Mike Friedman

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  1. 2018 - What Will You Do Differently?

    Also, at the very top of the screen, there is a follow button to help you keep tabs on this thread.
  2. This thread was a pretty big success last year, so we are going to do it again for 2018. This thread is designed to be a little different than your traditional goal-setting type of activities. Setting goals for things like sales volume, how much money you want to make, how much weight you want to lose etc. is not hard. I think most people do that. The idea of this discussion is to get you thinking about the actual activities that will help you achieve those goals. There are two questions. The answers can be about your business and your personal life. 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? Take some time to think about what you really want to commit to doing in 2018. Also, think about the things that you are doing now that are not having the results you wanted, are eating up too much time, or are just flat-out bad habits that you want to stop doing. Putting them down in an open forum holds you more accountable. Like last year, I would hope that participants revisit this thread and update their progress. Would love to see even more people take advantage of this in 2018.
  3. So Net Neutrality just died...

    Companies do not often turn down legal ways to make more money. The way I see them positioning it will be that we will have the "option" to pay more to get faster speeds and more reliable service. Initially, few will take the option, but as higher resolution TVs and films become the norm, requiring faster speeds, it will become more of a necessity. At least for services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.
  4. So Net Neutrality just died...

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/570526390/fcc-repeals-net-neutrality-rules-for-internet-providers It would be nice if the Senate and House got together and drafted legislation reversing this. Republicans could look like heroes. That won't happen though. That debate is over until the next election at least.
  5. Just WOW !!!

    Okay... we've been breaking the rule about political discussions. I let it go because it was civil (thank you for that), but I think the conversation has run its course. Before things go down a predictable course, I'm going to lock it up.
  6. Just WOW !!!

    That's my point. It was hardly a referendum or rejection of anything. He still just barely lost.
  7. Just WOW !!!

    My point was that this result does not represent any shift in political ideology or a tipping of the scales towards Democrats in any way, shape, or form. If Strange had won the primary, he would have won this election easily. There was no debate about issues. All this election asked was, "Does character matter?" In places like Alabama, the answer is "No. Not that much." In much of the South and Midwest, all that matters is the Republican brand. Republicans are loyal to the party over just about anything else in those areas, and they showed it again. If a similar candidate was running as a Democrat in a place like California, they would lose in a landslide. Nothing really changed.
  8. Just WOW !!!

    I don't understand the Democrats dancing in the streets over this one. Jones barely won against about the most flawed candidate you can possibly imagine. I don't see this as a victory. It's more of a "holy shit we almost lost to this guy" moment to me. In a lot of ways, this was the best possible outcome for Republicans. They don't have to deal with him in the Senate and do not have to tow the Roy Moore anchor across the nation. It would have been worse for Republicans if he won.
  9. I'm getting published, Baby!

    Congrats Terra. Not a half bad holiday gift.
  10. Bitcoin is Booming

    Litecoin has been on quite a ride. It's up over 200% in the past week. Glad I bought it at $50.
  11. In Defense Of Louis CK

    I get all that, but this is not a case like that. This is someone who did come forward and has brought a lawsuit against a woman. Yet, there is no coverage of it at all. I would argue that Mariah Carey is much more of a household name than Louis C.K.
  12. In Defense Of Louis CK

    There is definitely a double standard in this stuff and the reporting of it. For example, did anyone know that Mariah Carey is being sued for sexual harassment, among other things, from a former agency that provided her personal protection? The suit was filed around November 3rd (I forget the exact date). Among the things she is accused of, one of them is masturbating in front of a bodyguard and forcing him to stay there. Where is the coverage? Where is the outrage? Why hasn't she lost record deals?
  13. This was inevitable

    My transactions are pretty much instant, but to be honest, I don't do a lot of day-to-day trading. I do more buy and hold for awhile, so I never paid that close of attention to it. The only "illegal" transactions that I do think Bitcoin is being used for quite a bit is for online gambling. It's illegal here in the states, but a lot of the offshore sportsbooks accept bitcoin. Online gambling should be legal though, so I don't really have a problem with that.
  14. This was inevitable

    Given the volatility, I've often wondered how many criminal elements are really using it anyhow. You could deposit money and it be worth half as much tomorrow. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure some are, but I don't think it is nearly as high of a percentage as bitcoin's critics would like you to believe. I feel like people are failing to understand the real driving force behind crypto currencies. Many people are dismissing as mostly seedy criminals or hackers living in their mom's basements being behind it. That's not it at all. It very much is an anti-bank and anti-financial institution movement. The best analogy I can think of is Trump's run to the presidency. People dismissed it as something that would never happen, and really did not understand the reasons people were getting behind him until after the election. I don't know if bitcoin specifically will last or not, but cryptos in some form or another and the technology behind them are going to change worldwide financial transactions forever. If nothing else, it is going to force banks to change some of their habits or at least drive the fees they charge consumers way down.
  15. Bitcoin is Booming

    And since you wrote that less than 10 minutes ago, it has come back to $16,800. A lot of people are probably going to cash out some profits. I would not be surprised to see it drop back below $15k in the next few days, and then start rising again.