Your Questions About How To Pick Stocks To Short

Laura asks…

How much stock should I put a Gemini with a Pisces?

Generally speaking, I think there is some truth to the Zodiac, as I’m a typical Gemini… creative, artsy, short attention span, ambitious. I love to do a million things at once, I’m not overly emotional (in private I’m more sensitive) and I like change. As an air sign, I notice most of my closest friends are also air – Libras (BFF, BMF, and Dad) and Aquariuses (brother) – altho I do have some fire sign influences (Mom-Leo and Sag friends) Most of my past relationship signs have been with Aries – usually unaccomplished men or Earth signs – that have turned disasterous.

But.. I have been mystified by some Pisces men in the past – usually philosopher types.. who I’m drawn to, but the relationships never went anywhere. What do you think? I recently met a really deep, intuitive and artistic friend who I like a lot and is a Pisces. At the same time, maybe he thinks I’m too flighty for him or he’s too complicated for me?

I don’t pick/date men by Zodiac signs, btw. Just curious.
Only folks familiar with the Zodiac, pls. respond. Thx.

John answers:

It really depends on if you want to make it work as for the astrology of it pisces men are really REALLY hard to live and deal with (i’ve had one for 12 years lol and i’m a scorpio so that is a hoot in itself) they can be jealous, childish and like you said deep, intuitive and artistic. As with all things you just wanna try to make it work, if you think its worth it then keep trying, it will be relatively hard but being that you two are next to each other on the zodiac you will have semi-overlapping traits that make you compatible. Love knows no bounds, nor does friendship (my BFF is an aquarius lol) try it, you might be in for another heartbreak but you won’t know unless you try, and the thing about not trying is you will always for the rest of your life wonder what could have been 😉

Maria asks…

Western society collapse: Disturbing yet a huge relief?

In my dream, I was an accountant. Everything was going great. I just got out of college and was making enough money to support myself.

It was early in the morning, and I got to work and met my co-workers. They were really nice people but I don’t know them in real life. There were 4 of us waiting in the main lobby, waiting for all the doors to unlock so we can get to work. It was a huge corporation building in the middle of New York (I don’t live in New York)

Suddenly, the power went out. But one of my co-workers pulled out his phone to watch the news. They announced that the stock market has crashed and that all businesses are closed for good and that there was no value in money (but they said it in a professional way). We continued to wait.

The co-worker wearing glasses went up to one of the doors in the main lobby to read a note. He told us that the company we worked for has closed for good. He then walked over to us and checked his watch and said “well, we’re free! There’s nothing else to do anymore, lets grab some drinks.” (Let me tell you that this moment of the dream was my favorite and that I was relieved to hear that society has finally fallen. And maybe humanity can learn from this mistake they have made. I was DONE with the desk job and couldn’t wait to leave. I will now know what it is like to truly live without the confinements of laws and customs.)

I parted with them and went my way. My main priority now is to go to the grocery store to stock up. The street was really quiet and foggy. Hardly anyone was outside. And this was New York City, Manhattan. There was a small Asian grocery store near my condo and I went in. I was surrounded by a mid-sized crowd of about 10-14 people at least. It was a very small shop. I grabbed 2 bubble tea drinks from behind the counter and 2 frozen ducks. I pulled out my wallet but there was no one to take my money. The cashier has already left….

No one in the store was “looting”. They all stood there with their items as I walked out with my bubble tea and frozen duck.

When I reached my condo building, my bubble tea and frozen duck vanished.

There was a grocery store sitting right outside my 20 story high apartment complex. It was near the parking lot. An accountant ran the business, she had short hair, blonde, probably in her 40s-50s.

I went to pick the things I needed. She carried mostly vegetables and fruits. When I was finished she said that they were not for sale. There were a few cars that pulled up behind me. They were not a threat but they were rowdy.

I ran into my apartment building. Took the stairs to the highest floor. I explained the situation to my mom when I got there. As I walked to the glass walls of my home to look down at the streets of New York, I saw people in the their cars eating in the parking lot. One guy I noticed was Black. And then I woke up.

Question: How did you feel about my dream?
Are you looking forward to all this? Or no?

I hope this didn’t bother anyone and if it does happen, let it be an opportunity of learning.
I was REALLY disturbed when I woke up. But now I feel much better. I am prepared for the worst.
I disagree with you, Mat, From what I am seeing, no one is returning.
And also, this is just another moment in time where a country is over-confident and then it meets its downfall. It happens to all empires. And so, this too shall pass.

John answers:

The dream may have been reflecting your own desire to escape the rat race, which is a noble desire to say the least. I don’t personnally believe your dream was a premonition that will affect the world at large, but I do believe society in it’s current form will fall and has to fall because something has got to give, very few people in our society are truly happy, how can anyone be happy with all the pressure it brings us…our spirits are being slowly crushed…we don’t even know our true selves anymore because of distractions like the seemingly omnipotent media, money seeking, the need for social acceptance in a judgemental and competive enviroment and love/sex needs, you name it.

I believe Western civilisation is on it’s way out, it’s just a matter of wether we collectively get through the collapse and create something better or end up in a nuclear wasteland eating rats, the latter is probably what scares you, I know it scares me.

Sweet dreams.

John asks…

how much does a custom crank cost?

look i’ve got this idea for my GTO it has a brand new LS1 in it and the original LS1 sitting in the garage the original owner was going to pull it apart and set it up for a twin turbo but money came short and sold everything to me.. i was thinking about building this LS1 back to stock trim with a few exceptions.. I’ve built a few LS motors but have some simple questions maybe a few of you could answer?

Instead of doing a undersquare 383 stroke which is a dead give that it’s not stock i was thinking of getting a custom crank like 3.8″ or 3.85″ stroke to keep it oversquare.. and going with a light weight I beam rods, maybe a port and polish job on the heads, maybe higher compression pistons like 11:1.. maybe a new set of gears like 4.00s just a few odds and ends that will keep car looking and sounding stock.. i’m already in the process of removing the SLP loud mouth II exhaust because it got me 2 tickets in the first week of owning the vehicle.. i’ll keep the slp intake.. anyone else got ideas to keeping the car looking and sounding stock but performing otherwise.. i’m thinking with tune and everything i could pick up atleast another 100 horsepower without anyone being the wiser

but to the main question how much does a custom crank cost.. i’ve heard it usually runs 300-700 on top of a regular crankshaft from the likes of lunati.. anyone have a better guess? also anyone have other ides as to adding power “secretly”?
also forgot to mention.. their isn’t an off the shelf crankshaft that i want for my project
it’s not a 350.. its a ls1 346ci.. it two has a 383 stroker that people do..
obviously no one can give me an answer.. just state other facts so please vote no answer.. and btw question is… HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM CRANK COST? but everyone wants to throw their 2 cents in otherwise

John answers:

One, unless someone looks at the internals via dis-assembly, no one will know what crank you have.

Two, to sound stock you will need a stock exhaust and intake. Any modification to either will increase sound level greatly. That is why aftermarket parts work. They are trading lower sound levels for higher power levels. Even with stock pieces there the combustion process and sound will change a bit if you are running high compression pistons and a different camshaft. Most will not hear these changes, but those who really know cars will recognize a big cam.

As far as your custom crank, the parts manufacturer is the best person to answer that, as there are undoubtedly a lot of things to consider when building a crank that no one else wants or needs.

Mandy asks…

9/11 reality check part 2?


Someone had foreknowledge of the attacks. In the weeks leading up to 9/11 someone made a series of investments that would have paid off in huge profits because of the attacks. This is well documented and undisputed. This person specifically invested in the two airliners used in the attacks, anticipating windfall profits from any drop in the stock prices of these companies. This is solid evidence that at least one person in the United States had detailed information that something bad was going to happen to the specific airlines that were to be used in the attack.

We have been told that the person who made these investments never claimed the profits. We are expected to believe that this explains why his or her identity is unavailable. This is absolutely untrue. This is not an instance in which someone was waiting to pick up a package at an airport locker. This is a case of a financial institution processing an investment transaction for an individual. This CAN NOT BE PERFORMED ANONYMOUSLY! The identity of this person who had foreknowledge of the attack is know and this person’s identity is being protected by our government and this is a fact! Period, end of story.

WHO MADE THE INVESTMENT? Identify this person and you have someone who very probably had detailed foreknowledge of the events. The fact that the profits were never collected is even more suspicious and incriminating. The fact that the identity of this person remains unknown is even more suspicious. The only possible conclusion is that this person is known to the government and that his or her identity is being protected.

There has been a clear and concerted cover up regarding the person who tried to profit from events he or she knew were coming. The people who could easily clear this up, but who chose to close any further investigation into the matter are not underlings. They are officials who answer directly to the President of the United States. Check.


On September 11th, Towers One and Two collapsed after suffering direct hits by airliners. Building 7 was neither hit by an airliner nor damaged severely by flying debris, but at 5:20 p.m. it collapsed in the exact same accordion style of the other two towers. The official explanation by FEMA investigators claimed that WTC 7 fell as a result of burning for 7 hours.

Several weeks after the events of 9/11, Larry Silverstein, the new owner of the WTC was interviewed on TV. At this time he openly acknowledged the decision to pull Building 7. This was a public statement in which the owner of the WTC agreed to the destruction of the building.

This decision was never explained and was never questioned by the Kean Commission. The conflicting report of the FEMA investigators was also never explained. Pulling a building requires weeks, if not months of preparation. Explosives have to be carefully and strategically placed and wired. How was it possible to pull a building without first preparing for its demolition?

Larry Silverstein invested $386 million in WTC 7. On 9/11, by his own admission, Larry Silverstein ordered the demolition of his building. In February of 2002, his company won a settlement of $861 million from Industrial Risk Insurers. Do the math. No one investigated. This is a confession to the demolition of Building 7. Let me repeat that, THIS IS A CONFESSION! Checkmate.

Until these questions are answered there is no need to establish more doubt. What we have here is solid undisputed evidence that we were never told the truth. We have solid evidence that the official investigation stopped short of delving into questions that could have supplied answers. We have solid proof that something is very, very wrong.

There is a mountain of unanswered questions concerning the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Anyone willing to listen or look at the inconsistencies would have to draw an obvious conclusion: the official explanation of the events of 9/11 is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract the American people from investigating the truth. There can be no denying that there are a number of strange and puzzling occurrences that have never been, and seemingly cannot be explained.

Perhaps the abundance of startling and damning information is too incredible to be accepted easily by the millions of Americans who have bought into the corporate media’s version of the events. So many people in this country can not deal with, or accept any real challenge to the official explanation that allows for no foreknowledge or cover up by their government. Even if most Americans were to be presented with clearly corroborated facts or cold evidence, they would probably refuse to even consider the involvement of their elected leaders in a tragedy of such huge proportions.

The official story, however, collapses after an examination of the two questions just raised. Very simply put, case closed. We do not need to pull an OJ here and bury the obvious under more evidence than the jury can handle. Show the Bronco chase and the blood evidence, and rest the prosecution. Otherwise we risk badly confusing a jury of the uninformed.

It is vital that the evidence based community encourage the American public to question the events for themselves. Two questions of this magnitude are enough to raise reasonable doubt. Two such questions that have gone uninvestigated and unexplained are enough to arouse curiosity,

We’re in a very dangerous game, here, and all of us are players. Much of what happened on September 11th remains at best unclear, and at worst terribly suspicious. The reality that the President of the United States spent more than 18 months resisting an official investigation into the most devastating tragedy in our history is in itself an outrage. But the reality that there is no official body still seeking answers to vital questions is an even greater outrage.

And if that remains the case, we all will have been checkmated, en masse.

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well you dont read so well do you?
bc…………why dont you wont answers dont all those deaths mean anything to you….the Goverment knows who bought those put orders.why cwont they release the names? why?
bc…………why dont you wont answers dont all those deaths mean anything to you….the Goverment knows who bought those put orders.why want they release the names? why?
this is the biggest part of our “yard”

John answers:

Again way too long, good day

Lizzie asks…

Can someone please read my story and see if it sounds okay? First time very trying to write a story(:?

First time ever trying to write something, maybe worth reading? But please constructive critisism, if you don’t like it at all and have nothing nice to say or anything decent, please don’t comment, but I would really REALLY appreciate constructive critisism, if you have time to give it out.(: thanks!

Stepping out of the slippery basin onto the fringy, pale pink rug, she almost lost her balance. With the sudden misstep she overcame a huge wave of tiredness. Weren’t showers supposed to keep you from being drowsy? Especially if it’s a cold one? Cazara Miter had been taking very cold showers for the past week. Three fourths of the time she would feel awake and ready for the day after them. Even excitement, even though she had no idea for what. But recently, things were just.. Blah. She no longer had the high buzz that you get from being in the heat of summer. Well maybe not heat. It had been raining very steadily for a week there and only JUST let up these past three days. Was tomorrow going to be a hot blistering day under the sun, or a hurricane of revulsion?
Caz shimmied out of the blue bath towel, and started pulling on some clothes. Nothing fancy. Caz never had anything fancy. Just a pair of shorts, underwear, a bra, and a cut off. Definitely far from the Hollister or Aeropostal clothes her friends always arrived in. She wasn’t like them. She could care less.
Just as Caz was pulling her wet hair out of her towel, and winding it together to lay gently on her left shoulder, her phone blasted out ‘Ridin Solo’. She made a mental note to murder Nicole when she went to go pick her up tomorrow. Changing Caz’s ringtones to songs that just thinking about, Caz could almost vomit, was Nicole’s specialty.
“Caz Caz Caz Caz CAZZZ,” blurted out the familiar squeaky voice, “I thought ahead and decided to be the smart one, and looked at the weather forecast for tomorrow.” Although Caz didn’t interrupt, she reminded herself that she already explained the weather forecast tomorrow to Nicole for almost fifty times before today. She swore that girl had short term memory loss. Just as Nicole was chatting about how hot and sunny it was supposed to be, Caz yanked herself out of her little reverie and concentrated on the conversation.
“So, I really think we need to bring some oil, Ya know? For like the major tan-age were going to be producing.”
“Uh, yeah, sure sure. That sounds good. Um, we are going to go swimming, right? That’s what the Palisades are known for?” Caz tentatively asked Nicole. The Palisades were about a half an hour drive, but definitely worth it. Fresh stock of sun, rocks to lay out on, water, and according to Nicole’s mind, boys. “Not just regular boys that you see at Wal-Mart picking up grapes for their grandmas, but HOT boys,” she explained once, long ago to Caz.
“Yeah I guess so, but we still need to spend the majority of the time tanning. I have this major tank top tan I need to get rid of, ya know? Oh! And finding guys too, they go hand in hand,” beamed Nicole with certainty.
“Okay, sounds cool. I’ll pick you up at 11:30. BE READY. Please?”
“Mhmm, okay I’ll try,” Nicole replied distractively already smacking on bubblegum, no doubt reading a gossip magazine. The only things she read.
Just as she snapped her phone shut ready to do some beauty time that she thought she well deserved, the most irritating voice interrupted her thoughts.
“You PROMISED you would make brownies if I cleaned out the bowl! I did! Please Zar Zar?!” yelled my impatient, pain in the butt, brother. Caz wasn’t planning on making those brownies, not today. Well actually, not anytime soon. But just as she was about to decline his oh-so-tempting offer, he pulled out the big guns. Well not exactly guns, but his dorky, one-missing-tooth smile, with that stupid pet name that he called her. Zar Zar. Ugh. She used to love it as a child, but now it just meant a guarantee of him getting what he wanted. He really was cute, but boy was he irritating.
“Okay, how about a deal, terdhead?” He grinned his special famous toothless grin. She continued, “I am going to do my hair, and get ready for tonight, and you can make them. They’re very easy to make, Diego. I think you can handle it.”
She gave him her ‘stern’ look. Though it didn’t look very stern.
“You never want to do anything with me anymore,” he complained with a frown.
“Diego! I make the brownies for you, you eat them, and in the process of eating them you tell me to leave you alone so you can watch your TV shows in peace. How does this involve sister-brother bonding time?” I shrieked with maybe a little bit too much hysteria.
It didn’t matter though. Just as she got to the last word of her sentence he was turning his back, sure enough bringing the crocodile tears on again. He. Was. So. Spoiled.
Whatever! She didn’t need this right now. Tonight was a night she hadn’t h

John answers:

It’s good and I like the character. Nice name too, I like Caz. The beginning could use a hook, something to draw the reader in. Maybe some sort of action could happen to the character and that would tell the reader more about her. Just something to think about.

The first few sentences are a tad wonky. You might want to start a little simpler with

Cazara Miter had been taking very cold showers for the past week. Three fourths of the time she would feel awake and ready for the day after them.

Or something a little easier. That gets me curious about her and I like to know a character’s name right away. Starting with ‘she’ just seems a little odd to me, but that might just be me. Anyway, try reading it out loud to see how things sound. Then you can get a feel for syntax and how things flow. I’m not sure what ‘hurricane of revulsion is,’ just elaborate.

The dialogue is good, but I’d say keep it in Caz’s perspective. If she’s on the phone with Nicole, she wouldn’t know if Nicole was beaming. ‘The things she read’ is a fragment, consider revising.

It changes to first person here:
‘yelled my impatient, pain in the butt, brother’ So I’d suggest revising that too and say her pain in the butt brother. Or her annoying brother, so it’s not too casual.

Another fragment:
‘Well actually, not anytime soon.’ Consider revising.

I’d suggest editing this out:
I shrieked with maybe a little bit too much hysteria.

It changes back to first person and seems like a bit of overkill. Bring it down a notch to make it more realistic. Also putting the period between words is a little too casual, I’d suggest revising that too.

All in all a good job, just keep working on it! Good luck!

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