“Yes Collusion!” Trump Makes History in Saying He Doesn’t Mind Violating Federal Laws Colluding with Foreign Powers

Last week in an interview Trump opening and willingly declared he would be willing to take negative information about his political opponents from foreign countries, in violation of our FEC election laws.

When the interviewer reminded Trump that the FBI Director has stated that accepting foreign intelligence on political opponents is a violation of federal law, Trump replied that the FBI director is wrong. 🧐 That statement was FALSE!

That FALSE statement prompted the Federal Election Chair to issue her own statement backing the FBI Directors statement on foreign collusion on US elections being against the law:

This puts us into historical uncharted waters. Have we ever had a president so openly and deliberately flout US law to the point of rebuking the FBI director for having dared to state the TRUTH about foreign collusion being against the law???

What makes this so incredibly bizarre is that through the Mueller Investigation, Trump has proclaimed that he didn’t and would never collude with a foreign power. Now he’s openly admitting he’s fine with it???😲

Out of all the things Trump has done that has made the news, this one stands out by a long shot. The President of the United States is saying it’s okay to break federal laws and undermine American independence by accepting foreign help to win elections! 🀯 For ardent Trump supporters who don’t care, would you feel the same way if a Dem president did this. Think about how you would feel if Obama made such a statement?!? Hillary got the “Lock her up!” chant for being sloppy with security on her private email server, but now we have a President embracing breaking the law!

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Former Waitress & School Drop Out Says Making Β£100K/yr Trading: Legit or Scam?

I just read an article about a woman who changed her career from being a waitress to successful trader and according to the article, is on track to make Β£100K pounds this year, and all this from taking a Forex trading class.

If true, this is a stupendous achievement and she deserves all the high praise and credit. However, I noticed several red flags when reading the article that make me think all is not as it seems and it may be an elaborate advertisement to pay $$$ for a trading class.

First off, learning how to successfully trade is an endeavor that many try, but only a choice few succeed. The odds against reaching the point of being able to trade for a living have been reported as low as 3% and that even the best odds are at ~20%, as in out of 100 people who attempt trading, only 20 will succeed in not losing money and even fewer will be able to achieve high returns on a consistent basis. So the odds of someone just casually walking in and trying and succeeding at trading are very slim.

Next, while many trading courses are offered for sale for prices that range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, the internet is full of sorrowful tales of those who spent big bucks on these classes, only to not gain any new skills and still not be able to successfully trade. Personally speaking, I have yet to meet anyone successful at trading that got their skills from a class rather than being self taught or having been lucky enough to have a friend/relative as a mentor.

The vast bulk of trading classes are mostly set to lure in the “get rich quick” type of folks who are looking for shortcuts to success. As we know in life – there are very few if any shortcuts in achieving highly sought after goals/rewards. So I have a high amount of skepticism that a school drop out can take a trading class on a whim and instantly find such huge success.

The pictures included in the article also stand out as red flags in that they mostly show conspicuous lavish spending- as if to set the mood that she is now living a life of luxury and easy living.

The typical tell-tale sign of “potential scam” is when trading “guru’s” show pictures of ostentatious wealth, suggesting that “you too can have this lifestyle if you pay for their course/training”. In reality, successful traders and those from other professions don’t go around showing off their wealth.

Like I said earlier, if the story is legit, then congratulations are in order, but I get more of a vibe that this is really a commercial for paying $$$ for a Forex class rather than a genuine financial success story.

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Injured Hiker Gets Airlift, but Things take a Surprising “NASA- Like” Turn

A woman in Arizona injured her ankle while hiking and needed to be airlifted out.

The rescue helicopter came and hooked her pallet up to a cable be lifted into the helicopter which was unable to land due to the terrain.

Things went awry when the pallet the woman was on began to spin as it was raised towards the helicopter. There is a special cable attached that is supposed to prevent this from happening but it wasn’t working and the woman continued to spin faster and faster, now resembling something you would see at a NASA astronaut testing site. 😲

The good news is despite the intensity and speed at which she was spinning, it was reported that she suffered no harm from that except feelings of some dizziness and nausea. πŸ₯΄πŸ€’

I would think if she stayed conscious during that ordeal, she should qualify to be admitted to NASA’s program! πŸ‘©β€πŸš€πŸš€

Western States Finally Get Seasonal Temps 😎

Hard to believe but the last week in May had temps in California and the west coast feeling more like early spring rather than knocking on the door to summer.

Last Week Day Time Temps (F):

Day Time Temps (C):

Night Temps (F):

Night Temps (C):

Look at that big “cold blue” temp range incursion that was happening at night. πŸ₯Ά

The jet stream was doing weird things with bringing cold air in deep into the US on the west and them climb back up towards the east. You can see the path by tracing out the yellow line as you go from west to east. On one side was very cold air and the other side hot air and that causes very unstable weather when they mix. This is also why the US has experienced a record number of storms and tornadoes this year.

Trump Tariffs 101: They Raise Prices on Americans

Last Thursday evening Trump, self described as “Tariff Man”, declared he would start imposing a 5% tariff on Mexico this month because he was not satisfied with the way Mexico was dealing with illegal immigration crossing over into America. Furthermore, the rate is set to increase by 5% every month through October that Trump remains unsatisfied, for a maximum tariff of 25%.

To no one’s surprise, the market tanked on the news of this new set of tariffs to close out the week on Friday in the red:

The market has been in decline since Trump began ramping up tariff rhetoric against China, whom he has set a 25% tariff on.

When Trump refers to his tariffs, he always makes it sound like the country getting the tariff is the one who will be paying the cost of them. That’s not how tariffs work.

A tariff raises the cost of the selling price of the product. If a product being sold in America that was imported from a country with a tariff, the price of the product for sale will be increased by the amount of the tariff. Who pays it? You the consumer if you normally buy that product. So for example if some imported thing you brought previously cost $1.00, it will now cost $1.25 with a 25% tariff. A $200 item will now cost $250, and so on. The main point is the American consumer will be paying the extra costs! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

When the cost of goods go up due to tariffs, it will have the same effect as inflation, which slows the economy and is bad for the market.

The next time you go shopping, pay close attention to the products you buy, and where they originated from. You will find that most of the products sold in America are imported – coming from companies that have located their factories to countries where the cost of labor is less.

Much of the products we buy including many electronics like cellphones, computers, and TV’s come from China. The bulk of our autos and fruits/vegetables come from Mexico. It’s easy to see why news of more tariffs would have a negative effect on the economy and market.

So who is benefiting from these tariffs? Certainly not the American people paying the extra costs.

Automation Nation: The Self-Driving Robot Trucks Have Arrived!

In 2017, I wrote a blog about the coming wave of automation that most will not be ready for.

Here it is in 2019 and we see more and more evidence of the impending automation wave.

The United States Postal Service is now using self driving trucks to test delivery of mail between Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas.

If the test proves successful, you can be sure they will be ramping up to more cities and it won’t be long before other shipping companies follow suit.

Clearly this isn’t good news for human truck drivers, who will have to compete with a robot that doesn’t need sleep.

The new world of AI/Robotics is arriving fast and furious and all areas will be impacted, affecting human jobs across all fields.

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Broken World: Healthy Dog Put Down so it Could be Buried with Owner

Despite the deluge of bad news that circulates in modern society on a daily basis, certain news items still shock enough to make you question the sanity of those making laws/policies.

I knew pets were considered in many states to be just property when it came to ownership claims, but I had NO idea that an individual had the right to terminate a pets life at will, regardless of their health status. 😲

This recently happened when a person died and left in their will that their HEALTHY pet be euthanized and buried with them.

The animal shelter where the pet was residing tried to get the executor of the estate to change the plan since they knew it would be easy to find a home for the dog, but the it was a no go and the dog was put to sleep. 😒

How on Earth can this be legal and allowed in 1st world developed countries? A person can be criminally charged with pet abuse but it’s okay to order the termination of a perfectly healthy animal?

I don’t understand this at all. How can an animals life be so disposable and left to the whim of their owner??? Shouldn’t euthanasia be done as only a last resort if no better options are available?

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USA: Meritocracy or Plutocracy?

The US is famously known as a meritocracy that produces many rags to riches success stories.

However, studies show that the country is becoming more and more plutocratic over time.

The report from Georgetown University is the latest study that confirms this trend. It shows that the strongest indicator of future success isn’t one’s intelligence or inherent/developed talents, but the wealth of the parents/family one is born into.

Smart but poor kids are less likely to achieve wealth by age 25 and also have a lower chance of graduating from college than a below average child of wealthy parents.

The rich kids have a built in safety net in their parents wealth to get extra tutoring help and cover all college costs. They can make mistakes and recover with their parents resources to assist. Poor kids have far less safety buffers, if any, and any mistakes or failures can have dramatic consequences. They may not win enough scholarship money to pay for all college expenses, or be able to afford special tutoring for areas they may need help in. They don’t have the same financial luxury of surviving mistakes.

This is the reason why social scholastic programs are needed to help financially disadvantaged kids reach their full potential. Who knows how many great inventions or discoveries have been held back due to lack of opportunity for the ones who would have achieved them?

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Wall Street for Generation Z

I saw this commercial for “Fortune Street”, an investing game- and got sufficiently amused by the pair of older adults being talked down to and outclassed by a kid just barely 10 years old, if even that. πŸ˜„

It made me think of the latest group of young guns, called “Gen Z”, kids born from the mid 1990’s – early 2000’s

This is the generation that is growing up in the age of super cheap trading apps like Robinhood and new investment products like Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

The latest software and interfaces make trading appear more like a game than ever.

Bitcoin Trading and “Seasteader” Couple face Death Penalty

Bitcoin, trading, seasteading, and the death penalty- four topics that came together in this situation.

Apparently, there’s a movement going on called “seasteading” – where a person constructs a home on a platform located far enough off shore to be declared living in international waters. The belief and goal is to live in an area that is free of jurisdiction of any government, or in other words, be free of all government laws, taxes, and regulations.

At first glance, these ideas always appear to be attractive and innovative to those wishing to escape government jurisdiction. But like in many real world applications, problems arise with scaling up. If one or a few people do it, it looks like a great concept and the people doing it look like geniuses beating the system. Now imagine a horde of people building seastead communities off shore. You could easily imagine the amount of congestion in the open waters affecting commercial shipping, and then there’s the matter of all that raw sewage and waste going straight into the ocean, posing a danger to sea life as well as to beach goers if the tide ever directs it to shore.

Then you have the issue of the governments themselves. It stands to reason they would not be too keen on large communities springing up off their coastline declaring sovereign status where they have no jurisdiction.

Such is the case that happened with the very first actual seastead home built. An American entrepreneur known for his bitcoin trading and his girlfriend built the first seastead home 12 miles off the coast of Thailand. They declared their complete “freedom and autonomy” on their social media accounts and all was well in their lives……

Until, the government of Thailand learned about it and declared them to be threatening the sovereignty of their government – a crime that includes severe punishment up to life imprisonment or the death penalty. 😱

Faced with those life and death high stakes, the first ever actual seasteading couple decided to hightail it out of there and no one has seen them since as they appear to be in hiding.

The government of Thailand has dismantled their seastead home and brought the materials back to shore.

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