Much of US favors Bush impeachment: poll – Yahoo! News

Much of US favors Bush impeachment: poll – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday.

The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Cheney.

Seattle housing market tips onto the downward slope

Scales tip in favor of home buyers – Seattle Times

Economists’ predictions have come true. Like most of the rest of the nation, the greater Seattle-area housing market has slowed to the point where buyers have an edge.

Of course, you can’t dampen the outlook of the real estate professionals:

But the fundamentals behind Seattle’s market — particularly its strong job growth and dearth of new housing — mean “our area is going to thrive and grow,” Lones predicted.

“If it’s going to be any kind of a slowdown, I think it’s going to be false slow,” she said. “We’re in a very desirable place to live.”

San Francisco is also a very desirable place to live, but it hasn’t become a city of 20 million people because of the cost of living. Palm Springs doesn’t have 10 million folks. The job growth and desirability of a place cannot erase the problems of a real estate market out-of-whack with financial reality.

Reader Feedback | Seattle Times Newspaper

Reader Feedback | Seattle Times Newspaper

I am moving from Miami to Seattle. Luckily I sold my house in Miami Beach last year. I plan to rent in Seattle since I believe that this market is behind other metro areas by 9-12 months before prices begin to drop in Seattle. Do you think prices will drop returning to more affordable ratios income vs median house prices? Please do not tell me about the great job market. Places like Boston are just as strong in the tech sector and they have seen prices fall 10% YOY. Thank you.
Mon, May 21, 2007 3:23 pm

We have not seen such drastic decline in values 8 percent in Miami alone for a number of reasons. The biggest of which is that we did not see such rampant speculation by investors/”flippers” boosting prices to extreme levels. Areas that did not increase as much are not likely to decline as much if at all.
Matthew Gardner
Tue, May 22, 2007 12:40 pm

Wow, Matthew Gardner is smoking crack! I don’t know what market he’s looking at, but in my searches for property, at least 50% of properties for sale over the median King Country price were owned for less than two years and had their prices increased 50%-100% which is the mark of the flipper property.

The future looks bright and a little scary

The graphic below points out one scary thing, which is that the kids are just as much against a woman’s right to chose as the rest of the moronic population. The article mentions a second scary thing, which is that they also believe we will win in Iraq. So, I’m not sure I want to call them more liberal as a whole. More open to equality between races, sexes and gender preference, sure. Another way to think of that is enlightenment as opposed to political leanings. It is just showing the maturity in society as a whole. On the other real, liberal with a big L, issues: war, environment, a woman’s right to choose; they are just as conservative as their seniors.

Young Americans Are Leaning Left, New Poll Finds – New York Times

NY Times Graphic

dear nytimes magazine

you sure do have some great articles. However, when I put a bunch of ’em in tabs, Firefox is lighting up like a pinball machine with all the re-loading your pages do for distributing your adverts. That’d be annoying enough, but all those forced pings to you server to grab adverts I’ll never see is running down the battery in my laptop like the dickens. Wake up to the new web technologies, morons.

Interesting post on life at Google vs Microsoft from a individual contributor perspective

Life at Google – The Microsoftie Perspective « Just Say “No” To Google

The comments are freaky. MS folks piling on this person which seems kind of stupid, because this reads like a love letter to life at Microsoft if I ever read one. I’d like to see this person follow up with a second interview in a few years and see how the Microsoft grind changes their perspective. I never worked at Google, but part of the reason that I left MS was because it was starting to feel like management looked at developers as cogs in the machine. Maybe its worse at Google, I don’t know, but this certainly doesn’t compel me to go work there. Especially as a manager. 100 direct reports! That is insane.

wow, I crashed the tivo!

So our tivo decided to stop recognizing our wireless network AGAIN, so I did the stuff I’ve done before to fix it up, unplug the wireless adapter, reboot the tivo, restart the network, change the wireless setting, then finally voila, it connected and then rebooted TWICE! I’m realizing that the plus side to computer as appliance is that it just works, except when it doesn’t and then you are FUCKED.

two more opinions on mega-houses destroying neighborhoods

This one personal, about Magnolia

The invasion of Magnolia by the land snatchers was not a “shock and awe” campaign. Initially, it was gradual — a house demolished here, another there, to be replaced by three- and four-story McMansions. The neighborhood was changing, as all neighborhoods will over time.

I didn’t like it, but I told myself that change is inevitable. It can be good. It can revitalize a neighborhood, but Magnolia as I have known it is being destroyed by land snatchers who seize houses only to demolish them. This change is not good.

In recent years, the land snatchers have become rapacious. In the last year alone, I have witnessed the demolition of at least six homes within blocks of my house. The charming traditional homes of Magnolia, the elegant Tudors and the modest cottages, are now an endangered species. I drive down a street in my neighborhood, looking at houses I have long appreciated, and all I see are possible — no, probable — demolitions.

This one from the editors of the Seattle Times

If you’ve ever had the sun blotted or your view blocked by a house on steroids, you’d understand the unneighborly feelings that a megahome can engender.

Steve, this is what happens when you give a lame keynote

Is Google Going To Buy Apple? |

With no good rumours to go on, no new hardware, no new iLife, the Apple rumour mill goes into overdrive.

I think this a fairly unlikely thing. Google needs a hardware and consumer appliance manufacturer like Apple needs to get into the catering business. The Google business model is all about making the operating system irrelevant. Everything lives in the cloud delivered for free with some targeted advertising. Buying a hardware company makes very little sense in that world. It’s also a crazy low-margin business. It would drag Google’s profitability down in a serious way.

Dell or Sony makes a lot more sense as a partner if Apple was really an acquisition target.