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Summer festival showcasing 250 different activities in KSA’s Eastern Province

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Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Mon, 2017-09-11 03:00

RIYADH: Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif will patronize the 15-day 38th Summer Festival which will showcase 250 activities at King Abdullah Park in Dammam.
The activities are geared toward families, children and the youth in a manner different from previous years, according to Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sufian, Eastern Province secretariat spokesman.
Al-Sufian, also the director general of the Department of Public Relations and Media and chairman of the media committee of the festival, said the event is in partnership with the General Entertainment Authority (GEA).
The festival will also feature the Kingdom’s National Day, featuring eight main tents with a tent for the main events which can accommodate more than 1,800 visitors.
He said that 13 popular bands will perform on the occasion, highlighting Saudi traditional folklore, customs and stories that have passed from one generation to the next.
He added that several surprises also await visitors and tourists from other parts of the Kingdom and abroad. A special exhibition for business leaders will be held, with organizers ensuring that the region’s young entrepreneurs will be supported by a unique tent.
He stressed that the tent for youth events will be commensurate with their requirements, in addition to the allocation of a tent for food. Famous restaurants will participate for the first time.
Al-Sufian also said that the festival will offer a number of different plays and events which will be surprising for visitors, especially in light of the partnership with the GEA.
He stressed that it will have its own mark in presenting new events for visitors, especially since the duration of the festival coincides with the National Day celebration of the Kingdom.

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Germany: Daesh stole 11 thousand blank Syrian passports

September 10, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

German authorities are conducting an investigation into Daesh’s possession of blank Syrian passports, according Bild newspaper on Sunday. Bild quoted high rank sources in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior as saying that Daesh stole 11,000 blank passports from Syrian regime offices, which can be filled with personal data. Read More: US-backed forces, Syrian army advance separately on Daesh in Deir al-Zor The sources added that the Ministry of the Interior has prepared a list of the serial numbers of the passports that Daesh has in its possession based on intelligence information. According to the newspaper, the German authorities fear that these passports will be used by dangerous Daesh members to enter Germany. Therefore, they are conducting an investigation into the matter.  

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Saudi Arabia and Russia ‘united on ending conflict in Syria’

September 10, 2017 rbksa 0
Mon, 2017-09-11 04:51

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Russia agree on international principles that guarantee the sovereignty of Syria in accordance with international law and non-interference in the country’s internal affairs, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, said on Sunday after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
With regard to the challenges facing the region, the stances of the two countries are identical, Al-Jubeir said.
During a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Jeddah, Al-Jubeir said the two men had discussed the importance of reaching a political solution in accordance with the declaration of “Geneva 1” and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
He stressed the Kingdom’s support for de-escalation zones and political processes in Syria to get it out of the crisis, preserve its territorial integrity, guarantee the rights of all Syrian communities and seek to find political solutions based on the Geneva resolution that would lead to the formation of a transitional authority.
On the Qatar crisis, Al-Jubeir said the Saudi stance was clear, and had been stated repeatedly.
“Qatar knows what is required. We want clarity with regard to the Qatari position. We want a seriousness in finding a solution of this crisis leading to implementation of the principles supported by all countries of the world, non-support of terrorism, non-financing of terrorism, non-hosting of wanted persons, non-dissemination of hatred and extremism and non-interference in the affairs of other countries that were among 13 demands submitted to the Qatari side through the State of Kuwait.
“In this regard, we have taken measures and will continue our stance until Qatar responds to the will of the international community to stop supporting and financing terrorism and extremism.”
Al-Jubeir said Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh agreement in 2013/2014, which was why Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had taken action.
“Qatar must realize its policies are unacceptable, not only for countries in the region but all over the world. I do not think that there is a state that backs support or financing of terrorism or incitement to extremism or interference in the affairs of other countries. Now, we hope that wisdom in the state of Qatar will prevail.”
After a meeting with King Salman, the Russian foreign minister expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries.

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Quiet Korea Sparks Panic Bid For Stocks, Dollar As Gold, Yen Dumped On Asia Open

September 10, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

The end of the world did not happen… Buy stocks, dump gold, and back up the dollar truck…

Safe-Haven precious metals, bonds, and Yen are for losers…


It’s stocks you want…


And load up on dollars…

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Face to face with Osama bin Laden, three months before 9/11

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Baker Atyani | Special to Arab News
Mon, 2017-09-11 03:00

DUBAI: It took us about three hours to reach Kandahar. Caught up in my thoughts, I barely spoke with my travel companion Othman — the man assigned by Osama bin Laden to handle logistics for my interview with him in June 2001.
It was dark when we entered the city. Our transport turned from the main road into a maze of semi-paved streets, then on to sand. Most of the houses in the area were built of mud and their condition spoke volumes about their owners’ financial circumstances.
Stopping overnight at a house in Kandahar, I struggled to sleep under the stress of the situation and the scorching heat of the city.
Around 6 a.m., Othman woke me up. It felt as if I had slept less than an hour. Another man entered the room. I did not recognize him at first, but when he introduced himself as Abu Hafs, I knew the name. This was Mohammed Atif, aka Abu Hafs, the military leader of Al-Qaeda.
He joined me and Othman for breakfast: Naan bread, butter, jam and eggs. While we ate, he said they now had enough trained fighters to fight the “coming battle” and were in full mobility mode. In any emergency, he explained, they could evacuate their bases and move to other battle-ready locations within half an hour. After 9/11, I remembered what Abu Hafs had said and how the Tora Bora caves were prepared to shelter Al-Qaeda’s leadership and soldiers.
We resumed our journey after breakfast. I could feel the terrain change from cracked road to rigid and wild track, over which the old rust-bucket bus bounced and juddered most of the way to our destination.
After three hours we stopped at a residence renovated in the form of a fortified compound, with unscaleable boundary walls and a massive gate. This was perhaps the lion’s den. I could see a small contingent of men inside. The compound was like the fortress of an “underground world.” There were enough weapons and ammunition to bring an entire city under siege. After a thorough security inspection and body pat down, I was pointed toward one of the rooms, and men turned monsters stared back as I made my way inside.
Dressed in a white-smoke colored traditional Arabic thobe, and with a typical bright white Middle Eastern turban on his head, a commanding personality stood in the center of the room waiting to greet me along with his trusted companion — a variant of the famous Russian AK-47. This was Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, a declared terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head even then. Next to him was Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the second most-wanted terrorist in the world, who now leads the remnants of Al-Qaeda.
As I stepped farther into the room, Bin Laden moved forward and hugged me in the customary Afghan greeting style. The others followed suit. I was being hugged by the most notorious personality on the planet, surrounded by all his men, declared by the world as “terrorists with evil plans.” The thought of a laser-guided missile striking the compound and annihilating us all at any moment loomed large in my mind.
As we sat down on a cotton mattress on the floor, Bin Laden said: “The plan has changed, I will only give reserved comments.” He said he was restrained by an understanding with the Taliban not to talk to the media. Of course, I had no idea that the twisted statements he gave me later would materialize in the catastrophic attacks on the Twin Towers, which killed over 3,000 innocent people.
Bin Laden had been openly criticized by his followers and the leadership of Al-Qaeda for backtracking on his commitments. His promise to the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, that he would refrain from media statements and meeting journalists, was broken. But his pledge not to use Afghan soil as a base for attacks on any foreign country was the most vital of Bin Laden’s broken accords with the Taliban, a deceit that cost his hosts their fiefdom and led to a war with consequences that have been unfolding since 2001.
I asked him what news he wanted to give me. He repeated that the news was about some future attacks. Abu Hafs intervened, and said: “In the coming weeks, there will be a big surprise; we are going to hit American and Israeli installations.” Chillingly, he added: “The coffin business will increase in the United States.”
I looked at Bin Laden and asked if he was serious, seeking confirmation. He smiled at me and nodded in agreement. Bin Laden had few words, but Al-Zawahiri was anxious to talk. He said they would strike the head of the snake first, meaning the US, and confirmed that the Egyptian militant group Islamic Jihad had merged with Al-Qaeda in April of that year.
Tea was served, then Bin Laden’s personal photographer was ready to snap a few shots, and to film the three of us as I sat on the right of Al-Zawahiri with Bin Laden on his left.
Bin Laden shook hands with me and said he would be inviting me again after the success of their objective. His parting words to me were: “If something big happens, I will be hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan. That’s where you can come again to interview me.” He left the room, followed by Al-Zawahiri and Abu Hafs.
By “something big,” of course, he meant the 9/11 attacks. It felt odd to hear Bin Laden say this, since a fugitive of his stature, the most wanted man in the world, would surely not disclose his whereabouts or divulge operational secrets. To me, it felt misleading. Later, Abdullah, Bin Laden’s son, wrote that his father actually planned to settle in Kunar province in northeast Afghanistan, but when US forces took control of the province he moved to Peshawar city in Pakistan, then Haripur, before settling in Abbottabad, where he was eventually found and killed.
After the meeting, I was taken back to the same house in Kandahar where I had spent the previous night. I was anxious to get back to civilization and break this news to the world.
After crossing the border to Pakistan, I sat in the departure lounge in Quetta waiting for my flight to Islamabad, deep in thought, wondering about the dilemma I faced. Should I report the truth, the news, however bad? Or would I be projecting violence and terror?
In the end, the truth won, as it should. My story was broadcast on MBC on June 23, 2001. In my concluding remarks, I said the coming days would reveal who would attack first, and how big this attack would be. As we all now know, it was huge, catastrophic and terrifying, and it shook the world, but the ripple effect brought much chaos and disaster back to where it was planned. Southeast Asia in general, and Afghanistan in particular, still yearn for peace and stability 16 years on.
In November 2001, my phone rang again. It was Othman. “The person” was ready to meet me as promised, he said. “Will you?”

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No hope of freedom for the man who led the CIA to Osama bin Laden

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Sib Kaifee
Mon, 2017-09-11 03:00

ISLAMABAD: To Americans, he is the hero who helped them hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. To Pakistanis, he is a villain who betrayed his country. On one thing, however, both countries are agreed: Dr. Shakil Afridi will not be released from prison any time soon.
“There’s no deal on Afridi,” a US State Department official said. And a retired Pakistani intelligence officer who helped to investigate the raid in which Bin Laden was killed said: “There’s no agreement, and there won’t be for the foreseeable future.”
Indeed, in the opinion of the intelligence officer, the jailed doctor is lucky to be alive. “Had he been convicted of conspiring against the state and aiding a foreign country, he would have been sentenced to death.”
Afridi, 54, helped the CIA to run a fake Hepatitis vaccination program aimed at confirming Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by collecting DNA samples.
A few days after US Special Forces raided the Bin Laden compound on May 2, 2011, and killed the Al-Qaeda leader, Afridi was arrested at a border crossing while trying to flee the country. A year later he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason.
The conviction was overturned on a technicality, and a retrial ordered, but in November 2013 Afridi was charged with murder over the death of a patient eight years before, and he has been prison ever since. The next hearing in his case will be on Sept. 28.
The Afridi affair has contributed to a souring in relations between Washington and Islamabad, dating back to the presidency of Barack Obama. Legislation was introduced into the US Congress to award Afridi a Congressional Gold Medal and make him a naturalized US citizen, and in 2014 a Senate panel cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million — $1m for each year of the doctor’s sentence.
Last year, Donald Trump said he could have Afridi released “in two minutes.” Pakistan’s interior minister at the time, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, replied that the US president “should learn to treat sovereign states with respect.”
Afridi, he said, “is a Pakistani citizen, and nobody else has the right to dictate to us his future. Trump’s perception and his comments about Pakistan are highly misplaced and unwarranted.”
And this week the US Embassy in Islamabad told Arab News: “We believe Dr. Afridi has been unjustly imprisoned and we have clearly communicated our position to Pakistan on Dr. Afridi’s case, both in public and in private. We continue to raise this issue at the highest levels during discussions with Pakistan’s leadership. Pakistan has assured us that Dr. Afridi is being treated humanely and is in good health.”

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Afridi was detained by Pakistani security officials at the Torkham border crossing into Nangarhar province in Afghanistan 20 days after the Bin Laden raid, when his phone number was discovered on a cell phone at the Al-Qaeda leader’s compound. He was interrogated first in Peshawar, then in Islamabad for nearly a year.
The revelations about the fake Hepatitis vaccinations had unintended consequences. Militants denounced a crucial and life-saving polio inoculation campaign as “American poison,” and killed health workers administering the medication. In September 2012, while in prison, Afridi asked that a press release be distributed saying that his vaccination campaign was not fake, and was unconnected with polio, in hopes of reassuring the public.
There is considerable doubt about whether his collection of DNA samples actually identified Bin Laden, but CIA spies were alerted when one of Afridi’s nurses used the doctor’s phone to contact Bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmad Al-Kuwaiti. The courier’s “voice was well known” to the US intelligence community, and the contact reinforced the CIA’s view that the compound held a “high priority individual.”
After the raid, Afridi’s female CIA handlers urged him several times to leave Pakistan. He held a valid US visa, but was reluctant to travel with his wife and three children through hostile tribal territory where he had been abducted by militants in 2008. In the end, he decided to stay because there was a problem with his wife’s visa. It was to prove his undoing.
On May 23, 2012, after 12 months in detention, Afridi was taken from Islamabad to Peshawar, sentenced to 33 years in prison and denied the legal right to a defense.
His lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, and Afridi’s brother were allowed to meet him in prison under tight monitoring, until an interview he gave to two American TV reporters was broadcast on Sept. 10, 2012. A few days later, everyone, including Afridi’s family and lawyers, were barred from meeting him. Reports emerged that he was on hunger strike.
On Nov. 20, 2013, a letter from Afridi written on a torn biscuit carton was smuggled out of prison. “My legal right to consult with my lawyers is being denied,” Afridi wrote. He decried his isolated confinement, and asked: “What sort of court and justice is this?” It is the last known correspondence from the doctor.
Afridi’s lawyer, Nadeem, last met his client in August 2012. “Since then we haven’t been able to meet him,” he said, despite a high court order reinstating access. “The State wanted to stop Afridi from speaking out. Therefore, a ban to meet him was put in effect. But things have become more relaxed, and his family are allowed to meet him every month or so.”

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A year after Afridi was sentenced, there were reports of an agreement to exchange him for Dr. Afia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-born, US-educated neurosurgeon serving 86 years in a maximum-security medical detention center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Siddiqui, 45, known in the US as “Lady Al-Qaeda,” was arrested in Afghanistan by American forces in July 2008, and convicted in 2010 on seven counts of attempted murder and assault of US military personnel.
Both the US and Pakistan denied the exchange reports. “Whether there was a deal previously, I don’t know,” said the State Department official. The Pakistani intelligence officer said a swap was “out of the question. She clearly was an Al-Qaeda associate. We won’t negotiate a terrorist for a traitor.”
Afridi’s lawyer, Nadeem, said Siddiqui’s representative contacted him to discuss a possible exchange. “I told her I needed to consult Afridi’s family members and my team before giving any response. We couldn’t move forward on it and the representative abandoned further efforts.”
Meanwhile, Nadeem is working pro bono in the hope that someone will foot the mounting legal costs. The lawyer’s legal fees are not the only potential loss. Involvement in the Afridi case can be fatal. Nadeem’s colleague was murdered by the Taliban for defending Afridi, and the commissioner who ordered a retrial died in a gas explosion.
The only support Afridi’s case has received is from beyond Pakistan’s borders because “there is a lot of popular antipathy toward him, and the state and pro-state voices in the public space have painted him as a traitor,” said Mustafa Qadri, a human rights expert and founder of Equidem Research and Consulting. “This all makes it very difficult for civil society to actively support his case and his family,” who are in hiding, living in fear of public reprisal.
Nevertheless, Nadeem remains undeterred, despite four dozen inconclusive court hearings, and frustration at what he says are deliberate attempts by the state prosecutor to prolong the case by failing to appear for hearings.
The only remaining option that legal experts and officials in the Pakistani government point to is a full pardon from the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province or the president of Pakistan, both of which seem highly unlikely. Nadeem also wants the abolition of the tribal law under which Afridi was charged, and has not given up hope of a deal between the US and Pakistan. “If both the countries come to an agreement, Afridi will be released.”
The lawyer is also offering the media rights to Afridi’s life story, if Hollywood or foreign publishers are interested. “But nothing so far has happened.”

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George Soros And The Politics Of Hope And Hate

September 10, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

Authored by Matthew Jamison via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The hackneyed international billionaire enigma known by the name of George Soros (redolent of the James Bond villain Blofeld – the head of the sinister shadow government organisation Spectre – in Ian Fleming’s novels) is up to his old tricks yet again in stirring up tensions and trouble to suit his own warped personal, political and financial agenda.

This time Soros is not only poking his unwanted nose into the security, internal affairs and politics of the Russian Federation, or the United States of America, or the State of Israel, but now also another one of his old loathed adversaries in the form of Britain. George Soros likes to parade around as a humanitarian liberal devoted to good and noble causes. The old spiv and speculator has taken it upon himself as the self-anointed, self-righteous judge of who is full of hope and who is full of hate in Britain by setting up and funding his own «spy network» euphemistically called «Hope Not Hate».

This is curious as Mr. Soros himself is in no position to lecture and dictate to others who is full of hope and who is full of hate especially when it comes to Britain. After-all, Mr. Soros loathes Britain so much he was the man responsible for breaking the Bank of England on Black Wednesday which cost the UK taxpayer over $10 Billion in currency reserves and triggered the worst financial crisis in the country’s history (that was up until 2008) which cost every man, woman and child in the UK an estimated 70 pounds per head in 1992 money. Mr. Soros made quite a lot of money off the backs of the financial misery he helped inflict on the already recession hit British population. Mr. Soros himself has a lot of hatred inside him. First of all he has an unmitigated hatred for his own people of the Jewish civilization and the great State of Israel. Soros is a deeply insecure, neurotic, self-hating person. During an interview with the New Yorker he stated: «I don’t deny the Jews to a right to a national existence – but I don’t want anything to do with it». Ouch! 

Soros’s Open Society Foundation has also been active in attempting to deligitimise Israel, with a self-described objective of «challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies» in international forums, in part by questioning Israel’s reputation as a democracy and encouraging the boycott, divestment and sanctions lobby against Israel. For someone who is Jewish and grew up in Nazi occupied Hungary this is beyond the pale. But then Mr. Soros and his self-hating, upper-middle class family have no real connection or sympathy for their fellow Jews having done a deal with the devil in Hungary during WWII to enable him and his family to flee to England to save their own bacon. When it comes to Israel and the plight of the Jewish people George Soros is full of hatred, pathological hatred.

Then there is the pathological hatred George Soros has for Russia, the Russian people and the Russian State and for the Russian President Vladimir Putin. In January 2015 Soros ludicrously claimed in the most wild and paranoid fashion that: «Europe needs to wake up and recognize that it is under attack from Russia». What nonsense! Soros sounds as if he wants to start a new Cold War. He has also been a leading proponent and cheerleader in the West for expansive economic sanctions against Russia. Soros has gone out of his way and done everything in his power along with his billions to attempt to undermine (if not overthrow) President Putin and the Russian Government. Instead of attempting to foster a new alliance with Russia based on mutual respect, mutual admiration and mutual interests (and honouring the massive sacrifice that the heroic Russian people made in defense of ironically Western civilization during WWII) Soros is doing everything he can to start a war between NATO and Moscow. He cannot be allowed to get away with this. 

Now not content with attempting to undermine the State of Israel or the Russian Federation for his own agenda, he and his followers have set up shop in Britain with their own «spy network» in a little known charitable organisation based in St. James Square, London under the title of «Hope» not «Hate». This is an echo of President Obama’s vacuous and superficial 2008 slogan «Hope & Change». Yet to President Obama’s credit he hoovered up all the funding that Soros gave him in 2008 and then once inside the Oval Office refused to meet with him. Soros had hoped to establish himself in the long line of American «super-donors» by setting himself up as the shadow President. When President Obama was not willing to play that game Soros rued his investment and stated he should have backed Hillary Clinton instead.

This explains why he went all in for Hillary in 2016 banking on finally getting the position of shadow President which he thought was his due in 2008. Yet he did not reckon on his other «super-donor» rival breaking the rules and actually standing for office instead of funding from the sidelines, thus liberating the Oval Office from the grip of outside big money multi-millionaire and billionaire «special interest shadow Presidents» such as a Soros or a Sheldon Adelson or a Pamela Harriman et al. What is going on in internal American politics at the moment is very much a personal/political battle between President Trump and the wannabe shadow President Soros. 

Yet Soros and his misguided followers in his «Hope» not «Hate» spy network cult have started targeting anyone in Britain who exercise their legitimate democratic and civil liberty rights to intellectual freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of thought in advocating for and speaking out in support of a new realist alliance and Grand Accommodation with Russia. Anyone who has the audacity to attempt to chart a new geopolitical course in international relations and remind the West of the massive debt it still has to properly honour towards Russia is immediately targeted by his «Hope» not «Hate» network. Anyone who has the temerity to question the wisdom of US-UK policy on Syria from the very start of the conflict way back in 2011 is immediately targeted by Soros’s «Hope» not «Hate» networkAnyone who makes the slightest positive comment about Russia or the Russian people or expresses admiration for Russia is immediately targeted by Soros’s «Hope» not «Hate» network. How such an independent spy network can be allowed to operate this way in Britain is deeply disturbing and is yet another sign of the 1984 quasi-Gestapo State the UK is steadily slipping into. Indeed there is close coordination between certain elements in the British State along with Soros’s «spies». 

His followers in «Hope» not «Hate» should be aware that their Leader is no saint. Soros is a deeply sinister individual full of hatred of his own. Hatred for Israel. Hatred for Russia. Hatred for Britain. Ironically his hedge fund he started in the 1960s is called «Quantum». Mr. Soros hates Britain and has a personal axe to grind against Britain just has he has a personal axe to grind against Israel, Russia and certain people in America. Once again, useful idiots are being manipulated within a much larger global geopolitical/geo-personal context.

Perhaps it is time for Mr. Soros and his «Hope» not «Hate» spy cult to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they are so pure and innocent to sit in judgement over others?


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One Hedge Fund CIO Explains His Life Through 4 “Market” Anecdotes

September 10, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

Continuing our eariler post on Eric Peters‘ latest weekly observations, here is a somewhat whimsical follow up, in which the One River Asset Management observes his life as 4 “market” anecdotes.

Anecdote: My life in four acts:


Act I: Coffee with my wife [building a portfolio to withstand known unknowns]

Eric: I ordered a coop that can house 8-15 chickens.
Mara: Why so big? I swore we’ll never have more than four chickens at a time.
Eric: I’m trusting my instincts on this.


Act II: Fresh from the farm [recognizing signs of an impending bear market]
Mara: We bought six chickens!
Eric: Six? I thought we’d never have more than four?
Mara: The farmer wouldn’t sell less than six.
Eric: But you were at the farm, surely you could’ve bought six and given two back?
Mara and Kiddies [glancing at one another, bewildered]: That thought never crossed our minds.


Act III: Dinner table chatter [unexpected correlations blow up quantitative risk models]
Olivia: We need to get another dog daddy. [enthusiastic nodding all around the table]
Eric: Are you all crazy, we just got six chickens?
Olivia: Exactly! With six chickens for us to love, Shackleton is lonely. He needs a companion.
Mara and Kiddies: [a clamor of incoherent arguments in favor of adding to our Golden Retriever long; indistinguishable from a panel of CNBC “buy the dip” talking heads]


Act IV: Text exchange [trapped, no market liquidity, coming to terms with a runaway loss]
Mara text: Look at these pictures!!! [embedded photo of three Golden Retriever puppies]
Eric text: I lost control of my life the day I met you, but am only beginning to realize it now. Did you buy one? Or all three?
Mara text: All three!
Eric text: Perfect, you know how much I’d hate to separate a litter.
Mara text: Call me.


Prologue: My life [delusions of a highly improbable event that gets you back to flat]
In the end, Mara bought one puppy. Which seems a more manageable position than three. So we all somehow feel like winners. My life is chaos, for better or worse. Wife, four kids, two dogs, six chickens, turtles, frogs.

And I frequently drift off, praying a pack of coyotes stroll in one stormy night, getting me back to flat.

For those unfamiliar with Eric Peters, here is a quick, 6minute breakdown of his investment approach.

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