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Posts: 771
Incept: 2010-06-10

Salt Lake City, Utah
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After banging my head against the wall with activism since 2009 - (bank bailouts, TSA, NSA, police accountability - and I still have protest signs from all of them), I have decided this amounts to a slow form of suicide, and have diverted my energy into more practical endeavors.

Posts: 475
Incept: 2012-12-05

Huntsville, AL
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I've used this a few times to "get someone's attention", Susan, and found it very effective back in the '80s. I realized the utility of this technique one day at work for the old Sperry Corporation. While I was chatting up the rather attractive receptionist one day (a common pursuit then), she received a resume sent to the plant in a postage paid envelope. When the letter carrier laid it on her desk she opened the "spare change box", counted out $1.65 (!) and handed it over. Remember, this was more than 30 years ago. I asked her if she owed him money for past mailings, and learned that was the going rate per ounce of First Class Mail of that category.

For some time, since I had ordered a set of instructional materials from a certain well-known television "evangelist", the requests, pleas, emergency calls for donations, had filled my home mailbox. Every one had a guaranteed postage envelope inside for compliance purposes. Well, then...

The very next thing I got from them was on my doorstep that night, in a UPS overnight letter package! Inside was a lot of printed materials, offers for this and that, and a pre-addressed UPS Overnight Letter Package for the purpose of meeting the "present need" without delay. Well, it all got repacked into the pre-addressed mailer, with my name and address marked clearly with highlighter and red Magic Marker, along with a rather pointed letter detailing my reasons for taking that action, and explaining clearly that I would never be donating money to them for any reason, and that I likely could find far more honest sources for any educational materials I needed in future. I dropped the whole thing at UPS on the way to work the next day, and felt a nice level of satisfaction.

Here's maybe the best part: I never heard another word from that organization. We likely want a different outcome from the incipient Trump administration, but I believe the application is valid here. So, very well done, Susan!

Good tactics are effective tactics.

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Incept: 2009-04-07

Southern California
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Regarding "Armstrong is F.O.S"

Armstrong publishes results from his computer program which should be payed attention to but also "opinions" which can be very wrong.

It takes many reads to separate the two.

And "black swans" can foil the results of the "computer".

The "computer" sees "capital flows" on a worldwide basis which are often from "insiders" who are "players" reacting to the markets as all things are connected and capital moves across markets seeking safety and reward.

No one can predict the future, however the "computer" can make you aware to look for signs.

One needs a history of following Martin to separate the two.

Yes, Martin is F.O.S. but his "computer" is a useful tool.

If you have not invested the time to follow Martin properly, it is much better to just follow Karl.

No Work equals No Reward.

Karl remains my "First Read" but I also follow Martin.
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Incept: 2013-06-10

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Tickerguy wrote:
Armstrong is F.O.S.

I'm not fully aboard Armstrong's vessel yet. I see elements in his writings where he seems clueless. But I survey a wide variety of opinions and offer others the dignity of choosing their own path.

But I thought his date (2036) was an interesting idea.

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Incept: 2013-01-11

Western PA
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Those expecting Trump to confront the medical monopolies are likely to be rather disappointed.
"A great many medical providers adjust their prices based on how defenseless the patient is, and bleed the weakest ones for every last red cent, often with preposterously inflated charges for things like aspirin and bandages. A 2015 study looked at the worst price gougers in the country and found 50 hospitals that charged uninsured people roughly 10 times the actual cost of care.

Key to this practice is something called "balance billing," and it's why the American Medical Association is strongly supporting Donald Trump's pick of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Medicare. Balance billing is forbidden for Medicare enrollees, but Price wants to allow it thus allowing doctors and hospitals to devour the nest eggs of thousands of American seniors."

Dr. Price..... How fitting.
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Incept: 2007-06-26
A True American Patriot!
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Yeah well you know my view on this.

Buy KY and do this: smiley

Winding it down.
Posts: 214
Incept: 2013-01-11

Western PA
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Karl, I'm sure doing everything I can to avoid their clutches. Leeches and bloodletting of a certain sort continue to be an integral part of the medical biz.

I wish you good health and enjoyable times in this year ahead.
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Incept: 2008-02-05

The North Sea
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Thanks for the "peek" ahead. Really miss those bullet points though man.

PS: have to agree with Spartacus above- when you went dark, i think a lot of your audience thought it was game over.

All the best for the year ahead!

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