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Natural Resource Stocks and the New Great Depression, AKA...Iso's Patch

When this thread began, 9 yrs ago, the world was a dramatically different place. We had the luxury of being able to focus, almost exclusively, on improving our skills as investors and traders.

An independent, full time, professional trader, since 1986, my prior work as a Merrill Lynch broker and experience in oil & gas geological mapping and well work over evaluation, seemed like a reasonable place to begin building a discussion. Broadening the topic to include other natural resources also made sense, in the hope of attracting thoughtful contributors interested in mining, agriculture, and other resource/commodity stock sectors where my expertise was limited or lacking entirely.

That formula worked well. Even a brief look at the posting record, over the years, reveals a wealth of outstanding insight from dozens and dozens of posters about stock picking, sector analysis, fiscal, monetary & credit trends and how these factors interact every moment of every day in the vast array of supply and demand equations constantly unfolding from the micro to the macro-economic level.

Although such things still warrant attention and analysis, the advent of a new Great Depression in 2008 and a massive, ongoing, socio-economic "transformation" (nobody wanted and few anticipated) has forced purely financial considerations from staring to supporting roles in the drama we find ourselves in.

Rules of Thumb haven't changed much. Per se...

Discussion is helpful, but the "Prime Directive" continues to be about taking responsibility for your decisions and actions. But now? It's your life and your family and your human rights, AWA your money that are increasingly under threat. This is particularly true if you're highly dependent on rapidly deteriorating , large, centralized, socio-economic institutions which once were far more reliable.

If reading and participating here contributes, in even a small way, to helping develop the art and habit of independent thinking and action? Then, this discussion has served it's primary purpose.

Goal is not to let yourself be programed by a corrupt, untrustworthy, MSM, or the pointless partisan head banging which serve only to divert us from more important and immediate practical considerations.

No No's:

1) It's hard to completely avoid commenting on the increasingly destructive impact government at all levels is having on our lives. But is This is NOT a partisan political thread. Partisan invective is not welcome. Those who can't tolerate the views of others and resort to cheap shots and baiting will get one warning and then be banned. So please leave the food fighting boots on the porch.

2) Don't come here to pitch a stock, over and over, or to add this thread to a long list of similar spam posts on other threads. Rule of thumb here = SI's rule: No spamming. Spammers will be banned.

3) Likewise for personal attacks, which are also prohibited. People who come to stir up trouble with baiting or taking cheap shots will be banned.

Banning decisions are final. Don't PM me. <The buck stops here>. Nuff said.

OTOH, can't emphasize enough that having fun is important here. In fact, more than ever. So...off topic humor, music, and book rec's are welcome to prevent the narrative becoming monotonous, or too negative.

Personally, there's few things more energizing and uplifting than a little old fashioned, sincere, enthusiasm.

Also like to express my appreciation to posters when it's reasonable to do so. One of the things I dislike about most Silicon Investor thread monitors? Many are too insecure to encourage or recognize others. That's not happening here. So....

Welcome to Iso's Patch. Let's have at it, and have fun while we're at it.
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91329May come to nothing. Maybe not. That such a meeting as this is taking place - aisopatch-10:58:12 AM
91328There's another good idea. In fact, Vegan and vegetarian diets R looking moisopatch-04/18/2014 10:57 PM
91327Factory-farmed eggs require more energy to produce than milk and swine, combinedFreedomForAll-04/18/2014 09:47 PM
91326Also HUGE. Time to join the wave, people. Opt Out, go 100% organic, and live a isopatch204/17/2014 02:41 PM
91325This is huge, people! Sure is personally rewarding to see a breakthrough as biisopatch104/17/2014 01:16 PM
91324Below is ONE of several very important reasons why, in 2004, we began a very LT isopatch-04/17/2014 12:35 PM
91323A bit of pertinent foresight from Atlas Shrugged (written in 1957): Dr Ferris, FreedomForAll304/17/2014 12:08 PM
91322Breaking the back of America II. Crush small and mid size businesses further risopatch104/17/2014 12:31 AM
91321Breaking the back of America. The collapse is guaranteed by powerful trends and isopatch104/17/2014 12:20 AM
91320Spot on, and well said. isopatch-04/16/2014 03:44 PM
91319Big hitters without the time can afford a gardener to start vegetables, and to tFreedomForAll204/16/2014 03:35 PM
91318Time to pound the table AGAIN about growing our own organic food! Prices are vaisopatch104/16/2014 12:41 PM
91317OT/Look out now. Time for some McCartney gold. Two songs on acoustic guitar isopatch-04/15/2014 11:15 PM
91316Thanks Woody. Appreciate the encouragement. Iso isopatch-04/15/2014 08:33 PM
91315Iso you are doing a great job of beating the drum about Monsanto, but here’s oneWoody204/15/2014 06:34 PM
91314Per last post - while the FED, Treasury and the wrecking ball regulators R busy isopatch204/15/2014 10:57 AM
91313What's next? P.O. Box mail number floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocisopatch-04/15/2014 10:51 AM
91312"So let's hear more posters than Rogue, Freedom and me speak up about tprometheus1976104/15/2014 02:21 AM
91311<IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming isopatch-04/14/2014 11:27 AM
91310Something to be concerned about? You bet! And? Time to take the steps necessisopatch-04/14/2014 10:54 AM
91309Agree..) isopatch-04/14/2014 12:34 AM
91308I think the comparison to government spending is an insult to drunken sailors. ;FreedomForAll-04/13/2014 10:32 PM
91307What a wonderful quote?! Absolutely nails it. Thanks Chuck. Apologies for notisopatch-04/13/2014 06:27 PM
91306Prescient on a par with George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut (one of my favorite authorsgold$10k204/13/2014 04:09 PM
91305AND.... <Monsanto ordered to stop making false advertising claims about GMOsisopatch-04/12/2014 11:03 PM
91304More opposition to Monsanto. First, from Sri Lanka: <Sri Lisopatch-04/12/2014 10:56 PM
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