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— Keith

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183 Comments so far

  1. Keith on August 3, 2007 6:56 pm

    Keith,

    We listen to your show every week, and have for years. Your financial analysis is greatly appreciated and your insights provide valuable information beyond what can be found elsewhere. We recently subscribed to high speed Internet, partially influenced by your show so we can experience your adventure through the photographs and videos you so kindly share. You not only get our attention for three hours each Sunday, but now we visit your web site on a regular basis. Keep up the good work and may your journey be exciting and safe.

    Bob and Patty Plack

    Thanks, Bob and Patty!

    –Keith

  2. Curtis Cole on August 4, 2007 8:35 am

    God bless you Keith!,

    as fewer and fewer people realize that Michael Moore, for that matter most of Hollywood, are just story tellers, and in most cases bad ones, it warms my heart to know that there are still normal people out there. As a former Captain in the US Army, I just about fell out of my chair when I saw the picture of you giving Chairman Mao the “high sign”, helps keep it all in perspective while I wade through my current adventure of PA medical school. Thank you for the information and updates. When I get out of school, and if your still on the water somewhere, I would love to join the crew, at least for some portion of the trip. I have many desirable skills to offer. Have fun, be safe,

    thanks again,

    Curtis
    PA-S
    EMT-B
    General contractor CCB# 153832
    IAQ Cert. Mold Consultant
    Capt. US ARMY Ret.
    CH-47 Helicopter pilot
    Still able to leap small children in a single bound

  3. Bob Conconi on August 4, 2007 10:04 pm

    A technical question. With 3 adults on board how much fresh water do you consume each day and how often do you run your water maker to replenish your supply? Do you find times that you would not operate your water maker? Is there any changes you have made to your consumption because of the watermaker? Many thanks, enjoy reading your postings. Cheers!

    Bob,

    Belatedly, here is the information you requested. Captain Wolf quickly responded to your inquiry through my email, and I have been negligent forwarding his response here. My apologies. Here is Wolf’s response:

    “I can give you some Fresh Water information:
    I’d estimate after 3-4 days running we consume approx 280 gls. of FW among 4 crew members. That’s with at least 2 people doing laundry which goes through a lot of FW. We might use about 180 gls. in 3 days and go through an additional 100 gls. for laundry for a total of 280 gls.

    “The water tank holds 600 gls. The 240 volt watermkr. produces 32GPH and the back-up 24volt watermkr. produces 12GPH. We run them both whether there is a need for water or not, because they want to be constantly run (the systems like to be flushed). When we are underway, on the average, the big watermaker runs every 3 days, all day long, to keep up with consumption. I would say, because we have two relaible watermakers on hand, we have a ready supply of water to splash around.

    “Before I left Palau we installed a filtering system for shore FW going into our tank.”

    –Keith

  4. david bondfield on August 5, 2007 12:56 pm

    Great show, but disappointed you are cutting back to 2 hours. If it was up to me I would have you shackled to the microphone for an hour every day to give us an update on where you are!

    Having lived overseas, including in China in the 1980’s, working in the oil exploration business, I am a great believer in travel broadening the mind. Through your program, the more insular among the population may be inspired to see some of the world. Your reports from Hong Kong and China brought back many memories for me, and I certainly plan a return trip.

    I count on your show and Charles Goyette’s as the stations most valuable outputs, and probably they attract very similar intelligent audiences. It would be good if you advertised a little more on Charles’ show.

    After today’s interesting discussion on corporate taxation, one disincentive not mentioned to investment for small businesses like my own is the state business property tax levied on plant and machinery. I avoid purchasing expensive equipment specifically because I object to paying never ending tax on it.

    One topic that would be interesting to cover on a future show is where all the federal taxes go. I think there is a misconception that they pay for essential services like police/fire/education, but in fact these are paid out of state and property taxes. As I understand it, the government adds to the money supply by exchanging all their government bonds (that are not sold to China) for fiat dollars through the Fed. The Fed prints the dollars at the cost of the paper, or the cost of a computer entry, and charges the government interest on them. Federal taxes go largely to pay this interest, as well as interest on bonds that become due. Why we are paying interest to a private bank for something created out of nothing, is a big question. On top of this, through fractional reserve banking, the Fed uses the bonds as a book-keeping assett, to generate approximately 9 times as many new dollars, used as the source for all loans that trickle through the banking system to businesses and individuals. To pay for the Iraq war, the government is causing the Fed to generate a lot more money supply, causing inflation, and a record revalued dollar.

    Your show is such a great concept, you should patent it and/or get some station affiliates! It is not many among us who get to live their dream. Keep up the great work.

    David

    David,

    I’ll try to find some information on all this. Thanks for your comments.

    Keith

  5. Harry Thompson on August 6, 2007 10:25 am

    Re: Reform Capital Markets

    Mr. DeGreen,

    Great program, unfortunately the wastral politicians won`t heed your sound advice. These hypocrites bemoan a slow economy, & the fact that jobs are going offshore, but they won`t admit that their punitive tax policies are the cause.
    We hear financial experts advise, `pay yourself first,` yet powerful politicians demand, `pay us first.` Tax revenues sent to Washington, for politicians to squander, could be better utilized to expand the economy & create the jobs politicians cry for.
    Interesting you mentioned SarBox to oversee corporate governace, yet politicians won`t dare create a much needed bill to oversee congressional governance. These slugs exempt themselves from what they inflict on corporations.
    Corporate execs did nothing worse than what poliiicians have been doing for decades…politicians perfected the art of creative accounting, by cooking the federal books, by masking budget deficits using Socialist Insecuriy surpluses, & causing FICA payers to lose their retirement savings, if they don`t collect any Socialist Insecurity benefits, or have no eligible survivors.
    SarBox requires corporate execs to certify the accuracy of financial statements, likewise, would politicians dare certify to the accuracy of the federal budget? Hmmm?
    And finally, when you promote ending the double taxation of dividends, please promote the need to end the double taxation of wages.
    The same dollar of gross wages up to about $94,000, are subject to income tax withholding & FICA tax withholding, in other words, a tax on a tax. And if FICA payers become victims of the FICA Death Tax, their FICA `contributions` are lost to the government, increasing the already obese Socialist Insecurity surplus.
    Keep up the good work, alerting taxpayers to how their hard-earned money is being used to subsidize non-family members, before they`re able to provide for their own.

    Very sincerely,

    Harry Thompson
    Socialist Insecurity retiree
    Tucson, AZ

    All good points, Harry. Well said.

    –Keith

  6. Doug Poulton on August 12, 2007 9:33 am

    I’m a Chandler resident and catch your show every Sunday. I am a Vietnam Vet, USN, 2 years on the boats (’67-’68) in DaNang, Hue, Cua Viet and Tan My. We worked some special ops with a lot of Marines and I might even know you if you were in that area in that time frame. I think your site is better than National Geographic and I look forward to following your adventure every week. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful boat, you are truly living the dream. God bless you, you have certainly earned it.

    Thanks, Doug for your very gracious email. You apparently beat me to Vietnam by a couple of years. I was there from June of ’69 to June of ’70. And thanks for the favorable comparison to National Geographic!

    –Keith

  7. Hans A. Potot on August 14, 2007 5:09 pm

    Hi! Keith keep up the good work I always looking in your web site to check where your now. You know I keep on praying that you and all the crews in the global adventure have a good health always and also have a safe travel around the world.
    God Bless… More Power!

    Regards,

    Hans A. Potot

  8. Bill Tempel on August 16, 2007 7:04 am

    Kieth: Sure hope you didn’t buy Apple @ $125 on Monday as you said you were planning. I’m also an Apple lover and am still waiting on the sidelines as I’m watching Apple slide by @ $117+.

    I am also a former Yacht Salesman and owner of a 48′ Cockpit Motoryacht from Sausalito, now retired in Sun City West. Have been listening to your show since I got here in 2005. As you can guess I’m also really enjoying your weekly travelog updates. Great choice of boat also. Be careful, NEVER leave the helm unattended. Every accedent or grounding I’ve ever heard of the helm was unattended “just for a second”. My best friend went over 3 reefs while he and his wife were passing each other on the ladder going to and from thge helm on shift change in Fiji. Boat was a total loss and their world cruise came to an abrupt end. And acording to the charts he was right where he was supposede to be.

    Bill Tempel
    SCW, Az.

    Great advice, Bill. Thanks.
    –Keith

  9. Brian Lapham on August 18, 2007 5:23 pm

    Have you ever read “the Creature from Jekyl Island”, by G. Edward Griffin? If not, you should. You sure seem to hit a lot of his main talking points!

    To be honest, Brian, I never heard of it. What’s it about?

    –Keith

  10. amy h. on August 19, 2007 3:20 pm

    Keith,
    i’ve been enjoying your Global ADventure broadcasts tremendously, esp. the info you included about
    going-ons in the different countries, economical as well as political. i think if more people were interested in what’s really going on out there in the world, we would have different outcomes at elections.
    so when are you running for President????!!!!
    Sincerely,
    amy

  11. amy h. on August 26, 2007 9:39 am

    Hi Keith,
    i’m happy for you about your pending return to the US and your family.
    Thank you so much for letting us, the public, share in your very enlightening adventure.
    just one question, if you have time, concerning your political opinion:
    have you heard the rumor about a future north american alliance between Canada, the US, and Mexico, and a planned commom currency.
    sounds like a horrible conspiracy theory to me which would mean an end to our country as it is and its’ constitution, but the White House and the media are certainly behaving with their border policies as if we’re right on track for that.
    your thoughts?
    HIghly appriciated,
    Sincerely,
    amy h.

    Thanks for your kind words, Amy. I think the rumor is nonsense.

    Keith

  12. Adam Jenkins on August 26, 2007 9:51 am

    Keith,
    I really like your plans and just wanted to introduce myself and say if you ever need a captain aboard your vessel I am available. I would love to work with you. Please see my website http://www.yachtlogic.com for background and experience. All the best in your cruising.
    Cheers,
    Capt. Adam Jenkins

  13. Doris Armstrong on August 26, 2007 9:57 am

    Keith , we are ardent fans of your radio show and have been folowing you each and every week we are able. However, please explain in laymans terms just what Capital Markets are, how they function etc. Most people I speak with have no understanding of this terminology and get a little lost in the thought process. Hoping I have made myself understood this morning. Thank you for a wonderful show.
    Doris Armstrong

    I’m sorry for any confusion, Doris. Capital markets are simply wherever money meets opportunity. They include our banks, the stock market and the bond market.

    Keith

  14. David McGee on August 27, 2007 8:46 am

    Greetings Keith,

    I heard your show this Sunday and you said you were cutting back an hour. I can appreciate your decision; although, I always catch the three hours. I guess two hours is better than nothing.

    I am becoming more active in researching trade contacts throughout the world, and your show has been an important learning tool in my goals. I just thought you should know that.

    My question, when dealing with China, and importing from there most of the firms want TT type payments. Since I am over-hyper-sensitive to potential fraud; what advice would you suggest to make sure this will not happen?

    Thanks again, and keep on doing what you do best.

    Best Regards,

    David McGee

  15. Ivan on August 29, 2007 8:05 am

    Understand and respect your decision to quit however as a consumer of your show I am disapointed to say the least.

  16. Marolyn Williams-Specht on August 29, 2007 8:15 pm

    Dear Keith, Good that you are coming home to be w/ your family. I will miss your programs, I loved to listen to you and hear about the countries you had been to. We have KYFI on just about 24/7. Thanks for the part of your life you did share w/ us. Mimi Williams-Specht from Gold Canyon, AZ

  17. Darryn Harrison on August 30, 2007 1:38 am

    Dear Keith

    I read about your adventures in the yachting world magazine and think what you are doing is amazing.
    I have an idea that may help you on your travels and give people following you a real time view of where you are in the world.
    We at MarineTrack provide satellite tracking systems to the boating industry all over the world and we also have an interest in projects such as this which we are putting together for our newsletter.
    My idea is that you fit one of our tracking units to your vessel so that people can “find their financial advisor” through your website on our web based interface, this may provide a more interactive experience for the people that you are trying to attract and this may also give the people that you have helped the opportunity to find the man that has dealt with their financial plans.

    Please let me know your thoughts on my idea.
    Hope to here from you soon.

    Darryn Harrison

    Darryn,

    Great idea. I wish we had visited six months ago. Within a few weeks, however, people will be able to “find the financial advisor” at home. Please see my August 26 dispatch.

    –Keith

  18. STEVE BARTLEY on September 2, 2007 8:10 am

    Sorry to see the adventure is ending. I have enjoyed you on the radiio for most if not all the past 18 years. I have called several times and you have given me great advice. Good luck in the future

  19. Rich Krull on September 2, 2007 8:46 am

    Keith, I moved to Az. about 5 years ago and landed on your radio program by accident. That was the best “accident” I’ve ever experienced. My Sunday routine for the past five years will now have a huge void. Your financial information was enlightening although usually above my means. Your political epertise had me wondering,”why isn’t this man in the statehouse or better yet, Washington?” I was very excited when you threw your hat in the political arena and was very sorry for the reason you had to withdraw. This state and this nation needs Americans like yourself although I don’t blame anyone for not opening themselves up for the relentless onslaught from the biased liberal press. Thank you for sharing yourself every Sunday and allowing me to fantasize lately of being “on board” as you explore lands I can only dream about. You’ve done a great service for your audience and you and your family deserve only the best in the years to come. Thank you! Rich Krull

  20. Denny Thompson on September 2, 2007 10:01 am

    Keith,

    My wife (Judi) and I have really enjoyed your great radio show each Sunday as you sailed the Pacific on your beautiful ship, the “Global Adventure”. What a great ride this has been. We are blessed to have known you (through your firm’s services). We wish you and your family all the best that life can offer. Your investment radio show was one of the best in the World. Thanks for enriching our lives. God speed.

    Denny Thompson

  21. Lynn DeGreen on September 2, 2007 10:07 am

    Dear Keith, I have enjoyed your show for over 18 years and will miss waking up to it on Sunday mornings. However, I think it will be much better to wake up next to you on Sunday mornings for now on!!!! I know that you had a wonderful experience on your journey and we were with you all the way. We are looking forward to having you home with us as we missed you like crazy. See in a couple weeks.
    Your loving wife, Lynn
    p.s. Have you found a new job yet? (LOL)

  22. Terry Charuhas on September 2, 2007 11:19 am

    Keith, I feel as though I have lost my Sunday-morning friend. You seem like such a good person with a wonderful family, and I wish you well in future endeavors.

  23. Denny Thompson on September 2, 2007 11:53 am

    What a way to end this great show…. With a fade out of Bobby Darin singing “Beyond the Sea”.

  24. david bondfield on September 2, 2007 6:06 pm

    Hope you can post a few pics of Pattaya. It would be nice to see what it is like now, for those who were there many years ago. We will miss your adventures.

  25. Darlene Lundy on September 3, 2007 11:52 am

    Mr. DeGreen, I heard your final show on KFYI September 2, 2007. I am sorry we will not be hearing your financial planning advice in the future. I must admit that were only about 5 occasions that I disagreed with you (but that is only because I work in a law firm, concentrating in estate planning and probate administration, I’m sure), However, overall my husband and I found your comments to be very helpful. Thank you for the time you spent researching and subsequently imparting very useful information to us.

    That same day, I visited Starbucks and found the following printed on my coffee cup. I wanted to share it with you. (I bet you have visited Starbucks,also, so that you are familiar with what I am saying)

    “People often ask me if it is worth it to work at sea, isolated from the world, far from loved ones, seasick and runing on three hours’ sleep. To lay eyes on something never before seen by anyone, to learn something new about our planet, for that one moment of discovery–yes, it is all worth it.” (by) Katy Croff, oceanographer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer

    I wish you a very safe trip home. Thank you again for all your hard work on our behalf.

    Darlene Lundy
    Certified Paralegal
    Margrave Celmins PC
    (Scottsdale, Arizona)
    I

  26. fred valentine on September 3, 2007 4:29 pm

    Keith, your adventures have been mine, listening to you on each sunday morning. I am depressed that you are leaving this “so cool” trip you have been on. But rest assured, my girlfriend, as I told her you decided to come home and stop your traveling program…..she didn’t say a thing. This translated as “GREAT”….now I can talk to him on sunday morning!!! Well, I have been listening to you for at least 8 years. I have learned alot and I THANK YOU!!! I hope as time goes by, you will have some type of show on the radio that talks about the economy-micro and macro. Again, I THANK YOU for your education and very fun times listening to you on the radio. I wish you only the BEST!!!! YOU DID GREAT!!!!

  27. Oliver Hui on September 8, 2007 3:07 am

    Hi Keith, I am writing from HK….I went up to the Clearwater Bay Marina today and saw your boat moored at the far end….the Global Adventure with its USA flag sets itself apart and caught my immediate attention. I walked over and admired the boat, hoping to meet the crew but it seemed today being Saturday is a night on the town for everyone. Then I saw your website and found out about your voyage. I wish you and your team a safe journey home, and ….what a magnificient boat the Global Adventure is!

  28. Charles Frew on September 9, 2007 6:55 am

    Was crusing around CWB marina in my 24ft..and saw the GLobal Adventure… Lovely looking vessel. Good luck with the next voyage.

  29. Dorie Maffetone on September 9, 2007 10:03 am

    Keith: I just heard your last broadcast and I want you to know as a fan I support the decision you made.

    I have to tell you how much I have enjoyed your show. Most Sunday mornings, my boyfriend and I would have a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast while we listened to your show.

    As you ventured out to places I never heard of, we would got out this “very heavy” world atlas and look up where you were at.

    Thanks again.

    Dorie Maffetone

  30. Harold Leong on September 10, 2007 6:37 am

    Dear Keith, I am the owner of the Ferretti 630 “Le PoĆ¼pee” which is berthed right behind your boat at Clearwater Bay Marina in Hong Kong. I love Nordhavn boats and your boat immediately caught my attention. From the name and flag of your boat, I sort of gathered that you are on a globe-trotting mission but when I went on your site I realised what an incredible adventure you are having. We took “Le Poupee” to explore Croatia and Italy for 1 month but it was nothing compared to your adventure. BTW The little girl and the toddler boy you met at the Marina Cafe are my kids. Hope they did not disturb your work that much.

  31. Pamela Newton on September 10, 2007 2:25 pm

    Keith,
    Your upbeat spirit and global view will be so missed. In a time when all the news is tainted and myopic, your reports from around the world were so refreshing. Good luck, get back into politics and God bless!
    Pam

  32. Dreams Float Joe on September 14, 2007 3:23 pm

    Keith,

    Thank you very much for sharing your journey on your web site!

    Enjoy your new journey,

    ~ Joe

  33. Larry Glover on September 23, 2007 1:38 pm

    Keith,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your adventure!!! Having spent a lot of time in Asia from 2001-2003 away from my family and enjoying my own adventure, I empathize with your need to return home and be with your family. I would still be there living my adventure, but family comes first and I missed my 12 and 14 yr old daughters at the time–and since coming home I now have a 1 yr old to go with them. If I had a chance to move all of us over there and work, I would do it–and I am now seeking an opportunity to do just that. Wish me luck as I wished you luck on your trip!

    I really enjoyed your musings and opinions on many topics. I will miss reading them, and hope you continue to maintain this site and keep us updated on your new adventures.

    Thanks!

    Larry

    Absolutely, Larry! Good luck! And thanks so much for following our adventure.

    Keith


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