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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...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

"Playing hard to get" is simply evolutionary biology at work, don't you think? I mean it's like, "okay guys, who is the fittest among you who would like your genes to survive with me - show me what you got". Rape is when someone takes away the woman's power of natural selection that she already has...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4315
Views: 737728

Re: Figuring Out Religion

I am an Orthodox Christian, so by no means do I dismiss the possibility of things existing that we cannot fully comprehend or that do not conform to our accepted laws of nature and science. That said, my first response to claims of hauntings, spiritual obsession or possession is deep skepticism. A ...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4315
Views: 737728

Re: Figuring Out Religion

My wife and I tend to avoid discussions about religion but we just had one today. It had to do with the fact that her elderly father and her sister are desperately trying to move out of the house they grew up in because it is haunted with spirits and is making them sick. They live in a third world c...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

"Playing hard to get" is simply evolutionary biology at work, don't you think? I mean it's like, "okay guys, who is the fittest among you who would like your genes to survive with me - show me what you got". Rape is when someone takes away the woman's power of natural selection that she already has....
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: The Bond Dream Room
Replies: 566
Views: 243985

Re: The Bond Dream Room

Some of my original 30 year LTT's will be hitting the 20 years to maturity mark soon so I'll have to decide whether to sell and repurchase. Seems to me that it would be an easier thing to do in a rising interest rate environment than the opposite. I wonder how PP'er's dealt with it when they were ho...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: 2 PP Portfolios, 6 months performance
Replies: 39
Views: 12165

Re: 2 PP Portfolios, 6 months performance

I adopted the PP in 2008 after the meltdown of the meager savings I had with what would probably be less than 10 years to go until retirement. I found it by googling "safe portfolio" or something like that. It helped me hit my number at almost exactly the same time I was forced into retirement a cou...
by jacksonM
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

As all of these women's testimony unravels, the response of the "true believers" has become even more shrill and even hysterical. I was the unfortunate attendee of an agricultural seminar last weekend in which the topic turned, without warning, to the Kavanaugh hearings. Several of the women in att...
by jacksonM
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: 2 PP Portfolios, 6 months performance
Replies: 39
Views: 12165

Re: 2 PP Portfolios, 6 months performance

Cortopassi wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:10 am
Don wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:04 am
So all of you have real returns for the past 6 months of around -2%. Is that good?
No >:(
Actually, I think it's neither good, nor bad, but irrelevant.

It's called the Permanent Portfolio for a reason and a 6 month snapshot doesn't tell you much in the grand scheme of things.
by jacksonM
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

I saw a hint of what it might be in news reports that Maryland police said they would investigate the matter if a complaint was filed. I can't see where Ms. Ford would have anything to lose by filing such a report with the help of her lawyers so this wouldn't surprise me at all. Without any verifia...
by jacksonM
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

Ok, so the Dems, with the help of Jeff Flake, bought themselves another week to plot their next move. I have no idea what it will be but I suspect it will be very entertaining. I saw a hint of what it might be in news reports that Maryland police said they would investigate the matter if a complaint...
by jacksonM
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Health Care Reform
Replies: 40
Views: 9021

Re: Health Care Reform

Interesting article with some good suggestions but I would have to disagree with the basic premise that the fault for out of controls costs lies with the patient. Just like doctors we're just cogs in a wheel we have very little control over. The next time your doctor tells you that you need test X, ...
by jacksonM
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

A few more observations... 1.) On a positive/non-partisan note, I can remember a lot of these senators going all the way to back to the Bork and Thomas hearings and at my age it's nice to see octogenarians Grassley(85),Hatch(83),Feinstein(85) doing so well. I'll be joining them in about 10 more year...
by jacksonM
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

This would be a good moment to declare that I have lost all confidence in the American system of government, if I hadn't been saying that for years. I was also thinking to myself that this fiasco is about the last straw for me and it's time to tune out all things political for the rest of my life. ...
by jacksonM
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

My opinion is that (if we assume the worst about all the incidents) if they wanted justice, they should have accused him right after it happened, when there was (presumably) evidence, when people had fresh memories, and when the justice system had a chance in hell of getting a rapist off the street...
by jacksonM
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kavanaugh
Replies: 229
Views: 55797

Re: Kavanaugh

7 questions about the avenatti-swetnick story... https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/seven-questions-about-the-avenatti-swetnick-story/ I wonder if it might be possibly getting to the point that even some people with integrity on the left are going to start saying this is getting too ridiculous. B...