OK, Now Watch This

Earlier today, a friend passed along a link to this film.

Called "End of The Road: How Money Became Worthless", it covers many of the topics we often discuss here and it does so by interviewing many of the folks who champion our cause. I think you'll enjoy it immensely.

If you feel compelled to watch the film or buy the video in order to share it with others, please do so by following the links provided. Apparently, TFMR makes a little commishkey if you do.

TF

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Havenstein's picture

I'm a John Williams fan

Dollar Sell Off Within 4 Months-John Williams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O8kBDUw45uY

CaribSurfKing's picture

I guess I would pay etc.... if not for...

...the last 2 years of metals price action!

I will not be happy if in 10 years Silver is at $100, the DOW is at 30,000 and a gallon of milk is $20!

Bollocks's picture

@Pining 4 the Fjords

Who are you then?

Not that I take anything personally.

http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/264592#comment-264592

Noooooo. Not me.

Oh, hang on.

Puck T. Smith's picture

Great Documentary

There is a bootleg version floating around YouTube.  Someone linked it here about a week ago.  At the time I said it is by far the best of it's type.  It is very straightforward without a single bit of tinfoil or NWO/Illuminati/Build-A-Burger/Rothschild wackjobbery.  It's is perfect for the average Joe or Aunt Mabel.  It should be spread far and wide.  I give it 6 stars.  

Larry's picture

Not working on this mac

the ppv movie. every time I log on or refresh, a new series of stalls, accepting link popups with accept or deny, spinning color wheels, multiple pages loading on each and every page... as well as commenting. I'll forego catching up on this particular thread.

Just info for the IT folks. If it works for everyone else, all is well. Happy trails.

Bollocks's picture

6 stars puck?

Umm, so completely rubbish then?

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...estimate of the number of stars in the Universe...

\frac{4}{3} \pi {S_\mathrm{horizon}}^3 = 9 \times 10^{30}\ \mathrm{ly}^3

Note however that this volume is not derived from the 46 billion light year radius given by most authors, but rather from the Hubble volume, which is the volume of a sphere with radius equal to the Hubble length (the distance at which galaxies would currently be receding from us at the speed of light), which the paper gives as 13 billion light years. In any case, the paper combines this volume with an estimate of the average stellar density calculated from observations by the Hubble Space Telescope

\frac{5 \times 10^{21}\ \textrm{stars}}{4 \times 10^{30} \ \textrm{ly}^3} = 10^{-9} \ \textrm{stars}/\textrm{ly}^3 = 1\ \textrm{star} \ \textrm{per}\ \textrm{billion}\ \textrm{ly}^3

(or 1 star per cube, 1,000 ly to a side (x,y,z))

yielding an estimate of the number of stars in the observable universe of 9 × 1021 stars (9 sextillion (short scale) stars).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe

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6 stars is mean. Really mean.

 

Gold Buffalo's picture

What is up with Erik Swarts?

This guy has a certain arrogance about his calls on silver, which continue to be very bearish, but darn it he has been spot on for almost 2 years, which is when he first started blogging.  He said December would be ugly for silver... And it was.   And now he says... more ugly to come.  He certainly does not have Turd's gift for writing clearly and simply, but maybe we should be paying closer attention to him.  If anybody can credibly point out why he is wrong, I'm all ears!  Here is his latest from today.

http://www.safehaven.com/article/28590/connecting-the-dots

Libertybella's picture

Browser trouble with Kindle Fire

Off topic...but I just recently started having trouble staying on line but only when I access this blog...my browser just cuts out and restarts after only a few minutes...

This doesn't happen when I access ANY OTHER SITES...and it only happens with this site and ONLY when I am on my Kindle Fire...

Anyone else ever had that problem?  It's weird.

TomMack's picture

bollocks

i think you forgot the $ sign on the 9 sextillion on the debt calculation! 

TomMack's picture

sextillion?

i think Raquel maybe a sextillion all by herself.rw008.jpg

¤'s picture

Uncle Warren to purchase NYSE Euronext?

Just imagine what might be possible if this crony accomplishes this.

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Jan. 28, 2013, 11:37 a.m. EST

Buffett's Berkshire bid for NYSE Euronext: report

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A regulatory filing showed Monday that advisers for NYSE Euronext approached "a large industrial and financial holding company" that they believed would be interested in NYSE's business. The development took place in late November 2012 when NYSE was in talks to merge with Intercontinental Exchange . The proposal by the large industrial company was lower than the ICE proposal, the filing showed. CNBC reported Monday that the likely alternative bidder was Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway . A spokesperson for the NYSE Euronext declined comment on the matter. A representative from Berkshire Hathaway was not immediately available for comment. ICE agreed to buy NYSE Euronext in late December.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/buffetts-berkshire-bid-for-nyse-euronext-report-2013-01-28

mack's picture

happy birthday Turd

and happy birth on this date to Turd's mother who managed to deliver this wonderful Turd into our midst.  All the best to you both with more to come.

Strongsidejedi's picture

Kindle Fire browser fail

@libertybella

I have the same behavior with some other blogs when using Nook and accessing other sites.

I think there is a memory limit being hit and then the browser fails.

old tradesman's picture

in response as I said its not worth it in North dakota

  • FORD CITY, N.D. -- His tan overalls splattered with oil field mud, 41-year-old trucker Scott Brevig sat next to his semitrailer truck inside a rented machine shop and cracked open a Full Throttle energy drink. It was 9:45 p.m.

Brevig still had to fix a leak under the hood before he could huddle to sleep in a camper where he lives with his fiancée, housing too scarce and expensive in this booming region.

A former Anoka painting contractor, Brevig took his car to the shop for repairs back home. Here, he's had to figure out how to fix his own giant diesel machines because local shops are overloaded. "There's no resources here," he said, shrugging.

But Brevig's enthusiasm trumps his exhaustion. With an economy fueled by new oil-drilling techniques, "It's a land of opportunity, by all means," he said. "You can grow into whatever you want here." 

Please do notice this guy made his money  by moving him and his family there!   And that he is in  debt  for the new vehicles and payments into the future!

 

The Brevigs of the world are flocking to North Dakota in droves, modern frontiersmen transforming this recently dying flyover land into the fastest-growing state in the nation, according to the Census Bureau. Storefront signs scream "now hiring." Pickups and semis jam long stretches of two-lane highways. Backhoes claw the ground even in frozen January. Recreational vehicles occupy former farm fields next to row upon row of box-like modular living pods.

In Williston, the epicenter of the growth, the local hospital opened a new birthing center, workers are building a giant new rec center and students are overflowing in a school that once sat empty. Civic leaders have been approving building permits and hiring police and teachers and nearly every kind of government worker.

"We really can't grow fast enough," said Shawn Wenko, assistant director of economic development for the city of Williston. But amid the boundless opportunity, he conceded: "I'd be lying if I said it was all roses out here."

Lines at restaurants and stores are often frustratingly long, with few workers willing to take service jobs when more lucrative oil industry work is available. Rents have skyrocketed. With mostly men flooding into town to work, women hesitate to go out alone at night. There are more bar fights. Young parents can't find day care for their kids.

Easing his sport-utility vehicle through vast fields of new construction, Wenko likened life on the booming prairie to a kitchen remodel: "It's pretty stressful right now," he said. "You're washing your dishes in the bathtub and you're cooking on a hot plate ... When the remodel is done, it's gonna be a pretty nice kitchen. And that's the way we feel with Williston."

High pay, high rent

Twelve years ago, Williston's population stood at a little more than 12,500 people. Now, officials there estimate the town services 38,000 on a daily basis, based partly on water and sewer use. They expect it could hit 50,000 by 2017.

North Dakota's population grew 2.2 percent to 699,628 in the year ending July 1, according to the Census Bureau. Many newcomers are from Minnesota. For years, more people moved from North Dakota to Minnesota than vice versa. That trend has changed in recent years, with North Dakota gaining approximately 4,500 to 6,500 Minnesotans each year between 2009 and 2011.

Housing is the region's biggest problem. Most apartments and extended-stay hotels command rents that only those with lucrative oil field jobs can afford -- not government or retail jobs.

On a large flashing sign next to the highway, the Value Place hotel advertised rates of $699.99 a week, well above rates for its other hotels around the country. Some people living in campers said they pay RV park owners $800 a month to park and hook up to water and sewer. Classified ads in the local Shopper listed a furnished two-bedroom apartment for $2,200. A trailer with a queen bedroom listed for $1,650 a month.

Though some longtime residents are getting big mineral payments from the oil, others struggle to continue living there, even though wages are going up, too.

Gordon Weyrauch, manager of Williston Home & Lumber, said it's hard to keep good employees even at $16 an hour: "Seems like when you get somebody that's really good, there's always another company stealing them away."

A sign outside the local Wal-Mart advertises starting wages of $17 an hour.

Some desperate employers are acting as landlords.

The new Love's truck stop built a small yellow apartment building next-door for employees. The Williams County government erected an apartment building to offer new county workers an affordable place to live.

Long lines, frustration

Locals complain that daily life has changed, too. They can't run an errand quickly anymore. The area's small towns feel more like urban centers.

About 45 miles south of Williston, Watford City has a 2010 census population of 1,700, but local officials estimate it is serving 8,000 to 10,000, including trailers that have packed into RV parks. License plates traversing the town's main street range from California to Texas to New York. "When you walked in the grocery store, you used to know everybody," longtime resident Vonnie Johnsrud said.

She stood in a slow-moving line at the post office last week to pick up mail-ordered blue jeans over her lunch break. "This is like road rage. Totally frustrating," she said, to the knowing nods of mostly strangers around her.

When she finally reached the front, her lunch break over, the clerk found another small package, but no jeans.

"I tracked it online. It's here," Johnsrud said, her voice spilling with anger.

"It's here, but it's not on the shelf. We haven't inventoried yet," came the helpless reply. "It's in a big box full of 200 other packages."

"I'm not gonna wait in line another hour tomorrow!" Johnsrud snipped before storming toward the door.

Paying a price

While towns are bustling, the lucrative life can be lonely.

Erik Morin, of Oscoda, Mich., sat in a Watford City laundromat on a day off recently, waiting for his clothes to dry and taking calls from his teenage children and wife.

Bankrupt after he was laid off from General Motors, he now works overtime six days a week and pays $600 a month to live in a sparse crew camp.

He had planned to stay a few months, but 1 1/2 years later, he's still there because "a hundred grand a year is kind of addictive."

But Morin, 34, knows he's paying a price. His 15-year-old daughter complained over the phone that her mom wouldn't let her go to a wrestling match. Then his wife called, asking him to talk to the girl. "I'm trying to mediate that from 1,500 miles away," he said.

"I'm watching my kids grow up in pictures," he said, adding that his family visited over the summer but didn't like it. "Every time I go home, it's sooo hard to come back."

Across town, three single men gulped bar food and beer at Outsiders Bar & Grill, bemoaning the lack of women in the area.

"Any guy in his 20s wishes there was more women," said Brett Rowley, 23, of Nebraska.

"Companionship would make a big difference," agreed 26-year-old Brandon Bernhard of Iowa.

They hope to put up to $100,000 in the bank annually working long hours as apprentice electricians, but all three said they plan to go back home.

There's not much to do besides drink, they complained. They've seen workers on drugs. One guy offered them his girlfriend for sex for $150, they said.

"I definitely don't plan to settle here," Rowley said. "I'll go home and start my life then."

Arriving without a plan

Many come to North Dakota without a plan for where they'll live or work, hoping to earn big money at least temporarily.

Locals worry that too many of them have questionable backgrounds and can't get jobs back home.

Crime rates have gone up with the population, police said: Calls for service in Williston more than doubled in three years, ending with 15,954 calls in 2011.

Detective David Peterson said many companies do background checks on workers they hire. "I think there are a lot of hard-working individuals out here that are trying to save their homes and save their families in other parts of the nation," he said.

Concordia Lutheran Church Pastor L. Jay Reinke has been allowing job-seeking newcomers to sleep on cots in the church hall -- raising concerns even in his congregation.

Dressed in jeans, Reinke welcomed "overnighters" filing into the fellowship hall at 8:30 p.m. one recent night.

"I've always favored the underdog," Reinke said. "If I was in their spot, I don't know what I would do, really. ... They're men looking for a job."

Lorenzo Harris walked in with a friend after driving his 1996 Ford Escort from the Twin Cities. Harris said he needed work after he was laid off at a catalogue company and bills piled up.

"My wife didn't like the fact that I was leaving, but you gotta do what you gotta do," said the 43-year-old. "Mount Rushmore is here, right?"

Concordia limits guests to 30 each night, with Reinke occasionally allowing one or two extra to sleep at his house. That night, he looked down at a list and shook his head.

"Gonna have to go to Plan B tonight," he quietly told Harris and his friend. "I'm sorry."

Harris, 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, nodded and sighed. "Ain't gonna be the first time I slept in the car," he said.

Still trucking

Though their four years in North Dakota have been lucrative, Brevig and his longtime fiancée aren't sure how long they'll stay.

They lived in their truck for a few months, with him carrying about $90,000 debt.

He has since paid cash for four more trucks, put money in savings and hired a small crew of fellow Minnesotans, including his fiancée's son and nephew, he said. They live in campers and trucks, too, though Brevig is adding a shower and bunks to the heated repair shed.

Brevig said he knows living there is hard for everyone in his company.

"She'd pack up and leave tomorrow," he said, nodding toward his fiancée. "I can't pass up the opportunities. ... There's money to be made."

THATS EXACTLY WHAT I SAW LAST YEAR  This was in responce to Mr fix

Pining 4 the Fjords's picture

Bollocks- oh noes!!! (That's American for Mia Culpa)

It appears I inadvertently left one of my favorite posters out of the, uh, poster.  Quite poor form, actually (but also inadvertant, I assure you).  So to make amends, I hereby offer you the pine(ing) branch of apology-   One photoshop, your avatar, in any scene or situation you name. I will post said penance tomorrow if I can, Wednesday at the lastest. So be creative- dream your robot dream and see it come true!!!

old tradesman's picture

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The man who stole a leopard's picture

No need for photoshop, when there's already a video...

lakedweller2's picture

What If It Is More BS

Just thinking tonight during taking a shower that now that Apple probably has been naked shorted, and Exxon is the big #1, what if Exxon is a joke.  Don't know about where everyone lives but from Alabama to Texas, Exxon and for that matter Chevron, is closing stations.  Something to the effect that they want to concentrate on exploration.  What if, they can't deliver...kind of like Wall Street and derivatives... silver and gold...and bailout money is their cash flow...

I don't know but it appears that every stock you can think of is on the SECs regsho list except the untouchables.  Here we go again in fantasy land.  The major oil companies may be another government fable.   Ready to hear from the experts....do they naked short every exploration company with the blessing of the government to be able to do a hostile takeover of those small companies that are actually finding the oil...so the phamtom majors can blood-suck their continued existence...stay tuned...

Something smells in everyone's backyard...help... Just a shower thought....

ClinkinKY's picture

It's Coming Folks, Get Ready. "Legal Insurrection" again...

 

...what happened to my countrycrying

He talks about our "courageous president" at the 3:20 mark.

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San Diego’s Top Cop: We can disarm Americans within a generation!

Posted by Leslie Eastman    Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:52pm

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I recently reported that California was targeted for a massive effort by gun control activists intent on creating new and wide-ranging restrictions.

Now, the Chief of Police in my hometown of San Diego has unwittingly unveiled the real goal behind this movement: The complete disarming of Americans.

The details are offered by Breitbart writer Awr Hawkins:

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab, and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within “a generation.”

Lansdowne has gone on record saying: “I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it’s courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it’s going to eventually make the country safer.”

He made it clear that it may take “a generation,” but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets.

Here is a video of the Chief’s interview on the local PBS station, during which he stresses his support for the President’s position on gun control.

Read more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/01/san-diegos-top-cop-we-can-disarm-americans-within-a-generation/

old tradesman's picture

@lakedweller2

do you have links on Exxon and chevron closing down and going into r@d??    

Chibster's picture

10:1 The Fundamentals for Owning Silver in 2013

The Fundamentals for Owning Silver in 2013

imfd's picture

Feck

Just thought I'd say Feck.

No reason.

ClinkinKY's picture

Couldn't this have been done from the WH?

Obama to Fly Over 9 Hours Just for Speech on Immigration

The speech and photo-op will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million

Hey, it's only (taxpayer) money. Besides, the teleprompter needed to get out of D.C. for a little "Vegas action".

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President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president's White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama's trip--that is, only his travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million. 

"In the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Las Vegas, Nevada. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at McCarran International Airport are open press," the president's schedule reads.

"While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. The President's remarks at Del Sol High School are open to pre-credentialed media.

"In the evening, the President will depart Las Vegas, Nevada en route Washington, DC. The departure from McCarran International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press."

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Seriously?

Karankawa's picture

@ ClinkinKY

"It's coming ..."

While 5 years ago I thought there was no hope in saving our country, today I see people waking up and questioning things that they NEVER questioned in the past.

I see people actually THINKING about reality, and I see government officials making asses of themselves in public like this, at an increasing rate.

It's all going to boil down to people looking themselves in the mirror and making a decision of whether they want to be slaves, or a free people.

I think Sandy Hook and the ensueing gun control BS has blown up in the face of the NWO elites.  And Central Control NEVER works.

We'll see, glad you are doing your part,

Karankawa

Occasnltrvlr's picture

About North Dakota

First of all, I haven't been there and seen with my own eyes.

But, if what I'm reading is true, this gives super-clear credence to the continued economic, and false, superiority of the United States of America.

Okay, let me be clear, I'm not specifically a flag-waver.  What I am saying here is, if this were most of any other nations on Earth, young women would flock there in droves, to meet demand.

"American woman,

Stay away from me-ee".

Puck T. Smith's picture

Browser trouble with Kindle Fire

@Libertybella: re Browser trouble with Kindle Fire

I've always had a problem with TFMR cause other browser windows hanging while it loads.  That is if I have a youtube video running in another window while I load TFMR the youtube video will stop for a while.  Once this site loads completely the video will continue running.  I'm not on a Kindle, but running Ubuntu Linux on a relatively old IBM Thinkpad.  I think it has to do with the amount of code TFMR jams at you.

 

microwaveablekitten's picture

I'm sure we'll all breath a sigh of relief

Mali Gold Mines Safe For Now French Army Says

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Mali Gold Mines Safe For Now French Army Says

BAMAKO - Mali - French commanders have breathed a collective sigh of relief at saving the country's gold mines from any Al Qaida terrorists.

"We have liberated the gold mines and have preserved democracy for the big gold nuggets in the mines so that the bad guys don't get them," Lieutenant Julien Francois told Le Figaro.

The ongoing operation was dangerous and some French personnel were unfortunately lost during the repatriation of the gold mines.

"Mali is just one big gold mine, it's a good thing that these Al Qaidas are running around all over the place, n'est pas? Otherwise why would we be here? Allez, we have to rendezvous at another gold mine where we saw some more Al Qaida and liberate those gold nuggets," another French soldier said before leaving in the convoy.

It's a good thing that France is broke at the moment and they have no need for such natural resources.

Puck T. Smith's picture

Off-topic question about TA

Are charts ever really off-topic?  No, that's not my question.  What is the point of having moving averages is increments of 10?

It always seemed to me that 20 day, 60 day, 120 day, etc., would make more sense.  Since trading only happens on weekdays it would seem to me that you'd get a better feel for things if you used 20 day MAs to represent a monthly average--four five day weeks in a business month.  A 60 day MA would represent a business quarter.  120 days would give you six months.  240 days would be roughly a business year.

I keep my own charts based on the London fix and those are the average I use.  

Here is my chart for 2012.

Here is 2013 up through this morning.


 

This is silver since I started stacking.  Can't say I'm happy about the trend on this one.
 

Why is this not more informative than 50 day, 100 day and 200 day? Am I missing something?

Tabberto's picture

Happy (late) Birthday Turd!

Inspired by the new price discovery part of the refiled class-action...... not quite P4f standards, but one day blythe and jamie will jump from too high and a little gust of wind will make for an ugly landing!

knavechild's picture

@Puck

This is all I see lately:

-Knavechild

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