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    Actually, trees bumping power lines is apparently...

    Actually, trees bumping power lines is apparently a fairly common cause of wildfires. It's one of the suspected causes of the current rash of fires we recently had. And a reasonable guess too since...
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    To answer your other question I would probably be...

    To answer your other question I would probably be ok with a mandate that any buildings in fire prone exurban areas be rebuilt with brick or other non-combustible exteriors and either terra cotta...
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    While FEMA will undoubtedly have some role in...

    While FEMA will undoubtedly have some role in dealing with the aftermath of the fires most of the heavy lifting of the rebuilding cost will be born by the property insurance that the owners of the...
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    And probably would've said that people freaking...

    And probably would've said that people freaking out about "blood and soil" were just over-reacting?
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    So I guess the answer to the original thread...

    So I guess the answer to the original thread question, yes, Austria is going full trump. Delightful.
  6. Thread: Mouse Holocaust

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    We dont have mice in our current place, at least...

    We dont have mice in our current place, at least as dar as i know. But when i lived in NYC they were inevitable. My cat Harry earned his keep two or three times per year in that apartment. They'd...
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    You're probably correct. Jails cost money and...

    You're probably correct. Jails cost money and since the police force in ferguson exists not to reduce crime, but instead is there to bring in revenue, it makes much more sense to just fine people...
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    And what is it about the denver airport that...

    And what is it about the denver airport that makes them the biggest employer in colorado but no other airport makes the list?
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    Can't get much more minimal than that, although I...

    Can't get much more minimal than that, although I question whether this piece fully exploits the extensive musical abilities of the theremin.
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    Advertisers always need to be aware of cultural...

    Advertisers always need to be aware of cultural environment where they are advertising. I recall years ago reading about mega-blunders when American companies entered various foreign markets. For...
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    I'm grateful that all my friends and...

    I'm grateful that all my friends and acquaintances in napa and sonoma counties (at least as far as I know) are safe. These past few days have been pretty awful, but so far the worst I know...
  12. Thread: We got approved!

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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!
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    Somehow youtube served up to me a bunch of videos...

    Somehow youtube served up to me a bunch of videos of a guy who likes to go to drag strips with his Tesla. It was quite amusing watching his silent car beat the pants off most of the other guys with...
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    Like many of our forum members I came across...

    Like many of our forum members I came across YMOYL a long time ago. At the time I went through all the steps, but the one that had the most meaning to me was tracking expenses. I was already...
  15. Thread: Happy Columbus Day

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    I don't particularly have strong feelings one way...

    I don't particularly have strong feelings one way or the other about columbus day. After all the reality is that if we didn't have columbus day we'd have some other day named after whatever other...
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    That does seem to be true, at least here. From...

    That does seem to be true, at least here. From what I've heard from multiple sources "vacation" homes in the areas surrounding the bay area are being scooped up by people who can't afford to buy a...
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    Having multiple homes really seems like the...

    Having multiple homes really seems like the opposite of simple living. At least for my definition of living simply.
  18. Thread: Las Vegas

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    All I could say in response to them would be...

    All I could say in response to them would be "good luck with that."
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    No, quite a bit west of there. Not nearly as hot...

    No, quite a bit west of there. Not nearly as hot and more hills and trees. Although I woke up to this news. :-( So far everyone I know up there is ok, but this is pretty frightening.
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    I can certainly agree with your comment. Twenty...

    I can certainly agree with your comment. Twenty years ago i had a coworker who was probably 50 (my age now) who moved from suburban boston to florida. He worked remotely and was actually more...
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    You have no idea how true this statement is. ...

    You have no idea how true this statement is. When I lived in NYC I could keep track of when things happened because of the seasons. Now that we're in san francisco I can barely remember how many...
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    People who live in flood zones should be mandated...

    People who live in flood zones should be mandated to buy NFIP flood insurance or be inelligible for any bailouts afterwards. Homes that have had multiple payments for flooding well beyond the hope...
  23. Thread: Credit reports

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    Maybe the bump in spending and the requested...

    Maybe the bump in spending and the requested increase in limit caused them to think you're on the road to financial ruin... :~)
  24. Thread: Credit reports

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    I've also heard that the score goes up if you...

    I've also heard that the score goes up if you actually carry credit card balances. But I haven't carried a balance in over a decade and at most have charged maybe $2,000 in any given month and...
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    Sorry to hear that you're having so many issues. ...

    Sorry to hear that you're having so many issues. I'd also suggest filing a complaint with the CFPB. With our current president I have no idea whether you'll accomplish anything (he may not be able...
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