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Comment: diet/stress/genes (Score 1) 135 135

For me the greatest change was adopting low carb diet and exercising. However, I think I did this a bit too late [at 40]. So now I can do a lot more than a year a ago and I mean a lot more [figure and fitness level are as a young man]...but the skin is not very elastic anymore so in the face I kind of aged [smoking for 20 years does not help].

Stress - the biggest killer. A few years worrying all the time about health [the system fucked me] , my relationship [dying, now totally dead] and financial troubles [stemming from health] really, really aged me.

Genetics has a lot to do with it too [messa thinks] grandmother had baby skin at 72 when she died [she looked like Merlin Monroe as young woman] . She never smoked but drunk quite a bit. My mother at 67 looks at least a decade younger and without her life-time smoking it would have been much better. Next to her sister you see that the smoking aged her skin quite a bit but mom had better diet so aunty is smooth in the face but not so energetic, agile and resilient compared to mom.

Another thing I have noticed with my grandparents is the importance of the will to live. From my father side both were classical farmers. Whole life waking up at and work and work....but once they decided to sell the house and the farm and move closer to the capital where both sons were living they collapsed. Although the idea was exactly the opposite - that they'd be closer to family, easier to receive help, enjoy their retirement with grand kids... somehow it went exactly the other way. Once they were torn away from the life they knew since forever they both aged quickly, got all kinds of illnesses and eventually passed away...

Go figure....

Comment: Re:Generally? You don't. (Score 1) 179 179

This is a problem with you - you have not established clear boundaries with your wife. My wife works from home and I know to leave her alone. She informs me of which calls are important so I take the dogs and keep them in the bedroom with me so that they are quiet if the doorbell rings, etc. Since I work from home too but I'm more flexible I make lunch at the time she agreed to have it (according to her outlook calendar for the day). I only start complaining when I see it's 7pm and she's still working... or when she allows herself only 10 minutes for lunch, but I know she won't change. But tell me - why doesn't your wife work? That way she'd leave you alone.

Comment: Re:trick them into it ... (Score 3, Interesting) 179 179

there's light-years long queue out of here of people who would gladly accept to get shit upon their faces to get a job

Maybe if you're a burger flipper. How about developing your skillset so that you're not just another drone? There are people who are highly sought after. My wife for example was made redundant at a Fortune 500 and another large company called her the minute they found out (about a week after her notification) to offer her an even better position. She didn't have time to work on her CV before she was on a plane to do the interviews. Needless to say she got the job. And there is no question of her working from home when she wants to.

Comment: Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 1239 1239

The Guardian link doesn't provide much on the way of answers to anything; a little economic narrative strung together by a lot of snide name-calling. When the article starts off with stuff like "elites all across the western world were gripped by austerity fever, a strange malady that combined extravagant fear with blithe optimism", you know you're not going to be getting an objective analysis.

It doesn't mention the relative size of the Greek bureaucracy - it certainly doesn't outline any alternative path Greece may have chosen.

Fundamentally, Greece was always going to fail, no matter what happened. It's economy isn't depressed because it just happens to be in the "bust" of a boom-bust cycle - it's been driven into the ground by entrenched, endemic over-spending. Throw all the money you want at it, it's not going to recover until the systemic issues have been addressed.

Even Keynesians agree that you can't keep spending into deficit eternally - at some point, you have to reduce debt, even if its just so you have some credit left for the next down-turn. Sure you can run deficits during the lean years, but during the good years, you need to reign it in. Incidentally, this is the problem we have in Australia - unlike the rest of the world, we've been booming economically, thanks to our mining and China's consumption. But the politicians have kept running deficit budgets, because spending money wins votes, and "austerity" (that is, stopping the bread and circuses) doesn't.

Keynesians stimulus is supposed to be a short-run thing to counter the natural economic cycles of a healthy economy - a one-time shot-in-the-arm to get the economy back up and running quicker than it would otherwise. If the economy wouldn't naturally recover, throwing more money at it isn't going to help. Greece has to reform it's public spending, or it will crash - either by running out of money, if it stays in the Eurozone, or reverting to the drachma, and continually devaluing it to service its debts.

Remember, not all public servants are equal. Privatization will cut the count of "public servants", but can actually increase the cost of the service for a net loss to the economy.

What unique services was Greece's government offering that justified a 700% greater headcount that comparable countries? They could cut half positions without removing services, and they'd still have services staffed by three times as many people as we have here (although I realise privatisation of some services was a requirement of the IMF).

Comment: Re:1st amendment won't apply. (Score 1) 378 378

if its banned content, the 1st does not apply and they can yank it and arrest you. Not saying its "right" but it happens and the courts will uphold it.

We're talking the same courts that said you can't ban drawn pictures of kids having sex, right?

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 378 378

A developer working in Greece will pay taxes in Greece and spend most of his/her income in Greece.

Wrong. No one pays taxes in Greece.

A developer leaving Greece will not pay income tax in Greece and IF he/she sends back any money it is nothing compared to what he/she would earn in Greece

And of course the money going back will be sent in cash or to a foreign account, because no one in their right minds is going to trust a Greek bank.

Comment: Re:pardon my french, but "duh" (Score 4, Funny) 211 211

You know, 70 years from now, they'll be sitting in old folks homes trying to get the codgers off their texting pads and talking to people in the room, for a change, and those old coots will be just as stubborn and self-injurious as old people today.

Jethro(on his pad): Mabel, that damn nurse is trying to get me to look up and speak out loud again. I don't know why, it hurts my neck to raise it, you're deaf as a post anyway, and I know your puss hasn't changed since the last time I saw it, except maybe to get another wrinkle.

Mabel(on her pad): Yeah, I don't know why they can't let us send IMs. But maybe you better make an effort. Didn't you say they threatened to turn off the network if we didn't all talk sometime? I don't know what I'd do without the IM network.

Jethro: Don't worry about that. I had my grandson bring in my old equipment last time he visited. These pads are running on IPv4 over 802.11b on a plug-in router I've got hidden in the closet. No one in the current generation will even know where to look.

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 378 378

Ha ha ha ha ha, sure, you can believe in magic if you like, in this reality though we obey the laws of thermodynamics, especially conservation of energy and momentum. You cannot consume what you did not produce.

Take an empty island, put 1,000,000 people on it and if they do not produce they will not eat. No amount of funny money printed by 'government' will solve that very basic issue of food and energy and shelter and other life necessities (and luxuries) not coming into existence just because you printed some candy wrappers.

Comment: Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 1239 1239

Your paper has no relevance to "austerity" policies. It addresses the question of whether economies with large public debt can still significantly grow their GDP; it has nothing to say on whether reducing government employees' bonuses, or increasing retirement ages is economically a good or bad idea.

Even calling the measures Greece has agreed to "austerity" is ridiculous; Greece has an insanely large/expensive bureaucracy. Even with these adjustments, it's still much bigger and more expensive (proportionately) than that of other countries. For example, Australia (where I live) has 150,000 public servants, out of a population of 23 million (0.6%). The US has (according to Wikipedia) around 3 million civil servants out of a population of 310 million (0.1%). Before the cuts, Greece had a public service of 700,000, out of a population of 11 million (6%) - 10 times as many as Australia, proportionately. Even after the cuts, they're down to 500,000 (4.5%). Dropping the size of their bureaucracy to a mere seven times larger than other developed countries is hardly "austere".

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 378 378

The reality is that the USA will never have trouble 'selling' its bonds, because the federal reserve just buys them if nobody else will or it wants to drive down interest rates

- I absolutely agree with you, which is why the bond collapse will happen as the result of the currency crisis, which will result from this inflation.

Essentially the fed, ECB, BoE are saying to savers go and spend your money, stop hoarding it. But savers are not listening so aggregate demand is still broken.

- of-course people don't want to spend on bonds and stocks that is the 'demand' we are talking about, let's be clear about it. People are not buying the bonds and stocks that governments want to see selling.

The reality is that the inflationary policy is destroying the economy and a destroyed economy will collapse in its own right, the currency collapses because of the government spending that the mob wants and the economy collapses due to this gigantic misallocaiton of resources. The currency collapse triggers the bond market collapse, since bonds are currency promised in the future.

Japan is stagnating specifically because it is inflating like the USA but its currency is NOT the so called 'reserve', and so the inflation that Japan is producing stays within its own borders, it's absorbing its own inflation and destroying its own economy.

The USA is using the status of the 'reserve currency' to spread the misery around, spreading inflation is national past time, the biggest USA export is its inflation, which creates inflation everywhere else before taking home back to the USA. This is happening of-course anyway, it's manifesting itself as destruction of the productive sector, gigantic real unemployment, class warfare, bubbles in everything everywhere.

The 0% Fed's interest rate for 7 years put USA economy on the inflationary needle and this drug will not be kicked without a huge collapse first, no junkie kicks his habit before hitting the rock bottom.

The clear best answer for the economy in general is free market and removal of government from money and interest rate manipulation, abolition of the welfare state and restructuring of all debts. Whether saving is worth more than borrowing is a question to the healthy free market, something that USA lost long ago.

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 378 378

Ha ha, what a funny comment.

Money is
1. Store of value.
2. Means of exchange.
3. Unit of account.

I understand that it's way above your head, since you believe money to be CREATED by government, which is absolute, unadulterated, pure 100% nonsense that leads to disasters like Greece, like Zimbabwe, like USSR and hundreds of others.

Government cannot create money any more than government can create anything and it does not create anything of any productive value and it shouldn't.

Money comes into existence when new goods are produce that people are willing to exchange for, in that case money comes into existence through deflation of money supply with regards to the total productive output.

Money comes into existence when people decide what it is that they actually want to exchange in and store value in and what is easy to count, divide, add, subtract, which is why gold is money.

Money does not come into existence by any government magic or by any other form of magic, that is true, the only thing that government 'magic' (or fractional reserve magic for that reason) can do is take value from existing assets and redistribute it by lowering asset values. This trick really only works if the government has a monopoly on that type of asset, which is why government sets up counterfeiting laws that prohibit competition to the counterfeiting operations that government is running whenever it turns on the printing press.

The real USD existed when in fact IT WAS AN IOU, it was a banknote issued by the bank who promised to deliver gold upon receiving the note.

What governments do is not money creating, what governments do is price controls, exchange controls, inflation and theft, but they cannot create money. A government can dilute the value of all money in existence but it cannot create money, it cannot add net value into the system, it can only subtract net value.

An organization that is capable of adding net value into the system runs a profitable business, not a government, which lives on coercion backed by deadly force.

Anyway, I am sure this is either completely above your head and/or completely against your propaganda.

Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 1) 378 378

If the Greeks had been smart they would have exited the EU...

There is one little problem with that idea. There is no mechanism to "exit" the EU, just as there is no mechanism to kick a member out. Government tends to be like that (ask the Confederacy).

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 378 378

So what is your point with this? You want to bring back modern slavery? If you get an education paid by the state, you are not allowed to leave the state? Like in Soviet times?

It works in North Korea. OK, that's hyperbole, but someone has to counteract the usual "you mean like Somalia" bullshit every time someone says something remotely libertarian.

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 378 378

I'm not sure how someone could call the citizen's refusal to pay taxes, and the government's refusal to collect them, "fiscal conservatism". This reads like an unholy mating of "1984" Newspeak and MSNBC talking heads. It's lawlessness. Fiscal conservatism would be low taxes and low spending-- "small government". That's just what it is; you don't have to agree with it, that's what it's called. But what they have is big (spending) government, yet an unwillingness to demand compliance from the citizens. Even the basement-dwelling internet Marxist understands that a welfare state must be funded.

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