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Bible-based Market Timing?


The following video is an “infomercial”–a “commercial”.  It’s commercial nature causes me to distrust it.  Even so, it offers an interesting approach to timing markets based on Biblical “cycles”.  Although it’s an “info-mercial” there’s a lot more “info” than “mercial”.  You might learn something from this video.

Again, I don’t necessarily trust this system of timing markets.  Why?

First, because, in regard to End Times, I understand the Bible to declare that no man knows the precise date.  This video isn’t telling us the exact date for End Times to begin or for the Messiah’s return.  Still, I am habitually wary of anyone who claims to have read the Bible to reveal an “exact date” that anything will happen in End Times.

Second, because, as I hear this video for the first time, the timing is based on cycles of various lengths (which is not necessarily unreasonable)–but the choice of the day on which those cycles begin seem to me to be somewhat arbitrary.

Yes, whichever date is being used to start a relatively recent cycle corresponds with some fact of apparent Biblical significance.  But the problem is that you can find something that’s Biblically “significant” on lots of days.  That gives the person making these calculations a lot of leeway in terms of choosing cycle-start days.  That leeway casts some doubt on whether the cycle start-date truly reflects Biblical “prophecy” or human contrivance.

Similarly,the cycle end-dates are potentially suspicious in that no matter what cycle end-date is prophesied (or selected), something “important” happened that date.  For example, as I heard this video, most of the video is directed to using the cycle start- and end-days to determine when US stock markets (and perhaps the gold markets) will begin to go up or down.  Nevertheless, the Biblical start- and/or end-dates of the relevant cycles can relate to events in Israel. That’s not necessarily wrong.

Still, it seems to me that if we’re going to apply cycle-based predictions to US markets, the cycle start- and end-dates might be more convincing if they were all found in the context of the US events rather than those of Israel.

I’m not saying that this use of alleged Bible-based cycles is right or wrong.  I am saying that it’s not yet totally convincing–at least not for me.

But.  The authors claim to have made some persistently remarkable investment predictions by using their system.  If their claims are legitimate, there’s something here that’s worth considering.

More, the authors’ proposed system of several, Bible-based cycles is interesting.  I haven’t heard this one before.  Maybe it’s right, maybe it’s wrong.  Maybe it’s 70% and 30% wrong.  But it’s news (to me), therefore interesting (to me) and might therefore also be worth your consideration.

Incidentally, I’m not associated with this infomercial’s promoters.  I don’t know anything about him/them.  I make no recommendation as to whether you should pay to subscribe to their product or leave it along. I don’t stand to profit or lose based on your decision.  All I’m saying is that this “system” strikes me as “interesting”.  Other than that, caveat emptor.

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Posted by on January 8, 2016 in Bible, Commerce, Economic collapse, End Times, Video

 

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Persons Owning Persons


"Persons . . .  persons who OWN persons . . .  are the GREEDIEST persons . . . in the world."

“Persons . . . persons who OWN persons . . . are the GREEDIEST persons . . . in the world.”

I recently received the following email:

Hi Alfred,
After reading your blog and others I have been doing some thinking. I was on a long drive yesterday and I came to a realization. If corporations are people and enjoy the privileges of being people then how can they own other corporations?  Isn’t that the textbook definition of slavery?

Christian

I replied, in part, as follows:

Hi Christian,

That’s an interesting insight, but it’s mistaken in this regard:  Corporations are not “people”—they’re “persons“.

I.e., you and I are deemed to be flesh and blood “people” under our “Declaration of Independence,” State constitutions and the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States.  However, under the 14th Amendment (“All persons born or naturalized . . . ,” adopted A.D. 1868) we are presumed to be “persons“.  Later, in some Supreme Court case, the Supremes implied that corporations are also “persons”.

Nevertheless, you’re right.  It’s intriguing to see that at least some “persons” (living, flesh-and-blood, like you and I) can own other “persons” (corporations and other legal fictions).  The fact that at least some persons can be owned, bought and sold indicates that at least some “persons” (fictions) are things rather than “people” (men and women made in God’s image and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights).

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Driving in Commerce


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Driving As Commercial Activity.  Pay as you Go!   Photo © by Jeff Dean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anon4fun recently posted a comment on this blog involving the alleged “commercial” nature imputed by the courts to anyone who is driving an automobile.  According to Anon4fun,

“Re: Your comment of: Driving as a “commercial” activity.
“In the eyes/minds,etc., of ALL the courts I am aware of, a, or any “driver of a motor vehicle” IS engaging/participating,etc., in commercial activity. Every word/term used in the motor vehicle code is a commerce word/term,e.g “passenger.” We know that a passenger is a “paying customer.” I don’t think it is “just coincidental” that the Court in Gallagher v. Montplier, 52 ALR 744; 5 Am Jur. page 645,said,in pertinent part: “A traveler by automobile;” and not a “driver of a motor vehicle.”

“At Common Law there is no precise limit of speed. A traveler by automobile must adopt a reasonable speed.” Gallagher v. Montplier, 52 ALR 744; 5 Am Jur. page 645.”

Virtually anyone who’s studied traffic law has run into one or more court cases that appear to describe all “driving” as “commercial activity”.

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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in "The State" vs. "this state", Commerce, Traffic Law

 

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