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By JD Roth

Sometimes we in the United States forget how privileged we are. Because of our relative wealth, we can make claims like “it’s more important to be happy than it is to be rich”. In this guest post, Saravanan P of Engineer’s Finance argues that for the poor, money is more important than happiness.

Though this post has been heavily edited, keep in mind that English is not Saravanan’s native language.

Being happy is a state of mind and heart that does not matter whether we are rich or poor. But we can only make statements like “It’s more important to be happy than it is to be rich” when we are rich and not poor.


Samson: Iraq closes all its land and air borders for two days

2018/5/6 11:22

Security sources revealed that Iraq will eliminate all its land borders with neighboring countries and stop its flights for two days.

"The closure will begin from 12 pm on the night before the elections [ie, Friday] until 12 pm on the night following the elections [next Sunday], all roads and air routes will be closed," the sources said. 

Iraq is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on 12 May, competing with 320 political parties, coalitions and electoral lists distributed as follows: 88 electoral lists, 205 political entities and 27 electoral alliances through 7367 candidates, less than the candidates of the last 2014 elections, 9 thousand. 

24 million citizens are entitled to cast their ballots in the elections out of 37 million.

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Chat Room News Excerpts & Highlights Saturday Night  5-5-18  

Chattels  Kurds should expect a difficult but decisive four years ahead By Arif Qurbany

Chattels    " the outcome of the forthcoming Iraqi parliamentary election will be as decisive for the future of Iraq in general, especially for the people of Kurdistan. It will put an end to the transitional phase.

The real identity of Iraq will be fixed after this election, which will end the rivalry for the identity of the country. The next four years will be the time to change legal and constitutional bases in light of the new Iraq that will be decided by this election."


TheSnod: Notice, the MR has went basically from security, to investors, to the public. The next phase appears to be next week when they work the whole thing together IMHO.

From the best I can tell, from the Turkmenistan template, we are simply waiting in the gray land of implementation between these two paragraphs:

“Important as all these preparations are, the success of a currency reform depends just as much on a successful public education campaign. The central bank needs to coordinate this campaign with other agencies, financial sector representatives, merchants, and the general public. A delicate balance must be struck between providing sufficient public information and the need for confidentiality to avoid releasing clues to counterfeiters that could be used to undermine the integrity of the new currency.

The information campaign should encourage people to deposit their cash currency in accounts at banks. The campaign must make it clear that once the currency reform is initiated, account holders can withdraw their money in the form of new banknotes.”

We are watching it work itself out....:)