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Old 03-16-2006, 10:32 PM   #21
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C-T and REWahoo, you're right. I missed Vietnam. I was to young. I just looked up the numbers. We had 47,000 combat deaths in Vietnam. So far we have 2,520 in Iraq including the Brits and other allies not that it makes the situation in Iraq any better. For some reason though I do have a vivid memory of seeing the "body bag" count on the news one day in the 60s and suddenly realizing that a lot of people were dying.

Brewer, yes it does argue for RE, commodities and foreign stocks.

In the last four years I have increased my allocation to foreign stocks and gradually added REITS and some energy (I also accept the peak oil theories. I think that there is uncertainty is to when the peak will occur but there is only so much in the ground and once you use it it's gone.) and nat'l resources. Previously I didn't have any of the later three except in broad index funds. I'm at about 8% for them and now consider them a permanent part of my portfolio but have scaled back on further increases because of the recent run ups. I could see myself getting up to maybe 15-20% but probably not more than that. I still have a lot of US stock and probably always will. I don't change the mix by very much or very quickly. Not good enough at predicting the future for that.


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Re: Garrison K's Take on "The Current Occupant"
Old 03-17-2006, 06:02 AM   #22
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Anyone see the blurb that spending in Iraq and Afghanistan quagmires is expected to ramp up to almost $10 BILLION a month?

Oh, and he's a brown colored soldier, but I don't think its chocolate...

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(I have no problem discussing my misgivings with fellow countrymen, but I'll be damned if I will give a belligerant non-stakeholder the satisfaction. There are a few folks up here who won't give me a bad time. Not all Canadians are rude. )
The only person who tries to engage me on American politics professes to be a right-winger, and praises Bush. I tell him that I consider Bush an idiot and an embarassment, and that the main thing that I don't like about Prime Minister Koizumi is how hard he tries to kiss Bush's butt.

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Originally Posted by REWahoo!
Even worse if, like me, you were age 18-39 and didn't even have a chance to "play" the Lottery. The first drawing was December 1, 1969, five months after I received my notice to report for induction...
Since I have always tried to control my life (at least when I was young), when I was called for the draft, I was able to convince the medical examiners that I was a 4F, it helped that I was naturally "wacky". I guess my defective work gene began to act up when I was forced to apply for my 1st long term job in the army.

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