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 chipsss
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I suppose the 3 gazillion £ question would be:
Posted: 10/10/2017 2:50:56 PM
Have a body like Jeff Seid.
 Chipsss
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 7/9/2016 2:12:47 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-369917/True-love-lasts-year.html

"But when researchers revisited couples from the 'in love' group who were still in the same relationship more than a year later, they found that levels of NGF had declined to the same as those who were single or in a long-term relationship."
 Chipsss
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 7/4/2016 1:01:56 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/divorcing-wife-fights-for-share-of-exs-sex-abuse-compensation/ar-AAi4Ayy?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=mailsignoutmd

"The money in the trust, which will go to help other victims of sexual abuse when he dies has now risen to £250,000, and Mr Kerslake is fighting to keep it where it is."

She must have seemed a good idea at the time (of marriage).
 Chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 7/2/2016 3:14:51 PM

thanks to an inheritance.My "people" insisted I protect my assets mostly in stocks and bonds etc with a prenup long before we got married.


Managed stocks and bonds I'm guessing, with a fee, as you were young and not an investor at the time? It beats interest rates on savings accounts, or kills your money if you go into minus %.


He threatened to take me for all he could and burn it in front on me.


Dragging others down to their level is so much easier than succeeding, unfortunately.


As for my present relationship,he was taken to the cleaners by his ex wife.Lost his house,
his kids,his money and she virtually ruined him.He hadn't protected himself.


That is bad. I'm glad to see he came out in tact to reform relationships later.


Trust is a funny thing.People change.


Life experience and highsight are good things!
 Chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/30/2016 10:16:14 AM
[qoute] Having been the provider I chose to get a prenup to protect my assets in the event of a divorce. In the end, because we kept our finances separate for 24 years and the house was in my name only as I alone paid for it, I kept everything I walked into the marriage with and what I bought during the marriage and so did he.[/qoute]

Interesting. Perhaps people who get married conventionally, fear that anything less is not a sign of commitment and future rosy sunsets? A decision in hope of certainty based on uncertainty. Love and commitment don't need validation through a piece of paper as you say.
 Chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/27/2016 4:24:38 PM

It doesn't take long for usually the woman to be unhappy. They have children, raise them...but still the woman is unhappy and initiates divorce proceedings years later. Guys are unhappy too of course, but believing in duty, honor and commitment, and having lower expectations for marriage than women, are less likely to initiate divorce proceedings.


I may look into that. Do you have any references yourself?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/10357829/Why-do-women-initiate-divorce-more-than-men.html
 Chipsss
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/27/2016 4:10:51 PM

A lot of people don't live together before they get married. Also, people are brought up without knowing much responsibility or what commitment means.


That is unwise. I think perhaps many see marriage as a way of self-fulfilment. They a foresee a "route" in life they feel that they are "owed" as some sort of right of passage. If they are not happy that they are not meeting with their preconceptions they may bail out and feel justified to do so.
 Chipsss
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/26/2016 1:36:21 PM
PErhaps so mailman999. Years before this thread the idea of living with a woman and paying her rent appealed to me. I could make more money with the money I have on corporate bonds and the stock market than putting into bricks and mortar anyway.
 Chipsss
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Marriage is not for everyone
Posted: 6/26/2016 1:28:19 PM
Interesting replies from all thanks. I agree with Gcdeb's reply for the sake of children. SPlitting up when you have kids is WEAK. The contract of marriage however doesn't just "make" people responsible, and it's usually the dependant one that has the affair. Bringing up kids is low on the list of priorities for society it seems. Inter generational mortgages? Lol.
 Chipsss
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Blues guitar with backing track....
Posted: 6/25/2016 3:51:50 PM
I watched the 1st clip. Very good. You hold your bends in tune well, play with feeling and are technically good enough. It looks like you are using mostly minor pentatonic, you could move with the chord changes using mixolydian, major pentatonic. Use some chromatics like the 7th between the root and b7th etc. But really you have feeling which is the main thing.
 chipsss
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/25/2016 3:33:49 PM
orgot to mention. It's usually the dependant one who has the affair. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/01/extramarital-affair-couples-breadwinner

So if you are the provider, the one who isn't and gets half your stuff if you divorce is more likely to have an affair. Male or female.

If with a woman who was the main earner, you could not to marry her as a sign of commitment. Understand why?
 Chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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Marriage is Pointless
Posted: 6/25/2016 3:06:05 PM
The only contract that has no consequences if one party cops out, indeed they may benefit.

I've read a lot of contracts and they all have conditions based on a relationship that benefits both parties. If one party does not uphold their contractual obligations, there are no negative consequences to the injured party.

How do you reduce to a "black and white" contract the million shades of grey; nuances, to and fro, actions, contributions and personalities within a relationship, in anyway similar you can with a business contract?

You can't.

A significant 42% of marriages end in divorce
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/divorces-in-england-and-wales/2011/sty-what-percentage-of-marriages-end-in-divorce.html

and if you think the longer you've been married the better, think again. Older people are splitting up at an even greater rate, often after decades of marriage. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2015/nov/24/silver-separators-over-50s-divorce-splitting-up-children

Affairs are common. Although precise figures remain elusive, surveys in the UK and the U.S. suggest that between 25 and 70 per cent of women — and 40 and 80 per cent of men — have engaged in at least one extramarital sexual encounter.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311947/The-infidelity-epidemic-Never-marriage-vows-strain-Relationship-expert-Kate-Figes-spent-3-years-finding-adultery-worryingly-common.html

If you are a man with high-self esteem and do not need to validate yourself via the external world approving you, have control over your sexual urges, are faithful, and can drop a woman easily if she is cheating / manipulative or cheats to test or control the relationship etc. (women find a man who does not get pushed around attractive, i.e. like a "bad boy" except as above, a good boy who's not a pushover either).

Then....why on earth would you want to get married? You would be investing / forfeiting all of your positive traits into a contract, that rides roughshod over all of those traits, should the other party decide to do so, which they would not be able to do otherwise. Essentially you release your positive traits and personal responsibility into a contract that you are not solely responsible for. You are then not responsible for, or "under the law" of your own personal responsibility.

Regardless of my own views, the above figures are enough to put me off. 42% Marriages divorce, Older people divorce more after decades of marriage and up to 70% of women and 80% of men have had extramarital encounters.

Alot (most) of the female profiles on POF "Would like to get married".
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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Brexit
Posted: 5/13/2016 1:27:57 PM
Video. Please watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0
 chipsss
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Study Linking Vaccine To Autism Found Was Fraud
Posted: 8/1/2015 6:50:33 AM
http://www.naturalnews.com/050599_CDC_scientists_scientific_fraud_vaccines_and_autism.html

Not Vaccine / Autism but this guy has now been shut down;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqMohmjJ4mg&feature=youtu.be

They're going ahead with GcMAF in Japan though.

Disease has to be seen like a big heavily armed scary tank, that needs to be busted with a big petro-chemical based tank and a f*** load of money.....so that if you suggest throwing fruit n' veg, natural medicine, or herbs at it you get laughed at, and that...is psychology (not science).
 chipsss
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Study Linking Vaccine To Autism Found Was Fraud
Posted: 7/10/2015 2:55:49 PM

you guys may be interested in this link

http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/obama-grants-immunity-to-cdc-whistleblower-on-measles-vaccine-link-to-autism/


Sorry I missed that. Just realized that's the guy who did the research paper I referenced earlier. I somehow doubt he would have got whistleblower immunity without the publicity.

I wonder if he will shoot himself in the chest while jumping out of a boat?
 chipsss
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Study Linking Vaccine To Autism Found Was Fraud
Posted: 7/10/2015 2:35:11 PM
An anti-vaccine doctor decided to shoot himself in the chest.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anti-vaccine-doctor-jeff-bradstreet-apparent-suicide-officials-n382981

"He was found in a river in the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock on June 19 by a fisherman."

So he swam out into the river with a gun then shot himself or he had a boat and jumped out while pulling the trigger, in an attempt to try and hide his own body I guess?
 chipsss
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Adults living at home with Mom and Dad
Posted: 6/5/2015 3:48:58 PM
Since I last posted on July 2014 the average UK rent is now 53.52% higher than the work based economy of Germany. Up from 40% and 45% at that time.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Germany&country2=United+Kingdom

Due to the lower Euro this place is now £203,000
http://www.immobilien-mosel-hunsrueck.de/detailansicht.xhtml?id[obj0]=1079

So that place costs a little more than the average UK house at £195,000
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/03/house-price-rise-puts-average-cost-of-uk-home-at-195k

(In US dollars that makes the average UK house price just shy of $300,000)

The average wage for a surgeon in the UK is £55,000 per year http://www.netsalarycalculator.co.uk/surgeon-salary/ which is good because you only need to make £45,000 a year to get a mortgage that would only just cover the average UK house price in order to buy an overpriced capital sink that will eventually crash.
 chipsss
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How to seek permission for copyright from the author.
Posted: 4/18/2015 3:23:18 PM
A lot of it depends on whether it’s for commercial use (i.e. it will be part of something you are going to sell, or part of something you will use to promote something you will sell).

If it's for non-commercial use you can use specified amounts of others work (not the whole work) under "fair use" in the US, "fair dealings" in the UK, as long as you quote the source.

Asking permission for commercial use may incur a fee, which is fair because you are intending to make money. Not necessarily though, it depends on the conditions set by the copyright owner. I’ve done this for commercial use for scientific research papers and most of it was completely free. Stuff published more recently 2007 - 2013 tended to incur a charge however, but I was able to find other stuff that made the same point.

Music probably works differently because it is entirely private sector and not financially supported in the same way universities and professors can be.

If you steal copyright material then you do harm, a lot of people who disagree and think “why should you pay for something when you can get if for cheaper / free” will complain when their jobs are taken and Robots and A.I.
 chipsss
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Barrier to purchase
Posted: 11/19/2014 4:09:25 PM
Imagine you are on the high street shopping around, you find what you are looking for and want to buy it. However you can't unless you set up an account and a password with the shop.

To your surprise you find that most shops won't let you in unless you have a password, a different password for each shop.

Does that sound stupid? it is. I have enough passwords already and don't want another one for one place where I want to buy one thing once.

That's basically the internet. I wish it was more like the high street in this regard. It really, really annoys me.
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 10/8/2014 11:04:04 AM

That site is back up - conspiracy over. You can sleep easier now knowing that big pharma or big doctors or anyone from a Fortune 500 group hasn't squashed the "truth".


I already knew someone would say something like that before I came back here. Being the “webmaster” of websites myself the majority of serious downtime, although not often, is usually due to DDOS attacks on the hosting server. A separate time being a slow speed on one side of the Atlantic due to issues with the transatlantic cable.


Does conspiracy theory come to mind.


Specifically with regards to that website’s downtime (infact any website unless you are the webmaster) we will never know, but in a general sense no, “conspiracy theory” doesn’t come to mind because the information is already out there (such as the last link on this post) whereas a theory by definition is just that; a theory.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conspiracy+theory


Again, it was a site selling "cures", just like many sites selling cures.


I have spent hours reading articles on the cancer tutor site but have yet to see where they are asking for money apart from the “donate” which is optional. Please tell me where it says it is selling cures?

….and even if you do, could you explain to everyone why it is wrong for them to do it, while its OK for pharmaceuticals to? Knowing that Xanax drug has over 500,000% markup, why would you have such different standards? It makes no sense and gives the impression that you are bias.

Pharma spends more on marketing than research and development. The following article includes links to the peer reviewed science papers…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/pharmaceutical-companies-marketing_n_1760380.html
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 10/1/2014 4:10:10 PM
Looks like the Cancer Tutor website is currently down.

If that is due to a DDOS attack because someone doesn't want it to be seen then this is a compelling reason for readers to take interest.
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 10/1/2014 11:57:16 AM

But a mish mash of 11 herbs and spices just isn't going to cut it.


I’m trying to work out why someone with a friend who has stage IV cancer would come here to argue against something that doesn’t affect them, given that you are clearly more confident with the treatment of chemo / radiation treatment they are receiving.

It is extremely unlikely that alternative therapy would ever be forced upon someone. Traditional chemo and radiation therapy are compulsory for children, this should be well enough known now.

@ 4:06 on the following video he says:’ “and then straight away after wards he said more or less, if I question him in anyway regarding his treatment, they will get emergency protection order and take him away from me”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ut_ekghGT8

What he says after 4:06 is also interesting.


The site you mentioned was just like any other site....for the right amount of money they will cure anything.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-big-pharma-links-to-nhs-policy-with-senior-mps-saying-medical-industry-uses-wealth-to-influence-government-9120187.html
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 9/30/2014 3:35:42 PM

Sorry, I'll stick to real doctors, real researchers and oncologists. That site looks too bogus for me.


I haven't always been like this, it has nothing to do with any kind of political inclination I have or being naturally predisposed to disagree with "authority". I changed some years ago due to real life experience.

I would do something like look stuff up, such as:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annona_muricata

Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8991944

quote: “and in a panel of human solid tumor cell lines for cytotoxicity, evaluated relative potencies. Compound 1 was selectively cytotoxic to colon adenocarcinoma cells (HT-29) in which it was 10,000 times the potency of adriamycin”

adenocarcinoma = a type of cancer

cytotoxic = toxic to (in this case to those cancer cells).

selectively = selective (therefore selectively toxic means toxic only to these cancer cells).

adriamycin = a chemo drug.
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 9/28/2014 2:26:31 PM

As for chemo or radiation being a choice...that's all well and fine if you have an early stage cancer or stage 1 as you may have a little more time to investigate other options. With cancer, any cancer, what you need is the gift of time. My friend was diagnosed in May with stage 4 lung cancer and it had already moved to his bones, liver and brain...he doesn't have time.


I am sorry to hear that. The subject would be too emotionally charged. I can only tell you what my personal choice would be, and that would be that I would choose alternative therapy at all stages I to IV.

Individual Stage IV Treatment Articles: http://www.cancertutor.com/link_s4/
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 9/27/2014 2:10:23 PM
This site mentions turmeric too.

http://www.cancertutor.com/what_causes_cancer/

(The NHS site with its "explanations" looks trite in comparison!).

More: http://www.cancertutor.com/advanced_cancer_theory/

Helicobacter Pylori. Virtually indestructable somatid (microbe in hibernation). "Mortal Oscillatory Rate" of microbes; a certain frequency at which they vibrate until they explode and die. Very interesting stuff!

If I had cancer, chemo and radiotherapy would NOT be my first port of call.

Let's see how long before this thread is taken down?
 chipsss
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Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 9/26/2014 2:33:36 PM
My views have an added perspective now, from that of business.


All of the sites have shills so it's hard to know what to believe online.


If no good businesses do this, the only ones with positive reviews are the bad ones.

It’s similar to SEO. Once upon a time if a decent business that wasn’t out to rip you off *didn’t* use spammy techniques to rank in google they were either dead or have to work 10 times harder.

I can guarantee you this, I have a business on the 1st page of google (but do read on because I don’t game the system!). I started this in 2012 when Google started to reign in the BS and cheating didn’t get you far anymore (hence I didn’t cheat). I feel fortunate to have started when hard work and honesty work, or else I’d be wasting my time.

I have seen companies much older than mine, well known companies you’ve heard of, and other business I have been familiar with and trust since I was a child get completely hammered by search engine algorithm updates.

Had they not gamed the system when that was what worked, the first page of google would have been 100% rubbish instead of 90%.

I take my hat off.

Back to reviews…

Most customers believe the customer reviews they read on the internet. Even further than that: “Consumers Don’t Trust Reviews But They’re Swayed by Them Anyway”.
http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2013/01/consumers-dont-trust-reviews-but-theyre-swayed-by-them-anyway.html

It doesn’t just stop there however…

http://www.katz.pitt.edu/facultyblog/?p=145

Quote: “In one experiment we had people play a fun online game for a few minutes. Half of them were then asked to write a review of the game. The other half were asked to write a review of the game and were paid $1 for doing this. We then had people who hadn’t played the game read these reviews and judge them in terms of how helpful they were. The reviews written by the people who received $1 were perceived as being significantly more helpful than the reviews written by the people who were not given an incentive.”

That’s how futile and frustrating it is for honest businesses and I know I speak for many.
 chipsss
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 9/9/2014 3:51:47 AM

] Chips - I read the link provided. A good read with facts and evidence to support the article - Worthy of recognition.


Thanks I’m glad you liked it.


Some drug companies are using old school "remedies" mixed in with a chemical formula they can patent now and sell as an RX/ drug. They are trying to be slick using what people are catching on too. Plants and foods heal.


An inadvertent positive message from drug companies about alternative medicine? The objective for drug companies is obviously to convince people that their drug mixture is better than the plant / herb on it’s own, which I think may be harder for them than their past exploits.
 chipsss
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Ladies, your thought on men in Speedos
Posted: 8/25/2014 8:53:26 AM
A few weeks ago it was very hot (according to the MET office 2014 was the hottest year since records began) and therefore my tunica vasculosa (ball bag) was like a pancake, it was so loose. Like this the testis are more prone to obstruction, I'd rather they are out of the way.

With boxers I find it more likely I'll get one of them caught on the under-middle lining of a pair of trousers as I sit down or something. I wear pants or briefs as they are called. When swimming I wear either speedos or the tight shorts type trunks.

If you fart while underwater, baggy bermuda type shorts can catch the air inside, so you can float about like that for a bit, or store it and go up to someone then release through top of your shorts, oh yes.

However if you are serious about doing lengths or getting fit, baggy shorts will slow you down in water.

Whether they look good on me or not, I don't care how it looks on other people either, whether they are fat or old. Once going for a swim in Germany the changing rooms were starkers (albeit not mixed sex) nobody cares.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 8/22/2014 7:58:25 AM

Why not?


Because a lot of traditional medicine is a crock of lies, so I'm just a little surprised and pleased that this is coming from the establishment. Who knows, perhaps I'll check out if the regulators of the pharmaceutical industry (MHRA) are no longer 100% funded by the pharmaceutical industry as it was according to the 2005 parliamentary report.


Don't expect to take it and it do anything if you bombard "your" system with junk .( Sugar/Grains and to much commercial animal flesh) There is NO supplement that can make up for a bad diet day after day that feeds cancer.


I know! If I wasn't doing what I do now then I would probably study nutrition, acupuncture etc. and do it professionally.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
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NHS using super foods for prostate cancer
Posted: 8/22/2014 3:27:13 AM
On the NHS, for prostate cancer they are now giving out pills that contain pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli. This was on television last night on a programme called "What's really in our food".

There's info about the study here:

http://www.cuh.org.uk/news/cancer-services/uk-scientists-show-super-foods-proven-beat-prostate-cancer

Never thought I would see the day.
 chipsss
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Study Linking Vaccine To Autism Found Was Fraud
Posted: 8/22/2014 3:19:27 AM
More recently:

http://vimeo.com/user5503203/review/103711143/91f7d3d4d8

http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/16/abstract
 chipsss
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Why are we seen as so pathetic?
Posted: 8/16/2014 2:22:22 PM

Is this really how the world sees us?


If there's only 1 in 1000 uptake for an automated bot system then the return on investment is worthwhile. Similar to Junk mail I guess.
 chipsss
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Adults living at home with Mom and Dad
Posted: 7/18/2014 4:54:31 AM
This thread has gone pretty quiet for a 48 pager. I said earlier that UK rent is 40% higher than the economic powerhouse of Europe. 3 months later and it is now over 45% higher:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Germany&country2=United+Kingdom

Oh my! £220,000 (converted from Euros), scroll down to check out the pictures below on this one...
http://www.immobilien-mosel-hunsrueck.de/detailansicht.xhtml?id[obj0]=1079

If you had an extra £30k you could get 2 garages in the UK, Lewes for £250,000!
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-46959842.html

Wow!
 chipsss
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What would you do, if you were a god?
Posted: 7/9/2014 2:40:05 PM
If I were God I would make it so that Twitter and Facebook updates to the whole wide world, are only of me, and what I'm doing. Everyone will know when I brush my teeth or have a nice sandwitch, everyone.

when I get bored of this I would make different kinds of pies then sell them (on ebay).

When people receive their pie I will be inside the pie, and pop out of the pie to answer any questions they might have.
 chipsss
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Should I try a gluten-free diet?
Posted: 6/1/2014 12:36:06 PM

Google has a lot to answer for. Why think when you can cut and paste?


You should be given a job at Google deciding what should be shown in search results. When people see only what you have allowed them to, only then can they be seen as thinking for themselves.

Everyone here would want that.
 chipsss
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Why weight lifters hiss, like sssssss
Posted: 5/1/2014 1:13:02 PM

Vocalizing (grunting, yelling, hissing) while exhaling increases force and, according to one study, by as much as 10%. The speculation is an activation of the autonomic nervous system (fight/flight response), increasing adrenaline flow.
This is something I learned in my youth while practising Karate.


Quite interesting, makes sense. Thanks for adding.
 chipsss
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Msg: 889 (view)
 
Adults living at home with Mom and Dad
Posted: 4/28/2014 2:15:50 PM
The only thing I care about is my career prospects. I couldn’t give a flying monkey’s about the housing market.

The price of housing is largely based on its purpose as a speculative source of profit (at least where I am from). Far removed from being based on the reasons suggested on this thread.

If I want to tell the time I’d buy a wristwatch.

A gold plated rolex would not offer anything more in relation to my needs.

The housing market is knock-off rolex.

Before WW1 and WW2 most men lived with their parents, then they went off to fight.
 chipsss
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Msg: 887 (view)
 
Adults living at home with Mom and Dad
Posted: 4/19/2014 4:08:25 PM
According to the following UK rent is 40% higher than the economic powerhouse of Europe.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Germany&country2=United+Kingdom

If we assume German house prices are also 40% cheaper. Then as a proportion of the following stated £5.2 trillion UK housing stock value…

http://www.savills.co.uk/_news/newsitem.aspx?intSitePageId=72418&intNewsSitePageId=172125-0&intNewsMonth=01&intNewsYear=2014

…then that would mean £2.08 trillion is tied up from the UK economy by the UK capital-sink-unproductive-asset-inflation-housing-market-bubble. £2.08 trillion is the UK national debt almost twice over.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-2586351/National-debt-keeps-going-UK-sinks-deeper-red.html

The economy provides jobs, which means people can buy a house, but houses are sucking money from the economy so employment prospects are negatively affected contributing to people not being able to afford to buy a house, the expense of which correlates to how their wage can’t cover it. Economics of the lunatic asylum is the norm.

In Japan 40 year mortgages that you can pass onto your children are the norm. I’ll get to that soon.

~

For a lot of people there’s student loans before they’ve even begun.

http://www.alternet.org/story/152809/the_$1_trillion_student_loan_rip-off%3A_how_an_entire_generation_was_tricked_into_taking_on_crushing_debt_that_just_enriches_banks

quote: Even if by some miracle our unemployed and underemployed debt-laden graduates all win decent jobs tomorrow, the money they make will go into paying off these now-delinquent loans instead of anything productive for the economy as a whole. Banks will continue to see massive profits, in other words.

~

Japan has an under population problem, not enough children are born.

http://www.ibtimes.com/japan-encourages-young-people-date-mate-reverse-birth-rate-plunge-it-may-be-too-late-1562867

This will be down to how the cost of living is high. In Japan the 2 generation 40 year mortgage is the norm.
http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/view.asp?ID=13140

It is well known fact that when resources are scarce, any species will multiply less, whether it’s sexual or asexual, single cell or multiple cell and that includes humans.

Japans population crisis is seen as bad in terms of looking after the elderly.

So on one hand Japan is saying to its young people:

“You need to have babies, you need to look after the old”

and on the other it says

“You can have a 2 generation 40 year mortgage that your children pay off too, perhaps you can’t tell about this debt you’ve signed them up for because they are not born yet”.

In the UK we have “help to buy” where the tax-payer now props up the property bubble.

Census Bureau deputy director Arthur Clausewitz sums it up.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/longawaited-baby-boomer-dieoff-to-begin-soon-exper,647/

In spite of the odious nature of that article, I see this is a very relevant factor, having already been aware of it and knowing that by the year 2030 baby boomers will not be voting.
 chipsss
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Msg: 9 (view)
 
Why weight lifters hiss, like sssssss
Posted: 4/19/2014 12:34:10 PM

When doing really hard core work for long, I will make a "GAWD IM dying grunt" letting my weighted legs down.


I do like a primal sound from a woman.


I cant help it, It's SO hard after a few of them, but never a ssssssssssssss.


I should have mentioned it's more likely with free weights, particularly where the person is entirely responsible for stabilizing, such as an over head dumbell shoulder-press in which you are not using any back rest, be that sat down or stood up.


Gloria is on my left and Regina on my right.


Is that what you call your biceps or "guns" as they say? I call my Raynard and Gunther. Only joking.


We all have some noise we make doing something hard even if its just ugh, dam, breathe or help.


Absolutely. Apparently swearing can act as an anesthetic. Although exercise pain is not the same as damage pain, I think making verbal noise on the last rep might fulfill a similar role and enhance you. Although its not consciously deliberate so much as a by product / enhancement of a determined mind.

So yes, otherwise it could sound fake. I think most people can tell without knowing why they can tell, because the part of the brain that deals with pain is as old as evolution and a genuine shout of effort/pain/resiliance has tell tale signs such as which part of the chest / throat it is coming from etc. that we are not conscious of.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 7 (view)
 
Why weight lifters hiss, like sssssss
Posted: 4/18/2014 2:50:53 PM

Peppermint_Petunias - A few near me are trying to let gas out slowly from the other end, as if we don't notice in other ways.



ladymercury - he must have been carrying a heavy load as the sound coming out of him was pretty damned serious.


~


ThatGirlNamedAlli - They're shedding their human skin to become winged snakes that with slither-fly away. That's my theory, and I don't think it'll hold any weight. But we'll see.


Winged Snakes? That is totally ridiculous. Snakes my *ss.

Swans hiss, they turn into Swans. Beautiful swans that float around on a calm lake.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 91 (view)
 
Strange hobbies/collections
Posted: 4/17/2014 1:34:22 PM
I like to keep my farts in jars. I have quite a collection.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 1 (view)
 
Why weight lifters hiss, like "sssssss"
Posted: 4/11/2014 3:33:27 PM
They go "sssssssssss" because they are using their tongue to stop air expulsion being too fast from the chest so as not to alter their form too quickly while supporting a lot of weight. On and outward breath, to control air release solely with the chest might demand too much when the body is severely occupied.

That's my theory. I think it holds weight.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 22 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/10/2014 4:27:07 AM

Yelp is one of the worst.

I was so mad after going to a restaurant that had high marks on yelp and it really sucked.


Not only do they have many fake reviews put there by vested financial interests. Yelp itself has paid for fake reviews to be put on Yelp in the past.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/12/why-yelp-works/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1#comment-198253

quote: Yelp’s chief executive, wrote to clarify that Yelp has paid people to write some of the reviews in cities it is entering.

There’s also a lot on the internet about Yelp blackmailing businesses for advertising in exchange for review favours.

http://chrisschweppe.com/?p=195

Incidentally this may tie in with how Yelp is an overvalued bubble stock that still hasn’t made a profit.


All of the sites have shills so it's hard to know what to believe online.


Yes. Not crediting yourself with too much intelligence is a sign of intelligence. Particularly in the instance of a quiz in which the answers are never given, which is essentially what detecting fake reviews is. I’d doubt that even Einstein would assume the results of such a competition.

According to the following it is impossible…

http://digitool.library.colostate.edu///exlibris/dtl/d3_1/apache_media/L2V4bGlicmlzL2R0bC9kM18xL2FwYWNoZV9tZWRpYS8yMDcxOTM=.pdf

quote from page 67: This finding is consistent with the conclusion by Jindal et al. (2008) who states that it is impossible to distinguish shill reviews from normal reviews even if they are manually read.

Also fake reviews work:

quote from page 67 (above the last one on that same page): “The results show that when there are more shill reviews in the review set, perceived product quality increases.

After reading the reviews, the effect of shill reviews was even stronger indicating that consumers were unable to detect that reviews were shill reviews and the shill reviews were successful in influencing the assessment about product quality.”
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 21 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/10/2014 4:25:56 AM

I have an open mind generally and it is clear having done some research that fake reviews are a major problem in certain areas.


Yes, with respect, it’s a huge disincentive to entrepreneurship. This man made $28,000 a month writing fake reviews…

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/business/book-reviewers-for-hire-meet-a-demand-for-online-raves.html

Many businesses don’t make a profit for the first year or two (as you probably know). On the show “Dragons Den” some of the decent contestants have sacrificed much of their time and even jobs, for a business that doesn’t make a profit for the first 2 years.

It’s like comparing eating free Ice Cream to rubbing sand paper on your face. Then if you get anywhere with the “Sandpaper” you’ll end up at the whim of the internet anyway.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0148296307000422

quote: “In an extreme case of no information sharing and no high-quality variability, a market can be completely destroyed”


You are largely correct that my book is an academic book - it is certainly classified as such. 5,000 copies of $80 books is actually pretty good for a specialist book.


The price was a bit of a giveaway to me. Glad to hear it’s going OK.


I guess people bought it because it was published by Wiley and Sons a reputable publisher in the field, my industry experience, the 'stature' of the people making the recommendations on the back of the book, word of mouth in the industry and then the reviews on Amazon.


I’m pleased to hear you feel there is more to it. I’m sure I’ve read plenty of research papers from Wiley in the past.

The prominence of fake reviews can discount their overall credibility. Unless a customer can be sure, they will apply an overall discount.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1949148

quote: “If, say, ten of every comment or apparently informative article you read are actually sponsored by someone with a financial interest, you would not know which ten. So your discounting will inevitably be over inclusive—you will overly discount reviews that are actually independent and, if you are truly applying an average discount, you will also insufficiently discount those reviews that actually do come from a self-interested party. That‘s inefficiency.”

(I think she meant “one in ten”?)
The article from the New York Time I posted earlier actually says 1 in 3 reviews on the net are fake. Quote: “Mr. Liu (professor of computer science) estimates that about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are fake.”


The royalties were never a major source of income - consultancy and other work that came from having written the book was - so arguably I did not have the same incentives as some of the pot-boiler authors to generate fake reviews.


Yes I’ve heard of the book being auxiliary before.


There is a book that people may buy rather than mine written by three academics including a prominent professor that has two fake reviews from soon after it was published. They are really obvious!


To you they might be obvious, but you’re not the average customer. Although I think fake reviews might not be quite as effective in your field (but still work, just less so). Regardless of that however, positive reviews rank products higher.


Posted on the same date almost identical wording in headline and text - just reversed. It was six months before they got any genuine reviews. This was some years ago but even so it is appalling that three academics would stoop to this. If they will I am sure others must.


I’m not surprised it’s the norm.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 19 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/6/2014 10:18:33 AM

I just don't see it as such a big deal.


Being someone with products for sale on Amazon yourself, whether your reviews are legitimate or not, it would be logical to see that you could be biased against a generally negative perception of online customer reviews.

As someone who used to post fake reviews said earlier: “You'd be amazed just how many fakes are there! It's disgusting.”

Fake reviews work in spades for those who use them. They cost this victim at least $125,000

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/0bAQMgA-4ww

Academics and large public bodies take them seriously…

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10603-012-9216-7

http://www.accc.gov.au/business/advertising-promoting-your-business/managing-online-reviews



The two books referred to (The Beatles and Dire Straits guitar books) are at around 2 million and 400,000 respectively. This implies sales of maybe 4-6 copies a year for one and maybe 8-12 for the other. It's just not worth anyone writing fake reviews on either of these.


I don’t doubt that. My angle was that if books about household names get only 1 to 10 customer reviews since the 90’s then what does this say about other reviews on Amazon (similar to the other point I was making about the disproportionate amount of reviews vs market share).



One of my own books has 7 reviews on Amazon UK and 3 in Amazon.com. It's a hardback and retails at about $80 and has sold a total of about 5,000 copies since it was published in 2004. All of the reviews are genuine - it would have been easy for me to get some professional colleagues to write reviews but I have resisted the urge to ask any to do so. 9 of the reviews are 5*s and 1 is 4* - a couple are very short, most are medium length. They are fair enough - not all praise by any means though they are all positive and what criticism there is is constructive.


An individual proclaiming their own integrity over the internet is a microcosm to the overall subject here, and no offence but I’m sure you can see the irony. I’ll take your word for it while acknowledging that you can’t think your own situation can apply to all.

The below may not apply to your market specifically I am talking generally.

I’m guessing you write academic non-fiction. Positive reviews are good, and I’m not suggesting customers only buy your books based on the reviews……but unless your experience / qualifications / skill, account for say, at least 50% of the influence in the customers purchase decision, then what is there that sets you apart from someone with fake reviews (assuming fake reviews work, and they do work).

Information asymmetry can adversely effect, or even destroy a market. This chart…

http://www.borooah.com/Teaching/Post%20Graduate%20Microeconomics/Week%203_Adverse%20Selection.pdf

Amazons 99c eBook would be low right on the red line.

Uniformed demand + low price = Customer gambles and a sale is made.

In such a marketplace hard work and quality are virtually meaningless. George Arkelof’s Market for Lemons. At best fake online reviews contribute towards this, at worst they kill business and adversely affect the economy.


With books it is also useful to be able to 'look' at some of the content - the TOC and some sample chapters.


Yes. I am curious of other factors, as I mentioned evidence of competence earlier.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 18 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/4/2014 10:20:42 AM

CharminC - I'm ashamed to say that I used to do "fake reviews" for the last online company I did.


As an employee you felt obliged right? I take it that you were either asked or it was going on around you so implied that it was expected of you.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/23/new-york-fake-online-reviews-yoghurt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/24659388


CharminC - You'd be amazed just how many fakes are there! It's disgusting.


Customers really have no idea.


CharminC - They will always be fakes. It's like car salesmans... except it's all online.


I agree, but to be specific I think it’s worse. With a car salesman you can take what they say within the context that you know they are a car salesman.


CharminC - Although sometimes... you just have to ignore everything and go with your guts.


A shame as if it has to be seen like this? Like without customer reviews someone is “out on a limb” when there are plenty of other factors you can judge by. I think the opposite: relying on online customer reviews is out on limb, just adds noise to other better factors, or at best, naively not getting as good as you otherwise could.


SILLYGIRL111 - I read the reviews from consumer magazine when I want to buy something. They are a very good source. They are online as well.


We are talking what would be known as professional reviews right? Similarly I tend to find these better. If “which” magazine gave false positives on a bunch of lemons I can’t see them being in business for long.


IgorFrankensteen - Even with that, unless I already know the author from other works, it's often a crap shoot.


I wonder what other factors than online customer review might people rely on? For example if you where looking for a method book on Yoga, and had the choice between…

One with stellar reviews and little information about the skill level of the author.

or

One with few or no reviews by an author that had evidence of their competence (e.g. video clips).

That’s the main question, so the rest is just additional. For the latter would having few online customer reviews be a sign of lack of confidence in the product? Perhaps similar to how although Dire straits has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, this book doesn’t have that many reviews…

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Guitar-Dire-Straits/dp/0711963738

(The books listed below under “Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed” don’t fare much better and are also below average knowing that the average review on Amazon is 4.3 stars.)

Or this particular book about the Beatles (who have sold over 2 billion records), with 10 reviews since 1987 (or at least the late 90’s when Amazon started)…

http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Guitar/dp/079350581X

Neither The Beatles or Mark Knopfler are that relevant to the original question because of the added factor that most of you have probably already heard of them (therefore my question is as above with only stellar reviews vs evidence of competence).

I’d tell you which I would chose (which by now is probably easy to guess) but would like to see some views first.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/4/2014 3:38:13 AM

Some genuine people (including me) do write reasonably long reviews if we think they are warranted.


As a proportion of the consumer population, users of internet forums such as this is very low.

Based on that, to assume that very few customers participate at writing on the internet in the form of customer reviews might be inaccurate. To assume that it means many customers do would be even more inaccurate.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 13 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/4/2014 3:18:34 AM

Well then, how do you explain the people who post on these forums right here? Some posts are short and others are long and super-detailed with source quotes, references and lots of big words and obtuse concepts. Who gets paid for these? Is it out of the realm of possibility that "Mr. X" bought some product, went to a movie, or ate at a restaurant and thought it was worth 15 minutes of his time to inform others that they may like or dislike that same thing? Why is it hard to believe?


No of course not. My last post was meant as a counterbalance based on what I know, not a counter point as though I’m saying fake reviews are this and real reviews are that.

Fake reviews can be short or long.

Real reviews can be short or long.


The Book Depository has just under 30,000 reviews altogether.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/reviews/list

You could get that many reviews between 3-5 books on Amazon.

Both sites send a follow on Email for review. Assuming amaz0n.c0.uk has 30% UK book market share while Book Dep has 2-4% UK book market share (these where the last figures I read), this would put Book Depositories amount of reviews as being exceptionally low by a significant margin.

Like for like...

4000+ reviews: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inferno-Robert-Langdon-Book-4/dp/0593072499

0 reviews at this date: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Inferno-Dan-Brown/9780593072493

Assuming real customers post reviews equally, the Book Depository by comparison should have at least 350 reviews for this book by proportion of its market share.

Even I find this bizarre as usually such books have 6 or so reviews on Book Dep. (which is still hugely disproportionately low).
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 11 (view)
 
Fake online customer reviews
Posted: 4/1/2014 2:34:51 PM
Genuine reviews by real people are often short. This correlates to how genuine customers don’t post reviews very often. Articulating why you liked a product other than that you simply liked, also can take a bit of work.

It’s a bit like if you’re a youngster who loves Bacon an Egg’s for breakfast. One day your teacher says: “Right class were going to think about our favourite type of breakfast, then you’re going to write a 100 word essay on it”.

*Groan*

I like Bacon and Eggs in the morning because the bacon is chewy and tastes (pause) like bacon should taste. I like how some bits get in between my teeth and I get them out with my tongue and finish them off. I like the fried egg (pause) runny so the taste goes all around my mouth.

(57 words, starting to struggle now).

I like the bacon a little tough so I can chew it for the taste and some juice to come out, I don’t like the bacon too soft and squishy. (pause) Bacon and Egg is a filling meal that can see you through until lunch-time. Sometimes if I’m still hungry right afterwards I’ll have a banana too.

114 words. I’d call that work. The bits where I (pause) are where I had to stop for thought a bit.

As a school kid you’d have to do that. Adults don’t have to (fake reviewers are often paid).

99% of the time my recommendation would be something along the lines of:

“I love / like Bacon and Egg and would recommend a friend to eat it”.

Given all of the above, this isn’t to say that many fake reviews will also look like that also!


I read the ratings that say why they liked it, what it was used for, etc.


If I were writing a fake review these are factors I would include.
 chipsss
Joined: 5/21/2008
Msg: 882 (view)
 
Adults living at home with Mom and Dad
Posted: 3/31/2014 9:01:03 AM
Living with your parents is overall good in the economic situation but the downside can be that they / one of them can start interacting with you in a completely different way than if you where anyone else. Like you are a 6 year old and what you say is irrelevant.

A while ago my dad signed a building contract (without reading a single word as I discovered in the end). I stayed out and took his word for it when asking him if he checked it was all legit. He discovered that the company had been previously liquidated, his solution to this was to ring them up and ask about that, to which of course they told him it’s all OK (personally I would have looked a bit further).

Eventually I had no choice but to butt in when I realized he was starting to panic having chanced upon some negative words he found about them (he decided to ring the company up again, and of course they told him that it would be OK) Also it was just about to get to the point where the conmen can enter la-la land in terms of costs, as in: “Well we’ve bought all the materials now, too late your going to have to pay for it all now mate, even if you don’t want to the work done!” That itself was also in the contract, which I read. The print size was the smallest legal size for a contract.

I told him he need’s to cancel now and do his research now. Even if they ended up being legit, it’s months of uncertainty and stress you are entering, and the deeper you’re in the worse it could get.

He didn’t.

I took time off and researched to find out that this company had been serially liquidated in the past, the owners had several other business that where serially liquidated. I found a newspaper article about them with angry victims comments to match and former CCJ’s (prior to liquidation).

I now put this case forward to my dad and he cancelled without question. I was happy that he had only lost £7,000 and was not pursued for £30,000. End of, going to court would not be worth the stress for him and the contract was not on his side (even if its credibility debatable).

After all of this he told me he was going to cancel the contract anyway.

That's a small sample, he is not senile.
 
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