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by Desert
Tue Sep 27, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Book Titles (updated)
Replies: 12
Views: 239

Re: Book Titles (updated)

dualstow wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 10:24 am


🟦 Mark Bowden’s The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It [2002]
Bowden was remarkably prescient, writing that book in 2002! O0

Yeah, I'm that pedantic guy.
by Desert
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:26 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: $250 investment for a 19 year old?
Replies: 30
Views: 283

Re: $250 investment for a 19 year old?

Oh nuts, I wasn't awake yet, and somehow read "grandchild" and didn't read "19 year old."

Forget the Custodial account, put it directly in a Roth.
by Desert
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: $250 investment for a 19 year old?
Replies: 30
Views: 283

Re: $250 investment for a 19 year old?

Looks like a cool book O0 With such a small amount, $250, I would keep it simple. Either an S&P500 ETF in Fidelity — because you’re right about the $1000 minimum for Vanguard funds — or even a savings bond. A savings bond is not going to lose and might be better to watch for the next 12 months than...
by Desert
Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: $250 investment for a 19 year old?
Replies: 30
Views: 283

Re: $250 investment for a 19 year old?

I would open a custodial account for the child, and purchase a total stock market fund or total world fund. Later, when the child has earned income, I'd deposit the balance into a Roth IRA account. Roth funds don't count against the child on a FAFSA. The child can earn income through a summer or par...
by Desert
Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?
Replies: 101
Views: 2811

Re: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?

This is a fair criticism, but the error is expecting gold to save a portfolio just because it happened to do so many decades ago. No portfolio can be trusted, they will all fail us at some point. It's premature to count gold out, isn't it? Lots of analysts say that what is happening with gold right...
by Desert
Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:33 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: These are angry, woman-hating men
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: These are angry, woman-hating men

She/he could be a conservative trolling, along with some on the school board. Who knows. In any event women have more political power than ever in history. "Trans procedures are money makers" https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1572313523232931840 Rough couple years for the ethical standards o...
by Desert
Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?
Replies: 101
Views: 2811

Re: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?

I’ve said it here a billion times. The ONLY thing that separates the PP from a traditional, passive portfolio is Gold. All others have some allocation to stocks, bonds and cash. Gold has proven once again its relationship to unexpected high inflation is putrid. PP followers hold Gold for this very ...
by Desert
Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:29 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe
Replies: 87
Views: 2207

Re: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe

[A successful cartoonist who understands the power of the Halo effect and uses it as an entrepreneur. I think his Trump election call was an asymmetric bet. If wrong, everyone would forget, and if right, he could always point to it as the foundation for why everything else he says must be right. Th...
by Desert
Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe
Replies: 87
Views: 2207

Re: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe

Can you elaborate? What I recall was that he was one of a small number of voices saying "this guy has a chance to win, and people don't see it because they're watching a different movie, interpreting the same events very differently". Seemed pretty insightful both at the time and in hindsight. Yeah...
by Desert
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe
Replies: 87
Views: 2207

Re: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe

Scott Adams is generally wrong about most everything, as he was about Trump. He should have stuck with the cartoons.
by Desert
Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe
Replies: 87
Views: 2207

Re: Scarce and high priced energy in Europe

They better not come for my compost pile.
by Desert
Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:11 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Ivermectin Report
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: Ivermectin Report

The more I look at stuff, the more I see politically-motivated interpretations. Whatever, it has helped me, albeit just on symptoms and general comfort. I probably was in no danger of ending up in a hospital, though. Not unless it had taken a radical turn for the worse, which never seemed likely. I...
by Desert
Thu Sep 15, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4510
Views: 1067188

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Jonathan Tjarks, a basketball reporter, just passed away at the young age of 34. He wrote two articles about his disease and his faith. The first discusses his diagnosis, and the second discusses his family. Powerful stuff, especially the one about his son. The Long Night of the Soul Does my Son Kn...
by Desert
Thu Sep 15, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Ivermectin Report
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: Ivermectin Report

Yeah, I remember seeing that Japan was doing some studies on ivermectin, but I haven't seen the results yet. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with.

And by the way, I forgot to say: Glad you're feeling better!
by Desert
Wed Sep 14, 2022 2:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Ivermectin Report
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: Ivermectin Report

The first hit I got on Frontline Doctors was news that the founder had been sentenced to prison for his role in the capitol riot. After reading a couple more articles, I think I'd start with other sources. https://time.com/6092368/americas-frontline-doctors-covid-19-misinformation/ Probably one of t...
by Desert
Wed Sep 14, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Gold will rise when Fed stops raising interest rates?
Replies: 49
Views: 1378

Re: Gold will rise when Fed stops raising interest rates?

I Shrugged wrote:
Wed Sep 14, 2022 1:09 pm
But if not, HB had some insight which applied to this. Namely that you can't count on markets to repeat the reactions of past history, because people adapt. The gold market has changed so much over the past two decades that I don't think you can predict how it will behave.
Agreed 100 percent.
by Desert
Wed Sep 14, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Ivermectin Report
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: Ivermectin Report

It seems clear that Ivermectin is quite safe when taken at reasonable dosages. The question has always been whether it's effective against Covid. Most studies I've seen have shown that it is not, but I'm quite open to contrary evidence. I saw this study a couple months ago: https://www.nejm.org/doi/...
by Desert
Tue Sep 13, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Alcohol and Nutrition
Replies: 36
Views: 411

Re: Alcohol and Nutrition

joypog wrote:
Tue Sep 13, 2022 2:16 pm
Ha! I much, much, much rather talk religion than nutrition, since the latter involves a level of devotion I just can't muster.
;D Well said!
by Desert
Tue Sep 13, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Today's Inflation Print - TipsWatch Article
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Today's Inflation Print - TipsWatch Article

Yeah, interesting summary. It seems that the expectation/hope was that the falling gas prices would offset core inflation, but that didn't happen. Food price inflation is particularly ugly.
by Desert
Tue Sep 13, 2022 7:26 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Anybody got Beef with the Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg, David French etc.
Replies: 138
Views: 3707

Re: Anybody got Beef with the Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg, David French etc.

Boglerdude, can you keep your Covid trolling in the Covid thread? Some of us have seen people close to us die from Covid, and it gets old seeing your ridiculous denialism in every thread.
by Desert
Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Alcohol and Nutrition
Replies: 36
Views: 411

Re: Alcohol and Nutrition

I've basically stopped drinking alcohol altogether, though it wasn't a conscious decision, I just didn't enjoy it anymore. Probably just getting old.
by Desert
Fri Sep 09, 2022 10:38 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Anybody got Beef with the Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg, David French etc.
Replies: 138
Views: 3707

Re: Anybody got Beef with the Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg, David French etc.

That was the best post I've read on here in some time, D1984. Great analysis of the situation.
by Desert
Thu Sep 08, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump reelection bid
Replies: 220
Views: 7296

Re: Trump reelection bid

This is a good summary of Trump's efforts to overturn the election: For the first time in American history, a sitting president of the United States sought to overturn the results of a presidential election and block the peaceful transfer of power to his rightful successor. Former President Donald T...
by Desert
Wed Sep 07, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Income Equality
Replies: 23
Views: 792

Re: Income Equality

It's an interesting article, and is the latest in a years-long series on this topic by the authors. After some clicking, I found their sources document, from 2017: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/96c33073-4042-4e15-a6cc-939becb21710/downloads/Data%20Sources%20For%20The%20Truth%20About%20Income%20In...
by Desert
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Facebook Permanent Portfolio group
Replies: 20
Views: 519

Re: Facebook Permanent Portfolio group

joypog wrote:
Sun Sep 04, 2022 10:49 pm
Can we get mathjak and budd on it?
That's the kind of thinking that's going to make the PP great again.