• DIFFICULT QUESTION: . Since 1950, how is the S&P-500 Stock Market Index able to grow about 3 TIMES FASTER than GDP? -- SEE BELOW --?

    DIFFICULT ECONOMICS QUESTION: The GDP represents the total value of all goods and services produced by all the people in the country. . The GDP, on average has grown about 3 percent per year, over the last 70 years. The S&P Stock Market Index represents how the value of an investment (in 500 of the largest publically-traded U.S. Companies)... show more
    DIFFICULT ECONOMICS QUESTION: The GDP represents the total value of all goods and services produced by all the people in the country. . The GDP, on average has grown about 3 percent per year, over the last 70 years. The S&P Stock Market Index represents how the value of an investment (in 500 of the largest publically-traded U.S. Companies) grows from year to year. . The S&P index, on averge has grown about 10 percent per year, over the last 70 years. So, here is the difficult question: How is it possible for investors to continually -- over a span of 70 YEARS -- make money 3 TIMES FASTER than the general economy is increasing the wealth of the nation as a whole? And why is the multiplier a factor of about 3 (more or less) -- and not 2 or 5 or 8 or whatever?
    1 answer · Economics · 8 months ago
  • Language Question: . Please explain some oddities regarding the suffix -tion, and the suffix -ment. . FULL QUESTION BELOW?

    Here are three verbs which have some overlap and/or similarity in their meaning: invest, speculate, gamble The gerund and participle forms are: investing, speculating, gambling But when it comes to additional noun forms using the suffix -ment or -tion, things get really inconsistent: investment [common] investion [unused] investation... show more
    Here are three verbs which have some overlap and/or similarity in their meaning: invest, speculate, gamble The gerund and participle forms are: investing, speculating, gambling But when it comes to additional noun forms using the suffix -ment or -tion, things get really inconsistent: investment [common] investion [unused] investation [unused] specument [unused] speculatement [unused] speculation [common] gamblement [unused] gambulation [unused] 1 - Why did the word investment displace the possible alternatives investion and investation? 2 - Why did the word speculation displace the posible alternative of specument or speculatement? 3 - Moreover, why do neither one of the words gamblement and gambulation exist in common usage?
    3 answers · Words & Wordplay · 8 months ago
  • What are some stock screeners that allow the user to type in 50 or 100 lines of your own code, to create a custom filter?

    I am looking for a stock screener that can either be used in the standard mode by setting standard. cookie-cutter parameters. --OR-- that can be configured with user-created custom filters (or plug-ins, or modules) that consist of 50 to 100 lines of user-created code (using Java, Python, Pascal, etc). - For example, suppose I want the screener... show more
    I am looking for a stock screener that can either be used in the standard mode by setting standard. cookie-cutter parameters. --OR-- that can be configured with user-created custom filters (or plug-ins, or modules) that consist of 50 to 100 lines of user-created code (using Java, Python, Pascal, etc). - For example, suppose I want the screener to return all stocks that are currently between 5 and 10 percent above their 200-day moving average. - Or all stocks that have experienced a 30-percent increase in volume over the average volume of the past 10 days. - Or suppose I want the screener to list all stocks that decreased in price by more than 15-percent during the first week in July. Do I have to create my own screener from scratch to do stuff like this, or are there screeners available that are designed to allow the user to insert his own, custom-created, plug-in filters? -- thanks for your answers --
    Investing · 8 months ago
  • Is technical progress (electricity, smartphones, rockets, etc) faster than social progress (war, crime, hunger, poverty)? . Why? -- BELOW --?

    Does a full explanation involve genetics and evolution?
    Does a full explanation involve genetics and evolution?
    2 answers · Other - Science · 10 months ago
  • Does the authority of the Supreme Court rest in the Constitution, or in legislation passed by Congress? -- SEE BELOW --?

    FULL QUESTION: Does the authority of the Supreme Court (to determine whether a law shall is Constitutional or Unconstitutional) rest in the Constitution, or in a Constitutional Amendment, or in legislation passed by Congress? Can you supply the exact passages -- of either the Constitution, the relevan Constitutional Amendment, or the relevant... show more
    FULL QUESTION: Does the authority of the Supreme Court (to determine whether a law shall is Constitutional or Unconstitutional) rest in the Constitution, or in a Constitutional Amendment, or in legislation passed by Congress? Can you supply the exact passages -- of either the Constitution, the relevan Constitutional Amendment, or the relevant Congressional legislation -- to support your answer? thanks for your answers
    3 answers · Current Events · 11 months ago
  • Do you think limitations in animal / human intelligence are accidental or deliberate? -- SEE BELOW --?

    And a Second Question, if I may: If you have an "emotional attachment" or "spiritual attachment" or "science-based attachment" to your answer... ...Would you be okay with marrying someone who strongly holds the opposite answer? ...Or would you prefer to marry someone who has the same answer as you? ...Or would you... show more
    And a Second Question, if I may: If you have an "emotional attachment" or "spiritual attachment" or "science-based attachment" to your answer... ...Would you be okay with marrying someone who strongly holds the opposite answer? ...Or would you prefer to marry someone who has the same answer as you? ...Or would you have no strong preference either way? -------------------- The top-line question is a much more general question than "Does God exist?", although some may initially tend to jump to the conclusion that the two questions are the same. The question lays claim to being one of the most profound philospohical questions that can be asked... ...but avoids the problem of having to define the word "God", leaving only the challenge of defining the two words "accidental" and "deliberate". It may even be possible to argue that the answer is "both" or "neither". Whatever answers are offered, I do not see how anyone can prove that their answer to the question is the the correct one. . But, nevertheless, I still find it to be a most interesting question -- maybe the most interesting question. -- thanks for your answers --
    5 answers · Philosophy · 11 months ago
  • How do you feel about cashierless shopping (via smartphone)?

    Is it net positive from the added convenience? Or is it net negative from the loss of human interaction? Would you be willing to pay a little more (or forgo a discount) to keep the cashier?
    Is it net positive from the added convenience? Or is it net negative from the loss of human interaction? Would you be willing to pay a little more (or forgo a discount) to keep the cashier?
    4 answers · Current Events · 12 months ago
  • From 1978 to 2018 -- Real GDP +183 percent -- Real S&P-500 +665 percent -- Real Weekly Earnings -2 percent -- Please compare, explain?

    Credible links provided in each section below. From 1978 to 2018, the last 30 years of the American Economy: PART I ---------------------------- Real GDP, 1978: . $6 Billion [in 2009 dollars] Real GDP, 2018: . $17 Billion [in 2009 dollars] -- Up 183 percent https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GDPC1 PART II ------------------------- Historical... show more
    Credible links provided in each section below. From 1978 to 2018, the last 30 years of the American Economy: PART I ---------------------------- Real GDP, 1978: . $6 Billion [in 2009 dollars] Real GDP, 2018: . $17 Billion [in 2009 dollars] -- Up 183 percent https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GDPC1 PART II ------------------------- Historical data below is inflation-adjusted: Real S&P-500, 1978: . $345 Real S&P-500, 2018: . $2640 . Up 665 percent http://www.macrotrends.net/2324/sp-500-h... PART III ---------------------------- Bureau of Labor Statistics data. . chart adjusts hourly earnings (Private Sector) to the purchasing power of today's dollar. . Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers Real Weekly Earnings of Production and Non-Supervisory Employees, 1978 circa $775 Real Weekly Earnings of Production and Non-Supervisory Employees, 2018 circa $756 https://www.advisorperspectives.com/dsho... Note: . If you doubt the accuracy of this source, please cite other sources that you believe to be more credible. PART IV ------------------ Are the lagging Real Weekly Earnings (compared to GDP and S&P) due to the low cost of labor in Asia and other parts of the world, in a more trade-based, global economy?
    1 answer · Economics · 12 months ago
  • Has the 35 year old bull bond market officially ended? . Or maybe not quite just yet?

    If inflation stays where it is or climbs a bit, will the Fed REALLY follow through on the short-term interest rate hikes they are planning? . Or will the Fed lose their resolve by next year and reverse course? *** The federal government is already spending 14 percent of its revenues servicing the national debt How will the overall economy and the... show more
    If inflation stays where it is or climbs a bit, will the Fed REALLY follow through on the short-term interest rate hikes they are planning? . Or will the Fed lose their resolve by next year and reverse course? *** The federal government is already spending 14 percent of its revenues servicing the national debt How will the overall economy and the federal budget fare during a normalization of interest rates to the 4 or 5 percent range? thanks for your answers
    4 answers · Investing · 12 months ago
  • If Lucifer / Satan were to sincerely repent, obey God completely, and ask God to forgive him, would God forgive him? -- MORE --?

    Have any angels ever gone from Good and Obedient-to-God, fallen into being Evil and Disobedient, and then RISEN BACK to being Good and Obedient again?
    Have any angels ever gone from Good and Obedient-to-God, fallen into being Evil and Disobedient, and then RISEN BACK to being Good and Obedient again?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 12 months ago
  • Does God know EXACTLY, or only APPROXIMATELY, what percentage of all people are going to Hell? -- SEE BELOW --?

    [Please READ EVERYTHING BELOW before answering, because it gets very interesting further down.] God must know at least approximately, right? . Otherwise, how would he know that way over 50 percent are going to Hell... 13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. ... show more
    [Please READ EVERYTHING BELOW before answering, because it gets very interesting further down.] God must know at least approximately, right? . Otherwise, how would he know that way over 50 percent are going to Hell... 13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. [Matthew, Chapter 7] 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. If God only knows only approximately but not exactly, is that basically similar to the insurance company knowing approximately how many people will die this year, but not exactly? In other words: . Once God / Jesus observes that most people at the time of Jesus are going to Hell [the initial, small sample population], it must be pretty accurate to project that a similar percentage of people throughout all of history [the total population] are going to Hell. Here's the interesting part: God, being all powerful, could have "made up the Test" to create whatever percentage He preferred. God could have made the percentages any of the following: A) 1 percent Heaven, 99 percent Hell [kinda like what the Bible says] B) 20 percent Heaven, 80 percent Hell C) 50 percent Heaven, 50 percent Hell D) 80 percent Heaven, 20 percent Hell E) 99 percent Heaven, 1 percent Hell For His Own Reasons, God leaned toward Choice A. Any ideas as to why? Thanks for your answers. . P.S, I enjoy math, I think God does, too.
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 12 months ago
  • From the very beginning, did God intend to have a Devil to oppose Him, as part of his Grand Plan? -- MORE --?

    Or was the rebellion and fall of Lucifer, and his regression into being the Devil, a completely unexpected development? If God did indeed know in advance that Lucifer would become the Devil... Do you think God would be okay with someone (who has accepted Jesus as her/his Saviour) feeling sympathy for the Devil? I mean, if God had to have a Devil... show more
    Or was the rebellion and fall of Lucifer, and his regression into being the Devil, a completely unexpected development? If God did indeed know in advance that Lucifer would become the Devil... Do you think God would be okay with someone (who has accepted Jesus as her/his Saviour) feeling sympathy for the Devil? I mean, if God had to have a Devil as part of his Grand Plan, then somebody would have to be the Evil One, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRXGsPBU...
    Religion & Spirituality · 12 months ago
  • Has the U.S. Government become worried about Facebook NOW, because it might unintentionally help Trump win another election? -- BELOW --?

    Where was all the concern about Facebook, and Facebook Users' Privacy, BEFORE (as in SEVERAL YEARS AGO) the Election of Trump had anything to do with it? *** Is the U.S. Government worried about Facebook because it really does have a heart, and it really does want to help U.S. citizens keep their data completely private and safe from... show more
    Where was all the concern about Facebook, and Facebook Users' Privacy, BEFORE (as in SEVERAL YEARS AGO) the Election of Trump had anything to do with it? *** Is the U.S. Government worried about Facebook because it really does have a heart, and it really does want to help U.S. citizens keep their data completely private and safe from criminals... -- OR -- *** Is the U.S. Government (including Democrats and many Trump-doubting Republicans) worried about Facebook because it might unintentionally help Trump -- or future "Outsider Populists" or 3rd Party Candidates -- win elections? thanks for your answers
    6 answers · Politics · 1 year ago
  • Carlton Pearson 1994 *There is no hell* - What had he been reading in the 80's & early 90's? . Were any New Age authors a key influence?

    Carlton Pearson seems to portray his theological shift as quite sudden or instantaneous; . this is from Wikipedia... "After watching a television program about the wretched conditions of people suffering and dying from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and considering the teachings of his church that non-Christians were going to Hell, Pearson... show more
    Carlton Pearson seems to portray his theological shift as quite sudden or instantaneous; . this is from Wikipedia... "After watching a television program about the wretched conditions of people suffering and dying from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and considering the teachings of his church that non-Christians were going to Hell, Pearson believed he had received an epiphany from God. He stated publicly that he doubted the existence of Hell as a place of eternal torment." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_Pe... But -- What books had he been reading in the 80's & early 90's? . Was he already reading & assimilating any of the increasingly popular New Age or New Thought books prior to unveiling his "There is no hell" doctrine? Does anyone know, factually and SPECIFICALLY, which books he might have been reading that might have strongly influenced his new doctrine, the "Gospel of Inclusion"? thanks for your answers
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 year ago
  • Why did the stock market change course SO SUDDENLY on the first few days of February 2018?

    It was skyrocketing through most of January, fell off a small cliff the first week in February, and has been bouncing sideways since then? In retrospect, what happened on the first few days of February that caused a selloff and standoff? Is it all about interest rate worry, or something else, or just a random fluke? thanks for your anwers
    It was skyrocketing through most of January, fell off a small cliff the first week in February, and has been bouncing sideways since then? In retrospect, what happened on the first few days of February that caused a selloff and standoff? Is it all about interest rate worry, or something else, or just a random fluke? thanks for your anwers
    5 answers · Investing · 1 year ago
  • Will there ever be a successfull human head transplant?

    One person has a lethal head injury. . At about the same time, and in the same metro area, another person (of same gender) has a lethal body injury. What are greatest difficulties in performing the operation successfully?
    One person has a lethal head injury. . At about the same time, and in the same metro area, another person (of same gender) has a lethal body injury. What are greatest difficulties in performing the operation successfully?
    5 answers · Medicine · 1 year ago
  • SYRIA: . Should Congress have some degree of yes/no control of U.S. Military Interventions abroad? -- SEE FULL VERSION BELOW --?

    1) . FULL VERSION OF THIS QUESTION: In situations where is no immediate or urgent threat to citizens within U.S. borders... -- Should the President have to consult Congress, and get Congressional Authorization, to conduct Military Interventions, Airstikes, Bombings, Troop Attacks, Wars? 2) . ANOTHER VERSION OF THE SAME BASIC QUESTION Should the... show more
    1) . FULL VERSION OF THIS QUESTION: In situations where is no immediate or urgent threat to citizens within U.S. borders... -- Should the President have to consult Congress, and get Congressional Authorization, to conduct Military Interventions, Airstikes, Bombings, Troop Attacks, Wars? 2) . ANOTHER VERSION OF THE SAME BASIC QUESTION Should the President have to consult Congress, and get Congressional Authorization, to conduct Military Interventions and/or Wars that are attempts at "behavior modification" or "regime-change"? 3) . What about the specific case of Syria? . Should Congress have the power to authorize the President to do whatever he wants militarily in Syria, or not -- for say, a year at a time? thanks for your answers
    3 answers · Current Events · 1 year ago