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by DomDangelina
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing Books Debunked
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: Investing Books Debunked

David Bach wrote The Automatic Millionaire which I still love Have you seen the expanded and updated edition of this book? https://www.amazon.com/Automatic-Millionaire-Expanded-Updated-Powerful/dp/0451499085/ref=la_B000APHWYM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506802834&sr=1-1 I wonder if he ruined it.
by DomDangelina
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing Books Debunked
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: Investing Books Debunked

Which investing books did you initially think were great but were then somehow debunked, so to speak? Conversely, which investing books did you initially think were junk but were then somehow proven sound? DomDangelina: My biggest disappointment was reading "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" by Bill...
by DomDangelina
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comforter: Down Filling with Cotton Covering
Replies: 12
Views: 1868

Re: Comforter: Down Filling with Cotton Covering

In Seattle Quality (I'm a long time customer of their back country down products.) http://featheredfriends.com/down-bedding.html I just got an email with this message: The Autumn Bedding Sale Save 20% on all of our Down Comforters and Pillows during the Feathered Friends Autumn Bedding Sale Save th...
by DomDangelina
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing
Replies: 32
Views: 3865

Re: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing

badbreath wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:36 pm
I am going to lump sum invest $157000 from a real estate deal I just closed on. It will just go into my AA and I will forget about it.
What exactly will you be buying?
by DomDangelina
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing Books Debunked
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Investing Books Debunked

Which investing books did you initially think were great but were then somehow debunked, so to speak? Conversely, which investing books did you initially think were junk but were then somehow proven sound?
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing
Replies: 32
Views: 3865

Re: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing

The Wizard wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:46 pm


If $100k fell into my lap tomorrow, would I put it all into VTSAX?
I don't think so.
No more than 60% would go to stocks, the remainder going to bonds and similar...
Would it go into those stocks tomorrow? Or would you wait until prices come down?
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 326
Views: 57962

Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods , by A.G. Sertillanges https://www.amazon.com/Intellectual-Life-Spirit-Conditions-Methods/dp/0813206464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506655243&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Intellectual+Life%3A+Its+Spirit%2C+Conditions%2C+Methods https://images-na.ssl-images-...
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback
Replies: 65
Views: 13160

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback

I am seriously considering purchasing a 2018 Outback to replace my 2010 Accord. It certainly fits my lifestyle of hauling big dogs around better than a sedan! I wanted to get some feedback on here from anyone who has a newer model. Thanks! Jeep Grand Cherokees are infinitely superior to any Subaru....
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I Safely Retire?
Replies: 60
Views: 9404

Re: Can I Safely Retire?

Since the original post, I've learned that I'll be getting an additional $15,000 to $30,000 a year in inherited royalties and residuals. Would you just hold on to this bonus cash or invest it? By the way, since the original post I've indeed fled the increasingly dystopian hell of California. Never w...
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing
Replies: 32
Views: 3865

Re: Likelihood of a crash and lump sum investing

deltaneutral83 wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:30 pm
Not lump summing has been pretty bad the last 6 years.

Indeed. I lump summed half a million on November 9, 2016. It's working out beautifully.
by DomDangelina
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 11236

Re: Where do you get your news?

Interesting. It's amazing that so many are still hooked on the fakestream media.
by DomDangelina
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 11236

Re: Where do you get your news?

Vdare http://www.vdare.com
American Renaissance https://www.amren.com/category/commentary/

There are no better sites.
by DomDangelina
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How safe is cash in today's economy?
Replies: 37
Views: 5023

Re: How safe is cash in today's economy?

In absolute terms, if the unpredictable/unthinkable were to happen it's impossible to predict what sort of prior preparation could save you. Far from it. For example, I'm absolutely certain that my large stockpile of guns and ammunition will go far in saving me and mine. What are you going to eat ....
by DomDangelina
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How safe is cash in today's economy?
Replies: 37
Views: 5023

Re: How safe is cash in today's economy?

JPH wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:07 am
In absolute terms, if the unpredictable/unthinkable were to happen it's impossible to predict what sort of prior preparation could save you.
Far from it. For example, I'm absolutely certain that my large stockpile of guns and ammunition will go far in saving me and mine.
by DomDangelina
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How safe is cash in today's economy?
Replies: 37
Views: 5023

Re: How safe is cash in today's economy?

Valuethinker wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:45 am
The reality is you could only protect it as part of a well ordered (and armed) community.
I've recently fled the unbridled madness of California for just such a community. With each passing day, I'm increasingly glad I did.
by DomDangelina
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rebalancing into U.S.Stocks
Replies: 31
Views: 3160

Re: Rebalancing into U.S.Stocks

Makaveli wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:07 pm
This is precisely why I have a robotic rebalancing strategy. Removes bias, self-doubt, and delay tactics.

If I didn't, I know I'd be going through a similar reaction as you.
Sounds like a synonym for mindless. Must rebalancing be mindless?
by DomDangelina
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Influence: Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition Robert Cialdini has recently released a sequel to this, entitled Pre-suasion https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Suasion-Revolutionary-Way-Influence-Persuade-ebook/dp/B01C36E2YS Thank you for the recommendation. According to Amazon reviewers the new Cialdin...
by DomDangelina
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

b.lock wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:01 pm
Influence: Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition
Robert Cialdini has recently released a sequel to this, entitled Pre-suasion https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Suasion-Revo ... B01C36E2YS
by DomDangelina
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

True potentially life-changing books: A Guide for the Perplexed , by E.F. Schumacher Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book , by Walker Percy Both are of course listed in James V. Schall's great Another Sort of Learning . is Schall's also potentially life-changing? or only the first two? Defin...
by DomDangelina
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone purchased a car from Carvana.com?
Replies: 29
Views: 20541

Re: Has anyone purchased a car from Carvana.com?

objectivefunction wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:08 am

I would have preferred that I didn't have to keep pushing them to get things done,
I had to do the same.
by DomDangelina
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone purchased a car from Carvana.com?
Replies: 29
Views: 20541

Re: Has anyone purchased a car from Carvana.com?

I ended up buying a 2013 Nissan Leaf from Carvana. The process was pretty smooth except for having to have the title and registration corrected because it indicated the Leaf had a gas engine instead of an electric. I received the title in a timely manner, it was just incorrect. Carvana claimed that...
by DomDangelina
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

True potentially life-changing books:

A Guide for the Perplexed, by E.F. Schumacher

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book, by Walker Percy

Both are of course listed in James V. Schall's great Another Sort of Learning.
by DomDangelina
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Personal Favorites: . . . [*]A People's History of the United States - Leonard Zinn [*]The Stars - H. A. Rey[/list] LOL. Both of these are on my bedside table. Maybe it's a Portland thing... Zinn's fashionable opus horribilis has been debunked. See, e.g., Zinn's influential history textbook has pro...
by DomDangelina
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Irrational Despair?
Replies: 39
Views: 6897

Re: Irrational Despair?

Dead Man Walking wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:21 am
Did anyone think that this bull market was going to last forever?

DMW
Is it over?
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 85
Views: 9388

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

Hiring a lawyer for 1) a first offense DUI 2) where the only damage was a hit tree will be, financially speaking, a waste of money. However, psychologically speaking, it may be worth it if the defendant needs this crutch. But make no mistake about it: in terms of the outcome of the case, and in spit...
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 85
Views: 9388

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

MNGopher wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:53 pm

The most important thing is not to have another offense, especially in the next 10 years (preferably never). Long driving suspensions and increased jail time are a sure thing with a second offense.
Exactly.
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 85
Views: 9388

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

A relative of mine had a similar first time no-injury DUI a few years ago but no crashing into a tree. I was talking about the situation with a friend who is also one of the local DA's and he said if it's cut and dry and the miscreant is pleading guilty and they can conduct themselves properly in t...
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

In payment of a debt of gratitude to him, I must also recommend a new book by one of my former professors which is garnering rave reviews: The Political Theory of the American Founding , by Thomas G. West Related, here's an interview of him discussing a previous book: https://www.c-span.org/video/?9...
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 85
Views: 9388

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

My dc is up on dui/oui charges for a first offense. A tree was hit with no injury to anyone. Is it worth it to spend more money on a more expensive lawyer or is this standard fees and terms from a judge that a less expensive lawyer can handle? Lawyer 1: $2000 fee upfront Lawyer 2: $6000 fee upfront...
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Irrational Despair?
Replies: 39
Views: 6897

Irrational Despair?

I'm seeing lots of articles like this: 7 signs the stock market is ready to run smack into a wall http://www.marketwatch.com/story/7-signs-the-stock-market-is-ready-to-run-smack-into-a-wall-2017-08-18 Irrational despair seems to be the disorder of the day. Or is it quite rational? Should we sell eve...
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

azurekep wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:31 am

* Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.


I'm curious though if anyone has actually read Gibbon's book.
Yes. It's of course interesting. Yet its fundamental premise was preemptively refuted, in devastating fashion, in Augustine's The City of God.
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Fascism: The Career of a Concept, by Paul Gottfried

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski et. al.

Witness, by Whittaker Chambers
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, which has been repeatedly recommended, has been debunked by Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance.
by DomDangelina
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a personal chef?
Replies: 48
Views: 5845

Re: Anyone have a personal chef?

My spouse wants to eat very healthy but also has a limited diet. After taking the time to go to the grocery store today, prep the meal, cook it, do the dishes, it was over 2 hours. It got me thinking about a personal chef. Anyone have one, what were the costs and were you satisfied? The next round ...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

I also strongly recommended this golden book: Another Sort of Learning: Selected Contrary Essays on How Finally to Acquire an Education While Still in College or Anywhere Else: Containing Some Belated Advice about How to Employ Your Leisure Time When Ultimate Questions Remain Perplexing in Spite of ...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

climber2020 wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:41 pm
DomDangelina wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:31 pm
The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Abridged or unabridged?
Preferably un.

As a warmup he can absorb S's famous and devastating 1978 Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeche ... arvard.htm
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13472

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 5261

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

We are so exhausted. An entire month of our summer, which is short to begin with, has been consumed by entertaining. Everything is out of schedule - everything. The second family visit ends tonight. They are heading home tonight. I feel like I will turn to my wife and say, "So, how are you? I haven...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 15772

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

It's TOTALLY worth it. I've focused on my career, and foregone family, kids, marriage, girlfriend, dating, friendships, and even acquaintances. I work, from the moment I wake up and check my email from bed, to the moment I get back in bed and take one final look at email before going to sleep. I wo...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Put Mom Up In Hotel?
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Put Mom Up In Hotel?

I hate self-deception. Thus I try to always be brutally honest with myself at all times, always trying to sweep away the clouds of error from my vision of the sun of truth. In another thread I explained that I recently endured the barbarism of house guests behaving as barbarians (by never offering t...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 5261

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

... they were our guests, but not once did anyone offer to pick up a dinner tab, contribute to the grocery costs, contribute to alcohol costs………………nothing. I’m curious how others here handle this kind of thing. I recently endured this same brand of barbarism. Because I find philistines intolerable ...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 15772

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

OP: when words and actions conflict, I look to actions for the truth. You say that nothing is more important to you than family, yet both you and your husband work 60-70 hours per week. You then attempt to justify this by saying it's for a financially secure future. Yet the sacrifice of the present...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 5261

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

I recently endured this same brand of barbarism. Because I find philistines intolerable and am in the process of cleansing them from my life to the fullest possible extent, I'll henceforth have nothing more to do with my former guests. Note that I didn't waste, and won't be wasting, any time trying...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 5261

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

I recently endured this same brand of barbarism. Because I find philistines intolerable and am in the process of cleansing them from my life to the fullest possible extent, I'll henceforth have nothing more to do with my former guests. Note that I didn't waste, and won't be wasting, any time trying...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 15772

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

The OP has made clear that she is not asking whether she should become a stay-at-home-mom, so I'm not sure that the responses suggesting that she do so or offering the perspective of a stay-at-home parent are helpful or on topic. Addressing this question is implicit in the topic, even explicit: not...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 5261

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

... they were our guests, but not once did anyone offer to pick up a dinner tab, contribute to the grocery costs, contribute to alcohol costs………………nothing. I’m curious how others here handle this kind of thing. I recently endured this same brand of barbarism. Because I find philistines intolerable ...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 27y/o w/ 150k debt buying 685k house
Replies: 41
Views: 5614

Re: 27y/o w/ 150k debt buying 685k house

Help. Friend in biglaw (200k salary) told me today he is closing on $685k house in two weeks. Friend currently rents very nice 2br apartment for less than $2k. Friend has at least $150k in student loan debt. Would be shocked if friend is putting more than 10% down (if that). Friend's job is incredi...
by DomDangelina
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 15772

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

OP: when words and actions conflict, I look to actions for the truth. You say that nothing is more important to you than family, yet both you and your husband work 60-70 hours per week. You then attempt to justify this by saying it's for a financially secure future. Yet the sacrifice of the present ...