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  1. There are all sorts of things going on right now that would make even the most steadfast non-worrier break a sweat. Michael Snyder outlined 11 of them in this article, but four in particular, are of note.

    • Last week, the “spread between the U.S. 2-year and 10-year yields” turned negative for the very first time in 12 years.  An inversion of the yield curve has occurred prior to every single U.S. recession since the 1950s, and this is one of the most important economic signals that we have seen yet…
    • …Just like we witnessed in 2008, fear and volatility have returned to Wall Street in a major way.  In fact, so far this month we have already seen the 4th and 7th largest single day point declines in U.S. stock market history…
    • …According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the probability that a recession will happen within the next 12 months is now the highest that it has been since the last financial crisis
    • …President Trump is suggesting that the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates by 100 basis pointsand that the Fed should restart quantitative easing as soon as possible.  Both of those moves would be considered to be “emergency measures” that should only happen if a major economic downturn was imminent. (source)
  2. Even financially responsible people can fall on hard times. I found myself in a challenging situation when I lost my job in retail banking. I had emergency savings to fall back on, but I wasn't able to find another comparable position for several years after getting laid off. 

    I had to slowly chip away at my savings until the situation became dire. If you find yourself in a similar position where you simply don't have enough money to go around, here are a few tips from my own experience.

    • Cover the Basic Expenses Before Anything Else (Housing, power, gas to get to work... you get the idea)
    • Request Extensions on Your Bills (it works...sometimes) (Cross your fingers your power isn't turned off in winter)
    • Downsize and Sell Excess Stuff 
    • Take Out New Debt Sparingly (Avoid this at all costs!)
    • Look for Ways to Bring in More Money (Good luck with this one)

    broke no money GIF

  3. Will Rogers once recommended that people should buy land due to its scarcity. With this in mind, investors need to understand the practicality of owning land and of running a land-based business venture.

    Types of Land Investments 

    Independently wealthy people can purchase land for personal use, recreation – and yes, investment. Unfortunately, most people do not fall into this category. This begs the question: Are land-ownership opportunities and business ventures capable of generating an acceptable return on investment for small investors, while still affording them the joys and attributes associated with land ownership? To answer this question, you need to be able to evaluate 10 general categories of potential land investments:

    • Residential development land
    • Commercial development land
    • Row crop land
    • Livestock-raising land
    • Timberland
    • Mineral production land
    • Vegetable farmland
    • Vineyards
    • Orchards
    • Recreational land

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    I think the jury is still out... based on what this economy will look like after all the water is drained out of the pool and we see who is swimming naked.

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    Madness, chaos, wild confusion and disorder. This is the way the universe began - we're told. As the "dust" settles things become  more orderly more and more still. Yet, stillness is not always proof of becoming more orderly, just look at my room! It's very still! But definitely not orderly.

    My room reflects my state of mind, my house reflects my body, my property reflects my immediate social environment, further a field reflects my place in society. On and on until we pan out to view the whole world, the planet, as my body, filled with sextiillions of elements from the atomic level, all the way up to the planetary scale. My room is a mess, my house is much the same, my property is isolated but has a good view, my local community seem to be active. Further a field society is sinking into mud on one side and overcoming huge mountains on the other. Panning out into space, the planet looks dry and brown as industrialisation consumes the globe like a nasty rash.

    Weather systems are becoming more and more difficult to predict, even reversing in some cases. It is the perfect time to start a doomsday religion! Kidding, just so you know :)

     

     

  4. A true follower of Christ and one of Jehovah's Witnesses should remember this paragraph from the Theocratic Ministry School Guidebook.

    I'm guessing Frederick Franz himself wrote this paragraph although @JW Insider might have a better idea.

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    These are mild ones...

    I've recently caught some JW"s @tromboneck (sorry to call you out there) using the work "heck" instead of "hell" etc....

    tsk tsk...

    @TrueTomHarley will surely come down on me hard on this one.... I've seen some of his language before. :o

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    Its common to asked by someone "Have you eaten balut? Do you want to taste later?" It so easy to be tempted and eat later on. Because its hard to explain them scriptural principles regarding our basis for not eating fertilized duck egg. 

    Its important to let them know you are one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Their reaction? They might already know we don't eat or agree with blood transfusions. If they ask "why", you can remember Paul's word in Acts 15:29. He knows good health means to abstain in blood. You can show them fascinating scriptural basis of our belief. You can ask them to eat barbeque or cracklings instead. 

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