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On early retirement:
As I approach real retirement age, I still have many of the same questions he did. The one thing I don't have is the worry about whether $200,000 in passive income is enough to live on. Mainly because I've lived on far less for a considerable part of my life. In fact, seeing that as one of his concerns was jarring for me.
I once had a VP in my office who said "I don't know how anyone can live in Manhattan if they earn less than $500,000 a year." This was said in 1989 or thereabouts. I had 3 friends living in Manhattan at that time, all earning about $45,000 (not bad at that time, but still not $500,000).
Money is an important thing to consider when you retire, but it's also a strange thing. If you've been living on an outsized income for a long time, you grow used to certain lifestyle benefits. When I was unemployed for the first time, the first thing I did was an evaluation of where my money was going, and I eliminated all unnecessary expenses and pared everything back. When I finally got a job again, I was making less than I had been, but I was keeping more of it.
I've been reading and enjoying Sam Dogen's blog Financial Samuri for a while. I may have first heard about it here...
All this fuss! Just tell people you're independently wealthy, and that your time is your own. How hard is it, really, to find something worthwhile to do, if you have any kind of inner life?
Channel a gentleman in a Victorian novel.
Speaking as a Canadian, America would you PLEASE finally abolish all payments to the UN?
We'll get Trump to build them a nice new headquarters in central Mogadishu so they are more centrally located for the world's nations and population.
Dear Mr. Kessler:
You and I frequently disagree on several things, but I think of you as a friend. Today I can only tell you that if I were in SAN I would hold you in the hope that somehow that would help.
I have met a few white supremacists in my life. Real white supremacists, not whatever passes for white supremacists in the imagination of the Left......
You cannot exaggerate the Jew hatred of these people. It is the first thing on their minds. Any discussion begins and ends with the culpability of the Jews for all the word's woes, especially the woes of white people. If you complain to your white supremacist friend about the timing of the traffic lights in your town, your white supremacist friend will blame the Jews. Seriously......
They believe that the only way to effectively fight the Jews is for white people to come together in solidarity and dedicate their lives to the goal of defeating the Jews. The goal of defeating the Jews has priority over any individual goals a white person might have. Anything or anyone that stands between you and killing Jews is your mortal enemy. If you question their reasoning, they will immediately accuse you of being a Jew, or half-Jew if you don't look the part.
I am amused by the Left's attempt to describe everything and everyone they don't like as being "white supremacist." They have no f**kin' idea. If White Supremacists actually had political power in the US, they would all be dead.
Sounds just like TDS, doen't it?
Or any anti______ fill in the blank.
Guess I've been blessed, but I've never known anyone like that, or been present when that sort of thing was going on. And I've been out in the post-college world 66 years, including a 23 year stint in the military.
I have never known a white supremacist. I'm not sure I have ever seen one. I do know that there are white, black and Hispanic gang members who through their incarceration have become violently opposed to opposing gangs/members. And because these are racial gangs the MSM loves to call the white gang members "white supremacists" But carefully avoid any mention or acknowledgement that the black and Hispanic gangs say the very same hateful things. I also know that if you foolishly with good intent declare yourself to be a patriot and gather to pray for solutions in this country and ending the violence from the left that you will be labeled a white supremacist. Also if you are Louis Farrakhan or a member of the NAACP you can make outrageous racist statements and no one in the MSM will even blink never mind call you a black supremacist.
It would seem to me that the most popular and most commonly unfounded insults bandied about by the left and MSM are: "Nazi", "Fascist", "racist" and "white supremacist". These names are their dog whistle to their minions to attack anyone labelled with any of these insulting names. It has nothing to do with reality but merely a way to denigrate anyone you disagree with.
I've lived in Mississippi for 54 of my 58 years on this earth and I've never met a white supremacist either, nor have I ever knowingly seen a KKK member. The left imagines all these baddies out there when, in truth, they're rarer than hen's teeth.
The post from LW above was heavily excerpted. The anti-semite he describes was an excon. I expect that he is rare and represents a demographically insignificant subculture. Though I've never personally met anyone like him, I have encountered some people on line who share some of this man's traits. One is that you can't engage with them over even the most mundane thing, like a leaky faucet say, and not have the conversation hijacked by that person's obsession. All things revolve around the object of their malice, whether an individual, a group, or an organization. The other is that their raison d'etre is raging against the perceived enemy and you become the enemy if you disagree.
Don't get hung up on this excon being an anti-Semite or a white supremacist. That's not the point. The malice could be directed toward anyone, right or left, or in any demographic or religion. This post is more about the fringey personality type. I'm surprised that you didn't recognize it among the activists and others in the Political/Media Complex. There are rather obvious parallels to Trump Derangement Syndrome.
RE: Early retirement
It not-so indirectly killed a friend of my brother's. It's probably a bad idea for most people, especially the kind of people who are financially successful enough to retire early.
These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about
"Retirement" = one of the worst hoaxes ever foisted upon the upper middle class!
Yeah, if you can no longer breathe coal dust in the mines or aren't quick enough to dodge the swinging buckets in a steel mill, retirement sounds pretty good. But, for others.....
ME? I tell people I'll retire the day after my funeral. (I've worked as a self-employed consultant for 30+ years.)
I'm not sure of that.
My father-in-law and my father have been retired for 15+ years and are both happy and going strong at 83.
They've both found things to fill their time. So the real issue isn't so much doing nothing as much as it is finding something to keep you occupied.
I can think of many things I'd prefer to do after I'm done with what I'm doing now. Then again, if my job suddenly shifted and I wound up loving every little aspect of it, I may not want to retire.
My father loved what he did, but as a plastic surgeon, your precision falls off after the age of 65, and he didn't feel he could do right by his patients much beyond that age. My father-in-law was in sales, and basically got tired of the corporate world. Retirement is fine.
Early retirement? I know I couldn't do it even if I had the cash to, and I'm not sure I'd want it. But after I retire, I already have many things I plan on doing. Which isn't to say I'm not trying to do them now....
I have several interests - including things I would describe as life callings - that nobody will pay me to do, or that were too risky for me to undertake them when I was young and raising a family.
I am looking forward to finally pursuing them.
When I was in the National Guard, I knew plenty of guys working their way through college. If you are in the Guard and in good standing, you can attend NJ state schools, including Rutgers, for no tuition. (I'm sure at least some other states have similar deals)
Live at home or work part-time to pay for housing - and boom, you are working your way through college.
Can't work your way thru college: It COSTS TOO MUCH. Too much administration and empire building.
AlGore LIED? Of course he did.
Nationalism...is for all in the nation, except for those who don't like the nation and won't leave.
Bad hombres found in migrant caravan approaching America: CULTURAL APPROPRIATION FOR USING"HOMBRES"!!!!111!!!!!!!
Working through college -
Many college-age US citizens have recent heritage in one of the EU countries that has "citizenship by descent", and with parental and grandparental cooperation can acquire an EU passport in addition to their USA one.
This passport from an EU country entitles them to work and study in any EU country as if they were a local, paying their university's equivalent of "in state" tuition fees, which in the case of many northern countries is either zero or so little as to be nearly a formality.
In general the universities in Scandinavian and Baltic countries will have their science, engineering, and business programs taught entirely in English.
Re: The suspicious packages. Something really stinks here. From what little information is getting out it seems all of these "bombs" were duds and intentionally so. OK I get it that doesn't change the crime a lot but it makes no sense. Also Sayoc's lawyer has stated that Sayoc was simply not smart enough to plan or conspire anything like this.
But what puzzles me is why the secrecy and double talk about the bombs themselves. None of them seem to actually have a detonator and therefore weren't bombs at all. None of them seem to have an explosive but instead have "something" that "could" be interpreted as "maybe" something that could be used to make an explosive. Now I don't say this to excuse the "bomber" but rather to point out that for unknown reasons the officials/FBI seem committed to make this something it isn't. Almost as though they were in on the conspiracy. Why? This guy is going to jail even if the bombs were full of jelly beans so why the double speak about the actual makeup of the bombs? Some officials have said both on the record and off the record that these "bombs" were capable of exploding. Yet that seems to be a lie. Why are they continuing down that road? At this point it would appear that the lithium batteries in your cell phone are more dangerous than these so-called "bombs" were.
I cannot get the comparison to the Las Vegas shooter out of my head. We still don't know all the facts about that crime and we do know that the police and FBI did in fact lie about facts in that crime. Why???
Hwere is one explanation. https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=234445
Okay, that's a very good hypothesis as to what was going on, and definitely explains the 'We ain't freaking out about this bomb' and lack of cancellation...
That's far too nutty for me. It also overlooks the incompetence of post office employees. Lots of oddly shaped packages aren't canceled. They could have been mailed at different times of day too, It would take far too many people, any of whom could and probably would talk, to pull something like that off.
I agree that the particular conspiracy scenario he laid out seems unlikely. However I would have said the same thing in 2016 about what we now know about the FBI/DOJ Russian collusion conspiracy. But ignore his theory and look at the facts and obvious disparities in the official story. This entire thing is way too pat. And the FBI is intentionally spreading an unnecessary lie (that the bombs were real). Why would they do that? If this nutcase sent the very same clock that The Ahmed Mohamed took to school with the bomb threat he used he would still be in jail for 40 years. So why the need to hide that the bombs were a hoax? The only reason I can think of is that a thinking person would wonder why there was never an intent to kill the "victims" of this bomb threat and then they might just conclude that the entire event was a false flag. No, the FBI must keep up this front that the bombs "could have gone off" at least until after the election. Why???
Thing that puzzles me is that these all (but one) seem to have gotten through the US mail system with insufficient postage... AND no cancellation marks on any of the envelopes I've seen.
The "bomb" story is very strange. The only device that has been revealed to the public looks like a cartoon bomb. Apparently the photographers at CNN weren't alarmed since someone photographed it instead of high tailing it to safety. I get that law enforcement has to be circumspect, to some extent, for fear of tipping off some crazy copy cat but maybe they should have skipped the press conference. The parsing, the caginess, the obfuscations regarding the nature of the.... "explosive" ….material gave the appearance of coyness and deceit. I don't blame people for wondering what Law Enforcement is hiding. It might be that they are just slow and don't know. At the time of the press conference, I was taken aback that all the devices had not been tested.
I’m just asking. What is the minimum criteria to call something a bomb. Wouldn’t it have to release some minimal amount of energy under normal conditions on Earth, as opposed to Death Valley or being thrown in a furnace. One would think it would have to at least release more energy than a balloon popping, and/ or release enough energy to blow the lid off a shoe box. Supposedly the devices contained some energetic material which, if subjected to the right combination of heat, or shock, or friction, could be dangerous to the public.” That's most materials , many of which are available at the grocery store. Wray's statement could be interpreted to mean that they don’t think the devices were any particular danger to anyone. Note that Mr Sayoc has yet to be charged with making or transporting a weapon of mass destruction, aka a bomb.
A few years back a teen was arrested and charged with making a bomb. He had taken an empty 2 liter soda bottle and put some baking soda and vinegar in it sealed it up shook it and tossed it into his front yard where it blew up. Clearly not a "bomb" and just as clearly the police over reacted.
Yale article says: "When Richard West attended Yale University in the 1960s, it cost $1,800 a year. Today, it’s nearly $70,000 a year. That’s an increase of roughly 3,800 percent."
The writer neglects to convert 60s dollars to current value. The $1,800 tuition is really about $20,000 today. That's 300%, not 3,800%.
Someone needs an economics class...
College of the Ozarks - AKA, Hard Work U, Branson, MO.
All students work a prescribed amount on campus throughout their enrollment, graduate with no debt, are in high demand, and employment rate within their field is high, so it would seem that the quality of instruction is good. It's no Yale, but, that may also be a plus.
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You and me and lawyer named Lou. Sittin' in the corner on a big brass bed.