Every year (as of 2012) 91 million tons of chicken meat are consumed by humans (cat/dog food included I presume). It amkes you wonder if being eaten in such quantity a real measure of having "conquered the world."
"Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journal
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1. Principal forgiveness would reduce negative equity, though house price appreciation is likely to have a much greater effect in reducing the number of underwater borrowers.
2. The Obama Administration may soon appoint a new director of the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (who could then change the current policy and make principal-balance reductions possible). However, Republicans in the Senate could potentially block the nomination if they believed it was likely to lead to significant loosening of rules on mortgage refinancing or widespread principal reduction for underwater borrowers. The agency has been operating without a confirmed director since 2009.
3. Rent or Buy? It's a "total occupancy cost" question-- you are right-- those that can will buy when the cost of occupancy (compared to renting)-- is lower.
4. In time, interest rates will go up.
In 1988, Koop, as Surgeon General took unprecedented action in mailing information about AIDS (specifically in relation to its transmission and prevention) to every U.S. household-- the first ever pamphlet with a frank discussion of sexual practices and advocacy of condom use-- sent to every address in the US.
The Andean Condor, a bird "that may be considered threatened with extinction in the near future" being kept by Jonathan Fleisig, the owner of the Bakersfield Condors Hockey Team for marketing purposes ... http://bakersfieldcondors.com/team/front-office/
Stay in school. Do the work!-- is great advice. Candice Bushnell (quoted in Edith Zimmerman's NY Times Magazine profile) is onto this point too: “There’s so many things that mattered so much in my 20s and 30s that don’t matter now,” Bushnell said. “You don’t have to do everything by the time you’re 30. Or 40. All you need is a work ethic.” Then she paused. “It’s what allows you to push through moments of disappointment and self-doubt and fear.”
@LondonLee Pret's relative lack-of-presence here in the USA is their apparent lack of good commercial-property-real-estate-advisory-and brokerage-services. Where else but in NYC (especially in their shops on Madison Avenue) do you have to suffer the indignity of having to eat a sandwich in-shop under an air blowing device so strong it will dry out your hair while preventing you from hearing in 10 seconds or less? And a Pret in Miami, Florida??-- forgetaboutit.
My favorite aspect of the ever-so-modest-apartment-renovation reviews about NYC properties are those that include photographs of residential interiors filled with art, which happen to have a "retail" value in the millions of dollars. And as if beside the point, that component of what it takes to pull off the whole composition goes unremarked.
Just so I might read a well written description of the gasp, flinching eye roll, and wagging finger one can consistently get when daring to ask for any "substitution" (what-so-ever, including a cocktail without alcohol in it)— will someone please compose a review of the experience at Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens?!
@stuffisthings: You know, this year analysts at Goldman Sachs correctly predicted the exact number of medals the British team members would win at the Olympics. They didn't announce or publish their view of your equivalent "policy and issues" for specific athletes for the event outcomes they were predicting. What was of value, and what reflects the GS analyst-team's intellectual and analytical prowess was that they got the prediction right. That ability to get an outcome correct in advance of a specific event is what is of such value because the skill set-- applied in myriad ways gives the predictor (like Nate Silver and his firm, The New York Times) advantages that others don't have. My point being that it is in this case the ability of Nate Silver to get the "horse-race nonsense" right that is so awesome, and that rightly deserves thoughtful applause. Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's ...
Policy and issues both follow and lead election outcomes. It's nice to see someone can get the election outcome so right.