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by vexed87
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Guns in America
Replies: 180
Views: 4846

Re: Guns in America

What's your plan to fix bullying? Social isolation of atypical individuals is older than guns, laws, and humans. If the problem is framed as 'How do we fix the broken society within the framework of our present political economy?', you'd be asking for the solution to the 'million dollar question'. ...
by vexed87
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Guns in America
Replies: 180
Views: 4846

Re: Guns in America

Certainly, if UK-like rules were in place the Parkland kid would not have had access. Neither would the Virginia tech kid. there were rules in place prohibiting both the recent church shooter and the Florida shooter from possessing guns - yet they still happened. brute is skeptical regarding the ef...
by vexed87
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Expensive dinners and drinks with friends
Replies: 14
Views: 1466

Re: Expensive dinners and drinks with friends

...they are usually the same ones who don't tip the waiters. You are in the UK. I thought tipping was just an American custom. Are we supposed to tip when in the UK? I never do. Am I making a mistake? Sorry just logged in for the first time in a while. Err, yeah, it is customary to tip in the UK, (...
by vexed87
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Guns in America
Replies: 180
Views: 4846

Re: Guns in America

Prohibition does not work, never has and never will. What percentage of deaths come from mass shootings vs police brutality? It has worked in the UK and Australia. It has worked, and it hasn't. In terms of deaths in school shootings, they have been reduced, murder rates, not so much, I think murder...
by vexed87
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Expensive dinners and drinks with friends
Replies: 14
Views: 1466

Re: Expensive dinners and drinks with friends

I have attended the odd £50 meal with close friends, DW and I haven't made a habit out of it, we tend to cook every night, so its a novelty when we do eat out, though we would usually opt for a £10/head plus bring your own bottle type place if it were our choice. I only cringe when someone suggest o...
by vexed87
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Anyone buy overpriced Yakima/Thule roof racks?
Replies: 13
Views: 535

Re: Anyone buy overpriced Yakima/Thule roof racks?

I bought the basic square bar thule roof rack system for DWs 2015 Up! used on ebay. I think I only had to by the adapters for the feet new as there are not a lot in circulation for our model car. We are getting rid of that car now, and I'm finding it a lot harder to sell on than buy. I have to keep ...
by vexed87
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Turn your phone to grayscale to break addiction
Replies: 10
Views: 850

Re: Turn your phone to grayscale to break addiction

I reduced my phone use by simply muting notifications of apps that I don't care about. So I still get calls, but not the annoying reminders to look at facebook, ebay or whatever. Working through your apps and disabling background data use has a similar effect. This stuff makes you less present in gr...
by vexed87
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Embodied Energy of Modern Human
Replies: 33
Views: 1966

Re: Embodied Energy of Modern Human

Electrically, I'd restrict myself to nothing fancier than simple electro-mechanic contacts; light bulbs; ... and start collecting scrap metal for reworking. See e.g. what Mark Boyle is doing: http://www.moneylessmanifesto.org/why-free ... maybe I'd play with robots as a fun project, but I wouldn't ...
by vexed87
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: un-lurking
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: un-lurking

An American that has heard of Yorkshire, impressive :lol:

Yes, we're very lucky to live in such a beautiful county, lots to see and do if you like the great outdoors. :)
by vexed87
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: un-lurking
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: un-lurking

I had a real active year or two, now I mostly lurk. I even had a journal with charts and things but there's only so much you can write up about numbers, saving rates and cooking from scratch before you get bored. I tend to only contribute my major milestones now, and stuff I think I know a reasonabl...
by vexed87
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: UK meet up 17th/18th Feb
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: UK meet up 17th/18th Feb

Put me down as a maybe for London or definitely for Leeds. Travel time would be my main concern, but if there is a good turn out, it may be worth it!
by vexed87
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Heating a bonus room, separate from main heat
Replies: 21
Views: 1146

Re: Heating a bonus room, separate from main heat

Oh yes, agreed, but it depends what your starting point is, if you have a few small leaky sash windows, the change to a most basic correctly sealed single glazed window frame will provide perceptible difference in warmth and thermal efficiency. The fact that you have sealed drafts will be a bigger d...
by vexed87
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Balance between Health, Money, and Time at the Supermarket
Replies: 51
Views: 2606

Re: Balance between Health, Money, and Time at the Supermarket

I for one don't eat enough shop bought sour cream to worry about the preservatives... I find that by mostly cooking from scratch, i.e. with veggies, rice, beans, potatoes etc, then when the time comes to add something shop bought (as in commercially processed foods, not fresh produce in a bag) it's ...
by vexed87
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Jumping aboard a Cryptocurrency Ponzi-Scheme
Replies: 23
Views: 1818

Re: Jumping aboard a Cryptocurrency Ponzi-Scheme

fips wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:32 pm
but then again - which financial advisor over-emphasizes on risk first?
A good one! :lol:
by vexed87
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?
Replies: 36
Views: 1734

Re: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?

brute is unwilling to read those crazy anti-money websites. what's their argument for giving up money? If you don't read it, you will never know :lol: I really recommend you read the book brute. You won't agree with all of it, there are parts of it I was unwilling to implement, I'm not going to giv...
by vexed87
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Spent $60 on an in-person date. Fuck that
Replies: 108
Views: 5501

Re: Spent $60 on an in-person date. Fuck that

+1 for coffee on the first date. Bonus points if your date is up for a walk in a park and you bring the flask! I knew DW was a keeper when I pulled that off, I suppose the puppy helped though. :lol:
by vexed87
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What if everyone ERE'd, forcibly?
Replies: 22
Views: 1156

Re: What if everyone ERE'd, forcibly?

@C40, Charles Hugh Smith has done some good work on the implications of automation and UBI. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0178MQI1M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0178MQI1M&linkCode=as2&tag=charleshughsm-20&linkId=CGXPIKGVST4OBTXU While I don't agree his solution to ...
by vexed87
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?
Replies: 36
Views: 1734

Re: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?

Sorry @daylen, I confused you with OP, my post was directed @jonnyz. As for what you are missing, probably nothing! Essential reading from Lean Logic, go to page XV and read all entries under question 6, and 8 for bonus points. Combined together, those entries pretty much explain the inevitability o...
by vexed87
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?
Replies: 36
Views: 1734

Re: Is ERE the ultimate blue-pill?

Daylen, I recommend you pick up a copy of Lean Logic (or its sister book) for a deeper look into the monetary economy vs the alternative of human reciprocity and exchange as a means of social organisation. Money is only one of many possible solutions to the problem of trading in a complex civilizati...
by vexed87
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Coffee and pints
Replies: 25
Views: 3066

Re: Coffee and pints

@Did, another fine example of human capital beating financial capital hands down. Free ale, what's not to like!

@C40, where do you buy your green beans, and how do you store them?
by vexed87
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Tesla Semi Truck
Replies: 11
Views: 1146

Re: Tesla Semi Truck

Musk is definitely mostly in the dreaming business. then again, brute wouldn't have thought Tesla would get even the Model S on the road, so maybe there is a way. TBH, I see some similarities to classic ponzi schemes. Hence the long delays in production, and promise of new products on the horizon i...
by vexed87
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: How to reclaim North American cities from cars?
Replies: 27
Views: 1816

Re: How to reclaim North American cities from cars?

@RJ, Not sure how roads are paid for in the US, but in the UK they are paid for with funding from central taxation. Road tax (i.e. tax levied on cars to contribute road building) was abolished in the 1930's here. So, we have a situation where everyone pays for the roads, and anyone who uses them mor...
by vexed87
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sustainable living but no homesteading?
Replies: 58
Views: 4057

Re: Sustainable living but no homesteading?

Thanks Jacob. Makes lots of sense. @ThisDinosaur, ERE is not inspired by permaculture, it's however oft said by Jacob that permaculturists get ERE because they already apply system thinking to their lives and work. Funnily enough, I have never met another likeable person 'in real life', except perma...
by vexed87
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sustainable living but no homesteading?
Replies: 58
Views: 4057

Re: Sustainable living but no homesteading?

Jacob, I hope I'm not extending the analogy too far, but why exactly do you prefer to be the one in lifeboat? Are you hoping for rescue? To me, fostering a community, being on the island seems to be the more worthwhile path of the two (that's not to say that both a transition towns strategy can't be...
by vexed87
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Caring too Much
Replies: 12
Views: 1147

Re: Caring too Much

Yes, it's quite liberating to understand we can't really destroy the planet, or life itself, it will be here well after we (us individually, and a species + the others we take down with us) are long gone. When I start to feel down about this stuff, I acknowledge that it's ok to feel that way, it's p...