Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Record-High Price of Gold

So, yes, the price of gold hit $1500 yesterday. As you may have seen in this delightful piece from the Daily Show, Glenn Beck has been a big advocate for buying gold because THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS COMING TO AN END. He's not alone in this push, of course, but he is the most scary/entertaining to watch.

Okay, so he was just taken off the air by Fox last month, right. So the Beck-ster folks are likely extra riled up. Like, even more than usual. And they like conspiracy theories, and numbers, and making connections between things that only they can see because they are way smarter than we are, and can see things that we can't.

And guess what the date was yesterday: April 19th! And what's so special about April 19th??? Well, here are a few choice things that happened on April 19th:

1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.

1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.

1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.

1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.

1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.

1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.

1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.

1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.

Do I need to draw this all out on a blackboard for you, or do you see why followers of Glenn Beck might have been buying gold this week?

Oh, yes, and to add some extra fun: today is Hitler's birthday.

Always here to help,


PS - Forgot the most important April 19th reference: on April 19th, 2011, Skynet became Self-Aware!