The “wonderful” economic situation in Europe; our disenchantment with domestic politics; Veterans Day; and economic issues relating to hard assets (What other kind of real assets are there?)

November 12, 2011

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In this show Al discusses:

  • Segment 1 and 2 – Big Al and Steve Taylor discuss the European economic situation.
  • Segment 3 – Sean Rakhimov of Silver Strategies answers a listener’s question about Hecla.
  • Segment 4 – Big Al and Trader Rog vent about guess what!
  • Segment 5 – Marshall Berol of the Encompass Fund discusses rare metals, gold and silver.
  • Segment 6 – Brent Cook discusses his feelings about hard assets, the disconnect between stocks and precious metals and a company called Almaden Resources.
  • Segment 7 – Big Al and Trader Rog discuss Timmins Gold.
  • Segment 8 – Peter Grandich and Big Al opine on the importance of Veterans Day; the treatment by the government of the 9-11 First Responders and, of course, gold.

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    Nov 12, 2011 12:11 AM

    SEG.8…regards to the comment on VET.DAY…..
    He does not respect or know anything about the military…
    What do you expect from a PRES. BORN IN KENYA,

      Nov 12, 2011 12:07 AM

      Morning Jerry,

      I have to retract my statement regarding the President not making a comment on Veterans Day. He, in fact, did and I will elaborate in an hour or less.

      When we are incorrect, we have to admit it.

      Big Al

        Nov 12, 2011 12:01 AM

        I will still go with my comments as fact….Kenya will be proven later…
        just like big oil, just like banking, just like the fed. just like education
        just like the interest rate,just like housing, just like gold , just like silver…need I go on.

        By the way ,,”YOU LOOK MARVELOUS”..( as billy crystal would say)…on the BBN new cast
        yesterday…I liked the red poppy….

          Nov 12, 2011 12:30 AM

          Morning Jerry,

          You could very well be correct; however, at this point that particular issue has not been proven so we have to be fair.

          Big Al

            Nov 12, 2011 12:53 AM

            ….THIS IS LIKE THE JFK…DEAL…
            as long as the only news we believe to be true is the mainsteam,ran by the machine.
            it will be covered up…
            Was not the Pres. talking about Kenya in the last 30 days…?
            Were we going to have some type of intervention there?
            Hard to keep everything straight….
            See my note to Bobby….on clearing any credibility issue up

    Nov 12, 2011 12:38 AM

    Comments like that reflect on your credibility, much as I like most of what your say.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:10 AM

      Morning Bobby,

      I assume that you were referring to Jerry’s comment about President Obama being born in Kenya.

      I agree with you, that is a bit hard to swallow. I can’t guarantee a lot in this world, but I would guarantee that if he, in fact, had been born in Kenya the Republicans would have been all over that during the election. (Just like the Dem’s seem to be all over the allegations concerning Mr. Cain which, as yet are far from being proven!)


      Big Al

      Nov 12, 2011 12:42 AM

      Hello Bobby,,thanks for reading my early morning note..I do appreciate your comments seriously…
      My question to you would be, have you done any research on the above matter?
      To my understanding this issue of Kenya has not been solved…it is like JFK..
      If you have read or seen any artical other than the comment by obama on
      the main stream new..(which we know is corrupt) I will follow it up by
      reviewing any and all articals which prove otherwise…AND after these
      reviews I will absolutely correct my statements…I would like to be 100%
      correct myself…”that way I might feel for the first time to be proud to be an American”
      (Michelle OBAMA…quote) just threw that in for kicks..
      With all due respect….still want to be your friend…
      out of the box Jerry

        Nov 12, 2011 12:42 PM

        Hey Jerry,

        Trust me, we are all friends. Nothing wrong with disagreement and corrections or no corrections.

        Consider how I felt when I was corrected (and accurately so) earlier about my stooopid comments regarding Tier 1 capital ratio!


        Big (I currently feel really stooopid!) Al

          Nov 12, 2011 12:18 PM

          All friends try to help each other…
          I am waiting for someone to come up with documents that say otherwise and give
          proof that Obama was not born in Kenya…
          The Hawaii birth certificate was not proven , as far as I have read…but,
          if someone would be so kind as to point me in that direction…I will
          be more than happy to expore and report back….
          I certainly do not want to be known as unreliable or untrustworthy….

        Nov 12, 2011 12:20 PM

        Jerry, we are all friends here. Emotions run high, lets face it, America is not the way it was in the day of the founding fathers.



          Nov 12, 2011 12:32 PM


          I might be wrong (but probably not), America is not the same as it was fifty short years ago!

          Big Al

            Nov 12, 2011 12:16 PM

            Per Doug Casey “America doesn’t exist anymore. It’s now the United States”. I agree with him.

          Feb 02, 2014 02:47 PM

          Hey, that’s porlefuw. Thanks for the news.

          Feb 03, 2014 03:17 AM

          Great ingihst. Relieved I’m on the same side as you.

        Nov 12, 2011 12:18 PM

        Hi Jerry
        I agree with you. Last veterans day he referred to “corpsemen” and how he saw fallen soldiers in the room. What American would say that???

          Nov 12, 2011 12:55 PM

          Good evening..Karen…thanks for the comment…I am glad to see I am not the only one who feels that way…

            Nov 13, 2011 13:57 AM

            No, Karen and Jerry,

            You are not the only ones who feel that way!

            Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:54 AM

    one of Brent Cook’s top picks was Wolverine…wanted to get your opinion on this company if possible…they haven’t posted any news in 3 months and their stock has dropped 50% in the last 3 months…is that a sell signal?

    Nov 12, 2011 12:30 AM

    Wolverine, along with the 100 or so other explorers in the Yukon this summer were severely hindered by the slow turn around time for assays. Basically they were unable to act/drill because they had no assays to target with. Over the next few months we should begin to see the results from Wolverine as well as the other Yukon explorers and be in a better position to determine which company’s projects offer the highest potential return.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:09 PM

      Thanks for the insight, Brent. Much appreciated.

      Nov 13, 2011 13:23 AM

      thank you

    Nov 12, 2011 12:29 AM

    In today’s report you and Trader Rog discussed the protesters and that they need to be removed, however, pretty much each day you and your guests discuss the banks, Wall Street, illegal financial shennanigans, crooked politicians….and the need for something to be done or the people need to wake up.
    Well, I guess that’s what the protesters are doing. They’ve woken up. Instead of calling for the Police to clear them out, you should be lauding them for the sacrifice of what they are doing. They’ve had enough just like you and me and they’re the only ones doing something about it…the best they can…relatively peacefully so far. The banks, wall street and politicians have screwed us like never before. People have committed suicide over this financial mess, people have lost their homes, gotten divorced, lost all their money in the market and 401K’s. The list goes on and on and on, all while the politicians and bankers have enriched themselves on our backs. Who is manipulating the gold and silver markets? Why is the market acting so erraticlly? Have you read about our politicians enriching themselves many millions of dollars? I’ve always voted Republican in the past…but no more. I can’t vote Democrat either…they’re just as crooked.
    People have had enough. You and your guests keep saying the people need to wake up.
    They have.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:22 PM


        Nov 12, 2011 12:00 PM

        HURRY AND HURRAY FOR DAGEN…(just found my reading glasses) sorry for the typo

          Nov 12, 2011 12:08 PM

          My original comment…to Dagen,,,was to tie this to my comments regarding
          the BONUS ARMY…(which I posted in another section) I am reposting
          because I have read Karen’s message below….and am torn between both
          individuals…concerning the idea of protesting…..
          I like the idea of Dagen, that someone needs to protest with physical presents…
          I agree with Karen that some of the protestors do not know why they are protesting..
          great comments from both…

      Nov 12, 2011 12:24 PM

      Afternoon, Dagen,

      Please listen to today’s Weekend Special.

      Big Al

        Nov 12, 2011 12:49 PM


          Nov 12, 2011 12:10 PM

          To me man, it is simply common sense,

          Big Al

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      Nov 12, 2011 12:49 PM

      Hi Dagen,
      The OWS group thinks thay deserve what the successful hardworking taxpaying Americans have. They are against capitalism as they run around with their Ipads and ipods. They are destroying private property and hurting business around where they choose to set up camp without a permit. There have also been murders and rape victims. These are not your ” I want to help make America better group”. Their destructive behavior is costing taxpayers to clean up after them. Its no wonder they have the support of Ayatollah Kamemei, Hugo Chavez, North Korea, Hezbollah and the Communist Party of China as well as Obama Pelosi and Biden

      Nov 12, 2011 12:21 PM

      The majority of the protestors don’t know why they are there and 90% of them don’t know enough to come in out of the rain. They are led by socialists, communists and labor unions whose only goal is to create distractions and get bo re-elected.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:00 AM

        Again, I want to say that I agree with many of the ideas of OWS. I just believe that it has evolved into a movement that has little to do with the original intent.


        Big Al

          Nov 13, 2011 13:58 AM

          Hi Al,
          Did I miss an intelligent idea from OWS?? From the beginning all I have heard from their interviews is that the !% should be contributing more to society. Not sure just what they want to contribute. Certainly not hard work. That was proven when headhunters set up for the day offering jobs and received only two applications.

            Nov 13, 2011 13:10 AM

            HI Karen,

            What I mean is that I think that a number of things have happened that are truly negative for a free market. (I admit that our markets are not truly free anymore and that is important for all to realize.)

            I interpret the ORIGINAL intent of the OWS folks as a movement whose philosophy is similar to my observations as stated in the prior paragraph.

            Examples include the predatory lending practices that have been going on for some time; the Madoff scandal; Enron; govt. seemingly favoring lenders who are big contributors to certain campaigns; no accountability for what people call the “Wall Street Banksters”; mandating loans to people and organization not qualified; etc. etc and etc.

            Your comment about “certainly not hard work” is one of the points that I was trying to make and that is this “movement” has morphed into something that is nonsensical. It seems to be populated to a large extent by “thrill seekers” who are way off base as far as I am concerned.

            I do believe that the original intent was worthy in that it seemed to focus on things like the govt. rewarding failure; perhaps a bit more equity in wages (take school teachers for example); and, eliminating predatory capitalism.

            I could go on and on, but I hope that I have made myself clearer.

            To stress once more, logical; well organized; peaceful; and, non-violet protest that make a point are what our country was built on. What this movement has turned into is definitely not what our country was built on and I do not support that element of it.

            Hope I made myself clear. I would appreciate a response.


            Big Al

        Nov 13, 2011 13:21 AM

        If what you say is true, that the OWS movement is lead by socialists, communists and labor unions, where would one find a large body of people that are protesting that are not socialists, communists and labor unions? If you can’t come up with any, that would imply that amongst good and hard working, salt of the earth people, none care or think that there is a problem in government, the economy or politics (or perhaps they just haven’t risen up yet? 🙂
        I believe you have fallen prey to the propaganda machine.
        A good book for all to read is, The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
        The world is not the way it seems.

          Nov 13, 2011 13:06 PM

          Morning Dagen,

          I think that we began to see a change in this direction in the 2010 election.

          Secondly, I think that the OWS folks are getting much more press than they deserve as a result of their current and recent actions. Coverage of violent events within our own “household” sells newspapers and selling newspapers also sells advertising.

          I maintain that the real demonstration on the part of the “good and hard working salt of the earth people” will be very evident in the 2012 election.

          Time will tell,

          Big Al

            Nov 13, 2011 13:30 PM

            Amen to that. I believe it already started in Ohio and next..Wisconsin.
            I am of the opinion that politicians should be in office for a maximum of two terms. Many of the politicians are not elected because they are mental geniuses with grand ideas. They are elected to additional terms because of: name recognition, re-districting, money behind their campaigns and shenanigans.
            There are so many new/young people with great ideas but never get a chance.
            Thanks for the venue to vent….

            Nov 13, 2011 13:03 PM

            Hi Al,
            I agree if that is what they actually said. My point is that in all the coverage I have seen on the occupied I have not seen that thought process within the NY crowd.

            Nov 13, 2011 13:25 PM

            Hi Dagen,

            I agree with you completely. Washington D.C. and other bastions of power really are, for the most part, good old boys clubs.

            Sad but true in my opinion.

            Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:12 AM

    I need clarifcation. You said in the first segment and Steve Taylor seemed to agree that the lower a banks capital ratio the better. You said the capital ratio should be less than 5%. It seems to me if the capital ratio is assets (or even current assets) to obligations then the higher the ratio the better.

    If 5% is the “safe” ratio, then a 9% is much better, not the other way around.

    Did you misspeak or what am I misunderstanding?

      Nov 12, 2011 12:13 PM

      Austin, I think Al got a little caught up in the moment and misread his notes at the beginning of the segment.

      You are correct – a higher capital ratio is considered safer, with Core Tier 1 capital ratio of 5 or 6 being considered average safety. Where this ties in to the following portions of the segment is that the EU announced about 2 weeks ago that they are requiring banks to increase their ratio to at least 9 by June 30, 2012 as a capital buffer against further losses from the European debt crisis. That is incredibly significant for at least two reasons.

      First, it is a clear signal that the EU expects that European government debt, much of which is held by EU banks, will continue to deteriorate in quality and value, and is likely to spread to additional countries. Second, there are two ways to boost the Core ratio. The first is by reducing your exposure to lesser quality assets by moving them off the bank’s books, usually at a discount, as well as curtailing new lending. That could cause a liquidity crisis as banks record losses on the sales and new lending dries up, and we know how well that worked out here in the US in the last several years. The second is by increasing the bank’s capital, which either requires new investment from the private sector, which is not particularly eager to throw more money into Europe at the moment, or from the public sector. The EU has already stated that member governments should provide such investment to the banks, which ties into our discussion of both the taxpayers being on the hook and the stronger EU members propping up the weaker ones.

      I hope that clarifies the issue and ties the details into the remainder of the segment.

        Nov 12, 2011 12:33 PM


        That makes sense.

        Buildiing on what you say (And I hope I’m not being too quick on the draw), countries should have instituted that ratio in 2004 or before to prevent the current problem. I can see whay countries would implement it now since all it takes for a bank with a 5% capital ratio to become insolvents for the of itsrisk- assets to drop more than 5%, which they will when the loans get written down.

        Unfortunately the regulators picked a terrible time to implement it since the banks will be scurrying arund just to keep their situation from deteriorating more. As a practical matter, regulators probably won’t move against a bank as long as the bank stays solvent. Banks may seek investment capital or sell off assets as you say because whether the regulators require it or not, securing more investors (who?), selling off assets, and not makng more loans helps them survive.

        I wonder however if the banks will sell off the weaker assets or the stronger assets since they can get closer to FMV with more valuable assets while keeping the riskier assets on the books as long as the value they can put on the riskier assets is higher than the FMV.

        It’s a bad gamble, but some banks will see no other option.

          Nov 12, 2011 12:13 PM

          Afternoon Austin,

          Don’t know what to say except to reiterate what I said on BNN last Thursday, I would not buy any bank stock today. I bought Toronto Dominion Bank early last Spring and haven’t touched any banks since.

          Again, I appreciate your earlier comment,

          Big Al

          Nov 12, 2011 12:23 PM

          Austin, No sir, you’re not too quick on the draw. They should have been increasing capital in 2004, but unfortunately, the promise of easy profits (from easy lending) prompted the opposite. And as you say, regulators picked a terrible time to implement it, but of course there was no will power to do otherwise until recently. Steve Taylor did a nice explanation, and that part about the financial freeze is very worrisome. No one wants it to happen, but it might have to, and if it does there aren’t any deep pockets left to re-capitalize the EU yet again. Angela Merkel wants more private investment…good luck with that.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:27 PM

      Hi Austin,

      Please listen to our Weekend Special.

      Steve did come to my defense, but the fact is I completely misspoke because of what I call a “brain freeze”.

      Thanks for keeping me straight,

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:20 PM

    Whose left to buy all this sovereign debt when everyone is selling it? The only place for the money to come from is out of thin air; that’s inflation, and it’s going to take a lot of it to wash all this down.

    It’s one thing to sell bonds to build real estate (roads, bridges, buildings) within a capital budget, but absolute fiscal malfeasance to sell debt to fund an ever growing ongoing operational budget. The latter was doomed from the start, and now the wheels are coming off the wagon.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:45 PM

      Hi BJ,

      Who is currently buying the U.S. bonds? Yep, you guessed it!

      Secondly, I completely agree with your comments about absolute fiscal malfeasance!


      Big Al

      Nov 12, 2011 12:25 PM

      Maybe Uncle Ben can show them how to buy it back themselves, say “it’s sold”, and pretend the debt isn’t there any longer.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:02 AM

        HI John W,

        You saying the debt isn’t there anymore. Wow, thank God!

        Big “tongue in cheek” Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:10 PM

    Big Al,
    Another great weekend special. I’m a little slow, but you are a great fundamentalist, and teamed up with Trader Rog, a master technician, I’m just smiling ear to ear. And Heaven is smiling on your labors. Thank you.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:23 PM

      Afternoon Keep Stacking,

      Thanks for your kind words,

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:23 PM

    Big Al,

    Best weekend show ever, we appreciate you bringing all these great informative minds who share their knowledge.

    MOST OF ALL, you invited Sean Rakhimov of Silver Strategies to answer my question about Hecla. THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU VERY MUCHHHHHHHHHH

    Further, in my opinion, and according to gross U.S debt is approaching 100% currently 99.78%

    Translated in high school terms, the bill will surpass the pay cheque. When this happens, there’s going to be a big treasury sell off.

    We can profit from this buy shorting TLT, or buying March 100 puts. I urge everyone to consider doing their own research as I am not a registered investment advisor.


    Thank You
    Marco Ghali

      Nov 12, 2011 12:54 PM

      Hi Marco,

      Sean is a really good guy and will be on the show more often. He is a valuable member of our industry.

      Thanks for you comments,

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:16 PM

    Interest comment from a listener in the U.K.:

    No trend has changed significantly. However, there is so much volatility within the trend that it is great for traders who know their business, but a big ‘keep out’ sign otherwise.

    As some great speculators stressed, ‘there are times for just watching and waiting’; to me, that time is now.

    The one thing that gives me real concern with gold is – WHY have the mines not been at the party? Why are not the big miners with plenty of cash not been snapping up the junior producers if gold is going to continue to rise, significantly, as so many predict? Traditionally, for sound reason, the mines have been the canaries for the gold price

    Until I see some answers, I will exercise great caution as it does not make sense.

    And, as Judge Judy (like her, or hate her) often repeated – ‘If it doesn’t make sense, then something is telling you, it is not right.’

    Regards Ray Newton in London UK

      Nov 12, 2011 12:17 PM

      HI Ray,

      I agree completely that, for the most part, this is a good time to sit on the sidelines with a few exceptions. I have purchased only two companies since August and each one has done well so far.

      For me a continued bull market for the precious metals feels right at this point. Regarding the stocks, I kind of don’t get it.

      All the best,


      Nov 12, 2011 12:30 PM

      To listener in UK,

      You can hear Judge Judy all the way across the Atlantic? Well, maybe not that surprising.

    Nov 12, 2011 12:26 PM

    Quick comment, Democrats and Republicans are all the same in my book. One cannot even vote for the lesser of two evils anymore.


      Nov 12, 2011 12:33 PM

      HI Bobby,

      It would be interesting to see some accurate numbers as to how many people agree with you, I and most of the other listeners and commentators here.

      I”ll bet the number has gotten to be pretty high!

      Big Al

      Nov 12, 2011 12:43 PM


      Nov 12, 2011 12:17 PM

      Hi Bobby,
      The Republicans certainly have not been perfect in the past but can you seriously look at what Obama did to the country since he has been in office and vote for him??
      Anyway the Democrats affordable housing act is what started the banking mess in the first place. Any Republican running against Obama would be a 100% improvement. Name one thing that Obama did to help move this country in the right direction.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:39 PM

      This actually happened in Canada in 1993 when Canadians, tired of the two main parties (Conservative and Liberal, which roughly translate to Repubs and Dems), voted in large numbers for the Reform Party and Party Quebecquois, decimating what had been 150 years of one party or the other ruling (sorry NDP). Although the Liberals and Conservatives would eventually become the dominant two parties once again, these two small but regionally-popular parties put a huge wedge into Parliament and changed the politics of the large two, who now had no choice but to try coalitions and broaden support. There isn’t any movement in the US at this time for a credible 3rd party, but the Tea Party and Libertarian elements are a proxy for the right. OWS might have been considered a movement for the left, but if I were a Dem strategist, I’d be trying to distance from them now.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:06 AM

        Hey guys,

        We went to a “Blue Brothers Tribute” concert earlier and you know what the theme of one segment was? It was “united we stand and divided we fall”. This was followed by a plea for quitting the stupid bickering and getting back to what made our country great. Received a standing ovation from many.

        People are getting fed up! (As we all know)

        Big Al

          Nov 13, 2011 13:21 AM


            Nov 13, 2011 13:14 AM

            Morning Jerry,

            I am with you 100%. Now, all we need is an intelligent, truly well intentioned and viable candidate or should I say, more correctly, candidates!

            Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:42 PM

    does anyone have any news are thoughts on white tiger mining?

      Nov 12, 2011 12:27 PM

      Yep Shane,

      I announced last Summer that I would be selling in three days and I did.

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:47 PM

    I just came off of King World News. They have a fantastic interview with Jim Rickards. It focuses on currency wars–past, present and future–and how it all pivots around gold. It’s full of information. I listened to it several times. Wow.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:26 PM

      Hi BJ,
      Thanks for the info. Jim Rickards interviews are always packed with so much info you really do need to run through them a few times. I am ordering his book.

      Nov 12, 2011 12:14 PM

      listened to and Jim Richards is always great to listen to ….King World is a must listen
      But I always listen to AL first….KFR is a great site for all round info.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:07 AM

        Thanks Jerry,

        As I have said since Day 1, get information from all the sources you possible can.


        Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:45 PM

    I’m not so sold on the China story anymore. Seems like there’s a nasty bubble about to burst there as well, and I don’t consider what they’re doing anything close to a free market.

      Nov 13, 2011 13:00 AM


      Good comment. China will have a long-term demand for commodities (say, 50 year time span), but it is absolutely over-built for the per-capita level of wealth, spectacular as it has been over the last 15 years. It addition to millions of vacant apartments, foreign capital has overbuilt manufacturing capacity, predicated on a world to buying ever-more trinkets at a rate of 10+%/year over year.

      Jim Roger’s wrote a fabulous book called Investment Capitalist. The name has its roots in Jim’s idea to travel the world (again) in his yellow Mercedes convertible for a year, looking for investment opportunities, but to me the name was all wrong. It should have been called “how the world really works” (circa year 2000). It was a galvanizing look at how people live and work, how governments operate, their policies, opinions, etc. Since reading it, I’ve always been a bit skeptical when people lament jobs going to India or China, feeling many of those fears overdone. Roger’s demonstrates very clearly how the vast majority of the world is handcuffed by lack of infrastructure, standards, planning, skills, and red tape. Some things have changed since then, but not nearly enough. It actually had enough of an effect on me to help take a new angle in a consulting business, moving me to do a teensy-weensy bit of travel myself. Anyways, that’s why I like your comment…you have some of that spirit to see that for all the good success stories for countries like China, there are less obvious challenges that, left unaddressed, systemically inhibit it to move past a certain point.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:38 AM

        Morning John W,

        Please elaborate a bit on your consulting business.

        By the way, I had the opportunity to meet Jim and spend some social time with him in Germany about five years ago. He is a really interesting man. Like him or hate him, he is very bright.


        Big Al

      Nov 13, 2011 13:36 AM

      Morning Matt R,

      Unfortunately, you are absolutely correct regarding you comment pertaining to the free market aspect of China.

      What I am seeing is a deviation from free markets all over the world. Sad but true!

      Would you agree with that?

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:50 PM

    Hi Al,
    Interesting facts about the leaders who are trying to fix the EU. Mario Monti is European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission and leading member of the Bilderberger group. Lucus Papadimos has been a member of the Trilateral commission since 1998. From these facts I can conclude that the EU will stay together which means the debt burden will be transferred to the people making them slaves of the government.
    As I said before the Occupy movement is funded by communist groups. The sheeples following them are a product of everyone deserves a trophy system of thinking thanks to the policies of the Dep of Ed

      Nov 12, 2011 12:34 PM

      The euro currency is creating hate and bitterness, and the globalist scum love to take advantage of it. The EU will only stay together by force and by staged attacks from inside or outside.
      Time’s Man of the Decade: Major Ugly.

      Nov 13, 2011 13:40 AM

      HI Karen,

      From what the movement has turned into it is hard to disagree with you. That, by the way, is the point I was trying to make earlier.


      Big Al

        Nov 13, 2011 13:08 PM

        Hi Al,
        I was referring to the EU situation in my last comment.

          Nov 13, 2011 13:21 PM

          Hi Karen,

          I realize that. Only one brain freeze per month for me!

          I was referring to the OWS movement in the U.S. and, to an extent, Canada.

          The points you brought up in the first paragraph were interesting and something a lot of people do not realize.


          Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:32 PM

    Hi Bobby,
    We, as people, tend to esteem those who agree with us higher than those who disagree with us, or who hold variant views, at least. The funny thing about beliefs, values, convictions, etc. is that they are shaped by so many factors. I have to admit, that as a result of my study, research, experiences, and the views of those I trust, I generally feel very confident about the particular positions I hold to be true. Now, if I haven’t done my own independant research, study, thinking, etc… then I am probably believing something because I’ve been persuaded by the media pundits or some vaccuous, hollywood type. Ask yourself; am I getting most of my information and ideas from the incessant barrage of propaganda coming from the “news” outlets, (which isn’t news at all, IMHO)? If so, then I need to be open to the possibility that I may be wrong, as well as the media persons being wrong. We understand, don’t we, that there is a very strong media bias, and that they have to follow the templates given them by their boards, or they are out of a job. Many qualified persons have come forward, saying with professional certainty, that Obama’s Birth Cert.(it’s not a BC) is a forgery. Several independant, document and forensic specialists have examined the “Certificate of Live Birth” and have concluded that there have been many changes and forgeries to the document, upwards of 60 changes made to it, if my memory serves me correctly. Jerome Corsi, Phd, has written a book about Obama’s disqualified presidency, called, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” He’s no lightweight. He’s a NYTimes best seller and a prudent, honest and dilligent man. If he has staked his future, his livelihood, and reputation on this book being true, then I think it behooves you and me to at least take a serious look at the issue. Sure, it’s controversial and unpopular. That’s just exactly the way the Social Elitists want it. They want the atmosphere so negatively charged on this issue, that noone will dare venture in. And yet several have, and their courage at least deserves more than a jaundiced, reflexive, discounting of the possibility that in fact, Mr. Obama may be a fraudulent president.
    Jerry and Karen, I’m with you.

      Nov 13, 2011 13:18 AM

      Castanheiro, thx. Though I have not been able to reach a 100% conclusion, I had not heard of Jerome Corsi and will check that out for sure. There are a lot of people who worked at the hospital where Obama was supposed to have been born who, of course, fell very strongly he was born there. As such, Bobby may certainly have a source too that seems equally convincing. It’s discussions like this why I cannot entirely draw a conclusion. Now, in fairness to that, there are an awful lot of people in Kenya who say they saw Obama born at their local hospital too! (spot-light seekers, or telling the truth??)

      There’s a small question too that, with an American mother, Obama would have in any case be allowed to elect to be fully American (although if truly a dual-citizen, he should have gone to a US consulate to renounce any secondary citizenship before even getting anywhere near to becoming President). Some may say that a President should only be a natural born citizen, not a dual who renounced, but there are those who disagree (the issue came up a few years ago when some wondered if Ah-nold could ever run for President).

      I just thought I’d add these ideas because, in addition to the spirit of discovery, these objections have come up before and if you can overcome them, then Bob’s your Uncle. I agree that much of the media has become so completely impossible to trust in any story, big or little, that everyday reporting is about as helpful as watching a scripted reality TV show.

        Nov 13, 2011 13:32 AM

        John…what castanheiro ,,said is correct…about Corsi…that is a must read….
        and do not hold it to yourself….pass the dog gone thing along to someone else..
        this issue is not done yet…it is like the media holding back Ron Paul…

        Nov 13, 2011 13:51 AM

        Oh yeah Mr. C,

        Everyday reporting is often times about as helpful as watching a scripted reality TV show.

        Big Al

      Nov 13, 2011 13:29 AM

      WELL castanheiro…..May GOD BLESS YOU…., for also,,having the courage to join and

      Nov 13, 2011 13:49 AM

      Okay Mr. C,

      I just downloaded it on my Kindle.

      Back to you,

      Big Al

    Nov 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Just listened to you interview on Timmins Gold. I was surprised to hear that you no longer own shares in Timmins Gold. Could you let us know why you and your wife sold your shares and why. Thank You Earl

      Nov 13, 2011 13:11 AM

      Hi Earl,

      We sold our stock quite a while back. Certainly not because we do not believe in the company. We do.

      As somewhat of a professional, I believe that when you have a good profit you should take it because you can always reinvest. I would definitely do that in this case if, for some reason, the share price went down.

      I am proud to have been a small part of this company and I continue to support Bruce and his associates.


      Big Al

    Nov 13, 2011 13:21 AM

    could you pls use the symbols with the companies mentioned
    particularly if they are not banner companies?
    what is encompass’s symbol

      Nov 13, 2011 13:54 AM

      Thanks for this piece of advice butlerinvestors,

      The symbol for the Encompass Fund is ENCPX

      Appreciate you continuing comments,

      Big Al

    Nov 13, 2011 13:25 AM

    Interesting that Big Al suggests puting only 10-15% of one’s assets in Ag/Au which implies an additional 40-45% in the miners of which most of his guests are involved . Why not put the entire 60-65% in the physical ? Why deal w/ some mine in Mexico or anywhere for that matter where laws may change at any givin moment?

      Nov 13, 2011 13:59 AM

      Hi Mr. Martin,

      As I have said many times in the past, I like the upside afforded by the mining companies. (Although at this particular moment some would certainly disagree!)

      I am pretty careful as to the geographic areas that I am invested in.

      Important to realize that I use a rifle approach in our investing. I look at every company very carefully from a fundamental standpoint. So far, this method has treated me well. I will put up a “Scorecard” of our investments similar to what Jay Taylor does.


      Big Al

    Nov 13, 2011 13:29 PM

    Hi Jerry and John,
    Appreciate your responses and kind remarks!
    Best to you,

      Feb 24, 2012 24:27 PM

      Thanks, I’ve just been snicrhaeg for info about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve found out so far. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain in regards to the source?

    Nov 13, 2011 13:38 PM

    Hi Big Al,
    Great interview on BNN, and thanks for all your kind words re. my comments.
    Best to you and everyone!

    Nov 13, 2011 13:38 PM

    For anyone wishing to investigate further this issue of Obama’s elligibility to be President of the United States, here is a link to a Youtube video called “A Question of Eligibility”. It is not the final word on the matter, but is a good place to start for those who are open to the possibility.

      Nov 14, 2011 14:25 AM

      Morning Mr. C,

      I started reading Corsi’s book last night.

      I agree with John W in that I am not certain that the President is not a lawful citizen. Let’s see how I feel after I read this book.

      Big Al

        Nov 14, 2011 14:26 AM

        Al,, will you make a statement concerning the book….? and your toughts…
        just want to make sure I do not get to far out of the box….

    Nov 13, 2011 13:19 PM

    Hi Al. Watched your interview on BNN. I was hoping you would raise the issue of criminal and malicious activity (Chilton’s words, not yours) at the Comex. The gang at BNN offer up mindless propaganda every time there’s a drive by shooting, which seems to occur with increasing regularity in recent months. On Wednesday am, when the spot price of gold was down $50, anchor Marty Cej said people didn’t need gold as much because Greece had arranged a compromise between their political party’s and Berlisconni was going to resign! What a relief! Up until Marty, the deep thinker, put me at ease, I was near panic. He did not source those comments but reported them as news-worthy facts, as he stared blankly into the camera. That’s our balanced, objective mainstream press. I did not hear a word from BNN about CFTC Commissioner Chilton’s assertions regarding criminal activity in the metals markets.
    Al, it is painfully obvious that the integrity of the mainstream press is compromised if not complicit in these ongoing crimes. I am sick and tired of having my pockets picked. I hope that some day soon one of the “Expert” guests will say something to get this out in the open because the regular staff are gaged or ignorant or both… or maybe I’m naive and expect too much.

    Nov 14, 2011 14:20 AM

    Morning Jerome,

    I was asked to only respond to the questions. I really could have taken it one step further as you suggested. Sorry.

    I understand that I will be on BNN again later this month.


    Big Al

    Nov 15, 2011 15:39 AM

    Michelle Obama has stated herself that her husbands hometown is Kenya. What more proof do we need? The man holding the office of the U.S. president is not qualified. He was promoted and groomed by the NWO elite such likes as Henry Kissinger and George Soros. Goldman Sachs was one of the largest contributors to his campaign. Do you think they and other Fed member banks have benefited by his appointment to this high office? Does the sun still shine? This is a judgment on America. Things are as they are for a divine reason.

    Jesus said,

    “Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh! Matt. 18:7

      Nov 16, 2011 16:55 PM

      Carlton……thanks I had forgotten about the statement of Michelle FINALLY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN FOR THE FIRST TIME OBAMA

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