I have osteoarthritis

I am very depressed by this diagnosis of osteoarthritis.

You can see with red line a bone spur and also that the dark space between the ball of the hip joint on the left hip is gone on the right hip.

All of my leisure activities revolve around intense exercise – running, golf, climbing, etc. Golf I think especially is hard on my hip joint as the backswing involves pushing hard into the right hip while rotating around on it.
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Wealth Tax Instead of Income Tax

Why we need a wealth tax instead of an income tax… There is a huge difference between a hard working manager making $100k and an equally hard working owner with $10m in assets. I suggest dropping the income tax entirely, and tax wealth under $50k at 0%, $50k – $1m at 1%, $1m – 10m at 2%, $10m – $100m at 3%, $100m – $1b at 4%, and everything higher at 5%.… read more “Wealth Tax Instead of Income Tax”

Trump Never Made Any Money

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/as-a-businessman-trump-was-the-biggest-loser-of-all

It appears from all the evidence that Trump has never paid taxes. He has lost enormous sums of money starting in the eighties all the way till today. He has never had to pay taxes simply because he’s never made money. All of his claims about being a successful businessman are lies. he inherited massive wealth from his father and then lost a lot of it.… read more “Trump Never Made Any Money”

Key Improvements Needed for Capitalism

I think free trade and capitalism are amazing, but there are a few key improvements that are needed to correct some issues we’ve seen with the system:

  1. Money earned through democracy and capitalism needs to be reinvested into bringing more people in the world into freedom. Military intervention should be used to topple dictators or regimes that are unfree.
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Charles Schwab Acquiring TD Ameritrade Not Good

Note – I at first had this backwards… I am still opposed to acquisitions that reduce competition and harm consumers such as this though.

First TD Ameritrade acquired Scottrade and replaced that beloved platform with their usability nightmare.

Now Charles Schwab is acquiring TD Ameritrade.

Each time two companies merge, a competitor is removed from the market and services for all customers in that industry get worse.

The Economist – Shared Article ‘A world of walls’

The Economist | A world of walls https://www.economist.com/special-report/2019/11/16/to-make-the-world-richer-let-people-move?frsc=dg%7Ce
If everyone who wanted to migrate were able to do so, global gdp would double, estimates Michael Clemens of the Centre for Global Development, author of a forthcoming book, “The Walls of Nations”. No other policy change comes close to generating such colossal rewards. If there is $90 trillion a year up for grabs, you might think that policymakers would be feverishly devising ways to get a piece of it.read more “The Economist – Shared Article ‘A world of walls’”

Boomers Suck

If Boomers had had the courage and generosity of the generation that went through the Great Depression, fought WW2, and still issued forth the Marshall plan and invested to bring their hated enemies out of totalitarianism into the light of true democracy and freedom, we would not have the nightmare we have today where dictators are rising all over the planet and gaining influence.… read more “Boomers Suck”