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by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: LTT and SP500 funds at Fidelity?
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: LTT and SP500 funds at Fidelity?

Bonds are great to buy on Fidelity, but if you ever want to sell them without having to spend an hour or two on the phone, make sure to buy in lots of at least $10,000 (Face value). Also, having part of your bond allocation in FNGBX (mutual fund) gives you a nice mix of purity and convenience. For s...
by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Future of retail and economic implications
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Future of retail and economic implications

Well I'm hardly an authority on this...but offhand I'd say that a business has to be matched to what people driving by might be looking for. If they're not looking for a pizza place, and there isn't a lot of signage so they won't see it until it's too late to slow down and turn into it, then yeah th...
by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Third world immigration
Replies: 27
Views: 1377

Re: Third world immigration

Great idea. Then the southern border would become a lot smaller. Easier to build a wall especially with lots of cheap labor near at hand. And, it would get a lot cheaper and easier to fly to Cancun for spring break! and, get cheap avocados and tropical fruits in grocery stores. The big question is w...
by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Let's debate the Permanent Portfolio
Replies: 105
Views: 3278

Re: Let's debate the Permanent Portfolio

Re "Let's debate the Permanent Portfolio"

Let's not.

Xan can you put this thread into the Variable Portfolio subforum where it belongs? Thanks.
by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Future of retail and economic implications
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Future of retail and economic implications

I've got more than a passing interest in this question, since my family collectively owns a small strip mall located on a busy highway. And I'm currently the business/property manager. I suspect that high density, go-to locations like these will continue to do ok. Malls located in the middle of nowh...
by sophie
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15777

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

Great conversation I've missed out on the past few days! Gotta weigh in here, I am pretty much well aligned with Maddy. The reaction to the virus was entirely reasonable at first, when we didn't know anything about what it could do. By late May of last year, though, the following information was abu...
by sophie
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Which US State Will Be Last to Fully Reopen?
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Which US State Will Be Last to Fully Reopen?

California for sure. New York will be second to last.

My university will likely not reopen until well after both of these have eliminated all restrictions. Basically I don't expect ever again to set foot in my office. Which suits me just fine!
by sophie
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

A study I would like to see but that will never, ever happen:

A head to head comparison of vitamin D supplementation (aiming for a D3 blood level of 40-60) and one of the COVID vaccines. Your vote on which will be more effective?

My money is on the vitamin D.
by sophie
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15777

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

OK so how do you explain the low caseload last summer? Last I checked there was no vaccine available at that time.
by sophie
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15777

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

Don't forget that the first group vaccinated was in general at very low risk for COVID: health care workers. It wasn't until mid to late January that they started in on the most vulnerable group, i.e. people living in long term care facilities. And, don't forget that the vaccines don't become effect...
by sophie
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Seriously. 100 pets? That's easily explained by even the most conservative estimate of false positives from a COVID test. Clinically....there is not a lot known about pet diseases already, so how could anyone know what COVID infection might look like in a cat? Anyone who actually thinks that "normal...
by sophie
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Dr Seuss
Replies: 54
Views: 1810

Re: Dr Seuss

A hopeful sign that "cancel culture" won't yet be the last word: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/soon-to-disappear-dr-seuss-books-now-selling-for-as-high-as-20k-on-ebay/ar-BB1eawKb Once those titles are out of print, look for someone to make them available as online pdfs. I hope t...
by sophie
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

sophie, do you not have data to answer the graph question, or do you have me on ignore? Just wondering I'm not saying you do, all I am trying to get across is I take ALL stuff Covid with a grain of salt, both the ok to open 100% and the we have to be masked for 2 more years. It's somewhere in the m...
by sophie
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Oh well....... More of the same. State of Emergency extended until Christmas 2021 in Victoria. But children will get 1/2 price fines - that's positive ::) https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-s-state-of-emergency-set-to-be-extended-until-december-20210302-p576zs.html I figured that ...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)

As long as these dementia patients don’t get violent . On the other hand my dad had a paralyzing stroke that left him speechless , paralyzed and with not a lot of brain function . He needed professional care in a home Sorry to hear about that, Mathjak. That's more or less what happened with my fath...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Ivor Cummins videos do the same thing, but you don't have to sign up for anything. He's also put out a whitepaper on the topic - you can download from his website. I don't see it, Sophie, do you have a link? Here it is. Buried in the blog section. https://thefatemperor.com/science-and-data-based-2-...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Ivor Cummins videos do the same thing, but you don't have to sign up for anything. He's also put out a whitepaper on the topic - you can download from his website. I don't see it, Sophie, do you have a link? Here it is. Buried in the blog section. https://thefatemperor.com/science-and-data-based-2-...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: Volcker
Replies: 32
Views: 1926

Re: Volcker

A big factor in inflation is wage increases. A cornerstone of Democratic Party policy is to throw the borders wide open and grant citizenship to something on the order of 20M people already in the US illegally. Whether this is on purpose I don't know, but it is bound to result in a large oversupply ...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Why a housing scarcity?
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: Why a housing scarcity?

All of these people wanting houses today. Where were they living? Are those places emptying? Are rents dropping? Are purchase prices dropping for rental homes and apartments? Or is it due to interstate moves? In city apartments. You can get a great deal on one of those right now if you're intereste...
by sophie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4304
Views: 290392

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Just finished reading this free PDF called "COVID Charts CNN Forgot" by Tom Woods. You have to provide your email address to download it but you can unsubscribe at any time from future mailings.... https://tomwoods.lpages.co/covid-charts-cnn-forgot/ You’ve heard it again and again: The spread of th...
by sophie
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15777

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

Huh, interesting. So if you assume all the adverse events are vaccine related and you exclude the "non-serious" events, let's try to calculate the rate of reported serious events: 14,405 total adverse events reported 4,106 of these were considered "not serious" leaving 10,299 events that were consid...
by sophie
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)

We've had some interesting threads on this topic, and maybe time to revisit. See article in WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/articles/philip-falcones-second-act-in-long-term-care-insurance-turns-ugly-11614686403?mod=hp_lista_pos1 "Long-term care has been a troubled insurance product for well over a decade, ...
by sophie
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?
Replies: 182
Views: 8767

Re: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?

How old is your daughter Mountaineer? I've heard also that older people (age > 65) have less of a problem with adverse reactions than younger ones. The doctor in Florida who died of ITP (an autoimmune condition) was 55. I can't afford even a single day of being that sick, not with all the responsibi...
by sophie
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: COVID Cases Sharply Declining: Why This Is Worst Case Scenario
Replies: 128
Views: 3852

Re: COVID Cases Sharply Declining: Why This Is Worst Case Scenario

I'm with SomeDude on this one. Many of those dying of COVID would have died within a year anyway. 40% of the deaths are in the nursing home population, last I checked. A lot of the rest were in skilled nursing or group home facilities, or were being cared for at home by health aides & family. Nursin...
by sophie
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 1058
Views: 211763

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

My only point is that I think the media, and everyone else, should tone down the political stuff until after we get out of lockdown. Hate to tell you stuper1, but lockdown itself is political. It has nothing to do with science, facts, or any kind of reasonable logic of the 2+2 variety. I've quit pa...