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  1. I preferred the 1st one where you made your straight flush to the second one where you got turned.



    On the first one he was probably shocked to get rivered by a straight flush after filling the boat on the turn.


    On the second when I pot bet the flop I was hoping to get called by an over pair, din't like the board pairing much either.

  2. Hi Bob, including all the outer rain bands in that map is a bit disingenuous as many tropical storm systems have this kind of extent but with no storm intensity in the outer extensions, having said that this was a major storm.


    Example, I was in Honduras in 1998 for hurricane Mitch with massive damage and 18,000 dead, witnessed a lot of things I never want to see again.


    The rain bands on that storm extended all the way to Florida but there was zero impact in these outer areas.

  3. I know it seems like this happens every week somewhere in China


    Super smog in China closes schools, cancels flights


    Read more: http://www.cp24.com/...1#ixzz2iMHXVhac








    Every winter is like this due to heating with coal, regularly opening new coal fired power stations isn't helping the situation either.

    Power plants need scrubbers on them like the ones that became common in the states in the 70s and natural gas has to replace coal in the home.


    Could this be worse than Industrial Revolution London?


  4. Not much of a shutdown if 80% of the government is still working.




    What happens if they shut down the government and no one cares?


    Most Americans awoke Tuesday morning and went about their day as usual: Factory workers in Detroit continued to make cars, programmers in Silicon Valley developed software and farmers in Iowa worked their fields.


    Despite fears over the government shutdown, the only town that truly felt the effects of the high-stakes poker game being played by politicians was Washington.


    In a world that increasingly depends on government to manage every minute aspect of daily life, the prospect for some people of losing their nanny can be scary. Indeed, most of the uproar over the government shutdown, in the media and on social networks, focuses on high-visibility institutions that deal directly with the public.


    “Due to the gov’t shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice,” read a tweet sent by the U.S. space agency. Can the world survive without fresh pictures of space popping up on Twitter feeds, or government programs that waste millions of dollars sending robots to Mars? We’re about to find out.


    The Huffington Post warns, “If you weren’t already panicked about the possibility of a government shutdown,” news the closure of the National Zoo means there is no live feed of the pandas “may push you over the edge.” People who can’t stand the thought of going a single day without viewing the cuddly animals will have to visit one of the four other websites that feature real-time feeds of pandas at other zoos.


    Others are lamenting the fact the Statue of Liberty has been shuttered.


    “The statue … is America, it symbolizes freedom, jobs, a government you can trust,” said one tourist.


    But this is nothing new: It was closed after 9/11 and visitors were not allowed back to the top until 2009. Liberty survived.


    Other high-profile sites that have been affected include the Smithsonian museums, tours of the Capitol building, and the Lincoln and Second World War memorials. Reports of empty cars on the Washington Metro give the illusion the government shutdown will have a profound impact on Americans’ daily lives.


    But the truth is of the 4.1 million people employed by the federal government, 80% will still be expected to show up for work. Only 800,000 of them will be out of a job until the impasse is resolved.


    The shutdown only affects workers who are paid through discretionary spending. Numerous departments, including the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Mint, are funded from other sources and will run as normal. Other agencies, such as the State Department and Amtrak, are partially funded by user fees. So, for the time being, the trains will run, passports will be issued and the mail will be delivered.


    Other government programs that many poor and elderly people have come to rely on, such as Social Security, are counted as mandatory spending and will not be affected. The workers who process Social Security benefits will not be paid until the government is up and running again, but they will be expected to perform their duties in the meantime.


    Finally, services that are considered “essential” will continue to operate, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Veterans’ Affairs and Justice. In other words, the borders will still be protected, flights will take off and police will keep catching bad guys. (And why the Federal Student Aid department continues to operate, while the National Institutes of Health cancels clinical trials for children with cancer, suggests that the U.S. government seriously needs to re-prioritize what it deems to be an “essential service”.)


    Even the National Security Agency won’t have its domestic spying program affected by the shutdown and the U.S.’s 1.4 million active-duty military personnel will get their pay cheques................






  5. Yes real bad inflation in regards to machinery, parts, materials and so on has been ridiculous over the last couple of years with a few projects breaking their budgets by billions dollars. There is the hope of prices coming down with decreased demand but a lot of damage has been done.

  6. At $1200 gold about half of the worlds mines are losing money, this is quite amazing considering that when the POG passed this point on the way up 3 years ago no one could imagine that it would be a crisis level in such a short time. Real inflation, lower grade and increased taxes are the reasons. Some mines have been shut down and put on "care and maintenance" but they were smaller high cost operations, none of the big boys have shut down yet but the first ones to go will be those with additional problems like ABX getting screwed over by a couple of latin governments is in the worst shape, as well as everybody in South African with the high cost of power, blackouts (good times when you are 3Km underground), hostile government and unions that want a 100% raise in a bad market will probably finish off most of the SA production. Every company down the line has cut costs and people where they can.

  7. Definitely down, may be a while before this boat floats again and it would be no surprise if the down trend stays intact. Prepared for 24 more months of down market, hope it doesn't last that long.

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