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Economics & Investing / Re: Debt is future spending pulled forward in time.
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:48:12 PM »
>both parties

If you are talking about administrations I'd say one party has been a bit more fiscally conservative than the other in the last 50 years with the exception of the stimulus after the Great Recession.  Deficit spending during recessions makes scene as long as it is reined in when the economy improves.

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Traffic / Re: Your Site on Google
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:47:18 PM »
I haven't seen it, but that's handy.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Debt is future spending pulled forward in time.
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:06:10 PM »
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As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to get rid of the entire national debt “over a period of eight years.” When this promise was made, the national debt stood at $19 trillion; it has since risen to $21.7 trillion. In the fiscal year ending September 30, it grew by $779 billion, up 17 percent from $666 billion in fiscal 2017. This year, after the Trump tax cuts take full effect, another $1 trillion worth of government IOUs will be issued.

https://www.weeklystandard.com/irwin-m-stelzer/national-debt-under-trump-rises-to-21-7-trillion

This is basically the old steeling from the young imo.

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Yes, that is a terrifying thought.  It is pretty good incentive for less capable nations to develop nuclear weapons.

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I hope we never have these things sitting up on satellites in space, waiting to malfunction or be hacked.

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Water Cooler / Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:54:01 AM »
Nice to hear that your dad is doing so well.  I have a grandmother on my mother's side that still lives independently at 96.  My dad is really doing poorly though at 74.  I just read an article that claims genetics are only 10% responsible for longevity.

The air quality has been too bad to do much outside, so I think I only went skateboarding once or twice in the beginning of the week.  I did make it to the gym four times though.


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Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: November 10, 2018, 07:23:57 PM »
I feel like Guthrie, like MLK, gets filtered these days and that most people only get the easy to digest (not controversial) elements of what they were about.

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>Until recharging takes <15 minutes

This is why I think hydrogen fuel cells will eventually take the lead with electric vehicles.

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Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: November 10, 2018, 02:39:02 AM »
That's too bad.  So many sad stories coming out.

Here is a satellite photo of Camp Fire


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Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:49:09 AM »
That video is incredible.

The air quality is extremely poor here today, they passed out masks at the kids school.  Its been looking like sunset all day long, everything has an orange hue.

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Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:46:36 AM »
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Because here's something else that's true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship-be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles-is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things-if they are where you tap real meaning in life-then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already-it's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power-you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart-you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.

Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious. They are default-settings. They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing. And the world will not discourage you from operating on your default-settings, because the world of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the "rat race"-the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn't sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational. What it is, so far as I can see, is the truth with a whole lot of rhetorical bullshit pared away. Obviously, you can think of it whatever you wish. But please don't dismiss it as some finger-wagging Dr. Laura sermon. None of this is about morality, or religion, or dogma, or big fancy questions of life after death. The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it to thirty, or maybe fifty, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness-awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: "This is water, this is water."

It is unimaginably  hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and
day out.

David Foster Wallace

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Water Cooler / California burning again
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:20:04 AM »

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Water Cooler / Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:43:01 PM »
>geezers

I just had my 47th birthday and I commented that I'm getting old.  My wife said that I am probably going to be around another 50 years and that that's a long time to be calling myself old.

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Water Cooler / Re: Change your age legally
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:36:01 PM »
We live in interesting times.

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Yeah, I didn't say it well, but that's what I was getting at with the 'economics' statement.

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