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by JamesR
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3436
Views: 253022

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Taleb's thoughts ... https://www.academia.edu/41743064/Systemic_Risk_of_Pandemic_via_Novel_Pathogens_-_Coronavirus_A_Note Clearly, we are dealing with an extreme fat-tailed process owing to an increased connectivity, which increases the spreading in a nonlinear way ...exposure to tail events leads ...
by JamesR
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Neither early nor extreme but I'm doing my best
Replies: 20
Views: 1675

Re: Neither early nor extreme but I'm doing my best

I think it makes sense to sell your household stuff/furniture. It would cost money to ship it to your brother's place and back to a new place, and how many years later might that be? You could try selling your stuff at 50-80% of what you purchased your stuff at, see how it goes? My first time abroad...
by JamesR
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Alternatives to Google News?
Replies: 40
Views: 10756

Re: Alternatives to Google News?

Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame has started a social-media news aggregator thing. http://wt.social/ I felt that much of the funding raised for Wikipedia was disingenuously & unnecessarily used for other things in WikiMedia's operations, so I would personally be somewhat suspicious of Jimmy Wales. Mea...
by JamesR
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Choosing a smartphone
Replies: 18
Views: 3398

Re: Choosing a smartphone

iPhone 7 will most likely still be compatible with the next iOS update (iOS 14). I have the iPhone SE and I actually bought it off craigslist in the spring before iOS 13 came out, and I was quite confident that the 6th generation (6/SE) would get iOS 13. There's almost no doubt in my mind that 7th g...
by JamesR
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: How to learn effectively from a textbook?
Replies: 18
Views: 1304

Re: How to learn effectively from a textbook?

Back when I took economics 101 at university, the text book was "Principles of Microeconomics" by Gregory Mankiw. When the midterms was coming up, I decided to review some of the chapters, but I ended up actually reading the whole book cover to cover over the weekend. That was just purely reading fo...
by JamesR
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is Inequality Inevitable?
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Re: Is Inequality Inevitable?

There seems to be relationship between democracy and equality. So the more democratic a society is, the less inequality it experiences at that point in time. As inequality rises, it's probably a symptom of becoming less democratic. And that's also a proxy of power, it's easier for the few to exert p...
by JamesR
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is Inequality Inevitable?
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Is Inequality Inevitable?

Is Inequality Inevitable? "Wealth naturally trickles up in free-market economies, model suggests" Even if there wasn't a trickle-upward effect, I think there's still many other factors that can cause wealth/power to clump up. Things like winner-takes-all phenomenon, automation, disproportionally in...
by JamesR
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]

Good points about the firearm being the great neutralizer. I forgot to take that into account.

Nice writeup @riggerjack. I'm definitely not surprised this stuff has come up in other threads before, I've seen a bit of it. :D
by JamesR
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]

@shemp I definitely see that technology can potentially make oligarchy more feasible, making it somewhat easier for the few to threaten the many. But how do you explain that we had oligarchy before (feudalism) in European countries and then those countries moved away from that towards democracy? Def...
by JamesR
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]

for those of us who believe in Austrian Economics, this is called crony capitalism and one of our primary objections to government interventions in the market. The government should be a referee ensuring everyone is obeying the rules equally. I'll agree about government being a referee, and I mean ...
by JamesR
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]

The question at the end seemed awkward, and the answer was maybe a case of proving too much. Rather than leading by example he wants use his financial power to construct narratives (what does that even mean?) and force others to practice the idea(l)s he supports. Yes, we're quite a cooperative bunc...
by JamesR
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward [TED talk]

Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory. The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward I know there's a couple of strong supporters of the Chicago/Austrian schools of thought in here. Hopefully this video opens your eyes a...
by JamesR
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Applying a risk-averse, quantitative approach to life
Replies: 7
Views: 1826

Applying a risk-averse, quantitative approach to life

The Hedge Fund Billionaire’s Guide to Buying Your Kids a Better Shot at Not Just One Elite College, but Lots of Them Less well publicized, however, are the various ways in which Shaw has applied his fund’s risk-averse, quantitative approach to nearly every aspect of his life. Its philosophy, explai...
by JamesR
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Opimizing nutrition - "data-driven" working diet solutions
Replies: 1
Views: 859

Re: Opimizing nutrition - "data-driven" working diet solutions

Good, he has a some stuff on fasting https://optimisingnutrition.com/2016/03/21/wanna-live-forever/ I've struggled with weight for a long time, I've done keto diet for 6-8+ months before - twice, etc. But I didn't know about how easy and how effective waterfasting actually is until earlier this year...
by JamesR
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Why Index Funds Are Like Subprime CDOs
Replies: 120
Views: 16594

Why Index Funds Are Like Subprime CDOs

The article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-04/michael-burry-explains-why-index-funds-are-like-subprime-cdos Some discussion about it: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20877700 It's interesting to ponder the effect of the whole index funds movement (bogle, vanguard, and robo-inv...
by JamesR
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Rice flakes as an alternative to Rolled oats
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: Rice flakes as an alternative to Rolled oats

So I checked around but it doesn't seem like rice flakes are a thing that is sold at the markets in Vietnam. Further online research shows some products like: https://cdn0.woolworths.media/content/wowproductimages/large/090893.jpg https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/i...
by JamesR
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Reading the blog start to finish
Replies: 11
Views: 6427

Re: Reading the blog start to finish

@jacob - oh the shame, no blog post since 2015? :lol: :oops: :lol: Thanks for the list though! Honestly I'm skeptical about the SEO benefits of re-posting the same blog posts over and over in random order. Also highly informative comments will end up spread out across multiple pages for the exact sa...
by JamesR
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The secret to FI
Replies: 12
Views: 3415

Re: The secret to FI

So I just watched Tech Lead's video. His sarcasm is so dry, and he's hilarious. Cast off all your shackles of social responsibility and you too can be independent! You just need to find ways to downgrade your lifestyle! Move back in with your parents or become homeless and hang out at the beach! Any...
by JamesR
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Rice flakes as an alternative to Rolled oats
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Rice flakes as an alternative to Rolled oats

Currently I'm in Vietnam, and recently I found a variety of bags of flavoured "instant rice porridge" in stores. Usually there's 3 components inside, the main component being dried rice flakes - ready for hot water to be added (the other two components are separate bags of spices & oils). The consis...