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    Using an IRA to invest in a privately held company?

    If you manage to find an IRA custodian willing to handle all the paperwork, they're going to charge a hefty fee that will likely be higher than the tax benefit. On top of that, what happens to your IRA when the company you're investing in gets sold, but you're too young to take penalty-free IRA...
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    Coronavirus Economic, Cultural, Political Ramifications

    That sounds like most jobs in the workplace!
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    Complaints of Donald Trump thread

    The US has the 3rd longest standing government (Iceland and England are ahead) in the world.
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    Complaints of Donald Trump thread

    Why do people not vote? I know younger people have lower voter turnout rates compared to older people, probably because they are apathetic. But younger people tend to vote Democrat. So who are all these non-voters who are going to suddenly start voting, and choose Trump when they do vote?
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    Food delivery apps can't make money

    What kind of idiot leaves their car running and walks away? It's like they deserve to have it stolen.
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    The HEROES ACT- COVID Relief Stimulus Package 2.0

    That $1,200 comes from the taxpayers i.e. the average joe. A rent freeze comes from the pockets of landlords, who are still on the hook to pay their mortgage, property taxes, upkeep, etc. How is that fair to the landlords? Most landlords are individuals renting a property or two, not major...
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    Resisting against coronavirus laws

    How often do people try to talk to you in the supermarket?
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    Donald Trump orders all churches "essential" and be opened immediately

    The Catholic church generally isn't on the forefront of anything, but they did make a major "technology" change in the 1960s. Before Vatican II, mass was always said in Latin, After Vatican II, it was OK to say it in the local language instead.
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    Thoughts on choosing a trade as a profession

    Certain trades (electrician and plumber in the US, I know that much) and you need to apprentice. The apprenticeship program is run by the local union, and they control how many apprentices they accept, so they can control the supply. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- it means wages are...
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    Criticisms of Coronavirus narrative and policy

    Who is "they"? I see all the data here and you can download more detailed per-day data on theirsite: https://covidtracking.com/data and they tweet about it also, including mentioning the daily changes: https://twitter.com/COVID19Tracking
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    Donald Trump orders all churches "essential" and be opened immediately

    The government does this all the time. They require you to wear a seatbelt. They require you to submit to security screening in order to fly. They require you to file taxes and provide supporting documentation, instead of just trusting that the amount you think you should pay is accurate.
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    Donald Trump orders all churches "essential" and be opened immediately

    I found this: Trump hasn't cited what legal authority he has to compel states to allow churches to open. I wonder why? There's no lack of lawyers in the Justice Department to explain this.
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    Dismissed from multiple jobs due to medical symptoms

    Lots of work from home jobs that require a basic skillset. You can work phone support (callcenter) for example. One hot new job just created in the last couple weeks is a contact tracer, and all that involves is calling people up and asking questions. Every state is hiring them and providing...
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    Complaints of Donald Trump thread

    The other benefit to voting is that there are local elections on the same ballot. Generally the school board isn't part of a vast conspiracy like some claim the presidential candidates are, but voting for the right candidate can help the community. For example, some school board candidates are...
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    Dismissed from multiple jobs due to medical symptoms

    Sounds like your employer is the temp agency, not the company they assigned you to. Did they pay you as a W-2 or a 1099? You may have a claim under ADA, but that will be tough unless you communicated the specific accommodations you required at the time you took the job. It may be a tough fight...
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    Coronavirus Economic, Cultural, Political Ramifications

    The stimulus check is $1,200/person. I wonder what kind of car they're buying with that kind of money.
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    Food delivery apps can't make money

    Wolt just raised 100mln euros the other day. Most of it was from existing VC funds (Iconiq Capital, Highland Europe, 83North, EQT Ventures) and then Goldman Sachs Growth Equity fund joined in too. I don't think Wolt is hijacking phone numbers (who orders on the phone anyway these days?), but I...
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    Criticisms of Coronavirus narrative and policy

    Most of what hospitals do has nothing to do with acute care beds and corona virus treatment. The hospital doesn't need the dermatologist team that does tummy tucks, and the orthopedic team helping people with a bad back, etc. My friend's mom has cancer and her local hospital even shut down the...
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    Criticisms of Coronavirus narrative and policy

    Many states with no income tax get their money other ways, like property taxes. Here's the property tax rates in each of those states: California: 0.77% Texas: 1.83% Florida: 0.98% New York: 1.68% In short, states always find some way to tax you to get their money. Sales taxes too...
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    Real estate decline 2020

    "Real estate" is quite broad. In my area (large US city), for residential sales of SFHs (single-family homes), there are currently more listings under contract than for sale. That's pretty much never happened, and that indicates there's high demand and insufficient inventory. One reason behind...
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