“Don’t Move!” the Cop Boomed, His Gun Drawn (Why State Police Are Redundant)

By Chris Campbell

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“Don’t move!” the cop boomed, his gun drawn.

Nobody moved. Nobody was moving before he said it. But they were certainly more aggressively still afterwards.

Even so, he kept shouting. Like he was in the midst of an intense hostage crisis.

But he wasn’t. It was just two young boys in a car. Not moving. And me, standing on the corner, watching. Also not moving.

But he persisted. Elbows locked in place. Stern look on his face. Staring down the sight of the gun, aiming at the back of one head between two raised hands.

He shouted again.

His voice echoed down the empty streets.

I noticed that the boys’ windows were up. They could probably barely hear him. Good thing they didn’t try to roll them down.

Eh…

You look confused.

Let’s rewind a bit…

** I was a lone witness last Friday, well after midnight.

I was walking home from The Maryland Club, where we celebrate our company-wide holiday party every year.

A mere two blocks away from home, I noticed a white car going the wrong way up the one-way road.

I heard a police siren to my left. I saw the car quickly swerve to its right, down another one-way (this time the correct way), and I heard a loud crash.

The cop zoomed off and turned left to follow the white car. He immediately slammed his brakes. I was about forty feet away when I heard his door slam and heard him start to shout.

I reached the corner of the block and saw the policeman crouched behind his car, pointing his gun at the white car.

I saw that the white car had hit a red parked car after it swerved and the cars’ bumpers were locked. The white car was turned off. The driver and the passenger were inside, holding all four hands up.

“Don’t move!” the cop boomed, his gun drawn.

He screamed some obscenities. Those in the car simply sat silently.

Gun still drawn, the officer finally approached the car, opened the front door, and dragged out a young kid who looked to be about twenty. He holstered his gun and cuffed him.

The kid cooperated.

The cop walked him over to the sidewalk, kicked his legs out from under him and threw him to the concrete.

I reached for my phone to record. Battery dead.

“You’re getting a little too aggressive,” I heard my tipsy self half-shout, half-regretting it as I heard it.

No response.

The cop shouted at the kid for a few minutes.

“It was a mistake,” the boy said. “I accidentally turned down the road and didn’t know what to do.”

Though the kid was handcuffed and clearly subdued, the officer still had his hand placed firmly on his gun.

Why? Maybe there was more to the story that I missed, but it didn’t look like it.

It appeared that this officer was overreacting to a kid who accidentally went down a one-way street and then got flustered and crashed his car.

And instead of checking to see if these two kids were OK, the officer threatened them with bullets to their heads.

Why, when a deadly weapon is >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/dont-move-cop-boomed-gun-drawn-state-police-redundant/

The Mad, Mad War on Your Retirement

By Chris Campbell

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I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be showing you this yet…

I haven’t been in the office for a few days on account of my “taking out the trash,” as one reader, whom we only know as “Falling Man” put it.

“Yeah, about the sleep,” Falling wrote yesterday in response to my theory of why I’m sick.

“But there’s more to consider. I’m afraid you’re conceptualizing minor illnesses in the wrong way. This is nature’s way of taking out the trash so to speak. It’s a good thing. I get that it’s not fun. Just got over a mild one myself, but be happy you’re getting rid of the crud now rather than having it build up to the point that you really get sick.

“Healthy doesn’t mean never getting sick. It means you feel good and function well most of the time… and haven’t developed chronic illnesses.”

Thanks, Falling.

I am trying to, as they say, ‘embrace the suck.’

Your perspective helps.

1x1.trans The Mad, Mad War on Your RetirementYep. If you’re just joining us this week, I’m sick.

That means I have a lot of time on my hands.

Last night, while snooping around our database from my home computer, I came across a page I hadn’t seen before.

It’s a page I know a few readers, possibly you, would be interested in. It’s all about Jim Rickards’ two brand-new premium research services.

With them, among other things, readers will learn how to rake in profits from the ongoing global currency wars… and use a CIA-backed technique to reap double- and triple-digit gains from the market. (Hey, just because we don’t like them doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of their tricks!)

And as you’ll see in a moment, you’ll have a limited-time opportunity to gain access to both services for free… for life.

Again, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to show it to you. (But, honestly, I’d rather ask for forgiveness than permission…)

Others will have to pay $5,000 for this level of Jim’s research. But until Dec. 28, with the link below, you can claim it for free.

(Note: There is a catch. But I think it’s one some astute LFT readers will enjoy.)

This webpage won’t be for everyone. But it could be the last financial research you’ll ever need: Click here to see why.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

1x1.trans The Mad, Mad War on Your RetirementGreat news: This could be the beginning of the end of Reefer Madness…

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Congress just gave the War on Drugs a strong uppercut on Saturday. It passed the federal spending bill, which contains ironclad protections for medical marijuana and hemp operations in legal states.

One amendment, for example, prohibits the DOJ from using funds to raid legal medical marijuana businesses.

The amendment reads…

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And…

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“This legislation makes it clear,” Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project told HuffPost, “that the DEA has no business interfering in states’ medical marijuana laws. Taxpayer money should not be used to punish seriously ill people who >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/mad-mad-war-retirement/

Big Pharma’s Slimy Tactics to Convince You You’re Sick

By Chris Campbell

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“I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

– Muhammad Ali

** Ugh. I’m sick today.

And it’s hitting me hard.

Meaning, I’m writing to you today from home. Laid back on my couch, sipping tea and eating soup. And coughing all over my keyboard.

Just found this (below) and it’s making me feel a little better.

It’s from Allen Crawford’s awesome book, Whitman Illustrated: Song of Myself.

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If you’re a Whitman fan, it’s worth a look.

** Yes… I’m still fallible.

Despite all of my recent health-habit kicks, I still caught something.

Why did I become sick despite meditation, healthy eating habits, and ample exercise?

I have a theory that one counterproductive action I”m engaged in could be compromising my health.

Before we get into that, though, there’s one BIG detail about yesterday’s episode that I’d like to clear up.

Give me a moment, please…

[Rustling through the mailbag…]

Oh. I think this is it…

[Opening up an envelope. Pulling out a letter.]

** “I still think you are a left-wing anti-American writer,” Paul W. writes, “and I have cancelled my subscription to your newsletter.”

Heh.

Nope. Not that one.

Sorry to see you go, Pa-… ahh, forget it.

Bon voyage!

[Rustling through again…]

Ah. Here it is.

** “I’m a former federal prosecutor,” Sarah M. writes. “Thanks for standing up for the Constitution.

“It, however,” Sarah goes on, “does not permit torture, even with due process.

“If you write about this again, therefore, you might want to correct the following:

“’The U.S. Constitution, you may recall, prohibits torture without due process.’”

** Yeesh. Thanks, Sarah.

Right you are.

[Let’s try that again.]

The U.S. Constitution, you may recall, prohibits torture. No matter what.

[There. That’s better.]

In fact, few seem to realize that our Founding Fathers abhorred torture.

My colleague, Dave Gonigam of The 5 Min. Forecast, sent an article over this week that knocks this point out of the park.

Its title? Why the Founding Fathers Thought Banning Torture Foundational to the U.S. Constitution.

The full article is here.

“It was the insistence of Founding Fathers,” the article’s author, Juan Cole writes, “such as George Mason and Patrick Henry that resulted in the Bill of Rights being passed to constrain the otherwise absolute power of the Federal government. And one of their primary concerns was to abolish torture.

“The Fifth and the Eighth Amendments thus together forbid torture on the “question preparatoire” (pretrial confession under duress) and the question prealable (post-conviction torture).

“That the Founding Fathers were against torture is not in question.”

OK. Now that we got that cleared up, I feel a bit better.

But I’m still sick as a dog.

** It’s better I’m sick now rather than while traveling, I suppose…

Just get it out of my system now, please.

Despite all the healthy habits I’ve been taking on lately (meditation, exercise, eating healthy)… I still caught this horrid thing.

We did, though, have a pretty raucous company-wide holiday party on Friday. Which could’ve helped to compromise my defenses.

Sometimes, though, getting sick is unavoidable.

Sometimes, something goes around that’s foreign to your immune system and BOOM…

You touch a doorknob you shouldn’t have…

Or someone sneezes and cropdusts you with the flavor of the week…

Or >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/big-pharmas-slimy-tactics-convince-youre-sick/

To Torture or Not to Torture… That is the Question

By Chris Campbell

If you’re just joining us, we received no shortage of flak for Friday’s episode on the CIA’s torture program.

So much, I’ve decided to devote today’s episode to digging deeper into why I, as an individual, think torture is wrong.

And just to be clear: it has nothing to do with politics.

I’m actually surprised that so many readers see unnecessary and inhumane acts like forced rectal feeding and chaining a suspect half-naked to a floor until he dies of hypothermia as an issue of partisanship.

It’s not.

Sure, this report is being used as a political weapon. I don’t care about that.

Does anyone believe that the CIA isn’t performing these actions? No.

But here’s the thing…

The torture debate — and my opinion on the matter — was formed well before this report came to light.

More to my point:

The takeaway from last Friday’s episode is that I disagree with the CIA torturing detainees — especially without due process.

The FBI decided not to engage in torture — for good reason. The CIA chose to continue on with their illegal torture program. And I think there should be a consequence to this action.

And not condoning one agency’s actions, by the way, is a different thing than hating my country.

The “either you’re with us or against us” rhetoric holds no water here.

The notion that I, as an American, should support the torture of people simply under suspicion (and in some cases, not even under suspicion) of terrorism is, to me, appalling.

The U.S. Constitution, you may recall, prohibits torture without due process.

See the Fifth Amendment, which states: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law.”

The Eighth Amendment prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.” The Supreme Court has determined that torture falls within this prohibition.

That’s not the only reason I oppose it.

Here are four more…

One: It violates the Geneva Convention on the conduct of war…

Two: It’s simply an immoral practice…

Three: It’s counterproductive and does not make us safer…

And four: it gives more allowances to a state gone rogue…

Take the fourth point, for example: Reason contributor Radley Balko initially supported the torture of suspected terrorists. Then he changed his mind. Why?

“I should have opposed torture,” Balko wrote, “for the same reason I oppose just about every other surrender of power to the government that naive people (in this case, like me) tend to think looks good on paper: Because the government won’t use it competently, because the government will abuse it, and because the government will find new, inappropriate contexts in which to use it.”

Agreed.

But let’s dig into the first three reasons…

** First up, it’s illegal.

The international standard, as defined by the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, is that torture is illegal.

A total of 156 nations adopted this treaty. The U.S. was one of them. We signed it in 1988. And it became legally binding in 1994.

The treaty defines torture as:

“Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/torture-torture-question/

CIA Torture Report Unveiled: Just Try Not to Puke

By Chris Campbell

In 1965, one psychologist by the name of Seligman conducted a simple, and some would say cruel, experiment.
He rang a bell and then shocked the bejeezus out of a dog. Over and over and over again.

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He and his colleagues were conducting research on what’s called “classical conditioning.” Or the process of how humans and animals make associations.

After a while, Seligman noticed, the dog started reacting to the bell as if it were the shock itself. No zapper necessary.

No surprise, right? Typical Pavlovian response.

But Seligman wanted to take Pavlov’s discovery a step further.

He brought out a crate with a low fence in it. On one side of the fence, Seligman could flip a switch to create a constant shock.

The other side, though, was shock-free.

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First, Seligman placed the dog who had gone through the bell-and-shock experiment in the left side of the crate. Then he turned on the shocks.

What did the dog do? Nothing.

The dog laid down and took it.

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Then Seligman got another dog that hadn’t been through the ring-and-sting.

He placed that dog on the left side and then flipped the switch.

What did this dog do? Jumped and howled and hooted until it jumped over the fence.

He repeated. Same thing. The dog howled and jumped until it reached the shock-free zone.

Finally, the dog learned that the right side of the fence was safe. Each time following, the dog jumped over before Seligman had a chance to zap him.

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Click here to see the full video

1x1.trans CIA Torture Report Unveiled: Just Try Not to PukeThus began the study of “learned helplessness”:

Or the condition of complacency in a negative situation because the past has taught you that you are helpless.

Here’s the paper that came out of Seligman’s experiments…

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This happens to be the same paper that inspired many of the CIA’s torture methods you keep hearing about.

1x1.trans CIA Torture Report Unveiled: Just Try Not to PukeSeligman’s report happens to be the same paper that is said to have inspired the CIA’s torture methods…

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the recently-released CIA torture reports by now.

It’s a best-seller on Kindle for $2.99 in the Intelligence and Espionage section.

Seriously.

You don’t have to purchase it. Get it here for free. (Might take a bit to load. It’s a big ‘un.)

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And it’s pretty gruesome.

Inside, among other things, you’ll find an account of what the agency colorfully describes as “rectal feeding.”

One detainee was told to bend over, and then a “lunch tray,” the report said, “consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins was “pureed” and rectally infused.”

The quotes around “pureed” suggests that they may not have actually pureed the “lunch tray.”

This is, of course, some sources are quick to note, without any documented medical need. Yeah, we figured.

Here’s a graphic A-Q of the torture methods that the CIA perform, courtesy of Vice magazine and artists Krent Able and Oscar Rickett.

Brace yourself…

1x1.trans CIA Torture Report Unveiled: Just Try Not to Puke<img src="http://lfb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Torture2-e1418400083708.png" alt="Torture2" width="540" >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/cia-torture-report-unveiled-just-try-puke/

Notice: This is a Very Important Episode

By Chris Campbell

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“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”

– Steven Wright

Very important, breaking news slid past our news feed this morning…

NASA just reported that a 1,300-foot-wide asteroid will not hit Earth.

We repeat… the asteroid will not hit Earth.

Go hug your spouse and kids. Everyone is going to be OK.

We admit: We weren’t aware that one was supposed to. But, nevertheless, good news!

And in other news…

1x1.trans Notice: This is a Very Important EpisodeFun fact: JFK used to carry the following Spanish poem by Domingo Ortega in his wallet…

Translated, it reads:

“Bullfight critics, ranked in rows
Crowd the enormous Plaza full;
But only one is there who knows —
And he’s the man who fights the bull.”

The meaning of any poetry is, of course, subjective. But here’s my takeaway…

The critics will always be there. Their job, 97.25% of the time (approximately), is to doubt you. And they’ll do so until you die.

No matter how fast or far you run, they’ll be there. And even if you run into a cave and live out the rest of your days as a hermit, they’ll find you in the only place you can’t run from: your head.

No matter what you’re doing… no matter where you’re at… you must have conviction in your path. And the audacity to take risks.

The moment you start to think that someone out there knows what you’re doing better than you yourself…

That’s when you get a nice big horn up your backside.

Which brings us to our next point: the real secret to independent wealth…

1x1.trans Notice: This is a Very Important Episode“There is one surefire way to make huge amounts of wealth,” Ryan Cole writes to his Unconventional Wealth readers.

“One which goes unmentioned in financial circles… because there’s no profit in it for the sellers of snake oil.”

Plus, the naysayers and critics are sure to pull out their claws when you even suggest that you might be considering it. That’s why no one ever talks about it, despite it being the proven road to generational wealth.

First, you should know. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme.

“That’s not my business,” Ryan writes. “And that’s why, in this issue, I’m going to reveal the only true way to get rich.”

As announced last week, Ryan has just joined the Laissez Faire team. He specializes in investments 99% of the American public have no idea exist — or always fail to dig deep into.

Today, you’re going to get a little sneak peek at his upcoming issue (shh… don’t tell anyone).

In a moment, he’ll reveal one investment… more than any other… that has the potential to make you generations of wealth.

“When you hear it,” Ryan writes, “you’ll immediately nod your head. You’ll know it’s true. But you might also think it’s a very difficult thing to do.

“Look at the top 20 on the Forbes’ Richest list, and it’s hard to find much in common. Outside of cash.

“Some are in their 20s… while others are in their 80s. You won’t find a political theme — Democrats and >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/notice-important-episode/

You Won’t Believe These Results… and How to Buy Raw Milk

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans You Won’t Believe These Results… and How to Buy Raw Milk

OK. The results from yesterday’s contest are in…

If you’re just joining us, I asked readers to guess how much I spent for my New Year’s Eve trip to New Orleans. Click here for all the details.

The highest guess, from Andrew, was an astounding $10,000.

We don’t know who books your travel, Andrew, but you might be getting hoodwinked. Might we suggest a different travel agent?

The lowest guess, of course, was free.

Sorry for those who guessed free. It wasn’t. There was a charge that I, no matter what I did, couldn’t get around.

I’ll tell you how much it was in a moment.

First, without these secrets, here’s what I would’ve spent…

Accommodation, in total, would’ve cost me $437. My round-trip air ticket would’ve cost $556.

Added up, that’s $993.

But that’s not what I spent. Far from it. So how much did I actually spend?

Before the big reveal, I’m going to channel Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, and say this…

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Judging by most of your expectations, the actual total is going to shock you.

So without further ado, here goes.

Drumroll, please…

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The total I spent is… a whopping $11.20.

That’s right. I saved $981.80.

I’ll announce the winner in a moment.

1x1.trans You Won’t Believe These Results… and How to Buy Raw MilkBefore we announce our winner, Coke is coming out with a new milk drink called “Fairlife”…

Thought you’d like to know.

It’ll cost twice as much as the milk in grocery stores. But it will be high in protein and calcium and low in sugar, says the company.

Coke also claims that your jug of Fairlife will come from one of 92 sustainable, family-owned farms, according to The Independent.

It’ll also be lactose-free. And because of their “high-care processes” and “proprietary milk-filtering process,” Fairlife will taste much better than regular milk.

We’re not sure, though, if they understand the concept of “target market.”

Take a look at their ad campaign…

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Uhh…

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Milk that moves me? What does that mean? It doesn’t sound good.

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Why would I want my milk to have pizzazz and poise? It’s milk.

Coca-Cola, so goes their new catchphrase, is about to take “milk where it’s never been before.”

1x1.trans You Won’t Believe These Results… and How to Buy Raw MilkAnd wherever that is, you do NOT want to go there…

No matter how they dress it up (or down), Fairlife isn’t going to be good for you.

Let me explain…

One of our researchers just took an interesting dip into the milk industry.

Mostly the raw stuff. But we’ll get to that in a moment.

If you saw yesterday’s Tip of the Day, you noticed that we’ve taken a recent interest in enzymes — and the lack thereof in Western diets.

Enzymes, you may recall, are essential for literally everything your body does. And we’re not getting enough of them.

One of the best ways to consume health-enhancing enzymes is to drink milk… but not the pasteurized stuff.

Pasteurization obliterates all enzymes. They’re gone. Zapped out of existence. Even the organic stuff.

And Fairlife is most likely 100% enzyme >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/wont-believe-results-buy-raw-milk/

The Secret to Great Health is Planes and Junk Food

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans The Secret to Great Health is Planes and Junk Food

Introducing LFT’s The Price is Right: In a moment, I’m going to invite you to guess on a price…

Meaning, yes, I get to play Bob Barker for the day. Dream come true.

The LFT reader who gets closest to the truth wins a FREE gift shipped directly to their doorstep. I’ll sign it and ship it myself so you know it’s coming right from my desk.

No strings. No catch. No frills.

Before we begin this contest, though, let’s first see how this gift could change (and maybe even save) your life…

1x1.trans The Secret to Great Health is Planes and Junk FoodThe numbers don’t lie. These people are healthier…

And all they do is take one simple… and exciting… action more than their peers.

Even though the American culture has all but forbidden this action…

Students are nearly twice as likely to complete a college degree when they do it. And they report earning higher incomes if they performed it while in college. In fact, studies show they out-earn their peers by more than 40%.

Workers are more productive when they take this action. And they have higher morale… are more focused… and report less stress.

Women who take this action show a much lower risk of heart attack or coronary death…

Men who don’t are 30% more likely to die of heart disease.

After only a day or two of doing this one thing, 89% of study respondents reported significant drops in stress.

And “these people” report having more sex. Way more.

And they’re smarter. One study found that this action has brain-boosting benefits, and lowers the risk of dementia.

Yes, it’s that good.

1x1.trans The Secret to Great Health is Planes and Junk FoodWhat’s their secret? Travel.

Study after study shows that travel is great for you in nearly all facets of your life.

Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association, spearheaded decades of research on how families and individuals benefit from travel. They looked at health, wealth, education, success, relationships and creativity.

“The evidence is overwhelming that when you take a trip, the benefits are everywhere,” Dow said. “Despite the fact that Americans get less vacation time than in any country in the industrialized world, because of the personal benefits gained, we can’t afford not to travel.”

As the benefits become more appreciated, we don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to believe that doctors will soon start prescribing vacations to their patients.

Or maybe we’re just wishfully thinking. But you don’t have to wait for a doctor to tell you that you need a vacation.

I’ll tell you what we’re getting at in a moment. Right after this short break…

1x1.trans The Secret to Great Health is Planes and Junk FoodI just finished planning a trip to New Orleans for New Years Eve.

[Are you travelling anywhere this month? Where to? Live in New Orleans? Want to meet up? Chris@lfb.org.]

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Not animated? Click here.

I’m travel hacking again. And you’ll never believe how much I’m paying for this trip…

In a moment, I’m going to invite you to take a stab at how much my final bill >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/secret-great-health-planes-junk-food/

The $50k Manhunt For 100-Baggers: Turn $10,000 Into $1 Million?

By Chris Mayer

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I’m about to make what I think is the biggest promise anybody in my business has ever made: I’m going to find you 100-baggers.

A 100-bagger is a stock where every dollar invested turns into $100. That means a $10,000 investment turns into $1 million.

I know, I know… It sounds like an outrageous quest with a wildly improbable chance of success, like setting out to draw a royal flush in poker. And I would probably have agreed with you not so long ago. But then I started to dig in and study the 100-baggers of history…

Before I get to what I’ve learned, let me give you some context.

I’m working with Stephen Jones (String Advisors) to create a comprehensive study of every 100-bagger since 1962. This is a massive undertaking. My publisher has already spent $50,000 on the project. The final bill will be higher.

I’m convinced it will all be worth it.

What I’m looking for is what these stocks have in common. I want to learn how these spectacular returns came about, with an idea toward using those insights in today’s market.

The inspiration for this project came from a book I read in 2011 called 100 to 1 in the Stock Market by Thomas W. Phelps. Published in 1972, Phelps looked at every 100-bagger from 1932–1971. His book lists over 365 stocks. The latest 100-bagger dated from 1967 — that’s a 100-fold return in just four years.

Phelps’ book is out of print, but it is a gem. I’ve written about it many times before and recommended it to my readers. Recently, I was in Manhattan one evening at dinner with a reader who had read the book on my recommendation. He is a professor at The New School, where I have occasionally spoken to his graduate students. We were sitting at the rooftop restaurant Birreria. (They have great cask-aged ales there.) And he suggested I update the book.

Needless to say, I took his suggestion. My new study is an update of Phelps’ work. I also plan to write a new book around the study, called 100-Baggers. I’ll dedicate the book to the old man, Phelps. (He died in 1992 at the age of 90. He lived in Nantucket since moving from Manhattan after he retired.)

I expect to reinforce many things Phelps wrote about. I also believe we’ll uncover some new insights, since our computing horsepower vastly exceeds what was available to Phelps.

I’ll share all of what I learn over time in Capital & Crisis as we make progress on the study. At the outset, I can tell you a few things right away.

1x1.trans The $50k Manhunt For 100 Baggers: Turn $10,000 Into $1 Million?Our study, too, uncovered hundreds of stocks.

This should dispel the notion that they are impossibly rare. Phelps, early on in his book, dealt with the myth that finding 100-baggers is a futile effort. In his preface, his first line is: “This is a story — fact, not fiction — of hundreds of opportunities to make a million dollars in the stock market >> READ MORE <<

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://lfb.org/50k-manhunt-100-baggers-turn-10000-1-million/

“I Thought I Was Going to Die”: Crazy Confessions of a Medical Tourist

By Chris Campbell

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All week, we’ve been covering what you can do in the short-term to make positive changes in your life…

Today, we’ll start looking out into the future.

It’s time to focus on the long term. We’ll continue this theme through the majority of next week.

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Stay tuned.

Today, we focus our macroscopic lenses on one of the biggest trends to shape the future of America in the coming years.

In a word: demographics.

Over the next four decades, demographers expect the U.S. to expand by 100 million. Meanwhile, it’s expected to decline everywhere else: 10 percent in China, 25 percent in Europe, 30 percent in South Korea, and 40 percent in Japan.

Census data suggests that the 15-to-64 age group will grow over 42 percent in that time.

Meanwhile, the boomers will be stretching into the golden age. And beyond.

1x1.trans “I Thought I Was Going to Die”: Crazy Confessions of a Medical TouristRight now, a generation of 78 million is getting older. And living longer than their parents. A lot longer.

The boomers’ “forever young” party is now morphing into the “forever old” conga line.

And the boogie stretches back as far as the eye can see.

“The aging of America isn’t a temporary event,” Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns write in The Coming Generational Storm. “We are well into a change that is permanent, irreversible, and very long term.”

According to Pew Research, about ten thousand baby boomers are turning 65 every day. This will continue until 2030. By then, demographers predict that nearly 81 million Americans will be 65 and over.

That’s almost the total residents of New York, California, and Texas combined.

“Imagine the Golden State, the Empire State, and the Lone Star State as nothing but giant retirement communities,” Chris Farrell writes in his book Unretirement.

“You’d walk around New York City, Buffalo, and Syracuse, drive all over San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, visit Dallas, Houston, and Austin and see nothing but people sixty-five and older.”

The mainstream media… politicos… and even the blogerati all seem to agree: This is cause for alarm.

But…

We’re not so sure.

Yes. This trend will change the face of America. But should you be alarmed?

Let’s see…

One of the more obvious affected industries is health care. We’ll start there…

1x1.trans “I Thought I Was Going to Die”: Crazy Confessions of a Medical TouristIt was a video we came across this morning that stopped us in our tracks…

We knew the healthcare system was bad. But this knocked us back into the reality of how bad.

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“As another example,” Sundquist goes on in the video, “an investigation by The New York Times found that hospitals were charging patients as much as $546 for saline solution…

“Also known as salt-water.”

Compare this to the average price of saline solution in Paris… $4.73.

What can we do about this?

One man we know (whom you’ve met briefly in our digital pages) caught onto this trend in 2002 after a near-death experience.

And he decided to >> READ MORE <<

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