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by jacksonM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Nerds! Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4909

Re: Nerds! Help!

No idea what the prices in Philadelphia are like compared to NYC, but I'm paying $58 for internet service alone. For a landline, I bought an Obitalk ($50 for the box) and use Google Voice. Monthly cost is zero. Google Voice has its issues like dropping calls, but if that gets too annoying there are...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Nerds! Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4909

Re: Nerds! Help!

Okay, this is kind of jogging my memory now. Even though it was only about 10 months ago that I switched from FIOS to WOW (and FIOS was Frontier by then) it seems like ancient history. With WOW there is now only a single device that functions as both a cable modem and WIFI router. I was thinking tha...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Nerds! Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4909

Re: Nerds! Help!

Of course they will, Out of the kindness of their hearts and $12/month. I'd rather have my own hardware. I had my own router when I switched to FIOS. I had to plug it into the back of the modem via an ethernet cable to get it to work. One day my router broke so I just switched over to using the FIO...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Nerds! Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4909

Re: Nerds! Help!

Verizon will give you everything you need. You don't need your own router any more. I had Verizon for a long time but I currently use WOW (sucks in comparison, BTW). The box they installed functions not only as a cable connection, but also an internet router and media gateway for streaming to your T...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Mega Racket is now $1.6 Billion
Replies: 23
Views: 6096

Re: The Mega Racket is now $1 Billion

I wondered why everyone was talking about it. Can you win and stay anonymous? I think this depends on the law in the state where you live, but if you win you are stuck in a catch-22 situation. They tell you to sign the back of the ticket immediately if you win so nobody can hit you on the head and ...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Mega Racket is now $1.6 Billion
Replies: 23
Views: 6096

Re: The Mega Racket is now $1 Billion

Just learned that I hit the Mega Ball on Tuesday's drawing.

Now I have to decide whether to put my $2 winnings towards a can of beer at the convenience store or let it ride for $1.6 billlion.

It'll be a tough decision.
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Purpose of the PP
Replies: 153
Views: 48341

Re: Purpose of the PP

Retirement/lifetime savings. Includes emergency fund. Me too. HB said it's for the money you can't afford to lose and currently all of mine falls into that category. I found the PP in 2008 after the meltdown by googling "Safe Portfolio". It pointed me to the book called "Fail Safe Investing" and I'...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Politics in investment boards
Replies: 10
Views: 2945

Re: Politics in investment boards

I think we have something similar to Godwin's Law at work here ("As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1"). It would go something like this.... As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a negative attack on Donald Trump appro...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

Just curious-- Why would you "commend" her for a lifestyle that requires you to subsidize it, and that might cause her to be permanently handicapped as a result? No offense meant, but since you seem to be aware of the problem, it seems like a natural question. Was just looking to put some positive ...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

I'm still raising a 22 year old millenial. She was adopted so she she's not infected with my baby boomer genes. On one hand I could commend her for the minimalist lifestyle she is leading. She doesn't drive a car but walks to work every day to her part time job that provides her with all the money ...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

I spent most of my professional life in the military, and personally I am pretty positive on the younger generation. I've spent a lot of time with the younger crowd in that environment and a church environment. They are more team and group oriented than the baby boomers and to me hearken back to a ...
by jacksonM
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

I spent most of my professional life in the military, and personally I am pretty positive on the younger generation. I've spent a lot of time with the younger crowd in that environment and a church environment. They are more team and group oriented than the baby boomers and to me hearken back to a ...
by jacksonM
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

Things could get a lot uglier. Given the current climate I would almost predict that they will...... https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/partisan-warfare-will-shatter-our-constitution/ Article III does not prescribe the size of the Supreme Court; Congress does. For decades, the number o...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 1058
Views: 219327

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

Disguising taxable gifts as deductible salary income is fraud. He had a $200k "salary" as a child. $1 Million salary as a college student. And that didn't trigger any IRS audits at the time? It would appear not, wouldn't it. I'm not exactly sure what the IRS' audit lottery matrix looked like back t...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 1058
Views: 219327

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html Absolutely insane how much Trump is NOT self-made in his fortunes... oh and appears to be downright a tax-fraud. I'm sure the "rule-of-law" crowd is downright incensed at this... Can you be more spec...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

Now that it's all over I'm thinking of the ending of the movie "The Truman Show". In the final scene a couple of guys in a bar said it was time to turn the channel to see what else they could find to watch. I think that movie was a great metaphor for modern times. Sometimes you just have to stop and...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 1058
Views: 219327

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of...
by jacksonM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

No matter what happens, I think we can all come together as Americans and agree that everything is shitty and people who don't agree with my side are dumbasses. I don't remember where I saw it but some article I was reading talked about how Americans no longer agree on a "shared version of reality"...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

She's not asking anyone to believe her wholeheartedly without evidence. She's just asking that her testimony be given as evidence to his character. If he did what she claims, I think she has every right to come forward whenever she pleases. Nobody's questioning her right to come forward. Nor has an...
by jacksonM
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of Kavanaugh opinions, you owe it to yourself to take the time to listen to Susan Collins' full speech where she outlines all of the reasons she is voting for his confirmation. Her tone, reasoning, and genuine sense of professional responsibility are a welco...
by jacksonM
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

Well that's generally out the window lately with Twitter (Trump, Musk, ??) and other platforms! Comments sections of most blogs are from people whose opinions are way far left and right and a lot of times are just comments no normal socially adjusted human would ever say in public. And I'll swing b...
by jacksonM
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

When you're under a spotlight and in a powerful position, you really need to be careful of what you say. Well that's generally out the window lately with Twitter (Trump, Musk, ??) and other platforms! Comments sections of most blogs are from people whose opinions are way far left and right and a lo...
by jacksonM
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

http://www.unz.com/imercer/christine-blah-blah-ford-her-hippocampus/ A good article on Ms. Ford's claims about the repressed memory stored indelibly on her hippocampus for future retrieval 30 years later. Update: I think the "hippocampus" thing is probably a half truth. With all the craziness going...
by jacksonM
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kids: Then and Now
Replies: 82
Views: 30241

Re: Kids: Then and Now

4: If you are over 15 minutes late for a class, that is considered an unexcused absence. In my freshman year of high school I had a homeroom teacher whose policy was that if you were not inside the room when the tardy bell rang you got your ass beat in front of the whole class - and this meant "boy...
by jacksonM
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

All this being said and the past few days, I have moved my needle to where I am not at all sure how much of what Ford is saying is true vs. mis-remembered anymore. In the same breath, though, I'd have to say that given Kavanaugh's comments, he definitely is a Republican conservative, and I still do...