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    • Wed, Feb 17, 2016 - 12:13am

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      joesxm2011

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      Thanks Tom – my door

    Thanks for posting the info.

    I can attest to the one good kick theory.  Back in 2009 I went away for the weekend and came back to find the door jamb and trim molding of my back door in splinters all over the rug.

    That really messed with my mind.  Up until then I had considered my house to be a fortress and seeing how easily the door was kicked in upset my view of reality – sort of like when I first read the Crash Course.

    • Tue, Apr 28, 2015 - 03:50am

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      Tom – Baltimore ?

    Tom,

    You work in Baltimore, don't you?  If so, I pray that you and the other officers are safe.  I saw on TV tonight that 15 officers have been injured, one very seriously.

    Joe

    • Thu, Mar 12, 2015 - 05:24pm

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      Blue Lives Matter

    It is sad to see these guys get shot, not to mention the two black officers in Philadelphia recently.

    The lack of media attention to the Philadelphia shooting is appalling.  I guess black lives only matter if they are not wearing blue uniforms.

    • Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 03:54pm

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      Jim Cramer recommending gold

    I just saw an article on yahoo saying that Jim Cramer is now recommending up to 10% gold as mandatory in your portfolio.

    Given my prior experiences following Jim Cramer recommendations, I guess this is the "kiss of death".

    Of course he recommends GLD unless you are uber-rich and can buy large amounts for vault storage.

    • Fri, Nov 28, 2014 - 02:16pm

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      Is there a Black Friday Sale on Silver ??

    I was just checking and it seems that there is a Black Friday Sale going on with Silver.  I thought it was only on retail products?

    • Thu, Nov 27, 2014 - 03:36pm

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      Wow – Thanks Tom

    That response was above and beyond the call of duty and very well articulated.

    You remark about remembering faces makes sense.  I have trouble remembering faces and names of people I just met even if I talk to them for several minutes.

    I suspected keeping the subject in view was necessary and your explanation makes perfect sense.

    I am glad that officer Wilson was not charged and I hope that he does not have to deal with any federal harassment or civil suit, although I would bet that some lawyers push the Brown family to sue.

    My friend who used to be a Brooklyn cop told me about the utter disrespect and aggression that he was constantly exposed to.  People would go out of their way to insult, curse and otherwise abuse them while they were just walking their beat.  He said that when he would point his gun at them they would just laugh at him like officer Wilson said that Brown did.  I had never imagined that someone would have the nerve to act like that towards a cop, even if it was only because they might get their butt kicked.

    In the past fiver or six years I have had the opportunity to meet and train with quite a few police officers and I have to say that my impression of the police has taken a huge positive shift,  Before this I had a very poor understanding of what you guys go through on a daily basis.

    So, thanks for the detailed response.  Thanks for all you do on this site.  Thanks for your service as a police officer.

    Stay safe.

    Joe

    • Wed, Nov 26, 2014 - 06:34pm

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      new book seems pretty good

    To my surprise, the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network sent the new Ayoob book out this year instead of a DVD.  It arrived yesterday.

    I started reading it this morning and have finished the first couple of chapters.  So far it seems pretty good. The writing style is very similar to listening the Ayoob speak at his classes and he seems to be covering the material very well.

    Ayoob says that this is a companion to the original In the Gravest Extreme book rather than a replacement so reading both is probably a good idea.  If you can't get to the MAG-40 class or can't afford the $800 this is a good way to get some exposure to the material.

    As I have said many times, in the Black Swan situation where you are involved in an incident you will be spending easily $50,000 in legal fees even if you are not convicted so the cost of the class or the cost of these books is a drop in the bucket.

    There is so much misinformation out there on what to do that getting it from someone of Ayoob's stature is priceless.  He is the gold standard on this subject.

    btw – I saw other threads recommending the new Colder War book about the rise of Russia and Putin in the energy sector.  I just finished reading that as well and it seems to have a lot of good information in it.

    • Tue, Sep 02, 2014 - 08:55pm

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      Metal IRA

    If what you are looking for is some company to hold the metal for you in the vault as segregated storage you could check with APMEX.com.  They have one program for non-IRA holdings and can point you to several IRA companies that work with a couple of vaulting companies.

    I have not done either of these, but I seem to remember them telling me that certain types of metals (mainly the more value-dense types) could be held as segregated storage, where your actual item was kept separate for you.  Other bulky item like silver bars would not be allowed for this type of storage.

    With the non-IRA account it is just tied in to APMEX and you can buy into the account, sell back to APMEX or arrange physical delivery.  Each IRA company might be a little different, but you open the IRA or transfer your existing IRA to them and then instruct them to purchase from a supplier you designate, maybe from a list of those they work with.

    There are annual fees for storing the metal for you and maybe some IRA setup fees.  IRA holdings are limited to certain metal products, but the list is pretty large.  If the program is willing to do segregated storage they probably charge a bit higher fee for it.

    If you give APMEX a call or look on their web site you can find more information on this.

    Fidelity offers a metal IRA service, but I found that the fees and prices were not very competitive.  Schwab probably does the same.  These are usually with some loosely affiliated third company not with the actual Schwab or Fidelity.

    BTW – CEF is a good fund that is likely to have physical gold backing the fund, but it is still a financial instrument like a stock.  You probably realize this, but owning a fund like CEF will not provide you with allocated segregated storage.

    • Fri, Aug 22, 2014 - 04:29pm

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      good medical article on survivalblog.com 8/22/2014

    There was a pretty good article on Tactical Combat Casualty Care on Survivalblog.com today.

    • Thu, Aug 07, 2014 - 04:59pm

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      Mosquitos

    I was just thinking that previous Ebola outbreaks have been so short and contained that people were not really available for mosquitos to bite.  What stops a mosquito from biting an infected person, sucking some blood and then biting someone else?

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