Current Poll on Jumbotale
I am running a poll on the site – first page of jumbotale.com. Just go to the site and please vote your opinion. I was working on a committee and someone I respect called into question whether someone who worked in an oil & gas or mining company could be a conservationist. In another context someone I also respect made a slightly different point – that no environmental rights group would ever take anyone seriously who worked with or promoted working with someone who had worked with an oil & gas or mining company.
“Can someone who works for an oil & gas or mining company be a conservationist?”
Vote at jumbotale.com before the poll closes early next month. I will write a post on the results early next month.
Watched the movie last night which told the story of Desmond Doss, Congressional Medal of Honor Winner and combat medic on Okinawa in 1945. Enjoyed the movie, but have to say I do not think it compares to Saving Private Ryan. Unless the acting is truly terrible I enjoy almost any war movie – from propaganda to anti-hero. But I cannot accept as exceptional if the combat scenes appear unrealistic. Sometimes I note the wrong weapons in use for a battle – a tank model in a 1944 scene that did not deploy until 1962. Here it is small unit tactics.
I have trouble believing a US Army company would deploy with all its men bunched up together without proper intervals between men. This movie occurred in 1945 not North Africa in 1942 – by this point in the war the US Army and Marine Corp were the most sophisticated amphibious invasion force in the world. Men clustered together are extremely vulnerable to mortar and machine gun fire.
As Sergeant Horvath in Saving Private Ryan warned his men in the Higgins Boat approaching Omaha Beach on D-Day, “I wanna see plenty of feet between men, five men is a juicy opportunity, one man is a waste of ammo.” There is not a scene in Hacksaw Ridge where US troops deploy according to this basic rule.
On the plus side the portrayal of the Japanese is more nuanced than is usual in a US production. You see why US troops had so much hatred for the enemy. But you also get a glimpse of why the Japanese were such a tough foe and an brief portrayal of Japanese military culture in WW II.
The personal story of Doss is what makes it interesting. A very good movie worth watching.
The market is up a quarter since the election. Now is a good time to rebalance your portfolio if you were already fully invested in stocks. Given monetary policy there are not a tremendous number of investment alternatives, but cash is always good in a low inflation environment. Harvesting some cash before the inevitable retrenchment is not the worst idea.