So I'm off.
I'm not assuming anyone cares, but I thought it best to sign off. I guess this is a growing up step, I'm not a teen anymore. I haven't been using this forum for my intended purpose, researching stocks, but debating endlessly about various topics just like I used to do on other forums. Really, there is no point. It used to help me compare my own beliefs with others, as a self-checking and correcting measure. But its rare now that anyone has anything new to teach me. Now I just get frustrated that everyone can disagree so thoroughly on every topic, and bewildered by the extreme and immovable beliefs some people hold. There is no convergence upon 'right answers' in the general public, like there is in science and technology. Its all noise, and nothing is going to progress anywhere. I figure then, anything I add is pointless and merely adds to the noise.
So given that this has become a sap upon my time, I have decided it best to bring it to a close. All in all this is a good forum, but I need to devote my time to other things from now on.
Cheers to Joe, and happy investing to all.