Saturday, November 28, 2015

Man Asks Mike Rowe for “Life Advice”

Man Asks Mike Rowe for “Life Advice” 

by Top Right News on October 5, 2014 in Economy, Entertainment

Seriously, this is awesome…


Hey Mike! I’ve spent this last year trying to figure out the right career for myself and I still can’t figure out what to do. I have always been a hands on kind of guy and a go-getter. I could never be an office worker. I need change, excitement, and adventure in my life, but where the pay is steady. I grew up in construction and my first job was a restoration project. I love everything outdoors. I play music for extra money. I like trying pretty much everything, but get bored very easily. I want a career that will always keep me happy, but can allow me to have a family and get some time to travel. I figure if anyone knows jobs its you so I was wondering your thoughts on this if you ever get the time! Thank you!

– Parker Hall


Hi Parker,

My first thought is that you should learn to weld and move to North Dakota. The opportunities are enormous, and as a “hands-on go-getter,” you’re qualified for the work. But after reading your post a second time, it occurs to me that your qualifications are not the reason you can’t find the career you want.

I had drinks last night with a woman I know. Let’s call her Claire. Claire just turned 42. She’s cute, smart, and successful. She’s frustrated though, because she can’t find a man. I listened all evening about how difficult her search has been. About how all the “good ones” were taken. About how her other friends had found their soul-mates, and how it wasn’t fair that she had not.

“Look at me,” she said. “I take care of myself. I’ve put myself out there. Why is this so hard?”

“How about that guy at the end of the bar,” I said. “He keeps looking at you.”

“Not my type.”

“Really? How do you know?”

“I just know.”

“Have you tried a dating site?” I asked.

“Are you kidding? I would never date someone I met online!”

“Alright. How about a change of scene? Your company has offices all over – maybe try living in another city?”

“What? Leave San Francisco? Never!”

“How about the other side of town? You know, mix it up a little. Visit different places. New museums, new bars, new theaters…?”

She looked at me like I had two heads. “Why the hell would I do that?”

Here’s the thing, Parker. Claire doesn’t really want a man. She wants the “right” man. She wants a soul-mate. Specifically, a soul-mate from her zip code. She assembled this guy in her mind years ago, and now, dammit, she’s tired of waiting!!

I didn’t tell her this, because Claire has the capacity for sudden violence. But it’s true. She complains about being alone, even though her rules have more or less guaranteed she’ll stay that way. She has built a wall between herself and her goal. A wall made of conditions and expectations. Is it possible that you’ve built a similar wall?

Consider your own words. You don’t want a career – you want the “right” career. You need “excitement” and “adventure,” but not at the expense of stability. You want lots of “change” and the “freedom to travel,” but you need the certainty of “steady pay.” You talk about being “easily bored” as though boredom is out of your control. It isn’t. Boredom is a choice. Like tardiness. Or interrupting. It’s one thing to “love the outdoors,” but you take it a step further. You vow to “never” take an office job. You talk about the needs of your family, even though that family doesn’t exist. And finally, you say the career you describe must “always” make you “happy.”

These are my thoughts. You may choose to ignore them and I wouldn’t blame you – especially after being compared to a 42 year old woman who can’t find love. But since you asked…

Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.

Many people today resent the suggestion that they’re in charge of the way the feel. But trust me, Parker. Those people are mistaken. That was a big lesson from Dirty Jobs, and I learned it several hundred times before it stuck. What you do, who you’re with, and how you feel about the world around you, is completely up to you.

Good luck –

P.S. I’m serious about welding and North Dakota. Those guys are writing their own ticket.

P.P.S. Think I should forward this to Claire?

HSBC whistleblower given five years’ jail over biggest leak in banking history

Hervé Falciani has sought refuge in France. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

HSBC got the finest "justice" Chinese money could buy....  Stuff like this just makes you shake your head in disbelief at the absurdity of it all... -AK

HSBC whistleblower given five years’ jail over biggest leak in banking history

Hervé Falciani sentenced in his absence for financial espionage by federal court for exposing wrongdoing at HSBC’s private Swiss bank

Juliette Garside


Friday 27 November 2015 17.47 GMT Last modified on Friday 27 November 2015 22.43 GMT

The whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Swiss court.

Hervé Falciani, a former IT worker, was convicted in his absence for the biggest leak in banking history. He is currently living in France, where he sought refuge from Swiss justice, and did not attend the trial.

The leak of secret bank account details formed the basis of revelations – by the Guardian, the BBC, Le Monde and other media outlets – which showed that HSBC’s Swiss banking arm turned a blind eye to illegal activities of arms dealers and helped wealthy people evade taxes.

While working on the database of HSBC’s Swiss private bank, Falciani downloaded the details of about 130,000 holders of secret Swiss accounts. The information was handed to French investigators in December 2008 and then circulated to other European governments.

It was used to prosecute tax evaders including Arlette Ricci, the heir to France’s Nina Ricci perfume empire, and to pursue Emilio Botín, the late chairman of Spain’s Santander bank.

Switzerland’s federal prosecutor had requested a record six-year term for Falciani for aggravated industrial espionage, data theft and violation of commercial and banking secrecy.

It was the longest sentence ever demanded by the confederation’s public ministry in a case of banking data theft. The trial was also the first conducted by the country’s federal criminal court in which the accused had not been present.

The defendant’s lawyers had demanded a reduced sentence, of between two and three years, “compatible with the granting of a reprieve”.

Falciani himself refused to appear in the dock, on the grounds that he would not be allowed a fair trial. He described the process as a “parody of justice”.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Japan Today: Economists are fools

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I've come to the conclusion that finance is a religion, and economists are the preachers who spread the catechism of capitalism.  Problem is, a bit like how preachers haven't a clue about things spiritual, the reality of finance is quite different that the orthodox dogmas taught by economics professors.  Banking is about energy, the current of energy coming from humans (who are Source inbody), that current of energy is abstracted out by debt and converted to "currency" called money to hide where it all comes from. Why hide it? Because it comes from you and they don't want you to know it was stolen by treaties, commerce systems, and programming disguised as education.  Its your energy conglomerated into a system of control by central banks.  One of the things that used to frustrate the heck out of me was they could never tell me in college, what money really was. Similarly physics professors could never tell me what time was.  Turns out they couldn't tell me because both are illusions.   There is only energy, the flow of energy and NOW. -AK
Economists are fools
by Dan Slater for EURObiZ Japan

OPINIONS NOV. 27, 2015 - 06:41AM JST ( 12 )TOKYO —

I hate to lead with such an aggressive title, but over the years, nobody (apart from bankers) has upset me more than economists.

I have been reading the stuff published by economists for decades. In China, where I worked for 12 years, GDP growth became like a religion. Thousands of articles were written on the topic, each of them quoting economists. In the process, the glorious city of Beijing was laid waste, but that is another story.

The malign and fruitless obsession with GDP growth, and the part played by economists in encouraging it, is why I think economists are fools.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the latest leader to fret about GDP growth. Yet this is misguided, for several reasons.

GDP growth is merely a measure of activity. What growth per se does not reveal is the nature and quality of that activity. As most economists are actually well aware of, you can maintain GDP indefinitely if you are rich enough. For example, knocking down and re-building a house is a way of generating GDP, even if the various iterations of the building show zero improvement. Of course, at some point you will run out of money.

It is clear that GDP growth is a blunt, or even ‘dumb’, way of looking at the economy. My suspicion, however, is that this is precisely why it is so popular with politicians.  Merely generating economic activity, especially in the short term, is quite easy — and, therefore, a convenient way for politicians to say they have achieved something during their term in office.

To generate GDP growth, you could build over-priced sports stadiums all over the country. Indeed, the more over-priced the said structures, the more GDP growth you will achieve — since the preferred measure is ‘nominal’ GDP, which measures the monetary amount of an activity.

Economists, of course, are clever enough to know all about the shortcomings of worshipping GDP growth, but they seem to want to make friends with policy-makers and obtain research grants, so they go along with it.

For Japan, GDP growth is especially pointless in two ways. First, it is far more important to look at GDP per person. For Japan, maintaining a non-shrinking GDP, or 0% growth, is a triumph in the face of the speed that the working population is declining.

It is a hollow triumph, however, because once the aim becomes to protect your GDP number, you do all sorts of extreme things, like using the central bank to buy up your government bonds. But by making an artificial floor, you make it impossible to know the real price of Japanese debt.

The price of government debt is the price off which all other financial instruments are abased, so you are making a mockery of your capital markets in the process. And, remember, the reason we pay bankers and economists such high salaries is that they allow us to identify the ‘true’ prices of goods and services in the economy. Only they don’t. But we still pay their level of salaries.

The distortions are obvious in other ways. Today, Japanese GDP is much bigger than it was before Abe came to power in December 2012, in yen terms. But the value of the yen has collapsed 40% against the dollar in that time. So in dollar terms, it has sharply contracted.

Everyone wants a simple metric, and GDP growth is the metric incessantly recycled in almost every article about Abenomics. The prime minister was recently brazen enough to suggest a GDP of ¥600 trillion — a typically pointless numerical figure.

That is the reason why printing money has become so central to the debate about Abenomics. Printing money should make prices go up, and that lifts nominal GDP. Hey, presto, mission accomplished!  This then leads you into truly wacky territory where rising prices — in a country where most people have been growing poorer over the last 20 years — is seen as a good thing. But, hey, nominal GDP is growing — at least in the short term.

If you choose one bad metrics, you start having to use lots of other absurd metrics to achieve the original metric. Unfortunately, none of this looks likely to change soon.

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GAIA PORTAL: Blaupunkt is reached as luminescence increases

Blaupunkt is reached as luminescence increases
by ÉirePort

Blaupunkt is reached as luminescence increases.

Essences required for hu-manity elevation are distributed, and accepted.

Fortune-ates are enabled and centered in purpose.

Formularies are opened.

ÉirePort | November 27, 2015 at 10:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Updated 11/27/15 GAIA PORTAL: Hadrian’s Wall collapses in the influx of new energetics

Hadrian's wall was created during an older era of xenophobia much like today in Europe but directed at the Scots (rather than Syrian or North African refugees from western sponsored proxy wars) who would not accept domination from Rome.
"According to restored sandstone fragments found in Jarrow which date from 118 or 119, it was Hadrian's wish to keep "intact the empire", which had been imposed on him via "divine instruction"... 
... Scholars disagree over how much of a threat the inhabitants of northern Britain really presented and whether there was any economic advantage in defending and garrisoning a fixed line of defences like the Wall, rather than conquering and annexing what has become the Scottish Lowlands and defending the territory with a loose arrangement of forts. 
The limites of Rome were never expected to stop tribes from migrating or armies from invading, and while a frontier protected by a palisade or stone wall would help curb cattle-raiders and the incursions of other small groups,[8] the economic viability of constructing and keeping guarded a wall 72 miles (116 km) long along a sparsely populated border to stop small-scale raiding is dubious. 
...Another possible explanation for the wall is the degree of control it would have provided over immigration, smuggling and customs. Limites did not strictly mark the boundaries of the empire: Roman power and influence often extended beyond the walls. People within and beyond the limes travelled through it each day when conducting business, and organised check-points like those offered by Hadrian's Wall provided good opportunities for taxation. With watch towers only a short distance from gateways in the limes, patrolling legionaries could have kept track of entering and exiting natives and Roman citizens alike, charging customs dues and checking for smuggling."

Updated 11/27/15 Got an email from another blogger, Dennis Tuma and he has an interesting take on Hadrian's Wall:
'Hadrian's Wall' = Hadron Collider in Cern and it's fractal installations worldwide; no possibility of last minute arrival of Team Dark cavalry to save the demise of their dark endeavor will occur.

'Desistors' = former Team Dark minions moving into the Light as the control pyramids of power crumble.
PS: Regarding CERN this was the reply I got back in regards to the rumored fire there, which seems to have been hushed up.



Hadrian’s Wall collapses in the influx of new energetics
by ÉirePort

Hadrian's Wall collapses in the influx of new energetics.

Desisters are recognised and uplifted.

Gaia points are manifested in grander expressions.

Locals understand the pictures presented.

Illuminariies are revealed.

ÉirePort | November 26, 2015 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stung by Oil, Distressed-Debt Traders See Worst Losses Since '08

Stung by Oil, Distressed-Debt Traders See Worst Losses Since '08
 Simone Foxman
 Jodi Xu Klein

November 24, 2015 — 2:52 AM CET Updated on November 24, 2015 — 12:58 PM CET

Knighthead, Candlewood, Mudrick hedge funds under pressure `It wasn’t just energy,' one manager says as funds fall 5%

It’s mid-November, but for investors who trade in the debt of distressed companies, the year’s already done -- and they lost.

Hedge funds that specialize in the debt are grappling with their worst declines in seven years. Funds managed by Knighthead Capital Management, Candlewood Investment Group, Mudrick Capital Management and Archview Investment Group all posted losses through October. And year-end bonuses at Wall Street desks that trade distressed debt could be slashed by a quarter, Options Group said.

After six years of easy-money central-bank policies kept over-leveraged companies afloat and left scant opportunities for traders who profit off the market’s scrap heaps, a rout in commodities prices in 2014 presented what had seemed like a perfect chance to buy again. Instead, those prices only declined further this year, causing the debt of everyone from oil drillers to coal miners to fall deeper into distress. As the losses intensified, gun-shy investors pulled back from almost anything that smacked of risk, spreading the losses to industries from retail to technology.

"Most distressed situations have not worked out in 2015,” said David Tawil, president of distressed hedge fund Maglan Capital, which lost 5.4 percent in the first 10 months of 2015. “It wasn’t just energy. It was anything with loads of leveraged debt on it."

Distressed hedge funds dropped 5 percent in 2015 through October, putting them on pace for their worst year since 2008, when they lost 25 percent. They’re lagging behind hedge funds across indexes, which are flat for the year, according to Chicago-based data provider Hedge Fund Research Inc.

Rough November

November isn’t looking like it will be much better. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch index of distressed debt is down almost 8 percent this month as the average price of bonds in the benchmark dropped to 57 cents on the dollar, from as high as 75.6 cents in February.

Mudrick Capital lost 16 percent this year through Oct. 31 in its main fund, according to a person with knowledge of its returns. A $1 billion special-situations fund managed by Candlewood is down 11 percent, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg. And Knighthead Capital, which manages $3.4 billion, lost 8.7 percent in its main fund, according to performance updates.

Gaia Portal: Halifaxes are pressed into service as Hue-manity rises

Halifaxes are pressed into service as Hue-manity rises
by ÉirePort

Halifaxes are pressed into service as Hue-manity rises.

Segregations are recognized no more.

Unity of operation is employed.

Maters of Light service come in assistance.

ÉirePort | November 24, 2015 at 06:06 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

As we shift - 5 ways to be actively awake

Where you fall along the “scale of fear” probably has little, if anything, to do with the current “terrorism threat” level.  That is a good sign.  It indicates how we are separating from the matrix.

I heard a recording the other day from someone who watches trends online after large “expected events” (think 12/21/12) that fail to happen.  He said he’d been doing it since Y2K.

After this most recent expected “Ascension Event” last September, he saw a shift.  Instead of anger, frustration and “why”?, people asked “what the “powers that were” were doing behind our backs, while we were focused elsewhere?” This is major.  It’s happening everywhere now.  As awareness grows, we collectively pull and push each other to new levels. 

I flew last weekend.  I carry a water bottle when I do, filling it up at the gate.  This time, I forgot to empty it before getting in the TSA line.  What the agent then “explained”, after patting me down once, is that I’d have to accompany her back to the other side, she would empty out the water there, and then I’d get in line and be patted down a second time once I got through.  I was not permitted to touch the bottle myself.  I was with my mom at the time, and she was waiting for me in a wheelchair.  She, btw, had already also been patted down, after going through the body scanner.

I looked at the agent in disbelief.  I took out my passport, held it up high and said, sort of loudly, “I am a citizen of this country. I travel with my passport to ease the process for us all and yet still I am being forced to jump through ridiculous hoops just to get back home and have Thanksgiving with my mother.  Something is very wrong with this picture.  I am not a terror threat.  This is insane.”

The agent walked with me out of the area, (away from her supervisor), and as she dumped out the half liter of water said, very quietly “I agree with you.  This is stupid.  I’m not going to pat you down or make you stand in line.  Come on.”  We then walked back and joined my mother.

We have to speak up.  Being awake and only talking to other awake people is fun perhaps, but really a waste of time.  I know when you first wake up you feel sort of self-righteous about enlightening everyone.  But that is not your job.  Your job is to live in a woken up state.  Let others see you live with eyes wide open.  They will notice.

Witnessing your alert behavior will have more of an impact on someone than will a lecture from you.  Who listens anyway?  It’s time to be ACTIVELY AWAKE.

Here are some suggestions that may spark others…

1.     Speak up.  Don’t just grumble on the inside about the insanity when it impacts your life.  Even if the only person listening is the one paid to tell you your insurance rates just went up – say it.  There are no small ripples.

2.    Follow your gut.  Inspiration comes only in the now moment.  This is not to be ignored, it is to be heeded.  As you move to your own inspired song, others will witness.

3.    Smile.  This is your creation.  Look around and remember appreciation. The cumulative effect of joy is exponential.

4.    Look at each other. You are not here alone.  You didn’t come to do this by yourself.  We are waiting to see your light – it’s there in your eyes.  Let us see it.

5.    Choose empowered.  In every circumstance, opt for sovereignty.  Refuse to follow the herd.  Consider every option. This is your life you’re building.  Choose deliberately.  Make it a masterpiece.

There is so much to be gained from collaboration.  What the powers that were have been afraid of always is our numbers.  This is why every move they make is an attempt to separate us.

What they don’t see is how those same actions are like the glue that binds us together.  Once this bond is forged, it is unbreakable.

We will come to comprehend our unity through these blatant attempts that display polarity.  As we shift, it is our humanity that rises above every disagreement and difference.  WE ARE MAGNIFICENT IN OUR UNIQUENESS AND UNIQUE IN OUR MAGNIFICENCE. 

We are the ones we are waiting for.

Thank you for showing up.

With absolute love,

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