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Davidson Deac II

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#2864700 The downsides of being rich

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 25 July 2014 - 04:54 PM

I once got a million out of a ATM.  Felt good, even if it was 1 million Turkish Lira which was only worth about 20 dollars. 




#2864165 Vladimir Putin

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 25 July 2014 - 09:03 AM

Not necessarily on Russia taking up the reigns. But, I do believe that the American empire is nearing its fall. I don't believe the USA will itself cease to exist, but it will look very different.

Any empire can only get so big, so complicated, and so corrupt before the chinks in the armor begin to show.

 

In a hundred years, most nations will look different.  Its not a matter of corruption or complexity or anything like that.  Its just the nature of things. The only constant is change. 




#2862989 The downsides of being rich

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 24 July 2014 - 10:48 AM

Fwiw, if they had invested in the market in 2009 and left the money in, and continued to invest, they would have made a lot of money.  Most of the people who lost money when it went down were those who pulled their money out. 




#2862860 The downsides of being rich

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 24 July 2014 - 09:32 AM

it's interesting to see different perspectives on rich vs not, and I mean that honestly.  In another thread there was a brief discussion on if $400k a year makes someone rich. I think so, though not rich in the way that they have no cares about money at all.

 

Did the guy you're referring to have a family?  It can be hard to save large amounts of money with a family.

 

No he didn't have a family, which is why I say the choices one makes in life can make one rich.  I would rather have the family. 

 

While I don't think of myself as rich, if things continue as they have, I could be to the point that I consider myself rich in 8-10 years assuming that I live that long.  My definition of rich would be having my house paid for, being mostly debt free, and having half a million or so in various investments.  That is probably not the definition of rich that most people have though. 




#2862035 Malaysian airlines lost contact with another Jet

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 23 July 2014 - 01:52 PM

I'm sure it was a mistake. My issue with Russia's involvement isn't about placing blame for deliberately shooting the airliner down.. The issue is more the recklessness of giving such firepower to a group of rebels embroiled in a civil war

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Yep.

 

Lots of people complained about us giving stingers to the Mujahedeen, but a stinger can't really take down an airliner except at takeoff if the shooter is in the right position.  As they showed, these things can take down an airliner with ease.   




#2861929 The downsides of being rich

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 23 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

I think that to be happy and wealthy requires that the wealthy person ensure they do something meaningful with their lives.  Whether they do so by working hard in the family business, or in a charity or some other way of keeping focus doesn't really matter, but just sitting back and doing nothing of value all day would be depressing. 




#2861218 With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Decl...

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 22 July 2014 - 05:38 PM

So does anyone else purchase bottled water?

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You mean the water that some company gets from a tap and puts into a bottle and calls it bottled water so that people will pay a lot for something they can get much cheaper out of their own taps?  :) 




#2858849 Cold War II

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 20 July 2014 - 01:15 PM

Consider that you go and dig out all Russian anti threads I started recently and I literally have no idea who the fug are you. I have hard time believe you not affiliated with Russia in any way.
 

 

My guess is a second username/account created by someone here just to play contrarian




#2858802 Have a feeling we're on a verge of WWIII.

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 20 July 2014 - 12:09 PM

Our nuclear subs strategically spread throughout the world is our biggest advantage


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That and our logistical capability, as well as our 100 plus years of experience at operating at sea for long periods of time.  The Chinese occasionally practice refueling and resupplying at sea.  We do it on a daily basis as part of normal operations.  Our Pacific fleet has greater logistical capability than the entire Chinese and Russian fleets combined.   If you send a fleet on a longterm deployment, you have to feed the crew, fuel and refuel, keep fresh ammunition supplies etc.  We have the logistical ships and network of bases to do this.  Neither the Chinese nor the Russians do.  The Chinese could eventually become a conventional threat to the US, but right now, they are not. 

 

 

And quite honestly, becoming a global superpower and being a conventional threat to the United States is not really a goal of the Chinese at this point, at least in terms of their Navy.  They want to be a regional Naval power, and be able to defeat the US Navy in the South China sea and perhaps eventually a little further out in an area such as the Spratley Islands.  This is not something they could do right now, but its certainly an attainable goal if they continue to modernize while the US fleet continues to shrink. 




#2858653 Have a feeling we're on a verge of WWIII.

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 20 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

Geez, every year someone in the tinderbox predicts world war III is right around the doorstep, and every year they are wrong.  Same is true this year.  We aren't close to World War III.  We were far closer in the 50's and 60's than we are today.  The Chinese and Russians aren't going to ally anytime soon.

They may not like us, but they aren't fond of each other either. 

 

China is not a conventional threat to the US.  They don't have a tenth of the logistical infrastructure they would need to threaten the United States.  Their Navy wouldn't last more than a few months against ours, and they know this.  Our subs would have a field day against their surface fleet if they tried to move it out of the South China Sea. 




#2857286 NYPD kill a man after placing him in a chokehold

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 18 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

Unfortunately, these videos rarely capture the whole story.  That one seemed to start in the middle of whatever the event was. 




#2857277 Malaysian airlines lost contact with another Jet

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 18 July 2014 - 05:32 PM

Imo, letting these insurgents have something like an SA11 is an insane act by the Russian government.  Unless these are just Russian soldiers pretending to be insurgents.  Its hard enough to keep terrorist from stealing these weapons from military organizations.  Give them to an irregular force, and who knows who the weapons might be sold to.  They could be used against us, or even against Russia if they fall into hands of Chechens or Georgians.

 

It would be akin to us giving Patriot Missiles to the rebels in Syria. 




#2856897 Malaysian airlines lost contact with another Jet

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 18 July 2014 - 12:11 PM

Maybe I am ignorant but what real benefit does finding the "black box" have in a situation like this? If they know the plane was shot down, what else will the black box tell them?

 

Good question.

 

I guess that they would want to completely eliminate the possibility that it was something else, some kind of accident.  But basically, its just standard procedure. 




#2856858 Obama power grab greatest threat to constitution in US history

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 18 July 2014 - 11:56 AM

Sorry if its already been said, but I am fairly certain that the biggest threat to our constitution and our nation in our history was the Civil War.  Anything else is just hyperbole.

 

That being said, some of the things Obama does are a little unsettling, but then so is the complete lack of willingness to compromise that the other side is showing.  I am beginning to think we might have been better off with a parliamentary system such as the Brits have.




#2856595 Malaysian airlines lost contact with another Jet

Posted by Davidson Deac II on 18 July 2014 - 09:40 AM

You would think the company would be smarter and so far only one plane shot down. Evidently others are aware of the situation. Right now the hot zone is Ukraine and like you said there are others but a warning for months should never be taken lightly.

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And Chechnya, and Syria, and Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Those are the ones off the top of my head that are hot zones right now and lay along a potential route to Malaysia.  There probably aren't to many weapons in Afghanistan right now that could take down an airliner at altitude, but its not completely outside the realm of possibility. 






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