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Old 02-22-2016, 10:17 AM   #5821
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I also wish I had a low IQ. I think I would be a much happier person.
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I also wish I had a low IQ. I think I would be a much happier person.
dont beat yourself up over it.
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How could devaluing the dollar possibly make the US more competitive or create growth?
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How could devaluing the dollar possibly make the US more competitive or create growth?
Ask Canada how much they enjoy their devalued currency right now.

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How could devaluing the dollar possibly make the US more competitive or create growth?
A less valuable dollar makes U.S. Exports appear cheaper to foreigners.

Lets say that you make widgets. Your raw materials are mined and refined in the good ol' U.S. of A.

After all of your costs are considered, you sell your widgets for $20, and you make a modest profit on that $20.

Now, some European buys your widgets, and he has to spend 20 Euro to cover the conversion to $20 in order to buy your part. This European is important to you - in fact, a full 30% of your widgets go straight to this dude in Europe.

Now lets say the dollar loses 50% of it's value. You, here at home, barely notice. Your workers are paid the same, your refined widgetanium costs the same, and you barely notice the difference - that is until your European distributor gives you a call...

Since the dollar has lost 50% of its value, he now only has to spend 10 Euro to buy a widget. Rock bottom widget prices have Europeans buying widgets like they're going out of style. This month, he places a triple order for widgets, and says he'll probably need more in a week!! Business is booming for you because the dollar is devalued!!

(Now consider what happens if the U.S. Dollar increases in value...)
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China's been doing this for decades. What's not mentioned is that by devaluing their currency, they also devalue what the average Chinese worker can make. The factory owner can leverage his low cost goods into large profits, but the comparative low-cost wages leaves the average worker screwed. But that's what happens when Communists dabble in Capitalism.

When it's done properly like in America, politicians leverage the debt of Americans that haven't even been born yet by creating Trillions in debt. The money supply is deposited in banks that are too big to fail, who in turn invest in companies who prop up whichever political party is willing to give them favorable laws and regulations, and keep out those pesky small businesses who try to compete.

We're much more sophisticated with our dollar devaluation here.
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A less valuable dollar makes U.S. Exports appear cheaper to foreigners.
And foreign imports more expensive for Americans.

Avocados from Mexico. Shirts from Malaysia. Cars from Japan. TVs from China. Wine from Italy. Oil from Saudi Arabia. Maple syrup from Canada. Diamonds from Botswana. Airplanes from Brazil. Roquefort cheese from France. Vibrating аnal beads from The Netherlands.

It's a give-and-take. When you devalue the currency, businesses involved in manufacturing and export benefit, but consumer prices rise. When you increase the value of the currency, consumers and businesses involved in import benefit, but manufacturing, mining and export profits fall.

It is a classic zero-sum game.
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A less valuable dollar makes U.S. Exports appear cheaper to foreigners.

Lets say that you make widgets. Your raw materials are mined and refined in the good ol' U.S. of A.

After all of your costs are considered, you sell your widgets for $20, and you make a modest profit on that $20.

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Now lets say the dollar loses 50% of it's value. You, here at home, barely notice. Your workers are paid the same, your refined widgetanium costs the same, and you barely notice the difference - that is until your European distributor gives you a call...

Since the dollar has lost 50% of its value, he now only has to spend 10 Euro to buy a widget. Rock bottom widget prices have Europeans buying widgets like they're going out of style. This month, he places a triple order for widgets, and says he'll probably need more in a week!! Business is booming for you because the dollar is devalued!!

(Now consider what happens if the U.S. Dollar increases in value...)


wanna see what happens when your currency is weak:

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Nikon Japan announces price increases of up to 18% for lenses and flash units
Published Jan 28, 2016

Nikon has released details of price increases it will implement in the Japanese market from the beginning of March this year. The changes will affect a total of 73 of its DX and FX lenses, as well as three teleconverters. In addition, 21 lenses for the Nikon 1 system will be included, the FT1 mount adapter and six Speedlite flash units along with the systems associated wireless remotes. Newer lenses, such as the recently announced AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G/VR, the 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR, the 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR and the 24mm F1.8G ED are not included in the list.

The degree of increase varies across the board, but some products, such as the SB-300 flashgun, will face a price hike of close to 18%. Others though will be increased by less than 5%.

The company cites pressures from increasing costs of raw materials for the price rises, and claims that it has done all it can to absorb the additional costs itself.

As the information was intended only for the Japanese market there is no mention of the rises coming into force in other regions. We'll update this story with more details as and when we receive them.

For more information see the notice posted on the Nikon Japan website.

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Frontal cortex not fully developed but emotional centers fully formed:


Somebody needs to hammer the sickle out of her.
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Somebody needs to hammer the sickle out of her.

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First thing I noticed, what does she keep looking at?



Eye Movements and NLP - Interesting.

Eyes Up and Left: Non-dominant hemisphere visualization - i.e., remembered imagery (Vr).

Eyes Up and Right: Dominant hemisphere visualization - i.e., constructed imagery and visual fantasy (Vc).

Eyes Lateral Left: Non-dominant hemisphere auditory processing - i.e., remembered sounds, words, and "tape loops" (Ar) and tonal discrimination.

Eyes Lateral Right: Dominant hemisphere auditory processing - i.e., constructed sounds and words (Ac).

Eyes Down and Left: Internal dialogue, or inner self-talk (Ad).

Eyes Down and Right: Feelings, both tactile and visceral (K).

Eyes Straight Ahead, but Defocused or Dilated: Quick access of almost any sensory information; but usually visual.
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She's not unattractive (physically, anyway), though I can't imagine what it would be like to have to deal with someone who is so emotionally fragile (and so easily distraught by peripheral externalities) on a daily basis. I'm trying to decide whether it's likely that the hair in her public region is neatly groomed or not.




Anyway, this is the political random pics thread:


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My takeaway from the debate:

Trump was the only candidate who, when asked a direct question, tended to give a direct answer, rather than using his allotted response time to encourage the viewer to be nostalgic about the past and blame some vaguely defined third-party for all of their problems.
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My takeaway from the debate:

Trump was the only candidate who, when asked a direct question, tended to give a direct answer, rather than using his allotted response time to encourage the viewer to be nostalgic about the past and blame some vaguely defined third-party for all of their problems.
My takeaway is that Trump has a large *****, and Rudio and Cruz are jealous.
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My takeaway is they're all pretty fucked up and that, short of an indictment, the next President will be a woman unless the Dems grow a set of *****.
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