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About buckmaster

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    money management
  1. I am only a part time piney.... unfortunately I have the chiggers to prove it.
  2. There is nothing wrong with eating fish and pregnancy, it is one of the rare examples where common sense and science are actually on a parallel course. Mercury is a neurotoxin and you are most at risk when your nervous system is developing. Mercury concentrates as it goes up the predatory food chain, in size and age of fish. Bigger fish get the mercury of all the little fish they have eaten. So the obvious large pelagics like swords, tuna are generally on the no go list...(i believe the fda says you can max out at 6 ounces light tuna a week) Tilefish although not a pelagic is one of the worst. Bleeding fish does not help at all, since most heavy metals like mercury will end up in areas of the fish with higher soluble fat content...like the belly, belly fat and the "dark" lateral meat in a sword or tuna, or member of the mackerel family. When they take samples they basically put the fish in the blender and check total mercury content for guidelines...so there are ways to reduce your exposure since the vast majority of mercury will be in fat or organs. From spanish macks to small amounts of tuna to bluefish, same deal....select younger fish...fillet out all dark meat, no meat from core...and definitely no belly meat. No Toro...no giant bluefin etc. That is the plan we used with our 4 kids, so far so good, my oldest just got a 1570 on his SAT's. Raw is a separate question...I would have no real issue eating raw members of the mackerel family...using the small quantities and guidelines above...I would NOT eat salmon or any freshwater fish raw when pregnant. I probably would not eat any farm raised fish either, which we don't do preggo or not. If you get any parasite.,..there is just about nothing you can take while pregnant to get rid of it. My wife got a parasite in India while we were on a business trip.,..she was 4 months pregnant. Couldn't take anything...puked and crapped for the next 2 months...while trying to maintain nutrition for the baby. All worked out well she is a happy smart athletic 14 year old...may be anecdotal but she is the smallest kid in the family...same size as her 12 year old sister, 10 yr old brother and obviosly much smaller than her 6'5" 16 year old big bro.
  3. Looks good..that has a glass of knob creek in my seat at the theater written all over it. Not enough out there regarding WWI...as a kid I grew up with WWII stories from my grandfather...then jungle stories in Cambodia and Vietnam from my dad...but my great grandfather had died before I was born so no WWI stories. Only thing I have from him is his 1903 service rifle from WWI and a letter of exemption for WWI from the British Crown to the US due to acts of heroism fighting on behalf of the British during the Boer Wars in Africa. That being said he went and fought anyway in his 30's..just like my Grandfather Angus left grad school and hit the beach at Normandy at age 32. I am the first child in at least 4 generations in my family that met his father before the age of six because they were away at war somewhere. If my dad didn't break his pelvis and lower vertebrae in a parachute jump, it probably would have been the same for me.
  4. This is not investment advice...for a disclaimer. But I cannot think of a bullish thesis for investing in orphan drugs, speaking as a neuroscientist in my first professional life and a professional investor for the 2nd. The mindset is poor. You are targeting orphan diseases for a bunch of reasons all of which are negative. You are targeting small indications because you don't have the resources to compete in larger and more profitable indications...or because they are deemed not worth the effort by better biotech and big pharma companies,leaving you with relying on uber premium pricing which is not guaranteed, always receives pushback, even if you are successful which is less than a 10% chance on average. A focus on orphan indications usually speaks toward your research department and the quality of hires you have IMO...unless it is due to some personal connection to a cause or altruism the best and brightest do not work on orphan indications which means you are building a company and research platform on the academic equivalent of the Jets 2nd team on the field during a pre -season game. The rare exception would be using an orphan indication to provide proof of concept for a technology platform, which could be applied to a real market. Therefore it is really a technology platform you are investing in, not a true orphan designation....notable example I was an early investor in Spark Therapeutics, (ONCE) I wasn't an investor in an orphan indication within pediatric blindness, which was a miracle btw, but I was an investor in a gene therapy platform, and eventually Roche saw the great potential value in said technology.
  5. Porque? It comprises a good portion of my business...specialty pharma and biotech would be a more accurate description....orphan pharma, as in orphan indications as defined by the FDA, is low hanging fruit for bad ideas in my experience, with very limited exceptions.
  6. "we are looking to add value to portfolios without relying on appreciation" ---Lauren Goodwin , Chief Strategist New York Life That little gem just came out of her mouth on CNBC...god help those relying on bulge bracket advice
  7. I liked Tred...as I am generally fond of traditional archers...although he is the only one who had a theme song referring to himself as the man. Met him with my wife at the Southhampton Brewery...I believe it has a new name but it is the right at the gas station if you are going east on 27. Later we passed him in his white pick up truck and he was animated yelling at someone waving his hands around while driving. (pre-stroke) Anyway there were two episodes I enjoyed a great deal. 1. Woodland caribou in Newfoundland with a long bow...he was hunting in a 30mph cross wind...he must have launched 25 arrows in that episode some of which blew 5 feet or more off target. 2. Grizzly with a longbow was fun as well.
  8. This deserves a bump today.
  9. Hey Jim, sorry to hear...I also am in the midst of deciding if it is really psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis since I have never had the traditional skin plaques of the former. That being said it sounds like you are not getting the care you deserve, to the point of quackery early on in your journey. My suggestion would be take the ride up to NYC and go to the HSS, Hospital for Special Surgery, they have a program where your rheumatologist and orthopedist working together in the same practice, or like my Dr. which is both. I get the fatigue, hands, shoulder , knees...but the worst for me is hips, then back. Unlike my first Dr. who rote me a script for Otezla before my blood work even came back, they are laying off the meds now and assuming I can deal with the pain, monitoring my joints for progression of damage over time, until we have to do something more. One note which I hope they explained to you...you have taken a ton of antibiotics as of late....fluoroquinilone class drugs, of which Cipro is one, have tendon and ligament inflammation and weakening as a relatively common side affect. I know two people who have torn their achilles shortly after treatment. Somthing to keep in mind.
  10. That line and "how would you like to come over and mow my lawn" are in my top ten from that movie. I think I may have actually broken more glass tiles than the little mop ones...I figured I was not changing the blade frequently enough and it was getting dull, but it was only the second time I had done this so I really had no clue.
  11. Quit your whining Spalding...its not that bad to work with. I put in a mother of pearl inlay in a 2'ft by 2ft' square into grey glass tile over my stove...honestly it wasn t much harder to cut than the glass tile...and I am a non professional hack. Plus I have a discount saw. It looks great...well worth the effort...I will see if I can find a picture.
  12. We were just having this discussion Saturday night with friends at dinner. I grew up in Bergen County...my wife Mississippi Delta then Texas. In summary we love where we live, didn't appreciate it when I was younger...but moved back to my home town just like a Bruce Springsteen song as my wife likes to point out. The NE most town in NJ/ Bergen County The Bull Case: 1. no crime, no lock on the doors most of the time 2. great neighbors, multi generational 3. tier one schools for my kids that go to the public school, and withing walking distance 4. beautiful neighborhood, open space...plenty of room to run and train my hunting dogs, kids ride horses 5. great restaurants within 10 minutes at most, great food stuffs 6. great commute via ferry to nyc 7. 2 hours NW to our farm in Upstate NY / 2 hours S to our beach house Bear Case: 1. Cost of living, super high taxes, property values and general NJ high costs 2. Increasing number of liberal NYC folk doing their best to come and ruin the area 3. NJ gun laws
  13. Can we point out the most likely scenario...you are roofied and *ssraped. Or you were sober, enjoyed it, and are using the sleep paralysis nightmare to deal with the shame of your guilty pleasure. Clearly the most likely scenario.
  14. For those of you in S NJ .... I have encountered timber rattlers every weekend running dogs in the morning before it gets too hot. One of the puppies wanted to play with this guy who was not happy... rattling and coiled keep an eye out... their mating season is almost over so they move around a lot less in the near future.
  15. thought about it and will revise list....#4 is now George H.W. Bush...Fred Bear goes down to #5 and Ted gets the boot