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Monday, June 30, 2014

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: How Much Gold Should Someone Own? Where and How To Own It?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jack's South America: Defend Argentina From Vultures

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jack's South America: Declassified Diplomacy Between The US and Brasil

Jack's South America: Declassified Diplomacy Between The US and Brasil: Home About How to File a FOIA Request Declassified Diplomacy with Brazil: National Security Archive Hails Obama Administrati...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What Would Really Happen If Earth Was Invaded By Aliens

I have been a fan of science fiction since the summer of 1956 (58 years ago).My dad took my sister and I to the Majestic theater in downtown Houston. We watched with great fascination the classic science fiction film Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers.  Since then I have seen countless movies and television shows about aliens invading our planet. For all of that time I just assumed that a big invasion armada would appear in the skies above our planet. We would have to fight a ferocious battle for the survival of humanity. Then two nights ago I was watching an elaborate show on Netflix. It was a war game with the ex-head of the British Ministry of Defense. It went on for 90 minutes with all sorts of ideas to fight aliens with superior technology and fire power.

Suddenly a light came on inside my brain. With the massive distances between stars it might not be economically feasible even for a very technologically advance alien society to send a huge armada to invade earth. When and if we get a visit from another civilization, I suspect it will be one ship that goes into orbit above our planet. There is a 50% possibility that the visit will be a peaceful one with no sinister ulterior motives. On the other hand there is a 50% probability that the visit will have very evil intentions. If the bad guys park in orbit above us, one of two things will happen as follows:

1) Some alien virus will be introduced that kills the whole human race rapidly. Our infrastructure and wealth would be there for the aliens to take over without firing a shot.

2) Something will happen to fry all of our electronics. All of our weapons will be neutralized.Vast social unrest will follow as people realize they have to live without electricity and all the toys that they are used to. (During the Cold War the Russians had six high-yield nuclear weapons designed to be detonated high above the US. The electromagnetic pulse that followed would fry all electronic devices and rapidly bring the US to its knees.) We would be reduced to almost a Stone Age existence and easy to control.

U.S. expats find their money is no longer welcome at the bank | Reuters

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Film "I Never Sang For My Father"

A happy Father's Day to all of you wonderful fathers out there. My sister and I were blessed to have a wonderful father. Last night I was watching Turner Classic Movies. They had a 1969 Gene Hackman film; I Never Sang For My Father. I was too busy leading the life of the struggling student to see the film. What I missed all of those years ago was a real treasure. Melvyn Douglas played the aging father and Gene Hackman played the son. Gene is an incredible actor!!!!! I loved the movie. It showed how important the relationship is between a father and his children. It also showed the great challenges we as children face as our parents get older. My father died at a relatively young 60 due to smoking. My mother went on to age 87 and died in her home. Elena had to put her father in a nursing home. He was a wonderful man who died at age 83. This film is one that I recommend for every father!!!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jack's South America: In Praise Of The Wine Growing Region Of Argentina

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Friday The 13th

My dear friends the man who started Amazon.com is a genius without equal. I awakened and looked at music on his cloud music player. I added a lot of wonderful things to my library. I'm enjoying Barbara Streisand now. It's her A Star Is Born album from 1976. Today is Friday the 13th. I'm going to assume that it is a day of good luck and be positive. In three hours Elena flies from Sao Paulo to Fortaleza to begin watching World Cup matches. She is seeing a dream she had for many decades come true. It will be a day of hard work here at the house.

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Iraq Splinters Into Pieces, Al Qaeda in Control of Several Cities, Kurds Take Oil City Kirkuk; Thank George Bush and the Neocons; Iraq Before and After

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Sad Side of D-Day

Tomorrow is the 70 year anniversary of the allied landing in France. I shall always have the profoundest admiration for General Dwight Eisenhower who took the giant risk of ordering the invasion when the weather could have collapsed on him. The American, British, Canadian,Polish,French soldiers and the French resistance forces who fought valiantly should never be forgotten. What is not known by many is that some 70,000 French civilians died in bombings during the invasion. The British Royal Air Force carried out these raids. Their bombing was far from precision.

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Oklahoma Recognizes Gold and Silver Coins as Legal Tender

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Democrats Ben Allen, Sandra Fluke headed for runoff in 26th Senate District

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Our Dog Copernicus Did Something Ingenious!

Our dear dog Copernicus did something ingenious yesterday. While Tim Miller Construction was here installing a storm door in front of the kitchen door, Copernicus and Alice were secured in the master bedroom. I closed the sliding door connecting the master bedroom to the living room. I thought that all was well. Someway, some how, Copernicus opened the door. He and Alice came into the living room. I had to secure them while Tim and his son finished their work.

Why did 200,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee? - Politics Blog

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A Good Christian Husband

It's Wednesday morning and I am up early. In a few minutes I have to walk out into the dark and the cold to take our trash can out of the garage so it can be picked up by the garbage people. We have some intrepid animal attacking garbage cans and looking for food. If the garbage can was left out, its contents would be all over the street and I would be stuck with an unpleasant clean up job. Over 14 years ago I went to a church service. The pastor described a good Christian husband as a man who takes out the trash. (He also said that men and women should come to bed on their wedding night as virgins. Elena has a common sense response to that as follows:"You should always take a car for a test drive before you buy it.")

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jack's South America: Brasil Says That It's Ready For The World Cup!

Jack's South America: Brasil Says That It's Ready For The World Cup!: Home World Africa Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America & Caribbean Middle East & North Africa UK US & Canada The Worl...

Jack's South America: Brasil Says That It's Ready For The World Cup!

Jack's South America: Brasil Says That It's Ready For The World Cup!: Home World Africa Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America & Caribbean Middle East & North Africa UK US & Canada The Worl...

Monday, June 2, 2014

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Netflix Has An Incredible Documentary On The Battle of Stalingrad

In 1970 I studied Russian History at Tulane. I became fascinated with Josef Stalin. I was especially interested in The Great Patriotic War. (This was the war between the Nazis and Soviets that ran from 1941 to 1945.) Over the last 42 years I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of books on the battle in Russia during World War II.
Some 27 million Russians died in this awful fight. I could not begin to guess the number of wounded. It was suffering on a scale that most of us could not imagine. I will always have the profoundest respect for the courage, tenacity, and ability to survive of the Russian people during this awful time. Every now and then someone mistakes me for a Russian. I'm always flattered.
Some of you out there may still have grievances against Russia due to the old Soviet Union. Those of you who served in Vietnam often got attacked with Russian arms, etc. Today many of you may have grievances against Putin over what is happening in the Ukraine.
Please spend a moment to contemplate on what the world would have been like today had the Russian people not fought so valiantly and made such incredible sacrifices. Had Hitler won in Russia, he could have devoted massive resources to fighting off US,British, and Canadian forces invading Western Europe. The D-Day invasion might have failed. We might have agreed to let Hitler stay in power. In fear of the loss of millions of soldiers, the US and Britain might have made a deal to avoid all of these deaths. If the US and Britain had elected to fight such a massive German war machine, the war would have lasted well past 1945. Germany could have seen numerous atomic bombs detonated on its cities with ten of millions of casualties.
Saturday night I was looking for something to watch on Nefflix. I stumbled onto a documentary on the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-1943. I came upon the premier western expert on The Great Patriotic War. His name is David Glantz. He's a professor of military history at the Citadel University in South Carolina. Now I have a rich resource and a lot of new information to learn and explore.

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish Reader Who Speaks Russian and Reads Ukrainian Updates the Situation in Ukraine

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What Would Happen to Snowden If He Returned to USA? | The Big Picture

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