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by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canada driving
Replies: 12
Views: 873

Re: Canada driving

I'm driving from Oregon to Nova Scotia. I will be entering at Sault Ste. Marie. What would want me to see while driving and camping. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edwards and Nova Scotia. 10 days Will spend little time in the cities. Any special routs : that you like. Thanks Collingwood is...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

I like to take the opportunity during threads like these to throw this out. James Doohan stormed the beaches at Juno and was shot 6 times. You would know him as "Scotty" from Star Trek.He hid his hand in shows to avoid showing the missing finger. The Canadian military does not get enough ...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

Great suggestions! I was interested in resistance and used the public library to find many great books. This is decades ago before internet. The one novel/play that I still keep coming back to is John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down . I believe there is also a movie on it. It has nothing to do with th...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

Outstanding suggestions here. After you obtain an overview, I would suggest you read a good WWII novel or two. Although they are of course fiction, the best novels can really provide an engrossing and accurate flavor of the time from all sorts of different perspectives. My favorite is The Cruel Sea...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

I like to take the opportunity during threads like these to throw this out. James Doohan stormed the beaches at Juno and was shot 6 times. You would know him as "Scotty" from Star Trek.He hid his hand in shows to avoid showing the missing finger. The Canadian military does not get enough ...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

If you can find the BBC Documentary series The World at War then it's worth watching it end to end. I think it was 26 episodes-- a lot of eyewitness accounts. Apparently it was Ted Turner's favourite documentary, so much so that he commissioned another one on The Cold War from the same producer (Je...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with European bond ETF selection
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Help with European bond ETF selection

Hi Fabio, I have not Been able to identify a total bond fund for Euro investors as often recommended for our us colleagues. I have a combination of etf's with short and medium term euro gov bonds (1-3,3-5), inflation linked bonds as well corporate bonds. All with ishares ( for a reason that I canno...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Perils of Historical Asset Returns
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

Re: The Perils of Historical Asset Returns

I don't accept it as a prediction of long-term doom, because all evidence and common-sense suggests that short-term predictions are quite bad and that long-term predictions are worse. I also note that I personally believed the Club of Rome "Limits to Growth" stuff and it's been proven wro...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

I would say that from what I have read, land investing has a long history of questionable dealing. For example, apparently there are some people in Utah selling 40 acre lots in a county where the zoning requires a minimum lot size of 160 acers to build a home. On of the tricks of 'flippers' who try...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

Would like to diversify a bit from just stocks, bonds, cash. My thought is to buy land real estate that might appreciate over the years. Plus would like to use the real estate as a summer place for my family. Anyway my idea is to look for something in North Dakota or Momtana. Does anyone have any e...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

The USSR lost 28 million people fighting Hitler (including 8 m soldiers, or as many as served under uniform for the entire US Army during WW2). Until D Day, the Western Allies are really playing a bit part (American economic might was essential even to the Soviet victory). This video is a fantastic...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Panels offering free Panels in Pa? (Vivint Solar)
Replies: 13
Views: 878

Re: Solar Panels offering free Panels in Pa? (Vivint Solar)

Has anyone done business with this company. Apparently they want to install Panels to our house, but what is the catch...? I live in NW PA. Someone in our neighborhood had solar panels installed recently. I don't think they will provide any return during the 3 to 4 months of the year they are cover...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CAFD 8point3 Energy Partners "Fake" Dividends (Return of Principal)
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: CAFD 8point3 Energy Partners "Fake" Dividends (Return of Principal)

The structural complexity of these things would put me off.

And the whole Yieldco thing became very complex and is now coming under question.

Better to sell and stick with plain vanilla investments?
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Panels offering free Panels in Pa? (Vivint Solar)
Replies: 13
Views: 878

Re: Solar Panels offering free Panels in Pa? (Vivint Solar)

thanks Our electric bill isn't that much since its a rancher with just the wife and I. I just feel iffy about it. If you feel iffy then don't do it. I have learned to trust my gut on these things. When my brain goes and overrides my gut, my gut is often right-- it represents subconscious processing...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

All of this advice is great. Thank you! I think I'm looking for a broad overview first and then once I have a good handle, I will dive into specific topics. But please, if you have favorites, do share! The David Kennedy book (Freedom from Fear-- covers the 1930s and WW2) and the John Keegan one. Bo...
by Valuethinker
Mon May 23, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

My favorite WWII book was written by my former professor at Stanford. It is called Freedom from Fear , written by David Kennedy. It is part of the Oxford history of the United States. Yes I agree that's very good. Along with the John Keegan one, probably the best place to start. That and the TV ser...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

...ie in Colorado trapping rainfall on your property is an offence (it belongs to the downstream properties). Wow. Didn't know that one. But yes, water issues are abundant west of the Mississippi and some of them seem very odd if you don't know the history behind it. See subsequent corrections. But...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

Water is a huge issue. Not all US states use common law re water ie in Colorado trapping rainfall on your property is an offence (it belongs to the downstream properties). Actually, that rain belongs to the State of Colorado who dictate that homeowners may not divert and use it. But that law is abo...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

If you haven't already gotten at least a rudimentary understanding of the timelines in Africa, Europe (East and West fronts), Pacific, and Asia, start with at something high level. It's completely reasonable to start with a broad book about Europe, which will likely discuss Africa, or about the Pac...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

What I am going to say will be somewhat controversial but ... I do not think that you can have a true understanding of WWII without first understanding World War I. IMHO, the Second World War is an extension of the first. Personally, if you want a good overview of the war, look for the old 26 part ...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: WW2 Books & Education

I hope this post does not go against the forum rules, but as we approach the 6th of June, I would like to ask my fellow members a question. I hope - due to the nature of this post - that it does not get deleted or closed. I am a younger person who would like to read more about World War II. Can any...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

I come from the mountainous regions of Norway where many scenes from the series Lilyhammer on Netflix was filmed. I ran into Little Steven (Van Zandt) at the at the train station a couple of years ago, which was unexpected. The high concept of that series was fascinating, although I never saw how i...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

I live in Los Angeles and also work with some entertainment productions. A majority of shows are filmed where there are tax breaks. It's crazy to see where they'll film for the tax breaks. ⋅ A lot of mid-town america city shots are actually the Warner Brothers Back Lot. They also have a N...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

I should note that much of Star Wars was filmed in suburban London (in a studio). Hence all the baddies were British actors famous for roles in horror movies (Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee etc.). Having the "Imperials" as so relentlessly British was a nice ironic twist in the original mov...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

Lots of movies and TV shows were filmed in Toronto. University of Toronto seems to be a popular location. "The Incredible Hulk" had many scences shot on campus. Convocation Fall was in the movie. A chase scence was shot inside the medical library. "Suits" was partially shot in T...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

oh I almost forgot - part of an episode of Law & Order was shot in the living room of my former in-laws condo in the sky in lower Manhattan. Law & Order (like "Homicide: Life on the streets" and "The Wire") is notable for actually majoring on the city in which it is set-...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

Smokey and the Bandit had many scenes filmed in my hometown (Oxford / Covington, Georgia), including the scene where they landed a plane down Main Street. Not a movie, but the tv show In the Heat of the Night was filmed almost exclusively there. The star, Carroll O'Connor, was loved by everyone in ...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

The TV series "Lucas Tanner" was set in the St. Louis suburbs and filmed locally: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Tanner Earl I loved that series-- I can still remember whole episodes. I don't think it ran a whole season, even. David Hartman went on to have a career as a TV announcer,...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

Earl Lemongrab wrote:A few movies were shot in St. Louis, although not set there. Those included "Escape from New York" and "Up in the Air".

Earl


Hilarious Escape from NY (a John Carpenter Classic) was filmed in St. Louis!
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

bengal22 wrote:Miles Ahead -
Carol -
The Christmas Spirit -
The Ides of March -
Rain Man
Eight Men Out
Airborne- last scene is a rollerblade race through the city ending down on the river
Fresh Horses


Where in Ohio was this?
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

No filming here that I know of but Radar O'Reilly of Mash was born here and James T. Kirk will be born near here in a couple hundred years. My home town of Montreal was the scene for "The Whole Nine Yards". One hometown character shown in the film was Mr. Biddles who ran (may still do so)...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

tludwig23 wrote:Some good films have been shot near where I live (north of Seattle, just south of Canada):

Snow Falling on Cedars
An Officer and a Gentleman
Free Willy
WarGames

and at least one not so good film:

The Postman


Let's not forget The Twilight Saga! ;-).

Twin Peaks?
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

One thing that is different out west is that mineral and water rights may not accompany your rights to the surface of the property. Yes, someone could theoretically mine or drill for oil on your property. Or you might buy some property that has no water and no rights to water flowing nearby. Comple...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

My feeling is buying land is one of the greatest investments that I have done. I sold some land 6 years ago for 14 times what I bought it for. I did very little to increase the value and made money on this land for the 17 years that I had it. I also have a couple other pieces of land that are worth...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

I would worry about a future water shortage in much of the western U.S. +1 In a sense, depending where, it's not a future water shortage. It's a water shortage, right now, that is being addressed in non sustainable ways. I know a little bit more about Colorado River basin and California, much less ...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 2696

Re: Buying land in West

Would like to diversify a bit from just stocks, bonds, cash. My thought is to buy land real estate that might appreciate over the years. Plus would like to use the real estate as a summer place for my family. Anyway my idea is to look for something in North Dakota or Momtana. Does anyone have any e...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Humungous Depression (2000 - ?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: The Humungous Depression (2000 - ?)

Wow, that's just a huge amount of crazy gold-bug, fiat-money hating stream-of-consciousness. My "favorite" part was this: Let’s look at those stock indices. They are measured in fiat debt units, the entirely elastic quantity of which is in the hands of governments and central banks. What ...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "We don't have enough companies like Tesla"
Replies: 23
Views: 2928

Re: "We don't have enough companies like Tesla"

Wondering whether the current state of private equity and venture capital and public markets means more companies are staying private longer might be an interesting topic but there's literally nothing in the article about that subject. He is simply making a call for investment is capital-hungry thi...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: preffered stock ETFs for income during retriemt
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: preffered stock ETFs for income during retriemt

The primary risk for preferred stocks is inflation, and the associated risk of rising rates (which are likely to happen when there is high inflation); a preferred stock which continues to pay behaves like an infinite-maturity bond. If you invest $10,000 to buy a preferred stock with a 6% yield, you...
by Valuethinker
Sun May 22, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?
Replies: 80
Views: 6531

Re: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?

Our original thought when we bought the place was to do something like that. The existing house was added on in the 70s (going from 900sqft (I believe) to 1200) and done in a way that makes it harder to add space without getting a really, really weird layout. Before we bought our house we saw a lot...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1932

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

Cyber Security is hot now, but it won't be hot forever. Cloud is going to automate a lot. DevOps is going to push the security work back to the developers. A career is forty years, a lot will change. Call me a pessimist, but cyber security careers aren't going anywhere in the next 40 years. I still...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: is it worth it to add REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio?
Replies: 24
Views: 1134

Re: is it worth it to add REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio?

basically as the subject asks, is it worth it for me to add 10% REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio of vanguard total US stock, total international stock, and total bond index fund in my current situation (about 90/10 allocation)? The answer is unknown and unknowable. It depends on what the market ...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "We don't have enough companies like Tesla"
Replies: 23
Views: 2928

Re: "We don't have enough companies like Tesla"

Tesla is still a nonprofitable story. You mean companies with a negative P/E (i.e. no profits) ??? These are really curious responses. As it relates to the topic -- are you all implying that only profitable companies have value and negative P/E firms shouldn't be part of a boglehead-style portfolio...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?
Replies: 80
Views: 6531

Re: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?

I would join the chorus that this does not sound like a good financial decision. But I understand the lifestyle issues. The pain in this process should not be understated. Have you budgeted for rental for 9 months whilst you live somewhere else? Is there a way to do what would work, what would suit ...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: is it worth it to add REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio?
Replies: 24
Views: 1134

Re: is it worth it to add REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio?

basically as the subject asks, is it worth it for me to add 10% REITs to my simple 3 fund portfolio of vanguard total US stock, total international stock, and total bond index fund in my current situation (about 90/10 allocation)? I'm 29 (turning 30), currently have <26K in my roth IRA account, 350...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1932

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

Despite being touted as a graduate level degree, the MBA is basically a generalist business degree. MBA degrees are best pursued by liberal arts, science, or social sciences undergrads that decide they want to instead get into a business and management career path. For example if you earned a BA in...
by Valuethinker
Sat May 21, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?
Replies: 80
Views: 6531

Re: Rebuilding our house for $1.5M: Bad Idea Financially?

Financially, it is almost certainly a bad idea and you are highly unlikely to make money doing it (while spending quite a bit). But it really isn't a financial decision - it is a question of consumption needs. If you do need larger space, than you have to evaluate what your options are to get that ...
by Valuethinker
Fri May 20, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

alpenglow wrote:A number of scenes from the movie Beetlejuice were shot in East Corinth, VT, not far from a woodlot I own.


Remembering Beetlejuice I always thought Vermont was a strange place? ;-).

It would make a great locale for vampire movies, I always feel ;-).
by Valuethinker
Fri May 20, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

I live in L.A., so it's pointless to name movies filmed here. But this, about "It's A Wonderful Life" (set in upstate New York) is semi-interesting: http://drawnonadime.blogspot.com/2007/12/its-wonderful-life-then-now.html Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life" is patterned af...
by Valuethinker
Fri May 20, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 73
Views: 1857

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

They filmed Flight of the Phoenix in the sand dunes outside my home town when I was kid. The film crew stayed at the hotel where I worked. I had a ball and made a ton of $$ as a bell hop and general gofer. The crew had "per diem" for food and drinks and tips. So they made sure to spend it...

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