Economics and Investing:

G.G. sent us this “must read” article: Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion in Secret Fed Loans

G.G. also flagged this item: Despite Economy, Ohio, U.S. Gun Sales Defy Gravity

Also from G.G.: Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

Loyal content contributor RBS sent this: Shoppers will see higher prices for back-to-school shopping, but stores aim to disguise them

RBS sent this: The economic worries of a regular American consumer

Will Hugo Chavez Touch Off an Epic Short Squeeze in Gold?

Some interesting reading: Outlook: Gold, Stocks, Volatility, Euro & Bonds

All US Mint Numismatic Gold Coin Sales Suspended. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)

Items from The Economatrix:

Unemployment in July Rose in 28 States, Fell in 9.

World Stock Markets Plunge as Fears of Recession Intensify

UK:  Pensions Crisis as Shares Collapse

Economists Refuse To Recognize the New Great Depression

Thousands Show At Job Fair as Jobless Rate Rises