And now for something completely different...

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 - 3:54pm

I found this article about two weeks ago but, until today, I hadn't seen it available in the internet.

It's rather timely, too, as quite a bit of time was devoted to "nuclear proliferation" during the recent, vice presidential debate.

Look, The Turd is not a psychic, a soothsayer, a witch or a nuclear scientist. So, I have absolutely no freaking idea if the information provided by the author is credible or accurate. From a layman's perspective, though, it certainly seems like it is. If there are any actual nuclear scientists in the audience, perhaps they can share their expertise with the community and either confirm or deny the specifics of the article.

Please, I must ask once again that you avoid the temptation to hijack this thread into 9/11 & Iran vs Israel stuff. I present this material because I think it is important and I believe it requires your full consideration as you prepare for the turbulent events that seem to be coming over the horizon very soon.

"THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS brought to global public consciousness the fear that rogue nations might use nuclear weapons or transfer them to terrorist groups, or that terrorists might themselves make a nuclear bomb. The first fear has far more foundation than does the second. The good news is that it is very hard to make bombs; the bad news is that it is not impossible.

The magnitude of the nuclear threat posed by a terrorist state or a terrorist group sponsored by such a state can be shown via certain metrics—call them metrics of mass destruction. But let’s begin with baseline concepts....

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Oct 15, 2012 - 3:55pm

surely not again

Are people sleeping out there?

the action in metals is not holding my attention

H - original
Oct 15, 2012 - 4:06pm


"Look, The Turd is not a psychic, a soothsayer, a witch or a nuclear scientist" TAXI!!


Oct 15, 2012 - 4:18pm



Katie Rose
Oct 15, 2012 - 4:20pm

Top three????????????


edit to add:

The continuing saga of the starving deer......

A while back I wrote about the starving deer that had eaten my Sister's gorgeous flower baskets. She did some major damage around our property, and I was in big trouble.

It's hunting season, but there is no need to worry that this deer will become anybody's deer stew. She has found a very safe place to hang out.

My barn!

She has discovered the alfalfa in my barn. There are lots of lose flowers (the best part) around the stack, so she comes in at night, gorges on the alfalfa, then curls up and goes to sleep.

I knew there was a reason I bought an extra ton of alfalfa for the winter. I didn't know it was for a starving deer.

I really, really can not make this stuff up!

The nation's of this world may be heading to war, but life on the farm continues, and life is good!


I Run Bartertown
Oct 15, 2012 - 4:22pm

Something to ponder

Several years back, there was a 'wynter benton' type phenomenon called 'John Titor'. He had come from the future (for an IBM legacy machine, of all things). He mentioned that other world powers had nuked 'the US' in a war. But that, by that time, the US was in a civil war. The other powers targeted the cities and centers of government strength (naturally), which essentially won the war for Titor's side. So, aside from some no-go zones, life was vastly improved.

Silly all I'm saying...

Double Bogey
Oct 15, 2012 - 4:28pm

The cost of stacking: Priceless

I started stacking as I child when in 1964, my father bought me 5 1964 mint sets. He said someday, these will be worth alot, and taught me how to look for silver dimes and quarters when he got change. 1980 rolls around, just out of college, and I tell my dad I want to sell. He offers me 30 times face.

I think it was 5 years later when I got interested in investing and started picking up small amounts again. I think it was a Doug Casey newsletter that got me even more interested, and I wound up going to some dealer paying twice what I should for a few BU rolls of dimes along with some uncirculated morgans at inflated prices, and tried my hand at a few junior mining stocks. Then kids came along and savings got put on hold.

Started buying again in 2000 when silver was $5, and didn't buy what I could have because the premiums on ASE were $1.50. 30 freakin percent. 'sigh'

The older I got, the more discretionary money I had and put it to work in junk and maples. Of course one of my biggest purchases came before the 2011 meltdown. I remember back then being curious what my average cost was. I never did keep any records.

1 year ago today, I flew out to be with my dad who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I got to spend the last 2 weeks of his life with him, and still miss him every day. He taught me alot about saving, debt management, and in general, life. I attribute my little hoard to his encouragement almost 50 years ago.

The end of the story? I inherited his very modest coin collection, which included the $100+ face of silver I'd sold him some 30 years ago. We will be vilified in our stacking journey soon, and I for one won't wonder what my average cost is, I'll wonder why I didn't buy more ounces.

Mr. Fix
Oct 15, 2012 - 4:51pm

This is different.

We'll see how this goes..........

Maybe this years "October surprise" will include a mushroom cloud.

Oct 15, 2012 - 5:01pm

Not mentioned is a "dirty" bomb...

Any amount of enriched (radioactive) material just needs to be put together with standard explosives and exploded. The explosion scatters that crap all over the bomb blast area and also into the air resulting in many deaths later to radiation exposure. It's not contained within an area (like a reactor core) and therefore can't easily be "cleaned up".

Unfortunately, any terrorist organization that obtains any amount of nuclear material can build one. It doesn't even need to be "weapon-ized" to still be very effective...

I Run Bartertown
Oct 15, 2012 - 5:04pm

Katie Rose

Well, this post is true to form, for me, if nothing else.

My first thought is that I'd worry about the health of my goats. While I would feel sympathy for the sickly deer, I would first and foremost want to protect those I had an explicit obligation to. I'd want the deer to have a great life, but not if it meant destroying my goats' wellbeing.

Gold Five
Oct 15, 2012 - 5:06pm

It's the 21st century

The spread of technology is inevitable -- countries like Iran will eventually possess nuclear weapons.

The real question facing us now is how pissed off do we want these countries to be when they get one.

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