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The issue of who will hold the Reserve Currency (America has held it since 1948, I think) will come up in 2020. This means that if one is shopping globally, one will use the American dollar. The fact that so many countries are selling off American dollars indicates that there are serious misgivings about America holding on to the reserve currency in 2020.

QUOTE: The Central Bank of Russia has continued getting rid of US Treasury bonds in August. The share of Russian investments in American debt is getting close to zero. Russian investments in US securities as of August have fallen to just $14 billion. Back in 2011, Russia was one of the largest holders of US debt with a $180 billion investment.

QUOTE: The largest investors in US debt, China and Japan, have also cut their holdings. Chinese holdings of US sovereign debt dropped to $1.165 trillion in August, from $1.171 trillion in July, marking the third consecutive month of declines. Japan has slashed its holdings of US securities to $1.029 trillion in August, the lowest since October 2011.

QUOTE: India and Turkey have followed Russia's lead. Turkey has dropped out of the top-30 list of holders of American debt, while India has been liquidating its investment for five consecutive months to $140 billion in August.
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Illegal in the EU now?
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Almost afraid of putting this here because I KNOW it's going to get used by other for evil.
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"I'm on fire, literally on fire! Invisible fire. I'm burning up! I'm on fire! I'm on fire!" -- Mackenzie, who is appanrently literally on fire.
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#FlashFiction

A boy

"Hello, Elven Tech Support. How may I help you?"

"My amulet, which sees into the future, keeps showing me horrifying images from the past of someone else."

"I'm sorry to hear that. Have you tried resetting the incantation?"

"I'm a mess when it comes to these things, I really don't know how to do that."

"That's fine, I'm here to help you. First, let's start by pressing the gemstone on the front. Does it light up with a colour?"

"Yes, okay. Um... blue, it has a blue glow to it."

"Perfect. We're going to reset this amulet to its original magically crafted state. I just need you to hold the gemstone for 100 years."

"100 years?"

"Yes. Don't worry if in a few decades it flashes on and off, that's normal. I'll stay on the line with you while we wait."

"100 years?"

"Yes, just hold the amulet for 100 years and it will reset the incantation..."

"I'll be dead."

"I'm sorry, what?"

"I'll be dead before then."

"Are you the original owner of the amulet?"

"No, I was given the amulet by my elven lover."

"Oh. You're not elvish?"

"No, I'm a human."

"Please hold for a moon... I mean a minute."

...

"Hello, I've brought on Ergoron, my manager to help you with this."

"Hi, I'm Ergoron, the magistrate on duty today. I understand you have an amulet that isn't working and you can't reset it?"

"I can't hold it for 100 years. I'll die before then."

"I see. You wouldn't happen to be a Hobbit, would you?"

"No, I'm human."

"Human. Yes, okay, I understand. Unfortunately, you aren't covered under the original owner's agreement and thus any support pact made is invalid. I can offer you support if you are willing to give us either your first born child or half your soul."

"Uh. I don't have a child."

"Give me a moment, I'm checking something. Yes, I have the information here. You will in three years time."

"So in exchange for my first born child, which has yet to arrive, I can have the amulet working again."

"Correct."

"I... I don't... is it a boy or a girl?"

"A boy."

"Yes, fine. Whatever. I just want this thing to work."

"We will be sending a rider on a black horse (that's very important, don't allow entry to anyone riding a white horse) to give you a new amulet as a replacement for the defective one immediately. Expect them in a fortnight."

"A what?"

"I'm sorry, which lands are you from?"

"The Western Seas."

"Ah, yes, in two weeks times."

"Thank you."

"You're welcome and have a nice eve."
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