J. R. Manard
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Problems with the Potential In-Laws

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Nov 6, 2012. 48 Replies

Hey all. Normally I'm the guy giving advice, but today I'm looking for some help.My girlfriend and I have been living together for almost a year, and we are quite happy together. In fact, we are…Continue

Hello from Joplin MO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Corey Dresser Feb 17, 2012. 2 Replies

Hello to everyone here at AoM. I am John R. Manard, and I am from Joplin Missouri (Yeah, that town that made the news by getting annhilated last year). I am 25 years old, not yet married, and I work…Continue


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J. R. Manard replied to Luca K.'s discussion My thoughts on school and education
"I would argue that we create a false dilemma by trying to convince our youth that if you don't have a college education then you are doomed to physical labor--even if it is well paid. Even greater is the woe to those who believe that college is…"
Jan 29, 2014
J. R. Manard replied to Luca K.'s discussion My thoughts on school and education
"Never finished my degree at university. In my opinion, it is overrated and not entirely as necessary as most people claim. I have done well financially without it. The five wealthiest families in my life--all with 10 million and up nets worth--did…"
Jan 29, 2014
J. R. Manard replied to Carpe-315's discussion Emotional Desert
"I wouldn't try to change her, let her decide for herself who she wants to be and how she wants to express her emotions. If it's a deal-breaker for you, move on. If it's not, give her a shot.  Your description of being…"
Nov 5, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Liam's discussion The inequality of wealth distribution in the group The Great Debate
"how do you lessen the gap between the rich and the poor without damaging the economy? Even redistributing the wealth would not likely fix what you perceive to be a problem in the long-run. So long as anyone may own something, as long as men may work…"
Oct 29, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Chu Kim's discussion Sociopaths - Advantaged or Disadvantaged?
"Utilitarianism in a nutshell, yes. I would argue that it is much more believable that many/most/all finance types and CEOs are utilitarians rather than the kind of people who would murder you if it weren't for those pesky…"
Oct 18, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Chu Kim's discussion Sociopaths - Advantaged or Disadvantaged?
"Personally, I think the notion that firing someone on the basis of profit margins is indicative of a lack of empathy is incorrect. When companies are not profitable, they risk having to close shop permanently, and leaving even more people…"
Oct 18, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Ezequiel Ramirez Cervantes's discussion How to get rid of man boobs.
"I recommend Stronglifts 5x5 as a good place to start--or anything similar. It has been recommended by AoM in several articles. Do compound exercises, with lower reps and heavy weight. Aim for building muscle. Squats and Deadlifts are…"
Oct 9, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Chu Kim's discussion What Would You Do with 50,000?
"Personally, I work in Real Estate, and would invest in it. For you, it depends on what you are good at/like/love. I personally don't and will not invest in mutual funds. I don't like them, and in my field I can achieve better returns…"
Mar 4, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Nick's discussion How long does one wait?
"Just ask her out already. Who cares if she *might* think you are just going from girl to girl. You're putting words in her mouth without giving her the chance to make her own judgement about whether or not she would like to date you. Just do…"
Feb 15, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Derek's discussion When did not returning an email become appropriate?
"Are you wasting time with very lengthy e-mails? If so, expect to be ignored.  Example: I work in RE Development/Invesment. An architect contacted me via e-mail yesterday looking for work. The only relevant information in the whole…"
Jan 29, 2013
J. R. Manard replied to Dave's discussion For those of you who wear cowboy boots, how many pairs do you own?
"I own 2 pairs. I intend to up it to 3, 4 at most. 1 pair of brown cowboy boots for working outside. 1 pair of black boots that I keep polished to wear with my office attire. I intend to add a nice pair of brown boots to wear on days I just wear…"
Dec 21, 2012
J. R. Manard replied to Matthew J Dorry's discussion How to deal with a bossy fast food manager who seems to target you?
"+1  And with that, I recant my earlier position, in favor of this one (or multiple positions as the case may be)"
Dec 20, 2012
J. R. Manard replied to Matthew J Dorry's discussion How to deal with a bossy fast food manager who seems to target you?
"You definitely made that post too long. Welcome to the world of working for minimum wage. No matter what you do or where you go, this is the manager you will inevitably deal with. Maybe it's a Shift Lead, an Assistant Manager, a Store Manager,…"
Dec 20, 2012
J. R. Manard replied to Jonathan Gerber's discussion Falkland Islands: Brits' views?
""Also, there is no way the British Merchant Navy can support a campaign like they did in the last conflict. We don't have the tonnage and we don't have the crews." Indeed, I think if Argentina goes for it, the…"
Dec 11, 2012
J. R. Manard replied to Sir's discussion What motivates your political action and opinion in the group The Great Debate
"My thoughts on politics? I have a simple philosophy: do what you want so long as you harm no one; the man who initiates the exertion of force against another is always in the wrong. With that in mind, one word describes the politics I support,…"
Dec 11, 2012
J. R. Manard replied to James Francis Trotier's discussion Reconciling Faith in a Relationship
"It's a hard place to be, and no fun, but I would say it is best to let this one go. I was raised Catholic, and am an atheist now. I have dated women who were of various faiths, and ones who were atheists, and rarely did this issue come up. When…"
Dec 7, 2012

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My wonderful girlfriend.
My parents and sisters.
Reading, knowledge, philosophy.
Finance, Real Estate.
Meditations--Marcus Aurelius
Atlas Shrugged--Ayne Raynd
Wealth of Nations--Adam Smith
Any writing from stoic authors, Neitzsche, Andrew Carnegie, Milton Friedman, and Theodore Roosevelt
Horror: Event Horizon
Romance: What Dreams May Come
Others: LOTR, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Princess Bride.
Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Coldplay to list a few
Be like the promontory against which the waves continuously break--but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. --Marcus Aurelius.

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