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June 2007

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Great Real Estate Clerk Rant.

June 26, 2007 – Comments (21)

Just got the following, hearfelt rant in my email box from this guy. I think it speaks to the hubris, bad faith, and frustration we're seeing from real estate clerks out there as they begin to reap what they've sown. With Q1 sales down 24%, and May sales looking even worse, it's easy to see what's got Ethan's knickers in a knot. One wonders if his sales pitch will continue to fall on deaf ears.  [more]

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The Perils of Internet Advice

June 26, 2007 – Comments (2)

Yahoo! Answers scares the crap out of me. To think that people would actually turn to this "resource," rather than seek out better sources of advice... I would rather not think about it. And we wonder why foreclosures are at record rates? Savings rate increasingly negative?

Americans are financially illiterate.

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Mass delusion for homedebtors

June 22, 2007 – Comments (1)

The majority think their houses are worth more than they were last year, despite numbers that show quite the opposite.

Could be the same people that are forking out nearly 50% of AUM for Blackstone.

PT Barnum had it wrong. There are thousands born every minute.

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Far out real estate...

June 18, 2007 – Comments (0)

Wow, we're selling Costa Rican lots at Caps?

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Microsoft Surface

June 15, 2007 – Comments (6)

To heck with Vista. The "wow" is here:  [more]

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Ebay gets Scroogled

June 14, 2007 – Comments (0)

Not evil at all. We swear.

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So, you overpay for a hunk of junk in Ft. Myers, Fla,

June 14, 2007 – Comments (1)

and then the developer auctions off the remaining hunks of junk at half price.

What's your response? Admit you made a stupid buy? Or complain because you overpaid?

Here's what happened. (Thanks to Housing Panic for the fun.)

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4 out of 5 mechanics recommend...

June 14, 2007 – Comments (0)

Well, they don't recommend this at dental school...

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Apple's Blurry Browser

June 13, 2007 – Comments (3)

This (at the large size, you'll need to click and link out to see that) shows how Apple's Safari browser gives me blurry type. It's the back window, with the front one being Internet Explorer. Safari also doesn't support newer web features on a slew of sites I tried. All in all, like stepping back 3 years in browser time.  [more]

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Conversion Solutions hits the important "1-cent" mark

June 13, 2007 – Comments (0)

Conversion Solutions touches the important

Not sure if this has happened before, but it sure looks good.

Where's BBQchickenrobot? 

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Here Come the Idiots

June 12, 2007 – Comments (6)

The Democrats, rushing to screw with the fuel marketplace, in worthless -- and doomed -- attempt at creating energy independence through expensive, uneconomical, and filthy coal-to-fuel plants, subsidized by you know who (us.).  [more]

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Bush's FBI crony and the "anti-terrorist" jet

June 12, 2007 – Comments (0)

Meuller's keeping the U.S. safe for his speeches and public appearances.  [more]

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Harvard Housing Shill Changes Tune?

June 11, 2007 – Comments (0)

Good old Nicky Rets, he of the "there is no bubble" school of pumping. He used to be anyway.  [more]

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A Fine Pack of Lies

June 11, 2007 – Comments (2)

Good old Realty Times (and Yahoo!)

Housing Panic Blog with the goal on this one.

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Least Surprising Story about Greedy RE Clerks This Week

June 08, 2007 – Comments (3)

Madison shows us we don't need the six-percenters.

Duh! I sold my home without them. A lawyer took care of all the nasty paperwork, even closing the place for us while we were out of town. Total bill, well under $1,000. 

Stay tuned for ridiculous FUD from the NAR. 

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Paris Hilton's Mystery Ailment Revealed

June 08, 2007 – Comments (4)

She really, really, really doesn't want to be in jail.

I almost feel sorry for her. Almost. I read that they wouldn't let her bring in books. That seems too harsh. Let her read a thing or to, do her time, and then get back to drinking in public without underpants, so that all will be right with the world.

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Dumbest Article Today: Housing Makes You Happy!

June 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

The award goes to this piece, from Laura Rowley, writing for the front page of Yahoo! Finance.   [more]

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Why there are so many scams out there

June 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

It's simple. It's because there's so little journalism and analysis covering the scams. Gary Weiss has a good post (describing another article) touching on investigative journalism and the multitude of ways that hard-nosed pieces are killed. (Note, Gary could also have referred to the example of Chris Byron, who, it seems, was forced out of a Murdoch-run paper, The New York Post, for looking too hard at the unseemly.) I figured I could use this space to add a little color to why we don't see much coverage of stock fraud.  [more]

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Microsoft's Xbotch

June 07, 2007 – Comments (4)

You don't have to go far on "the Internets" to find angry consumers complaining about their Xbox 360s. No, the complaints aren't the usual ones about Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). They're not about clunky interface, lack of design leadership, or unimaginative features.  [more]

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Where's George Bush on Freedom and Democracy?

June 04, 2007 – Comments (3)

Nowhere near Pakistan, of course.

As with previous U.S. administrations, tyranny and repression are just fine with Shrubya, so long as it's his brand of tyranny and repression.

Of course, that works... Until it doesn't.

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Gray hat on how to make yourself popular...

June 01, 2007 – Comments (6)

Alas, it's possible to game your own rec count and pump your own blog posts to make them look more popular than they are. I just confirmed it, with firefox, and it can be done pretty quickly. I bet I can get this post to 10 recs in a couple of minutes...

Sj 

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