Archive for November, 2013
November 29th, 2013 by Vigilo
Black Friday has blown into an international event, but before that, hopefully all of my American friends had a great Thanksgiving Day 2013. Whatever the reason, any time that we get to spend with family, should be cherished. Reality is that you never know when one’s health will wane, or when one’s life will end. Another reality is that a few of you had to work on Thanksgiving Day, and it’s follow-up of Black Friday. So instead of ignoring this reality, let’s take it at another angle.
No matter which country you currently reside, there is a way to be outside the system, spend more time with the family, AND participate in Black Friday…..and that is BITCOIN BLACK FRIDAY!
BITCOIN is a DECENTRALIZED, non-intrinsic, finite, crypto-currency.
- Decentralized – no central bank controls it (like a Federal Reserve).
- Non-intrinsic – you can not phsyically hold an actual bitcoin.
- Finite – there are only so many in existence, with total amount eventually reaching 21 million bitcoins
- Crypto-currency – it’s based on an algorithm with with mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering.
Recently, the US dollar value of 1 Bitcoin (BTC) multiplied by 6 times in November 2013! This due to an increase in demand, speculation, and an increase of merchants. Some of these merchants organized to have their own (2nd annual) Bitcoin Black Friday.
Bitcoin Black Friday
With Bitcoin Black Friday, you can avoid the insane, materialistic droves, yet still find a few deals for yourself. There is something wrong with people that will fight and kill over a TV or a doll. But there is nothing wrong with looking to save a few bucks for your family, whether those be priced in paper or bits.
If you have Bitcoins, check out the vendors participating in Bitcoin Black Friday. If you don’t, I encourage you to at least learn about Bitcoins. One place to start is the wiki page HERE….below are a few others.
(also, check out another boat at Litecoin)
BTC + TSU = $$$
The story of bitcoin is unprecedented in it’s possible global impact. But just imagine the 600% ROI in under a month. Then what if you could make that into a 1,200% or 2,000% ROI in a month? What if you could duplicate that success month after month? There MAY be a way.
BEFORE CONTINUING… I want to point out that you should NEVER play with more than you are willing to lose. Day Trading, especially Bitcoins, is risky and NOT for everyone. Personally, I believe an ideal setup would be to have an allotment of Bitcoins for saving, and another for trading. This can be similar to holding physical silver, yet trading options on its short term swings……
Instead of holding bitcoins through the tops and bottoms in the overall uptrend, what if you could tell with a certain probability WHEN the tops an bottoms would occur? What if there were indicators you could look for to determine these violent swings throughout a day? I would like to point out that my friends at TradeSmartU are having their own Black Friday Extravaganza.
Through Monday December 2nd, TSU is selling any 1 product at 10% off, any 2 products at 20% off, AND any 3 or more products at 30% off! These products present a responsible way to trade stocks and options in way mindful of risk mitigation. Using their course for something more risky, like trading BTC, is entirely up to the individual.
To view the free webinars and see just what each product offers, please visit the link below.
The classes and their pricing can be found HERE. The discounts apply at checkout.
By using a responsible system for regular stock chart analysis, could there be a way to combine Bitcoin and info from TradeSmartU to maximize your profit on this environment? It’s up to you to decide.
Standing on their own, Bitcoin and TradeSmartU can each be life changing tools for you. Remember that nothing is guaranteed, and hard work will be required. But at least familiarize yourself with these tools in this holiday season, especially ahead of Crash 2013.
With God’s Will
November 24th, 2013 by Vigilo
On my previous Gold Update Video, I had stated there are Resistance areas to watch for, should Gold create a new uptrend. The first being mid $1300s (Appx $1355-1360 area) and I clearly stated that this trendline is very important because it made up the downward channel that preceded the Crash in Gold. It just so happens that Gold tried to test this trendline, spiked to it, and ultimately failed. This broke any prospects of Gold creating a new uptrend.
When I created the current Gold Consolidation update, there was a mixture of bullish and bearish gold consolidation patterns. Experienced traders usually do not trade such Gold consolidation patterns, nor guess which way something will break out (as this is a gambler’s mentality). It’s best to wait and trade the breakout (an exception to this would be to employ some advanced Options strategies).
One week after releasing this video update, Gold experienced some selling-pressure. However, it is still within a trendline that could very well be the “Neckline” of the Head & Shoulders Pattern (though it’s not a textbook pattern). I argue in the video when the Neckline is at an angle rather than being straight.
Expect an Even larger Gold Consolidation Soon
If I was to guess, I think Gold will break the neckline, re-test the lows $1179/1200, and form a larger Gold Consolidation pattern. This larger Gold consolidation, if it forms, will basically determine whether Gold finally breaks out of this downtrend, or continues towards high $900 – $1000 levels. This will be something I will be discussing next month. So I cannot stress the importance of Gold’s price action in the coming two months.
My overall sentiment on Gold continues to be bearish (especially with how US Dollar/Japanese Yen is acting), and I feel the very short-term price action will be choppy, mostly within the price range of $1200-$1300 for the weeks to come. Again, be on the lookout for a larger gold consolidation pattern followed by a large breakout. We will know when the next breakout is soon, because most often, Gold likes to “Squeeze” before it makes a harsh move. I will certainly be updating you all about this within the next two months.
Hope it helps
November 24th, 2013 by Vigilo
Each one of our lives can be written down to become a unique book. Along the way, we all experience changes to our physical, spiritual, and mental being. With each passing chapter in YOUR book, you endure trials, successes, failures, and ultimately need to reinvent yourself. Times change and pages turn. Sometimes the page is savored, other times we can’t turn it quick enough.
One final page currently being savored is of the chapter for the band Bleeding Through. Bleeding Through is a ‘hybrid’ hardcore band out of Orange County, California, and they have experienced all of the swings mentioned above. Their music has provided a life-saving outlet for many, especially for the bands own members. Yet through this enrichment, Bleeding Through itself was often on life support. Enduring the lack of money, line-up changes, and label issues, etc were just a few of the obstacles. Now, as the band calls it quits after 14 years, what can we learn from their ability to embrace the closing of their chapter?
To experience a fulfilling life, the ability to adapt and reinvent yourself is significant. We must also recognize and understand that the timing of these reinventions is indiscriminate. You may need to reinvent yourself at age 15, 25, 45, or even 95.
What if you are a 55 year old out of work male? Reinvent yourself. I like to point to Michael Savage. Michael has been mentioned on this site before (in the 12 resources for 2012) and hosts the Savage Nation Radio Show. He held numerous jobs throughout his life and claims to be a victim of political correctness. Being denied work as a professor due to ‘over’ qualification and diversity, he had to reinvent himself yet again. At the ripe age of 55, he sent a demo tape around to numerous radio stations hoping one would invite him on. The result? 16 years later, he is now slated to take over the coveted, nationally syndicated, 3PM EST slot in January 2014. What if he quit at age 55? Keep his story in mind next time you think you are too old to learn something new.
What if you are a stay-at-home mother whose life is rocked by divorce? Reinvent yourself. Where would the family end up if she quit? It is not easy, but to live on with anything less than ‘all she’s got,’ will spell trouble for the family.
Personally, I can look back at my life and point out times of reinvention. When my father was no longer a part of life at age 13, I had to fast track maturity to try and become the male figure in the household of girls. In high school, I transitioned into a full time landscaper and invested all of my savings into my landscaping company. While playing junior hockey, I had to reinvent myself from a stay-at-home defenseman, into a 4th line grinder forward, to stay on the team. A few years later, I became a general contractor in Washington, D.C. As of now, I have spent a quarter of my life in D.C. using the labor of my hands to transform the Atlas District at H St. NE (in spite of petty bureaucrats). Now, it’s time for another chapter as I am learning to trade the stock market and keep a pulse on geopolitical trends. This will also help me research where to plant my next flag. Where would I be now and in the future if I would stay content at any one chapter of my own life.
Looking forward, this is not really a sad time. It’s more of a time of closure and reflection. In this case, it’s awesome to be able to look back on the pages of the past, contemplate, and learn from them. I can still play the album Declaration and remember things I was going through at the time. Or a song can trigger the memory of a certain number of reps I blasted through during past workouts.
There is no doubt that the necessity to reinvent yourself will arise at times in your life. Keep yourself in a position to view these transformations as an opportunity. For Bleeding Through, they are using the farewell tour for reflection and closure for their fans. This allows them to go out properly and close the chapter with no ill feelings. Now, focus can be turned towards the next chapter for all involved.
For Brandan Schieppati, he is ready to focus 100% on his fitness business. Check out his site for ebooks, info, or just to contact him for your fitness needs. In addition to his site, he is also working to build and expand his Rise Above Fitness gym.
Without the ability and willingness to accept the situation, Brandan and Bleeding Through may not have been able to give 100% of themselves to their future endeavors.
In the video, Brandan talks about giving 100% of oneself in whatever we do, and don’t ride the fence. Not giving 100%, is an injustice for all involved. When looking to reinvent yourself, do it with all your heart and go for it. Without total commitment, we just end up selling out.
This idea is not revolutionary, but it is even repeated in Biblical text. In Revelation (3:15-16), John writes to the angel of the church in Laodicea, that which is revealed to him.
“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
These are harsh words directed at people who are on the fence. The Laodiceans thought they had what they needed, and were spiritual enough. But if we commit to anything just enough, we can be sure that it is not enough at all. In the case of the Laodiceans, God viewed nonbelievers with LESS contempt, than he did those who professed faith, yet did not live it. I wonder how He views humanity today?
These words teach a lesson for both the atheist and the Christian. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a hobby, or even one’s faith…..if you are not able to give it your all, it’s time to reinvent yourself. To reinvent yourself does not necessarily mean you change the job, relationship, or faith. Sometimes it will, for sure. But other times it may just be us bettering ourselves to commit fully. Each instance must be decided by the individual on a case by case basis.
All and all, the above section is why the OPPOSITE of LOVE is not hate, but INDIFFERENCE.
Stepping back for a moment to look at your own book. Are there pages of the past which you turned too early? Is a part of you still stuck in a certain chapter, thus preventing you from giving 100% now? Learn to not dwell on the pages of the past, but contemplate and learn from them. It may be necessary to now attempt closure, for something of the past. If it will help you to move on, so be it. Attack the pages of the future with enthusiasm and give 100% of yourself in everything you do.
After this writing, I’ll include James Altucher’s ‘little’ cheat sheet to reinvent yourself.
Don’t fear the necessity to reinvent yourself. Instead, embrace it and use the opportunity to make the best transformation possible. Bleeding Through is moving on to a new chapter in their story. How will you embrace writing YOUR next chapter?
With God’s Will
November 11th, 2013 by Vigilo
Most conventional November 11th posts offer up a lame ‘happy’ and ‘thanks,’ but we’re going a different route. Part of this is because a web page doesn’t really do veterans all that much justice. But most of this is because we need to honestly call out all of the lip service and Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.
Those in government will no doubt pay the veterans ‘respect’ and hold nominal ceremonies on Monday. Yet, it was just a few weeks ago that the ‘Greatest Generation’ of veterans from World War II were locked out off their memorial. By the end of this post, I hope to raise awareness on a few other issues, and not say a hollow “thanks,” but a heartfelt “Sorry” to all the veterans.
Veterans March on Washington of 2013
Riot police, Mounted Police, humvee, dozens of police vehicles, helicopter with snipers, spotters/snipers on the White House roof… Sounds like a scene out of a movie, right? Wrong. That is just the response from the government towards a group of it’s military veterans. It wasn’t 1932, but the 2013 Veterans March on Washington also forebodes a dark story. The scenes from both of those years are ones we should remember during all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.
The Veterans March on Washington (2013) was in response to President Obama’s Department of the Interior order to close the nation’s parks. Upon realizing this specific fallout from the United States Government Shutdown, the House passed a resolution to reopen the National Parks. The Senate, nor President Obama would act on the resolution. Caught in the crossfire were World War II veterans, many of them wheel chair bound and physically unable to jump the ‘Barrycades.’
Reaching the end of their lives, they are embarking on the final opportunity to see the World War II Memorial, and pay respect to their fallen comrades. Honor Flight is the organization that make this all possible. However, with the Department of Interior continually barrycading the memorial, these men were shut out.
So ahead of Honor Flight’s Oct. 13 arrival in Washington, DC, a rally was planned. The 2013 Veterans March on Washington would see the people, many of them veterans, physically remove the Barrycades. This was the only action which allowed the World War II veterans to experience THEIR memorial. Inevitably, some of these Barrycades would end up at the White House, where they were likely conceptualized.
This event really helped illustrate where we are as a nation and further demonstrated Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.
- Those in power are so petty as to prevent old men from accessing an area that, under normal circumstances, is open 24 hours with unessential staff.
- The police are instructed to block roadways only for political reasons.
- Veterans are viewed by the government as a threat.
- Intimidation and provocation tactics are used on vets.
What about 1932?
Oh right, one of the forgotten episodes in American History. You know, the one where the military was ordered to “Charge!” it’s own veterans. The attacked vets (and joining groups) were known as the Bonus Army. The ‘official’ casualty total was 4 dead and 1,017 injured.
Excerpt taken from Wikipedia:
The Bonus Marchers, believing the troops were marching in their honor, cheered the troops until Patton ordered the cavalry to charge them—an action which prompted the spectators to yell, “Shame! Shame!”
Many people who were stateside during WWI made a higher wage than soldiers on the frontline. So in 1924, the veterans of World War I were finally awarded bonuses to make up for the wages they would have otherwise earned in civilian jobs. The caveat was that the certificates could not be redeemed until 1945. The Bonus Army was formed as the veterans of World War I were desperate to redeem their bonus payment ‘early,’ especially in the face of the Great Depression. And so the Veterans March on Washington of 1932 was the result. Whether or not you sympathize with their plight, the fact remains, the US Army attacked US Veterans. I doubt this episode will be mentioned during the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.
Veterans Need Not Apply
Rumors of foreign troops on U.S. Soil, those in law enforcement who will break their oath, and then those in the prospective National Civilian Security Force are more examples of Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. These may be in the speculative stage for now, but it’s obvious that each can be used against veterans.
Rumors, Just Rumors
You may see rumors of DHS organizing 15,000 Russian troops for an emergency. We definitely have 15,000 of our own troops at home and abroad who can handle an emergency. There are more than 15,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who could enlist to help in an emergency as well. But a novelist might conclude that such a government would be anticipating an event in which their own military and veterans may not follow orders. I wonder what it means in real life.
Or there is that other rumor of the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army being on the ground….. in the U.S.A.! This, of course, is for ‘simulating’ an ’emergency drill.’ The Nov. 12-14 drill will be centered around testing the resiliency of the power grid.
Conspiracy theorists or novelists might think that the Chinese could have spies who would be able to report on the weaknesses ib the United States’ infrastructure. Or others might even think that these troops could have some other nefarious intent.
Is this a good time to bring up President Obama’s purging of the military? Reportedly 197 officers in his 5 years? He isn’t executing them like Stalin, but the impact remains. The latest on the Purge (as of this writing).
But rest assured you fear-mongers, snopes.com has pointed out that there is no threat.
Just Following Orders | Oathkeeper vs Oathbreaker
As was seen during the Veterans March on Washington 2013, the line is thin between the oathkeepers and the oathbreakers. Surely many of the law enforcement would have rather spent their Sunday somewhere else. However, ALL of them reported for work and followed orders. They were there to intimidate and provoke the veterans and protesters…..in my opinion.
If things got too testy, what force would they have been ordered to use? Would they follow the order? How many of them would even use force beyond the order as Gen. MacArthur?
In Hitler’s Germany, they were just following orders. In Russia’s Gulag, they were just following orders.
Obama’s National Civilian Security Force
That’s right! We haven’t forgotten the talk before the 2008 election. You know, the one calling for a civilian force that will be ‘just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded’ as the military.
With economic calamity approaching, this could be a very useful group, eh? Imagine a scenario where preppers, anti-tax folks, and the like, are actually deemed anti-government. We already see evidence of this happening in numerous memos. Would those who rely on government assistance to feed their families end up joining such a force? Would they hesitate to shoot on you?
In keeping with the lame government acronyms, we will call them the Special Homeland Internal Troops …. aka SHIT.
We see the government becoming more and more hostile towards it’s citizens and veterans. Through orders, bills, and propaganda; we even see some members of government labeling strict Constitutionalists as ‘terrorists.’ Does that mean the government is anti-constitutional? Well anyway, it’s interesting considering the openness for interpretation of things like the NDAA. Who or what constitutes the ‘terrorist’ of tomorrow is anybody’s guess. Are these the warning signs that the Jews failed to see before the Nuremburg laws….the Russian peasants before Dekulakization?
Is the Veterans March on Washington (2013) just a benign event where the government overstaffed? Was it’s lack of coverage in mainstream news, a news story itself? Was the government hoping for just one protester to overreact to the police presence?
In the face of the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy, it is a
Happy Sad Veterans Day to all who have served.
Though we have allowed our government to attack/fire upon/kill you, we believe to make up for it with a worded “Thanks!”
Though we didn’t appreciate your sacrifice in Vietnam, we will sport a flag lapel pin in your memory.
Though we allow your veterans programs to be underfunded, we will still raise a flag in your honor.
Though we ignore your dozens who commit suicide DAILY with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you can feel good knowing that we will wear a camo ribbon for you this week.
Instead of Happy Veterans Day, maybe it should be Sorry Veteran’s Day. So for at least one day, this website will take the time to say sorry to the veterans. I only hope that this post will raise some awareness, because it definitely won’t serve enough justice.
ACTION during Veteran’s Day Hypocrisy
While all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy is going on this year, you can apologize to the vets by considering a donation in their support. Below are a few groups of which I have no connection. You can research additional organizations if you are so compelled.
If you know of anyone who may suffer from PTSD, clicking HERE may be a good start.
Thunder Road Film – An epic war drama for a defining generation that Hollywood is too afraid to make.
Helios Warriors – Provides therapies to ALL veterans. specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma.
Pets For Vets – Pairs dogs with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. (especially those with PTSD)
Honor Flight – Helps every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, to visit THEIR memorial.
Defending the Blue Line – Actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.
Forgive us for the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. Oh look! There is a sale over there!
With God’s Will.