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by Dragline
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Black Swans
Replies: 29
Views: 820

Re: Black Swans

Yes, a black swan is more of an "unknown unknown" -- i.e., something we can't really imagine or that has never happened before. Maybe nuclear war? Or people in power bent on eliminating or disenfranchising certain scapegoats who resemble you? Other than holding an extremely diversified portfolio, th...
by Dragline
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Steps to detoxify from toxic chemicals?
Replies: 15
Views: 493

Re: Steps to detoxify from toxic chemicals?

Neither is replacing a plastic bottle with a metal one. Why take the chance if alternatives already exist? brute knows humans that refuse to drink out of aluminum bottles because they say it leaches into their water. steel rusts. most other metals tarnish. maybe Olaz could look into gold or titaniu...
by Dragline
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Attic Insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Attic Insulation

I'm afraid I haven't, but whatever you use needs to be fire retardant. If you do something unconventional, it also may detract from the value of the home (or cause it to fail a home inspection) when you try to sell it. Here's some general info, including the types of insulation available: https://en...
by Dragline
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: An investment framework
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: An investment framework

The rules you have set up re price of oil, rate of inflation, acceptance of bitcoin, etc. don't necessarily have a bearing on the value of the investments you propose to hold. They might sometimes, but you'd be better off making buy/sell decisions based on the values or characteristics of the invest...
by Dragline
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: An investment framework
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: An investment framework

Your theory sounds similar to the ones behind the "Permanent Portfolio". Are you familiar with that concept? Your item 2) is also similar to Kahneman's observation that "Regression to the mean" is probably the best strategy long term. In practice, this is also known as "rebalancing." But I would jus...
by Dragline
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

BRUTE wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:48 am
Smashter wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:05 am
So, if forced to pick one set of foods for a month, I think even Brute would choose steel cut oats and fresh fruit as opposed to Slim Jims and Spam.
negative.
Brute as a Leprachaun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiylnBNwKac :lol:
by Dragline
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What values do you value the most?
Replies: 13
Views: 459

Re: What values do you value the most?

Probably Kindness (or maybe Humor) if I had to pick one. I favor the ones that are relational and that you can fulfill most every day over the ones that are situational (e.g., bravery). More bang for your buck. ;-)
by Dragline
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Tips for driving on the highway with a cargo van?
Replies: 14
Views: 369

Re: Tips for driving on the highway with a cargo van?

What, no trailer? I drove across the country in a '62 Ford Falcon towing a home-made wood box on a tiny skeleton trailer when I was your age. It was a grand adventure. Put the heavy stuff towards the middle/front to avoid fish-tailing. Driving on highways is easy. Just don't drive in the left lane u...
by Dragline
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

Well, our tiny epidemiological study seems to indicate that whether you are a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore, healthy cholesterol metrics can be achieved by all. Meaning the meat factor doesn't really matter and other factors are at issue. In this group, I would suspect the lack of processed foods...
by Dragline
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

Triglycerides 0.62, HDL 1.33. Maybe having meat with one or two meals per week on average? 2-3 eggs a day though. Minimal dairy. The rest mostly vegetables, legumes, some whole grains. Exercise 4-5 days a week. Yes, some of these look like the Canada/UK/Australia version (mmol/l). There is a conver...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

P_K wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:45 pm
BRUTE wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:05 pm
@sl-owl-orris: triglyceride/HDL ratio show off?
Inquiring minds wish to know.

I'll volunteer mine, too. ~2.3 :oops: I need a higher HDL level.
1.63 for me last year. A few years ago < 1, but I've been slipping. Need more sardines, maybe. :lol:
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

WHO/IARC now readily backtrack and waffle on their "conclusions", which are routinely mis-cited by the public. In fact, they admit that that their studies as to non-processed red meat is not causal, but merely associative -- meaning that other life factors could be at play. As for the central issue...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Actual ways in which a large Index Fund / ETF could "blow up"
Replies: 46
Views: 1847

Re: Actual ways in which a large Index Fund / ETF could "blow up"

Things that are negatively correlated with stocks would make money in the index fund crash environment -- like long-term treasury bonds. Panic assets like gold would probably also do pretty well. Even the dollar itself. You are correct that so-called diversification among positively correlated asset...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

For most, the only way they will ever change is through sickness and pain, even then most will not change. My dad’s mantra was to tell us how healthy our wild game (meat) diet was growing up, every day before dinner he would recite what he was taught from the news and school, i.e. meat is good for ...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Conspiracy theory you deem most likely to be true
Replies: 109
Views: 11612

Re: Conspiracy theory you deem most likely to be true

Well, I built one of those, but it was just made out of wood and metal fasteners on top of a foundation of cinderblocks. I don't know anything about burning skyscrapers. Pretty much everything burns if its hot enough and there is oxygen. Or it melts.
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Should I go to a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat? Or finish prepping for my move/new job?
Replies: 15
Views: 472

Re: Should I go to a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat? Or finish prepping for my move/new job?

It's from Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow". Its a model to describe the human mind works, with System 1 (Fast) being governed by heuristics or rules of thumb that are cognitively easy to fall back on or fall into and System 2 (Slow) being the part that actually analyzes a problem in...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Should I go to a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat? Or finish prepping for my move/new job?
Replies: 15
Views: 472

Re: Should I go to a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat? Or finish prepping for my move/new job?

Sounds like another false dilemma. Why can't you go on a three, five or seven day retreat and use the other days to take care of what you need? Or recognize that there is no reason you need to do all those tasks before starting your job? But I seriously question why you have not sold some of that st...
by Dragline
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

Agreed. Fyi, I was including all processed foods, whether they were meats or things commonly presented in boxes or bags, or generally of artificial construction, like soda and sugary cakes and white flour crackers. Anything with the fiber removed and/or chemicals or sugar added, really. I was listen...
by Dragline
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth
Replies: 29
Views: 1820

Re: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth

Well, there's more than one way to skin this cat. And a lot more ways to end up with cat fur in your mouth. This one is as good as any if you can stomach the downturns. @Fish -- yes, switching horses midstream is a way to choke on cat fur. Pick something you can stomach and hold on to your stomach.
by Dragline
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Electric self driving vehicles
Replies: 30
Views: 869

Re: Electric self driving vehicles

It probably won't affect me that much, although it would be nice if there was less traffic on the road as a result. I agree that there are difficult legal and cultural barriers to be resolved -- the technological ones are easy by comparison. The most difficult barrier may be the possibility that sel...
by Dragline
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Actual ways in which a large Index Fund / ETF could "blow up"
Replies: 46
Views: 1847

Re: Actual ways in which a large Index Fund / ETF could "blow up"

I listened to the podcast, too. Ritzholtz has also had guests on that have said this is not a problem, given the overall makeup of the market with institutional investors dominating and index funds still comprising only 1/3 of the market. I honestly don't know if its a problem. It could certainly be...
by Dragline
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

First, Nutritionfacts is Dr. Greger's propaganda machine and is not a reliable source. Its like citing Fox & Friends or Rachel Maddow. Greger suffers from the same statistical misuse and nonsense described in the videos I posted. He just cherry-picks the epidemiological studies that supports his vie...
by Dragline
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: "What the Health"
Replies: 72
Views: 2602

Re: "What the Health"

Go visit the hospitals and see what people are eating there, find someone over the age of 40 who is thin (like a teenager) and looks healthy (if you can find one) and ask them about diet. We can do our own research, there is no need to rely on others. So are you saying I can eat potato chips, frenc...
by Dragline
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 443
Views: 62478

Re: ffj's early retirement

Nice pictures.
by Dragline
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 18
Views: 749

Re: Vegetarianism

I agree with those who say "give it a go and see what happens".