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by jalanlong
Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I didn't say anything was okay or not okay, just that a reason that the vaccine is being pushed may simply be because it works. "Pushed" being a euphemism for "coercion"? There are certainly ways to "push" without being what I would call coercive, but I suppose it's a fine line that others could dr...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I think a good bit of the decision about whether to accept the vaccines or not comes down to whether you've had blue pill experiences or red pill experiences with modern medicine, government health recommendations, "health experts", etc. I had a health issue years ago that caused me to look deeper ...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Another theory that fits the facts is that there's a new virus floating around that's sufficiently dangerous both in terms of known and unknown short- and long-term effects to severely disrupt society, and that we now have multiple vaccines that work really well at preventing it. I'm with you on th...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I understand how that gets Biden and the Feds on board pushing vaccinations. But how does that move the needle on my local radio station doing hourly "public service" commercials on getting the shot? My local djs? Celebrities? Businesses who dont want to let me in without it? Krispy Kreme offering ...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

The second reason is just like everything: follow the money. Every dose of vaccine that is given means more money in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies. I understand how that gets Biden and the Feds on board pushing vaccinations. But how does that move the needle on my local radio station ...
by jalanlong
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Have you all heard that Anthony Fauci's wife also works for the NIH? From the Wikipedia .... Christine Grady is an American nurse and bioethicist who serves as the head of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.[1] She was a Commissioner on the Presidential...
by jalanlong
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

So if they open up and get a few dozen cases, back into lockdown??? That's my guess. Wait for next November/December when it is virtually guaranteed to happen. So don't throw those masks away just yet. So if Sophie is correct and cases spike this winter, what is everyone's opinion on our response? ...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I will say that there is a bit of confirmation bias in looking at crowds at a concert or ballgame and pointing out that they are not wearing masks. I feel like most people who would attend something with a large crowd right now are probably people who are not overly concerned with Covid. The people ...
by jalanlong
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Does PP Only Work In Times of Declining Bond Yields?
Replies: 55
Views: 999

Re: Does PP Only Work In Times of Declining Bond Yields?

The important factor that you are leaving out is savings rate. With a very high savings rate, investment returns aren't as big of a factor in quickly achieving a high net worth. I'll grant you that a few places are hostile for median people to build wealth, but in all the other places a mediocre pe...
by jalanlong
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Does PP Only Work In Times of Declining Bond Yields?
Replies: 55
Views: 999

Re: Does PP Only Work In Times of Declining Bond Yields?

The important factor that you are leaving out is savings rate. With a very high savings rate, investment returns aren't as big of a factor in quickly achieving a high net worth. I'll grant you that a few places are hostile for median people to build wealth, but in all the other places a mediocre pe...
by jalanlong
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Should Single Family Home Rentals be Legal?
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Should Single Family Home Rentals be Legal?

5 years ago I would have said of course it should be legal for someone to be a landlord of a single family home. Now, I question that. There’s a shortage of single family homes, which is pretty evident. Institutional buyers have been scooping them up to rent our for the last decade. Air BNB has sco...
by jalanlong
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Finding Stuff To Make You Angry?
Replies: 65
Views: 1056

Re: Finding Stuff To Make You Angry?

CNN tends to soft peddle things. Try MSNBC. The View. They will give you the truth about what is REALLY going on. Biden may be president but this is still Trump's America in a lot of places. One man and woman (as honorable as Biden and Harris may be) cannot change the institutional racism and white...
by jalanlong
Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Finding Stuff To Make You Angry?
Replies: 65
Views: 1056

Re: Finding Stuff To Make You Angry?

CNN tends to soft peddle things. Try MSNBC. The View. They will give you the truth about what is REALLY going on. Biden may be president but this is still Trump's America in a lot of places. One man and woman (as honorable as Biden and Harris may be) cannot change the institutional racism and white ...
by jalanlong
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I took a trip up to the Washington coast over the last few days. I will say the Covid protocols can be very different there than here in Texas. And it varied so much from place to place. 1) Even though the county we visited has a current avg of 19 Covid cases a day and 0 deaths, there were a lot of ...
by jalanlong
Wed May 26, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Ira confiscation?
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Ira confiscation?

I’ve always seen this as a distinct possibility. I actually thought Obama’s MyRa program was going to be the beginning but Trump shut it down. I fear a takeover of 401k plans. At some point when we have a really, really bad market crash with an Enron or two thrown in, the government will say we cann...
by jalanlong
Tue May 25, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 936
Views: 28172

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

Indiana University had mandatory mitigation testing during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Everyone had to be tested twice a week. They have done hundreds of thousands of tests and built their own labs to process the results. The average weekly positivity rate in 2021 for the main campus i...
by jalanlong
Tue May 25, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: COVIDs done, Vote On Next Major Issue
Replies: 33
Views: 759

Re: COVIDs done, Vote On Next Major Issue

Actually I would think we are soon to be hearing about the housing affordability crisis. POC have only a fraction of the household wealth of white households. Can't get mortgages, can't afford the high prices. There will probably be a big government "solution" enacted. After all home ownership is a...
by jalanlong
Tue May 25, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

This weekend I am taking my wife on a trip up to the Washington coast. The hotel called today to confirm my reservations and to let me know that the pool, gym and restaurant were all still closed due to Covid. Sometimes I forget what life outside of Texas can be like. Edit: The county I am going to ...
by jalanlong
Mon May 24, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Well the masks are optional at the grocery store. :) The regular sign is still up, but half the employees and about all of the vendors were maskless. I asked an employee and she said "if you're vaccinated you don't have to wear it". yay. No hint of verification. I don't think that's going to happen...
by jalanlong
Thu May 20, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: UBI 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: UBI 2021

Weighing in favor of UBI here! We already knew before the current unemployment benefit debacle that paying people on condition that they not work will indeed lead to their not working. Medicaid benefits have exactly that effect. I've spoken with many patients with chronic conditions who rely on Med...
by jalanlong
Thu May 20, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: UBI 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: UBI 2021

Forking off the thread from the Gold folder.... MMT and UBI will be a colossal failure for other reasons, and will hasten the downfall of a country. I'm curious to learn a little more about why you feel UBI will be a colossal failure. I'm inclined to agree with you, but I'm also of the opinion that...
by jalanlong
Mon May 17, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4503
Views: 327356

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

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. They are saying it, but not doing it. What is there to review? If you are 'following the ...
by jalanlong
Sun May 16, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 103
Views: 4345

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

Sure, you could take any three year period and figure out which of the four assets had performed worst during that period, and if you take that asset out, the portfolio would have performed better. That's inevitable. I'm not sure what you're trying to say. The hard part is figuring out which asset ...
by jalanlong
Sun May 16, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Rebalancing into more LTT
Replies: 103
Views: 4345

Re: Rebalancing into more LTT

One thing to remember about the PP is that it's meant to be a portfolio that will perform reasonably well over the long term without much attention being paid to it. In other words, if I get busy and don't get a chance to check on the percentages and rebalance for two or three years, it's not going...
by jalanlong
Sun May 16, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Meme Thread
Replies: 156
Views: 11328

Re: The Meme Thread

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