Good Morning

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 - 8:26am

Obviously it would be disingenuous to pretend I wasn't expecting something along these lines to happen. Just wanted to get that out of the way. But I really didn't prepare what I would write, so here goes.

Most of you know me pretty well by now. I am what I appear to be, a mum (currently somewhat redundant due to pause while hoping for grand-children) who is rather over-educated and got oddly laid up by a strange and enduring health problem, which is actually relevant as it explains to some extent my initial life on this blog, when it was but a thing of quiet beauty with nice books in the back-ground, which I found soothing, if from a template.

Much else was going on in the back-ground of my life, and married as I am to a wonderful genius (I am sure he will read this), we read and talk a lot, and our understandings of many things have matured, as have we. He lead me to an interest in silver, and as I was quite bed-ridden for a while, the internet was a life-line. But I actually found it difficult to read, as I always have, and medication made it worse, so I took to listening to stuff. I have been a life long listener and with the internet there is a broad range (understatement) to sift through. A path through a site called, which while un-apologetically on the Right in a way I do not think is helpful, has some fantastic interviews and podcasts (and Rob Long), led me to Russ Roberts of What a gift. He has taught me an incredible amount about economics, seen through an Austrian lens, but one of crystal clarity. I cannot recommend highly enough that you go through his archives. Mind-boggling, not to mention slimming - his interviews with Gary Taubes, author of the book with the worst gift-giving title ever, Why We Get Fat, are important to one's health. I found his guest Mike Munger to be fabulous (I actually made a playlist of his interviews - nerd-alert). The two of them manage to have great fun discussing the most basic things and things that appear complex, stripping them down to the seemingly obvious or absurd. And now I have the opportunity to help you find the best of them.

So an interesting coincidence of information and interests hit me all at the same time: getting our financial house in order (something we just seem to have to keep doing - messy like our house, or diversified as I like to call it); precious metals as perhaps an increasing part of that financial house as our needs changed over time; spending too much time on the internet because of my health; Austrian economics and economics in general. Other peculiar and mundane researches too - an eclectic brain trapped for a while. And somehow it has all lead to this.

I hope to post about books, food, gardening, birds, kids, home-schooling, public education, philosophy, camping, bacon. The everyday things that make up so much of our existence. An OT paradise, but like any supervisor of an oasis, I would ask that you take off your shoes before you come in, and while politics is a fact of life, let's keep with theory when we stray that way (warning - I am a very, very, squishy kind of libertarian) and a sense of humour is requisite. I am a silver-lining person, and very well-disguised blessings are everyday fare chez Xty.

I forgot to mention dogs. Dogs are also a mandatory premise of mine. Just that. Dog=fact.

And one more, because I am possibly not quite as frivolous as I appear, I firmly and passionately believe that sound money is a precursor to sound government, and that we need to recognize what this mountain of debt has wrought, and bring people to understand that it could have been different and that it will be different, and that we can and must look to the future and try our best to make it bright. But never forget to enjoy today.


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Jul 26, 2013 - 8:29am



Jul 26, 2013 - 8:29am


Hah - never ever done that before!

edit: and that's why - an elusive moment, gone once again. And I had insider knowledge.

Jul 26, 2013 - 8:29am

Double entry?

grrr...sorry...I only punched send once...really...

Jul 26, 2013 - 8:32am

it's friday!


Jul 26, 2013 - 8:37am


Permission to come aboard? Why is this day different from all others? Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Make no mistake. We do. But it's a little hard to articulate why, especially when you've made the mistake of referring to your wife as a scurvy bilge rat and tried to order her back into the galley. Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple. It gives your conversation a swagger, an elán, denied to landlocked lubbers. The best explanation came from a guy at a Cleveland radio station who interviewed us on the 2002 Talk Like a Pirate Day. He told us we were going to be buried by people asking for interviews because it was a "whimsical alternative" to all the serious things that were making the news so depressing. In other words, silliness is the holiday's best selling point.

Jul 26, 2013 - 8:38am

stronger dollar and weaker gold price

The Bloomberg story this morning is that the gold bulls have a weaker sentiment than in the last month. So, here comes the spin of the weekend... gold is a bad call financially because the gold bulls aren't buying in as much strength. Of course, the charts on COMEX inventory, a past weekend story of ConEd fires below ground on Broad and Wall in NYC, GOFO negative, Shanghai exchange postings, and some central banks buying gold ... that's all conjecture. It would be just sheer coincidence that the cartel might need to push the price down going into August...uh...right? Gold price was 1340 6 hours ago, and 1323 now... As TF posted yesterday, that POSX is certainly moving...isn't it?

Eric Original
Jul 26, 2013 - 8:38am

I'll take the fifth!

I'll take the fifth!

EDIT: And a glorious good morning to you as well, Xty.

Jul 26, 2013 - 8:41am

Is it really talk like a pirate day?

Er I mean,

Ar matey, do you ken what day it be?

I have to confess I am not quite sure what is happening. Which makes today no different from any other day.

القراع عصفور
Jul 26, 2013 - 8:43am
Jul 26, 2013 - 8:44am


Actually, it says September 19th but I took a little literary license to to celebrate your post.

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