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September 4, 2018.  What a beautiful day, and show, at The Tempel Lipizzans.  (It was not raining for a change.)  If you live in the Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison area be sure and visit.  http://www.tempelfarms.com


HCXZ, Hercules Capital Exchange Traded Bonds mature in 2025, paying over 5%.  We have owned Hercules in the past and really like this position.  They invest primarily in technology, life sciences and sustainable & renewable technology industries.  

The current price is $24.74.  But we want to wait for a lower price.  SO, we are placing a BUY LIMIT order for $24.64.  If the price does not come down, we MAY go ahead and buy in the range of $24.74. 

QUANTUMONLINE.COM SECURITY DESCRIPTION: Hercules Capital, Inc., 5.25% Notes due 2025, issued in $25 denominations, redeemable at the issuer’s option on or after 4/30/2021 at $25 per note plus accrued and unpaid interest, and maturing 4/30/2025. Interest distributions of 5.25% per annum ($1.3125 per annum or $0.328125 per quarter) will be paid quarterly on 1/30, 4/30, 7/30 & 10/30 to holders of record on the record date that will be 1/15, 4/15, 7/15 & 10/15 respectively


We keep reading that diet sodas cause weight gain.  How can that be.  Linked below is an article which explains what is going on. 

When we ate something sweet, for example, the brain sent signals to our pancreas. Which started producing insulin, that stored the sugar molecules in our cells for energy.

So, when we drink diet soda, the sweetness tricks our body into thinking it’s real sugar. But when those energy-packed calories don’t arrive, the insulin has nothing to store.

Scientists think that repeatedly tricking our body this way could explain why study after study keeps finding the same thing: that drinking diet soda is associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a mix of conditions that includes: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. Which can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

In fact, one study found that diet soda drinkers had a higher risk of stroke and dementia than regular soda drinkers. And for another 8-year-long study between 1979-1988, participants who started out at a normal weight and drank an average of 21 diet beverages a week faced DOUBLE the risk of becoming overweight or obese by the end of the study, compared to people who avoided diet beverages completely.



Maybe someday we will get to read Hillary’s emails???!!!! Does China have them??

Hillary Clinton’s Emails Were Being Hacked In Real Time By China?
This is a scandal so huge that it could blow all of the other Clinton scandals totally out of the water.
It is being alleged that 18 to 20 CIA sources were either killed or imprisoned in China from 2010 to 2012 because the Chinese were reading all of Hillary Clinton’s emails as soon as they were sent or received. At the time, Clinton was using a private email server in conjunction with her duties as Secretary of State, and even though that was highly illegal Clinton was never charged with anything.


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