Notes for Saturday – August 15, 2015

On August 15, 1961, two days after sealing off free passage between East and West Berlin with barbed wire, East German authorities began building a wall–the Berlin Wall–to permanently close off access to the West. For the next 28 years, the heavily fortified Berlin Wall stood as the most tangible symbol of the Cold War–a literal “iron curtain” dividing Europe. The wall has now been torn down for longer than it stood, but the scars in memory are still there.

July in Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins

Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, by Steven Cochran of Gainsesville Coins. Every month we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals, covering the price action of gold and examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbers. So much for the “summer doldrums.” July was a wild roller coaster ride, no matter which market you looked at, and gold was no exception. If it wasn’t stress over whether the Fed would raise interest rates next month, it was the meltdown in the Chinese stock market, or the fate of Greece and its economy. Remember …

Letter: Fishing Pliers

Dear SurvivalBlog, After searching every nook and cranny of the Internet I have had no luck in finding a decent (in quality and price) pair of needle nose “fishing specific’ pliers. How about taking on the challenge? – JLN Pat Cascio responds: I love to fish, and there is a pond just 50 yards from my front door on my neighbor’s property, and I can fish there all I want. I’m a sport angler; I catch and release most of the time. I’ve been fishing since I was about 10 years old. I started out using a bamboo fishing pole. …

Economics and Investing:

Germany Continues To Lead The West In Physical Gold Demand o o o The Average Net Worth by Age: The massive financial chicanery brought on by housing equity figures and the new real estate bubble. o o o Why Emerging Markets Are Getting Crushed o o o What’s Really At Stake With The Iran Nuclear Deal o o o The WAR on CASH isn’t coming…it’s already here – D.S.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Even more reason to home school. Public schools are GOVERNMENT schools and we know what kind of government– federal, state, and local– we NOW have! It’s our own fault for being asleep for DECADES! School Officials Used Young Girl as “Bait” in Rape Sting, She Was Raped and they Covered it Up – H.L. o o o Pistol-whipped detective says he didn’t shoot attacker because of headlines – T.P. o o o Want ‘sustained happiness’? Get religion, study suggests – D.S. o o o Before the death panels…limb panels? – Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor At Large o o o Reciprocity …