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Michael J. Clark was born and raised in Sinclair, Wyoming. He is a poet, novelist, artist, historian, and market analyst. His fine arts portfolio can be found at the following address: http://www.hoalantrangallery.com/MJC2.htm His writing portfolio can be found at:... More
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:58 PM


    I have been uncharacteristically silent for the last month. Why? I have been in the Seeking Alpha penalty box. I guess I must have unwittingly cross-checked the wrong person; may I was caught high-sticking also. I was banned from posting and charged with:

    1) Using religious metaphors, mystical and eschatalogical reasoning; 2) being long-winded -- to the point of discouraging other posters; 3) being 'dominating'.

    I'm not really sure what that last item means. I pled guilty to the first two charges, not knowing the first was 'against the law'.

    I have been reinstated -- as long as I agree to the following:

    We have decided to give you another chance and will therefore remove your account from Read Only status. A review of your comments showed a mixture of focused contributions on the one hand, along with material which dragged discussion off-topic and brought extraneous religious material into the conversation, which is inappropriate on Seeking Alpha.

    If you would be willing to refrain from posting religious material and references to eschatology and mysticism we will keep your account in moderation for a probationary period before making a final decision.

    We hope you continue to enjoy Seeking Alpha.

    I remember reading that the communists offered Solzenitsyn a seat on the General Committee if only he would lead discussions in the merits of seasonal use of brandy as a healthy counter-force to coffee and tea.

    So, I have decided to move my controversial posts to another site:


    I hope to still participate with Seeking Alpha as a commentor but I think my main blog creation work will no longer fit on this site.

    Also, many readers have asked about the CGTS Newsletter. I am preparing to begin publishing again. I will offer everyone a free one-month subscription. Thereafter, monthly subscriptions will be $30 per month -- less expansive than a daily cup of coffee. Of course, I will provided daily trading signals in the newsletter.

    Please check out my new blog.

    I appreciate all you guys. I hope you are all healthy and happy during the madness that is here now and during the more madness that is coming. Friends and family are really all that matters.

    Best for a prosperous new year full of new discoveries and new joys.

    My white-listing (white-balling) is symbolic of a new rising intolerance of the Rationalists who run the world for the negative-thinking they think is keeping the economy from recovering. My new blog talks about this.

    The Seven Stages of dying -- and the Deflation of the Economy is a symbolic ego death -- begins in denial and then quickly passes into anger during which time scapegoats are sought. Be prepared for this. Critical thinking might soon become dangerous to your health.

    Michael J. Clark



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  • basehitz
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    I have found your posts helpful. Not sure what SA objected to specifically. Perhaps it’s similar to a discussion you and I had some months ago about religion being “superstitious”, which my objection to that word was clarified by your respectful response pertaining to local cultural terms. I wonder if SA also extrapolated statements in a similar manner to draw conclusions you did not intend. Not knowing specifics I’m just guessing.


    Practically speaking, given how emotional many get about politics and religion, while on financial blogs I tend to sparingly go there. I don’t shy away from these topics and use other venues for those discussions. But reading on those topics is not why I visit SA.


    A suggestion. . . use your other site to express your thoughts on the broader range of topics but continue posting financial material on SA.


    The reason. . . my distrust of the Goebbels media (financial and otherwise) has led me to establish a wide network of alternate media sources which I frequently access. But given how wide a net I cast, only a handful of sites do I visit regularly. There are only so many hours in a day. Consequently, I probably miss a lot of worthwhile reads.


    What SA does that I particularly like is organize a vast array of writers in a single location. That’s why I’m here almost every day.


    Regardless of your decision, your contribution has been appreciated.
    21 Jan 2013, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Clark
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    Author’s reply » Thanks for your note. I was surprised to be silenced. I like SA for the reasons you mention, so many people and viewpoints in one location.


    I intend to stay here as long as possible. I'm still being censored/monitored, so my posts take about 24 hours to be approved, which means I can't really help keep a conversation going. Maybe this will improve over time.


    As I explained to the SA monitors, or tried to explain: I am interpreting current events through the eyes of the poetic (and theological) metaphor. I am not proselytizing for a specific religion. In my view the metaphorical, religious or patter-conscious vision is the large view: we, as moderners stuck in local time, often are so busy with the details we lose track of the larger view. I'm trying to translate modern time into ancient time language.


    I'm not sure they understood that.


    I appreciate your note.
    21 Jan 2013, 09:06 AM Reply Like
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