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by shoestring
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4377
Views: 502885

Re: Figuring Out Religion

One item I would like to comment on relates to the idea that we hold the validation of the Jesus story to an unfairly high standard. Here's the thing, though: If you ask me to believe that God impregnated a virgin, that the resulting son Jesus was actually God in mortal form, that Jesus performed a...
by shoestring
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4377
Views: 502885

Re: Figuring Out Religion

I hadn't been by this site in forever and just happened across this.  I'm not Mountaineer but maybe I can help, or make it worse, I'm not sure. *** (I hope that's not too shrill a way to begin a discussion about a delicate topic.) That's okay, people have got to be honest without being abrasive or i...
by shoestring
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Saving for retirement
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Saving for retirement

Well first of all you have no idea how much I like to hear things like that because it’s motivation to try harder.  I’m actually trying to spend less myself and I wish I had your willpower!  I don’t think I would ever get away with 1200 any time soon but I hope to do better in time.  I respectfully ...
by shoestring
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Saving for retirement
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Saving for retirement

If your average baby boomer has only saved 50,000 dollars and draws a social security check of 1500 a month, are we just going to watch as an entire generation of people falls to the poverty level? Just a point of order: this scenario is hardly poverty.  If this is how it actually does work out (IE...
by shoestring
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: HBPP Near-Equivalents
Replies: 17
Views: 7123

Re: HBPP Near-Equivalents

I would be so bold as to argue that any static allocation that invests in a buy and hold pattern with no speculation made in the underlying asset class is spiritually very similar in execution and ideology (and likely less turbulent than typical return chasing approaches).  I would argue that such ...
by shoestring
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Scared to Take the PP Jump Because of Gold
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Scared to Take the PP Jump Because of Gold

For whatever it is worth I just split between different gold ETFs and call it a day.  This carries its own risks but I really can't think of anything better that doesn't involve owning a fortified bunker.  I begrudge no one for putting more effort into it than that but I strive for the greatest secu...
by shoestring
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: HBPP Near-Equivalents
Replies: 17
Views: 7123

Re: HBPP Near-Equivalents

I would be so bold as to argue that any static allocation that invests in a buy and hold pattern with no speculation made in the underlying asset class is spiritually very similar in execution and ideology (and likely less turbulent than typical return chasing approaches).  I would argue that such a...
by shoestring
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Thinking about using the PP for intermediate savings goals
Replies: 9
Views: 2902

Re: Thinking about using the PP for intermediate savings goals

I do this for open ended goals which do not have a set time frame other than being years away where I just don't know exactly how much I would spend but have a general idea. Most of my saving is for things I will need in 2 years or less and I can put dates or at least months and years to them and I ...
by shoestring
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Which asset will double first?
Replies: 17
Views: 7948

Re: Which asset will double first?

My gut reaction was "There is no flippin way stocks will double before any of the rest do!"

So I picked stocks because I am usually wrong about predicting anything.
by shoestring
Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: American Asset Management Inc.
Replies: 30
Views: 9606

Re: American Asset Management Inc.

It seems to boil down to opportunity cost.  As a modest salary office worker it "pays" well tor me to take on the duty of being my own asset custodian.  OTOH if I were someone who made like 2 grand or more in a week (it is crazy but it happens) I would be so good at making the cash roll in I would p...
by shoestring
Wed May 23, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Dell: 14 Years and 0% Return
Replies: 5
Views: 2371

Re: Dell: 14 Years and 0% Return

In hindsight (always 20 20 vision with hindsight) it is apparent that much of what Dell does went from revolutionary to commodity in a terrible hurry.

This is why I am not a stock picker.
by shoestring
Wed May 02, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How Do You Feel About the Death Penalty?
Replies: 58
Views: 10732

Re: How Do You Feel About the Death Penalty?

The short version of this is I’m actually sympathetic to the argument of the state being too incompetent to administer the penalty, and that’s pretty much the only argument I’m sympathetic to, because while some cases are bungled, there have also been specific cases where there was so much proof tha...