Economics and Investing:

Japan posts record trade deficit while real estate values go deep into the 1980s. US has decade long collapse in real estate values in spite of record low mortgage rates. The path of two lost decades in US real estate values is looking very similar to Japan.

Ben in Nevada sent this: The price of cooking the books (Describes inflation statistics fraud in Argentina)

In tough economy, people turning in rare, unique items in for cash

G.G. flagged this: A new recession seems inevitable

Items from The Economatrix:

False Recovery 2.0:  It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2011

Jim Rogers: Gold to Rise Much Higher in this Decade, Do Not Sell It!

Latest Resignations From World Banks and Governments

Disability Fraud Holds Down US Unemployment Rate

Japan, China to Promote Yen-Yuan Currency Exchange