On Time Link Love


One of us is traveling and the other one is busy, so we’re likely missing any and all important links from Thursday and Friday.

Here’s an educator pledge that a former student asked me to sign.

If you vote by mail in Florida it is 10x more likely that your vote won’t count

Ted Cruz sent fundraising letters pretending to be legal summons.  This is not illegal.

Fake News and Advertising on Social Media:  A study of the anti-vaxx movement

Trump Administration releases new rules allowing states to remove the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions.  I’m finding that none of my students, even graduate students, know what a world without this requirement was like.  They are USED to being able to get health insurance. (#2 says: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  I remember pre-existing conditions not being covered.  This is relevant to me and to my family.)

Should you trust Republicans or Democrats on health care?  The answer may not surprise you.

The University of Tulsa wants to learn about your reactions to the media coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. If you are in the U.S., please complete this short, anonymous survey to help us better understand the effects of the nomination and its news coverage.

More on universal basic income

Selling shares beats collecting dividends

BS asymmetry principle

Writing post-cards you find out about some interesting places.  Check out the street names in this subdivision.

Remember that if you’re in line by the time the polls close, they have to let you vote!

Finally… BOO. (Nerd joke alert)

Times are spooky, Grumpeteers!

6 Responses to “On Time Link Love”

  1. rose Says:

    Thank you for posting yesterday and today about the ‘changes’ seen if straight Dem was selected. Passed the info on to people I know in states you mentioned. Fingers crossed.
    Thank you also for showing the long lines of voters waiting to cast ballots.

  2. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I voted! There were people at the voting place, unlike usual. AND they’d run out of “I Voted” stickers because they weren’t expecting so much turnout.

  3. Debbie M Says:

    Thanks for the shares vs. dividends link. My main dividend stocks are in my taxable account, which sounds stupid. But then I realized that since I’m in the 15% marginal tax bracket and my state doesn’t have income taxes, I don’t get taxed on that, which is why I put them there. Very interesting that the math is all different for a huge percentage of my friends. And may be different for me if I marry someone with a decent income.

    Reading the article did lead me to think of an idea for something I might want to change, though. This year I earned just enough in part-time temp jobs to max out a Roth IRA contribution. (Though I didn’t actually take home that much after taxes.) I kind of want to keep that money, and I kind of want to invest it all. Maybe I’ll convert some of my taxable investments to Roth.

    Meanwhile, most of my investments are in index funds, mostly with low dividends (except the REIT). I still like the idea of having regular dividends that vary less with the economic cycles than stock prices do, though of course during recessions, it’s best to re-invest those dividends at bargain prices if you can.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Yep, dividends are great if you don’t have to pay taxes on them!

      (I’m still missing my PG&E dividends… perhaps they will come back some year.)

      • Debbie M Says:

        The author does have a good point about the flexibility of stock selling versus dividend collecting. But then with dividends, not having a choice about when and how much means no decisions to make, which is also nice!

  4. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    My dividend stocks are all in my taxable brokerage unfortunately and unless I want to take the hit on taxes for their gains (I don’t, yet), that’s where they’re staying. I keep thinking over whether I want to unload them and go entirely to index funds or not.

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