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  1. My doctor is a "on the one hand ..." guy about this - Swift aggressive medication ASAP is more likely to shut things down as thoroughly as possible, but the likelihood of actually having Lymes is low if you noticed and got the tick off promptly, AND repeatedly bombing your system with antibiotics can reduce their effectiveness for you if you get something like pneumonia, which can then deteriorate into a life or death problem. The middle path through this, at least for me, is thorough shower very night as a form of daily tick check - other bennies too like getting into bed clean - watching any tick bites for developments. So far so good, but I am really aware of how terrible Lyme's can be AND I have had friends die of pneumonia...
  2. Manhattan

    You can get LMB and panfish in some of the Central Park ponds.
  3. I think it is worth underscoring this point. A very big silver lining to the cloud of idiotic - whether clueless or insidious - public remarks
  4. genius
  5. oops -forgot the quoted part....
  6. ^^OMG I will say that I continue to enjoy this exchange but am having trouble believing that this is a serious question and not a troll. If it is a serious question, then there are some real gaps in understanding basic economics that are not going to be bridged in a fishing forum. ^^ correct There is a big difference between fiat money legally promulgated and backed by the full faith and credit of the government but not backed by any tangible commodity and counterfeit money - a quick google search would be useful if this is not self-evident
  7. Again, we can agree to disagree, but some of that representation of economic history seems tome to be doctrinaire tinfoil hat type mischaracterization. Creation and accumulation of capital is inextricable from lending and worrying about which came first bypasses the point that capital formation has been, on balance, a boon to humanity. Also, we've had a national bank on and off from the time of Hamilton until the Civil War, then continuously thereafter, with the Federal Reserve System established, I think, under Wilson. Its role has evolved ever since. Going to head back to work stuff, but I've enjoyed this. thanks.
  8. First of all, I am enjoying this exchange, so thank you. I guess I would say, if you believe that debt is slavery, then neither a borrower nor a lender be. But it is unarguable that the liberalization of lending practices starting a few hundred years ago led to the capital formation that led to the staggering advances in pretty much all aspects of material standard of living for humankind, including access to nutrition, education, and effective health care. So I would say that debt is actually the reverse of slavery in as much as it has directly and indirectly LIBERATED billions from the unfreedom of subsistence poverty.
  9. As someone who embraces Luther's notion of a priesthood of all believers, I support your right to any interpretation arrived at sincerely. I could be wrong, but I could not disagree with you more on this point. Human history is littered with catastrophic mistakes justified by people, some in earnest, some cynically, who have twisted scripture for their own secular and self-serving purposes.
  10. Both hilarious and disturbing. Paired with the GND and Omar's recent "some people/some things" 2020 is shaping up to be a landslide as long as Pres Trump doesn't do anything catastrophic.
  11. I know a little, not much about this - it's a Torah/OT concept - not remotely connected to Jesus's Sermon on the Mount, and, to my knowledge, not observed literally by anyone for over 1000 years.
  12. Back to the original questions, which are very much on my mind as a father of four and as a high school teacher: I was lucky enough that my parents paid for my tuition, room, and board (late 70s/early 80s). I had summer and term-time jobs for all my other expenses.I was actually offered a free ride to a "good" liberal arts college, but my folks thought it would be worth it to pay my way through a "great" university. And I was selfish enough to accept their generosity. At that time, my dad had a pretty good but by no means high-paying job, but it was a sacrifice my parents wanted to make so that I, unlike my dad, could get out of college without debt. I loved every second of college and things worked out pretty well work-wise in large part because of what I learned, who I met, and doors that opened (Wall Street), so I would have to say it was worth it. After a big career change back in the 90s, I have been a high school teacher for the past 20+ years, and that has added some perspective to the OP questions. I would have to say that I think it is probably foolhardy to go into debt for a college degree today. There is nothing wrong with community college and then two years of state U if you can't get the proverbially "full ride" somewhere. And I would imagine most potential employers would have more respect for the judgement of someone who chose this path rather than incur debt elsewhere. If your folks are knocking down major $$, maybe the 70k/year is worth their paying cash, maybe not. It depends on where you go - there is some signalling value to degrees from certain places - and on what you do while you are there. There is unlikely to be much monetary return on partying non-stop and/or majoring in something that ends in "Studies". Many middle class and upper middle class kids seem to go to college for social prestige reasons rather than intellectual curiosity or the economic value of the learning college offers.
  13. well...I respectfully disagree. Jesus is talking about breeches of ethical conduct and violations of others' moral rights, not voluntarily and mutually contracted monetary obligations. Neither sins nor trespasses is a perfect translation of the ancient Greek word used in the source of most translations of the New Testament into modern English, but both are way closer to the mark in modern English than debts.
  14. that is silly mis-translation - more accurate would be sins, transgressions, or trespasses
  15. or you might feel like you did your research and got a good price on what you care about and saved some dough by not paying for what you don't care as much about.