04, 2018, 02:09:01 pm »
Photobucket still has a free version, but there are so many ads, its unusable.  I'll try imgur.  I could swear I just dragged and dropped images  to this site at one time.

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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Can't post an image to this board? Explanation.
« Last post by The Gorn on June 03, 2018, 04:11:04 pm »
Imgur is mainly for quick memes and things that you wouldn't cry over if they were lost. AFAIK it's free only.

Photobucket ruins forums everywhere by expiring old images and displaying their own watermark. I hate the paid sites like Photobucket that many normies have used over the years to post images to boards. Some forums I visit with image threads will contain nothing but "Photobucket Hosting Expired" banners for threads dated from 2013 or earlier.

Here's what I've done. I have a nearlyfreespeech.net account that I fund every few months with $10-20.  A static website on NFS under their domain that only serves my stored images costs < $2 per month, and there is absolutely no censhorship.

So, as long as I keep the trivial hosting payment in place, I don't have to worry about my images disappearing. And I have complete control over images even if I'm banned from some board.
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