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 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Just wanted to give out a big thank you to mods and owner...
Posted: 1/2/2010 3:23:58 PM
of this site. This is about the best website around, and you can meet a lot of really cool folks. I just wanted to thank everyone who is involved in running plentyoffish.com and make sure that no one here enters the new decade feeling ingratitude.

Keep up the good work, guys!
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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A different look on the Nice syndrome.
Posted: 10/22/2009 6:59:17 AM
In New Hampshire, almost everyone is nice all the time. Some people take being polite too far sometimes.

Every once in a while, I share the same smile with some young woman, even holding the door for her, and they'll act like you aren't even there. Men have brought this issue up before, and the response is always something about men just wanting to ask them out or something.

It makes you not want to be polite with young women, though, after you've seen that a bunch of times. I don't see this at all while travelling abroad. You hold the door open for a woman overseas, and they're almost always say 'thank you.'
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 188 (view)
 
Do you hesitate to contact someone with zero roses left?
Posted: 10/5/2009 7:39:26 PM
I get two roses a month, so I send out two a month. If I see a nice girl who I think deserves one, out it goes, eh. How many women do I know who get offended somehow if they receive a real rose? Not too many, I don't think, and they all have issues, so I send the roses and the bad ones stay away.

Any nice girls out there not get a rose?
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 80 (view)
 
Ladies should stay away from this one
Posted: 8/4/2009 6:39:11 PM
I just avoid negative people altogether. I may not have as many friends as the next guy, but I have much better friends. Likewise, I've avoided a lot of negative, abusive relationships. First impressions are not always accurate, but someone who treats you badly at first is not likely to improve.

I've known tons of guys who were very "successful" getting laid. You can either have millions of dollars, or you can be gregarious at first, and treat them like dogs thereafter. Either strategy works, as long as you aren't interested in having a real relationship with someone.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 9 (view)
 
Sno-King Singles Info (we want to hear from you)
Posted: 8/4/2009 4:12:34 PM
I've tried setting up a number of events and invites through pof. There always seems to be SOME kind of complication. If the thread is not deleted, no one from pof shows up to the event, or I get a message saying that I have to contact a moderator, who then tells me that I have to contact a different moderator who never gets back to me.

I think pof is good for the fora, and it's great for meeting people for dates, but if you try to arrange an open date, fate is stacked against you. I recently posted one other event, and the thread appears to have been moved or deleted without notice. I guess I'll just show up to someone else's event and see how they did it...
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Sexual age
Posted: 8/4/2009 2:55:23 PM
A woman in her prime (late 20's early 30's) has reached her sexual peak. I know of few men at this age who can keep up with that, and am surprised to see few relationships involving young men with women at this point. There's nothing wrong with finding some lucky college freshman/sophomore who may be able to match you.

In the very likely event that you cannot find a man who can keep up, many women look for two or three... at a time.

I have always felt it wrong that an attractive young woman should be left alone when she would much prefer the company of an attractive young gentleman.

...unless she's married to a sailor.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 15 (view)
 
Why Asian?
Posted: 8/4/2009 12:07:50 AM
Bad joke, man. You can't start off with killing a dog and getting laughter out of the thing...
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 9 (view)
 
Pay for Rejection?
Posted: 8/3/2009 3:32:16 PM
Those who won't willingly reply to you aren't worth listening to anyway. If she doesn't have the decency to send a response, you probably don't want to hear from her, anyway.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Why Asian?
Posted: 8/2/2009 12:49:24 AM
I've dated Asian women, and have almost married one. Not to push a stereotype, but they are great listeners and show a great personality. Very intelligent, most Asian women I've met have a positive attitude and outlook on life, and their youthful good looks continue even without the need for plastic or silicone.

Most Asian girlfriends also appreciate what a man does for her. This, I believe, is cultural, and is impossible to quantify, but it's something I look for in any relationship. Men make sacrifices, also, and that has to be acknowledged.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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NEW HAMPSHIRE - MASSACHUSETTS - MAINE
Posted: 8/1/2009 5:47:16 PM
I have a house in Seabrook, New Hampshire, and am willing to host a party/ afterparty. My personal preference would be to rent a boat and do some waterskiing or parasailing. Those types of ocean events are better done in September, when the water has finally reached a decent temperature. Surfing would also be good, IMO.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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its over 100 degrees... do you know where your pants are?
Posted: 7/29/2009 10:54:01 PM
Too bad there's no summer dress for guys. I'd probably wear one if it helped me get into a fight. Sadly, it is a sign of the times that other guys will only think a dude gay for wearing women's clothing, and they will simply accept your "choice of lifestyle."
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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its over 100 degrees... do you know where your pants are?
Posted: 7/29/2009 10:36:48 PM
Thanks, I've been sweating with the A/C on full blast all day. Your message reminded me that I can change in to shorts and a synthetic T-shirt. Much better.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Auburn, WA - Inner tubing green river - Wednesday 6/3
Posted: 6/5/2009 9:08:03 PM
My friends and I used to go inner tubing down Green River. It was always super fun, eh. Good place to meet cute girls, too.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 81 (view)
 
New Hampshire/Massachusetts Get Together Interest?
Posted: 6/5/2009 8:28:01 PM
I just threw another party on May 29th, and had a great turnout, there. The next big event will be Octoberfest '09. This one is tentatively scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, and will likely be a daytime event sampling beer from local microbrews. I may need a suggested donation to cover the cost of the kegs and pizza, but I'm planning on inviting tons of people for that one. Anyone wanting to come out for that, send me a PM through pof.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 8 (view)
 
WHAT ABOUT LOS ANGELES???????
Posted: 6/5/2009 8:23:00 PM
I'd be cool with an LA area event. I'm in the area for the time being.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 2 (view)
 
POF events for the 20 something crowd?
Posted: 4/26/2009 10:32:58 AM
For several reasons, 20 something events have to have age ranges of, for example, 18-33, or even 18-35. One reason is that folks look at 20 something and automatically think "20-29 only," which implies lower turnout. Most 20 somethings are willing to go just outside this age range, or even prefer someone just outside of the range. Women in their late 20's actually seem to be more inclined to show up if the age range is just over 30 (perhaps because some are lying about their age). It also helps to have a few "seniors" there just to make the rest of the crowd feel a little more youthful, and to keep conversation going.

I don't mean that you get three times the turn out by tacking a couple of buffer years onto the ends, but I've noticed a pretty big increase by expanding the range just a little. Most 20 somethings have at least one friend they bring along who's just outside the age range. Some people even drop the minimum age and just set some maximum somewhere in the 30's, or just say that one out of your group must be 18-32. I'm overexplaining, at this point.

The best activities for summer are outdoor events (or combinations of events, like beach, then cafe, then nightclub) that don't cost attendees much money. If you state that you're bringing an extra surfboard and some gear, then people will come--even if they only anticipate getting on the board once or twice.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 14 (view)
 
What's this new trend all about?
Posted: 4/26/2009 12:08:46 AM
Almost all of the get laid quick schemes advise men to be gregarious, loud, social, and rude. This strategy does work because you find the one women in maybe five who will sleep with a guy if their fragile ego has been jeopardized. Unfortunately, it has made life REALLY difficult for those of us who are trying to put a real relationship together.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 19 (view)
 
the invasion of the ants! ...coming soon, to a home near you...
Posted: 4/20/2009 2:35:17 PM
I run two or three paths of Triazicide around the outside of the house, put down ant traps (which the ants return to their colony), then spray the outer perimeter and basement with Indoor/Outdoor insecticide specifically for these types of ants.

All of that may seem like overkill, but ants are very adaptable, and you can only kill them off with several hefty doses of poison in the Spring, and at least one more treatment in summer or fall. I, myself, will be grabbing another bag of Triazicide and hitting the entire property again with a spreader in a couple of weeks. That kills almost everything, including grubs and larvae in your lawn.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 93 (view)
 
Woman who gave birth to octuplets already has six young children
Posted: 4/19/2009 11:39:08 AM
Even for upper income families, taxpayers have to foot an average bill of over $11,000 per year per student for the public school system. The cost is usually higher in higher crime "poor" neighborhoods like Washington, D.C.

Then you have Medicaid, food stamps, child care, Headstart, transit, dental, EITC, and a whole list of programs that they can take advantage of. All multiplied by 14 kids.

The total cost to the taxpayer could easily exceed $250,000 a year.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 72 (view)
 
Somali Pirates
Posted: 4/19/2009 11:26:51 AM
I work as a merchant mariner and was posting pirate watches on those very ships. There were US Navy ships in the area, but Washington, DC, refused to provide naval escorts. I can't give you details of maritime security aboard those vessels, but it is clearly inadequate for the threats that are out there. Crew members need to have some kind of immediate access to firearms. You're allowed to carry a Crocodile Dundee bowie knife but not have a shotgun in a gun safe.

The ridiculous argument that crew members might shoot each other is foolish because some crew members are armed already, albeit contrary to company policy. It is easier to simply push a crew member over the side and into the water than it is to go steal one of the ship's shotguns and find the guy.

Everything that the US Government does in the transportation industry creates unneeded danger. Merchant mariners know how to respond to the threats out there, but the companies and the government interfere and cause unnecessary problems.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Is he interested?
Posted: 4/12/2009 12:45:36 PM
It doesn't really sound like he is. If a guy wants you, he usually tries to stay within your view as often as possible for as long as possible. If he wants your constant attention, then he probably likes you. If he only responds to your messages or only calls when he's going to be in town, he probably doesn't want you enough for something long term.

Women have done the same thing, keeping a guy around as a "friend," meaning backup in case other things don't work out. It's bad being a "maybe" for someone else. Unless you're absolutely willing to give up everything else for someone like that, you might as well just leave them as friends.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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How open are you REALLY to discuss why you're still single?
Posted: 4/7/2009 11:44:05 PM
I am single because I never actually got up the nerve to marry any of the girls I dated. Just as important, I never got up the nerve to go talk to any of the girls I really wanted. I've spent most of my adult life in engineering and trade schools with horrible ratios, out at sea, unemployed, or traveling abroad.

More importantly, I've just never made that connection. I felt it in high school, but have never really generated that spark with someone else.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Whats up with the 2 for 1 pic?....
Posted: 4/6/2009 10:43:21 PM
I don't know, but I've seen a lot of women's profiles where they didn't have a single photo of them alone. You literally couldn't tell who was being advertised without some serious study. Check the number of Friends, and it's like three or something.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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I needed help and my foster dog guarded me from the help!
Posted: 4/6/2009 10:39:33 PM
Wow, that's just like those Brit cops who prevented anyone from saving a family of three from burning to death in their home.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 72 (view)
 
A question for you larger ladies...
Posted: 4/6/2009 4:01:48 PM
In reference to one of your asides, OP, I think that skinny people seem to have more issues and obsession with weight that softer/larger men and women. I am thin and athletic myself, and I notice that I obsess almost constantly over health. Still, even I don't mind receiving the occasional complement or chat from plus sized women, even ones who are a generation older than I am.

So I would say yes, that women (or men) who are not getting enough hits should send out messages and see what kind of responses they get. If beautiful people have to wade through too many messages, sucks for them.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 25 (view)
 
Is it wrong to report / turn in illegal Aliens
Posted: 4/6/2009 3:57:16 PM
I think that most immigrants--even those here illegally--are basically good people. For those coming here to take American jobs, I think that we should simply have a law that states that US citizens get offered jobs first, and that employers should have to pay a fee of, say, 20% of wages and benefits if they hire a non-citizen. In that way, employers would always prefer citizens for employment. Besides, the Government has generally been better at collecting taxes and fees than they have been at enforcing laws.

Drug traffickers would stop coming in if we legalized drugs (like Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, and Italy, all of which saw decreased crime rates after doing so). Fewer people would come in trying to take advantage of welfare, unemployment, training, etc. if benefits were only available to US citizens who's families had been paying in over the years. In fact, most social democracies limit what they will pay out, and won't offer benefits at all to foreigners. None of these would be issues at all, of course, if we would return to Constitutionally limited government.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 12 (view)
 
3 Pit Bulls Killed by Cops...2 kids under 2 yrs old Dead
Posted: 3/31/2009 10:11:58 PM
I've read that more than half of all dog attacks and most fatalities are caused by pitbulls. If the news media reported every pitbull attack, people would think twice about getting them. The owners of these dogs should serve time when their animals injure or kill people.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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anyone wanna take a look?
Posted: 3/31/2009 12:57:12 PM
You have some good looks to fall back on, which is always handy to work with. I noticed that women mention "something exciting" more often than not. Most guys don't look for something "exciting" because that usually means trouble, but I guess some women actually look for trouble. I'd list anything outdoorsy that you do, or anything travel related. If you've taken any big risks, or have more friends than anyone else, that seems to help also. Play an instrument? Have girls in your life who are "just friends?" Post pics, and make them notice.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 135 (view)
 
Minimum Wage
Posted: 3/27/2009 7:54:13 PM
I think that you're just describing the neocons. I am a union man and a Christian. I am in favor of promoting a living wage for everyone, but I also recognize the need for younger workers and displaced workers to get their foot in the door with some kind of entry level position.

Experience, though, has shown that living standards and working conditions grow more when you maintain a healthy environment for small businesses (which create almost 90% of our new jobs, anyway), creating more jobs than you have people to fill them. That was once the conservative way of raising living standards, and I'm sorry to see that so many Republicans at the national level (and Dem politicians at national and state level) have not learned this vital lesson.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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The publican's alternative budget is a huge joke
Posted: 3/26/2009 7:37:13 PM
The biggest part of budgeting isn't establishing line items for each spending measure, but the rules used for spending. Reducing Medicare's payout from 90% to 75% would see a substantial reduction in overall costs. Removing the $53 billion a year prescription drug subsidy added under Bush (taken right out of the Hillary task force proposal), getting the federal government out of schools and health care, pulling out of the middle east, etc. Those are policy changes that would lead to cost savings and a balanced federal budget. Adjusting line items in the budget won't reduce spending.

In our State Legislatures, Democrats are voting on party lines for almost every tax and spending increase that they can push through. I've noticed that Democratic voters tend to be drawn in by great rhetoric, but tend to ignore voting records and the actual text of bills.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 17 (view)
 
please don't make fun of me
Posted: 3/26/2009 7:23:11 PM
God bless you. You are a wonderful human being. That is truly love in its purest form.

You might want to just start with kissing and handling the base of his kosher sausage. You don't have to take it all in at once, just getting comfortable with the thing can be enjoyable for the guy.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 5 (view)
 
3 dates in 3 months
Posted: 3/26/2009 5:58:00 PM
aloha_cutie +1

A girl's role is to keep a guy interested. A guy's role is to stay in pursuit. If his interest wanes, he might stay in touch, but he won't spend all of his time with you.

Men make the mistake of thinking that they're hot stuff, while women make the mistake of thinking that a guy they're seeing is going to be monogamous and committed instantly.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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long distance or not?
Posted: 3/25/2009 9:33:39 PM
I've done the long distance thing many times, and I would have to say that a two hour drive is about the limit.

With young college students, especially, distance relationships fall apart pretty quickly. Doing a semester at UNH, I saw numerous students trying to keep it together with their high school sweetheart, and I never saw it work out. I'm sure that it does, sometimes, but it would be better to just separate when away for months at a time, then get back together later. If you've still got something there, you're very lucky.

The time and distance usually wreaks havoc on those relationships.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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Guys...I need your help....please.
Posted: 3/25/2009 9:28:59 PM
"Flirting" used to mean harmless banter. There are so many people having affairs these days, that most people are really jealous. Talking to someone in America means that you're trying to exploit them or get something out of them. Overseas, harmless chit chat or even flirting is just that--even flattering. It's really difficult returning to America because no one is supposed to talk to anyone else--or even make positive eye contact. In America, touching or flirting is viewed as a prelude to a sexual escapade. Not so outside of the US.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 5 (view)
 
Does it pay to be fat?
Posted: 3/22/2009 5:51:46 PM
And here all this time I've been trying to keep the weight off to land a girlfriend! I've been going about it the wrong way. I know guys in my trade who don't make $45,000 a year busting their butts at sea.

I actually injured my back while working, and I'm getting $16 a day until I get better. The State of California will not pay me disability benefits (no reason given) after charging me SDI from my pay checks for years.

Government is not a charity. We used to depend on traditional institutions like friends, family, extended family, local churches, local charities, mutual aid societies, private insurance, savings, and the availability of other jobs. When you lost your job, you took a low end job to keep the resume full until things picked back up. Nowadays, people cry out for handouts like a baby chick. What happened to traditional values?
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 76 (view)
 
What would you do about the problems in the prison systems?
Posted: 3/17/2009 10:42:32 PM
Prisons are only for dealing with those who victimize others so badly that no other recourse is possible. We should stop incarcerating people for smoking pot, owning a gun, making mistakes on their taxes, guilt by association, mental infirmity, or inability to afford an expensive defense lawyer.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 29 (view)
 
Top 10 reasons for using the F word...
Posted: 3/15/2009 9:23:13 PM
Working as a merchant mariner, I hear the word A LOT. Typical conversation aboard a ship:

AB1: My wife wants me to go to f***ing church this week, and I'm like, "F*** you, I got better things to do! And on a Sunday!"

AB2: F***ing b*****es always f***ing trying anything to get you into some f***ing program or some s***. I told my wife, "Hey, like I give a f*** about J**** H. C****. If I needed to hear the guilt trip, I'd f***ing become a f***ing Catholic, you know."

AB1: I here ya. Hope that f***ing Mate don't come around and catch us f***ing off.

AB2: Yeah, back to work. F***ing slave ship!
 maxxoccupancy
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Msg: 26 (view)
 
Will the Naughties be remembered as the worst decade ever???
Posted: 3/13/2009 10:03:15 PM
1940's. I'd trade that decade for this one any day. The 1930's were arguably even worse for mankind.

Still, there's been more talk of the warmongers planning another major world war-like war in the near future. threeworldwars.com has done the research, and I think that there's something to this. These powerful Wall Street dynasties have certainly made enormous amounts of money during every war and recession so far.

The teens could prove to be the worst decade ever, depending on how our generation handles it.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
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2% CD rates, any great investment ideas?
Posted: 3/13/2009 9:48:09 PM
Precious metals have been the best investment during rough economic times. The Federal Reserve System has roughly doubled the money supply (M1) over the last three years, even as M2 and M3 (credit, electronic transactions, stocks, etc) have declined. Eventually, the dollar will start to lose value, and prices will go up dramatically.

On the other hand, with the economy going down (further contraction of M2 and M3), we may find ourselves with further tightening. Gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals have generally held their value in real terms. Remember that, if your investments are yielding 6% at a moderate risk, but inflation is hitting 8%, you're actually losing money while exposing your portfolio to risk.
 maxxoccupancy
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Msg: 64 (view)
 
GM threatens to pull the bankruptcy trigger if it doesn't get more money.
Posted: 3/13/2009 9:34:54 PM
I'll be the first to admit that unions need to accept and offer changes to become more competitive. However, it's not the union workers, but the officials who are causing problems. Most people don't know about the enormous manday contributions that companies have to make. Some maritime unions (like Seafarer's International Union) blatantly steal from their members. Counting union dues, working dues, SPAD contributions, administrative dues, and manday contributions, the union officials are pulling more money off of a worker than he is seeing from his base wages. Some of the union officials are making more money than the execs.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 62 (view)
 
GM threatens to pull the bankruptcy trigger if it doesn't get more money.
Posted: 3/13/2009 9:11:31 PM
Great. I refuse to buy a GM car, again. All they make are lemons. If I won't voluntarily pay my own money to an organization that expresses such utter contempt for the end consumer, why should politicians force me to keep this money losing operation alive against my will? Capitalism works because badly managed companies are threatened with going under if they don't turn their act around. Government bureaucracy doesn't work because state run monopolies can always lobby for larger tax subsidies when they lose money. If private companies can depend on tax funded bailouts every time they run amok, then there are no incentives to succeed and no reason to be careful with funds.

Once "bailed out," money losing operations tend to continue receiving subsidies until they are finally nationalized.
 maxxoccupancy
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Msg: 7 (view)
 
With out a trace! The missing women of New York city! Why is Human traficing still thriving?
Posted: 3/13/2009 9:01:48 PM
The West Coast (where I come from) is also a center for human trafficking. Young women (especially blondes) are offered employment, especially in Japan. They travel to their new country to meet an agent, but instead, meet up with a different agent who may be involved with organized crime.

Japan, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia are major destinations for kidnapped or duped women. Parisian authorities admit that roughly 3,000 young women every year disappear without a trace. Many of these girls are seen later in northern Africa (Eqypt or Sudan) being auctioned off, mostly to Arab businessmen. These women endure a living hell, often being used to service over 100 men each week. Many develop AIDS, and most are never seen alive again.

It is estimated that between 1-4 million women (and an increasing number of young men) are currently held in some form of sexual slavery.

Politicians rarely do anything about this problem. In fact, one UN diplomat was found bringing a ten year old around as a sex slave, himself. One bill in the New Hampshire Legislature aimed at dealing with this problem was mainly targeted at allowing law enforcement to seize personal property without trial, and had almost nothing to do with stopping this problem. We can only change things when we start voting these bums out of office.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 84 (view)
 
The most imprisoned nation on earth
Posted: 3/7/2009 11:37:13 AM
In a free society, people have the right--not the privilege--to do whatever they want, so long as they're not harming anyone else. Imprisoning someone is a serious matter, destroying not only the life of the defendant, but hurting their family as well. It costs taxpayers $40,000 per year per inmate ($60-80,000 in many politically liberal states), and often takes a highly productive member out of society. Federal prisons are often full of pot smokers, gun owners, and people who've made simple mistakes on their taxes. Prison operators get very rich off of their prison slave labor, which tends to put machinists and other manufacturers out of work.

One law group asserted that, at the current increase in incarceration, 100% of the adult population of the US will be behind bars by 2050. Even if the true figure were only 20%, would you want one of your five children growing up to a life of being prison slave labor? Is that a future? Is that what you thought of any part of your career?

The only legitimate justification for placing someone behind bars is if we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they have victimized someone else so badly so that there is no other option.
 maxxoccupancy
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Msg: 7 (view)
 
T.F.S.As Tax Free Saving Accounts
Posted: 3/7/2009 11:16:54 AM
Economists have studied hundreds of different kinds of general, broad based taxes to determine the least harmful way to raise large quantities of revenue. It turns out that consumption taxes are more effective, and, in particular, a type of Value Added Tax based on a system of invoices and rebates. It is a kind of GDP tax (tax on absolutely everything that has appreciated in value), so if a nation needed to yield $1.1 trillion in revenue from a $12.2 trillion economy, one could suffice with a relatively low rate, around 9%.

The only way to get a rate this low, however, is to tax absolutely everything at that rate (fuel, stocks, homes, coffee, insurance, cars, etc). A manufacturer might then pay $1 million for raw materials, paying $90,000 in taxes. When he sells these products to the wholesaler for $3 million, the wholesaler is paying him $270,000, and the manufacturer holds a rebate of the original $90,000. The rest is sent off to the Treasury. When the wholesaler sells these products to the retailer for $5 million, he is rebated the $270,000 out of the retailer's $450,000.

The consumer picks up the final tab, paying $4.50 on a $50 video game. This is a self-enforcing tax, so you don't need the IRS to enforce it. Because each company has an incentive to accurately report sales (in order to get their rebate), compliance is very high. Because such a VAT has a high compliance rate, and is broadly based, you can get by with a much, much lower rate. There are no forms to fill out for the consumer, little negative impact on the economy, and our exports are no longer put at a competitive disadvantage (since imports are taxed at the same rate, while exports get the 9% rebate back), we become more competitive in exports. Because of the much lower administrative costs (about one tenth of the $600+ billion we spend as a nation calculating our taxes, if you count lost man hours), it makes our economy more efficient. There would be no more audits, receipts to keep track of, or tax returns to figure out.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 6 (view)
 
GM threatens to pull the bankruptcy trigger if it doesn't get more money.
Posted: 3/7/2009 10:54:10 AM
Under capitalism, badly run, mismanaged companies eventually have to go out of business, and no one shows more contempt for the American consumer that Detroit management, especially GM. Americans have been asking them for decades to produce the same high quality cars that Honda, Toyota, BMW, and Nissan are producing right here in America. GM's management has repeatedly refused to allow their engineers to make good cars, and they've spent millions in research to figure out how to make powertrains that start to fail after just 80,000 miles.

The Clinton administration gave them $1 billion to create an 80 mpg car that they never built. The Bush administration gave them $1.8 billion to produce a hydrogen car that they never built. They just kept the money. The feds have floated over $2 trillion in bonds to pay for all of these bailouts. Investors have had to sell $2 trillion in stocks and other investments in order to buy those bonds, pulling money out of the private sector. Now the Asians (especially China and Japan) are angry that they are having to continuously prop up our economy by holding our dollars and buying US treasuries.

You cannot spend your way out of a recession.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 4 (view)
 
Credit cards lowering limits, raising payments
Posted: 3/7/2009 10:27:56 AM
I stopped using credit cards years ago, except for emergencies. My goal has been to get all of my debts paid off, but it does prove to be difficult.

I almost chose not to buy a house (at what I thought would be the bottom of the market), but instead pay off the last of my debts. In hindsight, I would have been better off continuing to rent from friends while living debt free.

Let that be some handy advice for everyone. If we're getting anything out of this recession, it's the lesson that people have to live within their means. Never take on an uncollateralized loan, and be suspicious of the real value of your collateral.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 43 (view)
 
Ladies: Alpha male vs. Sensitive...
Posted: 2/28/2009 1:04:07 AM
I have chosen to be the man that I am, and I've seen that this is more Alpha. I have noticed that a lot of weak characters try to be aggressive because it looks quite macho, but the women who are attracted to such shallow men eventually learn to avoid them.

Don't waste a lot of time trying to find the perfect one. Just try to find a good one.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 44 (view)
 
How do you recognize a controller?
Posted: 2/27/2009 11:24:20 PM
See how they treat other people. That always works for me.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 8 (view)
 
trouble getting responses..
Posted: 2/26/2009 6:02:16 PM
Yes, too many limitations on who is allowed to message you. Just as important is what you're writing in the profile. I see a few red flags, but you should add more detail about what you like on a first date. Finally, I would take down the main profile photo and replace it with that second pic. Outdoor, daytime photos are better than the suggestion that you're a full time night clubber.
 maxxoccupancy
Joined: 2/5/2007
Msg: 3 (view)
 
Suggestions for good philosophy websites?
Posted: 2/21/2009 6:41:39 PM
I've helped to put up jeffersonforum.net which is an open discussion forum for jeffersonian philosophy, architecture, history, and similar issues. It's pretty new, but there are some interesting polls and topics up already.
 
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