“How Can You Afford It???”

The Secret of Happy Retirement is what?

Reduce your operating costs in advance of retiring.

A number of readers have written in (a few trolls, I suppose, too) and have whined about my recent travel discussion, pictures, and so forth.  Sorry, that’s not flaunting – that’s sharing.

While it’s true that we do get out and play a lot, there and months on end when we are living simply and saving money like crazy.  So this morning a discussion about how to live well and below your lifestyle in  order to maximize your FQ – your Fun Quotient.

First, though, we stare into the markets and try  to see what is driving our Peoplenomics Trading Model and where things could go next…  And as you might expect, a rather eye-opening report on our hypothetical Directorate 153 and the sordid background of the Iran deal.

The background that no one talks about…

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Hacktopolypse: The Processors Per Person Problem

This has been one hell of a week on the Internet. 

Today we have a couple of personal action steps you might want to consider to increase your personal resistance to being hacked.

Not only have we suffered a massive melt of computer trading that led to trading halts at mid-week, but we had the head of the Office of Policy Management step down as 21-million current and former federal workers had their personal information hacked.

As it’s not just in the government sector:  UrbanSurvival’s server farm was hit with a massive DDOS attack on Friday, as well.  Peoplenomics was down only briefly.

So what’s ahead?

This morning we sample the data, look at potential impacts, and wonder about the Processors Per Person Problem. 

After charts, a few headlines, and a look at our Trading Model which seems to be saying the current turbulence in life is not over, yet…

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Part of the Replay: How Digital Diaspora Mimics the 1920’s

(Tacoma, WA)  As we head out this morning (wheels up around 5:30 AM with any luck) we have gotten what we came for:  A key insight into what’s going on in the world.

As insights go, this one is pretty good:  The nutshell idea is that digital communications are having the same effects on the economy of the World that factory automation had on the United States in the run-up to the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

So yes, we will have the world’s first global depression.  And this is progress?  Well, yes, and no.  And that’s what we will address this morning.

First, however, we will check the cereal drama (sic) of the day’s news and look at our Trading Model, which – as is customary – has continued to perform better than 90% of stock analysts and pundits.  Pretty impressive, really.

So sit down, buckle in, and grab some prayer beads….this is gonna be a scary ride into your economic future.

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The Case Against the Cashless Society

(Tacoma, WA) This morning we’re reeling from credit card fraud out here in the PNW.

So we take another look at credit cards and the dark side that none of the advocates of the cashless society seem to be able to resolve.

But first a look at the Trading Model which is telling us….well, we’ll get to that.  After a couple of headlines and comments, and coffee, of course.

Oh, and something odd is happening in the Washington state marijuana industry…

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