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by sophie
Fri May 14, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club

Seems a shame for one person to ruin a good thing that benefits a lot of other people. Why not speak up and call her out on her disruptive behavior, if she does it again? You can be polite about it, e.g. "I think we've heard your viewpoint, now it's time to hear from some others, and there's lots to...
by sophie
Fri May 14, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

If you want to get injected or wear a mask for the rest of your life so be it, but don't demand that others do it. Nowhere did I say you should be forced to do it. I just think you're being very stupid if you don't. Especially since the anti-vaxxers (for purposes of SARS-CoV2) here have no coherent...
by sophie
Fri May 14, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

Interestingly, Seven members of the NY Yankees staff tested positive for COVID this week, and ALL SEVEN were fully vaccinated. This "fact" raises way more questions than it answers. First: were any of these 7 symptomatic? Because then this is a diagnosis based on a test result. Prior to COVID there...
by sophie
Thu May 13, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club

Sounds like a power thing to me. The ultimate objective behind this woman's behavior, I suspect, is to make her "identity" the focus of the group and to have you spending your time and mental energy in a (likely never-ending) effort to accommodate her sensitivities. Once you go down that path, you'...
by sophie
Thu May 13, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Cortopassi counter culture
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Cortopassi counter culture

Xan wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 10:00 pm
As though everyone's thoughts are determined entirely by their race.
But of course they are. Isn't that the entire basis of BLM and "defund the police"?
by sophie
Thu May 13, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4370
Views: 297948

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

https://www.today.com/food/mcdonald-s-encouraging-customers-get-vaccinated-t218032 I just don't understand the thinking behind this. Does anybody take health advice from (of all organizations) McDonald's? Does anybody think that people SHOULD get health advice from McDonald's? But you do get your h...
by sophie
Tue May 11, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4370
Views: 297948

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

And if you think lockdowns are a thing of the past, Fauci was BEGGING the PM of India to lock the whole country down hard yesterday. Yup, and I think most people will also beg for another lockdown the next time a mysterious new virus makes the rounds and the CDC says we're not completely sure how f...
by sophie
Tue May 11, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: Thoughts please: cancel culture and my book club

Benko that is sad that a book club aimed at discussing classic literature is now an impossibility. Don't cancel it just because some snowflake (whose presence is entirely voluntary) couldn't handle an adult discussion! There is almost no historical work of any note (fiction or non-fiction) that won'...
by sophie
Tue May 11, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 83
Views: 1477

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

Whenever you rebalance, almost by definition you feel like you're about to make huge mistake. Because, you're selling assets that have shot up in value and that everyone is dazzled by and wants to buy more of. And you're buying assets that have gone into the crapper and that everyone is telling you ...
by sophie
Mon May 10, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

Murphy, you might want to consider that human fallibility is a powerful force all by itself. And one which has been known to be a persistent factor throughout human history. Set that against the idea that there is a well organized global shadow network pulling a lot of strings, ranging from governme...
by sophie
Fri May 07, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

I'd say calling the vaccine a mass genocide is way over the top. I do think it's a rushed, panic-driven response that may prove to be a bad bargain for people at low risk for COVID complications. The deaths and serious outcomes reported on VAERS to the CDC may or may not have anything to do with the...
by sophie
Thu May 06, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

And what if this summer is a lull before another fall/winter "case" spike? I have already seen several articles in the last week or so starting to warn people about the coming resurgence this fall. Even if you believe things will open up a bit in the summer, what makes you think politicians and cit...
by sophie
Wed May 05, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

And what if this summer is a lull before another fall/winter "case" spike? I have already seen several articles in the last week or so starting to warn people about the coming resurgence this fall. Even if you believe things will open up a bit in the summer, what makes you think politicians and cit...
by sophie
Tue May 04, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

Whichever side of the fence you're on, it would seem that both sides should agree that there's no good reason to keep the pandemic going. You would think that would be the case. Unfortunately there are two reasons I can see why the pandemic will not be off the radar anytime soon. 1) Over-testing, a...
by sophie
Mon May 03, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election
Replies: 25
Views: 519

Re: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election

The undertone here is: How dare the American people disagree with us, CNN, the font of all that is holy?? Based on their numbers it looks like about half the population (70% of Republicans, 30% of Democrats) believe that the election results were not valid. I don't care what CNN's opinion is, in the...
by sophie
Mon May 03, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Dragon Portfolio
Replies: 15
Views: 779

Re: Dragon Portfolio

Some random internet dude (https://www.investwithfire.com/dragon-portfolio-protect-your-wealth/) suggested this allocation: Dragon Portfolio 24% Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) 18% Long-Term Government Bonds – via the iShares Barclays 20+ Year US Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) 21% Long Volatility – ...
by sophie
Mon May 03, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 789
Views: 18787

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

I think the argument is that more of the people who took the vaccine would have died if they hadn't got it. I have to say though, there are a lot of young faces in this group....with an attendance extremely low risk for COVID death. I heard about a family member of a friend who developed kidney fail...
by sophie
Sun May 02, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4370
Views: 297948

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

As a side note, do you think it’s helpful to use the politically charged blanket term “anti-vaxx” to refer to the teachers who may have chosen not to get the Covid vaccine yet? Do you know whether they oppose all vaccines in general? Point taken. Probably not the correct terminology. So going forwa...
by sophie
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4370
Views: 297948

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Just saw this on another forum: New York City opens fully (100%) on July 1!! We just received that announcement this morning. Wow! Fully capacity, this states, for restaurants, sports events, and Broadway, among all the others. And fully open schools in the fall. This is the result of dropping indi...
by sophie
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Institutional diversification (Fidelity worries)
Replies: 26
Views: 954

Re: Institutional diversification (Fidelity worries)

Long time Fidelity customer here. You have to keep in mind that they are a discount brokerage. They provide excellent services, but their customer service at the individual level is meant to be used only minimally. I have had generally - but not universally - good experiences when calling them for a...
by sophie
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4370
Views: 297948

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Comparing COVID 19 to the 1918 flu epidemic is frankly insulting to anyone who lived through that. And a slap in the face to the field of epidemiology. The 1918 flu, if it occurred today, would have killed 600 million people worldwide by now. And you may recall that a substantial proportion of COVID...
by sophie
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: You can't take it with you...
Replies: 18
Views: 704

Re: You can't take it with you...

Love this thread! I had a similar conversation with a friend of mine the other day. She has always been extremely frugal, but she's been starting to treat herself to things she wants - and she can certainly afford it, so why not. Maybe it has to do with getting older, or maybe it's the effect of a y...
by sophie
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Golden Butterfly asset location when retired with RMDs
Replies: 43
Views: 1863

Re: Golden Butterfly asset location when retired with RMDs

An RMD cannot be rolled over to a Roth. If you are above the age at which RMDs are required, you must take your RMD before you do any Roth conversions. Ah, didn't know that. If you don't have a lot of money in tax-deferred I guess you wouldn't need to worry so much about withdrawals kicking you int...
by sophie
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Golden Butterfly asset location when retired with RMDs
Replies: 43
Views: 1863

Re: Golden Butterfly asset location when retired with RMDs

Another consideration: inheritance. This is going to be extra tricky to manage because we simply don't know whether Biden's current proposals will pass. These include reducing the estate tax exclusion from $11.5M to $3.5M, which will devastate small businesses that will effectively be forced to liqu...
by sophie
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Housing prices
Replies: 117
Views: 5010

Re: Housing prices

Even better than a mortgage: intrafamily loans. No fees, no application process, and way better interest rates for both borrower and lender. You just need to draw up a document spelling out loan terms, as per IRS rules, and you can regard them as mortgages for income tax purposes. The IRS prescribes...