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Re: Choice Of Weapon For Personal Home Self Defense

A good trick if you don't have an alarm system is to keep your car keys by your bed and press the panic button on the fob to activate the car alarm.
by kraftwerk
Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Choice Of Weapon For Personal Home Self Defense
Replies: 123
Views: 5646

Re: SUV recommendations

You can get 4runners with a flip up 3rd row. 4runners and grand cherokees are basically the only "SUVs" which are still real SUVs, rather than lifted minivans. The highlander for example is built of a Camry chassis.

Budget constraints - 4runner.
No budget - Land Cruiser.
by kraftwerk
Mon May 06, 2013 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV recommendations
Replies: 51
Views: 3936

Internet sales tax laws affecting my business

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these internet sales tax laws that have been popping up i different states. I have been doing work for a large online store and they have told me they will have to terminate our relationship because of a tax law my state has passed. It would require ...
by kraftwerk
Fri May 03, 2013 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Internet sales tax laws affecting my business
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Facebook: The smart money exits

GM aslo just pulled their FB advertising. Said it doesn't work.
by kraftwerk
Wed May 16, 2012 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Facebook: The smart money exits
Replies: 96
Views: 9002

Re: Radon Remediation

Counties with higher rates of radon actually have lower rates of lung cancer. The cancer rate is estimated from the standard LNT model which was developed from data from Hiroshima I think. It's not set in stone by any means. There is another model that suggests low levels of radiation has a benefici...
by kraftwerk
Wed May 16, 2012 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Remediation
Replies: 36
Views: 2810

Re: Can a lawnmower blade be too sharp?

They only have to be about as sharp as a butter knife. If you sharpen them too sharp they quickly dull. I sharpen mine with a bastard file, while they are held in a vice of course. Cost $3 a harbor freight :D works great, just maintain the same angle of the cutting edge. Although if you have a habit...
by kraftwerk
Tue May 15, 2012 9:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can a lawnmower blade be too sharp?
Replies: 6
Views: 2676

Re: Is it rude to speak in a foreign language in the workpla

Email her a link to RosettaStone.com
by kraftwerk
Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it rude to speak in a foreign language in the workplace?
Replies: 97
Views: 6407

Something keeping me awake

I don't know why but this idea popped in my head when i was trying to go to sleep. Somebody must have wondered about this before. Theoretically if you were somewhere in the universe with an infinite amount time available, and you flipped a coin an infinite number of times, you would hit ever possibl...
by kraftwerk
Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Something keeping me awake
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Gold is old hat, Guns and Ammo are the new investment

Buying a gun for many people isn't a discretionary thing. It's like paying your ADT bill or buying dog food for your german shepard. Not everyone gets to live in a great neighborhood.
by kraftwerk
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gold is old hat, Guns and Ammo are the new investment
Replies: 61
Views: 4777

Re: Gold is old hat, Guns and Ammo are the new investment

If I was going to invest in guns it would be NFA machine guns. The supply was shut off by legislation in 1986 so they are highly collectible antiques now.

Colt M16 price in 1985: $600
Price in 2011: $20,000
Price in 2030?
by kraftwerk
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gold is old hat, Guns and Ammo are the new investment
Replies: 61
Views: 4777

Re: 33% of money invested in gold

My question is if the gold price is inflated from speculation and QE and there is much more paper gold than physical gold, what happens when it starts unwinding from a true credit freeze as banks start needing capital, or people start demanding physical gold because of something like the MF Global v...
by kraftwerk
Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 33% of money invested in gold
Replies: 51
Views: 5579

Re: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say

I don't think people were meant to live 50+ years. What do you mean when you say that? Meant by whom? Are you suggesting the process of evolution has a "will" or brain? I would think any adaptation that extends life without sacrificing ability would be an advantageous one. Animals adapt o...
by kraftwerk
Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say
Replies: 123
Views: 6179

Re: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say

We were born to walk or climb, not run. Sure there are those from African Nations that are great runners. . .but for the most part running is bad for the joints. Over time, the stress of impacting the joints causes a problems. It won't be noticed when young, but will be noticed as one ages. Also, w...
by kraftwerk
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say
Replies: 123
Views: 6179

Re: Do you drink milk?

And how exactly does it being low glycemic matter? Like Victoria, I interpreted your post above as claiming that milk raises blood glucose as well as insulin. If that's not what you meant by "You have to also keep in mind the effect of dairy proteins on blood glucose levels," you might wa...
by kraftwerk
Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drink milk?
Replies: 96
Views: 4092

Re: Do you drink milk?

I don't think there's anything wrong with drinking milk if you're of northern European extraction, we have have been drinking it for thousands of years.

http://darwinstudents.blogspot.com/2009/02/evolution-of-lactose-tolerance.html
by kraftwerk
Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drink milk?
Replies: 96
Views: 4092

Re: MF Global and the great Wall St re-hypothecation scandal

If I understand right it means your brokerage firm may have been making bets, or more like borrowing money to make bets, using YOUR securities as collateral for the loan, four times over, without you even consenting. Sometimes against your own positions. Not exactly confidence inspiring.
by kraftwerk
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MF Global and the great Wall St re-hypothecation scandal
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Buying europe bonds now, like munis in 2008?

Greece has to redeem 1.2 billion euro of bonds on the 19th, except they don't really have the means to do so. And another 1 billion on the 22nd, and 5.2billion on the 29th. It will be interesting to see what happens on the 19th and what happens with its neighbours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V3...
by kraftwerk
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying europe bonds now, like munis in 2008?
Replies: 17
Views: 1315

Re: Central banks to the rescue?

We are printing Euros now. :lol: Actually no. All this does is prevent a dollar shortage for worldwide banks that have on-balance sheet positions in foreign currencies, particularly in US dollars. The swap lines also help keep US interest rates low as everyone in the world clamors for dollars. This...
by kraftwerk
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Central banks to the rescue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1232

Re: Central banks to the rescue?

We are printing Euros now. :lol: Actually no. All this does is prevent a dollar shortage for worldwide banks that have on-balance sheet positions in foreign currencies, particularly in US dollars. The swap lines also help keep US interest rates low as everyone in the world clamors for dollars. This...
by kraftwerk
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Central banks to the rescue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1232

Re: Central banks to the rescue?

What does this mean? We're bailing out Europe?
by kraftwerk
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Central banks to the rescue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1232

Re: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a

Also I think if you get enough exercise, or eat little enough that your liver and muscles frequently have the spare room for them, there's no problem eating high carb.
by kraftwerk
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a diet
Replies: 37
Views: 1230

Re: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a

The problem is we don't have the capacity to feed the whole population on a high protein, high fat diet. Someone has to eat corn, wheat and rice. And yet three of the top four highest life expectancy states in the US (Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota) are places where people eat a diet heavy in those ...
by kraftwerk
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a diet
Replies: 37
Views: 1230

Re: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a

I am sold on the idea that most disease is caused by high carb, high glycemic, low fiber diets. A lot of the heart disease is just chronic inflammation. That's the main reason omega-3s are so good, they are anti-inflammatory. There are a couple of videos really worth watching: http://www.hulu.com/wa...
by kraftwerk
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gene expression as a way to measure health effects of a diet
Replies: 37
Views: 1230

Re: Chinese Honey

Thanks for the link, I was roughly aware stuff like that was going on with supermarket honey. We buy our honey straight from a local bee-keeper.

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
by kraftwerk
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chinese Honey
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fu

Here's a really good hour long interview with him, well worth the time:

http://vimeo.com/18920437
by kraftwerk
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fund
Replies: 7
Views: 1159

Re: Mexico Dangers

I forgot about this thread. The vacation was fine however they pretty much stayed off the mainland. Isla Mujheres and some other ones further south I forgot the name of, then down to Caye Caulker in Belize. All in all they said it was a great trip. However... my sis and her friend went further south...
by kraftwerk
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mexico Dangers
Replies: 126
Views: 62757

Re: Watering down juice & milk

I haven't been able to look at milk the same since I found out what BLV is and how many cows have it. I still drink it though.
by kraftwerk
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watering down juice & milk
Replies: 71
Views: 4534

Re: 2012 Health Insurance Increases Thread

9% seems to be the accepted number which healthcare costs are growing at. Has anyone actually thought about where these numbers will end up? If you are currently paying $10,000 a year for insurance, in 32 years you will be paying $160,000 a year in premiums. In 40 years your premium will be $320,000...
by kraftwerk
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2012 Health Insurance Increases Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 3532

Defense against what? Bears??
by kraftwerk
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smith & wesson Model 29 - S&W Classics - 6 1/2"
Replies: 55
Views: 4028

College education in this country is a money making scam. Under the guise of nonprofit they continue to increase prices and put money into things that will increase enrollment (i.e. better football team, new gym, etc...) vs. caring about what happens to their students afterward. That's okay as it i...
by kraftwerk
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College Degree in Something Practical...
Replies: 141
Views: 8286

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by kraftwerk
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College Degree in Something Practical...
Replies: 141
Views: 8286

What would I recommend to train for backpacking?

Backpacking.

Walk up some steep hills. Or if you can't get outside put the treadmill on 12% incline for a hour a day while you watch TV.
by kraftwerk
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: crossfit
Replies: 49
Views: 4493

Crossfit teaches olympic lifting the way Tae Bo teaches Thai boxing. You are not going to find a real olympic lifter doing 30 clean and jerks in a row. I've never seen one do more than 4 reps in a row. They are training their nervous system and their technical skill more than their muscle, you can't...
by kraftwerk
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: crossfit
Replies: 49
Views: 4493

Don't get me started on crossfit. Just look up the fat blob "coach" who founded it and ask yourself if you want to pay for fitness advice from a guy like that. 1. The fitness of the coach is not necessarily indicative of the effectiveness of the methodology or the person's coaching abilit...
by kraftwerk
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: crossfit
Replies: 49
Views: 4493

Here is a great article I have bookmarked on core strength and back problems. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/core-myths/ Really you should not be doing any sit ups. Basically all you need are side planks, bird dogs and one where you plank with your forearms on a ball and 'stir the pot'. ht...
by kraftwerk
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: crossfit
Replies: 49
Views: 4493

Don't get me started on crossfit.

Just look up the fat blob "coach" who founded it and ask yourself if you want to pay for fitness advice from a guy like that.
by kraftwerk
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: crossfit
Replies: 49
Views: 4493

kraftwerk wrote:Probably ZSL.


And tonight I'm taking my entire family out to dinner :P
by kraftwerk
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do as a $1,000 "fun" investment?
Replies: 60
Views: 4910

How does krill oil compare to freshly clubbed harp seal oil?

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by kraftwerk
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

Ego depletion, decision fatigue

I found this article about decision making incredibly interesting and thought I'd share. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html It's something I definitely suffer from, although I'm more prone to "analysis paralysis" than decision fatigue.
by kraftwerk
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ego depletion, decision fatigue
Replies: 5
Views: 1483

I really recommend Gary Taubes's book Good Calories, Bad Calories for a deep historical analysis of why our medical system thinks the way it is and how politics trumped science (and still trumps science) regarding healthy diet, heart disease and cholesterol. It is astounding how bad the science is ...
by kraftwerk
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

Pretty off-topic at this point but to be on topic: anyone else here buy grass-fed beef/lamb/eggs They have a much more natural Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio. Plus the farmers don't have to inject them with anti-biotics since they are eating natural food that makes their immune systems work properly. Yes I'...
by kraftwerk
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

The reason you're losing weight is because you're burning more calories than you consume. It probably has very little to do, or maybe nothing to do, with the type of foods you're eating. All I know is that since early April, I'm down 45 pounds, to a healthy 145. I did it by eating less calories and...
by kraftwerk
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

If the balcony isn't slightly sloped away from the house it could cause the rain to run back towards the house which would be bad. Also the boards probably need to be spaced for expansion as the climate changes. There are types of guttering you can buy that goes underneath the balcony and drains the...
by kraftwerk
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: waterproofing an outdoor wood floor
Replies: 1
Views: 280

HELOC or reverse mortgage if you are old enough. I don't think you can qualify for a HELOC if you are unemployed though, if that's the problem.
by kraftwerk
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unpaying off mortgage- How?
Replies: 34
Views: 3561

In my house I look for the line of popped nails :lol:

Slowly replacing them with screws.
by kraftwerk
Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way To Find A Stud (Wall)
Replies: 33
Views: 2928

Is eating mercury really that bad? I thought it's only harmful if you inhale it. The Victorians used to drink mercury to flush out tape worms (for weight loss). In fact my biology teacher drank some in class once after tell us that story.
by kraftwerk
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

I use Trustfax. Actually I don't use it I just have it on the off-chance some neanderthal needs to fax me something. It used to only be $39 a year with a free 1-800 number, but they have have doubled their prices. I don't think I will renew it.
by kraftwerk
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fax Suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Fish oil and ubiquinol are the only supplements I take (30 yrs old). And whey protein sometimes.
by kraftwerk
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you take a fish oil/omega 3 supplement?
Replies: 191
Views: 16089

Yeah, I tried those Hertz Car Sales (a 2010 Camry actually)- they never had ANY of the cars listed online, and the ones they offered were 3-4000 more expensive than literally like 50 of the ones online. Seemed like a real bait-and-switch. Maybe that's just my local one, though. Was that a local fra...
by kraftwerk
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Optimal Age of Used Car for Value (infrequent driver)?
Replies: 27
Views: 4811
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