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Magnitude 2.1 East Of Mt Hood Village

M 2.1 – 23km E of Mount Hood Village, Oregon

45.338°N 121.686°W

Magnitude 2.3 Off Oregon Coast

M 2.3 – 29km SW of Gold Beach, Oregon

42.246°N 124.708°W

What Causes Death Valley’s Sliding Stones to Move?

On August 27, 2014, a group of (very patient) researchers aided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA and others announced they had solved the mystery (of the sliding stones). Richard D. Norris and his cousin James M. Norris said the motion comes from very thin windowpane ice that sometimes covers the dry lake bed. When the ice begins to melt in late morning sun, it may break up under light winds. Floating ice panels may then push the rocks, causing them to move and leave tracks in the desert floor. The journal PLOS ONE published their study.

Contuinue reading at Earth Sky…

Three Oregon Quakes

M 1.1 – 22km ESE of Three Rivers, Oregon

2014-12-26 21:15:49 UTC-08:00
43.710°N 121.229°W

M 2.1 – 14km E of Coburg, Oregon

2014-12-27 02:37:00 UTC-08:00
44.154°N 122.892°W

M 2.1 – 18km ESE of Mount Hood Village, Oregon

2014-12-26 22:49:28 UTC-08:00
45.317°N 121.745°W

How to Raise Money Fast for Investments

Investors know that making a few smart decisions can make them large sums of money that they can use for future investments. Before you first start out, you might wonder where they get that money. Though some people are independently wealthy, come from wealthy families or save money while working, others find themselves scrambling to come up with the cash necessary for making an investment. When you find yourself in a similar situation, there are a few methods that you can use to raise money fast.

Form an Investment Group

An investment group is one of the best ways to raise capital quickly. Instead of taking on all the risks yourself, you share those risks with a small group. Each person in that investment group agrees to put up an equal share of money and split the rewards equally. Your group can consist of anyone you know, including your neighbors, coworkers, family and friends. You’ll also find websites that let you join investment groups. These websites let you work with others to determine the pros and cons of different investments and to make investments together.

Use Your Credit Cards

If you need cash fast, you might look to your credit cards. Most credit card companies today give you the option of taking out a cash advance on your cards. Though the interest rate charged on those advances it quite high, it can be a worthwhile option. Depending on how quickly you can make money off your investments, you might find that you can pay off those advances within a few months before incurring a large amount of interest. Some websites will also let you use credit cards as a form of payment when buying stocks and investing in the market.

Work with Angel Investors

An angel investor is someone who gives money to those who cannot raise capital from a traditional bank or lender. Angel investors typically only invest in new business opportunities. If you want to launch your own real estate investment company, you can give an angel investor a share in your company in exchange for the start up capital that you need. If, however, you want to raise money to buy stocks in a company, an angel investor might not help you. This video touches on some of the basics of investing and how you can take investing classes to learn more about finding partners and other information.

Carving Your Niche

You’re not the type of person to let the grass grow under your feet. You are ready to go out in the world and make your mark. That means you can’t let someone else be your boss. You’ve got to steer your own ship. Before you take the plunge, you need to prepare. You might be savvy and have natural, raw talent when it comes to managing a business. However, you need to make sure that all of the pieces of the puzzle come together.

Educate Yourself
Whether you take courses online, enroll in business school, soak up everything you can find in the library, or hit the Internet, do your homework. Research what makes a business work and why companies fail. Avoid the pitfalls and set yourself up for success so that you will have a much better chance of sticking around once you make your grand entrance. Don’t be afraid to talk to others who have already succeeded in the business world. Take advantage of mentors and their vast stores of knowledge. Follow in the footsteps of those who have figured out what works best.

Narrow Down Your Possibilities
While your choices may be wide open, you’ve got to choose something that will be profitable. You should be passionate about the business of your choosing. You might be producing something that you have invented or that you have made. It could be a matter of providing a service, such as culinary prowess or top notch managerial skills. You could also go for the tried and true, such as a Cold Stone Franchise. The old saying, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” holds true. Popular franchises draw people in. If you go the route of becoming part of a larger franchise, you need to find ways to make your business shine above the rest of the competition in your area. You can do that with excellence in service, great staffing, and the ability to manage your business well.

Be the Best at What You Do
You may not be the first person to go out and open a company like yours. Don’t be a small fish in a big pond. Make yourself stand out with unique promotions and marketing techniques. Build a reputation for being highly skilled at what you do. Go the extra mile with your customers to make them feel like they are valued. Build a good rapport and loyalty with your employees. Make connections with other business owners. Remember that quality is more important than quantity, especially when you are just getting started. As you become established, your business will grow.

Be Practical About Your Beginnings
When you get started, don’t take on more than you can handle. Begin with a smaller space and work your way up to a larger one. Lease before you purchase. If you opt for a franchise, start with one. Eventually, you can consider opening another location. Really concentrate on making a first rate business. Help it to truly blossom through your concentrated efforts. As you continue to thrive, you can look for ways to expand what you have started. Otherwise, you may be content to make the most of what you have.


by Daniel Greenfield
Tuesday, 23 December 2014


A lynch mob is all fun and games until someone actually gets lynched.

At first everyone has a good time marching around and shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe.” The police are accused of being racist killers by the defenders of actual racist killers like Mumia Abu Jamal.

Every community organizer within a thousand miles shows up to brandish signs claiming cops are randomly killing innocent black men even as he spits and throws bottles at any cop within reach. Not to mention engaging in the occasional act of convenience store redistribution.

The Mayor of New York City announces that his ridiculously famous son has to be afraid of the police. Obama agrees that his imaginary son also has to be afraid of the police. Their claims are equally plausible.

The lynch mobs make it their mission to invade holiday events, protest parades and scream racist rants. Then they begin attacking police officers. The media insists that protests whose participants chant, “What do we want? Dead cops!” are peaceful.

This homicidally insane definition of “peaceful” had only previously been applied to Islam.

And then, shockingly, surprisingly, out of the blue, protests led by Al Sharpton featuring violent attacks on cops finally achieve their goal with the murder of two police officers.

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley announced on Instagram, “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.” #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGarner #RIPMike Brown.

It may have been the first murder that came with its own progressive social media hashtags.

Continue reading at To The Point News

Joe Cocker R.I.P.

I gasped when I saw the headline just now. Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70. He was my age – way too young. No details yet about how he died. I will never forget his singing of “You Are So Beautiful!”

If there is a heaven, I hope the angels are singing this song when you arrive.

Magnitude 2.9 Off Newport, OR

M 2.9 – 147km W of Newport, Oregon

44.621°N 125.906°W

Emerging Markets

Emerging markets

Emerging markets

Wikipedia defines emerging markets as “The four largest emerging and developing economies by either nominal or PPP-adjusted GDP are the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The next five largest markets are South Korea, Mexico,Indonesia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia...”

Martin Armstrong warns, “The emerging markets have issued debt in dollars which is a currency they cannot print and do not control. This hard-currency debt has tripled in the last decade and is split between $3.1 trillion in bank loans and $2.6 trillion in bonds. This will ripple through the banks causing massive new losses just as the Cyprus banks held Greek debt. This time, it will be the debt of all emerging markets. We are looking at a drastic scale of the biggest cross-border lending sprees of the past two centuries.

“A large portion of this emerging market debt was taken out at real interest rates of 1% on the implicit assumption that the Fed would continue to flood the world with liquidity for years to come. This has made the emerging markets vast borrowers dollars so in a trading position they are “short dollars”. This is the greatest short-position on a currency on the boards and when the dollar RISES, they will face the margin call from Hell itself. This will set off another banking crisis for bankers always buy the high and sell the low. They have NEVER learned even once from any economic crisis.”

Read more at Coming Emerging Market Debt Meltdown


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