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Old 10-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Saturday Rant

So this week started out pretty weird, what with the .Gov shutdown and all, then it proceeded to get absolutely surreal. It seems that these federal workers who just came off a two week paid vacation have decided to take out their apparent anger and frustration on all of us contractors because you know…..it’s all our fault and everything, so let’s make them squirm. I got a shitty e-mail that also went to half the people on the planet, directing me to have all of my submittal documents prepared by the end of next week for full review by engineering and environmental. Keeping in mind that we have only just been awarded a lot of this work and are not even under contract yet. These asswipes are all torqued up to have us fall out of the sky on these projects and they appear to be pulling out the stops to make it happen come hell or high water. Ordinarily we have thirty days to prepare documents for submission, then engineering and environmental reviews take a minimum of 21 days. After that, there is a PAK meeting [project kick-off], a meeting of mutual understanding to go over contract terms, a “partnering meeting”, where we sit around eating hors ‘d oeuvres and agreeing to play nice with each other, a nuts-and-bolts meeting and a pre-construction meeting [pre-con]. This time it looks like we’re going straight to the pre-con and starting work in a few weeks. I’ve never seen this before. Our initial plan with the largest project was to lay down a bit on paperwork submission, use all the time allotment, then stretch out the NTP until after Christmas, since the holidays suck the motivation out of everyone.

We absolutely do not want to start this monster before Christmas, so we’re going to start the whole thing by throwing the yellow flag on the play and calling foul. I sure hope it works, because to have this paperwork completed and turned in by next week is impossible.

On the local front, the house next door continues to deteriorate each week, as neither the “owner/broker" nor the real estate agent want to lift a finger to do a damn thing to the property. The “grass” in the back yard is chest high now and the front yard just a bit shorter. There are now scrubby bushes throughout the yard since it hasn’t been cut in something approaching forever. We have tried and tried to get the county to do something about this damn eyesore, but no banana’s. I’ve gone to code enforcement, which is all over people giving them fines for having accumulated water in flower pots because it promotes mosquito population growth, but they have yet to respond to what in real estate terms is a very real, attractive nuisance. The windows are broken out, the copper wires stripped out, the septic tank lid is smashed in as is the gray water tank lid. The walls inside are moldy and the place has become a petri dish with a whole rainbow of colors as the mold flourishes inside this wide-open nightmare. Meanwhile, my property sits in stark contrast, losing value each and every week this shit-hole sits vacant. Multiple offers have been rebuffed, since each successive owner believes they will be able to extort thirty five or forty grand from some sucker or another. The local miscreants have taken to use it as a place to go and do drugs, so it’s probably a matter of time before someone finds a dead body inside. What makes it all so aggravating is the fact that I helped install the ceramic tiles throughout the house and put in a very nice, completely updated bathroom. Now, it’s a total loss.

A lesser man would have arranged for a clear-air lightning strike a long time ago.

The world-wide monetary subterfuge is threatening to become real and in the forefront, as China continues to forge economic agreements which eliminate the need for dollars in transactions and replaces it with the Yuan. Our arrogance has come back to bite us in the ass, possibly for the last time. We’ve used up our credibility and pushed the world one time too many, so the world is quietly fighting back with the best tool they can use; economics. The days of dollar hegemony are coming to a close, although I don’t see us going down without a fight. I believe the one thing keeping China from going all in is the sheer volume of dollars in the world. Until recently, China has kept the Yuan strictly at home, buying foreign currencies to do business in other nations. Recently however, they have struck large monetary accords which require use of Yuan in transactions, something that appears to be working. The strength of the Chinese currency is obviously tied to world consumption of their goods and services, so if we really wanted to we could collapse the dollar, and with it all demand. While it would inflict untold pain upon our people and indeed, the entire world, it would also destroy China in one fell swoop. This material fact has not escaped the planners in China, who are buying up the worlds resources with their dollar reserves [bonds] like a plague of locusts in a cornfield.

It feels a lot like the end-game is in play, only there’s no chatter, no discussion, and seemingly anyway, no fear. When this blows sky high no one will have seen it coming and no one will go to jail [again]. We’ll all be completely on our own, and those who were in the know will be sitting in their chalet sipping 40 year old scotch bitching about how hard it is to get any decent steaks anymore. By doing absolutely nothing in ’08, and by allowing these fuck masters get away with trillions of dollars of loot with little more than a few billion dollar wrist slaps, we have assured our ultimate destruction. Justice delayed is justice denied. Those who have savings will be bailed-in and destroyed. Those who have nothing will starve. Whether by design or by simple benign greed, the outcome is assured already, it really is just a matter of time.

I guess I should be happy that summer finally broke and it’s a lot cooler and drier these afternoons. The oranges are ripening on the tree and the winter garden is in full swing. We’ll be canning by Christmas and should have a hell of a harvest. The mother hen that sat on a turkey egg is doing a fine job with the turkey chick and at this point, she still doesn’t realize it’s not her chick, but that doesn’t matter to her and she takes on all comers when they come around to check out the baby. It really is pretty funny to watch. In a month the turkey will be bigger than the hen!

I am going to sit back, and to the extent possible anyway, watch it all unfold in third person. We’ve “installed” all the “insulation” we could and set ourselves up for the worst, so I guess anything better than the worst is a bonus at this point.

Milder than usual but nevertheless, sorry about the rant.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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Oh yeah.......I forgot........Fuck you Bernanke!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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Well, Ancona, the federal workers are all getting a raise now. They are probably just trying to earn their keep!

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/18/news...-worker-raise/
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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The feds want to pretend this shutdown is a "null pros" - it never happened. They take time off and expect the rest to make up for their paid vacation. Typical. Just part of the whipping they paid *extra* to give the taxpayers - lock us out of stuff we paid for, or even the frigging ocean if reports I've heard are true.

While inflicting more than "due process" on you regardless (only if it's negative for you, of course), they take a mulligan. We even ran into that one back in the '70s, whenever they got desperate and declared "it's an emergency".
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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I have this theory that Anacona is not a real person, but in fact is really a committee of people sitting in a dark room in Washington DC trying different story-lines to see if somebody like me will respond so they can tap my phones and put me on a watch list. So I just want to say to the committee that I am not fooled anymore. There is no possibility a single guy could be doing and writing all of the things in these "rants". You guys have gotten completely carried away with too many different story-lines, and it's just not believable anymore. When does this guy actually have time to work?

So next time you invent another internet personality I suggest you make their "life" much less complicated like regular people. And as for the "Anacona" character, if you insist on continuing with this charade, I think you should give the guy a vacation on his next rant (I'm going to Disneyland for a month!) or maybe have him come out of the closet and move to San Francisco to write poetry (I can't stop hugging people!), or maybe have him win the Powerball Lottery and buy a private jet (champagne dreams and caviar wishes!) and have lunch with the President (he let me touch his basketball!), because if he really is a "Government Contractor" (wink, wink) he would probably be in a mental institution by now where they don't allow internet access. So I feel sorry for the "Anacona" character and think you guys need to start letting him have more fun, at least online.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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Of the things you mentioned the broken house would bother me.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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Im shocked I tell you

shocked !

oh wait, thats what Im supposed to be )-:

Im just sorry that our good friend(s) ancona has to put up with so much crap from so many uncaring sources that purport to be there to look after our interests.

Im seeing a shift in the world of construction as the bigger boyz bring their 'last man standing' philosophy further down the food chain, in order to pass the pain on to any subcontractor who still thinks that 'working together' is the best way ........

I am fortunate that my standstill costs are low enough to only need to work a day a week and do not have to put up with all the blame game stuff that is now endemic.

Ancona you have my full sympathy and support ( aint keyboard support easy ?) and I hope you can find a way to function that gives you some sense of satisfaction.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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Here you go Mark- float this idea, Merry Christmas!












A San Francisco Bay Area city is moving ahead with its first-in-the-nation plan to use the government's constitutional power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of underwater mortgages.

The Richmond City Council voted 4-3 early Wednesday to set up a Joint Powers Authority to bring more cities into the plan. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin says the city of El Monte in Southern California has expressed interest, and she believes other cities will follow.

Under the plan, Richmond would use eminent domain to seize the underwater mortgages. It would then offer the bank fair market value for it and give the homeowner a new loan that would lower monthly payments and improve the owner's chances of staying.

Banks have filed lawsuits to stop Richmond from going ahead.

Richmond can now invoke eminent domain if trusts for more than 620 delinquent and performing "underwater" mortgages reject offers made by the city to buy the loans at deep discount pegged to their properties' current appraised prices to refinance them and reduce their principal.

A mortgage is under water when its unpaid balance is greater than its property's market value.

City council members opposed to the plan said that using eminent domain would put Richmond at risk of expensive lawsuits that could destroy the city's finances.

"A 1 percent chance of bankruptcy from this program is a deal-breaker for me," Councilman Jim Rogers told a crowd of about 300 people at the meeting, moved to a city auditorium from the council's chamber.

Other council members warned of a backlash from financial institutions, noting Richmond had no takers last month when the successor to its redevelopment agency put $34 million of bonds up for sale to refinance previous debt. The eminent domain plan had been disclosed to the U.S. municipal bond market.

While housing advocates urged support for the plan, realtor Jeffrey Wright warned that going through with eminent domain could prompt a clampdown in mortgage lending in Richmond or push up mortgage interest rates in the city of about 104,000 residents.

Responding to the plan, the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently said it would press Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to limit or cease its business where such proposals get approved, effectively closing off most mortgage financing there.






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Old 10-20-2013, 12:45 PM   #9
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Ahhhh........ummm.......How to respond.....

Aubuy,
I'm not sure if you are truly concerned that I'm a government plant, or just having a little fun. Either way, I tend to parody myself and my cohorts in our industry [Industrial scale remediation and demolition/dismantlement] because it's so easy to do. I guess if one takes what I write to a conspiratorial level, then adds a little bit of imagination, perhaps someone could come to that conclusion, but c'mon brother.....really?

Words can be used to describe, but they can also be used to entertain, which is mostly what I try to do, albeit on a bit of a darker tint than the average djiblottie. On one level, I hope that I am educating people; helping them to unravel the lies we're fed every day. On another level, I hope I am encouraging folks to maintain some measure of preparedness. I live in Florida, so we expect to get hit by hurricanes and large storms on a fairly regular basis. While totally random, hurricane strikes are horrible events and many here in my immediate area only have minimal preparations, expecting Uncle Savior to roll in with his FEMA army to hand out Mo Free Shit, as has been the case in the past is a bad plan to hold on to. I like knowing my family can tell FEMA to go pound sand, because we not only do not need any help, but have worked with our neighbors to get them prepared and are self sufficient.

I find it mildly amusing that you [presuming you are serious] translate my writing in to something that it is neither meant to be, nor intended to be interpreted. Hopefully I have cleared up these misconceptions about my writing, and given some insight to my intentions. I want nothing but good for the average Joe and Jane. I want everyone to re-assume some personal responsibility and control over their own destiny, nothing more and nothing less.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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Of all people on here, ancona, is NOT a govt plant. The notion is silly and unfounded.

I known this guy for over 4 years online. His story is consistent. I known him for 2 other message boards. He uses the same screen name- this is something I did not do. Having read hundreds of his posts and talking to him via email- he is consistent.

The notion that he is a plant is foolish.

Per haps a few of you- dont think it adds up- that you come in late into the picture- I am sure you can find others who would laugh at the thought that this is even suggested. He has been more up front then a % of the people.

I have known Mark for over 4 years. Lets not insult him, or myself on the accusation that he is a plant. It would not be hard to locate others to confirm this.

A few weeks ago- someone accused me of being a bot. I ignored it.

Dont be saying Mark is a fake. He isnt.
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I am sorry but I never said that Mark is fake (whoever Mark is?). I only said that I think Anacona is probably a committee of people writing under the pseudonym of "ANACONA" which probably stands for Albert, Nancy, Arman, Charles, O'Leary, Najib, and Analisapopolo (who get's teased a lot). I am trying to figure out which one of them caught the fresh tuna because I love tuna. I am pretty sure O'Leary is the one who loves beer.

I am also pretty sure that DCFusor is a group of nuclear scientists sitting in the lunchroom at the Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) trying to get terrorists to "friend" them since it's pretty obvious that the DCFusor "group" knows how to design and build a nuclear device that can fit in a cell phone and still drop calls like a real one. So even though I really truly love reading DCFusor (thanks guys!) I am not going to request that he send me any thermonuclear devices via regular mail. Maybe FedEX so I can track it, but no way USPS.

Since I never joke around, and I take everything very seriously, I will continue to read the posts of both Anacona and DCFusor in attempt to figure out where they buy those cool ties with NSA insignias. I do not wish to offend these nice people and I hope that my posts are helpful to others on PMBug trying to figure out "Is it Time to Buy Gold Now" which in my opinion is one of the best threads ever written by a single individual not in federal custody, which is where I will probably be soon, unless PMBug pulls my plug first.
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Fun response! I don't know who Anacona is, but M. Ancona is alive and well, posting regularly here and elsewhere!
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Originally Posted by ancona View Post:
Fun response! I don't know who Anacona is, but M. Ancona is alive and well, posting regularly here and elsewhere!
although I don't have any friends, friend, I most certainly enjoy reading your posts!

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...

TSA and Customs Agents were wroking just fine during the "Shutdown", I read that something like only 20% of .gov workers were actually furloughed...

I was disappointed and shocked (shocked!) that the Dems won again.

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ancona, maybe you could start a small garden in your neighbor's yard... Some fall plant that does not grow too high. Not being a gardener, I have no suggestions though...

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I could do ten or twelve clusters of sweet potatoes which would, in very short order, take over the entire property yet provide hundreds of pounds of sweet, delicious 'taters.
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...however- I am sure we are looked in on.

MIAC report comes to mind
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Originally Posted by ancona View Post:
Fun response! I don't know who Anacona is, but M. Ancona is alive and well, posting regularly here and elsewhere!

I made the same mistake a while back.

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On the local front, the house next door continues to deteriorate each week, ... Multiple offers have been rebuffed, since each successive owner believes they will be able to extort thirty five or forty grand from some sucker or another. ...
I had been wondering what was going on with this since you last talked about it. The property has been sold several times now (in recent history)? Or, since the place went derelict, it's still the same stubborn owner refusing to fix or sell (at a fair price)?
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:10 AM   #19
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PMBug- the owner/tenant was booted out long ago.

I also wondered what came of it.
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The original Owner defaulted in late '06. A property company bought it at auction and sat on it for seven months or so. The Clampetts moved in and after a few months, stopped paying on what was essentially a rent-to-own scheme. Six or seven months later they got the boot. The property has changed hands twice more since then, with the new "owner" dropping the ask each time. We're now down to 24 thousand ask for this totaled out POS. With each new owner, we start the whole bug hunt over again, trying to get the county to do something about the clear and actionable deficiencies at this property, but no luck so far.

Perhaps at some point it will be priced low enough that I will be interested in buying it to simply demolish. i would then level the lot, put in a small retention pond and absorb the property in to my side yard. I can be patient when i must, so here I sit.
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