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by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Sam Harris - Idiot?
Replies: 58
Views: 12929

Re: Sam Harris - Idiot?

I am just judging Sam Harris off one data point, but I remember watching one of his videos in the mid-2000s where he was talking about the basis of morality. It was something about maximizing well-being. Then he threw up a slide of some woman wearing a hijab, or whatever, and simply stated somethin...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Sam Harris - Idiot?
Replies: 58
Views: 12929

Re: Sam Harris - Idiot?

Campitor wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:26 pm

[*]Dr. Ardnt, who was Harvard Medical graduate, walked out of a spinal surgery he was performing to cash his check.[/list]
I think Ardnt was addicted to drugs and there was a question of him owing someone, plus other random stuff that was going on.
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend (Universal Basic Income)
Replies: 35
Views: 7418

Re: Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend (Universal Basic Income)

@Campitor: I agree. Greatly increased inheritance tax towards equalization of educational/entrepreneurial opportunities would be better. Fresh roll on the American dream each generation. Except that it's not going to equalization of opportunity, it's going to overseas wars with a supermajority of D...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend (Universal Basic Income)
Replies: 35
Views: 7418

Re: Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend (Universal Basic Income)

Too bad during the debates the moderators do not even give him the time of day. The debates are unfair. Why is it up to the moderators to decide whom to give more time, which influences dramatically the public perception, polls, and who goes on to win? Supposedly the moderators are allocating time ...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 309
Views: 58726

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

bigato, well said! I am a new US Citizen, and I was asked to choose a Political party when I registered in my state. I didn't know. So I've been on a mission to educate myself and talk to people so I can make an informed vote. I've been surprised mostly by the odd collection of issues that represen...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: One Day of Work a Week Is Most ‘Effective’ Dose for Mental Health
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Re: One Day of Work a Week Is Most ‘Effective’ Dose for Mental Health

Yes, but was unemployment being measured properly? Technically it's ppl who are looking for a job but do not have one. I recently had no "job" and became employed, but I was not unemployed previously because I was not looking for work. Similarly, if a retiree went from 0 hours/week to 8 ho...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: One Day of Work a Week Is Most ‘Effective’ Dose for Mental Health
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Re: One Day of Work a Week Is Most ‘Effective’ Dose for Mental Health

The study could be highly flawed, there was no link to the actual paper at least. How do we know that the ppl working 8 hrs/week were not better off financially, and so chose to work fewer hours? Or maybe they were retirees? How many men and women were in the study so we get an idea of whether the d...
by trfie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to cope with boredom at work?
Replies: 20
Views: 4147

Re: How to cope with boredom at work?

Brian Tracy described the exact situation in one of his books. He asked for more work and got drudge work like you mentioned. He kept his spirit up, completed it, and asked for more work. This went on for several weeks of doing useless tasks, until his boss started giving him some real work assignme...
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Establishing LLC, taxed as S Corporation
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Re: Establishing LLC, taxed as S Corporation

Thanks, I did read that. The person he recommended had 1 terrible review and reportedly received 11,000 inquiries after his article. Any thoughts on how to select a person/company?
And does $600/yr sound reasonable?
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Establishing LLC, taxed as S Corporation
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Establishing LLC, taxed as S Corporation

I am starting a business, and from researching many aspects I believe a sole proprietorship vs. S corporation would be the best structure, and based on these 2 I believe an S corporation (or electing to be taxed as one) would make the most sense financially. I have not done this before, but the plan...
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing in Hedge Funds
Replies: 12
Views: 1519

Re: Investing in Hedge Funds

I researched hedge funds, and as has been pointed out, the track record is terrible (and the fees). I would, however, be comfortable investing if I was careful with asset allocation and much more importantly, based on an evaluation of the manager + whatever data I could find. Because they are going ...
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: 1099 Business and Retirement Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 1052

Re: 1099 Business and Retirement Plans

You could always roll it into an IRA and then 72t it. The legal protections for solo 401k/solo business retirement plans are not that strong anyhow it seems. Also, I so so so recommend the Solo 401k. For several years I used a SEP and missed out on all those sweet sweet employee contributions. Oh t...
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 309
Views: 58726

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

I really do not get it. UBI is a bad idea, but your comparison is other bad ideas? Is it to make UBI look better in comparison? How about trillions of dollars not be spent on foreign wars? How about repealing tariffs (which hurt the poor the most)? How about wealthy countries stop subsidizing their...
by trfie
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: 1099 Business and Retirement Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 1052

1099 Business and Retirement Plans

Am in this situation for the first-time. In my research I have not come across any good options for EREs, ie none of the options (including an individual Roth 401k) have a provision for early withdrawals without penalties (except in an extraordinary circumstance). Is this what others have found? Eg,...
by trfie
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: List of Investment Opportunities
Replies: 6
Views: 2047

List of Investment Opportunities

I made a list of opportunities to consider, using "investment" very loosely to include non-productive assets and even cash. What did I miss? Please give thoughts on any of these. Cash CDs Commercial real estate Corporate bonds Cryptocurrencies Fine art (not sure how feasible it is to get i...
by trfie
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US Defaulting on debt
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

Re: US Defaulting on debt

I would say it is part of the full picture, that wasn't the only point I and others made. It does not matter whether it is part of the full picture or not, having a vested interest is not a valid point. Most of us agree another recession is coming, given our economic system it is inevitable. That d...
by trfie
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US Defaulting on debt
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

Re: US Defaulting on debt

Amen, brother. Let me know when this happens. Or even a viable plan for how. ?? I never said it is going to happen. The point it that to know if Schiff is right or wrong, the context, and the timeline, you have to have the correct framework. Schiff believes in the gold standard. So if the US govern...
by trfie
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US Defaulting on debt
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

Re: US Defaulting on debt

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Does not apply. The example implies that recessions are inevitable and so someone predicting them continuously will eventually be right. But all the previous recessions have occurred for actionable reasons. There is no reason that recessions are inevitable,...
by trfie
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US Defaulting on debt
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

Re: US Defaulting on debt

When you have someone who actually makes money from things such as gold then selling doom, that the financial collapse is coming and you should invest lots in gold for when that happens then it's pretty obvious you have a vested interest in selling said doom & gloom. This is really bad logic be...
by trfie
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US Defaulting on debt
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

Re: US Defaulting on debt

When you see someone that "called it" regarding the last financial event, look at their other predictions. There's usually lots of failed ones. I cry foul. Not only did he call the 2008 crash well in advance, but he specifically described what was going to cause it, the housing issue. The...