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Thursday, November 8, 2018

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It's Veterans Day once again and that means it's time for free meals and huge discounts for Vets

Veteran's Day in America is one of the most celebrated and generous holidays of the year.  And although this Veteran's Day will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 12 because the rightful day happens to land on a Sunday, it does not mean that restaurants and retailers won't be offering huge discounts and free meals to the men and women who have served our country over the past 100 years.

And in recognition of these businesses, here is a list of some of the places that are providing offerings to Vets this holiday weekend.


Applebee’s

This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is on a mission to serve one million free meals to neighborhood military heroes. For the 11th year, Applebee’s restaurants nationwide will invite all veterans and active-duty military to visit their local restaurants on Veterans Day to enjoy a complimentary full-size entree from an exclusive menu.

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is saluting America’s veterans with a free meal on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day all day at all locations (excluding Patchogue, New York).

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

On Sunday, November 11, all military members who dine-in at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95 plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. They’ll need to show a military ID or proof of service to get this freebie.

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill is giving veterans a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer on Sunday, November 11. This is for active and retired service members with a valid military ID at all Bonefish Grill locations.

Boston Market

Boston Market has a BOGO deal—buy one individual meal with drink and get a second free—on Veteran’s Day weekend (Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12) at all U.S. locations; coupon (but no ID) is required and available at BostonMarket.com.
Bruegger’s Bagels

All vets and active military get a free any-sized drip coffee at Bruegger’s Bagels locations on November 12, which is the observed Veterans Day.

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) will pay tribute to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military on Sunday, November 11 with a complimentary entrée from CPK’s special Veterans Day menu. This is at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide. Participating guests will also receive a card to redeem for a buy one, get one free (BOGO) offer on pizza, pasta or salad during a return visit November 12 through 18 (while supplies last).

Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick, with more than 95 locations, is offering a free Chick Special and regular size drink to any veteran or active-duty military personnel who visits on Monday, November 12.

CiCis Pizza

On Sunday, November 11, CiCis is offering a free adult buffet with proof of military service. This is for active military servicemen/women and veterans.

Cotton Patch Cafe

All vets and active military get a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on November 11. Cotton Patch Café has 56 locations in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be offering military veterans a choice of a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or one of its crafted coffee beverages on November 11 at all Cracker Barrel stores.

El Fenix

El Fenix, with 21 locations, is letting veterans eat free from a special Veterans Day menu. Simply provide your military ID or proof of service on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Not valid in combination with other coupons, offers, or discounts. Beverage, tax and tip not included. This is for dine-in only.

Farmer Boys

On Monday, November 12 only, participating Farmer Boys locations will be giving away a free Big Cheese burger to veterans all day long. Service members must show valid proof of service and mention the offer when ordering. The offer is not valid via drive-thru, phone, or third-party orders. Therefore, this offer is only available when ordering in-store.

Fatz Southern Kitchen

Fatz Southern Kitchen, which operates 38 restaurants in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, is giving all veterans and active military a complimentary World Famous Calabash Chicken basket, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, November 12. Fatz is also hosting Military Appreciation Month throughout November. Now through November 30, all veterans and active military members will receive 25 percent off their entrée each time they visit Fatz.

Freebirds World Burrito

Freebirds World Burrito is offering veterans a buy one, get one free (BOGO) deal on all full-size entrees on November 11. Participants must show proof of valid military ID. for active, retired or reservist members of any U.S. Military branch. This is at the 75 Freebirds locations.

Friendly’s

Friendly’s will be offering a free breakfast, lunch or dinner to guests with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card on Sunday, November 11.

Golden Corral

At all of its restaurants nationwide (489 restaurants in 41 states), Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5to 9:00 p.m., on Monday, November 12, to any person who is serving or has served in a United States military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. Identification is not required.

HMSHost Airport Restaurants

On Monday, November 12, U.S. active-duty military and military veterans with ID can enjoy a complimentary Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger while they dine-in at the nearly 50 participating HMSHost airport restaurants. This Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger was created by a military veteran and is solely available for the month of November, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charities that support veterans and their families. In addition, HMSHost offers a year-round 15 percent military discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at HMSHost locations throughout the United States. The 15 percent discount is valid any day of the week for military members with valid identification at HMSHost-operated airport and travel plaza locations nationwide.

Hooters

At more than 300 participating Hooters restaurants nationwide, all veterans and active-duty military can enjoy one free entree from the Hooters Special Veterans Day Menu on November 11, as long as they purchase a beverage. You must present a military ID or proof of service.

Jimboy’s Tacos

Jimboy’s Tacos is honoring veterans on Sunday, November 11 by offering free meals (up to $10 value) for veterans who show valid proof of military ID at participating locations. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or specials, and is limited to one redemption per veteran. Veterans Day freebie is available at all 43 Jimboy’s Tacos locations across California and Nevada.

Kolache Factory

All Kolache Factory locations are offering a free kolache (any kind; kolache is a Czech pastry) and a free coffee (any size) to all veteran and active military with government-issued military photo ID on November 11, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Croissants and Polish varieties excluded). Kolache Factory has 56 stores in 9 states

Mimi’s Cafe

Mimi’s Cafe will be saluting active duty military personnel and veterans with a free entree from a special menu with a purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage all day on November 11.

Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is thanking those who serve this Veterans Day with a free breakfast. From November 10 through November 12, active-duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the myPilot app to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll from one of the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

Rock Bottom Breweries

Vets are invited to eat free at Rock Bottom Breweries around the country, from November 10 through November 12. In addition to this promotion, each brewery will be brewing a limited edition Veterans Day IPA, and, from November 10 through November 17, donating 25 cents from every pint to a local veterans charity.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Romano’s Macaroni Grill will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs plus Spaghetti entree this on Sunday, November 11 at all U.S. locations. All veterans and active military must present a military ID or proof of service to enjoy this freebie.

SAJJ Mediterranean

SAJJ Mediterranean will offer a free entree to veterans who show valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. This special will be available at the eight SAJJ locations, all day long.

Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee will offer a free drink of any size to veterans and current military personnel with valid military identification on Sunday, November 11. Stores will also be taking donations for Wounded Warriors Family Support on November 11 and November 12. Scooter’s Coffee has 190 stores in 14 states.

Sheetz

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Sheetz is offering all veterans and active duty military personnel a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink as well as a free carwash at any of Sheetz’s 582 locations across the mid-Atlantic. No purchase is necessary for this offer but military ID or proof of service must be presented to qualify.

Sizzler

Sizzler, with 131 locations across 10 states, will be honoring military service men and women with a free lunch, from opening hours to 4 p.m. on November 11. Veterans must show proof of military service.

Snuffer’s

When you show your military ID or proof of service at the 12 Snuffer’s locations on Sunday, November 11, you’ll receive your choice of any Snuffer’s burger or sandwich with small hand-cut potato fries. Not valid in combination with any other coupons, offers or discounts. Limit one free burger or sandwich per veteran. Beverage, tax and tip not included. Dine-in only.

Sonny’s BBQ

On November 12 at Sonny’s BBQ, veterans and active duty military will receive free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo. This is for dine-in only at the 108 locations in eight states—Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt

On Sunday, November 11, SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will provide a free 12-ounce frozen yogurt to all veterans and active duty personnel with a valid military ID.

Tijuana Flats

Veterans with a valid military ID can visit any Tijuana Flats location for one free entree and fountain drink on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The offer includes dine-in and take-out meals but is not valid for orders made online or through Uber Eats. Tijuana Flats has over 130 locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Twin Peaks

All active and retired military personnel enjoy a free item from the Veterans Day menu at the 82 Twin Peaks locations. This is limited to one item per person, dine-in only.

Weinerschnitzel

Veterans Day gives Americans the chance to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Wienerschnitzel is once again honoring all veterans and those in active and reserve military duty with a free Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink.

This special offer is valid on Nov. 11 only at participating Wienerschnitzel restaurants nationwide. To receive the free meal, guests need to present a valid military or veteran ID card or wear their military uniform. There is a limit of one free meal per veteran or military member.

Latest de-dollarization move comes from one of the U.S.'s biggest allies

While the sanction war America started against Russia in 2013 appears to have opened the door to de-dollarization, Washington's latest gambit towards Iran seems to have fully opened the floodgates.  And that is because the latest country to willingly accept trade outside the dollar just happens to be a long-standing ally of the U.S..


South Korea and Iran have agreed to switch to national currencies in trade exchanges as the sides aim to strengthen relations despite the US sanctions on Tehran. 
The agreement is of great importance to both countries, Yonhap News Agency reported, explaining that the deal indicated Korea’s concerns about relations with Iran. 
The countries also agreed to make payments and settle their financial and banking accounts using the South Korean national currency, the won. That will allow South Korean and Iranian companies to continue their extensive exchanges in various fields.
The volume of bilateral trade surpassed the $12-billion benchmark last year, according to Iran’s ambassador to Seoul Saeid Badamchi Shabestari, who told Press TV that the Iranian and Korean economies complement one another. - Russia Today
The world has progressed to the point where it no longer needs a singular point medium of exchange as it did following World War II when the dollar was by far the strongest currency available.  And ironically by having to use the dollar as a middleman between nations when it comes to trade, it actually stifles the process by affecting the value of each nation's currency since the world is no longer on a gold standard.

Perhaps it should not be surprising that South Korea is now joining in with the likes of Japan (bi-lateral trade with China) and the EU when it comes to the growing movement to conduct trade outside of a reserve currency.  And it also appears that each new day is bringing the world closer to a point of critical mass where it not only no longer needs to use a singular reserve currency for trade, but also where they could eventually come to reject U.S. payments outright in response to the dollar being used as a economic weapon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

This Veteran's day, Vets can get cannabis for just $1 at a dispensary in San Francisco

Veteran's Day in the U.S. is one of the most celebrated and generous holidays when it comes to businesses.  This is because many stores and restaurants will offer incredible deals to Vets, which often include free meals or free items.

And with California now fully immersed in its cannabis legalization following its approval during the 2016 elections, one dispensary in San Francisco is even offering its wares for virtually free this Veteran's Day by giving Vets an eighth of an ounce of marijuana to those who stop by for just $1.


A San Francisco cannabis dispensary, Bloom Room, is offering eighths of lab-tested medical-grade cannabis for $1 to all veterans this Veterans Day. 
General Manager of Bloom Room, Stephen Rechif, tells EIN News that new regulations have forced them to sell the drug to veterans for the first time instead of giving it to them as a donation. 
"We used to be able to give veterans their eighth's for free but that is not allowed with the new laws," said Rechif. 
The purpose of the donation is to help veterans but also to raise awareness about the benefits of medical cannabis for veterans said Rechif.  "As cannabis becomes more mainstream, there is no other group that can benefit more than our veterans and our seniors." - WNCT
Cannabis is proving itself to be a powerful medicinal in the fight against PTSD and other types of depression or mental disorders.  And when you couple this with the multitude of restaurants offering Vets free meals on Nov. 11, former service members can reap the benefits of both worlds by lighting up for less than a buck, and then going out and getting their munchies on the cheap.

As energy demand skyrockets for cryptocurrency mining, a new study shows that it takes three times the energy to mine Bitcoin as it does gold

There have been some analysts on Wall Street, as well as a large portion of the cryptocurrency community, who believe that Bitcoin can and is the new replacement for gold as a store of wealth.  However in a new study out on Nov. 5, data is showing that the energy cost right now to mine a single Bitcoin is three times greater than the amount of energy required to mine physical gold, and that this will only increase as the Bitcoin algorithm demands more and more energy for each new token.


According to newly published research, mining cryptocurrency takes nearly twice as much energy than mining gold, platinum, and copper. Bitcoin $BTC0.19% on its own, needs three times as much energy to mine than compared to gold. 
Researchers from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Cincinnati tracked the daily energy demand and hashrate of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Monero between 1st January 2016 to 30th June 2018. 
The researchers then used the average daily market prices of each cryptocurrency – and the respective rewards gained from successfully mining a block – to calculate how much energy it takes to generate one US dollar worth of each respective cryptocurrency. 
The study found that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Monero consumed 17, 7, 7, and 14 million joules of energy, respectively, to mine $1 worth of each cryptocurrency. - The Next Web
Ironically this 'proof of work' asset is right now around five times the market value of gold, meaning for the moment it does provide a higher yield than gold does at $1230 per ounce.  But as we mentioned above, each Bitcoin mined subsequently causes the amount of energy needed to mine the next one to increase, meaning that in a very short amount of time that difference will tilt in favor of gold unless the price of Bitcoin grows in proportion to the increased energy costs.

With both Bitcoin and gold prices appearing to be under tight manipulation by Wall Street, the only question that remains is in which asset will be allowed to breakout during a given financial crisis.  And the answer is more likely gold when you take into account that central banks are starting to accumulate it rather than Bitcoin.

Monday, November 5, 2018

While everyone debates Red vs. Blue this midterm, cannabis expansion is coming in under the radar for many states

In 2016 we saw cannabis legalization expand in places like California and the District of Columbia, and now just two years later this movement appears to be progressing where another seven states could join in the fun.


The media and public debate has focused primarily on a Democratic victory (Blue Wave), or a Republic re-energizing thanks to the 'Kavanagh Effect" from a month ago.  But in every election after the smoke clears, people turn to their own states to see what new political changes were passed which will have an affect on their lives.

With Canada now having fully legalized marijuana use and distribution, and Mexico perhaps standing on the cusp of their own legalization, the United States still remains stubbornly against this inevitable move which could soon have a critical mass of states allowing for its use while the Federal government plays a completely political game of opposition.

Voters in seven states will weigh in on 36 different cannabis proposals Tuesday, everything from the legalization of medical and recreational use to the definition of hemp to the tax on cannabis sales. All of these initiatives have the potential to change how cannabis is produced, sold and used. But there’s more than just those cannabis-specific questions that could change the marijuana landscape after the midterms. Newly elected officials will have the power to set or change state policies. - Forbes
The fact of the matter is, cannabis and hemp could bring about a revolution in business and industry similar to that of the information age when computing power coupled with technological expansion completely changed how the world works.  And at a time when America has very few real industries remaining within its borders, opposition to legalization has few arguments left outside of protecting their cronies in Big Pharma.

Over the past few years, very few movements have triggered both popular and political support like cannabis legalization and a return to sound money (gold and silver) have.  And if tomorrow's election proves out in favor of one or both of these, then perhaps the U.S. is on its way towards Making America Great Again, as the last time this combination was in play our country's Presidents were our Founding Fathers.

Tron was the biggest cryptocurrency winner for October, Bitcoin remained stable, and Ethereum and Ripple were big losers

October saw a continuation of lower volatility in the cryptocurrency markets as volume remained mired at around half of what it was just a few months ago.  And when it came to winners and losers for the month, one crypto stood out while several that had already been on the path of decline continued to fall.


October cryptocurrency Winners:


We’re calling Tron one of the crypto winners for October because TRX ended the month where it started at $0.222 making it the first altcoin in the chart not to have lost ground.
Maker also made it through the tumultuous month with a 21% climb from $495 to around $600 at the end of October. Bitcoin Gold survived with no losses beginning and ending the month at $26. 0x also made gains during the month ending it 17% higher at $0.767 from $0.654 at the beginning. - News BTC

October cryptocurrency Losers:
Ethereum has lost 15% during October, starting out at $232 and ending at $197. It is ETH’s lowest levels since July 2017 and no recovery looks to be coming just yet. Market capitalization is around the $20 billion mark with the world’s second largest cryptocurrency having lost almost $4 billion last month. 
XRP has shown some promise in recent weeks but that could not stop the overall loss of 25% from Ripple’s native token. XRP ended the month at $0.44 after starting October very close to $0.60. 
Bitcoin Cash has also been bashed during October with a 21% decline from $534 to $422. And EOS, rounding out the top five, has not escaped the bears either. A 10% slide saw EOS fall from $5.78 to $5.20 during the month
Other losers included:  Stellar, Tether, and Iota

Yet despite the continued decline in overall market cap and trading volume within the cryptocurrency sector, Bitcoin remained stable throughout October, and in fact began trading in a series of ranges that often spread between just $100 where in the past that spread would have encompassed over $1000 from high to low.



Russia's new payment system not only expected to be superior to SWIFT, but it will also be on the Blockchain by the end of 2019

As Russia transitions over from a defensive mindset to one that is now going on the offensive when it comes to global finance, their new payment system appears ready to become a game changer.  This is because their alternative to SWIFT is not only being forecast as superior to the Western based one that currently runs the global reserve currency, but it is also expected to be on the Blockchain by the end of 2019.


Russian authorities are planning to transfer the country’s money transfer system to blockchain technology in 2019 according to a report in Izvestiya
Sources close to the Russian central bank told the media outlet that the Financial Communications Transfer System (SPFS) would be converted to a blockchain system. 
SPFS is the Russia equivalent of SWIFT. It was developed and implemented in 2014 following Western threats to withdraw SWIFT from Russia as part of sanctions for the invasion of Crimea. Russia developed its own version of Visa, called Mir, for the same reason. - Finance Magnates
Both Russia and China have in essence been forced to create SWIFT alternatives as the U.S. began to turn the global reserve currency into an economic weapon over the past decade.  And now with the growing push around the world by more and more nations to de-dollarize to not only protect their own currencies but also to protect against U.S. economic interventions , the two powers stand on the precipice of being able to seize much larger shares of trade payments using both the Ruble and the Yuan, which could inevitably act as an offensive countermeasure as dollars start to rush back to the U.S..

In addition, Russia's plan to put their new payments system on the Blockchain will make it easier for countries to have access to this platform, and to experience a more secure and transparent system.  And the ability for economies to conduct trade bi-laterally without having to use the dollar as a middleman is the likely future of global trade.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shotgun Economics update for November 2 2018 - Financial Markets and Economic Wrapup


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gold price rebounds by more than $20 immediately following end of month shorting due to options expiration

November 1st saw the price of gold rebound back over $1230 per ounce just two days after speculators shorted the paper price in expectation for the end of month options expirations.

Gold started off Thursday trading with a bang, and is still climbing higher after gaining more than $20 during the first few hours of the market opening.


OCTOBER 31/TODAY WAS LAST DAY FOR OPTIONS EXPIRY AND AS ALWAYS THE CROOKS RAID GOLD AND SILVER: GOLD DOWN $10.35 TO $1213/45 SILVER IS DOWN 18 CENTS TO $14.28/HUGE RISE IN LIBOR AS BANKS ARE LOATHE TO LEND TO EACH OTHER/ALSO FOREIGN EXCHANGE SWAPS COSTS ARE NOW PROHIBITIVE – Harvey Organ via Silver Doctors
Over the past month, gold has suddenly regained its place as the world's best safe haven asset.  And with market volatility expected to continue due to the upcoming midterm elections, geopolitical events in Saudi Arabia, and forecasts of a Eurozone recession, expect the rest of November to be a strong one for gold as it seeks to push towards a very tough resistance level at $1270.