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    Yesterday, 06:21 AM
    Amazon is selling routes, FYI. Rather, territories to handle deliveries (they're trying to put together a private entity for moving product that has Amazon at it's center). It wasn't much to buy one....I think a truck and $30k liquid assets, as well as being flown to their Corp HQ (think it was Seattle?) for something of an "interview" before full steam ahead. Honestly, what you're talking is relatively easy to get off the ground. The cheapest being find some Chinese products to import, insure there is enough process involved to claim made in the USA, and sell them online through a shell LLC. That does require handling some storage and shipping on this end, but that also allows you to insure all packaging and markings are yours'. But, you could use the container as your warehouse until it was empty and then return. I used to sell massage chairs like that (I was selling exact copies of $4k chairs here for $400) and a 20ft container and BNSF rail to Memphis was just a few grand. Sure people could get your product from a China dealer via Amazon for a bit cheaper, but as long as the markup was modest and not crazy....people would pay it partly for the Made in USA claim, but more so for expediency since instead of 30 to 40 days delivery your product was 2 to 5. Another way is something I'm actually going to look into, as I have several strong contacts in the manufacturing world, but never thought about it until your post. But the main one I'm going to look into is medical equipment, as my uncle runs my dad's old lift chair manufacturing facility in MS (Med-Lift) because I know the productions costs and what I can get certain things built for.
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    07-22-2019, 09:18 PM
    lol...I'm in no way doubting you. I watched my wife deal with a night waiting for the am to go to the dentist with a nerve exposed and her swishing tequilla so much she blistered her mouth trying to keep it numb.
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    07-22-2019, 09:11 PM
    Well..... At those prices, and reselling at like $2 per gallon to every gas station I could find to work in the dark with me (or some entity with massive vehicle groups), we could squeeze out close to $1500 net after freight (using a base 64 drum load on a 40 ft trailer). Figure 6 or 7 trailers before it was in the black and self sustaining.... It'd definitely be a volume run. Course....any real money in sales is made that way, speaking to volume sales. Too many people want to pay off their Ferrari on one sale. Course....we'd be done as soon as that source price came up, so no reliable supplier....lol
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    07-22-2019, 08:55 PM
    I feel for you....a bad toothache is a special kind of misery. I suffered a dry socket once.....it's been a lot of years, but I remember I went through a 12 pill script of mepergan that day, and had 25 tylox (now there's an old ass pain killer that will date me) over the next two just to keep things bearable while it healed. I actually did tell the nurse when I went to the ER for my back when she asked me to describe my pain level that if they told me they couldn't do something and this was my life, that I'd shoot myself. LOL....while I meant that as purely a way to drive home what I was dealing with, that nurse went to my wife (whose an MD at the ER we went to) and told her she was concerned I was suicidal. The wife got a chuckle out of that and told her I was just making sure we were all eye to eye because I wanted IV pain drugs ASAP.
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    07-22-2019, 07:43 PM
    lol......man, I was already looking into how many pounds max Fed Ex and UPS would ship per package (even thinking about straight up trucking costs for a trailer), and how much I'd have to spend to wind up coming out on top in a way to justify costs We was about to find us a way to start a gasoline delivery service
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    07-22-2019, 07:39 PM
    A funny story to give you an idea of how "less" opiates affect people on my father's side..... My grandfather, who was a TEE-TOTAL'ER and did NOT drink, would make exception for the dentist. He would go buy a fifth of Jim Beam, sit in the waiting room (in a dry county...lol), and start pounding that bottle. Luckily, the dentist was a family friend who liked to quail hunt with our family...so he'd have a room set up and kept empty on those days all set up for whatever they had to do, and then the second my granddaddy told the receptionist he was ready, he'd stagger to that chair and the dentist would get it over with fast as he could. People were shocked at my tolerance (I can take 3mg of Dilaudid in an IV, and walk around and talk completely fine), but my granddaddy.....locals didn't affect him at all. They'd give him almost 75% pure gas and it was like he was breathing mountain air. LOL.....they tried morphine once, and the doctor finally quit saying he'd already reached what would be fatal levels for most people and my granddaddy didn't feel it. Edit: Oh, opiates aren't a downer for me. If I take 60mg or so, you'd SWEAR I was on uppers. I'm super energetic, sweating, talkative and uber friendly
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    07-22-2019, 06:16 PM
    He could look a lot more heartless. First thing I asked when I first heard about the fund was, "Don't those people already have pensions and medical plans paid for by taxpayers?"
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    07-22-2019, 06:13 PM
    LOL....lucky fkr Where we live in Alabama (about 80 miles north of Panama City, FL) I think it's $2.30 for gas, and $2.50 for diesel
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    07-22-2019, 06:10 PM
    I think it's education. Less people are taking opiates and mixing them with things like xanax now. If you take out heroin overdoses and (what's supposed to be hospice) drugs like fentanyl, every "pain pill overdose" will be due to a combination of another drug they took with it.
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    07-22-2019, 06:08 PM
    I ruptured my discs at L4 and L5 (BADLY) which lead to severe nerve impingement against my sciatic nerve, causing the nerve to grow into the vertebrae. Unlike most people's story of their sciatic pain, mine was a pain level of 10 24/7 that had me taking 100mgs of hydrocodone with whiskey just hoping to get an hour of sleep (I went three days at the end where I couldn't sleep from pain, and all the "rest" I got was passing out from exhaustion for a few minutes here and there). I tell people I thought I knew what pain was until that adventure. Eating a bullet started to get REAL appetizing to me. I was just after an epidural and waiting for my doctor appointment when I got "lucky" and collapsed in the bedroom unable to walk, which lead to an ER trip and MRI, which shipped me that night for emergency neurosurgery. I take 20mg just to get out of bed now (it's 6 years since my surgery and they only fixed the nerve impingement as my discs are still seriously herniated from the damage) , and after some basic yard work take 50mg to 60mg. It's a combination between pain and simple tolerance (as well as some metabolic genes that makes people in my family less prone to opiods.) but, as you're alluding to, while a lot of people who simply don't know might think I had to be a pain pill junkie that's completely untrue.
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    07-22-2019, 05:44 PM
    Where do you live that has unleaded at $1.50 per gallon?
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    07-13-2019, 07:43 AM
    First off.....do know how many American prisoners in private prisons work for .20 cents an hour performing some form of labor or assembly that the prison insourced? It's a lot. Not defending it.....but the point you're making isn't so cut and dried. Secondly, lol...no, the managers of Chinese companies do not have military ranks. Thirdly, the prisons independently advertise themselves to companies looking for a contract....just like our private prisons do. While the Chinese government (and most of it's people) support them working, any contracts are between the prison officials and the companies. And lastly, it's honestly something of a recent phenomenon due to them needing cheap labor since their middle class has grown so much over the past couple of decades.
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    07-13-2019, 06:37 AM
    Can you elaborate on this please? I ask because I saw you use the phrase the other day regarding China "dumping goods into the US, killing the markets". I'm paraphrasing, but the term "dumping" is verbatim. I'm familiar with the practice of predatory pricing and it's applications, but China is in no way guilty of that. So what do you mean when you say China is dumping goods into our market and killing millions of jobs? I'm asking because if I'm right in how I think you mean it, you're saying they flooded our market with more affordable options that US manufacturers couldn't match and that's somehow unfair. If some offbrand sneaker starts selling their shoes to as many people as they can, are they acting malicious towards Nike? Understand....I'm not trying to dog on you or anything, but you seem to have to key misconceptions about the import/export world, the manufacturing world, and how those two to apply to what becomes marketing strategy within the retail world. A company based in the northern US could use your claim against a competing company based in the southern US (where cost of living, hence labor costs are cheaper) because they couldn't compete with them. Or a company based in a heavily unionized state could complain about a competitor in a right to work state. Unless you support things like price controls and mandates on what things have to be sold for? Which would be the only way to get close to the "fairness" you seem to want. Still...even that wouldn't help in the long run though, because we're back to the fact Americans want things for as cheap as they can....and that applies to workers as well. 75% of all those lost manufacturing jobs fell to automation, not another entity. Why pay the ungodly costs it takes for an employee after you factor in his wages, training, work time lost due to breaks and vaca and sickness, and all the little tax load he brings for things like insurance........when you can simply have a bot installed that is running in the black inside of 6 months? If you're job has repetitive tasks or basic analytics....I could plant a FANUC bot there tomorrow and you'd be out of work.
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    07-13-2019, 02:18 AM
    Sweet Christ the comments there.....so much ignorance about.....everything.
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    07-11-2019, 11:09 PM
    The issue with that thinking is twofold. First in that China can outlast the US economically speaking due to them being a Communist government and controlled economy, and can manipulate their currency as they see fit. True there are consequences for that, but it's still an option. Not to mention that the more pressure put on the Chinese economy, the more pressure it puts on the US economy. Secondly, is the fact that China is EXTREMELY competitive. True, they subsidize markets...but what do you think we do? Don't get caught up in the "We're #1!" mentality to the point you you forget our weaknesses as well. That's because US manufacturing was a global supplier since most other industry logistics were destroyed during WWII, the state of China at the time, and culminated with Nixon taking the US off the gold standard so he could print money left and right to fund the Vietnam war. Nixon's trade deal with China was paramount for him to go full fiat. I'm not sure of your professional background, but I have a heavy one in the manufacturing industry (and I don't mean a line worker), and I can absolutely assure you that you'd see HUGE increases in cost if we went full made in American products. I've seen CNC shops closed down because you could import a fully completed brake drum for less than you could buy a raw casting to make your own.
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    07-11-2019, 10:30 PM
    That's the rub....there is no way for an American company to compete with a foreign nation who can import goods with cheaper production costs. People get mad at companies moving facilities overseas, but they're legally obligated to share holders to turn maximum profits. It's magnified with a nation like China since geographically, they are basically the middle hub for materials. Basically, if you took a product made in China and moved all that assembly to the US at the same labor cost as it was in China....you'd still be far more expensive due to your costs on transporting materials from global locations. This is why China and the US have been fighting like two boy dogs over influence in Africa...labor costs. The US doing it looking for a Chinese alternative, the Chinese doing it as they are seeing their middle class increase to the point where they're having a hard time filling those low labor cost positions. China is winning that battle, by the way. I will say that while I fully understand people's want for a US solely based production of goods (and I like it because it'd solve a lot of unintended consequences we deal with from it), but if we had that tomorrow....our economy would crash the day after. Or worse, we'd have major riots since a lot of paycheck to paycheck families simply couldn't afford to live anymore. It's why I take issue with the way Trump is addressing it, as it won't address root cause, and will simply make it worse. If we're to fix it....we're going to have to take some bad medicine as a nation and grin through it.
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    07-11-2019, 10:14 PM
    This short 10 min video breaks down US (and other nations) foreign policy mistakes and misunderstandings using Game Theory. I was introduced to game theory when I worked for AL-KO Kober, an international company who had major CNC metal working plants in the US, but I'd never had it presented in relation to geo-politics. If you're not familiar, or even if you are, it's worth a few mins of your time....it'll really put things into a logical structure in your head of "Dos and Don'ts"
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    07-11-2019, 10:07 PM
    This is one of the financial institutions I've made reference to over the past couple of years as a plausible trigger point I'm watching. They apparently have some investigations going on now as well, since they apparently reported profits of less than $270 million in 2018....when there is no way a bank that big only made that amount of money. Their derivative exposure is something like $45 to $50 trillion globally, FYI. Curiously......since this announcement, JP Morgan and another large institution whose name I can't remember atm put out red flag warnings over global economic health concerns.
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    07-11-2019, 10:01 PM
    A fairly common treatment for patients testing positive for flu in certain risk groups is zithromax (z-pac), as a hedge against bacterial pneumonia. Don't forget....more times than not, it's not the flu itself that kills you...it's the secondary conditions.
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    07-07-2019, 06:49 PM
    Actually, I know tons of doctors that counsel their patients on foods and spices regarding forms of natural approaches. And right now, there are several studies into curcumin ongoing. That's also why I know that the original author of the OP article that was shared (Sayer Ji) is stupid, dishonest, or both concerning his "database of studies". Yes, curcumin is something that has a lot of potential to do a lot of good. But it has something holding it back.....it's molecular structure. Because curcumin has negligible bioavailability since it is absorbed so fast in the body and cycled. Now some people will say just eat tumeric whole as the oils will slow absorption, but that's not how it works. Even if it were, after bioavailability comes the real hurdle...ability to pass the blood brain barrier, which curcumin can't. That's the ironic thing about the article, as he cites "insidious" plots in labs trying to genetically modify curcumin so they can patent it before they openly tell people about it, but that's horse shit. They are working in labs with it, true....but they're experimenting with adding different molecules to it to allow for both better bioavailability as well as for it to pass the blood brain barrier. And even if those efforts fail, it's pushing research into more areas looking for an answer. Granted....I'm speaking more to neurological than anything else. But that's because of current events. I've spoke several times about how Alzheimer has stricken several family members of mine, as well as my mother being diagnosed a couple of years ago. Well, she's now bedridden and wearing a diaper like an infant.....and the thought of dipshits like Sayer Ji giving false hope to some desperate family in a position as mine is right now....all so he can sell them his personally endorsed mega dose curcumin supplements gets my blood boiling.
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    07-07-2019, 05:15 PM
    LOL If only those EVIL BASTARDS would just write me a tumeric prescription so I could heal! Why aren't doctors prescribing tumeric? I'll wager because you don't need a prescription to buy it?
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    07-06-2019, 02:40 PM
    I'll bet you a coca-cola they lower the rate minimum 25 basis points come the 30th, and honestly.....50 points wouldn't surprise me. Mainly due to the markets already pricing in the cuts they expect (which I'm sure you know, is why the markets broke a 6 week losing streak and set it's new records). And I say they'll do that because if they don't cut the rate, Powell might as well wear a T-Shirt saying, "By the end of the year....50% interest rates, bitches!" as far as how the markets would react to it. I can really see them applying that logic, trying to maintain market levels with a rate cut this month....and then hint at market strength and other things over the next three or four to prepare the market for a reversal of the cut if not an increase on top of it trying to minimize the markets shedding 10% in a day. Basically not that I disagree with your assessment, but I can almost hear the closed door talks of how maintain the market's free money drunken rampage and tell them rates need to come up in the same breath. And if that's their play....then it has to be now, to allow time to push towards what the markets don't want to hear. More so since we've reached that point where even a layman just dipping their toes into understanding the mechanics of cause and effect of the markets and relation to economic health can tell this is an obvious managed market. The Dow, S&P, NASDAQ, Bond Market, Commodities......none are reacting to actions within the others how they should. There's going to be a lot of people get hurt really bad. I read a study the other day that found 1 in 4 households, households within what is considered middle class, are using credit cards to pay such debt as rent. That, and finding out our household combined debt in America is a staggering $9 trillion.....
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    07-06-2019, 04:49 AM
    Just donated to his campaign for city council in Philadelphia. Thanks for sharing!
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    07-06-2019, 04:17 AM
    Normal depends on health, but 60 to 100 is considered within normal ranges.
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    07-06-2019, 04:14 AM
    What? Come on man.....I'm really reaching my max with this 84D uber chess horse shit. Trump wants the rates lowered because we are in the beginnings of a recession, and it never works out historically for a sitting President's campaign to have the election year be amidst a recession. More so when you consider the EPIC levels of debt we're sitting on, both private and public sectors. Them popping will not be pretty.
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    06-29-2019, 08:47 AM
    Agree that it's not true, not 100%. That comes from them trying to simply introduce small amounts to trigger the immune system, which is why they want to give two doses and apparently are considering three. And yes, if you actually catch the measles, your immune system develops enough to where you don't get it again. The MMR vaccine is kind of like a "just in case" because even at low rates of deaths from measles, still sucks to be those 100+ families. Meaning, that's their logic with it.
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    06-29-2019, 08:40 AM
    Fred Flinstone and Greg Brady aside, measles killed around 120 Americans a year on average (not accounting for heavy outbreaks) and hospitalized 5,000 per year in intensive care. To be fair though, it wasn't measles itself causing this but rather complications with people from the measles...main culprits being pneumonia and swelling of the brain from the infection.
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    06-29-2019, 03:47 AM
    I can offer a little "local" (ish) insight to this as well as what most people are saying..... First, the grand jury didn't indict the shooter because she made serious effort to get away and avoid the physical conflict, but Jones was not having any of that. Second, a lot of people think this is political. Meaning, no one actually plans on sending Jones to jail (or even convicting her when all said and done) but rather use the case as a way to get some legal precedent established (and some media headwind) to in turn use to attempt to have Alabama's new strict anti-abortion laws rescinded.
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    06-28-2019, 06:39 PM
    Not if it's a mutated strain. But the chances of it being a mutated strain as the article in the OP suggests is highly unlikely. Of course, they say in it it's a possible fear only. How long a vaccine provides immunity and to what degree differs from person to person, and it seems that most of the people who contracted it only received one of the vaccine doses and not the second. By the way, the difference between an attenuated virus and a "wild" virus is that attenuated is just a fancy word for weakened. It's just enough to get your body's immune system to respond without actually contracting full blown measles, as measles can very much cause severe medical complications or death. And while vaccine shedding with the MMR vaccine is possible in theory, if it did it'd be a good thing as they are basically passing along the same attenuated virus. Basically, they'd be giving you a measles vaccine without the shot.
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