Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Aug 26, 2012.
Oh, SanFo. How I miss your peaceloveandunderstanding ways.
The largest component of CPI is a bullshit intangible called "owners' equivalent rent". BLS also has an entire webpage explaining how a thousand-dollar plasma TV is DEFLATIONARY compared to a $250 CRT one.
CPI is the least accurate gauge of inflation there is.
Chase counted my change, but they had to send it off site. They bagged it, gave me a receipt and then the money showed up in my account a few days later.
It was close to 15 years worth of accumulated change. My wife and I were guessing how much we had, I think that I guessed around $50. It came out to $250.00 exactly (which I found kind of suspicious, actually).
Since you're in New York, you could try the First CityWide Change Bank. They'll get your change right.
Oh please, please please go off on another multi-page rant about the CPI.
OK, so what's been the true inflation rate since 2011?
No, this should suffice:
"The Federal Reserve has been on a media campaign to sell its monetary policy to average Americans, but this hasn't always gone smoothly. Witness last week's visit to Queens, New York, by New York Fed President William Dudley, who got a street-corner education in the cost of living.
The former Goldman Sachs chief economist gave a speech explaining the economy's progress and the Fed's successes, but come question time the main thing the crowd wanted to know was why they're paying so much more for food and gas. Keep in mind the Fed doesn't think food and gas prices matter to its policy calculations because they aren't part of "core" inflation.
How can you compare the iPad 2 to food prices?
So Mr. Dudley tried to explain that other prices are falling. "Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful," he said. "You have to look at the prices of all things."
Reuters reports that this "prompted guffaws and widespread murmuring from the audience," with someone quipping, "I can't eat an iPad." Another attendee asked, "When was the last time, sir, that you went grocery shopping?""
You wanna continue to get ass-fucked? Go ahead. Leave me out of it.
I'm sympathetic, but you didn't answer my question.
If you want to drown in stats, start here:
But if you want the real answer, do what you're already doing: look at what YOU are spending on YOUR day-to-day expenditures: Subway ride. Loaf of bread. Electric bill. You know the answer. Why depend on BLS, the same folks who report U3 as the "official" unemployment number when U6 was the official one during the First Great Depression?
New downstairs neighbors who think it is OK to blast metal music at all hours of the day. Complete with subwoofer cranked up so loud that pictures have to be straightened when they are done.
They came home last night at 2AM and did this. After my wife had been up all night throwing up, and had just gotten to sleep.
And to top it off, whenever they aren't home, their dogs bark literally nonstop.
My new neighbour is an opera singer who practices all day, every day. It's kind of lovely.
we had neighbors like this (the barking dog, not the heavy metal). i'd try to be nice & say stuff like " boy are you lucky, your dog loves you very much!" they'd say "what d'ya mean" and I'd reply "as soon as you leave he starts barking and doesn't stop until you return" - this had no effect on them so we started calling the cops...
the dog we look after for half the week doesn't bark while we're out. But she does wolf howl at the firetrucks when they pass.
They need this:
The misting, anti-bark dog collar.
I have a neighbor who works at night and noisy hallways can set the dogs off sometimes, so he was not too happy about the dogs. My boy has separation problems and I tried all kinds of things — including one-on-one training. But this thing is like Krytonite. He starts being quiet and calm at the sight of it now.
Maybe you can print it out and leave it anonymously on their door?
Yeah, I tried dropping some hints a couple times when we got a package with their name on it and I took it down or whatever... Doesn't seem to have taken.
Calling the cops/311 is notoriously ineffective in New York, so I'm not optimistic.
I guess I should be neighborly and ask them directly to cool it before I go to the landlord about it...
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