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  1. I just looked at my TSP for the first time since very early this year.

    Including today's gains, I'm down about 9% from the high but about 9% up from one year ago. Up about 35% from the low two months ago. Been a crazy ride, but have to keep perspective and be happy with 9% increase in one year.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Walking Boot said:

    Caddyshack is not funny


    Try showing it to someone who's never seen it before. You'll be lucky to get two laughs.

    Showed Holy Grail to my kids recently. I think they laughed once. I did not laugh nearly as many times as I remember laughing back in the day. I'd rather sit around with friends quoting the movie than actually watching the movie.

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  3. 9 minutes ago, tonydead said:

    :lmao:  Why do people have such a hard time with hypotheticals?

    Only sane answer is YES and forget any pivot away from Corona back to Nuclear Codes which have been an issue exactly zero times in the first 4 years.  

    I wonder if a predictions market thread would fly here. Probably not, but it would be nice if we could see people put money behind some claims like:


    the very real possibility that he nukes Iran or North Korea


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  4. 5 minutes ago, Summer Wheat said:

    Trying to understand.  If you vote no that means you would rather have COVID-19 still killing people and a crappy economy than have Trump re-elected?

    If you vote yes COVID is under control and economy is booming again but 4 more years of Trump?


    Is that correct?



    Would you trade another 4 years of Donald Trump in exchange for a revitalized economy and an end to the coronavirus?

    I interpret "an end to the coronavirus" as there being a vaccine by election day. 

    I interpret a "revitalized economy" as whatever economic measures you think are important returning back to pre-coronavirus levels by election day. 

    I interpret the hypothetical to be that Trump is re-elected and then events just plays out from that point.

    I interpret the hypothetical to be that the economy can tank again in the next 4+ years. It can also soar to be better than ever. It's an unknown and based on how one assumes another Trump administration would affect the economy after this hypothetical recovery.

  5. 8 minutes ago, Challenge Everything said:

    We are to the point where the word "total" has to be defined? That is for-profit-education for you.

    Or, we are at the point where every comment made by every person is analyzed as if it's an official statement being made in a legal document or in court under oath. People, in every day life, don't always speak in literal terms. If someone says "total lockdown" in some kind of official capacity, like a politician, then I'd agree they need to be much more careful with their language and not play games. But, when a friend of mine says "total lockdown", I don't assume they literally mean a total lockdown. It may indicate that they think restrictions are worse than I think they are, but I'm not going to argue with them about the definition of "total".

  6. 1 minute ago, Skoo said:

    Hard to imagine the record unemployment we’re seeing right now will magically be resolved by November.


    Unfortunately most don’t benefit from the stock market doing well.

    I didn't read the full article, but it looks like the quoted portion is focused on "growth". It's possible that November employment data will show large growth compared to today. "Growth" depends on the comparison point. Not sure if that's the point being made or not. Again, I didn't read the whole article and the quoted portion wasn't clear to me what the actually prediction is.

  7. 16 minutes ago, AAABatteries said:

    Just to make sure I’m clear on the terminology - the incident with the dog lady and the black guy is considered cancel culture because her job suspended/fired her over her behavior?  

    Obviously "cancel culture", being a relatively new term, doesn't have some hard definition that everyone agrees on. But, I'd say it's basically: "When someone does something wrong, the societal reaction and reasonable response exceeds the value of the wrongdoing." In other words, the punish doesn't fit the crime. And, the punishment is driven by society, frequently leading those in power to react more to the reaction than to the actual wrongdoing. Something like that.

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  8. 5 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

    Where the dial should be turned between consequence and global epic shaming, I don’t know. It should IMO have been turned no more than to 3, when it got cranked to 11.

    I think what you're raising the difference between "there are consequences to our actions" and "I, personally, need to a play a role in that person's consequences and help dole out the punishment." It is true she (and any of us, really) can't choose the consequences and have to learn to deal with whatever comes our way. Whining about consequences is pretty annoying. But, on the flip side, I'm generally disgusted by everyone who thinks they are society's judge and are empowered to ruin someone else's day/week/life because that other person did something wrong.

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  9. 12 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

    I was 1000% sure I was male WAY before I turned 16.  I think most people are certain of their gender well before 16.

    I don't think I ever thought about it, so I project that onto most people and assume most people/kids/teens/adolescents don't really put much thought into at all. Maybe that's because they are 1000% sure and there's no reason to think about something too much that you are that sure about.

    I'll admit to having some of the difficulties that others have expressed here. My assumption is that people feeling like the opposite gender is really, really rare. The more anecdotal stories we hear, though, the less rare it seems. The less rare it seems, the more I wonder if something else is going on. My current conclusion is that it is still extremely rare despite the increase in revelation. There probably isn't a reason for me to assume "something else is going on" just because people are opening up and admitting to others how they feel. It's a good thing that more people can share how they feel. I know I hide my feelings that are far less taboo than being trans, so it is a bit inspiring to hear about others admit something they know will be looked down upon by many people.

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  10. 16 hours ago, BobbyLayne said:
    17 hours ago, dgreen said:

    Crowder probably has the best stuff out there right now.

    big fan

    One of my favorite lines is from How He Loves. Unfortunately, though, the line doesn't actually exist! I've always thought it was "I don't have time to make teenage regrets when I think about the way He loves us." But, it's apparently "I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us." I like my version better and will probably keep singing that.

    A few more here

    And this from Rend Collective

  11. 35 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

    If you have any questions or comments, even if they feel dumb, feel free to post in here.  I know there's likely to be at least a handful of hurtful posts given the subject matter but that's OK, please just let people post stuff and try not to turn this into some sort of combative thread.


    It's always great seeing how often you take the high road. Both here and IRL, there will be plenty of opportunities to be angered by the words and actions of others. You generally show a desire to understand others rather than belittle them despite being the King of Smack.

    I don't remember who it is, but another FBG has talked about having a trans child. The poster has been open about it, so I think it would be ok to @ them if someone knows who that is.


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  12. Before covid, I was already mostly working from home. I'd go into the office every Thursday. So, I showered every Wednesday night. I'd also shower every Saturday night for church Sunday. Other than that, it was just based on circumstances. Now, it's totally random. I have no set schedule of needing to be anywhere, so showers happen whenever I feel like it. I probably should be more regular with my deodorant use, though.

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  13. Just about every hotel has the little sign that says to hang the towel if you'll use it again or put it on the floor if you want it washed. Every time I hang the towel, I'm pretty sure they just take it and wash it anyway because it's never left hanging where I hang it and all the towels will be folded nicely in the same spot every day. I really doubt they are taking my used towel, folding it, and putting it back with the others in a stack. Probably the only way to re-use a towel in a hotel is to put up the do not disturb sign so nobody comes in. But I'm not doing that because I like that they make the bed and tidy up a few other things.

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  14. Only potential issue I see is that they didn't say something earlier. It should've been part of something you signed when you received a company car. My work laptop is monitored. My work phone is tracked. If I had a work car, I'd assume they are well within their rights to track it.

    I'd gladly be tracked in exchange for a free car.

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  15. 2 hours ago, timschochet said:

    23% unemployed as of today, projected to be worse next month. But what’s even more important is that many economic experts say that even when we’re past the virus, a lot of these jobs aren’t coming back. 

    Which means we need to revisit this. I was never fully on board, nor did I think the public would ever go for it. They still might not- will conservatives agree to an idea that, at least on paper, seems to smack of socialism and appears antithetical to the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps, it’s not my problem”? I’m not sure, and there are enough Republicans around to block anything they don’t like. 

    But on the other hand I’m not seeing an alternative. 23% out of work. Damn. 

    If it really comes with the elimination of current programs, I can see some Republican support. Democrats can claim a win by implementing BIG and Republicans can claim a win by eliminating programs they've been against for a long time. Republicans can say something like "We still don't like BIG, but it's better than what we used to have!" It might also need some language that keeps BIG recipients from receiving additional federal help or prevents further federal federal programs from being created for X years. That way, they can say "Ok, you get BIG, but that's it. If you waste your BIG money, that's on you and there isn't more federal help coming behind that."

  16. 32 minutes ago, Angry Beavers said:
    On 2/5/2009 at 12:05 PM, [icon] said:

    Been purged....

    RIP Clyde.

    What?  That was legendary... :kicksrock:

    That said, this is a pretty good thread I had not seen until now

    Has it really been 11+ years since the Clyde thread was purged? We aren't even talking about 11+ years since the thread; it's 11+ years since the thread was purged! That's hard to fathom.