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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How can I learn about Stocks?
« on: May 09, 2006, 02:46:25 PM »
The advice about Motley Fool and index funds is probably the best thing in this thread so far.  However, I would add that the emerging surge in exchange-traded funds (ETF's) makes the Fool guys' advice about Vanguard index funds a bit dated.  I prefer ETF's over traditional funds because you can get in and out easier, and have better pricing control through limit orders.

After you've been investing for awhile in index funds (traditional or ETF), you'll find yourself wanting to break off a portion of money for "higher-risk" branching out.  At this stage, you start to invest in more narrow or sector-specific funds/ETF's (i.e. an energy fund, or health-care fund) when you believe that segment is going to do better than the overall market.  Eventually, you'll be comfortable picking individual stocks.  As you reach that point, you should be reading and watching alot of Jim Cramer... he's over-hyped, but does back it up for the most part.

Start with broad-market index funds and slowly narrow it down at your own pace as you learn.  You'll know you're getting greedy and stupid if you start investing in companies you don't really understand.

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We all have racist tendencies out of convinence, but I think true racism is making a resurgence. This immigration issue, like the gay marriage issue, gives the right a chance to push further to radicalism.

That's ridiculous

Illegal immigration is a rising issue today for two reasons:
  • A sharp increase in its pace oven the past 15 years... thanks to Latin America losing manufacturing jobs to Asia, and losing agricultural jobs to U.S. trade agreements that didn't address our government subsidies for corporate farms.
  • A heightened sense of security conciousness post-9/11, in which most people have very legitimate questions about how the f*ck we can talk national security while a million anonymous persons pour over our pourous borders annually.

If anything, the immigration debate shows that Americans today are far more open and accepting of immigrants than they have been at any point in U.S. history (chat with the Irish circa 1850, the Chinese circa 1870, or the Italians circa 1980).  Polls show that a solid majority of Americans favor some path to citizenship for illegals, and that hard-line politicians are very much missing the public's pulse.

Gay marriage rhetoric is on the rise among politicians only because overtly racial rhetoric is growing less acceptable.  A few decades back, the debate (if there had been one at all) would have dealt with whether homosexuals should exist... today it's about whether they should marry.  That's hardly ideal... but it's progress, not regression.


My personal belief is that bigotry among "traditional" targets is in a state of decline, or at least a temporary lull.  That is not to say that society's overall "quotient" of bigotry has declined, however.  It has simply shifted from its traditional targets and concentrated on a smaller number of "safe harbor" targets that are still acceptable to bash.  I believe that ALL of the negativity no longer directed at Jews, women, minorities, and other protected groups... ALL that bottled-up energy... is currently re-routed upon the only groups left for which society does not enforce a taboo about bashing. 

That's right... the retarded and the fat!  The overweight are discussed with open derision formerly reserved for the worst of jail-bound welfare-recipients, and wisecracks comparing others unfavorably to the mentally challenged are readily accepted in normal conversation.  It's not that society harbors deep hatred for the retarded or the obese... it's just that it has all this energy that has to be directed SOMEWHERE, and those are the only acceptable targets left.

Discuss. :D


***LATER EDIT*** On second thought, disregard my fat ass... this post was retarded.

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ha ha!  i have a full bookshelf of unreads too!  5 shelves!

Once in awhile I'll review what's on the shelf, I'll find fascinating books that I didn't realize I had ever bought.  The WORST is when I'll buy a book, then get home and realize that I already bought it six months ago.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Throne of Wisdom
« on: May 08, 2006, 03:57:48 PM »
I don't get this thread... at first glane I thought it had to do with the OP's toilet.  That's where my wisest decision-making usually occurs.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ultimately, beliefs are arbitrary
« on: May 08, 2006, 03:52:57 PM »
Did it hurt?  ;)

Ha!  You know, I just absolutely love you in a "platonic,-non-sexual-(though-I'd-probably-do-you-if-I-were-single-and-drunk-and-didn't-have-to-go-to-work-the-next-morning),-near-intellectual-peer-of-myself" sort of way!  Keep posting this stuff!  ;D

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I strongly disagree with this. Ethics are the way a person applies his or her own moral beliefs. They are not simply about following the rules. Sneaking your way through loopholes is not always ethical. The law is not just about following rules; even our government is founded on the premise of taking a stand against injustice.

No, sneaking your way through loopholes IS ethical, it just may NOT be moral.  I don't understand why drawing a distinction between the two concepts makes you believe that people are arguing that "morality is unimportant".  Both AZWildcat and myself have stressed that ethics is a subset of morality, and that morals are more important!  If you interpret this as "sneaky lawyer-talk" to justify ourselves being slimeballs, then that's just you being unable to keep pace with the discussion. 

If you think that's an unfair assesment, and that you're holding your own just fine here, then more power to you.  By all means, keep using this approach the first time a professor calls on you to work through a static hypo in front of the class.  :)

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On a scale of 1 to 10, I would be somewhere between the square root of -1 and the least significant digit of Pi.
you know you're claiming your intellect is imaginary and irrational?  :)

Two bonus points to you for catching that! :D

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ultimately, beliefs are arbitrary
« on: May 08, 2006, 03:28:40 PM »
Beliefs are not arbitrary, they are particular. There's a difference, and in that difference is the meaning of life  :)

Wow, not bad... that made me have to stop and think!  :)

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On a scale of 1 to 10, I would be somewhere between the square root of -1 and the least significant digit of Pi.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Do You Believe in God?
« on: May 08, 2006, 03:11:46 PM »
In order to believe God is not an old man hanging out in the clouds with sandals on you don't have to reduce God to a "divine order".  That's almost a misnomer: how can there be a "divine order" without a "divine orderer".

I spent a large portion of my life surrounded by orthodoxy, and another large portion of my life rejecting religion altogether.  In my 30's I started over again with a clean slate and no assumptions, and have been slowly working things out since then at a pace determined by God.  I joined a Quaker congregation, which is a denomination very big on "waiting for God" to help you grow and discern.  I use the wide berth of a phrase like "divine order" because I don't believe that any of the concepts I've help up until now do God justice, and this term is as far as I'm willing to go until God reveals a more useful concept. 

I doubt that you and I are that far apart, really.  I suspect that if we started discussing this more deeply we would end up splitting hairs and saying the same thing as each other, just using different terms.

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