Doctor J's Contributions

Hold My Beer

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:56am

Hold My Beer

Last year, when The Bankers short-bashed silver down below $14, I was somewhat broke but just had to get me some at that price. Just because! The shop was filled with buyers. I joined the line and bought 10 ounces at that price while the big buyers...

Screwing The Little Guy

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 10:00am

The ferocity of recent downward manipulation of metals prices prompts a pause for thought. The manipulators had to take action … a Hail Mary if you will , ( N o, I cannot use that metaphor to describe bankers out of respect for my Catholic brethren ). Yea, it was an act of desperation, willing...

Counting chickens and avoiding the predators

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am

I suppose that many of us here have been doing some chicken-counting lately, imagining the “assets” we will move into when we sell at the precise top and reap a windfall of profit. I have certainly done my share and my wife is probably getting tired of hearing about it. And I was feeling good...

What now, boss? A New Normal?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 9:00am

As I was walking our doggie last evening, I passed by the neighbor’s place. They have a wrought iron gate and an Australian shepherd that loves to run out and say hello each day. I waited by the gate and while the dogs were chatting, the owner...

On second thought …

Time to ponder, look around and consider.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 10:00am

Perhaps another sermon for the choir might be appropriate now and then, because as the world around us changes, our plans may have to change to better meet new challenges. The past weeks since college students left campus have given me time for reflection. Combined with a couple of interstate...

Thinking About Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:20am

In Craig’s absence I thought I’d provide something we can chat about, or at least you can call me names and explain how wrong I am.

I’ve been watching the metals lately and they just seem impeded. I wonder who it is that holds price down? It’s clear that Craig’s thesis of a move to...

I Call Bullshit

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 12:34pm

I remember playing Monopoly by the hour with my friends throughout the early 1970s. We loved that game! I recall one rule in the game that we actually had to invoke because our games would get so long:

Just write on a piece of paper! What a great idea! Maybe I just think about this a...

A Christmas Story: A timely gift of gold.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 10:53am

“I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

About the time of the annunciation by Gabriel one night, a more subtle message was sent through the stars, a message those shepherds...

Getting richer panning for gold

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:07am

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4:30 AM came early for this would be prospector. But I arose, made some strong coffee, and tried to wake up while catching up on the overnight posts at TFMR. I crawled in my truck, which had been loaded with shovels and buckets and rubber boots the night before, and headed south to the Goldfields near Prescott AZ. After a 2 Hour drive, I met one of my buddies, we’ll call him “Stumpy.” We planned this prospecting trip to get rich.

A streaming fountain of Truth

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:54am

Since we may all be thinking of other things instead of metals today, and seeing that chart this morning with silver swatted down yet again, I am certainly focusing on other things. Well, perhaps the bankers just gave metals a mean look and said, “Get back in your room!” rather than a full trip to the woodshed.

(My gut says, “If silver really does drop to single digits, crack open the piggy bank [credit] and make a purchase.”)


Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:43pm

When I started about my prepping Odyssey of building a home for the future, I'd hoped that folks here in T–ville might learn from some of my blunders. I think we have a fine opportunity to learn such things today. Coincidentally, my mood over the past month is perfectly reflected by the weekend silver chart.

Finding the Promised Land

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:14pm

I'm tired of looking at property. But making a poor decision at this point could be costly. What can you do but prioritize your needs and keep looking? We have searched far and wide for the promised land, looking at places through realtor websites and Google Earth, then driving to see close and promising ones.

Prepper Fatigue

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:30pm

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Back in the tumultuous days of 2011, I was certain that the world economy would crash at any moment. Some would say my wife and I had already bugged out, living an hour from any large metropolitan area. We had a 5 acre wooded property on the edge of a 40K town, with a modest house. But I was troubled.

The New TA

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:42am

I don’t mean technical analysis .

  1. Have you ever sworn off trading, but only lasted for a couple of days?
  2. Have you ever slammed your fist on your desk when you get stopped out, or just miss filling your order by one penny?
  3. Do you believe you can stop trading any time you want, even though you keep losing?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to slow down and rethink your life. You just may be a … Trade-a-holic!

Reflections of a Sell-Out

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:17am

Two weeks ago, on FOMC day, I loaded a number of ammo-cans into my truck and drove down to the LCS to show them what was inside and see if they wanted to buy it. The contents were precious to me, containing most of my stack of silver and all of my gold. but I learned a few things about myself and about dealing in precious metals. I need to learn more.

A Turdless A2A

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:50am

Pining emailed me the other day and suggested we get on the phone and chat about metals and preperation stuff for a while so that Turd can more thoroughly enjoy his vacation. Since we are both teachers, off for the summer, and with plenty of time to kill, it seemed like a good idea. Here is what happened...

Off the Deep End

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:30am

In late October of 2016, I foolishly posted my reasons for voting for Trump on Facebook for all my friends & family to read. They did. And they proceeded to beat the hell out of me, or stand by and watch. No doubt most thought, “Don’t know what’s wrong with that boy.” “He’s gone off the deep end”

Don't look at us. Gold did it!

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:22am

“What did gold do last night?” what is gold gonna do today? Will gold move higher, lower, or run flat? My best friend calls me each week and asks, "Where is gold heading?"

How mysterious it all is… when gold rises or falls. No wonder you have to be a “wizard” to understand the markets.

Politics and economics--Sorry, they cannot be separated

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:49am

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The other night, I could not sleep, and as usual I went downstairs, stoked up the fire, and began to let my mind wander, digging out my subconscious concerns so I could face them. And as usual, my 22 year old daughter, who is a night owl, wandered downstairs and said, “Hi Dad. Can’t sleep? What’s on your mind?” She plopped down on the couch next to me and we started talking.

An alternative to prepping

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 8:11am

In 2007, my wife and I owned 8 rental properties and a home in the Midwest. We were up to our ears in debt, but the budget worked due to incoming rents. The recession punched our rental business in the nose. All of our equity was wiped out in a few months. Every property was “under water.” Even our home was under water. As the housing market slowly recovered from 2009 to 2016, we were able to finally sell all the property and move back West closer to family, but we still booked a loss on every single one. Four years ago we left behind our 5 acre paradise and moved into a condo in a college town. Now I am ready for a different kind of life.