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    Adam Montana Weekly 17 October 2018

    Ugh, I'm sorry everyone - today was a doozie! I didn't even have time to enter my lotto numbers... for all of your sake, I hope they wait till next week to declare me the big winner there! The report I wanted to prepare for everyone was going to be much longer than the following, but perhaps that's a blessing for us all. For now, here's my very short overview: The transition to the new GOI is well under way and seems to be going very smooth. Abadi is still chipping away at the list while he has time, and I'll bid him a fairly fond farewell now in case I don't get another chance - Abadi, you didn't give us an RV, but I think you made some great moves and impressive progress in a difficult setting. Hat tip to you, sir. May the next one in your role do even more! During this transition, a lot of things will get clouded. Confused. Some things even forgotten... like this thread that was started over a year ago, regarding OPEC: That link will take you to the most recent news, and you can certainly read all 39+ pages that have been added since then, but let me save you the time. It was not too long ago that the "Oil and Petroleum Exporting Countries" came to an agreement (unanimous, if I recall correctly) to work together on regulating the production of oil, as a sort of "emergency" measure to keep the markets under control in some uncertain times. They all agreed to control their production. They made a big deal out of it. Iraq's position in this agreement is HUGE... mostly because they are barely even mentioned in all 39 of those pages!!! Iraq, with a very significant chunk of the black gold available to us on this planet, somehow slipped through the cracks and didn't even have to raise a hand in agreement with this major agreement that was put in place by some tiny insignificant countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, wait a minute... those are NOT tiny or insignificant! Quite the opposite, in fact - they are major players. Some of the OPEC members have substantially less resources than Iraq. This is important to remember because to this very day, Iraq has not made any promises to abide by the current agreement. This gives them the full ability to stockpile reserves, and flood the market at a moment's notice, which could bring in an enormous pile of cash to use in any way they want. (You know, like... funding an RV.) Keep an eye on that little tidbit! I'll explain in further detail at a later time, as the topic certainly warrants a deeper discussion, but that's a sneak peak at it for now! - Maliki... retired? The news seems to be pointing that way, but exactly what it means is anyone's guess right now. I'm pretty sure Obama is retired as well, but I seem to hear his name more than any active member of our government, and I'd guess Maliki will be just as influential as he has been for the past 4 years. That's not saying much, but it is somewhat of a warning to keep an eye on the snakey little toad for a while yet. I haven't assigned much importance to him for several years, and I still do not, but retired or not... we will still hear his name. Speaking of "names", THIS JUST IN!!!! I am officially more Native American than Elizabeth Warren. Yep! You can call me Walks With Dinar or whatever you want from now on. You should now have an email from the website informing you that a reply was made in this topic - I see you are using gmail (don't worry, nobody else can see that!) so it may be in your "Promotions" or "Updates" tab. Simply "drag" that email into your "Primary" tab to ensure that future emails don't get missed! When I send out "mass communications", I do so from the website here. To those that have chosen to receive them, anyway... you can check your settings here: I'd reccomend everyone check into that section on the website! You at least want to check the first box that says: Be sure to "save" your options when you are done! Sorry it got so late bud! I'll get that email out now, and with any luck I'll have something much more fun to write about in the coming days. I have my eyes on a couple of items, just waiting for them to go public. For now... As always, GOOO RRRRVVVVV!!!!! - Adam
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    Adam Montana Weekly 17 October 2018

    Morning all! Just FYI today’s update will be coming in late. I’ll send out an email when it’s up!
  3. Adam Montana

    Still cannot Copy and Paste

    Sorry everyone, I've asked for outside support and nobody can figure out what your issue might be. I googled screen recorders for Windows 10 and found this: Feel free to record your screen as you duplicate the issue and maybe I can help further. 🤷‍♂️
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    Still cannot Copy and Paste

    Looking into it, please stand by.
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    Still cannot Copy and Paste

    Please try to duplicate the issue here in this thread - copy my text in this post and paste into your response. If you can explain step by step how to duplicate it, that will help. Are you able to copy-paste from any other device?
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    Still cannot Copy and Paste

    I posted this in response to your other post - please don't post the same thing in multiple places. Sorry, there is a problem We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F173/1 I just copy pasted that from your post... We want to help, but we need more details please. What OS, what browser, versions, etc. How to replicate the problem. I am betting if you tried using Chrome you wouldn't have those issues
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    Adam Montana Weekly 3 October 2018

    The text message sent out to announce our time to take action will be just that - time to take action. For those of you in VIP, you will be instructed to CHECK YOUR EMAIL for further instructions. Cheers!
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    Central Bank: Deletes zeros still exist

    Sorry, there is a problem We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F173/1 I just copy pasted that from your post... We want to help, but we need more details please. What OS, what browser, versions, etc. How to replicate the problem. I am betting if you tried using Chrome you wouldn't have those issues
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    Adam Montana Weekly 10 October 2018

    If that's what you call "short and sweet", please don't ever ask me to elaborate!!!
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    Adam Montana Weekly 10 October 2018

    Morning morning morning!!! Let’s hop right into it, shall we? Yes, we shall! In case you missed the last week of Iraqi news, here’s where we are: Iraq, in a rare move that surprised many and left a lot of jaws on the ground, appointed a President (Barham Salih) and the newly anointed one promptly gave us a new Prime Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi. I know, I know… TWO accomplishments in one swift move? In the same week!? There’s a couple words we’ve been dying to hear… “swift” and “accomplishment”! Believe it or not, it happened, and we’re off to the races. Before I go into my thoughts and analysis on the new landscape, let’s remember what this really comes down to… OIL. For us to profit off of a rise in value on the currency of Iraq, they must raise the exchange rate. This is a very simple concept - it is a simple matter of market manipulation and if it benefits them and is feasible - they will do it. When the value of IQD plummeted, that was at a time when there was no faith in Iraq’s ability to cover it’s debt. Iraq was a country torn by war, confusion, chaos… it had no leader, it had no way to act as a sovereign nation. Iraq was placed under Chapter 7 by the United Nations, rendered incapable of operating a full military, helpless and dependent on outside help. Without means of protecting themselves, they could not possibly take advantage of their natural resources. They did not have any strength, and they had to go the long road of rebuilding not only their country, but rebuilding the world’s confidence in their ability to buy back their currency and deliver on their contracts. A revaluation of their currency was a long shot in 2008, but it was certainly possible. Now, in 2018, it’s much less of a long shot. In fact, with the complete passage of the HCL, it’s almost a certainty. Back to the present situation: According to the Iraqi Constitution, the new PM has exactly 30 days from taking the role to seat/appoint/select the new GOI. For those of you new to the discussion, that means nothing… if it takes longer than 30 days, nobody is getting hanged, tarred and feathered, or anything else. I expect to see the job 80% done inside the “mandatory” 30 days… … but that 80% is probably enough for the job we need done. We’re looking at a very clear trend. We can trace this all the way back to former Prime Minister Abadi’s assumption of his role as former Prime Minister. He had heavy resistance, but with the support and backing of a (slight) majority of the PTB, he was able to take charge and for quite some time made impressive progress on many things that have propped up Iraq, making it a more stable country than it has been in many decades. Follow recent history over the last couple years, glance at the recent elections, then compare them to the elections that were held over 10 years ago when many Iraqi Dinar holders first heard that there was an opportunity for the Dinar to regain it’s former value… OH. WHAT. A. DIFFERENCE! The recent elections were held, they took their time sorting the votes, and there was no major drama or setbacks. A President was appointed, then a Prime Minister, and STILL no significant upsets or shocking news. Do you see what this says about Iraq? It says that they have control of their systems. They didn’t have to call for help on anything. And that is EXACTLY what we want to see, what the world wants to see, in order to support a revaluation on their currency. This brings us to the present moment, where PM Mahdi is tasked with the job of forming the government. A strong key to the future value of Iraqi Dinar is, as I mentioned earlier, OIL. You know I like to save the good stuff for last! Oh, did I mention that incoming Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi served as OIL MINISTER between 2014 and 2016? That’s right… and he was placed there under Abadi, back when it was Abadi’s job to form the GOI. Even before that, Mahdi was Finance Minister under Allawi back in 2004. This new Prime Minister may not be everyone’s favorite… but he has some very serious credentials, and I think he’s going to play very nice with all of the important people in this process. New President, New PM, solid progress already happening. These events are not random. The people leading the current charge were not pulled out of a hat. I mentioned in a recent update that I feel the “President” is mostly a figurehead, and that’s still my opinion. I’m not going to risk the wrath of President Salih… ah, screw it… he’s a sock puppet. Who am I kidding?! Sorry everyone, I was getting off track and enjoying myself a little much there I’ll get back to the point. This recent election is a ROARING success for Iraq. We have a new President. That issue is settled. The new President picked and named a uniquely qualified Prime Minister so fast that some members here have reported feeling the effects of whiplash. Said new Prime Minister is already showing how capable he is by moving with impressive speed in forming their new government. If this keeps up, we’re looking at progress like we’ve never seen before - the HCL is going to be upon us before we even realize it, and if you aren’t watching for that RV text from me, you might miss it! With all this going on, you can bet I’m redoubling my work behind the scenes to be sure we’re ready for it. I don’t know when that text message will go out, but I’m ready at a moment’s notice… are you? Our VIP group closes to new members IMMEDIATELY on announcement of a revaluation in the exchange rate of the Iraqi dinar. You can join here: Just one question from the members this week, and it's a good one: @Synopsis, that is indeed a doozie! I'm glad you linked to the specific post that got you thinking about that. Reading the following articles, and then your post further down that page, is certainly thought provoking. My opinion - there is some meat there. There are also several workarounds, so I won't settle on that being a key factor... but the thought of Shabibi being reintroduced as a key player doesn't turn me off at all! It will be interesting to see if his name comes up in this critical 30 days we are wading through right now. Excellent post, and thanks for sharing your thoughts! In the Crypto forum... is Bitcoin ready to bounce? In the weekly lotto pool... I'm in, are you? That's my "short" summary and thoughts for this morning. Leave your feedback and comments below. GOOOOO RRRVVVVVVV!!!!!
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    Page Set-up Announcements

    I'm going to leave the "Popular now" box for now. I've added the "Gallery" to this spot here: Yes, you are indeed a needy child
  12. Link: Can Iraq's new prime minister solve its old problems? Adel Abdul Mahdi will have a better chance of forging the political consensus that has eluded his predecessors. by Ibrahim Al-Marashi 8 Oct 2018 Adel Abdul-Mahdi was given a mandate to form the government on October 2, 2018 [Anadolu] MORE ON IRAQ Basra unrest tops new Iraqi government agendatoday Can Iraq's new prime minister solve its old problems?yesterday Iraqis suffer with no water or electricity after ISIL's defeat3 days ago Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize4 days ago Adel Abdul Mahdi, Iraq's new prime minister, has embarked on the difficult task of negotiating a new government. After months of post-election deliberations and delays due to intra-Kurdish tensions, he was named premier by the newly elected Iraqi president Barham Salih. Abdul Mahdi is largely seen as Iraq's "compromise candidate", approved by the two rival Shia blocs in parliament. His main challenge ahead would be to manage the competing interests of these camps, while also addressing the demands of the Kurdish parties and Arab Sunni forces. Most importantly, he will have to face a disgruntled Iraqi public which is increasingly demonstrating its rejection of establishment politics. Who is Adel Abdul Mahdi? Abdul Mahdi's family hails from the Shia landed and clerical elites. In his youth, he was a fervent supporter of the Baathist Party before rejecting its ideology and leaving for France on a self-imposed exile. He settled in Paris where he studied economics and adopted communist views, eventually joining the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP). Then in the 1980s, Abdul Mahdi went through another political transformation, influenced by the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. He joined the ranks of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which Ayatollah Khomeini had founded as an opposition group aimed at undermining Saddam Hussein's rule. In the 1990s, Abdul Mahdi was SCIRI's representative in Iraqi Kurdistan. As tensions between Washington and Baghdad escalated, SCIRI also started working with the US against the Baathist regime. After the US invasion of Iraq, the organisation renamed itself to the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) and ran in subsequent elections in various coalitions. In the first elected cabinet, it took the interior ministry, incorporating many of the members of its military wing, the Badr Brigades, into the army and security forces (Badr eventually broke off and formed its own political coalition, headed by Hadi al-Amiri ahead of the 2018 elections). Abdul Mahdi became the finance minister in Iyad Allawi's transitional government, installed by the Americans in 2004. In 2010 he was one of the candidates for the premiership, but Nouri al-Maliki was picked over him, and in 2014 he was selected as oil minister in Haider al-Abadi's cabinet. In the 2018 elections, Abdul Mahdi ran as independent, as ISCI had disintegrated by then due to internal rivalries. Given his motley political background, he managed to easily position himself as a neutral figure after election results were announced and it became clear that a compromise would have to be made between the two major Shia blocs over the premiership. Abdul Mahdi is close to both the Americans and the Iranians. He's Shia but has also maintained close contacts with prominent Sunni politicians. He is also not antagonistic to the Kurdish region and has in fact supported in the past Erbil's demand for a referendum on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk going under its jurisdiction. He also seems to be on good terms with the two major Shia blocs in Iraqi politics - one led by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Haider al-Abadi and the other dominated by members of Shia militias and headed by al-Amiri. The Sadrists ran on a platform of embracing the 2015 street protests and calling for reform, having lobbied al-Abadi in 2016 to forge a technocratic cabinet to curb corruption. Al-Abadi failed in this regard, unable to overcome entrenched political interests. Given his previous work and ministerial experience and having run as an independent, Abdul Mahdi is able to present himself as a quasi-technocrat. His political background is also appealing to the other side. While the al-Amiri bloc would have preferred one of their own candidates to become premier, the fact that Abdul Mahdi is neither a Sadrist nor from al-Abadi's Da'wa party made him an acceptable candidate. Iraq's looming crises Over the next one month, Abdul Mahdi will be negotiating the formation of his government, trying to balance all competing interests in Iraqi politics. Given that he's not a member of the two major Shia blocs in parliament, he cannot be accused of favouring fellow party members in the allocation of posts. Ideally, this will make him more open to Sadrist pressure to allocate more ministerial positions to technocrats with practical expertise, who should be ideally more qualified to deal with Iraq's numerous social and economic problems. But beyond the herculean task of forming a government that all political forces approve of, he will also face a number of major challenges, including reconciliation and reconstruction in Sunni-majority regions in the northwest and winning the trust of Iraq's general public, which has become disillusioned with its political elite, recently expressed in violent protests in the country's south. Abdul Mahdi has demonstrated sympathy for Iraq's Arab Sunnis in the past, recognising the reasons for their discontent. Perhaps he is better fitted to bridging sectarian divides in the country and bringing about reconciliation than his predecessors. If he's able to allocate more posts to technocrats and empower them to press forward with reforms, Abdul Mahdi might also be able to resolve some of Iraq's most pressing socioeconomic problems that are currently inciting the population in Basra. However, it is important to note that a technocratic cabinet is not a panacea for Iraq's problems. It will take more than one government to dismantle the country's entrenched patronage networks embedded in all echelons of the state. What Abdul Mahdi manages to achieve over the next 30 or more days would define Iraq's near future and its ability to emerge from its ongoing political and socioeconomic crises. The composition of the cabinet will indicate whether the new premier has been successful in negotiating his way out of conflicting interests and ethno-sectarian politics. Regardless, the selection of Abdul Mahdi as Iraq's new prime minister offers some glimmer of hope in addressing these challenges.
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    d.v. lottery game for 10/9--10/10--2018

    Bonus points if someone finds us a "rolling the dice" emoji to use here!!!
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    d.v. lottery game for 10/9--10/10--2018

    26 29 30 34 58 PB 13 Rollin!!!!!

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