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Benghazi getting worse…

It appears that Gen. Ham, former head of the Africom Command, was sacked — for his decision to disobey White House orders, and attempt a defense/rescue of our embattled warriors in Benghazi. I think the election of Romney on November 6 is preferable to what might happen if the current president continues to undermine and [...]

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Rare-earth minerals to be discussed at G20

Recently I discussed the global controversy over China’s short-term cornering of the market in strategic, rare-earth minerals. This issue has legs, as they say, and WSJ’s China Real Time Report blog reports on it today: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is raising the issue ahead of this weekend’s Group of 20 nations in South [...]

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Germany pings Geithner for Fed’s ridiculous QE2 tactic

International deiplomacy is usually conducted — with the exception of U.N. grandstanding — on a very polite level, with tough talk reserved for closed-door meetings. This makes the international response to the Fed’s $600-billion purchase of U.S. Treasury notes (QE2) exceptional for its frank criticism of the move. Germany’s Spiegel magazine interviewed that nation’s Finance [...]

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Mystery missile launch off Los Angeles: WTF?

UPDATE, 8pm: U.S. Navy admiral weighs in FoxNews’ Shepherd Smith interviewed Ret. Navy Admiral John Stufflebeem, who posited three possibilities: 1) a U.S. government agency, 2) “a private rocketeer,” or 3) “something sinister.” Stufflebeem stated that NORAD has sophisticated sensors scanning the visual and infrared spectrums, and if a launch doesn’t trigger alert thresholds, it [...]

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Rare-earth minerals & peak-oil: shortages or fallacies?

UPDATE Oct 28, 2010: “The Chinese government on Thursday abruptly ended its unannounced export embargo on crucial rare earth minerals to the United States, Europe and Japan, four industry officials said” to the New York Times. Business Insider notes with humor that this occurred on the same day a new rare-earth ETF (REMX) opened. ———————- [...]

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