Economics and Investing:

Loyal contributor F.G. sent this: U.S. banks are now closing faster than they are opening

Brett Arends: The next, worse financial crisis Commentary: Ten reasons we are doomed to repeat 2008. (Thanks to John R. for the link.)

More FDIC Friday Follies: Three More Failed Banks: Signature Bank and Colorado Capital Bank (both in Colorado) and First Chicago Bank and Trust (Illinois)

Three Tea Party-Backed Senators Bet Economic Recovery on Gold

Scott E. suggested this from Mines magazine: Sourcing Rare Earths and Critical Minerals

Items from The Economatrix:

Stocks Sink After Dismal June Jobs Report

Silver Bullion Eagle Coins Reach Highest Demand In History

Gold Ends With A Gain Of More Than $30 An Oz.

Silver Bottoms Amid Subtle But Bullish Factors