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by blackomen
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Message From Our Alt-Right Members to the “Moderates”
Replies: 162
Views: 4338

Re: Message From Our Alt-Right Members to the “Moderates”

[ I'm a left libertarian (ok, center-left to be more precise) and I religiously invest in the PP. I don't completely disagree with the principles parroted by those so-called right libertarians since to me, freedom and individualism are my core values but I don't believe in promoting them to the exp...
by blackomen
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: A much better political quiz
Replies: 49
Views: 1441

Re: A much better political quiz

I straddle between Libertarian and Progressive

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by blackomen
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Message From Our Alt-Right Members to the “Moderates”
Replies: 162
Views: 4338

Re: Message From Our Alt-Right Members to the “Moderates”

This is a great example of what I was speaking of a couple weeks ago, about how this forum is extremely unwelcoming and hostile towards anyone who is not a hard right libertarian. If this forum is a hard right libertarian only forum, and if the PP is a hard right libertarian only portfolio, can the...
by blackomen
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"
Replies: 64
Views: 1769

How companies profit from "Artificial Complexity"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ07g2NtOiY This video talks about the ways that companies make a ton of money for making simple solutions to problems like sleeping better, losing weight, etc much more complex than they really should be. Although it's not mentioned directly, I feel the PP is a big F...
by blackomen
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 149
Views: 12329

Re: Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Suspicious activity at the Wuhan disease lab when the virus broke out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpQFCcS ... e=youtu.be
by blackomen
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP Inspired Leveraged Portfolios
Replies: 155
Views: 85742

Re: PP Inspired Leveraged Portfolios

Equal-weight SSO, UGL, and UBT. Since you're foregoing cash, it's technically a 2.66x leveraged PP. I used this from 2014 until like late last month after the VIX jumped over 30 and switched back to the standard PP (SPY, GLD, TLT, and SHY.) I've endured further losses but it would have been much wor...
by blackomen
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: What would it take to cause you to lose faith in the PP?
Replies: 51
Views: 8524

Re: What would it take to cause you to lose faith in the PP?

If you guys are freaking out over the PP's declines, then imagine how much agony those with equity heavy portfolios are going thru now. Nearly everyone I know who invests or is saving for retirement has way more than 25% in equities, including my retired parents.
by blackomen
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: What would it take to cause you to lose faith in the PP?
Replies: 51
Views: 8524

Re: What would it take to cause you to lose faith in the PP?

In late 2008, when the stock market was in freefall, it took a month before the LT bonds surged. And it makes sense: a lot of investors were quickly exitting stocks but needed some time to decide where to put that money next. Remember, the money coming out of stocks has to go somewhere eventually (i...
by blackomen
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Health insurance
Replies: 42
Views: 6633

Re: Health insurance

I know an illegal immigrant who suffered a massive heart attack in NYC. He was revived and spent 2 weeks in a fine hospital. After about a month he went back in for another week for a heart valve repair. His bill is probably close to a million dollars but it's not costing him a cent. How can this c...
by blackomen
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Health insurance
Replies: 42
Views: 6633

Re: Gold's Time To Shine?

My perspective is that I'd still rather go with the Canadian health care system than the American one if given a binary choice. Though, obviously, there is bias in my perspective. The waiting time issue is not as bad as portrayed in my humble opinion. We follow a triage system in Canada. If it's a ...
by blackomen
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: If a Hurricane hits a city already Quarantined due to the Coronavirus, how will it be Evacuated?
Replies: 0
Views: 2094

If a Hurricane hits a city already Quarantined due to the Coronavirus, how will it be Evacuated?

Suppose a city that's prone to catastrophic hurricanes is quarantined due to widespread coronavirus cases. Then when hurricane season comes along, a massive hurricane similar to Irma, Katrina, etc is about to directly hit that city, leaving it flooded and uninhabitable. How would it be handled? With...
by blackomen
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime
Replies: 215
Views: 143994

Re: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime

I had not previously heard of Novamin. Googling it, I found an NIH paper that states that the substance has promise as an anti cavity agent, perhaps superior to fluoride. I assure you that the ADA and or other dental groups are not trying to prevent its use unless they feel it is unsafe for some re...
by blackomen
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Bullshit Jobs (Article)
Replies: 8
Views: 2364

Re: Bullshit Jobs (Article)

At the end of my career I could have easily done what was expected of me on my job in 15 hours a week or less. There were actually some weeks in which I spent every minute of my required 40 hours doing absolutely nothing but surfing the web. The biggest challenge was figuring what bullshit to put o...
by blackomen
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Bullshit Jobs (Article)
Replies: 8
Views: 2364

Bullshit Jobs (Article)

Is this bullshit or does this guy have a legitimate point?

https://strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/
by blackomen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Konmari Method for Keeping Your House Clean
Replies: 4
Views: 1854

Konmari Method for Keeping Your House Clean

I've been studying her method and philosophy for tidying your home right now and it sounds great for people who lean towards a minimal lifestyle. I won't go over all of it nor am I an expert in it (and you can google for what the method involves in detail) but here's a gist: - The underlying philoso...
by blackomen
Thu May 10, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime
Replies: 215
Views: 143994

Re: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime

I had not previously heard of Novamin. Googling it, I found an NIH paper that states that the substance has promise as an anti cavity agent, perhaps superior to fluoride. I assure you that the ADA and or other dental groups are not trying to prevent its use unless they feel it is unsafe for some re...
by blackomen
Tue May 08, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime
Replies: 215
Views: 143994

Re: The Permanent Tooth and Gum Care Regime

Anyone try toothpaste with Novamin which I hear works even better than the Crest Cavity Protection paste recommended here? I hear it's banned in the US but not illegal per se and you can buy it off of Amazon, though at inflated prices. And one of the reasons it's banned is because it worked so well ...
by blackomen
Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Good article on businesses profiting from making things artificially complex
Replies: 1
Views: 1366

Good article on businesses profiting from making things artificially complex

http://www.nateliason.com/decomplication/

Exactly my thoughts on the authors of the article posted in the stocks forum about passive ivesting being worse than communism.

http://www.gyroscopicinvesting.com/foru ... 86#p153284
by blackomen
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Game where you play as the Fed Chairman
Replies: 1
Views: 2022

Game where you play as the Fed Chairman

http://sffed-education.org/chairthefed/WebGamePlay.html

I've found a "strategy" that ends up getting me re-elected over 50% of the time.. only if running an economy were this easy!
by blackomen
Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Why should PP continue going up?
Replies: 89
Views: 21412

Re: Why should PP continue going up?

"Why should ______ continue to go up?" You can substitute many things for PP in that questions..... Real estate, 60/40, any number of lazy portfolios, farm land, silver, muni bonds, etc, etc. Unfortunately no one can ever answer these with certainty. My belief is that balanced portfolios stand the ...
by blackomen
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Furthering my financial education
Replies: 23
Views: 7330

Re: Furthering my financial education

ochotona wrote:
blackomen wrote: If you want to work in the industry, go for CFA.
Not a CFP ?
CFP is fine too and one of the most respectable designations (in addition to CFA and CPA.)  Like the name suggests, it's best for a financial planner or advisor.
by blackomen
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Furthering my financial education
Replies: 23
Views: 7330

Re: Furthering my financial education

If you want to work in the industry, go for CFA.

If you just need advice for managing your own investments, trustworthy forums and blogs are you friend.
by blackomen
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP Hedge Fund
Replies: 9
Views: 3166

Re: PP Hedge Fund

Bridgewater's All Weather fund is one of the closest implementations of the PP although I never seen any mention of the PP or Harry Browne in any of the literature they've publicized.
by blackomen
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Low-cost smart phone plans
Replies: 40
Views: 10376

Re: Low-cost smart phone plans

I use T-Mobile's $30/mo plan with 100 minutes and 5 GB of LTE data per month (in the US.)  This works on any modern unlocked smartphone. You may need a Skype unlimited account (for about $3/mo) if you make a lot of calls.  I tend to use Skype to make all of my outgoing calls and save my 100 minutes...
by blackomen
Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Low-cost smart phone plans
Replies: 40
Views: 10376

Re: Low-cost smart phone plans

I use T-Mobile's $30/mo plan with 100 minutes and 5 GB of LTE data per month (in the US.)  This works on any modern unlocked smartphone. You may need a Skype unlimited account (for about $3/mo) if you make a lot of calls.  I tend to use Skype to make all of my outgoing calls and save my 100 minutes ...