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Recovery Chronicles: Tales From the Modern Food Line

Filed in BP, frontline, Gold, GOld juniors, inflation, Lear, o, Quantitative Easing by on February 4, 2011 0 Comments
Recovery Chronicles: Tales From the Modern Food Line

Here’s one from the recovery chronicles: food stamp usage is up 14% from last year. Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves about one in seven Americans. Of these, about half are children USDA officials say. From the Wall Street Journal by Sara Murray entitled: Some 43 Million Use Food Stamps “Nearly a year and a half into the economic recovery, some 43.6 million Americans continued to rely on food stamps in November. More than 14% of the population drew food stamps in November to purchase groceries as high unemployment and muted wage growth crimped budgets. The number of recipients was up 0.9% from October, according to the new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Compared to a year ago, the number of people receiving food stamps was up 14.2%. In both Washington, D.C. and Mississippi more than a fifth of residents received food stamps — the highest recipiency rates of any state. But demand has grown stronger in the past year in a handful of other states that recorded significant increases on a per capita basis. In New Mexico, 19.4% of the population tapped into food stamps. That’s up 3.2 percentage points from the same month a year ago, the largest increase for any state. Idaho reported a similar jump: 14% of residents received food stamps, up 3.1 points from a year ago. Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and Texas all experienced similar year over year increases.” For comparison sakes here’s how the food stamp roles have grown

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Top Picks 2011: Altria (MO)

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Top Picks 2011: Altria (MO)

Filed under: Newsletters , Altria Group (MO) , Stocks to Buy , Best Stocks for 2011 This post is one in a series in which more than 60 newsletter advisors share their Top Stock Picks for 2011 . This special report is courtesy of TheStockAdvisors.com . “Altria ( MO ) — our top investment idea for the coming year — is an extremely simple business; the company provides a specific product, tobacco, to a specific consumer niche, tobacco users,” says dividend expert Kelley Wright . The editor Investment Quality Trends explains, “While distasteful, if not outright abhorrent to much of the population, tobacco is the poster-child of ‘sinful’ indulgences, which makes Altria Group the poster-child of ‘sin’ stocks. Continue reading Top Picks 2011: Altria (MO) Top Picks 2011: Altria (MO) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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North Korea lost 30% of its population as a result of US bombings in the 1950s

Filed in Gold, o, obama by on November 27, 2010 0 Comments

The World is at a dangerous crossroads. The US is seeking a pretext to wage war on North Korea. North Korea is said to constitute a threat to Global Security. From the Truman Doctrine to Obama. The history of the 1950s Korean confirms that extensive war crimes were committed against the Korean people. As confirmed by the statement of General Curtis Lemay: “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.” North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:

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Whistleblower Speaks: The Truth Behind Foreclosures

Filed in Gold, Gold Market, lead, warrants by on October 19, 2010 0 Comments

This is a must-read… It was just too good, too unbelievable to pass up as a blog feature. It comes from the Zero Hedge blog… And if it’s true, the banks, and ultimately most of the US, is screwed. Try to enjoy. Here’s more from Zero Hedge: “Zero Hedge has been approached by an individual who participated directly in the various aspects of what is now broadly known as Fraudclosure . The below narrative recounts his experience in the due diligence process of selecting loans for the MBS pipeline. And far more than just legalese “technicalities” or a broad abrogation of property rights, as he points out there is a far more palpable issue for all those who hold Mortgage Backed Securities or other pool aggregations of mortgage loans: ” we have no idea what is in those packages .” This coming from the person who helped pick, diligence and sort through the various loans… Full exposition: The truth behind the foreclosure crisis. Yes, I am choosing to remain an anonymous coward. I just have been waiting this shoe to drop for a long time. The last thing I want to do is have to explain myself and get my ass sued for defamation. Not worth it. This much I can tell you. We have no idea what is in those packages. I personally packaged billions in MBS which have been placed on public shelves. Those assets were underwritten by Goldman, Morgan or name your investment bank. I started packaging loans as early as 2003, at the beginning of the crisis. After working for a large aggregator in New York, I joined GMAC. Those were good times. I worked directly with the traders to package assets that we would buy from our institutional clients and broker channel. It was the trader’s responsibility to close the deal with the underwriter. He would then hand the deal to the securitization group where it was managed by an asset specialist and a securitisation manager. We take the pool to the ratings agencies, …

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Governments Around The World Are Eagerly Adopting The Strict Population Control Agenda Of The United Nations

Filed in Gold Investing, silver by on July 18, 2010 0 Comments

Did you know that July 11th was “World Population Day”?  Unfortunately, it is not a celebration of the world population.  Rather, it is a day that the United Nations uses to “raise awareness of global population issues”.  Yes, population control now has its very own holiday, and an increasing number of nations are jumping on

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Market Wrap-Up for Jun.17 (BP, FCX, AET, SJM, KR, more)

Market Wrap-Up for Jun.17 (BP, FCX, AET, SJM, KR, more)

We are seeing the usual Congress pile-on today as the BP plc ( BP ) CEO goes to testify and will deservedly catch an earful. Always a great day for politicians to hit a beach ball out of the park. Washington needs to be sure it does not lose focus of what else will need focus, and that is the constant debt that is being added to with non-stop borrowing to keep government officials and municipal pensions paid for. This structure needs to be changed yesterday. We also find our country facing some serious issues on the population side. By 2020, 1/4 of the population in the U.S. will be 65 years of age or older. This has potential investment ramifications that we need to pay attention to. We’ll certainly be touching on this in the future of course. You can count on it. As for today’s session, J.M. Smucker Co. ( SJM ) wa rewarded for a solid earnings report. Also, Kroger ( KR ) and Aetna ( AET ) bucked the early downtrend, chiming in with positive comments on their outlook. Commodity-related plays lagged, with Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) and U.S. Steel ( X ) trading lower. The markets closed a bit higher across all the indices, but volume was once again a bit of a downer, surprising considering options expiration is tomorrow. Tomorrow could be a different story. Lastly, we added a dividend stock to our recommended list, that will be suited for “aggressive” investors. Be sure to check out the post from earlier today for details on the upgrade. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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How to Invest in What China Really Needs

Filed in commodities, economy, Gold, silver, Spot Gold, ubs, US Dollar by on June 16, 2010 0 Comments
How to Invest in What China Really Needs

There must be more communists in Berkeley than in Beijing. That thought crossed my mind as we swept through Beijing’s wide streets, crowded with cars and lined with tall modern buildings. A more bustling capitalistic city would be hard to imagine. I think most Americans would be shocked to see Beijing today. A friend of mine, well traveled and well-read, told me he thought he would find a city to compare to Mumbai or Managua. Instead, he found a city to compare to New York or Chicago. I sent back video clips of some of the highlights to another friend. After watching a few clips he wrote: “I suspect that what a lot of Americans are unsure about is the size and scope of what’s really there in everyday life in China. In most memories, it’s a nation of rice scroungers… raking the good earth with fingers crossed.” One of the clips I sent gave you a peek inside a busy Carrefour, a French retailer running a Wal-Mart-like operation in China. My friend continued, “Yet here there’s a butcher with piles of fresh, red meat out in the open (it MUST be selling fast to be out like that)… and 30 kinds of toothpaste on the shelves… and 60-plus cash registers jammed with customers.” All of the world’s best-known brand names were on display in brightly lit wide aisles. You almost have to see it to believe it. Even in the five years since I was here last, Beijing has changed a great deal. Surprise, though, has become something of a routine here. In 2001, consensus opinion had the population of Beijing hitting 14 million by 2040. It topped that by 2003. Today, it has about 22 million people. Also in 2001, experts thought that Beijing would have — gasp! — 1 million cars on its roads by 2010. It also topped that figure in 2003. Today, there are nearly 5 million cars on the road. China is now the world’s largest car market and is quickly becoming the world’s largest market for a number of consumer goods. It’s also the world’s largest market for mobile phones. We saw plenty of Beijingers chatting away at checkout counters and in their cars just as people do in the U.S. The whole country isn’t like this, of course. We wandered about 40 minutes from downtown and visited a small village still technically in Beijing. We walked down dusty lanes, past modest dwellings and a small Buddhist temple. Villagers smiled as we passed. They don’t see foreigners here much, but you could stop and get a Coke and a Snickers bar. We also happened to meet the head of the village, who greeted us warmly and showed us inside his house, a small courtyard home. After snapping a group picture, he asked us to e-mail a copy, and we dutifully wrote down his address. Some of these homes don’t have a private bathroom, but you can still send e-mail. That’s China for you, in a nutshell. It’s been an uneven advance — and there is still a long way to go. Back in central Beijing, we visited a Bank of China branch. There were 77 teller windows. In the central foyer was a display case with gold and silver coins for sale, as if they were pens or tote bags. The Chinese buy more gold than anybody else, recently surpassing India.  I tell you all this to prepare you for this key idea. As CLSA, the Asian …

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Stock-PR.com Stock Watch ON CRWE , Crown Equity Holdings Inc

Filed in economy, Gold Investing, Gold Prices by on June 5, 2010 0 Comments

Stock-PR Reporting FREE Daily Stock Alerts From Stock-PR.com ________________________________________ CRWE can make a difference. How? By helping American business raise necessary capital. Even with the economy in shambles there are still people that have money, that one percent of the population. It’s a matter of matching money with those who need it. The Idea as CRWE sees it is to

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Vinamilk: a low-beta, growth play still at a value price?

Filed in Gold, Gold Prices by on May 30, 2010 0 Comments
Vinamilk: a low-beta, growth play still at a value price?

Returning from a recent trip to Vietnam, an article from the International Herald Tribune caught my eye, and for obvious reasons.  It reiterates the explicit growth and frenzied pace on display in bustling cities such as Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and also underscores the favorable demographic thesis (nearly half of the population

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Obama’s “anger and frustration” at the BP oil spill

Filed in economy, Gold, shares by on May 15, 2010 0 Comments

Right on schedule, in the second paragraph of his prepared comments on Friday, Obama explained that he had seen firsthand “the anger and frustration” of the population in the Gulf, “And let me tell you, it is an anger and frustration that I share as President.” This has become Obama’s standard operating procedure. In late January 2010, at a press briefing, Obama “furiously slammed Wall Street titans who raked in billions in bonuses” (Associated Press). His press secretary Robert Gibbs let it be known that “the president shares the American people’s outrage on this.” Of course, the bonuses were paid anyway, and a Wall Street analyst understandingly remarked, “It’s good politics for him to say that.” WRH permalink

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10 Facts About Crime In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind

Filed in economy, Gold Prices, lead, silver by on April 26, 2010 0 Comments

Many Americans are already painfully aware that violent crime is experiencing a massive upsurge in the United States.  As the U.S. economy has tanked and as unemployment has skyrocketed, many Americans have found themselves becoming increasingly desperate.  Hard economic times usually lead to an increase in crime, but what is happening across the U.S. now

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Health Care Poised to Follow the Money

Filed in Debt, economy, Gold, Gold Bullion prices, recession, ubs by on April 26, 2010 0 Comments
Health Care Poised to Follow the Money

We’ve become used to jobless economic recoveries, since, more than anything else, it is the downsizing of payrolls that has caused corporate profits to rebound from recessionary troughs. In theory, this is part of the “creative destruction” that helps the economy get lean and mean: Workers who have lost their jobs migrate to stronger companies, many learning new job skills to meet the demands of emerging businesses. This time around, however, so many key sectors have downsized, especially finance, retail and real estate, that there are not nearly enough emerging growth sectors to take up the slack. Which sectors of the economy seem likely to grow the most over the next 5-10 years? Unfortunately, signs point to health care above all, since, if Obamacare takes root, that’s where the lion’s share of new federal spending will be going. We say “unfortunately,” because investors chasing all those new Obamacare dollars will tend to misallocate capital so that it finds its way into what promises to be the most expensive and wasteful boondoggle ever undertaken by Big Government. You can be sure that many companies are preparing for a boom in healthcare and that they will shift their resources into related businesses when the time is right. And just as every corporate Tom, Dick and Harry eventually found its way into some aspect of banking or finance during the boom in real estate and securitized debt, companies with no connection to or knowledge of health care will find pathways into its most promising areas of growth. Doctors Stampede to Retire We should like to think that the growth will occur in places that are crucial to the actual health of the population. An example of this would be the training of, say, 5,000 new physicians to practice general medicine, and providing incentives for them to open offiices in small cities and towns. In fact, that is most unlikely to occur, since physician reimbursement rates are all but certain to continue lower as the federal government’s role in health care expands. For their part, doctors have already started voting with their feet, retiring from the profession in vastly larger numbers than ever before. It seems predictable that those who remain will be corralled into assembly-line clinics and hospitals designed to achieve the economies of scale necessary to command federal (i.e., taxpayer) subsidies. Just a tiny change in the government’s priorities will cause tidal waves of money to move from one place in healthcare to another. If, say, Washington should decide to increase the reimbursement for a home visit by an infusion nurse from $180 to $205, a thousand mom-and-pop infusion businesses will spring up in a matter of months. And if the government elects to pay a

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