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Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 1) 264

Your condo contract doesn't include a rule that you, as the owner, are held responsible for all problems your potential renters cause? Odd. Mine does.

This problem has a very easy solution.

In many markets, every single unit in the building is owned by small landlords and/or corporations and rented out to "normal" tenants. Those don't get a seat at the HOA table. When some of the tenants "sublease" their condo a few nights at a time to Airbnb guests and things get noisy, there's many parties involved and problems last forever. This is not as straightforward as what you describe.

Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 1) 264

sure - but then you can very easily take the beef up with THEM - and then the association - and finally the police.

which is what happens with Airbnb rentals, and so the association just bans them.

And then your association get sued - like it happened with Ellen Pao's husband who sued them for not allowing him to buy a fourth unit in the building and accused them of racism.

Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 1) 264

You live in a nice quiet condo tower, and then suddenly it's 24x7 party next door because the unit is being rented on Airbnb.

All your airbnb's turn into a 24/7 party? What they hell are you guys doing? Most of the time I see AirBnb's empty during the day and having several passed out tourists snoring in beds at night. I challenge your assertion that the place suddenly turns into a party room.

So you're seeing tourists passed out in their beds? You're either a creep or a liar, not sure which one is worst.

Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 5, Insightful) 264

Airbnb and hosts make money at the expense of the neighbors. That's abuse by itself.

You live in a nice quiet condo tower, and then suddenly it's 24x7 party next door because the unit is being rented on Airbnb. What can you do? It's a new temporary tenant every fee days so even if you complain this start overs the following week.

Hotels are equipped for this and designed for this. Residential buildings are not. It's unfair to put this burden on neighbors just so the host and a startup can make a few bucks.

Comment Re:The President Trump Show (Score 1) 427

under Obama, federal spending went up 45%. He spent about 1/3 more than Bush on the military. And his healthcare program (which mostly benefited insurance companies) is going to weigh on the governement for decades.

I don't know where you buy your weed, but dude if you think Obama "balanced the budget" you've found an amazing pot dealer.

Comment Re:No, they didn't. (Score 1) 1003

Russia is a third-world country in many aspects, but when it comes to rocket science they've always been way ahead of the rest of the world.

For instance, do you know how stealth aircraft technology came to be? Yes, it was first built by Americans at the Lockheed skunkworks, but the theory and math comes from Russian scientists. TV shows like "The Americans" make it look like Russia stole all their tech from the USA, but that truly was a two-way street.

For some reason Russians are good at building rockets, and now that there's no longer a Reagan or Bush to drive their economy to the ground with a clever arms race, they're becoming a real threat again.

Comment Re:Don't Cry for Apple yet. (Score 1) 226

Apple has cash offshore that they can't bring back without losing a huge chunk of it, so that's more or less virtual money. In America they have less than 20 billions (which is not even 1/3 of their debt).

Walmart has more cash than Apple in the USA and a lot less debt (about 2/3 of Apple debt).

Microsoft has 4x more cash than Apple in the country and only 1/3 of their debt.

It's probably time to sell your Apple stock. Holding to that position for 30 years won't mean a thing once it gets back on a nosedive.

Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 0) 226

I think it has more to do with the iPhone 6 generation being a very popular upgrade, mostly due to the larger screen sizes.

Am I the only one who remembers the pre-iPhone6 fanbois sneering at the Samsung phone large screen and insisting that the iPhone was "right-sized"?

That goes to show the level of iPhonyness of the Apple zealots.

Comment Re:The President Trump Show (Score 1) 427

Can you name one Republican politician that has enjoyed positive press in the mainstream media since Eisenhower? Or one Democrat president that had an hostile press corps?

Here's an example. Which President spent more on the military in the last 20 years? Bush? Wrong. At the end of this term, Obama will have spent $800 billions more than Bush on the military. So why are the New York Times and others not getting their panties in a bunch over military spending lately, while they did during Bush administration?

- spent more on the military
- increased the domestic intelligence programs (while the newspaper still blame Bush for the Patriot Act)
- has released 3x less prisonners from guantanamo than Bush
- helped large corporations triple their annual profit compared to the Bush era
- manages to spend more *every year* than the total amount spent by Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Ford and Carter combined (in their entire terms), and that's accounting for inflation.

The obscenity that is the Obama administration can probably only be topped by Clinton. But mysteriously we never hear about those things, all we hear about is women that suddenly remember being groped by Trump 15 years ago.

You know what's really funny? That people remember that survey showing that 2/3 of people who watch Fox News think that WMDs were found in Iraq; but what nobody seems to realize is that 99% of the people who read the New York Times don't understand that Obama is bankrupting the country and that Clinton is a sociopath.

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