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VFOTW: Jeep Sand Trooper II Concept

http://www.expeditionportal.com/jeep/2161-vfotw-jeep-sand-trooper-ii-concept.html






















When an auto manufacturer decides to produce a concept vehicle, there's probably quite a few thoughts going through the minds of those responsible for making it happen.




 Being obtainable to the masses is usually not one of those thoughts. 



Most concept cars are so far out of reach that the joe-schmo public will never, ever have anything even remotely close to it. 



The chances of being able to purchase a vehicle like Jeep's Sand Trooper II concept like this right off the assembly line are probably just as slim, but you can still have one if you want. 





Aside from a few design elements and a set of prototype bead-lock wheels (which we hear are coming), almost everything you see on the Sand Trooper II can be purchased through your local MOPAR parts distributor.





Yeah, that's right, with a big enough checkbook, you can drive a 375hp HEMI-equipped Jeep Wrangler with 40-inch tires and portal axles built wi…

10 Countries Sitting On Enormous Mounds Of Gold

MAMTA BADKAR

DEC. 14, 2013, 8:53 AM 



Reuters/Shannon Stapleton Gold looks like it is on its way to its first annual drop in 13 years. This is bad news for central banks that have been diversifying their foreign reserves to include gold,but at a slower pace than in 2012.  A new report from the World Gold Council showed that year-to-date central bank gold reserves increased by nearly 300 tonnes. Global official gold holdings totaled 31,913.5 tonnes as of December 2013, according to the latest report from the World Gold Council. We pulled the numbers on the 10 biggest official reserves. Note: CBGA refers to the Central Bank Gold Agreements. The first Agreement (CBGA 1) ran from September 27, 1999 to September 26, 2004.  The second Agreement (CBGA 2) ran from September 27, 2004 to September 26, 2009. The third Agreement (CBGA 3) will run for five years from September 2009.
10. India REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder Official gold holdings: 557.7 tonnes Percent of foreign reserves in gold:
8.4% The gover…

A Science Icon Died 17 Years Ago. In His Last Interview, He Made A Warning That Gives Me Goosebumps.

Carl Sagan inspired a generation of scientists with his work in and out of the classroom. 



But he didn't always present science with cheer. 




In this clip, he passionately defends science with a grave warning. 







It's something we all need to hear.



























~ From Charlie Rose Interview in 1996







http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5?c=ufb1


USA ECONOMY : It's As If The Government Shutdown Actually Helped The Economy

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FRANK HOLMES, U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS


39 MINUTES AGO 








REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A few pedestrians wait to cross the street to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 2, 2013.








Frank Holmes



Frank Holmes is the CEO and chief investment officer for U.S. Global Investors











From New Delhi to San Francisco to London, and finally back in San Antonio, I’ve been communicating one consistent theme to investors: Follow the money.









What’s really important in following the money is for investors to not get caught up in the negative web spun by the media. 


There’s a lot of drama these days about Obamacare and Washington dysfunction. 




Take the government shutdown in October, when the House and Senate fought over the debt ceiling. 



Economic data wasn’t released, services were halted, national parks were closed, and “non-essential” government workers were told to stay home.





As a result, GDP was expected to collapse.





Yet, data released this week reveal a different, stronger imag…

GLOBAL MARKETS : MAJOR FORECASTERS PREDICT GLOOM & DOOM STARTING IN 2014

Faber, Rogers, Dent, Maloney, & Stockman – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?






Submitted by Tyler Durden


on 12/13/2013 19:26 -0500









Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,









Some of the most respected prognosticators in the financial world are warning that what is coming in 2014 and beyond is going to shake America to the core. 



 Many of the quotes that you are about to read are from individuals that actually predicted the subprime mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis of 2008 ahead of time.


 So they have a track record of being right. 


Does that guarantee that they will be right about what is coming in 2014? Of course not. 




In fact, as you will see below, not all of them agree about exactly what is coming next. 



 But without a doubt, all of their forecasts are quite ominous. 





 The following are quotes from Harry Dent, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, Mike Maloney, Jim Rogers and nine other respected economic experts about what they believe is coming in 2014 and beyond...