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A Down Payment on the Green Economy












Washington, DC (Vocus) January 29, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council was on hand today to lend its strong support to President Barack Obama’s call for swift and decisive action on the economic recovery package that has been sent to Congress.

USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi was among several prominent corporate executives invited to the White House today for a briefing with Administration advisors. President Obama then delivered a short speech in the East Room urging support of the stimulus package. Top executives from Google, IBM, Honeywell, Edison Electric Institute, Time Warner and others were in attendance.

“The green building-related initiatives laid out in President Obama’s economic recovery package will help put thousands of Americans back to work in the immediate term, creating as many as two million green jobs in the next five years,” said Fedrizzi. “We’re talking about jobs that will help us implement on a vast scale simple changes that will show up immediately in the energy bills and water usage of every business and family.”

Fedrizzi continued, “Green school construction and renovation is part of this package; this sector alone represents a potential $ 20 billion in energy savings over the next 10 years. Greening and retrofitting of our public housing facilities is another target that will not only improve health conditions and increase energy and water efficiency, but generate savings to low-income families for whom lower utility bills can mean extra meals on the table.

“Greening our federal buildings offers another tremendous opportunity to demonstrate leadership by example using energy efficient and water efficient technologies to save billions in taxpayer dollars and at the same time create green jobs,” he said.

“The return on this investment in America stands to be unprecedented, not only for its immediate return but for the trajectory it sets for a new low-carbon economy that is surely our best future.”

About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization with a vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building certification systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (http://www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.

For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org.

Contact:

Ashley Katz

Communications Manager, USGBC

202.742.3738

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Is plight of developing nations is due to developed ones?

Question by Jus{hug}Me: Is plight of developing nations is due to developed ones?
Time isn’t quantized, development is a function, inter alia, of time and politics. Most of the present developing nations were colonies of those who boast to be developed.

Best answer:

Answer by Rufus
Since the dawn of time species / civilzations / whatever have been exploiting each other in order to survive and become stronger. And yes, the one who is exploited usually ends up with on the short end of the stick.

But no, their plight is not entirely “due” to developed nations. Much of their plight is a result of the fact that they cling to tradition longer and don’t embrace those components that build economic prosperity at a macro level such as industrialization, banking practices, etc.

It’s interesting to note that when the Europeans arrived in the Americas, the Native American indians hadn’t even invented the wheel or ridden horses! No surprise who came out on top of that match-up.

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Still Searching for that Million Dollar Business Idea?

The idea of starting a business is alluring to so many people.  There is the vision of wealth, providing opportunities and security.  Also there is pride and purpose- knowing what you’re doing is for you and your family.  And of course, one of the most appealing reasons is the freedom of being able to work from home and choose your own hours.  

These visions are wonderful and, in many cases, attainable.  In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there are over 17.6 million businesses with one or more owners but no paid employees.      

So why are so many aspiring entrepreneurs left on the sidelines? 

It turns out, there are three reasons.  One, as you can imagine, is good old fashioned fear.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of failure.  Believe it or not, fear of success.  The second reason is a lack of knowledge.  “Where do I start?” “I don’t have enough resources.”  “I don’t know anything about marketing.” And the third reason, which I will be discussing in this article, is about the business idea, itself. 

Business Idea Paralysis

What is business idea paralysis?  Quite simply, it’s a condition that prevents people from starting a business because they get held back in the idea generation stage.  Basically, they are stuck in neutral.  Below are the two most common reasons why:

 The Pet Rock Syndrome

In 1975 a gentleman named Gary Dahl created a product called the pet rock.  Many of you have probably heard of it.  In case you haven’t, it was nothing more than a rock set in a box on some straw.  Within 6 months, Dahl had sold over 5 million of these pet rocks for .95 each.  It cost him less than 30 cents to produce the rock.  So, when you do some basic number crunching, he made over 15 million dollars in just 6 months – selling rocks.   

What does this have to do with anything?  Well, quite a bit actually.  Imagine how much your life would change if you could sell something as simple as a rock and become a multi-millionaire in just 6 months.  Pretty tantalizing isn’t it?  Unfortunately, it has tantalized people so much that they never end up starting a business.  They only end up chasing their own “pet rock” gimmicks that never catch on.

The reason is simple.  Some people just haven’t been blessed by the idea gods.  The gods have failed to spring upon them the multi-million dollar idea that they believe they need.    No matter how hard they try to come up with the next pet rock, they can’t.  If you don’t believe me, take a look at how many get-rich-quick schemes are being sold today.  If people can’t think of the next great idea, then they will buy the idea from someone else.  Well, guess what?  It doesn’t work.  Mr. Dahl was an aberration.  He hit the winning lottery ticket.  Chances are you won’t.

After you have wiped the pet rock syndrome from your head, beware of the next, equally as paralyzing syndrome that can keep you from getting to business with real, tangible ideas. 

Peace, Love and Happiness Syndrome

On the other end of the spectrum we have the peace, love and happiness camp.  This group is a little more realistic in their pursuit of a business idea.  Their problem, however, is that they love too many business ideas.  In fact, they love them so much that they can’t decide on the best one.  They become paralyzed by trying to figure out which idea is best, and ultimately, never try any of them.

These types of people, I have found, are extremely visionary.  They love to explore all of the different business angles and long term visions.  The problem is they don’t take action because their heads are filled with amazing ideas and forecasts for success.

If you fall into this camp, I have bit of advice.  Stop it!  You need to choose an idea and then let your mind run wild within the boundaries of that idea.

How Do You Find the Right Business Idea?

There are two schools of thought on how to come up with the right business idea.  I’ll discuss them below:

The Traditional Approach

The traditional theory for finding the right business idea states that you should find a need and fill it.  In other words, you need to pay attention to your surroundings and look to see where there might be an opportunity to offer a new product or service that people may need.  Once you do, that’s what you will build your business around. 

There is no question that this method of generating business ideas work.  It has led to many great inventions and innovations over the years.   It is for this reason that pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars.  They develop new drugs to satisfy a need, such as a heart condition.  You can also see the traditional approach at play with today’s green technologies.  New, “green” businesses are trying to fill the need for clean, renewable energy.

There is one problem with this method, however.  It can be quite expensive and time consuming.  First, you have to develop the product or service.  This includes spending a lot of time and money on market research and sampling.  Second, you have to spend a lot of money on marketing to not only introduce the product or service, but to also convince people that they really do need it. 

If you’re a typical entrepreneur with limited funds and expertise, this may not be the best method of generating business ideas. 

The Give Them What They Want Approach

There is a second school of thought about coming up with a business idea that in many ways is far less risky and is much less expensive.  This theory is based on the idea that you should come up with an idea that already exists.  Or, simply put, offer people a product or service that they are already buying. 

Wait a minute, you may say, but doesn’t that mean there is more competition?  Isn’t the market already saturated?   Um, I would reply, tell that to Netflix. 

In 1997 the originator of Netflix reportedly hit upon the idea for movie rental-by-mail when he was forced to pay in fines after returning an overdue videotape of the film Apollo 13.  Renting movies was not a new business “need” that needed to be satisfied.  In fact, Blockbuster had been renting movies for over 10 years, and in 1998 had served nearly 60 million people who rented more than 970 million movies and video games.  Netflix took a proven market (movie rentals) and simply enhanced the service by offering movie rentals by mail, with no late fees.  The result:  today, Netflix has over 10 million monthly subscribers while generating  an annual revenue of over 1 billion dollars.  Blockbuster, on the other hand, is struggling to stay afloat. 

The point is that if you know what people are buying, a good business idea is nothing more than simply enhancing the product or service and/or marketing message.  It’s a lot less risky and more often than not, a lot less expensive. 

About the author:

David Mickelson is the managing director of Entrepreneur Field Manual, a leading resource for entrepreneurs. He has been involved in every aspect of small business for 20 years. He has bought and sold small businesses, started small businesses, and consulted for small businesses. David graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Finance.

You can visit his website at http://www.entrepreneurfieldmanual.com or check his daily business updates at http//www.entrepreneurfieldmanual.com/blog.

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A few nice Green Business Development images I found:

A recipe for business success with Rosebud
Green Business Development
Image by Lancashire County Council
A LANCASHIRE sandwich shop is under new ownership thanks to Rosebud – investment finance from Lancashire County Council.

The established business, on County Road in Ormskirk, has been taken over by husband-and-wife team Mike and Lianne Hardman.

Hungry Hardmans has received financial support from Rosebud that will assist with funding for capital costs, including new signage and stock and to provide working capital

Funding for Rosebud is provided by Lancashire County Developments Ltd – Lancashire County Council’s economic development company – as part of the council’s broad package of investment and advice.

Mike Hardman said: "It’s a big change to be working for yourself, but it’s great to run your own business. Although it’s hard work, we’re finding it very enjoyable.

"A lot of our products are locally sourced and we cook from fresh. We’ll make the order to suit you. And we’ll deliver it in a hot box at a time of your preference. It’s important to cater for our customers’ requirements.

"We’ll go out of our way to cater for our customers. We want to create something that the customers enjoy and want to order from us again."

County Councillor Michael Green, Cabinet member for environment and planning, said:
"The aim of Lancashire County Developments Limited is to encourage business development within the county. The investment finance we have provided will help Mike and Lianne to grow their business further.

"As well as bringing new businesses into the county, we also want to encourage existing Lancashire businesses to expand and develop. Whether you are looking to expand, relocate or develop new products, Rosebud could be the financial solution for your company."

With over 26 years investing in Lancashire, Rosebud was recently re-launched with a larger and more flexible finance offering, designed to appeal to Lancashire companies seeking funding to support their growth and expansion.

For a flexible approach for your business finance needs, Rosebud is a complete financial package with complementary support and advice available. It offers finance from start-ups and companies in the early stages, to more mature businesses seeking support for ongoing development or even a change of ownership.

Rosebud considers applications for business finance from £2,000 to over £1m. Funding packages are provided, on competitive commercial terms. Businesses must be currently based in Lancashire or wishing to relocate into the county.

For more information about Rosebud visit: www.lancashire.gov.uk/rosebud or contact 01772 536 600.

In this picture: Mike and Lianne Hardman with County Councillor Michael Green.

A recipe for business success with Rosebud
Green Business Development
Image by Lancashire County Council
A LANCASHIRE sandwich shop is under new ownership thanks to Rosebud – investment finance from Lancashire County Council.

The established business, on County Road in Ormskirk, has been taken over by husband-and-wife team Mike and Lianne Hardman.

Hungry Hardmans has received financial support from Rosebud that will assist with funding for capital costs, including new signage and stock and to provide working capital

Funding for Rosebud is provided by Lancashire County Developments Ltd – Lancashire County Council’s economic development company – as part of the council’s broad package of investment and advice.

Mike Hardman said: "It’s a big change to be working for yourself, but it’s great to run your own business. Although it’s hard work, we’re finding it very enjoyable.

"A lot of our products are locally sourced and we cook from fresh. We’ll make the order to suit you. And we’ll deliver it in a hot box at a time of your preference. It’s important to cater for our customers’ requirements.

"We’ll go out of our way to cater for our customers. We want to create something that the customers enjoy and want to order from us again."

County Councillor Michael Green, Cabinet member for environment and planning, said:
"The aim of Lancashire County Developments Limited is to encourage business development within the county. The investment finance we have provided will help Mike and Lianne to grow their business further.

"As well as bringing new businesses into the county, we also want to encourage existing Lancashire businesses to expand and develop. Whether you are looking to expand, relocate or develop new products, Rosebud could be the financial solution for your company."

With over 26 years investing in Lancashire, Rosebud was recently re-launched with a larger and more flexible finance offering, designed to appeal to Lancashire companies seeking funding to support their growth and expansion.

For a flexible approach for your business finance needs, Rosebud is a complete financial package with complementary support and advice available. It offers finance from start-ups and companies in the early stages, to more mature businesses seeking support for ongoing development or even a change of ownership.

Rosebud considers applications for business finance from £2,000 to over £1m. Funding packages are provided, on competitive commercial terms. Businesses must be currently based in Lancashire or wishing to relocate into the county.

For more information about Rosebud visit: www.lancashire.gov.uk/rosebud or contact 01772 536 600.

Notes for Editors: The attached photographs show Mike and Lianne Hardman with County Councillor Michael Green.

Green Island, Bellows Falls, Vermont, USA
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Great Gold, Silver & Green Opportunities Arise

“Whether Americans and Westerners in general like it or not, the Chinese have become and will remain the key drivers to many economic and financial market developments, progress, and averted wreckage. The intrepid lapdog US press, loyal to the syndicate, is a critical element to maintain distractions… for years they have maintained a tight link in monetary policy. Doing so has linked their asset bubble expansion and bust cycle to the deadly one in the United States, and filled their coffers with US$ -denominated toxic debt securities. However, China has three advantages over the US… They have .65 trillion in savings… a vast industrial base, courtesy of the US, the West, and Japan, which donated the technology… They have an expanding middle class… It is slowly becoming clear that the US granted the Most Favored Nation status to China in return for massive gold & silver swaps to the USGovt. The Wall Street fraud kings illicitly sold the leased bullion into the market, to sustain the American fiat paper congame, and thus a betrayal to the Chinese.

The Beijing leaders are highly motivated to unseat the Anglo bankers from their perched throne, emboldened by vengeance. The betrayal was to the American people also, since waves of jobs went to China from US shores, since the US sold not only its own Fort Knox gold inventory, but Western Europe’s also… Those who believe the USGovt has any gold reserves at all should donate their cerebrums to science while still alive… The USGovt in all likelihood is in possession of less than zero gold, owing both Europe and China massive amounts. It is the American ticket to the Third World, paved by lost industry, locked by vast debt…

…a comment is in order regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address… the entirety of the sacrifice to reduce the USGovt budget will come from the domestic, non-defense, non-security side… The higher priority war machine will be preserved… Ironically, the security of the nation has been put in peril from unspeakable banker fraud, abandonment of industry, and neglect of infrastructure… The Obama Admin will remain committed to gutting America, undercutting the middle class, and feeding the deterioration of the USEconomy… When reference is made to a Sputnik moment for the United States, try not to laugh… Survival will soon escalate to a higher priority.

The Chinese are well along a full court press to secure Gold bullion and dominate in the next phase of the global chess game that will span the next decade or more. With the expansion in the European Dollar Swap Window by the Chinese, the Euro currency has risen impressivelyMy guess is the harlot Intl Monetary Fund will facilitate the Gold conversion, from the EU member nation central banks associated with PIGS nations. If inadequate supply of Gold is a problem with PIGS nations, perhaps some gold swap contracts can be enabled with the help of the Bank For Intl Settlements in Switzerland. But those swaps would seal the PIGS nation fates, since they would hand over industrial, commercial, and other collateral, assuring banker elite ownership of whatever keys to the kingdom are left… China has found a way to purchase high volumes of Gold bullion at a discount… So the PIGS debt will be rescued for a while, but with forfeit of their central bank gold, or borrowed gold.

Lately, a chief US export has been price inflation, most evident in food prices, courtesy of the QE2 program by the USFed. In the last decade, the chief export was toxic debt securities. The Chinese have a different approach… They have made 180 trade deals… They do not place military personnel on foreign soil. They do not lace foreign banking systems with toxic debt. They establish multi-faceted contracts that involve the build-out of port facilities, railroad lines, schools, hospitals, and community living… They operate a sophisticated guerrilla economic warfare in sharp contrast to what the US does. The Chinese build partnerships… while the Americans ignite violent conflicts and demand that allies take sides, while extorting bank ruin, living above their means.

The most important factor to bear upon the financial markets globally in the last several months… is the creation of the Dollar Swap Windows by China… Their focus is on the PIGS nation sovereign debt… They will buy PIGS debt at discount. They will win favor… They will cut off geopolitical opposition in extremely subtle manner. They will open up the pathways for greater technology transfer. They will offer a semblance of stability to the currency markets in turmoil. They will spread their global presence, if not dominance. They will work some backdoor deals with motives to secure large volumes of gold bullion at discount…

My full expectation is that the Chinese will sell far more USTBonds than they purchase PIGS nation sovereign debt. In other words, they are building a dumping ground. Key parts of the equation are that the Europeans have been promised a willing buyer (although with ulterior motive) in the Chinese for PIGS sovereign debt. The Germans are sick & tired, fed up to the gills, in supporting the Southern Europe welfare system…

The financial news reports fail to mention the China card. They fail to mention that China is exchanging USTBonds for Euros in order to purchase EuroBonds with PIGS skin labels. They fail to mention that large Chinese hands are supporting the Euro currency… A grand Chinese wedge has been inserted, not so much between Central Europe and Southern Europe as between Europe and the United States. China will be crucial in casting the Southern nations aside from the European core. They will become wards of China, even for exploit…

My best guess is that the Chinese have temporarily halted their usage of the COMEX avenue for gold acquisition. They have permitted the corrupted COMEX to push down the gold price, using its fraudulent paper mechanisms. They have given free rein for the Wall Street maestros to lower the gold price for any IMF deal to secure European gold bullion in exchange for EuroBonds. Most gold & silver contracts are settled in cash anyway these days, since the COMEX does not have much precious metal in its possession. Imagine the day coming before too many months when gold & silver can be traded in contracts at the COMEX with no gold or silver metal exchanging hands. That day is coming, along with ruin of the GLD and SLV defaults… As for the Gold & Silver price, they will rise when the Chinese decide to resume buying. Right now, their attention is diverted to EU gold bought at deep discount, and in volume. As usual, they are thinking at least 20 years ahead…

Germany is grateful that a new benefactor has come to Southern Europe… The Germans are exhausted from 0 billion in annual welfare support of a deadbeat set of children in Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain. Over the last ten years, the drain of German wealth has been trillion in total…

In return for the outsized Chinese relief of PIGS debt, the Germans have offered key exports in technology… The German Economy is not a war economy, as they possess world class technology for domestic purposes. In the early part of the last 2000 decade, the technology transfer was significant from Japan to China. It enabled a great leap for Chinese industry… the Chinese leapfrogged the US easily… My view is that the Eastern Alliance… are working on the New Nordic Euro currency, complete with a gold component, in order to establish a replacement for global banking and commerce. It could become a new global reserve currency…

…at the most recent G-20 Meeting of finance ministers. The USGovt attempted to find wider support for hostility against China. They all fell of deaf ears. The American delegation was embarrassed, isolated, and stunned. With the Chinese acting as chief debt benefactor in Europe, with the Chinese forging Asian, Arab, South American alliances, nobody joined the adolescent US chatter to confront and combat China… Witness the battle for global control and leadership… As the Islamics fade in perceived threat, enter the Chinese who “stole” the US jobs and “sit on” vast hoard of money from “ill-gotten trade surpluses” in great ongoing accumulation. The ugly truth is that 60% to 65% of Chinese trade surplus from 2004 to 2008 was derived from US and Western corporations having expanded on Chinese soil with factories, fully endorsed by USGovt and Western Govts…

The hypocrisy is thick. However, the incessant annoying shallow charges of currency manipulation ring hollow when the US Federal Reserve announced the Quantitative Easing #2… Expect a QE3 later this year, to rescue states and muni bonds, but only after government pension obligations are abandoned and smashed. In the process, the United States has become isolated. Numerous trade deals exclude the USGovt and USEconomy…

THE CHINESE WISH TO CONVERT DISCOUNTED EUROBONDS TO SECURE HUGE VOLUMES OF EUROPEAN GOLD… The acquisition will NOT be front page news, will NOT be discussed by European leaders, and will NOT be publicly debated… They have very likely secured deals whereby the IMF harlot will facilitate huge gold bullion sales to China with the EuroBond securities… The common denominator in the great majority of Chinese deals forged worldwide in the last decade is the secured supply line of hard assets, like commodities…

The extreme wild card in the entire equation is eventually colonization by the Chinese elite. If they aid in government debt purchase, then hold title to property, while providing supply lines to a wide range of consumer products (someday cars too), what would prevent them from sending 100 thousand people per year to occupy abandoned homes and empty apartment buildings held under proper title? Nothing!”

“China Plays Europe Card”
Jim Willie CB, GoldenJackass.com, 1/26/11

 

“This morning news came down the wires that the rating agency S&P had downgraded Japan’s sovereign debt from ‘AA’ to ‘AA-‘. This is no small development.  The reality is that Japan’s finances are in even worse shape than those of the US when its overall indebtedness is compared as a percentage of GDP. Japan is approaching a debt to GDP ratio of nearly 200%!..

What this means is that the rating agencies… are looking at the huge deficits being run by many nations in the West (and Japan). In other words – TOO MUCH DEBT!

That led to selling in the long end of the US yield curve this morning as bond traders are starting to be more than a bit fearful that the same thing is going to happen to the US’s ‘AAA’ rating… They are watching massive amounts of QE2 and another ballooning of the federal budget deficit and are selling even as the Fed attempts to jam the market higher with its purchases. AT this point, the only thing holding the long end of the curve is the Fed. How long can that last especially without affecting the Dollar?

More and more we see the integrity of sovereign debt being brought into doubt which leads to the question among many investors; “what is a safe haven that is actually safe?””

“S&P Downgrades Japan’s Sovereign Debt”
Jim Sinclair, JSMineset, 1/27/11

 

The ongoing Takedown of Gold and Silver, The Food Riots in Various Countries around the World; the recent Blue Chips Equities Markets flirtation with Dow 12,000, and the recent Pullback in Crude Oil Prices are all signaling one thing for Investors and Traders: Great Opportunity!

But capitalizing on these developing Opportunities Requires having a Solid Overview of Market and Interventional Forces, Excellent Timing, and the Willingness to go Short in Some Sectors while going Long in Others.

First, Consider Gold and Silver:

The Detractors who claim Gold and Silver have topped point to an ostensibly recovering Economy, generally strong corporate earnings, and increasing Yields on Treasury Securities, as reasons Investors should get out, or not get in, Gold and Silver. And besides, they say, Gold recently hit a record nominal high (and Silver at Record 21st Century High) and there is, they claim, likely not much “up” left.

In fact, the Economy is not recovering, as we and increasing numbers of others have pointed out in recent articles. Fundamentally, there is simply too much Debt, and too much unemployment!

In the Final Analysis, sustained positive Corporate earnings depend on a Recovering Economy which largely depends on the Middle Class Consumer Health in the U.S.A. (which is 70% of U.S. GDP) and Eurozone and elsewhere and continued rapid Chinese growth,.

And, yes, U.S. and Eurozone Treasury Securities have displayed weakness, and thus higher Yields lately, but as John Williams has pointed out this is due mainly to Fed and other Central Bank Q.E. – caused Monetary Inflation and not on increased Economic Activity.  But given the ongoing Devaluation of the U.S. Dollar and the realistically unpayable Debts of U.S. and many Eurozone nations, savvy Investors are not likely to jump en masse out of the Precious Metals into Devaluing Paper anytime soon. And the Chinese do not wish to continue their current levels of inflation–inducing growth and are taking steps to moderate it a bit.

Of course, it is becoming ever more widely known that Periodic Gold and Silver Takedowns, including The Ongoing One are due to ongoing Fed led Cartel* Suppression of the Gold and Silver Prices.

*We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions – III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled “Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds” in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at Deepcaster’s website. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at Deepcaster’s website have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.

Indeed, Gold and Silver have been appreciating vis a vis major Fiat Currencies for a decade now, because, for one reason, Central Banks are printing excessively much Fiat Currency, and facilitating far too much Debt, to increase their own Profits and Power.

And as to the argument that Gold, say, has had its run-up and is overbought, consider the following chart:

Gold and Gold Mining Shares in % of Global Assets

(Sources: Silberjunge.de, Erste Group Research)

Consider that while the average % of Global Assets in Gold and Gold Shares from 1921 through 1981 is 26%, in 2009 a mere 0.8% (i.e. less than 1%!) of Global Assets were in Gold and Gold Shares!

Consider also the November 9, 2010 historic high Gold Price (21/oz) and the recent 21st Century High Nominal High Silver Price (.67) in light of Real Inflation being Factored in per John Williams’.

“The earlier all-time (Gold) high of 0.00…of January 21, 1980 would be ,395 per troy ounce, based on December 2010 CPI-U-adjusted dollars, ,943 per troy ounce based on SGS-Alternate-CPI-adjusted dollars…

…for silver in January 1980 of .45 per troy ounce…1980 silver price peak would be 9 per troy ounce and would be 2 per troy ounce in terms of…SGS-Alternate-CPI-adjusted dollars…

(and regarding Retail Sales, an important indication of Economic Activity)

…annual contraction in December 2010 deepened to 4.3%, from 4.0% in November.”

“Commentary Number 345: December Inflation, Retail Sales, Production”
John Williams, Shadowstats.com, 1/14/11

 

Indeed, it is crucial when considering the Price Prospects for Precious Metals to consider the Real Numbers as opposed to the Bogus Official Ones.

Shadowstats.com calculates the Real Numbers for the U.S. the way they were calculated in the 1980’s and 1990’s, before systematic Official Data Distortion and Interventions began in earnest.

Bogus Official Numbers vs. Real Numbers (per Shadowstats.com)

Annual U.S. Consumer Price Inflation reported January 14, 2011
1.50%                   /                   8.91% (annualized December, 2010 Rate)

U.S. Unemployment reported January 7, 2011
9.4%               /                22.4%

U.S. GDP Annual Growth/Decline reported December 22, 2010
3.25%                    /                  -1.44%

U.S. M3 reported January 15, 2011 (Month of December, Y.O.Y.)
No Official Report       /      -2.76%

Note that Real U.S. Price Inflation is already raging at 8.91% in the U.S.A. a Hyperinflationary Threshold level.

Thus, in light of the aforementioned, and ongoing Q.E., and highly likely Q.E. 3 and Q.E. 4 and…? the long term Price Prospects for Gold and Silver are very Bright.

Short term, given the ongoing Takedown, ideally one buys as close to an Interim Bottom, as possible. Deepcaster intends to recommend several Gold and Silver Prospectors and Miners in 2011, as Interim Bottoms are Near.

In sum, Gold, Silver, and Agricultural Products and businesses provide the Main Refuge and Profit Potential for Investors Worldwide.

Speaking of Agricultural Products, given that the Massive Fiat Currency Printing by The Major Central Banks is generating major Food Price Inflation and will continue to do so. Deepcaster recommends Investors prepare to go Green.

Foodstuffs in high and inelastic demand and the companies which focus on them, will continue to do well, regardless of economic conditions.

Thus, Deepcaster also has already identified and intends to recommend Key Agricultural Enterprises with Great Potential, with the first being Recommended in an Alert very soon.

On a related issue, Potable Water Crises are Proliferating around the World. Deepcaster has also identified several companies with excellent Potential whose Mission it is to respond to increasing Potable Water Needs.

As to Other Sectors not mentioned here as we indicated in our recent letter, one can expect Serious Takedowns in certain of these Sectors and very soon in one Sector. That is why it is essential to be willing and able to go Short as appropriate.

In sum, recent and Prospective Market Action Signals Present and Prospective Great Opportunities in Gold, Silver and Green.

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Question by Bec: What is happening internationally-where do the developing nations sit in the debate against climate chanage?
need some help for a science presentation about climate change, who are the developing nations? and what do they say about the climate change debate? if i could get some help that would be appreciated thanks

Best answer:

Answer by Et Tu Brute
I can not tell what each developing nation’s standpoint is on global warming.

China sends mixed signals. They are rapidly expanding their coal fired generation plants while also ready to rapidly expand their nuclear reactor plants. China’s energy needs will be huge in the future and they know that fossil fuels are a limited resource. So, is China’s goals for more many more nuclear plants climate based or just for future energy needs? My best guess is that is both.

Many developing nations may believe that AGW is valid but, will not commit to changes if the developed nations, the major contributors of greenhouse gases, are not willing to significantly reduce their emissions.

Whatever the opinions of developing nations are, I am sure that this information I have put in another post will help them to decide once and for all. This is what I have just posted on another question:

The Berkley report was just released. Richard Muller ( God to the deniers ) has confirmed that the data shows global warming EXISTS and that no other sources of global warming explain away the amount of warming caused by man.

http://climateprogress.org/2011/03/20/berkeley-temperature-study-results-global-warming/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29

Now, there is no scientific evidence, even among the skeptics, that can dispute AGW. Richard Muller even agrees that the data is verified and even that the data of one group they examined had unintentionally low-balled the amount of global temperature rise.

This report SHOULD remove the doubts of any true skeptics. The deniers will always be, well, deniers. That will not change. We all know who they are on Y/A. We should now be able to determine who the real skeptics are on Y/A and who have just been the deniers, for whatever reason

What do you think? Answer below!

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