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It's an extremely proud, nationalistic country. There's strong traditionally masculine elements here.

That means a culture that can be kind of xenophobic, violent, and aggressive.

Despite that, I actually like it. I like traditionally masculine, proud, nationalistic countries. I know that isn't fashionable to say in this day and age, but after having been around a lot of the world, I just feel really bad for the citizens of countries that are totally pacified and unproud. The men move through life in a sort of drudgery and haze, and the women don't seem to enjoy those state of affairs either.

That said, pride/nationalism/hyper-masculine mixed with transitioning out of poverty can lead to bad places. It's not so much nationalism that is bad, as much as it's a catalyst for whatever else is happening in the society. In a country in a renaissance or golden age, with an emphasis on expansion, science, commerce, innovation, hard work, and building wealth, nationalism and pride becomes a force for progress. In a country that's on the down and out, nationalism amplifies that to bad result.

Mongolia is interesting. Their national holiday, Naadam, is a festival in July featuring wrestling, horseback riding, and archery.

Onto the arms of the bear / Taking a bite of the APPL...

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Yep it's finally happened as many people predicted. Overconfidence and impulsiveness have rode me onto the arms of the bear. Apple tanked another 25$ overnight and I've lost ALL my profits from the previous day swing trading from Tesla save for 15$ (there's that lunch money I mentioned earlier...) All of this because I thought I could play Apple during it's overhyped press conference. It turns out I was the one who'd be getting played all the way down.

A quick recap of what's happened since my last blog post:

* After market trading shows AAPL down to 493 from 494 after market close. I have a stake at 499 with orders to sell at 503. Hoping an institution bites just long enough for me to get out without much of a loss.

* I sleep (somehow restfully! - playing some Garry's mod and looking at MTG cards before bed prolly helped)

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