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Sunday, December 07, 2021

If you’re looking to buy your first-ever house, the current foreclosure free-fall offers up rock-bottom prices and terms, without the burden of having to unload a previously-owned crib.

My view, as someone who’s yet to take on a mortgage? Granted, the pricetags have dropped a good deal, to the point where I hear you can scoop up shacks in (among other places) northeast Florida for five figures. But as far as places where I’d actually want to live, like New York City or State, the prices have gone from the formerly astronomic to the merely stratospheric — point is, they’re still sky-high. The signs point toward even further bottoming-out, so there’s little reason to jump on anything just yet.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/07/2021 12:01pm
Category: Society
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The Mumbai terrorist attacks will be dissected for months to come. And it won’t just be as regards to how they affect and will affect India — geopolitical risk analysts at Stratfor present a set of bleak consequences for the entire region that “could leave Obama’s entire South Asia strategy in shambles”.

1. India’s already weak government decides it has to retaliate against Pakistan or risk falling.

2. Pakistan responds by withdrawing forces from western Pakistan, where they can fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban, to the India-Pakistan border.

3. Taliban forces, freed from having to watch out for Pakistani troops, are strengthened along the Afghan border; Qaeda operatives are more secure.

4. The United States’ situation in Afghanistan goes from bad to worse.

5. Iran, watching Pakistan and India rattling their nuclear sabers, concludes that it is in a better position to insist on pursuing its nuclear program.

Iran being drawn into the mix obviously seeps the instability to the Middle East, which is the United States’ bigger area of concern.

This is the worst-case scenario, of course. It’s probable, but not necessarily likely, that this entire domino effect come together. The very first domino — New Delhi taking the high-risk move to challenge Pakistan, just to prop up a government beset with other domestic challenges — seems the unlikeliest of all moves.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/07/2021 11:44am
Category: Politics
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If you hate Coldplay, and savor any opportunity to pile on that hate, then Joe Satriani’s lawsuit charging that the band plagiarized a big chunk of his 2004 song “If I Could Fly” should suffice.

And if that doesn’t, then keep in mind that this ain’t the first time Chris Martin & Co. have been thusly accused: Three years ago, they were criticized with a wholesale instrumental ripoff of Kraftwerk’s 1981 track, “Computer Love” (although Martin freely admitted to that connection/inspiration).

Not that I care much, one way or the other — neither Coldplay nor Satriani are my bag. I just couldn’t pass up the chance to use such a punny-perfect headline mashup like “Coldplagiarism”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/07/2021 11:09am
Category: Creative, Pop Culture, True Crime
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