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Commodity Futures News Nov 09, 2009

Posted on Nov 09, 2009 in Economic News

Source: DailyFutures
U.S. Economy

The U.S. Treasury is scheduled to sell a record high $81 billion of debt this week, starting with $40 billion of three-year T-notes today that went for a median yield of 1.37%. The bid to cover ratio was 3.33, the best demand since 1990. The December U.S. T-bonds were up 2/32nds at 118.16/32nds.

Policy makers from this weekend’s G-20 meeting in Scotland tried to assure investors that central banks are not yet ready to withdraw stimulus from the world’s economy. The December U.S. dollar index fell .805 to 75.135, near the contract low. December gold closed up $5.70 at a new contract high of $1,101.40.

Grains and Cotton

According to Bloomberg news, China’s corn crop will be down 13% this year to 144.4 million tons, due to drought. December corn jumped up 19 cents to $3.86.

January soybeans closed up 17 cents at $9.72 ahead of tomorrow’s monthly USDA estimates.

Tropical Storm Ida is expected to bring more rain to the already-wet southeastern U.S. December cotton closed up 1.07 cents at 67.61.

After the close, the USDA said that:

37% of the corn crop was harvested, down from the five-year average of 82%....

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CFR Suggests Faking a ‘Shortage’ of H1N1 Vaccine

Posted on Nov 09, 2009 in Featured Articles, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

“I think what would work better would be to say that there was a shortage……”

Source: Council on Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza

COHEN: Then should we mandate for children?

(Laughter.)

COHEN: We do for school entry. Individual states do for school entry. Why don’t we do that to protect the population? And we know that protecting our children from the vaccine, if they are indeed ten times more infectious —

MONTO: A very brief answer which covers a lot of problems with influenza vaccine and we’ve heard it brought up already and that is, a lot of our problems with mandating influenza vaccine, use of influenza vaccine, would go away if we didn’t have the need for annual vaccination. I mean, we’ve got a different kind of vaccine here, and I think we need to recognize the difference between influenza vaccine the way it’s used and the fact that it’s a good vaccine.

It’s not a great vaccine. We’ve shown in a recent study 70 percent efficacy of the live vaccine in healthy adults young adults, who should have the best efficacy....

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Gold Keeps Breaking Records; $1,110

Posted on Nov 09, 2009 in Economic News

gold_1d_o_USDIt seems that each day, I’m writing another brief story about the price of gold.

$1,101 was a great moment and one that honestly, I didn’t think we would see this soon.

In Asian markets overnight, the price of gold shot up and over $1,110!

 

How high will it go?...

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Winter Car Emergency Kit

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Winter Car Emergency Kit Earlier this week we talked about an emergency kit for your home, now it's time to focus on your car and how to be prepared for the unpleasantness of being stranded in a winter wonderland.  Compared to creating a home winter emergency kit, a car emergency kit has two principle differences. First, you're severely limited on space compared to home preparations—and you burn extra gas hauling your loot around. Second, when the power goes out and the party stops at your house, you're still at home safe and sound. When your car gets stuck in the middle of no where and it's 12F out, it's a radically worse situation that could end tragically. Keep Your Car Topped Off and Well Serviced You can't avoid every curve ball Old Man Winter will throw at you, but if you r

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Emergency Fire Starter from Old T-Shirt

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Make an Emergency Fire Starter from a T-Shirt

It’s important to have a backup plan in the great outdoors. An extra pair of clean underwear is nice, but fire-starting tools are essential. DIY weblog Make details how to make a no-fail fire source from a few pieces of old t-shirt.

Although most carry a lighter to get things fired up in the great outdoors, it’s still smart to have a backup source for fire-starting like char cloth just in case. A few cut pieces of cotton jersey and an Altoids tin will give you just that.

After charring the squares of cut t-shirt (check out the video above) and things have cooled off 100%, make sure to transfer your Char Cloth pieces to a water safe container like a film canister or the like. Also keep in mind that an upside down fire is still one of our favorite ways to keep your campfire burning bright once the char cloth has served its purpose.

As winter approaches and we’re putting together our winter emergency kits, char cloth doesn’t seem like a terrible thing to have handy, either....

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Make a Moving Dolly out of a Shopping Cart!

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in DIY Projects

Make a Hand Truck Out of a Shopping Cart

via: LifeHacker


So you need to move some large, heavy stuff, but you don’t want to throw out your back? Instead of renting or paying two hundred dollars for your own moving dolly, DIY web site Instructables details how to make your own.

The project requires an old shopping cart and some pretty heavy-duty tools (and the project does require some welding), but it shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two, and you’ll have saved quite a bundle on a dolly. The guide is pretty detailed and takes it step-by-step, so it shouldn’t be remarkably difficult either—in fact, the hardest part is probably finding a shopping cart (although the author mentions that most stores will gladly give you old, soon-to-be-discarded carts).

Hayden’s Note:

….or, you could just “find” one late at night in the parking lot of your local grocery store.  But be forewarned; that would be illegal.  Wal-Mart would be a better choice anyway as they have much nicer shopping carts than your typical mom’n’pop grocery store…but…Wal-Mart employs about 18 cameras on the front side of the typical ‘SuperCenter’ store....

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Tiny Homes: Bicycle Trailers & Shopping Cart Campers!

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Tiny Homes: Bicycle Trailers, Shopping Cart Campers, and more!

mobile creative home idea

Kevin Cyr seems obsessed with mobile homes and portable living.  In his astonishing ‘duh!’ concepts, he manages to pack a lot of room (bed,  lighting, storage and much more) into the smallest of interior spaces.

mobile trailer home pictures

His first full-size project – a creative camper bike creation – is an uncanny small-scale replica of a typical mobile home. In fact, it is arguably more surreal for this remarkable resemblance to conventional car-attached campers, complete with faux wood siding, simple windows and basic door. He has sketched, painted and drawn the work in addition to photographing the finished product in action.

mobile shopping cart home

If the bicycle trailer concept is an exercise in overt simplicity and aesthetic similarity, the camper cart could be characterized as the opposite: a project involving subtlety and stealth, a hidden home that looks like an ordinary shopping cart until it is unfolded and converted to an (albeit very small) mobile living space. Naturally, one can see applications of this in tent cities and other urban homeless populations.

mobile fold out tent camper

Reposted from a great website; DorNob....

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12 Amazing Steampunk Gadgets & Gizmos

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

12 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets

Gracie Murano - Oddee.com

Steampunk is a speculative intersection of technology and romance where the future meets the past: Victorian era inventions clash with often dark alternate realities. What started as a literary genre has since evolved into an amazing urban art form which delights in making real-life inventions that are a blend of the modern and anachronistic. Meet some of the coolest steampunk gadgets we’ve seen!

–Thanks to our reader, Nicodemus, for the idea!

Steampunk Headphones

A guy from Chicago who calls himself Nicrosin made this “Mechanical Aural Communication Device” as a prop with “sculpey, rubber, and… various pocket watch parts,” the earpieces have a suede lining. Unfortunatly, this awesome set of Steampunk headphones that you see pictured above is actually just a non-functional model. Pretty cool anyways.

(Link)

Steampunk Toilet

Yes! A steampunk toilet, created by Patrick Brawley — the “antique toilet of the future.” Awesome!

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What do Storm Troopers do on Their Day Off?

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

So, maybe you’ve asked yourself what Storm Troopers do on their days off… or maybe after retirement?

That question has finally been answered in dramatic fashion…

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If these candid photos by Stefan Le Du are reliable, it would appear as though they spend their lofty hours taunting cats, feeding pigeons, and going on safaris!

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These and other still shots of the after hours actions of the Empire’s Elite are for a project called Stormtroopers 365.

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The Empire’s faithful and knowledgeable Storm Troopers are even weighing in on the current swine flu ‘epidemic’.

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See the whole series on Stefan’s Flickr page....

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State Investigators Raid ACORN HQ in New Orleans

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Featured Articles

State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street

By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune

November 06, 2009, 1:00PM

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has served a search warrant at the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Street, according to Tammi Arender Herring, a spokeswoman with the office.

07Acorn4Michael DeMocker / The Times-Picayune

Investigators with the State Attorney General’s Office seize computers from the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Blvd. on Friday, November 6, 2009.Investigators in khaki pants and polo shirts loaded several dozen computers and other electronic items into an SUV. They are also carrying records out of the building on handcarts.

The large office building sits at the corner of Dorgenois and Canal. ACORN staffers were given no notice that a search would be conducted today, Herring said.

“They have been extremely cooperative,” she said.

07Acorn7Michael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneStephen Bradbury, the agency’s temporary administer, collects cards from the media as investigators with the State Attorney General’s Office seize computers on Friday.Early last month, Caldwell’s office issued subpoenas for records from ACORN’s New Orleans office, where the organization — now moving its national headquarters to Washington — has long been based....

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Dollar Will be Utterly Destroyed; Ushering in Global Currency

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Economic News

Source: Infowars November 7, 2009 The dollar will get “utterly destroyed” and become “virtually worthless”, said Damon Vickers, chief investment officer of Nine Points Capital Partners.  Due to the huge wage disparities between the United States and emerging markets like China, Vickers said that may resolve itself in some type of a global currency crisis. "If the global currency crisis unfolds, then inevitably you get an alignment of a global world government. A new global currency and a new world order, so we may be moving towards that,” he said. [Hayden's Note: With the current 'basket of currencies' being peddled by the IMF and World Bank, along with oil produing countries and the almost insidious, devious way in which our own American economy is melting.... I h

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This is Getting Silly; Major Hasan Suddenly Has Ties to al-Qaeda.

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Global & National News

Major Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam said to be a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.

Partial Source: Telegraph

U.S. Army Major Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. His mother’s funeral was held there in May that year.

The preacher at the time was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Yemeni scholar who was banned from addressing a meeting in London by video link in August because he is accused of supporting attacks on British troops and backing terrorist organisations.

Last night Hasan remained in a coma under guard at a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and was said to be in a “stable” condition. Born in America to a Palestinian family, Hasan, 39, was an army psychiatrist who had chosen to sign up for the US military against his parents’ wishes....

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Fort Hood Vendetta

Posted on Nov 06, 2009 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

By Kevin Hayden

November 6th, 2009

Truth is Treason.net

[Editorial note at end of story]

By now, you’ve heard about the mass shooting at the Ft. Hood Army Base in Texas on the 5th of November.  Like you, when I first heard about it, my imagination went into overdrive.  Was it a terrorist event?  Could it have actually been a U.S. soldier that committed this crime?  Was the base security breached by outsiders intent on inflicting as much damage as possible?  These were my initial thoughts, but then my brain went into 2nd gear and I realized it was November the 5th.  This day holds a special meaning to several people, especially those who are involved with the ‘Liberty Movement’ and Tea Parties or fans of the movie ‘V for Vendetta’.

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You might recall the 5th of November was when Guy Fawkes [and others] attempted to blow up Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  Their goal was to displace Protestant rule by blowing up the Houses of Parliament while King James I and the entire Protestant, and even most of the Catholic, aristocracy and nobility were inside....

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Gold hits $1,101.27 – Another New Record!

Posted on Nov 06, 2009 in Economic News

Gold prices crept past the $1,100 mark earlier today for the first time in history, peaking at $1,101.27 and settling around the $1,097 mark (which is still higher than yesterday’s record!)

Price of Gold

 This rise in gold prices was triggered by reports today from the U.S. Labor Department that the nation’s unemployment rate rose more than expected last month to 10.2%. This was the highest rise in unemployment since April 1983 and was 0.3% higher than economists had originally forecast.  High unemployment, coupled with the continued decline of the U.S. Dollar, has fueled Gold’s attractiveness to already concerned U.S. investors.

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Active Shooter; Disgruntled Ex-Employee Kills 1, Wounds 5 in Orlando

Posted on Nov 06, 2009 in Featured Articles

(AP) – Police in Orlando say a gunman has been apprehended after killing one person and injuring five others at a downtown office building where he was let go two years ago.

Police Chief Val Demings says 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez surrendered to police at his mother’s home after officers saw him through a window and asked him to come out.

She confirms that one person was killed in the shooting at the Legion Place office building downtown. Five others were hurt.

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Source: Orlando Sentinel

Some of the employees still barricaded inside the Legions Place office building in downtown Orlando have posted messages on Twitter and Facebook to let their friends and family members know they are safe.

At 1:20 p.m., James Shapiro, a senior producer at Fox Sports Florida, whose offices are in the building, wrote the following on his Twitter page:

“Friends & fam, hope to be evac’ed soon.. we are fine & calm. #Orlandoshooting #Orlando”

A few minutes later, he wrote on his profile that he and other employees were “locked in and safe.”

Shapiro’s colleague, Whit Watson, a Sun Sports broadcaster who does Orlando Magic games, also updated friends through Twitter by writing the following at 1:37 p.m....

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