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Professorlocknload — Some oils to be sure. Organic Horticultural Mineral oils, for example, are often used on fruits, especially over winter and early in the season. They typically act by smothering the insects rather than poisoning them. They’re also effective against fungal infection.
Professorlocknload — re: “On what constitutes an organic farm, one might want to talk to a professional Pesticide Applicator if he can find one who will speak off record. I know of one who works for an international chemical supplier who claims the lions share of his business is certified organic farms.”
There’s a misconception here. Organic farms do in fact use pesticides. The question turns on the nature of the pesticides used. Generally, those used on organic farms are derived strictly from natural sources.
Greenpa — Any references to your claims about the US Military’s involvement in the design and distribution of video games?
The reasoning used to rebut Stanley Fisher in “Fed Fischer’s Complete & Bizarre Nonsense: Oil Price Collapse “Making Everybody Better Off” is fallacious. It confuses money with value. Take the author’s equation X = GAS + EVERYTHINGELSE. Clearly, if GAS the price of gas goes lower, the consumer can either buy more GAS, or more EVERYTHINGELSE. In the GDP sense, perhaps nothing changes, since the same amount of money is spent. However, excluding possible follow-on effects (such as layoffs in the oil industry), the consumer is clearly better off, because he gets more actual product or service for his money.
Funny, but I bought a home earlier this year and had no trouble at all getting a mortgage. And I’m the sole earner in my household and Ben Bernanke makes more in one double-talk session — otherwise known as a speech — than I make in 2-1/2 years of working.
While it’s true that the process was more stringent than it was when I made my previous purchases, there was never a moment when I thought the mortgage application was in jeopardy. In fact when I called their bluff on some of the more outlandish requests, they backed off.
Having said that, I agree that now might not be the best time for a young family to buy their first house. Better to save up pennies now and purchase a house at a more favorable time. Boomers will be retiring en masse 5 years from now, and many bought their houses years ago when the prices were more sane. I see some good opportunities coming up on the horizon.