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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:07:28 PM »
How many in the medical communities agree with Senator Paul (& Admiral Jackson)? It's likely a tiny number.

People who care about truth agree with Senator Paul, because he has revealed so many lies Fauci has told.

Maybe not many in the medical communities care about truth?

Your Turn / Re: Fear Is Deadlier Than Viruses
« on: November 27, 2021, 02:44:06 PM »
If it was Kamala Harris out there telling people "Don't take a Trump Vaccine" it wouldn't take long before we saw Red State mandates…

She did say that, before she said something opposite.

Your Turn / Re: Fear Is Deadlier Than Viruses
« on: November 26, 2021, 07:36:16 PM »

I also had covid before there were vaccines available. And thought long and hard before getting vaccinated. And here's the thing: the vaccines offer superior protection than any kind of "natural immunity."

I'm reading a lot of studies that point in the opposite direction; that natural immunity is much more powerful than the "vaccines". (the Moderna type injections are not vaccines in the normal sense of a vaccine -- that is, they are not weakened versions of the disease itself.)

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 26, 2021, 07:24:31 PM »
A factor that should be mentioned is that Jonas Salk was a hero to virtually the entire country.  He didn't patent the vaccine or take any profit from it.  In the 50s Midwest, he was something we would by nature not have trusted.  He was a New York City Jew.  Not on the radar, at least not in a positive way.  But our parents had us give thanks to God at the dinner table for Dr. Salk, and for his vaccine.

Dr. Salk was a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. I was in grade school in the early 1950s in western Pennsylvania.

I remember getting gamma globulin shots at school as a polio preventative. They were massive; I was a 2nd grader, and I got 2 big vials. They hurt, and a lot of kids fainted. I now know that was a clinical trial that basically failed.

Shortly thereafter, we got the Salk vaccine, also at school. We got it so early I am fairly sure we were guinea pigs for that treatment, too. (We were less than a hundred miles from Pittsburgh, so basically local for that purpose.)

Two things:
  • Polio was such a horrible disease people were highly motivated to prevent it.
  • In the early 1950s, there was a lot of basic trust in authorities. Part of it was the successful conclusion to World War 2, and part of it was because the public just didn't have much information about government screw-ups.

But the Salk vaccine worked, and the world became a better place quickly.

Your Turn / Re: Christian response to Rittenhouse trial
« on: November 20, 2021, 04:28:14 PM »
Elie Mystal is male. He was briefly a lawyer before moving to race baiting for a career.

Your Turn / Re: Could we be seeing a return to one-earner families?
« on: November 16, 2021, 09:20:32 PM »
The website is very clear about who they are and where they got their data. If you don’t like it, fine. I just naïvely thought that maybe some data would be useful rather than casual, blue sky speculation that certain things are happening.

Bad data is worse than no data.

Your Turn / Re: Could we be seeing a return to one-earner families?
« on: November 14, 2021, 02:58:34 PM »
It was the 1980s and the beginning of a lifestyle that called for two incomes to meet those needs that are not needs. The Reagan Revolution had a down side.

Women entering the workforce en masses was underway long before 1980. Starting in the 1960s the feminist movement convinced many women that a career should be a higher aspiration than a marriage and family. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” was from 1970.

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 13, 2021, 07:05:34 PM »
And yet another study contradicts the CDC by indicating that natural immunity is better than the vaccines.

That's because the RNA shots aren't really vaccines.

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 09, 2021, 10:05:49 PM »
The county health department started giving out booster shots to anybody over 65 two weeks ago. My wife and I got ours there.

The LCMS loss of membership, it has been reported here, almost exactly parallels that of the ELCA.

So your “advantage” turns out not to be any advantage at all.

The young people I have confirmed in recent years will not stay in a church that does not engage modern life, recognize that their gay and lesbian and transgendered friends have faith and want to exercise it. They will have little to do with a church that requires a "creationist" or quasi-fundamentalist view of the origins of life, and they are sexually active and living together prior to marriage.
So what are we to do with these people whom we have brought up, confirmed and who still have the desire to exercise their faith, perhaps not precisely in the ways we taught them?
And those who may seek and find a faith in young adult hood will not have years of Sunday School or worship or Christmas/Easter festivities shaping their understanding of Church.
I'm sorry, Roger Martim, for what you are experiencing.
Some of the most energetic, exciting, hopeful and Gospel-oriented young pastor/priests I know are gay men and women taking "tradition" and the Gospel seriously, but adapting to new understandings and ways of being Christian.
And we will not get the disaffected back into the church if we do not take their own self-understandings seriously. If we say they cannot be gay and married or partnered, then...

And yet the ELCA is declining at such a rapid pace that its extinction is plausibly in view.

Your Turn / Re: Early Retirement
« on: October 19, 2021, 07:26:46 PM »
Part of retirement math is hard to quantify— how does a year in one’s 60’s compare to a year in one’s 80’s? Whether we view retirement as a change in service vocations or as a mere vacation, maximizing the total dollars only works if all years of life are comparable. More time in retirement in one’s 60’s may be far more valuable than more monthly income later on. Hard to calculate that kind of thing.

Yes. If you have no use for the money at age 62 or 66, then waiting seems to be a better deal. But part of my decision was that I could use that money now to put me in a position where I would have no mortgage, and I thought that was valuable.

But there is no ideal obvious solution. We don’t know if a stroke or heart attack will carry us off suddenly. So it’s all about what your priorities are and becoming comfortable with your decision.

It reminds me of every interaction I’ve ever had with a financial planner. They ask me how much I need per month in my future retirement. My answer always was “I have no idea what I will need.” Because I never know if we are going to elect an idiot who will devalue the currency and inflate what it takes to live. Which we have done.

My father died in 1968, and his death benefit was a fixed sum that was intended to fund my mother’s life. By the time the stagflation of the 1970s bloomed, the total amount she had been given at his death looked like chump change. Luckily she got full time work with benefits that carried her to retirement, but it was a dicey thing.

I’m looking at my 401 and 403 money now and wondering if it is going to turn into chump change before I need it.

Your Turn / Re: Early Retirement
« on: October 19, 2021, 05:09:25 PM »
Seems to me there’s a social security benefit to working until 70, ...

There is, but I did a little back-of-the-envelope breakeven calculation that showed me I'd have to live into my 80s before the wait would start to pay off. I hope to live that long but collecting SocSec before retirement allowed me to pay off our mortgage early, so I'm okay with that decision.

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