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    Subliminal messages in our consumer world

    Human nature abhors a vacuum. As seen in the wonder of children, it is a thirsty curiosity which develops with experience towards knowledge. The best picture is the Platonic one where human nature is a life-long aspiration towards a supernatural sun - what we can see with the mind's eye - a natural supernaturalism. The predicament of our world is we have lost the other one. Little wonder that we are like Truman lost in the self-contained bubble of consumerism, and almost continually distracted from that primal instinct, that is, curiosity not sex. And those who refuse to be fooled, and react against consumerism, hold on tight to their money. Thus, the vacuum tries to fill itself either with stuff or money, where it can only be fed by curiosity towards an intelligible transcendency. http://en.wikipedia....ki/Plato's_cave
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    GOLD

    If it were to be done on a log chart it would look more bullish. The use of the linear chart distorts the volatility in the second half making it look extreme to the upside, and then to look more like a break-down.
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    Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

    Yes, the essence of grappling with the world involves authentic thought and meaning. It can not be reactionary, which was largely the problem of 'neo-liberalism'. As you suggest, thought and meaning transcends words, or the letter [and numbers for that matter]. They are just the form or shell. The task is to crack the shell to enjoy the nut. It's like we are all Atlas, with a foot in this world and a foot in another. The mistake of ideology [and popular science for that matter] is to think that the observable world is all that is. But us 'Anthropods' and Homo Sapiens must 'look upwards' to make any sense of the world. All other directions lead to nonsense. Once reason led to metaphysics and faith, then reason became self-contained and rationalist. What happens when reason loses faith in itself; when there is no reading, thinking, and scratching of heads for meaning? What happens when all are distracted 24/7 by digital media? What will life, and collective life, become when all are 'Homo Digitas' with all intelligence outsourced to the crowd... or cloud?
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    Linear or Log?

    Yes, yes, and yes. Numbers are useful abstractions, but they are not real [existing in the world]! Mistaking the numbers for the reality they relate to [and then it's the relations between numbers that are important], people tend to focus on the number unit... and hence become fixated on the linear. Perhaps ideology began first with numbers where the number was 'projected' onto reality. No doubt Pythagoras, who made a cult of numbers, has a lot to answer for. Mind you, Pythagoras was progress from the earlier naturalists, but it was Plato's answer to both that put us on the right path. The modern critics of Plato, who think he was the father of ideology and the totalitarian State, should consider that he fully described the nature of 'hypothesis'... the imaginary 'as if'; no ideological 'seriousness' there [rather, it's his critics which are the ideologically serious ones]. Plato was the defender of civilizing Art and Culture [Reason] in the face of brutal Nature and Ideology [Power].
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    Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

    "Laissez faire"? To ask whether you are "for it" or "against it" shows the real nature of the problem. And that is that we have become ideologues today. The world is henceforth to be split into simple black and white dichotomies. And then you are to become a partisan of one or the other. However, the reality is that the pattern we imagine never fits the world, and our multifaceted place in it. The world is complex and can not be entirely encapsulated by any one simple idea, I find the descriptive question more interesting; why is our psychology compelled to do this, ie, reduce complexity to ideological simplicity? And, in answer, would say it is evidence that we are more a believing animal than a rational one... we have to believe in something. Or, from a more historical perspective, you could say it is due to the secularized inheritance of a religious culture.
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    GOLD

    Ha ha, but you'd have to agree that a glance at the linear would tell most that they have completely missed the train as far as houes/ gold, or for that matter, pound/ gold goes. A glance at the log chart tells quite a different story; there is still quite good gains to be made from buying gold even here at this stage of the game. No doubt redundant to say, this is because the log chart over the longer term shows the real comparative value in terms of percentages. I am not completely averse to linear charts; they are fine for the short term.
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    GOLD

    The log chart is less despairing; the slump in value looks only two thirds complete instead of near fully complete. A good example of the need for logarithmic scale. http://gold.approxim...d_LOG_GUESS.png
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    GOLD

    Looking at the cup pattern that is forming, the initial corrections and recoveries are deep and steep. The last correction and recovery was shallower with a building equilibrium between selling and buying, and therefore is predictably the base of the cup. The bottom is in. This current correction should slowly grind down to meet the trend line coming off the base, so will in probability only go as low as around 1650. From there, steady buying pressure will form the upwards side of the cup leading to new highs.
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    GOLD

    I guess it comes down to the time-frame thing, and his call for a very short term pull-back looks good. His longer term bullish chart also looks good. It seems that the simplist charts, with the simplist trend lines, do all the talking these days.
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    Trading Volatility, Ballasted by Gold

    Yep, I'm also feeling confident that AGQ will dip to 40 from the present 50, but may take a good few weeks. Call me superstitious but I hesitate to post any premature smileys as don't want to jinx myself.
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    GOLD

    Chart is also suggesting further consolidation. 1650? Perhaps even a brief dip to 1600.
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    Trading Volatility, Ballasted by Gold

    At this rate, buy order at 40 may be hit in a month:
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    UK House prices: News & Views

    it's the global economy stupid! Ha ha.. couldn't resist that. In other words; with globalism, capital is free to range the planet. Money will go to 'hotspots' irrespective of the national monetary policy. the same is happening in Auckland, NZ. The government here is apeing austerity, and there is a boom in the property market! With the instability and uncertainty, money is going into certain cities. Hong Kong still going well?
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    Trading Volatility, Ballasted by Gold

    The longer view:
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    GOLD SHARES / such as: GDX, GDXJ, CDNX etc.

    Yes, gold stocks are not simply a leverage on gold as many were thinking back in the days of hyper-inflation hysteria. I've always argued that gold would outperform because it is itself a form of liquidity. You could always trade their volatility.
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    Trading Volatility, Ballasted by Gold

    Yep, looks like a decent down-leg here. Was lucky to sell at the top. As for 40, near half way there already. I'm not sure what the exact equivalent would of silver would be with AGQ at 40. Probably around 28. I'm hoping for a brief spike down to that. And then off to the races.
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    SILVER

    Aren't $Silver and $Gold ETFs? And don't most people who invest in silver or gold buy these ETFs? And haven't they made good profits over the medium term [either realized or on paper]? As for the double silver ETF, I take your point about it being risky in the medium term. Though I do have a medium term position with it, I focus more on trading another position in the short term.
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    GOLD

    Yes, pretty much agree with that. I'm just looking for a short sharp correction from the recent peak, of say a month, before the seasonal pattern sets in.
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    GOLD

    Both gold and silver looking due some consolidation:
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    SILVER

    Yes, but the magnitude of that spike when it comes is likely to surprise everyone [not to mention the following correction]. On the previous spike, most traders would have chosen the halfway resting point of 35 to short or sell. It then went on to 50! So we had silver go from 10 to 50 on the last leg... a magnitude of 5. If this leg rhymes with that one then you have silver going from 25 to 125. As is often commented, trades are often ruined by looking for the last 10% or so. A target of 100 for the [medium term] trade looks reasonable.
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    SILVER

    'Contangos' aside, I don't think it is very relevant to compare the oil market to the silver market. Oil is simply a commodity while silver has monetary properties. I've always predicted that the two markets would behave very differently in a [hyper] deflationary environment.... it is probabably easier to see the divergence between gold and oil, silver being so volatile. Questor laments buying the oil ETF, I have so far had some good trading success with the leveraged silver ETF. http://www.greenener...280#entry258441
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    SILVER

    I generally just take the markets as I find them... corrupt and all. The silver market ETFs largely set the price for silver. Any esoteric wisdom which predicts the explosion of these markets I take with a heavy dose of salt, yet still hold some gold bullion as insurance against that. Keep in mind also that I don't consider the aim of accumulating money an end in itself [the mistake of the miser] but rather the means to securing real assets. My long term aim is to be a lot less liquid by around 2015.
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    SILVER

    For the 'long' long term, you may as well sit on gold... due to the volatility of silver. For the 'medium' long term, say a period of 2 years, it is arguably best to trade silver and use the volatility to your advantage. To do that, you have to realistically value the dollar. Neither over-value nor under-value it. I am trading AGQ both in the 'medium' long term, and the short term: 1] The 'medium' long term trade will most likely erode value due to 'time decay'. But I think it will still at least perform as well as $silver. 2] The short term trade is to use the volatility of silver to increase dollars. This also hedges the first trade, not to mention 'long' long in gold. Here the 'time decay' element is an advantage.$/ Silver has come off to 34 from 35. AGQ has come off to 56 from 60! Perfect for what I am trying to do with this trade. Yep, with the leveraged ETF there is risk involved. Hence: http://www.greenener...280#entry258441
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    SILVER

    Yes, any pullback should be short-lived. And then again, silver may just meander sideways for a bit. Because of this, I'm also maintaining a heavy long position in AGQ even as I trade it. I'm not worried about possessing physical silver as am aiming to shortly convert monetary gains into real assets/ property. I've always thought, as far as bullion goes, gold is just as good to buy and hold if you are looking to stay liquid over the long term. I've found Goldmoney the most convenient for that.
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    SILVER

    That's an interesting instrument. I guess, for short term trading, it comes down to how you want to play it. I find the positively geared AGQ instrument more suitable for me because if I get the trade wrong, ie, buy and watch silver decline further, I'm not too concerned as think the position will be salvaged due to silver being in a long term uptrend. With this in mind, very heavy buy orders for a 'long' will be easier to make than shorting. I aim for near zero anxiety when trading.
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