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Officials Waited 2 Weeks To Tell Public Of Egg Danger

The Des Moines Register reports that “State and federal health agencies identified an Iowa egg company as a likely source of illnesses at least two weeks before the firm launched a mas­sive egg recall Aug. 13 and the public got its first hint of a growing national sal­monella outbreak, health officials said in interviews with USA Today.”

About 1,300 illnesses have been linked to the salmo­nella outbreak; for each confirmed case, federal experts estimate there are 30 additional unreported illnesses.

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Corn Back to 2009 Highs!

On July 15th I noted that Corn broke through a three month trading range and I predicted “we will be trading back to the NOV., DEC., 2009 highs of $4.40 before too long.” Today we see Corn trading at $4.41.

Rare Earths Are Back In The News

About a year ago the story of rare earths was all over the news and one company Avalon Rare Metals moved from $0.25 to $3.99 in nine months to September, 2009. Since then it has flat-lined between $2.00 and $3.00.

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You might want to take a look again because rare earths are back in the news with the report from Bloomberg that “China cut its export quotas for rare earth by 72 percent for the second half of this year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce on July 8. Shipments will be capped at 7,976 metric tons, down from 28,417 tons for the same period a year ago.”

The U.S. Geological Survey recognizes 17 different rare earths, materials with science-fictionesque names like lanthanum and gadolinium. They are used in everything: glass polishing and ceramics, automotive catalytic converters, computer monitors, lighting, televisions and pharmaceuticals.

Without these elements much of the modern economy would shut down.

Bruce Krasting in his article at Zero Hedge has an excellent chart of the production history of the world in rare earths.

Tags: Rare Earths Avalon Rare Metals

The Russian Is Coming!

The man who inspired the movie “Lord of War,” in which Nicolas Cage plays a Russian-American arms dealer who plies his trade all over Africa, is coming to America. The U.S. finally won the right to extradite Viktor Bout (pronounced Boot) from Thailand to face charges of selling war material to FARC, a Colombian terrorist organization.

Bout knows much about the arms trade and maybe even 9/11. Forbes magazine says, “The mere thought that he could be responding to prosecutors’ questions in New York apparently sends shivers down the spines of some high-ranking Russian government officials.”

Bout was allowed by the PTB in Russia to make millions of dollars, so the thinking is he knows a lot of Russian secrets that the U.S. are anxious to hear. JR Nyquist thinks the Communists are still in control in Russia and Bout could shed light on “The Party.”

Tags: Viktor Bout Russia FARC Lord of War

Mosque May Qualify For Public Financing!

Holy crap! Sixty five percent of Americans or higher do not want a mosque built near ground zero and now I read that the building may qualify for up to $70 million of public financing. Was it Marx who said that we would sell the rope for our public hanging?

Why Did Rome Fall?

My thanks to Instapundit for pointing out this interesting post at First Things by David P. Goldman, A 1600th Anniversary Question: Why Did Rome Fall?

In the article when the barbarians sacked Rome they destroyed old symbols of the culture, public buildings and imperial mausoleums in particular, and I would suggest built their own. Shades of the Mosque that is planned for Ground Zero. But, how did a “…large Germanic group (that) probably numbered a few tens of thousands…” prevail “…while regions like Italy and Roman Africa had populations of several millions,” supporting a standing army of 600,000 during the 4th century. The answer seems to be that the slaves in Rome fled to join the ranks of the barbarians.

Now I ask with at least 12 million undocumented illegal aliens in the country, how do we know who is for us and who is against when the chips are down? We already know that 10 to 20% of the mosques in this country preach against us and for Sharia. How many of the undocumented are a fifth column within this country waiting for a signal from the barbarians?

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Morgan Stanley Says Government Defaults Inevitable

Arnaud Mares, an executive director at Morgan Stanley in London said, “… debt as a percentage of gross domestic product is a false indicator of an economy’s health given it doesn’t reflect governments’ available revenue and is “backward- looking.

“While the U.S. government’s debt as a percentage of GDP is 53 percent, one of the lowest ratios among developed nations, its debt as a percentage of revenue is 358 percent, one of the highest levels…”

They should know!

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Britain Vaccinates Chickens For Salmonella

The NYT reports that Britain had a problem with salmonella in eggs.

In 1997, there were 14,771 reported cases in England and Wales of the most common type of the bacteria, a strain known as Salmonella Enteritidis PT4. Vaccine trials began that year, and the next year, egg producers began vaccinating in large numbers.

The number of human illnesses has dropped almost every year since then. Last year, according to data from the Health Protection Agency of England and Wales, there were just 581 cases, a drop of 96 percent from 1997.

In the US “the F.D.A. estimates that each year, 142,000 illnesses in the United States are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with the most common type of salmonella.” For less than a penny per dozen eggs, we could have saved the destruction of 500 million eggs by vaccinating chickens.  It appears that the FDA didn’t think the evidence supported vaccination.  Looks like the public may demand the rules be changed.

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