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  1. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_i...

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3539889
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    Poll: Why the cells had to have come from an abortion...

    Why the cells had to have come from an abortion in the Netherlands isn't entirely clear to me...?

    And there are far worse things that the research profession has done beyond obtaining fetal tissue...
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    Honestly it's just a way to build basic baseball...

    Honestly it's just a way to build basic baseball skills, like throwing/catching, basic rules of baserunning, and swinging a bat. And a nice way for 6 year olds to spend an hour each weekend in a team...
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    Poll: The exact source is unclear. Likely an aborted...

    The exact source is unclear. Likely an aborted fetus, unknown parentage and circumstances. It's a bit of a red herring though, huge parts of biotech use HEK variants because they're so easy to...
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    I'm taking some awfully boring legally required...

    I'm taking some awfully boring legally required training about chemical hazards and learned that my state has actual regulations about how to compute time. Yes, that's right, my state government...
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    I just got an email from the coach/parent of my...

    I just got an email from the coach/parent of my daughter's T-ball team this summer. I thought his name was vaguely familiar so I looked him up. Turns out he's an MD/PhD professor at Harvard who was...
  7. Thread: covid-19

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    Dose 1 of Pfizer/BioNTech administered just now....

    Dose 1 of Pfizer/BioNTech administered just now. I must admit I actually got a little emotional.

    Mass vaccination was done pretty smoothly, looks like they have worked out a lot of the kinks. The...
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    I hire 2-4 people a year, typically from...

    I hire 2-4 people a year, typically from screening CVs all the way through interviews and reference checks. I am also involved in the screening and interviewing of several more employees each year,...
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    The eligibility is also pretty narrow in other...

    The eligibility is also pretty narrow in other ways and not likely to affect most black residents. I lived in Evanston for a few years, and while it's relatively diverse by the numbers, most of the...
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    Let's follow the bouncing ball: You claimed I...

    Let's follow the bouncing ball: You claimed I needed $5 million to retire, and suggested that getting from today to retirement with $5 million would be fraught with uncertainty despite my best laid...
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    I was talking about a plan to reach a given size...

    I was talking about a plan to reach a given size nest egg, not whether the planned nest egg size was adequate. Yes, long term care is a big issue that doesn't have a good solution yet (LTC insurance...
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    Right, but that question was directly based on...

    Right, but that question was directly based on your earlier elaboration of why you don't like holding stocks in your IRA. Whatever, this isn't meant to be a gotcha, it's your money to do with as you...
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    I find the juxtaposition of these two points to...

    I find the juxtaposition of these two points to be... puzzling. Retirement funds aren't meant to be day traded, but drawn down in a boring and predictable manner (even better if you can just pull out...
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    Oh, sure, as I get older I'll drop my exposure...

    Oh, sure, as I get older I'll drop my exposure but even so I'd still have a 25-50% exposure to stocks...
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    I'd prefer real returns of 3-5%, but maybe that's...

    I'd prefer real returns of 3-5%, but maybe that's just me.
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    Long run inflation is about 3%, though in the...

    Long run inflation is about 3%, though in the post-2008 world it's been more like 1.5-2% most of the time. I doubt you're going to get sustained CD rates much better than inflation for a very long...
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    I think you should continue to assume that CD...

    I think you should continue to assume that CD rates will be near or below inflation for the foreseeable future. Small changes like this are not going to materially affect the secular environment,...
  18. Thread: covid-19

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    RB, while it's entirely possible that the pause...

    RB, while it's entirely possible that the pause in vaccinations was unwarranted by the evidence (I frankly have not seen the evidence and am likely not qualified to evaluate the clinical outcomes...
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    I think her age certainly factored into the story...

    I think her age certainly factored into the story in two ways: first, she had a long tenure at TJs (over 15 years?), something a 20-something wouldn't have. Second, her current job prospects are...
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    Kia is certainly on the list. My sister has a...

    Kia is certainly on the list. My sister has a Sorento I think? She seems to think it's fine. The Telluride seems pretty big/not very fuel efficient to my eyes (I'm used to driving compacts) but that...
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    Forgiveness and consequences

    There's a interesting little story that has cropped up in my neighborhood in the last few days. It revolves around a 77 year old woman who worked in the overcrowded Trader Joe's in the center of our...
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    If you want to recommend something, I'm all ears....

    If you want to recommend something, I'm all ears.

    - No set budget but I don't believe in overpaying for depreciating assets, so no Teslas or other luxury cars. I imagine I'd feel uncomfortable at...
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    I suspect I'm going to need to buy a car this...

    I suspect I'm going to need to buy a car this weekend, my current 16-year old one is on its last legs without another $4k of cash to patch it up. I'm bummed less from the money side of things (it...
  24. Thread: covid-19

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    I hope this ages well (emphasis added). I do...

    I hope this ages well (emphasis added). I do recall your confident predictions about Valentine's, though.
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    I am frequently shocked at how ostensibly...

    I am frequently shocked at how ostensibly intelligent people have trouble understanding vaccinations. I recently heard from a relative who was publicly discussing how she was so happy she would be...
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