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27 minutes ago, Synopsis said:

 

 

WOWZERS!!!

 

:twothumbs: You Were "cited" two (2) Red Ruby Citations TO DATE As Badges Of Honor For You For "Display Of Intellectual Speed And Power", Floridian, CONGRATULATIONS AND Happy Thanksgiving To You!!! :tiphat:

 

I gave You purple trophies instead. I hope You don't mind. :lmao:   :lmao:   :lmao:

 

 

 

Thank you, Synopsis, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.  😀

Sometimes, I'm a little slow on the uptake, being a "senior citizen" and all.  LOL

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!  

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25 minutes ago, Floridian said:

 

Thank you, Synopsis, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.  😀

Sometimes, I'm a little slow on the uptake, being a "senior citizen" and all.  LOL

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!  

 

:twothumbs: You The MAN!!!, Floridian, AND ALL The Very Best!!! :tiphat:

 

Go Moola Nova!

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17 hours ago, bostonangler said:

As for Bloomberg, if nothing else he will get a nice tax break for his large expense...


Except there are no tax breaks for $$ spent on political endeavors 😁👍🏻
Happy Thanksgiving bostonangler! 🦃 🥧 

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21 minutes ago, Half Crazy Runner said:


Except there are no tax breaks for $$ spent on political endeavors 😁👍🏻
Happy Thanksgiving bostonangler! 🦃 🥧 

 

Thanks Half Crazy... I didn't realize that.

The IRS is very clear about whether you can deduct political campaign contributions from your Federal income taxes: The answer is a stone cold NO. But when it comes to individual states, that’s not the whole story.

While no state lets you deduct political contributions, four of them—Arkansas, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia—actually do something better: They offer a tax credit for part or all of your contribution, up to a certain amount.

The idea behind the credit is to encourage a wider range of of people to participate in the political donation process, which is largely driven by affluent, conservative Americans, according to the Poverty Action Lab.

The credits, which previously were also offered in Arizona and Minnesota, have been controversial. In Oregon, for example, critics have complained that they cost the state around $7 million in the last election cycle and encourage PACs to solicit donations with come-ons promising that “your gift may cost you nothing.”

But for now, at least, here’s how to take advantage of the credit if you live in one of these states.

Arkansas

“The Natural State” grants tax credits for state—not federal—campaign contributions of up to $50 for an individual ($100 for a couple), and it can be spread over multiple candidates, political action committees approved by Arkansas, and parties.

Ohio

Like Arkansas, Ohio only allows for contributions to candidates in statewide elections. There is no disqualifying income limit, so the credit is available to anyone who wants a free $50 to donate to someone running for the following offices: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, treasurer, attorney general, member of the state board of education, justice of the supreme court, or member of the general assembly. Married couples filing jointly can claim a $100 credit.

 

Oregon

If you make less than $200,000 jointly, or $100,000 individually, you can claim a tax credit of $100 and $50, respectively. The state is very open about where you can donate: Political action committees and individual candidates in local, state, and federal elections are all fair game, as long as they’re on a ballot in the state during that tax year.

Virginia

Old Dominion’s rules apply to all income brackets. According to the Virginia Tax Schedule CR Instructions, the commonwealth will give you a tax credit of 50% of your contribution to a candidate running for state or local office only, with a limit of $25 for individuals, $50 for joint filers.

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, DinarThug said:


Sweet - Let Me Know What I Can Do To Help Speed This Thing Up ! :o 

 

Funny animal gifs - part 191, funny animal gif, best funny gif, moving gif animal

 

:D  :D  :D 

 

 

Overwhelming....That one deserves an Oscar.....Good job, Scottsdale "boy"

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Thank you Adam! Just one more thing to be thankful for... Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and your families too. Develop and attitude of gratitude and watch things change around you for good! It’s true and it works!

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15 hours ago, Engine1 said:

Adam, Thank you for the drive by. 

 

Plus how do I get this pop up from appearing. It keeps on offering me a VIP!">VIP 

 

 

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I wanted to inquire about same thing ...You beat me to it...Thanks

 

Please Adam.....How do we Peons can prevent that ad from keeping on appearing  ( other than VIP- subscribing and / or  leaving site, I mean)....

 

How long will it last, if I may ask?

 

Thanks in advance for the kind reply....

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8 hours ago, NEPatriotsFan1 said:

Happy Thanksgiving DV! I have a feeling we all have a lot to be thankful for outside of material possessions. Let’s focus on those this Thanksgiving. In the meantime I’ll just leave this right here. Totally politically incorrect, completely historically inaccurate, and while I don’t usually like SNL anymore, they brought back some old cast and it made me chuckle 

 

 

 

 

 

Great ....Thanks for sharing

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Happy Wednesday DinarVets!

 

1. Michael Bloomberg officially entered the race for 2020 US President. We've all seen people blow a ton of money, and he can't/won't win (Vegas odds are +2500 currently), so I wonder if there's an ulterior motive here. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

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Well since you asked:

This will take a while. When I was a kid growing up, the Congress was almost always in the hands of the Democrats. Yet it was a government that was considered "right-of-center." These were the John F. Kennedy kind of "ask not what your country can do for you" Democrats. Somewhere along the way, the Democrats skewed way left. But there is the centrist "old guard" still around. And while Joe Biden is still left-of-center, he's not a way left kind of guy that seems to be the desire of the current Democrat Party.

I think that there are two issues going on, currently. Joe Biden is damaged goods and the DNC wants him to go away. Sleepy-Joe came out last spring and told the world how he got the Ukrainian Government to back off investigating the company his son was associated with. He was pretty blatant about it. I think that the DNC started all this "Impeach Trump" stuff as a way to kill two birds with one stone. Take out Joe Biden, who is wildly successful with his centrist, moderate campaign, and blame it Donald Trump accusing him of the very things Joe Biden admitted to doing. Don't believe me? Ask Bernie what the Democrat Party did to him in 2016. Joe is just not left enough.

So now what are we going to do? As I said, Biden is damaged goods. Well the "Old Guard" centrist Democrats need a viable candidate who is not so left as Bernie and Pocahontas er, Elizabeth. And now we have Mikey.

My two cents.

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On 11/27/2019 at 4:37 PM, Adam Montana said:

1. Michael Bloomberg officially entered the race for 2020 US President. We've all seen people blow a ton of money, and he can't/won't win (Vegas odds are +2500 currently), so I wonder if there's an ulterior motive here. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Another NY politician/businessman with a huge ego with an ax to grind against Trump.

 

These infights have gone back years, sometimes decades.

 

Nadler especially has a messy history with him. 

 

Decent article here laying out some of Bloomberg's resentments/history With Trump.

 

 

How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin

 

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks to former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during a memorial service at the National 9/11 Memorial on Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks to former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during a memorial service at the National 9/11 Memorial on Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Jan. 31, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. EST

NEW YORK — On an autumn day in 2013, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg traveled to the Bronx to hail the transformation of a massive garbage dump into a world-class golf course. Donald Trump stood nearby, beaming as Bloomberg said the course would be operated by “the great Trump Organization.”

“If there is anybody who has changed this city, it is Donald Trump,” Bloomberg said. “He really has done an amazing thing, and this is another part of it.”

Trump turned to Bloomberg, gushing: “You have been a great mayor. You really have. I mean, this guy is fantastic.”

For more than a decade, the two New York billionaires appeared together at charity golf events, ribbon cuttings and even on Trump’s reality television shows, a relationship of political and business convenience if not genuine friendship.

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The alliance imploded the moment Trump launched his bid for the White House in 2015, exposing raw differences of policy and personality that have become only more stark as President Trump has carried out a series of measures that are politically anathema to Bloomberg, such as withdrawing from a deal to combat global warming.

Trump, in an interview this week with The Washington Post, said, “I really liked Michael and I think he liked me, but it went really strangely haywire once I ran for office.” He said Bloomberg did not care about his political views when he was merely a New York City developer, but now “he probably doesn’t like my policies. I’m for guns, he’s against guns . . . A developer is a lot different than as a candidate.”

Trump used the golf course deal as a cudgel against Bloomberg, saying during the campaign the city was unable to get the course finished until he took it over — a claim that infuriated Bloomberg’s associates, who said the city did most of the work.

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Now Bloomberg’s dark view of Trump’s performance as president may be the deciding factor in whether the former mayor decides to run for the White House. Bloomberg has expressed doubt that a “short, Jewish, divorced billionaire” such as himself could be elected president. Trump’s performance, however, has led him to seriously consider using part of his fortune to seek the Democratic nomination.

Bloomberg, in a brief interview this week during a visit to the first-primary state of New Hampshire, said, “My objection to Donald Trump is the way he’s filling his current role, in terms of representing the country, in terms of representing the public. There’s an attitude, and a style, and lack of civility that I think is bad for the country, and I find offensive.”

Bloomberg and Trump attend an event at the Trump National Golf Course in July 2007 in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) Bloomberg and Trump attend an event at the Trump National Golf Course in July 2007 in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

On the surface, Bloomberg and Trump have much in common: Both have named their businesses after themselves; both have become billionaires in New York City; both unexpectedly won their respective political offices; both have switched their party registrations repeatedly.

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But they come from very different backgrounds. Bloomberg was raised in working-class Massachusetts while Trump benefited from his father’s fortune. Bloomberg made his fortune selling Wall Street-related data, and he veered left on a variety of issues, including the environment and gun control, as he rose in New York City politics. Trump, who once was a classically liberal New Yorker, moved right as he sought a national audience, recasting himself as a conservative Republican. Bloomberg calls himself a nonpartisan manager and engineer who delegates authority; Trump is a defiantly partisan president who says he, alone, can fix things.

 

While both are among the wealthiest Americans, Bloomberg is much richer. Bloomberg ranks tenth on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, with $52 billion, compared with Trump, ranked 259th with $3.1 billion.

Rep. Peter T. King, a New York Republican who was reelected last year with fundraising help from Bloomberg even though he continues to support Trump, said the battle of billionaires has gotten deeply personal.

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“I would think, without getting into psychoanalysis, that one New York billionaire can think he is better than another New York billionaire,” King said. “I can see Mike resenting the fact he is not getting the same recognition Donald Trump gets. Each guy thinks he is smarter than the other.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has spent many hours with both men, said Trump’s self-image relies greatly on his coming from Queens and never feeling accepted by the Manhattan elite, even after building Trump Tower.

Trump “is an outsider, and the guys like Bloomberg, in style and substance, are the people he felt always rejected him, which would unnerve him if [Bloomberg] ran against him,” Sharpton said. If the two face each other, he said, “I’d want a ringside seat.”

 

Billionaire alliance

The two did not know each other until Bloomberg ran for mayor in 2001 as a Republican. Trump focused on the Democratic primary, first supporting Fernando Ferrer, who lost the primary to Mark Green. Trump then contributed $4,500 to Green during the general election race against Bloomberg, whose campaign was self-funded. Once Bloomberg was elected, Trump said, he became an avid supporter.

For years, Trump had lavished attention on New York City mayors, whose support he needed for real estate projects. By the time Bloomberg was elected, however, Trump had mostly switched from developing new properties in New York City to selling his brand around the world and starring in his reality television show.

Trump talks with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani while Bloomberg, then mayor, eats popcorn before an American League Championship Series game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in October 2003 at Yankee Stadium. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Trump talks with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani while Bloomberg, then mayor, eats popcorn before an American League Championship Series game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in October 2003 at Yankee Stadium. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In October 2004, Trump invited Bloomberg to appear on “The Apprentice,” and the mayor met contestants at the official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion. Trump hyped the appearance, telling contestants they would be meeting a “great leader.”

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Four years later, Bloomberg appeared on “The Celebrity Apprentice” in an episode centered on which stars could sell the most hot dogs on the streets of New York City. Bloomberg was shown walking down a busy Manhattan street with Trump as the two prepared to inspect the work of contestants such as Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss and “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman.

While Trump beamed and dramatic music played, Bloomberg delivered a series of corny lines, such as: “As the No. 1 ‘Frank-o-phile’ in the city, I’m supposed to see whether you guys can cut the mustard.”

Manigault Newman, who went on to work in the office of public liaison in the Trump White House, said in an interview that the pair’s relationship was a case study in how they used each other in “symbiotic exploitation.”

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“Doing official business, Bloomberg came across uptight. In our episode, I remember he came across as down to earth and relatable,” she said. As for Trump, “It gave him quite a bit of legitimacy, to flex his connections and his access to powerful people.”

 

During the filming, Bloomberg and Trump rode the subway together. As Bloomberg recalled the incident last week, Trump “said he took the subway all the time, but I did note he didn’t know which end of the MetroCard to put in.”

Trump, asked about the ride, said Bloomberg’s description was untrue. He said the subway was opened for dozens of crew, “and I never had a MetroCard when I rode the subway with him.”

 

After two terms as mayor, Bloomberg was prohibited under the law from seeking a third. The business community rallied around the idea of overturning the term limit, and Trump became a leading backer. The term limit was dropped, and Bloomberg won reelection. That, in turn, led to the high point of the Trump-Bloomberg relationship.

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Bloomberg had promised he would oversee the transformation of a trash dump in the Bronx into a world-class golf course. The project had faltered for decades because of the high cost of cleaning up the landfill and meeting environmental rules. The Bloomberg administration hoped a developer such as Trump would agree to pay for the cleanup and build the course, but no one bid.

Eager to keep his campaign promise, Bloomberg eventually decided city taxpayers would pay the bill. The project had started under a prior mayor and reached $164 million to build the course, and millions more for environmental measures, according to the city-run Independent Budget Office. The Bloomberg administration then sent out bids for a company to finish the course by planting seed and some other measures and constructing a clubhouse.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with Donald Trump, announces the completion of construction at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx in October 2013. (Spencer T Tucker/Office of the Mayor) Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with Donald Trump, announces the completion of construction at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx in October 2013. (Spencer T Tucker/Office of the Mayor)

Trump said Bloomberg asked him to get involved “because he was getting killed on this project. He had it for 12 years. I said, ‘Michael, I’m going to make you look good.’ ” As Trump told the story, Bloomberg was grateful for the golf course work and turned against him only after both men pondered running for the presidency.

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Trump’s son, Eric, said in an interview that he participated in two conversations about the project that included his father and Bloomberg, one by phone and a second in person.

“I remember this conversation vividly,” Eric Trump said. “Mike called up and said [to Donald Trump], ‘We need your help because this is an embarrassment to the city of New York and my administration. You are the only person who can do it.’ We went in there and we did the job.” Trump was one of three bidders and won the contract in 2013. Eric Trump said his father and Bloomberg “were friends a lot closer aligned than people would think.”

Bloomberg declined to respond or to discuss the golf course project, but his spokesman, Howard Wolfson, said: “Unsurprisingly, given their well documented relationship with the truth, the Trumps are lying. None of these conversations occurred.” Told of this denial, Eric Trump stood by his comments.

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By April 2015, as Trump began seriously considering a presidential bid, the relationship turned rivalrous.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka wrote on her blog that her father “acquired this amazing redevelopment project after it had floundered around with the City of New York for more than two decades. Shortly after he was announced as the developer, my father went out to the construction site, where he saw a bunch of guys literally moving sand from one end of the course to the other. He essentially looked at them and said, ‘You guys have made a lot of money pushing sand around for the last 20 years, but that stops with me. It’s time to get this done.’ And they did.”

Adrian Benepe, Bloomberg’s former parks commissioner, said such descriptions exaggerated Trump’s role. “That is when the lying began, that Trump had come in to bail out the incompetent city. Despite the myth, Trump did not build that golf course. The city built it, the city did all the heavy lifting, dealt with all the environmental issues.”

Ivanka Trump deferred to her father’s comments, a spokeswoman said. Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course before Trump took over and is now a Trump supporter, said in an interview, “We might have been there another 30 years if Donald Trump hadn’t been there.” After the city built the public course, the Trump Organization made the improvements and built a clubhouse that cost $10 million. Under the contract, Trump collects course and concession fees. The course is open to the public. at an 18-hole weekend fee of $185.

A helicopter sits near a putting green during a ribbon-cutting event for a clubhouse at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx in June 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) A helicopter sits near a putting green during a ribbon-cutting event for a clubhouse at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx in June 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Three months after Ivanka Trump’s blog entry, Donald Trump launched his bid for the presidency, and he frequently cited completing the golf course as an example of his ability to get things done. In a January 2016 appearance on CNN, for example, Trump said, “I took it over for one year, knocked it up, and now it’s a tremendous success. Michael asked me if I’d get involved with it, and I’m the one that got it done, and did a great job.”

Bloomberg decided two months later not to seek the presidency, even as he said Trump ran “the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears.” He then attacked Trump at the Democratic National Convention, calling him a “risky, reckless and radical choice.” Trump, who said he was stunned by Bloomberg’s words, tweeted in response: “ ‘Little’ Michael Bloomberg, who never had the guts to run for president, knows nothing about me. His last term as Mayor was a disaster!”

Shortly after he won the presidency, Trump talked on the phone with Bloomberg about how to run the White House but he said he did not offer a job. Bloomberg told The Post last year that he told the president-elect: “You could have a good presidency if you get good people and you depend on them, and you delegate authority to go along with responsibility.” Bloomberg said that is “what he did not do.”

 

 

 

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On 11/28/2019 at 8:37 AM, Adam Montana said:

Due to the sudden difference in exchange value as implemented by the Central Bank of Iraq on (December 4, 2019), all values in the Budget shall be adjusted 3 zeros to the left. In other words, an allocation of 1,000,000 Iraqi Dinar is now adjusted to 1,000 Iraqi Dinar.

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49 minutes ago, screwball said:

Where did this come from?

It was an example.  Not an article. He was simply saying that paragraph such as that one would all it would take to adjust the rate. 

 

But I could be wrong.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks Adam for your update. Since you ask on Bloomberg, that subversive is already spending money on TV ads. We are countering by calling local TV stations trying to put pressure on them not to accept these blood money ads from this subversive New York yankee! We make our money here and DemoRat politics is not what we want from our local channels! I urge everyone to start the fight with your local stations and papers to let them know their support of the subversive DemoRat party will be met with boycotting their advertisers. This is not a sit on the sidelines fight! We must defeat this subversive DemoRat party, for the sake of the US constitution and the Bill of Rights! The DemoRats hate these two things and are set to destroy them!! Trump 2020!! JMHO 🤠

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On 11/27/2019 at 4:37 PM, Adam Montana said:

For example, the exchange rate is currently 1190:1 (IQD:USD). If they move the exchange rate closer to $1, they might move the decimal 3 places to the left making 1.19 IQD = $1 USD. Adjusting the budget is mind blowingly simple - a one paragraph amendment reads as follows:

 

My whiskey and I have been seeing those magic numbers $1.19 going for 2 years now everywhere....yup. :cheesehead:

 

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But hey, that's just between my whiskey and I lol :lol:

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      I'll be sending out an announcement once that's complete - I'm expecting it done and launched by middle of next week, unless we have an RV in the meantime. If that happens, please note that the current Text Service is functioning perfectly, and anyone who has paid for it will get their text. The Text Service will NOT change, and NO TEST TEXTS will be sent, until I make the public announcement. 
       
      Part of the "VIP Verification" project is going to be a short quiz on the Cash In Guide - many people still haven't invested the 7 minutes into themselves and their future, and this kind of blows my mind! It's a free guide, it's a short read, and you might be amazed at how many questions will be answered when you read it.
       
      For your own peace of mind... just grab a copy and read it over your morning coffee or on the next bathroom break. It's really that short, that simple, and it's free! Get it here.
       
       
       
      Ok, my thumbs are getting lightheaded here... time to get to work.
       
      Don't forget the Weekly Lotto Pool - get in!
       
      Go Kazzammie, go HCL, go Iraq....
       
      GO RRRVVVV!!!!!!!
       
       
       
      - Adam
    • By Adam Montana
      Good morning DinarVets, happy Wednesday!
       
      If it feels like you just heard from me... the last update was just Sunday the 12th and it was a good one, judging from the commentary that followed!
       
      If you didn't catch it, the majority of it was a recap on my theory of what the Rate should/could be. I don't have much to add on that (yet), but what I AM doing today is wrapping up some changes to the RV Text Message service - you will see an official announcement on that soon.
       
      FYI - when the value of the Dinar changes (RV!), all members of DinarVets are going to get an email announcement. It will contain information on the rate and any other information that is available at that time. This email is free of charge to ALL members of DinarVets - if you're not a member yet, you can sign up for a free account here.
       
      DinarVets members can purchase a one-time text alert, which will alert you to check your email for the announcement I mentioned above.
       
      VIP members will get a text message alerting them to check their email. This service is included with VIP at no additional fee. 
       
      The current TEXT system is still working perfectly, but given the current situation... I felt it was time to revamp it and make DOUBLE sure that no texts would get lost. The "weakest link" in the text system is user input error, so we are going to add a "test" functionality to the system. :gasp: 
       
      VIP members, and anyone who has purchased the $9.99 text message service - you're going to get instructions on how to verify your phone number and receive ONE test text message. This will be free for you. If you want to change your phone number and test the new number, there will probably be a small fee to run the system and change the number - just to keep it from being abused.
       
      The email announcing that should go out by the end of next week. Again, and this is important(!!!) - the current system is still working perfectly. There is no need to worry! If the RV is announced tomorrow, the current system will send out the RV text to the number you entered, as it was entered.
       
      I'm also working through the "What to Expect and Do - Post RV" post for the VIP group. I'm hoping to release both of these items at the same time, with a surprise bonus for the VIP members.
       
      It should be no surprise that I'm revving up the engines on important things like this. We are seeing the most positive HCL news that we have seen in... well, ever - and I'm putting 100% into making sure all systems have green lights and double failsafes.
       
      If you're not in VIP - you should be. The choice is yours, of course! I'll keep doing the Weekly updates until the RV is announced, and then I'll be limiting myself to the VIP group.
       
      Best regards, everyone, and make it a great day!
       
      Go HCL.
      Go Iraq.
      GO RV!!!!!!!!
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Adam Montana
      Hey hey Happy Sundayyyy!!!
       
      There are so many things that I want to go over right now I barely know where to start!
       
      Perhaps "the basics" would be good. Or maybe the rate should be addressed. I'm also working through a "Post-RV - What To Expect And Do" article that will go in VIP this week. There are changes coming in the tax codes (for multiple countries), there are political situations that are extremely relevant and telling, and so much more is happening all at once right now!
       
      The "basics" are simple, and that's all anyone really needs to be able to sit back and wait. Iraq previously held one of the highest valued currencies in the world, and one day they will again. Although their country was knocked into the stone ages through a series of events that are now somewhat ancient history, Iraq still holds a majority of the black gold available on this planet. While the world runs on this stuff, and it will continue to do so, Iraq continues to hold an immensely powerful position. They suffered some extreme setbacks, but they did not lose their oil. This is a no-brainer to me - the value of Iraq's currency will rise again.
       
      The main holdup has been political. When Saddam was removed, the entire government basically collapsed, and the world lost faith in Iraq's ability to do... anything.
       
      The current situation is entirely different than the situation that dropped the value of the Dinar.
       
      In fact, the current situation is entirely different than that of Iraq even 5 years ago!
       
      We currently have a Prime Minister in place who is finally doing all the right things. I have affectionately named him "Kazzamie" because the progress he's made seems like a magic trick at times! 
       
      The next crucial step to this journey, and this is a fundamental part of it, is the HCL.
       
      "HCL", or "Hydro Carbon Law", is the agreement necessary to furthering Iraq's regaining of wealth. Without the HCL in place, there is no financial agreement within Iraq, and it is more beneficial to the politicians to keep the rate low.
       
      Once the HCL is in place, it will be more beneficial to have a higher rate... and we are seeing a LOT of promising news on HCL right now.
       
      The rate - let's address that, because it's important.
       
      One of the most frustrating things about this adventure is the math. You know the saying "where there is smoke, there is fire"? This applies to all of the rumors you hear from the "date and rate" gurus. Sometimes they are misguided, sometimes they are mistaken, sometimes they are just plain "full of it", but all of the noise - the smoke - begins from a place of reality, and that place is the very real opportunity we have here. 
       
      The value WILL go up. The question is, and always has been... How much, and when?
       
      Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. That's why this is called "speculation" instead of "guaranteed", just like "fishing" isn't called "catching". (We all know how many fish you catch if you never throw a line out!)
       
      What we CAN do is make reasonable guesses. We can form informed opinions. 
       
      I have an opinion... this was published a while back, and the theory part still holds true. I may be updating my thoughts on the rate soon, but everything else is still solid.
       

       
      ============ 
       
      There are plenty of theories on what the rate of the revalued Iraqi Dinar will be, and they honestly range from pennies to dollars… my friends, that is a HUGE difference in ROI if you hold several million Dinar! If the rate is several dollars, then your holdings could equal several million USD! If the rate is in the pennies, then your investment is potentially worth several tens of thousands of dollars… BIG swing there, right?
       
      I’m going to list a couple of speculated rates and the reasons behind them, then I’ll tell you what I think is most likely.
       
      Speculated rates and theories:
       
      Based on Kuwaiti Dinar.
       
      It’s been said that the rate must equal their neighboring Kuwaiti Dinar rate, which would put the Dinar at $3+. Many people speculate that the Iraqi’s are a prideful people, and it would be a slap in the face to have a revalued currency be less than Kuwaits.
       
      Based on "dropping the 0′s"
       
      It’s mentioned many times in the news that the 0′s could be dropped, which would mean one of two things:
       
      1. The 0′s are dropped from the bills, which essentially puts most investors at a break even return. Nothing gained, nothing lost.
      2. The 0′s are dropped from the exchange rate, which is currently .00086 (Dinars are worth about 1170 IQD per 1USD, or an exchange of .00086). This means your dinars are worth .86USD per Dinar – in other words, a 10,000 IQD note is exchanged for $8,600 minus spread and bank fees. (If you don’t understand the “spread”, or you think there will be no spread, PLEASE read my free Cash In Guide. It’s located here)
       
      Based on “equal to the USD”
       
      We see articles all the time that reference the US Dollar, stating that the CBI wants the IQD to be equal to the USD. An easy assumption is to simply RV at 1:1, making a 10,000IQD note worth $10,000.
       
      Based on “they can’t RV low or investors will buy too much!”
       
      Some people state they will not cash in for anything less than $1. They state that Iraq would be foolish to RV at a low rate, because then big money will come in and buy up a ton of Dinar before it can go higher. (This theory is wrong, FYI.)
       
      My Thoughts:
       
      Keep in mind that I’m trying to keep this as simple as possible. I am going to use hypothetical figures, and I’m going to make my point as quickly as possible… we all have better things to do than listen to me ramble on for days, right?
       
      I agree with a few of the speculations above. I think the Iraqi Dinar should have a higher value, and I think we are simply waiting on the HCL or Chapter 7(!!!) to be finalized… then it will be “GO” time! But my opinion of the rate goes a little deeper… it includes a “business sense analysis” that everyone might consider.
       
      Iraq is a business – and the business is natural reserves. Iraq holds a majority of the worlds natural gas and also black gold, also known as “oil”. When Iraq is released from Chapter 7 and the HCL has been settled, they will begin operating their business using the same principals any other successful company uses – the goals being profit, sustainability, and success!
       
      Did I mention profit?
       
      Yes indeed, friends!
       
      PROFIT.
       
      The most important concept to understand today is this: The CBI makes money on every auction, and they will continue to do so forever. When the Dinar changes value, the CBI buys it at a lower rate, and then sells it at a higher rate.
       
      The CBI will ALWAYS choose the path that makes them the most money. Keep that in mind as we continue with this thesis! (*** click here for a detailed explanation on how the CBI auctions work)
       
      Let’s move forward a few steps and talk about a ReValued dinar. I agree that a lower rate than Kuwait will be a blow to the ego’s of the Iraqis. I agree that it should be on par with the USD, or even higher. I agree that the rate WILL get there… eventually.
       
      When the Iraqi Dinar is ReValued to a higher rate, it will become more desirable to do business in Iraq. Many people will be less hesitant to sign contracts and invest in Iraq. The current Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX) should see some major movement… and the CBI (Central Bank of Iraq) is going to make tons of money on the exchanges!
       
      I believe that Iraq can sustain a very stable currency at a rate of $3 or higher, but I don’t think they will immediately jump to that rate even if they ultimately desire it to be so.
       
      Here’s why:
       
      An instantaneous RV to $3.00 will create a ton of wealth – coincidentally, probably about the same amount of wealth that they lost when Saddam Hussein was taken out of power and the value of the Iraqi Dinar plummeted to mere pennies! What’s done is done, though, and we have to look at the situation for what it is today – not what it could have been or should have been.
       
      When the Dinar rises in value and people are ready to “Cash In”, there is only one place that will ultimately buy the Dinar: The CBI.
       
      Since they control the rate and they are the top of the chain, they can set their spread (the fees they charge for cashing in your Dinar) to any rate they want. I’m of the opinion that they will jack that rate up as high as possible in the beginning… and who’s going to say no? The CBI has a monopoly on this market and it is theirs to do with as they please.
       
      A normal foreign currency exchange carries a “spread” of 2-6%. This means if you exchange $1000 worth of a foreign currency, you can expect to receive approximately $940 after the spread is taken out. Those numbers in the middle aren’t important, the only important thing is what you walk away with.
      Since the CBI has complete control on the spread, which trickles down through every single banking institution that handles the Dinar, we are at their mercy. Don’t miss this next line:
       
      If the CBI won’t buy your dinar, then you will not be able to cash in.
       
      Take a hypothetical rate of $3.
       
      The CBI can (and probably will) put a hefty spread their buy price – I’ve heard it will be at least 25% if they RV high. This means they will sell the Dinar for $3, but they will buy it for $2.25
       
      Personally, I’d be grateful and overjoyed to see a 25% spread on a $3 RV! Most likely, we will only see about $2.00 per Dinar at a $3 RV by the time it gets in our hands (every party involved will take a little chunk, unless you are physically able to go to the CBI. And you can’t do that. So, just accept it – you’re going to pay a spread.)
       
      Once again, the extra numbers aren’t important right now – the only number that’s important is the $3 and the $2.25, because that’s what the CBI is worried about.
       
      Let’s say there is a billion USD worth of Dinar out there right now, or 1 trillion IQD. The CBI pays $2.25 for every $3 worth of Dinar, then resells it the next day for $3. That’s a profit of $75 billion just on the spread. Not bad, right?
       
      The problem is it cost them 225 billion to do that… and that 225 billion goes right into the “debt” column.
       
      My friends, Iraq isn’t about to go into debt so we can get rich. Therefore, a $3 RV isn’t the answer, and we must look at another possibility.
      Take a hypothetical rate of $0.10 (ten cents)
       
      Again, using the same numbers we have 1 Trillion IQD that needs to be changed out to smaller denominations. The CBI announces the rate at ten cents and also announces that your large notes will be worthless in 90 days.
       
      Every investor would love to hold out for a higher rate, but in this situation you have no choice… you cash out. The CBI will likely use the same spread, so they will buy 1 trillion Dinar at a rate of .10, minus 25% spread, which gives us about $750 for every 10,000IQD note we have… and the CBI makes 250 million in the first 90 days at an expense of only 1 billion. This puts their debt on this transaction at only 750 million… a far cry from the 225 billion in the $3 RV!!!
       
      However, this is only the first step. Now I’ll show you how Iraq can easily wipe that debt out by ReValuing the Dinar at a lower rate initially, then making money as the Dinar increases in value over a relatively short period of time.
       
      What about all the other investors that will now come in to buy up the lower denomination notes, speculating that the Dinar will continue to rise?
      I completely agree that this will happen! And the CBI will continue to make money on it. In the above situation, the Dinar is being sold by the CBI at .10USD per 1IQD. After all of the large notes are brought in, it is reasonable to assume twice as much money will be poured back into Dinar by speculators, at .10. Now the CBI is able to sell 2 billion at 10 cents, and they can move the peg on the Dinar up a bit – say, to 15 cents. Investors will cash in for a profit, allowing the CBI to resell at the higher rate and once again make profit.
       
      Of course, not all investors will cash in at 15 cents. For the sake of argument, let’s say half of the investors sell out at that point. The CBI pays 0.1125USD per dinar (A profit of 12.5% for the investors!!!) and resells that billion for 15 cents – securing a profit of 375 million.
       
      The CBI’s “debt” on the original RV is now down to 375 million… do you see how this is working? The CBI is able to make up the “loss” on the original RV simply by continuing to hold auctions and allowing more and more people to profit on the increasing value.
       
      At this point, in our hypothetical situation of a 10 cent RV, the CBI has covered half of it’s loss with only one “repeg”. They can continue to profit all the way up to the final rate of $1, $2, $3, or higher – as long as investors are willing to buy the Dinar, they can keep moving it up.
       
      And the way things are going over there… why wouldn’t we keep buying? I know I plan on doing so!
       
      In conclusion, I want to caution everyone to be careful with this investment. As good as things look, we never know when some hairbrained Arab is going to pull the pin on a grenade or something silly like that. Only buy what you can afford to lose, and always consult a professional before making investment decisions.
       
      =========== // ============
       
      The above was written years ago, and it all holds true to this day.
       
      When I originally wrote the above thesis on the rate, we were waiting for Chapter 7 and the HCL.
       
      Chapter 7 is done.
       
      HCL is next.
       
      The RV will be shortly after that, or it will happen simultaneously.
       
      Either way... we are closing in on the final day.
       
       
       
      Go HCL, Go Iraq, 
       
      GO RRRRRVVVVVV!!!!!
       
      Happy Sunday, everyone!
       
      - Adam
       
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