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    Bran reacted to sixgun in Why are so many analysts out of touch with the majority of american's financial situations?   
    Cable Network News is simply a controlled propaganda outlet.  [The budget article was CNBC - but they are all the same] The US media is a collection of controlled propaganda outlets controlled by a handful of corporations which are in turn controlled by a handful of people. It does not matter if they are publicly quoted corporations - it is who is calling the shots in those corporations.
    You have spotted a common theme. This is not one that appeared by accident. You might say this is reporting the 'news'. Yes it is but whoever told you the 'news' is true? The 'news' is just another word for controlled propaganda. The BBC was set up to entertain and inform. Who said the people are informed about facts? Entertain and Inform means to Distract and Indoctrinate.
    So you have rightly identified what is being put out is false. It does not represent what is really going on.
    If we look at the official US data about the economy, inflation and employment - this is all false. The way statistics are collected and produced keeps changing. The figures are manipulated. The markets are manipulated.
    The data is telling the world that the US economy is booming. The employment is at record levels for Blacks, Hispanics and almost at record levels for women. It is all fantastic. Then you look out the window, then you talk to people, then you see stores closing, then you see empty factories, then you realise it is all a lie.
    I fully expect this family are actors, at the very least they are playing a part, this family (in the form presented) does not exist, it is a photoshop invention, all the spending is fictional. The budget appears unreal because it isn't real.
    The controlled propaganda outlet in question is putting out propaganda. People may be struggling, they may see local stores closing but they only see the immediate world around them. To see the rest of the world they look at the controlled propaganda outlets - these paint a different picture. The gullible masses often accept this nonsense. They have been born into this lie system, they accept everything with no sufficient proof.
    The authorities do not want those who could buy precious metals buying them - So buy them until your hands bleed.
    The authorities want people to spend all they can on consumer items to keep the beast going a little longer. So reject all this stuff. Go prepper and as part of that get precious metals.
    You have spotted what is before all our eyes but only the few who have lifted the veil can see the truth.
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    Bran reacted to Martlet in Why are so many analysts out of touch with the majority of american's financial situations?   
    Along lines of above, the typical journalist is middle class graduate on a decent salary, writing for middle class or upper-middle class people on decent salaries.  They write about what they know without proper research.  But then we tend to see a lot of the other end too, being told how poor everyone is and struggling, when most people only struggle financially because they buy into consumerism and live beyond their means. Globally absolute poverty is reducing, we're told to feel sorry for the factory worker in Malaysia on $5 a day or what ever, but they are greatly richer than a generation or two ago. 
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    Bran reacted to SollyXpz in Why are so many analysts out of touch with the majority of american's financial situations?   
    (I wasn't sure where to put this topic btw so if it needs move by a mod please do so)
    Hello, as a newer stacker, I don't have much to state experience wise, with investing itself, but as an individual who has lived on both extreme ends of the spectrum in my life, I do feel that I am qualified to talk about this. 
    Not only have I seen a lot of precious metal articles about this, or with this general overtone, but I've also seen it in numerous other financially related articles....
    And what I mean by that is I am constantly seeing these articles written from a standpoint where the author has deemed that the majority of Americans (and to a lesser extent the denizens of the world over) are financially well off. Which in my extreme opinion couldn't be any further from the truth. 
    Here is an article from CNN published back in October of 2017, talking about how a "couple making 200k$ a year is barely scraping by". When I read this article , shortly thereafter I typed up a comprehensive list dissecting their budget, and picking out what was necessary and what wasn't and the end result was laughable. I don't want to delve into this and sidetrack too much, but lets just say that regardless of how you look at it, 50-70%  of their budget was a joke, and was used for unnecessary expenses, or greatly overblown expenses. (and if needed I can type my findings up). Most American households are bringing home annually less then 50k a year and could only dream of taking vacations or owning a new car or a terracotta mansion on the beach. I mean comon...lets get real here, how the hell are they spending 12k a year on food? Even a family of four spending 400$ a month on food (which is a lot in almost any state) only amounts to 4800 a month. This family in CNN's article is spending literally 1000$ a month on food. My mind is blown. And yet they are "barely scraping by" lol
    And there other articles like it, many many more like it. 
    So anyways, I just got done reading an article about how investing in physical precious metals paints a target on your back in SHTF scenarios. And while I agree to some extent, something in the article, maybe the way it  was written, this..this " if you buy physical metal your a dumbass " tone, got me thinking. Not everyone, in fact the vast majority of Americans simply do not posess the finances to go out and buy hundreds of dollars in precious metal stocks, or hell, even to go out and drop hundreds-thousands of dollars on bullion as if it was nothing every week. Most Americans are either living in poverty, or they're not far from it. At the very least, most Americans have no savings, and have no ability to even began investing in stocks, or precious metals, or what have you. 
    Now I know this is all because of a variety of reasons: some people have debts, some people have many mouths to feed, some people simply don't get paid enough, etc etc. Now I'm not going to sit here and find the faults in people's decisions, and say who is and who isn't to blame on why so many families and individuals don't have any money, but case in point, the majority of households simply don't have the means to invest in much of anything. 
    Now, I take this back to my original point, why are so many authors of financial articles out there so remotely unattached from the financial realities of so many Americans and people globally? 
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    Bran reacted to HelpingHands in Biscuit   
    Buzz !     pmed
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    Bran reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in Biscuit   
    Yeah but my gold bars have these nasty red spots

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    Bran reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in Biscuit   
    Need advice please!! !!
    these hand poured beauties have developed milk spots. Anyone know how to get rid of them?....

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    Bran reacted to FrozenMojito in Biscuit   
    I've discovered where the designer of the oriental border Britannia got their inspiration.
    These are bullion biscuits, so the design is nothing special. But I was able to get them at spot price 😀

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    Bran reacted to BackyardBullion in BASHING on the forum   
    On topic....
    My opinions are very much that any personal insults, or the like should have zero tolerance.
    It is fine for us to have healthy discussions about issues at hand, threads like the ones we had regarding GS.BE are a prime example of what is a great debate. Opinions on both sides coming out about what and how that dealer should do business.
    However, people are fickle and often resort to name calling or plain old insults and accusations of impropriety and dishonesty.
    In my opinion that is the line. Debate the issues as much as you like, that is good. But start calling names and insults, no thanks. I remember a particular thread about Chards where a certain member called those who supported Chards behaviour a derogatory term. Line was crossed.
    Personally I would like to see small (and increasingly larger bans) implemented when members cross those lines. The current strike system is too lenient and does not go far enough to discourage this kind of behaviour.
    I loathe bullies and trolls. They are a scourge and should be rooted our and shown the door if needed. There is just no need for it. 
    Social media plays a bigger part of out lives day by day and whilst some people might not think calling someone names anonymously online hurts anyone, it actually really does.
    Just my 2¢ and I am sure that some of my biggest "fans" would love to call me out on my opinions. Debate me like an adult all day long, spout accusations and insults my way - not so smart.
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    Bran reacted to BackyardBullion in In Focus Friday Series!   
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    Bran reacted to BackyardBullion in In Focus Friday Series!   
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    Bran reacted to BackyardBullion in In Focus Friday Series!   
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    Bran reacted to AuricGoldfinger in The Richest Man in Babylon   
    Just want to thank @Lowlow for posting this recommendation on the forum. I asked for this book for Christmas and am only 1/3 of the way through but it is like someone has written my own thoughts on paper, and its fascinating that it’s as relevent today as when it was written - and will be relevant in another 100 years. Loving it so far and it’s really encouraging as we look to start a new year with new goals that i seem to be abiding by the laws of the book! Great way to get yourself in a positive mind set for the present and the future. Thanks again, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
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    Bran reacted to KevinFlynn in My way of stacking   
    Silver sure has the psychological advantage, as you can invest easily moneywise and you can get an impressive weight with moderate expenditure. There are a lot of silver goodies satisfying multiple needs that are contained within the value of an investment gold coin. It is an investment decision to make carefully. I agree that I would not want to miss silver.
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    Bran got a reaction from RogerBelmar in What are your 10 favourite fractional gold coins?   
    Will do over time one per month to catch up.I would have liked to get the lunar but backtracking will cost too much.
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    Bran reacted to RogerBelmar in What are your 10 favourite fractional gold coins?   
    Excellent choice of fractionals! Hope you complete the Queen’s Beasts series.
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    Bran got a reaction from RogerBelmar in What are your 10 favourite fractional gold coins?   
    1/4 oz Queens Beast  series to date. Also 1/10 Australian Kangaroo ,Britannia, maple 1/4 Arctic fox from Canada 
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    Bran reacted to sovereignsteve in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    Not as many gaps as me. My loose Roos in caps.

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    Bran reacted to motorbikez in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    RAM Roo 1oz proof run to date.

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    Bran reacted to mrwebb697 in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    Full date run,BU up to and inc 1998,all the rest proof
    includes 93/94/95 coin fair specials and 2013 Anniversary

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    Bran reacted to ChrisSIlver in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    Same coin, different background.
    1oz 2010 Kangaroo.

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    Bran reacted to Jonson in Kangaroo photo thread...   

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    Bran reacted to motorbikez in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    1oz & 1/4oz roos.

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    Bran reacted to blab in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    Trying to start a collection of 1/10th Kangaroos, my first two below

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    Bran reacted to Gildeon in Kangaroo photo thread...   
    All the high relief ones from 2010-2018, including the special edition 2014.

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    Bran reacted to motorbikez in Coin definitions as per Perth Mint & others   
    Here are Perth Mint's definition of Proofs Bu's and Specimen coins,I've added a few coins to hopefully clarify things,the proofs are all on the left of the photos
    Proof Coin
    The very highest quality collectable coin produced by The Perth Mint.  Featuring a proof finish comprising a highly-polished table with frosted and/or coloured design elements.
    Bullion Coin
    A mass produced coin primarily aimed at precious metal investors. Finished with shiny design elements on a frosted table.

    Specimen Coin
    A collectable coin akin to a bullion coin with a frosted table, but also featuring one or more special numismatic treatments, including colour, gilding, antiquing, or the insertion of gems.
    2oz lunar 2  snake  proof and BU

    Same coins showing obverse

    1oz Lunar 2 mouse proof and Bu

    Same coins showing obverse

    1/2 oz lunar 1 rabbit proof and Bu

    Same coins showing obverse

    RAM's interpretations of proof and Bu,s also known as UNC/uncirculated.
    A carefully struck coin using special dies with either a mirror‑like or matt finish. These coins are especially struck and the term is not used to describe a well‑preserved circulating coin. Proof is a method of manufacture, not a condition or grade.
      Uncirculated (UNC)
    Uncirculated coins are manufactured in much the same way as circulated coins except for the following:
    More attention and time is given to the preparation of the die surface finish, The coins are struck with greater pressure than the circulating coins to improve the sharpness of the design. More care and attention is applied at each step in the coining process to minimise damage, consequently a much lower production rate of about 30,000 coins per press per day is achieved. Uncirculated coins are packaged individually into plastic sleeves, presentation folders or occasionally presentation cases.  
    1oz 2000 proof and Bu from RAM

    Same coins obverse

    I hope this helps clarify things.