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  1. You're surely right, Adam, we can't predict the future but we surely can do the best we can to prepare for a variety of possibilities. Thank you for helping to steer our education to be prepared.
  2. Had just checked once more before turning the computer off. Not to worry! We understand how busy you are and appreciate your keeping us informed.
  3. Can't speak for Adam but my guess is we don't want too much attention paid to the fact that so far OPEC is leaving Iraq out of production quotas.
  4. It's been a long ride but I really appreciate how you keep us informed with facts and no hype! Thank you!
  5. Always good to get the straight talk. Thank you, Adam!
  6. Thanks Adam. And I don't mind the site change. Just needs a little getting used to it. Thanks for all you do!
  7. I doubt they'd do that in Texas, Alaska, North Dakota or other oil producing states. A lot of the smaller oil and oil service companies are holding on by a thread.
  8. So much appreciate all you do!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the members of this fine group! (If any of the members don't celebrate Christmas then just be blessed and enjoy the holiday season.)
  9. Glad to be part of the DV family. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
  10. "One more thing before I hit the weekly Q&A... Just yesterday I sent out an email to the VIP members, asking how I could improve the service and VALUE of VIP." Hey Adam, I'm VIP but never got an email from you yesterday! REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO!!
  11. Adam, my broker had a big sign in his office: "The Lord giveth and pork bellies taketh away." Thanks for everything you do for us Adam and to all the good posters. Happy New Year everyone!
  12. I enjoy the banter! Thanks for all the posts!
  13. Number of executive orders is less important than what they are used for. However, just to set the facts straight the following is from the Federal Register. As can be shown by simple arithmetic Gerald Ford had fewer than Obama. But again, the usage, rather than the number is what is critical. Federal Register Home > Federal Register > Executive Orders >Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index Executive OrdersExecutive Orders Disposition Tables Text of Executive Orders What are Executive Orders? What are Disposition Tables? Search the Disposition Tables Executive Orders Disposition Tables IndexBarack Obama (2009-Present) EOs 13489 - 13672 | Subject Index The Disposition Tables list the status of Executive Orders from: January 8, 1937 - July 21, 2014 Disposition Tables contain information about Executive Orders beginning with those signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and are arranged according to Presidential administration and year of signature. The tables are compiled and maintained by the Office of the Federal Register editors. The Disposition Tables include the following information: Executive order number; Date of signing by the President Federal Register volume, page number, and issue date Title Amendments (if any) Current status (where applicable) Learn More About Executive Orders And About These Tables George W. Bush (2001-2009) EOs 13198-13488 | Subject Index William J. Clinton (1993-2001) EOs 12834-13197 | Subject Index George Bush (1989-1993) EOs 12668-12833 Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) EOs 12287-12667 Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) EOs 11967-12286 Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) EOs 11798-11966 Richard Nixon (1969-1974) EOs 11452-11797 Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) EOs 11128-11451 John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) EOs 10914-11127 Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) EOs 10432-10913 Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) EOs 9538-10431 Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) EOs 6071-9537 Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) EOs 5075-6070
  14. Too many people fear the consequences of speaking out and telling it like it is. Thank you!
  15. DWitte, on 16 Apr 2014 - 09:18 AM, said: DWitte, I actually took the Evelyn Wood speed reading class many years ago and it was amazing how much faster I could read. But then I let is slide, quit practicing, and now it's back to slow reading again. Oh well, thanks for the post.
  16. No negs CJSinSJ. Just dropping the zeros would do nothing to change the value. Your 10K notes would be exchanged for 10 notes and what used to cost 10K would now cost 10. HOWEVER, if the drop of zeros were accompanied by a revaluation of the dinar then and only then would the value of the dinar change. From everything I've read on this site it is unlikely they would simply drop the zeros without also revaluing the dinar.
  17. Removing the zeros, unless accompanied by an RV, is a neutral act. It is to simplify the currency into smaller denominations. Concurrently with the removal of the zeros all pricing would drop accordingly. What used to cost 1,000,000 will now cost 1,000. The new money would have the same value as the old money. However, it is quite possible that a removal of the zeros would be accompanied by an RV which would be great!
  18. Possibly the translator meant "raze" the zeros rather than "raise" the zeros. That would mean to remove them.
  19. U.N. council brings Iraq closer to end of 1990s sanctions Posted on June 27, 2013 The U.N. Security Council brought Iraqone step closer on Thursday to ending United Nations sanctions imposed on Baghdad more than two decades ago after former President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait In 1990. The 15-member council unanimously agreed that the issue of missing Kuwaiti people, property and archives should be dealt with under Chapter 6 of the U.N. Charter – which urges countries to peacefully resolve any conflicts – instead of Chapter 7. Chapter 7 of the charter allows the Security Council to authorize actions ranging from sanctions to military intervention if states do not abide by council demands. The move by the council is a significant political boost for Baghdad as it struggles to restore its international standing a decade after a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq toppled Saddam in 2003. The Security Council resolution recognized “the importance of Iraq achieving international standing equal to that which it held prior to (1990).” U.S.-led troops drove Iraq out of Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War. “This is a new beginning for the relations between our two neighborly and brotherly countries,” Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters after the vote. “This is an example for other countries also to resolve their disputes and differences through peaceful means.” The only issues linked to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that remain under Chapter 7 are an arms embargo and Baghdad’s payment of $52 billion in compensation to Kuwait, diplomats say. Iraq still owes $11 billion and has said it expects to pay by 2015. There are still a range of Chapter 7 issues imposed on Baghdad after Saddam’s ouster in 2003, diplomats say, including the freeze and return of Saddam-era assets and trade ban on stolen Iraqi cultural property. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the U.N. political mission in Iraq should take responsibility for facilitating the search for missing Kuwaitis, or their remains, property and the country’s national archives. Source: Reuters Looks as if there are a couple of issues still to be handled under chapter VII but that at least relative to Kuwait they are out.
  20. Thank you so much for the post! I have some close friends who can hopefully benefit from this. Later in the thread you mentioned help with gout. I'd surely appreciate hearing more about natural remedies or prevention measures for that. Thanks so much!
  21. Here's the full text of the link. By Salwa Jandoubi UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (KUNA) -- UN Security Council members on Tuesday said they needed more time to examine Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's options to deal with the issues of missing Kuwaiti and third country nationals and that of missing property, and insisted that whatever their choice will be, Iraq still needs to fulfill its obligations towards Kuwait. In his recent report to the Council, Ban, who visited Kuwait and Iraq earlier this month, listed four options to choose from after his high-level Coordinator for the two humanitarian files Gennady Tarasov leaves his post later this month for another UN job in Geneva. The four options Ban presented to the Council to choose from are: asking the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) to fulfill Tarasov's role, appointing an interim Coordinator for six months, replacing Tarasov with another Coordinator, or asking someone from UN headquarters to assume this mandate. Ban prefers that UNAMI takes over Tarasov's mandate. He said Kuwait and Iraq find it "acceptable" too, "but under certain conditions for Kuwait, most notably the fulfillment by Iraq of its border-related obligations." Diplomats said the Council is split on what option to choose, but concur on one thing: "whatever the choice is, Iraq still needs to continue to fulfill its obligations towards Kuwait," a diplomat told KUNA. While the US, UK, France and Germany prefer that someone the UN Secretariat at headquarters assume Tarasov's mandate for the coming six months, Russia prefers that an interim Coordinator be appointed. The option of replacing Tarasov with another Coordinator for a long period will happen only if Iraq fails to fulfill its obligations to Kuwait, especially those related to the border between the two countries. Tarasov briefed the Council behind closed doors for the last time on Ban's report and his options. He told KUNA following the briefing that the Council's reaction to Ban's options is that "they need more consultations, because the Secretary General proposed a new shorter confidence-building period to give Iraq another chance to comply with its obligations." They will discuss the option and "will decide at a later stage." "My mandate ends on December 31, but I told the Council very clearly: whatever the transformation of this mandate may undergo, the search for the missing persons must continue, as well as the missing property, including the (Kuwaiti) archives," he said. "It is something in the Council resolution (1284), and this effort needs to continue under whatever form or guise both sides find acceptable," he insisted. "I am leaving, but the Kuwaiti families who lost their loved ones are still there, they still suffer, they still wait for the outcome," he added. He described his job since he was appointed in April 2008 to replace late Yuli Vorontsov, as a "difficult task." He recalled that at the beginning, the "confidence between Iraq and Kuwait was at a very low point. So our first priority was to try to build the confidence between the parties, because without that, nothing could move forward ... Not many people believed in that approach, but it finally worked." He said the task of finding the remains of hundreds of people killed over 20 years ago in the desert was a "difficult professional business" that needed a machinery that he helped set up. He indicated that he got assurances from the Kuwaiti, Iraqi and other sides that such mission and excavations will continue after he leaves his post. He conceded that no much progress was recorded on this issue and that is because of the lack of information. "The biggest problem now is to have better information. Without more precise information, digging without precise information will take a lot of time and effort and will not produce any results," he argued. He noted that the exchange of high-level visits between Kuwait and Iraq and the decisions taken at the joint Ministerial Committee were "very good examples that both countries are now on the right track." Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told KUNA following the Council private meeting "we believe that the Secretary General's suggestion to have an interim appointment of a high-level Coordinator will be the cleanest in legal terms, and will also provide some political encouragement because it would indicate that we have taken note of the fact that Iraq has made some progress and that the overall relationship between the two countries has improved." "We certainly understand that Iraq wants to move in the direction of lifting all restrictions under chapter VII. We are very sympathetic with that. On this particular issue, some things need to be done, as far as Kuwait is concerned in order for that to happen. So far, that has not happened in order for the mandate of the high-level Coordinator to be discontinued," he added, in an indirect reference to Iraq's border-related obligations. He explained that Russia's choice to have an interim Coordinator for six months is to see "if Kuwait is satisfied and everything is OK, then this interim period will end, and Iraq exits the Chapter VII of the UN Charter." He admitted that if the Council agrees on an interim Coordinator, "we do have a Russian candidate. It remains to be seen," claiming that the two Russian diplomats, who have taken care of the two humanitarian issues for over a decade, have done so "with some success." He said Council members praised Tarasov for being able to produce "some progress under very difficult and delicate circumstances." In reaction to the Council Western members opting for the UN Secretariat to take care of the issues, Churkin said Council resolution 1284 mandated the Secretary-General to appoint a high-level Coordinator and not to relate them to the UN Secretariat. "The other option on the table is to have somebody from the Secretariat to do the job, not taking into account that resolution," he argued. (end) KUNA 190007 Dec 12NNNN
  22. I had the honor today of participating in a flag raising ceremony today honoring our veterans. It was my privilege to accept a flag donated to our town that will be flown in their honor. Quite a humbling experience to realize that my (our) freedoms come from those who have fought for it through the years.
  23. The video I have linked below is a discussion of why the electoral college was so important to the founding fathers and why it is essential to a republic as opposed to a democracy. The electoral college empowers states as opposed to a central, federal government. Our country was founded on states rights. The founding fathers determined that the states, not the national populous, would elect the president. Each state determines how it will cast its electoral votes. The whole point was to give smaller states some additional power so they would not be dictated to by the bigger states. If it were not for this voting system it is not likely we would even have the republic we do because the smaller colonies were not about to let New York determine the elections. While the more populous states have more electoral college votes (each state gets a number of votes equal to its total number of senators and representatives) it is not so overwhelming a number as to disenfranchise the smaller states. For example I have done some arithmetic to show the percentage of votes both Alaska (the least populous) and California (the most populous) would have under each system. I am using rough 2010 census figures giving Alaska a population of 710,000, California 37,000,000, and the USA about 313,000,000. There are 538 total electoral votes. Alaska has 3 and California has 55. By popular vote: Alaska 710,000/313,000,000 = 0.23% California 37,000,000/313,000,000 = 11.94% Electoral college: Alaska 3/538 = 0.56% California 55/538 = 10.22% Alaska has more than twice as much "say" under the electoral system (.56% instead of .23%). California has a little less say under the electoral college system. California still has more clout than Alaska but at least not quite as much percentage-wise as it would in a democracy.
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