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by IlliniDave
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"
Replies: 70
Views: 2961

Re: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"

jacob, okay, but my experience is different. Maybe it's because one of my parent's and all of my grandparents were born into the lower class and moved up into the middle class ranks, so our class wasn't tattooed to our foreheads. I see the sort of behaviors you describe across all strata, more as a ...
by IlliniDave
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Multifactor investing
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: Multifactor investing

Multifactor investing as I understand it is just another method of grouping the the same sorts of assets together. So right off the bat I don't know of any major benefits to doing it with a small slice. That said I do exactly that for amusement more than anything, although I stick with funds. Your i...
by IlliniDave
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"
Replies: 70
Views: 2961

Re: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"

Ego, that's a reasonable way to look at it. I don't think I'd point to the nuclear family as the mistake though. It sort of hearkens back to a discussion that kept appearing during 2016: are people who want (and look to their potential leaders) to find work and opportunity where they live stupid for...
by IlliniDave
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"
Replies: 70
Views: 2961

Re: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"

I'm not sure how many people here have experience across the US social classes. I have a lot of cross-social experience personally and professionally. @Jacob is dead on correct, IMO. It's mostly the middle class and upper middle class that transactionalizes social capital. ... This is something I d...
by IlliniDave
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"
Replies: 70
Views: 2961

Re: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"

I'm a product of a "modified corporate family", and my kids were raised in the best modified corporate family we could maintain, geography being the challenge to overcome. My kids are doing similar with their kids, although they are both more prone to use family terminology towards their friends. My...
by IlliniDave
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Post-factualism: Goodbye Enlightenment--Hello Idiocracy?
Replies: 149
Views: 25695

Re: Post-factualism: Goodbye Enlightenment--Hello Idiocracy?

Seppia, it looks like the Democrat side is going to come down to Bernie's populism versus Bloomberg's money, and the general will come down to Bloomberg's money versus Trump. I don't think the R's as a party could maneuver their way out of a wet paper bag with pre-cut holes in it. The R's have mostl...
by IlliniDave
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Too Old To Retire "Young"
Replies: 524
Views: 107216

Re: Too Old To Retire "Young"

I've been through a number of the same thought processes. After 33ish years I'm a pretty good cog in a specialized machine. Its not easy to think about deliberately turn the $ spigot off. The cog-like aspect of my professional side means I'd have to stay near the machine to continue to extract from ...
by IlliniDave
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 1684
Views: 300515

Re: Investments Trade Log

I sold another ~4.5% of my US stock funds Friday. Still having trouble staying below 60/40. And starting to think I might be more comfortable with an even more conservative deployment.
by IlliniDave
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is there a principle (and advice) about annoying volunteers
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: Is there a principle (and advice) about annoying volunteers

I've encountered those sorts of people everywhere. Some people are more drawn to being, others more to doing. Things like student gov't, various social organizations, the different advocacy groups that have proliferated in the megacorp world over the last 20 years, often appear to me to be forums fo...
by IlliniDave
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Funding parents retirement
Replies: 11
Views: 874

Re: Funding parents retirement

I think I would help as long as whatever got them into the predicament wasn't too egregious and they were willing to live within their means. I say help because for much of my life I couldn't swing supporting two households entirely even without saving for my own retirement. My relationship with my ...
by IlliniDave
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 961

Re: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?

I've come to the conclusion that paying guardians is not advisable. I wonder how to handle added costs of raising children, though. I should probably just have a conversation with the actual designated guardians to make our druthers known. I wouldn't want them to use much of their own money at all,...
by IlliniDave
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?
Replies: 47
Views: 2216

Re: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?

@IlliniDave A re-do would fire up Bernie's base even more and would be rather convenient for the "establishment." Iowa should've immediately came out and say "hey guys, we screwed up with this App thing. Here are the facts. Here is how we're gonna prevent this in the future. And here is a timeline ...
by IlliniDave
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?
Replies: 47
Views: 2216

Re: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?

Stunning development it was really Trump and the Deplorables to blame, haha. Day 1 after the Senate vote and the new scandal is launched. Can't make this stuff up. Edit to add: I'm actually okay with a number of DT's planks, but it would be a relief if we could find a better POTUS and end the nonsen...
by IlliniDave
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?
Replies: 47
Views: 2216

Re: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?

I believe the firm hired to create the app was owned/founded by former HRC campaign people rather than a "real" developer. In hindsight appears to be a serious case of amateur hour. Still seems weird they wouldn't have been able to count up the paper backups by now since historically they were usual...
by IlliniDave
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 961

Re: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?

Probate cannot be bypassed with a will. The only thing a will does is to make explicit the wishes of the deceased (thus replacing the state guidelines) that would then be administered in probate. What you are referring to are the ownership provisions in the real estate title. Some titles provide di...
by IlliniDave
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 961

Re: Anyone had a will done? Suggestions?

Without a will typically a probate judge will decide what happens with the esstate in accordance with state guidelines. For example, in my state everything won't necessarily go to the children, as siblings and parents could be given a percentage at the judge's discretion. So one thing to ask about o...
by IlliniDave
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: The meaning of life / How did we get here
Replies: 18
Views: 1164

Re: The meaning of life / How did we get here

That's why humans invented "faith" I guess. We tend to ascribe some unprovable meaning to existence. It's very important to a lot of people, and manifests itself in religion/ideology of various kinds.
by IlliniDave
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?
Replies: 47
Views: 2216

Re: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?

@jacob. Interestingly, Bernie beat HRC in both Wisconsin and Michigan in the 2016 primary. Maybe should have been an omen, but like you alluded to, no one thought Trump would be able to win in any of the states that touch L. Michigan. Even with enough prescience to to have foreseen that (I think may...
by IlliniDave
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?
Replies: 47
Views: 2216

Re: Boy, what's going on in Iowa?

Is no one going to talk about how the chosen one (Joe Biden) totally flopped? While one data point isn't a trend, this is huge since all polls predicted he would win Iowa! Biden has never done well in Iowa. Possibly that's why after all these years the Democratic Party Mainstream is objecting to Io...