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final message?



January 22, 2014 – Comments (27)

I think this might be it for the "caps" game. I can no longer post replies to blog posts (replies to pitches still work and I tried all kinds of OS, device, browser, caps player combinations, did not try using a different IP address ;)), staff has now refused to implement even the slightest improvement for around 3 years, gold bug #1 turns out to be a 70 year old dance studio guy, I think we are right at the border of the capsocalypse :)

As usual, invest in biotech, not gold and follow me and zzlangerhans on twitter (#zzporte) :)

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#1) On January 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM, awallejr (57.04) wrote:

I really don't understand since I have yet to have a problem and I am a complete computer foofhead.

I never say "invest" in gold.  I just say "own" some gold.

Sorry to see you go, it will just get lonelier and lonelier for me.

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#2) On January 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

test - I also never had "posting issues" before Wednesday.

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#3) On January 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

OK. never mind then :)

I do think caps is only one intern away from sudden death though :)

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#4) On January 22, 2014 at 8:18 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

gold bug #1 turns out to be a 70 year old dance studio guy

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#5) On January 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

#4 Never was I more excited about the next post by dragonlz :)

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#6) On January 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM, awallejr (57.04) wrote:

#4 really did take me for a loop heheh.

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#7) On January 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

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#8) On January 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM, Lordrobot (91.70) wrote:

I wish Alstry was affected by the same platofrm malady. Could you please take him with you?

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#9) On January 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

Auf Wiedersehen portefeuille.

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#10) On January 22, 2014 at 11:21 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

#9 leaving was not the main point (see question mark), just wanted to test my ability to post and to write a final post just in case things continue to deteriorate. If things stay about as bad as they have been for the past years, I think I will stay for a while ;)

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#11) On January 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

... even though #7 might suggest that it would be a good time to leave :)

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#12) On January 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM, Valyooo (34.67) wrote:

Hahahahahaha at the Chris barker side by side

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#13) On January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM, dragonLZ (69.95) wrote:

I think Chris Baker is approximately the same age in both pictures (3-4 years apart). It's just the PM-miners' crash of 2011-2012 that made his hair gray...

Porte, I was in the same boat wondering "what's the point" of staying. Nothing but trouble with the CAPS (and less than 6 people blogging). Still, I decided to stick around even though I don't stop by as often as before. 


For people who are sorry they are not getting Chris Baker's hot-PM stock tips any more, they can now contact him to find out who's Chris betting on to win the next season of the Dancing With The Stars... 

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#14) On January 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM, MoneyWorksforMe (< 20) wrote:

I will do my part in taking the other side of this argument in defending someone who is unjustifiably receiving copious criticism.

As for TMFSinchurina "disappearing" following the severe correction in the metals and mining sectors:

I believe he has done what most have done and will do in the future when their price/stock market forecasts are signficantly wrong after passionately arguing for the opposite. Taking a hiatus is the only thing most of us can do to a.) Avoid unrelenting criticism b.) Find peace of mind. Additonally it must be put into proper context that Sinch invested a signficant amount of time and energy in covering this sector -- he wasn't just a blogger like the vast majority of us. Now if you are covering a sector that is rapidly losing interest while your own personal portfolio sinks, both of which are happening completely counter to what you believe SHOULD be happening -- that is certainly enough to want to take an investment hiatus and place your focus in a completely different arena. Personally I don't believe Sinch sold out of most of his positions - I think he holds most of them and still expects his target of $2000 oz. gold to be reached, it's just going to take several more years for that to happen than he originally anticipated. In the meantime he has taken up Fitness, and Karate (as per their website), as hobbies and healthy distractions from the depressing subject of economics (on a personal and systemic level).

Chris's wife Sara, is the engine behind the dance studio venture.She founded the studio in 2004, long before Sinch "disappeared." Judging by her background, she is clearly very passionate about this field and as it appears to me, was going it alone, managing the operations, up until recently. Chris probably only supported the business with capital, but is now in it full-time.

In regards to the juxtaposed pictures porte posted: it doesn't seem to me that they are as far apart in time they suggest. Looks can be deceving. Dye Chris's hair brown in the more recent image, and they suddenly seem much more closer in age. Did Chris dye his hair in the above image? My suspicion is he did...


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#15) On January 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM, ikkyu2 (98.55) wrote:

Don't run off, man.  I'd miss you.

As far as TMFSinchiruna, if your flute only toots one note, you might not want to be on stage all the time either.  I think my main criticism of the guy was that he never really could explain whether he was looking for a quick trade or a long term secular trend, he flip-flopped between the two like Mitt Romney.  (I don't agree with MWfM's idea that Sinch wasn't a blogger; the guy seemed to enjoy taking vacations to interview gold mining company CEOs and then regurgitating their patter on his blog; that doesn't make him Peter Lynch.)

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#16) On January 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM, Stockllama10 (87.89) wrote:

This is a comment, which appears to be working.

My problems with CAPS lies more in the scoring. 

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#17) On January 23, 2014 at 10:54 PM, rofgile (99.57) wrote:

Hi Porte,

  I hope you don't leave here!  But I do understand.  CAPS is horribly managed.  This website is horribly developed. could be a better info source than seekingalpha, but they don't put any money/effort into addressing concerns of the users.  Regularly, comments are lost, etc.  This never happens on rivalling websites such as seekingalpha.  

 But, there are some truly great and open people here (or were during the 2009-2010 crash).  I already follow you on twitter, but enjoy your comments here too.

 Best -


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#18) On January 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

As I said I think I will stay as long as things don't get much worse.

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#19) On January 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

None of my posts posted recently either. I took a hiatus and am poking at a few things. I'm having fun watching you and ZZ on the biopharms and really appreciate the time you spend here.  Besides you two and DragonLZ, I don't have much to watch.

Let's see if this one posts. 

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#20) On January 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM, roofman6 (< 20) wrote:

If I may speak for those of us who invest with you Porte, we'd sure hate to see you go.


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#21) On January 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Momentum21 (97.45) wrote:

I am the new Chris Barker. It is go time for the $gdx!  

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#22) On January 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM, Momentum21 (97.45) wrote:

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#23) On February 03, 2014 at 4:26 PM, OptimizeLife (< 20) wrote:

Totally agree with roofman6, Porte...we'd sure hate to see you go. You are the best in biotech as far as I am concerned. OK zz as well. We also watch your infrequent non-biotech picks on caps.


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#24) On February 03, 2014 at 4:57 PM, portefeuille (98.33) wrote:

#8,9,10,11,15,17,18,20,23 I am not going anywhere. I just thought the final CAPS system crash might be imminent. I guess it was not :)

You still should make the transition to twitter just in case :)


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#25) On February 03, 2014 at 9:14 PM, Mary953 (83.49) wrote:

Porte, Please don't go, You are just so much fun to talk to, even though I am aware that I do not add much value to your thinking.  I do think that sometimes I am more of the jester of this court than the king's counselor.

TSIF, Is the sky falling today?  If not, and if it remains where it should be, do you think you could honor us with a few posts?  After all, the reason that there are only a handful of us still posting is that the rest of us have taken a short hiatus.  

And if I ever send in a picture for my Watchinout portfolio (which will not happen unless I can figure out which combination of email and password I used)  you can rest assured it will not be my 60 year old self, but rather my 19, 29, or 39 year old self that is looking back at you.  And I will make no apologies for it.  Nope, not a one.  

For myself, I have been trying since I returned in November to get others to come back to this place.  That includes an email to David Gardner.  He suggested I try the boards.  ^$%$@^&&  Please do not tell me that my friends do not want to come here because my friends are not here, so therefore my friends are not blogging and  there is no one for my friends to talk to because my friends do not want to come to such a sparsely populated area because my friends do not want to come here because...  It makes my head want to spin around until it pops off.   

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#26) On February 06, 2014 at 4:15 PM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

Hi Mary, great to hear from you.  Like Porte and others, I felt CAPS promised to maintain "this place", but has failed to do so.  Sky is not falling right now, but CAPS may be.  Writing comments that disappear is no fun.  I'm tired as well of the CAPS writers turning my pitches into sky is falling articles, but that seems better lately.

I'm picking back up a little bit, a few more pitches.

Tomorrow, Friday is D-Day for the trend. The 6% correction will bottom or trough further. I didn't ride my UVXY and TVIX upthumbs long enough! 

I'd be happy after several years here to tell David about the missed opportunity CAPS is, but my team wasn't in the Superbowl, so I didn't go have a drink with him.

Glad you're active again Mary.  Chin up.

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#27) On February 09, 2014 at 6:22 PM, Mary953 (83.49) wrote:


First time back to CAPS since we exchanged comments and it will be just a while longer, I fear.  So you do not think that I just ignored you (or you either, Porte) here is the short version.  The cold weather is causing some difficulty with the rotator cuff I tore apart and I am trying to keep from stressing it.  When the PT started talking about further surgery, I started dropping things out.  Typing is a knife at the moment.  I plan to be back as soon as I safely can.  In the meantime, enjoy the Olympics.  

And Porte, again, please accept my apologies.  They were coming from a place of intense pain and I am a most unpleasant person to be around when I hurt that badly.  Please forgive my frustration.  It truly is not with you, but with myself. 

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