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  1. Thread: Ciao

    by Norman Bernstein
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    Re: Ciao

    I hate to admit it, but the worst pizza I ever had, was in Italy.
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    Re: pr0n - pless lives

    He surfaces like a submerged submarine ��
  3. Re: The simple joy of listening to original CD's

    There are different reasons for compression. During the actual recording process, engineers and artists will employ compression intentionally, to effect a certain sound quality. Anyone who plays...
  4. The simple joy of listening to original CD's

    My daughters and granddaughters laugh at me. My daughters laugh because they think I'm olf-fashioned... the granddaughters laugh because, to them, music comes from Spotify or Apple Music, or some...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Some of us probably need to retract some criticisms of Merritt Garland.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Katherine…

    Me too, Kat… have a happy ��
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    Re: Brittney Griner

    From what the news reports are saying, conviction in a Russian court is 99% guaranteed, irrespective of any prospective prisoner swaps.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Soon, SCOTUS will decide that binding referendums are unconstitutional.
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    Re: Lotto tonight

    A perfect example of two truths which conspire to deceive.

    However, one has to factor in the value of fantasy. For a measly two bucks, and for a couple of days, you have a basis to fantasize. I'd...
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    Re: Lotto tonight

    Actually, since the odds are roughly 300M to one, you could theoretically spend $300M on tickets and guarantee that you hold the winner of $1 BILLION.

    Theoretically, at least :d
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    Re: House names.

    Houses on both Nantucket as well as Martha’s Vineyard often have names… I’m not sure if it’s traditional, or merely trendy.
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    Re: Canada Trip Report

    I periodically drive to Montreal to visit relatives. Since my trips are for family, I really don’t spend much time touring the city. The lower part of the city, near the water, is more interesting...
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    Re: Too hot to work on the boat…

    not an appetizing mental image there, Pless :)
  14. Re: The best explanation for inflation I have ever seen

    We can argue about which of the multiple contributors to inflation cited by John Oliver was dominant. My own take: more of the blame falls on Covid, and the supply chain disruptions. Some of the...
  15. The best explanation for inflation I have ever seen

    Comedians are supposed to make us laugh... but sometimes, certain comedians are the keenest observers of contemporary issues. John Oliver is one of these, and he provides the best, objective,...
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    Re: What is your go to pain med?

    I rarely ever take any OTC pain medication… but if I do, say, for something like lower back pain (rarely), I find both ibuprofen and acetaminophen to be completely useless.

    I rarely ever get a...
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    Re: Theory of room air conditioner use

    It has been 50 years since I took thermodynamics in college, but my last project before retirement involved a great deal of thermodynamic issues (admittedly, on a tiny scale)…

    …but I think that...
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    Re: Our 21st Century Civil War

    I see your point. We DID have a leftist element…. Back in the late 60’s… but that was over long ago.

    But that’s really not the problem. Today’s dilemma is the lack of a center right party. The...
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    Re: Our 21st Century Civil War

    I never break character :)



    Yeah, but they DON’T vote at the same rate.
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    Re: Our 21st Century Civil War

    From your lips, to God’s ear.
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    Our 21st Century Civil War

    It appears that old Honest Abe wasn't all that sure that the nation would 'long endure'... and today, I, among many of us, are even less sure.

    160 years ago, the Civil War was gray against blue......
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    Re: Wife passed this AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have few words of comfort or wisdom, but I have always believed that no one truly dies until there is no one left alive who remembers them. This is why, in my Jewish...
  23. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    Precisely. A twenty-something with a 40 year career ahead of them, and a recent retiree, have decidedly different needs and different tolerance to risk… and my comments on this, as well as my other...
  24. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    Keep digging.
  25. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    I could explain this to you… including your math errors…. But it’s pretty clear you wouldn’t understand. Anyone else is more than welcome to ask me.
  26. Im sorry that you are incapable of understanding...

    Im sorry that you are incapable of understanding the point. No one else seems to have that problem.

    I suppose its the fault of the schools.
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    Re: Mass murderers in OHIO

    While by no means defending the cops in this case, there seem to be a few things that the media has failed to accurately cover here. First, there is no question that this guy shot at the cops chasing...
  28. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    Presuming that your deferred comp account was well-managed, a 20 year return (which includes a couple of brief recessions, plus long stretches of a bull market) should be damn good… and this...
  29. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    The broker is absolutely right... assuming that you don't currently need the money, and are saving for retirement. Recessions and market downturns are historically much shorter than bull markets, and...
  30. Re: The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    Just for purposes of calibration:

    in the last 12 months, the S&P 500 has gone down -11.7%

    My own portfolio, consisting almost exclusively of large cap dividend stocks, is down only -1.06%
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  31. Re: US Inflation Quickens to 9.1%, Amping Up Fed Pressure to Go Big

    Cris, I'd love to hear your comments on my new thread... covering this topic.
  32. The economy is terrible… the economy is terrific

    The economy is terrible. Inflation is at record levels, not seen for nearly 4 decades. The stock market has dropped precipitously. Mortgage rates have jumped dramatically. Gas prices at the pump have...
  33. Re: US Inflation Quickens to 9.1%, Amping Up Fed Pressure to Go Big

    He is ‘special’.
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    Quite the bombshell at the end. Could it actually happen? Donald Trump a resident the the Graybar Hotel?
  35. Re: I hereby permit Steve Bannon to testify to the 1/6 committee

    so, he is ‘special’? Let him testify the same way everyone else did… for eight hours. We all know what he wants to do; trash a live hearing, and not give the committee the opportunity for a thorough...
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    Re: Trump Force One

    Forget Trump… the real danger to American democracy is now the Supreme Court.
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    Re: Brawl at Eagles Concert in London

    I liked the Eagles, but I thought Frey and Henley behaved like jerks from the very start… they certainly mistreated Felder.
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    Pless and I listened to the hearing on the way back from the ferry.... the look on his face when we heard about Trump trying to grab the wheel of his car was priceless :)
  39. Re: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen

    It seems that the phrase 'well regulated militia' has been completely ignored... and the stated constitutional reason for the second amendment... notably, 'for the security of the state' has been...
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    Re: headed to test drive one of these

    Strike quickly, if you want to drive a stick... they're becoming rare. It's the primary reason I'm holding on to my 2013 Accord with a 6 speed manual.
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    Re: The Tragedy of Elon Musk

    I fully acknowledge his accomplishments... to the extent that they were really his, and not the genius of some underlings.

    However, I have NO tolerance for megalomaniacal narcissists,...
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    Re: Got some goodish news

    Some swear by CPAP, others swear at it. I was in the latter group.
  43. Re: The market drop, recession fears, bitcoin, and the Greater Fool Theory

    It's a bit more complicated than that. Because of my wife's Parkinson's condition, I need to be able to buy the new house before putting my current home up for sale... the new home needs to be fully...
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    Re: How to reform the pardon process

    I don’t think it would require a constitutional amendment. Like any other constitutional provision, Congress has the power to provide for regulation of constitutional guarantees.
  45. Re: The market drop, recession fears, bitcoin, and the Greater Fool Theory

    You have hit the nail on the head. Crypto will never really be 'currency' until one Bitcoin is described as being worth 'one Tesla Model 3', rather than being worth $60,000.
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    How to reform the pardon process

    I seriously doubt that the Founding Fathers intended Presidential pardons to be used to shield political criminals from the consequences of their behavior. More likely, it probably was a recognition...
  47. Re: The market drop, recession fears, bitcoin, and the Greater Fool Theory

    I'd have to disagree... I think the appeal of crypto has more to do with the wide publicity and exposure of young entrepreneurs who manage to become overnight multimillionaires... the idea that big...
  48. Re: The market drop, recession fears, bitcoin, and the Greater Fool Theory

    Isn't that a bit masochistic? |;)



    From your lips, to God's ear!



    Was DON substantially different than the market as a whole? I suspect that a lot of people have some dividend stocks...
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    Re: So Long and Thanks For all the Fish

    I know how you feel, Chad. I left a company that I dearly loved after 18 years, during which I did manage to pioneer a few new technologies, and was largely self-directed, working on products that...
  50. Re: Do any of you really understand…

    I can only claim understanding of bitcoin and NFT’s. Both are fully explained by the ‘greater fool’ theory.
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