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by Solvent
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone else notice travel is becoming easier, cheaper, and fueling social media envy?
Replies: 25
Views: 1828

Re: Anyone else notice travel is becoming easier, cheaper, and fueling social media envy?

Well saying different places feel the same might be going too far, but I do think a great many places are 'converging' in their feel. They might not be all the same (yet), but I do think they're getting closer. And I think tourism and cheap flights/more extensive flight networks are contributing to ...
by Solvent
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Getting Divorced.
Replies: 130
Views: 9965

Re: Getting Divorced.

@jacob Regarding the Catholic counseling prior to marriage: I knew one Catholic who said to me that his overall impression of his going through that process was that it was basically an excuse for the priest to give them a lecture about their moral responsibility to create more Catholics :o I'm sure...
by Solvent
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: List of essentials
Replies: 42
Views: 6184

Re: List of essentials

I had both a blender and a food processor at one point, and barely ever used either. The food processor was goid for hummus and falafel. The blender... Can't think of anything I made regularly with it.

My immersion blender, though? I love it. Use it probably twice a week or more.
by Solvent
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What part time remote jobs or location specific jobs give you 20K/yr?
Replies: 29
Views: 3274

Re: What part time remote jobs or location specific jobs give you 20K/yr?

Can I say I'm enjoying this thread just for ideas, and suggestions getting shot down? For THF, whenever this kind of topic comes up (and it comes up a lot) I always end up feeling like the best solution is not looking for serious part-time work. It's looking for 6-12 month, full time contracts in a ...
by Solvent
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: IPCC Report
Replies: 380
Views: 32199

Re: IPCC Report

if only there was a way to increase the wealth of humans from $10,000/year to $40,000/year over the span of 100 years. oh wait, the free market! lucky humans. Brute talks as though economic development is a solved problem. I assure Brute that it is not, although if you live in the west it's easy to...
by Solvent
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Limit your choices
Replies: 71
Views: 7840

Re: Limit your choices

On 4, which you didn't elaborate a lot on... Remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Even if it's only in your head. If you have a million choices, you're always comparing your outcomes to what may have happened if you'd chosen something else... Locking yourself in to fewer choices means you do le...
by Solvent
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Civil War in France
Replies: 43
Views: 4283

Re: Civil War in France

RealPerson wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:01 am
...dipping their fresh baked perfectly flaky croissants in their cup of coffee with the right amount of crema, there is not going to be a revolution.
French coffee certainly makes me desire revolution.
by Solvent
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: ERE VS communism
Replies: 52
Views: 5390

Re: ERE VS communism

niemand wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:41 am
I think we all agree that Marx’s vision of communism has never been put into practice
Yes, but this is a silly thing to say because there is no realistic set of global circumstances that would be a precursor to communism as Marx described.
by Solvent
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: World Income Distribution
Replies: 23
Views: 2016

Re: World Income Distribution

Pretty sure WB's PovcalNet fits your needs.

Edit: not sure why I can't get the link to work...
by Solvent
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Cologne/Perfume
Replies: 23
Views: 2292

Re: Cologne/Perfume

Well I feel like it's largely cultural. Until I started mixing in a more international environment I didn't really know any blokes who used cologne regularly. Of course I can't speak with authority on the female side of things, but I never got the feeling that perfume was a large expense for my sist...
by Solvent
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Swiss vote to end fractional reserve banking
Replies: 158
Views: 11211

Re: Swiss vote to end fractional reserve banking

@MI "the nominal money supply is irrelevant" No no. You can't have meant that. If the nominal money supply is irrelevant and prices adjust frictionlessly, how does a CB printing money cause any ill effects? Observing this discussion, something I note is that a certain argument against FRB (or for a ...
by Solvent
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 50
Views: 9145

Re: Internationalist

@Kriegsspiel - Ethiopians may be offended if you intimate that Christianity is not their native religion. It has the next-oldest state-sponsored Christian church after the Armenian. 2-for-1 update July and August Savings rate for July: 50.3%, for August: 45.0%. Books read: Haven’t completed any, but...
by Solvent
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Swiss vote to end fractional reserve banking
Replies: 158
Views: 11211

Re: Swiss vote to end fractional reserve banking

If an individual bank could loan out however much money it wanted - 2x,3x, 100x its reserves, then it is literally creating money. Giving printing press ability to banks would lead to chaos, as the money supply would wantonly increase and the federal government could do nothing to stop it. No. Indi...
by Solvent
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 50
Views: 9145

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for June: 6.9%. Books read: Free Culture (Lessig. Really good, a little outdated now), Virtual Light (Gibson. I keep reading more of Gibson’s work because I love Neuromancer so much, but I’ve not really liked anything else he’s done. Virtual Light is better than Count Zero and Mona Lisa...
by Solvent
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy
Replies: 302
Views: 21185

Re: The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

I have guards, but they're not armed. I guess the federal police with AK47s on every street corner subsume that need. AMA...
by Solvent
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Fish's Enlightenment
Replies: 86
Views: 10649

Re: Fish's Enlightenment

However, I can empathize that someone who is already overwhelmed with the volume of activities in daily life, likely does not want to take the "ERE challenge" and have to come up with new, more time-intensive substitutes to solved problems. Wow. Can I just just say that this strikes me as a great w...
by Solvent
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 50
Views: 9145

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for May: 53.7%. Books read: Antifragile (Taleb. Liked it. Still going to say it didn’t have the same effect on me as Black Swan, the first time around. Certainly found a number of things to disagree with in the book but hey, I like his style. Don’t we all wish we had the flair and coura...
by Solvent
Tue May 08, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 50
Views: 9145

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for April: 59.2%. Continuing on with a strong savings rate. Still attributing it to DW being at work – this works from both ends: since she’s working we don’t do any travelling (reduces expenses) and of course it also earns income. Books read: Island Home (Winton. Dreadful. How is it th...
by Solvent
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 127
Views: 10523

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

I'm a big supporter of investigations into basic income but it's very difficult to have conversations about it (online and off - I've not tried on this particular forum). So many people can't get past the complaint "but people won't work". Of course basic income advocates have considered this: yes, ...
by Solvent
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: ERE in developing/third world nations (as origin)?
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: ERE in developing/third world nations (as origin)?

I'm in a developing country but I'm on an expat package so I'm probably not the candidate you had in mind to answer your questions. Still, a few thoughts: My spouse is from a developing country. Often social safety nets are near non-existent and one may be expected to care for family members, partic...