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Economics and Investing:

We’ve been warned: the system is ready to blow [1]

Reuters reports: Home Depot, Walmart, grocers get boost from Irene [2]. (Thanks to M.W. for the link.)

Some wise folks are buying on the dip: Sudden Temporary Gold and Silver Price Drop; Retail Sales Soar [3]. (A hat tip to R.B.S. for the link.)

A whole bunch of news, courtesy of John R.:

In An Unsustainable System, A Warning of Collapse [4] (Bob Chapman)

Panic & Anxiety Swirl a Storm [5] (Jim Willie)

Banks face $340 billion state-backed bond refi hole [6] (Helene Durand)
Big Banks: Under-Capitalized, Overexposed, Opaque [7](Barry Ritholtz)

“A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” [8] (Mike Kreiger)

Marc Faber Says: Don’t Store Your Gold In The United State [9]s (Sovereign Man)

Europe’s Problem Is Decidedly Not the Euro [10](John Tamny)

Where Are We? [11] (Greg Hunter)

Prepare for the Global Long Wave Extinction Event [12] (David Knox Barker )

Greece forced to tap emergency fund [13] (Louise Armitstead)

Items from The Economatrix:

Gold $3000? [14]

JPMorgan May Take Over BofA [15]

BofA’s Share Nosedive Fuels Fears of Second Credit Crunch [16]

But wait! Warren to the rescue! Berkshire Hathaway Invests $5 Billion in Bank of America [17]