John Sullivan – Conservative/Libertarian Director of “America: Imagine The World Without Her”

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Val Sotir – Is Investing In Distressed Notes For You?

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Don Mazzella – Americans With Disabilities Act: Trial Lawyers Gone Mad

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Joe Messina – Government Keeps Getting Worse

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Woody O’Brien – Less Farmers And More People… Not A Good Mix

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James Hirsen – Are You Ready For Ebola The TV Show?

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Ned Schmidt – The Frogs Are Getting Boiled, and They Don’t Have Clue

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Don Mazzella – Americans With Disabilities Act: Trial Lawyers Gone Mad

from Financial Survival Network

Don Mazzella noted author, publisher and small business expert tells how the Americans with Disabilities Act has become nothing more than a feeding frenzy for rapacious trial lawyers. They prey upon small businesses who haven’t fully complied with the minutiae of the complicated statute. Now H&R Block has settled a case where they’ve agreed to make their e-commerce website handicap accessible. This may potentially open up whole new vistas for parasitic lawyers looking for ever greener pastures. There’s hundreds of millions of websites that are not compliant that could be open to litigation. While the original statute was well intentioned, it is often said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And on that road there will be a toll plaza manned by democrats!”

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Val Sotir – Is Investing In Distressed Notes For You?

from Financial Survival Network

Val Sotir is founder and CEO of one of the country’s largest buyer and seller of distressed mortgage notes. He explains what it takes to be a successful investor in these notes. It’s not rocket surgery, you just need a basic understanding of real estate transactions and finance, along with the ability to get your due diligence done. Then you’ll be off to the races earning potentially high returns, like Val’s been doing for years. There’s certainly no shortage of product and you just need to stay away from certain states and you’ll do just fine.

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John Sullivan – Conservative/Libertarian Director of “America: Imagine The World Without Her”

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John Sullivan directed America: Imagine the World Without Her and 2016: Obama’s America. He’s a bit of a rarity, a conservative living and working in Hollywood. He’s also considers himself more of a libertarian than a conservative. He directed these films out of concern for the direction the country is headed in. As John said, the US is in decline and no one seems determined to do anything about it. Is it too late?

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Energy Economics – Crash Course Chapter 19

THE reason why growth will be more scarce in the future

by Adam Taggart
Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity

Chapter 19 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

The central point to this latest video is this: as we’ve shown in previous chapters of the Crash Course, our global economy depends on continual growth to function. And not just any kind of growth; but exponential growth.

But in order to grow, it must receive an ever-increasing input supply of affordable energy and resources from the natural world. What I’m about to show you is a preponderance of data that indicates those inputs will just not be there in the volumes needed to supply the growth that the world economy is counting on.

In short, on top of all the debt and other economic messes we’ve made for ourselves, constraints from the natural world will increasingly place limits on economic growth in a way we haven’t had to deal with over the past century.

This is why I’m so confident in the claim that the next 20 years will be completely unlike the past 20.

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Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists

P.J. O’Rourke explains why Washington’s despised influence-peddlers are freedom’s last line of defense.

by P.J. O Rourke
The Daily Beast

Lobbyist. The very word sends a shudder through every upstanding citizen who believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government — as if George Washington were being pictured naked, lowering himself into a bathtub full of live squid.

Stand down, upstanding citizen. And go on, get outta here. Nobody believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government. Nobody in living memory ever has.

The term “lobbyist” supposedly was coined during the well-corrupted (and well-soaked) presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. Various political high-binders, jack-legs, and bagmen hung around the lobby of the Willard Hotel waiting to promote shady special interests by plying Grant with free drinks and cigars. The Willard Hotel was Grant’s favorite haunt.

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The Latest Updates from Martin Armstrong – 2014.10.25

by Martin Armstrong
Armstrong Economics

Dow Closes Strong – Higher Highs or Lower Lows?

Hillary – Says Business does NOT Create Jobs – Washington Does?

Politicians Gone Wildly Insane – Taxing 50 cents to Transer 1 Gigabyte on Internet

Something Is Dangerously Wrong at the New York Fed

Why Goldman Sachs & Blackstone Are Becoming So Hated in Europe

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Obamacare Is Not a Revolution, It Is Mere Evolution

by Roger McKinney
Mises.org

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act focused the attention of Americans on government regulation as few issues have. However, they should have paid attention decades earlier because states have been eating away like termites at freedom in the healthcare insurance market for decades. The PPACA adds little to existing state regulations. States began dictating to insurance companies what to cover, whom to cover, when to cover them and how much they could charge in the 1950s. Massachusetts, home of Romneycare, the template for Obamacare, enacted the first state mandate in 1956 requiring insurers to cover mentally and physically handicapped children.[1]

States have mandated coverage in four areas: benefits, providers, populations, and rates.

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Shanghai Gold Exchange Weekly Withdrawal of 51.5 Tonnes for October 17

by Ed Steer
Ed Steer’s Gold & Silver Daily, Casey Research

Yesterday In Gold & Silver

It was a nothing day in gold yesterday—and the tiny gains from Far East and London trading began to disappear at 10:30 a.m. EDT—and the New York low was in at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the close of trading in London. After that, the gold price traded sideways for the remainder of the Friday session.

The high and low ticks aren’t worth looking up.

Gold finished the day at $1,231.00 spot, down 90 cents from Thursday’s close. Net volume barely moved the needle at only 80,000 contracts.

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The Reason There Has Been No Sustainable Recovery

from Jesse’s Café Américain

“When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done” — John Maynard Keynes

How can an economy based on printing money and financial repression for a broken financial system achieve self-sustaining organic growth?

Where is the growth in aggregate demand fueled by a growth in employment and an increase in median wages?

Is the great mass of the public thriving, or barely surviving?

Why do we insist on blaming and denigrating the victims of a massive and ongoing financial fraud that after six years is still largely intact?

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Why the Tragic Ottawa Shooting Is a Potential Boon to the Canadian Cannabis Industry

by Anthony Wile
The Daily Bell

The movement to legalize cannabis is in place. It will continue. And it leads to some interesting conclusions.

One can argue, for instance, that the tragic shooting in Canada’s capital city earlier this week may ultimately benefit cannabis decriminalization efforts. Once a meme is in place, almost anything can have unexpected consequences. More on that in a minute.

First, let’s focus on the pushback.

This week certainly showed elements of pushback. The Seattle PI, for instance, reports that Seattle’s financing and planning departments sent 330 warning letters to medical marijuana shops informing them time is running out on obtaining a license if the business is engaged in “major marijuana activity,” defined as “growing more than 45 plants or having more than 72 ounces of usable marijuana on hand.” But the article goes on to point out, “The Catch-22: There is no such license to obtain for those businesses providing medical marijuana.”

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Shocking Truth About Recent Plunge Protection Team Activity

from King World News

Today a 42-year market veteran spoke with King World News about the recent stunning activity by the U.S. Plunge Protection and their cohorts in Europe and Japan. Below is what Egon von Greyerz, who is founder of Matterhorn Asset Management out of Switzerland, had to say in this extraordinary interview.

Greyerz: “Eric, people in the West are enslaved to a system where the state takes care of everything. The state takes care of many people from cradle to grave. Switzerland is one of the only countries where there is a degree of individual freedom. For the Swiss it has always been important to have the people make decisions and not to let the government dictate….

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Stress Test Angst

by Pater Tenebrarum
Acting Man

ECB’s Comprehensive Bank Assessment Finalized

A considerable level of apprehension was noticeable in the financial press in recent days, as the ECB just finished its “stress tests” and its comprehensive assessment of 130 systemically important banks in the euro are. This time, the stress tests are a bit more interesting than previous exercises of this sort were.

Contrary to the white-wash attempts that characterized the laughable stress tests performed during the euro area’s sovereign debt crisis by the EBA (European Banking Authority), the ECB is forced to walk a slightly finer line. The reason is that it will become the regulator of these 130 large banks and will therefore be held responsible if anything goes wrong. On the other hand, the ECB is also eager to avoid a panicky market reaction to the results, and will therefore presumably try not to be too harsh in its assessments. In fact, looking at press reports, it certainly appears as though the criteria have been watered down quite a bit. Some observers argue that the ECB is far too beholden to political and market expectations to make its assessment credible (see also further below).

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AEP: Spain’s Export-Led Recovery Comes at a Price

Booming car factories behind the country’s expert-led revival leave question marks over the true health of Spanish economy, reports Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Telegraph.co.uk

Spain’s car industry has come back from the dead, saved by drastic wage cuts that transform the social character of Europe.

The French group Renault has restarted night shifts at its plant in Valladolid this month for the first time in a decade as demand surges for its snazzy bi-tonal Captur, much of it from South Korea of all places.

It is a moment that traumatised workers here in the heartland of old Castile never expected to see again after Spain’s economy crashed into depression six years ago, and then crashed yet deeper before hitting rock bottom in 2012. “We all thought this factory was going to be closed. It was a terrible time,” said Luis Estevez, a manager of the assembly plant.

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Successful Resource Investing, Casey Conference Interview with Marin Katusa

from VictoryIndependence

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Washington Is Defaming Putin

by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
PaulCraigRoberts.org

UPDATE: Here is a translation of Putin’s address at Valdai: http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/23137

Today at the Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russia’s President Putin correctly and justifiably denounced Washington for destabilizing the world in order to serve its own narrow and selfish interest and the interests of the private interest groups that control Washington at the expense of the rest of the world. It is about time a world leader denounced the thuggish neocon regime in Washington. Putin described Washington’s double standards with the Roman phrase: “What is allowed for God [the US] is not allowed for cattle [the rest of the world].”

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Mining Shares Continue Their Meltdown

by Dan Norcini
Trader Dan Norcini

Before getting into the particulars of the charts from the mining sector, take a look at the continued exodus from GLD. The gold ETF shed yet more tonnage dropping nearly 5.5 tons from yesterday and is now down to a mere 745.39 tons of gold. At the risk of beating a dead horse, we now have to go all the way back to OCTOBER 2008 to find such a trifling sum in this once proud flyer. At its peak some two years ago, there was over 1351 tons of metal in this exchange traded fund.

[...] Western-based investors simply want no part of the metal right now which brings us to the mining shares. The GDXJ, an index composed of junior miners is pulling a disappearing act. Down over 2% today alone, the index made not only a NEW WEEKLY LOW close for the year, but has now gone negative on the year with today’s close at 30.95.

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From Home-Grown Tomatoes to Home-Made Pasta Sauce

by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds

It’s surprisingly easy to make a pasta sauce from scratch with home-grown tomatoes.

I am a lazy cook as well as a lazy gardener. So making a pasta sauce from our home-grown tomatoes was a bit intimidating; it sounded like a lot of work.

Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be pretty easy, and the results were also surprising: it’s easily one of the best pasta sauce I’ve ever tasted, despite the nothing-special quality of our home-grown tomatoes.

A quick Web search pulled up this recipe and instructions from Daniel Gritzer, who made several batches with different types of tomatoes as a taste test: How to Make the Best Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes.

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