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by Xan
Sat May 14, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing advice needed
Replies: 26
Views: 534

Re: Rebalancing advice needed

I don't know of another asset allocation that would be less stressful. I still think the PP is the sweet spot for risk/reward for an investment account where you really can't afford to lose money, which is my situation. Did Harry Browne say that for people in retirement taking cash out of the PP ea...
by Xan
Mon May 09, 2022 10:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: End the $100 Bill to Pressure Russia? (WSJ)
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: End the $100 Bill to Pressure Russia? (WSJ)

For years, Russians’ bill of preference has been the $100. As of 2019, more than 661,500 pounds of $100 bills were in Russia—many of them stashed in lumpy mattresses and home-sewn money belts. That’s $31.5 billion. Messing with the $100 note at all causes panic in Russia. Millions of Russians were ...
by Xan
Sun May 08, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Next up on the planned crisis list
Replies: 30
Views: 2604

Re: Next up on the planned crisis list

If you just assume that any news is a "planned crisis", then you'll always be right!
by Xan
Fri May 06, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak
Replies: 50
Views: 760

Re: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak

"People are suckers for the latter because they’re greedy and the former because they’re naive, " Funny that you would accuse (some) gentiles of this. I think Dualstow would agree that all people are (to one degree on another) greedy. And, that's enough. You're not adding anything. Banned indefinit...
by Xan
Fri May 06, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak
Replies: 50
Views: 760

Re: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak

It's funny that you'd be troubled by the equivalent of a Nigerian prince scam for the last 15 years. Would you not be troubled if people were sending out false claims of bad things the Pope had said? Or if there were a Nigerian-prince-style scam using his name? Murphy, do you really think that this...
by Xan
Fri May 06, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak
Replies: 50
Views: 760

Re: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak

It's funny that you'd be troubled by the equivalent of a Nigerian prince scam for the last 15 years. Would you not be troubled if people were sending out false claims of bad things the Pope had said? Or if there were a Nigerian-prince-style scam using his name? Murphy, do you really think that this...
by Xan
Thu May 05, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak
Replies: 50
Views: 760

Re: Most unhinged reaction to SCOTUS leak

Doesn't Judaism largely teach that abortion is not so good, apart from certain "threat-to-the-mother"-style exceptions?
by Xan
Tue May 03, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Mainstream propaganda organs
Replies: 24
Views: 387

Re: Mainstream propaganda organs

murphy_p_t wrote:
Tue May 03, 2022 10:58 am
In regards to the third point you listed above... According to this article, some ukrainians also have noticed.


https://christiansfortruth.com/ukrainia ... -genocide/
I thought you were big on "de-nazification"?
by Xan
Mon May 02, 2022 3:52 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Stock scream room
Replies: 1444
Views: 470250

Re: Stock scream room

I would imagine there are quite a few people who have been able to participate in the recent run-up in stocks because of the PP. Without that framework, they might have pulled out of stocks years ago.
by Xan
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Putin Invades Ukraine II
Replies: 476
Views: 20072

Re: Putin Invades Ukraine II

Back to reality: There are so many stories like this one, describing the brutality of Russia's invasion. Ol' Ronald Reagan was right about a few things when describing this culture. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61249158 Horrifying. One thing stood out: The new inmates were put in uniforms ...
by Xan
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: BelangP's book out
Replies: 23
Views: 721

Re: BelangP's book out

I don't think that Jack is arguing (at least here) that the gold standard should be brought back. He's just pointing out that the nature of money changed when we left the gold standard, and that it's hard to draw conclusions from data that spans that "event horizon", particularly as it pertains to g...
by Xan
Wed Apr 27, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Putin Invades Ukraine II
Replies: 476
Views: 20072

Re: Putin Invades Ukraine II

murphy_p_t wrote:
Wed Apr 27, 2022 8:13 pm
Rulers come

Rulers go

Borders wax

Borders wain
Burma-Shave
by Xan
Wed Apr 27, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Putin Invades Ukraine II
Replies: 476
Views: 20072

Re: Putin Invades Ukraine II

All the hand-wringing about energy makes me sad that people don't see that modern nuclear reactors are the answer to pretty much everything.
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4449
Views: 976559

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Wait, we don't even agree on who the freakin' pope is?? This is too perfect. I'm going to choose my own pope now too. Probably someone like Mike Tyson, just for fun. "Everybody's got a plan, until they get punched in the face." - His holiness, Mike Tyson I do appreciate that Benedict had the smarts...
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4449
Views: 976559

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Okay, sarcasm off (temporarily, at least). Xan, if the LCMS somehow disappeared, which denomination would you choose? No need to answer if there isn't a "2nd place," I'm just curious. That's an interesting question, and some folks who move countries for example end up in such a situation. (I'm assu...
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4449
Views: 976559

Re: Figuring Out Religion

To be pope of the Catholic church, you have to be Catholic. "Francis" is not, and never was, pope of the Catholic Church. He has celebrated Martin Luther; that should be a big tip off. Kudos to Xan... Good memory. Right, Benedict XVI is Murphy's man: Pope Benedict XVI: 'Luther Was Right' Pope [Bene...
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4449
Views: 976559

Re: Figuring Out Religion

"not my kind of Lutheran" Lol Kind of like ...not my flavor of ice cream More seriously...Have the true lutherans issued any excommunications against the fakers? Issued any anathema's? That would be fun to read; I'm interested particularly in their source of authority, which they exercise over the ...
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4449
Views: 976559

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Desert wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 3:40 pm
I don't think the Lutherans have anyone like this guy
Brilliant, Desert! Except that Murphy doesn't believe that guy is the Pope. But he's still totally Catholic.
by Xan
Tue Apr 26, 2022 11:28 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Putin Invades Ukraine II
Replies: 476
Views: 20072

Re: Putin Invades Ukraine II

murphy_p_t wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:39 am
If Putin was trying to cause mass murder of civilians, do you think he could up his game?
Good point... I don't think he's been running a vaccination campaign in Ukraine, for example.
by Xan
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:43 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Sucks to Be An I-Bond Hater
Replies: 53
Views: 11036

Re: Sucks to Be An I-Bond Hater

He also didn't mention I-bonds!
by Xan
Thu Apr 21, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Forum updates
Replies: 12
Views: 2160

Re: Forum updates

I think I’m writing it properly. but I can’t get the spoiler BB code to work. @Xan, is that something that needs to be toggled on or programmed in? Don’t waste any time on it. I find the feature interesting on other forums, but there’s definitely no pressing need. https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db...
by Xan
Tue Apr 19, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: i-Bonds How-to Q&A as of 2021 November
Replies: 40
Views: 3709

Re: i-Bonds How-to Q&A as of 2021 November

The only thing I would quibble about is that this thread belongs with Cash, rather than Bonds. ;) I struggled over that, JHogue. :-) You’re right. Even though i*Bonds are often used for deep cash and certainly not for what we know as the Bond portion of the pp, I figured “Bond” is right in the name...
by Xan
Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Excellent video on Bitcoin and nfts
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Excellent video on Bitcoin and nfts

I learned from my Uber driver today that everybody should get some NFTs, not so much for the price, but to learn about them. Because soon everything will be done via NFT. He's also setting up a shopping mall in the Metaverse, so that for example Lululemon would rent a store in his mall, and people w...
by Xan
Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:20 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Are most people here sticking with Treasuries?
Replies: 80
Views: 3484

Re: Are most people here sticking with Treasuries?

Sticking with Treasuries doesn't have to mean sticking with the LTT/MM barbell. Using ITT's (I use VGIT with ~5+ years of duration) instead of the barbell has historically provided essentially identical returns to the barbell with much less volatility. I'm not sure I agree with you on the much less...