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This woman was just sent to jail. What she did to end up there will blow your mind.

From Michael Krieger at Liberty Blitzkrieg:

The trend of average U.S. citizens being incarcerated by overzealous judges and prosecutors within the police state formerly known as America continues with reckless abandon. In fact, these sorts of cases are becoming so commonplace I simply cannot keep up with all of them.

The following story is a perfect follow-up to my piece earlier today, which shows how American public school students are being arrested or harassed by police for the most minor of infractions, such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmate’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.

If you are an adult American slave, you can add not mowing your lawn to the list of prison-worthy crimes in the police state.

From Yahoo News:

If you are a resident of Lenoir City, Tennessee, you might want to remember to mow your lawn — otherwise, you will be spending the night in jail.

Karen Holloway just spent six hours in a jail cell for failing to maintain her yard in accordance with the standards set by the city.

The saga began last summer, when Holloway was sent a citation for her overgrown grass and shrubbery. Holloway, who works a full-time job and has two children living at home, a husband in school, and one family vehicle, admits the yard needed some attention but that it just wasn’t feasible to do the work.

“The bushes and trees were overgrown. But that’s certainly not

Article source: http://thecrux.com/you-wont-believe-why-this-tennessee-woman-was-just-sent-to-jail/

James Altucher: This simple chart saved my life

From James Altucher: 

90% of the feedback I got about “Choose Yourself” was about one thing: How to bridge harsh reality with the world of imagination… Or  “How to become an Idea Machine.”

For my whole life, I felt like a stray dog, dashing around until I could survive in the jungle. But I was lost and it took a long time.

And I get it. I was dead on the ground. I was broke. I was separated. I was fired. I was scared. Scared and lonely.

Everywhere I looked I couldn’t believe people knew how to smile. They were faking it, I thought.

In “Choose Yourself,” I describe the first tiny steps I took to get off the ground.

Well, actually, the second. Because the first was horribly embarrassing. I pretended to be a psychic on Craigslist just so I could make friends.

But ignore that. I was lonely and just needed to reach out into space.

Specifically, I tried to improve physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually each day. Just a little bit each day. The 1% rule. Improve 1% a day.

They are all equally important. If you sit on a four-legged chair, you are firm on the ground. A three-legged chair, and a strong wind will blow you over. And below that, you fall easily.

But ideas are the currency of this economy. NOTHING else. Which drove me to my next book, “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, ” where I focus a lot

Article source: http://thecrux.com/james-altucher-this-is-the-chart-that-saved-my-life/

The gold price still looks robust – Phillips

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In his daily commentary, Julian Phillips reckons this could be a big week for gold.



Author: Julian Phillips
Posted:
Monday
,
20 Oct 2014

JOHANNESBURG (GoldForecaster) - 

Gold Today – The gold price closed at $1,237.80 down $1.70 on Friday. Asia and London took it higher $1,242.  The euro is weaker this morning at $1.2756. The Fix was set $1,241.00 up $3.00 and in the euro at €972.647 up €5.762, while the euro stood stronger at $1.2759. The volumes of gold traded were two seller selling 40,000 ounces and one buyer buying 20,000 ounces before the pro rata arrangement kicked in.  Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was trading at $1,241.55 and in the euro at €972.09.

Silver Today – The silver price closed in New York at $17.28 down 10 cents, still marking time until it sees a bigger break-out in gold. Ahead of New York’s opening it was trading at $17.39.

Gold (very short-term) This could be a big week for gold in New York and London.

Silver (very short-term) Silver will continue to ‘mark time’, in New York this week.

Price Drivers

The gold price still looks robust. The current robust demand is ignoring the weaker euro this morning. There were no purchases or sales from the SPDR gold ETF on Friday and none

Article source: http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/content/en/mineweb-africa?oid=257198&sn=Detail

This powerful example shows why everyone still needs to own gold today

By Dennis Miller at Casey Research:

It’s been over 3,280 days since a hurricane hit Florida. As hurricane season comes to a close next month, only Mother Nature knows how long the streak will last.

Like many Floridians, my wife and I stayed home and rode out a hurricane—once! We’d built a home on Perdido Key, a barrier island west of Pensacola. It was engineered to withstand 150-plus mph winds, and it was a beautiful home with a master bedroom spanning the entire third floor, looking out across the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Danny hit the Gulf shortly after we moved in. It was a fast-moving Category I with winds gusting in the 75-80 mph range. Full of confidence and a bit curious, we decided to hunker down and ride it out. At the speed it was traveling, it should have been over in a matter of hours. Then, Danny caught everyone by surprise and stalled in Mobile Bay, pounding us for three days.

The waves on the Gulf were terrifying. We watched the rising tide bang boats against the rocks and sink others. Our front door had a double deadbolt with a keyhole on each side. Water shot through three feet into the room for 24 hours straight. Newly planted palm trees strained against support wires and toppled onto their sides.

We tried to get some sleep in our bedroom, but we could feel the house move with each gust of wind. We watched bits

Article source: http://thecrux.com/this-powerful-example-shows-why-everyone-still-needs-to-own-gold-today/

Democrats are “freaking out” about a new Texas law

From Mac Slavo at SHTFplan: 

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court gave Texas the go-ahead to enforce voter identification laws at the polls. The court rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights group to overturn the law with a majority of Justices on the court siding with Texas.

The move has liberals all over the country up in arms because the legislation opens the door for other states to move in lockstep with Texas.

Though the majority did not issue a statement, a dissenting opinion from liberal judges that included Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, says that the law is purposefully discriminatory.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.”

At the Huffington Post, a hotbed of progressive ideas, readers took to their keyboards to show their outrage over the new law.

The law, which allows for seven (7) different methods of identification at the polls, has been attacked, among other things, as an attempt to instill white rule over minorities:

College ID cards are not considered legitimate identification, while concealed carry handgun licenses have been approved.

Apparently, some liberal commentators don’t realize that a non-citizen can acquire a college ID if they attend school in the

Article source: http://thecrux.com/why-liberals-are-freaking-out-about-this-new-texas-law/

Dhanteras sales jump 20% over lower gold, silver prices

The occasion of Dhanteras on Tuesday, when it is considered auspicious to buy gold or silver, saw a jump in sales of jewellery over the country by at least 20 per cent over last year’s day, in the wake of  lower prices in the retail markets. Average gold prices were around Rs 32,500 per 10g during Diwali last year. They’re now Rs 27,500 per 10g. Silver is now around Rs 39,000 a kg, compared to Rs 49,000 a kg last year.

Last Diwali however gold prices being too high, demand was at its low. Hence this year’s increase in demand on auspicious days like Dhanteras is high in context of low base. However traders are confident of buying coming in jewellery as over all sentiment has improved with prices being low.

The Ahmedabad Jewellers’ Association (AJA) had launched a Swarna Utsav shopping festival which concludes on Diwali (Thursday), with the aim of making up for losses in the past six months due to lack of business. “We expect sales to rise by 15-20 per cent this year over last season,” said Shantibhai Patel of the AJA. “We expect sales of Rs 250-300 crore this season.” Adding: “Compared to last year, more people are going for gold coins and lightweight jewellery. This is also because the marriage season is a little late this year.”

Rajkot Gold Dealers’ Association president Bhayabhai Sholiya said they, too, expected 15-20 per cent higher sales than last year’s Diwali season. “Since the last one month, the sale have picked

Article source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/dhanteras-sales-jump-20-over-lower-gold-silver-prices-114102101188_1.html

Signs of a top: This is happening at the fastest rate since 2008

From Mike “Mish” Shedlock at Global Economic Trend Analysis:

In yet another potential market topping sign, MA Deals Fail At Highest Rate Since 2008

The value of deals that fail to complete has reached its highest level since 2008, in the latest sign that the best year for mergers and acquisitions since the financial crisis will also feature a number of high-profile failures.

Three large deals collapsed last week, adding to the list of wrecked deals and coinciding with a sharp jump in equity market volatility that sapped confidence in stocks and put a chill on the market for initial public offerings.

The biggest blow to dealmaking prospects came as U.S. pharmaceutical group AbbVie unexpectedly dropped its support for a $55bn takeover of UK rival Shire. The sudden U-turn has undermined the prevailing belief among bankers that a U.S. Treasury crackdown on deals that allow U.S. companies to lower their tax obligations by moving abroad would have little impact.

So-called tax inversions have featured prominently in this year’s resurgent MA market accounting for at least a dozen deals. But the chances of Pfizer, the U.S. pharma company, reviving its $120bn pursuit of the UK’s AstraZeneca have been greatly diminished as a result of AbbVie’s decision, several people close to the situation recently told the Financial Times, casting doubt on the year’s biggest withdrawn deal returning.

A total of $573bn worth of deals have been withdrawn, setting this year up to surpass the $640bn

Article source: http://thecrux.com/another-sign-of-a-top-this-hasnt-happened-since-2008/

A behind-the-scenes look at what really happened in Texas’ “Ebola Hospital”

From Gary North at LewRockwell.com: 

When Thomas Eric Duncan first came into the hospital, he arrived with an elevated temperature, but was sent home.

On his return visit to the hospital, he was brought in by ambulance under the suspicion from him and family members that he may have Ebola.

Mr. Duncan was left for several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present.

No one knew what the protocols were or were able to verify what kind of personal protective equipment should be worn and there was no training.

Subsequently a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolation unit – yet faced resistance from other hospital authorities.

Lab specimens from Mr. Duncan were sent through the hospital tube system without being specially sealed and hand delivered. The result is that the entire tube system by which all lab specimens are sent was potentially contaminated.

There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system. The nurses were asked to call the Infectious Disease Department. The Infectious Disease Department did not have clear policies to provide either.

Initial nurses who interacted with Mr. Duncan nurses wore a non-impermeable gown front and back, three pairs of gloves, with no taping around wrists, surgical masks, with the option of N-95s, and face shields. Some supervisors said that even the N-95 masks were not necessary.

The suits they were given still exposed

Article source: http://thecrux.com/texas-ebola-hospital-nurses-reveal-what-really-happened/

How Will We Know That the Gold & Silver Price Bottom Is In?


Commodities / Gold and Silver 2014
Oct 21, 2014 – 08:55 PM GMT

By: P_Radomski_CFA


Briefly: In our opinion speculative long positions (half) in gold, silver and mining stocks are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Yesterday, gold closed higher than it did in the previous several weeks, which seems like a very bullish development for the entire precious metals market until one realizes that miners are still close to their most recent lows.

In short, in our opinion, the answer to the title question is that miners could rally some more in the short term, but we don’t expect the rally to be significant. We expect to see significant rallies after the final bottom is reached (in a few weeks – months), but not before that – at least not based on the information that we have available today. Furthermore, it seems that the next local top will be reached shortly, but that it’s not in just yet.

Why? The USD Index is likely not done declining and the long-term resistance lines in gold have not been reached. What we wrote about these markets yesterday and on Friday remains up-to-date. Still, we would like to show you the latest short-term USD chart as we have added a target area to it (charts

Article source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article47841.html

Dhanteras gold, silver sales surge up to 30% on lower prices


Jewellery and coin sales sparkled on Dhanteras on Tuesday with sales rising by an estimated 30% from last year as customers went on a buying spree lured by lower gold and silver prices. Gold prices are ruling at Rs 27,925 per 10 grams in the national capital, about 11 % lower than Rs 31,300 per 10 grams on Dhanteras day in 2013. Similarly, silver today traded at Rs 39,000 per kg as compared to Rs 49,100 a kg last year, a drop of 20.6%.

MMTC-PAMP India President (Marketing) Vipin Raina said, “It seems consumers are on buying spree this festival we have sold our entire stock of gold and silver coins. We had minted 1.5 lakh pieces of silver coins and 25,000 pieces (1.5 tonnes) of gold coins for sale during Diwali.” Jewellers said the buying activity remained robust in the first half of the day in most places. But more sales are expected in later part of the day with office-goers in bit cities coming for buying late in the evening. People are buying both jewellery and coins.

ORRA Jewellery CEO Vijay Jain said, “While consumer sentiment was slow in the last two quarters, from Dusshera onwards, there has been a significant pickup in demand especially for gold jewellery due to fall in prices”. “We see over 30% increase in sales over the last

Article source: http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-dhanteras-gold-silver-sales-surge-up-to-30-on-lower-prices-2028227