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  1. 1 hour ago, PigeonSt said:

    That sounds really lovely, man, save for infertility issues sorry that happened to you. Keep investing in that S&P and time will be your ally 🙂

    Thanks.  To be clear, it's more like infertility due to medical malpractice.  Getting to deal with the US healthcare and legal systems at the same time was quite a frustrating experience.

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  2. I joined in 2005 when I was in grad school.  At that time I guess I only wanted to end up with a good job, I had no plans on how to get there because I guess that's not how my mind worked back then.  I tend to just go with the flow.  Never thought I'd get married but I met a great girl at grad school and we got married.  I graduated and found some cool post-docs which caused me to move around the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US a bit while she finished school.  Was super lucky to get a great job by an online application, didn't even know anyone in the company.  11 years and I'm still at that job and I've been able to make a little niche for myself in an area of expertise that is needed but that almost nobody else understands.  I feel like I'm just hitting my stride right now in my job and I'm really excited about the stuff I'm doing.

    I guess the only part that didn't turn out as expected is that I expected to have kids at some point.  That didn't happen for a reason that I covered in a post on here several years ago, but the Mrs. and I are still happily married.

    I'll be 41 this month and I am trying to plan for retirement.  Because of no kids and some money resulting from the incident that took away our ability to have kids, I'm trying to figure out how to best invest our money so that we both can retire as early as possible (shooting for 55, fingers crossed).  Mutual funds are total shit so I'm pouring it into S&P500 ETFs.  Hoping to retire to the Pacific Northwest and buy a nice, small house on a hillside overlooking the Puget Sound.

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  3. 1 hour ago, J3FF3R00 said:

    Who is to say that mass violence will cause Rs to break with T and come to some semblance of reason? These are the same people that are letting kids get gunned down in droves while supporting any legislation that continues to pump guns into the hands of everyone that should not have guns. 
    I actually believe that violence is now a part of their platform , whether spoken or not. If they can maintain chaos, they can maintain control (that’s likely why they didn’t want to put a lid on covid, as well). Additionally, if the ideological minority is armed and aligned with law enforcement then violence could ultimately be advantageous for subverting the tide of democracy that increasingly has no place for them. 

    All of what you're saying is true, but where I see a distinction is that while violence is a part of their platform, it has always been so in a more indirect way.  That's to say that violence exists and their policies on guns just amplifies that violence.  They can say BS like "guns don't kill people, people kill people", and that the violence exists outside of their policies and that the freedom to own guns has nothing to do with gun violence (lol).

    I see a distinction if the violence arises solely from a support of Trump.  They can't dodge that one as easily.  If Pence would've been captured on Jan. 6 and roughed up or beaten or worse, how could they have dodged that and still supported Trump?  If Trump is indicted and his supporters start performing small scale acts of violence against local, state, and fed. gov't around the country, how are they going to dodge the question, "why do you still support Trump and cater to a base that acts like this?"  Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that...

    Your last point is super valid and also scary.  If violence does erupt, I hope law enforcement and citizens as a whole can remain calm enough to not let things get too out of hand.

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  4. Sad to say but I kind of hope that he's indicted and that there's "major violence".  I don't want to see anybody get hurt, but we need something, some event(s) drastic enough to force the Rs in Congress to publicly break with him and his base en masse.  Apparently, Jan. 6th wasn't enough, although it was enough to make them avert their gaze from the replaying of evidence during the impeachment trial (fucking cowards).

    The insurrectionists came so close so many times, I kind of wish that they would've captured Pence or a Congressperson (with no serious harm done, of course).  I feel this would've forced more Rs in Congress to take a stance against Trump as opposed to this whole line of, "well nothing really bad happened in the end so I don't have to denounce it".

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  5. https://www.newsweek.com/gop-vote-nazi-white-supremacists-military-police-1724545


    House Republicans All Vote Against Neo-Nazi Probe of Military, Police

    The House has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to compel government officials to prepare a report on combating white supremacists and neo-Nazi activity in the police and military, despite every Republican voting against the measure.


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  6. I feel like Musk's objective with Twitter was not necessarily to buy it but to use the whole bot / misinfo thing to his advantage.  Making the offer to buy was the only way he could get inside info on how much is really going on.

    Now that he's backing out, he can be all like, "LoOk, ThEyRe HiDiNg StUfF!  ThE iNfO tHeY gAvE mE wAsNt CoMpLeTe!" and discredit Twitter.

    Whether or not Twitter deserves this is another story, but I feel like Musk was never really interested in buying it, he just spent several billion dollars to try and discredit Twitter.

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    • The bill does not specifically say what will be done with survey results, but DeSantis suggested budget cuts could be imminent if universities and colleges are found to be “indoctrinating” students.

    Do they mean "indoctrinating" them with knowledge and critical thinking, and with the ability to see through the R's bullshit?

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  8. 4 hours ago, perunamuusi said:

    As was this 7.1% 24 month barrel aged Raspberry sour.



    Looks amazing. Summer is my season for sours.  I'm trying to explore geuzes a bit more now that the selection in my area has been expanding.  Love the sour/funk mix.

  9. 21 minutes ago, usagi said:

    ^ lol

    I hadn't even thought this far. it's obviously beyond just the automotive industry, power companies and a slew of related industries need to get on board. which means that no single person or company is going to be able to single-handedly change anything.

    And yet another reason in the long list showing that Musk's "going to single-handedly save the world" crap is all such delusional bullshit.

    Regarding solar, I would love to have solar installed so that I can charge my car from the sun and move to my utility's time-of-use program (doesn't make $$ sense without having solar), but according to my utility my neighborhood is already "solar-ed out" meaning at max capacity to feed back into the grid during peak sunshine hours.  So I couldn't even get solar if I paid for it all tomorrow.  Another example of how the grid will be the rate-limiting step holding back a lot of these things.

    Edit:  and wouldn't it be great for people in sunny parts of the world to have solar with battery storage, allowing them to be effectively off the grid?  Yeah, well, the utilities basically made this illegal because then they would lose so much money by losing so many customers.  Instead they let you generate all you can use and buy your excess at less than wholesale prices while selling you electricity at super high rates when you need it.

  10. 8 hours ago, usagi said:

    the market itself still has a long way to go. I don't think it's completely transformed. it won't be until we see true mass adoption and widespread support infrastructure (charging stations, service centres, etc), and not just for cars but other modes of transport as well (motorcycles, freight, etc).

    The travel infrastructure definitely isn't there, at least for non-Teslas.  For the past 5 years I've been taking my Bolt on a yearly trip from NJ to NC, a 400 mile trip which requires me to do 2 fast charges.  There are a bunch of fast chargers on my route, but they've ALL reached the point where they're breaking and not being repaired because the money that the owners get from them is nowhere near what it costs to operate them.  They were only installed so that the owners could get a one-time tax break.  It's a chicken and egg scenario, and will probably need some subsidy to get started.

    I think the future will likely be EVs with 350 - 400 mile ranges which would allow for virtually all charging to be done at home.  There will still need to be charging stations along highways, but most cars coming out now can do a 10 - 80% fast charge in under 15 minutes which would allow you to drive for 4 hours, stop for 15 minutes, and repeat.  That is pretty close to parity with regular cars, at least the way that I like to travel.  The big problem with mass EV adoption will be stress on the electrical grid.  If you and your two neighbors who are all on the same power transformer are all each pulling 11 kW extra for 8 hours on top of your normal house loads, that transformer is gonna be glowing red-hot.  The grid will have to be upgraded and, if the utility companies are smart, they'll pay EV owners to keep their cars plugged in at all times so that they can essentially have a huge battery storage system to pull from and balance shifts in loads (vehicle-to-load, V2L, tech is almost there as of now).

    There are lots of other barriers, one big one being having reliable home charging for people who live in apartments and other shared spaces.

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  11. 34 minutes ago, chenGOD said:

    yeah this shit is gross. the republican party is hell-bent on tearing down all the institutions that made america stable.

    Back to my hypothesis that R ideology is built on selfishness. This is what you get when you have one party full of selfish assholes and the other actually periodically trying to help people (when they're not warmongering).

    Ds just don't get it, and will never do stuff like this because it's just not in their nature. They're perfectly happy paralyzing the whole party by arguing with themselves.

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  12. Agree that Tesla has been a huge positive for the EV world and with the model 3 they are definitely getting great at making cars, but I wouldn't trust their consumer satisfaction ratings any more than I'd trust a musk tweet. Their fanbase is so loyal and willing to forgive things that most other car owners aren't. Not saying Tesla makes bad cars, just don't trust those scores.

    I have had a Chevy bolt EV for 5 years now and I love it. Chevy definitely wouldn't have made the bolt if they weren't trying to beat Tesla to the market with a "budget", entry-level EV, while simultaneously building knowledge, supply chains, general EV know-how, and "beta testing" their EV program.

    I could've bought a model 3 but my main gripe is how everything is designed to minimize cost, which is totally fine, maybe even for a $60,000 car, but not to the point where they omit driver monitoring systems for autopilot (which every single other manufacturer uses), and are now ditching radar in favor of an all-camera system just to cut cost. IMO, they're putting lives in danger just to save money so that TSLA will continue to rise and Musk can troll the TSLA shorts.

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