Odds ‘n Sods:

It was nice hearing the President mention in his recent State of the Union address the need to reduce our dependence on Middle East oil and his goal to get ethanol production into high gear. Hopefully this won’t be just more of the same empty “essential need for energy independence” rhetoric that we’ve been hearing from Capitol Hill and the White House since the Jimmy Carter regime

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The U.S. Northern Command recently “hosted representatives from more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States.” For the full story see:

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Gold-Eagle.com proves once again that they have the best investing and economic commentary on the Internet. For example, I found the three following pieces there:

From Jim Willie: http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_05/willie013106.html

From The Contrary Investor newsletter: http://www.gold-eagle.com/gold_digest_05/ci020106.html

And this “must read” piece from Franklin Sanders: http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_05/sanders013106.html (“In inflation adjusted 2005 dollars silver hit a 1980 high at $127.87…”)