Month: February 2012

Copper: The New Silver – Seeking Alpha

When one discusses the value of coins, or rounds, or bars the first suspect that always seems to get mentioned is the king of metals: gold. Regardless of what form it takes, gold is generally recognized around the world as having value, especially in relationship to the local currency. With few exceptions, gold is involate, In fact, it has been said that all the gold mined in the history of this world is still in existence and much of it is in a form that can be used for transactions between persons, cities, or countries.Silver on the other hand, has had a much rockier existence. It is both a precious metal and an industrial metal, and a metal that is useful in the healthcare field. This multiple personality has led to silver being used in minute amounts in an ever growing number of industries which find it more effective, both in terms of cost and in terms of performance. Even so, the sheer amount of silver compared to gold has kept it from being valued as highly, as is the tendency of silver to succumb to the elements.But copper is one of those metals that one used to think of in terms of coinage, but only in the smallest amounts. Copper pennies have played a roll in providing the supporting bedrock of currency in the western world until fairly recently, when the demand for copper sent the price well over 4 dollar a pound. Even today, copper commands $4.38 cents per pound and even more once it has been worked into wire for use by the power, telecommunications and entertainment industries. Two hundred feet of 4 ga grounding wire will cost you $197.But when it comes to a relatively new expression of copper, one has to consider that metal mania may have reached a peak. Recently, 1 troy ounce copper rounds have been placed for sale with a variety of obverse designs. Some indicate that they are barter rounds, while others take the precious metal route and simply display purity and weight on the reverse. Even quarter ounce rounds are being offer for sale. In either case, the listed price is between $2 and $4 per round, whether it is the one ounce or the quarter ounce round.Considering that silver is currently selling for nearly $50 per ounce, is copper the new silver?

via Copper: The New Silver – Seeking Alpha.

Young barista’s abduction sparks fear in Anchorage – This Just In – Blogs

Eighteen-year-old barista Samantha Koenig has been missing for more than a week, kidnapped on a dark, snowy Alaska evening from the parking-lot coffee stand where she worked.

Her father, at times, has feared the worst.

“I am hitting every place I can possibly think of to get any tip or inclination,” James Koenig was quoted as saying by the Anchorage Daily News. “I’ve got to start thinking, where would I dump the … body if I were this guy?”

The community is in fear, too, for the employees who staff many of the other coffee kiosks that dot the Anchorage area.

Samantha Koenig was taken from the Common Grounds Espresso stand, in the parking lot of an Anchorage fitness club, around 8 p.m. on February 1, according to reports. Police have told local media that security footage shows an armed man wearing a dark hoodie entering the shop and taking Koenig away. Gone, too, was the cash from the stand’s register, as well as Koenig’s coat, purse and cell phone, reports say.

The abductor’s face was not visible, police have told the media, and they have not released the video, saying they want to preserve its usefulness to any possible prosecution.

“There is an evidentiary nature to those videos that were taken in by these security cameras and they can be used later on in court,” police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker is quoted as saying by “But if we are to present them now it would have the effect of tainting the jury.”

The owners of the coffee stand, Tyler and Michelle Duncan, have seen the video. They reported the case to police after arriving at their business the morning after Koenig’s abduction, according to the Daily News.

“This perpetrator took obvious and deliberate means to avoid being captured on video,” Tyler Duncan told the Anchorage paper.

via Young barista’s abduction sparks fear in Anchorage – This Just In – Blogs.

DumbassFact #151: Exploding Whale

While many people are aware that a few creatures, whales in particular, have been known to spontaneously explode after death due to a build-up of methane gas caused by decomposition, very few will remember the near-famous exploding whale that damaged property in 1970.


The dead Sperm whale washed onto shore in Oregon, and local authorities pondered long and hard on the problem of how to dispose of the huge carcass before coming up with a “genius” plan…They loaded the whale carcass with dynamite and set it off.

The resulting explosion did effectively remove the dead whale’s body…and scatter it all over the town and it’s residents.

Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48 –

(CNN) — Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, representative Kristen Foster said Saturday night.

The cause and location of her death was not immediately known.

According to her official website, Houston, who struggled with addiction problems over the years, sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career.

Houston was set to appear in this year’s “Sparkle,” a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It was her first movie role since 1996’s “The Preacher’s Wife.”

Her body of work includes seven straight Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including “Saving All My Love for You,” “Greatest Love of All” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” Billboard puts her soundtrack to the movie “The Bodyguard” as one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. She also starred in the film.

via Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48 –

Obama’s Socialism Plan’s Flaw Proven

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.


– Ed Will

Bangladesh Woman Stops Rape By Cutting Off Man’s Penis, Takes It Into Police Station As Evidence

Dhaka, Bangladesh (The Weekly Vice) – Monju Begum, a 40-year-old Bangladesh woman stopped an alleged rapist in his tracks when she reportedly cut off his penis and then took it to police as evidence.

According to police, Begam’s neighbor, Mozammel Haq Mazi, forced his way into her shanty and began sexually assaulting her.

Investigators say Begum stopped the attack by cutting off his penis. She then placed the evidence into a polythene bag and took it into police as proof that Mazi had attempted to rape her.

Begum, a married mother of three, told police that Mazi had been harassing her for the past six months. Mazi is reportedly also married and has five children.

“It is quite an unusual incident. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a woman has brought a severed penis to the police station as evidence,” said police spokesperson Abul Khaer.

“We will arrest him once his condition gets better,” said Khaer.

Mark Thompson Did Vile Things To A Goat – Dressed In A Woman’s Bra And Panties

Charleston, West Virginia  – Mark Thompson, a 19-year-old Alum Creek resident was jailed Monday after he reportedly killed his neighbor’s goat while high on bath salts. He was then found laying next to the dead goat dressed in a woman’s bra and panties.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson’s neighbor called police at about 3:15 a.m. and reported that Thompson had stolen her goat.

She stated that her nephew, Joshua Pollis, had received a call stating that the goat was wandering around at Thompson’s house and that he “better come get it”.

Investigators say when Pollis and two women arrived at Thompson’s residence, they found him in his bedroom with his pants down, wearing women’s underwear and bra. The goat had been killed, and there was blood all over the room.

When asked about the goat, Thompson fled the scene. He was found by police several hours later in a nearby wooded area. Officers searched Thompson’s home and found the goat deceased in a bedroom with blood coming from a stab wound to it’s neck.

Additionally, there was a pornographic magazine laying nearby. Police transported the animal to a veterinarian for a necropsy. Results are pending.

Powers stated that she had purchased the goat for her 4-year-old grandson just 3 days before it’s demise.

When investigators asked Thompson about his behavior, he claimed that he been using “bath salts” for three days. Neighbors stated that they had previously seen him engaged in strange behavior, like running through the woods, screaming, cursing, and hitting things.

Thompson was placed into the custody of Adult Protective Services and faces charges of animal cruelty. Police are continuing their investigation.