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by Tortoise
Sun May 16, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I Shrugged wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 3:58 pm
pugchief wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 1:09 pm
Blue IL is 'reviewing' CDC guidelines and figuring out how to change guidance. Why? They should just say okay we're done, but they refuse.
I think they are saying they will follow the national recommendations.
Reckless.
by Tortoise
Sun May 16, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Here in CA, people are still masking hard since the state mandate is still in effect. Went to Home Depot and the grocery store yesterday, and both stores still had the “masks required” sign at the entrance. 100% of people still masked up. On the drive back home, I also saw a young woman in her 20s j...
by Tortoise
Sat May 15, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Masks Revealed as the Political Symbol They Are (And Have Always Been)
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Re: Masks Revealed as the Political Symbol They Are (And Have Always Been)

Before Covid, certain businesses explicitly prohibited masks on customers for security reasons. For example, my local credit union used to have a sign at the entrance saying no sunglasses, hats, or masks. Maybe eventually, avid mask-wearers can switch to wearing Fauci t-shirts to signal their politi...
by Tortoise
Fri May 14, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election

But when you have universal mail-in voting with no voter ID requirement, the ability to kick poll watchers out of polling places without any consequences, and the ability to stretch out vote-counting over days or weeks, even the Three Stooges probably could have swung the election. I could see Moe,...
by Tortoise
Fri May 14, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: 70% of Republicans Believe Falsehood of Stolen Election

You guys are considering an "Ocean's Eleven" type of scenario of sophisticated hackers possibly swinging the election. But when you have universal mail-in voting with no voter ID requirement, the ability to kick poll watchers out of polling places without any consequences, and the ability to stretch...
by Tortoise
Fri May 14, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Biden tweeted today "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do." I didn’t understand the tweet at all really. Is every place supposed to vet the vaxxed from the unvaxxed? Or are we all on the honor system here? No honor system is needed, is because everyone who chose not to...
by Tortoise
Thu May 13, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 792
Views: 19101

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. Yet another example of why RT-PCR Covid tests are almost meaningless with the high Ct thresholds they currently use. A positive RT-PCR Covid test does not necessarily mean ...
by Tortoise
Thu May 13, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 95
Views: 1772

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

Based on all the LTT doomsdaying here my guess is we will see a pop there within the next few months...just wait til stimmy money runs out, congress is mired in morass, and corporate profits don't live up to heavenly expectations. Oh, LTTs will definitely see a big pop now and then during stock mar...
by Tortoise
Thu May 13, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Gov. DeSantis keeps hitting home runs: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon anyone charged for defying COVID rules Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were fa...
by Tortoise
Wed May 12, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Bitcoin mining
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: Bitcoin mining

For some context, it would be interesting to see a comparison of the total energy consumption for Bitcoin mining vs. gold mining.

It would also be interesting to see what half of the UK's electricity consumption represents as a fraction of total global electricity consumption.
by Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 95
Views: 1772

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

Not only far from being an efficient market, but the Fed seems bent on doing everything it can to help the U.S. dollar lose its reserve currency status. No more LTT's for me, but I'm sure as hell not selling any gold. Amen, brother. I'm too chicken to sell all of my LTTs, but I might gradually dial...
by Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 95
Views: 1772

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

I believe the market is pretty efficient -- well except for all the government intervention factors, of which I have little understanding. For what it's worth, according to the following two sites, there's a total of $14.8T of long-term Treasury bonds and notes outstanding, of which $4.3T (about 30...
by Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Covid liability shield laws would pretty quickly put an end to the corporate CYA inertia, but unfortunately it seems like most state governments aren't pursuing that approach. Any thoughts on why that is? Actually, it looks like I was mistaken. According to the summary on this site , most US states...
by Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

To be fair, it's more than just Starbucks. It does seem like big chain businesses are more likely than small, independently owned businesses to still have mask and distancing restrictions, even in "fully reopened" states like FL and TX. For example, my brother just moved to "fully reopened" FL, and ...
by Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

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 Tortoise
Tue May 11, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 792
Views: 19101

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

[...] maybe look at the mRNA technology as an incredible advancement in human ingenuity as Xan has said. The speed is amazing. Imagine we had all our social media back in 1918 but were still at a 1918 medical tech level. We'd be waiting years for a vaccine, or more likely, just quarantining everyon...
by Tortoise
Mon May 10, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 792
Views: 19101

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

I'm just saying, it's the same sky is falling, government is taking over line that gets rehashed over and over in history. And they still haven't taken over my life. It depends very much on who's saying the government is taking over their life, doesn't it? If you were younger, single, and enjoyed f...
by Tortoise
Sat May 08, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Arizona Election Audit

tomfoolery wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 9:23 pm
Tortoise wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 7:15 pm
It sounds like the Cyber Ninjas are looking for evidence that the Arizona voters were bamboozled.
You’ve been Trumpboozled.
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by Tortoise
Fri May 07, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Arizona Election Audit

It sounds like the Cyber Ninjas are looking for evidence that the Arizona voters were bamboozled.
by Tortoise
Fri May 07, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Just out of curiosity, what percent of voters in your county are registered D vs. R?
by Tortoise
Fri May 07, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

From a charter school in Lakeland, FL:

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by Tortoise
Thu May 06, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Best Tax Software Of 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: The Best Tax Software Of 2021

Yes, the TurboTax price for state filing is $40. And the price for federal filing depends on the TurboTax version you're using. They have Free, Deluxe, Premier, and Self-Employed versions. This past year I used the Premier version and paid $55 for my federal filing (using a discount through Fidelity...
by Tortoise
Wed May 05, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Great news... the CDC now says 3 feet! Because... science... or something. That is great news. Hopefully they'll eventually whittle it down to an inch or two so that high school kids can at least awkwardly hover their hands over each other's shoulders when they're taking group photos. Maybe the CDC...
by Tortoise
Wed May 05, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Chauvin Verdict
Replies: 199
Views: 5685

Re: Chauvin Verdict

I wasn't claiming there's a problem with the existing jury system. (There very well may be, but that wasn't my point.) My point was that because even a single biased juror can sway the decision one way or the other, then if a biased juror lied in order to avoid getting eliminated during jury selecti...
by Tortoise
Wed May 05, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4390
Views: 298915

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Cortopassi wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 1:07 pm
This August, though, back at it normally for senior year!
That's good. But hopefully they won't have to wear masks and maintain 6-foot separation, because if so, I wouldn't call that a "normal" high school experience. Better than remote classes or a basement pod, but definitely not normal.