I’ve had some trouble getting a post out about this Newtown, CT horror show. You might imagine why. I have a seven year old. He’s an outlier, and I’ve always worried about him. Now that seems almost ridiculous, and yet…
There’s no way you can’t fall on your knees. In grief, in relief. In relief. That’s wrong, I know it, but the absolute realization that something like this can happen… that it is even possible… makes one want to put their kids into a box until they grow up.
The pain is visceral and it’s borne of impotence. You want to strike out, make things right. In this way you cannot even blame the illogical left with their knee jerk proscriptions against gun ownership. It almost makes sense, given the emotional quotient.
But one has to ask what makes any sense? Arm the teachers? Seems extreme, and perhaps too much to ask. But what about security personnel? One, two..? … training will be important. Reinforced classroom doors? Is it worthwhile? I guess I’d have to ask if protecting our kids is worthwhile. How much should we spend on that? Can we maybe move the TSA budget to that arena?
I do know there are some 250 million guns extant in the U.S., and even an absolute prohibition will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and crazies. Does it make sense, then, to concentrate on keeping guns out of legal hands, instead of perhaps working to better counsel — and control — the mentally ill and dangerous?
Shockingly, or not, I am still in love with silver and gold here. True, AG got it’s ass kicked today, malevolently, because it purchased another mine at an egregious premium. Their loss is your gain. Take advantage. But wait one day before you buy. In the meantime, SLW and SIL are great. As is GDXJ and GDX.
Best to you all.
45 Responses to So Much Trouble in the World
Jake – do we live in darker days or do we just perceive it better as adults?
On one hand life feels darker and creeping towards blackness. Life seems more angular, more surreal, more jarringly disrupted.
On the other hand past generations had world wars, missile crises, Jim jones, et al.
Strangely all of it affirms my theology, that man in broken beyond divine repair, and that we cannot escape the affects of the fall.
I need more Salt and Light.
I’m also long a lot of silver.
I think we perceive it that way out of egotism. There have been darker days, just none that we’ve experienced.
I’d agree with that. Historically speaking, we’ve had a surfeit of peace.
That time may be drawing to a close.
Something for Rex for consideration:
I would agree if the mentally ill were also assuming control of great arsenals…which indeed they seem to be doing …(Iran, N Korea, etc.)
Good post Jake. Best to you and yours. And to you, MOOBS.
Back at ya
Thanks, Wood. Christmas is for the little ones.
To have these most innocent taken by –literally — a monster…
It goes beyond metaphor. Perhaps this post should have been titled “so much evil in the world.”
I was going to ask your thought on AG.
I have a young daughter and a child on on the way. This has affected me. This is beyond the usual rhetoric. My god, this is beyond comprehension. Appreciate your post.
AG is keeping abvove it’s 34-week moving average, but getting punished for paying too much in egregious fashion for another miner.
Ticks me off, as the reason I bot AG in the first place was in thinking IT might be trade bait….
Thank you Jake
This heinous act has shaken this country to its core. No parent can imagine the shear terror these angels felt in their last minutes on earth. Maybe it’s time for us has parents to take our schools back, maybe instead of all this talk of gun bans and government sponsored security, we institute a mandatory XX hours per semester of unarmed security for each child we have in school. Have a parent to student quota of say for every 50 kids, one parent puts in a 3 hour shift of nothing but walking the grounds and patrolling the halls. This is probably to simple of an idea but I think this is a wake up call to all parents of K-12 kids to get involved in your schools.
A lot of people killed in one place at one time makes the headlines and makes us all think about what has happened, but the challenge now is not just to control and make the schools safer, it’s to make everywhere safer. People are killed all over the place and it adds up (to more than Newtown and more than schools)!
How about RGLD ? Holding tight. Thanks, Jake.
AUY and RGLD are my top golds right now.
Thanks Jake. Do you have any stop loss in-place, like 200mda ? or ride through ?
Good post, Jake.
I thought this was pretty good, and pretty much sums up how I feel:
Can you explain why gold is breaking down with the dollar? Manipulation? Was the trade too obvious?
This PBS pic and story was one of very few things that made me smile this past weekend. It was floating about the blogoshere so perhaps you have already viewed/read.
Peace to you, Jake.
… Nice post, Jake !
Like anyone on this planet with a pulse , with a soul … with an ounce of humanity … I have been saddened (sickened actually) by this Sandy Hook School atrocity !
Tears have been shed !
But, I’ve also been sickened so many times in the past by “other” … TOO MANY “other” mass murders …
by similarly disturbed young “men” …
by disgruntled workers going “postal” …
by estranged spouses who feel their only recourse is to kill the children and family …
by political zealots who want to make a political statement and achieve martyrdom …
Go back to sleep America … this too shall pass … nothing to see here … keep moving !!!
I would like to believe that THIS … that THIS … can be a “tipping point” ! I would so desperately like to believe that ! But, alas … I can’t help but believe NOTHING of any real consequence will happen. As we speak, someone … more likely “many someones” … are lost in their own deranged thoughts … planning … plotting …
I am reminded of 2 films … good films … albeit NOT “feel good” films !
Gus Van Sant’s … Elephant (from the perspective of the shooters in a Columbine-like event)
Shawn Ku’s … Beautiful Boy (from the perspective of the surviving parents of a shooter who went on a Virginia Tech-like event and killed himself leaving the parents to try and understand why)
We ALL struggle to try and understand WHY … in the aftermath of these horrific crimes. Obviously, the blame can be spread around and placed at the feet of many and there is an abundance of that going on now … as we have seen in the preceding days !
However, in Roger Ebert’s review of Elephant … he relates a story of Network News people approaching him AFTER the Columbine tragedy. He was asked if he felt that violence in movies contributed to these mass murders and school shootings :
“Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.”
As we speak, someone … more likely “many someones” … are lost in their own deranged thoughts … planning … plotting …
… go back to sleep America !!!
Good to hear from you Senator. TC has performed well. Am contemplating an add, even now.
Thanks for the post alf44.
Hug your children, keep them close, be vigilant. My own 2 are adults, successful, and to me they’re still 9&6. After the CT horrors, I am left a bit numb.
Doesn’t have to be all or none, do this or do that. Why not do several things? What’s so wrong about an assault weapons ban? Yes, criminals would still get those guns, but maybe a ban would keep assault weapons out of the hands of SOME of the crazies. Take a look at what you have to do to get a gun in California. Maybe use that as a model for the whole country. Licensing makes sense. You have to get a license (and pass a written and driving test) to drive a car (which can kill people), so why not pass a test to get a gun?
We should take a look at what anti-depressants are doing to people. Haven’t all the mass killers in in the past decade been on these drugs? (They’re prescribing these drugs for kids as young as 6 years old! With NO long term studies having been done regarding their effect on brain development.)
Beefed up security in schools also makes sense.
Let’s do everything we can, knowing that one thing may make only a small difference, but several things together could make a big difference.
Jake, appreciate if you give us your insight for gold here near term. Holding tight.
Used to live in the British Virgin Islands… reggae central.
You need a better selection, Jake. Try Toots… “TIME TOUGH”
Marely is so fucking outdated and overdone. Toots kicks his ass.
… first of all, I’m pretty sure it’s …
“Marley” … NOT … “Marely” !!!
Secondly, Jake’s song selection could NOT have been more perfect and apropos !!! IMO
… now you’ve shown that you don’t know how to spell …
“Marley” AND “apropos” !!!
Hey Alf! Missed you dude!
FYI — I saw Toots and the Maytalls (sp?) live in college a couple of times…
I followed them all… remember Black Uhuru? And Burning Spear?
No one beats Marley, sorry.
Toots Hibbert beats Marley. So did Lucky Dube.
Listen to the reggae mon. Let the music speak for itself. Marley ain’t got not beat. He be white man’s music.
Hoovered up more GSS at $1.65.
Nom nom nom
I’ve been buying RGLD in tiny trades on the way down. As great as this stock has been, in the past I seem to have bought at the wrong time and sold in a panic at the wrong time. Not this time. I will freaking hold and continue to buy all the way to $0 if it comes to it. How gold stocks can be be performing so poorly in the face of the world economy makes little sense. I believe one day to be vindicated and happy I bought shares every time it declined. It may be later in 2013 or 2014 before gold does anything but RGLD will still be in my portfolio.
I wish I have that much of conviction and money. Still holding tight though. Good luck to us !
You will be very happy w. your RGLD purchase when it breaks $300….
Wow. $300?? That’s a little too optimstic no? If it does indeed break $300, I will send you a rolex watch. I have 500 shares at $90 ea.
*The sheep are being led to slaughter.
Viet Dinh sealed our fate
All part of the Illuminist plan
It’s time for ‘YOU’ to check back in..
maybe three days’,s ago
my children were entertaining me(inspiring) with this ^ last night.
So the Giants Suck & PMs
are tanking, where is Jake?
Knock the dirt off your dick &
make an appearance!
PMs 2013? What You Say, Jake?