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Couldn't the Clampetts have just been rich but stayed in the Ozark/Appalachians?
I guess back in the day it was still cheaper to do a TV show set in Beverly Hills than one set in the Ozarks. - Victor Ganata
Also, there woulda been less conflict. But I just want the show's premise to make some sense. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
If it were the present day, they could just repitch it as "Game of Thrones" set in the Ozarks, and the Clampetts are House Lannister :D - Victor Ganata
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic -
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
"How did we lose the lead? The authors blame three broad factors: [....] One word that doesn't appear in the article, however, is /housing/. The U.S. is emerging from a catastrophic collapse of the housing market that obliterated household wealth for millions of middle-class families. Canada, however, is in the midst of a delirious housing boom and a personal debt craze that reminds some economists of the U.S. market exactly a decade ago (before you-know-what happened)." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"And here's an index of American home prices, using the same Shiller data. Note that the U.S. collapsed just before scratching 200, the red line that Canada is approaching. One year ago, Matt O'Brien calculated that Canada's price-to-rent ratio was the highest among advanced economies, making it the "biggest housing bubble" in the world. Canada's historic housing boom (and our historic... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Most of the population lives in the 'burbs where prices have been pretty flat for the last decade (at least on the left coast). The chart is likely skewed somewhat by the super-expensive houses in the city core that have skyrocketed lately. You'll still pay more than a million for a shack in Vancouver on a standard 33 x 122 ft. lot. - Ken Morley
How far out are these burbs? Richmond and Burnaby prices are also pretty bubble-y. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
I'm in Surrey. We've seen a small increase but Vancouver has almost tripled in the same period. - Ken Morley
I guess I could see it being just a temporary blip, but I'm curious about a few things: (1) Given how interconnected the Canadian and U.S. economy is, what are the odds that the total collapse of the housing market in Canada won't harm the middle class in the U.S.? (2) If the Canadian housing market totally collapses, what are the odds that the government won't step in to make sure people aren't thrown onto the streets and that unemployment doesn't reach double digits? - Victor Ganata
There are also a couple of reasons why I'm beginning to suspect there might be a re-emerging housing bubble in the U.S. (1) Maybe it's just big cities, but home prices *and* rents are getting insane here. Like if you bought a house for $500k in, say, 2011, you could probably sell it for $750k minimum today. (2) If my friend who works for a Wall Street company (as a recruiter, not a... more... - Victor Ganata
Just from a statistical standpoint, we're due for a recession. This anemic recovery we're having has been the longest recovery since the immediate post-war period. So when the markets crash again, given the fact that Canadians don't seem to hate government intervention as much as people in the U.S. do, aren't the odds good that the Canadian middle class will still be in better shape than the U.S. middle class? - Victor Ganata
RT @rikilindhome: Can there be a new Instagram day for pictures of you with people you don't remember? Who Are You Mondays? #waym
Men Are from Durmstrang, Women Are from Beauxbatons. #fb
RT @LOLGOP: The way CNN's once-obsessive search for the missing plane is tapering off anti-climatically makes me think it's being led by @DarrellIssa.
I just figured out a new way to make myself miserable. Probably for the best; I was building up immunity to the old methods.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"Before pants." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
RT @SpikeFriedman: Has enough of the internet caught up on Review with @TVsAndyDaly so we can talk about how brilliant "There All Is Aching" was? So brilliant.
High Schoolers Obsessed With Ketchup Solve Watery Squirt Problem - Topless Robot - Nerd news, humor and self-loathing. -
High Schoolers Obsessed With Ketchup Solve Watery Squirt Problem - Topless Robot - Nerd news, humor and self-loathing.
"Except that if you disagree about THIS being nerdy, you're wrong - teenagers doing a yearlong project to invent something that will solve their lifelong irritation with the fact that there's water in the first squirt of ketchup from a bottle. I could have saved them time by saying "shake the bottle first."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Hmph, I was just thinking recently about how the upside-down squeeze bottles solve this problem almost as an afterthought to solving the initial slow-flow problem. - Andrew C (✔)
It looks like a tiny buttplug. - Hookuh Tinypants
History | Bumbershoot 2014 -
History | Bumbershoot 2014
History | Bumbershoot 2014
Bumbershoot 2005 had some really great graphic design. It was my first time there and I was a bit more broke back then, so I didn't buy a merch T-shirt. Stupid. 2006 had a great design too, but after that they went in a mostly boring Space Needle-centric design from 2007 all the way to 2013. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Also, I think 2005 might have had each character on a separate T-shirt, and the paradox of choice paralyzed me from getting any particular one. - Andrew C (✔)
We Got It Made Locally #GreenTVShows @midnight
Endangered Animal Practice #GreenTVShows @midnight
RT @danguterman: Making a voodoo doll of you and then putting it inside a tiny cubicle for 9 hours.
The Surprising, Easy Trick To Making Perfect Bacon -
The Surprising, Easy Trick To Making Perfect Bacon
"Chewy and tender, crispy and crumbly or almost burnt -- everyone likes their bacon a little different. If you're not in the crispy and crumbly camp (which many of us at HuffPost Taste are), and prefer your bacon a little chewier, you want to know about this stupidly easy trick for cooking bacon just right. The secret ingredient? Water." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Man, I'm closer to being 80 than I am to being negative 10.
Wearables - Out of fuel. | Radio Free Mobile -
"The exit of Nike from its FuelBand product shows how difficult hardware can be and that the real value is in the service and the data. . [...] On top of the high development costs, the FuelBand has not proven to be particularly reliable meaning that warranty returns have also been significant. This, plus mediocre sales (partly due to its high price tag of $150), have probably meant swathes of red ink, driving management to look for another option. This is an ominous sign for the fledgling wearables industry as any product without a unique use case and rock solid reliability looks destined to fail." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Furthermore the use cases that have emerged to date (smartphone remote control and activity tracking) can increasingly be carried out directly on the phone itself without an external sensor. Hence, without either of those two criteria in the bag, it looks like it is in Nike's best interest to bail-out of hardware. " - Andrew C (✔)
"This is a worrying sign for the likes of Jawbone, FITBIT Pebble and so on as the hardware is increasingly being integrated into the mobile phone giving users less and less reason to purchase extra devices. None of these devices meet both of the two criteria of unique use case and rock solid reliability making me pessimistic for all of them. " - Andrew C (✔)
Avril Lavigne's New Video Is a Monstrosity -
"Avril Lavigne's new music video for her new single "Hello Kitty" is offensive on absolutely every level. It takes Gwen Stefani's objectifying and appropriative Harajuku Girls shtick, adds a generous dash of Skrillex and also a Chad Kroeger co-writing credit. It looks like what would happen if someone scraped off the diseased underbelly of American pop culture from 2004-2010 and sprinkled it generously over a festering pile of garbage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I can't wait to get home to watch this. :p - ronin from FFHound!
This was just completely... unnecessary. And why the subs in Chinese as well? - ronin
RT @emergelephants: Egrets, I've had a few...
RT @emergelephants: Egrets, I've had a few...
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest - -
"While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada -- substantially behind in 2000 -- now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true. LIS counts after-tax cash income from salaries, interest and stock dividends, among other sources, as well as direct government benefits such as tax credits." - Andrew C (✔)
"The findings are striking because the most commonly cited economic statistics -- such as per capita gross domestic product -- continue to show that the United States has maintained its lead as the world's richest large country. But those numbers are averages, which do not capture the distribution of income. With a big share of recent income gains in this country flowing to a relatively small slice of high-earning households, most Americans are not keeping pace with their counterparts around the world." - Andrew C (✔)
"Median per capita income was $18,700 in the United States in 2010 (which translates to about $75,000 for a family of four after taxes), up 20 percent since 1980 but virtually unchanged since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. The same measure, by comparison, rose about 20 percent in Britain between 2000 and 2010 and 14 percent in the Netherlands. Median income also rose 20 percent in Canada between 2000 and 2010, to the equivalent of $18,700." - Andrew C (✔)
"Three broad factors appear to be driving much of the weak income performance in the United States. First, educational attainment in the United States has risen far more slowly than in much of the industrialized world over the last three decades, [...] A second factor is that companies in the United States economy distribute a smaller share of their bounty to the middle class and poor... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Fire is a pretty good weapon against all kinds of undead. Unfortunately, it is also a good weapon against the living.
"What happens when ordinary humans are caught between all-consuming dragonfire and an unstoppable wall of undead? Tune in to season 6 of 'Game of Thrones'…." #EverybodyYouCareAboutDies #NoActuallyJustEverybodyDies - Victor Ganata
RT @kimanifilm: MT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD
RT @kimanifilm: MT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD
PR BACKFIRE AHOY - Big Joe Silence
Yeah not the most well thought out of plans. - ronin
hahahaha! " ‏@desusnice: Smh RT @NYPDnews y'all finished? Keep tweeting those #myNYPD jokes like WE AINT IN THESE STREETS. EVERYONE'S GETTING FRISKED. WATCH." - - Andrew C (✔)
Remember when web browsers invented popup blockers and everyone loved them for it? Why won't anyone make modal popup blockers?
If your terrible website still redirects a direct page link to the mobile version's _homepage_ in 2014, you need a new web designer.
RT @ChrisGethard: Thanks to @splitsider for talking to me about my album and Broad City and most importantly THE HUMAN CRANE.
RT @ohmeags: It's funny how many anti-affirmative action folks think it's a form of "preferential treatment" as if the status quo isn't exactly that
RT @ryanjreilly: Scalia apparently thought HBO is free over the airwaves.
RT @ryanjreilly: Scalia apparently thought HBO is free over the airwaves.
Ugh... - Hookuh Tinypants
Heh, I doubt he knows how much milk costs either. Here's the context: - Stephen Mack
RT @laurenrabaino: You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait...
RT @laurenrabaino: You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait...
Click on the link and get hit by a drone strike? - John (bird whisperer)
That future is definitely possible. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
RT @jezebel: Megan Amram's "Science... For Her!" looks amazing
RT @jezebel: Megan Amram's "Science... For Her!" looks amazing
RT @ChrisGethard: I'm doing an AMA on reddit right now and i'm scared no one will talk to me. Please come talk to me!
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