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Did you know that each and every one of us comes into this Earth with a purpose? Did you know that we are all uniquely created with gifts/purpose to share and empower the world? Are you living your purpose? Do you know how to put your purpose into action and would you like to activate a new source of power within you that will help you explore deeper within yourself to truly make a difference?  

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The World’s “Renegade Currency” – will Bitcoin crush the market for 2014?

bitcoin1bitcoin2 Have you heard of Bitcoin? Probably you have, but you are just as skeptical as the one who said ” They’re just hijacking the Bitcoin name and trying to claim it has links to some kind of currency Edison tried to invent back when he was alive, it’s a load of bullshit and people should ignore”. Well! well.. haven’t you ignore it enough? Wouldn’t you like to know what this Bitcoin is, and how it may affect our world tomorrow? This is what some say about it:- “Bitcoin is A renegade currency,disrupting global economies, weakening the power of central banks, and transforming the financial destinies of people across the globe”     So, what is this currency all about?

Let us start first with, why they call this “Bitcoin” an Edison Renegade Currency.

You see, back in 1921, Edison wanted to re-invent the dollar and that was a radical plan that the government wouldn’t go for, but now with our new technologies, Edison got his revenge.    

We all know Thomas Edison is a renown inventor, even a child can tell you what made him so famous in his invention. One more invention he would have like to see before he died, and that was his idea for a renegade currency, and in 2009 that vision was finally realized in the form of bitcoin.

The dollar is being counterfeited all over the world. Not just the dollar, people who do counterfeiting,they can do so to any currency of any country, around the world.
A “virtual currency” (like Bitcoin) is invisible. It depends on billions of computers which are linked together. You cannot dilute Bitcoin, you cannot counterfeit it… and those two things make it highly desirable to many people who have lost their confidence in the current central bank-controlled world of money..  The world’s most famous investor recently delivered his blunt advice to CNBC, saying investors should fear the dollar because it will be “worth less and less over time.” “Paper money has a lousy future,” Buffett said.
Now thousands of Main Street Americans are dumping their dollars – and have turned to buying and investing in bitcoin. BUT…is BITCOIN: a new currency or a new scam?
Below is an article By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall, who will enlightened us further on this renegade currency— Read on

BITCOIN: A NEW CURRENCY – OR A NEW SCAM?

By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
January 5, 2014
NewsWithViews.com
And Pretty Soon You Have Some Real… What?
I planned to spend the month of January clearing out files and getting old interests off of my computer to make room for new ones rather than doing any writing but a telephone call from a person well informed about banking, bank regulations, the American legal system, and many other things (including USA, Inc.), and it changed my plans. He called and asked a simple question: “What’s your opinion of Bitcoin?” I’ve had many other friends ask… and have avoided an answer – until now.
Banking, not currency, is my area of expertise… but the two concepts overlap. Without money, what good is a bank?
What is money? Before I address the topic of Bitcoin, this question must be answered. What is money? What is wealth? What is profit? The three are intertwined, but they are not the same thing.
Money is a reward for labor and risk management. People who run their own independent businesses are rewarded with profit for their good decisions (or take losses for bad ones) involving risk management. People who work for them – or for multi-national companies – take no risk but provide the sweat of their brow to gain access to money. Stock market investors are rewarded for their good decisions with profit – or are penalized for bad ones. For most people, however, money is the reward for labor and risk management. After earning it, it becomes the means to survive, giving us access to everything from housing and comfort – to the opposite. Anyone who opens a business every day manages risk. Anyone who invests in various market products – from stocks to bonds and mutual funds and metals – manages risk. When you get to the bottom line, though, money is something the vast majority of people think they can stuff in their mattress or pull from their wallets to pay for a drink at the local bar or to tip a waitress at Denny’s for good breakfast service.
As long as government can put you in prison for not paying your taxes, what backs America’s paper currency is not “nothing.” People tell you that but it is untrue. What supports the Dollar/Federal Reserve Note is the tax base of the nation. Our paper money is backed by the taxes paid by the American people, by the sweat of our brow, by the value of our real estate (before mortgage-backed derivatives ruined it), and our commodities. Generally, productivity determines our wealth, not “things.”
Money is a nationally-recognized medium of exchange – like the U.S. dollar (or Federal Reserve Note – bearing in mind that the word “note” also means “loan”) or the British Pound Sterling or the French Franc or the German Deutsch Mark. But money has changed in the past few years. Computers turned “money” into “virtual currencies” or “digital currencies.” The United States Federal Reserve Note is the largest digital currency in the world. Bitcoin’s claim to being a digital currency is totally minimized when you think about the “digital dollar” for longer than a minute.
Bitcoin supporters – and they are legion – are as dedicated to the concept of a non-government backed currency like Bitcoin as any Greenie is to eliminating carbon footprints. They are pretty radical. They have found something to believe in… something they believe to be better than money produced and regulated and backed by governments around the world.
Supporters of Bitcoin think of it as a non-government (or post-government) currency – but it is not. Government can shut it down anytime it wants. And that was the first answer I gave to the caller who asked the question. A “virtual currency” (like Bitcoin) is invisible. It depends on billions of computers which are linked together. You cannot dilute Bitcoin, you cannot counterfeit it… and those two things make it highly desirable to many people who have lost their confidence in the current central bank-controlled world of money. The dollar is being counterfeited all over the world. The point is, the people have largely lost their trust in government. Like most not terribly bright people, they simply do not recognize the point at which they are going to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and think that Gordon Gekko’s statement that “Greed is good” is accurate – into infinity. Greed is not good – and fairly earned profits are not bad.
Does Bitcoin bypass central banks and currencies, as its supporters suggest it does? Let me answer that question with a question: How do you obtain Bitcoin? Does someone pay you for it in return for your labor? No… you are paid in the nationally-recognized currency of your nation in return for your labor. People who manage risk to earn profits are also paid in the currency of the realm, so to speak. The only way you can get Bitcoin is to use dollars or yen or francs, etc., to purchase it. Thus, it does not by-pass central banks or currencies. It is dependent upon them for its very existence.
Bitcoin exploded on the American scene… well, it exploded worldwide. The biggest users of Bitcoin are the people of China. The people of India are also heavily invested. People who have had limited access to traditional banks in their nations have been drawn to the Bitcoin digital currency.
The fact is, belief in paper money is crumbling. Why? Because of mortgage-backed derivatives. Because of government reports that tell us inflation is only 3% — when we know what we pay for groceries exceeds that number by far. Because of Quantitative Easing payments by the Federal Reserve to Wall Street banks – certainly not representative of the vast majority of independently-owned commercial banks in America – to prop up the stock market. Because of the manipulation of the precious metals markets by banksters and government agents who act in opposition to the well-being of the citizens of this nation. The fact is, belief in paper money is crumbling because of lies (from ObamaCare to Benghazi to IRS manipulations of tax status qualification to Tea Party groups). And that has stimulated international interest in Bitcoin.
The problem with America’s currency today is that too much of it is being “printed” – though it’s not really printed these days. It’s just key-coded into a computer. Another problem is Bitcoin stock volatility… it’s gone up 9,000% just this year. Now that could take the currency market on the ride of its life, couldn’t it? Currencies need to be stable or the world can’t be stable. A nation’s currency needs a lack of volatility. One reason so many people want a currency that is backed by gold and silver is because they are sufficiently rare as to prevent too much duplication of them and, thus, a certain amount of non-volatility is achieved. You can’t print – or key-code – a bar of gold into a computer. One of the things supporters point out is that Bitcoin programmers replicated something that cannot be counterfeited or diluted. Well, they say that – but that’s an assumption that hasn’t withstood sufficient tests of time, hacker technology, and marketplace manipulations. It is unproven.
How do you get Bitcoin? You must use the currency of your nation to purchase it. So Bitcoin does not by-pass currency and central banks as advertised. You need your national currency to gain access to it. Thus, Bitcoin’s primary value lies in its stock market price, not in any established market value – perceived, not actual value. And government can shut down Bitcoin anytime it chooses. How? Turn off access to the computer. If you do not think government controls what has access to the Internet, you have not been following the news. Should Bitcoin ever become a real threat to the central banking system, Bitcoin will be shut down. Do you really believe that a central banking system that has seen every President assassinated (or attempts made) when they tried to break away from the central banking system is going to hesitate for one moment to cut off access to Bitcoin should it become a threat? Please!
On June 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 giving the Treasury Department explicit authority “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” In other words, for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury vault, the government could place new currency into circulation. More than $4 billion in U.S. Notes were created in $2 and $5 denominations. President Kennedy was assassinated five months later… while the Treasury Department was printing $10 and $20 United States Notes (and the $10 and $20 Notes were never circulated). After the Kennedy assassination, the U.S. Notes Kennedy had issued were immediately taken out of circulation. Almost all of the paper currency in the United States – over 99% — is Federal Reserve Notes, not the United States Notes John F. Kennedy constitutionally created.
Abraham Lincoln needed financial assistance to finance the War Between the States (some call it the Civil War). New York banks offered him loans at a 24% to 36% interest rate. Instead, Lincoln got Congress to allow him to produce Greenbacks. The Greenback solution worked so well, Lincoln intended to make it a permanent policy… one that would do away with the need for a central bank. As history teaches us, President Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. There were attempts on the life of President Andrew Jackson, too. Jackson firmly opposed central banks and his vow to prevent a central bank was the thrust of his Presidential campaign. He was elected – which should tell you what the people wanted.
Do you really believe the richest, most amoral, most powerful organization in the world – the Bank of International Settlements whose members are the central banks of the world – would have a problem in shutting Bitcoin down in a New York minute if they thought it represented any kind of threat to them? I don’t. All they have to do is remove Bitcoin from the Internet… and without the Internet, there is no Bitcoin. It is, however, interesting to ponder if Bitcoin is a false flag designed to lead people down a yellow brick road, promising a solution to the central bank problem while concurrently creating a huge bubble! We’ll see.
Too, there are technical problems with Bitcoin. For example, if I owe you $1,000 today and give you the correct amount of Bitcoin to pay that debt, by the time you cash my payment the value of the Bitcoin may have sunk sufficiently that you get only half of what you loaned me. That is a solid argument against Bitcoin as a day-to-day form of currency. When something is that volatile, it cannot be used as a medium of exchange. Those who argue that we should use gold and silver coinage rather than paper bills need to own up to the volatility of precious metals, too. We have seen in the past years how easily the gold and silver markets can be manipulated. That’s why they, alone, aren’t good mediums of exchange… under the current system certain banksters get a minute or 15 seconds on the computer before anyone else can invest and set the price for precious metals for the day, making them too volatile. Until the manipulation problem is solved, that problem remains. Part of the solution is using all commodities to back a nation’s currency. The entire world market of commodities cannot be manipulated at the same time.
Digital currencies are, Bitcoin supporters say, the wave of the future. What they neglect to say is that the US Federal Reserve Note is already the world’s largest digital currency.
Many people are aware that a global currency reset is scheduled. Actually, it has already begun. No doubt that the dollar is in big trouble… we all know that. The world’s central banks will soon get rid of the dollar as the international currency of trade and a global currency reset will be used to achieve that. It will not be a hidden event — you will hear the words “global currency reset.” It is scheduled to happen within the next three months… but there are many a slip between cup and lip.
There are 204 countries that agreed with the IMF to revalue their currencies. It is said they have agreed to keep their currencies within a 5% differential of each other. That doesn’t mean the collapse of the US dollar. That comes later. The hope is that the global currency reset will prevent currency wars – which is what we have right now and it’s hurting everyone. In some nations, currencies will be devalued. In others, value will increase. When a currency is devalued, the cost of labor goes down – which appeals to multi-national corporations. Some say the US dollar will go down 30%. – I think the global currency reset will cause the dollar to go down more than that, but that’s just my opinion. In relation to other currencies in the world, the US dollar will be revalued in relation to the value of other currencies worldwide. How will worldwide currency values be established? Productivity and population… and we’re back to where I started this article: the value of money is determined by labor and risk management.
What does that mean? If the dollar drops by 30% , it means 30% inflation. As America gets over its love affair with cheap Chinese products – after the Chinese currency is re-valued upward – future costs of those products will be much higher. So there will be a secondary cost increase – and that means more inflation beyond the original 30%.
The currencies will be reset, they say, according to the assets of the country. What is America’s big industry? You’ve heard it from me a hundred times this past year: Debt. That’s why I call the economic driver of our nation “debtism” rather than “capitalism.” We have no manufacturing or industrial base. With Quantitative Easing, the Federal Reserve System’s Balance Sheet has increased from 12 (plus) trillion at the end of the Bush Administration to an explosive $17 trillion under Obama. There are no assets left in America. Debt is our biggest asset.
And now you know why I’ve also been saying for the past year that the best investment you can make is things you will need in the immediate future: Underwear, clothing, toilet paper, shoes (for adults), canned goods and other long-term food, medical materials – iodine, e.g.. They are all going to shoot sky-high in the coming months and years. Take a look at those things on which you are most dependent – and stock up on them.
Notice to marketers: We are now moving from a want-driven marketplace to a needs-driven marketplace.
© 2014 Marilyn M. Barnewall – All Rights Reserved

Youths are Representative of Power – Myth & Ego – The Mask of Power

As we take you through our Culture Exposed moments, please join us right here at Viwida-USA in supporting Youth Programs by helping to empower our youth as they are becoming Adults.
Watch these videos to understand some of our youths in different cultures; what they need to do in order for them to be transformed; how are they taking their power and mount on The Mask of Power as they journey through life and becoming responsible Adults. 
Youth are representative of power as they broke the dependency of Ego. Ego can’t reflect upon itself unless it has a mirror against which to read itself and that mirror is a Mythological schedule that lets it know where and what it is. Myth lets us know where we are across the ages of life.
A mythological schedule is like a patterned mirror, and the Ego see itself in that reflection and know where it is in the scoreboard. E.g: A person of age 40 who is wondering weather his going to be punished by his mother has not move on. This person should see himself as a free, willing, self responsible human being. He should have noble powers that will enable him to act in nobility.

To understand further the mystery of Ego, Myth and youth taking on the Mask of Power please see videos below….

Joseph Campbell–Myth As the Mirror for the Ego

Joseph Campbell–On Becoming an Adult

Gender-based Violence Remains Rampant in Zanzibar Isles-Tanzania

Attacks on women on the rise in the Isles, study says
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According to the report released in Dar es Salaam yesterday, gender based violence remains rampant in the country

Tanzania Media Women’s Association board member Gladness Mnuo displays the Gender Based Violence 2013 report during its launch in Dar ers Salaam yesterday.

PHOTO | FIDELIS FELIX By Katare Mbashiru, The Citizen Reporter – Posted Thursday, February 20 2014 at 10:38  http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Attacks-on-women-on-the-rise-/-/1840392/2214304/-/j7jkm1z/-/index.html 

Dar es Salaam. Rape, early pregnancy and early marriage have risen in Zanzibar at an alarming rate, a new survey has revealed.

According to the report released in Dar es Salaam yesterday, gender-based violence remains rampant in the country.

But the report by the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (Tamwa) says significant strides have been made in stamping out attacks on women in the past year.

Some regions where GBV was rampant have made remarkable progress since the 2012-2013 survey, said Tamwa board member Gladness Munuo.

She was speaking during the launching of the report at Tamwa headquarters in Dar es Salaam. On Tanzania Mainland, though, rape cases have risen in Dodoma and Babati districts.

The survey was preceded by investigative journalism training across the country with the support of the United Nations Population Fund, after which 30 journalists formed Journalists Against Gender-Based Violence (JAG) network.

On Tanzania Mainland, the research was carried out in Kahama (Shinyanga), Tarime (Mara), Sengerema (Mwanza), Newala (Mtwara), Mbulu (Manyara), Singida rural (Singida), Bariadi (Simiyu), Busega (Simiyu), Nkasi (Rukwa) and Dodoma (Dodoma).

Other chapters include Babati (Manyara), Chunya (Mbeya) and Bunda (Mara). In Zanzibar, the research was carried out in Mjini Magharibi, Kusini Pemba, Kaskazini Pemba, Unguja Kusini and Kaskazini Unguja.

The research focused on rape, female genital mutilation, beatings, abandonment of women and children, killing of elders, child marriage and pregnancy. Journalists from various media houses took part in the survey.

The journalists represented The Citizen, The Guardian, Mwananchi, Daily News, Zanzibar Leo, Nipashe, Majira and ITV.

Despite differing from one district to another, according to Ms Munuo, the findings revealed that there were districts where FGM was a major problem while in others abandonment of women was massive.

“Based on data that was collected and given that the main objective of the research is to wage war on GBV,” she added, “this report concentrates more on areas where the main issues that were being researched have been found to still be problematic.”

In Zanzibar, the findings established that 996 cases of GBV were recorded in the districts that were surveyed. They include rape (242), underage pregnancy (228) child marriage (42), abandonment of women and children (96) and beatings (388).

But the good news is that regions such as Mara and Singida registered a drop in GBV. In the last survey, 20 per cent of women in Singida Region reported being raped but no rape was recorded in the recent survey.

 

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 Basic SEO can be a fundamental portion of any marketing strategy and in order for your prospects to gain access to your internet site you need to ensure it ranks highly among major search engines like yahoo. But what criteria do search engines employ which usually website ranks highly- and how may you build your web site in ways that draws in a boost in traffic? 

In terms of any website marketing plan, committing to the basics gets you more traction in presence online than spending money on the “fancy stuff”. Even though some complex and effective SEO strategies can involve site restructuring and the use of advanced tools, there are many easy steps you usually takes to enhance your sites visibility. 

Monitor your web site 

You cannot know how effective your web marketing strategy is unless you monitor your SEO standings. One method to get this data is to watch your google page rank using tools for example Google Toolbar. You’ll also check your referrer log occasionally to trace where your site visitors are received from and the exact search terms they’re using to find your website. 

Keywords

It could sound overrated but keywords include the backbone of effective SEO. Proper placement is essential so consider aspects including titles, content, image names, URLs and so forth. Keywords are essentially keyword phrases and people use them to find relevant information, products. Your title tag and page header should offer the main keyword to be able to guide visitors to your web page.

But take into account Google and also other search engines use advanced filters to eliminate spammers so use keywords sparingly lest you discover your web site defined as spam for keyword-stuffing.

Internal links

It’s an elementary and essential part of Search Engine Optimization which is even more a very simple strategy to boost traffic to your website. Ensure you link to your archives whenever you generate new content and then try to make the anchor-text search-friendly. Site visitors will access a certain page when their searches examine this content therein so check backlink options to find out how well your website is placed.

As with every other effective SEO approach, try to keep the linking as small as possible which means that your visitors don’t get annoyed. 

Check site URL 

Use clear keywords when naming your internet site to ensure users know what to expect from it. A complex and dynamic URL puts off virtually all site visitors knowning that lowers the rankings. A free SEO check could reveal a great deal of flaws on your system which a skilled internet marketer would be able to fix.

Image descriptions

You can use spiders to find text although not the words inside your images. Because of this you should make words related to your images as descriptive as possible if possible add an “ALT” tag so you can use a keyword-rich description. Visible text around your images can be used for SEO purposes and if you set captions on the images it will be more potent.

Content

Content has to be fresh and relevant. The very best ranked websites always contain up-to-date useful information about a specific topic, product or service. A good way online marketers use content for his or her benefit is actually integrating your blog. In the event the president or CEO starts blogging about products or services, it gets everyone’s attention which is even more a good way of reaching to clients and making a new one. 

Social media marketing

Your site is just one component of a larger marketing strategy although it holds real value to a website, it has to be combined with other elements of SEO to get better results. Your website should have a profile on all major social media platforms to be able to reach a bigger audience. Whether your products is shown on your social websites account, recommended by users or tweeted by a happy customer, this plan gets people talking and moves your products.

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The Easy Money is On – 5 Mining Stocks to Buy – Buy a piece o’ Company for less than $12

Nowadays money in banks don’t earn you anything, and if it does it won’t be more than 0.02% do you agree? In fact, some banks they don’t even pay you interest on your savings, and we all know that banks use every bit of our pennies to invest them somewhere; otherwise, banks won’t make money. Service charges is not enough for banks to function, interest on loans doesn’t do lately because no one wants debts. People are tired of credits and credit cards. Yet, banks have to invest your money; in order to keep making money. So, wouldn’t you like to charge your bank a hefty interest for using your money as they are charging you for getting a loan? We all know you probably cannot charge banks interest on your deposited money, which they use to invest but, If you can’t charge them, then you can always invest your money in a company of your choice, a company you like.

What are you waiting for? Buy yourself a share of a company.  Wouldn’t you like to have a share of a company? It is easy to do so; and with today’s uncertainty on your money in banks, you are probably better off to own a stock to a company. — “When you buy a share of stock, you are taking a share of ownership in a company. Collectively, the company is owned by all the shareholders, and each share represents a claim on assets and earnings.”    You can learn more about stocks by clicking on the link given at the end of the article…. 

 Meanwhile, as we are talking about stocks, let us check out the 5 mining stocks by Anthony Mirhaydari, from InvestorPlace below

5 Mining Stocks to Buy Amid the Surge in Silver and Gold

The easy money is on, bringing a beleaguered sector back to life

By Anthony Mirhaydari, InvestorPlace Market Strategist  |  Feb 13, 2014, 9:04 am EST
  • It’s clear that the cheap money is going to keep flowing under new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, and that in turn has brought life into precious metals and mining stocks.

Although Yellen indicated, in her first appearance in front of Congress since being sworn in on Tuesday, that the taper of the “QE3″ bond-buying program would continue apace — at around $10 billion per meeting — this was offset by a moving of the goalposts on when short-term interest rates would rise from the near 0% perch they’ve been sitting on since 2008.

Yellen said rates wouldn’t move until alternative measures of labor market health, such as long-term unemployment and the number of folks working part-time for economic reasons, improves as well as the overall unemployment rate. That suggests more work is to be done, despite a quicker-than-expected drop in the jobless rate to 6.6% in recent months.

Also, she highlighted the fact that the Fed’s preferred inflation measure (personal consumption expenditures) is just 1.1%, below their 2% target, and that there wouldn’t be impetus to hike rates until inflation hit 2.5% — a level that hasn’t been seen since January 2012.

Investors reacted by pouring into gold and silver and related mining stocks as higher inflation — and the weaker U.S. dollar that will likely accompany it — has brought the beleaguered sector to life. After an initial surge higher in January, which I covered in a number of posts, the group is on the move again.

Here are five mining stocks to buy in response in the coming days:

Mining Stocks to Buy: First Majestic Silver (AG)

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First Majestic Silver (AG) is popping out of a downtrend going back to August as it crosses over its 200-day moving average — a level that it hasn’t spent much time above since late 2012.

The company, based in Canada, operates mines in Canada and Mexico and a silver trading operation in Europe. Management expects silver production to increase between 19% and 25% this year.

A return to the August high would be worth a 45% move from here.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Yamana Gold (AUY)

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Yamana Gold (AUY), like AG, is also pushing over its 200-day moving average, moving below that threshold in early 2013 and not looking back. The company has operations in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, but is based in Canada.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley recently increased their price target on the stock to $12 a share — which would represent a 41% gain from current levels.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Harmony Gold (HMY)

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Harmony Gold (HMY) traded as high as $15.33 share back in 2011 — the last time inflationary pressure bubbled up and the Fed was forced to slam the brakes on the “QE2″ bond purchase program — before suffering a whopping 85% price wipeout into a low set back in December.

Shares have since stabilized and are pushing higher in what looks to be a challenge of its August highs — a move that would be worth a 47% gain from here.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Great Panther Silver (GPL)

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Great Panther Silver (GPL) has been in a persistent and catastrophic downturn since peaking in early 2011, falling from more than $5 a share to a 2013 low of just 65 cents. That looks to be changing now, as shares break a persistent channel resistance line that has held the stock over the last four years, save for a short reprieve back in August 2012.

The company is looking for a 10% production increase this year via its operations in Mexico. Great Panther is also pursuing development opportunities throughout Latin America. GPL is already up 4% for me since adding it to my Edge Letter Sample Portfolio on Tuesday.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Silver Wheaton (SLW)

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Silver Wheaton (SLW), a larger market capitalization pick than the other four presented here, has been relatively buoyant in comparison. That makes it a better selection for a more conservative investor. Shares are down more than 40% from their late 2012 high, but is now enjoying upside momentum as it breaks above resistance from its 200-day moving average — a level that held throughout 2013 and into early 2014.

Disclosure: Anthony has recommended AG, AUY, HMY, GPL, and SLW to his clients.

Anthony Mirhaydari is founder of the Edge, an investment advisory newsletter, as well as Mirhaydari Capital Management, a registered investment advisory firm. 

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The Stock Market In Japan Is Collapsing. Is U.S.A next in line?

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The Trading Report so you can get an idea about our economy worldwide; as well as enjoy fresh ideas and insight about the  the realities of the collapsing market globally as some are predicting to happen this year. This is what some people say about the whole situation:-  “Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices;  when alot you who think the economy is going to be all roses’s the one with the gold and silver will flourish;  Maybe you are not aware of the nature of debt, but at some point it must either be paid back, defaulted on, or inflated away: since paying it back is not an option, we will be stuck with #2 or # 3, neither of which will end well.”  Enjoy the article……and let us hear from you too, you can comment in the end

The Stock Market In Japan Is Collapsing

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link) February 5, 2014
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Did you see what just happened in Japan? The stock market of the 3rd largest economy on the planet is imploding. On Tuesday, the Nikkei fell by more than 610 points. If that sounds like a lot, that is because it is. The largest one day stock market decline in U.S. history is only777 points. So far, the Dow is only down about 1000 points during this “correction”, but the Nikkei is down more than 2,300 points. The Nikkei has dropped more than 14 percent since the peak of the market, and many analysts believe that this is only just the beginning. Those that have been waiting for a full-blown stock market collapse may be about to get their wish. Japan is absolutely drowning in debt, their central bank is printing money like crazy and the Japanese population is aging rapidly. As far as economic fundamentals go, there is very little good news as far as Japan is concerned. So will an Asian financial collapse precede the next great financial crisis in the United States? That is what some have been predicting, and it starting to look increasingly likely.

What happened to the Nikkei early on Tuesday was absolutely breathtaking. The following is how Bloomberg described the carnage…

At the end of January 2013, Japanese stocks trailed only Portugal for the biggest rally among developed markets. Now the Nikkei 225 Stock Average is leading declines, slumping 8.5 percent last month and today capping a 14 percent drop from its Dec. 30 peak.

Losses snowballed in Tokyo during a global retreat that has erased $2.9 trillion from equity values worldwide this year amid signs of slower growth in China and stimulus cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

As Bloomberg noted, much of the blame for the financial problems that we are seeing all over the planet right now is being placed on the Federal Reserve.

The Fed created this bubble by pumping trillions of fresh dollars into the global financial system, and now they are bursting this bubble by starting to cut off the flow of easy money.

This is something that I warned would happen when the Fed decided to taper, and now RBS is warning of a “market bloodbath” unless the Federal Reserve immediately stops tapering.

Most Americans simply do not realize that our financial markets no longer resemble a free market system. Instead, they are highly manipulated and distorted by the central banks, and the trillions of dollars of “hot money” that the Fed has poured into the global financial system has infected virtually every financial market on Earth…

On Wall Street they call it “hot money”—that seemingly endless flow of cash that goes to the most profitable country du jour—but in the real economy it’s gone cold.

That hot money has come mostly in the form of a low-yielding U.S. dollar, which investors have borrowed en masse to fund investments in other higher-yielding currencies across the globe. The so-called carry trade has helped fuel an investment bonanza across the world that has boosted risk assetsthanks primarily to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy.

But with the Fed tiptoeing away from what initially was an $85 billion-a-month infusion of liquidity, investors are beginning to prepare themselves for a world of rising rates in which the endless cash flow to emerging market economies begins to ebb, then cease.

We never fixed any of the fundamental problems that caused the last financial crisis. Instead, the Fed seemed to think that the solution to any problem was just to create more money.

It was an incredibly stupid approach, and now our fundamental problems are worse than ever as Marc Faber recently noted…

“Total credit as a percent of the global economy is now 30 percent higher than it was at the start of the economic crisis in 2007, we have had rapidly escalating household debt especially in emerging economies and resource economies like Canada and Australia and we have come to a point where household debt has become burdensome on the system—that is, where an economic slowdown follows.”

So what comes next?

Well, unless the Fed or other central banks intervene, we are probably going to have even more carnage.

At least that is what Dennis Gartman, the editor and publisher of “The Gartman Letter”, told CNBC on Tuesday…

“I just think you’re going to have a very severe, very substantive and really quite ugly correction that will probably make a lot of people wail and gnash their teeth before it’s done.”

Other analysts share his pessimism. According to Doug Short, the vice president of research at Advisor Perspectives, the U.S. stock market “still looks 67% overvalued“.

Most sobering of all is what Richard Russell is saying. In his 60 years of writing about financial issues, he has never been “so filled with foreboding regarding what lies ahead”…

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t worried about the way things are going. Frankly, I’m truly scared for myself, my family and the nation. I have the sinking feeling that the stock market is on the edge of a crash. If that happens, investor sentiment will turn quickly bearish. And the bear market will start feeding on itself. Ironically, the recent action occurred in the face of almost insane bullishness on the part of the crowd and on the part of investors.

Obviously smart heads and institutional money managers know that the US is semi dead in the water. And all the talk about an improving economy is just wishes and hopes. Bernanke’s dream of a flourishing new economy, improving without the need of the Fed’s help, is an idle dream.

I’ve been writing about the stock market for over 60 years and I can’t remember a time when I was so filled with foreboding regarding what lies ahead. The primary trend of the market, like the tide of the ocean, is irresistible, and waits for no man. What scares me the most in this current situation is that I see no clear island of safety.

You can read the rest of his very disturbing remarks right here.

U.S. stocks may not totally crash this week, this month or even this year, but without a doubt a day of reckoning is coming. As a society, our total consumer, business and government debt is now equivalent to approximately 345 percent of GDP.

The only way that the game can continue is to keep pumping up the debt bubble even more.

Once the debt bubble stops expanding, it will start collapsing very rapidly.

Those that foolishly still have lots of money in the stock market better hope that the Federal Reserve decides to intervene in a major way very soon.

Because if they don’t, there is a very good chance that we could indeed have a “market bloodbath” on our hands.

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george • 20 hours ago
Maybe we could get the taxpayers to give us a 100 million to go on a one week trip and not worry about increasing the debt, or for that matter anything else and we could all take “selfies” of ourselves.
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JohnDille • 20 hours ago
YADA YADA YADA!!! I guess Michael Snyder has never heard of Abenomics, the Japanese version of infinite Quantitative Easing! Right wingers wishing to bash Japan’s effort to get its stagnant economy moving apparently are not aware that it has been stagnant for more than 20 years… so it is about time they try SOMETHING!!! That is especially true because Japan can no longer afford stagnation… it can risk serious economic problems by following Abenomics… or they can risk even more serious economic problems by doing nothing!!! In other words, Japan is in the same situation the United States was a few years ago… when they decided to step in and do the bail out thing and the quantitative Easing thing… as risky as those strategies were… OR THEY COULD HAVE DONE LIKE RIGHT WINGERS WANTED THEM TO DO… and let the whole US economic system collapse!!! Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices They seem to forget that out there in the REAL world, the solution to the debt problem is inherently simple, though controversial… SINCE ALL THAT DEBT IS JUST PAPER, IF PUSH REALLY COMES TO SHOVE, JUST PUT A MATCH TO THE MOST EXPENSIVE FORMS OF ALL THAT PAPER!!! Let the rich right wingers scream in protest… WE STOLE ALL OF THAT MONEY FAIR AND SQUARE… but driving down interest rates almost to zero is saving the US government and the people of the United States TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN INTEREST COSTS… SAVINGS THAT WILL BE COMPOUNDED FOR YEARS TO COME IF WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THAT STRATEGY!!! In the mean time, let the right wingers howl… THE WIND BLOWS LOUDEST THROUGH AN EMPTY BARN… as my old man used to say!!!
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Paul Dragotto JohnDille • 19 hours ago
why are you blaming the right. it’s the whole damn system. if you have any money in a 401K , or any retirement , get it into gold and silver. when alot you who think the economy is going to be all roses’s the one with the gold and silver will flourish. i’m not a republican nor a deomocrap, i’m an patriot. i stand by the constituiton and the i buy guns and gold.i see inflation every week go up in food price’s and dry goods. when the storm troopers come to take you to a FEMA camp . i’ll be safe with my food,guns, and metals. good luck chuck.
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Joe Cabot JohnDille • 17 hours ago −
Uh, sleepy, maybe you were dozing off, but the stimulus in the USA began during the Bush administration. Called TARP, too big to fail, and corporate bailouts, the lefties were in full howl over the excesses and evil of it all. Now that Barry is in office it suddenly becomes sound economic policy. By the way, the Japanese economy was sideswiped in the early 90’s by artificially low interest rates and excessive money supply which led to bubbling asset prices, which is exactly where we are at today. Maybe you are not aware of the nature of debt, but at some point it must either be paid back, defaulted on, or inflated away: since paying it back is not an option, we will be stuck with #2 or # 3, neither of which will end well. That lesson was taught during the first week of basic economics – you must have been in the barn with your dad that week.
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28 Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Toward Extinction

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)
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The death of the middle class in America has become so painfully obvious that now even the New York Timesis doing stories about it.  Millions of middle class jobs have disappeared, incomes are steadily decreasing, the rate of homeownership has declined for eight years in a row and U.S. consumers have accumulated record-setting levels of debt.  Being independent is at the heart of what it means to be “middle class”, and unfortunately the percentage of Americans that are able to take care of themselves without government assistance continues to decline.  In fact, the percentage of Americans that are receiving government assistance is now at an all-time record high.  This is not a good thing.  Sadly, the number of people on food stamps has increased by nearly 50 percent while Barack Obama has been in the White House, and at this point nearly half the entire country gets money from the government each month.  Anyone that tries to tell you that the middle class is going to be “okay” simply has no idea what they are talking about.  The following are 28 signs that the middle class is heading toward extinction…

#1 You don’t have to ask major U.S. corporations if the middle class is dying.  This fact is showing up plain as day in their sales numbers.  The following is from a recent New York Times article entitled “The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World“…

In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving. And at General Electric, the increase in demand for high-end dishwashers and refrigerators dwarfs sales growth of mass-market models.

As politicians and pundits in Washington continue to spar over whether economic inequality is in fact deepening, in corporate America there really is no debate at all. The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.

#2 Some of the largest retailers in the United States that once thrived by serving the middle class are now steadily dying.  Sears and J.C. Penney are both on the verge of bankruptcy, and now we have learned that Radio Shack may be shutting down another 500 storesthis year.

#3 Real disposable income in the United States just experienced the largest year over year drop that we have seen since 1974.

#4 Median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.

#5 The rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen for eight years in a row.

#6 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.  In 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans consider themselves to be “middle class”.

#7 In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”.  In 2014, an astounding 49 percent of them do.

#8 Incredibly, 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

#9 Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.

#10 The average credit card debt in the United States is $15,279.

#11 The average student loan debt in the United States is $32,250.

#12 The average mortgage debt in the United States is $149,925.

#13 Overall, U.S. consumers are $11,360,000,000,000 in debt.

#14 The U.S. national debt is currently sitting at$17,263,040,455,036.20, and it is being reported that is has grown by$6.666 trillion during the Obama years so far.  Most of the burden of servicing that debt is going to fall on the middle class (if the middle class is able to survive that long).

#15 According to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will nearly quadruple over the next ten years.

#16 Back in 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 54.9 percent of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#17 More Americans than ever find themselves forced to turn to the government for help with health care.  At this point, 82.4 millionAmericans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.

#18 There are 46.5 million Americans that are living in poverty, and the poverty rate in America has been at 15 percent or above for 3 consecutive years.  That is the first time that has happened since 1965.

#19 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 47 million.

#20 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the percentage of working age Americans that are actually working has declined from60.6 percent to 58.6 percent.

#21 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 37.1 weeks.

#22 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs created since then.

#23 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year in wages.

#24 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

#25 According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.

#26 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollarson welfare programs over the past five years.

#27 Only 35 percent of all Americans say that they are better off financially than they were a year ago.

#28 Only 19 percent of all Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.

As if the middle class didn’t have enough to deal with, now here comes Obamacare.

As I have written about previously, Obamacare is going to mean higher taxes and much higher health insurance premiumsfor middle class Americans.

Not only that, but millions of hard working Americans are going to end up losing their jobs or having their hours cut back thanks to Obamacare.  For example, a fry cook named Darnell Summers recently told Barack Obama directly that he and his fellow workers “were broken down to part time to avoid paying health insurance“…

Civil Unrest to Intensify as the Decline in Economies Accelerates

Are we approaching another great financial crisis? Will Obama finish his second term without the bottom dropping out? While we are watching the collapsing currencies in Turkey, South America and etc.., will U.S.A’s time runs out rapidly? What have you done to prepare for the upcoming financial crisis, which is approaching like a storm? Or do you think all of this is not real, people are just making up stuff to scare Americans. Keep your eyes on the money for the next six months coming.!  
By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)
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That didn’t take long.  On Monday, the Dow was down another 326 points.  Overall, the Dow has now fallen more than 1000 points from the peak of the market (16,588.25) back in late December.  This is the first time that we have seen the Dow drop below its 200-day moving average in more than a year, and there are many that believe that this is just the beginning of a major stock market decline.  Meanwhile, things are even worse in other parts of the world.  For example, the Nikkei is now down about 1700 points from its 2013 high.  This is causing havoc all over Asia, and the sharp movement that we have been seeing in the USD/JPY is creating a tremendous amount of anxiety among Forex traders.  For those that are not interested in the technical details, what all of this means is that global financial markets are starting to become extremely unstable.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be much hope on the horizon for investors.  In fact, troubling news just continues to pour in from all over the planet.  Just consider the following…

-Major currencies all over South America continue to collapse.

-Massive central bank intervention has done little to slow down the currency collapse in Turkey.

-Investors pulled more than 6 billion dollars out of emerging market equity funds last week alone.

-The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has risen above 20 for the first time in four months.

-Last month, new manufacturing orders in the United States declined at the fastest pace that we have seen since December 1980.

-Real disposable income in the United States has just experienced the largest year over year drop that we have seen since 1974.

-In January, vehicle sales for Ford were down 7.5 percent and vehicle sales for GM were down 12 percent.  Both companies are blaming bad weather.

-A major newspaper in the UK is warning that “growing problems in the Chinese banking system could spill over into a wider financial crisis“.

-U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that the federal government could hit the debt ceiling by the end of this month if Congress does not act.

-It is being reported that Dell Computer plans to lay off more than 15,000 workers.

-The IMF recently said that the the probability that the global economy will fall into a deflation trap “may now be as high as 20%“.

-The Baltic Dry Index is now down 50 percent from its December highs.

If our economic troubles continue to mount, could we be facing a global “financial avalanche” fairly quickly?

That is what some very prominent analysts believe.

Below, I have posted quotes from five men that are greatly respected in the financial world.  What they have to say is quite chilling…

#1 Doug Casey: “Now is a very good time to start thinking financially because I’m afraid that this year, in 2014, we’re going to go back into the financial hurricane. We’ve been in the eye of the storm since 2009, but now we’re going to go back into the trailing edge of the storm, and it’s going to be much longer lasting and much worse and much different than what we had in 2008 and 2009.”

#2 Bill Fleckenstein: “The [price-to-earnings ratio] is 16, 17 times earnings,” Fleckenstein said on Tuesday’s episode of “Futures Now.” “Why would you pay 16 times for an S&P company? I don’t care about where rates are, because rates are artificially suppressed. Why isn’t that worth 11 or 12 times? Just by that analysis, you’d be down by a quarter or 30 percent. So there’s a huge amount of downside.”

#3 Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management: “Nothing goes (down) in a straight line, but the emerging market problems will accelerate and it will spread to the very overbought and the very overvalued stock markets and economies in the West.

So stock markets are now starting a secular bear trend which will last for many years, and we could see falls of massive proportions. At the end of this, the wealth that has been created in the last few decades will be destroyed.”

#4 Peter Schiff: “The crisis is imminent,” Schiff said.  ”I don’t think Obama is going to finish his second term without the bottom dropping out. And stock market investors are oblivious to the problems.”

“We’re broke, Schiff added.  ”We owe trillions. Look at our budget deficit; look at the debt to GDP ratio, the unfunded liabilities. If we were in the Eurozone, they would kick us out.”

#5 Gerald Celente: “This selloff in the emerging markets, with their currencies going down and their interest rates going up, it’s going to be disastrous and there are going to be riots everywhere…So as the decline in their economies accelerates, you are going to see the civil unrest intensify.”

—–Those that do not believe that we could ever see “civil unrest” on the streets of America should take note of what just happened in Seattle.

After the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, fans celebrated by “lighting fires, damaging historic buildings and ripping down street signs“.

If that is how average Americans will behave when something good happens, how will they act when the economy totally collapses and nobody can find work for an extended period of time?

We are rapidly approaching another great financial crisis.  Unfortunately, we didn’t learn any of the lessons that we should have learned last time.  It is being projected that the debt of the federal government will more than double during the Obama years, the “too big to fail banks” have collectively gotten 37 percent larger over the past five years, and the big banks have become more financially reckless than ever before.

When the next great financial crisis arrives (and without a doubt it is inevitable), millions more Americans will lose their jobs and millions more Americans will lose their homes.

Now is not the time to be buying lots of expensive new toys, going on expensive vacations or piling up lots of debt.

Now is the time to build up an emergency fund and to do whatever you can to get prepared for the great storm that is coming.

As you can see from the financial headlines, time is rapidly running out.