FUN: Kemosabe in his Tree Fort

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMeuwYvlBI0

Published on Jul 23, 2013
Kemosabe in his Tree Fort at Animal Wonders
Facts about Kemo start at about 2:12

A prehensile porcupine aka coendou is from South America found in the rainforests of Brazil. They use their prehensile tail to help climb and maneuver in the trees where they spend most of their lives. They are rodents and are closely related to rats and mice. They have 2 large incisors on the top and bottom which are ever-growing and need to be chiseled against each other in order to keep them the right size. Kemosabe only has 1 top incisor so he needs help from a veterinarian to file his teeth so they don’t overgrow and prevent him from being able to eat.

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The kids might find the fun; I did. But then I’m a simple soul. Like Sheldon.

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VETERANS: from $80 per night to $150 with no change in the physical plant

Wainwright Hall at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Privatized – source various

Wainwright Hall recently became the latest Army lodging to  be privatized and restored. The Hall is a two-story, 108-yearold brick structure that was opened in the early 20th Century, renovated through a Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships with the developer, and InterContinental Hotels Group, the lodging operator. It cost about $4 million to bring Wainwright Hall up to modern-day standards (energy-saving heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems and controls).

The facility provides temporary lodging for soldiers and their families when they change duty stations while waiting for their new housing to become available; is used by soldiers on TDY for short-term training so they don’t need to find a place off-post, and can also be used by authorized installation visitors. Officials say the process is more effective and efficient.

“Catch 22” – room rates have jumped from $80 per night to $150 with no change in the physical plant.

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Way to screw sick vets!

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VETERANS: Leave no man behind; a political joke

http://freebeacon.com/forgotten-war-forgotten-soldiers/

Forgotten War, Forgotten Soldiers
Book: American POWs left behind from Korean War

American Trophies

BY: Bill Gertz
July 26, 2013 4:08 pm

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U.S. prisoners of war were left behind in North Korea, China, and Russia after the Korean War and the Pentagon failed to win their release or a full accounting of their fate, according to research contained in a new book that is highly critical of U.S. POW recovery efforts.

“The Obama White House and Pentagon show not a trace of urgency in recovering our Korean War POW/MIAs, perished or alive,” said Mark Sauter, the book’s co-author who has spent more than two decades investigating missing soldiers.

“Time is running out for many of their family members, not to mention American POWs reported in North Korea long after the war, if any still survive,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “Contrast this with South Korea, which has recovered dozens of its POWs alive in recent years. Some family members believe the U.S. government is simply waiting for the problem to go away.”

The book, American Trophies: How American POWs Were Surrendered to North Korea, China, and Russia by Washington’s ‘Cynical Attitude,’ includes numerous cases of missing Americans from the Korean War, along with several from the Cold War and Vietnam War. It is based on years of research, interviews, and documents by the authors, Sauter and John Zimmerlee.

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Every American Legion post I have ever been in has a POW / MIA table.

How can we not hold politicians and bureaucrats to account?

How can we let them keep sending girls and boys overseas in our name?

Why do we vote for folks who have NOT served?

Argh!

I first learned about the issue when I discussed “Men aren’t potatoes” from Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers with my Uncle who served in WW2. He borrowed my copy and read it.

Laff, he agreed with the line that “serving doesn’t make saints but it’s a good filter for cowards”.

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LIBERTARIANISM: MYOB!

http://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/value-sociological-principle-rule-mind-ones-own-business

On the Value, as a Sociological Principle, of the Rule to Mind One’s Own Business
In this essay, collected in What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1911), Sumner denounces busybody social reformers who want to run other people’s lives.

WILLIAM GRAHAM SUMNER
1911

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The danger of minding other people’s business is twofold. First, there is the danger that a man may leave his own business unattended to; and, second, there is the danger of an impertinent interference with another’s affairs. The “friends of humanity” almost always run into both dangers. I am one of humanity, and I do not want any volunteer friends. I regard friendship as mutual, and I want to have my say about it. I suppose that other components of humanity feel in the same way about it. If so, they must regard any one who assumes the rôle of a friend of humanity as impertinent. The reference of the friend of humanity back to his own business is obviously the next step.

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Seems as true now as it was then.

Think about if we had avoided WW1, 2, Korea, Viet Nam?

The USA should emulate the Swiss.

Imagine the vigor if we focused on our own problems. And, not our neighbors.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Shower Hooks?

I take my inspiration from funny places.

This morning when I took my daily shower, I noticed that the the shower curtain was fraying at the bottom. 

Badly. 

Too badly to ignore.

(Our Girl loved the shower curtain. And, was looking for the identical replacement. Don’t know what it was but I hated to change it.)

So a while ago I bought a frivolous one to replace it, when I bought one for the new condo. For some reason, I only bought one set of hooks.

Later my excuse for not replacing “her” curtain was didn’t have hooks.

So then today, I said “hey, time to replace before you trip on it.” (TBBT: The lack of adhesive ducks with umbrellas!) 

So I counted the hooks on the old one and the holes on the new one.

Equal.

Who decided how many hooks go on a shower curtain?

So no excuse, I replaced it.

Yeah for me.

Small steps slowly taken?

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RANT: Bloggers are “journalists” in terms of the First Amendement

SurvivalBlog.com by Jim Rawles 
Odds ‘n Sods:

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Congress and the Justice Dept’s Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers. JWR’s Comment: Considering that many blogs have readerships of 100,000 or more, while many magazines and newspapers only have 50,000 subscribers, it is ludicrous to deem the former “legitimate”, whilst excluding the latter. In a free and modern society, the very concept of “press credentials” is anachronistic and smacks of elitism, favoritism, and cronyism. For our public servants to only grant a few the “privilege” to access to attend public meetings, to observe public court trials, and to sit in the gallery of legislative chambers is haughty and supercilious. And we’ve already seen the peril of declaring it a privilege to take photos on public streets. To allow some to do so, but not others implies that the public at large is somehow de classe and that we are mere contemptuous rabble. (OBTW, as I’ve mentioned before, the level of contempt by police officers has risen to the point that there have been some cases when credentials don’t help, even if you are from a television news station.)

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Just look at what the Free Staters in New Hampshire put up with.

Or read “photography is not a crime”.

Any interaction with “the authorities” by a Mundane has the potential to go very wrong.

CZ was indicted based on his statement to the police.

Argh!

Fight back now.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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FUN: Taylor Swift left a $500 tip and hit the Children’s Hospital

Re: Oh No They Didn’t! – Taylor Swift left a $500 tip at a restaurant in Philly

http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/79910232.html

That’s “my” gal!

laff!

@tswift13 #tswift #tswift13

And, did you catch her quiet visit to Philly’s Children’s Hospital?

Nicely done. No mention of it until one of her fellow Country Music stars tweeted it.

She’s got class.

Nobilese Oblige

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Categories FUN

POLITICAL: Weiner in another sexting scandal

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/23/19640828-anthony-weiner-admits-sexting-continued-after-2011-resignation-from-congress?lite

Anthony Weiner admits sexting continued after 2011 resignation from Congress

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after a sexting scandal, admitted Tuesday that his Internet shenanigans didn’t stop when he stepped down in disgrace.
Hours after a gossip website published raunchy texts and explicit photos it said were from 2012, Weiner held an extraordinary press conference — accompanied by his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton — to apologize and ask voters for a second chance.

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On Monday, the Dirty claimed that Weiner — who allegedly used the alias Carlos Danger — met the unnamed 22-year-old woman on the social-networking site Formspring in July 2012, sent her lewd photos and had phone sex with her before the relationship “fizzled.”

He promised her a job and a condo, said the site, which posted pictures of body parts and graphic messages about sex acts.

“Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him,” the woman was quoted as saying. “I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic.”

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Isn’t that offer criminal?

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RANT: No victim; no crime

Police say 4 upstate NY bikers clocked going 138 mph on interstate, issued speeding tickets | Fox News 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/22/police-say-4-upstate-ny-bikers-clocked-going-138-mph-on-interstate-issued/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29

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RANT: Detroit will hurt EVERYONE

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2013/07/guest-post-detroits-bankruptcy-will-bite-you-in-the-wallet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+againstcronycapitalism+%28AgainstCronyCapitalism.org%29

Guest Post: Detroit’s Bankruptcy WILL Bite You In the Wallet
By Editor on July 20, 2013

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All this isn’t even taking into account the rampant corruption, bribes, and ulterior motives that every municipal government is crawling with – those are self-explanatory. Fast-forward a few decades and the politicians who planted the seeds of decay are long gone in one way or another – but now the municipality cannot afford its obligations. Losses on poorly planned projects, debt, and exorbitant employee compensation eat up most of its revenue, and it can no longer afford to provide the essential public services every resident counts on.

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See that is the essence of the problem.

Folks want “free lunch”, but there ain’t none.

Detroit is what happens when the bill comes due.

And they Sheeple and Clover there have voted Democratic for 50 years. (Not that the R’s would be MUCH better.)

Like the Delta pilots, everyone’s getting a haircut.

Unfortunately, a promise is worth what backs it up.

On Wall Street, they have a name for it — “Counterparty risk”.

Sorry to say, but you depend on Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats at your own peril.

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GOLDBUG: Gold, Silver, and Oil

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article41457.html

Gold and Silver Investors Greatest Secret Weapon
Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013 Jul 18, 2013 – 04:01 AM GMT

By: Steve_St_Angelo

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As the FED turns up the heat in the central bank frying pan, the frogs (public) don’t realize they are being cooked to death by inflation. I am quite amazed how loud the sizzling sound has become, but for some odd reason hardly anyone notices it.

Unfortunately, we are well past the point of no return. It’s only a matter of time now before the whole “Financial Cliff” falls off the mountain side. Until then, gold and silver investors will have to put up with some of the worst analysis ever to come out of government and MSM.

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Another indication that “someone” is cooking the books.

In a free market, commodities don’t diverge from glacial trends.

Of course, as a tin foil hat, I suspect manipulation.

The FED can print “dollars”, but they can’t print gold, silver, oil, land, food, water, bandaids, or bullets.

This is all a fraud being pulled on the Sheeple and Clovers.

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TINFOILHAT: TWA 800 still has unanswered questions

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/07/17/the-mystery-of-twa-800/

The Mystery of TWA 800
by Philip Giraldi, July 18, 2013

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Unlike TWA 800 and the U.S. press, there has been a continuing lively interest in the European media regarding Itavia 870, possibly a tribute to the Italian public’s painfully acquired belief that its government is, of course, nearly always lying and covering up about nearly everything. Most Americans, in spite of the travails of the past twelve years, would apparently prefer to think otherwise in spite of the contrary evidence so the story of TWA 800 hardly resonates and is easily pushed to the back burners prior to once again disappearing completely down the memory hole. Should one ask if the United States military just might have accidentally shot down a civilian airliner and then initiated a cover-up? It could seem preposterous to think that that should have occurred, but most certainly the question ought to be asked, particularly when credible witnesses have surfaced who claim that to be a distinct possibility.

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Yup, the Gooferment is always covering up its activities.

You have to laugh when it pretends to be “transparent”!

And, there is always misdirection.

GX/TM distracts from Chicago bloodbath.

Abortion debates distract from debt and Obamacare.

It’s not like we don’t have real problems to solve.

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TINFOILHAT: Hastings, the guy who brought down General McChrystal

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

The Michael Hastings Wreck–Video Evidence Only Deepens The Mystery
By Michael Krikorian – David J. Krajicek on Jul 14, 2013

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The Man Who Brought Down General McChrystal

Nancy and I got in my car and went home. I went on to Watts to do some reporting on another story and later to Gardena. That afternoon, I got an email from a friend to whom I had mentioned the crash. It included a link to an L.A. Times story about the wreck. My friend wrote, “The driver was a well-known journalist: Michael Hastings. What a drag. Obviously a talented guy. Wonder why he was driving so fast?”

I went online and read about Michael Hastings, the guy who brought down General McChrystal. The conspiracy theories were already being spun on the web: that a bomb had been planted in the car, or that its controls had been hacked and the crash was engineered remotely by an unseen hand.

For nearly five years, McChrystal served as chief of the Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military’s commando units, including the Army Delta Force and the Navy Seals. This was not a paper-pushing general. McChrystal was a soldier’s general who would go on raids with his men. A reporter brings him down—and then dies in a mysterious crash three years later. If this had happened in Russia, wouldn’t we all figure it was some dark military conspiracy?

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This doesn’t smell right!

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RANT: Wheel of Misfortune; never speak to the police

http://www.crimefilenews.com/2013/07/george-zimmerman-acquittal-reflections.html

Sunday, July 14, 2013
George Zimmerman Acquittal Reflections and Lessons Learned

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Sanford, FL–This sad case began with a tragedy. Travon Martin was a troubled lad who made terrible choices. The data recovered from his cell phone and was later unlawfully hidden from George Zmmerman’s defense lawyers by prosecutors showed that Martin was heavily involved with illegal guns, drugs and fighting.

Judge Debra Nelson later ruled that cell phone evidence inadmissible and that was not at all unusual in our courts. It may seem unfair to some but that’s what they normally do.

As for Martin he apparently had personal issues with what he called, “crappy assed crackers” and was the one actually profiling Zimmerman clearly by race. To me it’s logical and believable that Martin caused his own death by assaulting Zimmerman. However we all must recognize that there are no witnesses or video to establish this fact with absolute 100% certainty.

We must not never lose sight of is the fact that we don’t require accused people to prove their innocence and that burden is the government’s to prove that self-defense was not somehow necessary. In the Zimmerman case both the government and media led us astray in that regard.

What is certain are the injuries to Zimmerman obviously inflicted by the stronger and faster, Travon Martin. They’re not serious injuries but they clearly substantiate an attack by an aggressor. The police carefully investigated the case and there was simply no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman.

Zimmerman could have avoided his horrible and expensive ride on the Wheel of Misfortune by simply asking for a lawyer rather than cooperating and answering every question put to him by the cops.
The cops were fair and also the first set of prosecutors however; a special prosecutor shanghaied the case. In the end the only evidence they had was Zimmerman’s admission that he shot Martin. His verbal claim to police of self-defense became a confession they used to file the case!

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Continued advice is: “Invoke your Fifth Amendment right and then shut up”.

Argh!

The average citizen has no friends, but his lawyer.

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TINFOILHAT: Deconstructing the BHO44 legend

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/03/the-biggest-hustle-in-human-history-.html

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

THE BIGGEST HUSTLE IN HUMAN HISTORY

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Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn’t even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn’t have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.

The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

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So who on the BoT made that call and who pressured them?

Enquiring minds want to know!

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RANT: What did my grandmother know?

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-scary-food-secrets-corporations-dont-want-you-to-know.html

5 Scary Food Secrets Corporations Don’t Want You to Know
Diana Herrington
July 10, 2013
8:00 am

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If you just have to eat yogurt, choose plain, or you guessed it — read the label. Here’s an easy rule to go by: Don’t eat any ingredients that your grandmother wouldn’t have heard of!

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That’s easy enough for a fat old white guy injineer.

Neither my maternal grandmother, and surely my paternal grandmother, ever used “strange foods”.

Laff!

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INTERESTING: Asiana 214 animation

http://youtu.be/JhoAfgYhhs0

Asiana 214 ver 2

John Suchocki

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The pilot really missed the glide path.

Don’t know enough to make any comment.

Seems that all systems and people failed.

Was any one watching from the tower?

Why was the rescue response so slow?

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FUN: After action report @tswift13 concert

Dear Ms. Swift (@tswift13):

Re: 13 July 2013 MetLife appearance

You are missing a large sales opportunity. Clearly, from the extremely long lines at your merchandise sales booth, you are missing a LARGE volume of sales. May I suggest that some one on your staff immediately look into these lost opportunities. While many swiftees will seek your merchandise online, some percentage of sales are lost forever. As well as the bad image!

Since I know you bring your own displays, you should consider your own vending machines to augment the process or at the very least include in a venue contract a maximum line length.

I am, of course, will to consult on this matter with you at no cost to you at you convenience.

fjohn
@reinkefj

#tswift #tswift13

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To the Met Life operators:

Good job reassigning most mens rooms to the ladies. Mond putting up some temporary signs direct us men to the few you have.

Bad job on the parking lot and traffic control. With all the engineering schools in the area, I can believe that exit traffic, and to some extent entering, is a disaster. I’ve been to many large venues that with bigger crowds empty faster. Last night, I saw an ambulance and trailing EMT truck stuck in the traffic with lights and sirens.  In addition, I’m astonish there wasn’t injuries mixing pedestrians and cars. I know I could do a better design job and I’m not that type of engineer.

fjohn

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RANT: Jury got it right

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/13/justice/zimmerman-trial/index.html

George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death
By Greg Botelho and Holly Yan, CNN
updated 7:12 AM EDT, Sun July 14, 2013

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In this case, from what I have seen, the Jury got it right.

I think the Prosecution lived up to the expectations of Gooferment bureaucrats.

If I was the Judge, I would sight the Prosecution for malpractice (about the disclosure) and incompetence (overcharging and using the GZ interviews). 

If I was the Governor, I would take the Judge aside and suggest another line of work.

If I was GZ, I’d move and change my name.

If I was MSNBC I’d switch to be an all comedy network; they are a joke.

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GOLDBUG: Ugly chickens

http://dailyreckoning.com/why-gold-will-make-a-comeback/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailyreckoning+%28The+Daily+Reckoning%29

The Daily Reckoning by The Daily Reckoning / 1d // keep unread // preview
Why Gold Will Make a Comeback

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You might be tempted to think that the global economy is recovering, the dollar strengthening and gold will finally sink into obscurity. Think again.

Central bankers like Ben S. Bernanke may tell you that banks hold gold bullion only for sake of “tradition,” but gold traders know otherwise — gold is real money, and despite what bankers, economists and mainstream investors have been saying, their actions show they are terrified of a coming currency crisis.

This Daily Reckoning video will show you exactly what is going on under the radar at some of the world’s biggest central banks, and how it is destined to affect gold prices.

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There are some very very ugly chickens coming home to roost.

All the “dollars” that the Federal Reserve has created out of thin air are sitting in the Big Banks. Just cause they are not “circulating” doesn’t mean that we are off the hook.

The Gooferment must inflate to “pay off” their unsustainable debt, unfunded liabilities, and spending.

So what are us “little people” supposed to do?

Prepare for hard times. Save and invest in things that preserve your “wealth” when the situation winds down.

Learn a real skill, economize, pay down “bad debt”, buy productive land, bullets, beans, band aids, commodities.

Gold, silver, and nickels.

Anything to preserve value.

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FUN: @tswift13 will keep me out late tonight #tswift #tswift13

Yes, I finally have a life.

My ex-neice-in-law gave me Taylor Swift concert tickets for tonight’s show.

I’ll be the fat old white guy injineer singing along with all the teeny, tweeny, and teen girls.

Laff!

(Have to stay young someway. And, @tswift13 is excellent role model in a “Secular Progressive” society.)

So, I’m out for fun.

Last time I went to show like this was back in the folk singing 60’s. Although I did see one of PPM’s last shows at George Mason University. (Mary Travers, RIP)

I think Tay is this generation’s folk singer and poetess laureate. And, a very charitable person.

Interesting to me is how she has transitioned from strictly country to country / pop / teen. While growning to womanhood. Sort of like Shirley Temple Black. Wonder if she can reinvent like Madona does; without the sleaze.

Any way.

Maybe I’ll get an autograph. Laff. If for some reason I get a gold wrist band, I’ll pass it to one of the youngsters. What would I say to her? “Good job”!

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RANT: Is the Zimmerman judge fair?

Sorry, while I haven’t been in the courtroom, I do think that the Procesution has proved reasonable doubt. I’m no lawyer, but it seems there is SUBSTANTIAL room for appeal.

What swings it for me is that Z had no duty to NOT follow what he perceived as a suspect.

And, clearly he was getting his butt kicked.

The left wing media with the pictures has prejudiced the jury pool.

I have no idea if he’s “guilty”; I do think that he has to be judged “not guilty”!

Sorry for all involved.

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RANT: Bloomberg: The Most Dangerous Man in America

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/07/jeff-knox/the-most-awful-tyrant-in-america/

Mayor Michael Bloomberg: The Most Dangerous Man in America
By Jeff Knox on July 9, 2013

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Bloomberg has decided that his destiny is to lead our nation out of the burden of individual liberty and personal responsibility, and into the peace of conformity, subjugation, and dependency.  Through his disingenuously named organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, he has launched a personal crusade against America’s gun owners.  In just the past few months, Bloomberg has spent several millions of his own money, along with millions of other people’s money, to advance his ill-conceived notion of civilian disarmament.

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Bloomberg is absurd!

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CLOUD: MSN TV RIP

http://allthingsd.com/20130706/microsoft-quietly-shuts-down-msn-tv-once-known-as-webtv/

Microsoft Quietly Shuts Down MSN TV, Once Known as WebTV
JULY 6, 2013 AT 7:31 PM PT

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Microsoft said that its MSN TV service will be closing down at the end of September, in a post on its Web site and in an email to users.

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So what do you do with the now worthless hardware that you bought?

Argh!

This doesn’t bode well for ANY cloud User. Even if you pay, it may disappear.

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INTERESTING: 57 million overseas Chinese created as much wealth as the one billion people living in China

http://lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell139.html

The Mindset of the Left
by Thomas Sowell

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When teenage thugs are called “troubled youth” by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums.

Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.

Why then the built-in excuse, when juvenile hoodlums are called “troubled youth” and mass murderers are just assumed to be “insane”?

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The political left has long claimed the role of protector of “the poor.” It is one of their central moral claims to political power. But how valid is this claim?

Leaders of the left in many countries have promoted policies that enable the poor to be more comfortable in their poverty. But that raises a fundamental question: Just who are “the poor”?

If you use a bureaucratic definition of poverty as including all individuals or families below some arbitrary income level set by the government, then it is easy to get the kinds of statistics about “the poor” that are thrown around in the media and in politics. But do those statistics have much relationship to reality?

“Poverty” once had some concrete meaning – not enough food to eat or not enough clothing or shelter to protect you from the elements, for example. Today it means whatever the government bureaucrats, who set up the statistical criteria, choose to make it mean. And they have every incentive to define poverty in a way that includes enough people to justify welfare state spending.

Most Americans with incomes below the official poverty level have air-conditioning, television, own a motor vehicle and, far from being hungry, are more likely than other Americans to be overweight. But an arbitrary definition of words and numbers gives them access to the taxpayers’ money.

This kind of “poverty” can easily become a way of life, not only for today’s “poor,” but for their children and grandchildren.

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If our goal is for people to get out of poverty, there are plenty of heartening examples of individuals and groups who have done that, in countries around the world.

Millions of “overseas Chinese” emigrated from China destitute and often illiterate in centuries past. Whether they settled in Southeast Asian countries or in the United States, they began at the bottom, taking hard, dirty and sometimes dangerous jobs.

Even though the overseas Chinese were usually paid little, they saved out of that little, and many eventually opened tiny businesses. By working long hours and living frugally, they were able to turn tiny businesses into larger and more prosperous businesses. Then they saw to it that their children got the education that they themselves often lacked.

By 1994, the 57 million overseas Chinese created as much wealth as the one billion people living in China.

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In one short article, Sowell nails our problem:

(1) low expectations by making excuses for evil;

(2) “poverty” has a poor definition and has become an “industry”; and

(3) poor immigrants seem to thrive.

Gooferment IS the problem.

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