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Hey Neighbor: ‘Mansion Squatting’ on the Rise

Filed in Debt, Gold, GOld juniors, Gold Market by on September 24, 2010 0 Comments
Hey Neighbor: ‘Mansion Squatting’ on the Rise

If you’re bored this weekend and have nothing to do there is always “mansion squatting”. As it turns out, it is way better than living in a van down by the river. On top of that, you may even run into a movie star or two….. From MSNBC by Bill Briggs entitled: Squatters moving into upscale neighborhoods “On the big screen, actor Randy Quaid may be best known for his mooching, move-in-and-never-leave character “Cousin Eddie” from National Lampoon’s “Vacation” films. Last weekend, he allegedly followed his own Hollywood script. Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested Saturday after they were found living in a guest house on a million-dollar, Montecito, Calif., property Quaid once owned. While Quaid claims his name remains on the deed, the actor and his wife were jailed until they were able to post $10,000 bail. Quaid is hardly alone in his distinctly post-bubble legal trouble. Such high-end “mansion squatting” has becomg an increasingly visible irritant in or near Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles and probably elsewhere, industry experts say. And the trend appears to be growing, as the housing bust means thousands of mansions around the country are languishing on the market, often under the control of banks that have foreclosed on them. “It’s immoral but I do understand, logically, how people get this idea in their heads,” said Tara-Nicholle Nelson, a former Bay Area broker agent and now a consumer educator for the real estate website Trulia.com. “I also think this happens a lot more than we know.” Upscale squatters have been nabbed in at least three other cities: In Sugar Grove, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago, cops arrested 42-year-old Steven Hawthorne in April 2009 after he moved his furniture and big-screen TV into a vacant, $700,000 foreclosed home. He introduced himself to neighbors as the new owner and stayed for about eight months. Hawthorne, who also managed to have the power, gas and water turned on at the dwelling, was eventually charged by authorities with two felonies, including theft of government property (the utilities). In Malibu, Calif., Wells Fargo executive Cheronda Guyton occasionally occupied a $14.9 million beach house to host swanky social gatherings, according to newspaper reports. One catch: the property’s former owners had lost the home to foreclosure after they were victimized by Bernie Madoff – and the estate was claimed by their bank – that’s right, Wells Fargo. When residents within the gated community glimpsed the parties, they got Guyton’s name from…

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Yukon Gold Stocks: Retaming the Wild

Yukon Gold Stocks: Retaming the Wild

The rush to find gold in the Yukon Territory is surging once again! It’s been 113 years since the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century… Now, a new Yukon Gold Rush is on as one geologist is leading the way for a discovery of up to 200 million ounces of gold. For investors, this discovery will provide a long series of lucrative opportunities to profit from Yukon gold stocks. And those who invest now will be best positioned to profit as the story unfolds over the next several years. In this report, I’ll introduce you to the geologist who is trailblazing the new Yukon Gold Rush— and tell you how to prepare yourself to take advantage rising share prices. But before we talk about that, let me tell you exactly where geologists are looking for the yellow metal in the Yukon… Advertisement Biotech brings cure to cancer— and 10,000% gains to investors Americans currently have a 41% chance of developing cancer during their lifetimes. But while this number may seem dire, there is hope on the horizon… In-house biotech expert Steve Christ has stumbled upon a small firm having amazing success developing a cancer vaccine— and he expects this biotech outfit to make over 1000 times your money as the drug is pushed on to the world market. You can read all about this miracle vaccine right here. The Yukon’s 200 million ounces of gold The Yukon gold deposits are the world’s largest known occurrence for what is known as placer gold. Since the initial discovery of gold, it is estimated that between 15-20 million ounces of placer gold have been recovered from the streams and sediments of the Yukon. Placer mining is the mining of minerals from loose, unconsolidated soil or sediments. Placer gold that is panned out of streams and rivers always comes from a larger source. You’ll want to remember that because this is where the Yukon gold story get really interesting… Geologists generally agree that the source of the placer gold is typically ten times larger than the total number of ounces recovered from placer mining. That means the source of the placer gold could contain between 150 to 200 million ounces of gold! The source of the placer gold in the Yukon has not yet been found; however, geologists are hot on its trail… Recent gold discoveries in the Yukon are shedding new light on the lost source of the placer gold in the region, and geologists now believe the Yukon’s placer gold source will be discovered any day now. Placer mining in the Yukon Placer gold often travels up to hundreds of miles before reaching its final resting spot— thus the difficulty in trying to find the source from where this gold originally sprang. During the Klondike Gold Rush in the early part of the century, most of the small placer miners were eventually replaced by large dredges that harvested the gold until recovery rates diminished sometime in the 1950s. I was recently able to visit one of these dredges, now a historic monument: This dredge was built in 1912. It is five stories high and ran on electricity. Gold miners were using electricity in the Klondike before New York City. Dredges created their own pool of water so they could float by digging and kept moving forward, taking out the gravel down into bedrock. The gold was extracted from the rock and…

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Investing in Yukon Gold Stocks 2011

The rush to find gold in the Yukon Territory is surging once again! It’s been 113 years since the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century… Now, a new Yukon Gold Rush is on as one geologist is leading the way for a discovery of up to 200 million ounces of gold. For investors, this discovery will provide a long series of lucrative opportunities to profit from Yukon gold stocks. And those who invest now will be best positioned to profit as the story unfolds over the next several years. In this report, I’ll introduce you to the geologist who is trailblazing the new Yukon Gold Rush— and tell you how to prepare yourself to take advantage rising share prices. But before we talk about that, let me tell you exactly where geologists are looking for the yellow metal in the Yukon… Advertisement The next big play of North America’s Oil Comeback Breakthrough drilling technology has turned an abandoned Alberta oil field into the hottest energy territory in the Western Hemisphere … And one $4-a-share company is positioned for the lion’s share of the spoils. Click here for the on-site proof that 1,239% gains await early investors . The Yukon’s 200 million ounces of gold The Yukon gold deposits are the …

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‘Draw Muhammad’ Cartoonist Goes Into Hiding at FBI’s Insistence After Assassination Threat

Filed in Gold, Gold Spot Market by on September 16, 2010 0 Comments

FoxNews.com | The Seattle cartoonist whose artwork sparked the controversial “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!” has gone into hiding at the advice of the FBI after being targeted by a radical Muslim cleric.

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Bullish on Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA)

Filed in ceo, dividend, earnings, Gold, Gold Market, ubs, upgrade by on July 29, 2010 0 Comments
Bullish on Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA)

Straight from the pages of aviation history, the future of air travel touched down again earlier this month courtesy of the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA). Dubbed the “787 Dreamliner,” the cutting-edge passenger plane set the industry abuzz when it landed before a crowd of over 5,000 at the 2010 Farnborough Airshow last week. And while the airliner’s visit was on the brief side (it left after only two days), the mere presence of the much-delayed plane made it the star of the show as the industry’s biggest players gathered around to take another look. Needless to say, what they found was nothing short of transformational… Which is why Boeing currently has 863 orders for an aircraft that has yet to be truly delivered. If all goes according to plan, Japan’s Nippon Airways will be the first company to take delivery of a Dreamliner at the end of this year. Even after years of delays, Boeing’s customer are lining up for the most sophisticated airliner yet as it inches closer to the finish line. Boeing delivers on the 787 Dreamliner Assembled in Seattle, the Dreamliner is the first plane ever to have its entire fuselage made of carbon composites, rather than the familiar aluminum sheets that are riveted together. That gives the plane a dramatic boost in speed and efficiency, allowing it use considerably less fuel. Clean and green, the Dreamliner burns 20% less fuel than a comparable aircraft — a huge plus in world where airlines are often rocked by fuel price increases. What’s more, the company declares each plane will likely have a 50-year lifespan, since there is so little metal used in the aircraft’s construction. But the biggest benefits of the new model may just belong to the passengers… According to Boeing, the Dreamliner boasts the following upgrades: • Windows in the 787 are 65% larger and there are no mechanical shades. Instead, individual passengers can adjust the light levels via the window next to their seat from fully transparent to completely dark. • Overhead storage bins are larger, making it less likely that you’ll have to store things under the seat in front of you. • A better air filtration system with a gas filtration system removes odors and contaminants that can cause nose, throat, and eye irritation. • Because the fuselage is constructed mainly of composite materials (instead of aluminum), the cabin can be pressurized to a lower altitude— 6,000 feet instead of 8,000 feet. This reduces the likelihood of discomfort and fatigue. • Airline cabin air is typically very dry, in order to prevent corrosion in the aluminum airframe. Non-corroding composite material in the 787 means cabin air can have a higher level of humidity, which is more comfortable for passengers. • New technology allows the 787’s wing control to anticipate and respond to turbulence, making for a smoother ride. Computer models show an eight-fold reduction in passengers experiencing motion sickness. • Boeing promises a “quieter cabin” due to reduced engine and exhaust noise, a quieter air conditioning system, and less vibration. Increased speed, efficiency, and the Dreamliner can make flying considerably more comfortable… So all in all, what’s not to love? ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ An industry on the rebound The good news for Boeing is that its latest marvel is arriving as the industry is hitting a product replacement cycle, after two years of scraping the bottom in sales. In fact— thanks to the action at the Farnborough Airshow — analysts now believe the battered industry is brewing for …

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XO Holdings (XOHO.OB) Subsidiary, XO Communications, Continues Expanding Footprint in Seattle Area

Filed in Gold Investing, lead, silver by on July 12, 2010 0 Comments

XO Communications announced today that they have expanded their network presence for the Seattle, WA market. Part of the XO Communications’ business strategy is to expand development in existing XO markets to serve more customers where a presence is already being felt. XO Communications, a leading nationwide provider of advanced broadband communications services

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Verizon Confirms 4G LTE Pricing – Analyst Blog

Filed in Gold Prices, lead, silver, ubs by on May 28, 2010 0 Comments

Verizon ( VZ ) has unveiled its pricing strategy for its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service which is expected to be commercially launched later this year. As expected, Big Red has opted for a tiered (or metered) pricing policy for its LTE data plans.                  The tiered price structure is in contrast with Verizon’s existing popular flat monthly unlimited data plans for its 3G services. Under the metered data plans, tariffs will be levied on the basis of data consumption, which might discourage customers from using huge volumes of data.   Since the customers will be connecting multiple (five or more) devices to the LTE network, data services will be offered in “Buckets” of data (by megabytes) with different fees attached to them. The sunny side of this policy is that customers who use less volume of data have to pay much less than those using their smartphones to access high-bandwidth applications (such as HD video streaming or downloading huge data files).    In essence, customers using more data on the 4G LTE network may experience a bill shock, especially if they exceed the allocated monthly data limit, given the overage charges.   Verizon successfully completed field testing of its LTE network in Boston and Seattle demonstrating encouraging throughput levels. The carrier has used its coveted 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum for 4G data transfer to successfully test applications such as web browsing, voice transmission, video streaming and file upload and download.   The LTE network is expected to deliver average downlink speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) in a practical setting. Based on a recently conducted test on laptops in a small

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Video shows Seattle police kicking suspect

Filed in Bank Gold, gld, Gold Spot Market by on May 7, 2010 0 Comments

A video showing Seattle police officers stomping on a man’s head and body and using a racial epithet has prompted an internal investigation by authorities and disgust by the mayor. Soon after, officers kick the man in the head, hand and leg. It turned out the man was not the robbery suspect, and the officers let him go. WRH permalink

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Verizon to Launch LTE in 4Q – Analyst Blog

Filed in Gold Prices by on April 16, 2010 0 Comments

Verizon ( VZ ) is reportedly planning to roll out commercial 4G services based on the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband technology during the fourth quarter this year. This brings forward the launch timeline, which was originally expected in late 2010. Based on the information provided by a company official, the carrier plans to commence user trials of the LTE network this summer.  Verizon has been conducting field tests of its 4G LTE network in Boston and Seattle which are expected to be the initial markets for the commercial network launch. Trials in these two test sites have shown the potential of achieving peak downlink speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and peak uplink speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps, significantly faster than the current 3G deployments.  For its 4G trials, Verizon is leveraging the network infrastructure provided by technology partners Ericsson ( ERIC ) and Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU ), network equipment vendors Starent Networks and Nokia Siemens and trial devices providers LG and Samsung. The company continues to expect achieving average network speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in a practical setting.  Verizon continues to invest heavily on 4G, representing a key future growth driver. The carrier has opened a new “Technology Innovation Center” in Waltham, Massachusetts, to foster the development of a range of devices compatible with the LTE network platform.  LTE has emerged as the most preferred base technology standard for 4G due to its fast data transfer capability and ability to handle bandwidth-intensive applications. LTE is faster than other leading 4G standards including WiMax. Swedish telecom operator TeliaSonera ( TLSNY ) became the first carrier in the world to launch 4G LTE services (in Stockholm and Oslo) in late 2009.  Verizon is progressing well in leapfrogging its archrival AT&T ( T ) in 4G roll-out initiatives. If the 4G network is launched as planned, Verizon will be the first carrier to offer commercial LTE services in the US as AT&T lags with its LTE service launch planned in 2011. Verizon plans to launch the LTE network across 25 to 30 markets (covering 100 million people) in 2010 and targets to provide nationwide coverage by 2013.   We expect this technological lead to strengthen Verizon’s existing network footprint and drive wireless data revenues with increased margins as a result of new features enabled by lightning-fast 4G services. Read the full analyst report on “VZ” Read the full analyst report on “ERIC” Read the full analyst report on “ALU” Read the full analyst report on “TLSNY” Read the full analyst report on “T” Zacks Investment Research

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Sounders FC finds silver lining in disappointing result

Filed in Gold Investing, silver by on April 11, 2010 0 Comments

Disappointment and frustration were the story Saturday night, when Sounders FC allowed a last-second, game-tying goal in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake. But after the anguish of the missed opportunity had passed, Seattle still took home some positiv Sounders FC finds silver lining in disappointing result

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Teabaggers Part Deux (Lib Seattle Colunist)

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This column is a little inflammatory… Last week, in this space, I appear to have awakened a movement larger than the one I achieved prior to my last colonoscopy. Who could have thought that government resentful “teabaggers” existed here in the rain forests of the Puget Sound? After my recent personal encounter with these activists in the other Washington, I imagined that they were simply part of the extensive production capability of FOX News. Who would have thunk that they are very much alive and well and reading blogs here at Seattlepi.com? It would appear at first glance that my… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Feds Prepare To Use Anarchists To Provoke Tea Party Violence

Filed in gld, Gold, Ron Paul by on April 2, 2010 0 Comments
Feds Prepare To Use Anarchists To Provoke Tea Party Violence

Look behind the balaclava of many a self-proclaimed “anarchist” and you’ll find a statist thug Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Friday, April 2, 2010 Given the past history of how so-called “anarchist” groups are so easily infiltrated and provocateured by the authorities to commit meaningless acts of violence that only serve to discredit political causes, we should be alarmed by the possibility that anarchist plans to “crash the tea parties” will present the perfect opportunity for the establishment to create a flashpoint with which to demonize constitutionalists as unruly extremists. According to leading anarchist website Infoshop News , “On April 15th thousands of right-wingers will attend rallies in cities and towns across the United States. The organizers of this nationwide day of protest call it a tea party. This tea party movement that emerged only a year ago is a coalition of conservatives, anti-Semites, fascists, libertarians, racists, constitutionalists, militia men, gun freaks, homophobes, Ron Paul supporters, Alex Jones conspiracy types and American flag wavers.” (Emphasis added). In one paragraph, the so-called “anarchists” have regurgitated wholesale the exact same rhetoric that the corporate-owned media, their supposed adversaries, have been spewing ceaselessly for months on end – that anyone who opposes big government (which is what “anarchists” are supposed…

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