Rushing off

Thu, 2017/03/23 - 12:52pm | Your editor

François Fillon, the right-wing French presidential candidate, is increasingly sounding like a felon in the language of his wife, Penelope, who with two of their children were put on the staff payroll by the head of the family who also under-declared their earnings on their tax forms. If you believe le Canard Enchainé, the French weekly broadsheet gossip paper, M. Fillon collected euros 50,000 (then over $60,000) for introducing a Lebanese business man to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a friend of Putin's who was banned from the US for criminal links.

These misdeeds mean the Front National of Marine Le Pen is now the major alternative to the left in the upcoming French poll. She has received funding from Russian banks close to the Kremlin. So the only untainted candidate with a chance to win is Emmanuel Macron, who has never run for office before, but has served in the cabinet.

As we watch our president being shafted by his own party in Congress over the rushed move to replace the ACA (Obamacare) with something better which will be worse, you realize how important it is that the person at the top knows how politics is played. Trump would have done better to have started off with tax reform which could have won bipartisan support.

More for paid subscribers follows about this matter and others with news from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Britain, Spain, Israel, Switzerland

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My Two Cents' Worth

Wed, 2017/03/22 - 1:53pm | Your editor

The reason that today's attack on the British Parliament outdid Guy Fawkes is that the Catholic plotters against James I did not actually kill anyone as they were spotted in time. I am not trying to play down the seriousness of the attempt to kill the royal family then.

I am still awaiting word from my techies about the hacked computers they are working on. They missed two deadlnes they set for themselves.

More about the company reporting today from later dispatches follows:

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Bonus Stock News

Wed, 2017/03/22 - 1:02pm | Your editor

This is information about a bonus stock which we cover for our paid subscribers, a bonus stock because it is US-listed despite foreign ownership of a majority of its shares. It has made a breakthrough announcment today.

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Treason, Gunpowder, and Plot

Wed, 2017/03/22 - 12:05pm | Your editor

Guy Fawkes who attacked the Mother of Parliaments in the 17th century has been topped today as what appear to have been Islamist terrorists used a car laden with explosives and guns to kill people in the Westminster area in London.

My Internet problems seem rather trivial in comparison. But they are keeping us from checking in with our family in Britain without having to telephone.

Meanwhile another attack by hackers has taken down the distribution system to subscribers to the Financial Times in New York City, a key market for the pink paper. Its distributor today gave every deliver subscriber in Manhattan and Brooklyn a copy of The New York Times rather than the FT. The is also hurting our local newspapeer because it runs short of copies and has to print more which costs money. Meanwhile the FT has to extend subscriptions which is costly.

Moreover my telephone lines which are with a different phone company were supposed to be switched (without my knowledge) to Verizon. This used to happen to my late mother all the time without her doing anything. So being completely paranoid by now I think that is also the work of the hackers. I used my cellphone to record the messages coming from the hackers who were trying to get me to call them and no doubt further hurt my ability to function.

More for paid subscribers follows, including an annual report, from Hong Kong, Spain, Finland, India, and Britain.

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Update

Tue, 2017/03/21 - 1:49pm | Your editor

I am too much of an optimist. The techies working on my computer cannot get into my corporate email account because the password has been changed by the Bad Guys one of whom continually calls my office claiming to be John David from Microsoft. So I ask for his ID and of course he then changes his line to say "I am working with Microsoft." It is going to be harder than I expected. I do keep the FBI updated on my problems and the telephone calls are being recorded via my cellphone by Time Warner so the game may soon be up. 

But that doesn't mean that my own technical problems will be resolved as quickly as hoped.

Meanwhile there is a terrific article by "Lexington" about how Donald Trump succeeds in winning support, not because his followers are stupid, but because he gets them to align their interests with his. It is in the current Economist and warns that this process will not work over reforming the ACA (Obama-care). It is on page 30.

The winning streak on Wall Street today came to a stomach-churning halt. Commentary below on our portfolio from your harried editor.

More follows for paid subscribers from the great world out there beyond my computer woes.

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Tables Updated

Mon, 2017/03/20 - 5:11pm | Your editor

I just posted a day and a half late our latest performance tables which can be viewed on www.global-investing.com by paid subscribers in full and by pre-subscribers the positions which have been closed.

Update on my horror story: after filling in the gaps in the way my account was hacked it appears that my contacting my cable company over problems with e-mail led to its tech support staff member putting me into harm's way. They say they record everything so they will be able to spot the miscreant. He gave me a number to call for further help and I stupidly went to it rather than stopping when he told me he could not transfer the call.

The good people at staples expect that they will complete the restoration of my computers by Tuesday evening if all goes well. I will not attempt to blog tomorrow morning because I have to work on the site rather than using a word program. So I will take a morning off and go to a museum. I have had a frantic weekend trying to restore my systems but weekends are sacred. By early Monday we were on track to get thing set to rights.

I cannot get into my email accounts so don't bother writing with your sympathies until I am up and running again. I am saying the misheberach prayer to ask my female ancestors to intercede on behalf of my business. Read more »

Hack Attack

Mon, 2017/03/20 - 10:43am | Your editor

My computer and that of my husband have been hacked and I have reported this to the FBI. I am going to have them debugged at the store where they were bought which will probably take the day. Please be careful of anything looking like an email from my email box rather than from this site which seems to be clean. Please don't download anything seemingly from me.

It was probably targeting me rather than random, which is hardly flattering.

Please bear with me a while longer.

Outage or Outrage Friday Edition

Fri, 2017/03/17 - 9:50am | Your editor

Global-investing.com has been unable to send out its blogs since Monday because of outages and tech issues at the servers at Blue Host of Oren, Utah. Trying to get it right has been frustrating and re-sending the blogs has not succeeded despite the Blue Host tech support people's help. Instead of getting through to people we were put on a spam list for multiple attempts to send to the same subscriber or pre-subscriber, without the supposed victim of spam having done anything.

We now may or may not  switch to a virtual private server with the same firm, a major listed player in web hosting called Endurance International Group of Burlington, Mass., in which some Indians including Ravi Ravichandran own a minority. EIGI-Q. It has horrible music when you are on hold. Which is often.

Will you please visit www.global-investing.com in the interim to view the issues you have missed? I hope to have completed the cleanup and transfer today but I cannot write while I am discussing new technology. And, yes, it will cost more than the current hosting options so if you were planning to subscribe or renew do it now before the big bite hits.

Today's blog will be short because I am migrating, not to the USA but perhaps to a virtual private server to overcome issues with my dysfunctional shared one. This is a new cost for my business and will led to higher subscription charges. Renewing or subscribing now will avoid them.

Today's blog will probably not go out normally as I am still trying to avoid paying nearly $700 for the virtual private server being offered by blue host, a company which has not inspired confidence to date. It is our current web host and of course it would be easier to stick with the devil you know. However, my experience has been that the tech support at this firm, a sub of Endurance International Group, EIGI-Q, of Manchester, Mass. More Thursday news for paid subscribers follows and Friday will go out later if this works:

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Outage or Outrage Friday Edition

Fri, 2017/03/17 - 9:49am | Your editor

Global-investing.com has been unable to send out its blogs since Monday because of outages and tech issues at the servers at Blue Host of Oren, Utah. Trying to get it right has been frustrating and re-sending the blogs has not succeeded despite the Blue Host tech support people's help. Instead of getting through to people we were put on a spam list for multiple attempts to send to the same subscriber or pre-subscriber, without the supposed victim of spam having done anything.

We now may or may not  switch to a virtual private server with the same firm, a major listed player in web hosting called Endurance International Group of Burlington, Mass., in which some Indians including Ravi Ravichandran own a minority. EIGI-Q. It has horrible music when you are on hold. Which is often.

Will you please visit www.global-investing.com in the interim to view the issues you have missed? I hope to have completed the cleanup and transfer today but I cannot write while I am discussing new technology. And, yes, it will cost more than the current hosting options so if you were planning to subscribe or renew do it now before the big bite hits.

Today's blog will be short because I am migrating, not to the USA but perhaps to a virtual private server to overcome issues with my dysfunctional shared one. This is a new cost for my business and will led to higher subscription charges. Renewing or subscribing now will avoid them.

Today's blog will probably not go out normally as I am still trying to avoid paying nearly $700 for the virtual private server being offered by blue host, a company which has not inspired confidence to date. It is our current web host and of course it would be easier to stick with the devil you know. However, my experience has been that the tech support at this firm, a sub of Endurance International Group, EIGI-Q, of Manchester, Mass. More Thursday news for paid subscribers follows and Friday will go out later if this works:

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Where's The Rest of Me?

Thu, 2017/03/16 - 11:49am | Your editor

Global-investing.com has been unable to send out its blogs since Monday because of outages and tech issues at the servers at Blue Host of Oren, Utah. Trying to get it right has been frustrating and re-sending the blogs has not succeeded despite the Blue Host tech support people's help. Instead of getting through to people we were put on a spam list for multiple attempts to send to the same subscriber or pre-subscriber, without the supposed victim of spam having done anything.

We now are about to switch to a virtual private server with the same firm, a major listed player in web hosting called Endurance International Group in which some Indians including Ravi Ravichandran own a minority. EIGI-Q. It has horrible music when you are on hold.

Will you please visit www.global-investing.com in the interim to view the issues you have missed? I hope to have completed the cleanup and transfer today but I cannot write while I am discussing new technology. And, yes, it will cost more than the current hosting options so if you were planning to subscriber or renew do it now before the big bite hits.