Facts Figures and Random Information
Physical gold held by ETFs, at 2,469 metric tons, is now the world’s 4th largest gold stash, behind the US, Germany and the IMF.
Iceland is considering adopting the Canadian dollar, “the loonie”, as its currency.
Every $10 increase in the price of crude oil reduces US GDP by 1%.
A record 46.5 million Americans are on food stamps, 15% of the US population, over 22 million US households.
TSA’s VIPR teams conducted 9,300 unannounced checkpoint and frisking operations in the US in 2011 on highways, subways, train stations, ferry terminals, all mass transit locations.
Windows 8 will have a “kill switch” that will have the capability to arbitrarily access your computer and delete “dangerous software”.
The yield on the 10-year bond issued by Portugal jumped by 70 basis points last week coming close to a 14 percent yield. The Greek 10-year bonds jumped to a yield of more than 38 percent.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), obtained hundreds of documents from the Department of Homeland Security through the Freedom of Information Act and found details of an arrangement with General Dynamics in which DHS has been paying the defense contractor to monitor social media websites and other Internet communications to find criticisms of the department’s policies and actions. The company was contracted to monitor the Web for ‘reports that reflect adversely on DHS,’ including sub-agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
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