Україна - Ukraine, the Borderland

This is a snapshot of a nation that has reached the end of its rope. It’s not so much just the most recent events (atrocities? trampling of the rule of law? naked excess of power). It’s the decades and centuries of pent-up frustration. It’s little people, who are sick of being trampled upon, taken advantage of, robbed of the fruits of their labor. It’s people that have seen through the veneer of what is supposed to pass for democratic institutions, representative legislature and government and realized (yet again) that the system is there to exploit them – not to serve. It's people that are mad as hell, and are not going to take it any more.

TFMR Podcast - Friday, January 24

Jeez, Louise. There's a lot going on! If ever there was a time to pour an adult beverage, kick back, relax and listen to a Turdcast, that time is now. Then, enjoy your weekend because next week is setting up to be a doozy.

A Weekend Snippet

With all that's going on in the world, if ever there was a time for some shameless self-promotion...well that time is now.

Defamation and Blogging - The 9th Circuit Has Spoken

What First Amendment protections are afforded a blogger sued for defamation?  This was the question presented recently in a case just decided in the most liberal appellate court jurisdiction in the USA, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

Reelin and Rockin

Looked at my watch, it was a quarter of six. Jumped back firm like a cement mix.

 

TFMR Podcast - Thursday, January 23

A very nice day.

Unemployment, Education and the Cultivated Victim Mindset

One Wall Street adviser recently stated that actual unemployment is at 37.2%. I don't doubt this. Certainly, a lot of blame is warranted towards the top, but am I the only one who is thinking that America is just giving up on herself? Where is the spirit of entrepreneurship? Where is the can-do attitude?

It's dead in the water. People would be rather just take whatever money they can from the government than try to fix their lives or their communities.

I have noticed more and more that Americans are living in learned helplessness. They can't seem to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and many don't want to. It's not just the younger generation - I know people from my generation (X) whose main goal in life seems to be just to throw their hands up and quit trying.

Miner In Possession?

<I asked some Vaulters today if this thread from Monday should be made public. So far the response has been unanimous.>

Of the more encouraging signs since the first of the year has been the UPtick in the HUI and most of the mining stocks. Is this just a blip or are we in the early stages of a reversal and rally? And if we have found The Bottom in the shares, which ones should we consider possessing as the rally continues? C'mon in. Let's take a look.

It's Good To Be Wrong

Man, they had us set up. There was hardly any doubt that a raid was coming today. But then some unexpected news hit and...whaddayaknow? A rally! A big rally! It's good to be wrong. It's also very encouraging, too, for reasons I'll discuss.

TFMR Podcast - Wednesday, January 22

As early year momentum fades a bit, what should we expect next? Is the next small dip going to be a buying opportunity or just the first stage of a new decline?

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