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  • It Could Be A Nasty Spring For Precious Metals [View article]
    Seems like a rule you would want to have in place just before a frenzied attempt by competitors to protect the value of their rapidly dwindling assets.
    Apr 29, 2014. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • It Could Be A Nasty Spring For Precious Metals [View article]
    "Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." - Karl Marx

    What a fool. Labor sucks! Infinite Capital Expansion is the way and the truth.
    Apr 27, 2014. 12:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Could Be A Nasty Spring For Precious Metals [View article]
    Concentrate on the bubbles part.
    Apr 1, 2014. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Could Be A Nasty Spring For Precious Metals [View article]
    The anachronistic ways of those seeking to live "off grid" contain the same basic features as the plans of the Futurists, but with a dirty, hands-on approach rather than a clean, perfectly engineered Eco-Station. So the relationship was broken, like Humpty, right... never to be put back together? Relationships can be put back together - bubbles inflate and deflate, they don't just blow up and disappear. "Simple child..." WTF? And problems with Montana? Hmpf! Obviously, you're unfamiliar with Frank's Fields of Floss.
    Mar 31, 2014. 07:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Nasdaq Bubble Beginning To Burst? [View article]
    The Good Baker gets up early to avoid such Anxieties.

    While the Chair-Providers... prepare to Twist again.

    Fun? "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," says John.
    Mar 31, 2014. 12:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 70% Chance Silver Will Decline During March-April [View article]
    Coffee is amazing. I keep extra pounds of it in my garage, use it as an anti-depressant & stimulant, a social commodity, and even helps make golden dirt. Gold is different because it is not just about chasing gains - it's about protection from hefty losses. Coffee is meant to be consumed - gold is saved, to protect wealth.

    All stocks are soft, including gold, which is no different than any other asset in the digital world. Interesting though that if stored properly, coffee may a better commodity in terms of tradability and fungibility - and you can go ahead and brew some if you wish, whereas gold is just shiny and fun to look at. Probably more likely to get along with your neighbor by sharing your coffee than hoarding your gold. Rice is a pretty good investment too. How has it been doing over the last 2 months? I had some for lunch.
    Mar 3, 2014. 06:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 70% Chance Silver Will Decline During March-April [View article]
    What about after the fall? People would love phyz if they could get it at spot. The demand is there, but... US stocks have become Safe Haven on world market due to mob-like, hegemonic motives/tactics. The historical Safe Haven qualities of phyz keeps demand high, so suppliers/dealers gain leverage to increase premiums - and profits are shifted from Wall St to the street.

    Mine production is likely to become more relevant as prices go up. When do prices go up? Soon after large amounts have been purchased (at low prices). When would you want prices to be low? Right before you have a bunch of extra money to spend - right?

    So... sell high priced items while high priced - drive prices down and use other means to help manipulate actual supply chains as well as public sentiment to drive prices further down - take massive (free) cash flow (generated by feds via media/false flag/fake black swan), purchase low priced items, build sentiment to drive up price while controlling supply chains... switch markets/industries and keep doing it over and over.

    Precedent... patterns... the same players... political/military power...
    The stage is being set and the show is about to go on. Tapering, growth reports, and low unemployment figures will be the glowing news that should scare the hell out of you.
    Mar 3, 2014. 03:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 70% Chance Silver Will Decline During March-April [View article]
    What do you feel is the motive for keeping PM low?
    Mar 3, 2014. 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 70% Chance Silver Will Decline During March-April [View article]
    Recent rise seems to have been created by pushing prices past buy points that traditionally set off wide BUY signals. Seems to have topped out for now. Anybody else smelling a correction into June-ish followed by a bounce back to the upside???
    Feb 26, 2014. 12:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Market Timing Report: Bullish Sentiment Reaches Multi-Decade Highs [View article]

    Minds exist in individual bodies and do not hover over groups. Sentiment moves in and out of individuals, many of whom only know how to behave by mimicking others. Individuals who can learn vicariously by avoiding what makes others suffer may themselves suffer less, but we are all susceptible to forming false judgments of cause and effect because reality is chaotic and often cannot be predicted - by anyone.

    Sentiment is a matter of perception - Thoughts & Feelings. The problem with generalized views of sentiment is that the full rationale behind sentiment cannot be known. In other words, you can hear or read about what somebody says, but you cannot know all of the reasons why - because the people providing their sentiments don't know themselves! Predictions are laced with unknowable biases.

    There are some investments in life that have very little to do with the sentiment of anyone other than yourself, such as volunteering, exercising, cleaning, growing your own food, collecting and filtering your own water, or learning new skills such as electrical wiring, plumbing, computer skills, or communication skills.

    Each of us also has the opportunity to invest in ourselves spiritually/emotionally by learning to live in a way that requires less consumption. Those whom are able to retire early generally are only able to do so because they have learned to live very efficiently and with frugality. One way that you can have More immediately is to simply give away Less.

    Your position in the social hierarchy is a matter of your perception. You can look "up" and feel diminished by comparison or you can look "down" and feel exalted. What if the members of the Jones family find keeping up with you completely irrelevant?

    As for equities etc.... Patience is apparently most profitable. What seems to be happening is that too many people seem more interested in quick and easy profits than in investing in something meaningful. I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, but many of the issues of investing got mixed up in me when I lost track of the meaning of "invest." I have become a much happier person since I began investing in people and their ideas rather than in inanimate objects like buildings, vehicles, tables, and chairs.

    There is a kind of Return that has apparently been lost - knowing that you are helping good people do something worthwhile. When you invest in good people who do good things, you are not wanting or expecting quick bags of cash - you want them to do well over time, so that in the future you can celebrate with them. In short, invest in your own sentiment and you likely will experience less stress - which could be worth as much as the money you may also make.

    So says the Fool. Best of luck to all.
    Feb 7, 2014. 04:17 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Emerging Market Crisis And Capital Flows: New Patterns [View article]
    We must crush the CRIBS prior a market drop. Draw in foreign investors to help prop up prices, dump while prices are high, and then engage militarily as prices fall. But EM are not fools to this game. Watch for Asian Black Swan - my guess... end of April??? Thoughts?
    Jan 31, 2014. 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taper boosted; Fed asset purchases lowered to $65B per month [View news story]
    What kind of squirrel chops down his own tree? If you could write your own reality, would you make yourself the Good Guy? Are good guys loved more for their frugality or for getting the bad guys? Markets do not "emerge," they are found and exploited or put down by opposition.

    Those who rob Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul. - GBS
    Jan 29, 2014. 06:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Fed Policy Has Devastated 3 Generations Of Retirees [View article]
    Interesting reply. Relax... good advice. Pills help some. See... not so anti-capitalist... I support pharmaceutical companies. Maybe I'll invest in a saddle and see if I can ride one of them nukes. Some say that the plates have only about 200,000 years left until they stop moving, at which time the earth will no longer support life - and that's if something doesn't end it sooner. Identity is synonymous with continued existence. If I'm reading you correctly, your advice is, "don't worry about it, we're all going to die anyway." That's true and actually does provide some comfort, but it's very defeatist. I could slit my wrists right now OR I could go work in my garage. Somewhat of a toss-up. Hmm... I will go do one of the two. Adieu.
    Sep 27, 2013. 12:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Fed Policy Has Devastated 3 Generations Of Retirees [View article]
    I am? Good point. Similarly, sun tan lotion is a good product for thinning ozones and gas masks are a good product for polluted air. Capitalism is flawed in many ways, but it has potential if we would play by the rules. Dollars are not our only capital. Corporations have grown too large. The USSR did not collapse because it was a Communist country - it collapsed because power became too centralized. We are headed for collapse and it could be soon. Don't take my word for it. Look into it. The petro-dollar is in trouble and QE is a chance to prepare - NOT a solution of itself. We are talking about control of the world's resources that effect the consumption patterns of ALL products.

    The world is getting smaller and so the borders are pressing more firmly together than ever. There is no room for hegemony. This is about Western Supremacy. This is an extension of a long tradition. But there is no more room for colonization and the world culture will no longer accept having their resources controlled by the U.S. and their peoples continually exploited and brutalized to sustain our comforts here in the states. We are a media-consumer based society and that's why not enough people can see what's happening. It's not because they are not smart or don't care - they're not even looking and are being distracted by illusions of status. I am guilty too - how much is an appropriate degree to unplug? I'm not prepared to go live in the woods. I like the city, so I have supported a couple of "local retailers" and now, in fact, have built a catchment and filtration system for my home that channels water in different directions including to my garage where I have tiered veggie beds which I planted on rotating cycles for a more consistent yield. I am now working on various fun ways to create electricity and keep it stored.
    Sep 26, 2013. 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Fed Policy Has Devastated 3 Generations Of Retirees [View article]
    Thank you, I wouldn't have guessed that you were famiIiar with Russian folk tales. I am selectively coherent. I understand that companies have all sorts of issues that go into making them profitable that I can research. Your idea of being frugal so that I can donate each month to help (invest in) a giant multinational corporation while ignoring all the indicators coming out of other nations (I think that's what the "geo" part is about) was incisive and thought-provoking, so again... thanks. Yahoo? What's that? Are you making fun of me because I like potatoes? P.S. Invest in Britta.
    Sep 26, 2013. 04:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment