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This post is part 3 of 7 in a series entitled “When not to pay down your mortgage,” which outlines many scenarios where paying extra on your mortgage isn’t necessarily the best financial strategy. ——————————— As detailed in the previous post of this series, excess savings in your budget should not automatically be used to […]

This post is part 2 of 7 in a series entitled “When not to pay down your mortgage,” which outlines many scenarios where paying extra on your mortgage isn’t necessarily the best financial strategy. ——————————— For many years, making extra payments on your mortgage was generally viewed as an excellent investment.  If you want to […]

A few days back, the University of Sheffield published a press release concerning a set of mathematical formulas which could be used to create the “perfectly decorated” Christmas tree.  Since then, the story has been picked up by numerous gullible media outlets.  (Admittedly, few of these are major media sources, but a number are tech […]

Last year, I recalled the history of Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) and the enhanced meaning of that day after the death of the last U.S. veteran of the First World War.  This year, Florence Green, the last veteran from anywhere in the world, passed away at the age of 110.  I therefore revisit my […]

Would it surprise you to know that about half of the Supreme Court’s decisions this year were UNANIMOUS? Would it surprise you to know that when decisions aren’t unanimous, they frequently divide the justices into groups that don’t fit partisan stereotypes? To become a justice on the Supreme Court, you generally can’t just be a […]

This post is part 1 of 7 in a series entitled “When not to pay down your mortgage,” which outlines many scenarios where paying extra on your mortgage isn’t necessarily the best financial strategy. ——————————— Perhaps the least modeled but most important factor in considering mortgage payments is the long-term effect of inflation.  Many financial […]

A while back, I wrote about Peter Singer, David Benatar, and the supposed case against having children.  Singer’s blog post in that instance was about one of the more extreme conclusions of Benetar’s reasoning, namely the idea that no one should ever have children leads to the proposition that the human race should end.  This […]

Galileo is often held up as the hero of the Scientific Revolution.  While the supposedly backward Catholic Church ignored the facts of the “new science,” Galileo supposedly held his ground and insisted in the triumph of reason and the scientific method. This is the story presented in most textbooks, and it is retold again and […]

If you read online cooking or recipe discussions, you frequently hear someone lamenting the fact that “all the stores around me only carry low-fat buttermilk.”  This often ends with concern about the epidemic of low-fat products, how they want “authentic full-fat buttermilk,” and perhaps some story from childhood about how Grandpa always drank buttermilk that […]

Over there, over there Send the word, send the word over there, That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming, Their drums rum-tumming everywhere. So prepare, send a prayer, Send the word, send the word to beware— We’ll be over, we’re coming over, And we won’t come back till it’s over over there. ————— […]