things that are making you happy

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  1. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    Nope, but I looked it up on Amazon. Looks interesting, I'll have to check it out.
     


  2. dune

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    A bunch of friends are having a Star Wars marathon at my place (with some Game of Thrones thrown in). My bi fwb is one of the people here, and her female fwb is here as well...my fwb just asked her if she would like to just sleep here, to "save her the walk".


    Fingers crossed for me guys.
     


  3. Biggskip

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    T&C is definitely in the category of movies that are bad, but can still be watched. Note that this is different from a good bad movie (e.g. Carlito's Way)
     


  4. otc

    otc Senior member

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    That's what I figure. It can already be done with small bets at the Iowa market and in a gray area through intrade...and the Nadex is a registered exchange that doesn't trade political contracts but it does trade things like binary options on whether or not the FOMC will raise the interest rate (which is pretty similar to a contract on whether or not the supreme court will overturn the personal mandate which is what started our discussion).

    Their argument kept consisting of both that it would provide an incentive to lie (e.g. sell a bunch of one candidate and then release false information to tank his campaign...but this happens anyways and false statements are *already* illegal through libel/slander laws) and that they didn't want an added financial incentive influencing people's decisions. I figure this is already how politics works amongst the people who have any power to influence outcomes...a governor endorses a candidate because he will get a cabinet position or a business throws in behind a candidate because they believe their election will be beneficial (like a solar power company supporting a candidate that is trying to raise alternative energy use).

    If anything, a transparent market would provide extra information (if you knew who was buying or selling) and give incentive to release hidden information since its harder to pay someone off to cover up your dirty past if they can buy contracts in the other guy and release the truth (and false info would be securities fraud in addition to libel/slander). It would also make an opportunity for hedging...if a supreme court decision would hurt you, you can buy a contract on it to cover some of that risk (which is what Nadex already does...a REIT that profits on the spread between their borrowing rate and the yield of agency mortgages could take a side on some federal funds rate contracts around FOMC time to hedge against the squeeze they would feel if interest rates went up).
     


  5. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I haven't seen it in probably fifteen years but it was one of those
    movies that repeated endlessly on HBO at the time so I probably saw it a hundred times. I sadly know the damn thing nearly by heart.
     


  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I got a raise. Not huge, but I'm not complaining.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I got a bonus too. Not huge, but I'm not complaining.
     


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    The joke, you missed it.
     
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  9. Harold falcon

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    Fuck yeah, bonus. Congrats.
     


  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks, I already spent it. :devil:
     


  11. imatlas

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    Before or after you had the money in hand?
     


  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, I don't have it in hand yet, but I know what is coming to me.

    Basically it will cover some purchases I already made. Even Steven.
     


  13. imatlas

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    ^ as I suspected :)
     


  14. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    As you suspected what?
     


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