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  1. You're going to be here a while then - In a world where we can't even get countries to agree on how to fight a group like ISIS I don't see them ever agreeing to a single gold standard. The last major global currency agreement occurred in the wake of World War II and was known as the Bretton Woods agreement. Under this agreement, the world’s allied nations agreed to a fixed international gold standard attached to the U.S. dollar. Because the U.S. dollar operated as the primary global medium of exchange under this post-war agreement, the U.S. economy greatly benefited at the expense of other nations. There are a few obstacles that stand in the way of such a ‘reset’ that should be considered: 1. A true ‘global currency revaluation’ would require an unheard of amount of cooperation and the surrender of monetary policy control on the part of many nations. Because the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement only became acceptable in the wake of a devastating world war, it is difficult to imagine nations voluntarily surrendering their monetary policy tools in our current time of relative peace. 2. It would require central banks to willingly impose constraints on their ability to conduct monetary policy. Under Bretton Woods, the constraint was a fixed price of gold, which forced central banks to operate within the realm of reason. Who honestly believes that foreign central banks would willingly impose a whole new set of constraints upon themselves with today’s volatile global economics? Sorry - I personally just can't see it happening anytime soon.
  2. Thanks Adam et.al. for the work you do for us. I have to admit - I hope your busier than HE** in a couple of days....
  3. I don't like either Gianforte or Quist - don't trust either of them...and have personally met them both. Right wing - Left wing - both part of the same bird...
  4. Forgot to mention - we also have 2 fantastic natural wonders in Montana - Glacier National Park - https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm and Yellowstone National Park - https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm That's why I like living in Helena - 157 miles to Yellowstone (about 3 hours) and 203 to Glacier ( about 3 1/2 hours) - plus at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and just minutes from the Missouri river
  5. Good to see you Betty! It's been a LOOONG time my friend! As for Montana - that I can speak to. Montana is so big it really has 3 distinct regions. Like where you are - we often have all 4 season in 1 day. I like to say we live in the Banana Belt - The weather goes bananas every 15 minutes. As for job possibilities - we have a large need for those with a background in addictive substances. Our Indian reservations have a large alcoholism problem - as does much of our smaller towns. We also have a problem with Meth in many areas. Good counselors are hard to find https://www.indeed.com/q-Addiction-l-Montana-jobs.html Eastern Montana - basically the eastern 1/3 of the state - is very rural. Most of the larger cities have populations of under 20,00 - and there are vast area where there are 50 miles ( about 80 Km) or more between small towns of only a few hundred people. Eastern Montana has a semi-arid steppe climate with low precipitation that is to some extent countered by low evaporation rates. Typical precipitation is 10 to 20 inches (254.0 to 508.0 mm) mostly in the form of summer thunderstorms and snow, which can fall at any time of the year. Summers are short but hot and winters are long, cold and extremely variable. During some winters, such as 1925–26, 1930–31, 1960–61 and 1991–92, chinook winds descending from the Rockies cause frequent mild spells of 35 to 60 °F (1.7 to 15.6 °C) lasting up to several weeks. In contrast, other winters such as 1916–17, 1935–36, 1968–69 and 1978–79 see the westerly flow move further south and in this absence of chinooks, temperatures can stay below 0 °F or −17.8 °C for weeks at a time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Montana Central Montana (where I live - in my case, Helena to be exact) Is basically the central third of the state on the Western side of the Rocky Mountains - the Continental Divide (Elevation of up to 4,000 M above sea level - makes for some great hiking!) . Higher in elevation - average elevation would be about 1200 M above sea level. Average daytime temperatures vary from 28 °F or −2.2 °C in January to 84.5 °F or 29.2 °C in July. Snowfall is fairly heavy to moderate in most areas. Towns are a bit larger - but even the large cities are under 40,000. There a numerous National Parks and wilderness areas. Primarily known for its outdoor adventure opportunities. http://centralmontana.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena,_Montana Western Montana is covered in forest, prominent species being Ponderosa pine, aspen, and Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir. It is generally wetter than the other parts of the state. Precipitation is lower in the valleys, which are mostly semiarid and receive 8 to 25 inches of precipitation, largely in snow, and higher in the mountains, some areas of which qualify as temperate rainforest, especially in the northwest around Glacier National Park and Libby. Winters are cold, sometimes bitterly cold, and summers are warm - norms about the same as Central Montana. Again - very rural, with the larger towns being under 50,000. Many wilderness areas here also - many more smaller towns than the other parts of the state, but can still be quite a distance between towns at times. Just to give you some idea of overall population density - Montana has 37,895,670 hectares with a population of 1.03 million. https://suburbanstats.org/population/how-many-people-live-in-montana Oh yea - and most places are pretty dog friendly!
  6. Matthew 24:36 - 44 36"But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Just saying....
  7. I still laugh every time I see GCR mentioned with this RV - they have nothing in common! In fact, I personally believe the GCR is a load of
  8. I think the oil rig one is worse! Even if it is photo shopped (they added the oil rig) the base picture is scary enough!
  9. Just to let you know - There is no Buffalo Plains General Store in Missoula, MT - just so your not looking for it.
  10. Just as another aside - if you feel like doing a little research, I think you might find this interesting. Knowing me, of course it has to do with oxidative stress and redox signaling. In your favorite search engine type in some of the things they mentioned here. Autism, ADHD, allergies - even chronic illness - and add the words "redox" or "oxidative stress" For instance - if I use Google and enter "autism and redox" - here is a sample of what I get - Think there might be a tie in? Scholarly articles for autism and redox … and genetic factors combine to cause autism: A redox/ … - ‎Deth - Cited by 254 … region-specific glutathione redox imbalance in autism - ‎Chauhan - Cited by 95 … on glutathione redox status in children with autism - ‎James - Cited by 177 Search Results Autism: a redox/methylation disorder. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24416710 by RC Deth - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 6 - ‎Related articles Autism: A Redox/Methylation Disorder https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865376/ by RC Deth - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 6 - ‎Related articles Nov 1, 2013 - While autism is still a mysterious developmental disorder, expansion of research efforts over the past 10 to 15 years has yielded a number of ... Metabolic pathology of autism in relation to redox metabolism. - NCBI https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24712422 by RE Frye - ‎2014 - ‎Cited by 36 - ‎Related articles Biomark Med. 2014;8(3):321-30. doi: 10.2217/bmm.13.158. Metabolic pathology of autism in relation to redox metabolism. Frye RE(1), James SJ. Redox/Methylation Theory and Autism - Springer link.springer.com/10.1007%2F978-1-4614-4788-7_78 by R Deth - ‎2014 - ‎Related articles These data strongly support the implications of the “redox-methylation” hypothesis for autism and identify autism spectrum disorders as a neuroepigenetic ... How environmental and genetic factors combine to cause autism: A ... www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161813X0700215X Similar by R Deth - ‎2008 - ‎Cited by 254 - ‎Related articles On the basis of these observations, a “redox/methylation hypothesis of autism” is described, in which oxidative stress, initiated by environment factors in ... Autism: A Redox/Methylation Disorder - Jan 17, 2017 - SAGE Journals journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.7453/gahmj.2013.087 by RC Deth - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 6 - ‎Related articles Jan 17, 2017 - Sharma A, Kramer ML, Wick PF, D4 dopamine receptor-mediated phospholipid methylation and its implications for mental illnesses such as ... Translational Psychiatry - Redox metabolism abnormalities in autistic ... www.nature.com › Journal home › Archive › June 18 2013 Similar by RE Frye - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 59 - ‎Related articles Jun 18, 2013 - Redox metabolism abnormalities in autistic children associated with mitochondrial disease. Open. R E Frye, R DeLaTorre, H Taylor, J Slattery, ...
  11. They still have football teams, international travel and a military - I'm going to call them a serous country.... *LOL* Oh yeah - and beer!
  12. Got your 6 on that one. Standards are standards - Dang - I sounded like a grumpy old Sergeant Major there for a second! (which is still above my pay grade...)
  13. On a side note - and one Montana friend! Ocho de Mayo!
  14. I saw the people first, and kind of had to blink and refocus to see the animals. Maybe because I'm a trained tactical observer? Situational awareness?