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Stacy in NJ

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  1. Okay. Here's my thesis from my first post: "Keep your eye on the Japanese yen and their bond yields. The higher the yen (against the dollar) the more likely they'll first get the inflation they crave -then possible a little hyperinflation and increasing bond yields - that would be a cataclysmic disaster." Here are my supporting sources: https://www.youtube....h?v=JUc8-GUC1hY http://www.project-s...artin-feldstein http://www.telegraph...ld-affairs.html So, there's my argument. Now you're turn to make an argument. Go.
  2. And I'll continue the argument gladly...when you make one. Just pointing out you're a bit prone to sophistry.
  3. Oh, so you've resurfaced! But not willing to actually engage with the argument you began, you redirect by trying to play "gotcha". Classy.
  4. I don't know how you feel about blueberries, but Costco sells a 4lb bag of Wyman's wild blueberries for about $10. Mix with full fat yogurt for a wonderful dessert. High in both antioxidants and fat. Yummy.
  5. Right, because a hugely successful hedge fund manager, a professor emeritus from Harvard, and a highly respected economist and journalist for a major British paper are suspect sources. Riiight. And goodnight. You might like to reflect on your own level of maturity. Those who live in glass-houses and all that.
  6. They'd jump for joy if their rate of inflation was 1%. They've been in or near deflation for nearly 20 years. Not necessarily imminent, but a distinct possibility. https://www.youtube....h?v=JUc8-GUC1hY http://www.project-s...artin-feldstein http://www.telegraph...ld-affairs.html
  7. Don't be so hard on yourself. You seem wonderful at the double negative.
  8. You've provided quite the persuasive counter argument. What a relief!
  9. No, not a zombie apocalypse prepper (or any other type of apocalypse for that matter). But because dh works at a large investment banking firm and is close to the intel, we're pretty sure we're (the general "we") are in for another large financial crisis within 18-24 months. Not anarchy type crisis - just poorer yet crisis. Keep your eye on the Japanese yen and their bond yields. The higher the yen (against the dollar) the more likely they'll first get the inflation they crave -then possible a little hyperinflation and increasing bond yields - that would be a cataclysmic disaster.
  10. Other than in instances of rape, child abuse, and incest, women have almost total control in whether or not they get pregnant. They can choose to abstain or use birth control which is very effective if used properly and consistently. It's also readily obtainable and cheap. You can purchase condoms in every drug store in American for about the same amount of money as a McDonald's super value meal. I think men who abandon their children are pretty awful. Having said that, feminism is about having agency in one's own life. Women who have sex with unreliable partners and then rely on social welfare programs to support themselves and their children aren't taking responsibility for their own lives. I don't consider the sex lives of other people any of my business, but I draw the line when others expect me to subsidize their poor, selfish choices. I have sympathy for teens who aren't mature enough to fully grasp the consequences of their actions. But, if they were aware that if they do engage in unprotected sex there will be only a very limited safety net available many (not all) would probably make different choices.
  11. I second the Charles Murray book. If we truly want to reduce the number of children born to single women then we need to stop subsidizing their behavior. It's an economic truism that you get more of what you subsidize. Want more single women having children? Subsidize it. I'm in favor of restricting social welfare programs to limited amounts of time and restricting what can be purchased with food stamps, but then I'm a meanie Libertarian.
  12. I have a step-sister who's 3 months younger then me. Our parents married when we were 7 and divorceed when we were 15. My dad (and the only dad step-sister ever knew) died when we were 17. We remain very close and are bfs. I'm much closer to her than I am to my bio sisters. This relationship has caused quite a bit of confusion over the years.
  13. NJ is homeschool easy. A couple of points that may be relevant eventually: 1. High school homeschoolers can dual enroll at community colleges if they place above the remedial level on the placement exam. It's called the Challenger Program and college credits are earned toward a degree. So, while duel enrolling as a homeschooler/high schooler isn't possible, duel enrolling as a homeschooler/community college student is. My understanding is that Rutgers will also allow duel enrollment as long as a certain score is obtained on the SAT (something like 520/520). 2. High school homeschoolers can also enroll at the vocational/technical high schools as duel enrolled. They can pursue their core classes (math, English, etc.) at home but then take vocational or technical course loads at the county tech high school. A kid interested in becoming a plumber, electrician, welder can receive training then possibly an apprenticeship in this way. 3. While most high schools in Jersey don't allow homeschoolers to participate in extra-curriculars, there are tons of community or YMCA based sports, activities and orchestras. NJ is very community culturally "rich". 4. My experience enrolling my oldest in a public high school after homeschooling for 9 years was super easy. I created a transcript and portfolio (we didn't do standardized testing of any type), submitted it to the guidance counselor and met with her. She allowed us to basically choose the courses we felt were appropriate without any placement testing. We opted for several honors level courses and she concurred.
  14. At 83 years old, I don't think I'd call this mental illness. She's 83. She's 83. A deteriorating mental state is common for folks this age.
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