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The Barter

I would have to say, Kijiji is one of the more popular sites online today. Whatever you are looking for from housing, rentals, work, products for sale are posted by folks who list their Ad with a handy email reply box. Some prices are fixed while others are on a barter basis when a buyer and seller hook up to discuss the final cost.

The owners of Kijiji, which means village in Swahilie, must be very pleased with their success and now spending big bucks of their own on TV Ads.

A warning I have, which has happened a few times in the city here, is like a recent incident where a meet was setup in a Mall parking lot. The buyer, who intended to buy jewelry was robbed of his cash at gun point and beaten. Police never did catch up with the crooks. Always be careful about the meet surroundings. Try and avoid getting setup because we are talking about money and the greed that lurks behind it with some people.

In the NHL Playoffs, the 2nd round is winding down with some clutch games happening while the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers, the two Canadian team left … fight to get to the semi finals.

Bitcoin is in the news everyday with steady updates. Almost information overload with what’s happening with the Digital Coin around the world, currently below $1600 US in value. I’ve used Payza and SolidTrustPay for years and both of these money processors allow me to fund and withdraw with Bitcoin, values shown in US dollars. So, those are options I have available to ‘move’ my BTC.

Meanwhile, the Biz is moving along, where it’s always about going forward with the finances with no rear view mirrors. Sometimes at a slower pace than usual but my online fund ‘build’ continues.






The Federal Government of Canada issued an interesting press release a couple weeks ago that affects them as well as the working class people in the country.

AI, or Artificial Intellegence is coming and in years to come, the computers than can ‘think and learn’ on their own will be taking over more traditional jobs and that means the job search will get squeezed even more. Meanwhile, the tax the Feds get from the working folk that AI’s replace will disappear as well.

It’s that thing they call ‘progress’, but in my mind should be stopped where it’s going backwards. Election promises are all about, ‘I’ll produce more jobs and keep people working’ while they know that’s a long shot to accomplish.

AI is already well into development and experimenting with tech people controlling the data for these AI’s and those tech jobs will also get whittled down eventually as super AI’s get more advanced controlling a bank of AI’s. Weird how some of those visions thought up by gifted screen writers or authors of novels in the Sci Fi movies actually become reality

Today we have self driving cars and trucks being tested. Pretty well every mode of transportation. Passenger aircraft have already taken off and landed all by computer control. In the office, a manager can talk away about what he wants recorded and completed while the AI compiles and does the work in a fraction of the time a secretary can do it. No doubt Banks are already thinking about the replacement of more of their branch staff.

It gets to a point, does this all make sense while the unstoppable rush is on to further computerize our world.

In, the Biz, I got into a couple newer ventures shown in the right sidebar on my Blog. I decided to swallow the risk and funded a new Bitcoin HYIP, which looks interesting.

In a compensation that’s a blast from the past, the ‘Doubler’ is back with ACX where they continue to try different plans to perk more interest in their long running site. Simple and hands free, a member funds from a $1 up and waits for that principal to double in value with a minimum withdrawal of $5. So far, so good on my end where I’d doubled a few and got paid.

Some weeks are excellent with ACX and others are well …  devastating from some to tell the truth about it all where they do occasional resets and restarts. I’m accustomed to it over the years since they started so it boils down to the ol’ … liking the good times and then there’s the bad days, waiting for the rebound.

These days, I’ve been funding every day with their new system of priority payments and withdrawing as well to my STP account while gaining over time. Risky? Sure is.

Winding up for today and in the NHL Playoffs, I watched the Montreal Canadiens get emilinated in New York by the Rangers. I had a sense this was coming where the Habs big issue all season long is their low scoring games, too dependant on their back end and star goalie. Toronto and Ottawa need to win to advance while the Edmonton Oilers won their series and rest up for the next round



Don’t Freak Out

We’ll soon be heading into the last week of April already, after what I looked at as a tense Easter weekend on the International news front. It seems Trump wants to flex his military’s muscles these days and last weekend warned North Korea not to try anything while the US navy stayed at the ready off the coast.

The thing worries me is the more times Trump keeps repeating, ‘don’t do it’, it’s human nature to do it anyway. Seems like it’s calmed down some over there for now. Talk of a nuke war always gets me nervous. There’s enough to deal with in the world with pollution and global warming without nucleur fallout to add to the mix. That crap can travel over oceans coming into our west coasts.

The NHL Playpoffs are well under way with some teams facing elimination while teams like the the Montreal Canadiens and the New york Rangers are tied 2 games apiece. Normally, the team that gets that 3rd game won in the best 4 out of 7, has the upper hand with moving on to the next round.

Watching the games, It’s tough not to freak out with a missed scoring opportunity or a controversal goal that gets blamed on a Ref call. I find myself yelling out sometimes. Ok Gord … cool it, It’s just a game.

In the Biz, I have learned over the years not to freak out when things don’t go my way. Vanish those thoughts and move on to the next opportunity. More times than not, I overcome the occassional loss that hits us all with these online risky ventures.

Now, that Bitcoin is up there around $1200 US again, I’m more cautious about the compensation plan I enter and debating about the people who manage a given site. Greed and wanting to pack up early, hording member’s money (BTC) becomes more apparent with the price swap to the US dollar. I believe the HYIP niche seen a lot of that since the 3rd week in March.

Meanwhile, I’m gaining with the US funds I accumulate in my SolidTrustPay account when the timing is right and the opportunity presents itself.

Hopefully, May will bring about more winner programs that produce a profit during their shelf life.



Where is the Ethical line Drawn?

It’s ‘Good Friday’ and the start of the Easter weekend. Being a hockey fan and with the playoffs on the go, it would make the holiday better if at least one of the Canadian teams can get a win.

My Boys, the Montreal Habs play the New York Rangers at home for the 2nd game so looking for a better performance than there ‘no goal’ mess in the 1st game.

An interesting subject came up today that sort of compares with the online money making niches. This is also about company stocks that can get up there in the millions of dollars worth of shares purchased.

I chat about online ventures here from time to time and I assume anybody that reads my Blog knows that all invests are risky and I write about that constantly. Accepting the risk … don’t re-mortgage the house; only play with cash you can afford to lose. From time to time I size up my daily Tim Hortons medium coffee. This is a waste of money I’m thinking … but it’s ‘about me’ coin and it’s not affecting the household budget … an addiction I guess.

All my coffee purchases over the years could of added up to share purchases in the company but I opted for the caffiene fix.

Anyway …  back on track with the subject at hand. Program monitors seek out to get paid from owners of sites for their services and some also invest. There are some real high paid monitors in the business and some folks that follow their advise, take it for gosphel at times. Those fortunate enough will make a profit but many will not. That’s the game and there are no rules.

Recently in the US, the SEC or Security Exchange System have targeted a lot of high profile names in the stock market ‘promotion’ business. If all information is disclosed to the public it’s OK but some financial magazines and blogs/newsletters have been found to have shares in certain companies while also getting paid bundles of cash by a particular company to push that company’s stock … which they call advertising services fees. Overall, it’s looked at as unethical.

Some of these guys and gals have a huge fan and reader base so some take the advise without debating and go for it. Always mull it over in your own mind … is it the right move for me?

I always look at a few of these articles but I don’t think right away … I’m going to buy that stock because that author says it’s hot and going to sky rocket. That’s today and that could change tomorrow. But, there are hundreds of readers who do and that is the reason the SEC is concerned. They don’t like folks getting railroaded.

What can the SEC do about it? Well … they have the power to go into and research bank accounts and investments to look for accounting of these monies from the companies in question, to see if everything is kosher. They can also smear a publisher or magazine’s name by making that all public … like a big public banner …. ‘These people are under investigation for fraud’. Not good.

Me … I always like to look at the negative points first with investing and if they are eliminated; an opportunity starts to look better and then I decide if it’s doable. Of course the actual cost has a factor as well … I like it, for example but that’s way out of my ballpark with my investing budget.

I’ve always been the conservative type with moderate spends and if all goes good, profit while compounding.



Canuck Top Guns

In the NHL, there are some interesting competitions going as the season begins to wind down to the Playoffs. Both the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators have made some changes for the better. This past weekend they met twice to decide which team will take over the lead in their division. The Habs won both games and face each other again next Saturday.

Being a Hab fan, the wins felt good but that could all change by next Sunday in the world of hockey.

One of the bigger stories lately is the battle for the top goal scorer in the League, changing hands as Halifax born Sid, not a kid anymore, Crosby and Boston’s bad boy (also born in Halifax) Brad Marchand keep on a steady scoring pace lately. Sidney Crosby scored 3 last night for his Pittsburgh Penguins, which puts him ahead of Marchand with that hat trick.

In total points, Connor McDavid, the hotshot kid from Edmonton is currently tied for overall points with Crosby.

Leaf Fans are extra excited as they watch their Toronto team get in and out of a playoff spot lately with their rebuild. It would be a real boost for that franchise if they secure a spot this season. Leaf Nation is currently ‘in’.

There’s not a lot of news with the online Biz. January and February was a good month for HYIP’s but in March, more are collapsing as some of the top sites shut down, no doubt causing some ‘pulling in of the horns’ compared to the wicked amount of investing going on before. That Bull run is slowing down to a wait and see lately.

Meanwhile, Wealth Rising is a bright spot amonst all this and not classified as a HYIP. When tranferring hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin, hackers and theives tune in to see how they can weasel their way in to get in on some of that action.

WR underwent a security upgrade last week and now when I log in, I’m prompted to input a ‘2 factor authentication’. I downloaded the APP and that provides the security code changing every 20 seconds, so I can access my WR backoffice.

Some may find their compensation a tad confusing but it is rather simple after I read the information and watched the ‘step by step’ videos. After the first plan, where I withdrew 100% of my principal and profit, the next plans are about … the system will calculate a percentage and amount to deposit before allowing a withdraw request to go into processing.

For example, in the Optimizer Plan, 166% including principal and profit is ready to withdraw.

That member will get a message in the backoffice or dashboard, 20% is required as a contribution back into the program before the 166% gross payment is issued. 146% is the ‘net’ amount earned from that plan in the end, keeping in mind the original 166% payment gets delivered to that members preferred Bitcoin wallet.

It’s based on a community system not built for ‘hit and runners’. Personally, I like the system and was involved in a similar compensation plan years back.

Wrapping up for today. Whoop! It’s the first day of Spring and … we got a snow storm last night shutting down a lot of the city in the early going. Time to wipe off the foot of snow on top of my BBQ. That looks like a Robin over there on top of the snowback looking at the GPS on his cell and shaking his beak. I feel ya buddy.