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  1. Unknowable to exact certainty, I acknowledge. But to me it seems to be very, very marginal at most. An analogy to me is that I never shop at Costco. Literally never. I buy everything from other stores. With no hindrance to getting exactly what I want/need, except possibly for some very minor incremental cost (even that is debatable). Does that have a real significant impact on my life? Doesn't feel like it. Being able to trade with the entire world ex-USA seems fairly similar. I think it's a fairly modest declaration to say that Cuba's problems are almost entirely of their own making.
  2. But if we assess these claims by the Castros to their citizens (re: the blockade's embargo's negative effect) to be largely a lie, then surely the removal of the embargo would not have prevented them from coming up with another lie to shift blame? Clearly the embargo did not achieve the stated aims of JFK et al. But I doubt lifting the embargo would have resulted in the Castro tenure and legacy playing out any differently. If the wide open trade with Russia, Canada, Spain, the entire EU, etc. that has existed for the entire time didn't lift Cuba's economic fortunes, why would having the US as one more incremental trade partner have had any substantial effect?
  3. Cigars that don't age well

    Ha. Where "organoleptic" includes all the senses EXECEPT for the sensation of the thickness of the contents of one's wallet. (Joking aside, to me, *some* of the Anejados are actually worth that thinning feeling in the wallet.)
  4. Stopped reading at "toxic glue fumes". I'm always surprised how hypochondriac us cigar smokers can be about everything other than cigar smoke.
  5. Cigars that don't age well

    San Cristobal 2006 LCDH releases have not aged well for some reason. To me those are expired and tasteless now. The short filler La Flor de Canos also don't impress me past 5 years. And that's not just because they're short contrast, most of the (all short filler) Jose L. Piedras age very nicely. But I do agree with dvickery a bit here. I have seen lots of boxes that were utterly awful fresh turn into something magical down the road. The 2000 Montecristo Robustos EL were the poster boy for that. Pretty much un-smokeable for at least 5-8 years, but turned into legendary cigars. And sometimes it goes the other way also. I remember the first release of Partagas Serie P No 2 (early 2005) I got were mind-blowingly good. I stashed most of them away, thinking they should be special occasion cigars. Only to find that after about 5-6 years, they had lost that mind-blowing quality. So the rule of thumb for me is: If they're great now, just smoke 'em. But if they're terrible now, don't chuck them in the trash.
  6. Vacuum sealing machine + Rubbermaid Roughneck 31 gallon totes + 1-2 pounds of beads per tote (or crystal cat litter) is what I use. The Rubbermaids don't seal as perfectly as a cooler, but they hold the humidity nearly equally well in my climate (Oregon). Helps if you set something on top of the lid to improve the seal. Really only have to refresh the beads with distilled water once a month or so. Would work fine without the vacuum sealer also. If you want low/no maintenance, a cooler that seals well may be worth the extra initial investment. Won't require as much water refresh. I have a couple of coolers in the rotation and if I don't open them, they barely need any water added. Maybe only once or twice a year. Do not buy the Sterilite clear totes as a substitute. Too much plastic smell that doesn't dissipate. If you go with the Rubbermaid, wash it out after you buy it and let it air for a couple of weeks, and it will be good to go.
  7. Well, by that standard, everything under the sun (including gold) will have zero value 5 billion years out once the sun expands to consume the earth. But that's not exactly a bold or insightful prediction.
  8. Most? Yes, of course. But this is about as bold a prediction as predicting which horizon the sun will rise over five years from today. This is like saying "most" businesses will go bankrupt. Or "most" stocks will go to zero. "Most" business do indeed go bankrupt or at least shut down. "Most" stocks do indeed go to zero*. But the winning businesses and stocks more than make up for the ones that don't survive. We will see if the same ends up being true for cryptos. *- (There are at least 15,000 stocks that are not traded on major exchanges and are essentially worth zero. And there are tens of thousands more over the many years that have been completely de-listed and are literally worth zero. It's the nature of business.)
  9. Kind of curious about that statement. What were they previously importing that they no longer will? Maybe metal clasps and hinges? 3m CUP is less than 100k Euro, so it doesn't amount to much.
  10. Best Cigars During Talking With Women

    I read this entire thread with the voice of Leslie Phillips in my head. "Well, hel.....lo..."
  11. Indeed. And if you can spare the storage space, then don't give up on tight cigars just because they've been that way for years. I have a box of 2002 Upmann Monarchs that just never opened up at all - the entire box. I could tell they weren't plugged, just way over-filled. Finally I decided last year to just clip the cap on all of the remaining sticks and let them sit again for a while. And that has done wonders. I revisited them earlier this year and they draw just fine now. And they are utterly fantastic. I'm glad I didn't throw them in the trash, as I nearly did a couple of times.
  12. I'm not saying you're wrong at all or criticizing you in any way, and you definitely aren't the only one here with similar experience, but... This is just mind boggling to me, how you (and others) have encountered so few problem draws. I have at least 5 gallon sized ziplock bags full of Habanos with unsmokably tight draws (aka my penalty box). I would guess at least 200-300 sticks. Maybe half eventually come around to being smokable after a few years, but at least a third never open up enough. It's fairly standard for me to get 2-3 sticks per box that are too tight. And no matter if it's ROTT or stored myself for years. I'm just come to accept it as a "Cuban inefficiency tax" I have to pay to enjoy this hobby. I can only conclude that a bunch of y'all here have much stronger lungs (or is it diaphragm muscle?) than I do. And yes, everything is 62% here and has been for years.
  13. He's completely right ya know... Low levels of mold spores are *everywhere*. And we all inhale some every day. It's only extremely high levels with long term exposure that cause health issues. Besides, ya'll aren't inhaling cigar smoke (into your lungs) are you?
  14. Cryptocurrencies

    How does one provide a broadly decentralized (and therefore robust against a 51% or other type of attack) ledger without the economic incentive of the attached cryptocurrency? Perhaps generous Bernie Sanders voters who will offer up their computer cycles and electricity merely for the benefit of the Luxembourg Real Estate Title agency? Let's see how that goes. BTC (and ETH and some others) have a huge advantage in security because of the whoppingly huge distribution of consensus. BTC is essentially invulnerable to a 51% attack at this point. All because of the cryptocurrency incentive offered to participating nodes. Take the attached currency away and it would wither away to be a highly vulnerable blockchain. My money (some of it) is on the Adam Smith side. Self-interest makes the world go 'round. You gotta give something of value to get something of value. I don't think we'll see BernieCoin supplant BTC. Anyway, enough of my opinion. I only have 160 posts here and don't opine in every single thread on this board, so I don't really belong here.
  15. Cryptocurrencies

    Would we say that things like the email SMTP protocol, TCP/IP protocol, ACH payments, etc, have no industrial utility? They are equally as intangible as BTC.

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