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by sophie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: I Am Leaving The Forum -- Who Wants My Gold?
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Re: I Am Leaving The Forum -- Who Wants My Gold?

Awesome! How much bitcoin did I win?

Quick before it's no longer April 1.....oops dang it isn't!! Oh well. Smith, welcome back to the forum :-).
by sophie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Housing prices
Replies: 117
Views: 4748

Re: Housing prices

My experience with house purchasing completely contradicts that point. It can be much cheaper to buy than rent over time. I owned an apartment for 7 years and then sold it (to buy another). My carrying costs for the apartment, counting everything including lost investment opportunity, turned out to ...
by sophie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Optimal Diet
Replies: 144
Views: 4671

Re: Optimal Diet

Ah. What were you snacking with? Most snacks are high in sugar and carbs. I bet intermittent fasting, when not combined with a low carb diet, works because of the natural carbohydrate/sugar reduction that comes with it. Snacking on a keto diet has always been something of an issue. My go-tos are che...
by sophie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: I Am Leaving The Forum -- Who Wants My Gold?
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Re: I Am Leaving The Forum -- Who Wants My Gold?

I've got a 30 lb kettlebell. Does that count?
by sophie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 4302
Views: 290363

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

You'd have to combine the actual results of that survey with the political affiliations in the bar graph to estimate the proportion of Democrat vs Republicans among poll respondents. That would be an interesting way to sanity-check the 2020 election results, if you can assume that the voter & poll r...
by sophie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: The Bond Dream Room
Replies: 566
Views: 238011

Re: The Bond Dream Room

I expect that a $15 minimum wage law would result in lots more people being hired for cash under the table. Maybe that's part of the intent, because that's how illegal immigrants can live here without any official presence. And God knows we're now getting a ton more of them. Good one pp4me. The real...
by sophie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Housing prices
Replies: 117
Views: 4748

Re: Housing prices

Wow. There's been a spate of spam calls to my mom's old home phone (which I monitor on Google Voice) expressing interest in her house. I can guess why. On the other hand - my aunt's home in a nearby suburban town was sold last summer for a pretty soft price (about what it would have sold for pre-CO...
by sophie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Housing prices
Replies: 117
Views: 4748

Re: Housing prices

Wow. There's been a spate of spam calls to my mom's old home phone (which I monitor on Google Voice) expressing interest in her house. I can guess why. On the other hand - my aunt's home in a nearby suburban town was sold last summer for a pretty soft price (about what it would have sold for pre-COV...
by sophie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Former CDC director thinks SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in Wuhan
Replies: 14
Views: 404

Re: Former CDC director thinks SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in Wuhan

A "feeling of impending doom" is one of the hallmark criteria for major depression. In fact, the particular phrase she used to describe her mental state comes right out of the DSM. And this woman's pathological feelings are supposed to be the basis for national policy? Apparently so! She and Fauci ...
by sophie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

Prior to Covid, if people woke up in the morning and felt flu-like symptoms, what did they do? They most likely stayed in bed and slept until they felt better. Some even ventured into work and just fought it off. After Covid what do most people do? Run out and get a test. The owner of my company ha...
by sophie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

Not to mention that vaccine passports could be construed as an illegal attempt to coerce you (as a patient) into subjecting yourself to an experimental therapy. The laws against that are quite explicit. For example, in IRB protocols and consent forms I have to write several paragraphs carefully expl...
by sophie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Former CDC director thinks SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in Wuhan
Replies: 14
Views: 404

Re: Former CDC director thinks SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in Wuhan

That was the most unprofessional news interview with a supposed scientist I've seen in a very, very long time. When I looked at the data, it turns out that hospitalizations have dropped markedly, mainly in the 60 and older crowd who are now mostly vaccinated, but "cases" (i.e. positive tests) are ri...
by sophie
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

Or They both are safe and once again the conspiracy, doomsayer ,glass is always empty crowd is wrong again That's fine. You represent the authoritarian crowd. You've made that clear. I wouldn't say it's authoritarian to hold the position that the vaccines are safe (or at least safer than the diseas...
by sophie
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Mileage taxes, carbon taxes
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: Mileage taxes, carbon taxes

I actually would very much like to see a national sales tax implemented. Taxing consumption rather than income & savings makes a huge amount of sense. It's a lot easier to capture sales than income. Especially with the huge illegal immigrant population who mostly get paid cash under the table, and t...
by sophie
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

Kinda wondering how anyone can be required to get an experimental treatment. It would never stand up to a court challenge, as long as the judges adhere to the law and don't subscribe to judicial activism. It will be another 2 years at least before full FDA approval even begins to be possible, becaus...
by sophie
Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reducing 401k contributions now for tax flexibility later?
Replies: 16
Views: 577

Re: Reducing 401k contributions now for tax flexibility later?

With the elimination of the Obamacare fiscal cliff, you have a bit more leeway with your retirement income tax management. And of course, it's very important to find out if you even have a viable Obamacare option. For example, the Obamacare options available to me are insurances that almost no one t...
by sophie
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

Within 2 weeks or less, literally anyone in the US who wants the vaccine will be able to get it. Say what???? Don't get too excited about the media's ill-informed interpretation of what Biden actually said. That is, by May 1st some states will be able to include all adults in the group that's allow...
by sophie
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Optimal Diet
Replies: 144
Views: 4671

Re: Optimal Diet

Don't forget to add grassfed butter and coconut oil to the coffee. To what purpose? If you are trying to lose weight, why add extra calories to coffee which is already calorie free? It's not about the calories. It's about insulin, and the unique ability of fat to satisfy hunger. Increasing your fat...
by sophie
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 660
Views: 15769

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

It's looking very good for vaccines massively reducing transmissibility (here's a decent summary): https://www.advisory.com/en/daily-briefing/2021/03/04/vaccine-transmission so the more people get vaccinated (or otherwise achieve immunity), the quicker we can get back to normal. I hope you're right...
by sophie
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter
Replies: 69
Views: 1943

Re: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter

Got it dualstow!

Good luck on your flight!
by sophie
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: I need to buy some gold!
Replies: 31
Views: 1112

Re: I need to buy some gold!

Don't think that would get you off the hook, Mark. From what I've read, allocated storage of physical gold in a safe deposit box or wine vault or whatever, is not subject to reporting requirements. But, unallocated accounts like the Perth Mint are. It helps of course that the IRS is not at all clear...
by sophie
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reducing 401k contributions now for tax flexibility later?
Replies: 16
Views: 577

Re: Reducing 401k contributions now for tax flexibility later?

Flyingpylon, I hear you on the tax deferral situation. 88% is a lot. I'd be uncomfortable with that too. You'll need to sit down with a spreadsheet and compare your tax burden now vs in future. If you figure on withdrawing almost the same amount from your 401K that you're earning now, then it's pret...
by sophie
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter
Replies: 69
Views: 1943

Re: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter

Take over for me Vinny. O0 There seems to be some disconnect tonight and I should stop posting. Lucky for me, I probably won't have internet for a few days. Dualstow...sorry if you something I (or others) said offended you! Not intended at all. I took the bodyguard app post as an indictment of how ...
by sophie
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter
Replies: 69
Views: 1943

Re: Colorado Grocery Store Mass Shooter

Yes, that's my feeling. If it's too dangerous to walk around my neighborhood without a bodyguard, that would definitely be the signal to find a safer place to live. Cortopassi, the Second Amendment doesn't say that you can only have a gun if you want to hunt with it. It does suggest, though, that th...
by sophie
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Optimal Diet
Replies: 144
Views: 4671

Re: Optimal Diet

Corto, my solution has been to find a new food addiction. I'm pretty weak-willed too when it comes to this stuff. My latest: dark chocolate with no sugar, dipped into peanut butter. YUM and satisfying. I had this for lunch today because I just needed something nice to get me through this endless gra...