Economics and Investing:

The Dreaded D Word: Treasury taking final steps to avoid default

Blackstone Investor Sees ‘Epic’ Credit Bubble

Frequent contributor H.L. sent this: ‘It’s not life, it’s survival’: Crisis-hit Portuguese forced to live in communes

Silk Road site and DPR’s Bitcoins seized. (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

Items from The Economatrix:

Peter Schiff Was Right Part Deux: The “Taper” Edition

Markets Are Crumbling All Around The World As Government Shutdown Gets Close

This Will Create A Horrific Collapse That Will Shock The World