Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Empty Hats - If I Should Fall From Grace With God

How much data can police swipe from suspects' phones without a warrant? (Hint: A lot)

Call logs, text messages, geo-locations and even data relating to proprietary technologies, such as Apple’s iMessage service: All of these can be downloaded by U.S. law enforcement when a suspect’s phone is plugged in and the data harvested for intelligence purposes.

Obama to wait until sequester hits before meeting with congressional leaders

President Barack Obama will wait until the sequester hits to have his first sequester-related face-to-face meeting with congressional leaders on Friday, according to a report by ABC News’s Jonathan Karl

Jury Nullification Activist Jailed 145 Days for Distributing Info

We noted that Schmidter was not guilty of any actual law, but rather rules written by the acting judge. These rules that Schmidter is in violation of are for demonstrating outside of a “free speech zone” determined by Judge Perry. Schmidter, who was first arrested in June 2011, has maintained his innocence and that the judge’s orders he violated were a direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Furthermore, the very rule he was found to be in violation of has been overturned.

BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DOJ ‘admits’ to targeting Aaron Swartz over his activism

Family, friends and supporters of Swartz have maintained the aggressive prosecution was a decisive factor in his suicide. At the time of his death, Swartz was facing a felony conviction, a prison sentence of up to 35 years and a $1-million fine.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Empty Hats - A Night Visitor's Song


Empty Hats performs 'A Night Visitor's Song' at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Fmr. Philadelphia cop who punched woman on video found not guilty

On the witness stand earlier this month, Josey was near tears while telling the judge he swung at Guzman to knock a beer bottle out of her hand, and he wasn’t trying to hurt her. He said he and other officers were hit with beer from behind and, each time he turned to see who did it, he saw Guzman jumping up and down.

Josey conceded he never saw Guzman throw beer. Guzman was arrested that day but charges against her were later dropped.

Obama drug czar: We will go after marijuana distributors in Wash. and Colo.

Back when running for president in 2008, Barack Obama stated that medical marijuana was an issue for state governments, not the federal government. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” he said, promising to end raids on medical marijuana dispensaries seen under the Bush Administration. Many soon learned his real intentions when the DEA raided four times as many marijuana dispensaries as Bush, in half the time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Advertisement for Super Dodge Ball Advance for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance from the first issue of Nintendo Power Advance (2001)

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Empty Hats

Empty Hats performing at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

Acceptance of Defense Cuts Signals Shift in G.O.P. Focus

With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated to shrinking the size of government are now more dominant than the bloc committed foremost to a robust national defense, particularly in the House.

Monday, February 25, 2013

RUN: The Home User's Guide to Commodore Computing, May 1987

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RUN: The Home User's Guide to Commodore Computing, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1987

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - New Minstrel Revue - Pull Boys Pull

The New Minstrel Revue performs 'Pull Boys Pull' at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Amash testifies feds can 'snatch Americans from homes' under indefinite detention law

In nearly four pages of testimony for a Feb. 21 public hearing for the bill by the Washington legislature’s Public Safety Committee, Amash continued his long-time assault on the NDAA.

HR 748: Require All Young Americans to Enlist in a National Service Program

Earlier this week, House Representative Charles Rangel has introduced HR 748 that will “require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or as civilian service in a Federal, State, or local government program or with a community-based agency or community-based entity, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.

Rangel and McCAin support slavery apparently and they have the gall to call it "volunteerism".

N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg bans 2-liter sodas with pizza delivery

Say goodbye to that 2-liter soda with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub, The New York Post reports.

Friday, February 22, 2013

TurboPlay, October/November 1991

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TurboPlay, Issue Number 9, October/November 1991

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - New Minstrel Revue - That Was The Day

The New Minstrel Revue perform 'That Was The Day' at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

Gov. Scott's about-face on Medicaid is one of several changes in direction

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said: “I don’t know that I’d say the governor flip-flopped. I’d say he made a very long journey from ‘no-no-hell-no’ to ‘yes.’

Rand Paul to hold up Brennan’s CIA nomination over drone strikes

Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that he would “use every procedural option” at his disposal to block the confirmation of White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to become CIA director if the Obama administration keeps dodging questions about its policy on lethal drone strikes against terrorism suspects, including Americans.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Commodore Power/Play, August/September 1985

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The August/September 1985 issue of Commodore Power/Play

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - New Minstrel Revue - Mary Mac

The New Minstrel Revue perform 'Mary Mac' at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Drones Large and Small Coming to US

Government agencies such as NASA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection operate aircraft-size military drones that take off from runways like airplanes. Labs in the United States have even built tiny drones that look like hummingbirds. But most drones resemble the radio-controlled aircraft and toy helicopters flown by hobbyists for decades, capable of taking off horizontally, vertically or by being thrown into the air like a trained falcon or hawk.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - New Minstrel Revue - Bedlam Boys

The New Minstrel Revue perform 'Bedlam Boys' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.

An unusually detailed 60-page study, to be released Tuesday by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups — known to many of its victims in the United States as “Comment Crew” or “Shanghai Group” — to the doorstep of the military unit’s headquarters. The firm was not able to place the hackers inside the 12-story building, but makes a case there is no other plausible explanation for why so many attacks come out of one comparatively small area.

Push to keep feds out of state gun markets gains momentum

States across the country are trying to protect gun ownership from the long arm of Washington by proposing bills declaring that firearms made and kept within their borders are not subject to federal restrictions.

OBAMA ADMITS: 'ENERGY IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE'

During a Friday Google+ hangout session, President Barack Obama conceded that his policies to address climate change will raise energy costs

Colorado College Advises Vomiting Or Urinating To Stop Rapists After Lawmakers Pass Gun Control Bills

These less-conventional methods for fighting off a would-be rapist are apparently part of Rape Aggression Defense Systems, a class that the school’s public safety department promotes as a means for female students to boost their self-defense skills.

But the fact that the site providing the pointers was updated at 6:30 p.m. Monday suggests that the move may have been motivated by the Colorado House’s passage on Monday of HB 1226, which would ban all people — including concealed-weapons permit holders — from carrying guns on the campuses of the state’s public universities.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Computer Entertainment, July 1985

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The July 1985 issue of Computer Entertainment (formerly Electronic Games)

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - New Minstrel Revue - Molly Would You Wait

The New Minstrel Revue performs 'Molly Would You Wait' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

DEMS PURGE PRO-GUN HERETICS

Local and national Democrats are mobilizing against former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, the front-runner for next week’s Democrat primary in Illinois’ special congressional election. The special election is to fill the term of disgraced Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who recently pled guilty to campaign fraud. Halvorson has run afoul of the current Democrat dogma on guns, staking out a strong position in support of gun rights.

This Isn't Hard, Mr. President: Do You Think You Can Kill Us on American Soil or Not?

I can’t think of any reason why the Obama Administration would keep dodging this question save one: It believes that, under certain circumstances, perhaps spelled out in a secret legal memo, it is empowered to kill American citizens or non-citizens with drones inside the United States.

And it knows the citizenry would be alarmed by that belief.

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Advertisement for Tomb Raider II and other Eidos games for the PlayStation from the April 1999 issue of The Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Just Desserts

Just Desserts at the 2013 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bailout

Not only do the filings show the New York Fed helping to thwart another institution’s fraud case against the bank, they also reveal that the New York Fed agreed to give away what may be billions of dollars in potential legal claims.

Rand Paul: Country Is Ready For A "Libertarian Republican Narrative"

I think people want a party that’s a little bit less aggressive on foreign policy, still believes in a strong national defense but less aggressive. They want — the young people want politicians who don’t want to put them in jail for 20 years for a nonviolent drug possession charge. So, they want a little bit different face. I think people want a little different face on immigration frankly. They don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteor Explosion in Russia Hurts More than 500 People

More than 500 people are reportedly injured, and hundreds of buildings damaged, after a meteorite streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday morning (Feb. 15) and exploded in a massive blast.

GOP Senate Leader McConnell seeking to get a vote on Audit the Fed

This morning, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell told Louisville, Kentucky, radio talk-show host Mandy Connell that he was working with fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to find a way around Harry Reid’s obstructionism and force the Senate to vote on Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill (S. 209).

MO DEMOCRAT PROPOSES GUN BAN, 90 DAYS TO TURN IN 'ASSAULT WEAPONS' » Megalextoria: News and Politics

Missouri Democrat state Rep. Rory Ellinger has put forth H.B. 545, which would ban “assault weapons” and many semi-automatic pistols. It would give owners of said weapons 90 days to either turn them in or get them out of the state.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Advertisement for Novastorm, Discworld and Wipeout by Psygnosis for the PlayStation from the October 1995 issue of Video Games

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Sea Dragon

The Sea Dragon at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Government Ban On Bitcoin Would Fail Miserably

I maintain that a government ban on bitcoin would be about as effective as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s. Government prohibition doesn’t even do a good job of keeping drugs out of prisons. The demand for an item, in this case digital cash with user-defined levels of privacy, does not simply evaporate in the face of a jurisdictional ban. One could even make the case that it becomes stronger because an official recognition that Bitcoin is not only a “renegade” currency but a “so-effective-it-had-to-be-banned” currency would imbue the cryptographic money with larger than life qualities.

Homeland Security Approves Seizure of Cell Phones and Laptops within 100 Miles of Border; Report Remains Secret » Megalextoria: News and Politics

Americans have no Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures if they happen to be within 100 miles of the border, according to the “Executive Summary” of a still-secret report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the ACLU-created map above shows, nearly 2/3 of Americans (197 million people)—including the entire populations of Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Michigan—live in this “Constitution free” zone, as do the residents of the nation’s five most populous cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.

Indiana, South Carolina Anti-NDAA Bills Fly Through Committee

Today, Feb. 12, “anti-NDAA” legislation passed senate committees in both Indiana and South Carolina.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013

Walking around at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

Prince George’s considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

DOJ kill list memo forces many Dems out of the closet as overtly unprincipled hacks

This past week has been a strangely clarifying political moment. It was caused by two related events: the leak of the Justice Department’s “white paper” justifying Obama’s claimed power to execute Americans without charges, followed by John Brennan’s alarming confirmation hearing (as Charles Pierce wrote: “the man whom the administration has put up to head the CIA would not say whether or not the president of the United States has the power to order the extrajudicial killing of a United States citizen within the borders of the United States”). I describe last week’s process as “strange” because, for some reason, those events caused large numbers of people for the first time to recognize, accept and begin to confront truths that have long been readily apparent.

Breath-taking arrogance and entitlement in Florida politics not limited to Jim Greer

The whole sorry story of the Florida Republican Party under Jim Greer is exhibit A on how near-absolute power, combined with astronomical campaign accounts, can and did breed breathtaking arrogance and entitlement, if not outright corruption, among party leaders professing conservatism.

White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday

During his second term, the president is expected to exert his executive power on issues such as climate change, and it appears that cybersecurity is also on that list.

Electronic Games, January 1984

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Ben Carson Makes Obama Sit Through the Longest 27 Minutes Of His Presidency

He doesn’t care whether or not he’s politically correct either. “PC is dangerous,” Carson said. “In this country, one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. (Political correctness) puts a muzzle on people. We have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.

Ben Carson Makes Obama Sit Through the Longest 27 Minutes Of His Presidency

He doesn’t care whether or not he’s politically correct either. “PC is dangerous,” Carson said. “In this country, one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. (Political correctness) puts a muzzle on people. We have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.

Breath-taking arrogance and entitlement in Florida politics not limited to Jim Greer

The whole sorry story of the Florida Republican Party under Jim Greer is exhibit A on how near-absolute power, combined with astronomical campaign accounts, can and did breed breathtaking arrogance and entitlement, if not outright corruption, among party leaders professing conservatism.

Prince George’s considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - YouTube: Walking around at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.


Monday, February 11, 2013

The April 1987 issue of The Australian Commodore Review

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2013 - Jousting

Scenes from the jousting tournament at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.

On Civil Liberties, A Tale Of Two Obamas

A Justice Department memo that surfaced this week providing legal justification for the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes against American citizens suspected of plotting terrorist attacks stands in stark contrast with the platform Barack Obama ran on in 2008 — and the civil liberties he championed as a young, liberal state senator in Illinois.

Dorner manhunt: Officers opened fire on mother, daughter

As the vehicle approached the house, officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn’t gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn’t Dorner inside the truck, but Carranza and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.

State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law

As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama’s healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren’t enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients.

Friday, February 8, 2013

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Advertisement for the ColecoVision from the January 1983 issue of Video Games Magazine

Megacon 2012 Crowd (2)

Random video walking around the showroom at Megacon 2012 on Sunday.

The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights

Let's start with this: The citizen's right to possess firearms is a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is quite simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force. This should perhaps be stated in the obverse: to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the citizenry as a whole. The history of arguments and struggles over this principle, throughout the world, is long and clear. Instituted in the context of a revolutionary struggle based on the most democratic concepts of its day, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is perhaps the clearest legal/constitutional expression of this principle, and as such, I think, is one of the most radical statutes in the world.

Jon Stewart slams Obama’s hypocrisy over classified drone memo

So ‘imminent threat,’ in other words, imminent or not imminent,” Stewart explained. “Broadly speaking, imminent in the geological sense. So, wait, we can kill an American who is in al Qaeda or al Qaeda-adjacent if they pose an imminent danger, and by ‘imminent’ we mean eventual?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Megacon 2012 Crowd

Some random video of Megacon 2012 attendees wandering by.

ST / Amiga Format, Issue Number 1, July 1988

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The July 1988 issue of ST / Amiga Format

Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens

The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice. In September 2011, it killed US citizen Anwar Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, along with US citizen Samir Khan, and then, in circumstances that are still unexplained, two weeks later killed Awlaki's 16-year-old American son Abdulrahman with a separate drone strike in Yemen.

Virginia advances bill pushing for state to establish its own currency

A proposal to study whether the state should adopt its own currency is gaining traction in the state legislature from a number of lawmakers as well as conservative economists. The state House voted 65-32 earlier this week to approve the measure, and it will now go to the Senate.

Lindsey Graham Urges Colleagues to Support Targeted Killing, Protect Obama From "Libertarians and the Left"

“If this ever goes to court I guarantee you it will be a slam dunk support of what the administration is doing. I think one of the highlights of President Obama’s first time and the beginning of his second term is the way he’s been able to use drones against terrorists.”

It’s odd that Graham would mention this “going to court,” as the leaked DOJ white paper that everybody’s talking about explicitly says, “[T]here exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional questions.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Harry Potter Panel @ Megacon 2012

Tom Felton speak about his role in Harry Potter as Draco Malfoy.

The speaker on the side I was on wasn't working so that is why the audio is somewhat less than stellar.

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, November 1990

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The November 1990 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

President Obama’s health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.

Florida governor’s budget boosts cash for corporate welfare

Among the largest individual increases, however, is a $256 million boost to the Department of Economic Opportunity for tax incentives and breaks to industries that meet goals for creating jobs.

Own a gun? Time to buy violence liability insurance, California Democrats say

Some proposals would require buyers to show proof of insurance before they could purchase a weapon. The proposal in California would apply to anyone owning a weapon, Ting said, though the bill’s details are still being worked out.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Advertisement for STAC: The Atari ST Adventure Creator from the July 1988 issue of ST / Amiga Format

Emerald Rose - Donald McGillivry - Megacon 2012 (2012-02-18)

Emerald Rose performs 'Donald McGillivry' at Megacon 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (2012-02-18).

Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

Consumers Taking Financial Hit From Rising Fuel Prices

With pump prices at their highest level on record for this time of year, the stage is set for an even greater climb in gasoline prices and expenditures than in 2012. Retail gasoline prices have surged 17 cents in a week to top $3.50 a gallon on average, posting the highest prices on record for the beginning of February.

Jesse Jackson wants Department of Homeland Security to patrol the streets of Chicago

Jackson has been a proponent of new gun control measures, saying last month that “semi-automatic” and “assault weapons” need to be banned because they pose threats to national security with the capability to “shoot down planes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Advertisement for Spirit of Excalibur by Virgin Mastertronic for IBM, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, and Macintosh from the November 1990 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment

Emerald Rose - Queen of Argyle - Megacon 2012

Emerald Rose performs 'Queen of Argyle' at Megacon 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (2012-02-18)

Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials

Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4,000 American bank executive accounts in the name of its new Operation Last Resort campaign, demanding U.S. computer crime law reform.

100 Years Of U.S. Federal Income Tax

On February 3rd, 1913, one of the two most historic events in US history took place: the ratification of the 16th amendment, which established Congress’ right to impose a Federal income tax on Americans, and overturned Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution which explicitly prohibited a general income tax.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Curiosity Mars rover hammers into rock

Although previous rovers have scrubbed the surface of rocks, Curiosity is the first to carry the capability to drill inside them.

KARL ROVE DECLARES WAR ON TEA PARTY, ENLISTS GOP BILLIONAIRES

The “Conservative Victory Project,” an offshoot of the former Bush adviser’s American Crossroads, is designed to prevent Tea Party-endorsed candidates from winning Senate primaries.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Computer Play, Issue Number 1, August 1988

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The August 1988 issue of Computer Play

Emerald Rose - Never Split the Party - Megacon 2012

Emerald Rose performs 'Never Split the Party' at Megacon 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (2012-02-18)

“Everybody in the Industry Knows the US Doesn’t Have the Gold”

It’s important to understand that there are two big stashes of gold in the US. Fort Knox supposedly holds the gold that belongs to us. And the New York Fed holds gold that has been deposited by other countries for safe keeping. That’s where Germany’s gold would be if the US hadn’t leased it out.