Hip OA Research

I was diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis Tuesday. I have done tons of research and reading of studies since then. It is a degenerative disease, but there are things I can do to adjust. I can lose weight (I am now on a diet), I can change my exercise (reading on this now), I can take painkillers (no thanks), I might be able to get a hip brace (need to talk to doctors).… read more “Hip OA Research”

(Yonhap Interview) Go master Lee says he quits unable to win over AI Go players | Yonhap News Agency

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191127004800315

Interesting at two levels for me. I do think Superintelligent AI is actually here, probably still being held in secret. I think a lot of humans are going to want to quit when watching AI achieve splendid success beyond their wildest hopes.

And for me with my hip osteoarthritis, I feel a little like quitting at life.… read more “(Yonhap Interview) Go master Lee says he quits unable to win over AI Go players | Yonhap News Agency”

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’”