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by Mark Leavy
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 2996
Views: 737188

Re: The GOLD scream room

I bet Harry Browne didn’t have a solution to this one. I would really like to buy a bunch of gold tomorrow but i don’t think I’m going to be in town to take delivery. At least it’s possible that I won’t be. No way am I leaving it to the wife to receive it. It’s not that she’s flaky, but if somethin...
by Mark Leavy
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Whatever happened to BLM and ANTIFA?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Whatever happened to BLM and ANTIFA?

Did those orgs just disappear? Is there any evidence they're still around other than a few BLM signs or pins? Was it just the communists funding these orgs to help oust Trump (along with a vote by mail fraud scheme)? Antifa is still busing burning Portland down every night. It just doesn't make the...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)
Replies: 10
Views: 133

Re: Long Term Care Insurance (revisited)

In the high rise condo area of Cartagena Colombia I would see tons of oldsters (expats?) being wheeled through the parks and waterfront by cute 20 year old gals. The gals would meet up and gossip and feed pudding to their charges and carry on. I got the feeling it would be about as inexpensive and d...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Dr Seuss
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Dr Seuss

I still re-read "Oh, the places you'll go!" every few years.
by Mark Leavy
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: US version of a Goldsmith PP?
Replies: 15
Views: 521

Re: US version of a Goldsmith PP?

Wellesley (non-global) is a wonderful fund. For a long time, I’ve been tempted to employ a vp of my select indy dividend stocks with VCIT (Vanguard intermediate corporate bond etf) as a kind of homemade wellesley. Wellesley and a little bit of gold is about as simple as it gets. I'm working with a ...
by Mark Leavy
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 1443
Views: 84425

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

You know you've found a field of endeavour you're genuinely interested in when you continue to read the textbook after your courses are done. There's a whole swathe of material we didn't cover such as the use of special purposes registers that enable SSE and AVX extensions. Super interesting stuff!...
by Mark Leavy
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 1443
Views: 84425

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

You know you've found a field of endeavour you're genuinely interested in when you continue to read the textbook after your courses are done. There's a whole swathe of material we didn't cover such as the use of special purposes registers that enable SSE and AVX extensions. Super interesting stuff!...
by Mark Leavy
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Volcker
Replies: 32
Views: 1015

Re: Volcker

Tortoise wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:44 pm
If the Fed buys enough Treasury bonds with printed money, won't that keep rates low even if inflation is high?

... and other good points ...
Thank you. I keep forgetting about both sides of the scale.
by Mark Leavy
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Volcker
Replies: 32
Views: 1015

Re: Volcker

I think even Volcker commented that there was no way rates could be raised like they were. The federal budget to service the debt would destroy the government. The market crash would potentially leave seventy million people retiring in abject poverty with an epic stock market crash (401ks and pensi...
by Mark Leavy
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The US digital dollar
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: The US digital dollar

While I don’t have any evidence that this is what is going on, the digital dollar feels very much like the US Treasury is evaluating bitcoin as a threat and pondering adopting the tried and true Microsoft strategy of Embrace, Extend and Extinguish. Which proved incredibly effective.
by Mark Leavy
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The US digital dollar
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: The US digital dollar

I've been intrigued by the discussions. I'm looking forward to see how and if it moves forward. While the digital dollar would certainly not be a replacement for folding money (Or any other truly anonymous transaction) it seems like it could be a large improvement over USD debit cards or other elect...
by Mark Leavy
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 1058
Views: 195382

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-u-punishing-itself-halts-saudi-arms-080003087--finance.html At least he's anti-establishment when it comes to our sick relationship with Saudi Ara..... Nevermind. Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach The dec...
by Mark Leavy
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Gold Coin Supply/Demand
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: Gold Coin Supply/Demand

I didn’t specifically ask for 2021s; that’s just what the dealer had in stock. If the vast majority of bullion coins in circulation are from previous years, I wonder why I was given a 2021 both times. Just an interesting coincidence, maybe? My first thought was that maybe no one is selling and the ...
by Mark Leavy
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 1443
Views: 84425

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

... - Basic binary and hexadecimcal arithmetic. This also included conversion from one base to the other. - Writing programs in assembly - Explaining the dynamics of CPU caches, how they're organized, and how to optimize code to minimize misses - Processor pipelining - Explaining compilation, linki...
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: I think it’s time to move into crypto
Replies: 56
Views: 821

Re: I think it’s time to move into crypto

That begs the question...at what price does mining bitcoin become a losing proposition? What happens if miners can't turn a profit? I'm sorry. I'm a pedant. This sort of stuff horrifies me. "begging the question" is a bad translation of "assuming the conclusion" NOT "suggesting the question". Carry...
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Netflix junkie
Replies: 273
Views: 39671

Re: Netflix junkie

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is an excellent movie. The sequel, not so much. The recasting of the two main characters had me salty in particular. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were such a great pair. The Swedish versions were all excellent. I liked the American ones, but the Swedes nailed it.
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: TAXES BABY, TAXES!
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: TAXES BABY, TAXES!

Xan, so watch the BelangP YT VLOG and he said something that I found interesting. He said unlike an Equity Share, which is "first in first out" with regard to sales, a Gold Bullion sale can be conducted with you highest Cost Basis Coin, or Bar. So, if you're forced to rebalance this ameliorates the...
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: TAXES BABY, TAXES!
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: TAXES BABY, TAXES!

Jay-UMN wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:45 am
You could just move to a state that doesn't have sales or capital gains tax on bullion (Utah, Oklahoma, Wyoming). Kansas may be heading that way too. This of course assumes they don't change their laws.
Even with zero state taxes, (South Dakota) the Feds still tax capital gains on bullion.
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Minimum Living Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 332

Re: Minimum Living Wage

--Unlimited clean energy. One day we humans will absolutely figure out fusion. That will be the end of our energy issues, greenhouse gases, etc. It will certainly be totally disruptive and destroy industries and cause wars but we have to get there. --With that, some form of replicator technology th...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: COVID Cases Sharply Declining: Why This Is Worst Case Scenario
Replies: 128
Views: 1810

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

Just a guess from an uneducated source but if Covid disproportionately affects African Americans as well as other dark-skinned people more than Caucasians it might have much less do to with racism than Vitamin D. Then again, I'm not a politician so what do I know? Vitamin D is a likely factor, but ...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?
Replies: 188
Views: 6397

Re: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?

However, my solution is to simply avoid traveling to such places. If they're going to hassle me to such an extent, then they won't get any of my tourism spending. I’m with you there. There’s a ton of the country that I still want to see, but I’m happy cooling my heels on Florida beaches until the o...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?
Replies: 188
Views: 6397

Re: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?

One factor in favor of delaying or deferring: there will likely be an announcement soon that only one shot is fine if you're low risk. The data suggest that one shot has the same efficacy as two, if you know something about significant differences. i.e. 85% and 95% are indistinguishable when the nu...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?
Replies: 188
Views: 6397

Re: Will you get vaccinated for COVID?

Serious question. Given that I'm not worried about catching Covid, and I don't have any business or PR reasons to get vaccinated, is there any incentive at all for someone like me to get jabbed? Can I go to Hawaii without quarantining? No Can I go shopping without a mask? No Can I fly on a plane wit...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: COVID Cases Sharply Declining: Why This Is Worst Case Scenario
Replies: 128
Views: 1810

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

My takeaway is that Harry Browne's individualism does not necessarily mean complete self interest (read selfishness) to the point of disregard for anyone else. Harry often commented that different people have different utility functions that vary with their time horizons. For someone with a very sh...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Minimum Living Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 332

Re: Minimum Living Wage

I continue to wonder why this topic keeps resurfacing. Dr. Swift's solution to the problem of impoverished Irish families is no less applicable today. Also, low carb.