* International Investments – In Silly Things
* Natural Health Tip – Silly Diets
* Ecuador Real Estate – Silly Bull
Jets. Yuck! “What I hate second most is doing silly things. But being human, I do.” These were the thoughts as we bounced from one harried traveler to the next while scurrying through Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport. Merri and I were traveling for the weekend to Portland for my mom’s 84th. Congratulations Mom!
Jet travel in this day and age can make you do some pretty silly things. I’ll explain why in a moment. Yet born and bred in the West, with family scattered around the world and homes in two nations, despite its ridiculousness, jet travel is something I sometimes choose.
This brings us to what I hate most, “being forced to do silly things”. This includes taking off shoes and coats and showing ID three times within 50 yards. Mental disengagement is all we can do. Go blank, accept, tread on and ignore the rude silliness. Imagine this age. We can walk on the moon, travel the solar system and beyond yet cannot engineer even a touch of friendliness, compassion or happiness. Isn’t it silly? Walking on the moon does not do the world a lot of good. Yet what if we had spent the trillions learning to be happier and get along better?
So we ran through the hoops, got on the plane, (Delta’s commuter partner in Tri-Cities Tennessee to Atlanta) and then onto Delta’s flight to the Pacific Northwest.
Merri and I usually fly business or first class. We rarely pay…direct. Again this is silly the way we twist our lives to get frequent flier miles. Credit cards that earn FF miles kinda control so much of the way we do….so we can travel first class at low cost. This is silly, chasing free upgrades. Somewhere along the line we pay for those seats.
But here we are and I need to get to the point. This message comes from a Delta first class seat…2 A and 2B. Being here reflects some interesting trends we can use to help us in investing, in health and even in life.
My rear end and the back of an airline seat know each other pretty well. At age 21, I started commuting the Pacific. Every month or two my routine was flying to Portland, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Saigon, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila. I did my work, stopped home for a bit and then took the flight again.
This ability to work this way, as a 21 year old baby boomer, was a reflection of the industrial evolution. Man’s technological advancement was first powered by the water wheel, then steam, then internal combustion engines, then jets, telephone, TV and finally the computer and telephone. We baby boomers entered the business world just as the era of the jet, TV and telephone really began. We were reared on Howdy Doody, Ma Bell and Pan Am. All great American names…now mostly dead.
This trip today shows what is coming of age. Here in first class the food was lousy, more like what used to be served in economy. In economy all they had was snacks! Of course they had five choices. Potato chips, peanuts, chewy granola, crackers or pretzels. This is really silly as I’ll explain below.
Yet how can we expect a bankrupt airplane to do more? Worse in Business Class, Merri asked for a pillow. She was rudely informed the plane no longer has pillows. Why should the airline have pillows when it’s bankrupt? Why shouldn’t the stewardess be rude? Her pay has been cut. She has job insecurity. After over 25 years of service and hard work, her pension is in shambles. Her plans are in ruins. No wonder the severe is mad. Yet this is silly as well. Getting mad just complicates the problem!
The airports are run down, the carpets frayed, the toilets dirty, the seats cracked, the halls overflowing.
Here is an economic observation that comes from seeing all this. History suggests we are at the end of a financial era when middle class Americans were very rich and very spoiled (I recognize this in myself). This is much like the fall of the Roman or British Empires. Ignoring history is pretty silly. The US economy is coming apart and no fence, no army, no military might, no written laws, no congressional act or Presidential decrees can hold this together. Getting mad, writing your Congressman, demonstrating or even boycotting won’t change this fact.
Yet most investors will ignore this and stick their head in the sand. History suggests that in the West, the rich will get richer. The poor will suffer more. The middle class will become poor. This is the nature of economies and societies!
Most investors however will get mad at Congress, at the institutions etc and demand their rights. The sad fact is the establishment can do very little to change this relentless tide.
Baby boomers were the first to really enjoy this great American boom. The boomers who do not shift with the change will be the first to suffer as they retire, even sooner. I think many are feeling the pinch now. Inflation robs the retired and those on a fixed income first. It steals from the salaried worker second.
Do not be a duck in the pond when the shooting starts! To see what I mean go to garyascott.com/archives/2003/01/21/745/index.html
Fortunately history also shows that in every collapse there are those who become even richer as the Phoenix arises. Since one way Americans will become poorer is through a fall in the purchasing power of the greenback, one solution is easy. Invest in other currencies. You can see how I am doing this
Be sure to diversify out of the dollar with care! There is no guarantee when the dollar will fall. For example, one way I have hedged against the dollar is in Turkish bonds. They have not done well the last two months. Jyske Bank recently wrote:
“Turkey’s central bank raised key interest rates by 225 basis points on Sunday in line with expectations and said it would start lira purchase auctions in moves welcomed by analysts to halt the currency’s slide. The moves could bolster the lira, which has tumbled some 23% against the dollar since the end of April. Bond yields have also surged and shares dropped in a sell-off triggered by a sharp rise in inflation.”
This makes this a better time to invest in Turkey. Just do not diversify more than you can afford to lose or wait for to recover. This may be an especially good time to invest in Turkish shares. History suggest that when the Turkish lira falls the Turkish stock market rises.
Learn more about Turkish investments from Thomas Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about fighting inflation by investing in emerging currencies, gold, silver, Ecuador, import-export, overseas markets and more. Join Merri, Thomas Fischer from Jyske Bank Copenhagen and Steve from Ecuador and me at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina. Review where to invest and do business now and learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. Learn more about Ecuador import and export from Steve. Our May course was overbooked and the September course is filling up quickly. Our free accommodations here on the farm are reserved on a first come first served basis so do not delay! Go to garyascott.com/catalog/ibeznc.
Natural Health Tip – Silly Diets
One important way to protect your wealth is to remain healthy! This is why eating peanuts, crackers and potato chips on an airplane is really silly. It’s silly to eat them anywhere! Yet a huge number of forces try every day to lure us into an unhealthy lifestyle. See garyascott.com/archives/2001/06/09/291/index.html
Although there may not be a direct conspiracy between the $1 trillion food industry (that creates numerous health problems) and the $1.5 trillion medical industry (that treats just the symptoms to get the target consumer back to work and back to consume more really unhealthy food), the economic effect was the same as if two industries were conspiring against the American consumer in the most sinister fashion. Huge corporations are marketing numerous poisons and luring our families into having them in our bodies and homes. Most people buy these foods because it is convenient. What could be sillier than this?
Eating junk food creates numerous problems including difficulties in the spine. This is why we continue the serial we began last Friday about the spine written by Dr. Joe Culbertson DC.
“Let’s begin with the hardest concept for me to explain. Several chapters of “Secrets of the Spine: the True Mind/Body Connection” were required to clarify how important the spine really is.
“The spine is much more than a bony structure that holds us upright. Unfortunately the spine is perceived as just a stack of bones by many in the allopathic medical world. It’s true that this structure is made of bones, muscles and ligaments. The spine does keep our head above our body as we move from moment to moment. The spine is also much more than just a tower that allows us to navigate through the gravitational field of this planet. The spine bends and twists as we maneuver through life. The spine shifts with every thought we have about life. It is a precise mirror of who we are. With every thought we have, the interrelationships of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves are altered in and through the spine. These deviations are minute, often imperceptible, but no matter how small, the changes in the spine have gigantic effects on the body.
“The nervous system is the key.
“The impact of the spine on our health comes because the nervous system dictates exactly how every part of the body should function. The spinal cord runs through all the segments of the spine. Between each segment, a nerve comes off the cord, exits the spinal column and connects a part of the body. These are peripheral nerves. The spine affects the peripheral nerves. The peripheral nerves affect every organ. For instance, the peripheral nerve from the tenth thoracic vertebra rules the kidney. If the spine deviates from a healthy alignment, this nerve supply is adversely affected resulting in an improper functioning in that organ.
“This is true of the entire spine but especially of the twelve vertebrae that make up the thoracic section of the spine. The peripheral nerves, that the placement of the twelve thoracic segments influence, go to and therefore affect almost every major organ and system of the body. A slight almost imperceptible misalignment of any of these twelve could result in a disruption of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and lymphatic systems of the body. More often than not the deviations to the thoracic region do not cause bio-mechanical symptoms (back problems) yet their influence upon the heart, lungs, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, stomach, and small intestines could result in every major difficulty these organs are likely to incur. In addition, misalignments of this part of the spine have been directly associated with problems in the neck and lower back.”
Here is the crunch. The spinal nutritional process works backwards as well as forwards. If you hurt the spine it can stress organs. Because all the body is connected via the nervous system if we eat wrong we can negatively affect organs which in turns create spinal problems! In short a bad back can be caused by poor nutrition!
Stay tuned for more on the spine. You can learn about Joe Culbertson’s spinal tuner at www.spine-tuner.com
Join us with Dr. Terry Hambrick DC this August for a weekend course that will help you learn how to eat in wasy that balance your pH. Balancing pH on a regular basis is vital because it is a easy way to monitor our health and to optimize our health on a daily basis. Your pH balance is an index of the total health of the body. When the pH is too high or too low, it can lead to disease. At the course, you’ll learn about the life force energy that is the ultimate “balancing factor” of the body and how a balanced pH has far-reaching consequences on mental, emotional and spiritual health. To enroll or for more details contact Merri at email@example.com
Ecuador Real Estate – Silly Bull
The Western model is one of the silliest lifestyles of all. Imagine this. Spend your whole life saving up money so you can retire. Make yourself so ill in the process that all the savings get spent on medical costs so the retirement is no fun at all!
We promote instead the idea of turning your passion into profit now. Never retire! See garyascott.com/archives/2004/09/21/1089/index.html
This is why we are focusing on Ecuador, a place we love. It’s a wonderful peaceful country, low cost living with a difference and opportunities abound. Yet they do some silly things as well as the note from our man in Ecuador Steve writes:
“Gary, As we know, the indigenous are very sweet, friendly and kind people who wouldn’t say boo to a goose…..normally. But, in Cotacachi for one day of the year, during the second weekend of the Inti Raymi festivities there are quite a few fights. There are two bands of indigenous in and around Cotacachi, those from La Calera and those from near and around Quiroga. It’s said that bad blood has existed between these two bands since Incan times. Those from Quiroga had a sacred bull back then but somehow the locals from La Calera managed to steal and then kill the bull. This then is the pretext for the fights that take place but also there is another reason. It is widely believed that during the festival blood must be spilt to acquiesce the Gods – otherwise the following years harvest will not be very good. The men often wear cowboy chaps made from leather and finished with goat’s hair. The more goat’s hair the better – to lessen the blow as one is kicked by your neighbors – just this one day of the year!”
Here is a shot of the goat hair chaps from Steve. I guess the West does not have a total lock on silliness! Must be part of the human trial!
Our July Super Thinking – Super Spanish course in Ecuador is now totally full! Enjoy Ecuador and the sun! See real estate for sale. Inspect the great markets as you learn about global investing and business this November. For details go to garyascott.com/catalog/ibezecuador.html
Until next message, may all your silliness be laced with joy!