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How a summer of studying an upcoming math course can change your child’s life

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This summer, I am tutoring my 6-year-old granddaughter in first-grade math: addition, subtraction, counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc. coins and dollars, shapes and comparisons of size.My son, her father, asked the first grade teacher what “book” they use. IXL was the answer: an on-line bunch of questions set up like a computer game. I also use Khan Academy, and ABCya. Stumbled on this trick in high school Studying next year’s math is a trick I stumbled on in high school. Before my junior year, I decided to make a little bit of productive use of the summer since we...

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Why politicians should not be allowed to touch health care

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Wonder of wonders—my local liberal daily paper did a front-page story about disastrously higher ER use by CA poor people. “ER Visits Soar for Medic-Cal Patients” is the title which you may be able to Google.The wonder is the article, full of facts and logic, places the blame entirely on Obamacare and Democrat elected officials in CA.It is not a hit piece against Dems. Rather, it is—wait for it—honest journalism. Tracy Seipel is the author of it.The main impetus for Obamacare and Romneycare in MA was to get poor people to stop using emergency rooms for routine care. ER care...

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Is Pentagon Federal the Wells Fargo of credit unions?

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I will be speaking at the 10th annual Freedomfest in Las Vegas in July

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The 10th annual FreedomFest convention will be at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas from July 19 to July 22nd. I think I have spoken at about 7 or 8 of them and I will be speaking again at this one. I will be the real estate/hyperinflation guy on a panel with Jim Rogers, Nicholas Vardy, and Louis Navallier with Gary Alexander moderating. The panel is about what we would do differently if we had our investing lives to live over. . I am really proud to be among the list of speakers there. Here is a partial list of...

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Drive a great car for once in your life

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My perspective on cars underwent a sea change when I bought my Lexus SC in 2006.Before that, I owned a Camaro, Mustang, Buick station wagon, Avalon, Camry. My wife had a VW bug, Audi, Granada, Oldsmobile, and two Lincolns before she got her current 2003 Lexus 430 LS.I got compliments on my Camaro, and many more on my SC. People would stop on the street when I put the top up or down. My wife got compliments on the Lexus and on one of her Lincolns. Many of the compliments were about the mirror dashboard. The actual instruments were down...

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