Economics and Investing:

Reader Chad S. spotted this: Gas, food prices double whammy for rural families.

Lorimer Wilson at the It’s All About Munknee blog recommended this piece: For the Last Time, Is Gold in a Bubble?

Reader C.D.V. sent us this article evidencing Minnesota’s budget crises: Rosemount Decides To Stop Capturing Stray Cats

Items from The Economatrix:

North Carolina May Issue Gold Tender  

Economic Disasters Which Threaten To Rip World Financial Markets To Shreds  

Why Gold Is No Longer An Effective US Dollar Hedge

New Homes Are Becoming A Bad Deal In Weak Markets  

Oil Tops $105 Per Barrel  

US House Prices Tumble To Lowest In Almost A Decade