Silver Saver now has “Lifetime Loyalty Pricing”


Silver Saver has just introduced a “Lifetime Loyalty Pricing” schedule that is very attractive for long-term investors of gold and silver. See the email below that was mailed out by the company:

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What’s Behind Illinois Stealing Local Hero’s Bee Hives? By Dr. Mercola

An Illinois beekeeper whose bee hives were stolen and allegedly destroyed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his questions on why the state did this, and most importantly, what they did with his bees.

The state claims the bees were destroyed because they were infected with a disease called foulbrood.

But when the 58-year apiary keeper had his hearing—three weeks after the removal of his bees without his knowledge—the state’s “evidence” had disappeared, leaving more questions than answers about the raid on the beekeeper’s hives.

Some people, including the beekeeper, Terrence Ingram, suspect the raid has more to do with Ingram’s 15 years of research on Monsanto’s Roundup and his documented evidence that Roundup kills bees, than it does about any concerns about his hives.

Interestingly, the state’s theft targeted the queen bee and hive he’d been using to conduct the research.

The Ingram Case

A recent article by Tom Kocal in the Prairie Advocate retells the full story of how Terrence Ingram’s bees and hives wound up being taken by the Illinois State Department of Agriculture (IDofAG)i.

While the state claims the removal of the property was due to Ingram’s failure to comply with the Department’s notice instructing him to burn the affected hives, they have been less than open about why the inspectors came in and took the bees and hives without due process.

At a time when the Ingram’s were absent from the property. Ingram claims the Department also conducted three out of four inspections on his private property while no one was home.

While Department inspectors claim his hives had foulbrood—an allegedly highly contagious disease—Mr. Ingram believes he could prove that this was not the case. As reported by the featured Prairie Advocate article:

“Ingram knew that the inspectors could not tell what they were seeing and had warned the Department that if any of them came back it would be considered a criminal trespass. Yet they came back when he was not home, stole his hives and ruined his 15 years of research.”

Ingram initially reported the missing bees and hives as having been stolen on March 14, unaware that they’d been removed by the IDofAG. News of the theft was published in the Prairie Advocate on March 21.

As a result of that article, an area County Farm Bureau manager called the reporter, stating he knew the equipment hadn’t been stolen, but that it had been “destroyed” by the Department of Agriculture because they were infected with foulbrood and Ingram hadn’t disposed of them as instructed.

The most nonsensical part of this story is that Ingram didn’t get a hearing to determine whether his hives were affected by the disease until three weeks after they were removed and destroyed.

Kocal quotes Mr. Ingram as saying:

“I own four businesses. I am here all the time. Yet they took our bees and hives when we were not home. What did they do, sit up on the hill and watch until we left? We had not yet had our day in court to prove that our hives did not have foulbrood!”

Making matters worse, during that April 4 hearing, the Department couldn’t produce any evidence of what they’d done with the bees and the hives. Meanwhile, Ingram ended up being ordered to pay the $500 fine for violating Sections 2-1 of the Illinois Bees and Apiaries Act. According to Kocal:

“There are 2 questions that Ingram wants answered:

1) Did the IDofA, a state agency, have the right to enter Ingram’s property and confiscate a suspected “nuisance,” before Ingram had his day in court?

2) Where are his bees? The “evidence” has disappeared, and the IDofA refuses to tell Ingram where they are, before, during, and after the hearing.

“I have been keeping bees for 58 years,” Ingram said during an interview at his home and apiary. “I am not a newcomer to beekeeping, and I definitely know what I am doing. I have been teaching beginning beekeeping classes for 40 years…” At the April 4 hearing, Ingram said he felt he was able to show the court that the inspector could not tell the difference between “chilled brood” and foulbrood. He also proved to the court that the inspectors did not know the symptoms of foulbrood.”

15 Years of Research Destroyed

Ingram believes the destruction of his bees and hives is more likely to be related to his research into the effect of Roundup on honey bees. He claims some 250 of his colonies have been killed off over the years by Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide, used in large quantities on both conventional- and genetically engineered crops. Ingram’s research shows that Roundup can lead to what’s called chilled brood, which is an entirely different scenario.

According to Ingram, quoted from Kocal’s article:

“When Round-Up kills the adult bees there are not enough bees left in the hive to keep the young bees (brood) warm, and the young bees die from the cold (chilled brood). I tried to prove that just because foulbrood can be detected once the hive has been disturbed, doesn’t mean the hive has foulbrood.

Click the link below for the rest of the article………..

via Monsanto’s Roundup: Good or Bad?.

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Texas House extends gun laws and targets Washington | Trail Blazers Blog

The Texas House passed 13 bills to make guns easier and cheaper to carry in the state. Class time for concealed handgun lessons went from 10 to as little as four hours. Permit costs were cut in half for military and national guardsmen. College campuses were opened for concealed handguns and elementary schools could get school marshals.

A full story on the bills can be read here, but a lot of the debate in the rapid-fire succession of gun bills was aimed at Washington and any national attempt for assault weapon bans, smaller ammo clips or even background checks.

The most heated exchanges were reserved for a proposal to nullify new federal gun control laws. Those gun laws not already on the books in Texas couldn’t be enforced here under the sweeping and unadjudicated argument that they wouldn’t be constitutional under the Second Amendment.

And for those cities or counties that tried to enforce a new federal gun law, their entities would lose any state grant money. And, under the bill that passed on a strong voice vote, the law would prompt the Texas attorney general to sue and pursue hefty fines against a police chief, district attorney or any other public official who tried to enforce such laws.

Supporters of the bill said they worked with the attorney general’s office in shaping the so-called Firearms Protection Act. But other lawmakers — all of them Democrats — said the bill ignored the constitution, especially the supremacy clause that establishes federal laws override state ones.

Rep. Steve Toth, R-Woodlands, said his bill to refuse enforcement of any new federal gun laws was needed to “preserve this right that keeps all people free.”

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, said Toth and others were going to make taxpayers foot the bill for a rant – a political statement against Washington. Inevitably if the bill became law, it would be challenged, the attorney general would go to court and Texas would lose, Turner said. Other Democrats pointed out that Attorney General Greg Abbott has fought environmental federal regulations, health care, redistricting, the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws at a cost of millions of taxpayers dollars already — only to lose.

These bills will venture to the Senate next week where they are likely to get mowed down, based on statements made by key senators.

via Texas House extends gun laws and targets Washington | Trail Blazers Blog.

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Online Library of Liberty

The Online Library of Liberty is divided into two sections, the Library and the Forum.

scholarreading The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats – facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use. The Library also contains bibliographic information about the books as well as other “metadata” about the authors and editors.

Use the Find Author/Title to search the library catalog for key names and words from titles.

Use the Advanced Search to do a full-text search of the books in the library collection.

See the User Guide to the Library for more information. 

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Liberty Classroom by Tom Woods

This post is to inform and spread the word that Tom Woods has put together an amazing site called Liberty Classroom.  It is an online classroom where you have access to REAL history and economics brought to you by EXPERTS in the field.  For $8 per month you have access to all lectures, lessons, discussion boards, webinars, and faculty.  This is an amazing project that gives you access to some of the brightest minds in academia as well as truthful, non-government controlled educational content.  Your eyes will be opened and your entire mindset will change once you are exposed to the TRUTH.

Click the photo above for more information or to simply browse the site.  You won’t be disappointed and it will be the best $8 per month you’ve ever spent.  Also, check out the bios of the faculty that Tom Woods has brought onboard.  It’s impressive what type of firepower has been assembled for this project.

If you believe in LIBERTY, this site is for you!!

Please leave comments about your experience with Liberty Classroom for others to see.

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The Humble Libertarian: Liberty Studies Master Degree Now Available At University of Illinois!

Heres an awesome opportunity for a libertarian with a bachelors degree: You can now get your Masters Degree in Liberty Studies online from the University of Illinois at Springfield, which is ranked as the fourth best public masters university in the Midwest according to the 2009 Edition of Americas Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  According to UISs Center for Liberty Studies:Earn a Masters Degree in Liberty Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. For over 30 years the Department of Liberal and Integrative Studies has offered students the opportunity to formulate their own degree plan and name their own degree.  A brief list of courses on liberty include: Radical Capitalism, Philosophy of Business, Liberty Studies, Revolutions and Liberty, and Social Philosophy.  What is Liberty Studies?  Liberty Studies is an inter-disciplinary field of inquiry dedicated to understanding the foundations, meanings, and implications of what it is to be free. It poses the fundamental question of “What can I do with my life?” It questions the power of institutions and the legitimacy of the constraints they impose. It explores freedom and liberty from multiple perspectives, including minorities and women in our own culture, and indigenous peoples of other times and places. Liberty Studies examines the costs and benefits of free human interaction, the need of naturally social animals to be left alone, and ultimately wrestles with the questions of what freedom and liberty are and should be.

Email Dr. William Kline ( for more information.

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Ron Pauls Portfolio: An Inside Look | StreetAuthority

Ron Pauls Portfolio: An Inside Look | StreetAuthority.


Ron Paul is a lot like licorice; not everyone likes him, but the ones who do really like him.


The former Texas congressman built his reputation and loyal following by taking strong positions on a number of controversial issues.

The first is his desire to audit and eliminate the Federal Reserve. Paul is a free-market capitalist and doesn’t believe a centrally controlled, non-elected entity should have the ability to dictate interest rates and change the trajectory of theeconomy.

Paul has also expressed deep concerns about the U.S. dollar, which is not backed by any physicalasset, and has been steadily devaluing against other currencies since 2001 under growing domestic trade deficits.

Finally, Paul is also worried about the possibility of massive inflation. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics’ Consumer Price Index has yet to show any serious signals of inflation, with central banks around the world fully committed to monetary stimulation, the devaluation of fiat currency is a very real consideration for many investors.

But unlike many politicians simply tickling populist fancy, after taking a look at Paul’s portfolio, it’s obvious the man puts his money where his mouth is.

The typical congressional portfolio might have 10% incash, 10% in bonds, 20% in real estate and 60% in stocksor stock funds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But Paul has taken a radically different approach.

His 21% allocation to real estate looks pretty normal. So does his 14% allocation in cash. But where he parts ways with his congressional brethren is the remaining 64% of his portfolio, which is invested in gold- and silver-mining stocks. Adding to his contrarian style, his 1% allocation to stocks funds are invested in “short” funds, a bet against future stock gains.

Here is a list of 15 gold- and silver-mining stocks that Paul owns in descending order from largest to smallest market cap. 

From the group, I have chosen to highlight Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) because of its historically low valuation and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) because of its low valuation and unique business model.

Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX)

Barrick Gold is the largest gold miner in the world, with a market cap of $34 billion and owning four of the world’s 10 largest gold mines. Much like other gold and mining stocks, Barrick has been under pressure during the past year, with shares down 24%. 

But in the meantime, Barrick’s earnings have held strong, with analysts looking for earnings of $3.89 a share in 2012 and $4.90 a share in 2013, a bullish 26% growth projection. The downtrend in the face of strong earnings has pushed Barrick deep into value territory. The stock is trading at just seven timesforward earnings, a sharp discount to its 10-year average of 19 and its peer average of 12. 

Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW)

Silver Wheaton has a different business model from other miners in that it is technically a “silver streaming” company. This means Silver Wheaton purchases the by-product silver production of a mine that it does not own or operate, allowing the owner/operator of the mine to receive an upfront payment and focus on its target metal (usually gold). This creates a mutually-beneficial relationship between the companies involved, because it gives Silver Wheaton the option to purchase silver at predetermined prices, while the owner/operator of the mines are able to monetize the value of its future, non-core silver production. This unique business model has lifted Silver Wheaton to a rare gain against its peers, with shares up 17% in the past year. 

But in spite of these gains, shares till look undervalued, trading at 16 times forward earnings, a discount to the 10-year average of 25 and its peer group average of 22.

Risks to Consider: Most gold-mining stocks have sharply underperformed gold prices in the past two years, driving big losses for investors choosing to invest in gold miners as opposed to bullion or spotprices through exchange-traded funds like SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) and PowerShares DB Gold Double Long (NYSE: DGP).

Action to Take –> If you are concerned the Fed‘s recent actions, weakness in the dollar and inflation, then it’s time to take a page from Ron Paul’s portfolio and consider gold and silver miners. And while I wouldn’t recommend the same allocation as Paul has, I do like Barrick and Silver Wheaton for most portfolios.

The former Texas congressman is considered a political renegade, fueling what some analystscall the craziest portfolio they have ever seen.

Michael Vodicka is the president and founder of the Vodicka Group Inc., a registered investment advisor (RIA) that specializes in providing customized investment solutions to … Read More

Michael Vodicka does not personally hold positions in any securities mentioned in this article. 

StreetAuthority LLC owns shares of SLW in one or more of its “real money” portfolios. 

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Tom Cloud: How to Sell Gold Without Reporting It

Tom Cloud: How to Sell Gold Without Reporting It

by John Rubino on December 20, 2012 · 4 comments

In this week’s talk with National Numismatic Associates’ Tom Cloud, he answers two big questions that confront precious metals buyers: Why are sales of some coins and bars reportable to the IRS and others not? And is it possible to buy and sell precious metals confidentially?

Dollar Collapse: Hi Tom. So, what are you hearing from clients this week?

Tom Cloud: A lot of people are asking for British sovereigns, Swiss francs, and Austrian coronas, coins that don’t require filing 1099s when you sell them.

DC: The fact that some coins and bars have to be reported and some don’t seems both arbitrary and important in deciding what to buy. Could you give an overview of US precious metals reporting rules and how your clients tend to approach the issue?

TC: Sure. When they created the Patriot Act [in 2001], the excuse was that the terrorists who blew up the Twin Towers had used pure gold and silver to finance their flight training. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. But the US imposed reporting requirements on sellers of 24-carat gold coins. If you sell more than 24 ounces in one year you’re required to file a Form 1099 with the IRS.

The 24-coin threshold applies to individuals, not families. If a husband and wife buy gold under their own names, they can each sell up to 24 ounces without having to report it. But if they bought the gold jointly, for instance with a check with both their names on it, they can only sell a total of 24 ounces in any given year. If a client sells 12 in March and 13 in December, all 25 ounces have to be reported to the government. If a client comes to me and sells 12 ounces and goes to another dealer and sells 13 ounces, they have triggered the reporting requirement, and it’s their responsibility to report it. Even if they think they’re getting away with something they may not be. I’m required to keep records, so if the government calls I have to reveal them. There are several cases where coin sellers have had to pay huge penalties for trying to avoid reporting by using more than one dealer.

Most 22-carat gold coins are exempt from Patriot Act reporting requirements, the only exception being the krugerrand.

DC: You mentioned European coins. Why are they exempt?

TC: There are some European coins that aren’t being made any more. Technically, people consider them to be rare, semi-numismatic coins. But some of them are actually cheaper than the major bullion coins. For example, the Austrian corona was only made from 1908 to 1915. It has .9802 oz of gold in it. If you’re out there today buying a gold eagle, you’re going to pay 5% – 6.5% over spot. But I buy Austrian coronas from a central bank as bullion coins, and can sell them at 2.75% over spot.

Another good example is the French 20 franc coin, which was made from 1856 to 1914. It contains 0.1867 ounce of gold, so it takes 5.35 of them to equal an ounce. Fractional coins usually have very large premiums. For example, a quarter-ounce gold eagle is somewhere between 10% and 12% over melt. We’ve got French 20 franc coins at 4.5% over spot and we’re selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of them because they’re completely confidential. So the best buy right now is the European coins because of their combination of low premiums and confidentiality. Every major wholesaler that I deal with puts a price out trying to buy these European coins every day. There’s big demand for them.

DC: Let’s summarize with a list of which coins are and are not reportable.

TC: The following one-ounce gold coins are reportable beyond the 24-ounce threshold: the maple leaf, philharmonic, kangaroo, krugerrand, Mexican onza, and buffalo. All one-ounce gold bars are also reportable above 24 ounces.

The following 22-carat gold coins are not reportable: US gold eagle, Mexican 50 peso, Austrian 100 corona, British sovereign, French 20 franc, Swiss 20 franc.

DC: Got it. What about silver?

TC: Silver is very easy. There are only two things. One is a full bag of junk silver which contains 715 ounces and constitutes $1,000 face value. It is reportable in the calendar year that it’s sold. The other is silver bars and coins in any combination – one-ounce, ten-ounce, 100-ounce or 1000-ounce – once the total hits 1,000 ounces. So you can actually sell more ounces in silver bars than you can of junk silver and not have to report it.

DC: Any risk of these rules being tightened?

TC: They tried with the health care bill provision that any transaction over $600 required a 1099, but when everybody realized that whether you bought a high-def TV at Wal-Mart or a gold bar or a car, both the buyer and seller would have to send a 1099 to the government, they dropped that rule. I don’t see anything similar on the horizon.

For more information or to place an order, call 800-247-2812 or email Tom Cloud at Mention for free shipping and insurance.

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What Should You Read? by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

What Should You Read? by Thomas E. Woods, Jr..

The above link is a very well rounded reading list to bring you up to speed on politics, economics, history, and various freedom topics.  If you enjoy reading the TRUTH vs. PROPAGANDA, this reading list if for you.

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Find “Almost” Free Gold at Thrift Shops & Yard Sales – Beginner Guide – Yahoo! Voices –

Gold Vienna Philharmonic

Gold Vienna Philharmonic (Photo credit: jamescapp02)

There was an old expression my teacher used to use when I was in grade school. That was immigrants came to the U.S. because they thought ‘the streets were lined with gold’. Actually they are! I have found 50 to 100 pounds of gold and almost a ton on silver In thrift shops, consignment shops, yard sales, garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets over the last 22 years. It all started over two decades ago when I was at a flea market looking for the scarce American coins which sometimes turn up at those venues. However, you can’t expect to find a scarce or rare coin that is not priced very high. But coin collecting was my hobby so I looked anyway. One of the vendors had a basket with some old pennies, rings and other small items for 25 cents each. Well the pennies were not worth 25 cents but I noticed that four rings had a little stamp inside them which read ’14K’. I bought them and not thinking much about these finds, eventually showed them to the owner of a coin shop that I frequented. He offered to pay me $125 dollars for them. Wow! $125 for a $1 investment. This was obviously a very good thing. That was enough money for me to buy several scarce coins I wanted. It also started my new and much more profitable hobby of gold and silver finding. I soon found out that my grade school teacher was correct. Indeed ‘the streets are lined with gold’. via Find “Almost” Free Gold at Thrift Shops & Yard Sales – Beginner Guide – Yahoo! Voices –

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